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Producer Cons Investors with Fake Lupita Nyong'o Play

Lupita Nyong'o earned a Tony nomination earlier this year for her Broadway debut in Eclipsed, but seven investors will never see her star in another Broadway play that they they were recently conned into funding. According to Metro, Roland Scahill, who owns production company RMS2 Productions, has been indicted for stealing 165K from investors who thought he was producing a new play about opera star Kathleen Battle.
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Bww Review: 11th Annual Festival Napa Valley - Opening Weekend Celebrating Napa's Finest Wines and Cuisine with Music, Theatre, Fitness and More

The 11th annual Festival Napa Valley just wrapped up a ten day celebration, serving up a smorgasbord of Napa's finest cuisine, 100 wineries, stars of music, Broadway, TV, opera, classical, dance, fitness and more. Over 60 events spanned the 10 day festival, enriching art, fitness and local community programs. Opening weekend featured a star-studded lineup of Broadway and TV star, Kristin Chenoweth, brilliant pianist Aldo Lopez-Gavilan, and celebrated opera singer Kathleen Battle, along with the signature 'Taste of Napa' event and 10K5K Sun Run through the Napa vineyards, not to mention patron dinners, after parties and more
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Disney 53: Fantasia 2000

Directed by Pixote Hunt, Hendel Butoy, Eric Goldberg, James Algar, Francis Glebas, Paul and Gaetan Brizzi

1999/75 minutes

Fantasia is timeless. It may run 10, 20 or 30 years. It may run after I’m gone. Fantasia is an idea in itself. I can never build another Fantasia. I can improve. I can elaborate. That’s all.”

– Walt Disney

Unveiled just after the clock struck midnight on Dec 31st 1999, making it the first film to be released in the new millennium (pedantry over the date of the beginning of the millennium notwithstanding), Fantasia 2000 is a hidden gem of the Disney 53. Admit it, how many of you remember it? In any case, Fantasia 2000 was the result of almost a decade worth of work; each segment of the film was produced individually, during lulls between major features.

The IMAX Experience

Fantasia 2000 was the first feature length animated film to be presented in IMAX,
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Joan Sutherland was cheated by the Grammys

Joan Sutherland may have been hailed as "the voice of the century" by Luciano Pavarotti, but other operatic voices fared far better at the Grammy Awards, where there are lots of classical categories, including one for best vocal performance. Prior to her death on Sunday at age 83, Sutherland won that prize twice. One victory was for her classic "The Art of the Prima Donna" LP in 1962. In 1981, she shared the trophy with Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne for "Live From Lincoln Center: Sutherland, Horne, Pavarotti." By contrast, Pavarotti won five times, as did Kathleen Battle. Horne and Cecilia Bartoli each won four Grammys. Reigning over all classical vocalists is Leontyne Price with 13...
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Baryshnikov, Sondheim, Lang Lang Headline Harris Theater's 2009-2010 Season

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance today announced its Harris Theater Presents 2009-2010 season. The schedule of Harris Theater Presents events features nine programs, a remarkable thirteen Chicago premieres and includes an impressive and diverse selection of music, dance and conversation by internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles. Highlights of the Harris Theater Presents 2009-2010 season include a rare opportunity to see Mikhail Baryshnikov in a solo dance performance, an evening of insight with the "Master of the Musical," Stephen Sondheim, the Harris debut of Lang Lang under the baton of his mentor Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, the Chicago premiere of Orquestra de São Paulo with virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, Kathleen Battle's unusual program of holiday spirituals, and much more.
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Young Musicians Shine at 'American Music Awards'

The 2008 "American Music Awards" welcomed many young musicians to the stage including Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift and Rihanna -- get the recap here, including the winner's list! Jimmy Kimmel hosted the "Ama"'s at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Christina Aguilera started off the show on an exciting note, belting out a medley of her hits! "Christina Aguilera had a baby ... Mariah Carey married one," Kimmel joked recapping musician headlines from the year. Mariah was escorted on stage by her husband Nick Cannon to perform her song "I stay in Love". Prior to her performance, Terrence Howard presented her with an "Ama" for breaking records in music. Annie Lennox received the Award of Merit by surprise guest Justin Timberlake. Kanye West accepted the award for Rap/Hip Hop Album. "I wake up in the morning thinking about what stereotypes I wanna break," Kanye said as he accepted the award.
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Chris Brown Dominates American Music Awards

Chris Brown was the big winner at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, surprising himself most of all. "I don't know what to say. I would have given it to Coldplay," said Brown, who won artist of the year, male pop/rock artist and male soul/R&B artist. Kanye West, still sore at losing male rap/hip-hop artist last year, won the trophy this time – then said Lil Wayne deserved it more. "I want to give this award to Wayne," he said. "If it was last year it would have been my award." It was West's second trophy of the night,
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