George Wendt is no stranger to New York musical theatre. Just a couple of years back, the Cheers icon starred as Santa Claus in the Broadway production of Elf the Musical and he is now playing the doomed Dean Halsey in Re-Animator: The Musical, a song-ified revamp of Stuart Gordon’s beloved 1985 horror movie, that tonight starts a week-long run at the PTC Performance Space as part of the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Yet the jovial Wendt claims he is not what you would exactly call a natural song-and-dance man. “It’s very peculiar that musical theater has become my life over the last few years,” he says. “Because I don’t sing and I don’t dance. I will however do what I’m told.”
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'Paul Williams Still Alive': The incredible rise, drug-blasted fall, and unlikely return of a '70s icon
It may now be hard for older readers to recall — or for younger readers to fathom — but in the 1970s singer-songwriter Paul Williams was everywhere. As a tunesmith he penned lyrics about lovers and the dreamers for the beloved Muppets tune “Rainbow Connection” and shared an Oscar win with Barbra Streisand for the A Star Is Born track “Evergreen.” As an actor, he starred in Brian de Palma’s 1974 cult movie Phantom of the Paradise and guested on a slew of prime time TV mainstays including the original Hawaii Five-O and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. And as a crooner with a louche wit, he made the set of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show his home away from home. “In the ’70s, it was very hard to turn on the TV for more than a week or so without seeing Paul Williams somewhere,” says Stephen Kessler, the director of a new documentary called Paul Williams Still Alive, which premiered in New York on June 8 and is currently platforming out across the country. “It was crazy how much exposure that guy had.”
Covering Adele: Just another reason Celine Dion is amazing.
None other than Céline Dion decided to start “Rolling in the Deep” this past weekend as part of her Las Vegas show, as first reported by Gawker.
I’m shocked this cover took so long to happen. The two women’s vocals are so similar, and many of Adele’s tracks would feel right at home on Let’s Talk About Love or Falling Into You. I especially love the darker tone Dion adds to the chorus.
Just when I thought that after over a year on the charts I’m finally moving on from “Rolling in the Deep,” I’m back in. I’m getting chills. I want to dance. I want to cry. It’s all too much — in the best possible way.
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At this weekend’s MTV Movie Awards, Johnny Depp slipped into his newest role: guitarist for the the Black Keys.
While being honored for a Generation Award at the MTV Movie Awards, the Dark Shadows actor joined the band onstage for special performances of “Gold on the Ceiling” and “Lonely Boy,” while Steven Tyler and Joe Perry — who were presenting the award — watched from nearby. Needless to say, the night’s scarf count went up considerably.
The often-animated Depp maintained a straight face through the song, letting singer Dan Auerbach soak up the spotlight. Even when being handed his award, the actor remained humble, deferring the spotlight to both the Aerosmith veterans and “up-and-coming legends” (Depp’s words) Black Keys.
It was undoubtedly a very cool moment — even host Russell Brand had to take a break from making Michael Fassbender-penis jokes to acknowledge it — but it’s not the first time Depp has guest-guitar’d. Just recently, he joined Marilyn Manson for a performance at the Golden God Awards, and he’s previously collaborated with everyone from Oasis to Alice Cooper.
Queen Latifah wants to be clear: Despite speculation online, her performance at Long Beach’s Lesbian & Gay Pride event on May 19 was not a signal that she was coming out as a lesbian. “That definitely wasn’t the case,” she tells EW. “I’ve never dealt with the question of my personal life in public. It’s just not gonna happen.”
That said, the 42-year old was thrilled to participate in the event and even recalled an earlier performance for gay audiences. “To me, doing a gay pride show is one of the most fun things,” she says. “My first show that paid more than $10,000 was in a gay club on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. Tupac happened to be in town, so he came to kick it with me. This was the early ’90s. And the boys were like, ‘Take your shirt off, Tupac!’ He wasn’t doing that. But we had a blast in there.”
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Donna Summer was one of disco’s greatest chart divas. But the singer, who passed away Thursday at the age of 63, also made her presence felt on both the big and the small screen.
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A 21-year-old Summer appeared on the German TV series and sang the song “Black Power,” written by Peter Thomas.
As another pop star put it a decade ago, Justin Bieber is not a boy, not yet a man. But he’d certainly like to transition to an older fan base, so as Bieber Fever hits adults (or is it just me?), the eighteen-year-old opened up to GQ about drinking, haters, and the struggles about how one goes from teenybopper to Timberlake in 2012 .
Features in magazines for adults, as opposed to Tiger Beat and Seventeen, certainly help, and this latest interview shows a more mature Biebs than when Rolling Stone caught up with him last year and he made some ill-advised remarks about abortion and Korea.This new media-savvy Bieber is a “Baby” no more. He even shot a fun cameo for last week’s NSFW Saturday Night Live digital short. With his new album Believe out June 19th, the timing is perfect for a big leap forward. Adult superstar? Never say never. (Side note: The new video for “Boyfriend” is certainly helping things.) We parsed through the profile below to bring you up to speed.
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