Focus Films/Everett CollectionWith Big Fish and Little Miss Sunshine opening on Broadway in the fall, American Psycho debuting in London to droves of lucky Brits and rumors of Mean Girls casting (how fetch), the Great White Way is getting the silver screen treatment. Read on for more movies that we think should be infused with jazz hands and soprano.Brokeback MountainGay men and the women who love them – Broadway's biggest draw – will flock to the theaters to see this sweeping story come to life. Complete with tension, tumbleweeds, sensuality and a harrowing first act ballad when Alma realizes her husband prefers cowmen. Our dream casting: Benjamin Walker and Neil Patrick Harris, with Anne Hathaway reprising her film role and her topless-ness.Forrest GumpThis four-act operetta will take us through three decades of song as we follow our fabled hero through 'Nam and heartache. Not since Les Mis's "Castle on a Cloud" will a song performed by a wispy 8-year-old girl stir us more emotionally than Jenny's "I Wish I was a Bird." We predict Tony Awards for Joseph Gordon-Levitt as best actor, and Twyla Tharp for her inspired choreography of tapping truffles during Forrest's show-stopping, "Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates: 'Naw Mean?"Desperately Seeking SusanThe campy 80's pop musical Broadway has been waiting for (since Rock of Ages). Dream casting: Madonna (obviously).A League of Their Own
Cue the chorus boys in uniform! Rosie O'Donnell returns to headline this feel-good feminist period piece. We’d cast Alan Cumming as Jimmy Dugan, the craggly team manager. Just because.Overboard
When entitled rich-chick Joanna falls off her yacht and comes down with a wickedly funny case of amnesia, swash-buckling hilarity ensues as she starts a new life as a pauper mom and, for the first time, discovers true love. We’ll bring Randy Newman back to write a few ditties. Hey, it worked for Anything Goes and Titanic.
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Flamboyant pop star/rapper Psy was honoured at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Friday (26Apr13) for taking over the world with his popular track Gangnam Style. The South Korean star and YouTube sensation, real name Park Jae-sang, was handed the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award at a New York University prize-giving.
As he accepted the honor, the outrageous singer said, "Who knew, right? Giving me this award in itself is innovation, I think... I still cannot believe what happened right now." It was a dream come true for the hitmaker in many ways as he once applied to study at the university. He explained, "I applied to this school in 1996, but I failed... Finally, I entered this building this morning."
Other recipients of this year's (13) Disruptive Innovation Awards included fashion designer Norma Kamali, music and film entrepreneur Peter Shapiro and legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp.
On Season 13 of Dancing With the Stars, US Women's Soccer Team goalkeeper Hope Solo paired up with professional ballroom dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy to create one fiery couple. Throughout the season, DWTS fans witnessed a partnership that was often playful, sometimes emotional, and occasionally strained. The two strong-willed personalities often butted heads, and it wasn't unusual for rehearsals to end in tears. But save for a few glimpses of frustrating studio time, the audience remained blind to anything more intense going on behind the scenes, and Solo and Chmerkovskiy were able to dance their way to the semi-finals.
Now, nearly a year after her season aired, and high off her gold medal win at the London Olympics, Solo has released a memoir, titled Solo: A Story of Hope. In its pages, Solo tells a grimmer version of her relationship with Chmerkovskiy, claiming he physically abused her during rehearsals.
"He manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly. I thought that was just how it went – how dancers worked with each other. I was tough. I could take it," Solo writes. That description, to dancers who are used to pushing their bodies to the extremes and enduring pain to achieve seemingly unobtainable goals (and "How did she get her leg so high?" reactions from the audience), wouldn't seem so out of line. But Hope continues.
"But it kept getting worse," she writes, "One day, Maks was trying to put me in a certain position and hit my stomach so hard with his open palm that I had a red handprint there for the rest of the day." And, worse yet, "He wanted my head in a specific position. To achieve that, he slapped me across the face. Hard." Even in the rigorous environment of a professional dance studio, physical contact with intent to harm, such as a "slap" or "hit" that leaves a mark, would be inappropriate.
But of course, there are two sides to every story. While Solo is claiming physical abuse, Chmerkovskiy is denying it. A source close to Chmerkovskiy told Hollywood.com, "He's very upset about it. They were very good friends. She invited him to the Olympics via Twitter. He's very hurt and shocked. They spent time after the season together."
And on Thursday, in the wake of Solo's pronouncement, Chmerkovskiy cryptically and pointedly tweeted, "Always hated hypocrites and liars … but when someone is both AND an opportunist, I just feel bad for them. Can't win at someone's expense."
In the midst of the he-said-she-said debate of what actually transpired in the studio — speaking of which, where is the video of this? Weren't all DWTS rehearsals recorded? — the nature of the beast is that dance training is demanding, physical, and oftentimes painful. But where do we draw the line?
Lori E. Cunningham is a Screen Actors Guild actor/singer/dancer who also ran her own dance company and school and whose students went on to study at Juilliard and NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Having traveled to Russia to train with the Bolshoi Ballet at the age of 16, Cunningham is familiar with the high level of demand dance instructors place on their students, and the ways that demand often manifests itself physically.
"When I was in Russia, they would smack your legs," Cunningham tells Hollywood.com. "You couldn't even understand what they were saying, but you got [the message], and I didn't feel like I was being abused. In fact, in some ways it was like, 'They're all over me, that's good attention.' When you have a show like Dancing With The Stars, they're not coming from a dance background. I understand that [Solo's] an Olympic athlete and that she understands athleticism and competition and all of that, but it's not the same as growing up in the dance world, or in the gymnastics world. The level of training, commitment and discipline there is bar none, if you're a serious dancer."
In regards to Chmerkovskiy, Cunningham says, "But there is a certain element of mental discipline in old school dance, and it seems like Maksim, just from the little bit I've seen of the show, is of that old school dance mentality. Where you break down a person and build them back up. There's so much psychology behind that."
Katie Glasner, Assistant Chair of the Barnard College Department of Dance and a former professional dancer with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company, echoes Cunningham's sentiments as well as offers a historical perspective. "Dance training, ballet training, I'm not sure about gymnastics or acrobatics, but classical ballet training, up until about the mid 1990s was primarily a hands-on practice," she tells Hollywood.com.
But with the changing times, and the increased visibility of harassment suits brought against teachers, Glasner acknowledges that there has been a change in the dance studio. "With the escalation — or revelation — of sexual harassment, there were institutions which requested or demanded that dance teachers no longer touch the students. Previous to the mid 1990s, the extent to which a dancer or a colleague is handled is completely relevant to the situation."
Solo and Chmerkovskiy's relationship, however, was not purely student/teacher. Yes, he was teaching her the steps, but he was also her dance partner, and ballroom dancing is incredibly intimate. Swirling around the dance floor cheek-to-cheek, pulling off outrageous lifts that require a tremendous amount of trust, and creating a believable, often sexual, chemistry is all in a day's work. Merging that "old school" dance teacher mentality with a student unused to the environment in an emotionally-charged space seems a recipe for disaster.
Glasner says, "There may have been absolutely a relevant reason for [Chmerkovskiy] doing what he did. Taken out of context, it's not okay. I'm reluctant to say that it's okay in context, because I don't believe physical violence should be visited upon anyone. But it really is about creating a working relationship and knowing what the edges of the relationship are, knowing what the boundaries are. Because really what you're trying to do is create a good product."
Regardless of whose side you believe, in the case of Solo vs. Chmerkovskiy there was a clear lack of boundary-setting.
It should also be remembered that the rehearsals Solo describes were recorded for a reality competition program. Furthermore, it was understood that the footage would act as enticement for at-home viewers to vote their favorite personalities, not necessarily the best dancers, to victory. Because of this, anything that happened within the studio must be taken with a grain of salt.
Cunningham, who has also been a part of reality shows such as The Apprentice says, "This is a reality competition, so the more drama that they show in the studio, the better for them as a couple … When you see their rehearsals, I feel like a lot of that is contrived to generate buzz about the couple and their relationship, because it doesn't matter what points the judges give them, really, right? America votes them on and off."
She adds, "They do make Maksim out to be 'the bad boy of DWTS.' I don't know if that's for ratings, again it's a reality show. But smacking, punching, all that sort of stuff clearly violates a level of trust."
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Staff at The Museum of Contemporary Art recognised Leibovitz's talents by handing her the Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts during a private lunch at the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Tuesday (01May12).
The portrait photographer, who began her career at Rolling Stone magazine, has staged shoots with numerous famous faces, including late The Beatles musician John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono, and a naked and pregnant Demi Moore.
Leibovitz tells the Associated Press, "This award has been given to a great group of women, very distinguished company."
Previous recipients of the coveted prize include choreographer Twyla Tharp and actress Anjelica Huston.
Leibovitz was presented with the trophy by journalist and author Maria Shriver, who described the artist as "a woman of brilliance".
Fela!, about the life of revered African world music star Fela Kuti, will go up against Green Day's American Idiot, Memphis, and Million Dollar Quartet in the coveted Best Musical category at the 64th annual prizegiving, which honours the best on Broadway.
Meanwhile, Grammer and Hodge, who star as a camp gay couple in La Cage, will compete against Sean Hayes (Promises, Promises), Chad Kimball (Memphis) and Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!) for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.
The evening is sure to be a star-studded event, with Hollywood actors Jude Law (Hamlet), Alfred Molina (Red), Liev Schreiber (A View from the Bridge), Christopher Walken (A Behanding in Spokane) and Denzel Washington (Fences) pitted against each other for the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play award.
Washington's co-star Viola Davis will battle it out in the category for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, against Valerie Harper (Looped), Linda Lavin (Collected Stories), Laura Linney (Time Stands Still) and Jan Maxwell (The Royal Family).
Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music), Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow), Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday Rapture), Montego Glover (Memphis) and Christiane Noll (Ragtime) received nods for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, and Scarlett Johansson's Broadway debut in A View from the Bridge has earned her a nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.
Nominations for Best Play include In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Next Fall, Red and Time Stands Still.
The winners will be announced on 13 June (10) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The main list of nominees is as follows:
In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Time Stands Still
Million Dollar Quartet
Best Book of a Musical:
Everyday Rapture - Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott
Fela! - Jim Lewis & Bill T. Jones
Memphis - Joe DiPietro
Million Dollar Quartet - Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre:
The Addams Family - Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa
Enron - Music: Adam Cork, Lyrics: Lucy Prebble
Fences - Music: Branford Marsalis
Memphis - Music: David Bryan, Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan
Best Revival of a Play:
Lend Me a Tenor
The Royal Family
A View from the Bridge
Best Revival of a Musical:
La Cage aux Folles
A Little Night Music
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play:
Jude Law - Hamlet
Alfred Molina - Red
Liev Schreiber - A View from the Bridge
Christopher Walken - A Behanding in Spokane
Denzel Washington - Fences
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play:
Viola Davis - Fences
Valerie Harper - Looped
Linda Lavin - Collected Stories
Laura Linney - Time Stands Still
Jan Maxwell - The Royal Family
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical:
Kelsey Grammer - La Cage aux Folles
Sean Hayes - Promises, Promises
Douglas Hodge - La Cage aux Folles
Chad Kimball - Memphis
Sahr Ngaujah - Fela!
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical:
Kate Baldwin - Finian's Rainbow
Sherie Rene Scott - Everyday Rapture
Montego Glover - Memphis
Christiane Noll - Ragtime
Catherine Zeta-Jones - A Little Night Music
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play:
David Alan Grier - Race
Stephen McKinley Henderson - Fences
Jon Michael Hill - Superior Donuts
Stephen Kunken - Enron
Eddie Redmayne - Red
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play:
Maria Dizzia - In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Rosemary Harris - The Royal Family
Jessica Hecht - A View from the Bridge
Scarlett Johansson - A View from the Bridge
Jan Maxwell - Lend Me a Tenor
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical:
Kevin Chamberlin - The Addams Family
Robin De Jesus - La Cage aux Folles
Christopher Fitzgerald - Finian's Rainbow
Levi Kreis - Million Dollar Quartet
Bobby Steggert - Ragtime
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical:
Barbara Cook - Sondheim on Sondheim
Katie Finneran - Promises, Promises
Angela Lansbury - A Little Night Music
Karine Plantadit - Come Fly Away
Lillias White - Fela!
Best Direction of a Play:
Michael Grandage - Red
Sheryl Kaller - Next Fall
Kenny Leon - Fences
Gregory Mosher - A View from the Bridge
Best Direction of a Musical:
Christopher Ashley - Memphis
Marcia Milgrom Dodge - Ragtime
Terry Johnson - La Cage aux Folles
Bill T. Jones - Fela!
Rob Ashford - Promises, Promises
Bill T. Jones - Fela!
Lynne Page - La Cage aux Folles
Twyla Tharp - Come Fly Away
Jason Carr - La Cage aux Folles
Aaron Johnson - Fela!
Jonathan Tunick - Promises, Promises
Daryl Waters & David Bryan - Memphis
Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Beatty - The Royal Family
Alexander Dodge - Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto - Fences
Christopher Oram - Red
Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Marina Draghici - Fela!
Christine Jones - American Idiot
Derek McLane - Ragtime
Tim Shortall - La Cage aux Folles
Best Costume Design of a Play:
Martin Pakledinaz - Lend Me a Tenor
Constanza Romero - Fences
David Zinn - In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Catherine Zuber - The Royal Family
Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Marina Draghici - Fela!
Santo Loquasto - Ragtime
Paul Tazewell - Memphis
Matthew Wright - La Cage aux Folles
Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Neil Austin - Hamlet
Neil Austin - Red
Mark Henderson - Enron
Brian MacDevitt - Fences
Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Kevin Adams - American Idiot
Donald Holder - Ragtime
Nick Richings - La Cage aux Folles
Robert Wierzel - Fela!
Best Sound Design of a Play:
Acme Sound Partners - Fences
Adam Cork - Enron
Adam Cork - Red
Scott Lehrer - A View from the Bridge
Best Sound Design of a Musical:
Jonathan Deans - La Cage aux Folles
Robert Kaplowitz - Fela!
Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen - A Little Night Music
Dan Moses Schreier - Sondheim on Sondheim
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre:
Regional Theatre Tony Award:
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Connecticut
Isabelle Stevenson Award:
David Hyde Pierce
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:
Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
Model Niki Taylor said that she has lost some of her hair and may require back surgery to fix a curvature of the spine when she gave her first interview to Us Weekly magazine on Thursday. Taylor said she suffers from constant pain, lingering nightmares and has had about 40 surgical procedures. "I now have scars all over my stomach - it looks like I have a 16-pack," she told the publication. Taylor added that the scoliosis resulted for her two-month stay in bed. Antibiotics caused the hair loss, and the sides of her legs are numb due to nerve damage. "When I look in the mirror, I see a survivor. I see a fragile but strong person. And I love her," she said.
Television producer Aaron Spelling received the lifetime achievement award from The Friars Club of California on Oct. 24 for the hours of television entertainment he has provided to audiences worldwide and for his efforts in the Los Angeles community, The Associated Press reports. Some of his biggest television hits include Beverly Hills 90210, Charlie's Angels, Dynasty and Fantasy Island. Proceeds from the event went to the Friars Charitable Foundation, City of Hope National Medical Center and the Sept. 11 Fund for victims of last month's terrorist attacks.
The American Film Institute will honor actor Tom Hanks with the 30th AFI Life Achievement Award for his commitment and understanding of American history during a ceremony at Hollywood's new Kodak Theater on June 22. "Tom Hanks is American film's every man for a new generation," AFI board of trustees chairman Howard Stringer told Reuters. The ceremony will be aired by USA Network on June 23.
Michael Jackson will give a sneak preview of his upcoming release Invincible on his official Web site, www.michaeljackson.com, on Oct. 26. According to a Michael Jackson press release, the King of Pop will log on for a live audio chat at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT and the 24-hour streaming of his new album will begin at 12 p.m. ET/ 9 a.m. PT.
Producers of the syndicated show Crossing Over With John Edward have decided to not air footage of the host trying to contact people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Reuters reports. Edward, who claims to communicate with the dead, recently taped some "readings" for viewers who asked him to contact their relatives. Although producers claim that the show was "inundated with calls and pleas for readings," they decided that the subject matter was too sensitive to air on television.
Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has reportedly bought a huge villa north of Denmark and plans to settle there, Se & Hoer (See & Hear), a popular Danish magazine reported on Oct. 25. The magazine also said that Tyson felt safer living in Denmark after the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, Reuters reports.
Michael J. Fox helped the University of California, San Francisco to kick off a drive on Oct. 24 to raise $1.4 billion to help its medical research institute find a cure for Parkinson's disease. "It's been a tremendous blessing to me in many ways," Fox told AP of his diagnosis. "It has opened my eyes to the staggering work researchers are doing."
The producers of the Broadway musical The Producers are trying to undercut illegal ticket sales by setting aside 50 tickets to each show and charging $480 per ticket, AP reports. The decision was made after months of watching scalpers resell tickets for staggering prices. "Those moneys belong to the people who created the show, pure and simple," Rocco Landesman, one of the play's producers told The New York Times on Oct. 24. The producers will donate $150 from every $480 ticket to the Twin Towers Fund for several months.
Barbara Streisand has sold her six-room pad on the 20th floor in the Ardsley building on Central Park West and 92nd Street for $1.99 million to a "highly qualified couple," The New York Post reports. The singer's apartment had been on and off the market for the last 10 years.
ABC anchorwoman Carole Simpson said that she regretted releasing false information at an Oct. 16 International Women's Media Foundation conference in New York that led to her two-week suspension from Sunday's World News Tonight. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Simpson told the conference that This Week's co-host Cokie Roberts had received a suspicious letter and had contracted anthrax along with her 7-month-old infant. But later the letter was proved uncontaminated and left officials upset that Simpson had bypassed the network's process for disseminating anthrax information.
Billy Joel has given permission for the New York musical The Thoel Project to use about 15-20 of his songs to tell the story of three Vietnam vets, People.com reports. The musical will debut next year and will be choreographed by Twyla Tharp and produced by the Nederlander Organization.