‘Dirty Dancing’ turns 30!

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Dirty Dancing turned 30 years old on Monday!

The romantic drama dance film, starring Jennifer Grey as Frances “Baby” Houseman and Patrick Swayze as dance instructor Johnny Castle, premiered on August 21, 1987. It became an instant hit, becoming one of the highest-grossing movies of 1987, and is a pop culture classic.

The song, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” which plays during the final dance scene, and is easily the most memorable moment of the film, won an Oscar and Golden for Best Original Song, as well as  Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo.

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Happy 75th Anniversary Bambi!

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Bambi celebrated his diamond anniversary on Monday.

Walt Disney’s fifth full-length animated film was released in theaters on August 21, 1942. It was re-released in theaters six other times: 1947, 1957, 1966, 1975, 1982, and 1988.

In honor of its 75th anniversary, Bambi was added and released as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection on digital and Blu-ray/DVD/digital combo on May 23, 2017 and June 6, 2017, respectively.

Happy anniversary Bambi! 75 never looked so good!

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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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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.”