End of the Rainbow, by playwright Peter Quilter, follows Garland's life story in 1968 as she prepared for a career boost with a run of shows at London cabaret hotspot Talk of the Town, while she was still battling drugs.
The drama premiered at the Sydney Opera House in Australia in 2005 and featured in London's West End until earlier this year (11).
Actress/singer Tracie Bennett, who starred in the British production, will reprise her role as the Hollywood icon when the show opens for previews in New York in March (12).
Garland died from a drug overdose in June, 1969, aged 47.
The Batman Begins star has been invited to sit on the judging panel alongside Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, while High School Musical director/choreographer Kenny Ortega is also set to make a special appearance.
Holmes, a big fan of the TV competition, revealed the news during an appearance on talk show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (09Aug11), shortly before jetting from New York to Los Angeles to fit the taping into her tight schedule.
She said, "I'm flying out tonight and going to be a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance with Kenny Ortega, Nigel and Mary. I love that show."
It won't be Holmes' first appearance on the hit programme - she showed off her singing and dancing skills in 2009 when she filmed a video tribute to Judy Garland to promote kids' charity the Dizzy Feet Foundation and mark the show's 100th episode.
Gaga broke down in tears after becoming overwhelmed by one contestant's performance during her a stint as a guest judge on the show last month (Jul11).
The Devil Wears Prada star last year (09) signed on to play the Wizard of Oz legend in a big screen adaptation of biographer Gerald Clarke's 2001 book Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland.
Work on the movie has yet to begin and Hathaway reveals production may not start until late 2012 - to make sure the film correctly portrays Garland's life story.
Speaking on BBC Radio Four's Front Row radio show, the actress says, "It's a very sensitive project and there have been so many stories told about her life that we're really trying to get it right.
"So we're taking our time with it. I know it seems like it's sort of an endless process but it's very, very slow incremental steps.
"I had a meeting about it a couple of weeks ago and we're all very motivated."
Hathaway also opened up about the struggles of playing Garland on the big screen, adding, "I certainly don't sing like Judy Garland... But I think people might cry murder if they don't get to hear Judy's beloved voice so the talk is for me to sing but I don't know if that's exactly what will happen."
Aylesworth passed away in Rancho Mirage, California on 28 July (10).
He performed on radio in his native Toronto as a child, and went on to find success on U.S. television.
Aylesworth was perhaps best known for co-creating 1970s American country music television variety show Hee Haw with Frank Peppiatt and Bernie Brillstein. The programme featured famous guests in country, gospel and bluegrass music, including Johnny Cash and Conway Twitty.
In addition, he served as a writer or producer on TV shows such as Your Hit Parade, The Kraft Music Hall, The Judy Garland Show and The Jonathan Winters Show.
He was also among the writers who shared an Emmy nomination for The Julie Andrews Hour in 1973 and The Sonny and Cher Show in 1976.
Aylesworth is survived by his fourth wife, Anita, two children from his first marriage, three from his second marriage, and one grandson.
The 17 year old, who found fame playing on kids show The Wizards of Waverly Place, is desperate to follow in the footsteps of late musical legend Judy Garland, who she credits with inspiring her to pursue an acting career.
Gomez tells Us Weekly, "My favourite movie of all time is The Wizard of Oz. Judy Garland is the reason I wanted to become an actress."
The stunning star was recently forced to deny rumours she's set to star in a forthcoming Broadway show - but Johansson admits she would love to take on an all singing, all dancing role, either on stage or screen.
The actress tells Spinner.com, "When I was a kid, I started acting because I wanted to be in movie musicals and on Broadway. I took a lot of vocal lessons and I thought I was going to be Judy Garland or something.
"It's always been my dream to do a movie musical. I always wanted to sing on camera."
And with the success of recent big screen musicals Chicago, Moulin Rouge and Dreamgirls, the 24 year old is confident she'll get the chance to show off all her talents: 'I'm really excited that it's sort of been revived. It's nice that I maybe have a chance to do it."
Gelbart got his big break writing jokes for comedians Sid Caesar and Danny Thomas and became a staff member on The Red Buttons Show in the early 1950s.
He went on to write for variety shows fronted by Judy Garland and Danny Kaye.
He also wrote the book A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, which became a hit play and movie.
Gelbart was diagnosed with cancer in June (09). He died on Friday (11Sep09).
The actress appeared on the U.S. show's 23 July (09) season finale, to perform a singing and dancing tribute to Judy Garland.
While many experts praised her rendition, others were more critical and members of the public, critics and fellow dancers posted scathing reviews online.
One wrote, "She tried to mimic Judy Garland but didn't come close.
The snipes prompted show producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe to take to the internet himself, in Holmes' defence.
He wrote on his Twitter.com page, "I'm trying to figure out why Katie is being judged as a dancer. When a (baseball) star throws out the opening pitch no one says, 'Ooh, crap pitcher.'".
The actress pays homage to screen icon Judy Garland on the special show, due to air in the U.S. on Thursday (23Jul09), performing a routine inspired by Garland's Get Happy song from the movie Summer Stock and donning replicas of the late star's trademark jacket and hat for the sequence.
The Batman Begins star tells Entertainment Tonight, "I like to sing and dance, so it is really fun.
Holmes has previously showed off her dance skills in U.S. drama Eli Stone when she appeared on the TV show last year (08).
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Shrek 2 is set to play in a record 4,163 theaters domestically this weekend, marking the first time a film has surpassed the 4,000-theater mark in its debut and beating previous record holder, last year's X2: X-Men United, Reuters reports. DreamWorks' head of distribution Jim Tharp said the number of theaters had been raised from just over 3,700 since the film's debut Wednesday, as more theaters were able to open screens for the release "This is unprecedented ... I've never seen a movie open in that many theaters," Paul Dergarabedian, president of Los Angeles-based audience tracking service Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. told Reuters. With an increase in theaters, Shrek 2 looks to rake in the box office booty over the weekend as well. Dergarabedian declined to predict just how big a success the sequel might be, but said $50 million in ticket sales for the three-day weekend "would not be out of the question."Bunny Comes to U.S.
Actor/director Vincent Gallo's highly controversial film Brown Bunny, which was jeered at the Cannes Film Festival, will be released in U.S. theaters in late August, Reuters reports. Bunny follows a road trip by a motorcycle racer obsessed with a past relationship, and included an on-screen fellatio scene between its stars, Gallo and Chloe Sevigny. The film not only was poorly received at the French Riviera festival but also became the center of a media maelstrom after the eccentric and furious Gallo took on unenthusiastic critics. Picked up by the indie distributor Wellspring, however, the U.S. release has been edited from the original version.Bet for Your Favorite Celeb Poker Player
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Liza Minnelli closed her star-studded AIDS benefit at the Cannes film festival Thursday night with an a cappella rendition of the classic "You Made Me Love You" in a touching tribute to her mother Judy Garland. Reuters reports the event, emceed by Sharon Stone, raised more than $1.8 million for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR). Guests included jury president Quentin Tarantino; rocker Rod Stewart; actors Ashley Judd, Kevin Kline, Chris Tucker; Mexican heartthrob Gael Garcia Bernal and Miramax studio chairman Harvey Weinstein. "I screened Fahrenheit 911 and I got my first unemployment check from Disney," Weinstein said in reference to Michael Moore's anti-Bush documentary. "My resume is outside. Hopefully somebody needs domestic help."Sotheby's To Auction Johnny Cash Items
More than 650 pieces from the estate of country music legend Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, will be auctioned by Sotheby's Sept. 14 and 15, the AP reports. The collection, valued at about $1.5 million, includes guitars, banjos, handwritten lyrics, photographs, vintage black leather clothing, Grammy Awards and other keepsakes. The sale also features more than 50 instruments owned and played by both June Carter, who died in May 2003, and Cash, who died Sept. 12. Expected to fetch top dollars is a guitar that Cash designed estimated at $15,000 and seven of Cash's Grammy awards, which range in value from $5,000 to $10,000. A 1950s notebook handwritten lyrics to songs like "Cry, Cry, Cry," is estimated at $6,000.Amid Summer Reruns, Fox To Debut New Series
The Fox network is bucking the age-old tradition of premiering new TV series in the fall and will instead launch new shows in June, August, November and January. According to the AP, the network's new year-round strategy comes out of necessity since Fox series have gotten off to rough starts the past two years because its schedule is pre-empted for baseball in October. Next month, when rival networks are in reruns, Fox will feature five new series, including Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie reality show The Simple Life 2 and Method Man and Redman new hip-hop comedy Method & Red. Next summer, Seth MacFarlane will start making new episodes of Family Guy, a cartoon Fox canceled then was stunned to see it become enormously popular on DVD.UPN Announces Three New Fall Series
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