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14 items from 2014


The Almeida Wins Big At The Olivier Awards 2014

15 April 2014 5:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Almeida Theatre was one of the big winners on Sunday night as the theatre scooped eight awards through West End transfers Chimerica and Ghosts at The Oliver Awards 2014.

Chimerica pulled off five awards including Best New Play and Best Director for Lyndsey Turner while Lesley Manville was named Best Actress for her role in Ghosts, which also won Best Revival and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Jack Lowden.

The Best New Musical went to new hit The Book of Mormon which also took the Best Actor award for Gavin Creel. However, when it came to classic favourites, it was Les Misérables which won the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award as voted for by the public, proving the show still delivers after all these years.

There were fourteen live performances on the night including Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus who reunited as part of a show finale »

- Amanda Keats

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'Chimerica,' 'Book of Mormon' win at Oliviers

14 April 2014 5:48 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Irreverent musical The Book of Mormon and hit geopolitical drama Chimerica were the big winners Sunday at Britain’s Olivier stage awards, on a night when London’s small theaters flexed their substantial muscle.

The Book of Mormon — which stormed London just as it earlier wowed New York — won four prizes, including best new musical and best actor in a musical, for Gavin Creel.

Choreographer and co-director Casey Nicholaw said the success of the show — written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone — came down to its blend of “good contemporary satire and good old-fashioned entertainment.”

Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica, »

- Associated Press

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Endeavour, The Crimson Field

13 April 2014 3:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Endeavour: ITV, 8pm

This week's case concerns a murder of a woman in her own home, a lady strangled with a pair of stockings - the third such incident in recent weeks. Oxford City police are on edge and under a thick fog, as they take an interest in a local department store. Di Thursday reveals a skeleton in his closet, when an Italian lady working in the hosiery department recognises him as "Fredo".

No married woman is safe, and there are more emotional struggles for Morse and Thursday as they narrow down the suspects. Colin Dexter, the author of the Morse novels, makes a cameo appearance.

Dirty Weekenders in France with Richard E Grant: Channel 4, 8pm

Richard E Grant explores his love for spending weekends scouring France for old antiques. He harbours an "insatiable desire for beaten-up old stuff", and often takes weekends away in France, »

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Abba celebrates 40 years since breakthrough hit 'Waterloo'

8 April 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Wellington, April 8: Swedish group Abba has marked their 40 years since their international breakthrough hit 'Waterloo'.

On the occasion at London's Tate Modern gallery, band member Bjorn Ulvaeus said that he feels extremely proud and humbled at the decades of success, and they have no regrets, be it the flares, fame, fabulousness or their funky clothes, Stuff.co.nz reported.

Commenting on the band's costume choices, Frida Lyngstad said that they decided how they wanted to dress themselves onstage and she was proud of their 70's look which featured big boots and jumpsuits.

The band has sold more than 400 million records till now, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time, and the second best selling. »

- Diksha Singh

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European creatives talk industry future

7 April 2014 3:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film-makers Stephen Frears, Béla Tarr, Costa-Gavras, and veteran theatre director Peter Brook are among 50 leading figures of the European creative community to sign a declaration “For a New Deal for Culture in Europe.”

Less than two months before the elections for the new European Parliament on May 25 and the appointment of a new European Commission, the declaration’s authors said they were “convinced that the digital revolution is an opportunity for culture. Just as culture is an opportunity for the digital economy, ‘fueled’ as it is by the ‘works of the mind’.”

“If we want our cultural policies to be modernized, one of the main issues is that all cultural works providers, in particular the Internet multinationals, be integrated into the economy of creation. It is an important goal to achieve in order to ensure equity between all cultural works providers. And it is a challenge for our future,”

The declaration, whose first signatories »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Happy Birthday Agnetha Fältskog! Here Are Abba’s 20 Greatest Songs

5 April 2014 8:51 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Swedish group Abba is one of the biggest selling music acts in history, and even though they haven’t recorded together in over thirty years, their music still thrives, thanks to a continued presence in pop culture (including a Broadway show and film devoted to their music).

On a personal level, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida) were the Bizarro World version of Fleetwood Mac, as they experienced the unraveling of the Agnetha/Bjorn and Benny/Frida marriages during the group’s peak.

Bjorn and Benny were the music masterminds, but it was the presence of Frida and Agnetha that gave Abba their signature look and sound. Today is Agnetha’s 64th birthday, so let’s count down their greatest songs … not just the biggest hits, but some underrated gems, and a few solo songs from the ladies.

20. One Of Us

Year: 1981 (U.S. – 1983)

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- snicks

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Popsugar Shout Out: Where the Stars Entertain

2 April 2014 11:55 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

20 jaw-dropping celebrity backyards - Home Go behind the scenes of the Himym series finale - Entertainment The 10 most gorgeous bridesmaid dresses from Amsale - Fashion You should fail to succeed - Katherine Schwarzenegger tells us why - Smart Living 30 celebrities who prove that long hair isn't boring - UK Beauty DJ Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler are just the cutest real-life BFFs - Celebrity & News Your go-to guide for prom dress shopping with your daughter - Moms This sweet apple egg salad is perfect for Spring picnics - Food Meet Cortana, Siri's latest competition - Tech Video: Emma Watson walks on water in Ralph Lauren - Fashion What's your festival love forecast? - Love & Sex Make the most of your next big event with star-loved tips - Beauty Satisfy a sweet tooth with 8 Paleo treats - Fitness Source: Elisabeth Halstead Real Estate, Keller Williams, Trulia, and Björn Wallander for Architectural Digest »

- Nick Maslow

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Popsugar Shout Out: Where the Stars Entertain

2 April 2014 11:55 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

20 jaw-dropping celebrity backyards - Home Go behind the scenes of the Himym series finale - Entertainment The 10 most gorgeous bridesmaid dresses from Amsale - Fashion You should fail to succeed - Katherine Schwarzenegger tells us why - Smart Living 30 celebrities who prove that long hair isn't boring - UK Beauty DJ Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler are just the cutest real-life BFFs - Celebrity & News Your go-to guide for prom dress shopping with your daughter - Moms This sweet apple egg salad is perfect for Spring picnics - Food Meet Cortana, Siri's latest competition - Tech Video: Emma Watson walks on water in Ralph Lauren - Fashion What's your festival love forecast? - Love & Sex Make the most of your next big event with star-loved tips - Beauty Satisfy a sweet tooth with 8 Paleo treats - Fitness Source: Elisabeth Halstead Real Estate, Keller Williams, Trulia, and Björn Wallander for Architectural Digest »

- Nick Maslow

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Abba members set to make special appearance at The Olivier Awards

1 April 2014 3:47 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, April 1: Abba members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus will be making a special appearance at The Olivier Awards, along with the cast of musical 'Mamma Mia'.

The band will perform at the award's grand finale at the Royal Opera House which will broadcast on ITV, Daily Star reported.

The 'Waterloo' hit makers will be completing their 40th anniversary of winning Eurovision this year. (Ani) »

- Meeta Kabra

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No day but yesterday: 'Mamma Mia!' replaces 'Rent' as 9th longest-running Broadway show

6 March 2014 2:42 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The delightful misadventures of a group of junkies have been bested by dancing queens.

Mamma Mia!, the perennially peppy Abba jukebox musical about an inquisitive young girl whose mother slept around on the Greek Isles, has officially ousted the cult classic musical Rent as Broadway’s ninth longest-running show. With the success of Mamma Mia!, it’s easy to see why the girl on the poster has been laughing for fifteen years.

Rent isn’t the first landmark musical that Mamma Mia! has conquered. The Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus smash has also surpassed such legendary shows as Miss Saigon, »

- Marc Snetiker

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Abba: Crazy Costumes Were a Tax Dodge

17 February 2014 7:27 AM, PST | newser.com | See recent newser news »

The crazy outfits Abba was known for donning onstage? The band didn't pick them solely based on a love of sequins and spandex, the Guardian reports. Rather, Björn Ulvaeus confesses in a new book, Swedish tax laws allowed bands to deduct money spent on costumes, as long as the clothing in question was so insane it could never be worn in any other capacity than onstage. "In my honest opinion we looked like nuts in those years," Ulvaeus admits in Abba: The Official Photo Book. "Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were." In order to »

- Evann Gastaldo

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Abba wore outrageous outfits to avoid paying taxes

16 February 2014 9:53 PM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, Feb. 17: Abba's former band member Bjorn Ulvaeus has admitted that the garish outfits, including the glittering hotpants, sequined jumpsuits and platform heels, were worn by the group as part of a tax-saving scheme.

According to Abba: The Official Photo Book, the Swedish group's trademark stage costumes were designed keeping in mind the Swedish laws that allowed cost of outfits to be deducted against tax if the clothes were too outrageous to be worn on a daily basis, the Guardian reported.

Ulvaeus asserted in the book that he honestly thought that he and his band mates looked like nuts in their heydays in the 70s, adding that nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as they were. (Ani) »

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Idina Menzel beyond 'Frozen,' 'Wicked,' and 'Rent': A closer look at the Oscar performer -- Video

11 February 2014 12:56 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Idina Menzel has had one amazing career. She’s helped create three very different roles that have become global cultural phenomenons, from Maureen in Rent (both on stage and film), winning a Tony as Elphaba in Wicked, and now as the voice of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen. So why isn’t she a household name in non-Broadway-obsessed houses?

Well, unless you’re a die-hard theater nerd, you’re likely to only know the name of Menzel’s projects or roles rather than the New York native herself. Now that Menzel has officially been announced to perform Frozen’s smash »

- Jake Perlman

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Rewind TV: Scandimania; Salamander; Royal Cousins at War; Culture Show: Hanif Kureishi – review

8 February 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall kicked off his Scandinavian odyssey in Sweden, Saturday-night noir moved to Belgium…

Scandimania (C4) | 4Od

Salamander (BBC4) | iPlayer

Royal Cousins at War: A House Divided (BBC2) | iPlayer

Culture Show: Hanif Kureishi – Writers Are Trouble (BBC2) | iPlayer

"The Sun Always Shines on TV" sang those Norwegian pop giants, A-ha, back in the 1980s. Well, not any more it doesn't. Not on Scandinavian TV.

The sun is to Scandinavian TV what topless darts is to Saudi TV: an intriguing concept but not something you ever expect to see. For a sunless sky is one of the aesthetic principles of Nordic noir such as The Bridge and The Killing, and Nordic noir is one of the cliches that fill a thick duvet of mythology obscuring our view of Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall set out to give that duvet a thorough shaking down in the three-part Scandimania, or, as he put it, »

- Andrew Anthony

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