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Do you know the choreographers behind your favorite Broadway shows? From the early days of the Great White Way to the greatest hits of the past ten years, here are 12 legendary choreographers who have (literally) given shape to Broadway as we know it. Bob AvianA frequent collaborator of Michael Bennett’s, Avian began his career as a dancer in shows like “West Side Story” and “Funny Girl,” and later became a choreographer, producer, and director in his own right. He shared 1976 and 1979 Tony Awards with Bennett for their work on “A Chorus Line” and “Ballroom,” respectively, and was nominated for his solo choreography in “Miss Saigon” (1991) and “Sunset Boulevard” (1994). Michael BennettThis great choreographer debuted on Broadway with (very) short-lived musicals “A Joyful Noise” in 1966 and “Henry, Sweet Henry” in 1967, before hitting it big with the Jerry Orbach-starring “Promises, Promises” in 1968. He partnered with Stephen Sondheim in the early 1970s for “Company” and “Follies, »
Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of "natural causes" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 ("they were greeted with jubilation by the local populace," he would recall in 2012), the 14-year-old Bikel and his family fled to Palestine, at the time a British protectorate. While there, the teenager began acting on stage, »
- Andre Soares
The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 16 and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received the most nominations.
Andy Samberg will host the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20. Fox will broadcast them live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
The nominees are below:
Outstanding Drama Series
“Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Comedy Series
Lead Actor, Drama
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Lead Actress, Drama
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Lead Actor, Limited Series Or Movie
- Variety Staff
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this phenomenal Friday? Ben Affleck battles himself in Batman vs. Daredevil, Conan O'Brien holds auditions for the new Wolverine and Marvel characters get showcased in Espn The Magazine's Body Issue. Plus, McDonald's Minions appear to have a cursing problem and a homemade Jurassic World parody. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Batman vs. Daredevil
When next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters, Ben Affleck joins a rare group of actors who have played both Marvel and DC characters, such as Ryan Reynolds and Tommy Lee Jones, just to name a few. With that in mind, YouTube user Bill Hood has created a slick parody trailer that pits both »
Cinelinx recently had the opportunity to talk with Gregory Tripi about his career composing music for film, television, commercials, and video games. His latest project is the score for the new mystery thriller, Dark Places, based on the Giillian Flynn novel by the same name.
Gregory Tripi has made a name for himself composing and contributing music for a variety of different high-profile entertainment and advertising projects. His credits include the films Drag Me To Hell, Contagion, Drive, Priest, and Spring Breakers, among many others. Gregory's compositions have been featured in national advertisements by Adidas, Lincoln Motor, Miramax Films, Ghost House Pictures, The Coca-Cola Company, and many more. He has been recognized with many awards including the Georges Delerue Film Scoring Award and the Thomas Dolby Production Award, and is the owner of eSonic Productions. Gregory is a frequent collaborator with composer Cliff Martinez.
Gregory created the score for the upcoming film Dark Places. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Fledgling sales company Stray Dogs has sold Indian director Partho Sen-Gupta’s Sunrise, starring Adil Hussein as a detective investigating a series of child abductions over a decade, to Germany’s Rapid Eye.
The Paris-based company, which made its Cannes debut this year, has also sealed deals on Ben and Joshua Safdie’s Heaven Knows What to Japan (Transformer), Mexico (Axolote Distribucion) and ex-Yugoslavia (2i Films).
Company founder Nathan Fischer is also reporting sales on experimental Philippine filmmaker Khavn De La Cruz Ruined Heart to Taiwan (Flash Forward), Japan (Tokyo New Cinema) and the UK (Third Window) and France (Spectrum).
Israeli Noam Kaplan’s Manpower about a police officer, who reassesses his job as an immigration police officer when a controversial new policy is introduced has been picked up for the Us by Menemsha Films. »
The Tuesday episode was delayed a day as Laremy was caught in Dallas over the weekend, but don't fret, we're still here and we have another 67 minute of ear hole glory to deliver including our usual look at the new DVDs and Blu-rays coming out, a rube submission, a new trailer to explore, a couple of your questions, Laremy on TV and a big ol' batch of games. Hope you enjoy. For those that may be wondering, we didn't intend to skip games today, it just happened that way as we started running out of time, but we'll be getting to them all on Friday so get your submissions in! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, »
- Brad Brevet
Release details for Double Take's Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic book series, an update on Alex Garland's Annihilation adaptation, and information on The Night Gardener film are included in our latest round-up.
Press Release -- "On September 16, 2015, Double Take (2T) will release all 10 1st issues of its 1st 10 series of Ultimate Night of the Living Dead. 2T has assembled 10 teams of talented storytellers; each is creating an original series of stories. Each series is interesting, informative and funny in its own way. Together they weave into a common universe. “Originally, we were thinking of trickling out a couple series of every month or so, building up our roster over time,” said 2T Gm Bill Jemas. “Now we’re planning to launch our new universe in one big bang.”
In late March 2015, 2T announced the first three books of the series (Rise, Home and Z-Men) for their September launch. »
- Derek Anderson
John Shannon, Mj Lambert and Ben Geis are session musicians who have played live and on record for artists including Lauryn Hill, Slick Rick, John Mayer and Ben Harper. As rock group theShift, the trio hopes to carve out a lane that is all their own. To Shannon, it's about bringing "danger" back in to their songs and live shows. "We bring danger by not holding back, by keeping songs open to whatever happens -- not in jam way, but by bringing back the guitar solo, by not being afraid to let it go on stage," Shannon told HitFix this week about theShift "experience" of "transcendence. "We're giving it everything we have and really not giving a f*ck what anybody thinks. We want to take the audience on a trip." One unexpected audience Shannon's earned in his years of experience: Louis C.K., and fans who watch his show "Louie. »
- Katie Hasty
It influenced Stephen King's seminal horror novel, The Shining, and was the basis for a 1976 film starring Karen Black and Oliver Reed. Valancourt Books is now paying tribute to one of the most notable haunted house stories ever put to paper with their new edition of Robert Marasco's Burnt Offerings, featuring an introduction by Stephen Graham Jones. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, we have an excerpt from the 1973 horror novel in our latest round-up, along with details on how you can be a volunteer at this year's Stanley Film Festival and a look at images from the Great Lakes-set horror film, The Dark Below, which recently wrapped principal photography.
- Derek Anderson
For those who got to see Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Into the Woods know it’s a magical experience watching Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, and Anna Kendrick bring these fabled characters to life on the big screen.
The film is also a big deal for any Stephen Sondheim fan. The prolific composer -- responsible for Company, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, and other shows -- has been making his mark on musical theater for over 40 years.
And considering the pressure of living up to Sondheim’s legacy and doing his Broadway musical justice, you can’t blame the film’s cast for being stressed -- especially Anna Kendrick, who performed an updated version of “On the Steps of the Palace.”
“It was great and terrifying to be in the recording studio and have Stephen Sondheim knock on the door in between takes and »
Lady Gaga's Sound of Music tribute at the Oscars was not one of Stephen Sondheim's favorite things. The legendary composer — who's known for musicals including Into the Woods, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and Company, among others — told the UK's Times of London recently that he thought the performance was "ridiculous," and not in a good way. Sondheim's partner, Jeff Romley, who is 36 years old to his 84, "would crawl a mile to see" Gaga, he shared with the paper. But the [...] »
The experiment has failed. The Oscars simply don’t work. And no, I’m not just continuing to vent my frustration over Boyhood losing.
For the last six years, The Academy has experimented with a different number of Best Picture nominees, starting with 10, then a variable number between five and 10 based on first place votes.
That experiment could now be coming to an end. The Hollywood Reporter floated the rumor Tuesday that the Academy is seriously considering switching back to five nominees for Best Picture, and that the motion has support with a “significant fraction of the Academy”.
This is speculation at the moment, as the Academy’s Board of Governors isn’t set to meet until March 24. That said, this year’s Oscar ratings were down by 15 percent from last year, despite having one of the year’s biggest box office hits in American Sniper up for Best Picture »
- Brian Welk
It’s been a week since “Parks and Recreation” ended. In my review of the series finale, I said that I put off my usual post-season interview with Mike Schur at the time because he was otherwise occupied. (He did, though, offer an answer of sorts as to the question of who is Potus in the year 2048.) Over the last few days, though, we emailed some questions and answers back and forth on leftover bits of business from the finale and the final season, including the show finally identifying Leslie’s party affiliation, which guest stars Schur didn’t manage to squeeze into the final season, Ron and Leslie’s brief estrangement, the religious background(s) of the all-important Lerpiss family, and more. So if you haven’t tired of Schur after the two-part interview we did before the finale, here’s us talking “Parks” one last time (sigh)… Was »
- Alan Sepinwall
Excuse us if we go out on a limb here, but something tells us the collective brain trust at The Academy is glad this awards season has mercifully come to an end. After an incredibly diverse 86th Academy Awards ceremony, where "12 Years a Slave" took Best Picture, a Mexican filmmaker won Best Director, Lupita Nyong'o earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and John Ridley won Best Adapted Screenplay, the Oscars appeared to take a step back in 2015. It wasn't just that "Selma" was snubbed in a number of major categories. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a historical footnote that will haunt the Academy for years (and, trust, it will be back again if the public wills it). But it had more to do with all white nominees in the acting categories than just "Selma" itself. This also brought to light that it was yet another year without a female nominee in the Best Director category, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Cue up the emotional GIFs, the Parks and Recreation series finale was an emotional roller coaster of big laughs, big guest stars and even bigger heart-twistingly nostalgic moments.
As the Parks crew tackled one last menial mission, fixing a broken swing, we flashed forward to their future lives. Some were pure comedy gold (Jean-Ralphio faking his own death and Craig as a still-manic old man), but mostly this nostalgic trip to the future just made us wish we had seven more seasons with our favorite Pawnee residents.
"When we worked here together, we fought, scratched and clawed to make peoples’ lives a tiny bit better," Leslie told her team in the finale. "What makes work worth doing is getting to do it with people that you love."
News: How to Throw the Ultimate 'Parks and Recreation' Finale Party!
Here's a look at the moments from tonight’s finale that made »
Warning: The following Q&A contains spoilers from Tuesday’s Parks and Recreation series finale.
Let’s do the time warp again.
“We had just done this time jump to get from the end of Season 6 to the beginning of Season 7, so it was sitting right there,” Schur says of the show’s final episode, which consisted of multiple flash-forwards into the lives of the Pawnee gang. “We were like, ‘Well, why don’t we just keep jumping through time? »
The 2015 Oscars are in the books and it's time to take a step back and see what we think of the show and the results as Laremy and I discuss everything from Neil Patrick Harris' performance as host, Eddie Redmayne's win, John Travolta's touchy-feely behavior and a wide variety of reactions from the big show. We also answer your questions and voicemails, play a few games and hey, look! The timeline is back! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and »
- Brad Brevet
Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won the Original Screenplay honor at the recently concluded Writers Guild Awards while Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" took home the Adapted Screenplay trophy. "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swarts" written by Brian Knappenberger won Documentary Screenplay award. The film is not nominated for an Academy award.
Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards:
Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the Writers Guild of America award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for codebreaking thriller “The Imitation Game” won for adapted screenplay.
“Alan Turing is the person for who we made this film,” Moore said in his acceptance speech at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. “It is on the shoulders of his genius that we made this film.”
Anderson, who shares story credit with Hugo Guiness, recalled in his acceptance speech that it was appropriate to receive the award in Century City since he had worked with longtime collaborator Owen Wilson at a nearby motel many years ago.
“I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in,” Anderson added.
- Dave McNary
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