Veteran NBC, ABC newscaster dies at 99

CLOSE Hugh Downs spent seven decades in front of the camera and was one of America’s most recognizable journalists. Wochit Hugh Downs, whose smooth delivery and warm demeanor led to a seven-decade career in television news and talk, died Wednesday at the age of 99. Downs died of natural causes at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday, his great-niece, Molly …

The Best Behind-The-Scenes Facts From Action Movies

From lost fingertips to ripped-out eyelashes — this post has it all! 1. John Wick (2014) was originally titled Scorn, and the only reason the title was changed at all was because Keanu Reeves kept remembering it wrong. Lionsgate “The only reason it’s called John Wick is because Keanu kept referring to it as John Wick [in interviews],” said co-creator …

50 best TV shows on Netflix in July 2020: ‘Pose,’ ‘Star Trek,’ more

CLOSE USA TODAY TV Critic Kelly Lawler breaks down her must-see TV shows of the spring and talks about how the pandemic is affecting production. USA TODAY Every month Netflix giveth, and every month Netflix taketh away.  The streaming giant regularly updates its vast library, adding TV shows and films for your binge-watching pleasure and removing those it no longer …

Rizzo Grease Trivia Quiz

♫ Keep your filthy paws off my silky drawers ♫ 1. What’s Rizzo’s first name? Paramount Pictures Correct!  Wrong!  Betty Via Paramount Pictures 2. And what’s her first line in Grease? Paramount Pictures Correct!  Wrong!  “Well, here we are again.” Via Paramount Pictures 3. What kind of alcohol does she bring to Frenchy’s sleepover? Paramount Pictures 4. Which T-Bird did …

In audience-less ‘AGT’, spoken-word performer makes Sofia Vergara cry

CLOSE The Brothers Gage auditioned in March before ‘America’s Got Talent’ judges, but not a cheering audience, as the show adjusts to the COVID-19 pandemic. USA TODAY Handout Spoiler alert! This story contains details from the June 30 episode of “America’s Got Talent.” “America’s Got Talent” headed into uncharted territory Tuesday.  The sixth day of auditions, which was taped in March, …

Alicia Keys hosts star-studded Nickelodeon racism special for kids

CLOSE Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” has given us plenty to love over the last 20 years, but we’ve narrowed it down to our five favorite things. Wochit Monday night’s “Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special” brought together “future leaders and activists” to amplify young Black voices and provide a “safe space” to discuss race.  One month after airing a …

‘The Simpsons’ promises no more white people as non-white characters

CLOSE At the Sundance premiere of his new film “The Sunlit Night,” Zach Galifianakis says he got the role from his “old, weird friend,” actress and producer Jenny Slate. (Jan. 28) Following nationwide protests against racism, the people behind the animated shows “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “Big Mouth” and “Central Park” are rethinking which actors should be able to voice non-white role. …