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Despite wrapping up against the elements, Catherine Zeta Jones did not let New York's sub-zero stop her from looking glamorous upon exiting a Broadway theatre. And the gracious star even braved the fierce weather conditions as she emerged from the stage door to stop and chat with theatregoers and sign their programmes. Catherine is making her Broadway debut in a new adaptation of the musical, A Little Night Music, at the Walter Kerr Theatre in Manhattan. The Oscar-winner shares the stage with veteran actress and Murder She Wrote star Angela Lansbury in the production, which has received critical acclaim. Catherine plays Swedish actress Desirée Armfeldt with Lansbury as her mother Madame Armfeldt in the Trevor Nunn »
- Ellie Pratt
Maroulis was the "overwhelming choice" of more than 25,000 voters in the year-end poll for his Tony-nominated performance in the '80s rock musical "Rock of Ages," the site says. He beat out Jackman and Daniel Craig ("A Steady Rain"), Lansbury ("Blithe Spirit" and "A Little Night Music"), Ferrell ("You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush"), Gavin Creel ("Hair"), Alice Ripley ("Next to Normal") and Geoffrey Rush ("Exit the King").
He also got to give an acceptance speech, which comes from a rather unglamorous spot but on the upside doesn't have anyone playing him off the stage after 30 seconds. Here it is.
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The usually warranted anxieties and irritations over ill-equipped film actors polluting the Broadway stage can happily be put to rest for the current revival of A Little Night Music. It will come as no surprise that the legendary Angela Lansbury delivers once again, but Catherine Zeta-Jones does something few have done for some time now: makes a leap from film to the stage that we can only hope she will repeat.
If you are not familiar with the work of composer Stephen Sondheim, this production presents the perfect opportunity for an introduction. If you already know and love the musical master, then it’s time to treat yourself to an early Christmas present.
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- C. Jefferson Thom
British actress Kristin Scott Thomas has pulled out of a planned run in a production of A Little Night Music after injuring her foot.
But Scott Thomas has quit the production after she was sidelined with an unspecified foot injury, according to Variety.com.
The actress, who was due to begin her run in the show in February, has reportedly been replaced by English actress Greta Scacchi.
In his garden shed, Oliver Postgate concocted a perfect little world for children
I came late to Bagpuss – that candy-striped, saggy, old cat puss – via my granddaughter. It was devastating love at first sight. When I was small, the BBC was much more magisterial. I do remember a radio programme in which a well-spoken chap called Romany took two polite children round the countryside, pointing out things of interest. I think their parents must have been mad.
Bagpuss spent most of the time sunk in slothful slumber and, apparently, pink-striped pyjamas, but when he woke up, the whole world woke up. In Oliver Postgate: A Life in Small Films (BBC4), his son said he saw Bagpuss as a dozy bloke in a pub: "Buy him a pint and he'll tell you a story." I was shocked.
Oliver Postgate, who died last year, concocted a perfect little world in a garden shed. »
- Nancy Banks-Smith
MGM Home Video has offered up thirteen different star-centered CD packs, all conveniently priced at $24.95 but savvy shoppers can find them for as little as $14.95. Each box set features four films from the studio’s vast library and neatly packages them together.
What you pay for in convenience, though, you lose in the rich DVD experience that many aficionados want from their home video. The films come with commentary and maybe the trailer but little else. So, if your recipient is a major fan of the films and/or stars, be warned.
Having said that, two that were sent for review, are pretty nice. The Clint Eastwood Star Collection offers up A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, and Hang ‘Em High. That’s 721 minutes of Clint in his spaghetti western days and the birth of a film icon. Oddly, A Fistful of Dollars »
- Robert Greenberger
Fans of Catherine Zeta-Jones who thought they were getting inadvertently flashed by the star were getting excited a little bit too soon, it turns out. The Welsh beauty stars onstage with Angela Lansbury in A Little Night Music and some theatre-goers have been left thinking they were catching thrilling flashes of her flesh after seeing her perform in the Broadway play. But in fact the star is never actually naked – and the audience never sees anything raunchier than a body stocking. Fans were so convinced they had seen the star naked, they told the New York Post that Zeta-Jones was flashing her boobs to audience members at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. But »
- Lee Brown
Catherine Zeta-Jones' representative has blasted reports the actress accidentally flashed a nipple during a recent performance of her Broadway show A Little Night Music, branding the rumours "completely false".
The New York Post's gossip column PageSix claimed Zeta-Jones inadvertently bared her breast to some shocked members of the audience during a show last week (ends18Dec09), in a scene where she reportedly turns her back on the crowd and opens her kimono to flash her long lost lover.
But the star's spokesperson has slammed the claims, insisting Michael Douglas' wife never disrobes throughout the whole play.
Her representative tells GossipCop.com, "The report is completely false. Catherine is never ‘naked’ in any part of A Little Night Music.
"She is, and always has been, completely covered in flesh colored undergarments." »
Catherine Zeta-Jones gave fans at her new Broadway show an inadvertent flash of her boobs, happy onlookers claimed. The Welsh beauty was starring onstage with Angela Lansbury in A Little Night Music when she supposedly gave an unexpected thrilling view for some audience members. In one scene, Zeta-Jones's character is reunited with her long-lost lover - and opens her kimono to show him what he's been missing. Audience members on the left side of the orchestra section of the Walter Kerr Theatre got to see more than they expected. 'I couldn't believe it - no wonder Michael Douglas looks so happy,' one audience member said. 'The couple sitting next to me also saw »
- Lee Brown
During one scene, Zeta-Jones turns her back on the audience and opens her kimono to flash her long lost lover - and lucky audience members also caught a glimpse of the 40-year-old's assets.
One tells New York Post gossip column PageSix, "I couldn't believe it. No wonder Michael Douglas looks so happy. The couple sitting next to me also saw it and poked each other." »
She's got the chops and the charisma, but is Ze-Jo subtle enough for Sondheim's Send in the Clowns? The critics are doubtful
She can slink about in Lycra for Sean Connery's viewing pleasure; she can glare feistily from behind her sabre; she can dance her way into the Academy's favours; she can even shake genetics to its very foundations by convincing people that she is the daughter of David Jason and Pam Ferris.
But there is a feeling among the critics that Catherine Zeta-Jones may have strayed a little outside her range when she took on the role of Desiree in Trevor Nunn's Broadway transfer of A Little Night Music. "With its complex score and no conventional showstoppers, [Stephen Sondheim's musical] requires the skills of a seasoned stage actor," the Guardian's Emma Brockes observes. "And while … Zeta-Jones can act and sing, she can't do both at once."
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- Leo Benedictus
• Scott Gaita reports that "Precious" was named best film of the year by the African-American Film Critics Assn. The film also won best director for Lee Daniels, supporting actress for Mo’Nique and screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher (tying with Ron Clements, Rob Edwards and John Musker for "The Princess and the Frog.") However, Nicole Beharie was named best actress for "American Violet" over "Precious" star Gabby Sidibe. Morgan Freeman was selected best actor for "Invictus." The Circuit
• For Richard Rushfield, "Another slew of awards and nominations came in this weekend and the result is that this year's stagnant deathmarch of an Oscar race got a tiny bit shaken up, or at least it got a bit more confusing." As Richard writes, "for most of the season a troika of damaged contenders have been assumed to have a lock on nominations, with the assumption that one of them would take the top prize, »
Catherine Zeta-Jones made her Broadway debut Sunday evening, appearing alongside Angela Lansbury in a revival of the musical "A Little Night Music." "Extra" caught up with the actress just after the show premiered, and she dished on being on the Broadway stage.
Plus, "Extra" can reveal why Johnny Depp was spotted holding a big fish.
The actor was given the Career Achievement Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival Sunday night. His trophy? The brightly-colored, »
The Welsh beauty stars alongside veteran actress Lansbury in the Stephen Sondheim play, which opened in New York's Walter Kerr Theatre on Sunday.
Zeta-Jones has been applauded by trade paper Variety as "bewitching, confident and utterly natural" in her portrayal of middle-aged actress and seductress Desiree Armfeldt, with writer David Rooney adding, "She breathes a refreshing earthiness and warm-blooded sensuality into the part."
The Hollywood Reporter notes her "beautiful" vocals and "terrific stage presence", while Newsday calls the Chicago! star "earthy and poignant".
But reviewers saved their highest praise for Lansbury, whose performance as Zeta-Jones' mother, Madame Armfeldt, has been branded "the production's real jewel" by Variety's Rooney, while USA Today called her portrayal "incandescent".
The Hollywood Reporter's Frank Scheck writes: "Lansbury uses her well-honed theatrical instincts to perfect effect as Madame Armfeldt, generating huge laughs with her expert delivery of the character's piercing comic barbs."
However, the musical's younger stars, Ramona Mallory and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, have not fared so well - the Associated Press refers to the actress as "particularly grating", while Herdlicka, as the lawyer's repressed son Henrik, is "close behind".
The Hollywood Reporter says, "Whatever its flaws, it's nonetheless a welcome return of a show."
A Little Night Music was last seen on Broadway in 1974. »
Playing the daughter to Angela Lansbury's ancient mother, the Hollywood star is unconvincing as a rejected lover
Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, directed by Trevor Nunn and the biggest opening in New York this season, is a tough gig for a Broadway debut, even for a movie star who won an Oscar for Chicago. With its complex score and no conventional showstoppers, it requires the skills of a seasoned stage actor. And while Catherine Zeta-Jones can act and sing, she can't do both at once in this production – at least not in one take.
The show is a musical interpretation of Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night, a tangle of love affairs and mistaken intentions set in Sweden at the turn of the last century. It is also a study of self-consciousness, which sadly for its star is not the same thing as being self-conscious. »
- Emma Brockes
Screen gems Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury are taking the stage of The Great White Way in "A Little Night Music." "The Insider" was there for opening night on Sunday. Catherine was happy to debut the production in front of her supportive family, including husband Michael Douglas. She told "The Insider" how the stage compares to the screen: "It's just really different. You can never ever, ever get that immediacy that you get on stage, live theatre. It's just something that I've missed…and now that I'm doing it again, I've realized how much I enjoy it and how much us actors enjoy that applause." The legendary Angela Lansbury praised her co-stars, saying, "The company was very up tonight and Catherine Zeta-Jones was just superlative, so we hope that we have a lovely hit on our hands." Watch the video to hear from more from famous theatre-goers such as Donald Trump »
Zeta-Jones trod the boards on the New York stage for the first time last month when she began previews for the musical revival with Angela Lansbury.
And the star admits she'd love to be the centre of attention in her own solo show - she just has to come up with the perfect storyline first.
She tells USA Today, "One of my biggest dreams is to do a one-woman show, with dancing and singing. I just have to figure out the concept."
In the meantime, Zeta-Jones wants to try starring in a more traditional performance.
She adds, "I want to do a straight play next."
The Welsh actress started out as a star on London's West End and won an Oscar for her portrayal of Velma Kelly in movie musical Chicago. »
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Forget Pirates of the Caribbean. Forget musicals like My Fair Lady. My favorite swashbucklers don't have an Aerosmith swagger or terrible speech troubles. They hold their own against the very model of a modern major general. In 1980, theatrical producer and creator of the New York Shakespeare Festival Joseph Papp brought Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance to the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. It was so popular that it ended up making its way to Broadway, won a bunch of Tony Awards, sailed away to London, and then got turned into the film in 1983.
The movie starred Kevin Kline, Rex Smith, Linda Ronstadt, and Angela Lansbury, and detailed the life of Frederic (Smith), a boy who was supposed to become a pilot, until his hard-of-hearing nurse (Lansbury) misheard her instructions and apprenticed the kid to a pirate (Kline). On his 21st birthday, he's finally released, and soon falls for »
- Monika Bartyzel
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