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Happiest of birthdays to Dame Julie Andrews! The British star of stage and screen unbelievably turns 80 today and we would be remiss to not pay tribute to her greatest moments—both as a character and as herself—as one of showbiz's most revered living legends. Having spent six decades acting—from originating the role of Eliza Doolittle on Broadway in My Fair Lady when she was 21 to voicing Princess Fiona's mum, Queen Lillian, in three Shrek movies—Andrews has amassed quite the résumé, winning over multiple generations of fans in the process. But while she's charmed in theaters for years, some of her most best scenes have come when she was "just" Dame »
Dame Julie Andrews is 80 today. But the musical legend and national treasure is more than just a spoonful of sugar - she's built a career on being both no nonsense and as tough as old boots.
Here's the evidence:
1. Julie on privacy
3. Julie on her good-girl reputation
4. Julie on anger
5. Christopher Plummer on his Sound of Music co-star
6. Julie on fame
8. Julie on good behaviour
11. Charmian 'Liesl von Trapp' Carr on cosying up with Julie
12. Julie on Mary
13. Julie on keeping on why you might want to keep her good side
The barkeeps and patrons of Matt’s Saloon in Prescott, Ariz. probably thought it was just another normal Friday night, but Sept. 29, 1989 — 26 years ago today — was not another normal night. What made it a rather unusual evening for the sleepy town was the presence of a rock star in Matt’s Saloon: Bruce Springsteen was playing an unannounced performance at the bar. He rolled into town on a motorcycle with some buddies and wound up in a jam session with the house band. Springsteen, wearing a leather vest and a bandana around his neck, played “I’m On Fire” from his 1984 album “Born In The U.S.A.,” but when the band asked him to play “Pink Cadillac,” the rock star said he couldn’t remember the words to his hit song, recalled Denny Orr, the rhythm guitarist for the house band. Orr also said that things “went nuts” in the bar »
- Emily Rome
“It isn’t here, you must have dreamed you put it there. Are you suggesting that this is a knife I hold in my hand? Have you gone mad, my husband?”
Gaslight plays at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117) September 19th at 10:30am as part of their Classic Film Series
Greetings again from the darkness! Husbands were surely disliked in the 1940’s, at least by writers of movies! There is no shortage of films depicting the villainous husband targeting the unsuspecting and defenseless wife. A couple years prior to Gaslight we had Suspcion, and a couple years after, we had Notorious. The latter also features Ingrid Bergman who won her first Oscar for Gaslight, one of the more atmospheric of the psychological thrillers.
- Tom Stockman
In the 2010 documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Wes Craven predicts that when he dies his obituaries will say “Probably best known for inventing Freddy Krueger.” When he passed away last Sunday the New York Times headline read “Wes Craven, Whose Slasher Films Terrified Millions, Dies at 76,” but the second paragraph of his obit did say, “perhaps Mr. Craven’s most famous creation was the serial killer Freddy Krueger, played by Robert Englund, who, with his razor-blade glove, haunted the dreams of high school students in ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and its sequels.”Though he had been making films for 12 years, starting with the Bergman-inspired Last House on the Left in 1972—not to mention a few years of making porn films before that—it was A Nightmare on Elm Street, a little indie horror film that he both wrote and directed, that made Wes Craven’s fortune. »
- Adrian Curry
By Lee Pfeiffer
Theodore Bikel, who played Captain Von Trapp in the original 1959 stage production of The Sound of Music, has died from natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 91 years old. Bikel was Austrian by birth but his father moved the family to Palestine (later Israel) in the wake of the Nazi anschuluss. Bikel always had an interest in the arts and took up acting and folk singing. He emigrated to London in 1946 where he made a name in stage productions. He later went to Hollywood and made his big screen debut in 1954. He found immediate success and over the years appeared in such films as The African Queen, I Want to Live!, My Fair Lady and The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!. He received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role in Stanley Kramer's The Defiant Ones. Bikel also appeared in many classic TV series, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of "natural causes" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 ("they were greeted with jubilation by the local populace," he would recall in 2012), the 14-year-old Bikel and his family fled to Palestine, at the time a British protectorate. While there, the teenager began acting on stage, »
- Andre Soares
Theodore Bikel co-starred in one of the scariest movie ever – I Bury The Living. The 1958 shocker was about a director of a cemetery director (Richard Boone) who begins to believe that he can cause the deaths of living owners of burial plots by merely changing the push-pin color from white (living) to black (dead) on a large wall map of the cemetery that notes those plots. Theodore Bikel played Andy MacKee, the Groundskeeper Willie-esque caretaker of the cemetery. It’s one of those movies I saw on TV when I was about 7 years old that terrified me. Bikel’s other accomplished screen roles include The Defiant Ones (for which he received an Academy Award nomination), The African Queen, My Fair Lady, and The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof. Theodore Bikel had performed the role of Tevye on stage more than 2,000 times! »
- Tom Stockman
Prolific stage and screen actor Theodore Bikel has died, aged 91.
Bikel passed away at UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles of natural causes earlier today (July 21), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
His long stage career included originating the role of Captain von Trapp and earning a Tony nomination for The Sound of Music, and having had the most public performances as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof with 2,200 between 1967 and 2010.
Bikel is survived by wife Aimee Ginsburg and two kids. »
Oscar- and Tony-nominated character actor and folk singer Theodore Bikel, who originated the role of Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” on Broadway and starred in “Fiddler on the Roof” onstage in thousands of performances, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 91.
To some, he is best known for his 1990 appearance on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” as the Russian adopted father of the Klingon Worf.
Bikel did his first bigscreen work in John Huston’s 1951 classic “The African Queen” and Huston’s “Moulin Rouge.” After acting in a series of English films, he did supporting work in two high-profile pics in 1957: historical epic “The Pride and the Passion,” starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren, and “The Enemy Below,” a WWII submarine thriller starring Robert Mitchum.
He often played Germans or Russians — in his autobiography, Bikel said that his facility with accents resulted in »
- Carmel Dagan
By Alex Simon
Precious jewels have provided fodder for drama practically since drama was invented, with precious stones and trinkets used as plot devices in plays written as far back as 100 B.C. As man-made substitutes such as rhinestones, moissanite, and cubic zirconium started making the market for seemingly-precious stones more, well, precious, so did the real thing become more dramatic to seek out on film. Here are a few of the most sought after, revered and iconic pieces of jewelry dramatized for our viewing pleasure.
Heart of the Ocean—Titanic
James Cameron’s box office champ offered up one eye-popping set piece after the other, not the least of which was Kate Winslet’s greatest asset. Get your mind out of the gutter! We’re talking about the legendary Heart of the Ocean necklace worn by her character, Rose. Lore has it that the diamond was originally owned by »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
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
We caught up with director Bill Condon recently to chat about his new film Mr Holmes, a fictional biopic of the famous Baker Street sleuth played by Sir Ian McKellen. Condon has a vast and wide-ranging career in the movies with titles like the outstanding Gods & Monsters and Kinsey sitting beside showstoppers like Dreamgirls and The Twilight Saga.
Despite suffering from a bout of hay fever (your author was suffering too, dear reader), Bill was warm and friendly, and we bonded over our mutual love for the Disney animated film Beauty And The Beast (which he is currently directing a live action remake of).
How did Mr Holmes come about? Was this a project that you were keen to do?
Actually, Anne Carey, the producer, came to me with the script, based on »
Several songs axed from My Fair Lady are to be heard in public for the first time in nearly six decades tonight (May 19).
They had already dropped five other songs before the show was even staged.
The original scores have been discovered in an archive by the University of Sheffield's Dr Dominic McHugh, and will be performed during a one-off concert in Sheffield.
Dr McHugh said it was "the most exciting discovery [he's] ever made".
"My Fair Lady is such a cultural phenomenon that to find material that belonged to it briefly and was then lost for a good 50 or 60 years was extremely thrilling."
Poor Lucy Watson. She came back to Made in Chelsea and got all giggly and flirty, but that couldn't last long, could it? Nope, she's been plonked right back in the drama maelstrom courtesy of Mr Josh Shepherd. And she's not the only one - Jess had a big decision to make about who she wanted to be with. Phew! Read on for our 15 best bits this week...
1. Alik is happy again!
Thank. The. Lord. We had been rather worried about Alik's state of mind recently, but he was back to loving life this week - whether he was horse riding ("I haven't been on a horse since I was 10, on the hills of Montana!") or being a terrible shooter ("S**t! Bastard!") or raving about a plate of cold cuts ("There's a whole buffet, it's wonderful!") Whoever fixed Alik, thank you.
2. Jamie spilling the beans.
Jamie told Mytton »
“I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people's minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.” —Audrey Hepburn With the radiance of a rainbow, the shyness of a 14-year-old girl in love and the elegance of Fur Elise, Audrey Hepburn was one of a kind. Perfect10’s beautiful and touching tribute “The Films of Audrey Hepburn” demonstrates that her potency is undimmed a half century after her peak. Hepburn's iconic fashion sense is celebrated herein, as is her best work “Sabrina” (1954), “The Nun’s Story” (1959), “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” (1961), “Charade” (1963), and “My Fair Lady” (1964). Check out the wonderful tribute "The Films of Audrey Hepburn below. [35Mm] »
- Abdulrahman Khawj
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
Is there something in the water in Chelsea? Suddenly, everyone seems to be hooking up and even Lucy Watson came back proclaiming she wasn't a man hater anymore. Unfortunately for Andy, it turns out that being a player ain't all it's cracked up to be. Read on for this week's 16 best bits...
1. Stevie's latest declaration on women.
Last series, Stevie stunned us all with his philosophical pronouncement: "Women are beautiful but complex." This week, faced with Andy's Fleur-Jess dilemma and Alik's troubles with Louise, he had only one thing to sigh knowingly: "Girls are hard work." So there you go.
2. This week's utterly pointless Mark-Francis scene.
Yes, don't panic, normal service has most definitely been restored - Mark-Francis couldn't have been in a more pointless scene this week. He bumped into none other than Toff, who was researching some kind of politics piece (because the general election is this week, »
She's All That helped usher in a new era of teen movies, arriving at the tail end of the 90s and preceding American Pie by a couple of months. The film that originally starred Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook is getting the remake it deserves, as a new twist on the tale gears up at the Weinstein Company. Spike Lee's wife Tonya Lewis Lee will produce with acclaimed stage director Kenny Leon directing. It is not stated in the initial report, but it is expected that the main cast will be African-American. The Wrap calls it 'diverse' casting.
The Weinstein Company and Miramax released the original She's All That in January of 1999 after a fairly long drought of teen movies, kicking the popular 80s genre back into gear. The film grossed more than $100 million worldwide. Represenatives at Weinstein Co. did not immediately comment on this new take on the romantic comedy, »
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