‘Dance’ Star Brings Payne to ‘Fame’
She didn’t win on FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance, ” but Kherington Payne is ready for a brush with big screen “Fame.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Payne is one of nine actors who have signed on for MGM’s remake of the 1980 musical classic “Fame.”
Crush is Number One
David Archuleta …Crush is Number One of the Vh1 Countdown! Yes this crazy fan girl and her crazy friend Fran are up at 3:55 in the morning on a Saturday (central time) to see the first play of the Countdown.
All that voting people! We did IT!!! My heart is pounding! I apologize in advance for the spoiler, but this was just too big to keep to ourselves. Wildcard to #1 in three weeks is just plain amazing, astounding, brilliant, incredible, fantabulous, and barely believable!
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David Archuleta likes singing in the Trop
David Archuleta was walking peacefully, undisturbed, toward his seat in section 105, when a reporter spotted him. He was wearing a blue Rays jersey with his name across the back.
He didn’t have many thoughts on the Tampa Bay Rays, saying he hasn’t been keeping track of baseball.
“It’s fun to be here in Florida, ” he said, though he added he was only staying in the area one night. He said he was trying to see his grandmother, who lives east of the area.
‘Fame’ remake lines up cast
MGM has compiled most of the lead cast for its accelerating remake of the 1980 musical “Fame.” Kristy Flores, Paul Iacono, Paul McGill, Naturi Naughton, Kay Panabaker, Kherington Payne, Collins Pennie, Walter Perez and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle have joined the ensemble.
“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” star Thomas Dekker also is in negotiations to take one of the remaining leads. And Debbie Allen, who played Lydia in the original, is rumored to be in line for a cameo, though not as the same character.
The film is expected to begin lensing in late November to make its Sept. 25 release date. MGM will distribute “Fame” in North America, while Lakeshore will handle international distribution and release the soundtrack.
A Strapped America Goes to the 99 cent store, And New Singles Storm the Top 40
The Cook single, by contrast, is a bit of an underperformer. With 109, 000 downloads, Cook …Light On makes a respectable Hot 100 showing at No. 17. But compared with fellow American Idol finalist David Archuleta, whose …Crush debuted at No. 2 in August with 166, 000 downloads in its first week, those numbers look a little ¦ um, light. (Sorry.) Where Cook hit goes from here will depend on radio embrace, and so far things dont look good: …Light On is totally absent not only from the all-genre Hot 100 Airplay list but from both the Mainstream and Modern Rock charts, despite Cook status as the first Idol …rocker winner and the presence of co-writer Chris Cornell.
Film tells ‘great story’ of Billy Graham
Billy: The Early Years focuses on the beginning of the Rev. Billy Graham’s illustrious evangelistic career, but it’s not just a film for Christians, say its lead actors.
“It’s a love letter to Billy Graham, ” said Armie Hammer, who portrays a young Graham.
The movie includes performances by Martin Landau, Lindsay Wagner, Jennifer O’Neill and country singer Josh Turner and was directed by Robby Benson. The soundtrack, produced by Nashville’s Anastasia Brown, features songs by Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans, Michael W. Smith, Brandon Heath, Roy Orbison, Melinda Doolittle and Josh Turner.
‘Rock of Ages’ takes a Journey back to ’80s
Big, indeed. The hole in the ozone layer gets exponentially more gaping from each performance of “Ages, ” now in previews and opening Oct. 16 at New World Stages (340 W. 50th St.) with a cast that features “American Idol” alum Constantine Maroulis and “Hair” star Will Swenson.
The show mixes and matches a roster of power-rock hits from Journey and Poison, with songs like “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “The Final Countdown.”
Star Search at the Orpheum
Win tickets to the 2008 Orpheum Star Search and meet Amercian Idol Stars October 18th at the Orpheum!
Enter for your chance to see Justin Guarini and Kimberly Locke perform live at the beautiful Orpheum Theatre.
We’ve got the strongest line-up ever for 2008! The best local talent, paired with two amazing American Idol stars – Justin Guarini (American Idol 2002 runner-up) and Kimberly Locke (American Idol 2003 second runner-up). This will be a sensational night that you don’t want to miss, so bring the whole family!
2008 CMA Broadcast Awards Winners Announced
Bucky Covington Notifies CMA Broadcast Personality and Radio Station of the Year Winners On Air.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 10, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Country star Bucky Covington made Country radio’s elite very happy this morning when he called the 2008 CMA Broadcast Award winners to inform them of their victory. The CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year and CMA Radio Station of the Year recipients will be recognized during the “The 42nd Annual CMA Awards, ” airing live Wednesday, Nov. 12 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tenn.
Celebrity Rehab Trailer Unveiled
Many faces on the trailer are familiar (or were, once), while others may seem fairly new (honestly, I had no idea Rod Stewart even had a son). Gary Busey, Nikki McCabe (of American Idol fame), Steven Adler (who drummed for Guns ‹N Roses), Sean Stewart (referenced above), Tawny Kitaen (yes! It is that chick from that music video) and Amber Smith (who? Im not sure) are part of the celebrity cast seeking help from Dr. Drew Pinsky this season. Rodney King (yes, as in the 1990s) will also try to sort some things out. Viewers of the first season will recognize Jeff Conaway, who gained much attention during his first Rehab stint. He back to get dried out, hopefully for good this time.
Carrie Underwood, all-American girls at Sears Centre
“How many all-American girls do we have in the crowd tonight?” Carrie Underwood boomed in her sweet Oklahoma accent before pulling a 3-year-old fan on stage Oct. 3 at a sold-out concert at Hoffman Estate’s Sears Centre. “Do people tell you you’re beautiful?” the former American Idol questioned before breaking into “All American Girl.” Playing to a predominately female crowed, women of all ages roared through four costume changes, a video montage highlighting Underwood’s accomplishments, and hits like “Don’t Forget to Remember Me, ” “Wasted” and “So Small.”
New album ‘the real me’
Small Town Girl, released in 2006, was put together in a hurry to capitalize on her sudden fame from being one of the finalists on American Idol. Pickler was working on songs over the phone with Nashville co-writers while on an Idol tour and didn’t have much input on the CD’s direction.
“It was so rushed and, honestly, now that it’s out and I can be honest about it, there are songs on there I would never even cut, ” said the North Carolina native of the CD, which included the hit Red High Heels.
Reba and Clarkson compliment with 2 voices
Having one big name act performing on stage will more times than not result in a great show. Having two superstars on the same stage at the same time, however, can sometimes spell disaster.
That was not the case at all Friday night at the EnergySolutions Arena as two of the biggest names in country and pop music, with two of the biggest voices, Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson, showed no signs of egos or diva attitudes while delivering an energetic and entertaining two hours of music.
‘American Idol’ finalist Anwar Robinson to portray Jesus in Syracuse Stage production
SYRACUSE ‘ The top 10 finalist in the fourth season of “American Idol, ” recording artist, Broadway and film actor Anwar Robinson will play the role of Jesus in the upcoming holiday production of “Godspell” at Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee St.
Robinson is working on his debut solo album “The Truth About Love, ” with eclectic music that will tap into R&B, soul, jazz and gospel.
Simon Cowell’s Idol salary is nothing to sneer at
HE GETS about $US70 million a year but sneering American Idol judge Simon Cowell deserves every penny, his former executive producer says.
“I think Simon is now earning something like $36 million a year from FOX alone but they can afford to pay him that because at one point we heard (FOX) were getting something like $900, 000 and $1 million per 30 seconds in advertising revenue, ” said Lythgoe, who is on the Gold Coast for the Australian Commercial Radio Conference.
Cloris Leachman chosen as Rose Parade’s grand marshal
Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman will serve as the grand marshal of the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade, officials announced today.
Leachman, 82, is most recently known for her foray into the seventh season of “Dancing with the Stars.” She’s been tapped to join the 120th celebration of the Rose Parade with its Hollywood-linked theme: “Hats Off to Entertainment.”
“Margarita” Chosen as Latin American Idol
Following a long battle on the stage of “Latin American Idol”, the winner of season 3 was announced last night, following a tense 120 minutes that ended with the announcement of the latest idol, Panama’s Margarita HenriquÃƒÆ’ ©z.
After the final count was in, the majority of Latin Americans voted for Margarita, leaving Costa Rica’s MarÃƒÆ’ a JosÃƒÆ’ © Castillo in second place.