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Strictly Come Dancing quarter-final – as it happened

It’s musicals week – and Alexandra Burke danced the Charleston to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. But who sang in tune… and which dancer’s duff notes saw them leave the competition?

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Next week it’s Two Dances, which means approximately half the rehearsal time/dance quality. So that’s something to look forward to, no?

Kick off is at 6.45pm, so join me here then – in the meantime you can find me @heidistephens on Twitter If you want to come and give me a wave. Thank you all for joining in and being entirely splendid – have a fab week, and I’ll see you next week! Hx

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Davood and Nadiya dance their final dance to So Long, Farewell from The Sound Of Musical. Quite hard to bum lift to, but Davood gives it a go anyway, and promptly drops Nadiya to gasps from the audience. Well that’s one way to go.
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Wonder- Review

While another bruising company of costumed heroes makes the walls vibrate in stereo at many theatres (actually in most of the screens at your local multiplex), a quieter, more gentle film is opening to give families a nice alternative. And it stars real flesh and blood actors rather than computer-generated characters. It’s based on the rare young adult novel that’s not set in a dystopian future. The beloved five year-old book offers another take on a tale as old as time, with themes that echo the live Beauty And The Beast from earlier in the year. Add a dash of The Elephant Man, a pinch of The Phantom Of The Opera, a sprinkle of Mask, toss it in a middle school (maybe cooked in a classic “Easy Bake Oven”) and film goers should savor this sweet, nourishing cinema dish all about a most unusual boy, who despite his
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From Grammys to Bono: 3 Wild Stories from Notorious Gate Crasher Craig Schmell’s New Book

From Grammys to Bono: 3 Wild Stories from Notorious Gate Crasher Craig Schmell’s New Book
Driving in President Reagan’s motorcade and talking with Bono about Irish football — these are some of the crazy things that Craig Schmell got to experience during the peak of his celebrity event crashing days.

Schmell famously spent his 20s scheming his way into some of the biggest celebrity events of the time. In his new book, The Uninvited, he details some of his best crashes and how he ended up turning his cheating ways around.

During his heyday, Schmell got into some serious hijinks, like getting high inside of the Kremlin, but the book dives deeper past the scheming
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The Horror! Gerard Butler Unleashes His Dark Side In Vintage Audition For ‘Dracula 2000’

On his cinematic journey to stardom, Gerard Butler made memorable onscreen appearances in such films as “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life”, “The Phantom of the Opera” and, of course, “300”, in which he played the breakout role of stubborn Spartan ruler Leonidas. However, with Halloween around the corner, Butler’s scary, long-forgotten role […]
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Beatboxed Cover of “The Phantom of the Opera” is Kind of Awesome

I wonder if Gaston Leroux, you know, the guy that wrote the story, would be interested to know what’s being done with this particular part of his tale? He might wonder what in the world a beatbox version is to start with, and then why it looks like the young on the right is spitting during the rendition of the song. Of course different time different sensibilities and all that, but this is seriously something else. I didn’t say it was good, but I didn’t say it was bad. It was something else. Whether you sing professionally or in a

Beatboxed Cover of “The Phantom of the Opera” is Kind of Awesome
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Bill Condon Offers Up New Details On Bride Of Frankenstein Remake

Things aren’t looking too good for Universal’s Dark Universe.

As is standard for Hollywood’s interwoven franchises, the studio ran the risk of putting the cart before the horse by announcing big-budget fantasy flicks based on cinema’s most iconic creatures – think The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster – long before The Mummy became the first domino to fall. That was back in June, and after swallowing a financial hit in excess of $95 million, it’s clear that Universal’s classic monsters universe has endured a rocky start.

Where things will go from here remains to be seen, but the studio isn’t letting the beating that their franchise starter took over the summer get them down. Far from it, in fact. As mentioned above, plans have already been mapped out for a rather large shared universe, one that will, through time, carve out room for The Phantom of the Opera,
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Barbara Cook, Broadway and Cabaret Star, Dies at 89

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Barbara Cook, Broadway and Cabaret Star, Dies at 89
Barbara Cook, a Broadway star and a beloved cabaret and concert performer, has died. She was 89. A spokesperson for Cook told TheWrap that the actress died Tuesday morning of respiratory failure at her home in Manhattan, surrounded by family and friends. On Broadway, Cook is best known for her roles in Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” (1956), as librarian Marian in “The Music Man” (1957), for which she also won a Tony, and as Amalia Balash in “She Loves Me” (1963). Also Read: 'Wicked' Passes 'The Phantom of the Opera' to Become Broadway's No. 2 Top-Grossing Show Ever Cook was born in Atlanta to Charles.
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August 1st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Shin Godzilla, Colossal, Slither Collector’s Edition

August’s home entertainment releases are off and running in a big way with this week’s crop of horror and sci-fi titles, as we have nearly two dozen movies coming our way this Tuesday.

Scream Factory is putting in overtime with a handful of stunning steelbooks celebrating three great John Carpenter films—They Live, The Fog and Escape From New York—as well as a Collector’s Edition of James Gunn’s Slither and the indie horror films Don’t Knock Twice and House on Willow Street (which they’ve teamed up with IFC Midnight for).

As far as recent genre movies go, Colossal, Shin Godzilla, and Phoenix Forgotten are all primed for their home bow on August 1st, and both Paramount and Universal are dusting off a bunch of recent titles on both DVD and Blu-ray, including Disturbia, The Machinist, Red Eye, and the unrated version of The Ruins.
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“Wicked” Becomes the Second-Highest-Grossing Broadway Show of All Time

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Elphaba and Glinda continue to make magic on Broadway. “Wizard of Oz” prequel “Wicked” crossed the $1 billion benchmark last March in record time, and after raking in just short of $2 million in the week ending July 9, it has overtaken “The Phantom of the Opera” to become the second-highest-grossing Broadway show ever, Playbill reports. “The Lion King,” directed by Julie Taymor, retains the top spot.

Wicked” is an adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s best-selling novel, which tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West from the perspective of the Witch, here named Elphaba. The musical chronicles the complicated friendship between Elphaba and Glinda, the Good Witch. Maguire based the novel on the 1939 film adaptation “The Wizard of Oz,” and L. Frank Baum’s original Oz books.

My So-Called Life” creator Winnie Holzman wrote the book for “Wicked,” for which she received a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award. The show launched in October 2003 at the Gershwin Theatre, and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won three. The production launched the careers of Idina Menzel (“Frozen”) and Kristin Chenoweth (“Glee”), and was such a big hit that it recouped its $14 million investment in a little over a year.

Thus far, “Wicked” has grossed approximately $1.12 billion. “The Lion King” is Broadway’s third longest-running show and has taken in $1.38 billion.

Wicked” Becomes the Second-Highest-Grossing Broadway Show of All Time was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Wicked’ Passes ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ to Become Broadway’s No. 2 Top-Grossing Show Ever

Wicked,” the hit Broadway musical about the making of Oz’s wicked witch of the West, quietly passed “The Phantom of the Opera” this spring to become the second-biggest grosser of all time on the Great White Way. According to figures from the Broadway League, “Wicked” has earned $1.12 billion from its first performance in 2003 through July 9 — just ahead of the $1.11 billion reaped by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic 1988 rock opera over its three-decade run. And “Wicked” did it in half the time. The show, produced by David Stone and Marc Platt, is also inching up on Broadway’s...
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How Universal's Dark Universe Can Be Saved

How Universal's Dark Universe Can Be Saved
Sad news hit Universal Pictures this summer when their adventure thriller The Mummy flopped at the box office. It was supposed to ignite a sprawling monster franchise known as Dark Universe. But this first outing starring Tom Cruise was not the summer blockbuster hit the studio was hoping for. They have Bride of Frankenstein next on the docket. But many fans believe that this series, based on classic horror movies of yesteryear, is doomed. Well, guess what? It doesn't have to be that way. Universe can turn this sinking ship around, and we're confident that Dark Universe can live and thrive in today's modern cinematic landscape. But how you might ask? Let me explain.

With big movie franchises like Despicable Me, Jurassic World, Fast and Furious, The Bourne series, as well as the Fifty Shades of Grey films, one would think that Universal Pictures would be happy. This isn't to
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Broadway in Bryant Park Returns + More NYC Events 6/30–7/06

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. Get a free taste of the Great White Way.Broadway in Bryant Park returns for its annual summer festivities on July 6, and will once again offer outdoor performances from tons of Broadway and Off-Broadway’s new and long-running hits. Ongoing each Thursday through Aug. 10, this first installment will feature megahits “Wicked” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” as well as this year’s Tony-nominated best musical, “Groundhog Day.” The show starts at 12:30, but early arrival is encouraged as the lawn fills up quickly! (Free) The Asian Film Festival is back, and anything but average.The New York Asian Film Festival is back this
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Wtf of the Day: Emmy Rossum Was Asked to Wear a Bikini Instead of Audition for a Role

Emmy Rossum in “Shameless

Today in shudder-worthy news: “Shameless” star Emmy Rossum revealed her experience with sexual harassment during the audition process. In a roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter, Rossum recalled a call she received from her agent about a year ago. “There’s a big movie and they’re going to offer it to you,” her agent told her. “They really love your work on the show. But the director wants you to come into his office in a bikini. There’s no audition. That’s all you have to do.”

Uh… what?

“He wanted to know if I was fat now. That was basically the question,” Rossum continued. “‘We really love your work, but we just want to see how tight your ass is.’ Are you fucking kidding me? Last time I checked, I’m not a fucking model.”

Hollywood is infamous for its treatment of young and inexperienced actresses, but Rossum’s story illustrates how actresses further along in their career are also subjected to sexual harassment. She’s a well-known actress with two decades of experience — and still a powerful man in the business felt confident enough to try to exploit her like this.

“I feel like we’re all vulnerable to it,” Rossum admitted at the roundtable. “If somebody with my years in the business would think, ‘Well, I wonder if it’s worth it,’ then what would a girl who doesn’t have my success do? She would do it.”

Rossum wasn’t the only one to talk about a nausea-inducing casting couch story this week. During her press tour for the upcoming Jenji Kohan series “G.L.O.W.” Alison Brie shared her experience auditioning for “Entourage.” According to Entertainment Weekly, Brie was also asked to come in scantily clad. “Early in my career, I auditioned for three lines on an episode of ‘Entourage’ that I had to go on in a bikini!” she said. “Or like shorts and the tiniest shorts. And they were like, ‘Okay, can you take your top off now?’” Brie clarified that she was wearing her bikini under her top, but the rest of the story is still more than enough to creep us out.

In December Rossum made headlines when she demanded a raise for the eighth season of Showtime’s dramedy “Shameless.” She sought pay parity with co-star William H. Macy and came out of negotiations victorious. Rossum’s credits include “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Beautiful Creatures.” She’s directed episodes of TNT’s “Animal Kingdom” as well as an ep of “Shameless.”

Head over to THR to read Rossum’s entire roundtable discussion with fellow comedy actresses Kathryn Hahn, America Ferrera, Minnie Driver, Pamela Adlon, and Issa Rae.

Wtf of the Day: Emmy Rossum Was Asked to Wear a Bikini Instead of Audition for a Role was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Mindy Newell: Wonder Woman? Okay, I’ll Chime In!

Well, everybody else here is talking about Wonder Woman, so I guess it’s my turn. Caution: there may be S-p-o-i-l-e-r-s ahead! (Especially my sixth bullet, below.)

It’s been said before, and I’ll say it again. Gal Gadot is to Ww as Christopher Reeve was to Superman. Her portrayal of the Amazon leaves an indelible print upon the character; it’s as if Zeus did indeed exhale, not upon a figure of clay, but upon a two-dimensional comic book form drawn of pen and ink, allowing her to step off the flat page and into the three-dimensional world, granting her life and all the depth and breadth of humanity. Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor is not some ineffectual weenie who somehow got through basic training, nor is he some steroid-enhanced muscle-bound moose. Nor is he the male version of a 1950s Lois Lane, mooning after love. Nor is
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What’s This Year’s Hamilton? Your Guide to Broadway’s Best Ahead of the 2017 Tony Awards

What’s This Year’s Hamilton? Your Guide to Broadway’s Best Ahead of the 2017 Tony Awards
If you have a theater fan in your life who has been extra hyped these days, it’s likely because the 2017 Tony Awards are nearly here.

The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre (as the Tonys are officially known) recognize the highest honor in U.S. theater — the equivalent of television’s Emmys or the film industry’s Oscars.

With no Hamilton-sized hit this year, the race in the top categories has been pretty wide open and hard to predict — with only Bette Midler’s turn in the revival of Hello, Dolly! a lock for the best actress in a musical prize.
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Exclusive: 'The Mummy' Director Alex Kurtzman on Building a Dark Universe and Dream Casting Jennifer Lawrence

Exclusive: 'The Mummy' Director Alex Kurtzman on Building a Dark Universe and Dream Casting Jennifer Lawrence
Alex Kurtzman knows his way around a franchise. The writer-director-producer had a hand in creating million-dollar tentpoles out of Transformers and Star Trek, in addition to scripting the second installment in The Amazing Spider-Man series. With his latest, a reboot of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, he hopes to not only resurrect the iconic bandaged baddie, but spawn an entire cinematic universe of Universal Monster movies, to be known as the Dark Universe.

"It's like childbirth," Kurtzman told Et of the anticipation he feels over fans finally being able to see his take on The Mummy (in theaters now). "The head is crowning, so you're just waiting for the whole world to see your child. It's exciting! It's been a long journey."

Review: 'The Mummy' Is a Thrilling Start to the Dark Universe's Monster Mash

Et: In terms of building this new cinematic universe, which came first: the idea of rebooting The Mummy or this
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The Mummy Director Teases “Brilliant” And Subversive Script For Universal’s Bride Of Frankenstein

Three weeks on from the announcement of Universal’s wildly ambitious Dark Universe and it seems any cautious optimism has now been replaced by a crippling feeling of dread – and we’re not just talking about the oncoming Princess Ahmanet and her reign of biblical terror.

Mere hours after industry polling service Nrg slashed its domestic forecast for The Mummy – down to $35 million from the original estimate of $40m – and the first reviews for Alex Kurtzman’s long-brewing reboot are beginning to find their way online. Spoilers: it’s not looking good. Whether this damning critical consensus has much of a bearing on the film’s box office performance will be told in time, but at least for now, Universal and Kurtzman – one of two architects pulling the strings behind the Dark Universe, the other being Chris Morgan – are still keen to construct a brave new world of gods and monsters.
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Hunchback and Phantom Become Part of Universal's Dark Universe

Hunchback and Phantom Become Part of Universal's Dark Universe
The next great cinematic universe that Hollywood has cooked up is getting ready to set sail this weekend when The Mummy hits theaters. Building your franchise on Tom Cruise's back isn't a bad idea, but Universal has some awful lofty plans for this interconnected monster universe, which they have officially titled Dark Universe. Now, The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman has given us a window into those larger plans, which apparently includes The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera.

Alex Kurtzman, who, in addition to directing The Mummy is producing the larger Dark Universe movies, recently spoke with Fandom in order to promote the release of the movie this weekend. While talking about some of the future plans for Dark Universe, he revealed that the Hunchback and the Phantom, two characters that had not been previously announced for this monster universe, are in the cards. Here's
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Box Office: The Mummy Headed For $35 Million Domestic Opening As Universal Looks To Strong Performance Overseas

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Industry polling service Nrg has adjusted its forecast for The Mummy – and it’s not looking too good for Universal’s budding franchise-starter.

Pegged to launch on June 9th, the report claims Alex Kurtzman’s fantastical reboot is now headed for a domestic opening in the region of $35 million. It’s a somewhat disconcerting downgrade from Nrg’s original estimation of $38 million, which is a tepid debut for a Tom Cruise-fronted blockbuster in and of itself. When pulled together, it’s enough to leave Universal brass on edge, but THR reports that the studio is now looking to The Mummy‘s performance overseas as a way to offset its lukewarm debut in North America, where it looks set to get trampled by the so-hot-right-now Wonder Woman. Indeed, Patty Jenkins’ tour-de-force – an inspiring, beautifully told origin
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Dark Universe Will Also Include Phantom Of The Opera, Dracula And Hunchback Of Notre Dame

Universal has some very ambitious plans for their monster movies. That was made pretty clear the other week when they finally made the whole thing official by announcing the Dark Universe. Set to be a shared cinematic universe not too different from what we’ve seen with Marvel and DC – except that it involves monsters instead of superheroes – it all kicks off with The Mummy this month and will also include projects like The Invisible Man and Bride of Frankenstein, among many, many others.

And that’s just the start. If this thing’s successful and the films end up performing well at the box office, you can also expect to see characters like the Wolf Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and Van Helsing get their own movies, too. It’s all very exciting, to be sure, and even though analysts are predicting a bit of an underwhelming
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