Hilty currently stars in hit U.S. TV series Smash as an aspiring actress tasked with portraying Monroe in a new musical, and life has now imitated art for the 31 year old after she signed up to portray Lee, a part made famous by the late blonde bombshell, in a Big Apple theatre show.
The production will be directed by Tony Award-winning John Rando and the actress insists she is already having fun in rehearsals.
She tells Playbill.com, "I'm having the time of my life. John Rando is a genius, and I feel like we're having so much fun putting this play on. And, the whole cast is so fun. All the voices are amazing, and everybody is hilarious. I think it's going to be a really good show."
Hilty will hit the stage at The New York City Center for a limited-run, beginning on Wednesday (09May12).
"One of the happiest days of my life! Watching my wife on stage on our 4th anniversary & celebrating our kids 1st birthday! On a Jet home! Been a great get away. Now time to get back to work!" Nick Cannon had a blast in Paris, France, where he and wife Mariah Carey renewed their vows and marked their twin babies' big day on Monday (30Apr12). Son Morrocan and daughter Monroe were born on the couple's third wedding anniversary one year ago.
The TV star, who played Inspector Andrew Monroe in British cop drama The Bill for several years, was found at his home in Bristol, England with knife wounds on 25 January (12). He died of his injuries in hospital a day later.
During an inquest into his death at Flax Bourton Coroners Court in Bristol, a coroner ruled the actor took his own life after falling into a deep depression over his financial problems.
The court heard Tarrant, 59, had been troubled over the sale of his house, which fell through for a second time before he took his own life.
Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
The images of the screen siren include shots from her unfinished 1962 film Something's Got To Give and 1960's Let's Make Love and they belonged to Allan 'Whitey' Snyder, Monroe's make-up artist.
Along with the rare photos, letters, telegrams and a money clip are also going up for sale later this month (Mar12). The successful bidder will also own the full copyright to the snaps.
The Hollywood Legends sale also includes memorabilia from Frank Sinatra, James Dean and Charlie Chaplin.
The sexy actress confessed all during a recent taping of irreverent chat show Hollywood Girls Night, and Foxx should make sure he isn't watching when it airs this weekend (18Mar12).
Revealing that all her leading men get aroused during sex scenes, Beauvais, who played Francesca 'Fancy' Monroe on The Jamie Foxx Show over a decade ago, admits the Oscar-winner was an exception.
She says, "He couldn’t get up (erection). Well he got up, but he couldn’t get up."
Giggling with show hosts Alison Sweeney and Ali Landry, the actress adds, "He is going to kill me!"
Candid Beauvais also admits she has no problems when her leading men get turned on during intimate scenes.
She explains, "You're human, so you're gonna get aroused."
Entitled simply Marilyn, the collection features rarely seen pictures and a dozen original costumes - including the famous red gown she wore in 1953 movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
The dresses were loaned by U.S. collector David Gainsborough Roberts and are believed to form the largest Monroe collection in the world.
London's Getty Images Gallery director Louise Garczewska says, "(It's) a perfect tribute to one of Hollywood's all-time greats. We are extremely excited to present our Marilyn exhibition, offering unparalleled and rare access to her life."
The Transformers star grew tired of displaying the face of the late Hollywood icon on her forearm and turned to experts to get rid of the prominent piece of body art.
But the first session left Fox wincing in pain, with the star likening the ink removal to "little kernels of popcorn popping up" from her skin.
She tells U.S. talk show host Jay Leno, "So far I'm getting one removed, the Marilyn that I had. That's only one session that I've had so far and it hurts really bad.
"It's really painful - getting them is not that bad, obviously because I have so many... but the laser, I can't explain the exact science to you... what it looks like when it's hitting the ink is your skin sort of explodes and looks like little kernels of popcorn popping up.
"It's dramatic and it's incredibly painful. They can't numb it enough to make the pain go away."
A day after the silent black and white movie picked up six trophies at France's Oscars, the Cesars, on Friday (24Feb12), it claimed the Best Feature honour at the annual Academy Awards eve celebration of indie movies in Santa Monica, California.
Filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius added to his trophy cabinet by picking up another Best Director award, making him the clear favourite to claim gold at the Oscars on Sunday, and his leading man Jean Dujardin was also a winner on Saturday afternoon (25Feb12) as he picked up Best Male Lead for his role as silent movie star George Valentin.
The Artists' four-trophy haul was completed by Guillaume Schiffman, who claimed the Best Cinematography prize at the Spirits.
The event's first award went to Christopher Plummer, who was named Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners. He too is now a clear favourite to take home an Oscar on Sunday night.
George Clooney's film The Descendants landed his movie daughter Shailene Woodley a Best Supporting Actress honour, while the movie's writer and director Alexander Payne scored the Independent Spirits' Best Screenplay prize.
Other major winners included Michelle Williams, who claimed the Best Female Lead award for her stunning turn as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, A Separation (Best International Film), The Interrupters (Best Documentary) and cancer survivor Will Reiser, whose 50/50 film about his health battle won him the night's Best First Screenplay award.
Reiser's leading man and best friend Seth Rogen hosted the Spirits.
The full list of winners is:
Best Feature - The Artist
Best Director - Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Best Screenplay - Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Best First Feature - J.C. Chandor (Margin Call)
Best First Screenplay - Will Reiser (50/50)
Best Female Lead - Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)
Best Male Lead - Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Best Supporting Female - Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
Best Supporting Male - Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Best Cinematography - Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist)
Best Documentary - The Interrupters
Best International Film: A Separation
John Cassavetes Award - Dee Rees (writer/director of Pariah)
Producers Award - Sophia Lin (Take Shelter)
Someone to Watch Award - Mark Jackson (Without)
Truer Than Fiction Award - Heather Courtney (Where Soldiers Come From)
Robert Altman Award - cast of Margin Call