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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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Big Screen To Little Screen: Some Series Shine Will Others Fail

October 22nd, 2007 12:56pm EDT
Buffy
Often we don’t realize that our favorite TV shows began as vehicles on the big screen. Many of television’s best programs started that way. Then again, so did some of the worst.

In 1974, Ellen Burstyn starred in the Oscar awarded Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The movie was such a success that it was turned into “Alice,” complete with Vic Tayback as Mel. Unfortunately, it was Polly Holiday who made the sitcom a success. By the time she left the show and was replaced in 1980 by the original Flo, Diane Ladd, the damage had already been done. The series soon met its demise.

In 1992...
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Brother Of Rapper/Actor Sticky Fingaz Found Dead

July 6th, 2007 10:05am EDT
Sticky Fingaz
The brother of rapper Sticky Fingaz, X1, died in the early hours of Friday in Las Vegas. He was 28. Nevada officials are yet to announce a cause of death, but sources tell music website AllHipHop.com the rapper committed suicide.

The Queens, New York, native recorded with his brother's Onyx group and featured on their 1998 album Shut 'Em Down. X1 also teamed up with 50 Cent in the 1990s to record the duet React.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Spike TV Cancels 'Blade'

October 2nd, 2006 8:45am EDT
Blade
The TV series spin-off to the Blade franchise is officially a flop - the vampire-hunting action series has been cancelled. According to internet reports, executives at cable network Spike TV have scrapped plans to air a second season of the show.

On her MySpace.com blog page, disappointed star Jill Wagner writes, "I was informed today that there will be no second season of Blade the series... Thanks for the support. Hey, there is always the DVD right?"

In the series, rapper Sticky Fingaz took over the Blade role from Wesley Snipes, who has portrayed the vampire killer in three m...
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