ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Praemium Imperiales: American sculptor Louise Bourgeois, German painter Anselm Kiefer, German choreographer-director Pina Bausch, Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson and Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki are this year's recipients of the Praemium Imperiale Awards for outstanding achievement in the arts. The awards, to be presented Oct. 28 in Tokyo by the Japan Art Assn., include cash prizes of about $120,000 each.
Harold Can't Dance?: Dancer Vladimir Malakhov's plans for a ballet based on the film "Harold and Maude," to be performed at the Stuttgart Ballet later this year, have hit an apparent snag. James Rogers, trustee of the estate of "Harold and Maude" author Colin Higgins, says that Malakhov and the Stuttgart Ballet have been denied permission to base a dance work on the property because "other plans for it are already in development." Malakhov's management and the ballet company, however, both say that the show will go on, as a May-December pas de deux with the working title "H and M"--the initials of Malakhov (he was to play the role of Harold) and his planned partner, famed Stuttgart ballerina Marcia Haydee.
No Tony, No Audience?: In an indication of producers' reliance upon post-awards show advertising to sell tickets, four Tony nominees that came up mostly empty-handed at Sunday's ceremonies will close their Broadway runs this weekend. Among them: the $8-million musical "The Civil War" and two best play also-rans, "Not About Nightingales" and "The Lonesome West." Also closing is the musical revue "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," which did win Tonys for performers Kristin Chenoweth and Roger Bart, but none for the show as a whole. Two other shows, "The Sound of Music" and "Night Must Fall," will finish their runs at the end of the month.
FX Gets Kelley Shows: Cable's FX network has acquired syndication rights to David E. Kelley's series "The Practice" and "Ally McBeal." "The Practice" is scheduled to join FX's existing series "NYPD Blue" and "The X-Files" in the fall of 2001, the same time that the network begins airing syndicated episodes of another drama, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." "Ally McBeal's" start date, meanwhile, will be in either 2001 or 2002.
The Backstreet Boys' "Millennium" holds on to the top spot on the nation's album chart for the third straight week with 438,000 copies sold, according to SoundScan. Meanwhile, actress-singer Jennifer Lopez's debut collection, "On the 6," sold 112,000 copies for eighth place, lower than some retailers had expected. But Lopez's "If You Had My Love" tops the nation's singles list for the third straight week. . . . Actors Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, who co-starred in "Cruel Intentions" and are expecting a child together, were married Saturday during ceremonies in Charleston, S.C.