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Posts Tagged ‘Diana Ross’

Remembering Las Vegas Pioneer Kenny Kerr

Even back in 2009, when columnist and Gay Vegas book author Steve Friess wrote an item about Kenny Kerr, memories were already fading of the legendary Strip performer’s female impersonator legacy. Kerr died over the weekend at age 60.

From Friess’ December 2009 Las Vegas Weekly article:

Not even my own partner, who has been in Vegas for almost a decade, was certain what Kenny does. “He was a drag queen, right?” Miles asked.

Uh, yeah. But not in the low-rent, cheesy form that most people think of when bandying about that phrase. Kenny Kerr is — not was, is — the best performing drag queen ever to grace a stage in Las Vegas or anywhere else. Unfortunately, he’s also one of the worst businessmen. Which he cops to.

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Author Asks: Where Did the Diana Ross Grammy Love Go?

In an intriguing piece of LA Times commentary, author Ernest Hardy reminds that it’s not just the Oscars that can be guilty of slighting an industry icon and then belatedly trying to make up for the oversights with a career nod. This weekend, it will be the Grammys’ turn to embrace the phenomenon of residual voter shame.

Hardy’s piece begins, simply, with the sentence “Diana Ross has never won a Grammy.” He notes that her Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony this Saturday will not be televised and frames this weekend’s “consolation prize” within a larger failure:

The Grammys aren’t the only place where 67-year-old Ross, a primary architect of modern pop culture over her five-decade career, has been undervalued. It’s long been fashionable to lampoon her in the media and in critical circles, to dismiss her voice and her trailblazing accomplishments–to cast her in the one-note role of incorrigible diva…

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Trade Round-Up: Sept. 11, 2007

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Potter Breaks Bond Record
Harry Potter used his magic skills to generate billions in box-office receipts – to the tune of $4.47 billion worldwide – making it the most lucrative film franchise of all time. Warner Bros. announced the record-breaking Potter news Monday, reported today in THR. What’s stellar about the record is that the studio still has two Potter pics yet to come.

Bosworth in Book Adaptation
Kate Bosworth has signed on for the title role in Veronika Decides to Die, a film adaptation based on Paulo Coelho’s best-selling book of the same name. THR reports out of Toronto that Bosworth will star in the pic, to be directed by Emily Young and written by Larry Gross.

Kennedy Center Announces Honorees
Diana Ross, Brian Wilson, Leon Fleisher, Steve Martin and Martin Scorsese have been tapped as recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors. The fete, scheduled for Dec. 2 and airing on CBS, is the 30th annual edition of the star-studded awards gala.

Toronto Reviews
Variety takes its critical eye to film festival pics Lars and the Real Girl starring Ryan Gosling and Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe. Lars - a look inside a small town where a young man introduces a sex doll as his girlfriend – is described as a “gentle comic drama” that will likely have a more successful ancillary life, while Universe is “hard to dislike but hard to take seriously.”

- CHRIS GARDNER