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John Travolta in drag?

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- John Travolta has the inside track to star as housewife Edna Turnblad in the movie version of the Broadway musical "Hairspray," Daily Variety said Thursday.

Analysis: Avoiding Hollywood stereotypes

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Although The Walt Disney Co. has been criticized on occasion for misrepresenting ethnic minorities in some of its animated features, the studio's new DVD releas
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Harvey Fierstein joins 'Fiddler' revival

NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Broadway's revival of "Fiddler on the Roof," criticized for its Gentile leading man, has tapped Harvey Fierstein, a Jew, to take over the lead role.

Fierstein to leave 'Hairspray'

NEW YORK, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Harvey Fierstein is leaving the hit Broadway musical "Hairspray" after almost two years of playing Edna Turnblad, Playbill On-Line reported.

'Sesame Street' turns 35

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The folks at "Sesame Street" will celebrate the children's program's 35th season with a PBS primetime special this spring.

Bush surprise Iraq visit holiday highlight

Thanksgiving took an unexpected twist Thursday when President Bush, supposedly having a family dinner in Texas, paid a surprise visit to Baghdad.
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'Hairspray,' 'Journey' Tony's Top Winners

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- The campy new musical "Hairspray" and a revival of Eugene O'Neill's classic drama "Long Day's Journey Into Night" were the top winners at the 57th Annual Tony A
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Hairspray, 'Journey' Tony's top winners

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- The musical "Hairspray" and Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" were top winners at the 57th Annual Tony Awards.

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"Bruce Almighty" grossed an estimated $86.4 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Hollywood Digest

U.S. TV networks broadcast a "dramatic decrease" in sexual content between 8-9 p.m. from 1998 through 2002, according to a new study.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

'Hairspray' top Tony Awards contender

NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- The musical "Hairspray" was the top scorer Monday in the competition for the 57th annual Tony Awards for the best of Broadway, winning 13 nominations including best musical of the 2002-2003 season.
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

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Canadian pop singer Bryan Adams says someone took a shot at him as he rode a motorbike through London.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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Australian hunk Hugh Jackman says he was as surprised as anyone when he was hired to play Wolverine in the blockbuster, "X-Men."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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Jazz legend Nina Simone died Monday at her home in France. She was 70.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Hollywood Digest

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Former President Bill Clinton and his onetime White House opponent Bob Dole will go head to head in a series of televised debates.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Norah Jones comes away with 5 Grammys

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Newcomer Norah Jones swept the major categories at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, coming away with five statuettes and earning three more for her produ
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Robin Williams wins Grammy for comedy

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Harvey Fierstein and Rod Stewart presented Robin Williams with the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album. Declaring, "It's nice to make people laugh," the Oscar-winning actor collected his fifth Grammy for "Robin Williams-Live 2001."

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Critics are describing the British documentary "Living with Michael Jackson" as a journalist's attempt to understand, not exploit, his subject.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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COLIN FARRELL FILM ON HOLD DUE TO DC SNIPER
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Hairspray: A bouffant Broadway musical hit

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- "Hairspray," the new Broadway season's first hit musical, is an endearing recreation of the early 1960s when America's feminine hairstyle was bouffant, pop culture was rampant, and the future seemingly bright and unlimited if only race relations could be
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

The Theater World: Broadway's movie binge

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Broadway's romance with Hollywood as the source of material for musical comedies continues unabated in the new theater season with the opening of "Hairspray," b
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP
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