February 21, 2013 |
Mel B., best known for her time as the Spice Girl "Scary Spice," has been announced as the new judge for the NBC reality competition series "America's Got Talent. " She's replacing Sharon Osbourne, who left the show after last season following a dispute with the network and the producers of another NBC reality competition series, "Stars Earn Stripes. " She said she felt they had discriminated against her son, Jack, after he disclosed his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Mel B. (real name Melanie Brown)
December 17, 2012 |
Theater critics will tell you what they hate. What they really, really hate. In London, it's a new stage musical called "Viva Forever!" that uses songs from the British pop group Spice Girls. With a book written by Jennifer Saunders, of "Ab Fab" fame, the musical is backed by Judy Craymer, the producer who brought us another pop-jukebox musical, the blockbuster "Mamma Mia!" "Viva Forever!" opened over the weekend at the Picadilly Theatre on London's West End. The musical doesn't feature any of the original members of the Spice Girls, though the five singers -- including Victoria Beckham -- appeared at a curtain call on opening night.
August 13, 2012 |
The Spice Girls did indeed reunite to perform in the Olympics closing ceremonies on Sunday. They looked much more sophisticated than they did in the 1990s. Gone, for instance, were Emma "Baby" Bunton's pigtails. Victoria "Posh" Beckham wore a short-in-front black dress, Gerri "Ginger" Halliwell a red dress with Union Jack detailing, Melanie "Sporty" Chisholm a white pants outfit and Melanie "Scary" Brown a bedazzled catsuit. [Styleite] Stars from the worlds of sports, film and television flocked to Culver City Studios on Sunday for the annual “My Brother Charlie” Family Fun Festival fundraiser for the HollyRod Foundation.
August 13, 2012 |
Every four years, some of us who type for a living lose about three weeks of our lives to gain a lifetime of experiences. It is called the Olympic Games. In those weeks, it is easy to be cynical and soppy, all in the same five minutes. It is 17 days of watching septuagenarians hang medals around necks and kiss cheeks. You roll your eyes. It is also 17 days of watching athletes achieve and become puddles of joy. You join the slobber. Athletes arrive with great hope and some leave with great glory.
August 12, 2012 |
As a great, global ritual in which the nations of the world beat their swords into javelins and pole-vault poles, sublimating national rivalries, religious differences and warlike spirits into friendly athletic competition, the Olympic Games demand to end not with a whimper but a bang. It is not enough to leave a note asking the last one out of the stadium to please turn off the flame. Titled "A Symphony of British Music," Sunday night's closing ceremony-cum-dance-party was a color-coordinated parade of illustrated pop songs, some that will have been less than familiar to foreign listeners, some worldwide hits, but most of them so deeply ingrained into the modern British consciousness as to be extricable only by surgery.
August 12, 2012 |
A musical mishmash of eras and styles closed the London Olympics in a long and raucous fashion on Sunday night to complete what its director called the "after-party" of this 17-day global event. There were the familiar music icons, including the Pet Shop Boys, the reunited-for-a-night Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, Ray Davies, Fatboy Slim and singer George Michael, who was making his first live appearance since recovering from pneumonia last year. The Who closed the show with a four-song set that concluded with "My Generation.