For so many stars, hearing Don Pardo say their name meant they’d arrived.
“Every year the new cast couldn’t wait to hear their name said by him,” Lorne Michaels, the creator of “Saturday Night Live,” tells The New York Times in the wake of the legendary announcer’s passing Monday at age 96.
Tuesday morning, loving tributes to Pardo are beginning to pour in. And not surprisingly, many involve reminiscences of when Pardo, in his booming voice, said the star’s name — magical moments that, for many, became personal and professional milestones.
Christina Applegate and Tom Arnold, who each hosted “SNL” multiple times, posted tributes on Twitter, as did Al Roker, who fondly recalled Pardo saying his name on his first day on air at New York’s WNBC in 1983.
Seth Meyers, Andy Cohen and “Weird Al” Yankovic are among the other stars who have honored Pardo on Twitter Tuesday — and there are surely more to come.
Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network for their work in “The Normal Heart,” People reports.
Roberts starred in and Moder was the director of photography for the HBO film, which earned rave reviews for adapting Larry Kramer's 1985 play about the early years of the AIDS epidemic. The TV movie is also up for 11 Emmy Awards at Monday’s ceremony.
The husband and wife will receive the GLSEN Humanitarian Award for their contributions on- and off-screen, from raising awareness about HIV in “The Normal Heart” to helping global charities like UNICEF, Heal the Bay and Stand Up to Cancer, the group announced Tuesday.
“We are proud to recognize Danny Moder & Julia Roberts, whose inspiring work on HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’ has brought renewed attention to an important movement — and an on-going crisis — in LGBT and American history,” GLSEN said in a statement.
The 2014 GLSEN Respect Awards will be held Oct. 17 in Los Angeles. NBC executive Robert Greenblatt and “Dancing With the Stars” pro Derek Hough will also be honored.
The son of Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China’s biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades, People reports.
Actor Jaycee Chan, 31, was detained last Thursday together with the 23-year-old Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, Beijing police said late Monday on their official microblog, identifying them only by their surnames, ages and nationalities. It was unclear why the detentions were announced several days later.
Police said both actors tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug and that 100 grams of it were taken from Chan’s home.
Jaycee Chan’s management, M’Stones International, apologized to the public on his behalf for the “social impact” caused, in a statement on its website. It said M’Stones would “supervise his rehabilitation and help him return to the right path.”
The detentions follow a declaration in June by President Xi Jinping that illegal drugs should be wiped out and that offenders would be severely punished. In Beijing alone, more than 7,800 people have been caught in the crackdown, police said.
A string of celebrities have been among those detained, including Gao Hu, who acted in Zhang Yimou's 2011 movie, “The Flowers of War.” Last week, 42 Beijing performing arts associations and theater companies signed a pledge to not hire any actors connected with drugs in an event organized by the capital’s Narcotics Control Office and the Beijing Cultural Bureau.
Pi Yijun, an anti-drug adviser for the Beijing government, said authorities were targeting celebrities because “these people have a large number of fans, so their behavior tends to have a huge influence on young people.”
A musical about Bob Marley that uses the Jamaican reggae icon’s music is in the works for next year, The Associated Press reports.
Center Stage in Baltimore said Tuesday it would present the world premiere of “Marley,” written and directed by company artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. It will run from May 6 to June 14.
The show focuses on the years 1975-78, when Marley survived an attempted assassination in Jamaica and went into exile in London. It will feature mid-’70s Marley albums as “Exodus,” ‘‘Kaya” and “Rastaman Vibration,” which include the songs “Jamming,” ‘‘Three Little Birds” and “Roots, Rock, Reggae.”
It’s a collaboration between Center Stage and New York’s Public Theater, where Kwei-Armah directed two productions last year. Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater, will be the “Marley” dramaturg.
Get ready to dance in Madonna’s old clothes.
Julien’s Auctions announced Tuesday that items from the pop icon’s personal and professional life will be auctioned Nov. 7-8, the AP reports.
Pieces from her “Material Girl,” ‘‘Music” and “American Pie” music videos will be offered during the Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll auction in Beverly Hills, Calif. More than 30 items from the 1996 film “Evita” also will be available.
According to Julien’s Auctions, some of the awards that Madonna has won over the years also will be offered, including an MTV Video Music Award and an American Music Award.
The auction also will include written lyrics, a diary from 1988, signed checks and a 1972 yearbook.