TV Notes: Eurythmics uniting at Beatles tribute; Kaling cover drawing fire
January 8, 2014 12:00 AM
The Eurythmics are reuniting -- to pay tribute to the Beatles, according to the Associated Press.
The Recording Academy announced Monday in New York that Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart will perform as a duo for "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles." The event will be taped at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Jan. 27, a day after the Grammy Awards.
Longtime Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich, who is also producing the Beatles special, thought the Eurythmics would be ideal to honor the iconic group.
"When it came around to booking this show, what I felt was important was to try and find those artists who not only would be able to interpret Beatles songs, but would also have an ... understanding of what they meant," he said in an interview.
The Eurythmics, who sold millions of albums and whose hits include "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," released their debut in 1981. Mr. Ehrlich said Ms. Lennox and Mr. Stewart, who have launched successful solo careers, are thrilled to perform in tribute to the Beatles.
Mr. Ehrlich wouldn't say which Beatles tune the British duo would perform, but John Mayer and Keith Urban will pair up to perform "Don't Let Me Down," while Alicia Keys and John Legend will perform a duet on "Let It Be." Maroon 5 also will hit the stage.
The special will air on CBS on Feb. 9 -- exactly 50 years after the Beatles made their U.S. debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." An estimated 73 million viewers tuned in to watch the event, which has become one of the world's top cultural moments.
"They really did change people's lives, so what I'm hoping this show ... gets across is the message that occasionally in history we are touched by certain artists who have a profound effect on us beyond just the music that they make," Mr. Ehrlich said.
He wouldn't confirm if surviving Beatles Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr would attend the event, although the Beatles will be honored with a lifetime achievement award two days earlier at the Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards in Los Angeles.
Mindy Kaling is one of the most successful women on television, so it makes perfect sense that Elle would honor her for its fourth annual Women in TV issue. After her cover was released on Monday, however, critics were quick to point out that Ms. Kaling received a different treatment than fellow honorees Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"), Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") and Allison Williams ("Girls"), E! News and People report.
Ms. Kaling, creator and star of Fox's "The Mindy Project," is the only woman featured in black and white. She is also the sole person whose picture is cropped to focus on her face, as opposed to her entire body.
"It could be a total coincidence -- after all, when the Internet got up in arms over Melissa McCarthy's covered-up treatment, both the star and the magazine spoke out to say that Ms. McCarthy herself picked out the coat that sparked the controversy," Fashionista's Tyler McCall argues, recalling the November 2013 incident that plus-size actress Ms. McCarthy jokingly dubbed "Jacket-Gate."
According to Styleite's Lauren Valenti, "Kaling has said publicly that she's a size 8, and while that's an average size for normal women, it's not exactly the Hollywood status quo. It would have been a powerful move for Elle to show a full-length shot, especially considering that they've landed in turmoil for failing to do just that with Gabourey Sidibe [one of the magazine's October 2010 cover girls]."
But Ms. Kaling, 34, loves it -- and is cutely and cleverly using the controversy to her advantage.
She tweeted Tuesday that the shoot "made me feel glamorous & cool," adding, "I love my @ELLEmagazine cover.
"And if anyone wants to see more of my body, go on thirteen dates with me," she quipped. She also took the opportunity to plug the new "Mindy Project" episode that aired Tuesday. "Wishing for more skin on my @ELLEmagazine cover?" she wrote teasingly. "Chris Messina & I are naked on a brand new #themindyproject tonight, ya pervs!"
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