‘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.

UPCOMING PROJECTS REMINDER

Sorry about the lack of updates guys, there hasn’t been a whole lot of news as of late, since Idina’s currently taking a post-show, holiday hiatus. (Which works out great, since I’m in the middle of finals – eek!) But still, I wanted to update everyone on all the upcoming stuff, just in case this dry spell is making everyone forget.

All of this information is posted on the sidebar under “Current Projects” – But I’m listing it here since I know this might be the only place people check. So here it is: At the start of this new year, Idina will be heading into the recording studio to lay down tracks for her new solo album with Warner Brothers – there is currently no information on when the album will be released, but we can only hope that it is sooner rather than later. The cast recording for Idina’s recent show, See What I Wanna See is also planning to be released this coming January.

In the FILM category, Rent will be released on DVD within the next 5 months, so keep your eyes open for that. Also, Idina’s other (and lesser known) films, are set to be released this coming Spring: The Tollbooth, which has gone through the festival circuit throughout the past year (I saw it in LA, and I adored it! A must see!), will be released on February 3, 2006 in NYC and Long Island ONLY (limited release), though depending on the success of that release, it could very well get distributed in a WIDE release across the country. So if you are in the NYC-area, go support the film! I will put more information up on places where it is showing when the time comes. Secondly, the film Ask the Dust is finally set to be released on March 17, 2006. I’m not sure how wide-spread the distribution will be, but again, I will keep everyone posted.

In the THEATRE category, Idina is NOT currently scheduled to appear in any shows, however, she is planning an appearance at The Public Sings Benefit Concert on January 30, 2006 – Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. There’s a huge range in prices, so it’s a pretty affordable event.

As I continue to say, I will report the news here as it comes to me. :) Thanks everyone for being so patient – I have finals this coming week, so unless there’s a huge Idina-happening, there may not be a lot of updates. Once I am home for the holidays though, many more updates will come!

(I’m also trying out a new NEWS system, which accounts for the different look – We’ll see how this one works out, since it’s easier to manage. But ADDED is the ability for all of you to make comments to the updates here. Hopefully you’ll find that helpful/useful!)

‘SWIWS’ FINAL SHOW

This afternoon was the final performance of Idina’s Off-Broadway show, See What I Wanna See, at the Public Theatre. I just wanted to write a congratulations to Idina and the cast for such a well-received and successful run — All the best, and I can definitely say, we can’t wait for the Cast Recording :)

PRESS CONFERENCE IMAGES

Thanks to a very special person, I was able to get some incredibly gorgeous, UNMARKED images of Idina from last month’s Rent movie Press Conference, which she attended on Nov. 19 with Jesse L. Martin and Taye Diggs. I have added 20 beautiful pictures to the Gallery below.

AUDIO INTERVIEWS

Yesterday morning, Idina appeared on the NYC radio station, Z100, and gave a great interview about herself and Rent! The audio has been added to the station’s official site here, and I’ll also be adding the link to the Interview/Chat Sounds Page so it’ll be there for reference.

Also, I have uploaded (thanks to a very special person who recorded it) a interview segment that the cast of Rent did last Friday on SIRIUS Satellite Radio with Seth Rudetsky. Click here to download it (it’s almost an hour in length) – It features funny interviews with the cast and many of the most popular songs on the Soundtrack are also showcased. :D Enjoy!

NOTE: I have gotten quite a few e-mails from people letting me know about Rent cast appearances, videos, interviews, photos, magazines, etc… This I appreciate very very much, and for those of you have have written, I thank you. — However, I remind you all that this is an Idina Menzel Fan Site, not a Rent Fan Site… As much as I would love to add all these links to interviews with Adam, Tracie, Anthony, etc, I just don’t have room for it. If Idina is not featured, it doesn’t have a place on this site. I encourage everyone looking for other information on the movie and its cast to visit the amazing Rent Fan Site, Forget-Regret.net, or the active online forums for the movie and show, Compulsive Bowlers and the Live Journal communities, Rent_the_Movie and Rent. I check these avidly everyday, and it is the best place to put up and find media and information related to other members of the cast. I apoloize to those who would like me to add it here. But as of right now, it’s too much. Thanks __ <3 Kim