Spacey to lead workshop
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey is coming to Tampa to lead an acting workshop when the “Bollywood Oscars” – the International Indian Film Academy’s weekend and awards – arrives in April.
The IIFA announced Thursday that Spacey will be joined in the master class with Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, who won India’s prestigious National Award for her thriller Kahaani.
The awards event honors Indian culture, fashion and film and will take place April 24-26 with workshops, parties and dignitaries from both U.S. and Indian cinema.
The show is expected to be watched by up to 800 million viewers around the world when it arrives in the U.S. for the first time.
Whitaker to ‘60 Minutes’
Veteran CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker is joining the cast of the network’s “60 Minutes.”
CBS said Thursday that Whitaker, a Los Angeles-based newsman who has been with CBS since 1984, will move to New York and begin on the Sunday night show in fall.
He’ll join Scott Pelley, Steve Kroft, Lesley Stahl, Bob Simon and Lara Logan as regular correspondents.
Too late for the party
A woman found sleeping in a bedroom of an Atlanta-area home rented by pop star Justin Bieber told officers that she had come to the house for the singer’s birthday party and realized she was too late for it, according to a police report.
Qianying Zhao, 23, of nearby Doraville was found at the home shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday and charged with criminal trespass, Sandy Springs police said. The house is owned by music producer Dallas Austin and is being rented by Bieber, police said. Ashley Austin, 20, lives there and came home to find Zhao in one of the bedrooms.
“Austin said that she did not know Zhao, and had no idea how she got into her house,” the report states.
Police say Zhao told officers that she claimed to be a friend of Bieber’s and had entered the unoccupied home through an unlocked door.
Zhao was handcuffed and taken to an Alpharetta jail. It wasn’t immediately known whether she has an attorney.
Perplexed by success
Tony-winning Idina Menzel – or Adele Dazeem if you’re John Travolta – is enjoying massive success with “Let It Go” from the animated film “Frozen,” but the entertainer is still perplexed that she’s finally triumphing on the pop charts with a show tune-esque track.
“I’ve had a lot of self-introspection about this. This business is so hard, especially the music business, and I’ve tried so hard to crossover, to convince people just because I was in a Broadway show I didn’t have the street cred to be a rock or a pop singer,” she said in a recent interview. “And then the one time I have it, it’s the arrangement from the Disney movie.”
“I’m singing at the Oscars – I’ve never sang at the Grammys,” Menzel added, laughing.
Menzel’s musical moment grew even stronger when “Let It Go” won best original song at Sunday’s Academy Awards.