April 1, 2015 |
Remember Liberace? The Wisconsin-born piano prodigy who for decades reigned as an American superstar by building an entertainment empire of TV and a mainstay Vegas act that paid him up to $300,000 a week? If you don't, the Walnut's Independence Studio on 3 production of Liberace! contains plenty of historical information to fill you in. Writer/director Brent Hazelton's 2010 show winks at the idea that many may not remember the pop icon. After Jack Forbes Wilson's Liberace announces a drawling "I'm ba-ack!
March 27, 2015 |
Say the name "Liberace" and a dozen smiling images - each campier than the one before - pop into view, all fabulous, rhinestone-encrusted, fur-lined, and sprinkled with stardust. When he was part of the entertainment landscape from the 1950s through the 1980s on television or stage, Liberace's keyboard repertoire was one of showy pop/classical sides and willowy, winking conversational asides. And he was beloved, particularly by women, his sexuality rarely questioned (he won libel suits against Britain's Daily Mirror and Confidential magazine in the mid-'50s when they implied he was homosexual)
February 27, 2015 |
The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible , brings a motley Vegas-style assortment of magicians (and one escape artist) from a six-week residency on Broadway to the Academy of Music. They've got fireworks, lasers, indoor snow, interactive video screens, and dancer/assistants dressed in the ragged Victorian hooker/dandy style seen sauntering across many a steam-punk conference floor. But do they make the magic happen? The answer is complicated. First, our cast of characters: Adam Trent, "The Futurist," possesses Ryan Seacrest's amiability, and a similarly bland set of tricks.
January 15, 2014 |
OF ALL the smaller characters in the Marvel universe, the one generating the most buzz as a potential movie is "Ant-man. " It seems as if director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead") has been developing the film for a decade, but progress has taken a giant leap forward recently with the casting of Paul Rudd and now, Variety reports, Michael Douglas . After winning a slew of awards, including the Golden Globe, for his role as Liberace in HBO's "Behind the Candelabra," Douglas has agreed to a role as scientist Hank Pym in what's likely to be a somewhat offbeat superhero film.
November 21, 2013 |
Michael Douglas, GQ diva GQ, which has been busy this month bestowing honors manly upon such dudes' dudes as Matthew McConaughey and Justin Timberlake , has reserved its most funky honor, Diva of the Year, for Michael Douglas . The label isn't a diss: It honors Douglas' tour de force performance as Liberace in HBO's telefilm Behind the Candelabra , which had him yo-yo from the depraved depths of weird narcissism and divahood...
October 31, 2013 |
Finding the perfect wig for your Halloween costume can be the difference between a trick or a treat. Especially this year when our celebrities du jour - many of whom do scary things all year long - are so creative when it comes to coifs. Think Nicki Minaj's ombré, white-to-pink tresses; singer Miguel's dark pompadour; and the signature Afro of Philly's own Questlove Thompson that isn't complete without a perfect power-to-the-people pick. "The wig makes the character," said Lois Arnold, owner of Lois A. Wigs on South Fourth Street.
August 30, 2013 |
FERGIE FINALLY HAD HER BABY. And after all that time to think, she named him Axl. A rep for the singer says Fergie gave birth to 7-pound, 10-ounce Axl Jack Duhamel yesterday. He's the first child for the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman and her hubby, Josh Duhamel . The couple wed in 2009. She officially changed her name from Stacy Ann Ferguson to Fergie Duhamel this month. Before the birth, TMZ.com reported that Fergie was preparing for a C-section.
June 9, 2013 |
Former Liberace boy toy Scott Thorson had a six-year affair with Michael Jackson , reports the London tabloid the Sun. "Liberace introduced me and Michael in the late 1970s," Thorson, 54, tells the Sun. "It was right around the time Thriller was coming out, and Michael and I became lovers. Our relationship went on for six or seven years. Michael was very generous, too. He treated me well. " Thorson, who has colon cancer, was recently bailed out of a Nevada jail, where he was awaiting sentencing on burglary charges.
June 5, 2013 |
Kate Winslet , 37, whose beauty was the cause of Leonardo DiCaprio 's horrific, painful, cold, wet, arctic death in Titanic , is expecting a baby! It'll be Kate's first bairn with third husband Ned Rocknroll , whom she wed in secret in December. Kate has a child with each of her two previous husbands, daughter Mia , 12, with film director Jim Threapleton and son Joe , 9, with that other film director dude, Sam Mendes . Love in the age of reality TV Not that we think he's anything remotely resembling the bee's knees, but we're nonetheless happy for Kris Humphries : His divorce from wife of 72 days, Kim Kardashian , has been finalized.
May 26, 2013
* SMASH. 9 p.m. Sunday, NBC10. Exiled months ago to Saturdays, "Smash," NBC's frustrating but well-intentioned failure to bring musical theater to the masses, gets a postseason sendoff this Sunday. In the two-hour finale, its two shows-within-a-show go up against each other at the Tonys. * BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. It sounds like a freak show - Michael Douglas as the flamboyantly closeted pianist Liberace, Matt Damon as the much younger lover whom he literally attempted to remake in his image - but HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" isn't, thanks to first-rate performances (including scene-stealer Rob Lowe as a plastic surgeon)