98 Degrees star Jeff Timmons has paid tribute to a male dancer from his Men Of The Strip reality TV show following his death on Wednesday (18Jun14). The singer founded his own male strip revue after shedding his clothes with the Chippendales in 2011, and signed a deal with bosses at America's E! Network to turn the venture into a TV show.
The series began airing in the U.S. earlier this month (Jun14), but team behind the project has been left devastated by the apparent suicide of castmember Nate Estimada, who was 24.
Paying tribute to Estimada, Timmons writes in a post on his Instagram.com page, "I am heartbroken at the passing of my brother Nate Estimada. Nate was a gift to all of us, and will be missed not only personally as a friend, but as a member of Men Of The Strip. My love, prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones. He will be missed dearly, and we will keep him in our hearts forever."
Actress Tara Reid caught up with her Sharknado co-star Ian Ziering on Saturday night (21Jun14) when she stopped by the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to watch him perform with male strip revue the Chippendales.
A one-night-only production of American composer Cole Porter's variety show The Ambassador Revue is set to be staged in New York, 85 years after it debuted in Paris, France. The original 1929 show featured singers like Morton Downey and Evelyn Hoey performing a collection of Porter tunes, but the production closed after a few months and the tracks were never heard outside of Europe.
The songwriter went on to return to the U.S. and find fame with hits like I Get a Kick Out of You from Broadway musical Anything Goes, What Is This Thing Called Love from Wake Up and Dream, and one of his most popular releases, Night and Day, which was covered by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Eartha Kitt, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.
The revue songs were long thought lost until musical theatre historian Ken Bloom and bandleader Vince Giordano discovered the missing compositions in an archive at Universal Music's offices in Milan, Italy, and tunes like Boulevard Break and Blue Hours were heard in a revived production in Paris in 2012.
Now the pair is taking The Ambassador Revue to the Big Apple, where Porter fans will be treated to a collection of 'lost' tracks with singers, tap dancers and showgirls taking part in the one-off show at The Town Hall in New York on 27 June (14).
Former The Dukes of Hazzard star Tom Wopat will star, while Bloom will direct and Giordano, who arranged the show, will perform with his band the Nighthawks.
"Every day for 3 months I have hiked up the Hollywood hills to prepare for my role of Eric Idle in the Monty Python Musical Revue. Fit now." Veteran funnyman Eric Idle is in tip-top shape ahead of his onstage reunion with his Monty Python comedy troupe in London this July (14).
Pioneering actor/singer Herb Jeffries has died at the age of 100. Jeffries died from heart failure at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center in California on Sunday (25May14), biographer Raymond Strait confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.
Born Umberto Valentino, Jeffries starred in five Westerns in the 1930s featuring all-black casts including Harlem on the Prairie, Rhythm Rodeo and The Bronze Buckaroo. He later played the title character in 1957 film Calypso Joe, opposite Angie Dickinson.
He was also a successful singer, touring with Earl 'Fatha' Hines and later joining Duke Ellington's band and performing at the iconic bandleader's Jump For Joy revue in Los Angeles in 1941.
As an actor, Jeffries also made a number of guest appearances in popular 1960s TV shows including I Dream of Jeannie, Hawaii Five-O, The Name of the Game and The Virginian.
Movie bosses at Disney have tapped filmmaker Jon Turteltaub to develop a film based on themepark attraction It's A Small World. The highly-popular musical boat ride and accompanying tune have been staples at Disney themeparks for nearly 50 years and now studio executives are keen to turn the attraction into a potential movie franchise, according to Deadline.com.
It's a Small World was originally created in 1964 for the New York World's Fair.
It's the latest Disney themepark attraction to be considered for the big screen - the Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion rides have been turned into movies, as has musical revue The Country Bears.
Former Playboy model Holly Madison is becoming a bar owner by opening a new speakeasy lounge at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend is opening a "social lounge" called 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque, a bar inspired by the style of prohibition-era hangouts.
The venue will feature nightly live performances from a four-piece band as well as scantily clad dancers working the room.
This isn't Madison's first venture in Sin City - she starred in Planet Hollywood's topless burlesque revue, Peepshow, for three years before leaving to have her first child, daughter Rainbow Aurora, in 2012.
Madison's lounge will open on 17 April (14).
I know, that headline is trouble. You're always treading dangerous ground when you insist on defining what makes a good this or the right kind of that, as if there is no room for change or improvement when it comes to classic properties. Of course there is — Jason Segel's 2011 Muppet film approached the concept from an entirely different direction. It didn't hit all of its marks, but it prevailed overall in its conceit: make a movie not about Muppets, but about Muppet fandom. But Muppets Most Wanted, in absence of a clear mission statement and fueled largely by the monetary glimmers of the sequel game (the film's opening number admits this outright), has fewer marks readily available to hit. Landing in the ambiguity between the classic Muppet adventure formula and Segel's post-modern Henson appreciation party, Most Wanted feels like a failure on both counts. It doesn't know which kind of movie it wants to, or should, be. So it doesn't really be anything.
On the one hand, there's the half-cocked "get-the-band-back-together" through line, mimicking but not quite accomplishing the spirit of the 2011 picture. None of the Muppets are particularly likable or charming in this turn, and even fewer of them actually given anything to do. Kermit loses his s**t in the first act after a spat with Piggy and a barrage of insubordination from his troupe (provoked by the nefarious Dominic Badguy, Ricky Gervais), storms off in a huff, and gets swept up in a case of mistaken identity when his criminal doppelganger Constantine pulls the old switcheroo, landing Kermit in a Russian gulag. You'd think this would be a good opportunity for the second tier of Muppet favorites — Piggy, Fozzy, Gonzo, Scooter, Rowlf, et al — to go on a search and rescue... but save for a very brief sequence at the tail end of this achingly long film, none of the other Muppets are giving anything to do. They just hem and haw and perform the occasional "Indoor Running of the Bulls" while Dominic and Constantine scheme, rob banks, and bicker.
Meanwhile, Kermit has some fun in prison — a far more endearing plot that sees him befriending the merry convicts, organizing a penitentiary revue, and even winning the heart of the vicious warden Nadia (Tina Fey). If only we could spend more time with real Kermit and less time with fake Kermit and his second banana Gervais, an effectively boring pair.
On the other hand, though, there's the Muppet shtick that fans of The Great Muppet Caper and Muppet Treasure Island — and yes, The Muppet Show itself — will deem the movie's best material: CIA Agent Sam Eagle and Interpol Agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) hot on the trail of Constantine and Dominic. Here, we get a different type of Muppet movie entirely from what Segel and the A-plot in Most Wanted are opting: the old fashioned vaudeville act, with Sam standing as an independent entity from his googly-eyed brethren, on a goofy, musical prowl with Burrell that fuels the film with its best and most consistent chuckles. Their "Interrogation Song" number is outstanding, exemplifying the many talents of Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie, who wrote all the music for this and the previous film.
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Unfortunately, Muppets Most Wanted isn't sure that it wants to be The Great Muppet Caper, beheld so stubbornly to its Segelian roots. There's a palpable compulsion to stick with this agonizingly self-aware, nostalgia-crazy, brimming-beacons-of-the-past-in-a-callous-today theme that doesn't work a fraction as well as it did in the 2011 film. Without a legitimate celebration of any of our favorite characters, how could it? With so much going on in this movie, and such a lengthy runtime at just under two hours, it's a sure sign of failure that we walk away feeling like we spent barely any time with the Muppets.
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Broadway actor Curtis Mcclarin has died aged 44. The performer passed away in his sleep at his home in Brooklyn, New York on Monday (03Mar14). Reports suggest he suffered a brain aneurysm.
He made his Broadway debut in 1996 in the Tony Award-winning musical revue Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk.
One of his co-stars in the production, Psych star Dule Hill, praises McClarin's talent and warm spirit, telling the New York Daily News, "As far back as I can remember, Curtis was always one of the most consistently genuine people I have ever met; a breath of fresh air that filled you up whenever you came into his presence."
McClarin also appeared in a number of Off-Broadway plays, as well as regional theatre productions across the U.S.
His film credits include The Occupant and The Happening, and he had guest roles on TV series such as The Good Wife, Damages, The Wire, Law & Order: SVU and prison drama Oz.