The producers of hit shows Footloose and The Wedding Singer have teamed up with bosses at Westfield Shopping Malls to stage a series of open talent calls to seek out an unknown who will star in El Portal Theatre's Cinderella, A Modern Magical Musical Extravaganza this Christmas (10).
Shankman, DioGuardi and Harris will each judge three separate mall auditions next month (Jul10).
The director will lead the panel at Westfield Topanga, American Idol judge DioGuardi will oversee the talent at Westfield Santa Anita and actor Harris will lead auditions at Westfield Culver City.
The overall winner of the star search will lead the cast in the traditional pantomime at North Hollywood's El Portal Theatre. The show will be produced by Nigel and Bonnie Lythgoe, the couple responsible for TV talent shows So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars and American Idol.
The Iron Man star, 40, recently let slip he's a married man after exchanging vows with Michelle Ghent in a small Los Angeles ceremony in January (10).
The news emerged just months after he split from his actress fiancee Zulay Henao, his co-star in 2009 movie Fighting, and reports suggested his nuptials with Ghent occurred after a whirlwind romance.
But Us Weekly magazine reports Howard has known Ghent for years - and he grew close to the 33-year-old while he was mourning the passing of his mum Anita.
A source tells the publication, "They met years ago and reconnected early last year. (They) bonded when she consoled him over the loss of his mother.
"He feels so lucky."
Howard split from his first wife, Lori McCommas, in 2003 and remarried her in 2005.
The actress/singer, who won a Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony last year (09) for her role as Anita in the show, fell awkwardly during Saturday night's (08May10) performance - and limped offstage.
When she failed to return for the curtain call, fans knew something was wrong.
In a Twitter.com post, Olivo writes, "My foot is broken but my spirit is thriving."
It is not known how long she'll be out of the show, which opened to critical and commercial acclaim in March 2009.
The Oscar winner reveals her mother's mother "just disappeared" and she wanted to use the show's resources and experts to find out more about her - so she could share her findings with her family.
The actress' gran went missing when her mother Lenora was only two - and the family owned just one laminated press cutting photo of the woman, Anita Rigali.
The Dead Man Walking star admits she was nervous when she first embarked on the ancestry investigation because "she (Rigali) was presented as somebody who abandoned her children, so part of me was fearful for my mom... I think it's understandably an emotionally-charged search for her."
Sarandon started her investigation by visiting her mother in Virginia. Lenora revealed her mum was "a showgirl" in New York, who she thought had died. Mother and daughter met briefly at the 1939 World's Fair and then lost contact.
The actress teamed up with New York genealogist Megan Smolenyak to begin her research. The ancestry expert found her grandmother's birth certificate and learned her great-grandfather, Mansueto Rigali, was an Italian statue maker.
The couple arrived in Manhattan, New York from Tuscany, Italy, which prompted Sarandon to pick up the trail of her ancestors in Europe.
She says, "I'm always happy to be in Italy. The first time I came to Italy I felt inexplicably at home - now I know why; my gene pool was crying out."
In Italy, she discovered her great-grandfather was born in Coreglia in July, 1855 and she visited the church where Mansueto and 10 generations of the Rigali family were baptised - dating back to 1640.
In the hillside village, she also learned that her great-grandfather left Italy for the U.S. because life was tough for sculptors and he hoped to find work and fortune in America in 1888. Unfortunately his trip was one dogged by tragedy. Sarandon visited the unmarked grave of Mansueto and eight members of the Rigali family in New York.
Sarandon then returned to her search for her late grandmother, who she discovered was pregnant when she wed at 13, deserted her husband and daughter and wed a Jewish salesman, called Ben Kahn - without getting divorced.
Research then led the actress to the house where her grandmother lived out her years. One neighbour knew Anita and revealed her gran had helped a young Frank Sinatra land his big break when she was a young dancer.
Anita spent the last 35 years of her life living with Dom Fiorentino and took his name. That link led Sarandon to her grandmother's nieces, who showed off family photos and sketches, which featured the family likeness.
She says, "I'm grateful to have solved the mystery of Anita."
Milan Agnew, a 21-year-old employee at an Apple store on the Upper West Side, claims Belzer, 65, entered the shop on Wednesday (10Mar10), grabbed her by the shoulders, shook her, choked her and yelled, "I need help!"
Agnew immediately called police and filed a harassment complaint.
According to the New York Daily News, Belzer was questioned by cops but was later released without charge, after reportedly telling officers he was "just joking".
But Agnew's grandmother, Anita McKnight, is furious the actor will not face any charges, telling the newspaper, "She told me, 'Nana, he didn't just touch me, he choked me and really scared me.' My granddaughter is petite, just 5-feet-2 and she's a dancer so she doesn't have much body to her. Where does this man come off putting his hands on her?"
Former Bahamas senator Pleasant Bridgewater and paramedic Tarino Lightbourne have been charged with conspiracy to extort $25 million (£17.2 million) from the actor and his wife Kelly Preston after their 16-year-old son Jett suffered a fatal seizure at the family's holiday home there in January 2009.
The allegations centre around a Refusal of Treatment/Transportation form, signed by Travolta, which the suspects allegedly threatened to release to the media.
In October (09), Senior Justice Anita Allen declared a mistrial after a jury member reportedly leaked the verdict to politicians. Jurors were still deliberating when lawmaker Picewell Forbes allegedly announced to an audience at a Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) convention that Bridgewater was "a free woman".
The retrial has been set for 6 September (10) and is expected to last four weeks.
The star's attorney, Michael Ossi, has insisted Travolta, who testified during the initial hearings, will fully cooperate with future proceedings and will testify again if necessary.
Ossi told reporters in October (09): "We are committed to seeing this through, and we are committed to seeing justice served. And whatever the prosecution asks us to do is exactly what we will do."
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
The 40-year-old actor began dating the Colombian beauty - his co-star in 2009 movie Fighting - in 2007 and proposed to Henao last May (09) in Prague, Czech Republic.
The couple has never confirmed its relationship until now, but Howard reveals he's no longer with the 30 year old.
When asked if he's set to wed Henao, he tells Sister 2 Sister magazine, "No, that didn't work out."
Howard broke the news of his engagement to WENN in a Prague bar.
Howard was previously romantically linked to his ex-wife Lori McCommas. They ended their 14 year marriage in 2003, but the actor successfully wooed her back and they remarried, only to split for good soon after.
Henao helped Howard recover from the heartbreaking death of his beloved mother Anita to cancer in 2008.
Wilson, the ex-wife and muse of late photographer Edward Weston, was the subject of many of his best-known nude portraits.
She died on Friday (20Nov09) in Santa Cruz, California. No further details of her death were released as WENN went to press.
The pair married in 1939, several years after she began posing for Weston. They divorced in 1946, 12 years before his death.
Wilson married Noel Harris, a labour activist, the day after their divorce. Weston and Harris divorced in 1967. Their daughter Anita Kathryn Harris died the same year, and is believed to have been murdered.
Wilson spent her later professional life writing and speaking about her time with Weston. In 1977 she wrote a reminiscence for photography book Edward Weston Nudes, and in 2007 she appeared in a documentary, Eloquent Nude. She also published a memoir in 1999, entitled Through Another Lens.
Wilson is survived by a daughter, Rachel.
The Easy Rider legend's manager Sam Maydew confirmed the star had prostate cancer last month (Oct09) after Hopper had been admitted to hospital suffering from "severe flu-like symptoms".
Speaking about his plight on Saturday (06Nov09), the 73 year old admitted the cancer was first diagnosed in 2002.
But he insists it's a fight he can win.
Speaking at the Breeder's Cup horse racing even in Santa Anita, California, Hopper told the New York Daily News, "It has great promise. Everything's good right now."