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First Lady Michelle Obama Sees Broadway Musical ‘Memphis

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First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to New York Sunday to see a musical on Broadway. Memphis is a musical by David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book) based on a concept by George W. George. It is loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s. It was staged during the 2003-04 season at both the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts and TheatreWorks in Mountain View, California and opened on Broadway on October 19, 2009.

Directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, the Broadway production began previews at the Shubert Theatre on September 23, 2009 and officially opened on October 19. The cast included many of the cast members from the pre-Broadway productions, including Chad Kimball as Huey Calhoun and Montego Glover as Felicia Farrell. The creative team included costume designer Paul Tazewell, scenic designer David Gallo, and lighting designer Howell Binkley. The Broadway production won Best Musical in the Live Theatre division of the Golden Icon Awards.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts the White House Governors Ball Talent Preview

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama poses for a group photo with music students from Myrtilla Miner elementary school at the White House in Washington February 21, 2010.

U.S. First lady Michelle Obama poses for a group photo with music students from Myrtilla Miner elementary school at the White House in Washington February 21, 2010.

Today the First Lady gave a group of Washington, DC music students a special preview of the 2010 Governors’ Ball performance. Grammy Award Winning artist, Harry Connick Jr. spend time talking to students and closed out the event with a song, joined by a few residents from the New Orleans Musicians’ Village. The Musician’s Village was conceived by New Orleans native Harry Connick, Jr. in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to rebuild homes for many of New Orleans cherished but displaced artists, those who have defined the city’s culture and created the sounds that have shaped the musical vernacular of the world.



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Nominated for Best Actor ~ Jeff Bridges ~Crazy Heart

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Jeff BridgesJeff Bridges is one of Hollywood’s most successful actors and is a four-time Academy Award® nominee. Bridges can currently be seen in the war comedy MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS, playing Bill Django a free spirited military intelligence officer who is the leader of a secret group of warriors in the army. He stars opposite George Clooney, Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey. Bridges last starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the Paramount Pictures/Marvel Studios blockbuster IRON MAN playing the character of Obadiah Stane.

He earned his first Oscar nod in 1971 for Best Supporting Actor in Peter Bogdanovich’s THE LAST PICTURE SHOW co-starring Cybill Shepard. Three years later he received his second Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Michael Cimino’s THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT. By 1984 he landed top kudos with a Best Actor nomination for STARMAN. That performance also earned him a Golden Globe® nomination. In 2001, he was honored with another Golden Globe nomination and his fourth Oscar nomination for his role in THE CONTENDER, Rod Lurie’s political thriller co-starring Gary Oldman and Joan Allen, in which Bridges played the President of the United States.

He just wrapped production on Disney’s sci-fi, action, thriller TRON LEGACY, a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world. He reprises the roll of Kevin Flynn and stars opposite Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde for director Joseph Kosinski. TRON LEGACY is currently slated for a fall 2010 release.

He can next be seen starring opposite Justin Timberlake in THE OPEN ROAD as Kyle Garrett a legendary ballplayer trying to reconnect with his son while coming to terms with who they are and what kind of men they should be. The film is written and directed by Michael Meredith. Additionally, he is starring in A DOG YEAR for HBO Films/Picturehouse based on the memoir by Jon Katz and directed by George LaVoo who also wrote the screenplay.

Last summer he starred opposite Shia LaBeouf, as Geek a cantankerous washed-up surfer penguin in the Academy Award nominated SURFS’ UP from Sony Pictures Animation. The same year he appeared in THE AMATEURS, a comedy written and directed by Michael Traeger, in which citizens of a small town, under the influence of a man in the midst of a mid-life crisis (Bridges), come together to make an adult film.

Prior to that he was in his second film for director Terry Gilliam titled TIDELAND where he played Noah, a drug addicted, has-been, rock guitarist as well as STICK IT for Touchstone Pictures playing the coach of a team of rule-abiding gymnasts.

The actor’s multi-faceted career has cut a wide swathe across all genres. He has starred in numerous box office hits including Gary Ross’ SEABISCUIT, Terry Gilliam’s offbeat comedic drama THE FISHER KING (co-starring Robin Williams), the multi-award nominated THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS (co-starring his brother Beau Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer), THE JAGGED EDGE (opposite Glenn Close), Francis Ford Coppola’s TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM, BLOWN AWAY (co-starring his late father Lloyd Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones), Peter Weir’s FEARLESS (with Isabella Rosselini and Rosie Perez), and Martin Bell’s AMERICAN HEART (with Edward Furlong, produced by Bridges’ company AsIs Productions). That film earned Bridges an IFP/Spirit Award in 1993 for Best Actor.

In the summer of 2004, he appeared opposite Kim Bassinger in the critically acclaimed THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR for director Todd Williams and Focus Features that earned him another IFP/Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor.

Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart

Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake in Crazy Heart

He played a major featured role in THE MUSE (an Albert Brooks comedy starring Brooks, Sharon Stone and Andie McDowell) he has also appeared in the suspense thriller ARLINGTON ROAD (co-starring Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack, directed by Mark Pellington) and starred in SIMPATICO, the screen version of Sam Shepard’s play (with Nick Nolte, Sharon Stone and Albert Finney). In 1998, he starred in the Coen brothers’ cult comedy THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Before that, he starred in Ridley Scott’s WHITE SQUALL, Walter Hill’s WILD BILL, John Huston’s FAT CITY, and Barbara Streisand’s romantic comedy THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES. Some of Bridges’ other acting credits include HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE, K-PAX, MASKED AND ANONYMOUS, STAY HUNGRY, FAT CITY, BAD COMPANY, AGAINST ALL ODDS, CUTTER’S WAY, THE VANISHING, TEXASVILLE, THE MORNING AFTER, NADINE, RANCHO DELUXE, SEE YOU IN THE MORNING, EIGHT MILLION WAYS TO DIE, TRON, THE LAST AMERICAN HERO and HEART OF THE WEST.

In 1983 Jeff founded the End Hunger Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding children around the world. Jeff produced the End Hunger televent, a three-hour live television broadcast focusing on world hunger. The televent featured Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, Burt Lancaster, Bob Newhart, Kenny Loggins and other leading film, television and music stars in an innovative production to educate and inspire action.

Through his company, AsIs Productions, he produced “Hidden in America” which starred his brother Beau. That television movie, produced for Showtime, received a Golden Globe nomination in 1996 for Best TV/Cable Film and garnered a Screen Actors Guild nod for Best Actor for Beau Bridges. The film was also nominated for two Emmy® Awards.

One of Jeff’s true passions is photography. While on the set of his movies, Jeff takes behind the scenes pictures of the actors, crew, and locations. After completion of each motion picture, he edits the images into a book and gives copies to everyone involved. Jeff’s photos have been featured in several magazines including Premiere and Aperture as well as in other publications worldwide. He has also had gallery exhibits of his work in New York at the George Eastman House, in Los Angeles, London and San Diego.

The books, which have become valued by collectors, were never intended for public sale but in the fall of 2003, powerHouse Books released Pictures: Photographs By Jeff Bridges, a hardcover book containing a compilation of photos taken on numerous film locations over the years, to much critical acclaim. Proceeds from the book are donated to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a non-profit organization that offers charitable care and support to film-industry workers.

Several years ago, Jeff fulfilled a life-long dream by releasing his first album, Be Here Soon on Ramp Records, the Santa Barbara, CA label he co-founded with Michael McDonald and producer/singer/ songwriter Chris Pelonis. The CD features guest appearances by vocalist/ keyboardist Michael McDonald, Grammy-nominated Amy Holland, and country-rock legend David Crosby. Ramp Records also released Michael McDonald’s album Blue Obsession. Jeff, his wife Susan and their three children divide their time between their home in Santa Barbara, California and their ranch in Montana.

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Lopez Tonight! Guest Schedule for 02/01 thru 02/04

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Giovanni Ribisi
Jessica Capshaw
Iyaz

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

John Heder
Russell Peters
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Brandon T. Jackson
Billy Zane
Fabolous

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Christian Slater
Alessandra Torresani
Matt Morris

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George and Luda reminisce about simpler times…

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NYC Oscar® Party to Shine at GILT at the New York Palace Hotel

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On Oscar Sunday, March 7, 2010, New York-area members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the 82nd Academy Awards® at GILT at The New York Palace hotel.

Since 1990, the Academy has hosted a New York Oscar celebration for its East Coast members, many of whom are previous Academy Award® winners and nominees.

We’re delighted to be holding this year’s Oscar Night® party at this historic venue,” noted Bud Rosenthal, chairman of the Academy’s New York Events Committee. “The blending of old and new is a perfect expression of the tradition and innovation that we celebrate with the year’s films. And our celebration will only be enhanced by the artistry of GILT’s culinary team.”

The evening’s festivities will begin with a reception in the GILT Bar, renowned for its selection of signature cocktails. Following the reception, the invited guests will adjourn to the restaurant for a multi-course Oscar-themed dinner and live viewing of the 82nd Academy Awards telecast. Executive Chef Justin Bogle and Executive Pastry Chef David Carmichael will create a special menu for the occasion.

The New York Palace hotel incorporates the landmark Villard Mansion, which features elegant cathedral ceilings, gilded walls, carved moldings, and mosaic tile floors. GILT opened in 2006 and has since earned international acclaim. In 2009 the restaurant received two Michelin stars under Executive Chef Bogle, who at 28 was the youngest New York City chef to ever earn this distinction.

Highlights From the 2009 Celebration

Academy members got a chance to eat, drink and be merry while taking in the live telecast on February 22, 2009 at The Carlyle. Award-winning actress Elaine Stritch welcomed two 8-foot golden statues as part of the advance preparation for the Academy’s official New York Oscar Night Party. Guests included Geoffrey Rush, Patricia Neal, Rip Torn, Shirley Knight, Denis O’Hare, Burt Young, Celia Weston, Sylvia Miles, Amy Wright, Elaine Stritch, Tovah Feldshuh, Lisa Eichhorn, Tina Louise, Cynthia Wade, David Rasche, Sid Ramin, Nathaniel Kahn, Richard Barclay, Jimmy Picker, Robert Richter and Ken Ascher.

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82nd Academy Awards® Dance Auditions Photos

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Telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic held open dance auditions for the 82nd Academy Awards® telecast on January 22nd & 23rd.

The dancers chosen will perform live during the Academy Awards show on Sunday, March 7, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®. The auditions were open to professional-level male and female dancers in the contemporary and hip-hop styles who were between the ages of 18 and 30. Shankman, who began his career as a dancer and once performed on the Oscar show, will be choreographing the audition numbers with associate choreographers Anne Fletcher and Jamal Sims.

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80 Best Picture Posters to Premiere at the Academy

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The Wizard of Oz movie posterThe Wizard of Oz,” “Citizen Kane” and “Casablanca” will be among the 80 Best Picture nominees represented in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new exhibition “The More the Merrier: Posters from the Ten Best Picture Nominees, 1936 – 1943,” opening on Saturday, January 23, in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free.

Focusing on the eight consecutive years during which there were annually ten Best Picture nominees, the exhibition will showcase what are arguably some of the most striking movie posters ever created, including artwork for “Romeo and Juliet” (1936), “A Star Is Born” (1937), “Jezebel” (1938), “Stagecoach” (1939), “The Philadelphia Story” (1940), “The Maltese Falcon” (1941), “The Pride of the Yankees” (1942) and “Heaven Can Wait” (1943). Key artists and illustrators whose work will be featured include Norman Rockwell, Al Hirschfeld, Jacques Kapralik, France’s Boris Grinsson and Pierre Pigeot, and Italy’s Ercole Brini.

The exhibition also will present the only known three-sheet posters for “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936), the special British cinema display for “Lost Horizon” (1937), and an original painting for “Gone with the Wind” (1939) by the prolific artist Sergio Gargiulo.

Gone With the Wind movie posterThe More the Merrier” is drawn from the collection of Academy member and poster art director Mike Kaplan, and augmented by materials from the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library. The posters include foreign versions from South American and Europe.

The specific number of Best Picture nominees ranged from 3 to 12 in the Awards years from 1927/28 through 1943; in 1944 the number was set at 5, as it remained until 2009. The 82nd Academy Awards®, which will be televised on Sunday, March 7, will return to the Academy’s past practice of nominating 10 films for the Best Picture award.

Kaplan will lead a public gallery talk at the Academy on Sunday, January 24, at 3 p.m. No reservations are required.

The More the Merrier: Posters from the Ten Best Picture Nominees, 1936 – 1943” will be on display through Sunday, April 18. The Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills and is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

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