We’ve all got some legendary family recipes that have been handed down over the generations.
But those “old” recipes seem rather new when compared to the ones Max Miller turns up on his YouTube show “Tasting History.” Miller, who creates weekly segments from his kitchen featuring recipes that are hundreds of years — if not centuries — old.
You may think you’re the Hallmark holiday movie slate’s No. 1 fan. But have you met Brandon Gray, Daniel “Panda” Pandolph and Daniel Thompson?
Maybe not — unless you’ve been listening to “Deck the Hallmark,” a podcast hosted by the three former teachers, in which they tackle every one of the dozens of holiday releases the channel premieres each season.
“Hallmark has gotten so good in capturing all the feelings, all the nostalgia around the holidays and putting them on screen,” said Gray, who started the podcast in 2018 with Pandolph and Thompson. Over 250 episodes later, “Deck the Hallmark” has become a full-time job for all three of them, now armed with a book deal (out in 2021).
“People like myself long for the holidays all year, and there’s nothing quite like being with family for the holidays, and Hallmark just captures it,” said Gray, who added that he’s “excited” that the channel is becoming more diverse with its casting and stories.
But which of Hallmark’s films truly deserve a place on the mantelpiece? TODAY tracked Gray down ahead of the full holiday season to get the scoop on the best, brightest and most twinkly of all the Hallmark holiday films he’s cozied up to!
As the host of “Jeopardy!” for 36 years, Alex Trebek was one of a kind — a comforting presence who proved being smart was seriously cool.
But now that the man with all the answers has passed away — Trebek died from pancreatic cancer on November 8 — there’s one big question still outstanding: Who will take his place?
Speculation on social media has been running high, so we reached out to a few game show experts to see who they consider to be the top seven candidates.
Jake Broido’s case had a particularly good royalty to auction: his steady stream of about $10,000 each year from his background vocals on Wiz Khalifa’s 2015 hit “See You Again” (featuring Charlie Puth). Ten grand is a nice chunk of cash to count on each year, but at that pace it would take him 10 years to amass the money he’d need to kick off his career as indie pop artist the Truth Experiment.
So, in 2017, he paired with Royalty Exchange, which auctioned his domestic royalties to the song for $102,000 for Broido to pocket, minus a percentage the company collects.
“It gave me a three-year runway to focus on my music and put out my own record,” says Broido, who has since worked with Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Kendrick Lamar, among others. “All these things have come from me taking the independent investment to run my own career.”
Nobody gets to be just a celebrity anymore. Whether you make movies, star in a reality television series, top the music charts or choose to share your passions via video platforms or in some other way, you have to be something of a Jack (or Jill) of multiple trades if you want real industry staying power.
In other words, to hit that upper echelon, you may just have to be about the Business of Self, which in today’s media climate involves building a brand by capitalizing on the image your career has cultivated.
“Celebrity Licensing,” the new 16-page special report by Variety Intelligence Platform, presented by City National Bank, explores three case studies of stars of varying stripes (including one who died in 1980) who tackled the modern world of self-salesmanship.
Emmys time gives us a chance to admire and honor the fabulous performances, the entertaining shows, the visionary artisan work of the series that transported us over the past television season. But what about the parts of the industry that don’t have their own awards category? Who will speak for the overlooked, the special and totally weird?
Why, we will! Presenting The Envelope’s 2020 Envy Awards, now as always presented in living, virtual color!
This has been one of the worst summers on record for most people, what with the pandemic, political divisiveness and social injustices plaguing the country. But even still, it’s a pretty cool time to be a member of the Cephas Jones family. In July, dad Ron and daughter Jasmine each earned Emmy nominations.
And while Ron has been through this excitement before (he’s won an Emmy for the role of William on “This Is Us”), this is Jasmine’s first nomination — for the Quibi short program “#FreeRayShawn.” But the 31-year-old actress has already experienced the “Hamilton” whirlwind, earning a 2016 Grammy for the Broadway smash’s soundtrack.
The duo is remarkably close — despite living on opposite coasts. They recently Zoomed in together on a call with The Envelope and talked about taking advice from Philip Seymour Hoffman, how jazz and acting overlap, and why it’s important to show up and just do the work.
The most important scene in a TV episode isn’t always clear-cut: Is it when a character makes a big decision? Is it a small call-back moment to an earlier season? Does it come as an unplanned surprise — even to the writer? The answer for all of this year’s drama and comedy series Emmy nominees is … yes, yes and yes! Here’s how each of the 14 nominated writers in those categories singled out their most important scenes to The Envelope.
Showbiz whirlwind Bette Midler has — like most of us — been temporarily corralled, riding out the COVID-19 lockdown in her upstate New York home. But such containment is a rare state for Midler, who in her 50-odd (sometimes quite odd) years in entertainment has gone from singing in New York City’s Continental bathhouse to winning Grammys (three), Emmys (three), a Tony and scoring Academy Award nominations (two).
She’s up again for an Emmy this season for guest starring as firecracker political manager Hadassah Gold in “The Politician,” and even official quarantine hasn’t kept her from starring in the upcoming remotely shot “Coastal Elites” for HBO. Midler spoke via phone with The Envelope about legacy, Twitter and getting impeached. Prepare for a totally divine experience.