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13 items from 2016


Tony Bennett Sings For Stephen Colbert To Celebrate 90th Birthday

3 August 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Yesterday at TCA, NBC announced it would mark today’s 90th birthday of Tony Bennett with a primetime special. It will feature featuring Lady Gaga, Aretha FranklinElton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy JoelAndrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Rufus Wainwright, Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, and Homer Simpson. But it won’t air until December 20. CBS did not wait. Bennett was Stephen Colbert’s Late Show guest last… »

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Lady Gaga, Elton John, Stevie Wonder Top Tony Bennett Tribute Concert

2 August 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Lady Gaga, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Billy Joel will perform with Tony Bennett at a special concert celebrating the crooner's 90th birthday that will air December 20th on NBC, Variety reports.

The all-star lineup for Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come also features Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, k.d. lang and Rufus Wainwright, all of whom will perform with Bennett. The show will also feature appearances from Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Bruce Willis and even Homer Simpson. »

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NBC’s Bob Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke on Donald Trump, Comedy Woes and New Dick Wolf, Paul Haggis Dramas

2 August 2016 10:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Even if Donald Trump loses the race for the American presidency, there isn’t room for him back at his old stomping ground.

“He will never be back on the Celebrity Apprentice, as long as I’m here,” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters. Would Trump be welcome to star in another show on the network? “I have no idea at this point.”

Did “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” play a role in Trump’s ultimate candidacy? Earlier this summer, NBC’s alternative programming president Paul Telegdy told us “yes.” Greenblatt said he was less sure there was a correlation.

“[‘Doonesbury’ creator] Garry Trudeau was predicting Donald Trump would run for president 15 years before,” he noted. “I think it surprised all of us that [Trump] would want to do this. I guess that’s what’s great about this country.”

Read More: NBC Fall 2016 Trailers, Ranked: Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore and Abigail Spencer »

- Michael Schneider

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NBC’s Bob Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke on Donald Trump, Comedy Woes and New Dick Wolf, Paul Haggis Dramas

2 August 2016 10:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Even if Donald Trump loses the race for the American presidency, there isn’t room for him back at his old stomping ground.

“He will never be back on the Celebrity Apprentice, as long as I’m here,” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters. Would Trump be welcome to star in another show on the network? “I have no idea at this point.”

Did “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” play a role in Trump’s ultimate candidacy? Earlier this summer, NBC’s alternative programming president Paul Telegdy told us “yes.” Greenblatt said he was less sure there was a correlation.

“[‘Doonesbury’ creator] Garry Trudeau was predicting Donald Trump would run for president 15 years before,” he noted. “I think it surprised all of us that [Trump] would want to do this. I guess that’s what’s great about this country.”

Read More: NBC Fall 2016 Trailers, Ranked: Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore and Abigail Spencer »

- Michael Schneider

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Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder to Honor Tony Bennett in NBC Tribute Concert

2 August 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and more will perform with Tony Bennett during a concert special honoring the music legend’s 90th birthday and airing in December on NBC.

Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come” will air Dec. 20 at 9 p.m., the broadcast network announced Tuesday. Also set to perform with Bennett are Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang and Rufus Wainwright. Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Bruce Willis and animated character Homer Simpson will also make appearances.

“Since we celebrated Tony’s 80th birthday on NBC, it only seemed fitting that we should also stop and pay tribute to his 90th, a true milestone for the greatest living vocalist of popular music,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment. “Happy birthday, Tony, your achievements are epic and your voice has been the soundtrack of four generations. We »

- Daniel Holloway

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NBC to Honor Tony Bennett’s 90th Birthday With Two-Hour Special Featuring Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder

2 August 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday celebration is going to be one for the ages. NBC will air a two-hour special dedicated to the veteran musician in December, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. The program will feature some of the music industry’s most prominent artists, with the first list of performers to be announced including Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Rufus Wainwright and Stevie Wonder as well as a performance by Bennett. Also Read: Lady Gaga Banned From »

- Joe Otterson

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Tony Bennett's Star-Studded 90th Birthday Special Set at NBC

2 August 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The best is set to come… in December on NBC.

That’s when the Peacock Net will air a tw0-hour special titled Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come in honor of the crooner’s birthday, the network announced Tuesday during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

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The Grammy-winning Bennett, who will perform as part of the special, will be joined by artists including Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, Billy Joel, Elton John, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, Rufus Wainwright, k. »

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Host PBS Arts Fall Festival, Featuring ‘Hamilton’ Special

28 July 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will host the PBS Arts Fall Festival this year, beginning on October 21. The annual festival will kick off with Great Performances documentary “Hamilton’s America,” giving viewers a look at Miranda and his colleagues’ creative process during the three years leading up to the Broadway opening of the record-breaking musical.

“The PBS Arts Fall Festival spotlights some of the best of the arts across our great country. For this sixth annual Festival, I am thrilled to announce that Lin-Manuel Miranda will be our host,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “I truly admire how Lin-Manuel Miranda has redefined the musical genre, inviting audiences to explore our nation’s history in groundbreaking new ways. As our host, I know that he will bring tremendous creative energy and help us attract new audiences to this year’s festival.”

“I’m such a huge fan of PBS. For my entire life it’s been our »

- Laura Prudom

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If Rufus Wainwright Leading a Giant Choir's Rendition of "Hallelujah" Doesn't Make You Cry, You're a Robot

12 July 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

If "Hallelujah" is one of those songs that you can't hear without your heart feeling just a little bit heavier, you're going to want to see this video. As part of the Luminato Festival, Toronto's Choir! Choir! Choir! singing group invited Rufus Wainwright to lead a chorus of 1,500 singers in a rendition of Leonard Cohen's classic. (You may be more familiar with Jeff Buckley's version.) You really just need to watch the video - it's powerful. »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Meryl Streep Could Land Record 20th Oscar Nomination for ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

14 June 2016 3:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As an actress, Meryl Streep has been lauded for never hitting a false note. But by warbling off key as a opera-loving socialite in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the star is likely to land a record 20th Oscar nomination. At the very least, she will be a contender for next year’s Academy Awards — and a lock for a Golden Globe nomination in the best musical/comedy category.

Florence Foster Jenkins” doesn’t hit theaters until Aug. 12. But Paramount Pictures  is trying to build early buzz for the film, which screened early on Monday night at a Peggy Siegal event. Tastemakers in attendance included Barbara Walters, Rufus Wainwright, Carol Kane and host Renee Fleming.

The last time Streep played a character who performed at Carnegie Hall was in 1999’s “Music of the Heart,” as a Harlem school music conductor. Florence Foster Jenkins isn’t as skilled onstage. She’s a wealthy patron of the arts who moonlights as a faulty opera singer, giving her final performance at the landmark Manhattan concert venue. But the running joke of the dramedy directed by Stephen Frears is that Florence doesn’t know how bad her voice really is.

Another actress may have turned the part into a thin parody. But Streep, who has embodied no shortage of real-life people from Margaret Thatcher to Donald Trump, finds new ways to bring Florence to life. Her interpretation comes across like Julia Child meets Susan Boyle, even if Florence doesn’t have the natural talent either of those women. Streep not only studied with a dialect coach to perfect the terrible singing (a hysterical feat that will certainly appeal to actors in the Academy branch), she wears a 40-pound rubber prosthetic for the role.

“It was sort of interesting at the end of the day to take it off,” Streep said at a post-screening Q&A moderated by Tony-winning costume designer William Ivey Long. “I’ve done this before — to wear a different body, it helps you sympathize with the person. It changes the way you move. It gives you the character, and I was suddenly in the body of my grandmother.”

Streep is always celebrated for her dramatic parts, but she’s under-appreciated as a comedienne (despite her Oscar nod in 1990’s “Postcards from the Edge”). She got rare mixed reviews in dark comedies like 1989’s “She-Devil” and 1992’s “Death Becomes Her.” But one of her best recent performances was in 2009’s “It’s Complicated,” as a divorcee having an affair with her ex-husband (Alec Baldwin). It didn’t earn awards attention, because Streep received an Oscar nomination that year instead for portraying Julia Child in Nora Ephron’s “Julie and Julia” (a soufflé of an impersonation also grounded in comedic touches).

Sadly, this could again be another weak year for actresses in the movies. The two heavyweight Oscar contenders of the year so far (“Manchester by the Sea” and “A Birth of a Nation”) center on male protagonists. Even if “Florence Foster Jenkins” performs modestly at the box office, it could coast into the Oscars race. It feels similar in tone to Frears’ 2005 London period piece “Miss Henderson Presents.” That picture went on to garner an Academy Award nomination for its leading lady Judi Dench.

On Monday night, Streep didn’t sit through the entire film. But when she arrived at the theater, she was horrified that the volume was too high, and quickly had it fixed. “I can’t be everywhere,” she said, with a dramatic sigh.

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- Ramin Setoodeh

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‘Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets’ By Rufus Wainwright Album Review: An Extraordinary Homage

7 May 2016 9:10 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

A great deal of singer and songwriter Rufus Wainwright‘s recent work has been related to the Bard’s legacy. From composing for playwright and director Robert Wilson‘s Shakespeare’s Sonnets to performance arts to scoring the poet’s sonnets for a symphonic orchestra, Wainwright’s most recent album Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, whose release comes exactly 400 years after Shakespeare’s […]

The post ‘Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets’ By Rufus Wainwright Album Review: An Extraordinary Homage appeared first on uInterview. »

- Antonia Georgieva

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Academy Awards Film Series: Scorsese's Spielbergian Biopic Comes Crashing Down Each Time After Take-Off

19 March 2016 9:35 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Aviator' movie with Leonardo DiCaprio as bizarre billionaire Howard Hughes: Bloated biopic. 'The Aviator' movie review: What's not good for the Spruce Goose… Imagine Citizen Kane directed by the Steven Spielberg of The Color Purple, Schindler's List, Amistad, and Saving Private Ryan. The final result would look something like a Barry Levinson film – for instance, the superficial and phony Bugsy. Or, an even more appropriate example, the superficial, phony, and bloated The Aviator. Except, of course, that Levinson is not the man responsible for the 2004 mega-production starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the eccentric, billionaire ladies' man Howard Hughes. Strangely enough, that man is Martin Scorsese, the director of hard-hitting films such as Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and Gangs of New York. Scorsese, a fan of Old Hollywood, apparently wanted to have some fun with the reported $110 million budget (approx. $138 million in 2016) made available to him. The director no doubt had a ball while making The Aviator, »

- Andre Soares

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Sundance Film Festival: London dates moved forward

18 January 2016 3:50 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Move will avoid clash with Sheffield Doc/Fest and Edinburgh.

Sundance Film Festival: London has brought its 2016 dates forward by a week to avoid clashes in the UK’s busy festival event calendar in June.

The UK offshoot of the Sundance Film Festival was due to return for its fourth edition on June 10-12, meaning it would run at the same time as Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 10-15) and end three days before Edinburgh International Film Festival got underway (June 15-26).

But to avoid this, the dates have been moved to June 2-5. As previously announced, the festival will move from the O2 arena in east London, which hosted the first three edition from 2012 in 2014 in a late-April slot, to the recently launched Picturehouse Central near London’s Leicester Square.

Clare Binns, director of programming and acquisitions at Picturehouse, said: “Picturehouse and Sundance Institute have taken the decision to adjust our 2016 dates in order to find the »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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