HAPPY HOLIDAYS + NEW LAYOUT!

Happy Holidays, everyone! I promised a small holiday surprise and here it is! Nothing’s been moved around, just the look is different. I’ve been working on a new layout for the site for a little while now, and I thought Christmas Day might be a nice time to reveal it officially smile ! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope everyone is having a wonderful winter holiday season — And I know Idina-news is scarce right now, but I promise, I have a lot I plan to add after all this holiday business is done. Oh, and please, let me know what you think of the new look (make a comment or somethin’, I’d love to hear from you wassat ) I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

On the issue of the Videos, I know I said I’d get them up and ready by today, but it’s more work than I thought, and it’ll have to wait until after Christmas (when my family is gone.) Sorry for the inconvenience, it’ll only be for a little bit longer.

Again, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! tongue

VIDEOS DOWN

Unbeknownst to me, many of the videos on the site have TEMPORARILY gone down. All of the ones connected to the Online File Folder aren’t sharing at the moment, so I’m in the process of uploading the videos to my site directly (which will hopefully mean little to NO downloading problems in the future) — That will mean, however, that I have to trust you all to please not hotlink (meaning post the video links anywhere else.) I don’t want to risk losing bandwidth and/or the site going down sad That would be no good at all. I know a lot of people do it with the pictures, and while I’m not happy about that either, the videos suck up way more bandwidth. So when I put them up (which’ll hopefully be later today) I hope you’ll be respectful to the site and the work I’ve put into the Video Section.

I will update later on for sure with my “holiday surprise”, as well, but for now, I’m off to bed. smile

‘RENT’ DVD NEWS

Most might already know this, but I couldn’t update yesterday when I wanted to, so better late than never — The Rent DVD is scheduled to be released this coming February 21, 2006, according to MoviesOnline.ca. There’s no info yet on the DVD’s special features, but we’ll all cross our fingers that it’s some pretty good crap :)

Also, for anyone who is interested: The fan e-mail INBOX on Idina’s Official site has been emptied, so it can now receive new mail. (For those who are unaware, it’s been full for awhile now, which wouldn’t allow e-mails through.) — Notice: If you write her an e-mail, there is NO GUARANTEE that she will respond! I’ve gotten dozens and dozens of e-mails about a contact address for her, and while there’s no official “snail mail” address as of right now, this e-mail is the best option for fans. But please, don’t abuse it. If too many people do, the e-mail address may not stay active for long. The e-mail is: fanmail@idinamenzel.com.

Happy Holidays, everyone! I might be doin’ something with the site as a holiday treat, so keep an eye out for that ;)

GALLERY UPDATE

My finals are finally over, and it’s back to some free time for updating! I wanted to thank everyone who wished me luck, I think I did fairly well. :) haha, we’ll see though!

But in celebration of finishing and coming home for the holidays, I added a TON of pictures that I had gathered but neglected to put up. They just piled up on my hard drive, but now almost all of them are loaded to the Gallery. Many of the pictures are from previous events, I’ve just added more. These include Broadway on Broadway 2003, 21st Annual Artios Awards 2005, Virgin Megastore ‘Rent’ CD Signing, ‘Rent’ NYC Premiere, Drama League Awards 2004, and thanks to Sam, 24 beautiful new ‘Rent’ Press Conference photos. I plan to add many more photos, including UNWATERMARKED versions of some of the others I have posted already. New albums include [1] Obie Awards 2004, and [2] ‘Wicked’ Sephora Signing from 2003 (links below):


To view other recently added photos, Click Here. I promise, more photos will be posted once I get them organized.

‘RENT’ ENSEMBLE GETS AWARD NOD

Rent was recently nominated for 3 Critics’ Choice Awards, including Best Acting Ensemble (which o’course, includes Idina!) The other categories in which it was nominated were Best Song – “Seasons of Love” – and Best Soundtrack. Congratulations to Idina and the cast of the film for such great recognition. :)

The awards will be announced on January 9, 2006 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in California. It plans to air LIVE on the WB network. For more information, visit the award show’s Official Site.

No word yet on if any members of the film plan to attend the show, but we’ll definitely keep an eye open just in case.