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Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and More Celebrate Tony Bennett's 90th Birthday

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Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and More Celebrate Tony Bennett's 90th Birthday
The stars turned out Wednesday night at New York City's famed Rainbow Room to celebrate the 90th birthday of music legend Tony Bennett. The 19-time Grammy winner's party was filled with some of music's biggest names - from Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder to Bennett's longtime friend and frequent music collaborator Lady Gaga. "I understand a lot of my friends and colleagues are gonna be here so I'm thrilled about it," Bennett told People before the festivities began. "I'm very honored." And honored he was - with superstar performances from Bennett's pals - including Gaga and Wonder, who teamed up
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Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and More Celebrate Tony Bennett's 90th Birthday

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Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and More Celebrate Tony Bennett's 90th Birthday
The stars turned out Wednesday night at New York City's famed Rainbow Room to celebrate the 90th birthday of music legend Tony Bennett. The 19-time Grammy winner's party was filled with some of music's biggest names - from Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder to Bennett's longtime friend and frequent music collaborator Lady Gaga. "I understand a lot of my friends and colleagues are gonna be here so I'm thrilled about it," Bennett told People before the festivities began. "I'm very honored." And honored he was - with superstar performances from Bennett's pals - including Gaga and Wonder, who teamed up
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Lady Gaga, Elton John, Stevie Wonder Top Tony Bennett Tribute Concert

Lady Gaga, Elton John, Stevie Wonder Top Tony Bennett Tribute Concert
Lady Gaga, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Billy Joel will perform with Tony Bennett at a special concert celebrating the crooner's 90th birthday that will air December 20th on NBC, Variety reports.

The all-star lineup for Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come also features Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, k.d. lang and Rufus Wainwright, all of whom will perform with Bennett. The show will also feature appearances from Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Bruce Willis and even Homer Simpson.
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SAG Foundation to Honor Lee Daniels, Megan Ellison, Rob Marshall

SAG Foundation to Honor Lee Daniels, Megan Ellison, Rob Marshall
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation will honor Lee Daniels, Megan Ellison and Rob Marshall with its first Patron of the Artists Awards.

The foundation will award the trio at its 30th anniversary celebration on Nov. 5 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

“This year, the SAG Foundation celebrates 30 years of giving back to the community, and our three Patron of the Artists Award recipients are class acts known for generously contributing to a world-wide community of artists,” said SAG Foundation President JoBeth Williams.

“Each has discovered, nurtured and propelled creative talent both in front and behind the camera — Lee for diversity in storytelling and casting, Megan as a next generation patron for auteur filmmakers and Rob for reviving the musical genre and giving actors opportunities to showcase different talents.”

The nonprofit foundation has previously announced Leonardo DiCaprio will receive the Actors Inspiration Award at the event.
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Casting Society to honor 'Into the Woods' director Rob Marshall at Artios Awards

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Casting Society to honor 'Into the Woods' director Rob Marshall at Artios Awards
While the Oscars have yet to make room for casting directors — a pivotal part of the Best Picture equation — the oversight isn't stopping the Casting Society of America from readying its third decade of picking up the Academy's slack. Csa announced Monday morning that the 30th Annual Artios Awards will honor Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Rob Marshall and Emmy Award-winning casting director Ellen Lewis for their individual work in the world of casting. The news arrives with nominations in categories of television, theater, new media and short film, and on the heels of the ceremony's move from November to Jan. 22, the thick of the awards season. Feature film nominations will be announced closer to the show date. Marshall, whose adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" bows Dec. 25, will receive the New York Apple Award, "recognizing individuals who have made special contributions to the New York entertainment
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Will Kirstie Alley be Emmy good luck charm for 'Dancing With the Stars'?

Will Kirstie Alley be Emmy good luck charm for 'Dancing With the Stars'?
Kirstie Alley and the choreographers of "Dancing With the Stars" have something in common -- they have each contended for eight Emmy Awards. However, while Kirstie Alley took home Best Comedy Actress for "Cheers" in 1992 and Best TV Movie/Mini Actress for "David's Mother" in 1994, the dance designers have never waltzed off with an Emmy. In 2006 -- its first year of eligiblity -- "Dancing With the Stars" earned three bids for Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani and Nick Kosovich but they were all bested by the team of Charles Kaplow, Kenny Ortega and Bonnie Story who choreographed "High School Musical." In 2007, there was a three-way tie as both Mia Michaels and Wade Robson won for separate routines on "So You Think You Can Dance" while John DeLuca and Rob Marshall prevailed for "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" leaving Louis van Amstel of "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. In 2008, Wade R.
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Composer A.R. Rahman Interview 127 Hours

For his new drama-thriller, 127 Hours, director Danny Boyle re-teams with innovative Indian film composer A.R. Rahman who won two Academy Awards for his work on Slumdog Millionaire. Rahman has created an awesome score to convey the 127-hour ordeal of American mountaineer Aron Ralston when his arm is pinned by a boulder deep inside a Utah canyon and he must resort to desperate measures in order to survive.

We sat down for a round table interview with Rahman to talk about his new film. He told us about his collaboration with Danny Boyle, why he chose a personal and intimate score with Western influences to help bring to life the director’s unique vision, and how much he enjoyed once again being part of the Oscar-winning team behind Slumdog Millionaire. Rahman also liked our suggestion that he consider working with Ryan Murphy on a Bollywood version of Glee. Hit the jump
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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ – Plot revealed

To celebrate the beginning of production (in Hawaii no less) on the latest entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides, Disney have released a statement. Whilst the majority of it is merely back slapping praise and the usual cast and crew breakdown, the statement does officially reveal the films plot:

In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love–or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

The statement
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Plot Details Emerge

New details on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Production has commenced on location in Hawaii, the United Kingdom and Los Angeles on Walt Disney Pictures' and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' sweeping comedy adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago), the fourth entry in the blockbuster franchise which has already reaped $2.7 billion in worldwide box office from the previous three films, and the first to be filmed and presented in Disney Digital 3D(Tm). Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, newly joined by Academy Award winner Pen&#233lope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Rob Marshall's "Nine"), Ian McShane (HBO's Deadwood) and newcomers Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Sam Claflin. Also rejoining Johnny Depp and Captain Jack are Academy Award-winner and three-time nominee Geoffrey Rush (Shakespeare in Love) and Kevin McNally (first three Pirates of the Caribbean films,
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Can Evan Lysacek win 'Dancing With the Stars' that elusive choreography Emmy?

Can Evan Lysacek win 'Dancing With the Stars' that elusive choreography Emmy?
The "Dancing With the Stars" lineup for season 10 includes newly crowned Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek. Three other Olympic champs have waltzed off with the top prize on this reality show -- speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno (season 4), figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (season 6) and gymnast Shawn Johnson (season 8). But none of their Olympic gold rubbed off on the show, which has failed to win the Emmy Award for choreography for four years running.

In 2006, "Dancing With the Stars" had three nominations in the choreography category but lost to "High School Musical." In 2007, there was a three-way tie as "So You Think You Can Dance" took two Emmys and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" also won, leaving "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. And in both 2008 and 2009, "So You Think You Can Dance" repeated, albeit with just one win each time and sharing the most recent victory with the 81st annual Academy Awards.
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'The Sopranos' Win & Lose Big at Emmys

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'The Sopranos' Win & Lose Big at Emmys
The Sopranos, miniseries Broken Trail, Tony Bennett and Prime Suspect shared the glory at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night, claiming three honors apiece. But, as well as being among the big winners, mobster drama The Sopranos was also the ceremony's big loser - despite making history as the Emmys' most nominated show, its cast members were overlooked in all the individual acting categories. Even Boston Legal star James Spader was stunned when he beat The Sopranos' James Gandolfini for the Best Actor prize. He said, "Oh my goodness, I feel like I just stole a pile of money from the Mob - and they're all sitting right over there." Instead, the show, which ended in America in May, claimed the Outstanding Drama Series prize and awards for writing and directing. In his send-off speech, the show's creator David Chase joked, "Let's face it, if the world and this nation was run by gangsters... Maybe it is!" Tony Bennett's hits show, Tony Bennett: An American Classic, claimed the night's Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special prize, while Rob Marshall was named Outstanding Director for the special and Bennett himself took home the Outstanding Individual Performance honor. Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church won acting prizes for acclaimed western Broken Trail, which also claimed the night's Outstanding Miniseries award. And Oscar winner Helen Mirren added to her 2007 trophies when she claimed an Outstanding Lead Actress honor for Prime Suspect: The Final Act. The British police drama also picked up directing and writing awards. Ugly Betty star America Ferrera was by far the night's most popular individual winner - a huge roar went up at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles when she was named Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.

'Wounded Knee' tops Creative Emmys

The HBO movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee topped the winners list Saturday at the 58th annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards, taking home five statues including makeup, picture editing, sound mixing and editing and cinematography.

HBO also was dominant during the ceremony, which took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The premium cable network received a total of 15 Emmys, followed by NBC with 12 and CBS with nine.

Discovery Channel's Planet Earth and NBC's Tony Bennett: An American Classic followed with four wins apiece.

Regarding the Emmy recognition for Bury, executive producer Dick Wolf said after the show: "I'm both honored and humbled by the academy's recognition of 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.' This project has been both a labor of love and a labor of conscience for everyone who worked on it. I thank the incredible team of professionals who made the dream a reality."

Overall, Bury is this year's most-nominated program, with a total of 17 Emmy noms.

Elaine Stritch provided one of the night's highlights with her acceptance speech for her win as best guest actress in a comedy series for her role on NBC's 30 Rock.

"I think it's kind of obvious how long I've been this profession," said Stritch, who was carrying a walking cane after having recently broken her foot. "And I can't get over that I still feel the way I do, it's un-fucking-believable," the three-time Emmy winner said to applause from the audience.

"I'm a recovering alcoholic, a riddled diabetic and I've got laryngitis," Stritch added, "but I just won an Emmy."

Leslie Caron won her first Emmy for her guest role in NBC's drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

"In 1951, I was named most promising newcomer; I'm glad I finally realized my potential," quipped the actress, who made her debut in the film An American in Paris.

"It was enormously thrilling to play this part," she added. "I've done many musicals and comedies, and this part had real drama in it and real humanity."

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