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Entries by Jeryl Brunner

Hit Songwriter Ilene Angel on Her New CD and Following Your Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Our dreams are powerful things. To borrow from Dr. Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin, one of the most impactful voices in African development, "dreams express what your soul is telling you. So as crazy as your dream might seem--even to you--I don't care: You have to let that out."

Even if your...

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Get Ready For Garth Brooks, Yankee Stadium!

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 12:08 AM

Sometimes having a setback like finding out you're an hour short of getting your college degree can seem defeating. For Garth Brooks the experience was transforming, even revolutionary.

After completing his studies at Oklahoma State University and even walking in their commencement ceremony, he got a letter from the school...

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There's a New Bright Star on Broadway and her Name is Tony-nominated Actress, Carmen Cusack

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 12:31 PM

The first time Carmen Cusack knew she had the performing bug was when she was 5 years-old and singing at church. In fact, what first really motivated her was chocolate. When asked to sing "Amazing Grace," the very shy Cusack negotiated that she would do so if she could have...

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Meet the 2016 Tony Nominees

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 11:05 AM

The night before the Tony Awards were announced, Phillipa Soo was feeling a bit anxious and unable to fall asleep. She planned to get up at the crack of dawn. But as the Hamilton actress shared, "I woke up to my lovely fiancé (Steven Pasquale) saying 'good morning my Tony...

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Adrien Brody and His Passion for Painting

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 11:03 PM

Adrien Brody always loved fish. "I've been painting and drawing fish since I was very young," says the Oscar-winning actor and painter. "My mom found old pictures I did when I was around 6 or 7 of all these sharks and scuba diver looking back, a big ship, throwing a...

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A Day in the Life of Alex Brightman from 'School of Rock'

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 12:12 AM

Alex Brightman remembers exactly where he was when he got the call from his agent that he had the role of a lifetime. He was cast to originate the role of Dewey Finn on Broadway in School of Rock. "I all but collapsed," says Brightman. He'll never forget that spot...

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Behind the Scenes with 'Cirque du Soleil Paramour' Producer Scott Zeiger

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 4:54 PM

Scott Zeiger always knew he would work in entertainment -- especially in live entertainment. Barely out of his teen years, he was already booking rock concerts and other successful live shows while at the University of Florida. Although he modestly hesitates to admit it, he was a natural at spotting...

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Sara Bareilles Shares Her Favorite Broadway Song

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 10:49 AM

A talented Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Sara Bareilles wrote the music and lyrics for the new life-affirming Broadway musical, Waitress. The show stars Jessie Mueller and is inspired by Adrienne Shelly's cherished movie of the same name.

"I grew up listening to musical theater and performing in musical theater and community theater....

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Laura Prepon on Her New Book, 'The Stash Plan' and 'Orange Is The New Black'

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 10:12 AM

When she was in her early twenties, Laura Prepon appeared to be at the top of her game. A gifted actress, she had played Donna on the hit TV series That 70's Show since she was 18 and was also acting in films. Yet, while her life may have seemed...

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Comedian Neal Brennan On His Show, 3 Mics, Amy Schumer and Some Cool Things About Himself

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 4:36 PM

For a long time Neal Brennan didn't see himself being a performer. For him it was something akin to "these animals want attention." Brennan did everything but perform. The guy co-created, wrote and directed Chappelle's Show with Dave Chappelle. He was the showrunner (or person responsible for the day-to-day operation)...

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Atom Egoyan Brings Us Inside His New Film, Remember

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 12:53 AM

The Holocaust film Remember is set in the present. The thriller contains no flashbacks. It takes place entirely in North America. And yet Remember is also one of the most powerful and unique Nazi revenge films to come around in a long time.

At the movie's center are two Holocaust...

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Meet the Oldest Woman to Appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 7:10 AM

When you think of the bikini-wearing models who appear in the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, what descriptions come to mind? Early twenties or younger? Size 2? Skinny? Perfectly toned?

Nicola Griffin is none of those things. Yet at 56, the curvy silver-haired British model became the oldest...

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See New York as You've Never Seen It with Evan Joseph, Photographer to the Stars

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 8:04 AM

When it comes to photographing the residences of famous people, Evan Joseph is the "it" guy. He has been around the globe shooting the homes of Sting and Trudie Styler, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Stewart, Lenny Kravitz, Julian Schnabel, Rupert Murdoch, Naomi Campbell, Jon Bon Jovi, Joan Rivers,...

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Maggie Gyllenhaal and Others Celebrate 'What Happened, Miss Simone?'

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 9:21 AM

The day before Maggie Gyllenhaal began working on a new and challenging project, the actress saw the Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? about the life of legendary singer and music icon, Nina Simone. She discovered that the film was the salve she needed. "I was beyond inspired by the...

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David Schwimmer Shares His Thoughts on Fame and Playing Robert Kardashian in 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story'

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2016 | 8:55 AM

The new FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, examines the O.J. Simpson trial from the perspective of the lawyers. Based on Jeffrey Toobin's book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the series uncovers how each side worked behind the scenes to create...

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How Do We Get Through Valentine's Day? Wisdom from Comedian Nick Griffin

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 3:00 PM

Amy was cute and awfully sweet. She always smiled, was always clean and always participated. For Nick Griffin there was no better crush. "If Dr. Frankenstein had got everything right, Amy would be his creation," says Griffin.

One Valentine's Day, Griffin was determined to make his move. But when Griffin,...

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Betsey Johnson, Kenneth Cole, Rachel Zoe and Others Design Footballs for the NFL Foundation

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 10:10 PM

As she explains it, Betsey Johnson picked up her football expertise "from the ground and not from above." She learned the sport during her longtime cheerleading career which began in junior high, continued to high school and lasted until she was head cheerleader at Syracuse University. "My own claim to...

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Songwriting Superstar Cynthia Weil Shares Stories Behind 'On Broadway' and Other Hits

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 11:41 PM

In the early 1960s, lyricist Cynthia Weil was writing songs with singer/songwriter Teddy Randazzo, when a composer named Barry Mann stopped by to play a song for him. Weil was instantly smitten. "The way Barry played and sang was amazing. He looked awfully cute. Barry wasn't classically handsome. He was...

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Happy Birthday, Jay Z! Celebrate With 10 of Our Favorite Quotes

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 2:14 PM

Jay Z (aka Shawn Corey Carter) turns 46 today. The talented rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, dad to Blue Ivy and husband of Beyoncé has shared many wise words over the years.

Celebrate Jay Z's special day with 10 of our favorite quotes. Read them at this

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Happy Birthday, Ben Stiller! Our Favorite Quotes From the Actor and Director

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 6:19 AM

On November 30, Ben Stiller turns 50.

He fell in love with performing when he was just a kid. "While my parents were doing Prisoner of Second Avenue in summer stock, my sister Amy and I would be acting out the play in the lobby," recalls the son of gifted...

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