HOLLYWOOD —  The super-bombastic Cher kicked off her “Dressed to Kill” tour in March (recently in Ontario, Canada; Seattle; and San Jose, California) to some of the best reviews of her career. The critics loved Cher’s golden gladiator with a blond wig; her vampire, with a bat-shaped headdress and fangs; and her tribute to the swinging ’60s, replete in red mini skirt and faux fur coat.

The 72-show tour will net her more than $42 million. She’ll soon be playing New York (Madison Square Garden Sept. 20-21), New Jersey, D.C., Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Her tour ends Nov. 3 in Wichita, Kansas. Also knocking them dead is Cher’s opening act, Cyndi Lauper, who makes her entrance wrapped in a rainbow flag, showing her “True Colors.” If you live anywhere near where Cher is stopping by, don’t miss her show … it may be her last farewell tour
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Even on tour, Cher is stirring up controversy. Well-known for being an animal activist, Cher has called on her 2 million Twitter followers to lash out at Sea World, texting, “SEA WORLD IS A HEINOUS CORP. THAT PRETENDS 2 CARE 4 WHALES. IT IS (money) & ONLY (money) THAT MOTIVATES THEM.” Last year she offered a $500,000 reward for the L.A. Zoo’s release of Billy the Elephant, an animal described as “overweight, depressed and sexually frustrated.” A judge ruled in 2012 that Billy could remain in her enclosure, but Cher hasn’t given up the fight to see her released.
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The Disney Corp., which owns ABC Television, is hard at work preparing both a sequel and a Broadway musical of its billion-dollar baby “Frozen.” But in the meantime, Disney is spinning the characters of Anna, Elsa and Kristoff into the fourth season of its show “Once Upon a Time.” Newcomer Elizabeth Lail will play Anna, and Scott Michael Foster, of the ABC Family series “Greek,” will play Kristoff. The role of Elsa hasn’t been cast yet. Now the question is, will kids, the biggest fans of “Frozen,” watch this show, or will their parents tune it out because they’re sick of “Frozen,” which their kids watch night and day?
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Looks like Warners dropped the ball on the ad campaign for Clint Eastwood’s great new film, “Jersey Boys.” It succeeded in getting the over-50 demographic into the theaters, but the younger audiences are not showing up because they don’t know the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Come on, Clint, you played ramrod Rowdy Yates on “Rawhide,” you must know a way of herding them in like cattle!

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