Laura Osnes has picked up a Drama Desk award and a Tony nomination for her starring role in the current production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway and the Original Cast Recording of the show is on sale now. As the woman playing Cinderella, we thought she might know something about Cinderella stories. She offers up three rags-to-riches tales that bring her particular delight.
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts honed his chops with short films and Funny or Die comedy videos, before taking his debut feature, The Kings of Summer to Sundance. Since the film is all about the sense of freedom the summer evokes, so Jordan offers up a few other things that evoke that seasonal sensation.
Grammy-winning duo They Might Be Giants (John Flansburgh and John Linnell) have been churning out catchy, smart tunes since 1986 - for both adults and on several albums for kids. Their 16th album “Nanobots” (out this week) features a whopping 25 songs in just 45 minutes. To celebrate the less-is-more idea, they suggest a few other tiny gems.
Molly Ringwald is best-known for her leading roles in classics like “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink” - but the actress-turned-author has now added another line to her résumé: jazz singer. Her debut album Except Sometimes is a collection of jazz and pop standards. She tells us about it, and about a few newer songs that should be enshrined in the songbook.
Michael Price’s latest project, “Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out,” debuted recently on The Cartoon Network. It takes the world of Star Wars… and recasts it in the form of animated Legos. He lists some other unusual adaptations.
The creator of Love and Rockets is back with a semi-autobiographical comic book about being a kid. He remembers back to a time when comics for kids, about kids, were more popular than super-heroes.
Chris O'Dowd stars in "The Sapphires" about a very unlikely pop hit - so we asked him for some other great out-of-nowhere success stories.
For over a decade Ryan Quincy contributed to “South Park” as an animator/director. Now he’s launched his own animated show “Out There” (Friday nights on IFC); its mixture of sweetness and slow-burn comedy has earned comparisons to beloved coming-of-age shows like “Freaks and Geeks.” He tells us a little about the project, then lists his favorite depictions of adolescence in all of its angst and awesomeness.
Joseph Maddelana of Profiles in History, one of the world's top auctioneers of historical documents and movie memorabilia, has authenticated or priced everything from Marilyn Monroe's subway dress, to Dorothy's ruby slippers, to letters penned by Abraham Lincoln and his show, Hollywood Treasure, airs on the SyFy network. We asked Joe to give us a list of his most memorable (memorabilia) moments.
Stephen Chbosky's 1999 novel "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" has sold over a million copies; many critics consider it one of the best young adult books ever. Stephen's own movie adaptation expands nationally this weekend. It's a moving coming-of-age story, set in early-'90s Pittsburgh. Stephen shares a list of favorite art that also captures a time and place.