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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 »
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.
Throughout "Broadway Giveaway Week," "Millionaire" contestants will be »
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
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 Juno, Lars 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. »
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.
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.
Agent: Trevor Astbury
Management: Zero Gravity Management
Manager: Eric Williams »
- Patrick Sauriol
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 »
By Kara Warner
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 »
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
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
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
Directed by Martin Scorsese.
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.
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 »
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, »
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
Probably the most fun »
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 »
Chicago – Dancing animated penguins, a tradition dating back to Disney’s “Mary Poppins” and brought to further life in the first “Happy Feet” movie, finds more stepping pep in “Happy Feet Two.” Robin Williams and Elijah Wood return to lend their vocal talents in this enjoyable sequel.
This is a film that never gets boring. It balances a couple of major stories, including a couple of tiny krills (shrimp-like amoeba in the sea) who are searching for their identities. The scenic elements are spectacular, again upping the ante for atmosphere in the new golden age of animation. Like the first film, there are messages which takes in environmentalism, the collective versus the free will and working together to accomplish a goal. All this and dancing, too!
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Adaptation of Disney film about New York child newspaper vendors starts three-month stint on Broadway in 2012
Following its premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, Newsies will start previews on 15 March 2012 with the final performance scheduled for 10 June. The show centres on the 1899 strike of New York child newspaper sellers and includes songs from the film, including Santa Fe, Carrying the Banner and Seize the Day.
Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, who wrote music and lyrics for the film, are behind the stage adaptation. Harvey Fierstein, who wrote the book for La Cage aux Folles, has reworked the narrative. Jeff Calhoun will direct, though Jeremy Jordan (who starred in the initial production) is currently leading Bonnie and Clyde, also on Broadway.
Speaking to the Associated Press, »
- Matt Trueman
Riley: How was it being a girl?
Adam Sandler: I liked it! I liked it. I have two little girls. How old are you?
Adam Sandler: You're 10? I love girls. I didn't know how much I loved them until I played the girl and then I realized what you have to go through to make sure you look better than us boys. You win, by the way. I've got to tell you the truth, though. When I looked in the mirror and saw me as the woman, I kinda felt bad for you ladies, too, because I tried to make myself prettier but I couldn't get it done. I apologize. I apologize to all you girls out there. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Monkey Riley)
We’ve all got an early memory of the Dark Knight lodged in our mind somewhere, whether it’s from a stack of a father or sibling’s old comic books, watching re-runs of the purposely gaudy 60’s T.V show or from one of the many movie adaptations or animated series available for audience consumption. He’s a character that’s so embedded into our collective subconscious that these days it’s difficult to get through a week without hearing about his exploits in some form or another (although I’m not sure exactly why you’d want to).
Yes, it’s a good time to be a Batman fan; a great time in fact. Rocksteady’s phenomenal new open world brawler Arkham City is currently lighting up the gaming word, making it possible to actually feel like the Dark Knight himself. And love it or hate it, there »
- Stuart Bedford
The Women On The 6th Floor is a new period comedy/ drama from France that surprisingly has much in common with one of 2011′s American blockbusters, The Help. Both films are set in the societal upheaval of the early 1960s and both concern the travails of domestic workers and their employers. While the Us version was tied to the civil rights movement ( with literally life and death at stake ), the French story is more concerned with social class structure along with a second chance romance. Still both films have a great deal of empathy for the sometimes invisible ” hired help”.
Jean Louis ( Fabrice Luchini) is a successful investment consultant at his old, established family banking firm in 1960′s Paris. He and his status-seeking socialite wife, Suzanne ( Sandrine Kiberlain ) and two spoiled preteen sons ( usually away at an exclusive boarding school ) reside in a large downtown apartment complex. Living above Jean Louis »
- Jim Batts
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