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The Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Kennedy Center Honors recipient has been the host of the Vienna Philharmonic's traditional holiday concert of Strauss selections on PBS' "Great Performances" for four of the past five years. She returns to the Musikverein to preside over the program for the fifth time Wednesday, Jan. 1 (check local listings), as Daniel Barenboim conducts the orchestra. The Vienna State Opera also will perform again.
"I'm a huge fan," Andrews says of Barenboim, who also was the conductor the first time she succeeded Walter Cronkite in hosting the special in 2009. "I couldn't be more thrilled, and what a kudo for PBS that he's doing it. It'll be a good one."
Andrews gets to tour Vienna sites in the course of the show, but she knows its overall effect is very dependent on the music chosen. »
Some highlights of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day television programming:
"The Walking Dead" marathon (Tuesday, Dec. 31, AMC): You say you want zombies to help you end one year and start the next? Obviously, you need look no further. All four seasons to date will be shown in their entirety, continuing through New Year's Day.
"The Twilight Zone" marathon (Tuesday, Syfy): A festival of episodes of Rod Serling's classic fantasy-suspense anthology has been a TV indicator of the new year for quite some time, and it remains in place.
"New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music" (Tuesday, ABC): Thanks to Dick Clark Productions' extensive archive of performances from "American Bandstand" and past New Year's Eve specials, it'll be easy for this show's staff to gather clips of the ladies on the list.
You might think New Year’s Eve TV is all about the countdown, but we at TVLine have compiled plenty of other hidden gems for you to keep on your radar. As 2013 becomes ’14, enjoy marathons of current favorites (The Walking Dead, The Mindy Project), New Year’s specials and, of course, the most important 10 seconds of the year. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, December 31
6 am — 8 pm Law & Order: Svu (USA Network) | Some things just go together: peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, and the holidays and Svu marathons.
6 am — 3: »
Cinderella obviously has a cell these days. Call Me Maybe singer Carly Rae Jepsen will make her Broadway debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Broadway has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl," said Jepsen, 28, "and I look forward to working with this incredibly talented cast to tell this classic tale." The Grammy-nominated pop singer, who is currently working on her new album, has some big glass slippers to fill in the title role. Julie Andrews starred in the original 1957 TV musical, and Jepsen will replace Laura Osnes, who earned a Tony nomination for her stage performance. »
- Wade Rouse and Melody Chiu
When you think of the movies you really love, your memories of a great many of them are probably linked, in one way or another, to music. Yet movies and music remain, at least in our heads, beautifully complimentary yet distinct things, like food and wine, or football and big TVs. They shouldn’t, though. A musical, of course, is its own special mashup. Yet there are so many other incredible ways that movies and music can merge. The title sequence of Singin’ in the Rain is a great number — and so, in its way, is Ewan McGregor’s performance »
- Owen Gleiberman
Mary Poppins is one of the biggest and most beloved Disney classics ever, a film so enormous in its cultural reach that it has now inspired another movie, Saving Mr. Banks, which is all about its making. Because you are a human being, you likely watched Mary Poppins over and over as a child, and many of the songs and lines and individual moments from the movie are burned into your brain. What you don't remember — and likely won't, until Saving Mr. Banks tempts you into rewatching the movie as an adult — is just how much of Mary Poppins you probably fast-forwarded through during childhood. Quite a bit, as it turns out!A few months ago, when I popped in Mary Poppins for the first time in decades, I expected to find it had only appreciated in value; after all, the other Julie Andrews singing spectacular from 1965, The »
- Kyle Buchanan
The hills weren't really alive. They were alive...adjacent. That's the verdict for Sunday night's airing of the classic Sound of Music with Julie Andrews, which pulled in roughly 6.5 million viewers on ABC. That's about one-third of the audience Carrie Underwood garnered for NBC's Sound of Music Live! on Dec. 5. About 18.5 million viewerd tuned in for NBC's first live-tv musical experiment, which attracted high praise for Underwood's voice, and a few raised brows regarding her acting abilities. Now, of course, it wasn't exactly a fair fight. NBC's version of Music aired well before the holidays, on a Sunday in early December that wasn't totally dominated by football. NBC's »
It was the most lopsided result of the NFL season, but the Philadelphia Eagles’ 54-11 trouncing of the Chicago Bears on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” helped the net dominate ratings on a night that also saw ABC post year-over-year gains for its annual rebroadcast of the original “Sound of Music” movie.
Preliminary estimates for live events are always subject to revision, but the football game on NBC averaged a 5.5 rating/16 share in adults 18-49 and 16 million viewers overall on the net’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise a bit in the nationals. This will certainly be among the lower rated “Snf” games of the season, but it still crushed everything on the night.
The game did a 30.6 household rating/46 share in Philadelphia and a 28.2/44 in the Windy City. It also did a big 19.9/32in Milwaukee, a reflection of interest by fans of the Green Bay Packers, »
- Rick Kissell
On the heels of NBC’s wildly successful “Sound of Music Live” remake, ABC aired the Julie Andrews classic to far less fanfare. NBC’s Dec. 5 version, starring Carrie Underwood, earned a 4.6 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 18.5 million viewers. ABC’s re-airing of the original got just a 1.3 and 6.5 million viewers on Sunday night. This weekend, the hills were more alive with the sounds of football. NBC’s Sunday night NFL offering helped the network win outright by a large margin, though due to the nature of live sports, results for NBC, CBS and Fox are subject to. »
- Tony Maglio
Maybe you've already had your fill of holiday programming, but this is when it gets serious.
With Christmas coming at midweek this year, that still leaves several days for networks to offer signs of the season ... some of which have been shown already this year but still are hugely appropriate for viewing. And maybe even more so, the closer to the actual holiday it gets.
Zap2it has selected a sampling of some of the home-screen gifts being presented in the coming days.
"The Wizard of Oz" (Sunday, Dec. 22, TNT): It had a 3-D and IMAX retrofitting recently, but there's something comforting about going "Over the Rainbow" with the Judy Garland-starring 1939 classic at home.
Model and dance partner seize trophy after performance described by judge Darcey Bussell as "a joy to watch"
After one of the closest-fought finals in Strictly's history, model Abbey Clancy, the wife of footballer Peter Crouch, and her Slovenian professional dance partner, Aljaz Skorjanec, went home with the Strictly Come Dancing trophy on Saturday. Their final dance was described as "a seamless quickstep and a joy to watch," according to judge Darcey Bussell. "Top of the league," added head judge Len Goodman. "There was a little incident near the end. You took off and Aljaz forgot to. But, listen, I think you are a spectacular dancer."
Clancy was not the only winner this year, with the show itself trouncing its rival The X Factor in the annual ratings battle. As Goodman put it, we've all "got the jitters for the glitters".
The success of Strictly Come Dancing meant the »
- Viv Groskop
‘Judgment at Nuremberg,’ Martin Luther King Day documentaries, ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’: Library of Congress’ Packard Theater January 2014 movies (photo: Maximilian Schell in ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’) Judgment at Nuremberg, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Roger & Me, Pulp Fiction, and Ella Cinders, five National Film Registry 2013 additions will be screened at the LoC’s Packard Campus Theater in January 2014. Directed by the invariably well-intentioned — at times heavy-handedly so — Stanley Kramer, Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) is a surprisingly effective dramatization of the Nazi War Trials. The generally first-rate cast includes Best Actor Academy Award winner Maximilian Schell, Best Actor nominee Spencer Tracy, Best Supporting Actor nominee Montgomery Clift (who reportedly worked for no fee), Best Supporting Actress nominee Judy Garland, Richard Widmark, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, and a pre-Star Trek William Shatner. Mike Nichols’ Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) earned Elizabeth Taylor and Sandy Dennis Oscars, in »
- Andre Soares
Disney knows how to cross-promote better than anyone in the business. With “Saving Mr. Banks” hitting theaters and earning Oscar buzz for Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, it makes total sense to re-release “Mary Poppins” on Blu-ray. If you’re not familiar, “Banks” is the story of the making of “Poppins” and fans of the new film will love the opportunity to check out what resulted from this mostly true story.
With or without “Saving Mr. Banks” to tie it in with, “Mary Poppins” has held up remarkably well. It’s a beloved family classic that has been given the full HD upgrade from Disney. It looks better than ever with a perfect HD polish. The special features are nice, especially the new ones and the ability to sing along with your favorite songs, but it’s the quality video and audio on the movie itself that’s most notable. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
On TV this weekend: Fallon and Timberlake bring holiday cheer to Saturday Night Live, HBO honors James Gandolfini and the hills are alive with the real Sound of Music. Here are 13 programs to keep on your radar.
Saturday, December 21
8 pm I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown! (ABC) | Lucy and Linus’ little brother turns to Snoopy’s brother when he wants a dog for Christmas.
9 pm Atlantis (BBC America) | Ariadne must decide where her loyalties lie.
10 pm 48 Hours (CBS) | The team investigates the Highway of Tears murders.
‘Gilda,’ ‘Pulp Fiction’: 2013 National Film Registry movies (photo: Rita Hayworth in ‘Gilda’) See previous post: “‘Mary Poppins’ in National Film Registry: Good Timing for Disney’s ‘Saving Mr. Banks.’” Billy Woodberry’s UCLA thesis film Bless Their Little Hearts (1984). Stanton Kaye’s Brandy in the Wilderness (1969). The Film Group’s Cicero March (1966), about a Civil Rights march in an all-white Chicago suburb. Norbert A. Myles’ Daughter of Dawn (1920), with Hunting Horse, Oscar Yellow Wolf, Esther Labarre. Bill Morrison’s Decasia (2002), featuring decomposing archival footage. Alfred E. Green’s Ella Cinders (1926), with Colleen Moore, Lloyd Hughes, Vera Lewis. Fred M. Wilcox’s Forbidden Planet (1956), with Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Robby the Robot. Charles Vidor’s Gilda (1946), with Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready. John and Faith Hubley’s Oscar-winning animated short The Hole (1962). Stanley Kramer’s Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), with Best Actor Oscar winner Maximilian Schell, »
- Andre Soares
‘Mary Poppins’ among 25 films chosen for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry (photo: Julie Andrews in ‘Mary Poppins’) The powers-that-be at the United States’ Library of Congress have chosen to give the Walt Disney Studios a little support. Saving Mr. Banks, directed by John Lee Hancock, and starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, opened to solid — though hardly outstanding — box office numbers at 15 North American venues last Friday, December 13, 2013. The movie, which also features Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, and Rachel Griffiths, opened in wide release in the U.S. and Canada today, Dec. 20. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Library of Congress announced that Mary Poppins (1964) had been included among the 25 movies added to the National Film Registry "to be preserved as cinematic treasures for generations to come." Directed by Robert Stevenson, Mary Poppins remains one of the biggest blockbusters ever, »
- Andre Soares
Directed by John Lee Hancock
“They said only God could make a tree,” Walt Disney says proudly as he strolls down Main Street, U.S.A. in the Disneyland theme park, late in Saving Mr. Banks. Walt, as he prefers to be known, gladhands all the park guests who recognize him from his years of hosting the Disneyland TV series as well as from being the man in charge of many of the heroes and villains of 20th-century America’s collective childhood. He’s in the park this day, showing off his facsimile creation of the ultimate small town to the rigid and distant British author P.L. Travers. So, yes, it was once said that only God was capable of creating life, but at Disneyland, even the next-best thing appears to be satisfactory enough to qualify as a deity. »
- Josh Spiegel
BBC One has confirmed the song choices and dance styles for this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing grand final.
In the first ever all-woman lineup, each couple will initially perform two routines in a bid to win the eleventh series of the show - a former dance picked by the judges and then a showdance.
One couple will then be eliminated from the competition, and the remaining three finalists will go on to dance their favourite routine from the series.
The songs and dance styles in full are as follows:
Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec - Waltz to 'Kissing You' by Des'ree (judges' choice); 'Sweet Child o' Mine' by Guns N' Roses (showdance); Quickstep to Katrina and the Waves' 'Walking on Sunshine' (couples' favourite).
By Todd Garbarini
Mary Poppins (1964) was a first for me in two ways: one of the earliest movies I can remember seeing in a theater (I was five years old when it was reissued in 1973 and the Rialto Cinema in Westfield, New Jersey, the theater where I saw it, is actually one of the few remaining theaters from that era that is still in business) and one of the first movies I saw played back on a Vcr (in 1980). I could hardly believe my eyes at age 5 and wondered just how in the world Mary Poppins (she is never, ever to be called just “Mary”), the chimney sweeper, and her two young charges managed to make their way into the sidewalk paintings with all of the colorful characters. 40 years later, I could pretty much figure it out for myself having seen many behind-the-scenes documentaries. And yet even though the man »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
“Pulp Fiction,” “Roger & Me,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “Mary Poppins,” “Judgment at Nuremberg” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” are among 25 films selected by the Library of Congress this year to be added to its National Film Registry.
The registry is composed of U.S.-made pics dating from 1912 that are deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” enough to warrant preservation. The list is expanded annually by 25 titles selected by the librarian from suggestions by the facility’s curators, members of the National Film Preservation Board and the public. The 2013 selections bring the number of pics in the Registry to 625.
Eligible films run the gamut of Hollywood classics, silent films, documentaries, independent and experimental motion pictures. This year’s picks are the usual eclectic mix that include MGM’s 1956 sci-fi classic, “Forbidden Planet;” John Wayne’s much-praised turn in John Ford’s 1952 drama “The Quiet Man;” the Charles Vidor- directed film noir classic, »
- Paul Harris
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