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Actors who've been in the biz for years without ever snagging an Academy Award probably shake their heads and sigh when they think about these six celebrities rounded up by Biography.com —all of whom won Oscars for their film debuts. A sampling: Lupita Nyong'o: Best Supporting Actress, 12 Years a Slave , 2014 Julie Andrews: Best Actress, Mary Poppins , 1964 Barbra Streisand: Best Actress, Funny Girl , 1969 Jennifer Hudson: Best Supporting Actress, Dreamgirls , 2006 Anna Paquin: Best Supporting Actress, The Piano , 1994 Click for the complete list, which does include one man , and more details. »
- Evann Gastaldo
This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.
The Academy is enhancing the V&A’s exhibition and will include more than 145 costumes from over 60 lenders. The Academy’s presentation will add more than 30 costumes to this landmark show, including Jared Leto’s costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Burt, 2013) – a recent acquisition to the Academy’s collection – as well as costumes from such recent releases as The Hunger Games (Judianna Makovsky, 2012), Django Unchained (Sharen Davis, »
- Michelle McCue
Funny girl Lake Bell makes a winning debut as writer and director with this ensemble comedy set amidst Hollywood's cut-throat – and, more importantly, clear-throat – world of voice-over artists. Bell also stars as Carol, a jobbing vocal coach who gets a shot at voicing the trailers for the biggest movie franchise around. The problem is, she's up against the undisputed voice-over king: her egotistical dad (Fred Melamed). »
The clear difficulty of identifying the definitive movie musicals is separating the musical itself from the film version. The Phantom of the Opera is, without a doubt, a top ten definitive stage musical. Movie musical? Not so much. Drawing a clear line between the two is what makes this list a little trickier. For this segment of the list, we have musicals that have no stage version, two Best Picture winners, a Palme d’Or winner, and a few musicals that may stretch the term a bit.
courtesy of writeonnewjersey.com
20. Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Directed by Richard Thorpe
It brought “The King” to the big screen for the first time in a film about a man in prison who learns to express himself through music, rather than violence (he’s in prison for manslaughter). Vince (Elvis Presley) accidentally kills a drunk in »
- Joshua Gaul
Lea Michele wants it to be known — she did not throw down with any of her “Glee” castmates. Michele, who plays Rachel Berry on the Fox show, appears on Friday's edition of “Late Show With David Letterman” and denies recent reports that she had beaten up one of her colleagues. Also read: Lea Michele and Ryan Murphy Considering ‘Funny Girl’ Broadway Revival Asked by Letterman about reports regarding a “fistfight on the set” during which Michele “knocked somebody out,” the actress — who according to recent reports had feuded with castmate Naya Rivera — shot down the suggestion that she had »
- Tim Kenneally
Santana was just learning how to be a good friend, too.
News broke April 29 that Naya Rivera — who’s played Santana Lopez on Glee for the past five seasons — is leaving the show, and won’t even be in the fifth season finale. (For what it’s worth: Rivera’s rep said she wasn’t fired; a rep for the show declined to comment to EW). And in Tuesday’s finale, Santana was nowhere to be found. (The show’s explanation: She was “shooting a Yeast-i-Stat commercial in Iowa for a week.”) While fans will have to wait and see »
- Erin Strecker
Glee’s season finale picked up with Rachel still fulfilling her dream starring as Fanny Brice in Broadway’s Funny Girl but wanting TV gig, Blaine still trying to get Kurt a spot in his showcase and Mercedes and Sam preparing for their time apart when she goes on tour and his modeling career is taking off.
In the Brooklyn loft, Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) are cuddling up on a couch talking about Sam's dream of being on the side of a bus, when Rachel (Lea Michele) barges in to chat about their Monday night dinner guest – screenwriter Mary Halleran. Mary, a prodigy of sorts, is coming to hang out to “understand her essence” in order to write a pilot based on her life. She wants Mary to get a good look at her close pals, who she thinks are integral to her story. When »
For this very special and ultimately quite spontaneous edition of the podcast, Nathaniel calls a few of his team members to grill them about their moms & the movies. Sadly the entire team was not available -- some of them were being good kids en route to visiting their mothers so they have a good excuse -- but you get to hear from a few of us and how our moms factor into our cinephila. Expect name-droppings of Margo Martindale, Susan Sarandon, I Remember Mama, The Lord of the Rings, A Separation and much more...
You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download the conversation on iTunes.
14:00 Anne Marie
20:30 Tim Brayton
27:00 Funny Girl Interlude & Surprise Guest
32:00 The Guest of Honor, Nathaniel's Mom!
40:00 Exit Music "Baby Mine" with Bette Midler
Nathaniel's mom & dad in »
- NATHANIEL R
From the small screen to the big stage? In a story of art possibly imitating art, “Glee” star Lea Michele and series co-creator Ryan Murphy are considering bringing the classic Barbra Streisand musical “Funny Girl” back to Broadway. On the latest season of “Glee,” Michele's Rachel Berry is earning rave reviews for her starring role in a fictional “Funny Girl” revival. Murphy spoke about the possibility in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. “I have the rights to it,” he said.” It's something that we're talking about. I've never done Broadway. I've always wanted to.” Also read: Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Murphy, »
- Jason Hughes
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
“I Shot The Sheriff, But I Should Have Shot My Hairdresser!”
Thanks to Bucky for this week’s winning caption!
John Hamm unveils his Madame Tussaud’s wax figure. Do you think it’s … you know … an exact replica?
Eurovision 2014: Ten Reasons Why Austrian Drag Queen Conchita Wurst Must Win
Congratulations to Federbear, who is the proud papa of twin boys Lenny and Squiggy Leo. But don’t worry, he’ll be back in time to win his 2nd French Open! It could happen.
I’m already sick of talking about those Benham Brothers, so … Moratorium! (Until the inevitable gay chatroom dick pics)
There are lots of network cancellations to discuss. ABC »
This season of Glee has seen Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) win her dream role as Fanny Brice in a Broadway revival of Funny Girl. But are Michele and series co-creator Ryan Murphy, who owns the rights to the show, planning their own real-life revival of the iconic musical? Earlier this year, Michele gave interviews saying that the pair were indeed interested in bringing Girl to the stage.
Now, Murphy is confirming those discussions. While sitting down with EW for this week’s cover on his adaptation of HBO’s The Normal Heart, Murphy revealed, “I have the rights to it. »
- Tim Stack
Glee, Season 5, Episode 18, “Back-Up Plan”
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Ian Brennan
Airs Tuesdays at 8pm Et on Fox
Glee season five has been all about Rachel bouncing back and forth between legitimately nice and completely intolerable. Finally, after years of scrapping for solos in Glee Club, her lifelong goal has come true. She starts on Broadway while just barely in college at her dream school, playing the lead role in an iconic revival. Oh and did we mention it’s the lead role, the title role, Fanny Brice, the Funny Girl herself? The character who is essentially Rachel Berry’s spirit animal? You guessed it, she gets bored after a month and attempts to throw the whole production under a giant bus.
The cinematography during “Wake Me Up”, originally by One Republic, works well. Particularly memorable are the camera angles shot through the flowers, showing the passage of »
- Rachel Brandt
When we last saw Rachel Berry, she was basking in the glow of her triumphant New York Times review. She’s been a roll ever since. She’s being treated like a real star, with adoring fans waiting by the standing by the stage door, her face plastered on busses and benches, and there are even whispers of a Tony nomination. It’s everything Rachel has ever wanted. You know, what she’s been dreaming of since we met her four years ago. All we eeeeeever heard about. Well, today is a new day. She signs with the Ica talent agency, but the agent, who doesn’t think she’s got the look for television or film, quickly douses her ego. Brace yourselves; you are about to enter, The Meta Zone.
Kurt and Blaine are walking the mean street of Chelsea or something, while Kurt gives his fiancé the lowdown on one Ms. »
- Dana Piccoli
Glee returned on Tuesday with the apparent intention of flipping everything from last week – or the last several few seasons of Glee – of its head. For one thing, Rachel no longer thinks that being a Broadway star is all its cracked up to be.
Signing autographs following a performance, Rachel (Lea Michele) glides down the streets of New York City. Her starring performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl has earned her rave reviews and chatter that the starlet could be on her way to her first Tony nomination. However, her joy is cut short during a meeting with her agent. Rachel thinks that she could parlay her Broadway career into one on the big or small screen. The agent doesn’t believe she has the look to be in front of the cameras, but assures her she can have a lengthy tenure as Fanny Brice.
Suddenly, Rachel »
courtesy of flickeringmyth.com
50. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Directed by Lars von Trier
Signature Song: “I’ve Seen It All” (http://youtu.be/d9zFt6M_GLo)
Who says people in a musical have to be able to sing? The list starts with a film directed by the director of Melancholia, Antichrist, and the recent Nymphomaniac films. Starring Björk, Dancer in the Dark takes place in the fantasy world of Selma, an immigrant from the Czeck Republic living in a blue-collar town in the United States. She lives on the property of a local police officer named Bill (David Morse) and his wife. She finds herself the object of a shy co-worker’s affection (Peter Stormare), but doesn’t entirely reciprocate, partly because she knows that she is slowly going blind. Terrified that her disease is hereditary and her son most certainly will get it, she works long hours at the factory, »
- Joshua Gaul
In the next episode, Rachel ends up auditioning for a television show pilot, but she might be jeopardizing her Funny Girl role as a result. Also, Mercedes helps out Santana by trying to get her involved on her record deal. And the moment is finally here: Shirley MacLaine guest stars as a New York socialite and befriends none other than Blaine.
Last night, Fox released the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Glee" episode 18 of season 5, and it appears that things will get very interesting and as Rachel starts totally messing up her career. Legend, Shirley MacLaine, will show up to do some singing action, and more. The episode is titled, "Back-Up Plan." In the new,18th episode, Rachel will end up, jeopardizing her "Funny Girl" lead when she tries to audition for a TV show. In the meantime, Mercedes (guest star Amber Riley) is going to attempt to help get Santana in on her recording deal.Then Blaine is going to befriend an older, rich socialite, named June Dolloway. Legendary actress, Shirley MacLaine, will guest star as character, June Dolloway. Episode 18 is scheduled to air on Tuesday night, April 29th at 7pm central time on Fox. Stay tuned. »
Glee tackles a '90s favorite in this week's episode, and we have the audio of Rachel Berry's rendition of The Cardigans' "Lovefool." Lea Michele re-creates the classic tune in the big Rachel-centric episode, "Opening Night," centered on her Broadway debut in Funny Girl. In addition to her New York City gang of Gleeks, she has special guests in town for opening night, including Mr. Schue, Sue, Santana, Tina, and more. Listen to the track below, and feel the '90s nostalgia wash over you. And if that's not enough to satisfy your Glee love, check out even more at the official music site. »
- Alyse Whitney
It’s the day of the show y’all! Well, technically the night before the day of the show and Rachel is stuck in a nightmarish hellscape. It’s every bad dream rolled into one. She’s suddenly naked (yea!), her teeth fall out (boo!), and her friends and adversaries are all gathered to watch her shine or fail. Becky is there to act as the nagging voice in Rachel’s head. You are a hack. You don’t deserve this. Suddenly Rachel is Sophomore year Rachel, with her reindeer sweater, plaid skirt and knee socks. She sings “Lovefool” by The Cardigans, as her voice goes in and out of pitch, the world around her spinning, the haters booing. She wakes up in a cold sweat.
That morning, Kurt tries to calm his friend’s nerves. The critics thought she killed it in Syracuse, and she’s going to be amazing on Broadway. »
- Dana Piccoli
In the middle of the night, Rachel (Lea Michele) has a recurring nightmare of getting called to hit the stage for the premiere and not being prepared in the slightest. The nightmare also returns Karofsky (Max Adler) and Jacob Ben Israel (Josh Sussman), who publicly chastise her, while she’s naked, and then gets stuck in a mass of balloons. There’s also Santana (Naya Rivera) back in her Cheerio prime and Blaine (Darren Criss) in his Warblers ensemble. The dream ends on a good note, as she sings The Cardigan’s "Lovefool" in the McKinley High auditorium rocking one of her old sweaters.
As it turns out, the nightmares are the result of Rachel reading less than stellar reviews of »
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