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How fortunate for Stephen Sondheim fans that the Broadway musical maestro came of age in the television era. The new HBO documentary Six By Sondheim, premiering Monday at 9/8c, digs deep into TV talk and news program archives to provide a fast moving yet intimate portrait of America's greatest living composer and lyricist. The film also includes several new music-video style interpretations of Sondheim compositions. One includes a cameo by the legend himself in a performance of Opening Doors with Jeremy Jordan, America Ferrera, Laura Osnes and Darren Criss. Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, who directed and co-executive produced Six By Sondheim, offered a glimpse into the filmmaking process.
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- Stephen Battaglio
The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics starts today! Over the next two weeks, EW will put the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the next 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.
To kick off our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics, we start with a song that wasn’t even a Christmas tune to begin with, »
- Katie Atkinson
"Gypsy." "A Little Night Music." "Sweeney Todd." "Follies." "Company."
Stephen Sondheim's credits -- and that's a sampling -- are staggering. He's won eight Tony Awards, more than any other composer and lyricist. And though he has been an incredible force since he burst on the scene with his first Broadway project, "West Side Story," Sondheim, 83, is reserved about himself.
HBO's "Six by Sondheim" on Monday, Dec. 9, though, manages to paint an intimate portrait of the man, examining his career through six signature songs.
In one of very few interviews granted for this project, Sondheim tells Zap2it that though he had seen a few edits of this film, he doesn't like to watch himself.
"I am embarrassed to see myself," Sondheim says. "I have seen myself on-screen quite a lot."
This features wonderful footage of Sondheim, including photos from his youth, being mentored by family friend Oscar Hammerstein, and »
It’s hard to surprise musical theater fans, who feel like they already know everything about legends of the industry like Stephen Sondheim. But for legit avids who sit down to watch the Dec. 9 premiere of HBO documentary “Six by Sondheim,” one thing about the film’s cornucopia of archival interview footage will likely prove instantly striking: So many talkshows!
The depth and variety of the footage (stretching back to the ’60s) give the impression that guests on vintage TV yakkers sat around having in-depth chats about musical theater all the time — as if it wouldn’t be uncommon these days to catch Andrew Lippa on “The View” and Jeanine Tesori on “Fallon.”
Maybe credit the overlap of Sondheim’s rise to prominence with the flourishing of the television age. But whatever the explanation, the filmmakers discovered they had a wealth of resources to tap as they assembled a look »
- Gordon Cox
Affixed with an unnecessary gimmick, “Six by Sondheim” is a loving ode to the composer by director James Lapine — part biography, part detailed examination of the roots of Sondheim’s talent and work. Fascinating as that latter part is, it’s slightly burdened by the decision to stage three songs specifically for the film, which features some top-flight performers — Darren Criss, America Ferrera, Audra McDonald, etc. — but isn’t really needed given the rich array of footage incorporated, from early “West Side Story” to Dean Jones belting out “Being Alive” in rehearsal. Ultimately, it’s best when the man and his songs speak for themselves.
Lapine draws on a treasure trove of Sondheim interviews so deftly woven together (credit Miky Wolf’s editing) that the composer of such shows as “Company,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Sunday in the Park With George” is occasionally found beginning a story in one Broadway venue and finishing it in another. »
- Brian Lowry
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim have been linked together in the minds of theatergoers and fans of musicals since they first collaborated on the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Sunday in the Park With George,” for which Lapine wrote the book and directed. They went on to create “Into the Woods” and “Passion” together, and then Lapine crafted the loving revue “Sondheim on Sondheim” in 2010, in which an eclectic cast of singing actors transformed songs we thought we knew, interspersed with freshly filmed commentary from Sondheim. Now Lapine has returned to paying tribute to his friend and colleague with the HBO documentary “Six by Sondheim,” airing Dec. 9. Focused on six of his best-known songs (performed in sometimes unusual stagings by a cast that includes Darren Criss and America Ferrera), the doc captures both the magic and the skill inherent in any Sondheim song. We spoke to Lapine about how to pay fresh tribute »
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Tis the season, everyone! Remember when you were a little kid and your parents made you sit on the creepy old mall Santa dude’s lap? Well it’s time to put those childhood traumas behind you, because we’ve just stuffed your stocking with 30 super sexy Santas! Trust us, you’ll be begging to sit on these laps.
It’s not easy to pull off red felt and white fur, but there are a few lucky celebrities out there who manage to look hot in it, regardless. From Victoria’s Secret Angels like Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum and Barbara Palvin, to divas like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey, these festive famous folks provide us with a much appreciated dose of holiday cheer! And it’s not just for the ladies. Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Phillippe and Glee heart-throb Darren Criss all have uniquely shirtless interpretations of old St. »
- Jordan Runtagh
December means a lot of things from World AIDS Day, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years holidays and, if you’re on the West Coast, TrevorLIVE!
The much anticipated semi-annual event to celebrate the fine work of The Trevor Project and those who support Lgbt youth happens this Sunday at the Palladium in Hollywood. The West Coast event (New York hosts the summer event) is hosted this year by Kathy Griffin and will feature an array of performers and presenters including Darren Criss, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera, Adam Lambert, Glee stars Blake Jenner, Amber Riley, Jacob Artist & Becca Tobin, Jason Collins, Harry Shum Jr, Brant Daugherty, Megan Hilty, Alex Newell, and Andrew Rannells and many more.
The TrevorLIVE hostess with the mostess is none other than Kathy Griffin.
- Jim Halterman
Love "Glee"? Love someone who loves "Glee" and can't figure out what to buy them for Christmas/Hanukkah (there's still time left!)/etc.? You've come to the right place. In an attempt to eschew the obvious gift choices -- the many "Glee" soundtrack albums are great, but your Gleek probably already owns them all anyway -- Zap2it has put together a comprehensive list of gift suggestions for the "Glee" lover in your life.
Want to dress like Kurt? Style your hair like Blaine? Live in your own Muppet-filled gas leak-induced dream world? Look no further:
"Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 4" ($6): This year's holiday album includes "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "Away in a Manger, »
Do you like ’300?’ What about ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Troy?’ More importantly, do you like seeing Kellan Lutz without his shirt on? Then you Have to see the new trailer for ‘Hercules: The Legend Begins!’ Watch it below!
Kellan Lutz is officially stepping out of the Twilight shadow into a franchise of his own. And if the trailer of Hercules: The Legend Begins is any indication, he’s also out to prove that his six-pack is even more impressive than Taylor Lautner‘s!
The Hercules flick definitely takes some cues from other movies from the same time period – 300, Gladiator, Troy, etc. — but it appears that Kellan has been able to breathe new life into a tired topic.
As Hercules, the former Twilight star is (as far as he knows) a bastard son to a queen who is unaware of his true identity and ability. »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
While Jake has no problem being open with his promiscuity, it definitely has its consequences — and even Bree hit her breaking point with him on the Nov. 28 episode of ‘Glee.’
Jake (Jacob Artist) had to know that his nonchalant attitude about hanging out with multiple girls (ie. the whole team of Cheerios) would catch up with him. And that’s exactly what happened on Glee when he found out the most shocking news of the season.
It was time for the New Directions to figure out their songs for regionals, but Blain (Darren Criss) realized his constant need for control was literally turning him into a “puppet master.” However, his constant hallucinations of puppets — caused by a gas leak — ended up just annoying the glee club even more!
While it’s puppets for Jake, the gas-leak-induced hallucinations sends Jake into Janet Jackson‘s music video for “Rhythm Nation” combined with ”Nasty. »
- Emily Longeretta
We’re thankful for Hollywood! Stars like Carrie Underwood, Ariana Grande, NeNe Leakes and tons more have written their fans messages for the holiday. Kylie Jenner even posted a hysterical picture of her head on a turkey! See more messages right here!
— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgivinggg my loves… Wishing you a beautiful holiday with your families and loved ones. I am so thankful for you.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving!!! »
- Dory Larrabee
The turkey’s stuffed, the pumpkin’s pie’d and the family’s gathered — but don’t neglect your old friend, TV! It’s working Ot this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, serving marathons of fave shows (Castle) and flicks (James Bond), holiday movies (My Santa) and classics (A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving), plus fresh episodes of Glee, Grimm and others. So unbutton your pants and pick up your remote — it’s relaxin’ time. (Sunday’s entrees, including the Walking Dead finale, a great Wife and The Mentalist 2.0 will be covered separately.)
Thursday, Nov. 28
Midnight – 2:40 am Amazing Animation Thanksgiving Marathon (Starz »
- Misha Solomon
Joel Kinnaman (above), who is 34, Christina Applegate is 42, Dougray Scott is 48, Bruno Tonioli is 58, and Amy Grant is 53. Here’s Amy’s first top 40 hit, “Find A Way,” which reached #29 in July 1985.
Rick Santorum’s Christmas movie proves flop
Sandra Bullock has been named Entertainment Weekly‘s Entertainer Of The Year.
GLAAD Announces Sarah Kate Ellis as President
I don’t watch Family Guy, but I know fans are up in arms about the shocking death of ______ . Here’s a tribute the show put together.
Below you can see a report from Hawaii News Now about the »
A long-awaited reunion. A kiss before a tragic death. A surprising ménage à trois. This week, romance on the tube was as shocking as it was varied.
In this TVLine feature, we provide you with the latest developments in the lives of TV’s hottest duos — and then offer our exclusive forecast for each pairing.
Don’t see your favorite love match represented here? Give ‘em a shout out below; you never know, they might make the next go-around.
And with that said, this »
- Misha Solomon
Glee fans have extra reason to be thankful this week, seeing as how Fox has opted to eschew traditional rerun and/or holiday fare on Thursday (aka Thanksgiving) in favor of an all-new episode of the Fox musical-comedy — and suffice it to say this installment required all hands on deck.
Because it’s puppet-themed.
Get it? Hands? Puppets?
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- Michael Ausiello
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is …
Lady Gaga’s new earring arrives by special delivery just in time.
Thanks to chronomaxx for this week’s winning caption!
Brad And Giuseppe’s Story.
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Adam Levine accepts his award for Sexiest Man Alive.
Jeff4Justice talks »
Theater fans, Gleeks and Ugly Betty mourners (I’m all three), get ready to lose your minds!
On Dec. 9, HBO premieres Six by Sondheim, a brand-new documentary that profiles arguably the greatest composer in contemporary musical theater, Stephen Sondheim. Directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine and produced by former Times theater critic Frank Rich, the doc takes a deep look at six of Sondheim’s greatest songs, deconstructed and defined by Sondheim himself.
- Marc Snetiker
Tyra, love triangles, and Billy Joel? Yes, that’s what we got on the Nov. 21st episode of ‘Glee’ when Blaine and Sam headed to the Big Apple to figure out their true dreams, and how to make them come true.
Sam (Chord Overstreet) realized what he really wanted out of life and that was to take his amazing voice and super hot stripper body in front of a camera as a male model. Lucky for him, he had the support of Rachel (Lea Michele) to get there.
Rachel In NYC — Is She Moving On?
Blaine (Darren Criss) performed at his fiancé’s work, and naturally took on “Piano Man” (while Sam suddenly could play the harmonica) — but he was still extremely worried about his big Nyada audition! However, Kurt (Chris Colfer) naturally stood by him, constantly reassuring him how amazing he was — c’mon Blaine, no one rocks a bow tie like you. »
- Emily Longeretta
8 Highlights From The Illinois Marriage Equality Exorcism
Why 2013 Has Been a Pretty Harsh Year For Cinematic Same-Sex Couples
Here’s Judi Dench saying “gay homosexual” and “beard.” Just give her the Oscar now.
Please forgive me.
Mea Culpa: I should have liveblogged #Dool today, but I thought the guys were only going to have a scene or 2 before Samizilla took over
— therealSnicks (@therealSnicks) November 21, 2013
Below you can see a college kid ask his peers about the word faggot.
Lance Bass posted this to Instagram, along with “Here’s the big news! This just happened last night! My debut single is done! I »
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