January 10, 2016
Kitty Kallen, 94, the silken-voiced pop singer who sang with some of the most popular big bands of the 1940s - including groups led by Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey, and Harry James - and who achieved her biggest success as a solo artist with the 1954 chart-topping hit "Little Things Mean a Lot," died Thursday at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. A onetime child radio star in her native Philadelphia, Ms. Kallen grew into a singer who evinced an expressive style on both sweet and bluesy numbers.
September 16, 2015 |
Good week for The Weeknd The Weeknd , who performed Sept. 6 at the Made in America festival in Philly, keeps his place atop the Billboard charts with Beauty Behind the Madness , which sold 145,000 units in its second week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Got Your Six , the latest LP from metal band Five Finger Death Punch , debuted at No. 2, with 114,000, while Travis Scott 's Rodeo is at No. 2 with 85,000....
October 3, 2014 |
WHEN WE first heard Stephon Marbury was starring in a musical in China titled "I Am Marbury," we briefly morphed into Tom McGinnis and let go with a lusty, "Are you kidding me?" The 37-year-old Marbury, it seems, is a megastar in China. Bigger than Jerry Lewis in France or David Hasselhoff in Germany. Heck, there's even a statue of the two-time NBA All-Star outside the MasterCard Center in Beijing where he led the Ducks to the Chinese Basketball Association title in March. The musical, which opened last night in Beijing and runs 11 days, is sold out for the first three shows.
June 8, 2014 |
Another marriage bites the dust Melanie Griffith 's fourth marriage is over. Griffith, 56, who was previously married to Don Johnson (twice in two decades) and to Steven Bauer (just the once), is divorcing husband of 18 years, fellow actor Antonio Banderas , 53, TMZ reports. According to court documents filed Friday, Griffith wants out because of . . . drumroll . . . "irreconcilable differences. " The duo both were married when they fell for each other on the set of Two Much , and they married in May 1996.
May 8, 2014
WE HATE the thought of you starting your day by conjuring a cringeworthy image, but, hey, we here at Tattle Central are sworn to deliver all the news that celebrity bottom-feeders churn up. And this one's a doozy: In the latest issue of GQ magazine, hot comic (and we mean that in multiple ways) Amy Schumer swears that 88-year-old showbiz immortal Jerry Lewis tried to use physical force (!) to get her on her back. It happened, said Schumer, who works in sex jokes the way Monet worked in pastels, last year at an event at the Friars Club, the venerable Manhattan showbiz hangout where mostly aging comedians overpay for mediocre food.
April 19, 2014 |
It took 56 years, but Orson Welles' Touch of Evil is finally available in high-definition. One of most stylized, intense, and frantic films noir to come out of the 1950s, Touch of Evil features Welles - at his most corpulent, sweat-glazed worst - as a corrupt police captain put in charge of investigating a car bomb that kills a couple at the Mexican border. Charlton Heston plays the voice of reason and all things moral as Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel "Mike" Vargas (yes, it's a white actor playing a Latino in brownface)
August 13, 2013 |
You can now see footage online from the Jerry Lewis film he never wanted anyone to see. The Day the Clown Cried was a 1972 Holocaust drama in which Lewis (who also directed) played an unsuccessful German clown who finally found an audience with Jewish children in a concentration camp. The film was so overwhelmingly deplored for its bad taste that the comedian pulled it from release. It would seem that Lewis came to agree with the critics. At the Cannes Film Festival in May, the showman, now 87, was asked if the film would ever see the light of projectors.
July 12, 2013 |
WHEN I WAS a child, I religiously watched reruns of the old "Our Gang" series. You may remember them better as "The Little Rascals. " Well, one thing I remember about those kids is that whenever they needed to raise money, someone would always yell, after the lightbulb went off, "Hey, gang, let's put on a show!" And they would: Spanky, Alfalfa, Mickey, Darla, Froggy, Buckwheat, you name them . . . all would jump in. Which brings me to Philadelphia and our ongoing school-budget woes.
May 9, 2013 |
Iconic crooners don't get any more comfy than Dean Martin, who ambled through his performing life with supreme ease and deceptive artistry, most apparent when he wasn't making fun of himself. Supposedly, he was so cool that his heart beat only five times a minute. But that's not what you see with Dino! An Evening With Dean Martin at the Latin Casino , now playing to full-ish houses at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio. The show's conceit is that Martin arrives at Cherry Hill's Latin Casino in 1978 amid a snowstorm and without his band.
April 30, 2013 |
FOR COLIN FIRTH , one of the first challenges he took after winning Best Actor for "The King's Speech" was the title role in the little indie "Arthur Newman. " Not a challenge in terms of scale - the movie opened Friday on a handful of screens. The challenge was in taking a role that asked him to step so far outside himself. Firth is a family man, a married father of two, and Arthur Newman is a failure as a father and husband. "Any parent will tell you how detrimental parenthood can be to your freedom, to your self-worth, to your composure.