Broadway Utica

Ralph Emery, TV Host Known as ‘the Johnny Carson of

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Ralph Emery, a radio and TV host who became as famous in the country world as most of the stars he interviewed over the decades, died Saturday at Tristar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was 88. No immediate cause of death was given. Emery’s renown as, alternately, “the Dick Clark of country music” or…

Michael Jackson, Los Angeles Talk Radio Legend, Dies at 87

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Michael Robin Jackson, a talk radio personality who broadcast for more than 32 years at KABC Radio in Los Angeles, died on Saturday at his California residence. He was 87 years old. Jackson’s death was confirmed to Variety by Lyle Gregory, his close friend and producer of 30 years. The former radio host had been enduring Parkinson’s…

Dallas Frazier, Songwriter of ‘Elvira,’ ‘Alley Oop’ and Many Country

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Dallas Frazier, a songwriter who broke out with the pop novelty hit “Alley Oop” and went on pen country classics like the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira,” died Friday at 82. “Dallas Frazier is among the greatest country songwriters of all time,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “He…

‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open Skewers President Biden and ‘Spider-Man’

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“Saturday Night Live’s” cold open took aim at President Joe Biden, the box office heat of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and the nation’s weariness after two years of the COVID pandemic. The sketch saw “SNL” featured player James Austin Johnson returning to the role of the Commander in Chief, who expressed his frustrations earlier in…

French Artist JR’s Documentary ‘Paper & Glue’ Wins Top ARCA

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“Paper & Glue,” the feature-length documentary that follows French artist JR as he plasters his provocative large-scale images of people in such places as the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, the U.S.-Mexico border wall and a California supermax prison, has won the top prize at Uruguay’s inaugural arts film festival, ARCA, which wrapped on Friday,…

Peak TV Tally: According to FX Research, A Record 559

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Peak TV is back. After a dip in 2020 — the first decline since FX began tallying the number of scripted series every year — the number of original scripted series on television once again hit a record in 2021. According to FX Research, which has been counting the number of shows on TV since…

‘The Last of Us’: Storm Reid Joins HBO’s Video Game

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“Euphoria” star Storm Reid has joined the cast of HBO’s series adaptation of video game “The Last of Us.” Based on the wildly popular Naughty Dog-created Playstation game of the same name, “The Last of Us” is set in the post-apocalyptic world after a deadly virus destroys nearly all modern civilization. Joel, played by “The…

Bob Saget’s Funeral Draws ‘Full House’ Cast, Comedians and Hundreds

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Bob Saget’s loved ones and friends, including many “Full House” cast members, gathered for the funeral of the late comedian on Friday. According to TMZ, at least 300 people arrived at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills to pay their respects to Saget, who died unexpectedly on Jan. 9 at the age…

‘Old Henry’ Star Tim Blake Nelson: ‘I’ve Always Loved Westerns’

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Filmmaker-actor Tim Blake Nelson commands the screen in the Western thriller “Old Henry,” written and directed by Potsy Ponciroli. Nelson’s intense performance as a man driven to extremes in order to protect his son in early 1900s Oklahoma drives the narrative. What appealed to you most about the script? I’ve always loved Westerns. It was…

‘Yellowjackets’ Composers Craig Wedren and Anna Waronker on Drafting the

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The ’90s: back! Also back: overwhelming existential dread! They’re two great tastes that taste great together, as any fan of Showtime’s hit series “Yellowjackets” can attest. Besides all the mid-’90s pop and indie-rock needle drops that pop up amid the calmer moments in the show’s sometimes horrific storm, there’s also music of an uneasier nature…