Nov 242016
 
Florence Henderson, Beloved Brady Bunch Mom Died

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Florence Henderson, the mom in 1969 television series “The Brady Bunch” was an accomplished actress, singer, television personality and talk show hostess.

Florence Henderson was very popular – and unlike most actors – was very much in demand for all of her professional life. She was well-liked and active. In 2010 she dazzled on Dancing with the Stars. On September 19th of this year, on her Facebook page, she applauded her “daughter” from “The Brady Bunch” Maureen McCormick who was competing on Dancing With The Stars, too.

Henderson was the youngest of ten children. She was married twice and had four children.

It’s been said that Florence Henderson died surrounded by family and friends. She was 82. Henderson was born on Valentine’s Day and passed away on Thanksgiving…. She had love, success, respect and in the end, the gratitude of legions of fans.

 

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Nov 012016
 

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star For Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie (best known for his role as the brilliant but socially-awkward Dr. Gregory House) was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016. His is the 2,593rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located in front of the British Pub, Pig ‘N Whistle at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. The stars surrounding his (in the Television category) belong to his fellow Briton actors including Dame Helen Mirren, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson and Ridley Scott.

English-born Hugh Laurie attended prestigious college and graduated with degrees in anthropology and archeology from Cambridge University. As a student Hugh joined the university’s dramatic club where he met and fell in love with Emma Thompson. The relationship didn’t last, but she helped him develop a passion for performing and introduced him to his future collaborator Stephen Fry. Clearly, education paid off for Laurie, but a career as anthropologist or archeologist wasn’t in his future. Talented actor, writer, director, comedian, singer and musician, Hugh Laurie found fame and fortune in the entertainment industry.

His acting roles include film, TV and voice. He is best known for his role in the long-running television “House” for which he received many recognitions. Among his newer projects are a starring role in the AMC miniseries “The Night Manager” and in HBO’s “Veep”, the comedy in which he reprised his role as Senator Tom James.
Hugh Laurie is:

  • Seven time nominee for an Emmy Award
  • Six time Golden Globe Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe Award winner
  • Eight time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee and two-time and two time Screen Actors Guild Award winner
  • Among his other recognitions are two Satellite Awards; two Television Critics Association Awards; and four People’s Choice Awards.

Laurie’s newest starring role is in the new Hulu’s drama “Chance”.

The Walk of Fame Producer, Ana Martinez stated prior to the ceremony: “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to add Hugh Laurie to our illustrious Walk of Fame.”

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor / I. Sturm

 

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Aug 292016
 
Juan Gabriel Mexican Superstar Dies Suddenly

Juan Gabriel Mexican Superstar Died Suddenly

Fans loved him. His albums flew of the shelves. His concerts were sold out. His stage presence was legendary. No Latin American (and especially, no Mexican) celebration is – or will ever be – complete without his songs. His singing and songwriting enriched the Latino culture and popular culture at large.

Juan Gabriel appreciated the devotion of his fans and worked hard to meet their expectations till the very end. He performed at The Forum in Los Angeles only 2 days before his sudden death. Sunday, August 28th he was scheduled to perform in El Paso, TX. (Both performances were a part of his “MeXXico Es Todo Tour”) Fans in El Paso aware of his sudden passing showed up for the concert anyway: not to be entertained but to pay tribute to the Mexican Superstar.

RCA Records recognized Juan Gabriel’s talent early on and signed him up when he was only 21. Juan (his real name was Alberto Aguilera Valadez) didn’t disappoint and quickly achieved stardom. His songs became hits in Mexico and in the world. He was recognized for his versatility as an artist, created over a 1,000 popular songs in a variety of genres, some for himself and some for other singers.

Juan Gabriel recorded 15 albums and sold millions of records in the course of his career. His tours were sold out. “Querida” (“My Dear”) Juan Gabriel’s most popular song is as popular in Mexico and the Spanish-speaking world today as it was upon its original release 30 years ago.

According to TMZ, Los Angeles police was called to the Mexican singer’s home in Santa Monica on Sunday, August 28th where they found him dead. The actual cause of death isn’t known at this time but a massive heart attack is suspected. (L.A. County Medical Examiner will determine the official cause of death.)

Juan Gabriel sudden death at the age of 66 came as a shock.  He was full of life and love. He continued to dazzle fans with his voice and knack for flashy costumes all the way till his last performance…

Mayor Garcetti expressed his condolences on Juan Gabriel’s death and his recognition for the artist’s contribution to our culture. Masses of fans are laying flowers on Juan Gabriel’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame….

Juan Gabriel, Mexico’s Superstar isn’t with us anymore. He will be dearly missed. Thankfully, his music will continue enriching lives for a long time to come.

On behalf of Anything L.A. Magazine: our condolences go to Juan Gabriel’s family, friends and fans. We share in your grief.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor / I. Sturm

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I never got to meet him but when he sang you could feel all his emotions in his songs.He was a wonderful singer .i will miss him dearly.
Feb 092015
 

JACK BLACK TO PERFORM AT THE OSCARS®The versatile actor, singer and comedian Jack Black will make a special appearance at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“Jack Black is a complete original comic voice and we’re beyond thrilled that he has agreed to join the Oscars show in a very special sequence” says Zadan and Meron.

Black has starred in such films as “High Fidelity,” “Shallow Hal,” “School of Rock,” “King Kong,” and “Tropic Thunder,” and is voicing the title character in “Kung Fu Panda 3,” his third turn in the animated feature series. He also is the lead singer and guitarist of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D, which he formed in 1994 with Kyle Gass. Black has made three previous appearances on the Oscars, most recently as a presenter at the 81st Academy Awards.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


Feb 012015
 

BRIT PHENOM RITA ORA TO PERFORM AT THE OSCARS®

British Singer, Songwriter And Actress Rita Ora Will Sing At The OSCARS®

Singer, songwriter and actress Rita Ora will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “Grateful” at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“International recording artist, Rita Ora, will make her Oscar stage debut this year. The mixture of her incredible voice and glamour makes a perfect combination for our show” says Zadan and Meron.

“Grateful,” written by Diane Warren for the film “Beyond the Lights,” is nominated for Original Song. This marks Warren’s seventh Oscar nomination in the category. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”

Ora dominated the U.K. charts with her first and certified platinum album “Ora” (2012), which included the number one singles “R.I.P.,” “How We Do (Party)” and “Hot Right Now.” Currently featured on the smash single “Black Widow,” with fellow superstar Iggy Azalea, Ora is readying her second full-length album, to be released this spring. She will appear in a number of upcoming films, including the highly anticipated “50 Shades of Grey” and Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Southpaw” to be released in July.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.