Christopher Sieber And Jennifer Simard Lead ANNIE At The Muny Opening Today!

The Muny announced today that Tony nominees Christopher Sieber and Jennifer Simard will star as the stoically affluent Daddy Warbucks and the deliciously wicked Miss Hannigan, respectively, in the theatre’s centennial season production of Annie, July 18 – 25. Annie is directed by John Tartaglia and choreographed by Jessica Hartman with music direction by Colin Welford. Annie is proudly sponsored by Edward Jones. Featured Content


Umbro & Christopher Raeburn Debut Deconstructed Soccer Gear for Spring/Summer 2018

Progressive designer Christopher Raeburn joins forces with Umbro for an assortment of deconstructed soccer gear. Repurposing iconic Umbro sportswear from 1996-2010, the collection slices retro shirts into new garments, like jackets, sweaters and shorts.

The original shirts were selected for their relevance in British soccer history, like the ’98 World Cup kits worn when rookie Michael Owen hit a breakthrough goal against Argentina and the pair of kits from 2002’s World Cup 5-1 victory against Munich. Raeburn’s new creations offer aggressively rearranged numbers, patterns, logos and colors, with bits of each jersey splattered haphazardly across each garment all while maintaining England’s key white, red, orange and black colors throughout. Completing the collection is a backpack and soccer ball, both offering complementarily patchwork detailing.

Look for the goods to hit Umbro and Christopher Raeburn’s web stores today. For more elevated soccer wearables, check out BEAMS’s selection of collaborative adidas jerseys.

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Director Marc Forster Previews Christopher Robin as First Teaser Arrives

Director Marc Forster Previews Christopher Robin as First Teaser Arrives

In Disney’s upcoming live-action fantasy Christopher Robin (out August 3), Ewan McGregor plays the title role of the little boy who was Winnie the Pooh’s closest friend in the beloved series of children’s stories written by A.A. Milne and illustrated by E.H. Shepard. In the movie, Christopher is now an adult with a wife (played by Hayley Atwell), kids of his own and all the personal and financial responsibilities that come with that — responsibilities that have snuffed out his…

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Everything You Need to Know About Christopher Bailey’s Last Burberry Show

Welcome to Runway Matters, where we’re delivering notes straight from the runway so you can quickly digest the most important trends and noteworthy moments from the F/W 18 shows.

It was easy to predict that Christopher Bailey’s final Burberry show would be an emotional peak of February’s London Fashion Week. The designer is much-loved across the industry, and his longstanding tenure at the British heritage brand has seen global growth and many an It piece (anyone else remember those blanket scarves with great fondness?) but the swansong started quite simply with a heartfelt Instagram post just a few days prior. ‘My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to and in support of—some of the best and brightest organizations supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world. There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength, and our creativity,’ said Bailey upon launching a new house check that features a rainbow woven in. The simple visual of a swatch pinned onto the invite set the tone, leading to a blazing all-out celebration of inclusivity. Keep reading to see how that came to life…

A darkened warehouse space took industry members and celebrities totally off the normal grid—way out west and on the surprising doorstep of Westfield mall. Swinging spotlights moved to the music—either dancing or perhaps swaying in a sort of faux wind machine, slicing through a cloud of smoke to bring further drama to the occasion. The Burberry check-clad crowd could only really be seen as they filtered into the building, after that point it was a more private affair thanks to the mood lighting. Emotive dance-era tunes filled the space, starting with Runaway building up to a laser-beam extravaganza set to Don’t Leave Me This Way for the finale.

The generation that partied when clubbing felt new and essential, when punks, mods, ravers and new-age hippies were moving in unusually similar circles, when surf culture was building and accessible travel broadening minds… they are the crowd that would understand many of the reference points Bailey pulled together for his version of luxury streetwear. Baja hoodies were worn over ballgown skirts. Shellsuit jackets were thrown on with zero sense of irony. All of the fabrics and visual codes you’d associate with the time—fleece, tie-dye, graffiti, crafty knits, nylon—were all present in one form or another, with our money being placed first onto the Burberry-emblazoned sling bags being a smash. They will be closely followed by the patchworked trench coats and heritage-check visors, if this dedicated group is anything to go by. It was all or nothing for the designer’s last turn, and he definitely turned up the nostalgia dial to the point where we were practically back in time.

It was the range of rainbow options at the very end of the show that will undoubtedly secure the most Instagram coverage of all—who could resist Cara Delevingne (pictured above) swooping down the runway in a technicolour dream coat? A little rainbow mesh market bag is the more casual route in, but the aforementioned rainbow/check hybrid will certainly become a part of Bailey’s legacy. More than the literal symbol of inclusivity, you couldn’t help but sense the gender fluidity of the entire collection—the boys kilt-trousers will no doubt be snapped up by women, every hoodie and jacket bore no stereotypical signs of being destined for a particular sex, and more often than not all of the models wore similar sneakers.

Christopher has gathered quite a loyal following over the years—Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, and Sienna Miller were all in attendance to support, along with the biggest audience of international editors any one show can house during the LFW circuit. The runway models that have been part of the brand’s family for some time were also present, with current campaign girl, Adwoa Aboah opening the show. The finale ended in a standing ovation when Bailey took his bow—praise indeed for a few hundred people with sore feet at the end of a busy day.

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Christopher Hicks: A Hit Maker One Genre at a Time

His biography reads like a who’s who list in Hollywood: Mary J. Blige, Usher, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, the collection of entertainment’s leading talent is fascinating. Christopher Hicks is a producer, consultant, entrepreneur, and executive in music and visual content space. Hicks has reached a high level of success over the years by putting in the hard work as a music industry exec holding positions as senior vice president and head of urban music under the Warner Music Group and building his own company, Noontime Publishing, which boasts a catalog of over 30 Billboard No.1 records and over 650 active songs.

A Connection Nurtures A Recent Opportunity

Hicks, a Bay Area native, got his start in the music industry in the early 90s while attending Howard University when he and a friend were asked to help promote a campus show featuring up-and-coming talent like Blige and Wrecks ‘N Effects.

The person who asked him to promote the campus show? Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. He also tapped Hicks in 2016 to develop the city’s first Creative Industries Loan Fund.

“I am an activator and true entrepreneur in the content space,” Hicks said. “The Creative Industries Loan Fund is active money that we plan to award to viable creative projects and once funding gains momentum it will likely have a positive domino effect. We will be leveraging many partnerships in the region with entities that view the City’s Film and Entertainment office as a resource and look to them to give back to help move the mission of the fund forward.”

The Creative Industries Loan Fund is a joint project between the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment and the City’s Economic Development Authority, Invest Atlanta, and, according to Hicks, it is expected to offer loan amounts ranging from $ 5K-$ 50K. There will be an advisory panel featuring Atlanta’s elite representing film, television, finance, legal, and music to help vet applications. The fund was announced in late 2017 prior to the end of Reed’s term as Mayor. “I’ve known Mayor Reed for 30 years now so it was important for us to announce the fund at that time because Mayor Reed was so instrumental in making it happen,” added Hicks.

Visual Storytelling 

Hicks describes his career path as opportunistic, so it should come as no surprise that he’s constantly interested in innovative ventures. One is short-form storytelling, otherwise known as the web series. His most recent venture, Brooklyn. Blue. Sky, a web series he brokered a licensing deal for with BET, came across his desk because of his interest in producing his own web series.

In an effort to move his web series idea forward, he reached out to Rhavynn Drummer, a casting agent who had worked with Tyler Perry Studios, for some advice. Hicks, a master at nurturing and maintaining relationships, kept in contact with Drummer following discussion about his project. By chance, Drummer posted information on Instagram about a project she was working on that caught Hicks’ eye and he let her know that he felt she was keeping something from him, “I messaged her and said ‘hey — hey what are you doing?’ ” Drummer apologized to Hicks and explained that she was going to tell him about it. Later that day she sent him four, eight-minute episodes of Brooklyn. Blue. Sky.

Many web series are produced with the intent to stream via YouTube, Watchable, Crackle, or similar platforms. Hicks didn’t want to leave this one to fate. He was quick to react to what he viewed, “Not only do I think this is phenomenal I want to come in as a producer and help you finalize it, finish it, whatever needs to happen, but I think this is so well executed it could be monetized.“ Hicks came in as an executive producer for Brooklyn.Blue.Sky, an 8-episode web series about two distant exes, Skylar and Blue, who reluctantly come together to create a script for a ‘Netflix and Chill’ TV pilot competition, and put together a small team to shop the web series to Los Angeles- and New York City-based media companies.

“If I can visualize something in my mind—it’s a wrap. It may be a distant yes from time to time, but it will never be no,” said Hicks.

Advice for Storytellers and Creators

Hicks believes that anyone trying to visually story should look to mobile to tell stories which he says is the new television. “We get so trained—specifically US—in waiting to get permission to do something when all we need to do is give ourselves some permission.” To give any project a fighting chance, Hicks offers the following:

Make an Impact: Make people emotional about what you are doing whether that be they laugh, cry, or empathize with your story.

Focus on the Craft – If you do things as they are expected to be done the money will find you. In other words, don’t cut corners unnecessarily, those who are experts in the field will notice such transgressions.

Make It “Hater Proof” – Due diligence is important for creating demand. “When you do all of your homework you mitigate the downside, people will eventually see this and want a seat at the table. When you make your product hater proof—it’s amazing how things work,” shared Hicks. If you are in need of financing from investors, know that you WILL be expected to prove that your project deserves access capital so hold yourself to the highest standard as possible.

“I would like to see black people work on execution because when we see things through to the finish line amazing things happen to everyone around us. We inspire. I run into so many people who know my name and my body of work and not my face, but they tell me how much I have influenced them. You just never know what impact you might have on others.”


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EXCLUSIVE: Model Christopher Cates Pens Letter Calling for Action Against Harassment

As the uproar continues over sexual harassment in industries stretching from entertainment to media to finance, the fashion world has remained relatively on the sidelines so far even as numerous models came forward months ago to allege they had been mistreated by photographers, designers and casting agents.
Model Cameron Russell’s Instagram account continues to grow with anonymous individuals posting stories about their mistreatment in the industry. Last October, Terry Richardson was dropped by the leading fashion magazine publishers but only after years of allegations surrounding his behavior, while model Jason Boyce filed a lawsuit against Bruce Weber in December claiming the photographer harassed him. Weber has vigorously denied the claims.
In November, 27-year-old British model Edie Campbell penned an exclusive letter for WWD to the fashion industry in which she said, “We operate within a culture that is too accepting of abuse, in all of its manifestations,” going on to admonish the mainstream media for its silence about the sexual abuse suffered by male models, which she described in her letter as “more complex.”
Now a male model, Christopher Cates, 33, has come forward with his own story – and a call for other male models to step forward in a moment he

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Photo Flash: Beth Leavel, Christopher Sieber, Erin Mackey, Get A New Deal For Christmas in Paper Mill’s ANNIE

It’s the hard-knock life Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, presents the hit Broadway Tony Award-winning musical Annie, based on ‘Little Orphan Annie,’ with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin, directed by Paper Mill’s Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee, with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and musical direction by Jeffrey Saver. Featured Content


Movie News: Christopher Plummer to Replace Kevin Spacey in ‘All the Money in the World’

Movie News: Christopher Plummer to Replace Kevin Spacey in 'All the Money in the World'

All the Money in the World: Christopher Plummer (The Man Who Invented Christmas, above) will portray billionaire J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World. The film has already been completed, but in view of recent, serious allegations of misconduct against Kevin Spacey, the decision was made to re-shoot his scenes, originally shot over a period of eight to ten days, with Plummer stepping in to play his supporting role. Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg also star; the…

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Christopher Plummer replacing Kevin Spacey in ‘All the Money in the World’

Actor Kevin Spacey, who is facing mounting allegations of sexual harassment and assault, will no longer appear in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming drama, “All the Money in the World,” two sources close to the film confirm to CNN. – RSS Channel – Entertainment


Watch Exclusive ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Video: The Story

Watch Exclusive 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' Video: The Story

We became acquainted with an endearing teddy bear named Winnie the Pooh and his friend Christopher Robin in a popular series of short films that began appearing on the big screen in the 1960s. The fascinating origin story of the characters, however, dates back many decades and is now told in Goodbye Christopher Robin.

Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie star as author Alan Milne and his wife Daphne, respectively, and in our exclusive video, they talk about the experiences that led Milne to…

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Christopher Lloyd to Headline Reading of POUND in NYC

On Monday, September 18th at 7pm, Triumvirate Artists will present a one-night-only’ reading of POUND by playwright Sean O’Leary featuring award winning actor Christopher Lloyd Back to the Future trilogy as Ezra Pound and directed by Kathleen Butler. The play is produced by Triumvirate Artists John Essay, Daniel Butler and Kathleen Butler. Featured Content


Some Minnesotans want to swap out a Christopher Columbus statue with one of Prince, and we’re into it

Some Minnesotans want to swap out a Christopher Columbus statue with one of Prince, and we’re into it

Some Minnesotans want to swap out a Christopher Columbus statue with one of Prince, and we’re into it

These days, it seems like everyone is creating a petition for one reason or another — whether it’s to bring back a gone-too-soon Netflix series or to create change, like these wonderful folks in Minnesota who want to replace a status of Christopher Columbus with one of Prince. And yes, we’re talking about the late, great, foxy, “Purple Rain”-singing, smooth-operating, seven-time Grammy Award-winning rockstar Prince Rogers Nelson — that same Prince.

The petition was created by community organizer Wintana Melekin, and has already been signed by over 2,500 people. The petition is titled “Replace Columbus Statue with a Prince Statue and One Chosen by the Native Community,” and addressed specifically to Gov. Mark Dayton and the State Legislature of Minnesota. Its description reads:

“Across the nation, city governments are choosing to remove statues of white supremacists, slave owners, and those who threatened the livelihood of Black people. Here in Minnesota, communities are reigniting the demand to bring down state’s monument to Christopher Columbus, a man who murdered, raped and enslaved Black and Native peoples in the Americas.”

“We, the undersigned, do not believe that Columbus represents the values Minnesotans carry. Rather than glorify a man who wanted to extinguish Black and Native peoples, we should honor members of our community whose leadership we find inspirational.”

Probably not what you were taught about Columbus in school, huh?

Under the question “Why is this important?” Melekin answered, “Prince represents Minnesota values and Columbus does not.” Prince is a Minnesota native and legend, so replacing the status of the “discoverer,” which currently stands at the State Capitol building in St. Paul, with the rockstar makes sense.

“We all know Prince is a genius, and who wouldn’t pick him over Columbus, anyway?” Melekin said.

Listen, we know we definitely would! Let’s hope the Minnesotans can collect all the signatures they need to conjure up this magical statue swap.



Dunkirk Actor Says Christopher Nolan Banned Chairs and Water Bottles from Set

British newspaper The Independent asked Dunkirk star Mark Rylance whether director Christopher Nolan had any idiosyncrasies and it turns out that Nolan kind of hates both chairs and water bottles.

“He does things like he doesn’t like having chairs on set for actors or bottles of water, he’s very particular,” Rylance told the paper. The director of the masterpiece reportedly banned the seemingly essential items from his set in order to keep his actors focused on the task of bringing the World War II drama to life, according to Dunkirk co-star Barry Keoghan. He explained Nolan’s thinking: “They’re distractions —the noise of [the bottles], they’re like toys almost, playing around with toys. [The lack of chairs, meanwhile] keeps you on your toes, literally.”

The actors didn’t seem to mind Nolan’s chair-banning ways, though. Rylance seemed to shrugging it off as just part of the glamour of acting and the cost of working with a very driven director: “He’s definitely into the craft of it, and serious,” said Rylance.


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Christopher Meloni Shares the Sweet Story of How Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer Comforted Him After His Mother’s Death

Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer extended their condolences to Christopher Meloni when they learned about his mother’s passing in the sweetest — and most humorous — way.

Speaking with The Talk co-hosts on Wednesday, the former Law & Order: SVU actor shared the story about how the two actresses comforted him on set just a day after his mother died.

“We were shooting in Hawaii and I did a few of my scenes for a couple weeks there and then they said ‘We’re not going to need you for a while, so you go home.’ So I went back east and unfortunately my mother got ill and so she passed,” Meloni, 55, said on the talk show. “I actually had to leave her bedside, flew and by the time I landed, she had passed. So no one knew except for the producers and the director and they were all very sweet and kind.”

Early the next morning, Meloni said that he was working on more scene with Hawn and Schumer on the set of Snatched and the trio had to take a little boat up the river to film.

“Goldie Hawn and I start talking. I say, ‘I just came from D.C. That’s where I was.’ And she was like, ‘D.C.? What were you doing in D.C.?’ She goes, ‘I’m from D.C.’ … and she says, ‘What were you doing in D.C.’ And I didn’t want to be coy about it — and I also didn’t want to make a big deal — but I said, ‘Well, to be honest, my mother passed,’ ” Meloni explained to the 71-year-old actress.

“Oh, she grabs me. … And she hugs me tight. She goes, ‘I know, I know,’ ” Meloni described about Hawn’s warm embrace. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, what a beautiful —’ I needed that moment, right?”

But when Schumer, 35, found out about the death of his mom, she took a more light-hearted approach to cheering him up.

“And then Amy, she goes ‘Wait, what did you just say?’ I said, ‘Well, my mother passed.’ She goes, ‘Oh, that’s terrible. Hold on one second,’ ” he said with a laugh as he brought his cell phone to his face, copying what Schumer did when she was told the sad news.

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And Schumer’s humor was just what he needed in that moment.

“I knew she was joking. … How courageous that she — she invited, she needed to diffuse all of that obvious emotion that was filling up the boat,” said Meloni, who added, “And later — this was even cuter — later she goes, ‘You know I was kidding, right?’ ”

The Talk airs weekdays (2 p.m. ET) on CBS.

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