February 16, 2012 |
Rachel Prieur and her brother Ryan were captivated by a radio commercial flooding the airwaves in Dallas. It offered children a shot at stardom — maybe even a part on a Disney show — and all they had to do was show up for an audition. The teenagers begged their parents to take them. Crammed into a hotel ballroom with 200 other children, they took turns reading short monologues in front of a judge. Their father, Bruce Prieur, said a representative for "The," the company that staged the event, told him his children had talent and had qualified to participate in a larger showcase at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, where they would meet top talent scouts.
December 28, 2012 |
For aspiring actors growing up in Great Britain, "Les Miserables" wasn't just a popular stage musical, it was practically required viewing - particularly for Samantha Barks and Eddie Redmayne. Barks spent much of her youth performing a one-girl version of the show on her karaoke machine while Redmayne became obsessed with the play after first seeing it when he was 7. Barks soon left karaoke behind and went on to join the cast of a West End production of "Les Miz" in 2010. And now, at 22 - having beaten out the likes of Taylor Swift and Scarlett Johansson - the actress makes her film debut in the role of the lovelorn street waif Eponine in the adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo novel from director Tom Hooper ("The Kings Speech")
September 3, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. The Church of Scientology and Tom Cruise are certainly laboring this holiday weekend. An explosive new report contends the organization auditioned potential brides for Cruise following his 2001 split from Nicole Kidman -- one that's been backed up by a famous detractor of the religion. On Saturday, Vanity Fair magazine released a cover story titled "What Katie Didn't Know," an expose claiming an effort on the part of the church to find and vet partners for Cruise, a title that eventually went to his now ex-wife Katie Holmes.
January 30, 2013 |
The blind taste auditions finally came to an end on Tuesday night's episode of "The Taste. " Typically, the auditions are the best part of any competition. Those shows highlight the wackiest, worst, no-business-being-on-TV people for your entertainment pleasure. But I got a little bored with "The Taste. " Watching judges Ludo Lefebvre, Nigella Lawson, Brian Malarkey and Anthony Bourdain wear the same clothing they did in the first episode, but pretend it was a different day, and send chef after chef home with no real reason left me wanting more, and frustrated with the show's premise.
September 28, 2012 |
On Wednesday, "The X Factor" left off on a cliffhanger. Adorable 13-year-old contestant Trevor Moran was nowhere near the stage when he was called to go on. Where was he? Did anyone have "eyes on" him? The crew finally tracked him down lying on the floor, looking weak and pale, with his head on his worried mother's lap. Paramedics were called in. And? Those of you who guessed he was maybe just a little dehydrated win a prize. A little water and Moran was up and walking around, worrying about getting another shot at an audition.
October 2, 2012 |
After several weeks of seeing one vocalist after another step onstage and sing in hopes of making Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green and Adam Levine spin their chairs and beg, "The Voice" blind auditions have come to an end. Each coach started Monday night's auditions with 14 singers in his or her stable, leaving each with two slots to fill to complete a team of 16 with which to head into next week's battle bounds. After a night of hotly contested selections -- words were exchanged, loyalties were tested -- here are each coach's final two: Adam Levine: Caitlin Michele: This Boston 20-year-old has a funky look and a challenge she's fought to overcome: She suffers from extreme panic disorder, which often causes her to pass out cold.