Designer’s niece embarrassed
The niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren has been fined $2,725 for an air rage incident on a New York-bound plane that forced it to land in Ireland.
Jewelry designer Jenny Lauren pleaded guilty Wednesday to breaching the peace and being drunk on the Delta Air Lines flight from Barcelona, Spain, to New York. The crew made an unscheduled two-hour stop in western Ireland to remove her from the plane.
The 41-year Lauren’s attorney told an Irish court that Lauren was embarrassed by her actions, which were caused by a reaction to alcohol mixed with medication. Defense attorney Sharon Curley said Lauren suffers from depression.
Lincoln Center Festival set
Cate Blanchett, a Kabuki theater company from Japan and the full force of the mighty Bolshoi’s ballet, opera, chorus and orchestra companies will be the highlights of this summer’s Lincoln Center Festival.
The festival announced Wednesday that its works will include the Bolshoi Ballet’s “Swan Lake,” ‘’Don Quixote” and “Spartacus,” and the Bolshoi Opera, Orchestra and Chorus performing Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride.”
Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert also will star the U.S. premiere of Jean Genet’s play “The Maids,” produced by the Sydney Theatre Company. Blanchett earned raves last summer at the festival in the company’s production of “Uncle Vanya.”
Musical to honor Shakur
A musical inspired by Tupac Shakur songs is going to bring gangsta rap to Broadway.
Producers said Wednesday that “Holler If Ya Hear Me” will open in the Palace Theatre in June under the direction of Kenny Leon, who helmed the Broadway hits “Fences” and “The Mountaintop.” The new musical sets Shakur’s music to an original story.
Rapper and actor Shakur, who had multimillion-seller albums like “2Pacalypse Now” and “All Eyez on Me,” was known for his raw lyrics that drew on the rage of a coarse urban existence. No casting was announced.
The musical has a story by Todd Kreidler, who was a dramaturg for “Radio Golf” and “Gem of the Ocean,” and choreography by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento of “Wicked.” Afeni Shakur, the late artists’ mother, is producing.
Bullock is big winner
Sandra Bullock cleaned up at the 40th annual People’s Choice Awards, taking home four trophies as the evening’s top winner.
Bullock was named favorite movie, comedic and dramatic actress, and she shared the favorite movie duo award with “Gravity” co-star George Clooney.
Fans deemed Ellen DeGeneres their favorite daytime TV host, making her the woman who has won the most People’s Choice Awards with a total of 14 trophies.
“Iron Man 3” scored three awards including Robert Downey Jr.’s nod as favorite action movie star. Justin Timberlake also nabbed three prizes, and the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” was named favorite TV comedy.
Jennifer Hudson received the humanitarian award for her work with children.