Chinese vendors looking to cash in on the frenzy over the April wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton are selling copies of her engagement ring for as little as three dollars.
Knock-offs of the 45,000-dollar sapphire-and-diamond ring that the prince gave to Middleton -- and once worn by his mother, Princess Diana -- are on offer at various shops on Taobao.com, China's largest online mall.
Most are selling for less than 100 yuan (15 dollars), with the cheapest…Continue
Added by Wendell Hannigan on December 24, 2010 at 10:35am — No Comments
The fate of Broadway's most expensive accident-prone musical is in limbo as producers try to rejigger their high-flying stunts in time to satisfy safety investigators and reopen.
Producers canceled a Wednesday matinee performance of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" after Monday evening's 30-foot plunge of a Spider-Man stunt double into a stage pit.
State investigators weren't sure whether the equipment, the rigging or the performer caused the fourth accident in the troubled…Continue
Added by Wendell Hannigan on December 22, 2010 at 10:43am — No Comments
What Betty White did in 2010 doesn't usually happen: an 88-year-old actress with more than six decades in Hollywood suddenly became the object of adulation of the Facebook-connected masses, which campaigned for her to host "Saturday Night Live," boosting the show's ratings and helping her set ratings records for her own show.
After a year remarkable for a star of any age, White has been voted the Entertainer of the Year by members of The Associated Press.
Added by Wendell Hannigan on December 21, 2010 at 6:58am — No Comments
The trouble-plagued Broadway production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," featuring music from U2's Bono and the Edge, has delayed its opening night until February 7, according to a release from the production company.
The original opening night was January 11.
Lead producer Michael Cohl said in a statement: "Due to some unforeseeable setbacks, most notably the injury of a principal cast member, it has become clear that we need to give the team more time to fully execute…Continue
Added by Wendell Hannigan on December 20, 2010 at 7:51pm — No Comments
New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys are bringing their '90s boy-band magic to Dick Clark's annual New Year's Eve TV special.
Producers say the two groups are mashing up to close out 2011 on the ABC special.
The two bands, who have melded their monikers to become NKOTBSB, performed together live for the first time on the Dick Clark-produced American Music Awards last month. The supergroup plans to tour North America together next summer.
"The NKOTBSB just keeps…Continue
Added by Wendell Hannigan on December 16, 2010 at 4:39pm — No Comments
Wartburg Castle has fallen on hard times in Tim Albery's dark vision of Richard Wagner's opera "Tannhaeuser." The people are at war, and their fortress lies in ruins.
His new staging, which opened Saturday at the Royal Opera House in London, is an engrossing production with a fine cast, highlighted by baritone Christian Gerhaher in a sensational debut.
The story focuses on the struggle between passion and morality within the title character, whom Wagner based on a real 13th…Continue
Added by Wendell Hannigan on December 13, 2010 at 3:49pm — No Comments
A Hollywood Reporter poll shows that Sandra Bullock's 2010 Oscar win fares much better in viewers' memories than "The Hurt Locker."
Only four in 10 of those questioned could recall the best picture winner -- (Iraq war film "The Hurt Locker") -- according to a poll of 700 award show viewers conducted for the Hollywood Reporter by the global research company Penn Schoen Berland.
Nearly seven in 10 viewers remembered that Bullock took home the best actress award for her role in…Continue
Added by Wendell Hannigan on December 11, 2010 at 9:42am — No Comments
Time will soon indeed stand still for the drama "Time Stands Still" on Broadway.
Producers say the show will end its run when stars Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy James, Eric Bogosian and Christina Ricci leave as scheduled on Jan. 30. It will have played 16 preview performances and 126 regular performances.
The play, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies and directed by Tony Award-winner Daniel Sullivan, has enjoyed runs at two Broadway theaters. It is produced by the Manhattan…Continue
Added by Wendell Hannigan on December 9, 2010 at 6:40pm — No Comments
Oprah Winfrey's giddy audience of 300 arrived in Australia from the U.S. on Tuesday to begin enjoying the talk show queen's ultimate giveaway — an eight-day journey across the land Down Under.
Winfrey kicked off her 25th and final season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in September by surprising her shrieking, jumping and sobbing fans with what she's billed as the trip of a lifetime. The hand-picked audience was made up of some of who the program called its most loyal viewers over the…Continue
Added by Wendell Hannigan on December 7, 2010 at 6:10pm — No Comments
LimeWire -- one of the world's biggest outlets for people to share music, movies and TV shows free of charge over the Internet -- said it would be shutting down by the end of the year and closing its sole office in New York.
In October, a U.S. federal judge granted the music industry's request to shut down the popular LimeWire file-sharing service, which had been found liable for copyright infringement.
"As a result of our current legal situation, we have no choice but to wind…Continue
Added by Wendell Hannigan on December 5, 2010 at 9:42am — No Comments
Christine O'Donnell has lost an election, but gained a book deal.
The Delaware Republican and Tea Party favorite, defeated in last month's voting for the U.S. Senate, will offer her take on the campaign and her "frustrations" with the political process, St. Martin's Press announced Thursday.
Publication is scheduled for August 2011.
Backed by Sarah Palin, O'Donnell was a surprise winner in the GOP primary, but was widely ridiculed for her lack of experience and for past…Continue
Added by Wendell Hannigan on December 3, 2010 at 3:44pm — No Comments