November 17, 2012 |
At 35, Jessica Chastain finally has achieved bona fide A-list stardom - though it's a mode of being she's not so comfortable embracing. At least that's what the Juilliard grad tells Marie Claire mag. "I never wanted to be a movie star. I wanted to be an actor," says JC, who starred in six films last year, including The Help , Terrence Malick 's The Tree of Life , and Ralph Fiennes ' Coriolanus . Besides, she doesn't have the requisite celeb inclinations.
July 14, 2012
Maria Hawkins Cole, 89, widow of jazz crooner Nat "King" Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole, has died in South Florida after a short battle with cancer. A representative of the family confirmed that she died Tuesday at a Boca Raton hospice, surrounded by her family. Before and after marrying the famed singer and piano player, Mrs. Cole had her own singing career, performing with greats such as Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Born in Boston in 1922, she lived as a child in North Carolina after her mother died, according to a statement from the family.
July 28, 2011 |
Most entertainers prepare for a concert tour with rehearsals. For Amy Winehouse, it was rehab. Just before her disastrous European tour last month, the infamously addicted singer entered a rehabilitation center on doctor's orders, ostensibly to ensure that she would be ready to perform. She left a week later, with her publicist announcing she was "raring to go. " She clearly wasn't. At the tour's opening concert June 18 in Belgrade, Serbia, Winehouse struggled to remember the words to her songs, stumbled around the stage, and even tried to get one of her background vocalists to sing for her. Her tour was soon canceled.
June 25, 2010
Bally's Atlantic City, Boardwalk at Park Place, 609-340-2000, ballysac.com. "The Godfaddah Workout," 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday (Palace Theater), $25. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, 609-317-1000, theborgata.com. Lewis Black, 9 p.m. today and tomorrow (Music Box), sold out. Yes/Peter Frampton, 8 p.m. tomorrow (Event Center), $70, $60 and $55. Macy Gray, 9 tonight (Music Box) $39.50. Adam Lambert, 8 p.m. tomorrow (Event Center), sold out. Caesars Atlantic City, Boardwalk at Arkansas Avenue, 609-348- 4411, caesarsac.
June 10, 2009 |
Adam Lambert: No surprise, I'm gay It took American Idol Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken five years - five years of dodging reporters' questions, tabloid rumors and innuendos - to come out of the closet as a gay American man in September 2008. Adam Lambert, 27, on the other hand, has announced in the new issue of Rolling Stone mag that he is also a gay American man - barely five minutes after he was announced as the Season 8 runner-up. "I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear I'm gay," Adam says.
October 4, 2008 |
Jones cited for his career James Earl Jones, whose distinctive bass was used to bring Darth Vader to life in Star Wars, is being honored with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Jones, 77, described by SAG prez Alan Rosenberg as "a vocal presence without peer," says he was mute as a child because of a stuttering problem. He said he overcame the problem "through a love of reading. " Stern: Married again . . . By the time you read this, Howard Stern will be on his honeymoon.
March 18, 2007 |
The whole truth, nothing but the truth, so help him? That's the oath sworn by Bernard McCullough - the bug-eyed giant you know as Bernie Mac. The clown with the frown greets you in wincing pain, a bad case of the piles, he says. Proffer tea and sympathy and Mac erupts with volcanic laughter. Just kidding. He's perfectly OK. "People don't give comedians credit for being great actors, but we're the best," he says. If he sounds immodest, check out his turn as Elston, Philadelphia Department of Recreation maintenance man, in Pride.
July 2, 2004 |
When Night and Day, the 1946 movie biography of Cole Porter, was released, William Bowers, one of the troika responsible for its hackneyed screenplay, apologized profusely to Porter for pasting movie platitudes onto the composer's complex songs. Night and Day is so howlingly bad that it enjoys the dubious distinction of being the worst biopic ever made. For most of the film, Cary Grant, who plays Porter, looks off-camera with such desperation that you'd think he was hunting for an emergency exit.
June 24, 2002 |
With pop-jazz headliners Natalie Cole and Chuck Mangione, corporate sponsor tents, and pricey gourmet catering, Saturday's Mellon Jazz Festival at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts epitomized this year's new-look festival. But while the spottily attended event had all the trappings of a class act, the music itself was sorely lacking. The Cole and Mangione performances were expert renderings of what one might call "lifestyle jazz" - sophisticated background music to tony, leisurely activity.