A New York Philharmonic tribute performance to late conductor Lorin Maazel had to be postponed on Monday (14Jul14) after bad weather prompted organisers to call off the outdoor concert. The city orchestra was due to take the stage in Manhattan's Central Park for a free gig, but officials scrapped the event hours before showtime after thunderstorms were forecast in the area.
The Maazel tribute will now take place on Tuesday night (15Jul14), when the New York Philharmonic is due to perform at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
The classical musicians will play Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings in honour of their former music director, who died on Sunday (13Jul14), aged 84.
Conductor and composer Lorin Maazel has died at the age of 84. The musician passed away from complications following a bout with pneumonia on Sunday (13Jul14) in Castleton Farms, Virginia.
Maazel was best known for his work as the director of the Vienna State Opera in Austria, the Pittsburgh Symphony in Pennsylvania, the Munich Philharmonic in Germany and the New York Philharmonic.
He also composed his own operas starting with 1984, which was based on the George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
In 2009, he founded the Castleton Festival, which showcases new and established opera talent, with his wife, Dietlinde Turban Maazel.
Revered classical conductor Lorin Maazel has pulled out of a string of concerts in Massachusetts. The 84 year old was due to conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra's (BSO) final performances of the season between 17-26 April (14) but he has cancelled his appearances after an undisclosed accident.
Maazel will also miss out on a 10-day tour of China and Japan next month (May14). He has been replaced by Charles Dutoit.
A statement from the BSO reads, "We are deeply grateful to Charles Dutoit for offering to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra on its upcoming tour to Japan and China."
Former E.R. star Noah Wyle paid tribute to his "compass and companion" Eddie Michaels at the celebrity publicist's funeral in Los Angeles on Sunday (11Aug13). The public relations executive, who represented stars including Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston, lost his battle with brain cancer on Thursday (08Aug13) and was remembered by friends and family during a ceremony at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery.
Wyle, a longtime client, said, "What I received (from Eddie) was his wise counsel, his creativity. He was my compass and a companion in unknown territories."
The actor also recalled attempting to explain his friend's death to his own 10-year-old son, Owen, revealing he used an example from the movie Star Wars to help explain the loss to the youngster.
Michaels' wife, Lorin, said, "People laugh off L.A. and Hollywood and the unreality of it all, but they do not know Eddie's Hollywood and they certainly don't know our L.A. It's full of courageous, caring and loving people. Nobody knows that better than (our children) Dylan and Matthew and me. And Eddie knew that well, very well."
Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston's publicist Eddie Michaels has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 49. The Hollywood representative passed away on Thursday (08Aug13) in Los Angeles after a long fight against brain cancer, according to his wife Lorin.
In a blog post on Thursday, she wrote, "Tonight after 7 years of various treatments, setbacks, hopes, dreams, successes, trials, perseverance, fight, commitment and love for the kids and me, Eddie finally laid down his sword and stopped the fight with the kids' and my blessing..."
Michaels began his career with his mentor, Joe Sutton, at Freeman & Sutton. In 1992, he founded Eddie Michaels & Associates and relaunched it as Insignia Public Relations in 2004.
Throughout his career, Michaels represented many of Hollywood's top stars, including Barrymore, Huston, Noah Wyle, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jeremy Piven, Marg Helgenberger, Mary Steenburgen, Patrick Dempsey, Jason Biggs and Dougray Scott, among many others.
A statement issued by former ER star Wyle reads: "Eddie was indeed of the old school but never became cynical. He was experienced but without being jaded. Above all, he was honest, sometimes painfully so, but that only made him more trustworthy. In an industry fueled by hyperbole, his candor was refreshing, his perspective invaluable."
A funeral is due to take place at Mount Sinai Memorial Park on Sunday (11Aug13). In lieu of flowers, family members have asked that donations be made in Michaels' honour to Wilshire Boulevard Temple or to the Johnnie Cochran Brain Institute.
If there's a cinematic alchemy award to be given this year director Bill Condon deserves to take it home after magically turning the tedious Twilight franchise into entertainment gold. 2011's Part 1 was a horror camp romp that turned the supernatural love triangle — the naval gazing trio of Bella Edward and Jacob — on its head. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 continues the madcap exploration of a world populated by vampires and werewolves mining even more comedy thrills and genuine character moments out of conceit than ever before. The film occasionally sidesteps back into Edward and Bella's meandering romance (an evident hurdle of author Stephenie Meyer's source material) but the duller moments are overshadowed by the movie's nimble pace and playful attitude. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will elicit laughs aplenty — but thankfully they're all on purpose.
Part 2 picks up immediately following the events of the first film Bella (Kristen Stewart) having been turned into a vampire by Edward (Robert Pattinson) to save her life after the torturous delivery of her half-human half-vampire child Renesmee. She awakes to discover super senses heightened agility increased strength… and a thirst for blood. One dead cougar later Bella and the gang are able to focus on the real troubles ahead: Renesmee is rapidly growing (think Jack) and vampiric overlords The Volturi perceive her a threat to vampiric secrecy. Knowing the Volturi will travel to Forks WA to kill the young girl (a 10-year-old just a month after being born) The Cullens amass an army of bloodsucking friends to end the oppression once and for all.
Packed with an absurd amount of backstory and mythology-twisting plot points (some vampires can shoot lightning now?) Condon and series screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg mine revel in the beefed up ensemble of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and thanks to a wildly funny cast it never feels like pointless deviation. Along with the usual suspects Lee Pace adds swagger to the series as a grungy alt-rock vampire Noel Fisher appears as a hilarious over-the-top battle-ready Russian coven member and Michael Sheen returns has Volturi head honcho Aro and steels the show. Flamboyant diabolical and a steady stream of maniacal laughter Sheen owns Condon's high camp vision for Twilight and he lights up the screen. There are a few throw away nations of vampires — the oddly stereotypical Egyptian and Amazonians sects are there mostly there to off-set the extreme whiteness — but the actors involved bring liveliness to a franchise known for being soulless. Even Stewart Pattinson and Taylor Lautner give personal bests in this installment — a scene between Bella and her dad Charlie (Billy Burke) is genuinely heartfelt while Jacob's overprotective hero schtick finally lands.
Whereas Breaking Dawn - Part 1 stuck mostly to the personal story relying on the intimate moments as Bella and Edward took the big plunge into marriage and sex Part 2 paints with broader strokes and Condon has a ball. Delving into the history of the vampires and the vampire world outside Forks is Pandora's Box for the director. One scene where we learn why kids scare the heck of the Volturi captures a scope of medieval epics — along with the bloodshed. Twilight might be known for its sexual moments but Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will go down for its abundance of decapitations. The big set piece in the finale is something to behold both in the craftsmanship of the spectacle and in its bizarre nature.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 had the audience hooting hollering and even gasping as it twisted and turned to the final moments. There's little doubt that even the biggest naysayer of the franchise would do the same. No irony here: the conclusion of Twilight is a blast.
Actress Kirsten Dunst has come under fire from historians for her "frightful" interpretation of tragic French queen Marie Antoinette.
Dunst plays the 18th Century monarch in Sofia Coppola's racy new biopic, which was booed by critics at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Now her overtly sexual performance has been attacked by France's Marie Antoinette Association as well, who insist the queen's bedroom antics are not factually based.
The association's president Michele Lorin says, "I've seen the trailer for the film on the Internet. It is a fright.
"We've spent years trying to convince people that the queen was not just a libertine who told the starving to eat cake. What do you see on the trailer? You see Marie Antoinette eating cake. You see her lying naked on a chaise lounge.
"I fear the film is going to set us back many years."
However, Dunst retorts the movie should not be taken too seriously.
She says, "It's kind of like a history of feelings rather than a history of facts. So don't expect a masterpiece theatre, educational Marie Antoinette biopic."
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