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Spotlight On Movies That Became Musicals

August 28th, 2008 10:30am EDT
The Little Mermaid
Fans of movie musicals know that most of their favorites, like "Grease," "West Side Story," "The Sound of Music," and "Oklahoma!" were adapted from popular Broadway plays. However, the trend in recent years has been to flip that formula around by taking a big-screen hit and trying to turn it into a small-stage sensation.

Disney has had great success with its theatrical adaptations, starting in 1994 with the critically-acclaimed "Beauty and the Beast." The hits kept coming with stage productions of "The Lion King," "Mary Poppins," and, most recently, "The Little Mermaid."

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Spotlight On Australian Entertainers

July 21st, 2008 9:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
What is it about Aussies that Americans find so fascinating? Is it the cute accents? The laid-back attitudes? The "party animal" reputations? It could be a mix of all of these traits. It could also be because, although we speak the same language and our cultures have many similarities, many of us know very little about Australia. That strange yet familiar vibe makes those down under denizens appear exciting and mysterious - an irresistible combo!

Since Americans are also fascinated with celebrities, it's no surprise that so many awesome Aussie entertainers have found fame in the U.S. ...
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'Grease' Is The Word: Celebrating The Iconic Film's 30th Anniversary

June 16th, 2008 11:01am EDT
Grease
It opened on June 16, 1978: Grease, the Paramount movie musical about one school year at fictional Rydell High, was a phenomenon from the start, taking in $12.7 million dollars domestically in its opening weekend (more than double its production costs) and going on to gross $380 million worldwide.

Danny: Oh, bite the weenie, Riz.

Rizzo: With relish.

30 years have passed since "Grease" debuted in theatres yet the film itself remains as fresh, relevant and relatable as ever: Whether a baby-boomer or a Millennial, in the halls of old Rydell, we are all 17 again. Based on the orig...
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Australian Superstar Delta Goodrem Lands On U.S. Shores With Self Titled Album

June 10th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Delta Goodrem
Australian sensation Delta Goodrem, at just 23, is already one of Australia's most successful and highest-selling female artists. Now, Australia's best kept secret is poised for a major U.S. debut CD release with Delta, set for release on June 10th from Mercury/Decca.

In an era of pre-fabricated as-seen-on-TV pop-stars, Delta Goodrem is the real thing. A pianist since the age of seven, Goodrem harks back to a bygone era where pop stars wrote their own songs and sang them live - as simple as that. Her debut album in the U.S. serves as a welcome antidote to the rushed world of generic...
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The Five Best & Worst Films Starring John Travolta

April 10th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Grease
John Travolta has been acting for over 30 years since his burst onto the scene as hot disco stud Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever. In the early 80s he went into an acting slump, starring in disappointing films left and right.

Then he made his comeback in 1994 as Vincent Vega in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. Since then, he has been in dozens of movies, been nominated for two Academy Awards and won a Golden Globe. Travolta is now a little older, a little chubbier and a little balder, but we still admire his work as he continues to dance his way onto the silver screen.

John...
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Anne Murray Releases All-Star Collaborative Album, 'Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends'

January 18th, 2008 8:00pm EST
Anne Murray
Music icon Anne Murray has sold more than 50 million albums in a distinguished career that spans four decades. On January 15th, Manhattan/EMI will release Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends, an exceptional 17-track collection of her top hits and favorites, newly recorded as duets with some of the world's top female recording artists.

Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends showcases a wide variety of Anne's favorite female vocalists. Among the album's tracks and collaborating artists are "Snowbird" with Sarah Brightman, "You Needed Me" with Shania Twain, "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do"...
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Original Cast Recording From The Hit Broadway Musical 'Xanadu' Released

January 10th, 2008 8:30pm EST
Xanadu
The first smash hit of the 2007-2008 season proved to be one of the biggest surprises in Broadway history: Xanadu, which roller-skated its way into the hearts of critics and audiences alike.

Xanadu began previews on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre on May 23, 2007, officially opened on June 26, 2007, and is still playing to enthusiastic crowds today. PS Classics will release the Original Broadway Cast Recording, produced by Grammy Award-winner Jeffrey Lesser, on January 8, 2008.

A hilariously reinvented send-up of the 1980 Olivia Newton-John film flop, this irreverent musical ...
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Lonestar Joins Wayne Newton, Sara Evans And Others For ABC Holiday Special

December 12th, 2007 5:22pm EST
Lonestar
Multi-platinum recording group Lonestar will join Wayne Newton, Sara Evans, Paula Abdul, Jerry Seinfeld, Emmett Smith, Olivia Newton-John among other celebrities for an hour of holiday cheer this Sunday, December 16th at 5pm on ABC.

Lonestar have combined authentic country music with the joys of Christmas this holiday season with the release of their new CD titled "My Christmas List." The album features eleven newly recorded songs, highlighted by the energetic vocals delivered by Cody Collins. In addition to nine Christmas classics like Joy To The World, Silent Night, and Jingle Bel...
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Starpulse's Christmas Music Guide

November 23rd, 2007 11:00am EST
Mannheim Steamroller
Okay, as of today the holiday season is officially upon us. Traditionally known as 'Black Friday' to shoppers across the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving marks the biggest shopping day of the year in the country. There will be sales galore and alarm clocks will be ringing in the wee hours of the night to get the masses ready to hit their local Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Target, etc., to hunt for those earlybird specials-- rewards for those who line up early to catch those 5-9am one-time-only superdeals while the rest of us are having breakfast.

As the hustle and bustle of the seaso...
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Mannheim Steamroller To Honor Veterans and Share Christmas Music With Troops

November 21st, 2007 12:56pm EST
Mannheim Steamroller
U.S. troops overseas and veterans here at home will get an early "present in their holiday stocking" as Mannheim Steamroller, along with their fans and the VFW Foundation partner for a week-long promotion to bring America's favorite Christmas music to military service members and their families.

To celebrate Thanksgiving and the approaching holiday season, beginning Monday, Nov. 19 running through Sunday, Nov. 25, for every purchase of the new holiday CD, Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas Song, the band will donate a Christmas CD to the VFW Foundation, who will deliver them to active m...
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Stars Lament Over California Wildfires

October 23rd, 2007 2:55pm EDT
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Britney Spears have spoken of their sadness over the raging wildfire which has swept through California. The fires, which have seen a quarter of a million people evacuated from their homes, has seen California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declare a state of emergency in seven southern California counties.

Spears admits she feared for her Californian home after hearing news of the fires on Monday. She says, "I don't think it touched my house. I'm real scared."

Travolta admits he was forced to fly his helicopter over the region to ensure his family we...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 26

September 26th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Christina Milian
Happy Birthday to tennis star Serena Williams (1981), pop singer Christina Milian (1981), rapper Ras Kass (1972), "Frequency" actor James Caviezel (1968), Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon (1967; d. 1995), tv host Jillian Barberie (1966), "Krull" actress Lysette Anthony (1963), actress Melissa Sue Anderson (1962), "The Terminator" actress Linda Hamilton (1956), Australian singer Olivia Newton-John (1948), bluegrass singer Lynn Anderson (1947), Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry (1945), "The Beverly Hillbillies" actress Donna Douglas (1933), television actor Richard Herd (1932), "Emergency" actress...
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Casey Kasem's "Long Distance Dedications" Are Spotlight Feature On New CD

January 12th, 2007 3:54pm EST
Casey Kasem
Legendary DJ and radio personality Casey Kasem will release a new CD featuring 20 of the most popular songs from his signature radio feature The Long Distance Dedications on January 23. The disc, Casey Kasem Presents: The Long Distance Dedications spans multiple genres and includes some of the biggest names in music: Elton John, Whitney Houston, Cher, Lionel Richie, Louis Armstrong, The Righteous Brothers, Amy Grant, Joe Cocker, Lee Ann Womack, Sarah McLachlan, Phil Collins, Commodores, Chicago and many others. It arrives in stores on January 23, 2007, (Top Sail Productions/WEA) and is the...
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'American Idol' Season Six Kicks Off Jan. 16

November 6th, 2006 1:48pm EST
American Idol
American Idol returns for its sixth season with more talented singers than ever before and more of the outrageous auditions that have everyone talking in a special two-night, four-hour season premiere Tuesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Starting Jan. 23 and Jan. 24, the audition shows will air in their regular time periods, Tuesdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

The search for the next superstar began last summer, as "American Idol" traveled to Los Angeles, San Antonio, Birmingham, Memphis, Minne...
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Dionne Warwick To Release New Album Of Duets, "My Friends and Me," Out Nov. 7

November 1st, 2006 4:02pm EST
Dionne Warwick
"Walk On By." "Say a Little Prayer." "Anyone Who Had a Heart." "Windows of the World." "Wishin' and Hopin'." "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" These unforgettable songs are all inextricably linked to an extraordinary vocalist: Dionne Warwick. With her gorgeous tone, nuanced phrasing and stunning emotional range, Warwick remains firmly ensconced in the upper echelon of popular music.

Now this iconic artist, who has spent 2006 celebrating her 45th year in show business, revisits these and other classic compositions with a stellar array of female guests on My Friends and Me (Concord R...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 26

September 26th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Christina Milian
Happy Birthday to tennis star Serena Williams (1981), pop singer Christina Milian (1981), rapper Ras Kass (1972), "Frequency" actor James Caviezel (1968), Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon (1967; d. 1995), tv host Jillian Barberie (1966), "Krull" actress Lysette Anthony (1963), actress Melissa Sue Anderson (1962), "The Terminator" actress Linda Hamilton (1956), Australian singer Olivia Newton-John (1948), bluegrass singer Lynn Anderson (1947), Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry (1945), "The Beverly Hillbillies" actress Donna Douglas (1933), television actor Richard Herd (1932), "Emergency" actress...
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CMA Awards Rundown and Winners

November 16th, 2005 10:06am EST
Lee Ann Womack
The Big Apple provided a big night for some of Country Music's biggest stars. "The 39th Annual CMA Awards" was broadcast on Tuesday, Nov. 15 for the first time outside of Nashville, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on the CBS Television Network. Keith Urban and Lee Ann Womack were the big winner's of the night. Read on for a complete recap of the evening and a full winner's list...

Keith Urban won his second consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and his first Entertainer of the Year Award, making him the only Country artist in CMA Awards history to win the Horizon, ...
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