Jake Gyllenhaal Sang “Aladdin” at the Tonys, but It Didn’t Air
One of the best things at the Tony Awards on Sunday was Jake Gyllenhaal singing “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin” with Sean Hayes and host James Corden. But you didn’t see it, because it never aired. They did it during a commercial break, but you can see it here:
Sean was in a musical called “Promises, Promises” back in 2010, and Jake actually has a good voice too. He just did “Little Shop of Horrors” in New York last year. Get more here.
Adam Levine Is Paying for Christina Grimmie’s Funeral
Adam Levine was Christina Grimmie’s coach on “The Voice”, and he’s still looking out for her. Christina’s brother Marcus says that Adam called their mom personally and said he’d pay for the funeral and her plane flight. Marcus also passed along a petition asking that she be remembered in a future “Legend of Zelda” game. Her YouTube channel was ‘zeldaxlove64,’ and it was her favorite game. The petition has over 23,000 signatures. And the GoFundMe that Christina’s manager set up for her family has raised over $145,000. By the way, her hometown of Evesham, New Jersey, held a candlelight vigil for her last night. Get more here.
Both Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber gave emotional performances dedicated to Christina:
— JustinBieberCrew.com (@JBCrewdotcom) June 12, 2016
Bill Murray Is Getting the Mark Twain Prize for Humor
The Kennedy Center announced yesterday that Bill Murray is getting this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Which is kind of like the lifetime achievement award for comedy. Bill put out this statement: Quote, “I’m honored by this award and by its timing. I believe Mark Twain has rolled over in his grave so much for so long, that this news won’t disturb his peace.” He’ll be the 19th comedian to get the award. Richard Pryor was the first in 1998, and Eddie Murphy got it last year. The ceremony happens in October.
Speaking of Bill, he sat in with the Cubs announcers during a game in Atlanta on Sunday, and he said he’d never been to a stadium that smelled so much like hamburgers.
He also told a reporter that he thinks this is the year the Cubs will finally win a World Series again. He’s just worried fans might burn the city down if it happens. And it sounds like he’s doing what he can to help, because he hooked Cubs starter Jake Arrieta up with a two-and-a-half-hour massage from his personal masseuse Saturday night. He also killed a few bottles of wine with Cubs manager Joe Maddon that night, and Joe said he’s a very easy person to hang with. Get more here.
The Voice of Judy Jetson and the Body of “Alf” Have Died
You might not recognize the name Janet Waldo, but you’d recognize her voice. She provided the voice for Judy Jetson on “The Jetsons”, Josie on “Josie and the Pussycats”, and was Hanna-Barbera’s “Penelope Pitstop”. Well, she passed away on Sunday at the age of 96. Her daughter said she was diagnosed with a benign but inoperable brain tumor five years ago. She voiced Judy during the show’s entire “Jetsons” run, and was the last surviving main cast member. She also recorded Judy’s lines for the 1990 movie, but at the last minute she was replaced by the ’80s pop singer Tiffany. There was a lot of backlash about that at the time. Janet was married to Robert E. Lee, the playwright, not the Confederate General. She was old, but not that old. By the way, Michu Meszaros has died. He was the two-foot-nine actor who starred on “Alf”. He was the guy in the Alf costume, not the voice. Yesterday we heard that he was in a coma, and that it wasn’t looking good. Michu was once a popular circus performer, and was also a friend of Michael Jackson’s. He was 76. Get more here.