In the moment with Baltimore’s casting director supreme
BALTIMORE (AP) — Pat Moran has won multiple Emmys, and we haven't. She's a near-lifelong friend and cohort of John Waters, and we're not. She's been a key cog in Baltimore's under- and above-ground arts movements for more than half a century, and we still wish we had made it to Martick's at least once before it closed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ricki Lake never in her wildest dreams thought she'd be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film "Hairspray" at the lofty Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
"I never thought the movie was going to come out, let alone have this life span. And for me to be alive 30 years later, for me to be turning 50 in two months ... you know, it's all kind of surreal," she said.
John Waters: ‘Even racists like ’Hairspray″
Cult classics, off-the-wall comedies and forgotten cinema gems are coming to Corktown this spring and summer, showing in the courtyard of the Trumbull & Porter Hotel.
The free movie series, Cult Classics in the Courtyard, is every Friday at 8 p.m. starting April 20 with John Waters' "Cry Baby," — Waters happens to be appearing in town that weekend at El Club in Detroit — and will run through Oct. 26, when "Rocky Horror Picture Show" is shown in time for Halloween.
Baltimore’s enduring eccentricities shine at Christmas
BALTIMORE (AP) — From kitschy ornaments to model train extravaganzas and a holiday song dedicated to bottom-feeding crustaceans, Baltimore's unique brand of quirky creativity really shines at Christmas.
If ever there was a film crying out for some John Waters pizazz, it’s “Tom of Finland.” Granted, this biographical drama of a provocative gay artist is the Finnish government’s official entry in the 2017 foreign-film Oscar race. But achieving what is seemingly impossible and certainly undesirable, director Dome Karukoski turns a promising story into a flat, clammy bore.
John Waters bringing his take on Christmas to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Lecture Hall
Christmas from the viewpoint of the man who brought us films like "Hairspray" and "Serial Mom" takes a little imagination.
Luckily, Baltimore native John Waters has plenty of that commodity.
At 8 p.m. Dec. 8, "A John Waters' Christmas: Holier & Dirtier," will be presented at the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland.
The writer and director brings his one-man reflection on the "silly season" back to the ‘Burgh in a show co-presented by the Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art.
I am so happy to welcome you all to the 2017 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival — the ninth one — which got underway this week.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Museum of Art is about to begin a John Waters film festival to celebrate a gift of photographs and a sculpture by the movie maker.
'This Filthy World'
What: Stand-up comic and cult filmmaker John Waters will perform at Charleston Music Hall.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: 37 John St., downtown Charleston
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'Conversations with a Curator'
What: The Charleston Museum's curator of historic archaeology will guide visitors through Lowcountry History Hall, highlighting artifacts that illustrate the city's moneyed past.
Poking fun at the season in ‘A John Waters Christmas’ at Ridgefield Playhouse
John Waters puts the manic in Monday when he returns to the Ridgefield Playhouse with his one-man show, “A John Waters Christmas.”
The Baltimore-born comedian and filmmaker is promising an unforgettable night of holiday mischief on Monday, Dec. 19, when he’ll deliver a rapid-fire monologue poking fun at the season. Audience members can expect adult-appropriate humor as he “puts the X in Xmas,” so to speak.
You can’t stop the beat with ‘Hairspray Live!’ telecast
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — In the steadily escalating battle of the TV musicals, NBC's "Hairspray Live!" is the most ambitious contender yet.
It's got a deep bench of stars, including Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Martin Short. It boasts strong themes of racial equality, tolerance and self-acceptance. And it has the outsized, joyful talents of Harvey Fierstein as writer and actor, reprising his Tony Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad.
The Calhoun Middle and High School Dramatic Arts Department will present the popular musical Hairspray at the CHS Blackbox Theatre on Friday, Dec. 9; Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11.
“Hairspray” is an American musical based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and rhythm and blues.
Stage Coach Players has scheduled auditions for its production of the musical “Hairspray.”
Auditions will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 12, and Nov. 13, and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14, at First Lutheran Church, 324 N. Third St., DeKalb.
Herschell Gordon Lewis, ‘godfather of gore,’ dies at 87
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Herschell Gordon Lewis, the horror filmmaker known as the "godfather of gore," died Monday at 87.
The director of such films as "Blood Feast" and "Two Thousand Maniacs" died in his sleep at his home in Pompano Beach, Florida, his spokesman James Saito said.
Lewis pioneered the horror genre in the 1960s known as the "splatter film," which intentionally focused on gore and gruesomeness.
His low-cost, envelope-pushing films unabashedly featured blood, violence and nudity.
‘Cry-Baby’ actress Kim McGuire dead at age 60
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Kim McGuire, who played the character known as "Hatchet-Face" in the John Waters film "Cry-Baby," has died. She was 60.
Her husband, Gene Piotrowsky, confirmed his wife's death Thursday to The Associated Press. Piotrowsky said she died Wednesday at a Naples, Florida, hospital of complications from pneumonia.
Comedian Andrea Martin joins ‘Hairspray Live!’ cast
NEW YORK (AP) — Andrea Martin has jumped aboard the cast of NBC's "Hairspray Live!" to play the mother of pop star Ariana Grande.
The Tony- and Emmy-winning comedian will join a lineup that also includes Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Derek Hough, Martin Short, Sean Hayes and Rosie O'Donnell. It airs Dec. 7.