Wednesday, July 27, 2016

First Look At New Broadway Revival Of CATS

Entertainment Weekly has a first look at the new Broadway revival of CATS currently in previews at the Neil Simon Theater in NYC.

The feline reboot features Leona Lewis as "Grizabella, the Glamour Cat" and So You Think You Can Dance champ Ricky Ubeda as "The Magical Mr. Mistoffelees."

Check out the video below with mucho dancing plus that famous "Touch Me" moment by Leona Lewis in the eleven o'clock number, "Memory."

Kelly Clarkson Shuts Down Michelle Obama Troll On Twitter

Meme Of The Day: "Trump/Putin"

From VoteVets, who have called for Trump to step down after his comments about Russia today.

Democratic National Convention Winning Ratings Race Against Repubicans

During the 10PM hour of the second night of the Democratic National Convention - across networks NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Fox Business Network - drew an average audience of 24.7 million.

Compare that to Night 2 of the 2016 Republican National Comvention last Tuesday which drew 5 million fewer viewers - 19.75 million.

The news was similar for opening nights of each convention with Democrats getting 26 million viewers, besting the Republicans first night last week by 3 million.


Bill O'Reilly: Slaves That Built The White House "Were Well-Fed And Had Decent Lodging"

After First Lady Michelle Obama mentioned that the White House was built by slaves during her Democratic National Convention speech Monday night to powerful effect, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly decided he needed to make note that the slaves' living conditions were quite favorable, in his opinion.

“Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802,” O’Reilly told his TV audience. “However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor."

Twitter wasn't so amused by the observation:

Watch O'Reilly make his point below.

Enter To Win Tickets To DURAN DURAN In Las Vegas

Multi-platinum superstars Duran Duran (over 70 million albums sold world-wide) bring their The Paper Gods Tour tour to the Mandalay Bay Event Center here in Las Vegas this Friday, July 29th at 7PM.

The Randy Report is giving away 2 pairs of tickets to this perfect summertime concert fare.

To enter, send an email via this link with DURAN DURAN in the subject line and your name as it appears on your legal ID.  Two winners will be chosen at random. Each winner will receive two tickets. Entries will be closed at 3pm PT Thursday, July 28th.

Duran Duran are joined on tour by CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, and Tokimonsta.

Paper Gods, released worldwide on September 11th, debuted at No. 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart, earning Duran Duran its highest-charting album in 22 years.

The album features “Pressure Off” and “Last Night in the City featuring Kiesza."

For more info, head on over to the Duran Duran official website.

Viral Video: Celebrity-Packed "Our Fight Song" For Democratic National Convention

Elizabeth Banks introduced this celeb-packed version of "Our Fight Song" that's been playing at campaign rallies. for Hillary Clinton. Love the mashup :)

Can you identify all the famous folk?

Please note Tony Award-winner Billy Porter in the bottom right corner.

Trump Says He's Never Met Russian President After Boasting About Meeting During GOP Debate

Donald Trump flip-flops on whether or not he ever met Russian President Putin

Remember last fall during a Republican primary debate Donald Trump told the world how he would have a good relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin because they "were both on '60 Minutes' the same night:

“I got to know him very well because we were both on 60 Minutes. We were stablemates, and we did very well that night,” he said.

Actually, Trump's appearance on 60 Minutes was taped at his NYC home, and Putin's segment was taped in Russia - just saying.

Trump's initial statement below at the 1:00 mark:

But today, Trump flip-flopped on the story.

Via Mediaite:

After months of praising Russian leader Vladimir Putin and bragging about having once met, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that they had never even met at all.

“I have nothing to do with Russia,” Trump maintained in an interview with CBS’s Miami affiliate. “I never met Putin, nothing to do with Russia.”

Here's the interview from today - check the 1:27 mark:

News Round-Up: July 27, 2016

Totally not gay, former Congressman Aaron Schock

Some news stories you may have missed:

• Disgraced former Congressman Aaron "Totally Not Gay" Schock comes out of hiding after grand jury decided not to indict him for misuse of campaign funds.

• Republican presidential candidate threatened to not pay the bill at a Virginia hotel.

• With Gov. Mike Pence now on the GOP presidential ticket, Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb is now the Republican candidate for governor this fall.

• North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory mocked transgender rights last night at a Trump rally.

• Prosecutors have dropped all charges against the remaining three Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, meaning no one will be held accountable for the Gray's death.

• Donald Trump still has no plans to release his tax returns.

• Seth Meyers of Late Night says the "Bernie or Bust" folks should rethink their entrenched opposition to Hillary Clinton: "I couldn't get Rhianna to go out with me, but I don't stand in the kitchen and 'boo' my wife."

Donald Trump "Hopes" Russia Will Hack U.S. Email Servers

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump invited Russia to hack into U.S. email servers to look for Hillary Clinton's "missing" emails.

I shit you not.

The GOP White House hopeful asked Russia to literally engage in espionage or a cyber-attack in hopes it would help his campaign.

From Trump's press conference earlier today via NBC News:

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump proposed from a podium at his Doral Resort. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

Trump faced questions about if he endorses foreign governments meddling in America's election and domestic affairs, an allegation that he balked at despite issuing the above challenge just moments later. "What do I have to do with Putin?" Trump retorted when asked if he'd tell Putin to stay out of the election. "I'm not going to tell Putin what t do."

Trump called the idea that Russia was behind the hack and leak of Democratic National Committee emails a "total deflection" he did say he "hopes" the Russians have Clinton's emails if they are found responsible.

Trump has feigned outrage reporting a connection between his campaign and Russian intelligence operatives, tweeting last night, “Funny how the failing @nytimes is pushing Dems narrative that Russia is working for me because Putin said ‘Trump is a genius. America 1st!”

Cyber experts feel differently, according to CNN, "US officials have said the emails were hacked from DNC servers in an operation originating in Russia that appeared to be linked to Moscow’s intelligence agency."

The Trumpster has repeatedly praised Russian President Putin calling him a "strong leader" in the same breath that he criticized President Obama.

Trump followed up on his call for Russia to :

The Hillary Clinton campaign issued this statement:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Video: "67"

Via Hillary For America:

Tonight, the Democratic National Convention Committee is releasing a new video touting the steadfast leadership and smart diplomacy that Hillary Clinton displayed as America’s 67th Secretary of State.

Clinton brokered an improbable ceasefire in Gaza to stop rockets from raining down on Israel. In Copenhagen, Clinton and President Obama crashed a secret meeting the Chinese had called, demanding a seat at the table to forge progress toward global action on climate change for the first time.

She traveled around the world, twisting arms and rallying all of the world’s major economies to build a crippling sanctions coalition that brought Iran to the negotiating table and paved the way for an historic deal to stop them from building a nuclear weapon.

And she was a tireless advocate for human rights, shining a light on human trafficking and fighting for the rights of women, girls and members of the LGBT community around the world.

The video, “67,” highlights these remarkable accomplishments from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State – and the tenacity, judgment, and leadership that made them possible – as told by the many people who worked alongside her.

Hillary Clinton Officially Becomes First Major Party Candidate For President

The crowd roars at the 2016 Democratic National Convention as Hillary Clinton is officially named the first woman to lead a major political party's presidential ticket.

It's important to note Sen. Bernie Sanders' class act move at the end of the roll call.

As I understand it, the tally of votes wasn't shown in the convention hall. When it came time for Sanders' state of Vermont, they passed. Going last, Sanders took the microphone that it would be him, like Hillary Clinton eight years ago, that called for a suspension of the rules and to proclaim Hillary the nominee by acclamation.

Thrilling moment. Watch below.

And the crowd goes wild!

Viral Video: UNLV Football Weight Room

From my town of Las Vegas, this video of the UNLV football team weight room has gone way-viral.

Me next! Me next! Me next!

Mid-Day Brain Break: Body By Jake Dalton

Team USA gymnast Jake Dalton - I know, I know, just look at him - shares his morning workout circuit.

I gotta get back to the gym...

(h/t NewNowNext)

USA Freedom Kids To Sue Donald Trump For Stiffing Them

Another day, another broken deal with Donald Trump.

Jeff Popick is not only the father of one of the USA Freedom Kids but he created the pre-teen musical group.

Back in January, the star-spangled kids' performance of "Over There" at a Donald Trump campaign rally became a viral sensation.

But now, Popick is ready to sue the Trumpster for reneging on payment to the kids for their appearance.

"I'm doing this because I think they have to do the right thing,” Popick said to the Post about his plans to file a suit. "And if this means having to go through the court system to enforce them doing the right thing, then that's what I have to do. I'm not looking to do battle with the Trump campaign, but I have to show my girls that this is the right thing.”

Popick explained to the Post that his agreement with the campaign was mostly verbal, and he never had a written contract. He spoke with various campaign officials, including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and agreed that the Freedom Kids would be paid $2,500 for the Pensacola performance. The campaign then offered to set up a table at the rally where they could sell albums. But no such table was ever set up.

The girls were also invited to perform at Trump’s impromptu event for veterans in January that was planned in lieu of a Fox News debate. But after traveling to Iowa, the Freedom Kids did not get a chance to perform.

In truth, this is the essence of Trump.

Throughout the past year, several stories have surfaced chronicling Trump's many instances of stiffing past employees and contracted employees. So, in truth, this is just more of the same for Trump.

Doesn't matter to his followers, though. They probably appreciate his ability to "negotiate" this.

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