NINA SIMONE DEAD AT 70
Jazz legend Nina Simone died Monday at her home in France. She was 70.
Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, the North Carolina native was a classically trained pianist who gained fame with her recordings of blues songs, spirituals and jazz standards.
Considered one of the voices of the American civil rights movement, Simone was best-known for her anthems "Mississippi Goddam" and "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," and later the songs "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl" and "Peaches."
Simone cited racism in the United States as her reason for leaving the United States in 1973. She lived in the Caribbean and Africa before making Europe her home. Simone is survived by a daughter, Lisa.
'X-MEN' STAR CONFESSES TO GAMEBOY ADDICTION
Shakespearean-trained actor Patrick Stewart says he's hooked on Gameboy and keeps one of the small video game systems at his chair while filming.
"Sometimes I nap (between takes)," confessed the 62-year-old "X-Men 2" star. "Or I'd seriously meditate, depending on how long we have. But I'm a Tetris fan, so I have a little pocket made in the back of my chair where I can hide it from the cameras. So, I just pull out my Gameboy and play. The great thing about Tetris is that it passes the time without taking your mind off what you're doing."
Stewart said he got into the habit of playing the video game a few years ago on the set of the television adaptation of "Moby Dick."
"They made a pocket it in Capt. Ahab's coat and they made one in the whaleboat, too, because we spent so long sitting out in the fog and the mist waiting for the light to be right. What can you do?" he said. "And I don't play anything. Just Tetris."
"X-Men 2: United," the sequel to the blockbuster comic-book adaptation, "X-Men," opens May 2.
12 OUTER CRITICS NOMS FOR 'NINE,' 'HAIRSPRAY'
The film-inspired musicals "Nine" and "Hairspray" each earned nominations for 12 Outer Critics Circle awards Monday.
New York's famed Roundabout Theatre Company earned a total of 19 nods for its 2002-2003 productions: 12 for its revival of "Nine," four for the play "Tartuffe" and three for the dark comedy, "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg."
The new play "Enchanted April" picked up eight nominations, including one for Outstanding Broadway Play, while Baz Luhrmann's production of Puccini's opera, "La Boheme," earned five, including one for Outstanding Revival of a Musical.
Following are some of the nominees:
OUTSTANDING BROADWAY PLAY
The Play What I Wrote
Take Me Out
Vincent in Brixton
OUTSTANDING BROADWAY MUSICAL
OUTSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme
OUTSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Hank Williams: Lost Highway
A Man of No Importance
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Dinner at Eight
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Man of La Mancha
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Michael Engler - Talking Heads
Gerald Gutierrez - Dinner at Eight
Joe Mantello - Take Me Out
Michael Wilson - Enchanted April
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
David Leveaux - Nine
Baz Luhrmann - La Bohème
Randal Myler - Hank Williams: Lost Highway
Jack O'Brien - Hairspray
Sam Mendes - Gypsy
OUTSTANDING ACTOR- Play
Brian Bedford - Tartuffe
Jochum ten Haaf - Vincent in Brixton
Eddie Izzard - A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Howard W. Overshown - Yellowman
Daniel Sunjata - Take Me Out
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS - Play
Jayne Atkinson - Enchanted April
Marylouise Burke - Kimberly Akimbo
Christine Ebersole - Dinner at Eight
Victoria Hamilton - A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Clare Higgins - Vincent in Brixton
OUTSTANDING ACTOR - Musical
Antonio Banderas - Nine
Harvey Fierstein - Hairspray
Brian Stokes Mitchell - Man of La Mancha
Jason Petty - Hank Williams: Lost Highway
Roger Rees - A Man of No Importance
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS - Musical
Jenn Colella - Urban Cowboy
Melissa Errico - Amour
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - Man of La Mancha
Chita Rivera - Nine
Marissa Jaret Winokur - Hairspray
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR - Play
Walter Bobbie - Polish Joke
Michael Cumpsty - Enchanted April
Daniel Gerroll - Enchanted April
Denis O'Hare - Take Me Out
B.D. Wong - Shanghai Moon
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS - Play
Linda Emond - Life (x) 3
Kathryn Meisle - Tartuffe
Marian Seldes - Dinner at Eight
Emily Skinner - Dinner at Eight
J. Smith-Cameron - Tartuffe
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR - Musical
Randall Duk Kim - Flower Drum Song
Dick Latessa - Hairspray
Matthew Morrison - Hairspray
Steven Pasquale - A Man of No Importance
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS - Musical
Laura Benanti - Nine
Kerry Butler - Hairspray
Jane Krakowski - Nine
Mary Suart Masterson-Nine
Mary Beth Peil - Nine
Mary Corey Reynolds - Hairspray
OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Tovah Feldshuh - Golda's Balcony
Frank Gorshin - Say Goodnight Gracie
Kate Mulgrew - Tea at Five
Charlayne Woodard - In Real Life
The Outer Critics Circle, an organization of 75 writers who cover New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, announced Monday its nominees in 22 categories. The shows and artists are the first Broadway and Off-Broadway award nominees of the season. The winners will be announced next month.