September 16, 2016 |
THE FOLKS at Disney seem to be paying attention to those diversity memos. With featured roles this fall for a chess-playing Ugandan girl and almost her entire village ( Queen of Katwe ) and a Polynesian princess ( Moana ), with Black Panther soon to start shooting, the Mouse House is getting more colorful both in front of and behind the camera. Now word came yesterday from Deadline.com that the studio and director Ava DuVernay ( Selma ) have cast 13-year-old Storm Reid ( 12 Years A Slave )
September 2, 2016 |
IF YOU believe Selena Gomez , the 24-yearold singer/actress who's been on her Revival World Tour, is taking some time off to recharge, rejuvenate and de-stress to revive herself . "As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways," Selena stated exclusively to People magazine. "I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges. "I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off. Thank you to all my fans for your support.
August 10, 2016 |
REALITY TELEVISION has brought together many odd pairings - people dating naked, people getting married at first sight, Khloe and Lamar - but VH1 is taking it one step further with its new fall TV series, Martha & Snoop's Dinner Party . Snoop is, of course, the talented musician and youth football coach, Mr. Dogg. Martha is neither Martha Wash , Martha of Vandellas fame or fashion model Martha Hunt . She's Martha Stewart . What could those two have in common (aside from a love of TV game shows and Justin Bieber )
June 16, 2016 |
Funeral services will be held Friday for South Jersey native Christina Grimmie, the singer who catapulted to fame on The Voice and was shot last week after an Orlando concert. A viewing will be from 3 to 8 p.m. at Fellowship Alliance Chapel, 199 Church Rd., Medford, followed immediately by a memorial service there. Burial will be private. Donations may be made to the Christina Grimmie Scholarship Fund for the Performing Arts of Cherokee High School in care of Costantino Funeral Home, 231 W. White Horse Pike, Berlin, N.J. 08009.
June 14, 2016 |
L ESLIE ODOM JR. took home the Tony Award for best actor in a musical, adding to the accolades for the guy who grew up in East Oak Lane. And the show he stars in, "Hamilton," continued to vacuum up awards, capping the night with best musical honors. "Hamilton," the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton , went into the night with 16 nominations and took 11, including best featured actor and actress statuettes for Renee Elise Goldsberry and Daveed Diggs . The awards show at New York's Beacon Theatre unspooled with a heavy heart a night after the massacre at a gay Florida nightclub, prompting a Broadway tribute to the victims at the top of the show and a smattering of references to tolerance throughout it. Host James Corden , his back to the audience, spoke to viewers when he dedicated the night to celebrating the diversity of Broadway.
June 14, 2016 |
A vigil has been scheduled for Monday night in Evesham Township for singing sensation Christina Grimmie, the 22-year-old South Jersey native gunned down Friday night after a concert in Orlando. Grimmie, who gained national recognition after her third-place finish on NBC's The Voice in 2014, grew up in the Marlton section of the township. The vigil will begin at 8:45 p.m. at Evesham's memorial complex, 1004 Tuckerton Rd., Mayor Randy Brown posted Sunday on Facebook. Grimmie was shot while signing autographs and died early Saturday morning at a nearby hospital.
May 18, 2016 |
There's a scene in a film class in Scream 2 where the college kids (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joshua Jackson, practically AARP members now!) start arguing over sequels. As in, name one that's better than the original. Aliens, T-2 , just about every title gets shot down. Finally, a student says he's got one: The Godfather: Part II. Well, add Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising to that rarefied list. Taking off from the 2014 goofball original - about a couple terrorized by the frat brothers next door - Neighbors 2 brings back most of the principals from the first movie, and then amps up the conflict by introducing a renegade band of college sisters.
April 23, 2016 |
Time's top 100 When it comes to influencing the destiny of the cosmos, Nicki Minaj , Adele , Leonardo DiCaprio , and the Rock have more sway than you: They are among the VIPs who made the 2016 Time 100. The mag's list of the most influential human persons also includes Ariana Grande and Julia Louis-Dreyfus , who are praised in essays by other celebs. "She's an icon, a boss and a role model to all these young girls out here," Lil Wayne writes of Minaj.
April 6, 2016 |
Charlie Puth may be a 24-year-old, piano-pounding pop sensation from Rumson, N.J., whose roots go as far back as ... YouTube, and whose gossipy connections include rumored hookups with Selena Gomez, but the songs he writes and the sounds he makes are the workings of a very old soul. At least one older than Gomez. While Puth's lyrics reference the ageless pains of romance and smooth R&B legends ("Marvin Gaye"), his buoyant melodies - on full display at a sold-out-to-the-rafters show at South Street's Theatre of Living Arts on Monday night - nod to quintessentially classic pop perfectionists Billy Joel, Todd Rundgren and George Gershwin.