We talk to the adult contemporary star and she tells us all about her latest music videos, her move to Broadway and why Emma Watson can't sing
Doreen Taylor is a believer in the old-fashioned entertainments. With a studied background in opera--she has a master's degree from Temple on the subject--she started out between that world and its affiliations in musical theater. One of her earliest roles included playing Christine in a touring production of Phantom of the Opera. Later she revealed that "the 'playing a character thing' isn't me," and became a figure on the country music scene. Country Music Television, a division of Viacom, called her an "award winning country/rock singer-songwriter" and she was named a "Celeb Crush" on a website called guyspeed.com.
But, old-fashioned or not, Taylor might have more in common with a contemporary face like Chance the Rapper. She is unsigned and, has told me, refused repeated opportunities to put her name to paper. Over time, her press material emphasized her experience in acting less and her radio demographic became something called adult contemporary, which suited her: one of her singles, "Toy" reached #31 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.
Yet, she's back to playing characters. A month ago, I had swung by a premiere of "Over" at a lounge in midtown. The song is from her fourth album, Happily Ever After, and, in it, she plays a domestic abuse victim. When I called her a few weeks later, she had just come from shooting another video for another single, "Unstoppable." In her latest visual effort, she sings from the corner of a boxing ring and knocks a few punches back; a tribute to Joe Frasier. "I love acting," she tells me now. "People [are] so surprised at how decent of an actress I [am]."
At that event, she revealed details to take Happily Ever After to the Broadway stage which, calling her a few weeks later, I was interested in learning more about. So long after renouncing the mask, was Doreen Taylor taking back to the stage?
Animation is lame and live-action is awesome.
Everybody loves Disney live-action remakes.
In a world plagued by racism, disease, and a seemingly endless bounty of spiraling misfortune, at least we can all agree that Disney knocks it out of the park every time they dredge up an old, animated movie for a live-action makeover because cartoons are for babies.
Sure, some of us thought the original Beauty and the Beast was fine, but could lame, 2D Belle ever hold a candle to 3D Emma Watson? And yeah, the original Lion King was okay, I guess, but there's nobody in the world who preferred cartoon Scar's rendition of "Be Prepared" to the incredible feat of getting a real lion to sing it in the live-action remake.
Being a Disney fan can be hard sometimes, as you have fond memories of beloved childhood movies but also don't want people to make fun of you for liking cartoons. That's why, out of all the corporations in the world, Disney is undoubtedly the most selfless, willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to bring their old, outdated movies into the modern age—all for the fans.
After Halle Berry walked back her consideration of playing a transgender character, we look back at how Hollywood has repeatedly fumbled trans representation.
Halle Berry has made headlines this week after turning down a role in which, had she gone through with production, would have represented a transgender man.
Berry, an Academy Award-winning actress known for roles in films like Monster's Ball, Catwoman, and Gothika, took to Twitter Monday night to apologize for considering the role. "Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I"d like to apologize for those remarks," Berry wrote. "As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories."
The post continued: "I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera."