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Universal Acquires Rights to Make Bee Gees Stage Musical

  • The Wrap
Universal Acquires Rights to Make Bee Gees Stage Musical
Universal Theatrical Group, the live stage division of Universal Pictures, has acquired the rights to develop a stage musical based on the career of the famed ’60s pop group The Bee Gees, according to an announcement from Universal President Jimmy Horowitz. The deal was made with Bee Gees member Barry Gibb, Yvonne Gibb, and the estate of Robin Gibb. Barry Gibb will be an executive producer on the project. “On behalf of the entire company, we take great pride in collaborating with Barry on developing a stage musical that captures the scope and significance of his family’s incredible story,
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John Travolta and Barry Gibb Pay Tribute to Grease and Saturday Night Fever Producer Robert Stigwood

John Travolta and Barry Gibb Pay Tribute to Grease and Saturday Night Fever Producer Robert Stigwood
John Travolta and Barry Gibb have paid tribute to Robert Stigwood. The longtime manager of the Bee Gees and Eric Clapton died at 81, it was announced Monday. Travolta, who starred in Stigwood's productions Saturday Night Fever and Grease, expressed his condolences telling People, "Robert changed the world and only for the better and he was certainly important to my career. His legacy lives on and he will forever be remembered." The Australian-born producer's death was announced by his godson and Robin Gibb's son Spencer on Facebook. "I would like to share the sad news with you all, that my godfather,
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John Travolta and Barry Gibb Pay Tribute to Grease and Saturday Night Fever Producer Robert Stigwood

John Travolta and Barry Gibb Pay Tribute to Grease and Saturday Night Fever Producer Robert Stigwood
John Travolta and Barry Gibb have paid tribute to Robert Stigwood. The longtime manager of the Bee Gees and Eric Clapton died at 81, it was announced Monday. Travolta, who starred in Stigwood's productions Saturday Night Fever and Grease, expressed his condolences telling People, "Robert changed the world and only for the better and he was certainly important to my career. His legacy lives on and he will forever be remembered." The Australian-born producer's death was announced by his godson and Robin Gibb's son Spencer on Facebook. "I would like to share the sad news with you all, that my godfather,
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Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees Manager and Film Producer, Dead at 81

Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees Manager and Film Producer, Dead at 81
Robert Stigwood, manager of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame groups like Cream and the Bee Gees and producer of films like Saturday Night Fever and Grease, passed away. Stigwood was 81. Spencer Gibb, the son of Bee Gees' Robin Gibb and Stigwood's godson, was the first to confirm Stigwood's death, Reuters reports. No cause of death was given.

"A creative genius with a very quick and dry wit, Robert was the driving force behind The Bee Gees career, as well as having discovered Cream, and subsequently managing Eric Clapton,
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Robert Stigwood, ‘Grease’ & ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Producer, Dies at 81

Robert Stigwood, ‘Grease’ & ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Producer, Dies at 81
Rock opera and disco impresario Robert Stigwood, who produced “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever” and managed the Bee Gees, died Jan. 4 at 81. Stigwood also produced Broadway shows including “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Evita.”

Spencer Gibb, the son of Bee Gee Robin Gibb, confirmed the news on Facebook.

“I would like to thank Robert for his kindness to me over the years as well as his mentorship to my family. ‘Stiggy,’ you will be missed,” he wrote.

Born in Australia, Stigwood moved to England and launched a theatrical management agency, soon turning to music. He managed hit bands Cream and the Bee Gees during the late 1960s and early ’70s, and then started producing for Broadway.

Jesus Christ Superstar,” the first show from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, was a huge Broadway hit in 1971. He also produced the 1973 film version. The vogue for “rock operas” continued with the 1975 film “Tommy,
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Robert Stigwood Dies: Produced ‘Grease’, ‘Saturday Night Fever’ & Broadway Classics

Robert Stigwood Dies: Produced ‘Grease’, ‘Saturday Night Fever’ & Broadway Classics
Robert Stigwood, the former music manager who produced the highest-grossing film musical in Hollywood history — Grease — along with Saturday Night Fever, Tommy and Broadway shows including Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, has died. He was 81. Stigwood managed the Bee Gees during their heyday, and Robin Gibb’s son confirmed the news on Facebook. He called Stigwood “a creative genius with a very quick and dry wit.” Born on April 16, 1934 in Adelaide, Stigwood relocated to…
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Robert Stigwood -- Legendary Bee Gees Manager Dies

  • TMZ
Robert Stigwood, the famed music exec behind the Bee Gees, Cream and several huge movies and musicals ... has died. Stigwood was the agent and manger for the Bee Gees as well as rock legends Cream before he went on to form Rso (Robert Stigwood Organisation). Rso produced famous musicals like "Hair" and "Jesus Christ Superstar." His biggest success as a producer though would be the movies "Saturday Night Fever." Of course the soundtrack for that
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The Voice UK: Get all the details of Saturday's blind auditions

The Voice UK is about to get very serious indeed. This Saturday is the last episode of blind auditions, and there are only six spaces left on the coaches' teams - but 14 acts. It's going to get very messy!

If you want to prepare yourself for the drama, you're in luck - we have all the information you need about who's auditioning and what they're going to be singing in an attempt to impress the coaches...

1. Vanessa Hunt - 26, Peterborough

Song: 'Sunshine of Your Love' - Cream (Spanky Wilson version)

What you need to know: Vanessa has a pretty spectacular, glamorous day job - she goes from company to company selling toilet paper. Wonder why she wants to become a singer instead? She already sings in a function band called The Look with her boyfriend.

2. Matt Baker - 32, Bristol

Song: 'Are You Gonna Go My Way' - Lenny Kravitz

What you need to know: No,
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Justin Timberlake’s 10 Greatest ‘Saturday Night Live’ Moments

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Who knew Justin Timberlake could be one of the funniest guys in showbiz? No Nsync fan certainly did, and there was no real indication of it when he was putting out his first broody solo singles after his break-up with Britney Spears. Leave it to Saturday Night Live to reveal what a true comedic genius the multi-hyphenate talent really is.

Over the last 12 years, since he first stepped onto the Studio 8H stage as host in 2003, Timberlake’s become a staple on the sketch show. In fact, his contributions to SNL history have been so memorable that the series is dedicating six hours tonight to reairing his episodes on VH1 Classic as part of the “SNL Rewind: 2015-1975 Mega Marathon” happening right now. But before you change the channel and spend of the rest of your day bingewatching Jt, here’s the cliff notes version, i.e. his 10 greatest moments on Saturday Night Live.
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Motown Star Jimmy Ruffin Dies at 78

Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold on to My Love," died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., the late singer's children, confirmed Wednesday that Ruffin had died. There were no details about the cause of death. Ruffin was the older brother of Temptations lead singer David Ruffin, who died in 1991 at age 50. "Jimmy Ruffin was a rare type of man who left his mark on the music industry. My family in its entirety is extremely upset over his death. He will truly be missed,
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Motown Star Jimmy Ruffin Dies at 78

Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold on to My Love," died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., the late singer's children, confirmed Wednesday that Ruffin had died. There were no details about the cause of death. Ruffin was the older brother of Temptations lead singer David Ruffin, who died in 1991 at age 50. "Jimmy Ruffin was a rare type of man who left his mark on the music industry. My family in its entirety is extremely upset over his death. He will truly be missed,
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Coming To The UK To Appear Live On Stage!

Following in the footsteps of Sylvester Stallone and John Travolta, movie legend Arnold Schwarzenegger will take to the stage in London later this year in a special Q+A and movie retrospective, hosted by chat show host/ comedian Jonathan Ross. According to the press release we’ve just received, the qudience will also get the chance to purchase tickets for a one to one photo opportunity and a very select and private meet and greet session. Arnie will also take part in a black tie dinner event at The Grand Pavillion, Leeds.

“For once I won’t have a publicist saying, ‘Don’t ask him about his private life, don’t ask him how much money he makes, how much is in the bank,’ all that kind of stuff,” he said of the UK dates. “England really was the country that gave me the biggest break in my career. I
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'Nessa' on The Voice UK: Gavin & Stacey's top musical moments

The Voice UK was visited by none other than Gavin & Stacey's Nessa - well, an impersonator named Tara Lewis - when it launched its third series on the weekend.

And although Tara unfortunately couldn't impress Kylie Minogue, her idol Tom Jones or any of the other coaches at the Blind Auditions, the sight of 'Nessa' singing has stuck with us and got us thinking about all the great musical interludes that cropped up during James Corden and Ruth Jones's classic BBC sitcom.

And with news today that Gavin & Stacey could be returning, we can't think of a better time to revisit the show's greatest vocal performances...

'Barry Islands in the Stream'

It's Gwen's (Melanie Walters) birthday and amid nearly having a mental breakdown trying to secretly organise a line dance party for her, Bryn (Rob Brydon) also needs to practise a show-stopping duet with Nessa (Ruth Jones) in her honour.
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Movie Legend Sylvester Stallone To Take To The West End Stage This Weekend

Award-winning TV chat show host Jonathan Ross will quiz Hollywood action hero movie legend Sylvester Stallone live on stage during An Evening with Sylvester Stallone at the London Palladium, this coming Saturday night, 11th January.

Mr Stallone, the star, writer, producer and director of almost 90 movies and the only actor in history to open a number one film across five decades, has promised to get up close and personal with his UK?fans, sharing private moments and unique insights from his long career, from the breakthrough Rocky to his latest blockuster movie franchise, The Expendables.

“There is this unwritten law that a hero must be silent, like Gary Cooper. I have been fighting this for 30 years. Now is my chance.” Stallone told the Sunday Express, referring as to why he is risking his reputation with a one man show at the London Palladium on Saturday, and why he is not
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See the 5 Best Moments from Jimmy Fallon on "SNL"

  • TooFab
Jimmy Fallon hosted "Saturday Night Live" last night -- and it was one of the best episodes of the season.With appearances from performer (and Fallon Bff) Justin Timberlake all over the place, plus cameos from Madonna, Barry Gibb and the return of some of our favorite sketches, it was the perfect holiday treat before the show goes on hiatus until January.Check out our favorite five sketches from last night below!"Wrappinville"Timberlake continued a legacy he started 10 Years Ago with "Omeletteville" with his 7th edition of his famous singing mascot sketch. This time he and Fallon were decked out as wrapping paper and a gift bag, respectively, as they threw down against another holiday gift wrapper. We'll never get over those large hands!"The Barry Gibb Talk Show" There was no way Jimmy and Justin would do an episode together without "The Barry Gibb Talk Show." Another sketch
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Paul McCartney Makes Merry With Fallon and Timberlake on 'SNL'

Paul McCartney Makes Merry With Fallon and Timberlake on 'SNL'
Remember the day before your school's Christmas vacation, when you and the other kids were so wild with excitement that you couldn’t even stay in your seats, so your teacher just passed out candy canes and put on a video and got the hell out of the way? I'm pretty sure that was exactly how it felt in Studio 8H last night, as Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake delivered a near-perfect Christmas episode to an ecstatic crowd. These guys were the ideal choice to finish out the year: They
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Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake Head Back to 'Saturday Night Live'

Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake Head Back to 'Saturday Night Live'
Jimmy Fallon will return to his old Saturday Night Live stomping grounds to host the December 21st show with Justin Timberlake lined up as musical guest, Variety reports. In preparation for what's sure to be a certified holiday spectacular, Fallon's already reached out to Timberlake on Twitter asking him, "Got any ideas?"

The pair have formed a top notch repartee over the year, one that dates back to their still spectacular turns as Barry and Robin Gibb on SNL's "The Barry Gibb Talk Show" sketch. Timberlake has also been
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The six most excruciating interviews of all time

If you thought Ginger Baker's recent encounter with a Guardian journalist was awkward, check out Bruce Willis on The One Show, or Kay Burley berating Peter Andre

Today, Ginger Baker is probably responsible for more curled toes and tightened sphincters than anyone else alive. His Q&A with Michael Hann at the Curzon Soho is a masterclass in awkwardness. Questions are shot down. Pauses are left hanging in the air. Baker haughtily surveys the scene like a bilious animatronic skeksis. By all accounts, it ranks as one of the most excruciating interviews in recent memory.

That said, there's plenty of competition. YouTube is stuffed with painful interviews featuring monosyllabic subjects, oblivious interviewees or – in some cases – both. Here are some of my favourites.

Bruce Willis v The One Show

The One Show routinely wrongfoots its celebrity guests – that tends to happen when you insist on quizzing A-listers about financial
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Mumford & More Rock Music-Filled Grammys

Mumford & More Rock Music-Filled Grammys
Mumford & Sons, Gotye & Kimbra, Kelly Clarkson, Zac Brown Band and Fun. were just a few of the big winners at the 55th annual Grammy Awards telecast, hosted by LL Cool J and broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Read on for the recap...

For the Complete List of Winners Click Here.

The Winners

Album of the Year went to Babel by Mumford & Sons; Record of the Year went to Gotye & Kimbra's Somebody That I Used To Know; Fun. won Best New Artist, and their We Are Young (featuring Janelle Monae) was named Song of the Year; Kelly Clarkson's Stronger was named Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Country Album was awarded to Zac Brown Band's Uncaged.

Other big accolades handed out during Sunday night's telecast went to Carrie Underwood (Best Country Solo Performance: Blown Away); Frank Ocean was the Best Urban Contemporary Album Winner for Channel Orange; The Black Keys earned Best Rock
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Robin Gibb's son having a baby

Robin Gibb's widow admits news the couple's son is expecting his first child is bittersweet. The Bee Gees legend passed away last May after losing his battle against cancer and while Dwina is thrilled Robin-John - also known as Rj - and his girlfriend Megan Golub are having a baby, she is sad Robin won't be around to see the tot. She said: 'When I lost Robin I wasn't expecting this. It's absolutely wonderful. Robin's mum Barbara is known as Nana Barbara, so I'd like my grandson, or granddaughter, to call me Nana Dwina. I can't wait to paint and draw for the little one. 'To welcome in 2013, we all went outside and wrote Robin's name in the sky
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