Who was the least valuable player in last year’s Super Bowl? Viewers might say it was the tousle-haired young boy in the Nationwide Insurance spot, talking about all the cool things he missed because he was killed in a household accident.
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DON’T MISS: “Grease: Live” — We’ve got chills, and they’re multiplying for this exuberant musical that whisks viewers back to Rydell High and rekindles the romance between Sandy (Julianne Hough) and Danny (Aaron Tveit). With a cast that includes Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer and Carly Rae Jepsen, this adaptation takes “the spine” of the 1978 film and melds it with pieces of the stage play. Hopefully, they’ll go together like a wop-bam-boom. 7 p.m. Sunday, Fox.
David Bowie, the British rock star who reshaped pop music with his changing, gender bending persona, created such a vast body of work in his career that it’s difficult to narrow his best and most noteworthy albums down to five (or even 10).
Netflix is expanding its rights to children’s content from DreamWorks Animation in a deal that would bolster their global relationship.
That was him once — on your soda cup, at your newsstand, stuck on the side of your bus.
The new “Force Awakens Play Set” for Disney Infinity 3.0 finishes the series of “Star Wars” sets offered this year, and in some ways stands apart as very distinct from them. The base set told an original story set against the familiar backdrop of the prequel trilogy’s “Clone Wars,” while the “Rise Against the Empire” set played fast and loose with the story of “A New Hope.” This set is similarly abridged, but rather than toying with familiar cultural mythology, the broad strokes here feel like the developer tip-toeing around spoilers.
The major movie studios haven’t been just waiting around to see whether “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” would be a blockbuster. They’ve known that since Disney announced the film in 2012. Now that it’s out, and possibly destined to become the highest-grossing film ever, the studios are aggressively rolling out some strong titles in 2016.
Aside from New Year’s Eve specials, it’s a lean week for original programming. Still, there are a few stand-out offerings. Here’s what caught my eye on television this final week of December.
The marketing campaign for the new David O. Russell film “Joy,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, has been extremely nervous about bringing down the party with the word “mop.” But mops are central to the narrative in “Joy,” and there’s no way around it.
It’s being called “peak TV,” meaning that the number of original scripted television productions — including an avalanche of high-quality shows — might be reaching an unsustainable level.
When Shanice Williams walked into her first New York open call, she carried these words from her grandmother: “If you’re nervous, you’re never going to get anywhere in life.”
What does Sturgill Simpson have in common with Willie Nelson and Nickel Creek?
Adele has announced that a new album was ready — and that she was “sorry it took so long, but, you know, life happened.”
The last great unknown territory on Earth doesn’t lie at the bottom of the sea or in the Arctic Circle or in the molten Earth’s core, but right here in the human brain.
Stephen Colbert has promised to follow Hollywood’s example in sucking up to China — a practice that has become a huge moneymaker for American film studios. In an episode of the “Late Show” this week, the host fawned over China’s achievements and vowed to get himself some of that “sweet and sour renminbi.”