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The celebrity charity event, founded by Barbara and the late Marvin Davis in 1977, brought together Hollywood’s elite as they raised nearly $2.5 million to benefit the clinical care and research at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes (Bdc) where more than 5,000 children and young adults receive specialized care.
Celebrity guests as this year’s event included host Barbara Davis, emcee Jay Leno, honorees Maria Shriver and Quincy Jones, performers Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony, Gladys Knight and Akon, along with guests Garcelle Beauvais, Halle Berry, Thora Birch, Brandy, Adrien Brody, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Jackie Collins, Joan Collins, Jane Fonda, Daisy Fuentes, Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson, Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, Rick & Kathy Hilton, Anjelica Huston, Randy Jackson, Don Johnson, Nigel Lythgoe, Chris Massey, Kyle Massey, Nancy O'Dell, Sidney Poitier, Don Rickles, Mimi Rogers, »
The Mercedes-Benz 32nd Anniversary Carousel of Hope Gala benefiting the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes brought out all the stars in La last night, including the always feisty Joan Collins in St. John. We chatted with Collins, who said she "firmly" backed her friend Barbara's fundraiser, to see if she firmly backed those comments the other week when she called Jennifer Aniston "cute" but no Angelina Jolie in Hello Magazine. Any regrets, Joan? "Oh, well, no," Collins said rather casually in her sparkly St. John number. "The bottom line is I talked about several actresses," Joan 'fessed saying Aniston and Jolie weren't the only comparisons about »
Alyson Hannigan believes that if David Legrant hadn't become an acting teacher, he could have had a great career writing bumper stickers. "David has these great sayings," enthuses the "How I Met Your Mother" star, who began studying with Legrant when she was 20. "I wish I'd written them down because they were so clever and they help me every time I think of them." Legrant has a knack for distilling his years' worth of knowledge into memorable phrases—one of Hannigan's favorites is "If you're going to paint a picture, are you going to paint it with your own eye or someone's else's?"—that encourage actors to take charge. Fortunately for actors such as Hannigan, Tobey Maguire, Danny Glover, Bernadette Peters, and Steve Martin, Legrant opted out of the bumper-sticker business and stuck with his passion: teaching generations of actors the craft he knows and loves. "Acting can be difficult, »
Show-biz legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote nine Broadway musicals. Or at least nine musicals are usually attributed to them -- Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and The King and I being the most acclaimed; The Sound of Music perhaps the most universally known; and Allegro, Me and Juliet, Pipe Dream and Flower Drum Song acknowledged as their lesser achievements. There is a tenth Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, however, State Fair. Not that Dick or Oscar knew about it. State Fair was adapted to the stage from the movie musicals, which were adapted from Phil Stong's 1932 novel. The live-and-in-person treatment was introduced to the world in 1995, during the period when seemingly every movie ever had become grist for stage transfer. The folks at the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization figured that State Fair »
- David Finkle
HollywoodNews.com: Hugh Jackman wants to drop the title of producer to focus solely on acting.
Actor originally partnered with John Palermo four years ago to form Seed Productions on the Fox lot where they shepherded such hit films as “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Deception” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” which have collectively made $850 million worldwide at the box office.
Palermo will continue as a producer at Fox with his own separate label which will cease in 2012.
Palermo has a number of features in development including but not limited to a feature adaptation of Catherine Fisher’s “Incarceron,” a Ryan Gosling project “Drive” as well as a remake of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”
Originally, Jackman was set to »
Hugh Jackman has walked away from the production company he co-founded so he can concentrate on his acting career.
The X-Men star set up Seed Productions in 2006 with his former assistant John Palermo, and the firm backed films including Jackman's superhero movies X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Jackman will continue working with the company on ongoing projects including the upcoming Wolverine sequel, which is set to begin filming in Japan early next year, and a remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.
But Palermo will form a new company without Jackman for future projects, according to Deadline.com. »
If you’ve been reading the site or follow Steve and/or me on Twitter, then you know we both kind of loved the hell out of Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I’ve seen the movie twice now and can’t wait to go back for thirds. I’ll most likely be making that third viewing at Friday at 12:01am at one of the film’s many North American midnight showings. Wright has posted a list of the theaters with showing the flick at midnight and we’ve included that list after the jump.
I usually don’t care about box office, but it does affect what kinds of movies get made and the number of projects offered to those involved with a film that has a strong opening weekend. Scott Pilgrim is an explosion of originality and deserves to be rewarded with your coins. »
- Matt Goldberg
Broadway actress Christine Johnson has died at the age of 98.
The veteran star passed away last Wednesday at her home in Kentucky. No further details about her death were available as WENN went to press.
Johnson, who was also known as Christine Johnson Smith, appeared in a series of famous shows including Porgy and Bess, and worked with the New York Metropolitan Opera company.
She is best remembered for playing Nettie Fowler in the original Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway production of Carousel when it opened in 1945. The musical duo is said to have written the play's famous anthem, You'll Never Walk Alone, especially for Johnson.
After Carousel closed she married a surgeon and moved back to her native Kentucky to raise a family.
She is survived by two daughters. »
CALIFORNIALa Jolla PlayhouseP.O. Box 12039La Jolla, CA 92039(858) 550-1070, fax (858) firstname.lastname@example.orgChristopher Ashley, artistic directorEquity Lort B contractNon-EquityCasting: Casts productions in-house and through independent casting directors by invitation only. Send pix and resumes to above address, attn: Casting. See website for more information. Internships availableSeason: June - September. Shows: "Surf Report" (June); "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" (September); "Ruined" (November); "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (July); "Notes From the Underground" (September)Marin Shakespeare CompanyP.O. Box 4053San Rafael, CA 94913(415) 499-4485, fax (415) email@example.comRobert S. Currier, artistic director; Lesley Currier, managing directorEquity Loa referenced to Lort contractNon-EquityCasting: Casts productions in-house. Send pix and resumes to Robert Currier. Please see website for specific audition dates and information.Internships and/or apprenticeships available.Season: July - September. Shows: "Travesties" (July 2-Aug. 15); "The Taming of the Shrew" (July 16-Sep. 26); "Antony and Cleopatra" (Aug. 20-Sep. 25)Pcpa Theaterfest800 S. »
James Mitchell, who played wealthy patriarch Palmer Cortlandt on ABC daytime soap "All My Children" for 30 years, died Friday in Los Angeles of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, complicated by pneumonia. He was 89.
Mitchell joined the cast of "AMC" in 1979. His final appearance was Jan. 5 for the show's 40th anniversary episode.
Mitchell began his career as an accomplished dancer and played leading roles in such Broadway musicals as "Brigadoon," "Billion Dollar Baby," "Bloomer Girl," "Carousel," "Carnival," "Mack and Mabel" and "Paint Your Wagon."
He appeared with the American Ballet Theater in New York, Europe and South America and with the Agnes de Mille Dance Theater on tour throughout the U.S. He also starred on tour in "Funny Girl" with Carol Lawrence, "The Three Penny Opera" with Chita Rivera, "The King and I" with Ann Blyth and in "The Rainmaker" with future "All My Children" co-star Frances Heflin.
Mitchell also served »
10 items from 2010
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