Former New York City Ballet principal dancer and former Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre artistic director Patricia Wilde is one of five 2013 Dance Magazine Award recipients slated to be honored Monday at The Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City, PBT announced Tuesday.
Wilde completed eight international tours with NYCB and had the opportunity to perform nearly every major role in the repertoire, including roles created especially for her by renowned choreographer George Balanchine. Dance Magazine described Ms. Wilde as "Balanchine's allegro ballerina."
Before coming to PBT, Wilde assisted Balanchine in establishing the school for the Grand Theatre of Geneva, was the first director of the Harkness House of Ballet in New York, was ballet mistress for American Ballet Theatre and was appointed director of the American Ballet Theatre School in 1979. She continues to teach today.
As PBT's artistic director from 1982 to 1997, Wilde brought her signature Balanchine technique to the company, developed a distinctive repertoire of classics and new works and greatly expanded Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. During her tenure, Wilde introduced many Balanchine classics to the PBT repertoire and commissioned new works from rising choreographers.
The 2013 Dance Magazine Awards also will recognize San Francisco Ballet dancer Yuan Yuan Tan; dance-theater visionary Martha Clarke; composer Philip Glass; and Swedish choreographer Mats Ek.
With an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, does Jennifer Lawrence need to clear room at home for even more trophies?
Looks like the answer is "Yes." Tuesday, the "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" star and this year's best actress Oscar winner for "Silver Linings Playbook" was named best supporting actress by the New York Film Critics Circle for her performance in the '70s crime caper "American Hustle," which also took the top honor as best picture, People reports.
Other winners announced Tuesday were best actor Robert Redford for "All Is Lost," best actress Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmine," and best supporting actor Jared Leto for "Dallas Buyers Club."
Steve McQueen was named best director for the harrowing drama "12 Years a Slave."
The Critics Circle represents the first round of winners this awards season, though historically the group and the Academy (responsible for the Oscars) haven't always seen eye to eye when it comes to final choices.
If you've ever wondered what Miley Cyrus could possibly have in common with Prince George -- aside from a seeming penchant for teddy bears -- well ... now you have your answer.
Both have made the cut for Barbara Walters' list of the Most Fascinating People of 2013.
Also on the list are perennial headline-hoggers Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who had a baby and got engaged this year; Oscar winner (and quote machine extraordinaire) Jennifer Lawrence; a healthy and happy Robin Roberts, and the cast of the hit A&E series "Duck Dynasty."
Rounding out the list are Pope Francis, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad. Walters' No. 1 pick will be revealed when her annual special airs on ABC Dec. 18
This year's list will be Walters' final Most Fascinating People special before she retires in 2014.
The gray wool suit Gene Kelly wore as he joyously danced in a downpour in the Hollywood musical "Singin' in the Rain" is going up for auction, the AP reports.
The suit is expected to sell for more than $20,000 when Heritage Auctions offers it Friday in Dallas. Memorabilia collector Gerry Sola has had the suit for more than four decades. He bought it for $10 at a 1970 sale of MGM props and wardrobe items.
Sola, a retired postal worker, had traveled from his home in Northern California to Los Angeles for the sale. It progressed from an auction to a garage sale of sorts with racks of clothing for sale. Sola was sorting through the racks when he found the suit from the famous scene in the 1952 musical.
The battle continues for Ryan O'Neal and the University of Texas, E! News reports.
The 72-year-old actor is claiming that an Andy Warhol portrait of his late partner, Farrah Fawcett, is his.
O'Neal took the stand and told the jury residing over the case Monday that he "removed the painting a week or more after she died," and that it now resides over his bed in his Malibu beach house.
"The painting is mine," he added in the court.
The "Charlie's Angels" beauty, who passed away after a long battle with cancer in 2009, left her extensive art collection to her alma mater in her will.
Both O'Neal and Fawcett received paintings from the famous artist in 1980, after a visit to his New York City studio.
The school is in possession of one of the Warhol pieces, which is slightly different from the one O'Neal still has, and showcases the artwork in its Blanton Museum of Art in Austin.
The legal battle began in 2011, when the university sued the "Love Story" star demanding that he give them the second painting.
O'Neal vehemently disagreed, however, alleging that the portrait was a gift from the artist to him personally. He also claimed that UT did not have legal rights to a signed sketch Warhol did of the onetime couple on a cloth napkin when the trio were at dinner decades ago.
Next year's Essence Festival is getting a dose of music royalty from Prince, the AP reports.
The "Purple Rain" singer-songwriter is headlining the 20th annual festival, a celebration of black music and culture being held July 3-6 in New Orleans.
Prince, who performed at Essence in 2004, also headlined this year's South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. His newest single, "Screwdriver," debuted earlier this year. Still, Prince is best known for chart-topping hits like "1999," "Cool" and "Purple Rain."
Essence has been held every Independence Day weekend since 1995, when it marked the 25th anniversary of Essence magazine.
The event includes nightly concerts at the Louisiana Superdome and empowerment seminars during the day at a nearby convention center.
French authorities have filed preliminary charges against Bob Dylan over a 2012 interview in which he is quoted comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, the AP reports.
Paris prosecutor's office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said Tuesday the charges of "public insult and inciting hate" were filed in mid-November.
The charges stemmed from a lawsuit by a Croatian community group in France over an interview in Rolling Stone magazine. A lawyer for the group, Ivan Jurasinovic, says they are not seeking monetary damages but only want the legendary singer to apologize to the Croatian people for the comments.
He did not say why they filed the case in France. France has strict laws punishing hate speech and racist remarks.
Representatives for Dylan could not immediately be reached for comment.
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan are returning as hosts of next year's Academy of Country Music Awards, the AP reports.
The country music stars teamed up last year and things went so well they're coming back for the April 6 awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The academy also announced Monday that Florida Georgia Line will host its Fan Jam, the parallel event that runs concurrently with the awards.
Kim Fields, 44, and husband Christopher Morgan, 37, welcomed their second son, Quincy Xavier Morgan, Tuesday morning in Atlanta, her rep confirmed to People.
Quincy weighed in at 8 pounds, 8 ounces, measured 20 inches long and joins big brother Sebastian Alexander, 6½.
"We are so blessed and grateful to God for this newest gift to our family," the couple, who married in 2007, tell People.
Next up for "The Facts of Life" and "Living Single" alum? "Holiday Love: The Rebirth" -- a special Fields directed and stars in, while she and Morgan executive produced.