Jackson Hurst News

Nichols, Hurst, et al. Star in A BIRD OF THE AIR, Available April 10 on DVDNichols, Hurst, et al. Star in A BIRD OF THE AIR, Available April 10 on DVD
by Movies News Desk - Apr 6, 2012

A BIRD OF THE AIR starring Rachel Nichols, Jackson Hurst, Linda Emond, Buck Henry, Judith Ivey, Matte Osian, Rocco Sisto, Phyllis Somervile and Louis Zorich is available on April 10th on DVD, Digital Download, and On Demand from Freestyle Digital Media. (more...)

A Bird of the Air to be Released on DVD/VOD, 4/10A Bird of the Air to be Released on DVD/VOD, 4/10
by Movies News Desk - Mar 26, 2012

Freestyle Digital Media LLC (FDM) has acquired all rights North America (excluding US theatrical) for director Margaret Whitton's colorful romantic comedy A BIRD OF THE AIR from Tashtego Films LLC. Based on Joe Coomer's acclaimed novel The Loop, the film stars Jackson Hurst ("Drop Dead Diva") and Rachel Nichols ("Conan the Barbarian"), and is from an adaptation by screenwriter Roger Towne. Produced by Steven Tabakin and Margaret Whitton, and executive produced by Warren Spector, the film will debut on April 10, 2012. A BIRD OF THE AIR was theatrically released in the USA by Paladin in the fall of 2011. (more...)

Kim Kardashian To Appear in Multiple-Episode Guest Arc on Lifetime's 'Drop Dead Diva'Kim Kardashian To Appear in Multiple-Episode Guest Arc on Lifetime's 'Drop Dead Diva'
by TV News Desk - Jan 26, 2012

Kim Kardashian joins the cast of Lifetime's critically acclaimed Sony Pictures Television series 'Drop Dead Diva' for a multiple-episode arc beginning with the season premiere. The show's fourth season is set to begin filming in February, with new episodes premiering this summer. (more...)

Illusion Theater Presents ALWAYS AND FOREVER, 12/2-18Illusion Theater Presents ALWAYS AND FOREVER, 12/2-18
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2011

The Illusion Theater offers two treats this holiday season: Miss Richfield 1981's annual extravaganza and a reprise of the hit musical ALWAYS AND FOREVER. (more...)

Illusion Theater Presents ALWAYS AND FOREVER, 12/2-18Illusion Theater Presents ALWAYS AND FOREVER, 12/2-18
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2011

The Illusion Theater offers two treats this holiday season: Miss Richfield 1981's annual extravaganza and a reprise of the hit musical ALWAYS AND FOREVER. (more...)

Photo Flash: History Theatre Presents A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMASPhoto Flash: History Theatre Presents A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2011

History Theatre celebrates the holiday season with the regional premiere of an epic Christmas musical written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel. The show's director, Austene Van, describes A Civil War Christmas as a show that celebrates the joy of finding what has been lost, and the power of the holiday season to bring out the best, most generous parts of people and communities. (more...)

Illusion Theater Presents ALWAYS AND FOREVER, 12/2-18Illusion Theater Presents ALWAYS AND FOREVER, 12/2-18
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2011

The Illusion Theater offers two treats this holiday season: Miss Richfield 1981's annual extravaganza and a reprise of the hit musical ALWAYS AND FOREVER. (more...)

BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: Brooke Elliott & DROP DEAD DIVABRIDGING TV & THEATRE: Brooke Elliott & DROP DEAD DIVA
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 25, 2011

Tonight's the night! Just in time for the season finale of DROP DEAD DIVA on Lifetime at 9 PM, we have an exclusive, extensive conversation with the show's stupendous star, Brooke Elliott, in which we talk all about the first three seasons of the hit Lifetime dramedy as well as what we can expect from tonight's highly-anticipated finale and the just-announced fourth season of the show coming in 2012, in addition to casting a look back at her favorite moments so far, backstage stories and guest star dish. Plus, Brooke shares reminiscences of her time starring in the Broadway production of TABOO and working with Rosie O'Donnell and Raul Esparza on it and some of her aspirations for the future as well as much, much more! (more...)

DROP DEAD DIVA Picked Up for 4th SeasonDROP DEAD DIVA Picked Up for 4th Season
by TV News Desk - Sep 22, 2011

Lifetime has renewed its hit scripted series Drop Dead Diva for a fourth season, to premiere in 2012, with a 13 episode order. The announcement was made today by Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks. (more...)

SOUND OFF WORLD PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE CLIP: DROP DEAD DIVA's 'Mambo Italiano'SOUND OFF WORLD PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE CLIP: DROP DEAD DIVA's 'Mambo Italiano'
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 20, 2011

Today, BroadwayWorld has the distinct privilege of premiering an exclusive world premiere clip from the Season Three finale of Liftime's hit original dramedy series DROP DEAD DIVA. Click below to check out Brooke Eliott as the titular lady in action and legal eagle in charge breaking down the classic Rosemary Clooney rouser "Mambo Italiano", penned by the theatre's own Bob Merrill (of FUNNY GIRL and CARNIVAL fame) - with some generous assistance from Thunder Down Under, no less - and bringing down the house with her big, bright Broadway belt. As is clear to see in this clip and in the rest of the musical numbers on the show, DROP DEAD DIVA delivers the goods for Broadway babies and perhaps that is because DROP DEAD DIVA boasts the same executive producers as CHICAGO, HAIRSPRAY, the forthcoming FOOTLOOSE remake, as well as a string of hit television musical theatre adaptations (such as ANNIE, THE MUSIC MAN, GYPSY and LIZA'S AT THE PALACE) - the esteemed Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - so, the production values are truly top-most and they deserve a huge tip of the top hat for their continued excellence in bringing theatre-themed entertainment to an international audience time and time again. (more...)

BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: Ben Feldman & DROP DEAD DIVABRIDGING TV & THEATRE: Ben Feldman & DROP DEAD DIVA
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 18, 2011

Today we have the penultimate entry in our twelve-part series dedicated to Lifetime's hit dramedy DROP DEAD DIVA with an all-encompassing chat with the show's heavenly agent himself, Fred, portrayed by stage and screen star Ben Feldman! In this illuminating conversation we talk all about his three years on DROP DEAD DIVA and what the future holds for Fred, Jane, Stacey and company, as well as his favorite guest stars and memories so far. Additionally, Ben and I discuss his training for the stage and his work on Broadway, opposite Kathleen Turner in THE GRADUATE, as well as his performances in the recent remake of FRIDAY THE 13th and shooting the avant garde thriller CLOVERFIELD, in addition to his thoughts on various pilots with the likes of Christine Ebersole, Fran Drescher, Marc Blucas, Amy Smart and more! (more...)

BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: Josh Stamberg & DROP DEAD DIVABRIDGING TV & THEATRE: Josh Stamberg & DROP DEAD DIVA
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 11, 2011

Today we are continuing the male-centric portion of our ongoing series of interviews with the stars of Lifetime's DROP DEAD DIVA with the boss of the legal practice on the show and the main love interest for Kate Levering's character, Kim: the affable and charming stage and screen star Josh Stamberg. In addition to dishing all about Season 3 of DROP DEAD DIVA and the future for Parker, Kim and company at the legal firm, Stamberg and I also discuss many of the various guest stars on the show this season and seasons past - Liza Minnelli, Sharon Lawrence and Faith Prince included - as well as how he sees Parker himself, his own insights into the complex character and what he feels the future holds for his relationships on the show - Kim, Jane and beyond. In addition to all things DIVA-related, Stamberg and I also discuss his many past stage and screen appearances, including: his unforgettable work as Sarge on SIX FEET UNDER and what it was like working with creator Alan Ball, as well as his role on the Aaron Sorkin-scripted series STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP, plus: working at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Atlantic Theatre Company, doing the workshop of A STEADY RAIN (and eventually getting replaced by Hugh Jackman), doing FRACTURED with Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins, acting alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Naomi Watts in Clint Eastwood's forthcoming film J. EDGAR, his favorite work experiences so far, roles he is yearning to essay in the future both near and far and much, much more! Over the course of the last several weeks, we have been taking an extensive look at the sights and sounds both onscreen and onset of the hit TV dramedy series DROP DEAD DIVA - new episodes airing Sunday nights at 9 PM on Lifetime - featuring exclusive interviews with the leading lady divas and stalwart supporting men on the LA-based supernatural legal series. Featuring a memorable collection of musical performances and Broadway guest stars over the years - Paula Abdul, Rosie O'Donnell, Delta Burke and many more included - DROP DEAD DIVA is the quintessential TV series for Broadway babies looking for some laughs and levity - the latter available in many more ways than one, given the show's heavenly aspirations. DROP DEAD DIVA centers on a legal eagle named Jane whose body acts as the means for the indomitable spirit of a model, Deb, who loses her life, to make a second chance and how the girl inside must learn to adjust to looking like the woman on the outside that she is now. In other words, a model finds out what it means to look like everybody else in a delightfully quirky twist of fate - and learns to be a lawyer along the way, as well. Season Three picked up with the cliffhanger car crash that closed last season in a dark and shocking way. Questions and posed and answered so far: What will Grayson remember of the conversation he had with Jane pre-crash? What will Jane do to save him? What about his engagement (to somebody else)? What will happen back at the office with Teri, Kim and Parker? What about Stacy and Fred? Indeed, all of these questions and many more will most assuredly be answered come the next two Sunday nights! Plus, as always, there's always a musical number or two not too far off if you stay tuned - such as last month's BroadwayWorld exclusive world premiere of "Lean On Me"! Will there be a musical grand finale after all? We shall soon see! Also, don't forget to check out the past interviews in this BRIDGING TV & THEATRE series - Margaret Cho, Kate Levering, April Bowlby, Sharon Lawrence, Faith Prince and Jackson Hurst included! There are only a few episodes of Season Three left - airing Sundays at 9 PM on Lifetime, as always, throughout September until the finale on September 25 - so be sure to check back here in coming weeks for chats with Ben Feldman and the titular diva herself, plus maybe even a surprise or two, too! (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This WeekendTop Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend
by - Sep 4, 2011

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, September 4, 2011 - Sunday, September 4, 2011. (more...)

BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: Jackson Hurst & DROP DEAD DIVA - Plus, TREE OF LIFE, BIRD OF THE AIR & MoreBRIDGING TV & THEATRE: Jackson Hurst & DROP DEAD DIVA - Plus, TREE OF LIFE, BIRD OF THE AIR & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 4, 2011

Today we are kicking off the male-centric portion of our ongoing series of interviews with the stars of Lifetime's DROP DEAD DIVA with the heartthrob of the show and Jane's former fiancee in her past life, legal eagle Grayson, played by the dashing and suave Jackson Hurst. In addition to talking all about Season 3 of DROP DEAD DIVA and the future for Jane and Grayson - as well as the hiccups and roadblocks in his relationship with Deb, before, and, now, Jane, that have cropped up so precipitously along the way - we also analyze the various guest stars on the show over the seasons - everyone from Kathy Griffin to Samuel L. Jackson to Elliot Gould to Liza Minnelli and more! In addition, Hurst and I also discuss his past and future stage and screen roles and his experiences on sets and backstage - including a thorough discussion of working with director Terrence Malick on THE TREE OF LIFE and his starring role in the forthcoming September release, A BIRD OF THE AIR, by CHINATOWN scribe Robert Towne - as well as Hurst's own favorite films and ultimate career aspirations - plus much, much more! (more...)

BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: Faith Prince & DROP DEAD DIVA - Plus Laurents, Robbins, MAME, GYPSY & More!BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: Faith Prince & DROP DEAD DIVA - Plus Laurents, Robbins, MAME, GYPSY & More!
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 14, 2011

Today we continue our series of conversations with the stars of DROP DEAD DIVA with a special guest on all three seasons of the show, portraying the essential character of Jane's biological mother, Elaine Bingum, and a Tony-winning Broadway leading lady in her own right - the hilarious and accomplished stage and screen veteran, Faith Prince. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This WeekendTop Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2011

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, August 7, 2011 - Sunday, August 7, 2011. (more...)

BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: Sharon Lawrence & DROP DEAD DIVABRIDGING TV & THEATRE: Sharon Lawrence & DROP DEAD DIVA
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 7, 2011

Today we are talking to DROP DEAD DIVA guest star Sharon Lawrence and discussing her long-awaited return to the series as Bobbie Dobkins in Sunday's "Mother's Day" episode as well as taking a look at her long and varied film and theater career with thoughts on everything from CABARET and CHICAGO onstage to DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, LAW & ORDER: SVU, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM on the small screen and the new Theresa Rebeck play she stars in opening next month at the Mark Taper Forum in LA, POOR BEHAVIOR and much, much more! Over the course of the next several weeks, we are going to be taking an extensive look at the sights and sounds both onscreen and onset of the hit TV dramedy series DROP DEAD DIVA - new episodes airing Sunday nights at 9 PM on Lifetime - featuring exclusive interviews with the leading lady divas and dashing supporting men on the LA-based supernatural legal series. Featuring a memorable collection of musical performances and Broadway guest stars over the years - Paula Abdul, Rosie O'Donnell, Delta Burke and many more included - DROP DEAD DIVA is the quintessential TV series for Broadway babies looking for some laughs and levity - the latter available in many more ways than one, given the show's heavenly aspirations. DROP DEAD DIVA centers on a legal eagle named Jane whose body acts as the means for the indomitable spirit of a model, Deb, who loses her life, to make a second chance and how the girl inside must learn to adjust to looking like the woman on the outside that she is now. In other words, a model finds out what it means to look like everyone else, in a delightfully quirky twist of fate - and learns to be a lawyer, too. Season Three picks up with the cliffhanger car crash that closed last season in a dark and shocking way. What will Grayson remember of the conversation he had with Jane pre-crash? What will Jane do to save him? What about his engagement (to somebody else)? What will happen back at the office with Teri, Kim and Parker? What about Stacy and Fred? All these questions and many more will most assuredly be answered come Sunday night! Plus, there's always a musical number or two not too far off if you stay tuned - such as this week's BroadwayWorld exclusive world premiere of "Lean On Me" available here! Be sure to check back often because in the following weeks, we will also feature conversations with DROP DEAD DIVA stars Josh Henderson, Jackson Hurst, Ben Feldman and definitely stay tuned for next week's exclusive chat with featured guest star and Tony-winner, the one and only Faith Prince! Continuing the BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: DROP DEAD DIVA series, here is my extended conversation with DROP DEAD DIVA guest star Sharon Lawrence in which we discuss her many Broadway credits - CABARET, CHICAGO, ZORBA and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF included - as well as her extensive and varied theater career and acting alongside the likes of Cherry Jones, Marian Seldes and DROP DEAD DIVA guest star and fellow Broadway baby Faith Prince. Additionally, Ms. Lawrence shares her fascinating insights into the art of acting and the role of the actor in society as well as provides detailed insight into her own process and musical theatre versus straight drama - plus, comments on SMASH, GLEE, Weill, Brecht, feminism and much, much more! (more...)

BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: DROP DEAD DIVA's April BowlbyBRIDGING TV & THEATRE: DROP DEAD DIVA's April Bowlby
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 17, 2011

Over the course of the next several weeks, we are going to be taking an extensive look at the sights and sounds both onscreen and onset of the hit TV dramedy series DROP DEAD DIVA - new episodes airing Sunday nights at 9 PM on Lifetime - featuring exclusive interviews with the leading lady divas and dashing supporting men on the LA-based supernatural legal series. Featuring a memorable collection of musical performances and Broadway guest stars over the years - Paula Abdul, Rosie O‘Donnell, Delta Burke and many more included - DROP DEAD DIVA is the quintessential TV series for Broadway babies looking for some laughs and levity - the latter available in many more ways than one, given the show's heavenly aspirations. DROP DEAD DIVA centers on a legal eagle named Jane whose body acts as the means for the indomitable spirit of a model, Deb, who loses her life, to make a second chance and how the girl inside must learn to adjust to looking like the woman on the outside that she is now. In other words, a model finds out what it means to look like everyone else, in a delightfully quirky twist of fate - and learns to be a lawyer, too. Season Three picks up with the cliffhanger car crash that closed last season in a dark and shocking way. What will Grayson remember of the conversation he had with Jane pre-crash? What will Jane do to save him? What about his engagement (to somebody else)? What will happen back at the office with Teri, Kim and Parker? What about Stacy and Fred? All these questions and many more will most assuredly be answered (or beginning to be answered) come Sunday night! Plus, there's always a musical number or two not too far off if you stay tuned! (more...)

BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: DROP DEAD DIVA's Kate LeveringBRIDGING TV & THEATRE: DROP DEAD DIVA's Kate Levering
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 26, 2011

Continuing the BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: DROP DEAD DIVA series, today, here is my extended conversation with Tony-nominee and Broadway star Kate Levering about starring in seven Broadway shows - CHICAGO and 42nd STREET included - by the time she was twenty-two, as well as working with Harry Connick, Jr. and Norbert Leo Butz on THOU SHALT NOT and auditioning for legendary dancer and choreographer Ann Reinking (and her words of wisdom), plus all about Levering's work on DROP DEAD DIVA and what we can expect in the surprising twists for her feisty character in season two as well as her other television work - including co-starring with Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, Christina Hendricks and Craig Bierko. Additionally, we discuss the charitable organization that is closest to Kate's heart, Purse of Hope [www.PurseofHope.org]. (more...)

BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: DROP DEAD DIVA's Margaret ChoBRIDGING TV & THEATRE: DROP DEAD DIVA's Margaret Cho
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 19, 2011

Over the course of the next several weeks, we are going to be taking an extensive look at the sights and sounds both onscreen and onset of the hit TV dramedy series DROP DEAD DIVA - new episodes airing Sunday nights at 9 PM on Lifetime starting this week - featuring exclusive interviews with the leading lady divas and dashing supporting men on the LA-based supernatural legal series. Featuring a memorable collection of musical performances and Broadway guest stars over the years - Paula Abdul, Rosie O‘Donnell, Delta Burke and many more included - DROP DEAD DIVA is the quintessential TV series for Broadway babies looking for some laughs and levity - the latter available in many more ways than one, given the show's heavenly aspirations. DROP DEAD DIVA centers on a legal eagle named Jane whose body acts as the means for the indomitable spirit of a model, Deb, who loses her life, to make a second chance and how the girl inside must learn to adjust to looking like the woman on the outside that she is now. In other words, a model finds out what it means to look like everyone else, in a delightfully quirky twist of fate - and learns to be a lawyer, too. Season Three picks up with the cliffhanger car crash that closed last season in a dark and shocking way. What will Grayson remember of the conversation he had with Jane pre-crash? What will Jane do to save him? What about his engagement (to somebody else)? What will happen back at the office with Teri, Kim and Parker? What about Stacy and Fred? All these questions and many more will most assuredly be answered (or beginning to be answered) come Sunday night! Plus, a musical number featuring LeAnn Rimes! Don't miss it! So, without further ado, kicking off our BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: DROP DEAD DIVA series , here is a concise and charming chat with irrepressible comedienne and comic actress Margaret Cho, who plays the role of legal assistant Teri on the show. Cho is no stranger to the world of television, having starred in ALL-AMERICAN GIRL in the mid-90s on ABC, filming several television comedy specials and recently headlining her own reality TV series, THE MARGARET CHO SHOW. (more...)

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