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Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
Arts Spotlight: Last weekend The Broad Stage in Santa Monica hosted a night of classic Hollywood glam and Big Band era jazz with the first concert presented by the Musicians at Play Foundation. Led by famed orchestrator Tim Simonec, the Vintage Masters of Swing, featured new arrangements of old favorites and the premiere of new works, all presented personally by legendary big band composers.A VIP reception was held prior to the event with celebrities including actress Sally Kellerman and film critic and historian Leonard Maltin. Each came to support the Musicians at Play whose goal is to enrich local communities’ […] »
- April Neale
Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen dead at 48 Nicholas Kallsen, who was featured opposite Brad Pitt in the short-lived television series Glory Days, has died at age 48 in Thailand according to online reports. Their source is one of Rupert Murdoch's rags, citing a Facebook posting by one of the actor's friends. The cause of death was purportedly – no specific source was provided – a drug overdose.* Aired on Fox in July 1990, Glory Days told the story of four high-school friends whose paths take different directions after graduation. Besides Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt, the show also featured Spike Alexander and Evan Mirand. Glory Days lasted a mere six episodes – two of which directed by former Happy Days actor Anson Williams – before its cancellation. Roommates Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt vying for same 'Thelma & Louise' role? The Murdoch tabloid also »
- Andre Soares
The 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held Sunday evening at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, hosted by Tyra Banks and broadcast on Pop (fka Tvgn fka TV Guide Network).
RelatedCBS, General Hospital Lead Daytime Emmy Nominations
CBS led the networks with 24 total wins, including 17 collected at Saturday’s Creative Arts ceremony; syndicated programming followed with 10 wins.
Among soap operas, The Bold and the Beautiful, buoyed by eight Creative Arts wins, dominated by grabbing 10 total statuettes. General Hospital and The Young and the Restless followed with six each, while Days of Our Lives racked up four.
The venerable Betty White »
"The Bold and the Beautiful" ran roughshod over the competition at the Daytime Emmys Creative Arts Awards, held on Friday, April 24. It won a remarkable eight prizes, as many as the other three soaps combined. See the full, official list of winners here. -Break- That included a shocking three-way tie in the new Special Guest Performer race. "B&B's" Fred Willard prevailed despite 16/1 odds from Gold Derby's predictors. Joining him in the winner's circle were our odds-on favorite, Donna Mills ("General Hospital"), and scene-stealing villain Ray Wise ("The Young and the Restless"), whom we'd ranked third with 13/2 odds. Left out of the celebration were Meredith Baxter ("Y&R"), Sally Kellerman ("Y&R") and Linda Elena Tovar ("Gh"). The other seven awards for "B&B" were Technical Team, Sound Mixing, Music Direction and Composition, Origin »
By David Savage
Kino Lorber was right to bring out Foxes (1980) in Blu-ray under their Kl Studio Classics series. The elegant re-issue seems aimed at convincing film snobs that this little gem from the last days of disco finally deserves their attention after a distance of 35 years, during which time it was either dismissed as another insignificant teen comedy of the ‘80s, or as a guilty pleasure. But longtime champions of the film, myself included, need no convincing. We owned the clamshell VHS, we owned the first-generation DVD, and now, if anything, I’d venture to say we feel vindicated that it now carries the stamp as a bonafide classic by a home video label as respected as Kino Lorber. Indeed, a major fist-pump moment comes during director Adrian Lyne’s remark in the audio commentary that Roger Ebert selected it as his favorite film of 1980 and took it with »
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