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The Cineplexes Are Alive With The Sound Of Music: The Return Of The Movie Musical

5/6/2008 8:30am EDT
Hairspray
On April 22's episode of American Idol, renowned composer and lyricist Andrew Lloyd Weber stood patiently trying to teach a blank-eyed Jason Castro the song, "Memory" from one of history's most popular musicals, "Cats." Smiled the clueless Castro, "I didn't even know a cat was singing it."

Quell'horror! Is this the extent of musical theater knowledge possessed by today's generation? In fairness, Castro is from Texas, not exactly around the corner from Broadway. Perhaps had there been a big-screen version of "Cats," more people under the age of 30 would be hip to the magic and majesty...
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Are There Any Bankable Actresses in Hollywood?

3/11/2008 2:30pm EDT
Halle Berry in Things We Lost In The Fire
Not too long ago Warner Bros. president of production, Jeff Robinov, stated, "We are no longer doing movies with women in the lead." Apparently, Robinov won't even look at a script with a female lead. Is this man spewing forth misogynistic quackery, or is he, as a businessman, simply stating the obvious - that women no longer come with built-in audiences, opening weekend numbers, and box office success?

Ticking off the names of guaranteed male money makers is easy: Will Smith, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, Jim Carrey, and even behind-the-camera ...
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Erika Jayne Follows Up Her #1 Hit 'Roller Coaster' With 'Stars'; Debut Due Early 2008

1/10/2008 6:45pm EST
Erika Jayne
A runaway star, as astronomy buffs know, moves through space at a supersonic velocity, leaving all other stars twinkling feebly in its wake. An apt metaphor, perhaps, to describe the career of Erika Jayne.

Like a dazzling supernova, Jayne exploded onto the music scene with her club smash "Roller Coaster," a luminous musical come-on that soared effortlessly to #1 on the Billboard Club Play Chart. A massive favorite with the world's most high-profile DJs, "Roller Coaster" brought a stunning burst of energy to club culture.

"Every so often a record comes along, and you don't know wh...
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Two New Episodes Of MTV's 'My Super Sweet 16' Premiere Tonight At 10pm

1/1/2008 10:00am EST
My Super Sweet 16
New Years Eve is all about who can throw the biggest, craziest party, but New Year’s Day will bring two totally over-the-top bashes on MTV’s My Super Sweet 16.

On January 1st two back to back episodes will feature two teens who will bring glitz and glamor to their towns. Beginning at 10pm ET/PT, Montreal, Canada resident Alicia will set the bar extremely high for non-American Sweet 16 parties. Then at 10:30pm ET/PT, join Chanae, of Cleveland, OH as she shows that preachers’ kids are made to party like rock stars. My Super Sweet 16 documents completely extravagant birthday parties and ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 17

9/17/2007 3:00am EDT
Doug E. Fresh
Happy Birthday to singer Jennifer Pena (1983), Simple Plan drummer Chuck Comeau (1979), "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis (1975), Red "Power Ranger" Austin St. John (1975), NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson (1975), NBA star Rasheed Wallace (1974), singer Anastacia (1968), rapper Doug E. Fresh (1966), "Superman Returns" director Bryan Singer (1965), "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann (1962), King's X guitarist Ty Tabor (1961), comedienne Rita Rudner (1956), actor Charles Martinet (1955), actress Cassandra Peterson (1951), "Three's Company" star John Ritter (1948; d. 2003), "One Flew...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 22

7/22/2007 3:00am EDT
David Spade
Happy Birthday to Belgian singer Kate Ryan (1980), "Run Lola Run" actress Franka Potente (1974), singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright (1973), WWE star Shawn Michaels (1965), "Joe Dirt" star David Spade (1964), "Moulin Rouge" actor John Leguizamo (1964), R&B singer Keith Sweat (1961), Savatage singer/Trans Siberian Orchestra composer Jon Oliva (1960), guitarist Al Di Meola (1954), Eagles drummer/singer Don Henley (1947), "Lethal Weapon" actor Danny Glover (1947), "The Muse" star Albert Brooks (1947), Supertramp keyboardist Rick Davies (1944), Ronettes singer Estelle Bennett (1944), funkmaster ...
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'Romeo and Juliet:' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Released In Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition

2/14/2007 4:00pm EST
William Shakespeare
A dazzling and unconventional contemporary re-telling of William Shakespeare's classic love story, Romeo+Juliet comes to life in a whole new way on February 6 as Capitol/EMI and Fox Home Entertainment celebrate the 1997 hit film's 10th anniversary with new commemorative releases. On February 6, Capitol/EMI will release an expanded 10th Anniversary Edition of the film's hit soundtrack on CD and digitally, and Fox Home Entertainment will release an expanded Music Edition DVD. Both releases include previously unreleased and newly produced material. Capitol/EMI's soundtrack is expanded to 18...
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Ewan McGregor Rejected James Bond Role

10/23/2006 10:06am EDT
Ewan McGregor turned down the role of James Bond. Casino Royale director Martin Campbell offered the role to the Moulin Rouge actor in the early casting days but the Scottish actor snubbed the offer over fears of being typecast.

Campbell, who also directed GoldenEye, told Sunday Times newspaper: "I think he got another job or decided he didn't want it." The Star Wars actor, 35, admits playing the suave spy would have been "fun" but said he had concerns over the long-term nature of the role.

A source revealed: "I think Ewan gas a greater ranger than being stuck in one role - which ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 17

9/17/2006 3:00am EDT
Doug E. Fresh
Happy Birthday to singer Jennifer Pena (1983), Simple Plan drummer Chuck Comeau (1979), "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis (1975), Red "Power Ranger" Austin St. John (1975), NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson (1975), NBA star Rasheed Wallace (1974), singer Anastacia (1968), rapper Doug E. Fresh (1966), "Superman Returns" director Bryan Singer (1965), "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann (1962), King's X guitarist Ty Tabor (1961), comedienne Rita Rudner (1956), actor Charles Martinet (1955), actress Cassandra Peterson (1951), "Three's Company" star John Ritter (1948; d. 2003), "One Flew...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 22

7/22/2006 3:00am EDT
David Spade
Happy Birthday to Belgian singer Kate Ryan (1980), "Run Lola Run" actress Franka Potente (1974), singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright (1973), WWE star Shawn Michaels (1965), "Joe Dirt" star David Spade (1964), "Moulin Rouge" actor John Leguizamo (1964), R&B singer Keith Sweat (1961), Savatage singer/Trans Siberian Orchestra composer Jon Oliva (1960), guitarist Al Di Meola (1954), Eagles drummer/singer Don Henley (1947), "Lethal Weapon" actor Danny Glover (1947), "The Muse" star Albert Brooks (1947), Supertramp keyboardist Rick Davies (1944), Ronettes singer Estelle Bennett (1944), funkmaster ...
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Nicole Kidman Wants to Beat Tom Cruise to Matrimony

1/3/2006 9:28am EST
Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman is reportedly eager to beat her ex-husband Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to the altar. Cruise and his pregnant fiancée are rumoured to be getting wed this summer - but according to sources Kidman and Keith Urban are planning to marry as early as this weekend.

The 'Moulin Rouge' star has not publicly acknowledged she is dating the country music star. But reports state that the couple have sent out invitations to Nicole's Australian friends for a wedding.

A source said: "Nicole's friends in Australia have received their invitations, and the wedding is happening this comi...
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