Entries in New York City (40)


Great Scott! "Back to the Future in Concert" Comes to NYC Thursday and Friday

Mathew Imaging(NEW YORK) -- Back to the Future is coming to an iconic New York City venue this Thursday and Friday night.

The classic sci-fi comedy, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will be screened at Radio City Music Hall, with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performing the entire original score from the film.

Christopher Lloyd, who famously played scientist Doc Brown, will make an appearance at the Back to the Future in Concert shows. So will James Tolkan, a.k.a. the strict principal Mr. Strickland; Back to the Future writer-producer Bob Gale; and the film's composer, Alan Silvestri.

Gale is thrilled that his movie, which he co-wrote with director Robert Zemeckis, continues to have an impact on pop culture and will be showing at a famous venue like Radio City. "The idea that this crazy movie that Zemeckis and I came up with keeps on going like the Energizer Bunny...with this new iteration with the live orchestra -- it's such a great high, I can't tell you," he tells ABC Radio.

Gale attended a Back to the Future in Concert performance at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this year, and he says he received positive feedback from fans. He recalls they approached him and commented, "I felt like I was seeing the movie for the first time. I was that excited, there was that much energy."

Silvestri, who contributed 20 minutes of new music for the Back to the Future in Concert series, has also seen firsthand how enthusiastic fans are during the performances. "In some of the iconic moments in the film -- where Doc Brown pops out of the DeLorean for the first time, the crowd cheers like the actors were up on stage. It's just amazing," he shares.

The Back to the Future in Concert series will also be presented in Toronto this week. Upcoming performances are scheduled for Indianapolis, St. Louis and Denver. You can review all future dates on

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New York City Art Museum Adds Video Games Collection

JupiterImages/Brand X Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Are video games art?  The Museum of Modern Art in New York City definitely thinks so, and has selected Pac-Man, Tetris and 12 other video games for inclusion into its Architecture and Design collection.

In announcing the acquisition, the museum published a statement on its blog, saying the video games selected are “outstanding examples of interaction design -- a field.”

The museum says the criteria for selection emphasizes “not only the visual quality and aesthetic experience of each game, but also the many other aspects -- from the elegance of the code to the design of the player’s behavior -- that pertain to interaction design.”

In many cases, the video games will be playable so museum visitors can get the full experience, but a spokesman said the MoMA won’t be turned into an arcade.

Here’s a list of the games selected for exhibit at the MoMA and the year they debuted:

  • Pac-Man (1980)
  • Tetris (1984)
  • Another World (1991)
  • Myst (1993)
  • SimCity 2000 (1994)
  • vib-ribbon (1999)
  • The Sims (2000)
  • Katamari Damacy (2004)
  • EVE Online (2003)
  • Dwarf Fortress (2006)
  • Portal (2007)
  • flOw (2006)
  • Passage (2008)
  • Canabalt (2009)

The museum says the 14 games selected are part of an initial wish list of some 40 games to be acquired in the near future for a new category of artworks.  The games will go on display in March 2013.

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Russell Crowe Leads Photographers on Wild Bike Chase Through NYC

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Russell Crowe recently gave several members of the paparazzi a runaround that would wear out most folks. 

A paparazzo working for the Daily News says he and several other photographers followed Crowe on bicycles for more than seven miles through the streets of New York City as the actor pedaled from his Manhattan hotel to a movie set in Brooklyn.

J.B. Nicholas says he jumped on his bike and proceeded to pursue Crowe through lower Manhattan and eventually over a bridge to Brooklyn.

"I and five other two-wheeling cameramen followed, but most gave up from exhaustion," Nicholas recalls, adding, "There were two of us left and Crowe's bodyguard was trying to block us."

Nicholas says when the chase ended at the movie set where Crowe is filming on location, the actor proclaimed, "You missed the best shot.  I just gave you the finger!”

Crowe later took to Twitter to comment on the incident, saying, "11.6km bike ride to work, meditative peace of the morning ritual decimated by paparazzi...on bicycles...Only in NY folks."

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New York City Official Calls Lady Gaga a "Slut"

PRNewsFoto/Interscope Records(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga is a native New Yorker, but one New York City official doesn't think she's a good role model for young people.  In fact, at an event on Monday, he publicly branded her a "slut."

According to the Staten Island Advance, Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro appeared at a launch event for a program called Tackling Youth Substance Abuse, at which he displayed photos of Gaga onstage in Amsterdam last week, sparking up a joint.  Marijuana use is legal in Amsterdam.  The words "Stop glorifying drug use in the media" appeared with the photos.

Molinaro said, "We have to understand that there's a tremendous influence with our youth, which I didn't have as a youth. And there's the influence right there," he said, pointing to the photos of Gaga.  "There's Gaga. Here's this ... this ... I would call her a slut. This slut is influencing many, many children ... and it's right to do. It's fine, it's part of it," he added sarcastically.

Molinaro continued, "My niece has two daughters, 12 and 14, [and] they love this woman. Why? Why?"

The borough president went on to berate "actresses, actors and ballplayers" who "use drugs as if it's nothing," adding, "We shouldn't praise them. We shouldn't honor them. We should really hit them. We should hit the sponsors that she has ... where her millions of dollars come [from]."

He added, "To me, she's not an actress, she's a slut ... in the pure meaning of the word."  It's unclear if he was referring to Gaga with that particular comment, since she's not an actress.

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Report: Charlie Sheen, Denise Richards Not Talking After NYC 'Nightmare'

ABC/RICHARD CARTWRIGHT(NEW YORK) -- Rumors recently swirled that a weekend Charlie Sheen spent with his ex-wife Denise Richards and their daughters Sam and Lola last month in New York City went awry, though at the time the Anger Management star's camp denied that he's back to partying hard.

However, The Huffington Post reports there was a big problem in the Big Apple between Sheen and Richards.

"New York was a nightmare," a friend tells HuffPo gossip guy Naughty But Nice Rob, and as a result, the stars -- who generally have been on good terms -- "have not spoken since then."

The source says of Sheen, "He didn’t see the kids in New York, except for the [Mets] game that they all attended.  It’s very, very sad.  Everyone around him tries so hard to keep the peace for the kids. But at times you have to step away.  There is so much that people don’t know.  Denise would have nothing to do with him if they didn’t have kids together."

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Report: Charlie Sheen 'Flipped Out' on Daughters on NYC Trip

ABC/RICHARD CARTWRIGHT(NEW YORK) -- A day after the actor's camp -- and the Ritz Hotel -- denied rumors he'd trashed a hotel suite in New York City, Us Weekly reported on Wednesday that the source of static between Charlie Sheen and his family Monday night was a missed family photo op.

According to the magazine, Sheen accompanied his ex-wife Denise Richards for the red carpet premiere of her new film Madea's Witness Protection, and he expected their daughters Sam and Lola to join them.  A source tells the magazine, however, that the girls, 8 and 6 years old, respectively, didn't want to mug for the cameras.

"They're shy," the spy says.  "They just wanted to see their mom's movie."

This apparently set Sheen off, according to the unnamed source.

"Charlie bugged out and flipped out on them," the source says.

Us Weekly reports "Sheen bellowed, 'Why am I even f***ing here?  This is the photo op I wanted!"

This scrap, Us Weekly claims, was the culmination of a "long family weekend in the Big Apple," leading to a "messy, drug-fueled party" and a "trashed" suite at the Ritz -- which, again, the hotel denies happened.

Sheen's new show, Anger Management, debuts at 9 p.m. ET on FX.

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Club Manager Arrested After Chris Brown, Drake Brawl

Shareif Ziyadat/Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- One day after a bottle-throwing fight erupted between Chris Brown and Drake at a New York City club, police arrested the manager of the club.

Jonathan Cantor, the manager of Greenhouse, was taken into custody Thursday night after police found out he had two outstanding warrants against him. He was summonsed for a noise violation for loud music and arrested for his open warrants.

W.i.P., the club where Drake and Brown fought, is located in the basement of Greenhouse, and is a joint venture between Greenhouse and firm Collective Hardware. Following Cantor’s arrest, the clubs were shut hours before their normal 4 a.m. closing time and the patrons were sent home.

Though multiple photos and videos of Brown and Drake’s brawl have appeared online, their reps maintain that the hip-hop stars did nothing wrong.

“Chris, Karrueche [Brown's girlfriend] and his friends were victims of a brutal attack last night at W.i.P.,” Brown’s publicist told ABC News. “They sustained several injuries.  Chris and his party are cooperating with NY authorities who are pursuing this incident further.”

NYPD have interviewed Brown, as a victim and not as a suspect, they say.

In a statement to ABC News, Drake’s publicist said, “Drake did not participate in any wrongdoing of any kind last night at W.i.P. He was on his way out of the club when the altercation began. He did not engage in any activity which resulted in injury to person or damage to property.”

Cops are investigating what happened on Wednesday night. When they arrived at the club at 4 a.m. Thursday after receiving a call about disorderly conduct, they found one man and four women who had sustained non-life threatening injuries. No charges were filed.

Brown tweeted about the incident, posting a photo of himself with a gash on his chin, but subsequently deleted those tweets.

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Analysts: Damage to New York City in "The Avengers" Would Have Topped $160 Billion

The Walt Disney Company/Marvel Comics(LOS ANGELES) -- New York City blocks are blown up in the blockbuster film The Avengers. The climactic battle between the superhero team and the god-like Loki and his alien army sees countless cars destroyed, Grand Central Terminal wrecked, skyscrapers shattered, and tons of alien hardware littering Midtown Manhattan.

Analysts crunched the numbers and determined the price tag for the battle would have topped $160 billion -- more than the financial damage of Hurricane Katrina, the Japanese tsunami, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to The Hollywood Reporter who wanted to know what all that damage would cost.

Cheekily, the disaster cost prediction and assessment firm Kinetic Analysis Corp.'s report adds, "Given the involvement of individuals considered deities in some cultures (Thor, Loki), there is even the potential to classify the event as an 'act of God,' though that designation would be subject to strenuous theological and legal debate."

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"Newsies," a Musical of a New Protest Generation 

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- What if a pirouette could bring world peace? What if a cartwheel could change the world? What if people read actual newspapers made of actual paper?

No, it wouldn’t take a miracle for that to happen. It would just take the hit Broadway musical, Newsies.

Nominated for eight Tony Awards Tuesday, including the coveted “Best Musical,” this unlikely show about unlikely kids defying the odds is having headline-grabbing success at the box office and with critics.

Newsies is the more or less true story of a paperboy strike in New York City in the summer of 1899. It was sort of the Occupy Wall Street of its time, with much better dancing.

While most of the teen and 20-something cast members of the Broadway show admit to rarely reading newspapers—they get their information from Facebook and Twitter, they say—they do think the show has struck a chord with their audience.

“We feel so blessed to be part of a show that celebrates this kind of thing that’s going on in our world,” said Jess Loprado, 19, who plays Buttons, one of the tumbling, jumping, spinning newsboys that makes the show a delight to watch.

The show has a complicated history. It is adapted from the 1992 Disney film of the same name, that was more or less a box office flop. The movie starred a pre-Batman Christian Bale, who seems more comfortable fighting crime in tights than singing and dancing.

“I don’t ever want to do a musical… ever again,” he told ABC News a few years ago.

But the show did resonate with the VHS crowd and kids watching the Disney Channel on cable.

“If I could tell one thing to Christian Bale,” said Jeremy Jordan, who reprises Bale’s Jack Kelly in the Broadway show, “I would say, try to not to be ashamed of your musical past.”

Disney said there was nothing short of a public outcry for a stage version.

“This is the only example, certainly at Disney theatrical and one of the few I can think of anywhere, where the audience decided they wanted this musical,” said Thomas Schumacher, president of the Disney Theatrical Group.

The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC News.

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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Choose L.A. Over NYC

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Aniston says she and boyfriend Justin Theroux have given up trying to live in New York City and have retreated to Los Angeles, reports People.

The magazine reports Aniston recently told The Kyle and Jackie O Show in Australia that the couple tried living in the Big Apple but it felt like they were living "in a fishbowl.”

The former Friends star is quoted as saying, “Justin still has an apartment there…It was a little rough with the paparazzi. It didn’t feel like the New York I grew up in and knew.”

Jen also told the show that on a scale of one to ten, her happiness level right now is at a “10-plus.”

Aniston and Theroux can be seen together in the recently released movie Wanderlust.

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