NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’: The Iconic Classic Gets an Updo!

  It is a one of a kind phenomenon: A classic 1988 John Waters film became a hit Broadway musical, then became a successful movie musical and, on December 7, will make its live television debut. “Hairspray,” like no other story, has lent itself successfully to all of these media reincarnations. The original movie is a testament […]

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Destined to Document: ‘AKA Seoul’ Director Jon Maxwell on Telling Adoptee Stories

by Neelanjana Banerjee In the summer of 2013, filmmaker Jon Maxwell followed hip -hop artist Dan Matthews, Dan AKA Dan, on a trip to Korea during which Williams reunited with his biological parents, including a twin brother he didn’t know he had. The documentary series, “AKA Dan,” has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times […]

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Alicia Keys has released her eighth album, "Here, which she says is "urgent, raw and vulnerable."

Alicia Keys: Ready for People to Hear Her New Album

“I’ve been wanting people to experience this album for a long time, and I have known when they heard it, they would feel something,” says Alicia Keys about her sixth studio album, Here.  The album, released on November 4, was embraced by People magazine as “her best yet,” and Rolling Stone called it “gritty, eclectic, […]

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