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Theodore Bikel, Esteemed Star Of Stage, TV And Film, Dead At Age 91

23 July 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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, »

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Progressive social activist, 'The Sound of Music' Broadway Star, and Oscar-Nominated Actor Bikel Dead at 91

22 July 2015 7:36 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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

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Oscar-Nominated Actor Theodore Bikel Dead at 91

21 July 2015 8:33 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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Theodore Bikel, original Broadway star of The Sound of Music, dies aged 91

21 July 2015 12:37 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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.

On the big screen, he played the dialect coach Zoltan in My Fair Lady and earned an Academy Award nomination for The Defiant Ones.

He founded the legendary Newport Folk Festival with Pete Seeger, Oscar Brand and George Wein, launched the Actors Federal Credit Union and later became a champion of civil rights in the Us.

Bikel is survived by wife Aimee Ginsburg and two kids. »

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Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Star, Dies at 91

21 July 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Star, Dies at 91

21 July 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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.

In a statement Tuesday, Actors’ Equity Association said it “mourns the passing of our dear friend, our brother and former President Theo Bikel. From the time he joined Equity in 1954, Bikel has been an advocate for the members of our union and his extraordinary achievements paved the way for so many. No one loved theater more, his union better or cherished actors like Theo did. He has left an indelible mark on generation of members past and generations of members to come. We thank you, Theo, for all you have done.”

To some, he is best known for his 1990 appearance on “Star Trek: The Next Generation »

- Carmel Dagan

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The Most Iconic Jewelry in the Movies

11 July 2015 1:13 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

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

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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

19 June 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »

- Andre Soares

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Bill Condon interview: Mr Holmes, Beauty & The Beast

17 June 2015 9:59 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Bill Condon chats to us about Sir Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Beauty & The Beast, and Mr Holmes...

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 »

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Lost songs from My Fair Lady to be heard for the first time in 60 years

19 May 2015 7:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Several songs axed from My Fair Lady are to be heard in public for the first time in nearly six decades tonight (May 19).

Composers Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner got rid of two songs and a ballet from the show after just one performance in 1956.

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."

Julie Andrews starred in the original stage version as Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, who is trained to become an upper-class lady by Professor Henry Higgins, »

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Made in Chelsea: 'Hate's a strong word... he doesn't care for you' and 14 other best bits

12 May 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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 »

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Watch: Beautiful 7-Minute Tribute To The Films Of Audrey Hepburn

11 May 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“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] »

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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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Made in Chelsea: Lucy Watson is finally back! And 15 other best bits

5 May 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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, »

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'She's All That' Remake Coming from Spike Lee's Wife

8 April 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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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A 'She's All That' Remake Is in the Works: Report

8 April 2015 6:40 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Hit 1999 teen flick "She's All That" is getting a makeover, with reports suggesting that a remake starring a more diverse cast is in the works.

The Tracking Board writes that Miramax and The Weinstein Company are teaming up to remake the property, with director Kenny Leon attached. Leon is also directing NBC's upcoming live staging of "The Wiz," and has helmed several updates on classic films and plays, including the 2012 Lifetime version of "Steel Magnolias."

In addition to Leon, the creative team also reportedly includes Tonya Lewis Lee (wife of Spike Lee), who's producing the project. TheWrap reports that filmmakers are looking to cast more diverse leads this time around.

"She's All That" -- a take on the "Pygmalion" tale that inspired "My Fair Lady" -- starred Freddie Prinze Jr. as a jock who makes a bet that he can turn an ugly duckling (Rachael Leigh Cook) into prom queen. »

- Katie Roberts

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Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer Reflect at ‘The Sound of Music’s’ 50th Anniversary

27 March 2015 2:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Whether it was their first time seeing the film or their 21st, audience members Thursday night were treated to a magical 50th anniversary screening of “The Sound of Music,” Robert Wise’s beloved Austrian Alps classic that attending Oscar-winning star Christopher Plummer called “the primal family movie of all time” and a “fairy tale come to life.”

“It’s the last sort of bastion of peace and innocence in a very horrific sort of time,” the winsome actor told the crowd gathered at Tcl Chinese Theater Imax for the TCM Classic Film Festival Hollywood 2015 kickoff event.

Plummer’s co-star and close friend Julie Andrews was also at the fete, sparring jocularly with her onscreen Captain Von Trapp in a way so charming and effortless it begs the question how these two never ran off together in real life as they do in the film.

Christopher Plummer had his hands and feet immortalized at @chinesetheatres today. »

- Malina Saval

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Toronto Japanese Film Fest Announces 2015 Lineup

26 March 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The 2015 edition of the Toronto Japanese Film Fest runs from June 11th through 26th this Summer. The festival is announcing their lineup tonight at a monthly screening and we get to be the first to share it with you as well. The festival is also announcing that they will be screening film in Vancouver as well, at the National Nikkei Heritage Museum and Cultural Centre. Toronto screenings will be held again at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.What will attendees get to see this year? A geisha version of My Fair Lady. A number of period films. One of the latest films from perennial TwitchFilm fave Asano Tadanobu. In all there will be 19 films screened during the festival, many will have their Canadian or North...

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'Pretty Woman': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Julia Roberts Classic

23 March 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

No one expected much from "Pretty Woman" when they were making it. It was a modestly-budgeted romantic comedy whose stars were Richard Gere (then in the depths of a career slump) and Eric Roberts's kid sister. But when the movie was released, 25 years ago this week (on March 23, 1990), the project was transformed from overlooked stepsister to box office royalty. Mirroring her on-screen Cinderella makeover, Julia Roberts went from little-known ingenue to queen of Hollywood. Plus, the film saved Gere's career and (along with 1989's "When Harry Met Sally") revived the romantic comedy genre in Hollywood.

A quarter-century later, "Pretty Woman" remains a fan favorite, one you've seen a million times on cable. Even so, there's much you may not know about the movie -- the difficulties in casting (Gere and Roberts weren't anyone's first, second, or third choices), crises on the set, what was left out of the final film, »

- Gary Susman

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Yes, She Can Do That Too: Karen Gillan Sings

7 March 2015 3:18 AM, PST | | See recent Kasterborous news »

Christian Cawley is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

She can act. She can model. She can even do comedy. And, it seems, the talents of Karen Gillan don’t end there. The former Doctor Who companion can also sing, as evidenced in this clip from the now-cancelled Selfie, a 21st century updating of the Pygmalion/My Fair Lady story. Click play above to see the...

The post Yes, She Can Do That Too: Karen Gillan Sings appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »

- Christian Cawley

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