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Chris O'dowd Plans Two Weddings


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Chris O'Dowd is planning two weddings to Dawn Porter.

The pair are set to tie the knot next month in an intimate ceremony for family and close friends in London but the 'Bridesmaids' star is also keen to host a second marital party in Hollywood.

A source told Closer magazine: ''Dawn has her UK celeb mates coming to the first wedding, like Caroline Flack, but they'd love an LA bash too.''

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Hairspray (1988) Review


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Some 34 years after the Supreme Court ended segregation, John Waters made Hairspray, probably his most wholesome film ever (it's rated PG), to relive his Baltimore youth among the regulars of his local American Bandstand-esque dance show. Hairspray's The Corny Collins Show was indeed based on a real Baltimore show called The Buddy Deane Show, and Waters' skewering of the young Elvises and their high-hair girls is dead-on.

Set in 1963, Baltimore was still fighting integration by refusing to let black youths participate in shows like these. The minority finds an unlikely champion, though, in Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) an enormous girl who only wants to dance! As the pretty kids push against the rising popularity of the fat girl, a convenient analogue to racial discrimination develops.

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Ruth Brown Memorial Service Planned For New York


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LATEST: R+B legend Ruth Brown will be remembered by peers including Little Richard and MABEL JOHN at a memorial service in New York on Monday (22JAN07).
Stars will perform tributes to the late singer at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in a service led by the chairperson of the Rhythm + Blues Foundation KENDALL MINTER.
Dubbed Miss Rhythm, Brown, who played the original MOTORMOUTH MABLE in JOHN WATERS HAIRSPRAY movie, died in November (06) from complications following a heart attack and stroke she suffered after surgery.

Singing Legend Ruth Brown Dies


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Grammy award-winning singer Ruth Brown died yesterday (17NOV06) after suffering a string of health complaints since 2000. She was 78.
The Virginia-born star died of complications following a stroke and heart attack, and had been on a life support machine at a Las Vegas hospital earlier this week (begs13NOV06).
Brown was an influential figure on both the R+B and rock 'n' roll scenes in the 1950s, and revived her career in the 1970s and 1980s through musical theatre and film.
After landing a role in 1988 cult movie HAIRSPRAY, she won a Tony Award for her role in Broadway revue BLACK AND BLUE in 1989, and was presented with a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance on the album BLUES ON BROADWAY the same year.
In her later years she was a vocal fighter for the rights of older R+B musicians, and in 1987 helped to establish the Rhythm + Blues Foundation, which provides medical and financial support for older artists, as well as helping to preserve the R+B genre.

Brown On Life Support


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Grammy award-winning singer Ruth Brown is fighting for her life in a hospital near Las Vegas, Nevada.
The BLUES ON BROADWAY star, 78, from Portsmouth, Virginia, has been in intensive care for several days and is currently on life support, having checked into a Henderson, Nevada, medical centre under another name.
She has suffered a string of health complications since a stroke in 2000.
While family members refuse to discuss the singer's condition, they have not denied the report.
CHARLES WHITEHURST, a longtime friend of Brown, says, "Ruth is such an influence to so many people, especially here in her hometown."

Hairspray Review


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Some 34 years after the Supreme Court ended segregation, John Waters made Hairspray, probably his most wholesome film ever (it's rated PG), to relive his Baltimore youth among the regulars of his local American Bandstand-esque dance show. Hairspray's The Corny Collins Show was indeed based on a real Baltimore show called The Buddy Deane Show, and Waters' skewering of the young Elvises and their high-hair girls is dead-on.

Set in 1963, Baltimore was still fighting integration by refusing to let black youths participate in shows like these. The minority finds an unlikely champion, though, in Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) an enormous girl who only wants to dance! As the pretty kids push against the rising popularity of the fat girl, a convenient analogue to racial discrimination develops.

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