Denzel Washington returns to Broadway this Spring

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Award-winning actor Denzel Washington will make his return to Broadway this spring in The Iceman Cometh.

Written by playwright Eugene O’Neill, the play is expected to begin March 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre for a 14-week run.

Featured in two plays prior, Washington made his Broadway debut in 1988 with Checkmates and has returned to Broadway several times since.

In 2005, he appeared as Brutus in the revival of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. He starred in the revival of August Wilson’s Fences in 2010 alongside Viola Davis, in which they both received Tony awards for their performances, and the two also starred in the film adaptation of the play. His last stint on Broadway came in the 2014 revival of Lorraine Hansberrry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

The Iceman Cometh will be directed by Tony-award winning director George C. Wolfe and produced by Scott Rudin.

 

Radio City Rockettes kicks off holiday season with ‘Christmas in August’

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Photo: Shannon Mayo (myself)

The Radio City Rockettes shut down Sixth Avenue Thursday morning to help spread some Christmas cheer in the middle of August!

The annual “Christmas in August” took place outside of Radio City Music Hall at 11am with the world famous dancing troupe performing one of their numbers from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, “New York at Christmas,” to kick off the 2017 holiday season.

Santa Claus, who came all the way from the North Pole, made an appearance on top of the music hall’s marquee to help introduce the show-stopping event along with 95.5 PLJ on-air host John Foxx.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will run from Nov. 10 through Jan. 1, 2018. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, head over to the Radio City Music Hall box office or rockettes.com/christmas.

Watch the performance below!

Remembering “The King” 40 years later

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Wednesday marked 40 years since the death of Elvis Presley.

On August 16, 1977, “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (or simply “The King”), was found unconscious at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. An hour later, he was pronounced dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital. He was 42 years old.

To celebrate his life and death, Graceland is hosting its annual “Elvis Week,” which started on August 11 and will expand to August 19.

One of the most prominent figures and cultural icons of the 20th century, Elvis is the most successful artist in American history. He has sold more than 210 albums worldwide and had 10 number one albums, as well as 18 number one hits on the Billboard charts.

RIP Elvis

Daniel Craig will return as 007

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Daniel Craig has announced that he will return as James Bond!

After years and even recent months of speculation on whether Craig would ever play 007 again, the British actor confirmed the news Tuesday night on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that he will.

“Yes,” he told the late night host. “I couldn’t be happier.”

During the press tour of his new film Lucky Logan, the actor admitted to being “quite cagey” when reporters asked on whether or not he would don the suit one more time.

“I’ve been doing interviews all day and people have been asking me, and I think I’ve been rather coy,”said Craig. “But I kind of felt like if I was going to sort of speak the truth, I should speak the truth to you. I have to apologize to all the people I did interviews with today, because I wanted to tell you.”

Craig first portrayed James Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale. He reprised the role in three more sequels: Quantam of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).

The next film, which will be the 25th in the series, is expected to be released in November 2019, and it may be the last time he will be the MI6 agent.

“I think this is it,” said Craig. “I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait.”

 

Chris Pratt, Anna Faris announce separation

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Actors Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced on social media on Sunday they are legally departing after eight years of marriage.

A statement which was signed by both Pratt and Faris was posted on his Facebook page.

“Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried really hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed.”

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Pratt and Faris met in 2007 while filming Take Me Home Tonight (the movie hit theaters in 2011). They married in 2009 and have a 4-year-old son, Jack.

 

Remembering Marilyn Monroe 55 years later

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Saturday marked 55 years since the passing of one of Hollywood’s iconic actresses, Marilyn Monroe.

On August 5, 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Brentwood, California home if an apparent drug overdose of sleeping pills. She was 36 years old.

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson (later baptized as Norma Jeane Baker) on June 1, 1926, Monroe had a troubled childhood. After her mother was hospitalized due to being mentally unstable, Monroe spent her early years in foster care and in an orphanage.

A few years after getting married in 1942, Monroe was discovered while working in a munitions factory in Van Nuys, California, and soon had a successful modeling career. However, she dreamt of becoming an actress. In 1946, dyed her hair blonde, signed her first movie contract and changed her name from Norma Jeane Baker to Marilyn Monroe. She was ready to take on Hollywood.

Following appearances in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and All About Eve (1950), Monroe’s breakthrough role was in Niagara (1953).

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She went on to star in films where she portrayed a sexy but “dumb blonde” including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Bus Stop (1956). She had become one of tinsel town’s sex symbols, a status that Monroe was uncomfortable being identified as. Despite this, Monroe was on top of the world and it seemed like nothing would stop her. However, by the early 1960s, both Monroe’s personal life and professional career had dwindled.

Her marriages to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller both ended in divorce. Her films Let’s Make Love (1960) and The Misfits (1961) were unsuccessful and she was fired during the production of Something’s Gotta Give (1962). As a result of these mishaps, including dealing with physical ailments, Monroe suffered from mental health issues (depression), insomnia and abused prescription pills, which lead to her downfall.

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It’s been 55 years since Marilyn Monroe’s life sadly ended at just 36 years of age and she is just as mesmerizing as she was back then. She was was funny and stylish, tragic but beautiful. She will be forever young and forever missed.

RIP Marilyn❤️