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Barbra Streisand Opens Up About Struggles With Self Doubt For ‘CBS Sunday Morning’

26 August 2016 8:20 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Early in her career, Barbra Streisand was told she would never make it as an actress because she didn’t have that “leading lady” look. Thankfully, the Brooklyn-born Streisand didn’t listen to naysayers and catapulted to Hollywood stardom with her Oscar-winning performance in 1968’s “Funny Girl”, with famed film critic Pauline Kael writing that Streisand proved that “talent is […] »

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Barbra Streisand Asked Apple CEO To Change The Way Siri Pronounces Her Name

21 August 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

If you ever question your iPhone about Barbra Streisand, expect to hear Siri respond by pronouncing the iconic singer’s name incorrectly — Strei-zand instead the way it’s supposed to be uttered. Rather than shrug her shoulders and let it go, however, the “Funny Girl” star has the clout to actually do something about it. “She […] »

- Brent Furdyk

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Veteran Hollywood Publicist David Horowitz Dies at 86

18 July 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Influential Hollywood publicist David Horowitz, who worked with the biggest names in movies, music and politics including Barbra Streisand and Bill Clinton, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, his wife Lynn confirmed. He was 86.

Among the impressive list of talent he worked with were Woody Allen, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, and Steven Spielberg. In his later years, he worked as an Oscar strategist on numerous successful campaigns.

Horowitz began his association with Streisand starting with “Funny Girl” and continued through her films such as “Hello, Dolly!” and “What’s Up Doc?” Horowitz also worked on promoting high-profile films including “The Graduate,” “The French Connection” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

He headed several divisions at Rogers & Cowan and headed publicity (first in film, then in TV) at Warner Bros. in the 1970s for a decade, where he also helped develop the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. »

- Pat Saperstein

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David Horowitz Dies: Famed Hollywood Publicist Known For Oscar Campaigns And Work With Bill Clinton

18 July 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

David H. Horowitz, the longtime Hollywood publicist and a man known for helping to boost and revitalize soon-to-be President Bill Clinton’s political fortunes, died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86. Over the course of five decades as a top public relations executive, Horowitz was known not only for his association with major stars such as Barbra Streisand (with whom he worked on early films such as Funny Girl, Hello Dolly and What’s Up Doc) but also for… »

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David Horowitz Dies: Famed Hollywood Publicist Known For Oscar Campaigns And Work With Bill Clinton

18 July 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

David H. Horowitz, the longtime Hollywood publicist and a man known for helping to boost and revitalize soon-to-be President Bill Clinton’s political fortunes, died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86. Over the course of five decades as a top public relations executive, Horowitz was known not only for his association with major stars such as Barbra Streisand (with whom he worked on early films such as Funny Girl, Hello Dolly and What’s Up Doc) but also for… »

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Things that happened on Nicole Kidman's Birthday over the years

20 June 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1893 Lizzie Borden acquitted of the axe murders of her dad and stepmom but everyone still thinks she did it. I still haven't seen that show where Christina Ricci played her. Oops.

1905 Lillian Hellman, playwright and screenwriter is born. 

1909 Swashbuckler supreme Errol Flynn is born

1910 Fanny Brice debuts in "Ziegfeld Follies". The moment was recreated (see photo above from the Academy's archives) and heavily fictionalized of course, in Barbra Streisand's Funny Girl (1968)

1915 Director Terence Young is born. Goes on to kick off the Bond franchise with Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Thunderball and direct Audrey Hepburn to her last Oscar nomination for Wait Until Dark (1967)

1928 Martin Landau is born. 66 years, 9 months, and 7 days he wins a well-deserved Oscar for Ed Wood (1994) »

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Star Rachel Bloom on the Unsung MVPs of Season 1 (Consider This)

13 June 2016 2:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It’s not often that a primetime network TV show devotes three minutes of airtime to a “Les Miserables” sendup featuring hyper-specific references to Inland Empire utility politics. But it helps when you have the right people to pull it off.

Such are the sheer, nothing-else-like-it delights of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” the newest jewel in the CW crown. At the show’s center is Rachel Bloom, who in addition to being the show’s star and co-creator (alongside “The Devil Wears Prada” scribe Aline Brosh McKenna) is also one of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s” biggest fans.

When we spoke to Bloom, the talk kept turning toward the cast and crew that helps color this crazy, lovable slice of the TV landscape. From the writing staff to the songwriting team headlined by executive music producer Adam Schlesinger, she spoke about how it takes a village to raise a child (that occasionally sings therapeutic boy band parodies).

It seems like a nice added bonus that the people you’ve cast in these central roles get to have their featured moments. If you want them to grow, you can give them their own songs.

A lot of other people on our show, they’re Broadway people — they’re singers by trade. With the roles of Josh and Greg, we weren’t even necessarily looking for people who could sing. We were looking for the best actors. In the breakdowns, we were putting things like, “sing, rap, play guitar — we’ll write to your strengths.” Not in our wildest dreams could we have realized the kind of Renaissance men that we cast in both Santino and Vince — I mean, God, Vince has like three black belts.

Pete is a comedy/improv/sketch guy and would not consider himself a singer, but he has a really good voice. And he’s really in touch with his body. Vella is the same way. She’s a fantastic actress. She went to Juilliard, and I think with her training and with her natural abilities, she has the command over her voice. And so that was a really pleasant surprise for us when we realized, “Oh, we don’t have to Auto-Tune these people.”

It’s great that they’re all different kinds of voice types on this show, because you have Vince with more of a pop sound, you have Santino with the classic sound, you have Donna with the big Broadway belt, you have Pete with this twang, and then you have Vella with this like rock and roll thing that we’re so excited to write more for her. She sang at our cast party, we had a karaoke machine and she sang TLC’s “Waterfalls…”

Oh my God.

And it was so good! And Adam [Schlesinger] and I were watching her, and I was like, “We gotta write a ’90s song for Vella” and he was like, “Absolutely.” It was kind of like she was auditioning for us — except she was drunk and didn’t realize she was — and we never cease to be amazed and surprised with the talents of the actors we have on the show. It’s not what you hear about working with TV actors sometimes, where they’re afraid to be brave or they’re snobby or they’ll only film from 1 to 4:30 and then they’ll be in their trailer. We have such grateful theater people.

And people like Pete still get non-singing moments like “Having a Few People Over,” which probably wouldn’t exist if you were working with a shorter runtime.

Precisely. I really like that now, in any given episode, a lot of the time the second song is another character. And it’s about the B-story. That makes me really happy. I think that some of the most impactful storylines we’ve done come from exploring things like Darryl and [White] Josh. It’s funny because now they’re everyone else’s favorite couple, and I’m kind of like “They were my favorite couple first!” I was on set for their first kiss. I got to sit on set, and I was like, “Done! They’re my favorite couple, they’re the ones I root for. Don’t give a fuck about anyone else.” Next season we’re going to deal with them more.

One of my favorite moments was when you brought back the grocery clerk at the end of the season.

This is actually pretty great. We were writing the song “I Have Friends” and I had a rough draft written and I was brainstorming with Aline, our other executive producer, Erin Ehrlich, and our co-executive producer Michael Hitchcock. “I Have Friends” is all about those fun specifics, like “a janitor that lives in an Rv behind the school.” And Hitchcock just busted out “grocery clerk with half an eyelid,” and I was like, “Done. Yes.” There was something so B-52’s about it and when I think of B-52’s I think of this kind of like nasal voice, which made me think of my friend Ben, who I did stuff at Ucb with and was also on an improv team with our writer’s assistant Elisabeth [Kiernan Averick]. Before he even auditioned or knew we were thinking of him, we just started writing the lines in his voice. We had such a great deleted scene from Episode 3 of him and Pete just going on an improv run. It was one of the funniest things to watch all season, and hopefully we’ll release it on a DVD extra.

When you’re shooting scenes, it’s easy to toss lines in. Is there a lyric or musical moment that came kind of at the last minute?

For “Sexy Getting Ready Song,” the lyric “whisper your dick hard” originally was something else. We were in the recording studio, and Jack, who produced the song, was directing me and he was just like “Okay, this next take, I want you to whisper someone’s dick hard,” and I was like, “Jack! That’s a lyric!”

CBS hasn’t gotten into the live musical game yet. But if they do, is there a particular show that you’d like for them to do?

Well, I’m pretty indie musical theatre. So if they did anything Sondheim, if they did a live version of “Assassins” or “Company”? God, if you’re gonna do a live show, doing “Rent” would be just fun.

Would you want to be Maureen?

Oh, yeah. Yes, I’d want to be Maureen. [laughs]

I mean, anything Kander and Ebb. “Chicago,” “Cabaret.” For any Jewish comedian who can sing, I mean “Funny Girl” is kind of the ultimate, right?

As a big musical theater fan, do you have a go-to underrated show that, if someone was really digging deeper, you would point them toward?

For comedy, “Gutenberg! the Musical.” That soundtrack is amazing. It’s just such a great example of comedy musical theater that should be mentioned more. And “Light in the Piazza” is just brilliant. I love “Whatever I Dream” from “A New Brain.” Michael John Lachiusa’s “The Wild Party,” which I actually directed in college, is one of the most underrated musical theater scores. The way the genre changes as the show gets darker, it’s absolutely brilliant.

There’s another musical he wrote called “Hello Again.” The song “Tom” from Hello Again is just one of the greatest songs ever written in musical theater. “Tom,” “Safe,” and “Mistress of the Senator,” every song on “Hello Again” is a winner and I feel like no one ever talks about it.

Obviously, you have a deep love of musical theater and now have people asking for the sheet music to use for audition songs in the future. That has to be an exciting feeling.

Oh, it’s so exciting. If you could be in on all the emails! I am bugging people constantly because I want the musical theater kids out there to have sheet music and karaoke tracks! So everything that the fans ask, chances are I’ve already asked about 6,000 times. It’s really exciting for me to interact with fans because fans of the show are people that I would want to be friends with. This is a show that I would watch.

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Star Rachel Bloom on the Unsung MVPs of Season 1 (Consider This)

13 June 2016 2:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s not often that a primetime network TV show devotes three minutes of airtime to a “Les Miserables” sendup featuring hyper-specific references to Inland Empire utility politics. But it helps when you have the right people to pull it off.

Such are the sheer, nothing-else-like-it delights of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” the newest jewel in the CW crown. At the show’s center is Rachel Bloom, who in addition to being the show’s star and co-creator (alongside “The Devil Wears Prada” scribe Aline Brosh McKenna) is also one of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s” biggest fans.

When we spoke to Bloom, the talk kept turning toward the cast and crew that helps color this crazy, lovable slice of the TV landscape. From the writing staff to the songwriting team headlined by executive music producer Adam Schlesinger, she spoke about how it takes a village to raise a child (that occasionally sings therapeutic boy band parodies).

It seems like a nice added bonus that the people you’ve cast in these central roles get to have their featured moments. If you want them to grow, you can give them their own songs.

A lot of other people on our show, they’re Broadway people — they’re singers by trade. With the roles of Josh and Greg, we weren’t even necessarily looking for people who could sing. We were looking for the best actors. In the breakdowns, we were putting things like, “sing, rap, play guitar — we’ll write to your strengths.” Not in our wildest dreams could we have realized the kind of Renaissance men that we cast in both Santino and Vince — I mean, God, Vince has like three black belts.

Pete is a comedy/improv/sketch guy and would not consider himself a singer, but he has a really good voice. And he’s really in touch with his body. Vella is the same way. She’s a fantastic actress. She went to Juilliard, and I think with her training and with her natural abilities, she has the command over her voice. And so that was a really pleasant surprise for us when we realized, “Oh, we don’t have to Auto-Tune these people.”

It’s great that they’re all different kinds of voice types on this show, because you have Vince with more of a pop sound, you have Santino with the classic sound, you have Donna with the big Broadway belt, you have Pete with this twang, and then you have Vella with this like rock and roll thing that we’re so excited to write more for her. She sang at our cast party, we had a karaoke machine and she sang TLC’s “Waterfalls…”

Oh my God.

And it was so good! And Adam [Schlesinger] and I were watching her, and I was like, “We gotta write a ’90s song for Vella” and he was like, “Absolutely.” It was kind of like she was auditioning for us — except she was drunk and didn’t realize she was — and we never cease to be amazed and surprised with the talents of the actors we have on the show. It’s not what you hear about working with TV actors sometimes, where they’re afraid to be brave or they’re snobby or they’ll only film from 1 to 4:30 and then they’ll be in their trailer. We have such grateful theater people.

And people like Pete still get non-singing moments like “Having a Few People Over,” which probably wouldn’t exist if you were working with a shorter runtime.

Precisely. I really like that now, in any given episode, a lot of the time the second song is another character. And it’s about the B-story. That makes me really happy. I think that some of the most impactful storylines we’ve done come from exploring things like Darryl and [White] Josh. It’s funny because now they’re everyone else’s favorite couple, and I’m kind of like “They were my favorite couple first!” I was on set for their first kiss. I got to sit on set, and I was like, “Done! They’re my favorite couple, they’re the ones I root for. Don’t give a fuck about anyone else.” Next season we’re going to deal with them more.

One of my favorite moments was when you brought back the grocery clerk at the end of the season.

This is actually pretty great. We were writing the song “I Have Friends” and I had a rough draft written and I was brainstorming with Aline, our other executive producer, Erin Ehrlich, and our co-executive producer Michael Hitchcock. “I Have Friends” is all about those fun specifics, like “a janitor that lives in an Rv behind the school.” And Hitchcock just busted out “grocery clerk with half an eyelid,” and I was like, “Done. Yes.” There was something so B-52’s about it and when I think of B-52’s I think of this kind of like nasal voice, which made me think of my friend Ben, who I did stuff at Ucb with and was also on an improv team with our writer’s assistant Elisabeth [Kiernan Averick]. Before he even auditioned or knew we were thinking of him, we just started writing the lines in his voice. We had such a great deleted scene from Episode 3 of him and Pete just going on an improv run. It was one of the funniest things to watch all season, and hopefully we’ll release it on a DVD extra.

When you’re shooting scenes, it’s easy to toss lines in. Is there a lyric or musical moment that came kind of at the last minute?

For “Sexy Getting Ready Song,” the lyric “whisper your dick hard” originally was something else. We were in the recording studio, and Jack, who produced the song, was directing me and he was just like “Okay, this next take, I want you to whisper someone’s dick hard,” and I was like, “Jack! That’s a lyric!”

CBS hasn’t gotten into the live musical game yet. But if they do, is there a particular show that you’d like for them to do?

Well, I’m pretty indie musical theatre. So if they did anything Sondheim, if they did a live version of “Assassins” or “Company”? God, if you’re gonna do a live show, doing “Rent” would be just fun.

Would you want to be Maureen?

Oh, yeah. Yes, I’d want to be Maureen. [laughs]

I mean, anything Kander and Ebb. “Chicago,” “Cabaret.” For any Jewish comedian who can sing, I mean “Funny Girl” is kind of the ultimate, right?

As a big musical theater fan, do you have a go-to underrated show that, if someone was really digging deeper, you would point them toward?

For comedy, “Gutenberg! the Musical.” That soundtrack is amazing. It’s just such a great example of comedy musical theater that should be mentioned more. And “Light in the Piazza” is just brilliant. I love “Whatever I Dream” from “A New Brain.” Michael John Lachiusa’s “The Wild Party,” which I actually directed in college, is one of the most underrated musical theater scores. The way the genre changes as the show gets darker, it’s absolutely brilliant.

There’s another musical he wrote called “Hello Again.” The song “Tom” from Hello Again is just one of the greatest songs ever written in musical theater. “Tom,” “Safe,” and “Mistress of the Senator,” every song on “Hello Again” is a winner and I feel like no one ever talks about it.

Obviously, you have a deep love of musical theater and now have people asking for the sheet music to use for audition songs in the future. That has to be an exciting feeling.

Oh, it’s so exciting. If you could be in on all the emails! I am bugging people constantly because I want the musical theater kids out there to have sheet music and karaoke tracks! So everything that the fans ask, chances are I’ve already asked about 6,000 times. It’s really exciting for me to interact with fans because fans of the show are people that I would want to be friends with. This is a show that I would watch.

[Editor’s Note: IndieWire’s Consider This campaign is an ongoing series meant to raise awareness for Emmy contenders our editorial staff and readership find compelling, fascinating and deserving. Running throughout awards season, Consider This contenders may be underdogs, frontrunners or somewhere in between. More importantly, they’re making damn good television we all should be watching, whether they’re nominated or not.]

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Barbra Streisand Returns to the 2016 Tony Awards After 46 Years

13 June 2016 6:14 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

After quite the hiatus, Barbra Streisand returned to the 70th Annual Tony Awards Sunday. The iconic star helped close the show by presenting the final award of the night for best musical to Hamilton. The blockbuster Broadway show took home 11 awards Sunday. "Thank you, thank you. You're making me verklempt," the Funny Girl actress joked. Like host James Corden and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Babs paid tribute to those killed in the tragic Orlando shooting over the weekend and spoke about the comfort and happiness that the theater brings to those from all different backgrounds.  "Tonight our joy is tinged with sorrow, but we're here to celebrate Broadway and the beauty that artistry can bring »

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Watch James Corden, 'Hamilton' Cast Open Tony Awards

12 June 2016 5:34 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Late Late Show host James Corden opened the Tonys with a Hamilton-inspired number. This is his debut year as host of the awards ceremony.

With help from part of the cast of Hamilton, Corden spoofed the opening number of the show, "Alexander Hamilton." Nominated cast members Leslie Odom Jr. and Daveed Diggs made fun of Corden's late-night show and role as the "chubby" Baker in Into the Woods.

From there, Corden spoke a little bit about the phenomenon of Hamilton and how the Tony Awards are "the Oscars but with »

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Barbra Streisand to Make Momentous Tonys Return

1 June 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

If there was ever any doubt that this was a great year for American theater, consider it snuffed: After 46 years away from the Tony Awards’ stage, Barbra Streisand is scheduled to return! The “Funny Girl” Oscar winner and stage vet has presumably watched the awards ceremony from the comfort of her home (or maybe her extravagant cellar) since 1970, when she was presented with a Special Tony Award for “star of the decade.” For the awards’ 70th anniversary outing June 12, she’ll join the James Corden–hosted event as a presenter, though it’s still unclear what award and winner she’ll be announcing. She joins fellow previously announced presenters for the evening, including Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, Carole King, Audra McDonald, Saoirse Ronan, Patina Miller, and Nathan Lane. Streisand, an Egot recipient, has always had Broadway in her blood, dating back to her two competitive Tony »

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Barbra Streisand to Appear at the Tony Awards for First Time in 46 Years

1 June 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Babs is back! Barbra Streisand is set to present at the Tony Awards later this month, marking the first time in 46 years that the Egot winner and Broadway icon is appearing at the awards show, CBS confirms. She previously attended in 1970. The Broadway legend, 74, joins previously announced appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, Steve Martin, Carole King, Audra McDonald, Saoirse Ronan, Nathan Lane and more. After being nominated for Tonys in 1962 for her role in I Can Get It for You Wholesale and again in 1964 for her turn as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Streisand received an honorary "Star of »

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Barbra Streisand to Appear at the Tony Awards for First Time in 46 Years

1 June 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Babs is back! Barbra Streisand is set to present at the Tony Awards later this month, marking the first time in 46 years that the Egot winner and Broadway icon is appearing at the awards show, CBS confirms. She previously attended in 1970. The Broadway legend, 74, joins previously announced appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, Steve Martin, Carole King, Audra McDonald, Saoirse Ronan, Nathan Lane and more. After being nominated for Tonys in 1962 for her role in I Can Get It for You Wholesale and again in 1964 for her turn as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Streisand received an honorary "Star of »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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Sheridan Smith pulls out of Funny Girl for up to a month because of stress

12 May 2016 5:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Star of West End show taking two- to four-week leave of absence due to stress and exhaustion, producers say

Sheridan Smith is to miss up to a month of performances as Fanny Brice in her West End show Funny Girl due to stress and exhaustion.

Related: Sheridan Smith's Funny Girl is a masterclass in musical comedy

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Did Prince Charles Have an ''Infatuation'' With Barbra Streisand?

18 April 2016 6:51 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Here's a fun fact: Prince Charles is apparently a huge fan of Funny Girl and an even bigger fan of Barbra Streisand. In a new book released tomorrow, Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate & the Throne, author Christopher Andersen "takes readers behind palace walls to examine the surprising similarities and stark differences among three remarkable women," however there's another woman whose mention in the book is now making headlines. According to reports, Andersen alleges in his work (which has not been obtained by E! News) that Prince Charles had an "infatuation" with Streisand. Charles and Streisand have crossed paths a few times over the years. Their first meeting »

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Interviews: Flashback to Nia Vardalos, Lainie Kazan of ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’

25 March 2016 3:47 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The second biggest release of the 2016 Easter Weekend is “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” The sequel to the 2002 mega-hit, the film rolls out the same weekend as a certain “Bats v Supes,” but is a bit quieter – and more Greek – than its weekend neighbors. In anticipation of the new “Wedding,” HollywoodChicago.com reruns a couple interviews from featured stars Nia Vardalos and Lainie Kazan.

Nia Vardalos, Actress & Screenwriter, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

The Nia Vardalos story began with the first “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002). She was doing a one woman show version of the story, when Rita Wilson – wife of Tom Hanks, and a Greek actress herself – came backstage and told Vardalos that it would make a great film. With that, Vardalos gave Wilson the already completed screenplay, and the rest is film history. Since then, Nia Vardalos has written and starred in several films, »

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Sheridan Smith's father has cancer

2 March 2016 1:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Sheridan Smith's father has been diagnosed with cancer. The 34-year-old actress was forced to pull out of her stage performance of the musical 'Funny Girl' on Tuesday (01.03.16) evening at London's Menier Chocolate Factory theatre after discovering her dad Colin is battling the disease - the same illness that killed her brother Julian 26 years ago. The blonde beauty broke the heartbreaking revelation to her fans after she was slammed with backlash across social media for cancelling her performance at the last minute. Taking to her Twitter account, Sheridan said, in a since deleted tweet: ''If u just found out ur »

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James 'Arg' Argent and Lydia Bright want spin-off TV show

29 February 2016 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Sheridan Smith's father has been diagnosed with cancer. The 34-year-old actress was forced to pull out of her stage performance of the musical 'Funny Girl' on Tuesday (01.03.16) evening at London's Menier Chocolate Factory theatre after discovering her dad Colin is battling the disease - the same illness that killed her brother Julian 26 years ago. The blonde beauty broke the heartbreaking revelation to her fans after she was slammed with backlash across social media for cancelling her performance at the last minute. Taking to her Twitter account, Sheridan said, in a since deleted tweet: ''If u just found out ur »

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Oscar cliffhanger: Top 7 likeliest upsets looming

24 February 2016 2:28 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

As much as we prognosticators like to invoke horse race analogies in handicapping the major categories on the annual Oscar ballot, this is nothing like a horse race. For starters, the Oscar fields are comprised of human beings who, on average, have a top speed of about 15 miles per hour compared to 25-30 mph for a thoroughbred. Second, you can’t lay a bet down on the Oscars anywhere in the U.S., though that may soon change in Nevada, thanks to new rules passed last month by the Las Vegas Gaming Commission. Third, there is only a win position on each ballot. No place, no show. No photo finishes, either, though dead heats are possible. Twice in Academy Awards history two actors have shared the Oscar, the last split coming in 1969 when Katharine Hepburn (“The Lion in Winter”) and Barbra Streisand (“Funny Girl”) both won best actress. There is, »

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The Oscars, and the tricks to winning one

24 February 2016 7:45 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The Academy Awards are this weekend - but how do you actually go about winning one? Plus: some Oscar predictions.

Whether or not you believe they’re still relevant, the Oscars are undeniably the biggest event in the Hollywood calendar. I am fascinated by them, what intrigues me most is the general consensus that this process is a game of strategy and if you want to win, you have to know the rules. But actors and directors don’t have time to work this out for themselves, they’re far too busy and important. I however am not.

Therefore I have poured over lists of Oscar winners for more time than is healthy in order to determine exactly what it takes to win one of these much desired awards. I’m going to give you the tried and tested formulai for how to win Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Picture. »

- simonbrew

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