May 27, 2012 |
Redefining Diva Life Lessons From the Original Dreamgirl By Sheryl Lee Ralph Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing. 224 pp. $14 Reviewed by Karen E. Quinones Miller Many people who are asked to describe a diva would say that it's a demanding and arrogant woman who believes she's entitled to having all of her needs met, even at the expense of the inconvenience of others. In fact, diva is often considered synonymous with a less polite word starting with "b. " But in a new book, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (best known for playing Deena in Dreamgirls, the role reprised by Beyoncé in the movie based on the huge Broadway hit, and stepmother to singer/actress Brandy in the hit television show Moesha)
May 12, 2012
Howard Stern is in such a good mood, he got all touchy-feely with Today host Matt Lauer Thursday on live TV, jumping into Matt's lap and gifting him with a big wet smooch. Stern, 58, later said he's dead serious about his new job as a judge on America's Got Talent, which returns Monday. Stern, who reportedly pockets $15 mil a year for the gig, joins Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel at the judge's table. "You know I love playing God," Stern told the crowd at a recent New York audition.
April 19, 2012
Paul Bogart, 92, a puppeteer who bumbled into the new medium of television in 1950 and rose to be an Emmy-winning director known for popular shows like All in the Family and The Defenders , died Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C. Mr. Bogart was recognized as a master of live television, from game shows to high drama, and later as the respected director of filmed shows like Get Smart . Known for his skill in positioning actors for best effect...
March 4, 2012
Sunday Out of the past With each day, the world of John Steinbeck's Depression-era drama Of Mice and Men seems less remote. This tale of desperate men trying to find small comforts amid crushing economic pressure goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at People's Light & Theatre , 39 Conestoga Rd, Malvern, and continues with shows on a varied schedule to March 25. Tickets are $25 to $45. Call 610-644-3500. . . . Terry Burrell wrote and stars in Ethel! about the life of the blues singer and actress Ethel Waters, who escaped a tough childhood in Chester only to endure hard times as she made her way in show business.
February 6, 2012
SMASH. 10 tonight, NBC 10. I'VE SPENT months trying to resist NBC's "Smash," I really have. Not only does that title - "Smash"! - lead with its chin, but as a show about show business, it has critically acclaimed heartbreak written all over it. And I know my gushing about it isn't going to help, especially if you're already tired of hearing about it. So I'm not going to gush. Much. Instead, because I've considered all of them, I'm going to offer a few reasons you might not want to bother with "Smash," which premieres tonight after a two-hour episode of "The Voice," the singing competition that's currently the only decent lead-in NBC has to offer: * You're already sick to death of Fox's "Glee," and a show about the making of a Broadway musical sounds an awful lot like "Glee" for grown-ups.
January 21, 2012 |
The most thankless task in show business - besides being Chelsea Handler's sidekick - has to be hosting an awards show. You simply cannot win. Ask Ricky Gervais. Last year he was widely reviled for being too mean, too insulting on the Golden Globes. This year he was pilloried for being too bland. How are you supposed to take direction from that? Whatever you're doing, we don't like it. It's like having Goldilocks as a porridge- taster. Good luck getting that temperature just right.
January 16, 2012 |
The first thing anybody needs to know about Ludwig Live! is that the cabaret show, playing at the Kimmel Center's Innovation Studio, has little to do with Beethoven or even having laughs at his expense. Using tired devices such as the clash of high and low art, Ludwig Live! , which opened Friday, explores how intentionally ramshackle showbiz somehow holds the stage. The concept is that cranky old Beethoven - played by Charles Lindberg, in the cheapest wig imaginable - is somehow back from the dead and taking his story on the road with a troupe of actors.
January 13, 2012
* NAPOLEON DYNAMITE. 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox 29. PASADENA, Calif. - Sandy Martin knows a good job when she sees one. Starting Sunday, the veteran actress reprises her "Napoleon Dynamite" role of Grandma as the 2004 film about a teenager and his friends and family in rural Idaho is transformed into the latest player in Fox's animation lineup. She won't be alone: The show's reunited "the entire original cast, so all of us were in the film," said Martin.
July 31, 2011 |
The summer wind is blowing hot on a recent Sunday night, but Jerry Blavat is rolling cool. Exiting a car plastered with stickers bearing his visage in various stages of Geator-dom, Blavat bops up the steps of an Old City restaurant, snapping his fingers. He has just spent the weekend deejaying and entertaining crowds at his Memories nightclub in Margate. Strolling into Positano Coast, "The Geator" greets the owner with a chipper "My man, pots 'n' pans" and a group of elders with a hand-clapping, fast-pattering set of salutations.
November 22, 2006 |
Among the many eccentricities of my dear mother, Darlene, is her fondness for celebrities. My mom was a walking People magazine long before Mia Farrow ever graced the first cover. To this day, she has a wealth of Hollywood knowledge to rival that of Ryan Seacrest. Any time we end a phone conversation, I half expect her to say, "Darlene out. " She has a penchant for referring to famous people as if they are her close, personal friends. She'll say things like: "Did you see my Oprah yesterday?"