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Keke Palmer Joins FOX’s “Grease: Live” Musical As Pink Lady Marty Maraschino + North West Brings The Tutu Cuteness For Ballet Class

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If you’re a fan of the original classic film GREASE (like we are) we have good news! FOX is bringing a live musical to the silver screen. And Keke Palmer has nabbed a role as Marty Maraschino. Get the deets and peep the adorableness from North West on her way to ballet class inside…

There’s nothing like one of your fave classic films being turned into a live musical with a YBF chick nabbing a role. “Scream Queens” star Keke Palmer has inked another deal with FOX. And this time, she’s hitting the stage for a live musical of the 1978 classic film GREASE. One thing is for sure, she'll be able to hold her own on the live stage play since wrapping up her stint as the first African-American Cinderella on Broadwayearlier this year.

Keke will be playing the mouthy, yet prissy Pink Lady Marty Maraschino…”you know, like the cherry,” in the upcoming musical staging of “GREASE: LIVE.” She will star alongside Julianne Hough, who will play good girl-turned-bad Sandy Olsson, and Vanessa Hudgens who will portray Pink Lady honcho Rizzo. No word on who will play Frenchy and Jan yet.

The special will be executive produced by Marc Platt (“Wicked,” “Into the Woods”), director Thomas Kail (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) will oversee the stage direction and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing with the Stars”) will serve as the live television director. Broadway writers Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins have been tapped to write the script.

Mark your calendars! The three-hour special is set to air Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm ET on FOX. We’re SO here for this.

In today's kid candids.... 

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Can North West get ANY cuter? Short answer: Yes, she can.  Nori was spotted in an adorable white tutu, a white custom tailored Balmain blazer (gifted by Olivier Rousteing himself) paired with little white ballet slippers leaving her weekly ballet class in Tarzana, California today.

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Nori’s cousin Penelope Disick was also dressed for their ballet lesson rocking a black tutu. Kanye's daughter decided (or her mom) to wear her white tutu today after wearing her black tutu a few days ago. She was spotted leaving Miss Melodee Dance Studio toting a camera a few days ago. Peep her epic side-eye HERE.

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Half way to the car, Nori clearly was over walking, so like most toddlers....

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....she got her mom to carry her to the car. North has a birthday coming up. The celebuspawn will celebrate her 2nd birthday on June 15th. We wonder what the follow up to her KIDCHELLA themed party will be like. We're sure it will be something spectacular.



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Photos: Getty/FameFlynet/Pacific Coast News/Splash

Mariah Carey SLAMS Boring "American Idol", Calls It "The Worst Experience Of My Life” + Deets From Janet Jackson's Surprise 49th Birthday Party

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Mariah Carey just slammed the team at "American Idol" deeming it the worst experience of her life!  Find out what else she shared about her old gig inside get the exclusive deets about Janet Jackson's surprise 49th birthday inside.

According to Mariah Carey, working at "American Idol" was even worse than watching her movie Glitter.  OK....we added a little emphasis there (cause we LOVE the Glitter soundtrack) but she did describe her tenure as a judge (alongside rival Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson) as the worst experience of her life...and that's a pretty strong statement considering she had an alleged nervous breakdown after Glitter. 

The shocking admission popped up earlier today when an interview Mimi did with Australian KIIS FM hosts Kyle and Jackie O hit stateside. And she didn't hold back.....

When asked what she thought about the show, which was recently cancelled by FOX, Mimi said 'It's so boring and so fake.' So what makes the show fake? Mimi says the judges are coaxed into exaggerated feedback and B.S. chatter to gain more ratings.

"I'm sorry I just think it's... when i say it's fake... I mean like you have to make up things to say about people. Half the time the performances are good, you just be like "it was good" and you feel like ending it there: "You were really good."

But....FOX didn't want the comments or the drama to stop. covered the nasty fallout between Mariah and Nicki a few years ago and Ms. Carey thinks it was all the execs!

'Pitting two females against each other wasn't cool. It should have been about the contestants instead of about some non-existent feud that turned into even more ridiculousness and I would never want to be involved in it again, but everyone else can like it.'

'I'm not going to get into what it was, let's just say, I don't think they had any intentions of us having a good experience through that show.

Ouch! Sounds like typical reality tv and reality competition shows.  But here's our final question, can we expect to see Mariah take the stage next season for AI's final show? She said, 'Hell, no! Absolutely not, that was the worst experience of my life.'

Well....that settles that.

In other icon news:

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Janet Jackson celebrated her 49th birthday with her husband Wissam Al Mana (shown at The Giorgio Armani 40th Anniversary Dinner Reception in Paris last month)and a group of the couple's closest on May 16th, in LA. The "surprise" affair was hosted at LA's Hyde Lounge where Wissam tricked her beautiful wife, telling her they were going out for a simple sushi dinner. However, a source told E!

"When she arrived in the venue with her husband and bodyguard, they escorted her to the patio where her closest friends and some family members were waiting for her with a big surprise!"

After they dined on sushi catered by Katsuya, Janet celebrated with “two beautiful cakes”, the source added. They group of 30 partied until 1:30 in the morning.  The funniest tidbit about the party involved one of Jan's brothers. The source says he was wearing head-to-toe Louis Vuitton. Oh Jermaine! So damn extra...

The six-time Grammy winner recently announced that she is releasing a new album this year and there will also be a tour coming up. The message to fans said "I promised you'd hear it from my lips. And now you will. This year. New music. New world tour. A new movement. I've been listening. Let's keep the conversation going."

In fact, Mrs. Jackson Al Mana began rehearsals today in Los Angeles.  Check out the photo of Jan heading into the studio here.
Are we excited about Janet's #ConversationsInACafe?


1.  On Monday, June 1st, comedian Tracy Morgan will sit down with Matt Lauer on “Today” in his first interview since the New Jersey Turnpike collision with a Walmart truck left him critically injured and killed fellow comic James “Uncle Jimmy Mack” McNair.

The comedian recently settled with Wal-Mart for an undisclosed amount. In a statement to the press, he said, “Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably.” Story.


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MOVIE FAB: Production For Spike Lee’s ‘Chiraq’ Film Begins In Chicago + Pics Of Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes & More At First Table Read

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Looks like Spike Lee’s new controversial film Chiraq is starting to shape up in Chicago. Peep pics of Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, LaLa Anthony and more around the Windy City inside….

Although Spike Lee’s upcoming film Chiraq has drawn some criticism and backlash recently, it appears the movie has started production in Chicago.

Production assistant Anya Adams snapped a pic of The Butler star John Cusack, Expendables 3 star Wesley Snipes and “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon gathered at the very first table read for the upcoming flick (supposedly about the violence that plagues Chicago) a few days ago.

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A few weeks ago, the Oscar nominated director spoke during a news conference at St. Sabina Catholic Church in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood to address the backlash and rumors circulating about his film. In short, he said,

“Everything I’ve done has led up to this film,” Lee said, adding a simple overall message: Don’t prejudge the film, whatever it may depict or be titled.

“I love Chicago, you know,” he said. “Wait until the movie comes out. You don’t like it, you don’t like, but wait, see it first. This is not a joke, this is not a game,” he said, “this is real life and death, and that’s the way we are going to approach this.”

There haven’t been many details about the film (like the official synopsis), but we have heard rumors of who may star in the film. And recently, a few of them have been posting up flicks while out and about in Chicago:

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"Power" star LaLa Anthony has been rumored to star in the film and she was spotted in Chi-town over the weekend with friends, including Derrick Rose's baby's mother Mieka Reese.

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Nick Cannon has been posting up shots from the Windy City. A few days ago, he said, "Nothing but love on the Southside of Chicago yesterday. The youngsters held me down! #rockyourdrop #ChicagoStandUp"

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is also rumored to have signed up for the film. Last week, J-Hud made a visit to her alma mater Dunbar Vocational High School in Chi-town:


A video posted by Jennifer Hudson (@iamjhud) on May 21, 2015 at 1:51pm PDT


Today, LaLa was busy rocking out to Rihanna’s “BBHMM” in the car with "The Wire" star Felicia "Snoop" Pearson:



A video posted by Felicia Pearson (@bmoresnoop) on May 28, 2015 at 8:41am PDT


A few other YBF folks are rumored to be on the set, including Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Common and Mos Def (Yasiin Bey).

There have also been a few celeb sightings around the city. According to the Chicago Tribune, The Game and Trey Songz were partying (separately) at Studio Paris nightclub inside Paris Club Bistro & Bar on May 16th, Chance the Rapper dined at Lou Malnati’s on May 17th and former president Bill Clinton had lunch at Joe Fish on May 18th.

Who’s excited? 


Photos: LaLa's IG/Nick's IG/@whatsanyamind/@miekajoi_

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