How deep are NBC’s pockets for The Sound of Music Live? Pretty deep! Sources for The Hollywood Reporter estimate that the three-hour live production starring Carrie Underwood is costing the network as much as $9 million. While it’s expected that NBC will lose money on the initial premiere, network chairman Robert Greenblatt is looking to bank on at least one additional broadcast before Christmas, as well as the companion soundtrack (out now) and a DVD (out December 17th). If the show turns out to be a hit, it could be a holiday season regular for the peacock network.
The Sound of Music Live! aired last night (Thursday) at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Two Canadian students have developed an exercise suit that tells wearers exactly how hard they are working and how specific body parts are being affected by their workouts.
It’s a full-body suit covered in tiny sensors that measure muscle output, heart rate, and breathing.
The sensors also monitor whether the person wearing it is stretching and lifting the way they’re supposed to.
With a gadget like this, who needs personal trainers? (PSFK.com)
The NSA may be tracking your cellphone. According to top secret documents and U.S. intelligence officials, the National Security Agency is collecting nearly 5 billion records a day on mobile phones around the globe.
You may rest easier to learn that the NSA isn't targeting Americans' location data on purpose. They say that their getting a large portion of information on the location of American mobile phones "incidentally," which means it's happening, but it's not deliberate.
Speaking anonymously, but with the permission of the NSA, one senior collection manager said, "We are getting vast volumes" of location data across the globe by tapping into the cables that connect mobile networks around the world and American mobile phone users.
Source: The Washington Post
All of your favorite Christmas movies are mashed-up into one great supercut.
According to Forbes magazine, the highest paid TV actor, male or female, is Sofia Vergara! They estimate that the 41-year-old Colombian bombshell brought in $30 million between June 2012 and June 2013!
Her salary of about $175,000 per episode of the hit show Modern Family certainly contributes to her wealth, but it is her numerous brand endorsements that carry her to the top of the list. She is a spokesperson for Diet Coke, Cover Girl, Comcast, State Farm Insurance, and a thyroid medication called Synthroid. Not only that, but she also has her own clothing line at K-Mart, is an executive producer of ABC’s Killer Women, and is half of the Latin World Entertainment management company.
It's refreshing that she made a whopping $6 million more than the highest guy on the list − Ashton Kutcher! This is a welcome change to the dichotomy that exists in Hollywood and in every other profession where women make less than men in the workplace. (HuffingtonPost)
If you’ve had enough of the hassle of remembering all your online passwords, consider downloading the app that allows you to use your face as a password.
The new app, called FaceCrypt, replaces typed passwords on mobile phones with facial recognition.
In other words, you’ll be setting your passwords in the form of selfies.
And, as a security boost, FaceCrypt prompts users to blink to make sure someone isn’t using a photograph to access a stolen phone.
A Chicago news anchor recently decided to ruin Christmas for any kids who may have been watching. Nice going. [Warning: This is not safe for kids who believe in Santa]
According to a new study, exercise during pregnancy may boost your baby's brain development.
Researchers found that moms-to-be who were more physically active during pregnancy had newborns with greater brain activity during their first weeks of life, which means those little baby brains had developed faster. (NY Daily News)
The soundtrack for NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! hits stores today (Tuesday). Carrie Underwood performing the classic title track, “My Favorite Things” and “The Lonely Goatherd" all made the 22-track compilation.
The Sound of Music Live! premieres on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The DVD lands in stores on December 17th.
(It'll make a great stocking stuffer!)