British songwriter Sir Tim Rice will be honoured with the BMI Icon Award next month (Oct14). The lyricist, best known for his theatre productions with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, has been chosen to receive the prestigious prize from Broadcast Music International (BMI) bosses for his achievements in songwriting at the annual BMI London Awards.
BMI president Michael O'Neill says, "Sir Tim Rice's extraordinary creativity has given the world some of the most beloved songs... He is one of our era's most admired and respected lyricists, a leading author and sought-after commentator."
Previous recipients include Van Morrison, Bryan Ferry and Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon.
The ceremony will take place on 13 October (14) at London's Dorchester Hotel.
Jonah Hill poked fun at an ex-girlfriend while picking up GQ magazine's International Man of the Year honour in London on Tuesday night (02Sep14).
The Wolf of Wall Street star took aim at his sixth grade love while accepting the style trophy from Bradley Cooper. Hill said, "Emily, my first girlfriend... You broke my heart and left it shattered. It was really sad. I know you were young and love is wild and you grow apart, but I'm GQ International Man of the f**king Year!"
The twice Oscar-nominated star joined Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Pharrell Williams, Van Morrison, New Order, new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Paulo Nutini among the big style winners, while Johnny Depp presented punk veteran Iggy Pop with GQ's Icon Award at the Royal Opera House.
And the women weren't left out - Kim Kardashian West, who was joined on the red carpet by her husband Kanye West, picked up the Woman of the Year prize and stunned in a custom-designed haute couture Ralph & Russo gown. Reminding the world her full name is now Kim Kardashian West, the reality TV star said, "I want to thank GQ for making me Woman of the Year, and my husband for making me feel like woman of the year every day."
Among those handing over the top prizes at the ceremony Lindsay Lohan, Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, Daisy Lowe, Bob Geldof, Pippa Middleton and author E.L. James, who presented her Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan with a Breakthrough Award.
The full list of GQ Men of the Year Award winners is:
Comedian of the Year: John Bishop
Editor’s Special Award: Liam Neeson
Chef of the Year: Tom Kerridge
Designer of the Year: Christopher Bailey
International Man of the Year: Jonah Hill
Writer of the Year: Michael Lewis
Philanthropist of the Year: Tony Blair
Breakthrough Fashion Designers of the Year: Agi and Sam
TV Personality of the Year: Peter Capaldi
Innovator Award: Ewan Venters
Inspiration Award: New Order Hugo Boss
Most Stylish Man: Douglas Booth
Sportsman: Lewis Hamilton
Actor of the Year: Benedict Cumberbatch
Entrepreneur of the Year: Andre Balazs
Special Achievement: Paolo Nutini
Vertu Breakthrough Award: Jamie Dornan
Legend Award: Van Morrison
Solo Artist of the Year: Pharrell Williams
Leading Man of the Year: Colin Firth
Humanitarian of the Year: Ringo Starr
Woman of the Year: Kim Kardashian West
Icon Award: Iggy Pop
Bryan Cranston, America Ferrera, Matthew Morrison, Steve Martin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and John Lithgow were among the stars who turned out for the opening night performance of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Delacorte Theater in New York City on Monday night (26Jun14).
Existing Doors bandmates Robby Krieger and John Densmore are still planning the ultimate tribute to their fallen pals Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison, but the gig is proving difficult. The two old pals became friends again after years of legal battles over the Doors name and Krieger and Manzarek's comeback as Riders on the Storm, and started making plans to honour their late keyboard player shortly after he died a year ago (20May13).
But the tribute gig plans have proved challenging, according to guitarist Krieger.
He tells Billboard.com, "We have talked about it and we are truly trying to get something together to do a tribute to Ray. It's just very difficult to get the kind of people that we want all together at the same time. That's a big problem.
"A lot of people said they would love to do it; we just need to get the timing right. We don't want it to be half-a**ed. We want it to be really cool. But we're working on it, and it should happen. All possibilities are open."
There is a new trend of films, both maintream hits and cult favorites, being turned into successful Tony Award winning musicals. Some might say there are no new ideas and creativity is dead. Others may delight in seeing the movies they love set to song and dance. It seems like nothing is exempt from the treatment, from Disney cartoons like The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, to heartwarming dramas like Newsies and Billy Elliot, and off-the-wall comedies like Monty Python and the Holy Grail (which begat Spamalot). There’s even an off-Broadway musical of the cult flick Heathers. It's getting some decent traction with its stylish production design and hilarious lyrics. Does this mean it could be the next toast of Broadway?
Some of the strangest films have gone on to become majorly successful musical. Here are some of the strangest and most fun:
Despite a memorable soundtrack and the magic of Olivia Newton John (ONJ) and The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), this film wasn’t commercially successful and was panned by critics. Heck, it even inspired John J.B. Wilson to create The Razzie Awards. However, it did make a wildly fun Broadway musical. The adaptation poked fun at some of the more bizarre parts of the film like ONJ’s love for roller-skates and leg warmers and some major plot holes. Greek muse Clio (Kerry Butler) goes undercover as a mortal named Kira with a thick Australian accent to inspire dim-witted artist Sonny Malone (Cheyenne Jackson).
The quirky British comedy drama finds a son inheriting his father’s shoe factory. When he befriends a drag queen Lola, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor (yes, that Chiwetel Ejiofor) he gets an idea to save his factory. The film also features Shaun of the Dead star Nick Frost. The award-winning musical version has songs penned by Cyndi Lauper (who won her first Tony for the show — she's just an Oscar away from EGOTing now!) and story by Harvey Fierstein.
Reese Witherspoon throws the whole notion of "dumb blondes" out the window when sorority girl Elle Woods goes to Harvard Law School. This highly addictive musical features Laura Bell Bundy as Elle, along with major dance numbers, insanely catchy sing-a-long moments, and fresh additions to the original story. Smash star Christian Borle appears as Elle’s dorky love interest Emmett. The series did not win a Tony but it did find a lot success and even aired in its entirety on MTV.
John Waters' edgy comedy about the 1960s race relations and dance series already had musical numbers, so all it needed was that extra touch. The 1988 film starred Ricki Lake, Divine, and Debbie Harry. It spawned a musical that won eight Tony Awards. It starred Harvey Fierstein and Glee star Matthew Morrison. Xanadu star Butler and Legally Blonde’s Bundy also had roles in this obscenely popular musical. Not only did the musical clean up some of Waters more edgy themes but it somehow managed to inspire a movie musical based on a musical based on a movie. It can best be described as:
Hairspray stars Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Nikki Blonsky came together for a rare appearance in New York on Monday (28Apr14) to pay tribute to the hit musical's composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman. The three actresses, who have all played the leading lady Tracy Turnblad on stage and screen, were guests of the New York Pops orchestra as part of of an event celebrating the work of Shaiman and Whitman.
Lake, who starred in John Waters' 1988 film, Winokur, who originated the role on Broadway in 2002, and Blonsky, who took on the part in the 2007 film adaptation of the musical, belted out a version of the musical's opening song, Good Morning, Baltimore.
Winokur also joined the other members of the original Broadway cast, including Glee's Matthew Morrison and Laura Bell Bundy, as they performed the hit song, You Can't Stop the Beat.
Also taking the stage to sing Shaiman/Whitman tracks from film and stage were Patti LuPone, Les Miserables' Aaron Tveit, Katharine McPhee, Broadway veterans Will Chase and Jane Krakowski, and comedian Martin Short.
Actor Bill Murray treated fans in Florida to a special performance as he took to the stage on Friday (28Mar14) to sing a series of cover songs. The Ghostbusters star had been taking part in his annual Murray Brothers Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament, in which he is pitted against his siblings and other putters on the golf course to raise funds for good causes.
After the event, he headed to the Caddyshack Restaurant in St. Augustine, which he co-owns with brothers Brian, Joel, John Andy and Ed, and decided to provide the night's entertainment.
Murray belted out classic hits including Gloria by Van Morrison and House of the Rising Sun by The Animals in front of the cheering crowd during a 45-minute performance.
Kurt Cobain is set to be immortalised in comic book form thanks to a tribute which will be released on the 20th anniversary of his passing. The Nirvana frontman died from a shotgun wound at his home in Seattle, Washington in April, 1994 and to commemorate the music icon's legacy, writer and artist Jayfri Hashim has created Tribute: Kurt Cobain in honour of the beloved rocker.
The book will tell the story of Cobain's life, from his days starting out as a musician to his battle with the pressures of success and fame.
Bluewater Productions publisher Darren G. Davis explains the importance of the the comic books in a statement: "The Tribute line of comic books tells the stories of people that have made a significant difference in the world while they were with us. It is a way for us to honor these people who have made a difference in the world.
"Not only is this a great way to understand the importance of his contribution to music, but it is a great tool for kids to read about him in a different medium."
Other artists featured in the Bluewater Tribute line of comic books include John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Keith Richards.
Tribute: Kurt Cobain will be published on 2 April (14).
Sex and the City has not only made huge stars of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall, and Cynthia Nixon, it’s made them icons. Who hasn’t wondered if they are a Samantha, a Miranda, a Charlotte, or a Carrie? Spoiler alert: not everyone can be a Carrie. Regardless, the show was not just a major part of television history but also a major show casting in New York City. It has attracted actors that went on to be major players in Hollywood and huge A-list stars.
Everyone remembers The Good Wife star Chris Noth on the popular sex comedy. Who can forget Liza Minnelli’s random cameo in the Sex and the City movie? Here’s a list of some of the major celebrities who have popped up on the hit HBO show that you might not have realized.
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Legendary New York music mogul Marty Thau has died at the age of 75. Thau, who discovered and managed the New York Dolls and Suicide, suffered renal failure and passed away in Petersburg, Virginia on Thursday (13Feb14).
The New York City native started his music career as singer Tony Orlando's manager before he was signed to Neil Bogart's Cameo-Parkway Records label in Pennsylvania as a promotion executive.
He stuck with Bogart when the music legend sold the label to Allen Klein in 1968, and created Buddah Records, which boasted the Ohio Express, the Isley Brothers and Melanie and Edwin Hawkins Singers among a roster of talent.
Thau went on to become a partner in Inherit Productions, a management/ production/publishing company that represented Van Morrison and John Cale, but it was during his tenure as head of A&R at Paramount Records that his managing career really took off after catching an early New York Dolls gig.
As New York's punk scene took off in the mid-1970s, Thau launched Red Star Records and signed Suicide, The Real Kids, the Fleshtones and Richard Hell. He also produced early demos for Blondie and the Ramones.