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Our weekly series in which writers revisit for the first time in ages their youthful passions and reconsider how well they hold up with the passage of time. Growing up, I didn’t have cable. Friends my age, fellow 20-somethings raised on ’90s and turn-of-the-millennium entertainment, reminisce about Nickelodeon and Disney Channel shows. “Hey Arnold!” and “Even Stevens” were never part of my childhood. Sometimes I feel like I missed out, but not when I fondly remember how PBS ruled my toddler and early elementary school days. My small screen delights were “Sesame Street” (of course), “Wishbone,” “Arthur” and — my favorite — “The Magic School Bus.” It’s no surprise “Magic School Bus” captivated my imagination. As the dorky kid who always actually liked school and also as an early-on fan of sci-fi and fantasy, I was enthralled by the adventures of Ms. Frizzle’s class and their (literally) out-of-this-world field »
- Emily Rome
Our weekly series in which writers revisit for the first time in ages their youthful passions and reconsider how well they hold up with the passage of time. When “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: was released in 1986, I was 17 years old ( a surly, difficult 17 years old); which is to say,I was the exact same age as the character Ferris Bueller; which is to say, the worst possible age to enjoy a film about him. To this put in some context, growing up in the late 1970’s and early 80’s was a glorious time to be a very young movie-goer. Comedies in particular – were at their most bawdy and anarchic, which is exactly what a 10 year old boy wants. We were allowed to see on the screen in those days all sorts things that it is now horrifying to imagine a 10 year old was allowed to see; but as a 10 year old, »
- Richard Rushfield
Welcome back, dance fans! The typically awkward "Dancing with the Stars" returns with extra special doses of awkward this week, as everyone's nervously excited about Disney Week. They're dancing with cartoon characters and going totally overboard with magical make-up and impressions, but it's all lots of fun. Besides Tom's Eeyore, I especially love Riker's Captain Jack Sparrow. He's become my favorite competitor this season anyway.
I'm glad the pandering and shameless self-promotion isn't quite as heavy-handed as last season, but there's still plenty of it. But at least we know the music is really good, as the couples dance to some of our favorite songs. Many of the couples are having a rough night though, and at this mid-point in the competition (can you believe already), the top competitors are starting to separate from the pack.
Let's get into my top dances:
Willow & Mark's Fox-Trot: Mark is really quite innovative, »
- Renée Camus
Well, even if none of those experiences were on your TV bucket list (and if they were, I have a lot of questions), Dancing With the Stars delivered them on Monday, as the remaining contestants took the stage for Disney Night.
And even though a fairytale ending was in store for Season 20’s strongest couples, one unlucky pair did not ride — er, sashay — into the sunset.
Tonight's elimination/performances show, kicked off with them revealing that it was a Disney themed night, and they showed an opening number with the dance pros. Then Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani started off the performances with a Lady and the Tramp Jazz routine that landed them a mediocre 28 out of 40 score from the judges. Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson danced a Mary Poppins Quickstep for a very bad 24 score as Rob's footwork was way off. Patti Labelle & Artem Chigvintsev performed a Pinocchio Waltz number for a 27 score. Willow Shields & Mark Ballas performed an Alice in Wonderland Foxtrot for a nice 34 score. Chris Soules & Witney Carson delivered a Hercules Quickstep dance for a 27 score. Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess rocked out an Aladdin Foxtrot routine for a 28 score. Riker Lynch & Allison Holker performed a nice Pirates Paso Doble and landed a great 38 score. Rumer Willis & Val Chmerkovskiy came very correct with a Little »
- Andre Braddox
Ryan Reynolds has stepped into one of the most rabid fan bases in all of pop culture with his upcoming take on Marvel’s Deadpool, but he’s proven he has a solid grasp on the sillier side of the character, as evidenced by his recreation of Burt Reynolds‘ classic eye-candy poster. He appears to have embraced the fandom as well, taking a moment on Sunday evening to share a fan-made movie poster for the “Deadpool” film. The poster looks like an homage to both “Mary Poppins” and “Spider-Man,” with a tag-line riffing on Peter Parker’s mantra. “With great power comes great irresponsibility, »
- Jason Hughes
Celebrate the April 10th digital release of the Star Wars saga with this collection of fun facts and interstellar statistics. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD.
Want more behind-the-scenes revelations? Then check out the extras on Star Wars: The Digital Collection.
Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn rescue Queen Amidala, ruler of a peaceful planet invaded by dark forces. On their escape, they discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a child prodigy who is unusually strong in the Force.
Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was created from an interesting collection of vehicles and props. The front of the shuttle, in which Anakin sits, was made from the shell of a 1960’s racing car called a Maserati Birdcage. »
- Michelle McCue
According to his co-star Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen comported himself like a professional when he came on set during the first few seasons of Two and a Half Men: He was on time and always hit his marks despite partying all night. That feeling of respect would quickly deteriorate. In his memoir, So That Happened, published April 7, Cryer watches as Sheen eventually devolved into the publicly disgraced menace we know him as. The book isn't a damning account, by any means (especially considering what Sheen has actually done), but Cryer relays some strange anecdotes ranging from the slightly endearing (Sheen was nervous at table-reads) to the more disturbing (he was watching Mary Poppins on Broadway the night he locked a naked escort in the closet at the Plaza Hotel). Here are the weirdest and Charlie Sheen–iest moments from Jon Cryer's book:1. Cryer got to meet porn star Ginger Lynn because of Sheen. »
- E. Alex Jung
Dame Julie Andrews is releasing more untold stories about her life.
The legendary musical icon announced on Monday that there will be a second volume to her 2008 book, Home.
In the new book, Andrews, 79, will share stories of what happened behind the scenes of her biggest films, including Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Victor/Victoria and more.
"My first memoir, Home, was about my childhood, early training and formative years in the Theater," she said in a statement. "I am so pleased that my good friends at the Hachette Book Group have encouraged me to share the next phase of my life, beginning with my arrival in Hollywood and the wonderful movies and television programs I was asked to be a part of."
She will also get personal with details about her second marriage to Blake Edwards, who passed »
The hills are alive! As The Sound of Music turns 50, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer share their memories of making the classic movie. Subscribe now for instant access behind-the-scenes, only in People.It's every singer's nightmare. In 1997, Julie Andrews underwent surgery to remove noncancerous nodules on her vocal chords. When she awoke, the angelic soprano that delighted audiences in The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Victor/Victoria was gone. "If it had happened earlier, it would have been really devastating," Andrews tells People in the magazine's new issue. "As it was, it was devastating." Now, nearly 20 years after the botched surgery, »
- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat
The Broadway version of Finding Neverland is finally taking flight. The new musical, which is based on the 2004 movie starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, began previews Sunday in New York City - and People got an exclusive sneak peek at photos from the show. The Harvey Weinstein-produced adaption of the Peter Pan backstory stars Tony nominees Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer. The Glee actor, 36, stars in the leading role as Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie, while the Frasier alum, 60, plays famed stage producer Charles Frohman. Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, the show tells the story of »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
The live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast adds two more to the cast. And they are biggies!
On Monday, Disney announced that Emma Thompson will join the cast as Mrs. Potts, most famously voiced by Angela Lansbury in the Oscar-nominated, animated version. The actress is no stranger to the world of Disney, as she played Mary Poppins author and creator P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks.
Also adding Oscar pedigree to the cast is Kevin Kline, who will star as Belle’s father, Maurice.
In addition to the casting news, Disney also confirmed »
On March 15, 1985, ABC debuted Mr. Belvedere at 8:30 p.m. as a midseason replacement airing immediately after that other show about a wise-cracking butler, Benson. The show centered on a proper British butler (Christopher Hewett) adjusting to life working for the Owens family of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. And for six seasons, characters on the show and the people watching them chose not to think too much about how strange it was that a middle-class family would have a live-in butler. The show hit that family-comedy sweet spot right along with Family Ties, Growing Pains, Full House and The Cosby Show, »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
"The Sound of Music" is not just a wonderful film; it's perhaps the single most timeless Hollywood musical with the most uniformly beloved songlist in film history. Julie Andrews' performance as the nurturing, free-spirited Maria Von Trapp was an instant sensation, a legendary portrayal that helped "The Sound of Music" unseat "Gone with the Wind" as the highest grossing film to date. If the charming hooks of "Do-Re-Mi" and "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" aren't sumptuous enough, the movie's sonic splendor deepens with the classic anthem "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" and the adorable, yet incredibly moving "So Long, Farewell." At every turn in Robert Wise's classic there is another tune, performance, or charismatic bit of Von Trapp choreography to renew our faith in the power of the Hollywood musical. In honor of the movie's 50th anniversary and new re-release on Blu-ray and Digital HD, we had the unspeakable honor of »
- Louis Virtel
Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper. Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year. »
- Andre Soares
Last April it was announced that Sony had snapped up the rights to the iconic Mattel toyline Barbie for a live-action movie, and now it has been revealed that Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno) has signed on to rewrite the script from Jenny Bicks (What a Girl Wants).
“Diablo’s unconventionality is just what Barbie needs,” states producer Walter Parkes. “It signals we’re going for a legitimately contemporary tone. We’re bringing her on because she had great ideas, but even more importantly, she truly loves Barbie.”
The movie will see Barbie using “her personal and professional skills to step into the lives of others and improve them, almost like a modern-day Mary Poppins”, and Sony is planning to discover a young cast of leads, as well as filling out the supporting roles with stars who could rotate should the film succeed in launching a franchise. Which you’d »
- Gary Collinson
How do you solve a problem like Maria? For the producers of The Sound of Music, which hit theaters fifty years ago this week, the solution turned out to be Julie Andrews. Other actresses were considered for the part of the free-spirited nanny whose effervescence overcomes not only the grumpiness of Captain von Trapp but also the tyranny of the Nazis. Among those rumored to have been in the running for the role were Grace Kelly, Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn and Anne Bancroft. But in the end, even the producers who wanted a bigger, more marquee-friendly name agreed that Maria should be played by Andrews. »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Julie Andrews, the star of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, is one of the most beloved celebrities in Hollywood history. In 1969, she married the celebrated director of Breakfast at Tiffany's and the Pink Panther film series Blake Edwards.
Together, the two had one of the most successful marriages, lasting more than four decades years until Edwards’ death in 2010. In an interview with Good Morning Britain on Thursday, Andrews revealed that she is still coping with his passing.
Video: 'The Sound of Music' Turns 50!
"I'm still dealing with [his death]," Andrews told Kate Garraway, host of the morning talk show. "There are days when it's perfectly wonderful and I am myself and then it's suddenly [it'll] sock you in the middle of your gut and you think, 'Ah God, I wish he were here.' But he is in a way. I think one carries that love always."
Marriages don't usually have a very long shelf-life in Hollywood »
New Projects is a weekly round up of movies and TV shows recently announced and currently in development for the near future.
See, Netflix isn’t just in the business of producing multiple Adam Sandler movies. Their next big original film deal will likely help them compete even more with HBO, as they’re teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way Pictures to produce a series of environmental documentaries as Netflix originals.
DiCaprio executive produced Virunga, a documentary about mountain gorillas in the Congo, that was eventually released by Netflix and was nominated for an Oscar this year. Now DiCaprio will continue to produce or executive produce original documentaries or ones acquired through film festivals, all part of a multi-year deal between Netflix and Appian Way.
“Working with Netflix on Virunga has sparked a shared vision about projects that we want to develop and bring to viewers,” said DiCaprio via The Hollywood Reporter. »
- Brian Welk
Julie Andrews has admitted that she thought her initial success as an actress was a "fluke".
The actress told Good Morning Britain that she didn't expect to win an Oscar for her performance in Mary Poppins.
On her career, she said: "I really thought my debut at 12 and then the subsequent show that I did… was just going to be a fluke, a flash in the pan.
"Whatever I did, I did think that I would like to do it to the best of my ability. I think my dad instilled that in me."
Andrews said that her humble background has given her "perspective and foundation and gratitude" as an actress.
"Believe me I'm grateful, so there you are," she added.
"How lucky can a girl get? It really was a thrill and a surprise because I didn't expect to win [the Oscar]."
Earlier this week, Andrews admitted that she is "still »
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