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March 14, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S4 smartphone Thursday. It has eye-tracking capabilities, gesture control, a 5-inch full HD screen and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. That's not all there was to see. In one of the most head-scratching, bizarre tech product launches ever, Samsung staged an elaborate Broadway-esque show at Radio City Music Hall, where the S4 event was held, to debut the smartphone.  There was a tap-dancing kid. A ballerina. A bored housewife. A hot gardener.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Harrowing survival stories have provided the backdrop for a number of star turns in recent years, including "Captain Phillips," "All Is Lost" and "Gravity. " Now Leonardo DiCaprio is getting in on the act. DiCaprio's next film will be "The Revenant," a gritty 1820s revenge thriller to be directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel") for New Regency and released by 20th Century Fox. Based on the novel by Michael Punke, "The Revenant" tells the story of Hugh Glass (DiCaprio)
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2003 | Louise Roug
Jasmine Guy has pulled out of "The Violet Hour," a play by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg, less than two weeks before it opens on Broadway. The actress, who walked out during the intermission of a preview performance, withdrew for medical reasons, according to a spokesman for the show. The production, which has seen other cast replacements and a change of director, is scheduled to open at the Biltmore Theater on Nov. 6.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
In the next few months, Liza Minnelli will bring her new musical show, "Simply Liza," to Vienna, London, Paris and Amsterdam, among other places. There's one stage, however, on which this Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Tony winner has never set foot: Walt Disney Concert Hall. That'll change on Tuesday night, when "Liza With a Z" heads to downtown L.A. for a one-night-only performance of some of her favorite songs. Minnelli recently chatted about the show from her home in New York, on the eve of her 68th birthday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Actor Shia LaBeouf, who exited the Broadway play “Orphans” under unusual (and tweetable) circumstances, turned up in the front row Tuesday night for the show's first preview performance. The “Transformers” star was also the first to his feet for a standing ovation at the close of the show, then quickly left the Schoenfeld Theater after curtain call, The New York Times reported . A spokeswoman for the show told The Times that LaBeouf bought his ticket Tuesday and didn't inform the production team he would be in the audience.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2012 | By David Ng
Broadway shows reported declines in box-office revenue across the board last week following super storm Sandy. Total Broadway grosses were $13.6 million for the week ending Sunday, down about $5.7 million, or 30%, from the previous week, according to data provided by the Broadway League. Sandy hit the area last Monday, prompting shows to cancel performances. Most Broadway shows resumed their normal schedules by Thursday, but the tri-state area was still reeling from power outages that affected public transportation as well as traffic in and out of Manhattan.
TRAVEL
May 25, 2008 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
You're headed to New York and, of course, you'd like to see a Broadway show. But which one, and how will you afford it? With orchestra seats averaging $115 for Broadway musicals, we're talking about a hefty investment. For answers, I turned to staff of the Theatre Development Fund, a service group for the performing arts, and the Broadway League, a trade association of North American theater owners, producers and general managers. I also talked with theater fans. How do I choose a Broadway show?
NEWS
December 18, 2003 | From Associated Press
Sean Combs, better known as rap star P. Diddy, will make his Broadway acting debut this season in a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," Lorraine Hansberry's drama about a black family moving into an all-white Chicago neighborhood. The production, to be directed by Kenny Leon, is tentatively scheduled to open in mid-April, according to producer David Binder. Binder said he contacted Combs after a mutual acquaintance suggested Combs "was interested in doing serious, challenging work in the theater."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2007 | Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Associated Press
NEW YORK -- After it was announced that Fantasia would take over the lead role in the Broadway musical "The Color Purple," she recalls her costars as being warm, friendly and supportive. Still, she knew in the back of their minds that they had doubt about her casting. Perhaps for good reason.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2013 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - The songs are among the most popular of the baby boom era - "My Girl," "I Want You Back," "Dancing in the Streets. " They may be the staple of oldies radio; they haven't been part of a big Broadway musical. Now "Motown: The Musical" is about to become this season's big bet on the drawing power of the jukebox. The show will tell the real story that "Dreamgirls" was merely based on: the life of producer Berry Gordy, a onetime boxer who founded the Motown record label and signed some of the decade's biggest R&B stars, including the Supremes, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By David Ng
The coming week looks like it will be an extremely busy one for actress Idina Menzel. The "Wicked" and "Rent" veteran is scheduled to sing "Let It Go" from the Disney animated movie "Frozen" on Sunday at the Oscar ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. On Wednesday, the actress will be back in New York to begin performances of the musical "If/Then," which will mark her return to Broadway since leaving the role of Elphaba in "Wicked. "  Menzel has had her biggest movie role to date in "Frozen," providing the voice of the headstrong Elsa.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The green ogre is moving out of his swamp and coming to London. DreamWorks Animation said it was teaming up with Merlin Entertainments, based in Poole, Britain, to create a Shrek-themed attraction on London's South Bank. The show will transport visitors through a "live interactive adventure" featuring Shrek, Fiona, Puss in Boots and other characters from the popular DreamWorks franchise, the companies announced Monday morning. "It's not like anything else, if you can imagine a theater-like experience where you the audience are part of the story," DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said in an interview.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Broadway, the sparkling entertainment district of mid-20th-century Los Angeles, had a long fall. As residents moved to the suburbs, opulent movie palaces dating to the early days of the film industry closed their doors. Upscale shops were closed, and department stores decamped for newer neighborhoods in the 1970s and 1980s. Businesses catering primarily to Latino immigrants kept the sidewalks active, but most buildings fell empty above the first floor. Much of downtown has enjoyed a renaissance since 2000.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By David Ng
Anyone who's seen a Broadway show in the last year probably won't be shocked by what a new study released this week has to say about theater demographics: spectators on Broadway are still predominantly white and affluent. The study, released Thursday by the Broadway League, says 78% of Broadway audiences in the 2012-13 season were white. By comparison, black theatergoers comprised 3.5% of Broadway audiences. Latino and Asian spectators represented 7.6% and 6.6% of Broadway audiences, respectively.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Disney's "The Lion King" can lay claim to two milestones for 2013.  In October, the blockbuster musical passed the $1-billion mark at the Broadway box office. Now the musical is officially the top-grossing show of 2013, with approximately $96.9 million in Broadway receipts. "The Lion King," which originally opened in New York in 1997, has consistently been a top grosser on Broadway throughout its 16-year run.  Coming in second place at the Broadway box office for the year was another perennial favorite -- "Wicked," with $95.3 million in receipts.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2013 | By Sherry Stern and David Ng
"Romeo and Juliet," Shakesepeare's most enduring tragic love story, has found its way back to Broadway after nearly three decades. Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad are this year's star-crossed lovers, (following in many footsteps, most notably those of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in 1940). It's the Broadway debut for Bloom, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Lord of the Rings" actor who was Romeo for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2011. Rashad, last seen in the Broadway revival of "A Trip to Bountiful," is the daughter of director-actress Phylicia Rashad and her ex-husband, Ahmad, the football-player-turned-sports-commentator.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2011 | Gerald Nachman
Fans of the nation's top television talent showcases -- "American Idol," "America's Got Talent" and "Dancing With the Stars" -- may be shocked to learn that, for 23 years, one television show had the combined impact of those three smash hits. That weekly Sunday night extravaganza, "The Ed Sullivan Show" -- which left the air 40 years ago last month -- regularly created pop idols overnight, introduced unnoticed and unlikely talent, and featured fading stars who needn't dance to justify their presence on the show.
SPORTS
April 12, 2012 | By Mark Medina
In one corner sat Magic Johnson. He talked. He laughed. He smiled. In another corner sat Larry Bird. He spoke only when prompted. He sounded stoic. He usually looked serious. Yes, the former Lakers and Celtics stars, and rivals, showcased once again how different their personalities are when they appeared Wednesday night on "Late Show with David Letterman" to promote "Magic/Bird," a Broadway show that debuted at Longacre Theatre in New York. Even if their personalities remain different, though, their mind-sets remain the same.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Hugh Jackman will make his Southern California stage debut this fall. The Tony winner and Oscar nominee will bring his hit Broadway show "One Night Only" to Los Angeles to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund. The one-man show will play Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Dolby Theatre and will feature a mix of musical entertainment and Hollywood film highlights. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Jackman has long been involved with the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a 92-year-old charity that provides healthcare and retirement services to those in the entertainment community.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Shirley Jones has painted herself a less-than-wholesome portrait in the pages of her just-released autobiography. The 79-year-old actress, who played the spinster Marian the librarian in "The Music Man," dishes some X-rated content in "Shirley Jones," the Associated Press reports. "So bring out the smelling salts, hang on to your hats, and get ready for the surprise of your lives!" reads the book's introduction. Much of the book is focused on her troubled marriage to the late Jack Cassidy, which includes tales of a threesome, Jones' sexual appetite and graphic descriptions of Cassidy below the belt.
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