Shrek Sees Green On Broadway

The big green ogre raked in the green in last week — just as green started to regrow at the Broadway box office in general.
“Shrek the Musical” pulled in $169,720 for just one preview perf, with attendance hitting about 94% of capacity. That’s an encouraging sign, but it’s not uncommon for demand to be high for the first perfs of a brand new mega-musical. True test of its drawing power will come in the next few weeks.


The premier performance of POZ magazine’s Bacharach to the Future, a fund-raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, on World AIDS Day honoring music legend Burt Bacharach, the composer of “That’s What Friends Are For,” the pioneering recording that benefited The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) in 1985. Promises, Promises, Mr. Bacharach’s award winning musical, opened on Broadway forty years ago December 1, 1968. Each cast member will be singing songs from the Bacharach catalogue.

BethAnne Bonner (One Life To Live),

Katie Adams (Wicked),

Liz Callaway (Miss Saigon),

Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening),

Franc D’Ambrosio (Phantom of the Opera),

Christian Hoff (Pal Joey, Jersey Boys, All My Children),

Jason Graae (Forever Plaid),

Natalie Hiatt (Leading Ladies)

Ilene Kristen (Grease, Ryan’s Hope, One Life to Live),

Billy Porter (Angels in America, Jesus Christ Superstar),

Linda Purl (Tom Sawyer),

Julie Reiber (Wicked, Rent),

Tony Roberts (Promises, Promises, Xanadu, Victor/Victoria)

Michael Rupert (Sweet Charity),

Kevin Spirtas (The Boy From OZ),

Matt Walton (Hair, Burn After Reading),

Carla Renata Williams (The Lion King, We Will Rock You)

with other talented New York performers to be announced.

This show launches a partnership between POZ and BC/EFA. It continues a solid history of POZ fund-raising for AIDS Walk these last two years. Bacharach to the Future is POZ’s tribute to the industry that has been in the forefront in helping to fight this disease.

Where: New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St, New York, NY

When: Monday, December 1, 2008, 7:30PM

$51.50—Balcony seating

$66.50—Orchestra seating

$251.50—Gold Circle Seating VIP seats with admission into the post-show Cocktail Reception.

For ticket information visit: Telecharge/BehindTheCurtain

People’s Choice Awards Nominations Announced

Heroes dominate People’s Choice Awards movie nominations;

LOS ANGELES – How heroic. “Iron Man” will battle “The Dark Knight” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” for favorite movie at the 35th annual People’s Choice Awards.

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “House” are nominated for favorite TV drama and “Two and a Half Men,” “Ugly Betty” and “Samantha Who?” are nominated for favorite TV comedy.

Queen Latifah will host the viewer-voted awards show, to air live Jan. 7 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Awards will be presented in over 40 categories, including favorite new TV drama, talk-show host, rock song, on-screen matchup and leading lady.

New categories include favorite superhero, TV drama diva and movie cast.

Nominees also include Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg for favorite leading man; Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson and Queen Latifah for favorite leading lady; Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler for favorite funny male star; and Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey and Whoopi Goldberg for favorite funny female star.


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source: Yahoo News;Associated Press

Gavin Rossdale Inspired By Son

Gavin Rossdale Is Inspired by Son Zuma

Former Bush front man Gavin Rossdale is getting a little help being inspired nowadays, reports

He told the magazine of his two-month-old son, “He’s super mellow, and at the moment very Buddha-like.”

The rocker doesn’t even mind that already young Zuma is more trouble for mom Gwen Stefanie than older brother Kingston, as he calls his youngest, “perfect all the way.”

Rossdale even adds that he is seeing things more zen like now. “What I’ve found from having children is that they just want to make you be better,” he told the magazine.

He continued, “Beforehand, without children, I think that I was probably more reckless and thinking a bit less about the consequences, and now I want to make sure I’m good for them when they check me out.”

Speaking of Rossdale’s handy work, his performance Thursday night at the BAFTA/LA’s Brittania Awards, marked a comeback for the former “Bush” front man, who came out with his first solo album Wanderlust, with the hit song, “Love Remains the Same.”

He says of fans reconnecting with him, “It’s just meant a lot, really, because of your faith. You keep making records and people hear them. I love singing and making music and so I’m into the success.”

source: CityLife;

Salute to Stargate and Firefly

Stargate SG1 – Stargate Atlantis Convetion
Event Sponsor: Creation Entertainment
Date(s): Nov 21, 2008 through Nov 23, 2008
Event Venue:
Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel
Area: California (CA) – So., Hollywood

Event Description:

Stargate SG1 – Stargate Atlantis Convetion
Fri., Sat. and Sun. November 21-23, 2008
Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel
2500 Hollywood Way

This is gonna be one wild weekend for fans as we return to the Los Angeles area with a big salute to the amazing Stargate television franchise! The weekend will be filled with celebrities, events, contests, parties, and fellow fans from around the globe. And, the unique best part: we have other cool conventions going on the same time, one for FIREFLY fans. More fun, and attendees at one can get autographs and photo ops at any of the rest, and our Gold Patrons can visit as general admission attendees at any of the other conventions –space permitting–.
Event Sponsor: Creation Entertainment
Date(s): Nov 22, 2008 through Nov 23, 2008
Event Venue:
Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel
Area: California (CA) – So., Hollywood

Event Description:


A Celebration for Fans
Sat. and Sun. November 22-23, 2008
The Weekend Before Thanksgiving
Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel
2500 Hollywood Way

Do You See Beyonce As Wonder Woman???

Beyonce Desires To Play Wonder Woman On Big Screen

Pop singer/actress Beyonce told the LA Times that she too wants to get her foot in that genre and wants to play Wonder Woman on the big screen. Beyoncé says that she has met with representatives of DC Comics and Warner Bros. to express her interest in a major role in one of the many comic-book adaptations now in the pipeline following the massive success of ‘The Dark Knight'” ‘Iron Man’ and the ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘X-Men’ franchises.

She goes on to say that she chose Wonder Woman because she saw Lynda Carter’s costume from the 1970s television show on display at the Costume
Institute’s ‘Superhero’ show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

‘I would definitely have to keep it right for that costume. The way that Lynda Carter wore it, she was sooo fine. She was amazing. I saw her costume at the Met. Her waist was unbelievable. It was pretty crazy, actually, her proportions. But I love Wonder Woman and it’d be a dream come true to be that character. It sure would be handy to have that lasso. To make everybody tell the truth? I need that. It would come in very handy.’

Source:LA Times; AOL News; Black Voices