Angela Lansbury To Topline ‘Blithe Spirit’ On London Stage
Angela Lansbury 2013Angela Lansbury is set to appear on the London stage for the first time in nearly four decades in a new production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. The 88-year-old Brit will play Madame Arcati, a role she played on Broadway in 2009, winning a Tony Award. The show will open March 18 for a limited 15-week run at the Gielgud Theatre. The former Murder, She Wrote star and MGM contract player, who won an Honorary Oscar this year, most recently trod the West End boards playing the lead role in Gypsy in 1974.

The Grandmaster’ Leads With Asia-Pacific Film Festival Awards Nominees
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Bertelsmann Exec Thomas Hesse Leaving Company
Thomas HesseThomas Hesse, president of Corporate Development and New Businesses at Bertelsmann and a member of its executive board, is leaving his posts effective at year’s end. The company said he is exiting to pursue new opportunities in the digital business sector. He will remain affiliated with Bertelsmann as a consultant to the board, which he joined in February 2012. Before that he was he was President in charge of Global Digital Business, US Sales and Corporate Strategy at Sony BMG and then Sony Music Entertainment. Hesse came to Sony from Bertelsmann as a result of the 2004 merger between BMG and Sony Music.