Diane Warren News

Cher Talks Dating, Accepting Son Chaz & More in Latest Issue of AARP The Magazine
by BWW News Desk - Aug 07, 2014

Across nearly half a century of hit records, acclaimed movies, and concert spectacles, the unstoppable Cher has deftly managed to maintain her youthful mystique while simultaneously delighting in the wisdom that age brings. Now 68, the superstar and self-described 'phoenix' sat down with AARP The Magazine to chat about everything from her new hit album and sold-out tour, to her private world and why she avoids mirrors. (more...)

Ace Young, Josh Groban & More React to Passing of AMERICAN IDOL Alum Michael Johns
by TV News Desk - Aug 04, 2014

Over the weekend, celebrities and former Idol contestants shared their sorrow over the passing of the talented singer (more...)

Jody Gerson Named Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2014

Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, announced today that it has appointed Jody Gerson as Chairman and CEO of the company's music publishing division, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), effective January 1, 2015. (more...)

Kierra Sheard Tops Charts at No. 1 with New Album 'Graceland'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Kierra Sheard's fifth studio album, GRACELAND, debuted at number one on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart and number 33 on the Top 200 chart this week. (more...)

Albert Hammond Coming to South Africa in October
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

The Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival and Charl van Heyningen Enterprises will present the forthcoming SA tour by chart-topping singer and songwriter, Albert Hammond, OBE who returns to South Africa for three concerts only this October. (more...)

Diane Warren To Be Honored By Point Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Point Foundation (Point) will present its Leadership Award to songwriter Diane Warren, whose work has been recognized with Grammy and Golden Globe awards and multiple Academy Award nominations. The Point Leadership Award is given to an individual who has achieved prominence in their professional career and unequivocally supported the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Warren has repeatedly spoken out against bigotry of all kinds, including discrimination directed at the LGBTQ community. The 'It Gets Better' musical theater project that is touring the U.S. in support of LGBTQ youth includes songs of Warren's alongside those of Gnarls Barkley, Kelly Clarkson and Alanis Morissette. (more...)

Chita Rivera Performs at 2014 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Last night, the legendary CHITA RIVERA wowed the packed Marriot Marquis ballroom for the 45th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Gala. She was greeted with cheers and a standing ovation as she sang a medley from WEST SIDE STORY, which included 'A Boy Like That' and the show-stopping 'America', in a program designed to mix past and future sounds. (more...)

Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington Among WIF Award Recipients
by Movies News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Since 1977, Women In Film, Los Angeles has annually honored exemplary women in the entertainment industry – women who lead by example, who are creative, groundbreaking, and who excel at their chosen fields. (more...)

Lighting Designer Kristie Roldan Supports IT GETS BETTER Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2014

This spring lighting designer Kristie Roldan of Look Up Point Design designed and supported the It Gets Better tour, a musical theater performance that is the culmination of a week-long series of educational and outreach workshops in communities across the nation. (more...)

Advertising Agency Dewynters Announces New Senior Management Team
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

Dewynters, the leading full-service advertising, marketing and design agency for the arts and entertainment, has announced key senior management changes whereby Bob King becomes Chief Executive, with Fiona Carpenter and Lisa Popham becoming joint Chief Operating Officers, and Diane Warren Chief Administrative Officer. Anthony Pye-Jeary remains in his role as Founder and Chairman. (more...)

E! Announces Dynamic Original Programming Slate Featuring New & Returning Series
by TV News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

E! announces a dynamic original programming slate with new series, specials and live events, and successful ongoing and returning franchises. (more...)

Legacy Recordings Announces CD/DVD Release of Mystery Girl - Deluxe, the 25th Anniversary Edition of Roy Orbison's Final Album Masterpiece, on May 20, 2014
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

NEW YORK, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, in conjunction with Roy's Boys LLC, the Nashville-based company formed by the sons of the late Roy Orbison, commemorate the 25th anniversary of the artist's Mystery Girl with the release of both a CD/DVD Deluxe edition coming Tuesday, May 20, 2014 as well as a 15-track (audio only) Mystery Girl Expanded edition CD. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM Waltzes & Rhumbas To The Stage!
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 28, 2014

Today we are turning our attention to the recently announced stage adaptation of visionary theatre and film director Baz Luhrmann's blazing 1992 'Red Curtain Trilogy' entry STRICTLY BALLROOM, for which he has aligned a particularly impressive assortment of creative team members, with rehearsals currently underway for an opening set at the end of next month. (more...)

Wheeler, Furler, Perfect, Foster & Warren Create Music and Lyrics for Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

On Tuesday 25 February 2014 internationally renowned director, BAZ LUHRMANN, who is hard at work in the rehearsal room at Carriageworks, announced the extraordinary composers he and co-writer CRAIG PEARCE have collaborated with in order to bring STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL to life on stage. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Ace Young & Diana DeGarmo Talk JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT 2014 Tour, SAMSON & DELILAH At 54 Below, New EP & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jan 27, 2014

Today we are talking to a terrifically talented twosome who have found success sharing the stage both in entertainment endeavors and in life itself - real-life triple-threat couple Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo. Discussing many details of their two upcoming major musical productions - first, a special live concert presentation of the new musical SAMSON & DELILAH at cool NYC cabaret venue 54 Below, followed by the release of the concept album; as well as the upcoming new national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's classic family-friendly Biblically-themed musical JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, kicking off in a few short weeks - Young and DeGarmo share their passion for the arts and their unwavering commitment to their craft. Furthermore, the attractive and fit duo share how they are preparing for their upcoming Biblical roles and how they first became involved with the respective projects themselves. Additionally, both shed some light on their notable AMERICAN IDOL heydays, sharing backstage stories from the intriguing list of credits on their impressive resumes thus far. Plus, DeGarmo shares thoughts on the many in-development musicals she has had a hand in developing, from Sheryl Crow's forthcoming DINER to the similarly screen-to-stage adaptation of JAWBREAKER, not to mention her memorable work in the recent revisal version of CARRIE and more. As if all of that were not enough, Young and DeGarmo also recount memories of starring on Broadway together in HAIR as well as reflect on their turns in GREASE and HAIRSPRAY, while also casting a glance back at some favorite early roles, as well. Everything mentioned plus first news on the couple's new self-penned EP titled YOUNG & FREE as well as much more awaits in this career-spanning conversation with two of musical theatre's most popular and affable modern stars! (more...)

GRAMMY Pre-Telecast Ceremony Streamed Live at Grammy.com; Cyndi Lauper Hosts Tonight
by TV News Desk - Jan 26, 2014

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Pre-Telecast Ceremony will take place at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on today, Jan. 26, 2014, from 1 - 3:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed live internationally at GRAMMY.com/live and CBS.com. (more...)

GRAMMY Pre-Telecast Ceremony to Be Streamed Live at Grammy.com; Cyndi Lauper Hosts
by TV News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Pre-Telecast Ceremony will take place at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, from 1 - 3:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed live internationally at GRAMMY.com/live and CBS.com. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Talk THE SOUND OF MUSIC: LIVE!, PIPPIN Movie, Oscars 2014, Upcoming Projects & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 20, 2013

Last night I had the pleasure of speaking to two of the hottest producers in Hollywood and on Broadway all about their recent smash hit December with the ratings bonanza of NBC's live presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC as well as the three-network tent-pole two-night TV event, BONNIE & CLYDE - the peerless Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Discussing all aspects of the unprecedented live presentation, Zadan and Meron outline the process of bringing the gigantic production to the small screen and grant us a vivid look behind the scenes of the big show. Additionally, Zadan and Meron comment on the social media frenzy that occurred during the 25+ million-viewed telecast as well as their reaction to criticism of country music superstar Carrie Underwood in the starring role, as well as their longstanding relationship with NBC in general. Plus, Zadan and Meron also clue us in on what elements they seek out in special events such as this as we look ahead to next year's confirmed major live musical - whatever could it be?! Besides all about THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Zadan and Meron also offer us the 411 on a number of other projects immediately upcoming in 2014 and far beyond, with a special focus on their just-announced Harvey Weinstein collaboration on a feature film version of Stephen Schwartz's beloved PIPPIN, as well as first news on a forthcoming original Beach Boys jukebox musical currently in development and preliminary information on the pilot for a new musical series inspired by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren titled SONGBYRD, set to shoot in January. All of that, reflections on last year's sensational Academy Awards broadcast hosted by the controversial Seth MacFarlane and a look ahead to this year's Zadan & Meron-produced Oscars show - set to be hosted by daytime queen Ellen Degeneres - as well as stories from their early years producing cabaret showcases and penning books on theatre as well as much, much more in this all-encompassing conversation with the most important men in movie musicals. (more...)

WINNIE MANDELA Available on DVD & Blu-Ray Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 03, 2013

One Village Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, announces the DVD and Blu-ray release of WINNIE MANDELA on December 3, 2013. Starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (Best Supporting Actress, Dreamgirls, 2006) and Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Best Actor, Hustle & Flow, 2005), WINNIE MANDELA is an epic story of love, Sacrifice and courage. The film will be available on DVD for a SRP of $27.97 and on Blu-ray for a SRP of $29.97. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jennifer Hudson Honored with Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
by TV News Desk - Nov 14, 2013

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson was honored with the 2,512th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in Los Angeles. (more...)

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