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Meryl Streep in ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’: A look back at her first Oscar win and the competition

Meryl Streep in ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’: A look back at her first Oscar win and the competition
This article marks Part 2 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1978, Meryl Streep, already renowned for her work on the New York stage, grabbed the attention of moviegoers across the country with her Oscar-nominated turn in the Best Picture champ “The Deer Hunter.” That year, however, would seem minor in comparison to what was on the horizon in 1979.

Streep was about to work with three of the decade’s hottest directors – Woody Allen, at his most in-demand after “Annie Hall” (1977) and “Interiors” (1978); Robert Benton, whose “The Late Show” (1977) was a big hit; and Jerry Schatzberg, who won critical acclaim with “The Panic in Needle Park” (1971) and “Scarecrow” (1973).

The resulting trio of Allen’s “Manhattan,” Benton’s “Kramer vs.
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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Channels Tom Hanks in Big By Playing a Giant Piano with His Feet!

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Channels Tom Hanks in Big By Playing a Giant Piano with His Feet!
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson just added another skill to his already impressive resume: playing the piano — with his feet!

The wrestler-turned-actor, 45, fulfilled his childhood dream of learning to play a song with the musical instrument… but with a twist.

“As a kid I had this dream of playing my favorite ragtime song, ‘The Entertainer’ from Marvin Hamlisch on piano. But I truly sucked at piano. Until I started using my feet,” he captioned the Instagram video shared Sunday afternoon.

The tune, written by jazz musician Scott Joplin, was popularly adapted by Hamlisch for the film classic The Sting in 1973.

“And
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Bww Album Review: Hamlisch Uncovered Will Make You 'Smile'

In the creative world, there are few names as admired and respected as Marvin Hamlisch. One of only two people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer the other being Richard Rodgers, his contributions to the American music canon have been lauded and have entered the popular imagination. On the new album Hamlisch Uncovered, the great composer's songbook is opened up to share previously unrecorded gems, with the help of an array of Broadway stars.
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Bww Review: Chasing Mem'ries Shows Us the Path to a Happier Life

lyrics by Alan amp Marilyn Bergmanmusic by Bill Cantos amp Mari Falcone, Dave Grusin, Marvin Hamlisch, Michel Legrand and Johnny MandelGeffen PlayhouseGil Cates Theaterthrough December 17 When I first heard about the premise of Chasing Mem'ries, I thought, 'Oh no, a musical about death and grieving...and with a ghost on tap...spare us' Well, sometimes first thoughts are terribly wrong. As it turns out Josh Ravetch's world premiere is a complete joy to watch. Ravetch skillfully directs, allowing the brilliant Tyne Daly plenty of space to pursue her journey as Victoria. Also starring Robert Forster as Franklin and Scott Kradolfer as their son Mason, this piece not only tugs at your heartstrings but will make you cherish every moment of living, through December 17 at the Gil Cates Theater of the Geffen Playhouse. Subtitled A Different Kind of Musical, ...Mem'ries is more a play with music in which the songs,
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Nonunion ‘A Chorus Line’ is Holding an Open Casting Call in NYC

Listen up, New York actors, because today we have a casting opportunity that’s particularly meta. “A Chorus Line,” Marvin Hamlisch’s ensemble tuner about a group of hopefuls dying to get cast, is, well, casting! An open call for nonunion talent will be held in New York City Sept. 18, under the casting direction of Alison Franck/Franck Casting. Male and female talent is sought for several principal roles including Zach, Larry, Diana, and more. Additionally, a male and female actor, both ages 18–30, are needed to perform ensemble tracks as well as understudy the respective male and female roles. Rehearsals for the classic piece, which won the best musical Tony Award in 1976, will begin in NYC Dec. 12. The run itself is slated for Jan. 20–mid-June 2018 in New York, with a possible extension that would travel to Japan that same summer. Performers hired for principal roles will be paid $550/week, with
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The Nutty Professor

Probably Jerry Lewis’s most enduring film, and the one that sparked a critical reappraisal of his entire ouvre, this variation on The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll has inspired not only a 1996 Eddie Murphy remake and followup but an animated direct-to-video sequel and a proposed Broadway musical version directed by Jerry with music by the late Marvin Hamlisch. Look for an impossibly young Henry Gibson in a miniscule role in his first feature.
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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over
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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. His legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over
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Review Roundup: A Chorus Line at The Muny

Considered a landmark celebration of the American Musical,A Chorus Linefollows the lives of 17 Broadway dancers vying for a spot 'on the line.' Zach, a driven directorchoreographer at the helm of a suspenseful audition, will stop at nothing to assemble an unforgettable chorus, no matter the price. With music by Oscar and Tony winning Marvin Hamlisch,A Chorus Linedefines glittering promise, unwavering determination and stakes as high as the kickline itself. This is one Muny 'singular sensation' you won't want to miss
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Photo Flash: Everything is Beautiful at The Muny: First Look at A Chorus Line

Considered a landmark celebration of the American Musical,A Chorus Linefollows the lives of 17 Broadway dancers vying for a spot on the line. Zach, a driven directorchoreographer at the helm of a suspenseful audition, will stop at nothing to assemble an unforgettable chorus, no matter the price. With music by Oscar and Tony winning Marvin Hamlisch,A Chorus Linedefines glittering promise, unwavering determination and stakes as high as the kickline itself. This is one Muny singular sensation you won't want to miss
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Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ to Be Honored With Cine Golden Eagle Award

Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ to Be Honored With Cine Golden Eagle Award
Variety and PBS SoCal Koce will receive a Cine Golden Eagle Award for their series “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” at the 60th annual ceremony.

The Cine Golden Eagle Awards for Professional Media pays homage to originality and excellence in storytelling throughout the media industry. The 2017 recipients and finalists were selected by a jury of Cine Golden Eagle Award-winning industry professionals, and feature many of the most acclaimed films, series, and campaigns of the year.

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” — honored in the variety, talk shows, special events: interviews category — features candid conversations between renowned actors that showcase the top film and television projects of the year. The latest cycle — the fifth season — of one-hour specials spotlighted Tom Hanks, Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, and other actors.

Variety‘s production team will be honored at Cine receptions in New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles this fall: executive producers Brenda Brkusic, Donna Pennestri
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‘Feud’ at the Oscars: Ryan Murphy on Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Recreating Academy History

‘Feud’ at the Oscars: Ryan Murphy on Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Recreating Academy History
The fifth episode of FX’s “Feud,” titled “And the Winner is… (The Oscars of 1963),” is perhaps the most delicious installment of Ryan Murphy’s limited series yet. Airing Sunday night, it recounts all of the skullduggery that went down in the lead-up to, and at, the 35th annual Academy Awards, as all-too-human actress Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) desperately clamors for a piece of the spotlight she ceded when she lost out on a nomination to “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” co-star Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon).

The detail is meticulous, right down to the nail polish and the hors d’oeuvres toothpicks, which Murphy — a self-confessed Oscar junkie — delighted in. But while the episode was an opportunity for him to share a bit of that passion in his own work, it also afforded a chance to dig in deeper on his characters.

Murphy talked to Variety about the process
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‘Feud’ at the Oscars: Ryan Murphy on Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Recreating Academy History

‘Feud’ at the Oscars: Ryan Murphy on Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Recreating Academy History
The fifth episode of FX’s “Feud,” titled “And the Winner is… (The Oscars of 1963),” is perhaps the most delicious installment of Ryan Murphy’s limited series yet. Airing Sunday night, it recounts all of the skullduggery that went down in the lead-up to, and at, the 35th annual Academy Awards, as all-too-human actress Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) desperately clamors for a piece of the spotlight she ceded when she lost out on a nomination to “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” co-star Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon).

The detail is meticulous, right down to the nail polish and the hors d’oeuvres toothpicks, which Murphy — a self-confessed Oscar junkie — delighted in. But while the episode was an opportunity for him to share a bit of that passion in his own work, it also afforded a chance to dig in deeper on his characters.

Murphy talked to Variety about the process of bringing history back to life, the
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If Adele Ever Wins an Emmy and a Tony, She'll Join a Rare and Impressive Hollywood Club

Winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, or a Tony is nice and all, but what if you win all four? Scoring an elusive Egot is a feat that only 12 people in Hollywood have been able to pull off so far: Audrey Hepburn, Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Jonathan Tunick, Marvin Hamlisch, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Lopez, and Scott Rudin. Could Adele be next? Maybe. There are quite a few people, like Denzel Washington and Kate Winslet, who are close to taking home the so-called "grand slam" of show business, and Adele is one of them. Unless you've been living under a rock since 2009, you know she's made a habit of sweeping the Grammys every year she puts out an album (and sometimes even when she doesn't, in one case). So far she has 15 under her belt, as well as one Oscar for "Skyfall,
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Oscar Nominee & Egot Contender Lin-Manuel Miranda Staying Put In ‘The Heights’

Oscar Nominee & Egot Contender Lin-Manuel Miranda Staying Put In ‘The Heights’
If Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda lands the Oscar for “How Far I’ll Go” from his score for Moana, he would be the youngest member of that elite awards circle called Egot — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners. That’s currently a group of 12: Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, Scott Rudin and, most recently, at 39, Robert Lopez. Miranda is 37 and also…
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What Is an Egot? The Grand Slam of Show Business — Explained

What Is an Egot? The Grand Slam of Show Business — Explained
It’s the most coveted honor in all of Hollywood: the Egot.

Representing the top awards in television (Emmy), music (Grammy), film (Oscar), and theater (Tony), it’s considered the grand slam of show business — a four of a kind sweep that only the rarest of stars have been able to achieve.

The term was coined by Miami Vice actor Philip Michael Thomas, who first told it to the Associated Press in 1984 at the height of the NBC action show’s success. “That stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony,” he said. “Hopefully in the next five years I will win all those awards.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda is One Step Away from History-Making EGOT with Oscar Nomination for Moana

Lin-Manuel Miranda is One Step Away from History-Making EGOT with Oscar Nomination for Moana
Look how far he’s come!

Hamilton writer-actor-composer Lin-Manuel Miranda is now only one step away from claiming the coveted EGOT title thanks to his Academy Award nomination for Moana‘s “How Far I’ll Go.” The elite club of performers features people who have won all four major entertainment awards — an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.

The award-winning performer is also on the cusp of history as he would be the youngest person to earn the title if he wins. At just 37-years-old, Miranda is two years younger than the current record held by Robert Lopez,
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Interview: Mel Brooks didn’t try to pants the president

In the exclusive club of Egot winners—entertainers with an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony to their names—Mel Brooks is almost certainly the only one to stage a scene frequently described as a “symphony of flatulence.” (Though maybe there’s something in the Marvin Hamlisch oeuvre we’re overlooking.) The 90-year-old Brooks holds fast to the opinion that the movie that produced all that gas, 1974’s Blazing Saddles, is the funniest ever made, and he’s been gathering evidence on this hypothesis by hosting a cross-country series of screenings in recent years. Brooks and his film—a silly-smart, taboo-testing satire in which a black sheriff (Cleavon Little) and the hard-drinking, fastest gun in the West (Gene Wilder) outwit scheming bureaucrats and tyrannical cowhands, winning the hearts of a “twue”-hearted showgirl (Madeline Kahn) and the local yokels—make their next appearance at the Riot La ...
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Carole Bayer Sager Discusses Her Friendship with the ‘Tortured’ Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor in New Memoir

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Carole Bayer Sager Discusses Her Friendship with the ‘Tortured’ Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor in New Memoir
Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter Carole Bayer Sager opened up about her friendship with Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson in a new memoir, They’re Playing Our Song. In the book, out Tuesday, Sager shares intimate insights into the lives of both legendary entertainment figures â€.from Taylor’s relationship with men, drugs and jewels, to Jackson’s “tortured genius child-man” persona. According to Sager, the pair struggled under the weight of celebrity, which ultimately drew them together.

“Theirs was a special relationship,” Sager writes of her friends in They’re Playing Our Song. “Two of the world’s greatest superstars,
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Valley of the Dolls

High camp or just plain trash? A cultural-cinematic swamp in perfectly rotten taste, this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's supermarket 'dirty book' seeks out tawdry sleaze like no American movie had before. Junk beyond belief, and great entertainment if you're in a sick frame of mind. Valley of the Dolls Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 835 1967 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 123 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September 27, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Susan Hayward, Tony Scotti, Martin Milner, Charles Drake, Alexander Davion, Lee Grant, Naomi Stevens, Robert H. Harris, Jacqueline Susann, Robert Viharo, Joey Bishop, George Jessel, Dionne Warwick, Sherry Alberoni, Margaret Whiting, Richard Angarola, Richard Dreyfuss, Marvin Hamlisch, Judith Lowry. Cinematography William H. Daniels Film Editor Dorothy Spencer Conductor / Music Adaptor John Williams Written by Helen Deutsch, Dorothy Kingsley Jacqueline Susann Produced by Mark Robson, David Weisbart Directed by Mark Robson

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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