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Former Miss America and Actress Mary Ann Mobley Dies at 77

10 December 2014 12:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Mary Ann Mobley - Mississippi's first Miss America who went on to become an actress and a devoted humanitarian - died Tuesday at her home in Beverly Hills. She was 77. The Mississippi native was crowned the state's first Miss America in 1959. A busy show business career followed - first in the theater, where she starred in musicals like Guys and Dolls and The King and I - and then onto Hollywood, where she starred opposite Elvis Presley in Harum Scarum and Girl Happy in 1965. Mobley enjoyed a successful run on the small screen, too. She was a regular on Circus »

- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice

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Former Miss America and Actress Mary Ann Mobley Dies at 77

10 December 2014 12:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Mary Ann Mobley - Mississippi's first Miss America who went on to become an actress and a devoted humanitarian - died Tuesday at her home in Beverly Hills. She was 77. The Mississippi native was crowned the state's first Miss America in 1959. A busy show business career followed - first in the theater, where she starred in musicals like Guys and Dolls and The King and I - and then onto Hollywood, where she starred opposite Elvis Presley in Harum Scarum and Girl Happy in 1965. Mobley enjoyed a successful run on the small screen, too. She was a regular on Circus »

- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice

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Several of Grant's Best Films Tonight on TCM

8 December 2014 5:45 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Cary Grant movies: 'An Affair to Remember' does justice to its title (photo: Cary Grant ca. late 1940s) Cary Grant excelled at playing Cary Grant. This evening, fans of the charming, sophisticated, debonair actor -- not to be confused with the Bristol-born Archibald Leach -- can rejoice, as no less than eight Cary Grant movies are being shown on Turner Classic Movies, including a handful of his most successful and best-remembered star vehicles from the late '30s to the late '50s. (See also: "Cary Grant Classic Movies" and "Cary Grant and Randolph Scott: Gay Lovers?") The evening begins with what may well be Cary Grant's best-known film, An Affair to Remember. This 1957 romantic comedy-melodrama is unusual in that it's an even more successful remake of a previous critical and box-office hit -- the Academy Award-nominated 1939 release Love Affair -- and that it was directed »

- Andre Soares

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Theater Review: A Sped-Up, Slimmed-Down Allegro, With Momentum

19 November 2014 6:15 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

With all the larks praying and bird-pairs bursting in song, it’s sometimes hard to hear the real voice of Oscar Hammerstein in his lyrics. But his “poetic,” not to say ornithological, flights, especially as set to Richard Rodgers’s gorgeous ballad tunes, do not represent him well. He was, first of all, an experimental playwright; indeed, his experiments in musical storytelling were so successful they quickly became the standard template for the form. If they now seem passé, think about how they must have seemed then: the attack of Oklahoma!, the surrealism of Carousel, the cross-cutting of South Pacific, the role of dance in The King and I. Think, too, about their deadly serious themes. (A major character dies in each.) Hammerstein was no lightweight; he had grown up in the theater and wanted the musical to share fully in the advances being made by the great American plays »

- Jesse Green

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Rita Moreno To Return To Kids’ TV On Sprout Series ‘Nina’s World’

4 November 2014 10:12 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rita Moreno, the multi-talented actress who had a key role in the PBS children’s series “The Electric Company” will play for the kiddie set once again.

Moreno, one of the few thespians to have an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, will lend her vocal talents to “Nina’s World,” an animated series slated to debut in 2015 on NBCUniversal’s Sprout network. Moreno will voice “Abuelita,” the grandmother of the show’s title character and will help the six-year-old at the center of the story navigate childhood and learn about her culture.

Nina’s World” is a spin-off of sorts of Sprout’s “The Good Night Show.” In that program, an adult character named Nina, played by actress Michele Lepe, joins a character named Star to introduce programming and segments that aim to lull the network’s tyke viewers to sleep. Lepe will also have a role in the new program, »

- Brian Steinberg

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show': Recap: Dandy Wants To Join The Freak Show, Jimmy Meets His Dad 'Strongman' Dell

15 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

American Horror Story: Freak Show episode “Massacres and Matinees” saw the townspeople of Jupiter fearful for their lives and the police force out to find answers in the disappearance of one of their own. Predictably, they suspect that the Freak Show performers are to blame.

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Recap

Mr. Hanley, the proprietor of a local toy shop, unlike most residents of Jupiter, refuses to shut down his business in light of the recent spate of killings. When his assistant returns from a coffee run, he’s greeted by a wind-up robot that tracked blood across the floor. Following the trail, the young man looks up to find the decapitated head of his erstwhile boss before suffering a fatal knife would through the back of his neck from the Clown.

At the Freak Show, “Lobster Boy” (Evan Peters) and some of the others are trying to »

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Board of Governors Bias: Bacall, Garbo Among Rare Female Winners of Academy's Honorary Award

4 September 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Honorary Oscars have bypassed women: Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall among rare exceptions (photo: 2013 Honorary Oscar winner Angela Lansbury and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winner Angelina Jolie) September 4, 2014, Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy's other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual to »

- Andre Soares

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9 movies to watch on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25 - Troy, Airplane!

24 August 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It's Bank Holiday Monday, and that can mean only one thing... parking yourself on the sofa for an epic movie marathon. There really is something for everyone, from shaggy dogs to sorcerers and space adventures.

Digital Spy rounds up nine films worth watching on TV today.

1. Beethoven - 9.25am, ITV2

Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt head up the Newton family, who find their lives flipped upside down with the arrival of a puppy who swiftly grows into a slobbering, troublemaking St Bernard. This is just about the best way to kick off Bank Holiday Monday!

2. Flash Gordon - 11.15am, More4

Arriving hot on the heels of Star Wars, this sci-fi adventure got panned by critics on initial release but has since acquired cult status thanks to some booming performances from thesps like Timothy Dalton and Brian Blessed, and Queen's thundering soundtrack.

3. The Sorcerer's Apprentice - 1.30pm, BBC One

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In memoriam: James Shigeta

29 July 2014 12:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We pay tribute to the actor James Shigeta, famous for his roles in Flower Drum Song, Die Hard, and a legion other turns on stage and TV.

For a generation of moviegoers, James Shigeta will be immediately recognisable as Joseph Takagi, the Nakatomi Corporation boss who's ruthlessly despatched by Alan Rickman's sneering villain in the 1988 hit, Die Hard. But there was so much more to Shigeta than John McTiernan's action classic - that appearance was, in fact, but one of many in a long and fruitful career on stage, television and the silver screen.

Born in Hawaii in 1933, Shigeta embarked on a singing career after winning first place in a TV show called Original Amateur Hour. His subsequent success was such that a lengthy run of appearances in Tokyo musicals left him with the nickname, The Frank Sinatra of Japan.

Returning to America in the late 1950s, Shigeta »

- ryanlambie

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Elaine Stritch Dead at 89

17 July 2014 9:52 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

One of the Broadway greats has passed away.

Broadway great Elaine Stritch has passed away on Thursday morning. She was 89.

Though the five-time Tony nominee is perhaps best known for her stage presence (Bus Stop, Sail Away, Company), her TV and film resume is also quite impressive.

From 2008-2013, she was nominated for an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Primetime Emmy for her role as Colleen Donaghy, the mother of Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock. In 1993, she won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Law & Order.

She's also appeared in two Woody Allen movies, September (1987) and Small Time Crooks (2000). Her other more recent film credits include Monster In Law (2005), Autumn In New York (2000), Screwed (2000) and Out to Sea (1997).

As far as her musical background, Stritch has starred in No No Nanette, The King and I and I Married an Angel. She was also »

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Just Yul Brynner, 22 and nude

11 July 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Out of respect for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, I went goggling aeround to learn more about Yul Brynner who played Ramses in Cecil B DeMille’s epic 6 decades ago. »

- Ryan Adams

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Lou Diamond Phillips Heads To Oz For ‘King And I’ Reprise

1 July 2014 11:24 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Just a day after the announcement of a new Broadway revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The King And I comes word that the title star of the Tony-winning 1996 revival, Lou Diamond Phillips, is stepping in to reprise his performance in an Australia tour of the lavish Christopher Renshaw production mounted by producer John Frost, who also presented the earlier revival. Phillips was Tony-nominated for his work as the stubborn King, originated by Yul Brynner, torn between the demands of tradition and a desire to enter the modern world, and challenged by the forthright teacher he’s imported to educate his […] »

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No Puzzlement: Kelli O’Hara Will Star in ‘King And I’ Opposite Ken Watanabe

30 June 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Getting to know Kelli O’Hara has hardly been the problem for Broadway — but getting her a Tony Award is another matter. Five times a nominee — most recently for The Bridges Of Madison County — but never a winner, O’Hara will get another shot next spring when she stars as “I” in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, The King And I. In the title role created (and oft-reprised) by Yul Brynner, Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai)  will make his American stage and Broadway debut as the stubborn ruler torn between custom and […] »

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Ken Watanabe to Make Broadway Debut in ‘The King and I’

30 June 2014 10:33 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ken Watanabe is taking on one of the most iconic musicals for his American stage debut, and will star as the king of Siam in Rogers and Hammerstein's “The King and I,” Lincoln Center Theater announced on Monday. Set in the 1860s, “The King and I” follows the tempestuous relationship between the king of Siam and Anna Leonowens (Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara), a British schoolteacher the king brings to his country to tutor his many wives and children. The musical gave us such memorable songs as “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” See also: Rose Byrne to. »

- Linda Ge

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Kelli O'Hara, Ken Watanabe to Star on Broadway in 'The King and I'

30 June 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York – The long-standing rumor has been confirmed: Five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara will star in Lincoln Center Theater's upcoming Broadway revival of the beloved 1951 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, The King and I, playing opposite Ken Watanabe in his American stage debut. Tony winner Bartlett Sher, who directed O'Hara in The Bridges of Madison County, The Light in the Piazza and in Lct's hugely successful South Pacific revival, will stage the production, which begins previews on March 12 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Official opening is set for April 16. Adapted from Margaret Landon's novel Anna

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- David Rooney

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'The King and I' will return to the stage in New York

30 June 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

New Yorkers will soon have the chance to get to know the King all over again.

The King and I will be coming to Lincoln Center Theater next spring. This production will star Kelli O’Hara (a Tony nominee this year for The Bridges of Madison County) as Anna Leonowens and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) as the King of Siam.

The beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical follows the unconventional relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher brought in to tutor Siam’s wives and children. The show features well-known songs such »

- Erin Strecker

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‘Jersey Boys’ Cast Talk Movie Musicals, Dream Casting Zac Efron

10 June 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Warner Bros. bigscreen adaptation of “Jersey Boys” hosted its New York premiere on Monday night just a few blocks north of the Broadway stage where the Tony-winning musical debuted in 2005. A pre-party at the Angelo Galasso House inside the Plaza Hotel included a crowd of theater groupies (Barbara Walters and Regis Philbin), stars (Alan Cumming and Reeve Carney) and other staples from the music world (Clive Davis).

Director Clint Eastwood, sporting a grizzly beard, introduced the film at the Paris Theatre, explaining he’d never seen the hit play about the Four Seasons until the project came to him. He then attended three different versions of the show. “I ended up here on Broadway seeing it,” Eastwood told the crowd. “You’ll see some of the original players. For the most part we tried to keep all the originals from different companies. It was a great privilege for me »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Firsts & Worsts: Audra McDonald looks back on bad stage deaths and making out with 80-year-olds -- Video

16 May 2014 11:58 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Every actor started somewhere — and when it comes to theater performers, their roots are often similar, right down to the roles they cut their teeth on or the songs they first used at an audition.

Entertainment Weekly is launching a brand-new video series called Firsts & Worsts, dedicated to getting the unheard stories behind the beginnings of some of your favorite stage stars. Kicking off this exciting new project is the one and only Audra McDonald, a record-setting five-time Tony Award winner who recently earned her monumental eighth nomination. Lady McDonald is currently delivering one of Broadway’s most exquisite and »

- Marc Snetiker

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Veronica Mars,' 'Blazing Saddles,' and More

6 May 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Veronica Mars"

What's It About? Everyone's favorite teen Pi Veronica Mars is all grown up. She's living in NYC with Piz and just about to snag a plum lawyer gig when she's called back to Neptune to help out her ex Logan. In typical Logan fashion, he's in legal hot water - this time around, he's accused of murdering his girlfriend. Oh, it's also their high school reunion. Fun times!

Why We're In: Okay, if you're a diehard Marshmallow, chances are you're already getting a copy of the movie from Kickstarter. But, hey, while you wait for them to be sent out, why not snag an extra copy or two?

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Ace in the Hole" (Criterion)

What's It About? Kirk Douglas stars as a ruthless reporter scheming to keep his latest scoop in the headlines. A classic film noir, »

- Jenni Miller

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The Definitive Movie Musicals: 40-31

4 May 2014 9:14 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part of the list provides a few Best Picture nominees, a number of Oscar winners, and a childhood favorite that still pops up now and again. In reality, this list could be half-full of music documentaries, but for that reason, I stayed away from them. Plus, I did my best to include only films that really are musicals in every sense of the word. Plenty of films have lots of musical components, but only true musicals have performances in the film that truly drive the story forward. The songs in movie musicals have a purpose, if there could be a true definition.

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40. Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

Directed by Michael Apted

Signature Song: “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

Michael Apted certainly has a dicey filmography, this probably being his best: a biographical  piece featuring a breakout adult role from Sissy Spacek, winning her the Oscar for Best Actress. »

- Joshua Gaul

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