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Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
This year, Mark and Simon are joined by Belle director Amma Asante in picking the winning film - which must be less than two minutes long and eligible for a U certificate from the British Board of Film Classification.
Simon got in touch with us to talk about this year's Well Done U contest, which is open to filmmakers as young as 13. We also grabbed his thoughts on fellow BBC radio types Nick Grimshaw and Chris Evans's latest job announcements.
How does the judging work - will Mark pull rank as a professional critic or do you point out he's just a contributor?
"There's a sifting process that will be done by the production team, so everything will be watched... they'll come up »
The Royals have a new Mary Poppins! A source confirms to Us Weekly that Prince William and Kate Middleton have hired a new housekeeper to help them at Anmer Hall after months of searching. The Sun was first to break the news. Sadie Rice is the lucky new hire. Rice previously worked for Crown Prince Haakon, his wife Mette-Marit, and their children in Oslo, Scandinavia. The single 33-year-old employee has already moved into Anmer Hall. Her duties will include running the house, being in charge of household supplies, [...] »
Lightning strikes a clock tower at the climax of a high-stakes, high-octane cinematic sequence. Bullies run after our 17-year-old hero in a thrilling skateboard chase scene. A late-night test drive fills us with wonder as we first see a DeLorean travel through time, leaving behind trails of fire. These memorable scenes of “Back to the Future” shine their brightest on the big screen — and with big sound. That’s the thinking behind Film Concerts Live!, a partnership of two music artist agencies that is screening movies accompanied by orchestras performing the film’s score live. After screenings of “Home Alone” and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” with live music, Film Concerts Live! is joining the 2015 “Back to the Future” festivities with screenings that spotlight the score by Alan Silvestri (whose film music resume also includes “The Avengers” and “Forrest Gump”). Silvestri wrote about 20 minutes of new music for the concert series, »
- Emily Rome
From commercials to Netflix series to theater in L.A., Backstage has a slew of roles on offer for all actors. Check out seven you might have missed from this past week and see if any are right for you! Careerbuilder.Com “Best Work Party Ever” Web COMMERCIALProducers are seeking two day players, Sandra and Big Wayne, to shoot a Web commercial June 14 out of Chatsworth, Calif. Compensation varies. “Stain”Urban Waves @ Open Hydrant is casting five leads and two supporting roles in a play that follows 15-year-old Thomas as his life falls apart around him and his family members try to keep their darknesses secret. Performances begin in September with rehearsals two days/week. Holland America Line PRODUCTIONSSingers, dancers, and a combination of the two are being sought for an upcoming contract on Holland America’s luxury cruise ships. Auditions are June 30 in Williamsburg, Va., and hired performers will »
"It's like Mary Poppins in here!" Dorothy Wang showed off her designer Hermes handbag and took each item out one by one to give us a glimpse into her daily routine! She explained that she always has, "My two phones, Blackberry and iPhone." Her Blackberry is for business and her iPhone is more pleasure. Our favorite item? Dorothy explains, "I just have like a box of jewelery, you never know when you want to accessorize more or less. It's probably not good to carry around." No, probably not. But worst case, you can just buy more? Watch the above video to see all the amazing products and items she carries in her bag and find out how many wallets she »
PBS’ Fall 2015 primetime schedule is revealed today as all genres — from drama to the performing arts to sumptuous nature and science programs.Of note: “Walt Disney” on American Experience “Walt Disney is an entrepreneurial and cultural icon,” said American Experience Executive Producer Mark Samels. “No single figure shaped American popular culture in the 20th century more than he.”From Steamboat Willie to Pinocchio to Mary Poppins, Disney’s movies grew out of his own life experiences. He told stories of outsiders struggling for acceptance and belonging, while questioning the conventions of class and authority. As Disney rose to prominence and gained […] »
- April Neale
Michelle Gomez, seen last year as Doctor Who’s havoc-causing, murderous Missy, has a memorable history of bananas TV roles behind her. There’s been Green Wing’s Sue White, Bad Education’s Pickwell, and more recently Psychobitches’ meth-head Mary Queen Of Scots and projectile-vomiting Margaret Thatcher.
If you were to make a Venn diagram depicting the crossover between deeply funny and fundamentally unhinged TV characters, you'd likely end up with just a .gif of Gomez, gnashing her teeth and riding a camel.
In new web series Heather’s American Medicine, she takes on another comic persona, that of a straight-talking online agony aunt doling out highly questionable advice to America’s troubled citizens.
We caught up with Gomez, whose take on The Master is confirmed to be returning to Doctor Who this year, »
Jazz music has long expressed its capacity to borrow from various, sometimes contradictory sources in order to create something which in every sense transcends the original elements. Since the earliest days of jazz as a musical form, it has been inspired by military and funeral marches; has stylishly interpreted popular songs; and even brought the classical intricacies of Wagner into the domain of swinging brasses and reeds. This multiculturalism and eclecticism of jazz likens it to cinema which, in turn, has transformed pop culture motifs into something close to the sublime and mixed ‘high’ and ‘low’ artistic gestures to remarkable effect.In the history of jazz, the evolution from ragtime or traditional tunes, to discovering the treasure trove of Broadway songs was fast and smooth. The latter influence was shared by cinema, as the history of film production quickly marched on. The emergence of ‘talkies’ in the United States meant rediscovering Broadway, »
- Ehsan Khoshbakht
As if The Founder didn’t already sound promising enough the highly anticipated biopic, telling the story of the notorious McDonald’s exec Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), has just added another very talented actor to its cast. B.J. Novak of NBC’s The Office has now joined the pic, marking the actor/comedian’s reunion with director John Lee Hancock.
The Founder is a dark telling of the rise of the massive McDonald’s food chain. The biopic will detail the true story of how Illinois salesman Ray Kroc met brothers Mac and Dick McDonald (John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman) in Southern California, where they were running a small-time burger operation. Kroc eventually took control of the siblings’ company and turned it into a billion-dollar fast food empire.
- William Fanelli
Alan Moore will be delighted! After one disastrous movie and a TV series attempt back in 2013, Fox is having another crack at the notoriously grouchy writer's The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. According to Variety (confirming a report from The Tracking Board), the studio is planning another big-screen outing for Allan Quatermain, Mina Harker, Dr. Jekyll and the rest of the motley crew of Victorian-era literary icons. There are three full volumes of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen and several accompanying miniseries too, so Fox will have plenty to mine from. The later stories saw the introduction of characters as diverse as Sherlock Holmes, Mary Poppins, and even a demonic incarnation of Harry Potter. John Davis is producing through his Davis Entertainment banner, with Ira Napoliello and Matt Reilly overseeing production of the reboot. »
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
Doctor Who producer Brian Minchin recently spoke to SFX Magazine (issue 261) on the upcoming Series 9, which is to air in autumn this year. Of particular interest are Minchin’s observations on how the ‘evil Mary Poppins’ herself, Missy, will be different and not quite as we might expected in the upcoming series… “Steven had the perfect story. It’s...
- Connor Farley
Anna Nicole Smith's daughter Dannielynn Birkhead is the spitting image of her model mama. The 8-year-old beauty stepped out at 141st Kentucky Derby on Saturday with her father Larry Birkhead. She looked beautiful in a pale pink floral dress, which she paired with a matching flower headpiece, a bedazzled silver purse and a sweet smile. Her proud papa looked dapper in a pink jacket and white pants. We've all watched Danny grow up in the public eye, but besides an appearance at "The Smurfs 2" premiere in 2013 and a rare appearance on "Today" later that year, the Derby is the one event where we get to see her on a regular basis. Larry has attended with his daughter every year since 2011 -- and once even dressed up as Mary Poppins and Bert for the event. See that photo in the gallery above! Birkhead, who raises his daughter in Kentucky, »
- tooFab Staff
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Chicago – The Hollywood Show is back, and all your favorite TV and movie stars are available to meet, take pictures with and get autographs. The 2015 Chicago edition is May 1 through 3, with Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd the celebrity appearance days. HollywoodChicago.com was there for the 2014 Show, and captured some Exclusive Portraits of the type of celebrities the Hollywood Show brings directly to the fans.
Scheduled to appear at the 2014 Hollywood Show include the dynamic duo from the 1966 Batman TV show, Adam West and Burt Ward (Saturday only); Henry “Fonzie” Winkler (Saturday), “Chips” stars Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada; Louise Fletcher from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”; Linda Blair from “The Exorcist”; secondary cast members from the popular film “A League of Their Own”; and for the first time some legendary sports celebrities like Bobby Hull (Chicago Black »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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
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