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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 »

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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 | AwardsDaily.com | 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. »

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

30 June 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - 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 | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - 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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"Inn Of The Sixth Happiness" Finds A Home On Blu-Ray

13 April 2014 5:20 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

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The single greatest aspect of the wide expansion and adoption of blu-ray on home video is that underseen films like The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) are reborn for a new generation looking as good or better than they ever did in cinemas. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness is an epic biography of Gladys Aylward (Ingrid Bergman) and her joyfully tenacious attraction to missionary work in China in the early half of the 20th century. While it is not a masterpiece, it is a thoroughly pleasant film that will appeal to many, whether fans of Bergman, historical epics, exotic travel, or plain old classics. Most plot summaries describe the long trek Gladys undertook to bring children out of harm's way, but there is a great deal more to it than that. It is a film like many others--South Pacific (1958), The King and I (1956), Dances with Wolves »

- Jason Ratigan

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Behind the High-Frame-Rate Restoration of 'Oklahoma!' Opening TCM Festival

10 April 2014 11:03 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Given Peter Jackson and James Cameron's current embrace of high-frame-rate, there's an added importance to Fox's restoration of the roadshow "Oklahoma!," which opens the TCM Classic Film Fest tonight at the Tcl Chinese IMAX Theater. In addition to being shot in Todd-ao large format, the beloved 1955 musical from Rodgers & Hammerstein also experimented with 30 frames to solve the flickering problem and to better stave off competition from TV. The result is almost holographic. Fox's Schawn Belston (together with Foto-Kem and Chace Audio) have done a glorious job of adding the luster and grandeur back to "Oklahoma!" Granted, because of Fred Zinnemann's overly theatrical and sometimes static direction, it's not up there with "The King and I," "Carousel," or "The Sound of Music." But visually Robert Surtees' cinematography is stunning, thanks to both the larger format and the higher frame rate. And Agnes de Mille's revolutionary "Dream Ballet »

- Bill Desowitz

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Following Anderson's Death, Only Two Gwtw Performers Still Living

9 April 2014 7:40 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Gone with the Wind’ actress Mary Anderson dead at 96; also featured in Alfred Hitchcock thriller ‘LifeboatMary Anderson, an actress featured in both Gone with the Wind and Alfred Hitchcock’s adventure thriller Lifeboat, died following a series of small strokes on Sunday, April 6, 2014, while under hospice care in Toluca Lake/Burbank, northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Anderson, the widow of multiple Oscar-winning cinematographer Leon Shamroy, had turned 96 on April 3. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1918, Mary Anderson was reportedly discovered by director George Cukor, at the time looking for an actress to play Scarlett O’Hara in David O. Selznick’s film version of Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller Gone with the Wind. Instead of Scarlett, eventually played by Vivien Leigh, Anderson was cast in the small role of Maybelle Merriwether — most of which reportedly ended up on the cutting-room floor. Cukor was later fired from the project; his replacement, Victor Fleming, »

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16 Days Til Oscar: The Costumes of Irene Sharaff

14 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Irene SharaffIf Catherine Martin wins an Oscar this year for her work on The Great Gatsby, she will join prolific costume Designer Orry-Kelly as Australia’s most Oscared individual. If Martin wins both of her nominations? She will become the first Australian to ever win more than three statues (having already won the same two for Moulin Rouge! 12 years ago). We’re not here to talk about Martin, nor Orry-Kelly really, but that’s an interesting statistic nonetheless. One of Orry-Kelly’s wins was for An American in Paris, which he won alongside Walter Plunkett and the main subject of this entry, Irene Sharaff.

Sharaff was a 15-time Oscar nominee for her work as a costume designer and was also nominated once for art direction, which certainly places her as one of the designers' favorites. She doesn’t have the famous name of, say, Edith Head or contemporaries Sandy Powell, »

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Carey Mulligan

18 January 2014 1:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

She likes dark, difficult characters. She doesn't like questions about her faith, her pop star husband, pet pigs, politics…

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Something strange is going on. Carey Mulligan has requested me as her interviewer of choice. I'm not sure why, but this kind of thing doesn't happen often. If ever. One of Britain's brightest stars has insisted on unburdening herself to yours truly. We've never met. I'm baffled, but excited. Maybe she's got something she wants to get off her chest and sees me as the father confessor of celebrity journalism. I'll take that.

Mulligan, 28, doesn't give many interviews. Nor, for that matter, does she make many films. While in-demand actors churn out movies by the dozen, she is ever so picky about her parts. After being Oscar-nominated for her breakthrough film, An Education, in »

- Simon Hattenstone

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The dark side of Carey Mulligan

18 January 2014 1:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

She likes dark, difficult characters. She doesn't like questions about her faith, her pop star husband, pet pigs, politics…

• The Coen brothers talk about the film

• Free audio download from the film

• Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Something strange is going on. Carey Mulligan has requested me as her interviewer of choice. I'm not sure why, but this kind of thing doesn't happen often. If ever. One of Britain's brightest stars has insisted on unburdening herself to yours truly. We've never met. I'm baffled, but excited. Maybe she's got something she wants to get off her chest and sees me as the father confessor of celebrity journalism. I'll take that.

Mulligan, 28, doesn't give many interviews. Nor, for that matter, does she make many films. While in-demand actors churn out movies by the dozen, she is ever so picky about her parts. After being Oscar-nominated for her breakthrough film, An Education, in »

- Simon Hattenstone

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Rita Moreno Speaks Out on Sexism, Ageism, Racism

16 January 2014 3:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rita Moreno is one of the few people on earth to win an Egot: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. But she seems genuinely surprised at being honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award: “The joy is so profound. You can wish to have an Oscar someday or some other award, but Life Achievement? You don’t see yourself that way. It’s an astonishing and singular experience,” she says.

Despite her amazement, Moreno was an inspired choice. Her nearly 70-year acting career includes the ups and downs of every actor’s life, and reflects the changes in the entertainment industry, from the heydays of radio and the studio system, to theater, basic-cable and the shifts in the agencies’ roles. It also reflects the social fabric of the decades, as she fought for equality on a national level (the civil-rights march in D.C. in the 1960s) and personal level: “All »

- Tim Gray

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A Tribute to Oscar Hammerstein, the Only Person Named Oscar to Ever Win an Oscar

13 January 2014 11:15 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Over the weekend, CBS Sunday Morning briefly mentioned an Oscars fun fact. It seems that the only person to win an Oscar named Oscar was songwriter and theatrical producer Oscar Hammerstein II. If you know anything about musical theater, then you’ll probably recognize the name as one half of Rodgers and Hammerstein — one of the most prolific and successful partnerships in showbiz (Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific). Their works were sophisticated, socially aware, sensitive and advanced the story’s characters or plot. It’s a style that is widely used today, but was revolutionary at the time. Hammerstein worked in theater for over 40 years, writing the lyrics for over 1,000 songs and the libretti for dozens of operettas and musicals &mdash...

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