*Julia Stiles has been added to the cast of Neil LaBute’s upcoming Broadway play, Fat Pig. With Dane Cook and Josh Hamilton also in the cast, the drama is an incendiary commentary about social norms and the sexist values perceived in physical appearances. Casting for the role of the pivotal overweight character, Helen, has yet to be announced. Fat Pig will begin previews April 12 for an April 26 opening.
*Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, a Russian film critic based in Chicago, has been chosen to co-host Roger Ebert’s new critique TV program, “Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies”. Who is this with the exotically multisyllabic name you ask? Apparently he is a freelance film writer and blogger who goes by the more palatable nickname “Ignatius”. His writing is featured on www.mubi.com, a social forum for cinephiles, and The Chicago Reader. Associated Press film critic Christy Lemire will be the other sidekick when the show premieres January 21.
*New York City’s Carnegie Hall has confirmed plans for its lavish anniversary event celebrating 120 years. The gala will be scheduled on April 12 to be hosted by James Taylor, featuring performances by a flurry of celebrity guests: Sting, Bette Midler, Steve Martin, Barbara Cook and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. It will be a grand night as the event honors the long history and legacy of the famous hall.