Monthly Archives: February 2010

More Johnny Depp news

If you don’t want to check out Johnny Depp‘s latest flick, you can see him on the small screen this weekend. He was interviewed for a 48 Hours Mystery episode that airs at 9 p.m. Central on Saturday on CBS. He is discussing “the West Memphis Three – a trio of teenagers convicted of killing three boys in West Memphis, Ark., 16 years ago,” according to the New York Daily News.

There was no physical evidence linking any of the teenagers to the killings, the newspaper reports.


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‘Alice in Wonderland’ comes out next week

Johnny Depp‘s latest film, Alice in Wonderland, will be released on March 5. The New York Times has an interesting story on the movie, including insight on how it deviates from the original book and Disney cartoon.


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‘Belle’ talks about upcoming production of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Liz Shivener is making her national touring debut this year as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a Broadway musical based on the 1991 animated movie. The musical follows the plot of the movie — it just has more songs. The show will be in Owensboro next month as part of the BB&T Broadway at the RiverPark Series.

In a recent phone interview, Shivener, 22, said she enjoys playing Belle because she is a smart, spunky character.

“She kind of takes hold of her own future rather than be saved by anyone else,” Shivener said.

The musical has been on tour for a few weeks, and the cast anticipates being on the road for at least a year-and-a-half.

“The story of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ it’s magical. It’s incredible,” Shivener said. “The enchanted castles …  It’s just fun.”

The show is at 7 p.m. on March 8 and 9 at the RiverPark Center. Tickets cost $62.50 and $52.50. For more of my interview with Shivener, check out the March 1 Messenger-Inquirer.

Here is a video of Shivener discussing the show:

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Ky Arts Council accepting applications

The Kentucky Arts Council is taking applications from professional artists for its Performing Arts Directory, Arts Education Roster and Kentucky Crafted Program, according to a press release.

The programs help artists promote their work and build their careers, the press release states. To learn more about the programs and who qualifies, visit For a current list of the artists in the Performing Arts Directory, the Arts Education Roster and the Kentucky Crafted Directory,  check out

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Rose Curtain Players presenting encore performance

Owensboro High School’s Rose Curtain Players’ production of Almost, Maine won the Kentucky Theatre Association One-Act Play Festival last November. The troupe is presenting an encore performance of the show at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday in the Studio OHS Black Box Theatre at the high school.

Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults. There will be advance ticket sales only. OPS passes are welcome with reservations. Call 686-1110 for reservations or more information.

The Rose Curtain Players will also perform Almost, Maine in the 2010 High School Theatre Festival, which is part of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. The conference is March 3-7 and takes place at several locations in Lexington. The Rose Curtain Players are scheduled to perform at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time on March 5 at the Lexington Opera House.

Almost, Maine is a romantic comedy where the residents of the Maine town “find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways,” according to the play’s Web site.

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Upcoming ‘Tonight Show’ guests announced

Jay Leno is returning to the Tonight Show next week. It appears he will have a star-studded return to late night television. The March 1 episode is scheduled to feature  Jamie Foxx, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and Brad Paisley, according to Media Decoder of the New York Times.

March 2’s guests are slated to include  Sarah Palin and Olympic snowboarder Shaun White.  A complete list is available at Media Decoder.

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Seinfeld performing in Evansville

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perform in Evansville later this year. He is performing at 7 p.m.  April 23 at The Centre. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Reserved tickets are $75, $60 and $45. For more information, visit Ticketmaster or call (812) 435-5770.

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