Broadway personality and singer Liza Minnelli and teen sensation Miley Cyrus will be teaming up to join the cast of the Sex And The City movie sequel currently shooting in New York.
Movie insiders say Minnelli will be performing at a gay wedding, while producers are still trying to cross the “T”s and dot the “I”s with Cyrus' management.
But word is that Cyrus is such a fan that she's all but set to join the crew.
Minnelli, on her part, will be singing at Stanford Blatch's and Anthony Marentino's (played by Willie Garson and Mario Cantone) wedding, which insiders promise will be hilarious.
[Published: 10-Sep-2009]/SOURCE: http://www.star-ecentral.com
Biggest Beatles shocker: Never won top Grammy for best record (Source : Tom O'Neil)
Introduction this week of the new video game "The Beatles: Rock Band" reminds us of an odd fact about these music artists who were once widely considered to be the definition of avant garde: the Beatles have often been, really, one beat behind.
Believe it or not, up until now music by the Beatles has not been available for sale on the Internet.
With "The Beatles: Rock Band," players will be able to download up to 45 songs that they can perform with the Fab Four in such reproduced settings as "The Ed Sullivan Show," Shea Stadium and the Abbey Road recording studio. The first full album will be available for download on Oct. 20 ("Abbey Road"), then "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Rubber Soul" in November and December.
There were two reasons for the download delay: fight over money (Beatles want $2 per song, but iTunes only charges 99 cents) and a fierce legal battle over trademark (Beatles' Apple Corp. vs. iTunes' Apple Inc.). Those delays helped to contribute to the other major holdup: remastering the Beatles' music, which will finally be available for sale in fine digital format on CD and (to some extent) online this week.
The Beatles were also woefully behind at the Grammys during the Fab Four's heyday. Again, the reason was a fierce fight, but one that couldn't be blamed on the lads from Liverpool.
They were spurned by the conservative music establishment, which quickly came under attack for refusing to hail the rock revolution.
Back in those days, the likes of Henry Mancini, Tony Bennett, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Roger Miller swept the top awards.
After the Grammys in 1964 — during the peak of Beatlemania — this was Variety's headline: "Beatles play 2d Fiddle in Grammys to Bossa Nova, Barbra, Mancini & Miller."
The article reported, "The Beatles may have swamped the music business during 1964, but that fact was not reflected in the Grammy award ceremonies."
The Beatles did win the Grammy Award for best new artist that year, beating Petula Clark, Astrud Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobin and Morgana King, but the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" lost best record to Stan Getz's and Astrud Gilberto's "The Girl from Ipanema" and "A Hard Day's Night" lost best song (bestowed to songwriters; best record goes to the recording artist) to "Hello, Dolly!"
The Beatles weren't nominated for best album for any of their LPs that year: "Meet the Beatles," "The Beatles' Second Album" or "Hard Day's Night."
President Barack Obama urged the nation's schoolchildren to take responsibility for their education and write their own destiny Tuesday and, in at least a few places, students were allowed to hear his message.
Nearly the entire student body filed into Shorewood High School's performing arts center shortly before 11 a.m. to watch live coverage of the event from C-SPAN projected on a giant screen.
Their fears stoked by the ramblings of wingnut pundits and opportunistic politicians, concerned parents and inundated school boards nationwide, with demands that Obama’s speech not be shown during school hours, or that they be given the choice to opt their children out of viewing it. Undoubtedly this made for an awkward emergency PTA meeting or two; one can almost conjure mental images of Helen Lovejoy aghast, shrilly shrieking “won’t somebody please think of the children?”
They applauded politely before and after Obama spoke, and they laughed when a girl made a funny face in the audience where Obama gave the speech.
With the stage set at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., for President Barack Obama’s Tuesday address to students extolling the virtues of academic achievement, perseverance in the face of adversity and redistributing the wealth. Conservatives across the country were up in arms to defend the hearts and minds of America’s impressionable youngsters.
Confronted with a barrage of criticism, mostly from conservatives fearful the Democratic president would use speech and suggested classroom activities for political means, many schools declined to air the speech live. Some left the decision to teachers and principals.
In the end, Obama toed a neutral line. His assertions that students need to come to school and pay attention to their teachers and that hard work can overcome one's background could have been made by any educator.
"Every single one of you has something that you're good at. Every single one of you has something to offer," Obama told students at Wakefield High School in suburban Arlington, Va., and children watching his speech on television and streaming video in schools across the country. "And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is."
Obama delivered an address that students of all ages and political stripes could agree with, said Mary Sellars, 12, a seventh-grader who watched while eating lunch at Shorewood Intermediate School.
"I just don't see what the problem could be in talking about kids staying in school," she said. "Personally, I'd rather hear that from someone like him that's done so much than someone who doesn't have as much experience or education."
Oconomowoc resident Stephen Foy, who pulled his 13-year-old daughter, Carly, out of her middle school so she could watch the speech live at home, also was disturbed by the controversy.
"Obviously, there were no boogeymen in there," he said. "I thought it was a good message, and I thought it was nothing out of the ordinary. . . . I'll tell you the thing I'm not fond of, I don't like a simple message to be so politicized that people had to make a decision."
Shorewood showed the speech live at all four of its schools, giving parents the opportunity to opt their children out.
That decision came only after an earlier edict - to not show it live, but allow teachers to use it later if it fit their curriculum - was assailed by parents and residents.
Virginia Carlson, the parent of two children at Lake Bluff Elementary School, said she was glad for the change.
"I felt like it was a speech that really needed to be seen in a group setting as it was, so that's a good thing," said Carlson, who viewed the speech with first- and second-graders in Lake Bluff's cafetorium Tuesday. "It just feels like it wouldn't have the same impact at home. It was sort of a pep-rally talk."
Shorewood schools did not follow any of the classroom activities suggested by the U.S. Department of Education to accompany the speech. Some critics had attacked the recommended lesson plans as part of an indoctrination effort by the White House. One recommendation that the White House withdrew was to have students write essays about how they could help the president.
At St. Sebastian School on Milwaukee's west side, 10 seventh-graders decided to forgo recess to hear what their president had to say. Principal Paul Hohl allowed middle-school students to watch the speech live if they wanted to.
The choice to give the school's older students a chance to watch Obama during their break time came after Hohl received at least 10 phone calls from parents asking if the school was planning to show the speech, with some wanting to pull their children out of any such activity.
The school also would have had a tough time technologically trying to show it to all students at once, he said.
An e-mail from the school gave parents a Web site where they could watch the speech with their children.
"We really say that our parents are our first teachers, so that did really fit in with offering the Web site possibility and saying 'Watch this as a family,' " Hohl said. But "I think they missed hearing it together as a community. I think that would have been effective."
St. Sebastian's middle school encompasses the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. For some reason, however, the only students who chose to watch the president's speech were seventh-graders - more than a quarter of that class.
"That must be our political group," Hohl said.
Army Archerd, whose breezy column for the entertainment trade publication Daily Variety kept tabs on various Hollywood doings for more than a half-century, has died.
He was 87.
Archerd's wife, Selma, said he died Tuesday at UCLA Medical Center of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs strongly tied to asbestos exposure. She said the cancer was the result of his time spent in shipyards while serving in the Navy during World War II.
She said he had become very ill over the last two years, especially in the last two weeks.
"He was the love of my life," said Selma.
Over the years, Archerd won praise from the Hollywood establishment for always checking the accuracy of his news tips before printing them.
He had an extensive phone directory of much-guarded private numbers that he would use to call movie stars and studio bosses directly to ferret out which rumors were true and which were not.
His biggest scoop came in 1985 when he was first to report that veteran leading man Rock Hudson had AIDS.
It was the first time a major Hollywood star was disclosed to be an AIDS victim, and it helped break down some of the secrecy surrounding the disease.
Archerd - born Armand Archerd in New York in 1922 - also broke the story that Julia Roberts had jilted fiance Keifer Sutherland in 1991 and that longtime bachelor Warren Beatty had married Annette Bening in 1992. His source for the Beatty-Bening story was Beatty himself. "I know it sounds like a cliche," said Selma, "but the time we spent together, it was just an outstanding life of knowing the most gorgeous people in the world, being very well accepted by them, traveling all over the world like millionaires, even though we were poor."
For more than 50 years, Archerd also served as the greeter-interviewer at the Academy Awards. Acting nominees and other celebrities were conducted to a platform alongside the red carpet for a brief chat with Archerd that was heard by the thousands of fans gathered outside the theater.
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