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Obama Honors Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg With Medal of Freedom

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Washington (AP) — President Barack Obama is recognizing 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award Tuesday, including giants of the entertainment industry such as Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, baseball legends Willie Mays and Yogi Berra, and politicians, activists and government innovators. In addition to filmmaker Spielberg and singer and Oscar-winner Streisand, Obama will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to musicians Gloria and Emilio Estefan, singer James Taylor, composer Stephen Sondheim and violinist Itzhak Perlman. Mays was among the first African-American players in Major League Baseball. Berra, who died in September, was a Yankee great at

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London Evening Standard Theater Awards Names 2015 Winners

23 November 2015 10:17 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

New York City theater won big across the pond at the Old Vic Theatre, which was home to the 61st annual London Evening Standard Theater Awards on Nov. 22. New York transfers “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” from Stephen Adly Guirgis, about a former drug-dealing jailbird trying to go straight, was awarded best play, and “Kinky Boots” won the Radio 2 Audience Award for best musical. Imelda Staunton, who performed “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” at the ceremony, won for her musical performance as Mama Rose in “Gypsy,” beating out Katie Brayben for Broadway’s transfer of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” Killian Donnelly for “Kinky Boots,” and Rosalie Craig for “City of Angels.” Also recognized were Nicole Kidman and James McAvoy in the best actress and best actor categories for their work in “Photograph 51” and “The Ruling Class,” respectively. Vanessa Redgrave was presented with the Editor’s Award and Stephen Sondheim with the Lebedev Award. »

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Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

16 November 2015 1:13 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Hollywood and Broadway royalty are among the newest recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor. Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim and 14 others will receive Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama during a November 24 ceremony at the White House. Other figures from the arts and culture worlds among this year’s honorees include violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, singer-songwriter James Taylor and the Miami Sound Machine power… »

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Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

16 November 2015 1:13 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Hollywood and Broadway royalty are among the newest recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor. Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim and 14 others will receive Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama during a November 24 ceremony at the White House. Other figures from the arts and culture worlds among this year’s honorees include violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, singer-songwriter James Taylor and the Miami Sound Machine power… »

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Lithe spirit: Dame Angela Lansbury at 90

15 October 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A lifetime achievement in musical theatre acknowledges Lansbury’s prolific career spanning seven decades

People like to pass landmark birthdays in meaningful places, so it seems right that Dame Angela Lansbury should be celebrating her 90th on American television and on Broadway, where she will receive the Oscar Hammerstein Award for lifetime achievement in musical theatre this weekend.

These honours acknowledge the London-born performer’s contribution to the small screen, where she played writer turned crime-fighter Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote for 12 years and to the evolution of the American musical, winning five Tony awards for roles in Stephen Sondheim’s productions including the cannibalistic baker Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd and acclaimed revivals of older female parts in Gypsy and A Little Night Music.

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- Mark Lawson

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Watch Stephen Colbert, James Corden's Playful 'Me & My Shadow' Duet

10 October 2015 8:07 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

CBS' The Late Show and The Late Late Show merged Friday night as Stephen Colbert welcomed James Corden onto the 11:35 p.m. program for a chat and an impromptu musical performance. Both Colbert and Corden have roots in musical theatre, especially the works of Stephen Sondheim, so midway through the interview, the hosts decided to duet together, as they are wont to do whenever they're in the same room. This time around, Colbert and Corden delivered a playful rendition of Al Jolson's "Me & My Shadow."

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Mary Poppins: not sugary, but sharp and subversive – on the page and the screen

15 September 2015 1:33 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Disney’s remake pledges a return to the source: Pl Travers’ stories. Travers hated the 1964 movie, but it was more faithful to her books than she realised

When I was growing up, I had access to two VHS videos. One was The Snowman, the classic adaption of the Raymond Briggs cartoon, and the other was Mary Poppins. (I’m talking about the mid-1980s, when this represented an extraordinary range of options on top of Britain’s four terrestrial TV channels.) As a result, I watched Poppins probably 3,000 times; I know it from the first spit-spot to the umbrella’s final squawk. It is thanks to this movie that I still misuse the word “amortize” and, in times of stress, can be unaccountably soothed by the phrase “Shipyards, the mercantile”.

I was, therefore, interested to read this week of a new Poppins movie in the works, to be directed by »

- Emma Brockes

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Another spoonful of sugar: Mary Poppins to be remade by Disney

14 September 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The new version of the 1964 film about a magical nanny will take place 20 years after the original and will be made by Into the Woods director Rob Marshall

Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious – or so naysayers may suggest – Disney is developing a new version of Mary Poppins, the much-loved 1964 film musical famous both for songs like Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Dick Van Dyke’s Cockney accent, renowned as one of the least convincing ever to make it on screen.

Variety reports that Rob Marshall, who directed the recent film version of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, is set to make a new Mary Poppins film set 20 years after the original. The new film will take some storylines from Pl Travers’s books about the adventures of a nanny with magical powers and the children in her care.

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- Guardian staff

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'Sweeney Todd' wins Emmy, puts Audra McDonald an Oscar away from Egot

13 September 2015 12:13 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"Sweeney Todd: Live from Lincoln Center" ranked third in our Emmy predictions for Best Special Class Program with 8/1 odds, but it defied those odds and won. The staging of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical also picked up noms for Best Music Direction -- which it lost to "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute" -- and Best Movie/Mini Actress for Emma Thompson's performance as Mrs. Lovett, which will be decided at the primetime telecast on Sunday, Sept. 20. -Break- Peter Coyote wins his first career Emmy for narrating 'The Roosevelts' Audra McDonald shared the Emmy victory as the host of the show, which means the frequently honored actress is now just an Oscar away from completing her Egot grand slam. The stage veteran has been awarded six Tonys, more than any other actor in history, and also has a pair of Grammys for »

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Exits: Hannibal Lecter And Wes Craven

4 September 2015 9:54 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The three-year run of Hannibal, one of the most visually and narratively innovative series ever to air on television, broadcast or cable, came to a breathtaking conclusion Saturday night. I have already confessed to a bit of selfish melancholy that there will be no more surprises, no more opportunities to get lost in the show’s radical approach to reimagining Thomas Harris’s well-known and well-trodden scenarios, and no more sweet, agonized anticipation over what form the show, probably the most envelope-pushing of any network show ever aired, might take in its own becoming. But I must also confess that I couldn’t be more satisfied with the way Hannibal, all three seasons now fully unveiled, was orchestrated to a beautifully modulated finish that illustrated the truly expressive and even transcendent (of the limitations of a more audience-friendly, more comfortingly linear structure and tone) achievement of Bryan Fuller’s series. »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical extends in London

4 September 2015 1:39 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, London

Aldwych Theatre

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical has had its London run extended, and will now play in the capital’s West End until 26 November 2016.

Over 350,000 new tickets have been released for the show, which will have new cast members join the production in November. Cassidy Janson will play the title role in the musical from 30th November, while Diane Keen will appear as Genie Klein, King’s mother.  Alan Morrissey will continue as King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin as well as Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the untold story of her journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, »

- Paul Heath

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Dean Jones, Disney's 'The Love Bug' Actor, Passes Away at 84

2 September 2015 4:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sad news to report today. Dean Jones, Disney icon and star of such family films as The Love Bug and That Darn Cat, has passed away at the age of 84. Star of both the stage and screen, the actor died Tuesday in Los Angeles from Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife, Lory Basham Jones, three children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Throughout his expansive career, Dean Jones maintain boyish good looks that made him an All-American favorite. He has long been associated with the Walt Disney Company, appearing in many of their live-action family movies. His tenure with the studio began with a call from Walt Disney himself, who praised his work on the 1962 TV show Ensign O'Toole. The actor played the title role on the show, after having served in the Navy. Walt Disney seemed most fascinated by the end of each episode, and Dean Jones only »

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The Love Bug star and Disney favourite Dean Jones dies, aged 84

2 September 2015 3:07 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Disney favourite Dean Jones has died at the age of 84.

The actor, best known for playing racecar driver Jim Douglas in Disney's Love Bug films, passed away earlier today (September 2).

Jones had been battling Parkinson's disease prior to his passing.

In a 12-year run with the Walt Disney Company, Jones became a familiar face to audiences with roles in the films The Shaggy Da, Blackbeard's Ghost and That Darn Cat!.

He would play racer Jim Douglas in Disney's Love Bug films throughout the 1970s, and even reprise the role for a short-lived '80s television spinoff.

Away from Disney, Jones briefly starred on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's Company in 1970 and would later tour the religious one-man show St John in Exile across the Us.

He also stayed busy on the big screen in later years, playing the villain in '90s children's movie Beethoven as well as having supporting »

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Dean Jones Dies: Star Of Disney’s ‘The Love Bug’ And Sondheim’s ‘Company’ Was 84

2 September 2015 3:05 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Update Thursday morning: Larry Kert was Tony-nominated, but didn’t win for Company. Dean Jones, the affable actor best known for leading roles in several family Disney films of the 1960s and ’70s including The Love Bug and That Darn Cat! — as well as creating one of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic leading roles on Broadway in Company — died Tuesday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He was 84. Born on January 25, 1931, in Decatur, Al, Jones began singing and… »

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Popular Disney Actor and Broadway Performer Jones Dead at 84

2 September 2015 2:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Dean Jones: Actor in Disney movies. Dean Jones dead at 84: Actor in Disney movies 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!' Dean Jones, best known for playing befuddled heroes in 1960s Walt Disney movies such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Tue., Sept. 1, '15, in Los Angeles. Jones (born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama) was 84. Dean Jones movies Dean Jones began his Hollywood career in the mid-'50s, when he was featured in bit parts – at times uncredited – in a handful of films at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer In 2009 interview for Christianity Today, Jones recalled playing his first scene (in These Wilder Years) with veteran James Cagney, who told him “Walk to your mark and remember your lines” – supposedly a lesson he would take to heart. At MGM, bit player Jones would also be featured in Robert Wise's »

- Andre Soares

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Dean Jones, ‘The Love Bug’ Star, Dies at 84

2 September 2015 1:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor Dean Jones, best known for his acting work in such Disney films as “The Love Bug” and “That Darn Cat,” died of Parkinson’s disease Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 84.

In addition to his appearances in films like “Under the Yum-Yum Tree,” “The Shaggy D.A.,” “The Million Dollar Duck,” “Snowball Express,” “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” and “Beethoven,” Jones also had roles in five Broadway shows and appeared in numerous television series and specials. Overall, he appeared in 46 films over the course of his career.

Jones was born in Decatur, Ala., and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He attended Asbury University in Kentucky, which awarded him with an honorary degree in 2002.

The actor made his Broadway debut with “There Was A Little Girl” with Jane Fonda in 1960, and would go on to star in Broadway’s “Under the Yum-Yum Tree” that same year, before starring »

- Alex Stedman

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12 Broadway Choreographers All Actors Should Know

25 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Do you know the choreographers behind your favorite Broadway shows? From the early days of the Great White Way to the greatest hits of the past ten years, here are 12 legendary choreographers who have (literally) given shape to Broadway as we know it.  Bob AvianA frequent collaborator of Michael Bennett’s, Avian began his career as a dancer in shows like “West Side Story” and “Funny Girl,” and later became a choreographer, producer, and director in his own right. He shared 1976 and 1979 Tony Awards with Bennett for their work on “A Chorus Line” and “Ballroom,” respectively, and was nominated for his solo choreography in “Miss Saigon” (1991) and “Sunset Boulevard” (1994). Michael BennettThis great choreographer debuted on Broadway with (very) short-lived musicals “A Joyful Noise” in 1966 and “Henry, Sweet Henry” in 1967, before hitting it big with the Jerry Orbach-starring “Promises, Promises” in 1968. He partnered with Stephen Sondheim in the early 1970s for “Company” and “Follies, »

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‘Hamilton’ Broadway Review: The Founding Fathers Never Looked or Sounded So Cool

6 August 2015 6:31 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It’s the question most asked of theater critics these days: “Is ‘Hamilton’ really that good?” A slew of celebs, including a texting Madonna, saw the musical last winter in its world-premiere engagement at the Public Theater, Barack Obama and Joe Biden saw it just last month in previews, Stephen Sondheim gave his blessing, calling it a “breakthrough.” After all that buildup, it’s almost anticlimactic to announce that “Hamilton” finally opened Thursday on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Yes, “Hamilton” is that good, and the still youthful Lin-Manuel Miranda can be mentioned in the same sentence with Sondheim and even Cole. »

- Robert Hofler

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Of Course Meryl Streep Sings And Plays Guitar Perfectly In New Ricki And The Flash Clip

5 August 2015 8:34 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Aside from looking like a character from American Horror Story: Coven, Meryl Streep has a lot of great musical moments in Ricki and the Flash. Playing an aging rockstar, the three-time Oscar winner sings "American Girl," "Wooly Bully" and even Lady Gaga.s "Bad Romance," but the latest clip from the film features her vocal talents on a new song called "Cold One." Watch her in action below.  We all knew Streep could sing after watching her in the Golden Globe nominated Into the Woods, adapted from the beloved Stephen Sondheim musical of the same name. But this is a new venture for her. In the film, Streep plays Ricki, a woman who left her husband (played by Kevin Kline), her daughter (Mamie Gummer) and two sons (Sebastian Stan and Nick Westrate) in order to pursue the life of a rocker. Years later, she.s called back to help her »

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U2 at Madison Square Garden, 30 July 2015

30 July 2015 11:46 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

I finally did it: I saw U2 in concert.

I may have waited too long to catch the band in its prime, but its 37 years of experience -- without a personnel change -- and undiluted passion have made it one of the biggest concert draws for decades now, even if recent albums have been uneven in inspiration.

The current tour, with Thursday night being the next-to-last of eight shows at Madison Square Garden, is promoting last year's Songs of Innocence, which I mostly like. It figured that the annoying album opener, "The Miracle of Joey Ramone" (I wrote that it "panders like a commercial") would also be the concert opener (unless you want to give that honor to Patti Smith's recording "People Have the Power," which at all those shows is the song the quartet has walked on to, coming through the audience and climbing onstage). But then, pandering »

- SteveHoltje

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