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David Hasselhoff To Perform At Berlin Wall Anniversary

September 8th, 2009 12:06pm EDT
David Hasselhoff To Perform At Berlin Wall
Actor/singer David Hasselhoff is set to celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with another performance - 20 years after singing at the historic event.

The Baywatch star has enjoyed a devoted fan base in Germany since belting out Looking for Freedom at a star-studded concert after the Berlin Wall was brought down in 1989. Bryan Adams, Sinead O'Connor, Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison were among the performers joining Hasselhoff at the Potsdamer Platz concert - and now the 57-year-old star is set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the historic moment with an encore perf...
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Woody Allen, Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood & Others Discuss 'Whatever Works'

June 16th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Whatever Works
Woody Allen, Larry David, Patricia Clarkson and Evan Rachel Wood sat down to discuss their new film, "Whatever Works," in theaters June 19. I asked Woody if any changes were made to the script -- a script he wrote in the 1970's -- with the casting of Larry David and asked Larry if he ever felt too much "Larry David" was ever coming out in his performance. Also discussed is their love -- or in Larry David's case, disdain, -- for New York and the slim possibilities that a Woody Allen film will ever be adapted for Broadway.

Mike: When Larry David was cast, did you re-write anything to take ...
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'King Kong', 'Creature' To Join Universal Studios Hollywood In 2010

May 24th, 2009 4:00pm EDT
King Kong
King Kong, among the screen’s most powerful and enduring icons, will re-emerge on the famed and newly upgraded Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour in summer, 2010 as a thrilling and ground-breaking 4-D multi-sensory marvel, a new signature attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new King Kong attraction, based on the Oscar®-winning 2005 Universal Pictures film, will combine thrilling visceral effects with the world’s largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience.

Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating Officer, Unive...
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David Hasselhoff Plans Castle Shows And Vegas Run

May 20th, 2008 3:50pm EDT
David Hasselhoff
David Hasselhoff is developing his own rock opera with the writer who turned him into Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde onstage. The former Baywatch creator has teamed up with Frank Wildhorn to create a musical which he'll perform in castles around the world with an orchestra.

He says, "Frank has written some beautiful music and about two years ago I made a deal to sing his gorgeous songs, take the tuxedo and the orchestra into a castle. The songs are really healing for me."

Ambitious Hasselhoff also has plans to stage a one-man show, called Viva Hoff Vegas, in Sin City.

The ever-fun s...
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The Cineplexes Are Alive With The Sound Of Music: The Return Of The Movie Musical

May 6th, 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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Nathan Lane To Star In 'Catch Me If You Can' Musical

February 27th, 2008 6:10pm EST
Nathan Lane
The Producers star Nathan Lane is to star in a Broadway musical version of Steven Spielberg's hit movie Catch Me If You Can. The Tony Award-winning actor will play police inspector Carl Hanratty - played by Tom Hanks in the 2002 movie.

Hanks' character spent the film chasing real-life con artist Frank Abagnale Jr, who was portrayed on screen by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Lane reveals, "I'm doing a workshop for a new musical by the team who brought you Hairspray - Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. It's based on the book and film Catch Me If You Can. I play the Tom Hanks part. It's a wond...
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It's Aliiive! Decca Broadway Releases 'Young Frankenstein' Cast Album

January 10th, 2008 5:00pm EST
Young Frankenstein
Mel Brooks electrifies his latest creation, a musical rendition of his 1974 film classic Young Frankenstein (That's FRON-kehn-shteen) for the Broadway stage.

The production boasts an all-star cast, starring Roger Bart ("Desperate Housewives"/"The Producers"), Megan Mullally ("Will and Grace"), Tony Award® winner Sutton Foster ("Drowsy Chaperone"), Tony Award® winner Shuler Hensley ("Oklahoma"), Tony Award® winner and SCTV's Andrea Martin, Fred Applegate ("The Producers") and Christopher Fitzgerald ("Wicked").

A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on t...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 28

June 28th, 2007 3:00am EDT
John Cusack
Happy Birthday to actress/singer Danielle Brisebois (1969), "1408" star John Cusack (1966), Denver Broncos star John Elway (1960), "Star Trek: First Contact" Borg Queen Alice Krige (1954), "About Schmidt" actress Kathy Bates (1948), late "SNL" alum Gilda Radner (1946; d. 1989), British actor John Inman (1935), "The Karate Kid" star Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (1932; d. 2005), "The Producers" creator/actor/director/producer Mel Brooks (1926), and theater composer Richard Rodgers (1902; d. 1979).
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'The Producers' Comes To An End On Broadway

April 23rd, 2007 11:02am EDT
Mel Brooks
The Broadway version of The Producers has come to an end after more than 2,500 performances at the St. James Theatre in New York. The production has played across the world and won twelve Tony awards and tells the story of two crooked producers who set up a flop Broadway show about Adolf Hitler.

After the final matinee show yesterday, Mel Brooks - who wrote the music and lyrics - took to the stage to address the audience.

He said, "We have had six years of frolic and joy, and you have been such a good audience to give us such a rich, final performance."

The St. James theatre ...
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David Hasselhoff Looks For A Venue After Teaming With Vegas Player

March 13th, 2007 5:00pm EDT
David Hasselhoff
Actor/singer David Hasselhoff is getting serious about plans to stage a one-man show in Las Vegas; he has hired one of Sin City's top players to find him a venue. Businessman Michael Politz confirms the Baywatch creator has personally called on his services to help him "explore the possibilities" of fronting his own variety show once his stint as a gay director in the Las Vegas production of The Producers is over.

Politz says, "I am very excited to start the process for The Hoff." The businessman recently teamed Hasselhoff and former Van Halen star Sammy Hagar for a party at the Palms ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 3

February 3rd, 2007 3:00am EST
Isla Fisher
Happy Birthday to "The Wedding Crashers" actress Isla Fisher (1976), "Star Wars" saga character actor Warwick Davis (1970), "ER" star Maura Tierney (1965), actor/director Keith Gordon (1961), Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo (1956), "The Producers" star Nathan Lane (1956), TV actress/Old Navy spokeswoman Morgan Fairchild (1950), "undefeated" NFL quarterback Bob Griese (1945), Emmy-winning actress Blythe Danner (1943), NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1940), television actor Victor Buono (1938; d. 1982), Rat-Packer Joey Bishop (1918), Americana artist Norman Rockwell (1894; d. 1978), and Ge...
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Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick To Close The Producers?

January 27th, 2007 10:00pm EST
Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick
Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick have been approached to reprise their roles in The Producers on Broadway before the curtain comes down on the production.

According to the New York Post, the two actors, who recreated their roles for the movie adaptation of the Mel Brooks comedy musical, are in negotiations for a swansong performance this summer.

Producers have reportedly asked the pair to close the show's run in June 2007, when the production will make way for another Brooks classic, Young Frankestein.

With Lane and Broderick as the leads, The Producers became the recipie...
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Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick Are Still Buddies

August 30th, 2006 10:37am EDT
Nathan Lane
The Producers co-stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane have denied reports they are refusing to work together again, insisting they are still "the best of friends."

The pair, who hit Broadway together with a stage adaptation of the Mel Brooks comedy in 2003, supposedly fell out after their recent revival of "The Odd Couple" was badly received - with Lane blaming Broderick for not being committed to the project.

But a spokesman for the pair blasts back, "That's ridiculous. They are the best of friends. Somebody's just trying to stir things up."

(This news article provided ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 28

June 28th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Happy Birthday to actress/singer Danielle Brisebois (1969), "The Ice Harvest" star John Cusack (1966), Denver Broncos star John Elway (1960), "Star Trek: First Contact" Borg Queen Alice Krige (1954), "About Schmidt" actress Kathy Bates (1948), late "SNL" alum Gilda Radner (1946; d. 1989), British actor John Inman (1935), "The Karate Kid" star Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (1932; d. 2005), "The Producers" creator/actor/director/producer Mel Brooks (1926), and theater composer Richard Rodgers (1902; d. 1979).
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New Movies on DVD, May 16

May 16th, 2006 8:00am EDT
The Ringer
In movie stores this week, or perhaps in your Netflix queue, is The Ringer starring Johnny Knoxville. The Jackass stars as Steve Barker, a man who fakes a mental disability in order to win a cash prize at the Special Olympics. Although his teammates are aware of his scheme and can outdo him athletically, they need Barker to help defeat Jimmy, the arrogant reigning champion of the games. Also on DVD: The Producers, When A Stranger Calls, Duma and Something New.
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'Dirty Dancing' Goes From Film To Stage

February 23rd, 2006 1:24pm EST
Dirty Dancing
Classic 1980s romance Dirty Dancing is being turned into a stage musical to hit London's West End this October. The show will follow the path of movies-turned-musicals Billy Elliot and The Producers after a successful run in Australia's theatre district.

Filmwriter Elenor Bergstein, who wrote the original movie starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, will adapt the script for the stage. Producer Kevin Jacobsen says, "It's the perfect date musical. It's a really good story and as well as the dirty sexual dancing, there's Latin, tango, mambo and ballroom."

Dirty Dancing, about a ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 3

February 3rd, 2006 3:00am EST
Morgan Fairchild
Happy Birthday to "The Wedding Crashers" actress Isla Fisher (1976), "Star Wars" saga character actor Warwick Davis (1970), "ER" star Maura Tierney (1965), actor/director Keith Gordon (1961), Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo (1956), "The Producers" star Nathan Lane (1956), TV actress/Old Navy spokeswoman Morgan Fairchild (1950), "undefeated" NFL quarterback Bob Griese (1945), Emmy-winning actress Blythe Danner (1943), NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1940), television actor Victor Buono (1938; d. 1982), Rat-Packer Joey Bishop (1918), Americana artist Norman Rockwell (1894; d. 1978), and Ge...
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Queen Latifah Honored With First Walk of Fame Star in 2006

January 5th, 2006 10:06am EST
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah became the first celebrity to unveil a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 when she kneeled for the honor yesterday morning (January 4).

The rapper-turned-actress' star will be located at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

Also scheduled for Walk of Fame honors in January are The Producers stars Nathan Lane and Mathew Broderick (Jan. 09) in a rare double ceremony next week and rockers Motley Crue (Jan. 25).

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Mel Brooks Not Too Confident With 'The Producers'

December 27th, 2005 9:07am EST
Matthew Broderick of The Producers
Actor/director Mel Brooks made his film company promise not to release his remake of The Producers until after Christmas to avoid direct competition with this season's blockbuster movies. Brooks, who wrote and directed the original film in 1968 and adapted it for theatre in 2001, remains sceptical about how popular the movie remake will be, despite the theatre production's roaring success on Broadway and in London's West End.

He says, "Universal were very kind. They wanted to go up against King Kong and Narnia, and I said, 'Come on! Do me a favor! Why don't we open on the 16th in six ...
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New in Theaters Today, Dec. 25

December 25th, 2005 7:00am EST
In Rumor Has It, Jennifer Aniston plays Sarah Huttinger, a woman who learns her family was the inspiration for the book and the film The Graduate. She also realizes she may be the offspring of the well-documented event. Kevin Costner, Shirley MacLaine, Mark Ruffalo, and Mena Suvari also star.

Also in theaters today:

In the musical comedy The Producers, Max (Nathan Lane) and Leo (Matthew Broderick) have a plan: raise far more money than you need to produce a surefire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. They produce the musical "Springtime for Hitler," but the duo's plans chan...
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Matthew Broderick Slams His Film 'The Stepford Wives'

December 23rd, 2005 9:52am EST
Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick hated making The Stepford Wives and has nightmares about being remembered for it. The actor struggled to cope with his mother's terminal illness throughout the shoot, but he admits the movie was terrible in its own right and regrets the whole experience.

Broderick says, "Making that film wasn't enjoyable. It was nobody's fault, but my part was not terribly interesting and my mom was dying, so there was really nothing fun about it. But even if she had been well, I wouldn't have enjoyed it. It was not a thrilling film. I would hate it if it were my last."

Broderic...
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This Week's 'David Letterman' Highlights

December 20th, 2005 1:49pm EST
Bonnie Hunt
This week’s guests on the Late Show With David Letterman include Cheaper By the Dozen 2’s Bonnie Hunt, The Producers’ Nathan Lane, and radio shock jock Howard Stern. Other guests over the next week are:

Dec. 20

actress Bonnie Hunt; sports talk show host Stephen A. Smith

Dec. 21

actor Nathan Lane; comedian Tom Dreesen

Dec. 22

actor/musical guest Jamie Foxx; comedian Andy Kindler

Dec. 23

actress Rosie Perez; football Toss with Jay Thomas; musical guest Darlene Love

Dec. 26

radio talk show host Howard Stern; musical guest Pharrell Williams; a Top Te...
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Paul Giamatti Is a 'Glass Half Empty' Kind of Guy

December 20th, 2005 10:30am EST
Paul Giamatti
Actor Paul Giamatti remains pessimistic of his chances of picking up a Golden Globe next month, despite his Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in Cinderella Man. The actor, 38, is set to fight George Clooney (Syriana), Matt Dillon (Crash), Will Ferrell (The Producers) and Bob Hoskins (Mrs. Henderson Presents) at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual award ceremony in Los Angeles.

Giamatti says, "What do I think of my chances? Oh God, I mean, I don't see it happening, so I would say my chances would be - I wouldn't give myself any chances. I don't see mysel...
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New CDs This Week (Nov. 22)

November 22nd, 2005 11:15am EST
System of a Down
This week is a big one for CD releases with a number of new albums coming out in time for the holiday shoppping blitz. Some of the notable discs include new ones from System of a Down, Jamie Foxx, Chamillionaire, Enya and Juelz Santana; live albums from John Mayer, John Legend, Michael Buble, Bouncing Souls and Queens Of The Stone Age; some interesting collections from Notorious B.I.G., Britney Spears and Big Boi; and whole lot more. Check out this list of noteworthy releases for Tuesday, November 22nd...

Alexisonfire/Moneen - Split EP

Ana Bárbara - Dos en Uno

Bee Gees - Love Songs...
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Bravo Releases Guest List for 'Inside the Actors Studio'

November 7th, 2005 11:59am EST
Al Pacino
Bravo just announced some of performing arts' most influential and intriguing stars to appear on the 12th season of the network's longest-running original series, eleven-time Emmy-nominated "Inside the Actors Studio." Scheduled to share their craft and life lessons this season are Al Pacino, Dave Chapelle, the cast of The Producers, Queen Latifah, Barbara Walters and Martin Lawrence, among others. These episodes will begin airing this winter.

"The twelfth season is very special for 'Inside the Actors Studio' because it has such an unusual range," said James Lipton, Host and Executive ...
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