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How televangelist Tammy Faye Messner became a gay icon
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How televangelist Tammy Faye Messner became a gay icon

Tammy Faye Messner (formerly Bakker) was camp incarnate. With her wildly over-the-top makeup and garish animal-print ensembles, a penchant for singing Christian disco anthems despite her lack of voice training, and a sense of childlike wonder with which she preached her gospel, she made for compelling TV viewing. Though the televangelist is remembered for all…MORE

TV OT: How the Emmys sounded the alarms for the award-show ratings nightmare. Plus: Casting ‘LuLaRich,’ and ‘On the Verge’

TV OT: How the Emmys sounded the alarms for the award-show ratings nightmare. Plus: Casting ‘LuLaRich,’ and ‘On the Verge’

The record-low ratings for last year’s Emmys turned out to be the canary in the coalmine for steep across-the-board drops in award-show viewing — the alarm for an unwelcome wakeup call. Yet if hope springs eternal that those shows can at least partially rebound, challenges associated with the pandemic and shift to streaming only heightened…MORE

Snow Tha Product has proved her doubters wrong
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Snow Tha Product has proved her doubters wrong

Snow Tha Product is the socially-conscious raptress the world needs right now. Born Claudia Alexandra Feliciano in San Jose, California, to undocumented Mexican immigrant parents, the rapper is set to the judge the US Finals of Red Bull Batalla, the world’s largest Spanish rap battle, this weekend. Despite more than a decade in the music…MORE

Jane Powell, star of Hollywood Golden Age musicals, dead at 92
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Jane Powell, star of Hollywood Golden Age musicals, dead at 92

Jane Powell, the star of some of Hollywood’s best-loved Golden Age musicals, has died at the age of 92. Powell died Thursday at her home in Wilton, Connecticut, her friend Susan Granger told CNN on Friday. A megastar of musical films of the 1940s and ’50s, Powell’s hits included “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” opposite…MORE

‘Muhammad Ali’ lets Ken Burns go four fascinating rounds with the champ’s life and legacy
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‘Muhammad Ali’ lets Ken Burns go four fascinating rounds with the champ’s life and legacy

Floating and stinging as it explores the boxing icon’s life inside the ring and out, “Muhammad Ali” is another epic Ken Burns-produced dive into the life of an influential 20th-century figure, coming on the heels of “Hemingway.” Much has said about Ali, but going the distance with this four-part PBS documentary makes it feel like,…MORE

Lizzo wants to star in ‘Bodyguard’ remake with Chris Evans
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Lizzo wants to star in ‘Bodyguard’ remake with Chris Evans

Lizzo apparently has not abandoned her quest to get close to Chris Evans. With news that Warner Bros. (which is owned by CNN’s parent company) is reportedly planning a remake of the 1992 film “The Bodyguard,” the singer has let the world know she wouldn’t mind starring in it with Evans. Taking to her TikTok,…MORE

Priyanka Chopra Jonas on ‘The Activist’: ‘The show got it wrong’
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Priyanka Chopra Jonas on ‘The Activist’: ‘The show got it wrong’

Another judge from “The Activist” has spoken up regarding backlash against the show. On Thursday, Priyanka Chopra Jonas addressed the issue in a statement on her verified Instagram account in the wake of CBS and its production partners, Global Citizen and Live Nation, announcing that changes have been made to the series. “I have been…MORE

‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ isn’t as good as Jessica Chastain’s performance
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‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ isn’t as good as Jessica Chastain’s performance

The stars outshine the movie in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” a dazzling showcase for Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield as Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker in a dutiful, somewhat disjointed chronicle of how the televangelists amassed great wealth before his disgraced fall. While it’s not a landslide vote, thanks to Chastain’s disappearing act, “The…MORE