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Julie Andrews 'looking forward to' another New Year's in Austria for PBS

27 December 2011 11:15 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Julie Andrews won't be home for the New Year's holiday, but she'll be someplace that almost feels like it to her.

The Oscar-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning talent filmed the classic movie "The Sound of Music" in Salzburg, and she returns to Austria as third-time host of PBS' annual "Great Performances" special "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration" Sunday (Jan. 1). In presenting the Vienna Philharmonic's traditional concert of Strauss music, she'll also tour various sites throughout the city.

"It's kind of a wonderful picture-postcard," Andrews tells Zap2it, "particularly the way PBS frames it. I do get to travel around, and it's a joy. And, of course, the music is spectacular and so is the hall (the Musikverein). In this case, I'm doing it right up to the moment ... going to various spots and taping for four or five days, then hosting the concert itself on New Year's Day."

Andrews has »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Cheryl Cole carries 'back-up' flat shoes - Realbollywood.com News

27 December 2011 5:35 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, Dec 27: Cheryl Cole has revealed that she always carries a 'Mary Poppins bag' with flat shoes, just in case she needs them.

Though the 28-year-old beauty claims to be comfortable in heels, nonetheless she makes it a point to always carry a bag with some flat shoes in them.

"I go out in huge heels but I always have to carry a bag with me, a big old Mary Poppins handbag with flatties in them," Contactmusic quoted her as saying.

"In my car I have a pair of slippers that I put on for driving, they are exactly like the Cosie Tosies I designed for the collection, because when you put them on after wearing. »

- Machan Kumar

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'Millionaire' Celebrates the Great White Way with 'Broadway Giveaway Week'

20 December 2011 9:56 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Meredith Vieira, host of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," will honor the Great White Way with "Broadway Giveaway Week," airing Dec. 19 - 23. Check local listings or visit MillionaireTV.com for time and channel.

To kick off the week, "Millionaire" will feature the two lead actors from the hit Broadway musical "Mary Poppins" as contestants on Monday's show, who will donate their winnings to The Actors Fund.

Throughout "Broadway Giveaway Week," "Millionaire" contestants will be »

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Phil Hogan's Christmas TV highlights

17 December 2011 4:54 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Downton Abbey, Doctor Who and The Gruffalo's Child are among the highlights of 2011's Christmas TV schedule

There's much talk of who will blow whom off the screen over the coming season of peace, love and understanding, but who can honestly summon the enthusiasm for a "battle" between Strictly and Corrie when we have perfectly adequate digital recording or catch-up facilities to watch neither at our own convenience?

No. The only question is, what's worth watching? Actually, lots, as it turns out. I was impatient with the bizarre turns of fortune in Downton Abbey earlier this year, but it seems that whoever's in charge is back off the drugs with a gripping two-hour Christmas night special, which manages to be funny (cue Maggie Smith, baffled in the presence of a nutcracker) without being laughable. The story carries on where it left off, but with the corpses of flu and war »

- Phil Hogan

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The Black List 2011: Top Unproduced Screenplays

13 December 2011 9:27 AM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The 2011 Black List, the Top Unproduced Screenplays of the year has been released. The best unproduced screenplays from The Black List 2011 is compiled by votes from over 300 “execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like JunoLars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year’s list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Regarding the validity of The Black List, things to keep in mind:

some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though…none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011. Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends. »

- filmbook

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Gorillas in the Christmas: What did you think of last night's 'Two and a Half Men'?

13 December 2011 7:44 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

If you always sort of suspected that Ashton Kutcher must have been raised by gorillas (how else would you explain his current hair, tweeting habits, or Killers?) then watching last night’s episode of Two and a Half Men would have felt immensely satisfying. But how was it for fans of the show who discovered, alongside Kutcher’s character Walden, that he was brought up with a gorilla (named… Magilla) until he was four-years-old?

In addition to its regular onslaught of sex jokes, mom jokes, moms-having-sex jokes, and Alan Harper perpetually being reminded he’s the reason the sad trombone was invented, »

- Aly Semigran

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The Black List of 2011 - Part 2

12 December 2011 10:52 PM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

The Black List of 2011 continues with the second-half of the list showcasing the screenplays that received the most number of votes.

Remember, this is a list voted on by Hollywood professionals of what they personally believe to be the best unproduced screenplays written in 2011. You might recognize titles for movies that are in development. That's fine by The Black List rules; the only condition that the screenplay must meet is that it's not being filmed within this calendar year. For Black List 2011 selections like Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, that makes it valid for Black List inclusion.

If you've missed the first half of the list you can find it here.

 

13 Votes:

 

The Accountant by Bill Dubuque

The Treasury Department pursues a brilliant, autistic accountant who doubles as an assassin and “problem-solves” with precision in more ways than one.

Agency: Paradigm

Agent: Trevor Astbury

Management: Zero Gravity Management

Manager: Eric Williams »

- Patrick Sauriol

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2011 Black List Arrives Online

12 December 2011 5:30 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The 2011 Black List has arrived online and there are a bunch of the hottest scripts in Hollywood. Some have already been picked up by studios, while most are still unproduced. Here is the press release: The Black List was compiled from the suggestions of over 300 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2011 and will not have begun principal photography during this calendar year.

This year, scripts had to receive at least six mentions to be included on the The Black List.

All reasonable effort has been made to confirm the information contained herein. The Black List apologizes for all misspellings, misattributions, incorrect representation identification, and questionable 2011 affiliations.

It has been said many times, but it's worth repeating:

The Black List is not a "best of" list. It is, at best, a "most liked" list. »

- Tiberius

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2011 Black List: Most Liked Scripts in Hollywood

12 December 2011 1:15 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

This year at the Austin Film Festival, studio executive and “Black List” founder Franklin Leonard introduced the opening film, Butter. It’s a fantastic satirical comedy written by Jason Micallef and Leonard’s post-screening Q&A with him was equally hilarious and unconventional.

Sitting in the upper deck at the Paramount Theatre, I was in awe at how Leonard had not only created the list just six years prior but how it provided such legitimacy to emerging screenwriters, like Micallef. He was relatively unknown in ‘08, but his script placed third on the list. Now he has a movie coming out starring Jennifer Garner, his new scripts have Jack Black and Jason Segel attached (separately), and he wrote a movie titled Good Vibrations about, um, marital aids starring Charlize Theron. That’s the power of the Black List.

Simply put, “The Black List” is a collection of the best unproduced screenplays »

- Jeff Leins

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80-year-old jailed for feeding ducks

9 December 2011 7:39 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Mary Poppins will be furious when she finds out. Fair is fowl and fowl is fair. The chicks and ducks and geese better scurry to find new hand-outs.

Sorry. We're done.

CBS News reports that a woman known as "the bird lady" has been jailed for feeding ducks, geese and pigeons at a local pond in Lynn, Mass. We're sure the chicks and ducks and geese are now scurrying to find new people to feed them.

Claire Butcher, 80,  has been feeding the fowl at Flax, Sluice and Goldfish ponds for 45 years. But back in 2009, people started complaining about Claire sometimes up to shopping-carts-full loads of food to the pond. The city maintained it was causing too much animal feces and was attracting rats.

The city sought an injunction against Claire and she eventually agreed not to feed the birds anymore. But she repeatedly has ignored the deal. She says, "The »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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'The Sitter': The Reviews Are In!

9 December 2011 3:32 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Critics call Jonah Hill comedy an R-rated 'Adventures in Babysitting.'

By Kara Warner

Jonah Hill, Max Records and Landry Bender in "The Sitter"

Photo: 20th Century Fox

From the moment Fox unleashed the clever "Need a Sitter?" poster advertising Jonah Hill as a for-hire babysitter, we were intrigued to see what comedic genius might be born of the qualified actor/director combination of the "Superbad" star and "Pineapple Express" helmer David Gordon Green.

Once the trailers hit, it was obvious audiences would be in for a raunchy, envelope-pushing experience, the effectiveness of which has the critical masses a bit divided and sitting at a 21 percent rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. Read on as we sift through "The Sitter" reviews:

Plot Twists, Turns and Caveats

" 'The Sitter' is wickedly absurd. Every parent's fears about the caretaker brought in at the last minute get amped up here. So »

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Street of Dreams: get ready for Corrie the musical

8 December 2011 8:49 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ITV soap Coronation Street takes to stage in musical extravaganza featuring favourite characters and Paul O'Grady

A live arena musical of Coronation Street will star some of the ITV soap's most recognisable actors when it plays at Manchester's Men Arena next year.

Street of Dreams will dash through 50 years of improbable storylines from Weatherfield's beleaguered residents in front of an audience of up to 20,000 next March.

Julie Goodyear will return to the role of leopardskin-loving barmaid Bet Lynch. Kevin Kennedy will also reprise the part of Curly Watts. They will be joined by current cast members William Roache and Katy Cavanagh, who play Ken Barlow and Julie Carp respectively.

Paul O'Grady, who described himself as "a great fan of the street", will host. He said: "Chunks of the script from 30 years ago are engraved in my memory so to relive it all alongside unforgettable characters and talent on the stage, »

- Matt Trueman

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EW's special tour of Disney's archives (see items from 'Pirates,' 'Lost,' 'Snow White') and studio backlot -- Exclusive

6 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

We can all recall fondly the episode of Lost in which Hurley clutched his winning lotto ticket in disbelief. Or when Johnny Depp first appeared as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, with his wildly ornate top hat. Or when the title heroine of Mary Poppins caused a pile of wooden blocks to come alive and stack themselves inside the toy chest. But what happens after these iconic props are finished playing their parts?

They end up settling in for a cozy retirement at the Walt Disney Archives, a treasure trove of paraphernalia for pop-culture fiends that ironically must remain closed to the public, »

- Adam B. Vary

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Walt Disney Birthday: What's Your Favorite Disney Movie?

5 December 2011 4:10 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News

On this day, 110 years ago, Walt Disney was born. To honor the entertainment icon's birthday, Moviefone wants to know which Disney film you consider a favorite. (A tough choice to say the least.) After creating the company's first feature-length film, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' in 1937, Disney went on to make hundreds of family classics -- 'Cinderella,' 'The Parent Trap,' 'Mary Poppins,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'The Lion King,' just to name a few.

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- Alex Suskind

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Movie Review - Hugo (2011)

4 December 2011 6:11 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hugo, 2011.

Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Starring Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Sacha Baron Cohen and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Synopsis:

A young orphaned boy becomes wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Hugo is one of those strange movies. One of those movies that you know probably deserves a couple of those little gold statues, but at the same time you can wander out of the cinema and not remember anything specific about it. It’s a love letter to older cinema, older films that deserves to stay in the memories of film lovers the world over, but at the same time Hugo is forgettable. The older films that it pays obvious platitudes to are cheaper, worse looking affairs. But they also have a lot more magic.

Not to say I didn’t like Hugo. It’s a shame when this happens, but because it’s Martin Scorsese »

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Julie Andrews: Filmmaker husband Blake Edwards 'had six ideas a day'

2 December 2011 12:22 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Julie Andrews admits she's regarding the end-of-year holidays with a "bittersweet" feeling.

The much-beloved, Oscar-winning star of such screen classics as "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins" is approaching the Dec. 15 anniversary of the 2010 death of her husband: Blake Edwards, the hugely versatile filmmaker whose movies ranged from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Experiment in Terror" to "Days of Wine and Roses" and "The Pink Panther."

And with Andrews, he made several more enduring pictures including "Victor/Victoria," "10" and "S.O.B.," a wickedly biting Hollywood satire. "He had six ideas a day," Andrews tells Zap2it, "and one never knew quite what was going to happen next. The thing that amazed me about him, in terms of his work, was how varied it was.

"It was either a musical or something like the Western 'Wild Rovers,' which is a really interesting piece. It has all the wonderful, traditional shots »

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Doctor Who complete reviews: The Rebel Flesh

2 December 2011 12:16 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Initially, coming to The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People, I moved the sofa forwards just a bit, so I could dive for cover – just in case. Now this wasn't in anticipation of goofy-looking plastic-headed humanoids, but because the story marked the return of Matthew Graham...

Who, if you remember (and you've probably blanked it from your living consciousness: very wise), had penned the truly wretched Fear Her , quite possibly one of the most useless Doctor Who stories ever told, and definitely the one that has the biggest Cheese Factor. What with all that “Feel the love” nonsense and a torch-bearing Idiot Doctor gurning and whooping, Fear Her has so much cheese that Wallace would want to eat it all for breakfast, dinner and tea. Cracking Rubbish, Gromit.

Despite all the fan hoopla, I still amazingly quite like it – it has its issues, there's no doubting that, but as a Brain-In-Fishtank bit of escapism, »

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Ten Films To Possibly Maybe Get Excited About In 2012

1 December 2011 6:58 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Simon Moore on 2012's potential cinematic highlights...

2011 is almost over. This is a fact. Calendars will back me up on this. So sooner or later you will have to deal with this. Films for the rest of this year look to be the sticky, syrupy Christmassy sort. We are now scraping the bottom of the barrel. Unless of course Happy Feet Two happens to change the face of cinema forever with its gritty reboot of penguin dance crazes.

Not holding my breath.

So, 2012 is where we look to now; where the promise of new films that may or may not sound credibly entertaining still holds true. Behold, I offer you some films to possibly maybe get excited about in the year ahead...

The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists (a.k.a The Pirates! Band of Misfits)

Released 28th March

Directed by Peter Lord & Jeff Newitt

Probably the most fun »

- flickeringmyth

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Broadway Shows Break Records Big During The Holiday Weekend

28 November 2011 1:13 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

New York -- At least two Broadway shows are giving thanks this week for a record-breaking holiday at the box office.

The Broadway League said Monday that "The Lion King" and "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" each broke the $2 million mark over their eight Thanksgiving week shows ending Sunday. Those are new records for both.

"The Lion King" earned $2,079,616 – a jump of $547,000 over last week – while the once-mocked "Spider-Man" made $2,070,195 over a week in which it celebrated ending its first year. Both shows were directed by Julie Taymor, though she is now suing the "Spider-Man" producers over payment.

The perennial No. 1 show, "Wicked," beat both shows with $2,205,025, seeing a jump of $669,537 over last week's take. That witchy show is no stranger to breaking the $2 million-mark.

Disney's "The Lion King" showed its staying power, reaching the highest single week gross in the show's 14-year run. The previous record was set in »

- AP

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Movie Poster of the Week: London Calling

21 November 2011 10:44 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Having recently returned from London I was struck by the fact that three new posters on the main page of iTunes Trailers last week all featured that evergreen symbol of Britishness, Big Ben.

Big Ben, or, to be more precise, the Clock Tower that houses the Great Bell that was nicknamed Big Ben, has long been used as a shorthand cliché in movie posters to announce that a film is set in London, or, even more lazily, in England. Usually, as in many of the examples below, it is snuck into the background as a simple tip of the hat. However, two new posters—for The Iron Lady and Garbo: The Spy—feature it much more prominently. Of course, if ever a film had reason to feature of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, it would be a biopic of a British Prime Minister. But its useage in »

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