11:33 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 02/27/2013 09:15AM
It's the biggest Oscar winner of all time, but it's also a code word for disaster: Titanic.
Now, an Australian billionaire plans to recreate the legendary ship, and charge $1 million for a first-class cabin when his replica Titanic II re-traces the original 1912 route of the great ship that went down.
Once the new ship is built in China, its maiden voyage is scheduled for late 2016 and will hopefully go the full distance from England's Southampton to New York's West Side.
Its furnishings, said its financier Clive Palmer, will include a Turkish bath (just like on the original) and the ornate grand staircase which Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet descended in the 1997 James Cameron movie.
It will also have some things the original didn't: air-conditioning and enough lifeboats.
Originally posted 07/12/2012 08:00AM
Fresh off the show's 200th episode, So You Think You Can Dance's season 9 had its first live show on Wednesday.
After a workplace-set group number by the top 20, judge Mary Murphy handed out a ticket on the "hot tamale train" to ballroom dancer Witney Carson, 18. But her ballet-dancer partner Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, 23, did not fare as well.
"When we pulled ballroom I wanted to die a little bit. I'm so new to this and I felt awkward," Wespi-Tschopp told PEOPLE of working with their choreographer, Dancing with the Stars pro Louis Van Amstel, who called him a "pretty boy with work to do" in rehearsal.
Receiving more positive feedback were jazz dancer Tiffany Maher, and contemporary dancer George Lawrence II, both 19, who left Murphy "breathless" after their Sonya Tayek contemporary routine.
Originally posted 04/04/2012 06:45PM
Before Peeta and Katniss broke box-office records, before Edward and Bella set tween hearts swooning, there was Jack and Rose.
Fifteen years ago, the youthful star-crossed lovers in 1997's Titanic – played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet – helped propel James Cameron's epic blockbuster into box-office history. The film earned $1.8 billion worldwide and scored 11 Oscars.
Now Titanic is sailing back into theaters on April 4, this time in 3D. To mark the re-release, which is taking place along with the 100th anniversary of the real sea disaster, PEOPLE spoke with Winslet and Cameron about their memories of the film – including a few surprises:
Originally posted 04/01/2012 03:00PM
Deep-sea explorer Robert D. Ballard is such a renowned expert in his field that last year he was even parodied on 30 Rock. He's also been scrupulously profiled on 60 Minutes.
One particular accomplishment will place him squarely back into the spotlight this month, when, on April 14, the world marks the 100th anniversary of the one of the most romanticized tragedies of all time, the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic – the remains of which Dr. Ballard discovered on Sept. 1, 1985, at 12:48 a.m., 12,450 feet below.
"It was a very difficult hunt," Ballard, 69, recently said, with great understatement, at the Explorers Club in Manhattan. What he also announced is a soon-to-open interactive exhibition slated for Connecticut's Mystic Aquarium, devoted to his search for the wreckage of the ill-fated, "unsinkable" ship.
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