September 23, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday: Tony Bennett calls "Jersey Shore" reality stars "morons and gangsters. " ( Los Angeles Times ) Katie Holmes is joining "How I Met Your Mother" as the iconic "Slutty Pumpkin. " ( Entertainment Weekly ) Frances Bean Cobain, the only child of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, is now a model. ( Contact Music ) Speaking of models, Tyra Banks has written a young adult novel called "Modelland," and the star says it might get made into a movie.
September 11, 2011 |
By his own admission, Tony Bennett doesn't get nervous often. But he was anxious that day, more than 50 years ago, when he was filling in for Perry Como as host on the crooner's variety television show. "Como had a big orchestra and great stars," Bennett recalled. "And all they gave me was a blank stage. I thought, 'There was no way I'm going to get through this.'" Bennett decided there was pretty much only one person who could help: a certain blue-eyed singer. "I had never met Frank Sinatra.
August 5, 2011
Amy Winehouse's final recording, a duet with Tony Bennett, will be released as a charity single for a foundation set up in her name, her family said Thursday. "Body and Soul" will go on sale in September, with proceeds going to the newly established Amy Winehouse Foundation. The two singers recorded the pop standard in March at London's Abbey Road Studios for Bennett's forthcoming "Duets II" album. The 27-year-old, who had struggled for years with drug and alcohol addiction, was found dead at her London home on July 23. — Associated Press From punk to preservation Punk rockers once wanted to smash the state.
February 8, 2011 |
She's recording a new album and getting ready to star in a remake of the musical "Gypsy," but Barbra Streisand isn't too busy to be honored this week by MusiCares, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences foundation that aids musicians in crisis. "I love musicians," she explains. "I love people who create music, play music, sing music — whatever. It is a very unified profession. We admire each other's work. " FOR THE RECORD: Streisand tribute: An article in the Feb. 8 Calendar section about a musical program honoring Barbra Streisand, to be presented Friday by the MusiCares foundation of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, misspelled the last name of Diana Krall as Krull.
June 8, 2009 |
Elvis Costello first made his mark in the 1970s with songs of acidic wit and melodic sneer, so it's no surprise that he approached a new career venture as a talk-show host with something less than sunny optimism. "There was no provable reason to think that it would succeed," Costello said of "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...," the 13-part series that aired on Sundance to rave reviews for its mix of music and conversation as well as its archival sensibility.
March 31, 2009 |
Washington State Coach Tony Bennett, who led the Cougars into the postseason in each of his three years at the school, has been hired to revive a Virginia basketball program that just posted its worst record in more than 40 years. Jim Sterk, athletic director at Washington State, announced the move Monday evening. Bennett replaces Dave Leitao, who resigned after four seasons. Bennett, 39, posted a 68-30 record in three seasons with the Cougars.
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March 16, 2009 |
Ron Silver, the Tony Award-winning actor who amassed an impressive list of roles based on real-life figures in movies including "Reversal of Fortune" and "Ali," died Sunday. He was 62. Silver, a longtime liberal political activist who became an outspoken supporter of former President George W. Bush's military response to 9/11, died of esophageal cancer in New York, according to Robin Bronk, executive director of the Creative Coalition, which he helped found.
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May 3, 2008 |
When the Glendale Galleria opened in 1976, the opening ceremonies were held in the mall at 9:30 a.m. on a Wednesday. The VIP list included civic and business leaders, as well as the 94-year-old fourth-generation descendant of the man who received the original land grant for San Rafael, now Glendale. Then there is mega-developer Rick Caruso.
March 31, 2008 |
Washington State's Tony Bennett talked to Indiana about its vacant head-coaching job but decided not to pursue it. "I had an exploratory conversation with Indiana, and I am not going to pursue the Indiana job," Bennett told the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash., for an article posted on the newspaper's website Sunday. Bennett told the Spokesman-Review that Indiana called Saturday evening to gauge his interest.