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Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 7:00 AM
CINCINNATI — When 13-year-old ballerina Salome Tregre learned she would dance the lead role of Clara in “The Nutcracker,” she burst into ecstatic laughter and then into tears.
“It was a really good moment of joy for me,” she said.
Tregre, an eighth-grader at Walnut Hills Middle School in Cincinnati, will be the first black dancer to play Clara in all 50 years of the show’s holiday history with the Cincinnati Ballet.
This milestone has been a long time coming for both the company as a whole and Tregre personally, who began dancing as a toddler.
The first time she auditioned for the Cincinnati Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker,” she said, she didn’t make the list. The second time, she joined the ensemble and practiced as an understudy to that year’s Clara.
“I thought, this is such a great role,” she said. “I said, ‘Maybe I should shoot for it next year.’ ”
Now that she’s landed the coveted spot, Tregre said she hopes she can inspire other young dancers like herself.
“I think it’s a very big honor, and I’m really excited that it’s happening,” she said.
The Cincinnati Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” opens Dec. 14 at Music Hall.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 8:41 AM
— It is official.
Allison Janney is an Oscar nominee.
On the heels of seizing a Screen Actors Guild best supporting actress win for her role as LaVona Harding, figure skater Tonya Harding’s mother, in the dramatic dark comedy “I, Tonya,” the Oakwood-raised star has nabbed her first Academy Award nomination.
With wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes for this same role, Janney is considered the front-runner.
The other nominees for best supporting actress are: Mary J. Blige in “Mudbound,”
Leslie Manville in “Phantom Thread,” Laurie Metcalf in “Lady Bird” and Octavia Spencer in “The Shape of Water.”
If she wins, she will be the first Daytonian awarded an Academy Award in an acting category.
Not only did Janney, the star of CBS’s “Mom,” win the SAG award for the portrayal of Harding’s mom, but also nabbed the Golden Globe and other major supporting actress awards.
“She is certainty the front-runner,” Jonathan McNeal, a film expert and manager of the Neon movies, told this news organization Monday. “The only other person in contention is Laurie Metcalf for ‘Lady Bird,’ but I think it is really Allison’s. She is the best thing about ‘I, Tonya’.”
“Mom” airs weekly on WHIO-TV.
In September, the former Miami Valley School student and Ashley’s Pastry Shop fanatic was inducted into the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame. She told this news organization then she’d place that hometown award next to her major acting statues and recognitions.
In addition to her recent wins for her role in “I, Tonya,” Janney has won Emmy awards for her television roles on “Mom” as well as “The West Wing.”
McNeal said Janney’s mom, Macy, who she praised as a role model in last Sunday’s edition of “Parade”magazine (an insert in the Dayton Daily News), is a Neon regular.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 8:27 AM
— Who will be among the Hollywood elite to vie for this year’s Academy Awards? The nominations will be announced Tuesday morning starting at 8:22 a.m. EST. Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis will serve as hosts from the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.
The Oscar ceremony will be held on March 4 and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
The renowned singer-songwriter announced the news in a statement Monday that said his doctors advised that he cancel the upcoming leg of his 50th anniversary tour set for Australia and New Zealand.
“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,” Diamond said. “I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years. My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows. I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come. My thanks go out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”
#Neil Diamond So,so sorry to hear about the great Neil Diamond’s illness. I’m rooting for you Neil! Fight on from another Brooklyn boy!— Barry Manilow (@barrymanilow) January 23, 2018
The storied songwriter behind such chestnuts as “Love on the Rocks,” “I Am, I Said,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” “Heartlight” and dozens more, launched his anniversary tour in April 2017.
His most recent non-holiday album, “Melody Road,” was released in 2014.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 5:41 PM
In the interview, Kelly asked Fonda about aging and plastic surgery when she and Robert Redford were on “Megyn Kelly Today” to promote their film “Our Souls at Night.” Fonda didn’t want to talk about the topic and snapped, “We really want to talk about that now?”
Megyn Kelly responds to criticism from Jane Fonda saying that she has no regrets about asking about Fonda’s plastic surgery. Then she goes on to address Fonda’s own past, “Hanoi Jane,” and says she’s in no position to talk about what’s offensive. pic.twitter.com/woNQ9WcLNf— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 22, 2018
Things never really got back on track after that, and the incident came up again just last week, when Fonda appeared on “TODAY” with her “Grace & Frankie” co-star Lily Tomlin. When Hoda Kotb asked how long the veteran actresses have been friends, Tomlin replied, “Oh, my gosh … I think before your first facelift!”
While Kotb and Savannah Guthrie exploded in a fit of giggles, Fonda was clearly unamused. “Never mind! Never mind!” she said. “Who are you, Megyn Kelly?”
On Monday, Kelly took time out of her show to address the actress’s remarks.
“And, now, a word on Jane Fonda, who appears to be fixated on an exchange I had with her months ago on this show,” Kelly said introducing the clip from September on her show on Monday. “When she first complained, publicly after the program and repeatedly after the program, I chose to say nothing because my general philosophy is what other people think of me is none of my business.”
“It’s time to address the ‘poor me’ routine,” Kelly said. She told the audience and TV viewers that Fonda appeared on her show last September to promote a film “about aging.”
“To her credit, she has discussed her cosmetic surgery pretty much everywhere before coming on our show,” Kelly said.
Kelly then played a clip of a previous Fonda “Today Show” appearance discussing her history with plastic surgery, then referenced Fonda’s other interviews on the topic.
“Apparently, when she came here, however, again, to promote her film about aging, I was supposed to discern that this subject was suddenly off limits,” Kelly said. “Look, I gave her the chance to empower other women, young and old, on a subject which she purports to know well, and she rejected it. That’s OK. But I have no regrets about that question, nor am I in the market for a lesson from Jane Fonda on what is or is not appropriate.”
.@MegynKelly on Jane Fonda: “This is a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage – Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam War. The moral indignation is a little much" https://t.co/B8aWvKuzKn— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 22, 2018
The hits kept on coming when Kelly brought up the “outrage” Fonda has caused in the past.
“After all, this is a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage. Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam War,” Kelly said as the audience cheered. “Many of our veterans still call her ‘Hanoi Jane.'”
Kelly then listed Fonda’s multiple offenses and added, “By the way, she still says she is not proud of America.”
It’s unclear if Fonda plans on responding to Kelly’s insults, but Fonda fans responded on Twitter.
Megyn Kelly just lost every bit of ground she's gained w/ female viewers with that "Hanoi Jane" comment. Jane Fonda has long since apologized & disavowed her actions during the Vietnam War. A petty, outdated jab at a beloved icon is poor form. Megyn's acting like snowflake Trump!— Shannon Fisher (@MsShannonFisher) January 22, 2018
This pushback by Megyn Kelly against Jane Fonda feels like Fox News-style polarization imported to a network morning show. And perhaps a tacit admission she can't be interesting without indulging in such confrontation. https://t.co/fkbOKNVBs9— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) January 22, 2018
Jane Fonda is a feminist icon, an artistic genius, an exercise mogul, a national treasure. Megyn Kelly is famous for assuring children on a 10pm cable news broadcast that Santa Claus is white.— Seth Abramovitch (@SethAbramovitch) January 22, 2018
"Honestly, she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive,” Megyn Kelly said of Jane Fonda https://t.co/yp0ZRN0Ipw— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 22, 2018