Maya Rudolph is looking to revive the variety show, one television set at a time. Her eponymous hour debuted last night with help from Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, and Sean Hayes on NBC to solid ratings: 7.2 million viewers, making it the top show during the 10:00 p.m. time slot. Second coming of Carol Burnett? [Variety]
Canned at Cannes?
Our boyfriend in our head Ryan Gosling made his directorial debut at the annual film festival this week with Christina Hendricks starrer Lost River. Unfortunately for the leading man, his work behind the camera did little to impress critics, and roused a series of boos. Sounds familiar, no?! [The Hollywood Reporter]
Just when you thought the Frozen frenzy was dying down, there’s this. The Walt Disney Company has revealed plans to capitalize on Elsa and Anna’s popularity and, naturally, tell the story on ice. The show will debut in Orlando this September before hitting the road with 39 cast members, 20 snow machines, nine tractor trailers, and a six-sided video projector. [New York Times]
Awww! Director J.J. Abrams penned a heartfelt note to the cast and crew of his new Star Wars project, ahead of its Friday production start. In it, he wrote “What an honor it is to work beside all of you,” later adding “Let’s take good care of not just ourselves, but of each other.” The first film in the trilogy, Star Wars: Episode VII, is scheduled to hit theaters December 2015. [Screen Crush]
She may be accused of lip syncing during last week’s live performance on the Today Show, but Mariah Carey has one of the highest, and widest vocal ranges of all time. That is, after Guns N Roses frontman Axl Rose. From Aretha Franklin to Whitney Houston, this interactive list ranks music’s greatest voices. [Huffington Post]
Beatles alum Paul McCartney is postponing the Japanese dates for his Out There World Tour due to falling ill. “I’d like to thank my Japanese fans for their love, messages of support and understanding,” McCartney said in a statement. “I hope to see you all again soon. Love, Paul.” Tickets for his Thursday show, which ran as expensive as $1,000, are being refunded. Get well soon! [AP]