Russian theater director fired over Wagner opera
Theater & Dance

Russian theater director fired over Wagner opera

  MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater whose modern staging of Wagner’s opera “Tannhauser” offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church. The announcement was made as several thousand people rallied outside the Novosibirsktheater to protest the opera, which they said was offensive to Christians and reflected the values … Continue reading

Russell Simmons plans for a hip-hop musical ‘The Scenario’
Celebrities / Music / Theater & Dance

Russell Simmons plans for a hip-hop musical ‘The Scenario’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Music mogul Russell Simmons is producing a brand new stage musical that will celebrate three generations of hip-hop, from Run DMC to Kanye West. Simmons said Thursday that “The Scenario” will feature an original story written by author and hip-hop historian Dan Charnas, author of “The Big Payback: The History … Continue reading

Dozens of A-listers take a casual day for Oscar rehearsals
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Dozens of A-listers take a casual day for Oscar rehearsals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Less than 24 hours before the super-fancy Oscar ceremony, it was jeans-and-sneakers day at the Dolby Theatre. Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Aniston, Liam Neeson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomi Watts, Kevin Hart, Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana were among the casually-clad stars rehearsing for the Academy Awards Saturday, while Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Marion … Continue reading

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ stays on top of weekend box office
Movies / Theater & Dance / TV

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ stays on top of weekend box office

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Fifty Shades of Grey” didn’t relinquish control of the box office. Universal’s erotic drama starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan earned $23.2 million at No. 1 in its second weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling novel earned an additional $68.1 … Continue reading