TV Review: The Wiz Live!
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The Wiz Live!
Directed by Kenny Leon and Matthew Diamond
Written by Harvey Fierstein
Based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
Starring Shanice Williams, Elijah Kelley, David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Stephanie Mills, Uzo Aduba, Amber Riley, Common
Air Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, 8:00pm

Thursday night, 11.5 million people tuned in to NBC’s 3rd live show, The Wiz Live!, making it the most sucessful one yet.

And I know why.

The story of a young lost girl who journeys through a magical land, just trying to find her way back home, is timeless. Set to the same funky music of the original 1975 Broadway musical, but also keeping one of the songs from the 1978 movie starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, this rendition was a delight from start to finish. It also trended during the entire broadcast, thanks to some serious live tweeting.

More below.

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Sneak Peek At ‘The Wiz Live!’ With Queen Latifah
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NBC is keeping up with its now annual holiday tradition of live musical theater with The Wiz Live! The special, an adaptation of the 1975 Broadway musical, which later became a movie starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, puts an urban spin on The Wizard of Oz. This event airs live Thursday, December 3rd at 8:00pm ET on NBC, and stars Queen Latifah as The Wiz, and David Alan Grier as The Cowardly Lion.

Check out the sneak peek and preview videos below.

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George Lucas Says ‘Red Tails’ Is As Close To ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ As We’ll Get
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Star Wars creator and master money-maker George Lucas stopped by The Daily Show recently to chat with Jon Stewart about his upcoming WWII passion project, Red Tails. Lucas has been working hard to get the movie made for over two decades now, but, as you’ll hear in the video, faced many hurdles in succeeding, including most major studios not wanting to take on a big budget risk with an almost entirely black cast and a movie they didn’t think could be marketed in foreign markets.

But as always, the conversation found its way to Star Wars as Lucas compared the two, and an interesting announcement was made. You can read more and check out the video of George Lucas on The Daily Show below.

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Watch Now: The Tuskegee Airmen Stand Strong In The Trailer For George Lucas’s ‘Red Tails’
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Back in April of 2009, we found out about the impressive cast being put together for a movie called Red Tails, which was being produced by George Lucas and his Lucasfilms banner. Now, over two years later, a trailer for the movie has been released, and you can see if for yourself below.

The movie tells the story of a group of African American dogfighters known as the Tuskegee Airmen, who built an incredible reputation during World War II for getting the job done, but weren’t always allowed anywhere near the action due to the racist policies of the time period.

Continue on below now to check out the first trailer for Red Tails.

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Music’s Biggest Stars Contribute To ‘Songs for Japan’ Benefit Album; Available Now
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Songs for Japan, a compilation of 38 songs from some of today’s biggest names in contemporary music, is available through the iTunes store for $9.99. The album is to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and proceeds from the album’s sale will go towards the disaster relief efforts of the Japanese Red Cross Society.

The compilation album, put together by Universal Music, includes songs from many genres, like rock, pop, hip-hop, R&B, country, new age, and more, with artists like The Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ne-Yo, Eminem, Keith Urban, John Lennon, Enya, Josh Groban, and others.

See full list of artists and songs here below.

Not only is this for a great cause, but it’s also the perfect collection for the all-around music-lover. Plus, these songs individually typically cost 99 cents each, so even if you only like 10 of the 38 songs, it’s well worth the money, and hey, you just might like some of the tunes you don’t know.

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