ARAB TIMES, TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2013
rock at 80s
SYDNEY, Jan 7, (AP): They’re
starring in a play about a woman
reluctant to age and the perils of
passing time, but veteran actors
James Earl Jones and Angela
Lansbury say that life in their 80s
continues to be exciting thanks to
their determination to keep doing
what they love.
Jones and Lansbury, in Australia
to star in a touring production of
Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer-Prize win-
ning play “Driving Miss Daisy,”
say the thrill of
gives them the
sary to keep up
“First of all,
wake up. Wake up and try to get
your bones moving,” a grinning
Jones, who turns 82 this month,
said Monday ahead of the cast’s
first rehearsal. “And then be enthu-
siastic about what you do. I’m very
enthusiastic about acting still. I love Actors James Earl Jones (left), and Angela Lansbury discuss their rolls in the play ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ in Sydney, Australia, Jan 7. (AP)
the process of creating a character.”
For 87-year-old Lansbury, whose
seven-decade career has spanned
stage, film and television, perform- Lifestyle
ing live gives her a rush that can’t
be matched on the screen.
“You get on stage and you really
can let it out,” she said, throwing ‘It’s as demanding as classical’
her arms wide. “You’re not ham-
pered by camera angles or light-
Lansbury, nominated for three
Oscars and beloved for her role as
amateur detective Jessica Fletcher
on the long-running TV series
On to hip hop, ‘a la francaise’
“Murder, She Wrote,” said it was PARIS, Jan 7, (AFP): Celine
the stage that gave her a jolt of fresh
inspiration later in life.
Lefevre doesn’t come from the ghet- Mushing a way to pamper pets
to, she’s white, and female. Not your
“Coming back to the theater
about seven years ago turned the typical rapper. But when she tells the
tide for me, it really did. Because it
gave me a career after 70,” she said.
“I could still work in the theater and
story of hip hop in a snap, crackle
and pop of a dance solo, it all falls
Urban sled dogs are cool with no snow
play great roles, but it wasn’t so The sunny 35-year-old could COSTA MESA, California, Jan 7, To help him use up some of more pulling a larger sled, but in
easy to continue as a motion picture stand as an emblem of hip hop made (AFP): California’s lack of snow that energy, “I bought a scooter, I either case, training is crucial —
actress. Which I was very glad of - Urban mushing dogs Lyka (front), in France, where the American- is no problem for Obi, a sled dog hooked up Niko to it and we ran and not only physically.
I didn’t like the way we were mak- and Silver rest after a morning work- inspired street art has a powerful fol- a thousand miles from the North along the trails and he loved it. The dogs are “connected by a
ing movies ... the kind of roles I ing on a trail at Farview Park, in lowing in the multi-ethnic “ban- Pole, pulling an “urban sled” to He just loves to run,” Reyes said. line. I have no reins like for hors-
would like to play didn’t seem to Costa Mesa, California, 40 miles lieues” — the suburbs around big the delight of his devoted human Soon after, Reyes began train- es, so there’s no way to make
exist. But I love the theater and, as (63 kms), southeast of Los An- French cities — but also a respected owner, Rancy Reyes. ing other people and their pets in them go left or right,” said
it turned out, it was the thing to do.” geles. (AFP) place on stage. Reyes mushes on a two- urban mushing. Reyes.
Both actors jumped at the chance This January, the Paris suburb of wheeled cart through Fairview “This is a treat,” said Kathy The dogs follow “voice com-
to perform in “Driving Miss Daisy,” Suresnes is hosting the 21st edition Park in Costa Mesa, south of Los Tamanaha, who has owned a mands. Which means they have
which began as an off-Broadway of its annual hip hop dance festival, Angeles, pulled by Obi and his Samoyed for two years. to focus, to pay attention to you.
play and inspired the Oscar-winning Variety a showcase for the vibrant fusion of team of seven other huskies. “These are sled dogs. It’s in So it also exercises their minds,”
film starring Jessica Tandy and And Reyes is not the only one. their breeding. They’re totally he said.
Morgan Freeman. The play follows street and contemporary dance pio-
neered by the likes of Lefevre. Along the trail other urban meant to pull,” she said. Most crucially, the lead dog
the evolving friendship of Daisy and LONDON: Actresses dominated the short- mushers trek across the sunny During water breaks, as the has to obey the commands — in
her chauffeur Hoke in the American list for the British Academy of Film and
“Hip hop in France made its mark park on scooters or even bicycles dogs socialize by sniffing each this case, the friendly Obi.
South over 25 years. Television Arts’ Rising Star awards on on stage,” she told AFP while — pulled by their trusty arctic others’ butts, their “parents” talk Reyes explained that the dog
“When I saw Morgan do it, I said Monday, taking four of the five places. rehearsing a solo piece for the festi- canines. about scooter models and the best suited to leading is not nec-
‘I’d like to play that role,’” Jones Juno Temple, who appeared in the val. “Hip hop choreography comes It’s a Saturday tradition. Each tireless energy of their pups. essarily the “alpha male” of the
said. “I thought I understood 2007 drama “Atonement”, and Andrea from here, there’s no real equivalent week, owners of huskies, A handmade mushing cart can group but, on the contrary, the
(Hoke) and I want to understand Riseborough, best known for her leading in the United States.” Alaskan Malamutes and cost up to $2,000, said Henning one who is typically the most
him more.” role in Madonna’s biopic of Wallis Mastered Samoyeds get up early with their Bartel, 45, a structural engineer docile among humans.
Jones was also attracted to the Simpson “W.E.”, represent British inter- Classically trained, Lefevre dis- pups to take them to Fairview who so far has made 50 of the “Not all dogs want to be in
role because of Hoke’s illiteracy. ests on the list. covered hip hop aged 17 and never Park to kick up some dirt on the specialty vehicles. front. Not all listen to you,” the
Jones, famous for his distinctive They are up against US actress trails. “We had four huskies and we 52-year-old Filipino-American
Elizabeth Olsen of the acclaimed 2011 looked back, working the Paris
baritone voice, suffered from a dance floors until she mastered its These pet owners got involved needed a way to exercise them,” explained. “Obi is the team
debilitating stutter as a child that drama “Martha Marcy May Marlene”, and
Sweden’s Alicia Vikander, who starred moves — and won acceptance from in “urban sledding” as a way to he told AFP, recounting his leader here because he so des-
left him virtually mute until he was her peers. pamper their pets by helping beginnings in this unusual pas- perately wants to please me.”
14. An English teacher mentored in Danish period drama “A Royal Affair”
and last year’s adaptation of the novel “I just loved how generous it them live out their birthright. time. Of course, to pull a simpler
him until he discovered his voice, “Anna Karenina”. “Huskies have so much ener- The dogs can pull a single per- scooter, all the dog needs to
which then led to his acting career. was,” she told AFP. “It’s just as
Suraj Sharma is the youngest on the list demanding as classical, but it’s also gy,” Reyes explained, “what they son on a scooter at speeds know is how to run.
Now, he finds particular fulfillment at 19 and the sole male representative, hav- were bred to do is to run and reaching 12 to 25 miles (20 to 40 But whether on a sled, a scoot-
when playing characters who strug- a social dance.” pull.” kilometers) per hour — and the er or a bicycle, “we’re happy
ing been picked from 3,000 hopefuls to star
gle with language. in Ang Lee’s recent 3D picture “Life of Pi”
For the past 15 years, Lefevre has Reyes started mushing when pros can get going even faster, because our dog is happy,” said
Also: despite no previous acting experience. been moving back and forth he adopted Niko, a clumsy and up to 30 miles (50 kilometers) an Tamanaha, caressing her gor-
The Rising Star Award is handed out on between the stage and the world of hyperactive six-month-old husky hour. geous — and exhausted — white
NEW YORK: The musical based on Feb. 10 at the main BAFTA prize ceremo- hip hop “battles”, giant, high-octane who needed more exercise. They’re slowed down a bit Samoyed.
the film “Diner” has postponed its ny, Britain’s top film accolades. It is the events where self-taught dancers
Broadway opening. only category voted for by the public, improvise before an audience of
Producers said late Sunday night who can cast their votes at ee.co.uk/bafta. dancer Richard Passi was one of the don’t see it happening,” said prove we could do the tough-guy
that the Kathleen Marshall-directed thousands.
Previous winners of the award aimed at “Everything we do comes from first to bring hip hop to the stage in Lefevre. “There is such a strong core posing — but then we got to show a
show with songs by Sheryl Crow spotting stars of the future include James the 1980s, with his troupe Black of hip hop purists — we are like a girly side as well.”
will make its debut on Broadway in there,” she said.
McAvoy, Eva Green, Shia LaBeouf and Blanc Beur. thread pulled out of that scene.” Lefevre helped blaze a trail for
the fall, instead of the spring. Kristen Stewart. (RTRS) Revolve “It’s a victory. I’m proud of that,” Dubbed a “hip hop lesson”, her young women like Yamina Benallal,
Producer Scott Zeiger in a state- ❑ ❑ ❑ Around 100 dancers revolve he told AFP while rehearsing a trio 27, who has her own “battle” group
ment says a four-week workshop of solo retraces the history of the genre:
the show in November got good GENEVA: Claude Nobs, the 76-year-old around the Suresnes Cites Danse act called “No Limit, No Time” for signature moves like “popping”, and but also regularly checks in for one
feedback and that early fall dates founder and manager of the famous festival, launched in 1993 by the the festival. dance trends from Madonna-style of Suresnes’ dance courses — this
work better for all involved. Montreux Jazz Festival, is in a coma after Jean Vilar Theatre and today a kind “These days everyone wants the “voguing” in the 1990s to today’s time on clown techniques.
Set in Baltimore on Christmas a skiing accident over the holidays, festi- of mecca for the scene, commission- little Frenchies — you find them all high-energy “krumping”, a gangland “I used to hate hip hop’s image,
1959, the story explores the lives of val organisers said Monday. ing shows, offering courses and over the world — with Madonna, at phenomenon popularised in the film all about ghettoes and hoodlums.
“The Montreux Jazz Festival communi- rehearsal space. Cirque du Soleil, or in musicals,” But the day I started dancing, I
a circle of friends in their early 20s, cates that during the Christmas holidays “Rize”.
all set to vintage rock ‘n’ roll and Enriched with classical and con- added his six-foot-something dance changed my mind completely,” she
Claude Nobs fell while practising cross-
temporary techniques, hip hop’s partner Jean-Claude Marignale, Rage told AFP. “There are enough differ-
doo-wop. country skiing,” according to a statement
❑ ❑ ❑ on the festival’s official Facebook page. influence reaches into the main- from the island of Guadeloupe. “You take all that pent-up rage ent worlds in hip hop to find space
Nobs underwent an operation in stream with choreographers like For the choreographer Sylvain that’s built up in the projects, and for everyone.”
PASADENA, California: The Mourad Merzouki and Kader Attou Groud, it was a “physical shock” the just watch it rise up through the feet Long frizzy hair and gangly gait
Broadway show within a show on Lausanne, but remained in a coma and
more tests were needed to determine his now at the helm of two national first time he came in contact with the and explode,” she explained with a in a grey tracksuit, Sandrine
NBC’s “Smash” is getting its own
condition, the statement said. dance centres, in Creteil and La genre. grin. Lescourant, 26, has just stomped her
The organisers stressed that Nobs’s Rochelle. “These dancers are like purebred She also tells of how, as a girl, she way through a clown improvisation
NBC and Columbia Records said absence would not impact the popular fes-
Sunday that a 22-song cast album “Hip hop today holds the same horses compared to your classical had to finesse her way onto the — a jerky, red-nosed routine with a
tival, which takes place in the picturesque ballet dancer,” he said. “That’s the scene. strong hip hop flavour.
for “Bombshell,” the mythical town of Montreux on the shores of Lake
place as contemporary dance did 20
Broadway play at the center of the Geneva each July. years ago,” said the theatre’s head strength of hip hop.” “When I was 20, we weren’t wel- She puts things more bluntly:
television show “Smash,” will be Nobs, who co-founded the festival in Olivier Meyer. Does French hip hop risk losing come at hip hop nights, the girls “Hip hop is what I am. It lets me be
released on Feb. 12. Katherine 1967 with the support of then president of The Paris-based Congolese its soul, becoming too tame? “I were on the sidelines. We had to free.”
McPhee, Megan Hilty and other Atlantic Records Nesuhi Erteguen, has
“Smash” cast members perform the been credited with drawing numerous big-
songs on the disc. NBC premieres ticket names to the small Swiss town,
the drama’s second season a week ranging from Miles Davis to Ray Charles
before the album comes out. to David Bowie and Prince. (AFP)
It was unclear if the message from the Gere’s “Red Corner” and “Kundun”, direct- recovery specialist at the Art Loss
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil ❑ ❑ ❑ star of “Fight Club”, “Spy Game”, “Ocean’s ed by Martin Scorsese. (AFP) Register in London.
Meron said they’d often talked
about launching “Bombshell” as an BEIJING: Hollywood heartthrob Brad Eleven” and other films meant that he ❑ ❑ ❑ “It is fantastic that the painting has
Pitt made waves on Monday with his first would be physically coming to China. turned up again,” said Kristin Ek,
actual Broadway show but haven’t post on Chinese social media, a cryptic Various Internet movie sites say Pitt STOCKHOLM: A British art sleuth has spokeswoman for the Moderna Museet in
taken any steps to make that a real- message suggesting he would soon visit was banned from entering the country recovered a painting by French artist Stockholm. “It was stolen so long ago that
ity. Zadan said he believed the cast the country. after starring in “Seven Years in Tibet”. Matisse that was stolen from a Stockholm really we had almost given up hope.”
recording for “Bombshell” could “It is the truth. Yup, I’m coming...”, In 1997, the state-run China Daily said museum 25 years ago. The painting was stolen in May, 1987
stand up with the music on any cur- said the initial entry on the star’s verified that Hollywood would “never be forgiven” Matisse’s “Le Jardin”, valued at about when a thief smashed his way into the
rent Broadway show. account on Sina Weibo, one of China’s for a series of films on the region, specifical- 6 million crowns ($916,200), was recov- museum with a sledgehammer during the
hugely popular Twitter-like microblogs. ly citing Pitt’s movie, along with Richard Sharma Pitt ered by Christopher Marinello, an art night. (RTRS