Originally created 06/26/04

People in the News



NEW YORK -- After an 11-year break from the theater, Neve Campbell is making her Broadway debut.

The former star of television's "Party of Five" and the "Scream" movies will perform in Allan Knee's play "Syncopation," which opens Oct. 24. She previously appeared in the Toronto production of "The Phantom of the Opera" during her teen years.

"I just feel the urge to get back on stage now," the 30-year-old told The Associated Press on Thursday. "I'm sort of disappointed in the scripts I'm reading. I would rather go do a play than sit at home moping. I know it will help me grow as an actor, and it will be good to work my muscles again."

Campbell plays an introverted factory worker in turn-of-the-century New York who dreams about dancing. Her character begins taking ballroom dance lessons on the sly, where she meets a man (played by Michael Hayden) with similar fantasies. The two fall in love.

Campbell, who began dancing when she was 6, has studied all kinds of dance: ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, flamenco and hip-hop. Noticeably missing from the list is ballroom.

"I didn't have time for that," she said with a laugh.

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Randal Kleiser, director of "Grease" and "The Blue Lagoon," will begin filming a romantic comedy in the Dominican Republic next week.

Amanda Bynes and Chris Carmack will star in "Lovewrecked," production supervisor Paul Jaconi Biery said Thursday.

Bynes will play a college student who goes on vacation in the Caribbean. Carmack's character plays in a band and the two meet during a concert at a hotel, Biery said.

Filming, set to begin Monday, will take place around the northern town of Puerto Plata, one of the country's most popular tourist areas. Sets will include theme parks, hotels and beaches, said production assistant Mercedes Rosario.

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ROME -- An exhibit to be shown in Milan and New York will explore the work of one of the least known Renaissance artists, Fra Carnevale, putting on display his paintings as well as pieces by some masters he knew during his life, including Piero della Francesca and Filippo Lippi.

The show aims to be one of the most comprehensive exhibits ever on Fra Carnevale, a Dominican monk who lived in the 15th century and worked in Italy as an architect and painter, organizers said Thursday.

The exhibit will run from Oct. 12 to Jan. 9 at Milan's Brera museum. It will then be on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from Feb. 1 to May 1.

Highlights include "Nativita della Vergine (Birth of the Virgin)," which is on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a companion panel, "Presentazione della Vergine al Tempio (Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple)," from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

The two works were part of an altarpiece for a church in Urbino, a central Italian city where Fra Carnevale lived and developed his art.

Overall, more than 50 pieces will be presented, including paintings, sculptures and drawings. Fourteen of these are by Fra Carnevale or attributed to him.

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NEW YORK -- Australian rock band INXS, which has kept going with guest vocalists since Michael Hutchence died in 1997, has enlisted reality TV guru Mark Burnett to help them find a new singer.

Burnett's reality series "Rock Star" will air next summer on CBS, the network announced Thursday.

His obvious model is Fox's "American Idol." Burnett will hold auditions in the United States and in London, Tokyo and Sydney, Australia. The top contenders will live together in Hollywood and compete live each week.

INXS, which had the hits "What You Need" and "Need You Tonight," will embark on a world tour with their new singer.

Burnett's pedigree as producer of "Survivor" and "The Apprentice" made "Rock Star" a concept eagerly sought by the TV networks.

"Rock stars offer rich material for the reality TV world," Burnett said. "They are colorful personalities and charismatic performers who make great reality TV characters."

By airing in the summer, "Rock Star" won't be going head-to-head with "American Idol," which ends its competition in May.