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84th Annual Academy Awards Poster Unveiled!

28 December 2011 9:52 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Hold onto your hats people, this might be the most exciting Oscar-themed story you read this week: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released an image of this year's official poster for the 84th Academy Awards.

Naturally the bright, shiny and exalted Oscar statuette is featured prominently, this year on the right side of the poster flanked by eight small black and white circular images that highlight scenes from seven previous best picture winners. There is Tom Hanks as "Forrest Gump," sitting on that famous bus stop bench, Marlon Brando as "The Godfather," Julie Andrews singing to the hills in "The Sound Of Music," Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With The Wind," Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman in "Driving Miss Daisy," James Dean in "Giant" (the one film featured that didn't win Best Picture, but was awarded Best Director »

- Kara Warner

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Julie Andrews 'looking forward to' another New Year's in Austria for PBS

27 December 2011 11:15 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Julie Andrews won't be home for the New Year's holiday, but she'll be someplace that almost feels like it to her.

The Oscar-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning talent filmed the classic movie "The Sound of Music" in Salzburg, and she returns to Austria as third-time host of PBS' annual "Great Performances" special "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration" Sunday (Jan. 1). In presenting the Vienna Philharmonic's traditional concert of Strauss music, she'll also tour various sites throughout the city.

"It's kind of a wonderful picture-postcard," Andrews tells Zap2it, "particularly the way PBS frames it. I do get to travel around, and it's a joy. And, of course, the music is spectacular and so is the hall (the Musikverein). In this case, I'm doing it right up to the moment ... going to various spots and taping for four or five days, then hosting the concert itself on New Year's Day."

Andrews has »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Dialect Coach Robert Easton Dies: Henry Higgins of Hollywood Coached Anne Hathaway, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Travolta

22 December 2011 12:06 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Actor and dialect coach Robert Easton, known as the "Henry Higgins of Hollywood," died of "natural causes" on Friday, Dec. 16, in the Los Angeles suburb of Toluca Lake. Easton was 81. Even if he never coached My Fair Lady/Pygmalion's Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews, or Wendy Hiller, according to the Los Angeles Times obituary Easton's dialect students included Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, John Travolta, Patrick Swayze, Ben Kingsley, Charlton Heston, Arnold Schwarzenegger (who learned to talk with a Russian accent, as per the Times), and Forest Whitaker, who learned to talk like Idi Amin Dada for his Oscar-winning role in The Last King of Scotland. When not coaching, Easton taught at UCLA and USC. Additionally, he had small supporting roles in movies such as Joshua Logan's Paint Your Wagon (1969), starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, and Jean Seberg; Mike Nichols' Working Girl (1988), with Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, and Harrison Ford »

- Andre Soares

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Van Dyke To Honour TV Wife At Sags

14 December 2011 5:31 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie veteran Dick Van Dyke will present his one-time TV wife Mary Tyler Moore with her Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award next year.

The pair played the Petries on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Moore will be honoured for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments.

Past recipients of SAG's Life Achievement Award include Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Clint Eastwood and Moore's Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Ed Asner.

The 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will take place on 29 January. »

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Blu-ray Review: Rich, Brilliant Restoration of ‘My Fair Lady’

14 December 2011 10:00 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the clear observations in re-connecting with the 1964 Oscar-winning Best Picture “My Fair Lady,” is that essentially it’s a timeless musical. It lives in a universe of George Bernard Shaw, adapted from his original play “Pygmalion,” and comes to life through the music and lyrics of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner.

Blu-ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

Audrey Hepburn stars as Eliza Doolittle, a controversial choice at the time, since Eliza was brought to the stage by the legendary Julie Andrews, but she creates a captivating, sprightly character that handles all the complex emotions of the character’s transition. Rex Harrison revives from the stage the role he is best known for, that of Professor Henry Higgins. Hepburn and Harrison have fine chemistry, and carry the glorious rendering of the film by iconic director George Cukor with heart and bearing.

Eliza is a street urchin, barely making ends meet as »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Dick Van Dyke to Present SAG.s 48th Life Achievement Award to Mary Tyler Moore at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

13 December 2011 7:47 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur

Dick Van Dyke will present Screen Actors Guild.s 48th Life Achievement Award to Mary Tyler Moore at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, executive producer and director Jeff Margolis announced today.

Screen Actors Guild is honoring Mary Tyler Moore for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. Past recipients of SAG.s Life Achievement Award include Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford and George Burns.

The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, one of the awards season.s premier events, will be simulcast live coast-to-coast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at 8 p.m. (Et) / 5 p.m. (Pt) from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. An encore primetime telecast will begin immediately following on TNT at 10 p. »

- Michelle McCue

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Seth Rogen, “Dragon Tattoo” and Steven Spielberg today’s Oscar news – Awards Alley

13 December 2011 12:40 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: The Broadcast Film Critics’ Association’s nominations for the 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were announced this morning, giving 11 noms a piece to Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist.” It’s the day’s biggest story on the Oscar campaign trail, but it’s certainly not the only story. What else is going on?

- Seth Rogen will host next year’s Independent Spirit Awards. What, if anything, that mean for “50/50’s” Spirit Award chances?

- Julie Andrews plans to honor Arlene Ludwig at Publicist Awards luncheon in February.

- Martin Scorsese will receive the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s American Riviera Award.

- The embargo on David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” was lifted today. And while dedicated Fincher fanatic Sasha Stone goes to bat for the film, Jeff Wells admits that the wind may have shifted direction on the film, »

- Sean O'Connell

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Julie Andrews to Honor Arlene Ludwig at Publicist Awards Luncheon

13 December 2011 12:06 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Julie Andrews will make an appearance at the 49th annual Publicists Awards Luncheon which as usual will be held on the Friday before the Oscars, Feb. 24, 2012. Andrews will dedicate the 2012 International Cinematographers Guild Publicist Directory to veteran Disney publicist Arlene Ludwig, in commemoration of her 50th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company. Photos: Publicist Guild Awards 2011 Icgh President Steven Poster and awards committee chair Henri Bollinger also announced that Australian talk show host Rove McManus will be the host of the luncheon this year, which will be held in Beverly Hills and typically attracts about 1,

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- Alex Ben Block

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Jaws Ride Axed at Universal Studios Orlando: What Next? A Bridesmaids Ride?

2 December 2011 12:46 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Bruce the shark at Universal Studios Orlando Steven Spielberg's 1975 horror actioner Jaws may remain one of the biggest blockbusters ever, if inflation is taken into account. In fact, it's no. 7 on Box Office Mojo's inflation-adjusted list of top domestic box-office hits, having sold enough tickets to guarantee more than $1 billion in current dollars. But that's not enough for Universal Studios Orlando, which will be sending Bruce the Shark packing in order to bring visitors something New and Exciting — and to better compete with fellow Universal amusement park, Islands of Adventure. See below (via Facebook). Hey fans, we want you to be the first to know… Jaws! and the Amity area will officially close on January 2 to make room for an exciting, New, experience we’re planning for you. We know you love Jaws! and we do too. It has been an amazing attraction and after terrorizing the waters of »

- Zac Gille

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Julie Andrews: Filmmaker husband Blake Edwards 'had six ideas a day'

2 December 2011 12:22 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Julie Andrews admits she's regarding the end-of-year holidays with a "bittersweet" feeling.

The much-beloved, Oscar-winning star of such screen classics as "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins" is approaching the Dec. 15 anniversary of the 2010 death of her husband: Blake Edwards, the hugely versatile filmmaker whose movies ranged from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Experiment in Terror" to "Days of Wine and Roses" and "The Pink Panther."

And with Andrews, he made several more enduring pictures including "Victor/Victoria," "10" and "S.O.B.," a wickedly biting Hollywood satire. "He had six ideas a day," Andrews tells Zap2it, "and one never knew quite what was going to happen next. The thing that amazed me about him, in terms of his work, was how varied it was.

"It was either a musical or something like the Western 'Wild Rovers,' which is a really interesting piece. It has all the wonderful, traditional shots »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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365 Days, 100 Films #74 - The Sound of Music (1965)

21 November 2011 11:36 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Sound of Music, 1965.

Directed by Robert Wise.

Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood and Charmian Carr.

Synopsis:

An energetic young nun, Maria, is appointed as the von Trapp family’s governess in 1930s Austria. Nazism is on the rise, and all are in potential danger.

“I wish I could say going to see a Sing-a-long version of The Sound of Music tonight is the most homosexual thing I’ve ever done…” I tweeted the day of the screening. I figured it would make the Top Three, but then a great number of people promptly reminded me of many far more homosexual things I’ve done. Being kissed by a man in drag at a nightclub called the Tranny Shack, for instance.

There was a man in drag at The Prince Charles, too, acting as the night’s compere. He was of the upper range of transvestites, »

- flickeringmyth

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News Bits: Carol Burnett To Be Honored, PaleyFest Sets Dates, Kinetic Promotes Ep

18 November 2011 11:30 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Carol Burnett will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Cinematographers Guild’ 49th annual Publicists Awards Luncheon, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 24, 2012. Previous recipients of the award include George Burns, Lew Wasserman, Warren Beatty, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford, Robert Zemeckis and last year’s honoree Sylvester Stallone. The Paley Center’s 29th annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival, will take place from March 2-14 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. FX’s new drama American Horror Story will serve as the gala opening, Modern Family will close out the festival, with Mad Men also on tap for a session. Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content, producer of the upcoming game/reality shows You Deserve It on ABC and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, has promoted Emma Conway to Executive Producer in charge of Development. Additionally, Zach Green (American Chopper, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Adele’s Doctor On How to Save A Voice

14 November 2011 1:43 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Getty Adele performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

“Hemorrhaged vocal cords.” The words conjure images of a bloody blowout, one that seems all the more dramatic because it sidelined Adele just as the 23-year-old singer was dominating the music business. But the doctor who successfully operated on Adele last week says that the condition is generally not as gruesome as it sounds (“This is not a lot of bleeding”) and does not afflict only powerhouse singers. »

- John Jurgensen

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Sos Staff Gateway Films: Justine – ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

10 November 2011 10:50 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout November, Sos staffers will be discussing the movies that made them into film fanatics.

As a child my film watching was heavily informed by a collection of MGM musicals, inappropriately adult Julie Andrews drag films, and Disney. As I entered grade school my passion for film was still virtually non-existant. Reading and television had a far more powerful draw and it is only in my early teens that I was pulled into the spectacular world of cinema.

I was an avid reader of plays and decided one day that I was not doing them justice by merely reading them cover to cover and that I should be watching them as well. Using dial-up internet I found that Paul Newman, an actor I was vaguely familiar with, had been in an adaptation in one of my favourite plays by Tennessee Williams. It was summer and I spent a few weeks »

- Justine

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Hal Kanter obituary

10 November 2011 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director and comedy writer known for his Elvis films and the hit TV series Julia

The director and writer Hal Kanter, who has died aged 92, was one of the great wits of Hollywood. He made his reputation as one of Bob Hope's principal writers, and for many years scripted the annual Oscar ceremonies (he shared Emmy awards in 1991 and 1992 for his work on the shows). He was also a huge influence on writers who followed him. He ended his 1999 autobiography, So Far, So Funny, with this: "If any of my work over the past 60 years has inspired, encouraged or motivated any young person to write comedy for radio, motion pictures or television, I apologise."

He wrote or co-wrote films including Once Upon a Horse ... (1958) for Rowan and Martin; The Road to Bali (1952) for Hope and Bing Crosby; Move Over, Darling (1963), starring Doris Day; and Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles »

- Michael Freedland

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Hal Kanter obituary

10 November 2011 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Director and comedy writer known for his Elvis films and the hit TV series Julia

The director and writer Hal Kanter, who has died aged 92, was one of the great wits of Hollywood. He made his reputation as one of Bob Hope's principal writers, and for many years scripted the annual Oscar ceremonies (he shared Emmy awards in 1991 and 1992 for his work on the shows). He was also a huge influence on writers who followed him. He ended his 1999 autobiography, So Far, So Funny, with this: "If any of my work over the past 60 years has inspired, encouraged or motivated any young person to write comedy for radio, motion pictures or television, I apologise."

He wrote or co-wrote films including Once Upon a Horse ... (1958) for Rowan and Martin; The Road to Bali (1952) for Hope and Bing Crosby; Move Over, Darling (1963), starring Doris Day; and Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles »

- Michael Freedland

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Lloyd Webber gives £3.5m to performing arts school

9 November 2011 2:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Arts Educational Schools in west London to benefit from composer's philanthropic foundation

A leading school for the performing arts is to be given £3.5m from the philanthropic foundation set up by Andrew Lloyd Webber after he sold a Picasso portrait last year.

Arts Educational Schools in west London, whose alumni include Julie Andrews, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Will Young, is to receive what is the foundation's biggest donation to date to fund refurbishment and new facilities.

Lloyd Webber said that he had been a supporter of ArtsEd for years: "I am very excited that the foundation can make a real difference to the students who will be future stars of stage and screen." The west end casting director David Grindrod, a consultant for the foundation, said the school played a "hugely important role" in bringing through new talent for theatre, TV and film.

"We are such a small island but we »

- Mark Brown

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Keith Urban to have throat surgery

4 November 2011 3:48 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

After the news that Adele has to undergo throat surgery, we have another story about a singer who may have overdone it. Country music star Keith Urban (husband to Nicole Kidman) has to get some of his own to remove a polyp from his vocal chords.

Urban was put on vocal rest back in February. Since then he's canceled concerts and other engagements, but according to USA Today, the rest wasn't enough, and the problem persists. His doctors have ordered him to undergo surgery and have put him on vocal rest for an unspecified amount of time.

Urban has canceled major concerts and events with multiple songs, but intends to keep his commitments that consist of a single song up until the surgery. Keith, speaking as someone who's had one of these things before, that's probably not a good idea. These surgeries are usually pretty risk-free, but keep Julie Andrews in mind. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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things you need to know: American girls not yet princessy enough; more pink to be applied

3 November 2011 5:26 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

America, have you noticed that your three- to twelve-year-old daughters aren’t quite as princessy as they could be? Do you secretly worry that America is falling into a “princess gap” with other nations that have their own actual, for-reals royals? Fear not! Help is at hand... if you can hang in there with your less-than-optimally pink commoner fortitude till spring. From a press release bestowed upon the kingdom this week: Julie Andrews, Target and Disney Announce First Annual National Princess Week Celebration will take place April 22-April 28, 2012 Minneapolis (Oct. 31, 2011) — World renowned actress, singer and best-selling children’s author, Julie Andrews, in collaboration with Target and The Walt Disney Company is announcing the creation and inaugural launch of National Princess Week beginning April 22, 2012. This unprecedented collaboration highlights Julie Andrews’ longtime dedication to nurturing every child’s unique spirit, as demonstrated throughout her career on stage, screen and through her children’s book endeavors. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Anne Hathaway Parties With a Princess and Her Princess Diaries Costar!

2 November 2011 7:48 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Anne Hathaway had fiction and reality mixing last night at the Princess Grace Awards Gala, held at NYC's Cipriani on 42nd Street. Her Princess Diaries costar and friend Julie Andrews was on hand to mingle with real-life royals from Monaco, Princess Albert and Princess Charlene. It's been three months since Albert and Charlene wed in a lavish weekend-long ceremony, and they seem to be moving past the July stories that she was forced to marry him against her will. In a recent interview, Charlene spoke about the runaway bride articles. She said, "Why would we go through all this effort to have this fantastic couple of days and have our most intimate, dearest friends come join us, for us to be reluctant? For me, it was a bit hilarious." Last night, a Dior-clad Charlene seemed happy to make the rounds with her husband, and the couple sat in the audience while Anne, »

- Allie Merriam

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