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The Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Film Festival wrapped up its 5th annual hoorah in Hollywood on Sunday and this year was chock full of joyful and exciting films and special guests. There were so many wonderful old movies that most people have seen, but for me the true thrill was the chance to see a beloved movie on the big screen, the way it was intended.
Throw in some amazing guests and it was absolute gold.
Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book (1967)
Screened at the beautiful El Capitan Theater, The Jungle Book was the last Disney animated feature that was overseen by Walt Disney himself. After the success of Mary Poppins and other Disney hits such as The Parent Trap, The Absent Minded Professor and The Sword in the Stone, Disney went back to the well and asked songwriters Bobby and Richard Sherman to take a swing at its animated »
- Melissa Thompson
Is there nothing a Tardis cannot do? On Doctor Who, actress Karen Gillan spent years traveling through time and space in the familiar blue box — and it even helped put Gillan at her ease when the Scot first Skyped with director Mike Flanagan about appearing in the haunted mirror horror film Oculus, which opens Friday. “I was like, Okay, I’m going to impress this American director. And then he takes a swig of coffee and he’s totally oblivious to the fact that the mug is a Tardis. I was like, I got this.”
Below, Gillan talks more about Oculus, »
- Clark Collis
Even though the play was written by Shaw between March and June 1912, it opened to the public in London on 11 April 1914, the Independent reported.
Shaw won an Oscar for the screenplay of Pygmalion in 1939. (Ani) »
- Arun Pandit
Three years ago, when a panel convened by New York Magazine set out to pick the greatest musicals ever, our only discussion of The Most Happy Fella concerned whether it should be categorized as an opera, and thus outside our purview. It certainly feels like one in its scope and depth and color, and it demands, in certain roles, classically trained voices. The title character is even Italian. But Frank Loesser, who wrote the whole damn thing, score and libretto and fascinating stage directions, resisted the high-tone label, even as he poured on the Puccini. He considered The Most Happy Fella a musical with a lot of music.That’s an understatement; there are 54 cuts on the unabridged original cast album, constituting more than two hours of music. (My Fair Lady, which opened seven weeks before Fella in 1956, has less than half as much.) Don Walker’s unparalleled orchestrations call »
- Jesse Green
Taking successful stage productions and bringing them to the big screen has spawned a variety of accolades and success across the years. Oscar winners ranging from Casablanca, to West Side Story, and from My Fair Lady to The Sound of Music, all the way to Chicago – it’s a common stomping ground for filmmakers to explore.
But how about the other way around? To see many of our favourite films re-imagined on the stage is becoming something of a regularity – and with the quite brilliant adaptation of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which has just opened in London’s West End – it seems to be an enlightening, triumphant process, which could well pave the way for many others to appear.
- Stefan Pape
The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minn. is currently seeking talent for its production of “My Fair Lady.” This classic musical tells the story of Eliza Dolittle, a girl who takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins, so that she can pass as a well-born lady. This production is seeking Equity actors for the ensemble, and this batch of auditions will be held March 26 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “My Fair Lady” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »
The cast for "Selfie," the pilot starring "Doctor Who's" Karen Gillan is rounding out rather well. Already, she will be joined by David Harewood, Allyn Rachel and Tim Peper. Now, "Harold and Kumar" star John Cho is joining the mix.
According to TV Line, Cho plays a marketing expert trying to help Gillan's Eliza Dooley repair her image after a breakup video goes viral. The pilot script, from "Suburgatory" creator Emily Kapnek, is inspired by "My Fair Lady."
Cho has most recently been seen on "Sleepy Hollow." though half-hour comedy is nothing new to him. In addition to starring in "Go On," he's appeared on "30 Rock," "Ntsf:sd:suv::" and "How I Met Your Mother," among other shows.
Cho will play Henry, a self-assured, successful marketing expert who is “a different breed from today’s social media–addicted society.” As a challenge, he decides to “re-market” his coworker Eliza (Karen Gillan), a social media star with a bad reputation.
Selfie is from executive producer/writer Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory). The comedy, inspired by My Fair Lady, is described as “the story of a self-obsessed 20-something woman who is more concerned with ‘likes’ than being liked. After »
- Stephanie Robbins
John Cho has landed a new comedy gig. The Star Trek Into Darkness star, who most recently recurred on Fox's Sleepy Hollow and starred in NBC's Go On, has been cast as the male lead in ABC's single-camera comedy pilot Selfie from Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Selfie, a modern take on My Fair Lady and inspired by the musical, centers on a self-obsessed 20-something woman named Eliza Dooley (Gillan) who is more concerned with "likes" than being liked. After suffering a public and humiliating breakup,
- Philiana Ng
We’ve all taken a bubble bath while singing along to Prince, right?
First reported by the New York Post, EW has confirmed that film and theater producer Paula Wagner and Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall have been meeting with Broadway creatives to compose and direct a musical adaptation of the classic rom-com.
The film — which celebrates its 24th anniversary later this month — follows a successful but lonely businessman (Richard Gere »
- Marc Snetiker
Australian actress Wendy Hughes dead at 61 (photo: Wendy Hughes in ‘Newsfront’) Australian film, television, and stage actress Wendy Hughes, best known internationally for the big-screen dramas My Brilliant Career and Careful, He Might Hear You, died of cancer early today, March 8, 2014, in Sydney. Hughes (born on July 29, 1952, in Melbourne) was 61. Wendy Hughes’ film career kicked off in the mid-’70s, with Tim Burstall’s psychological drama ‘Jock’ Petersen / Petersen (1974), in which she plays the wife of a college professor who becomes romantically involved with a married student (Jack Thompson). "I spent a lot of the time naked and doing sex scenes," Hughes would later recall about her work in ‘Jock’ Petersen, "because in the seventies you all had to do that." In 1979, Hughes landed a key supporting role in the international arthouse hit My Brilliant Career, Gillian Armstrong’s late 19th-century-set tale of an independent-minded young woman (a Katharine Hepburn »
- Andre Soares
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony
• Full list of winners as they're announced
O'Toole was nominated eight times for the best actor Oscar, but was unsuccessful in winning any, though he was partly compensated by being given an honorary Academy award in 2003. His Oscar-night losses included some of his best-known roles, among them Te Lawrence in 1962, the title role in Becket in 1964, and mentally ill aristocrat Jack Gurney in The Ruling Class in 1972, when he was defeated by Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird), Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) and Marlon Brando (The Godfather) respectively. His final nomination came in 2006 for Venus, when he lost »
- Andrew Pulver
From Jack leching over Jennifer to John Wayne's farewell and Brando's no-show, these are just some of the greatest moments at the Oscars ceremonies ever
1. When Jack met Jennifer
This is perhaps my favourite Oscar moment ever, and it is from last year: the 85th Academy Awards in 2013. Tellingly, it does not take place up on stage, in the often tense and frozen ritual of the awards ceremony itself, but happens in the cheerful buzz of the post-show melee backstage. This single, endlessly replayed clip probably did more for Jennifer Lawrence's public profile than anything on the big screen.
George Stephanopoulos, the former Bill Clinton aide who later made a career in TV, was conducting on-the-hoof interviews for ABC and had grabbed 22-year-old Lawrence to talk about her best actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook. The »
- Peter Bradshaw
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Shirley Temple, and Oscar movies: Library of Congress’ March 2014 screenings (photo: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in ‘Capote’) Tributes to the recently deceased Shirley Temple and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and several Academy Award-nominated and -winning films are among the March 2014 screenings at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theater and, in collaboration with the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, The State Theatre, both located in Culpeper, Virginia. The 1934 sentimental comedy-drama Little Miss Marker (March 6, Packard) is the movie that turned six-year-old Shirley Temple into a major film star. Temple would become the biggest domestic box-office draw of the mid-1930s, and, Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Sonja Henie, Don Ameche, Loretta Young, and Madeleine Carroll notwithstanding, would remain 20th Century Fox’s top star until later in the decade. Directed by Alexander Hall (Here Comes Mr. Jordan, My Sister Eileen), Little Miss Marker — actually, a Paramount »
- Andre Soares
Doctor Who's Karen Gillan has been cast in the ABC comedy pilot Selfie, the network announced. The show is loosely based on My Fair Lady, and Gillan stars as Eliza Dooley, a self-absorbed, social-media–addicted woman who accidentally becomes a viral-video star following a public breakup. She hires a marketing expert in the hopes of rehabilitating her image, even though we all know no one actually cares what happens to viral-video stars after, oh, a month. Ain't nobody got time for that, you might say. »
- Margaret Lyons
She will play Eliza Dooley, a social network-obsessed narcissist who has her public image dragged through the mud via a humiliating breakup and an embarrassing viral video. The show follows her as she tries to get back on track, hiring a marketing expert to help restore her standing. The pilot will be written by Emily Kapnek, who created and wrote the successful sitcom Surbugatory.
Gillan became widely known for her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who, and has branched out in Us productions following that success. This summer she will appear in Marvel »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Karen Gillan is set to star in Us sitcom 'Selfie'. The Scottish 'Doctor Who' actress has been snapped up by Us channel ABC to play the lead role in a new comedic take on 'My Fair Lady', according to The Hollywood Reporter. Karen will play self-centred Eliza Dooley, who is so concerned with garnering 'likes' and 'follows' on her various social networking profiles that she fails to notice that she isn't well-liked in real life. Following a humiliating breakup which goes viral on the internet, Eliza garners more social media attention than every before - albeit for all the wrong reasons. The character »
The comedy from "Suburgatory" creator Emily Kapnek is inspired by "My Fair Lady" and features Gillan as Eliza Dooley, EW reports. Her character is more interested in being well-liked on the Internet than in real life and in the pilot, an embarrassing video of Dooley's breakup goes viral and she calls on a marketing expert to help restore her good name online.
Comedy is nothing new to Gillan. She often played a comedic role on "Doctor Who" and has an episode of "Ntsf:sd;SUV::" under her belt as well. »
“Doctor Who’s” Karen Gillan will star in “Selfie,” a pilot from “Suburgatory” creator/executive producer Emily Kapnek about a self-obsessed 20-something who enlists the help of a marketing expert after an embarrassing video goes viral.
Inspired by “My Fair Lady” — Gillan’s character is named Eliza Dooley – the half-hour single camera comedy is produced by Kapnek’s Piece of Pie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television for ABC.
A native of Scotland, Gillan is repped by UTA and Troika Talent Agency in the UK. She also appeared in Adult Swim’s “Ntsf:sd:suv” and has roles in the upcoming films “Oculus” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
ABC’s other comedy pilot orders this season include director Declan Lowney and “Awkward” creator Lauren Iungerich’s “Damaged Goods” and “Fresh Off the Boat,” which is based on chef Eddie Huang’s memoir and comes from “Don’t Trust the B—- »
- Whitney Friedlander
The single-cam comedy, said to be inspired by My Fair Lady, centers on a self-obsessed 20-something woman named Eliza Dooley (Gillan), who is more concerned with “likes” than being liked. In the pilot, a video of her very public and humiliating breakup goes viral and she enlists the help of a marketing expert at her company »
- Sandra Gonzalez
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