Monday, August 11, 2008

Today in Entertainment History - August 10

In 1959, the four members of The Platters and four 19-year-old women were arrested in a Cincinnati hotel. The singers were charged with aiding and abetting prostitution, and the women were charged with prostitution. All eight were later acquitted, but the incident hurt The Platters' career.


Monday, March 24, 2008

Nick Lachey's High School Musical

Nick Lachey's gonna live least in the annals of MTV reality shows.

The former boy bander has signed on to develop and executive produce an as-yet-untitled unscripted musical drama for MTV, which is being touted as a real-life version of Fame.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series—which is hoping to be for performing arts schools what Laguna Beach was for beachside enclaves—will follow a group of multitalented students at Lachey's alma mater, the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati.

The show will meld footage of the students performing with the drama in their lives, per the trade, and play out like an edgier High School Musical; expect lots of student performances, rehearsals and impromptu dance sessions.

"The stories and relationships are all set to music that's organic in what's going on in the school and also performed by the kids," the MTV executive VP of series development and programming, Tony DiSanto, said, before busting into the requisite spiel on the cutting-edge nature of the program.

"This is a genre-busting, creative experiment I'm really excited about."

While the pilot has yet to be produced, the school has a history of producing showbiz-ready pupils. In addition to Lachey and his brother Drew, the school boasts Sarah Jessica Parker, Carmen Electra and character actor Todd Louiso among its alumni.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Basic Cincinnati Info

Cincinnati is served by The Cincinnati Enquirer, a daily newspaper. The city is home to several alternative, weekly, and monthly publications, as well as twelve television stations and many radio stations.

Movies that were filmed in part in Cincinnati include The Asphalt Jungle (open shot from the Public Landing, takes place in Cincinnati but only Boone County, KY is mentioned), Rain Man, Airborne, Grimm Reality, Little Man Tate, Milk Money, Batman Forever, Traffic, The Pride of Jesse Hallam, In Too Deep, Public Eye, The Last Late Night, and The Mighty. In addition, Wild Hogs is set, though not filmed, in Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati skyline was prominently featured in the opening and closing sequences of the daytime drama The Edge of Night from its start in 1956 until 1980, when it was superseded by the Los Angeles skyline; the cityscape was the stand-in for the show's setting, Monticello. Procter & Gamble, the show's producer, is based in Cincinnati. The sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati featured the city's skyline in its credits, as well as obviously being set, though not shot in, Cincinnati.

Cincinnati gave rise to many popular bands and musicians, including The Isley Brothers, James Brown, Mood, The Afghan Whigs, Over the Rhine (which traces its roots to Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine district), Bootsy Collins, Blessid Union of Souls, 98 Degrees, The Greenhornes, The National (band), and Heartless Bastards. In addition, many other bands and musicians call the Greater Cincinnati region their home, including Adrian Belew and Peter Frampton. It is also home to the region's only non-profit for the experimental and noise arts, Art Damage Inc. Cincinnati is also home to alternative Hip Hop DJ, DJ Hi-Tek, who is one half of Reflection Eternal.

The Cincinnati May Festival Chorus is a prestigious amateur choir that has been in existence since 1880. Music Director James Conlon leads the Chorus through an extensive repertoire of classical music. The May Festival Chorus is the mainstay of the oldest continuous choral festival in the Western Hemisphere. Cincinnati's Music Hall was built specifically to house the May Festival.

Cincinnati is home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, and Cincinnati Ballet. The Greater Cincinnati area is also home to several regional orchestras and youth orchestras, including the renowned Starling Chamber Orchestra.