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Cabaret

10 July 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

They say tense sets often make for good movies and Cabaret is no exception. Desperate for a hit after the flop of Sweet Charity, director Bob Fosse rode herd on the cast, especially Joel Grey, who originated the role of the creepy Kit Kat Klub emcee on Broadway but almost lost his Oscar-winning part in the movie to Fosse’s initial choice….Ruth Gordon. At one point Fosse spitefully reduced all Grey’s musical numbers to snippets (the producers put it all back). The finished movie won eight Oscars including Best Director for Fosse and Best Actress for star Liza Minnelli, who never had a better role. Christopher Isherwood’s “Berlin Stories”, which introduced the character of Sally Bowles, had been filmed as a straight drama in 1955 under the title I Am a Camera.

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Maya & Marty: Broadway for Orlando Performs — Plus: Best and Worst Sketches Featuring Ricky Gervais

21 June 2016 8:29 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Maya & Marty on Tuesday were joined by nearly four dozen of stage and screen’s biggest stars for a performance in support of the Lgbt community of Orlando, Fla.

RelatedNBC Fall Premiere Dates: Chicago Fire‘s October Start, Blindspot‘s Wednesday Relaunch and Others

Victor Garber (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Megan Hilty (Smash), Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), Andrea Martin (Difficult People), Titus Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and B.D. Wong (Law & Order: Svu) were among the notable TV actors who took part in a performance of Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” The song was recently »

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Watch: Liza Minnelli Makes Surprise Appearance in New York City, Puts Rumors She's Ailing to Rest

13 June 2016 4:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Amidst reports she has become reclusive, sick and is no longer performing Liza Minnelli surprised fans during a private concert at Joe's Pub in New York City last week, singing some of her signature songs. "Liza loved being on stage again, and contrary to reports is feeling fine," says her rep Scott Gorenstein. "She's instructed her reps to set up appearances later in the year." Minnelli, 70, who now lives in Los Angeles, spent the week in Manhattan, seeing friends and visiting her old haunts on Madison Avenue. "This is the first time she's sang in public since October 2015 when she »

- Liz McNeil

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Watch: Liza Minnelli Makes Surprise Appearance in New York City, Puts Rumors She's Ailing to Rest

13 June 2016 4:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Amidst reports she has become reclusive, sick and is no longer performing Liza Minnelli surprised fans during a private concert at Joe's Pub in New York City last week, singing some of her signature songs. "Liza loved being on stage again, and contrary to reports is feeling fine," says her rep Scott Gorenstein. "She's instructed her reps to set up appearances later in the year." Minnelli, 70, who now lives in Los Angeles, spent the week in Manhattan, seeing friends and visiting her old haunts on Madison Avenue. "This is the first time she's sang in public since October 2015 when she »

- Liz McNeil

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Non-Equity Jeff Awards Honor ‘London Wall,’ ‘Rent’

7 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Celebrating excellence in Chicago’s nonunion theater scene, the 43rd annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards gave top honors to Griffin Theatre Company’s production of John Van Druten’s “London Wall” and the revival of Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” from Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre—the evening’s biggest winner with a total of four awards.  Hosted by Chicago theater regulars Karl Hamilton and Sarah Hayes, the sold-out awards gala at Park West June 6 featured production numbers from nominated musicals and revues from the 2015–16 season, plus excerpts from nominated plays. In addition to best musical production, “Rent” took home awards for director Scott Weinstein, actor Aubrey McGrath, and music director Jeremy Ramey. The New Colony and Definition Theatre Company’s production of “Byhalia, Mississippi” received Jeff Awards for playwright Evan Linder, actor Cecelia Wingate, and scenic designer John Wilson. Oracle Theatre’s “The Hairy Ape” also earned three honors, for leading actor Julian Parker, »

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Bram Stoker's Dracula, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Peggy Lee Fever

26 May 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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

1828 Feral teenager Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering Nuremberg, claiming to have been raised in total isolation. Theories abound and the story inspires many artists down the road including Werner Herzog in the film The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974).

1877 Influential dancer Isadora Duncan is born. Vanessa Redgrave gets an Oscar nomination playing her in Isadora! (1968)

1886 Al Jolson is born. Will later star in the first "talkie" The Jazz Singer (1927)

1894 Silent film star Norma Talmadge is born

1897 Bram Stoker's epistolary novel "Dracula" is published. Never stops being adapted for film and television but our hearts will always belong to Francis Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) despite the aggravating double possessive

1907 John Wayne was born. Did he always talk like that?

1913 Peter Cushing is born in England. Later stars in Hammer Horror films with his irl best friend Christopher Lee, the Dracula to his Van Helsing. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Interview: Brown Paper Box Co. Presents ‘Mary’z with a Z’ on May 5 & 6, 2016

5 May 2016 11:43 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In 1972, an historic television special took place, featuring the top talents at the time at the top of their game. “Liza with a ‘Z’” featured Liza Minnelli, fresh from her Academy Award winning performance in the film “Cabaret.” The Brown Paper Box Co. will present “Mary’z with a Z,” at Mary’s Attic on May 5th and 6th, 2016, and will perform the songs from this TV special, in order and in (appropriately) cabaret style, with contributions from their ensemble and some of the biggest song talents in storefront theater in Chicago.

Liza Minnelli had some of the greatest 1972 talent for her TV special, including “Cabaret” director Bob Fosse helming the TV show and inventing the choreography, with songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb (the “Cabaret” composer team), and orchestration by the late icon Marvin Hamlisch. It was a dream team before the word was invented, with both »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Top Ten Tuesday – The Top Ten Black Dresses In The Movies

26 April 2016 6:18 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Little Black Dress—From Mourning to Night is a free exhibit currently at The Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The exhibit runs through September 5th.

The Little Black Dress – a simple, short cocktail dress—is a sartorial staple for most contemporary women. Prior to the early 20th century, simple, unadorned black garments were limited to mourning, and strict social rules regarding mourning dress were rigidly observed.Featuring over 60 dresses from the Missouri History Museum’s world-renowned textile collection, this fun yet thought-provoking exhibit explores the subject of mourning, as well as the transition of black from a symbol of grief to a symbol of high fashion. You’ll also see fascinating artifacts—from hair jewelry to tear catchers—that were once a regular part of the mourning process. Plus, you’ll have the chance to share your own memories of your favorite »

- Tom Stockman

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Hof Film Days founder Heinz Badewitz dies at 74

14 March 2016 2:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

World’s second longest-serving film festival director died last week while attending Graz film festival.

Filmmakers in Germany and beyond are mourning the passing of Heinz Badewitz, the founder of the Hof Film Days, who died unexpectedly last week at the age of 74 whilst attending last week’s Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film in Graz.

Badewitz was the world’s second longest-serving film festival director after Chicago’s Michael Kutza (who launched his festival in 1964) and was planning Hof’s 50th anniversary in October.

Hailing from Hof in Northern Franconia, Badewitz had moved to Munich in the early 1960s to train as a cameraman and soon became part of the Munich film scene, later working as location manager on such films as Wim WendersKings Of The Road and The American Friend, and assistant director for Bob Fosse’s Cabaret and Norman Jewison’s Rollerball.

In addition, he was involved in the selection of German films for »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Happy Birthday, Liza Minnelli! Kathy Griffin, Barbra Streisand and More Celebrate Broadway Icon's 70th Birthday

12 March 2016 11:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Broadway icon Liza Minnelli is 70 years old today! A small group of Minnelli's close friends will fly from New York City to Los Angeles to surprise her in honor of the milestone. "I like to think of celebrating my birthday as celebrating my Minnellium," Minnelli said. Several celebs have taken to social media to wish the superstar a happy birthday, including Kathy Griffin, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Kim Cattrall. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk. »

- Andrea Park, @scandreapark

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Happy Birthday, Liza Minnelli! Kathy Griffin, Barbra Streisand and More Celebrate Broadway Icon's 70th Birthday

12 March 2016 11:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Broadway icon Liza Minnelli is 70 years old today! A small group of Minnelli's close friends will fly from New York City to Los Angeles to surprise her in honor of the milestone. "I like to think of celebrating my birthday as celebrating my Minnellium," Minnelli said. Several celebs have taken to social media to wish the superstar a happy birthday, including Kathy Griffin, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Kim Cattrall. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk. »

- Andrea Park, @scandreapark

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100,000 Swarovski crystals to add to the glamour at the Oscars 2016

28 February 2016 3:54 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

An atmosphere of ‘1970s glam’ is promised at this year’s ceremony, with Led technology and an increased use of video

Liza Minnelli in Cabaret ... Faye Dunaway in The Eyes of Laura Mars ... the shark in Jaws (well, perhaps not): 70s glamour is the big inspiration for Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony, according to the ceremony’s production designer Derek McLane.

McLane, who has designed the Oscars three times before, told the Los Angeles Times that his visual touchstones included The French Connection, Taxi Driver and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

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Oscars Facts: 25 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Academy Awards

26 February 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's almost here -- the 88th Academy Awards finally airs this Sunday, and we're counting down the minutes.

We've already given you our Oscar predictions, and now we're bringing you some of the best (and, um, craziest) facts about Hollywood's biggest awards show. From the first Best Actor winner, to the "one dollar" Oscar rule, here are 25 things you (probably) don't know about the Oscars.

1. The youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal (above), who won Best Supporting Actress for "Paper Moon" (1973) when she was only 10 years old. Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award at 6 years old.

2. After winning Best Actress for "Cabaret" (1972), Liza Minnelli became (and still is) the only Oscar winner whose parents both earned Oscars. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, won Best Director for "Gigi" (1958).

3. Nameplates for all potential winners are prepared ahead of time; in 2014, the Academy made 215 of them! »

- Phil Pirrello

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10 people who won Oscars for scaring the hell out of us

23 February 2016 1:20 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Plenty of people accuse the Oscars of rewarding "bait-y," melodramatic schlock too often. Maybe you consider Forrest Gump slightly manipulative or Driving Miss Daisy a tad too quaint. Well, in these ten instances, Oscars went to some of the scariest performances on the silver screen and we'll never forget them no matter how hard we try.    Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight Apparently the scariest thing a guy can do is make a pencil disappear.  Faye DunawayNetwork Here's Faye Dunaway predicting how TV will go for the next 50 years. Be thankful for Diana Christensen's ratings-driven fury, Glenn Beck.  Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men Anton Chigurh might be the coldest killer ever to grace the silver screen. Luckily Javier Bardem played him with enough dead-eyed grit to make him one of the most unsettling sights in 21st century cinema.  Louise FletcherOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Nurse Ratched »

- Louis Virtel

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San Fran’s Curran to Host Joel Grey and Courtney Love Convo Series

19 February 2016 8:40 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Courtney Love and Joel Grey are the next two guests planned for Curran’s on-stage series, “Groundbreakers with Kevin Sessums.” Sessums, Curran’s Editor at Large, will host rock legend and actor Love for an evening of conversation and performance on Monday, March 7. Love’s friend and collaborator Todd Almond will also join them. Love and Almond are set to perform songs from his musical theater piece “Kansas City Choir Boy.” Love starred in the production in both New York and Los Angeles. “I adore her and admire her tenacity and talent and spirit,” Sessums said in a statement. “I am so excited that Todd is accompanying her on the Curran stage for our conversation.” Sessums will speak with Joel Grey the following evening on Tuesday, March 8. The Oscar, Tony, and Golden Globe Award–winning actor is celebrating the release of his new memoir, “Master of Ceremonies.” Sessums plans to »

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Joel Grey Remembers Showbiz Start in ‘Borscht Capades’

8 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joel Grey won a Tony and an Oscar for playing the Master of Ceremonies in the Broadway production and Bob Fosse’s 1972 screen adaptation of “Cabaret.” Known primarily as a song and dance man, Grey went on to appear in numerous other TV series and films as well as legit juggernauts “Chicago” and “Wicked.” His autobiography, “Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir” drops this week. Long before Hollywood success, Grey was a 9-year-old kid touring with his father’s Yiddish-language stage show, “Borscht Capades.”

Your father, Mickey Katz, created “Borscht Capades” in the early 1950s. How did that come about?

He was a musician — a clarinetist and a saxophone player — in bands around the east and he was playing in Cleveland, Ohio, which is where I was born. And (musician and bandleader) Spike Jones needed a clarinet player who could do bits, funny things. He went on the road with Spike »

- Malina Saval

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Oscars 2016: Ian McKellen asks why no gay man has ever won Best Actor

26 January 2016 2:38 AM, PST | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

The current diversity debate surrounding the 2016 Academy Awards has squarely settled on the issue of race, thanks to conversations sparked by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Yet, Sir Ian McKellen offered a keen reminder that diversity issues within the awards race are widespread. "No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar. I wonder if that is prejudice or chance," he reflected at a recent BFI event (via The Guardian). McKellen, of course, is openly gay himself; as well as being a committed activist and co-founder of Lgbt charity Stonewall. He further mentioned both occasions he'd carried an acceptance speech to the Academy Awards marked with the words, "I'm proud to be the first openly gay man to win the Oscar"; though he's never been given the opportunity to say those words on stage. His Best Actor nomination for Gods and Monsters in 1998 saw him lose to Roberto Benigni for Life is Beautiful, »

- Clarisse Loughrey

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Can you name all the openly gay Oscar-winning actors?

25 January 2016 4:45 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Trivia: Name every openly gay actor who won an Academy Award and was out at the time of his/her nomination. To ease the overwhelm of the question, I'll give a hint: The number is under ten.  The answer: With the exception of Linda Hunt, who has been out since the 1980s, and Angelina Jolie, who sometimes referred to her bisexuality in interviews before her win in 2000, there have been zero other Lgbt actors who were out at the time of their win.  Ian McKellen just referred to this statistic in a new interview with Sky News. He says that both times he was nominated for an Oscar, he planned a speech acknowledging his sexual orientation.   "No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance," he said, while pointing out that several straight actors – like Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman – have »

- Louis Virtel

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Personal Reflections On The Closing Of New York's Ziegfeld Theatre

22 January 2016 3:45 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Glory days: the Ziegfeld hosted many premieres over the decades including the 1972 gala for Bob Fosse's "Cabaret". Forty years later the Ziegfeld hosted Liza Minnelli and other cast members who returned for a screening of the restored version of the film.

 

By Lee Pfeiffer

In 1969 the Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan opened its doors for the first time. The lavish theater quickly won the hearts of movie fans. It was an elaborate place and showcased top films. It was considered New York's secondary jewel, however, as Radio City Music Hall was still alive and well and showing top-notch movies. Over the years Radio City closed its doors, a victim of changing times in the film industry. The Hall would only show family friendly films and there were precious few that could profitably play at the cavernous theater. You used to be able to get to a first run movie »

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Iconic Rock/Pop Singer Bowie Dead: His Most Notable Movies (Updated/Expanded)

11 January 2016 2:15 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

David Bowie in 'The Hunger' with Catherine Deneuve. David Bowie movies: Iconic singer memorable as fast-aging vampire in 'The Hunger,' Nikola Tesla in 'The Prestige' Singer and sometime actor David Bowie, one of the iconic figures of the English-language music scene of the second half of the 20th century, died of cancer yesterday, Jan. 10, '16. Bowie (born David Robert Jones in the London suburb of Brixton) had turned 69 on Jan. 8. His son, filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon), has confirmed Bowie's death on Twitter. Bowie was seen in only a couple of dozen movies during his four-decade show business career. Among his most memorable film roles were those in the titles listed below. The Man Who Fell to Earth Directed by Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, Don't Look Now) from a screenplay by Paul Mayersberg (based on a novel by Walter Tevis), The Man Who Fell to Earth »

- Andre Soares

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