Francesca Hayward, Principal dancer of The Royal Ballet, has joined the cast of the film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, which will be directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl). The film has an exceptionally starry cast with Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy (played by a man in the stage version; Brian … [Read more...] about Royal Ballet Principal Francesca Hayward to appear in film adaptation of Cats
Designer clothes owned by Hollywood legend and fashion icon Elizabeth Taylor, including haute couture by Chanel, Yves St. Laurent and Dior, will be sold at auction in New York, Christie's said today. The silk chiffon dress that the Academy Award winning actress wore for her first wedding to actor Richard Burton will be among the nearly 400 times included in the four-day … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Taylor’s designer clothes to be auctioned
Sound designer and sound effects editor Frank Edward Warner, who won an Oscar for his sound editing work on "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," died of natural causes in Arizona, on August 31. He was 85. Warner said that "sound is like music that gives us the emotion that the writer intended." In 1966, while working with Stanley Kubrick on the film "Spartacus," he … [Read more...] about Close Encounters sound-man Frank Warner dies at 85
The Bolle and Friends tour is in full swing, and one of the stops is Istanbul where Roberto Bolle was photographed last month. He talked to Giancarlo Dotto for Italy's Gioia magazine: Would you have given Natalie Portman the Oscar for Black Swan? I would have, yes, until I found out that she was not doing the more complicated steps. She said that she'd been working hard for … [Read more...] about Roberto Bolle on why Natalie Portman should give back her Oscar… and more
John Travolta called her the "most delicious" thing to come out of Italy, Roberto Benigni serenaded her with the Neapolitan song "O Sole Mio" and Billy Crystal said she was his "first great love." Hollywood came out on Wednesday to honor Sophia Loren, 50 years after she become the first person to win an acting Oscar for a foreign-language role with the Italian movie "Two … [Read more...] about Hollywood comes out to honour Sophia Loren
In her first television interview on ABC's "20/20's" with Elizabeth Vargas, Sarah Lane, the ballerina who was Natalie Portman's dance double in "Black Swan," accused film-makers of lying about how much she danced in the film, and trying to cover it up. I'm not speaking because I feel I should be heralded, I'm just speaking because they're completely lying about the amount of … [Read more...] about Sarah Lane’s back, this time on ABC, talking about being Natalie Portman’s ‘Black Swan’ Dance Double
A claim by Natalie Portman’s ballet double from the movie Black Swan alleging that the Oscar-winning actress did not perform the majority of that film’s dance sequences has quickly been challenged. Sarah Lane, the American Ballet Theatre soloist who doubled for Portman during some of that film’s most difficult dance sequences, told Entertainment Weekly that the Oscar-winning … [Read more...] about ‘Black Swan’ controversy: ‘Natalie herself did most of the dancing,’ insist filmmakers. Her double disagrees.
Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore gets an Off-Broadway revival starting tonight, 7 January. Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis plays Flora Goforth, a widow penning her memoirs. Michael Wilson directs the Roundabout Theatre Company staging at its Off-Broadway home at the Laura Pels Theatre. Performances play until 3 April. Also starting tonight … [Read more...] about Sarting on Broadway tonight: Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Lindsay Duncan and Olympia Dukakis