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The following industry personalities (listed in alphabetical order) passed away in 2018 and heartfelt condolences are extended to their families, friends and fans:

Marty Allen (Legendary Comedian)
Harry Anderson (Actor, “Night Court”)
Michael Anderson (Director, “Logan’s Run”)
Susan Anspach (Actress, “Five Easy Pieces” and “Play It Again”)
Avicii [aka Tim Bergling] (Artist, DJ and Producer) [He was only 28]

Marty Balin (Co-Founder, Jefferson Airplane)
Ken Berry (Actor, “F-Troop” and “Mayberry R.F.D.”)
Arthur Black (Canadian Humorist, Author and CBC Radio Personality)
Steven Bochco (Co-Creator, “NYPD Blue” and “Hill Street Blues”)
Anthony Bourdain (TV Personality, Celebrity Chef and Writer)
DuShon Monique Brown (Actress, “Chicago Fire) [She was only 49]
Barbara Bush (Former First Lady)
George H.W. Bush (Former President)

Joseph Campanella (Actor, “Mannix” and “One Day at a Time”)
Reg E. Cathey (Actor, “House of Cards,” “The Wire” and “Oz”)
Roy Clark (Legendary Country Guitarist and “Hee Haw” Star)
“Fast” Eddie Clarke (Guitarist, Rock Band Motorhead)
Anne V. Coates (Oscar-Winning Film Editor, “Lawrence of Arabia”)
Olivia Cole (Veteran Actress, “Roots” and the Mini-Series “Backstairs at the White House”)

Bill Daly (Actor, “I Dream of Jeannie”)
Paul De Meo (Screenwriter “The Rocketeer” and Producer “The Flash” 90’s TV Series)
Steve Ditko (Co-Creator, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange)
Peter Donat (Actor, “The X-Files”)
Bob Dorough (Composer, “Schoolhouse Rock!”)

Harlan Ellison (Sci-Fi Writer, “Star Trek” and “Babylon 5”)
R. Lee Ermey (Actor, Golden Globe Nominee, “Full Metal Jacket”)

Nanette Fabray (Actress-Singer, “The Band Wagon)
Milos Forman (Oscar-Winning Director, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”)
Naomi Parker Fraley (The Real Rose the Riveter)
Aretha Franklin (the Queen of Soul)
Joel Freeman (Veteran Producer, “Shaft” and “Love at First Bite”)

John Gavin (Actor, “Psycho” and “Spartacus”)
Lewis Gilbert (Director, “Alfie,” You Only Live Twice,” “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker”)
William Goldman (Oscar-Winning Writer, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”)

Barbara Harris (Actress, the original “Freaky Friday”)
Stephen Hawking (Theoretical Physicist and Author)
Stephen Hillenburg (Creator, “SpongeBob SquarePants”)
Tab Hunter (Actor, “Damn Yankees” and “Battle Cry”)

Joe Jackson (Patriarch of Jackson Family)
Keith Jackson (Legendary College Football Sportscaster)
Johann Johannsson (Composer, “Theory of Everything”)
Georgann Johnson (Actress, “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,” “All My Children” and “As the World Turns”)
Mickey Jones (Character Actor)
Paul Junger Witt (Producer, “The Golden Girls,” “Benson” and “Soap”)

James Karen (Veteran Actor, “Poltergeist” and “The Return of the Living Dead”)
Carl Kasell (Legendary NPR Newsman)
Margot Kidder (Actress, “Superman”)

Christopher Lawford (JFK Nephew and Actor, “General Hospital” and “All My Children”)
Ursula K. Le Guin (Renowned Author, “Earthsea”)
Robin Leach (Host, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”)
Stan Lee (Legendary Writer, Editor and Publisher, Marvel Comics Characters)
Andy Lewis (Oscar-nominated co-writer “Klute”)
Sondra Locke (Oscar nominee-Actress “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”)
Deanna Lund (Actress, “Land of the Giants”)

Katherine MacGregor (Actress, “Little House on the Prairie”)
John Mahoney (Actor, “Frasier”)
Dorothy Malone (Veteran Actress, “Basic Instinct” and “Peyton Place”)
Robert Mandan (Actor, “Soap”)
Penny Marshall (Director – Actress, “Laverne and Shirley”)
Jan Maxwell (Gifted Comic Actress and 5-Time Tony Nominee)
John McCain (Arizona Senator and One-Time Presidential Nominee)
Peggy McCay (Veteran Actress, “Days of Our Lives”)
Benjamin Melniker (MGM Executive and Producer of nearly all Batman films) [He was 104]
Donald Moffat (Actor, “The Right Stuff” and “Clear And Present Danger”)
John Morris (Veteran Composer, “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein”)
Patricia Morison (Actress, “Song of Bernadette” and “Dressed To Kill”) [She was 103 years old]

Tim O’Connor (Actor, “Peyton Place”)
Dolores O’Riordan (Singer-Songwriter, Lead Singer of “The Cranberries”)
David Ogden Stiers (Actor, “MASH”)

Charlotte Rae (veteran actress, “Facts of Life”)
Burt Reynolds (Actor, “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Deliverance”)
Donnelly Rhodes (Veteran Actor, “Soap” and “Battlestar Galactica”)

Mark Salling (Actor-Singer, “Glee”)
Mitzi Shore (Owner, “The Comedy Store”)
Neil Simon (Playwright, “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park”)
Nancy Sinatra, Sr. (the late Frank Sinatra’s first wife and mother of his three children)
Russ Solomon (Founder of Tower Records)
Kate Spade (Fashion Designer)
Elizabeth Sung (Character Actress, “The Young and the Restless” “The Joy Luck Club” and “The Sopranos”)
D’Wayne Swear (Retired Naval Investigator who inspired NCIS: New Orleans character Dwayne Pride)

Emma Tennant (Top British TV Executive)
Verne Troyer (Actor, “Austin Powers” franchise)

Jerry Van Dyke (Veteran Actor “Coach” and Brother of Dick Van Dyke)
Will Vinton (Award-Winning Animator and Pioneer of Claymation)

Clint Walker (Actor, 1950’s western classic “Cheyenne”)
Nancy Wilson (Grammy-Winning Singer, Actress)
Scott Wilson (Veteran Actor, “The Walking Dead”)
Tom Wolfe (Journalist and Author, “The Right Stuff”)

Craig Zadan (Prolific Stage, TV and Film Producer)

NOTE: This list, in no way, covers all the industry talent who passed away this year. Again, condolences are extended to one and all.

Out of respect, please take a moment of silence.

TOMORROW: Ratings

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Every year there are lots of awards shows, some important, some just fun and numerous just plain silly or nonsensical, but the following list is just some of the top winners over the course of the year:

GOLDEN GLOBES (January)

Best Drama Picture – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Actor Drama Picture – Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour
Best Comedy TV Series – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Allison Janney in I, Tonya
Best Animated Film – Coco
Best Original Song – This Is Me from The Greatest Showman
Best Drama TV Series – The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Actor Drama TV Series – Sterling K. Brown in This Is Us
Best Actress Drama TV Series – Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Actress Comedy Series in a TV Series – Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Actress Limited TV Series – Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies
Cecil B. DeMille Award – Oprah Winfrey

CRITIC’S CHOICE AWARDS (January)

Motion Pictures:

Best Picture – The Shape of Water
Best Actress – Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Young Actor/Actress – Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project
Best Cinematography – Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049
Best Costume Design – Mark Bridges for Phantom Thread
Best Action Movie – Wonder Woman
Best Actress in a Comedy – Margot Robbie in I, Tonya

Television:

Best Supporting Actor in TV Drama – David Harbour in Stranger Things
Best Actor in a TV Comedy – Ted Danson in The Good Place
Best Limited TV Series – Big Little Lies

NAACP IMAGE AWARDS (January)

Entertainer of the Year – Ava DuVernay
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture – Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture – Octavia Spencer in Gifted
Outstanding Actress in a TV Comedy – Tracee Ellis Ross in black-ish
Outstanding Actress in a TV Drama – Taraji P. Henson in Empire
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a TV Drama – Joe Morton in Scandal
Outstanding Male Artist – Bruno Mars
Outstanding Female Artist – Mary J. Blige

SAG AWARDS (January)

Actress TV Drama – Clarie Foy in The Crown
Actor in Limited TV Series – Alexander Skarsgard in Big Little Lies
Ensemble in a Motion Picture – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

GRAMMY AWARDS (January)

Album of the Year – 24K Magic by Bruno Mars
Top Country Album – From a Room, Vol. 1 by Chris Stapleton
New Artist – Alessia Cara
Pop Duo/Group Performance – Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man
Top Rock Song – Run by Foo Fighters
Song Written for Visual Media – How Far I’ll Go from Moana by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Score Soundtrack for Visual Media – La La Land
Musical Theater Album – Dear Evan Hansen

RAZZIE AWARDS (March)

Worst Picture – The Emoji Movie
Worst Actor – Tom Cruise in The Mummy
Worst Supporting Actress – Kim Basinger in Fifty Shades Darker
Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel – Fifty Shades Darker

OSCARS (March)

Best Picture – The Shape of Water
Original Screenplay – Get Out by Jordan Peele
Film Editing – Lee Smith for Dunkirk
Best Supporting Actor – Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS (May)

Top Male Artist – Ed Sheeran
Top Female Artist – Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group – Imagine Dragons
Top Country Female Artist – Maren Morris
Top Soundtrack – Moana
Top Dance/Electronic Song – Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

TONY AWARDS (June)

Best Play – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Musical – The Band’s Visit
Best Revival of a Play – Angels in America
Best Actor in Leading Role in a Play – Andrew Garfield in Angels in America
Best Actress in Leading Role in a Play – Glenda Jackson in Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play – Nathan Lane in Angels in America

MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS (June)

Best Movie – Black Panther
Bet Performance in a Show Female – Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things
Best Hero – Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther) in Black Panther
Best Villain – Michael B. Jordan (N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger) in Black Panther
Scene Stealer – Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) in Riverdale
Best Fight – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) vs. German Soldiers in Wonder Woman

BET AWARDS (June)

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist – Bruno Mars
Video Director of the Year – Ava Duvernay
Best Actress – Tiffany Haddish
Young Stars Award – Yara Shahidi

SATURN AWARDS (June)

Best Action/Adventure Film – The Greatest Showman
Best Independent Film – Wonder
Best Actor in a Film – Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Best Actress in a Film – Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman
Best Supporting Actor in a Film – Patrick Stewart in Logan
Best Supporting Actress in a Film – Danai Gurira in Black Panther
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Film – Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming
Best Fantasy TV Series – Outlander
Best Superhero Adaptation TV Series – The Flash
Best New Media TV Series: – Star Trek: Discovery
Best New Media Superhero Series – Marvel’s The Punisher
Best Actress on TV: Sonequa Martin-Green in Star Trek: Discovery

TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS (August)

Achievement in Drama – Keri Russell in The Americans
Achievement in Comedy – Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding New Program – Killing Eve
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy – The Good Place
Lifetime Achievement – Rita Moreno
Heritage Award – Friends

TEEN CHOICE AWARDS (August)

Choice Action Movie- Avengers: Infinity War
Choice Sci-Fi Movie – Black Panther
Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor – Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok
Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress – Letitia Wright in Black Panther
Choice Fantasy Movie Actress – Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Choice Comedy Movie – Love, Simon
Choice Comedy Movie Actor – Dwayne Johnson in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Choice Summer Movie Actor – Chris Pratt in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Choice Drama TV Show – Riverdale
Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show – Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Choice Action TV Actor – Grant Gustin in The Flash
Choice Action TV Actress – Melissa Benoist in Supergirl
Choice Comedy TV Actor – Jaime Camil in Jane the Virgin
Choice Comedy TV Actress – Gina Rodriguez in Jane the Virgin
Choice Summer TV Star – Olivia Holt in Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
Choice Breakout TV Star – Vanessa Morgan in Riverdale
Choice Female Artist – Camila Cabello
Choice Country Artist – Carrie Underwood
Choice Collaboration – Rewrite the Stars by Zac Efron & Zendaya from The Greatest Showman soundtrack
Choice Summer Male Artist – Shawn Mendes

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS (August)

Artist of the Year – Camila Cabello
Best Pop – No Tears Left to Cry by Ariana Grande
Best Rock – Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons

EMMY AWARDS (September)

Drama Series – Game of Thrones
Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Claire Foy in The Crown
Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Matthew Rhys in The Americans
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Thandie Newton in Westworld
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones
Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Darren Criss in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Merritt Wever in Godless
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Alex Borstein in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Henry Winkler in Barry

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (October)

Favorite Female Artist Country – Carrie Underwood
Favorite Artist Alternative Rock – Panic! At The Disco
Favorite Soundtrack – The Album, Music From And Inspired By Black Panther

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (November)

Movie of 2018 – Avengers: Infinity War
Comedy Movie – The Spy Who Dumped Me
Family Movie – Incredibles 2
Action Movie Star – Danai Gurira in Black Panther
Show of 2018 – Shadowhunters
Drama Show – Riverdale
Male TV Star – Harry Shum Jr. in Shadowhunters
Female TV Star – Katherine McNamara in Shadowhunters
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show – Wynonna Earp
Male Artist – Shawn Mendes
Country Artist – Blake Shelton

GOTHAM AWARDS (November)

Best Feature – The Rider
Best Actor – Ethan Hawke in First Reformed
Best Actress – Toni Collette in Hereditary
Breakthrough Actor – Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade
Breakthrough Series, Long Form – Killing Eve
Jury Award for Ensemble Performance – Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman and Emma Stone in The Favourite
Audience Award – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Congratulations to all of the above winners (and the countless others who won awards) this year. Are any of the above your favorites? Do you think there was an actor or actress who was overlooked this year? Please share your thoughts.

TOMORROW: In Memorium

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but in my world I couldn’t live without music.

As I’ve shared for years now, I wake up to music every single day rather than an alarm. Every night I go to bed with music playing. The first thing I do after I start my car is turn on the radio. Whenever I leave my house, my music is playing as I don’t like to have a quiet house – even when I’m not around.

Music may not be for everyone, but I couldn’t function without it.

Since music plays a crucial role in my life, I wanted – like for so many years – to take the time to highlight just some of the songs, performers and video moments from this past year:

Top Female Singer of the Year – Camila Cabello

Here is the video to her number one hit single “Havana”:

Top Male Singer of the Year – Shawn Mendes

Here is the video for his hit single “In My Blood”:

Top Band of the Year – Panic! At The Disco

Here is the video for their hit song “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”:

Man This Guy Can Sing – Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco

Here is a video of Brendon and the band performing “Bohemian Rhapsody” live from Sydney for the American Music Awards:

Best New Band – lovelytheband

Here is the video for their song “Broken”:

Like Father, Like Son – Andrea Bocelli and Matteo Bocelli

Here is the video for their single “Fall On Me”:

Top Song From a Box Office Movie – “Shallow” from A Star Is Born (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper)

Here is the video for the single:

What An Incredible Recreation – Rami Malek performing as Freddie Mercury in the box office Bohemian Rhapsody

Check this link that features the side-by-side video.

Top Pop Song of the Year – “The Middle” by country music singer Maren Morris, record producer Zedd and musical duo Grey

Here is the video:

Top Country Singer – Kacey Musgraves

Here is the video for the title song from her latest album “Golden Hour,” which has been getting critical buzz and winning the talented singer awards:

Let’s Run Off to the Circus – “The Greatest Showman – Reimagined

Here are some of the official lyric videos for some of the reimagined songs:

Kelly Clarkson “Never Enough

Pink “A Million Dreams

The reimagined album also includes Panic! At The Disco, Sara Bareilles, Zac Brown Band, Pentatonix and Kesha [among others].

Merry Christmas to One and All – “Christmas Party” by The Monkees

Their first EVER Christmas album two years after their 50th Anniversary album came out.

The Monkees – “Unwrap You At Christmas” (Official Lyric Video)

Which artists stood out for you over this past year? What was your favorite song? Which songs did you get sick of hearing on the radio? What song could you listen to over and over again? What was the top album in your opinion? Please share your thoughts on the music of 2018 below.

TOMORROW: Movies

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The following industry personalities (listed in alphabetical order) passed away in 2017 and heartfelt condolences are extended to their families, friends and fans:

Roger Ailes (Founder, FOX News)
Lola Albright (Singer and Actress, TV’s “Peter Gunn” and Film classic “Champion”)
Gregg Allman (Pioneer of Southern Rock Allman Brothers Band)
Richard Anderson (Actor, “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman”)
Gary Austin (Founder of “The Groundlings”)
John G. Avildsen (Director, “Rocky” and “Karate Kid”)

Peter Baldwin (Actor turned Prolific TV Director)
Chuck Barris (Host, “Gong Show”)
Walter Becker (Guitarist, Bassist and Co-Writer for band Steely Dan)
Buzz Belmondo (Comedian-Actor, “Out of This World” and “Baywatch”)
Chester Bennington (Lead Singer of Linkin Park)
Shelley Berman (Actor, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Stand-Up Comedian)
Chuck Berry (Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer)
Joseph Bologna (Playwright, Director and Actor, “My Favorite Year”)
Powers Boothe (Actor, “Sin City,” “Nashville” and “Deadwood”)
Jimmy Breslin (Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Columnist)
Brad Bufanda (Actor, “Veronica Mars” – played Felix Toombs) [He was only 34]

Glen Campbell (Country Music Legend)
Bernie Casey (Actor, “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”)
David Cassidy (Singer-Actor, “The Partridge Family”)
Darlene Cates (Actress, Housebound Mom in box office film “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” film)
Alan Colmes (Fox News Commentator)
Barbara Cook (Broadway Actress, “Cabaret”)
Chris Cornell (Singer, Soundgarden and Audislave) [He was only 52]

Jonathan Demme (Director, “Silence of the Lambs”)
Fats Domino (R&B Singer and Rock Pioneer)
Roy Dotrice (Actor, “Beauty and the Beast”)
Gord Downie (Frontman of Tragically Hip, Canadian band)
John F. Dunsworth (Actor, “Haven”)

Nelsan Ellis (Actor, “True Blood”) [He was only 39]
Dick Enberg (Legendary Sportscaster)

Gloria Fallon (Mother of Comedian and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon)
Miguel Ferrer (Actor, “NCIS: Los Angeles”)
Neil Fingleton (British Actor, “Game of Thrones”) [He was only 36]
June Foray (the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale, “The Bullwinkle Show”)
Bruce Forsyth (Legendary British Entertainer and TV Personality, “The Generation Game”)
Warren Frost (Veteran Actor, “Twin Peaks” and “Seinfeld”)
Stephen Furst (Actor, “Animal House,” “Babylon 5” and “St. Elsewhere”)

Dick Gautier (Actor, Hymie the Robot on 1960’s classic “Get Smart”)
Troy Gentry (Half of the Popular Country Duo Montgomery Gentry)
Cuba Gooding, Sr. (Soul Singer and Father of Cuba Gooding, Jr.)
Robert Guillaume (Actor, “Benson”)
Sue Grafton (Best-Selling Author)
Dick Gregory (Pioneering Stand-Up Comedian and Civil Rights Activist)

Barbara Hale (Veteran Actress, “Perry Mason”)
Monty Hall (Host, “Let’s Make a Deal”)
Roy Halladay (American professional baseball player)
Ty Hardin (Actor, “Cheyenne” and “Bronco”)
Robert Hardy (British Actor, Cornelius Fudge [Minister of Magic] in “Harry Potter” franchise)
Connie Hawkins (Harlem Globetrotters Player)
Glenne Headly (Actress, “Lonesome Dove” and “Dick Tracey”)
John Heard (Actor, “Home Alone”)
Hugh Hefner (Founder, Playboy Magazine)
Blake Heron (Actor, “Tom and Huck” and “Shiloh”) [He was only 35]
Mike Hodge (Actor, “Law & Order” and SAG-AFTRA New York Local President)
John Hillerman (Actor, “Magnum, P.I.”)
Tobe Hooper (Director, “Texas Chain Saw Massacre”)
Lena Horne (Legendary Singer and Actress)
Rance Howard (Veteran Actor and Father of Actor-Director Ron Howard and Actor Clint Howard)
John Hurt (Veteran Actor, “Alien,” “The Elephant Man” and “Doctor Who”)
Earle Hyman (Veteran Actor, “The Cosby Show”)

Al Jarreau (Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer)

Jake LaMotta (Real-Life “Raging Bull” Boxer)
Mark LaMura (Actor, “All My Children”)
Martin Landau (Legendary Actor, “Mission: Impossible” and “Ed Wood”)
Chuck Law (Actor, “Goodfellas”)
Joan Lee (Wife of Legendary Comic Book Creator Stan Lee)
Jerry Lewis (Comedy Legend)

Ralphie May (Comedian)
Rose Marie (Legendary Actress)
Julio Oscar Mechoso (Veteran actor, “The Legend of Zorro”)
Dorothy Mengering (David Letterman’s Mom)
Heather Menzies-Urich (Actress, “Sound of Music”)
Dina Merrill (Actress and Philanthropist)
Roger Moore (Actor, “James Bond” Films)
Erin Moran (Actress, “Happy Days”)
Jeanne Moreau (French Actress, “Jules and Jim” and “Diary of a Chambermaid” and the U.S film “Ever After”)
Charlie Murphy (Actor and Comedian and Eddie Murphy’s Brother)

Jim Nabors (Singer-Actor, “Gomer Pyle”)
Michael Nygyist (Swedish Actor, the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”)

Paul O’Neill (Founder, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Don Ohlmeyer (NBC Producer and Executive)
Robert Osborne (TCM Host and Film Historian)

Tommy Page (90’s Singer and Music Executive [He was only 46]
Michael Parks (Character Actor, “Kill Bill”)
Bill Paxton (Actor, “Titanic” and TV adaptation “Training Day”)
Tom Petty (Rock n Roll Legend)
Gabe Pressman (Legendary New York TV Reporter)

Della Reese (Singer – Actress, “Touched By An Angel”)
Don Rickles (Legendary Comedian)
George Romero (Legendary Director, “Night of the Living Dead”)

Sam Shepard (Playwright and Actor, “The Right Stuff”)
Keely Smith (Legendary Jazz and Pop Singer)
Liz Smith (Gossip Columnist)
Harry Dean Stanton (Veteran Actor, “Big Love” and “Twin Peaks”)
Ward Sylvester (Manager and TV Producer, “The Monkees”)

Jay Thomas (Actor, “Murphy Brown” and “Cheers”)
Mary Tyler Moore (Legendary Actress)
Frank Vincent (Actor, “The Sopranos”)

Robert James Waller (Author, “Bridges of Madison County”)
Judge Joseph Wapner (Judge, “People’s Court”)
Ann Wedgeworth (Actress, “Three’s Company”)
Adam West (Legendary Actor, “Batman”)
John Wetton (Bassist and Singer for Asia)

Francine York (Actress, Classic “Batman” Series, 1960’s)
Malcolm Young (Rock Band AC/DC, Co-Founder and Guitarist)

NOTE: This list, in no way, covers all the industry talent who passed away this year. Again, condolences are extended to one and all.

Out of respect, please take a moment of silence.

TOMORROW: Ratings

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Every year there are lots of awards shows, some important, some just fun and numerous just plain silly or nonsensical, but the following list is just some of the top winners over the course of the year:

GOLDEN GLOBES (January)

Best Drama Picture: Moonlight
Best Musical-Comedy Picture: La La Land
Best Musical-Comedy Actor: Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Best Musical-Comedy Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Animated Film: Zootopia
Best TV Drama: The Crown (Netflix)
Best Drama Actress: Claire Foy, The Crown
Best Supporting Actress: Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
Best Supporting Actor: Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (January)

Favorite TV Show: Outlander
Favorite New TV Drama: This Is Us
Favorite Drama TV Actress: Priyanka Chopra, Quantico
Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor: Mark Harmon, NCIS
Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: Supernatural
Favorite Premium Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series: Outlander
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor: Sam Heughan, Outlander
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress: Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series: Kristen Bell, The Good Place
Favorite Movie Actor: Ryan Reynolds,
Favorite Action Movie: Deadpool
Favorite Action Movie Actress: Margot Robbie
Favorite Dramatic Movie: Me Before You
Favorite Family Movie: Finding Dory
Favorite Movie Icon: Johnny Depp
Favorite Song: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

SAG AWARDS (January)

Male Actor in a Leading Role: Denzel Washington, Fences
Outstanding Performance by a Cast (Motion Picture): Hidden Figures
Male Actor in a Drama Series: John Lithgow, The Crown
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble (Drama Series): Stranger Things

GRAMMY AWARDS (February)

Record of the Year: Adele, Hello
Album of the Year: Adele, 25
Song of the Year: Adele, Hello
Best Pop Vocal Album: Adele, 25
Best Rock Album: Cage the Elephant, Tell Me I’m Pretty
Best Country Song: Tim McGraw, Humble and Kind
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Pentatonix, “Jolene (feat. Dolly Parton)
Best Dance Recording: The Chainsmokers, “Don’t Let Me Down (featuring Daya)

BAFTA AWARDS (February)

Best Film: La La Land
Supporting Actor: Dev Patel, Lion
Documentary: 13th, Ava DuVernay
Sound: Arrival
The EE Rising Star Award: Tom Holland, Spiderman: Homecoming

NAACP AWARDS (February)

Outstanding Drama Series: Queen Sugar (OWN)
Outstanding Actor in a Drama: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama: Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama: Jussie Smollett, Empire (FOX)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama: Naturi Naughton, Power (Starz)
Outstanding Actress in a TV-Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special: Regina King, American Crime (ABC)

RAZZIE AWARDS (February)

Worst Picture: Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Worst Actress: Becky Turner (as Hillary Clinton), Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Worst Actor: Dinesh D’Souza (as himself), Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Worst Supporting Actress: Kristen Wiig, Zoolander No. 2
Worst Supporting Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Worst Screenplay: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

ACADEMY AWARDS (February)

Best Picture: Moonlight
Lead Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Lead Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Original Song: City of Stars, La La Land
Makeup and Hair: Suicide Squad

MTV MUSIC & TV AWARDS (May)

Show of the Year: Stranger Things
Best Actor in a Show: Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Best Hero: Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures
Best Villain: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead
Tearjerker: This Is Us: Jack and Randall at Karate
Best Duo: Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen, Logan

TEEN CHOICE AWARDS (August)

Choice Action Movie: Wonder Woman
Choice Action Movie Actor: Chris Pine, Wonder Woman
Choice Action Movie Actress: Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman
Choice Sci-Fi Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor: Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress: Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Choice Fantasy Movie: Beauty and the Beast
Choice Fantasy Movie Actor: Dwayne Johnson, Moana
Choice Fantasy Movie Actress: Emma Watson,Beauty and the Beast
Choice Drama Movie: Everything, Everything
Choice Summer Movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Choice Breakout Movie Star: Auli’i Cravalho – Moana

Choice Drama TV Show: Riverdale
Choice Drama TV Actor: Cole Sprouse, Riverdale
Choice Drama TV Actress: Lucy Hale,Pretty Little Liars
Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor: Dylan O’Brien, Teen Wolf
Choice Action TV Show: The Flash
Choice Action TV Actor: Grant Gustin, The Flash
Choice Action TV Actress: Melissa Benoist, Supergirl
Choice Breakout TV Star: Lili Reinhart, Riverdale

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (November)

Artist of the Year: Bruno Mars
New Artist of the Year: Niall Horan
Tour of the Year: Coldplay
Fave Pop/Rock Female Artist: Lady Gaga
Fave Pop/Rock Duo or Group: Imagine Dragons
Fave Male Country Artist: Keith Urban
Fave Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
Fave Alternative Rock Artist: Linkin Park
Fave Adult Contemporary Artist: Shawn Mendes
Top Soundtrack: Moana

GOTHAM AWARDS (November)

Best Feature: Call Me by Your Name
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Breakthrough Actor: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Best Screenplay: Get Out, Jordan Peele

Congratulations to all of the above winners (and the countless others who won awards) this year. Are any of the above your favorites? Do you think there was an actor or actress who was overlooked this year? Please share your thoughts.

TOMORROW: In Memorium

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As I’ve always said, in my world I couldn’t live without music.

Every day I wake up to music rather than an alarm. Every night I go to bed with music playing. The first thing I do after I start my car is turn on the radio. Whenever I leave my house, my music is playing as I don’t like to have a quiet house – even when I’m not around.

Music may not be for everyone, but I couldn’t function without it.

Since music plays a crucial role in my life, I wanted to take the time to highlight just some of the songs, performers and video moments from this past year:

Best New Female Singer – Alice Merton

Here is the video for her single “No Roots”:

Best New Male Singer – Rag’n’Bone Man

Here is the video for “Human”:

They Are Still Going Strong [TIE]– Kelly Clarkson and Pink

Here is Kelly’s video for “Love So Soft”:

Here is Pink’s video for “What About Us”:

And check out the two powerhouse singers performing at the 2017 American Music Awards:

Best New Group – Haim

Here is the video for “Want You Back”:

Most Moving Song of the Year – “Praying” by Kesha

Here is the video of Kesha performing the song live:

Best Hit of the Year – “Feel It Still” by Portugal.The Man

Here is the video:

Best Pop Rock Song of the Year – “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons

Here is the video:

She’s Not Kidding Around Anymore – “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift

Here is the video:

Best Dance Tune – “Don’t Lay Me Down” by The Chainsmokers featuring Daya

Here is the video:

Best Song from a Sophomore Album [Three-Way TIE] – “Too Good at Goodbyes” by Sam Smith; “Attention” by Charlie Puth and “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” by Shawn Mendes

Here is the video by Sam:

Here is the video from Charlie

Here is the video from Shawn

How the Hell Did They Film That (and Have Insurance to Cover It All) – “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles

Best Rock Song and Look at Life in America – “Walk on Water” by Thirty Seconds to Mars:

Here is the video:

Oh What a Great Cover – “Beauty and the Beast” by Leroy Sanchez & Lorea Turner

Which artists stood out for you over this past year? What was your favorite song? Which songs did you get sick of hearing on the radio? What song could you listen to over and over again? What was the top album in your opinion? Please share your thoughts on the music of 2016 below.

TOMORROW: Movies

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Based on information provided by the Box Office Mojo and some internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in the movie theatres in June:

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Opens: July 7

The film is set several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Peter Parker (Tom Holland), with the help of his mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges. Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May and other cast members include Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Logan Marshall-Green, Bokeen Woodbine, Hannibal Buress and Garcelle Beauvais.

Blind
Opens: July 14

A novelist blinded in a car crash which killed his wife rediscovers his passion for both life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife of an indicted businessman. The film stars Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott.

Lady MacBeth
Opens: July 14

Set in 19th century rural England, a young bride who has been sold into marriage to a middle-aged man discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate. The cast includes newcomers Florence Pugh and Cosmo Jarvis.

War for the Planet of the Apes
Opens: July 14

Two years after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes have been embroiled in a war against humans. As the ape population decreases, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts in order to avenge his fallen companions. The encounter with the apes and humans puts them into the ultimate confrontation, to determine the fate of the Earth. Other actors playing apes include Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, Ty Olsson, Alessandro Juliani and Sara Canning; among the humans includes Woody Harrelson.

Dunkirk
Opens: July 21

Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada and France are surrounded by the German Army on the beaches of Dunkirk and evacuated in Operation Dynamo between May 26 and June 4, 1940, during the early stages of the Second World War. The cast includes newcomers Fionn Whitehead and Tom Glynn-Carney, former One Direction member Harry Styles as well as established actors Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Opens: July 21

In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives charged with keeping order throughout the human territories. On assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two undertake a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where species from across the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and culture. At the center of Alpha is a mysterious dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. The film also stars Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman and Elizabeth Debicki.

Atomic Blonde
Opens: July 28

In 1989, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the shifting of superpower alliances, Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), a top-level spy for MI6, is dispatched to Berlin to take down a ruthless espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent for reasons unknown. She is ordered to cooperate with Berlin station chief David Percival (James McAvoy), and the two form an uneasy alliance, unleashing their full arsenal of skills in pursuing a threat that jeopardizes the West’s entire intelligence operation. The cast also includes John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, Toby Jones and Bill Skarsgard.

Strange Weather
Opens: July 28

A poignant, lyrical drama about a mother (Holly Hunter), who, in an effort to deal with the grief over the death of her son, travels the back roads of the deep south to settle a score. The film also stars Carrie Coon (Fargo), Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) and the late Glenn Headly.

The Emoji Movie
Opens: July 28

This animated film centers on Gene (voiced by T.J. Miller), a multi-expressional emoji who lives in a phone when he sets out on a journey to become a normal meh emoji like his parents after causing a misconception emoji. Other voices will be provided by James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Jake T. Austin, Christina Aguilera, Sofia Vergara, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Coolidge, Steven Wright and Rob Riggle.

Movies coming out in August will be posted at the end of July.

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