Watch: Disney Releases First Teaser for Adaptation of Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’

July 31st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Meryl Streep in 'Into the Woods' Picture Released in September via Disney.

Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’ Picture Released in September via Disney.

Disney has released the much-anticipated teaser trailer for their visually wicked retelling of Stephen Sondheim musical, Into the Woods. Along with releasing a teaser photo of Meryl Streep as an unrecognizable Witch, the entertainment giant is drumming up giant-sized creatives to get the word out. But they won’t need to do too much promotion with the musical’s already cult-like following and a cast that includes Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Exclusive! Meet the Cast of ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

July 31st, 2014 Joseph Pedro

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Nearly 80 years after it took The Great White Way by storm, You Can’t Take It With You—the timeless comedic three-act play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart—will start previews on August 26 at the Longacre Theatre. Passport reporter Marcus Scott sat down with members of the cast and creative team of the now-iconic stage play during a one-hour photo call prior to rehearsal to talk about the play, its messages, family, race relations and the legacy of the celebrated show.

“This is play is that is very insulated,” Crystal A. Dickinson (who plays Rheba) proclaimed. “So everything takes place within this house and it seems to me that family has found a way to live in love and joy and in peace in the midst of whatever is going on outside the door. It’s a very interesting play because you don’t even get a sense of what’s going on outside of the door. Maybe that’s why won the Pulitzer.”

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

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Watch: Ohio Pulls at Heartstrings with Gay Marriage Featuring Couple in 50-Year Relationship

July 31st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Screen Shot via YouTube.

Screen Shot via YouTube.

An ad supporting same-sex marriage will begin airing in Ohio—the first time a marriage-equality ad will be shown since November 2004 when Ohio’s took up a vote on gay marriage. While there isn’t expected to be a vote in November’s elections this year, Why Marriage Matters Ohio says the ad’s purpose is to educate. The 30-second spot introduces Ohionians to Henry Hawley and George Vassos of Chagrin Falls near Cleveland. “Attitudes in Ohio and across the country are changing fast as communities are coming together to have very serious conversations about the meaning of family, fairness and the future,” Michael Premo, campaign manager for Why Marriage Matters Ohio, said in a statement. “Our hope is that sharing Henry and George’s story of love and commitment will accelerate those conversations and further increase support for marriage equality in Ohio.”

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The Lust List: Chef Johnny Iuzzini’s Eclairs at Le Meridien

July 31st, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
Chef Johnny Iuzzini and Le Meridien Éclairs. Photo via Le Meridien

Chef Johnny Iuzzini and Le Meridien Éclairs. Photo via Le Meridien

When a luxury hotel group enlists a world-famous pastry chef to create a custom, international line of éclairs you don’t ask questions; you just eat. Beach bodies be damned!

The product of an ongoing collaboration between Chef Johnny Iuzzini, a James Beard Foundation award winner, and Le Meridien, this collection of eight signature éclairs will reflect the unique flavors, local ingredients, and heritage of select Le Meridien destinations around the world. Each unique recipe will be released over the next 12 months as Chef Iuzzini completes a global culinary tour. We had a chance to sample the San Francisco–inspired éclair—a blueberry and caramelized corn-filled shell smothered in a honey glaze, crystallized almonds, honeycomb, and fennel pollen—and it was nothing short of spectacular. Don’t believe us? We watched a squad of petite NYC twentysomethings in heels devour an entire platter with the gusto of a champion hotdog eater. The proof really is in the pudding.

For a taste of the éclairs, stop by one of the nearly 100 Le Meridien properties in over 40 countries.

 

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Celebrate Southern Decadence in Style at The Windsor Court Hotel

July 30th, 2014 Joseph Pedro

Image via Passport

Image via Passport


Southern Decadence is the perfect word for this late summer bacchanal. The parties rage all day on the streets of New Orleans from August 27-September 1—think Mardi Gras, but gayer. Each day offers a fun and sexy event. The weekend’s kickoff event is a contest that puts the “big” in “Big Easy”. The rest of the festival features all the “decadence” you could hope for: parades, extravaganzas, and contests. Luckily, you don’t need to sign up for specific events: these happenings are free! Be aware though: if you want a glimpse at exclusive parties, a weekend pass will get you into some special events. The highlight of the weekend is a parade complete with outrageous costumes and drum lines all in an oh-so-New Orleans environment.

Deciding where to book? The Windsor Court Hotel is offering a generous Anniversary Rate that happens to coincide with Decadence. Special prices begin at $195 per night and can be booked with the code “1984” now through September 22, 2014.

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Gay Travel: The Fairmont Monte Carlo

July 30th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Fairmont

It’s one thing to enjoy Nobu Matsuhisa’s game-changing food in urban environments around the world, but it’s another to savor his innovative Japanese cuisine while overlooking the vast Mediterranean Sea. This is just one of the many high-end experiences you can expect to have at one of Monaco’s most exclusive and luxurious properties—The Fairmont Monte Carlo.

Keep reading out Dreamscape section over at Passport magazine online…

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‘Girls’ Star Allison Williams to Star as Peter Pan in the TV Special ‘Peter Pan Live’

July 30th, 2014 Joseph Pedro

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The Girls star and daughter of TV anchor Brian Williams, Allison Williams, is set to strap on those green tights and fly off to Neverland on the live NBC special Peter Pan Live!  “We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “She’s a lovely rising star on the award-winning show ‘Girls’ — where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent — and we think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken’s powerful Captain Hook.” “Allison Williams is a major find,” said Executive Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “She will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, her warmth, her dynamic flying and her wonderful musical abilities. The score will be sung beautifully and introduced to a whole new generation of families.” [BW]

The Girls star has proven she’s able to carry a tune on the HBO show, and we can totally see her sporting the red feather, but is she as big of a draw as Carrie Underwood was for The Sound of Music?

 

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Countdown Begins for Gay Marriage Vote in Ireland, Huge Rally Planned

July 30th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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While there has been no official date set for a vote for the same-sex marriage referendum, only mumblings that it will be held during spring 2015, the Irish people are making sure their government officials hear them. With well over half the country now supporting marriage equality (with 67% supporting a referendum allowing civil marriage), the LGBT Noise March for Marriage 2014 is hoping to break records when they take to the streets this August 24th at 3 P.M. in front of City Hall in Dublin. With the LGBTIQQT population in attendance as well as family and friends, the rally will finish outside the Department of Justice. Planners hope that officials will hear a united voice from the people demanding equal rights. Click here for more info. 

Be sure to check out our Dublin coverage in our September issue of Passport magazine.

 

 

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‘Anything Goes’ with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Single Drops on iTunes and Album Release Date Revealed

July 30th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via PR.

The long-awaited collaborative jazz album from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Cheek To Cheek, will be released on Streamline/Columbia/Interscope Records on Tuesday, September 23.  The first taste of this new music is the classic Cole Porter song, “Anything Goes”, available on iTunes (iTunes.com/CheekToCheek) and other digital retailers.  An accompanying studio video featuring “Anything Goes” and footage from the recording sessions and moments during the making of Cheek to Cheek is currently available on YouTube and VEVO.

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Say Goodbye to Key Cards, Hilton Worldwide to Replace Room Keys with Smartphones

July 29th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Passport

Misplaced key cards will be a thing of the past soon for guests staying at one of Hilton Worldwide’s hotels, as the company has announced that key cards are going the way of the metal key. Hilton hopes to replace the credit card-style keys with smartphones. This will not be the only major upgrade. Using a special Hilton app, guests will also be able to not only check-in on their phones, but also select which room they want using a digital floor plan—this technology will be rolled out in over 4,000 hotels by the end of the year. Technology for smart phone key cards are expected to be installed by 2015. We have spent the past few years testing a number of different options to make this vision a reality, and we are developing proprietary technology that is safe and reliable for our guests to use, and cost-effective for our hotels to install,” says Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive officer of Hilton Worldwide.

Now let’s hope smartphone makers can figure out how to make their batteries last for more than four hours, or Hilton Hotels’ lobbies are going to look like an airport waiting area.

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