If you’ve always dreamed of yelling “Wheel… of… Fortune!” on national TV, prepare to be disappointed. It turns out that the shouts you hear when viewing the show at home are prerecorded — the voices of people you’ll never know, excited about a game you’re not actually watching. READ FULL STORY
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The rhythm is going to get Broadway!
The Nederlander Organization and Estefan Enterprises announced today that Latin music legend Gloria Estefan and her husband of nearly 35 years, 19-time Grammy winner Emilio, are developing a musical based on their life stories. Bernie Yuman, producer and manager of Siegfried & Roy’s long-running Las Vegas magic show, will also produce the Estefan’s show. The title, creative team, and more details have yet to be announced.
“We are very excited to share this story, which is based on hope, determination and the belief that with hard work and passion, our dreams can become our reality,” Gloria and Emilio Estefan said in a joint statement. “Our music has been a true reflection of who we are, where we came from and the journey that has brought us to where we are today…Sharing our life story through music will give us a new opportunity to honor our roots and, hopefully, to be able to inspire generations to come.” Not to mention lead a conga line down the Great White Way each night.
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This certainly won’t win the Post any points with Alec Baldwin.
Yesterday, the Big Apple’s most notorious tabloid created a firestorm of controversy with a cover that depicts a man about to be hit and killed by an oncoming subway train. The victim, Ki-Suck Han of Queens, was reportedly pushed onto the tracks by an unknown assailant; he died Monday.
Though most agree that publishing the photo this way — and with a headline reading “DOOMED” — was in poor taste, opinions are divided with regard to whether the picture’s photographer, Post freelancer R. Umar Abbasi, should have tried harder to help Han. It’s an ethics question as old as journalism: When a subject is in danger, what are the journalist’s responsibilities?
Abbasi defended his actions during a somber Today segment this morning, telling Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie that he was standing on the opposite end of the subway platform from Han when Han was shoved into the train’s path. “It took me a second to figure out what was happening,” he said when Lauer asked if he had immediately started taking pictures. “The guy got up and was trying to get as close to the edge of the platform, and I saw the lights in the distance of the approaching train. And the only thing I could think of at that time was to alert the driver with my camera flash. And I started running.”
On the cold night of Nov. 14, Arizona native Jennifer Foster was walking through New York City’s Times Square when she saw something even more captivating than Broadway’s giant marquees or LED screens: a police officer giving a freshly-purchased pair of boots to a shoeless homeless man. She snapped a photo of their interaction and sent it to the NYPD, who posted the photo to their Facebook page on Tuesday — where it quickly went viral, drawing over 500,000 “likes” and countless retweets and Tumblr reblogs.
This morning, Foster and the heroic cop she immortalized — Officer Larry DePrimo — appeared on the Today show to discuss the photo and its aftermath. Foster explained that she took the photo because DePrimo’s actions reminded her of her own father, who was a police officer in Phoenix for 32 years. DePrimo accepted compliments from her and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie but remained humble, insisting that he just did what any other cop would have done.
The whole thing is pretty darn heartwarming, even if it does make you wish that Today had brought that still-unnamed homeless man to its studio as well. Check out the feel-good segment below:
Apparently, there’s just one thing Alec Baldwin hates more than those lying so-and-sos at the New York Daily News: those lying so-and-sos at the New York Post.
In June, Baldwin spent an entire day raging at the Daily News on Twitter after he got into a physical confrontation with one of the paper’s photographers. One of his tweets even included this totally reasonable hashtag: “#allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded.” Today, though, another news source has stoked the 30 Rock star’s ire: the Post, which recently published an inflammatory column that calls Baldwin “bully-boy,” “blubberous,” and a “bloviating psycho who seduce[s] small women and bash[es] puny photographers,” all while defending his alleged stalker Genevive Sabourin. Andrea Peyser, you simply must learn to form an opinion.
Baldwin, naturally, wasn’t about to take this lying down. READ FULL STORY
Jack Black is the new Betty White.
New York City’s Friars Club announced today that newly-minted Independent Spirit Award nominee Jack Black will be 2013’s official roastee. The event will take place April 5. “We only roast the ones we love,” explained Friars Club Abbot Jerry Lewis in a statement, “and with Jack, we love his comedy, we love his music, and we love his enormous talent.”
Black, meanwhile, is a little worried about what’s in store: “What did I get myself into this time? I’m searching for a loophole in my contract, maybe there’s a way I can weasel myself out of this thing. Those bastards are going to brutalize me, but Jerry Lewis assured me it’s going to be the highlight of my career, so I guess I got to go through with it,” he said.
It’s easy to understand why Black is nervous — voluntarily agreeing to be ripped apart by your friends and professional insult comics doesn’t seem like the best way to keep your self-esteem high. And after Gulliver’s Travels, Black needs all the self-esteem he can get. Zing! So let’s ease the actor into the roast mentality by lobbing a few gentle barbs his way. Here, I’ll start:
When humanoid monster truck Guy Fieri opened his newest restaurant in Times Square this fall, you could practically hear critics all across New York City sharpening their knives. The joint is a ready-made, “Donkey Sauce”-covered punchline for writers hungry for a creative way to express disdain — who could resist a 500-seat macho wonderland that serves monstrosities with names like “Ain’t No Thing Butta Chicken Wing” and “Guy-talian Nachos”?
But even in context, the New York Times‘s review of Guy’s American Kitchen stands alone. It’s so contemptuous, so angry, and so hilarious that it rivals the paper’s bitchiest greatest hits — articles like A. O. Scott’s review of Good Luck Chuck or Cintra Wilson’s takedown of a new J.C. Penney in Herald Square.
Don’t believe me? Here are a few of the best lines from food critic Pete Wells’s piece, which is written as a series of breathless, incredulous questions for Guy Fieri himself:
– “Did panic grip your soul as you stared into the whirling hypno wheel of the menu, where adjectives and nouns spin in a crazy vortex?”
If comedy is tragedy plus time, then New Yorkers might be ready to joke about Hurricane Sandy. Even if they’re not, chances are that the storm will be a hot topic at the New York Comedy Festival — a star-studded event that kicks off tonight with shows featuring Ricky Gervais and Key & Peele — concludes Sunday with a conversation between Robin Williams and David Steinberg. The Oscar winner and the prolific TV director will reportedly discuss “nothing that important.”
The fest’s headliners read like a who’s who of standup — the list includes Artie Lang, Aziz Ansari, Rob Delaney, Bill Maher, Kevin Hart, and Patton Oswalt, who might just be the hardest working man in showbusiness. Perhaps best known for voicing Remy the rat in Pixar’s Ratatouille, the prolific Oswalt has produced three comedy albums, a variety of EPs, a smattering of comic books, and a memoir called Zombie Spaceship Wasteland over the past five years. He’s also appeared onscreen in everything from broad, popular sitcoms like Two and a Half Men to awards bait chamber pieces like 2011’s Young Adult. But the comedian’s true love is standup comedy — Oswalt has said before that his work in TV and movies is just “extra-curricular” stuff done to support his career onstage.
Before the festival’s first show, we spoke with Oswalt about his comedy, Sandy’s aftermath, and the right way to find humor in a natural disaster — but only briefly, since he had at least eight more things to accomplish that day.
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Joey Ramone‘s been dead for more than a decade but his legacy lives on — literally. All sorts of fans, friends, and celebrities have teamed up in a new video for his hometown anthem “New York City.” Shot by filmmaker Greg Jardin, the stop-motion video features appearances from the likes of Andrew W.K., Matt & Kim, comedians Kristen Schaal and Scott Adsit, and foodie-troubadour Anthony Bourdain. It’s a loving tribute to one of punk’s most prominent figures.
A deluxe edition of Joey’s final solo record, …Ya Know?, will be released Nov. 23 on BMG.
Watch the video after the jump.
Scarlett Johansson is heading back to Broadway.
The movie star received rave reviews — and a Tony award — for her performance in Broadway’s 2010 revival of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. Now the Avenger is officially set to star in a new revival of another classic American play: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams’ 1955 tale of greed, family, and sexual repression in the South. Cat was last seen on Broadway four years ago, in an all-black revival starring Anika Noni Rose as Maggie and Terrence Howard as Brick.
Johansson will be stepping into Rose’s shoes, playing the determined sexpot whose nickname appears in the play’s title. Before casting was official, rumors speculated that she’d be joined by another A-list movie star — possibly even her fellow Avenger Jeremy Renner. Instead, the production has selected Broadway vet Benjamin Walker, best known for playing the title role in 2010’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, to play opposite Johansson as Maggie’s depressed husband Brick.
Irish character actor Ciarán Hinds and Tony winner Debra Monk will round out the main cast as Big Daddy and Big Mama, respectively.
The production begins preview performances this December at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. It opens officially on January 17, 2013.
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