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Attending a regional combined audition can be like playing the cymbals in an orchestra: You sit patiently in a stiff tuxedo, waiting for your big moment of crashing truth, and then, before you know it, it's over. Actors may plan several months for the big day, drive overnight to get there, and pay for a hotel room, and when their few seconds in the spotlight are over, they're left like Peggy Lee, wondering, "Is that all there is to a regional combined audition?"With any luck, the answer will be no, and your audition will be followed by several theaters and producers inviting you to their callbacks, which will offer you an array of choices for summer employment or even long-term gigs. But whether you're lucky or not, you'll want to get your time and money's worth from any combined audition event. To help with that goal, Back Stage spoke with. »
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On tonight’s episode of The Sing-Off (airing on NBC at 8pm/7pm Central), the final four groups will battle it out for a slot in next week’s finale. Groups will sing mash-ups of two lyrically related songs followed by a judges’ choice number. Check out the set list below:
Pentatonix: “Forget You,” Cee-Lo Green vs. “Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson
Urban Method: “Hot in Herre,” Nelly vs. “Fever,” Peggy Lee
- Dave Karger
Collection Of Blu-ray. Hi-def Diamond Edition Classics
The Walt Disney Studios proudly announces the addition of Lady And The Tramp and Cinderella to its coveted, cutting-edge Blu-ray. Diamond Collection line-up of animated classics. Released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, the lovingly pampered cocker spaniel and the mutt from across the tracks will unveil on February 7, 2012 and Cinderella.s clock will strike midnight in Fall 2012.
Disney.s Blu-ray Diamond Collection represents The Walt Disney Studios. most prestigious and treasured animated classics. Diamond Edition titles boast the highest level of picture and sound; feature groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content; and include unprecedented levels of interactivity, personalization and customization, made possible because of Blu-ray technology.
To date, the company has released four Diamond »
- Melissa Howland
The Walt Disney Studios proudly announces the addition of Lady and the Tramp and Cinderella to its coveted, cutting-edge Blu-ray Diamond Collection line-up of animated classics. Released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, the lovingly pampered cocker spaniel and the mutt from across the tracks will unveil on February 7, 2012 and Cinderella's clock will strike midnight in Fall 2012.
Disney's Blu-ray Diamond Collection represents The Walt Disney Studios' most prestigious and treasured animated classics. Diamond Edition titles boast the highest level of picture and sound; feature groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content; and include unprecedented levels of interactivity, personalization and customization, made possible because of Blu-ray technology.
About Lady and the Tramp (February 7, 2012):
Generations of fans have fallen in love with Disney's »
Randy rides out west with a few good bottles.
The western, Johnny Guitar is sometimes referred to as a “revisionist western” for its many departures from standard western themes. Francois Truffaut called it a “phony western,” although he was one of its big admirers. Maybe “phony” means something else in French.
The Arizona setting looks authentic enough, although a lot of soundstage scenes were used. Joan Crawford wouldn’t allow any closeups of her to be shot for this movie unless it was in the studio, where the lighting could be better controlled. Apparently, the sunlight made her look like she’d been whipped with a wire hanger.
Sterling Hayden said that during shooting he was battling Joan Crawford on the set during the day, and his second wife at night. That might explain his lack of smiles in the movie. There’s no word on which battle he preferred, »
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will probably never come together. But don't worry, Hollywood will never stop making different versions of Pride and Prejudice. According to Variety the next one, Lost in Austen, will be directed by Nora Ephron. The modern take is based on the BBC miniseries of the same name written by Guy Andrews: "The story follows a modern New York girl transported into the middle of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice." Andrea Giannetti and Hannah Minghella will oversee the project for Sony, who are excited to get back in business with Ephron after their last collaboration Julia & Julia grossed $130 million worldwide. Ephron is also attached to a Peggy Lee biopic with Reese Witherspoon at the lead. Watch the trailer for the original Lost in Austen after the jump. When Amanda Price (Jemima Rooper) discovers a secret passage in her bathroom, she enters the fictional world of her favorite novel, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Songwriter Jerry Leiber has died at the age of 78. The celebrated co-writer of hits such as 'Hound Dog', 'Jailhouse Rock' and 'Stand By Me' passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from cardio-pulmonary failure following a lengthy illness. Leiber was best known for his work with long-term music partner Mike Stoller. The pair penned hit singles for artists including Elvis Presley, The Drifters, Peggy Lee and The Coasters. Leiber and Stoller were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Terry Stewart, president of the Rock and Roll (more) »
- By Christian Tobin
Los Angeles (AP) — Rock 'n' roll songwriter Jerry Leiber, who wrote lyrics for such hits as "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock," has died. Publicist Bobbi Marcus says Leiber died Monday. He was 78. With Leiber as lyricist and partner Mike Stoller as composer, the team channeled their blues and jazz backgrounds into pop songs performed by such artists as Elvis Presley, the Coasters and Ben E. King. Their breakout hit was blues great Big Mama Thornton's 1953 rendition of "Hound Dog." Presley's version hit No. 1 in 1956. Their songwriting took a more serious turn in 1969 with Peggy Lee's »
- AP Staff
Impressive retrospective of Judy Garland.s films will feature 31 titles including a presentation of seldom seen short films and rarities as well as a special .sing-along. screening of The Wizard Of Oz.
On the occasion of what would have been Judy Garland.s 89th birthday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Paley Center have announced the details today for Fslc.s comprehensive retrospective of the peerless film icon.s work, All Singin., All Dancin., All Judy! which will screen at the Walter Reade Theater July 26 . August 9 and The Paley Center.s comprehensive retrospective of Garland.s television work,Judy Garland: The Television Years which will be presented July 20 . August 18.
With autumn marking the 75th anniversary of Judy Garland’s feature film debut (Pigskin Parade, 1936), the Film Society of Lincoln Center will screen 31 titles from July 26 . August 9, including each of her big-screen acting performances, to pay tribute to »
- Melissa Howland
Republican voters are fired up and ready to take on President Obama-but with no Daniels, Huckabee, or Barbour in the race, they're in need of a true champion. On their wish list: Christie, Ryan, Perry. Jill Lawrence reports. Plus, Jack W. Germond on candidates' insane path to the presidency.
Help Wanted: Civil, thoughtful social conservative more interested in red ink than red meat, with potential to win over independents and moderates in a general election. Must have enthusiastic family.
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It's hard to overstate the void left by Mitch Daniels' exit from the Republican presidential race. There's nobody quite like the Indiana governor in the field or in the wings, though Jeb Bush comes close and Tim Pawlenty, an official candidate at last, is trying to claim Daniels' fiscal mantle with his "time for truth" slogan. »
- Jill Lawrence
Hollywood actor known for her roles in the so-bad-they're-good films of Ed Wood
There are artists in various fields whose fame rests solely on how bad their work is alleged to be. Among them are the poet William McGonagall, the novelist Amanda McKittrick Ros, the soprano Florence Foster Jenkins and the film director Ed Wood. The latter's reputation as the world's worst film-maker rubbed off on Dolores Fuller, his muse, lover and leading lady, who has died aged 88.
It would be unfair to pick on Fuller for her stiff posture and stilted delivery in Wood's movies when the others in the casts were equally awkward, mainly because of the minimum amount of takes and the lack of strong direction. The "peak" of Wood and Fuller's collaboration was the camp classic Glen or Glenda (aka I Led Two Lives, 1953), an unintentionally hilarious, well-meaning film on transvestism. The theme was particularly close »
- Ronald Bergan
So the end of the world doesn’t seem like it’s happening.
But if it does happen at some point today, say after lunch or something, Speakeasy’s got you covered. Here’s a punchy Apocalypse and Rapture-themed playlist as we contemplate the end of the world (upside: not paying rent in June) and debate whether we need to invest in new leather pants for the Mad Max-y post-fallout world.
Caveat: No, Rem’s “It’s the »
- Elva Ramirez
This week, the American Idol Final Four will be taking on songs from the Lieber & Stoller songbook. You might be surprised by how many songs of theirs you are familiar with (I was). They wrote a lot of music for Elvis Presley, and groups of the '50s and '60s whose names started with "The." The Exciters, The Drifters, The Clovers, The Shangri-Las, The Dixie Cups, The Peggy Lee. Wait a minute, I mean just "Peggy Lee." Peggy Lee! They wrote "Hound Dog" and "Yakety Yak," you guys! Read more about them on their Wikipedia page.
Here is what I would like to hear them sing this week, when they will be mentored by Lady Gaga. Maybe they'll actually get to sing a full song this week? »
One of the great jazz pianists and bandleaders, he wrote Lullaby of Birdland
The pianist George Shearing, who has died aged 91 of heart failure, was the first postwar British jazz musician to move permanently to the Us and build a solid career there, effectively clearing the way for a host of other players to follow the same path. This was in 1947, at a time when Shearing and his countrymen, prevented by a Musicians' Union embargo from hearing the best American musicians in person, tended to regard these stars as supermen, wearing out their recordings, yet never imagining that it might be possible to perform alongside them in New York. However, Shearing put such negative thoughts aside and took the decision to emigrate.
His success was speedy and spectacular. By 1949, he had hit on the formula that brought him worldwide fame and colossal record sales, forming his quintet, later a sextet, »
- Peter Vacher
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