Liza Minnelli Stepping Out! 2015

Liza Minnelli Stepping Out! 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cher and Liza Minnelli support Madonna after fall
Cher and Liza Minnelli have sent their support to Madonna after she fell backwards down a set of stairs during her BRIT Awards performance.
The 56-year-old singer took a tumble as she closed the Feb. 25 show with her track 'Living For Love' when her Armani cape failed to detach as her dancers pulled it off, and the two veteran entertainers have praised the star for remaining professional and continuing with her performance.
Lisa wrote on Facebook: ''Somebody told me that my friend Madonna fell while performing but she is incapable of doing such a thing. You couldn't keep Madonna down if you tried.''
And Cher tweeted: ''Heard Madonna Fell On Stage This is Something WE ALL DREAD‼️
Following the incident at London's O2 Arena, Madonna reassured her fans she was unhurt.
Alongside a mock up of herself in the cape, she wrote on Instagram: ''Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I'm fine #livingforlove (sic).''
Despite the nasty fall - during which the audience heard a loud thud as she toppled down the stairs and dropped her microphone - the 'Hung Up' hitmaker managed to continue with her performance.
Ironically, the lyrics to her latest song spoke about seeing her ''stumble'' and ''carry on''.
She sang: ''Lifted me up, and watched me stumble.
''After the heartache I'm gonna carry on.''

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Liza Minnelli in The Mike Douglas Show 1977!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Liza Minnelli honors dad and Italian roots

Liza Minnelli — who won an Oscar in 1973 for “Cabaret” — was honored over Academy Awards weekend at the Los Angeles-Italia Film Fest.
Minnelli picked up the Jack Valenti Lifetime Achievement Award, previously given to Al Pacino andAnjelica Huston.
Mark Canton — who produced Jennifer Aniston’s“Cake” — presented the award.
Minnelli quipped, “My father, Vincente Minnelli, directed some of the greatest motion pictures Hollywood has produced, and from him I received two wonderful things: my love of movies and my Italian heritage.”
Backstage she caught up with Franco Nero and Nastassja Kinski.





Saturday, February 21, 2015

Purple reign! Liza Minnelli, 68, puts on an effortlessly glamorous display as she attends the LA Italia Film Festival

Purple reign: Liza Minnelli was a guest of honour at the LA Italia Film Festival closing night gala on Friday night
Her timeless beauty was emphasised by false lashes and pink lipstick while her locks were styled into her famous short crop.

 All smiles: Liza has recovered from a back surgery which she underwent late last year

Liza Minnelli was a guest of honour at the LA Italia Film Festival closing night gala on Friday night.
The actress looked every inch the theatrical icon that she is celebrated to be as she worked the red carpet at the Chinese 6 in Hollywood.
The 68-year-old sported a chic purple ensemble as she teamed a purple trousers with a matching top and shawl.
Last year saw Liza explain to New York Post columnist Cindy Adams that she injured herself 'picking up my dogs' and had to undergo surgery.
'I couldn’t go to Joan Rivers’ funeral, which I desperately wanted to because I loved her — but I couldn’t go because I can’t walk. I’m in bed. Going in for surgery,' the Oscar winner said. 

'I broke my lower back. Remember a few years ago I was in a wheelchair because I had trouble with my spine? They operated on it then. Well, now, again. They’ll have to fuse it.' 
The Broadway legend then elaborated as to the specifics of the incident.
'I was picking up my dogs — and they jumped. And I got twisted and fell. I thought it’s nothing. But it wasn’t nothing. It became something. After an X-ray, seems I busted it and have to have it fused. The operation’s next week.'

The Cabaret star has battled health issues for years and was even forced to cancel several concert dates last year for an undisclosed issue.
In the past she's also undergone two hip replacements, received a new knee and in 2000 recovered from viral encephalitis, a potentially deadly swelling of the brain.  
Liza, the daughter of legendary actress Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli, shot to fame when she starred in the 1972 film version of the Broadway musical Cabaret, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Liza Minnelli To Receive Jack Valenti – Los Angeles, Italia Legend Award

ROME – Liza Minnelli will be feted by the 10th Los Angeles-Italia Festival with its Jack Valenti – Los Angeles, Italia Legend Award.
The annual pre-Oscars event comprising movies and music and celebrating showbiz ties between Italy and Hollywood will run Feb. 15-20 at the Hollywood and Highland Center.
The award, named in memory of long-time MPAA president Jack Valenti, will be presented to Minnelli on the evening of Feb. 20 during the fest’s closing night ceremonies.
“We are extremely honored and delighted to be presenting this year’s Jack Valenti Legend Award to the talented and lovely Liza Minnelli,” enthused fest topper Pascal Vicedomini and its honorary chair Mark Canton in a statement. “As in prior years our board aims to recognize highly talented Italian-Americans who have made an impact on the industry and without a doubt, Liza fits the bill.”
Al Pacino and Anjelica Huston are the prize’s prior recipients.
Jimmy Kimmel is also being honored by L.A.Italia this year, with its Award of Excellence.
As previously announced, the event will celebrate the centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birth with a performance by Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, known for his “Pavarotti Ping,” and a selection of films from Sinatra’s career, including “Some Came Running,” “From Here To Eternity,” “The Man with the Golden Arm,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Ocean’s 11″ and “On the Town.”
As for Italian pics, L.A. Italia will open with the world premiere of director Marco Pontecorvo’s comedy “Partly Cloudy (With Sunny Spells),” a bittersweet tale about contemporary Italy’s vices and virtues starring John Turturro and Italy’s Luca Zingaretti (“Montalbano”).
L.A. Italia is a sister event to two Italian fests, Capri-Hollywood and Ischia Global, both founded by Vicedomini and dedicated to establishing a creative and business bridge between Hollywood and Italy’s film and showbiz communities.



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sigrid Thornton will star as Judy Garland in Peter Allen TV biopic?


Sigrid Thornton will star as Judy Garland in Peter Allen TV biopic

NIDA graduate and soon to be Deadline Gallipoli leading man Joel Jackson will play the legendary Australian entertainer in Shine produced TV mini-series Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door.
NIDA graduate and soon to be Deadline Gallipoli leading man Joel Jackson will play the legendary Australian entertainer in Shine produced TV mini-series Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door.
It was announced by Australian TV production company Shine earlier today that Sigrid Thornton will join Rebecca Gibney, Henri Szeps, Nick Farnell, Rob Mills and Sara West in the upcoming two-part TV mini-series about the life of Peter Allen – Not the Boy Next Door. Thornton will play the coveted role of Judy Garland, while the title character will be played by NIDA graduate Joel Jackson, about to star in the Foxtel mini-series Deadline Gallipoli. Gibney will play Allen’s mother, Marion Woolnough, while Sara West will play the Australian hit songwriters wife, US superstar and music theatre legend Liza Minnelli. Sigrid Thornton is best known to Australian audiences for the TV series Seachange along with The Man From Snowy River and All the Rivers Run. Thornton also starred in Opera Australia’s 2009 production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, co-starring Anthony Warlow and Nancye Hayes. Thornton will play Judy Garland, the legendary entertainer discovered Peter Allen in Hong Kong in 1964 on the heals of her disastrous Australian tour and a subsequent overdose. Allen opened for Garland in the years before her death in 1969 at the age of 47. Diva Knows Best understands that the role of Judy Garland plays a significant part in the TV mini-series and that the character will be present throughout. Sara West will play Liza Minnelli, Garland’s eldest child, the actress having previously featured in the movie adaptation of ABBA musical Mamma Mia!, in Spine and the TV mini-series Anzac Girls.
Sara West will play the role of Liza Minnelli.
Sara West will play the role of Liza Minnelli.
Diva Knows Best can also reveal that The Boy From Oz star Angela Toohey will provide singing vocals for the role of Liza Minnelli, while at present it is unknown whether a vocal performer will also be singing the role of Garland. We can only hope not. In the past, Divinyls star Chrissy Amphlett and Broadway star Isabel Keating have both played Garland in the stage musical adaptation of Peter Allen’s life, while Judy Davis lip-synced to Garland’s own performances for the TV movie Me and My Shadows: Life with Judy Garland. Australian music theatre star Rob Mills will play Peter Allen’s first performance partner Chris Bell. Bell joined Peter in the variety act The Allen Brothers, which performed widely throughout Australia in the 1960’s and eventually took Peter to Hong Kong. Mother and Son star Henri Szeps will play Allen’s manager Dee Anthony, while Nick Farnell has been cast as Allen’s father Dick Woolnough. Packed to the Rafters and Mental star Rebecca Gibney will play the role of Marion Woolnough, Peter Allen’s mother. Roles so far unannounced include Allen’s long term partner Gregory Connell, while we are yet to hear of the casting of multiple possible celebrity characters to be in the TV movie, including Olivia Newtown-John, Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters, the three performers all worked closely with the Australian throughout his career.
Joel Jackson will play the all important leading role of Peter Allen. Jackson graduated NIDA in 2013 and was later cast as the lead in the upcoming TV mini-series Deadline Gallipoli in which he will play a war correspondent, Charles Bean, opposite Bryan Brown, Charles Dance, Hugh Dancy, Rachael Griffiths, Ewan Leslie and Sam Worthington. Jackson is also an indie-rock singer and some of his original work can be found on Triple J Unearthed here. The gorgeous young actor is currently in rehearsals for this, the role of a lifetime and Shine Australia’s follow up to their global success story, INXS – Never Tear Us Apart. Peter Allen – Not the Boy Next Door will be directed by Gary Seet (The Code).
Peter Allen with his then bride to be Liza Minnelli and her mother, the iconic Judy Garland.
Peter Allen with his then bride to be Liza Minnelli and her mother, the iconic Judy Garland.
It is understood from that the first table read of the projects script by Justin Monjo and Michael Miller was led yesterday by director, Seet, while on-location filming will commence in the coming weeks. Sources have already revealed to Diva Knows Best that the atmosphere on the set is electric as the cast prepare to play their host of inimitable characters. Australian icons and legends about to play Hollywood icons and legends. No doubt all eyes will be on Sigrid Thornton in the months to come. The formidable Australian actress makes an unexpectedly welcome addition to the cast in the role of Judy Garland, and more welcome yet the news that hers is one of the most significant roles in the TV movie. No doubt Garland fans worldwide will be eagerly awaiting their first look of the actress in character. It is understood that Peter Allen – Not the Boy Next Door will make its Australian TV debut in April this year. If its INXS predecessor is any measure of what’s to come, this will easily mark one of the big moments in Australian television for the year, and with the lead cast finally announced, it can only be hoped that a soundtrack will also be forthcoming along with a re-release of Allen’s own discography. More information from this project as it comes to hand – already a moment of serious gravitas for the Australian TV. With stakes high and a big year ahead for television, this unexpected treasure chest of Australian entertainment history is the one to watch.