SEATTLE, Dec. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Americans would most like to be neighbors with comedian and late-night-show host Jimmy Fallon in 2015, according to the eighth annual Zillow Celebrity Neighbor Survey i. Pop star Justin Bieber was named the least desirable neighbor of 2014, earning the most 'worst neighbor' votes in the survey's eight-year history. (more...)
Celebrity "click factor" is derived from an algorithm that aggregates
data on user engagement and virality among millions of visitors to
entertainment, lifestyle and sports publishers. MGID uses "click factor"
to identify the entertainment topics that are most desirable by the
end-user and can help inform content creators and advertisers relevant
audience trends. (more...)
The 26th annual edition of Gypsy of the Year raised a record-breaking $5,229,611 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS thanks to six weeks of fundraising by 64 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies. (more...)
Having witnessed the stultifying, bloated NBC production of PETER PAN LIVE (what were the 'powers that be' thinking would hold a child's attention span for three hours, however padded with yet more Peter Pan plugs from Walmart?), I was reluctant to attend Playhouse on the Square's annual production of the James Barrie children's classic. I am probably one of the handful of reviewers to recall the 1955 NBC production (and later one as well) with the legendary pairing of Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard (whose fruity, overly ripe 'Captain Hook' would make Johnny Depp's 'Jack Sparrow' seem more like a white collar executive). As an IPad-free child inured to black and white fare, it hardly mattered that Mary Martin was, to put it politely, mature; that the production values were clunky; that the wires and 'Tinker' herself were glaringly apparent. In short, I was captivated. Yet, Martin possessed the kind of spunk and spontaneity that made us children believe (not to mention that she had the kind of singing voice that made her a legendary Broadway performer, as evidenced by SOUTH PACIFIC and SOUND OF MUSIC). She could make a child want to fly. Allison Williams, last evening's 'Peter,' lacked that optimistic boyishness (though she had the tomboyish Hilary Swank look 'nailed') and, despite having a pleasant enough voice, often seemed out of breath; but Chrisopher Walken, whom I like and who I initially thought would be inspired casting, seemed to have wandered in from a cocktail party hosted by zombies. His dancing made that of the Monster in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN seem as nimble as that of Fred Astaire. Despite the wonderful lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and despite the 'ear candy' musical score by Mark Charlalp and Jule Stein, those long, middle stretches in Neverland made me wonder if it would Neverend. (more...)
For professional wrestling fans who came to the 'sport' in the 80s, there was likely no one they hated more than The Iron Sheik, but the life of Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri is more than just his wrestling persona. The former Iranian National Wrestling Champion fled the country in the early 1970's and became a member of the United States Olympic coaching staff before moving from the mat to the squared circle. (more...)
Fans of such celebrities as Daniel Radcliffe, Ellen Degeneres, Marie Osmond or Taylor Swift can take comfort in knowing that they will soon be able to read more positive details about their favorite stars.
'We're looking at launching the first book shortly after the beginning of the year,' author Randy Jernigan told a Denver, Colorado radio station in an interview last month. 'This book series is the result of a lot of hard work. Not just in interviews, research and writing, but when you're dealing with celebrities it seems as if you have endless meetings with their reps-attorney's, agents and pr people. Before we publish we have to get the 'all clear' from their people. I think we're only waiting on one last approval and then we go to press.'
Writing about the private lives of celebrities has been Randy Jernigan's bread and butter for the last twenty-two years, doing magazine features on Tom Cruise, Brittney Spears, even Justin Bieber. But, according to Jernigan, you're not about to find those names in his book.
'I've been very selective about who is included in this book series,' explained the author. ''Stars That Make A Difference' is about celebrities that have good reputations for giving back. Those celebs known for caring about their fans and their communities. Not to disrespect the kid but you're not about to find a biographical sketch of Bieber in one of my books-just not gonna happen,' Jernigan told the interviewer.
When Jernigan first announced that he would be publishing biographical sketches on Radcliffe and Degeneres, the online tabloid press had a field day.
'They attributed things to me that I never said and sensationalized what I did say and caused my book project to look like it was going to be a tell all piece about these really great people that I have a great amount of respect for. This project is a far cry from a tell all,' explained the author.
In the radio interview Jernigan made mention of the work actor Daniel Radcliffe does freely for the 'Trevor Project' and that of Marie Osmond and her devotion to sick children and 'The Children's Miracle Network.' Other stars to be included in the series are Ellen Degeneres and Taylor Swift. Both know for their big hearts and giving to those in need.
According to officials at Creative Partners Publishing, the book will be released digitally for the first year, then go to paperback.
'Stars That Make A Difference' will be available at Amazon's Kindle and other digital platforms early next year. (more...)
Steppenwolf Theatre Company kicks off the New Year with the Chicago premiere production of Marie Antoinette (February 5, 2015 - May 10, 2015), a modern, witty take on the young queen of France by David Adjmi (Elective Affinities, 3C) and directed by Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy). Next is the US premiere of The Herd (April 2, 2015 - June 7, 2015), the deftly comic story of a suburban English family by actor-playwright Rory Kinnear. Ensemble member and Tony Award winner Frank Galati directs in place of previously announced director K. Todd Freeman, who had an artistic scheduling conflict. Ensemble member Lois Smith joins the cast of The Herd, which features fellow ensemble members Francis Guinan and John Mahoney. (more...)
This year, ASCAP brings its 100th birthday celebration into the holiday season by unwrapping the top 30 ASCAP holiday songs of all time. Topping the list is 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,' written by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie. (more...)
The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon's preschool music group and stars of the Emmy Award-winning TV series of the same name, head back on the road for a brand-new nationwide concert tour. The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live presented by Nickelodeon will travel to the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) in Providence, RI tonight, December 4, 2014 at 6:30P. (more...)
Superstar entertainers Reba, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn will join forces to launch a one-of-a-kind Country music residency - REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas - opening June 24, 2015 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. (more...)
Since 2001, Yahoo's top searches have reflected the year's major
stories: including the 2001 World Trade Center bombing, the 2008
election of Barack Obama, or the devastating 2010 Japan earthquake. This
year, the Ebola scare swept the top 10 searches, unseating last year's
top two: Miley Cyrus (No. 8) and Kim Kardashian (No. 6). A regular since
2009, Kardashian's wedding, baby, and a plan to “break the Internet”,
kept her on the list, but she falls below the fast-rising young singer,
Ariana Grande (No. 3) and new American sweetheart, Jennifer Lawrence
(No. 4). Everyone is singing (“Let it go, let it go”); “Frozen” (No. 7)
is a genuine obsession, making our top 10 list and topping our
most-searched lyrics list. Minecraft (No. 2), continues to be the
ultimate video game of choice, making the list for the second year in a
The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon's preschool music group and stars of the Emmy Award-winning TV series of the same name, comes to The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live today, December 3, 2014 at 6:30PM. (more...)
NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDEN), a global prestige beauty products company, announced today that it has signed an exclusive agreement with supermodel Karlina Caune. (more...)