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Oscars 2019: Walt Disney Studios hoping to make magic with ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ ‘Black Panther’

Last year, Walt Disney Studios reaped a pair of Oscar bids for the the smash hit live-action version of one of its most lauded cartoons, the 1991 Best Picture nominee “Beauty and the Beast.” This year, it has both the long-awaited sequel to “Mary Poppins” and the most successful entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Panther.”

In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Emily Blunt takes on the role that won Julie Andrews an Oscar more than half a century ago. In this follow-up, Poppins’ original charges, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer), are now grown up. Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), live in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. Dick Van Dyke, who was both chimney sweep Bert and bank president Mr. Dawes Sr. in the original film, returns to play Dawes, Jr. in this version with Oscar winner Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) in
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Denise Richards Joins Will Rogers Institute's 2018 Theatrical PSA Campaign

The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation (Wrmppf), the operating organization for the Will Rogers Institute, announced today that actress Denise Richards has joined their longtime summer theatrical PSA campaign.

Denise Richards Joins Will Rogers Institute's 2018 Theatrical PSA Campaign

The fundraising campaign, which plays in movie theaters nationwide, is a time-honored tradition that began in 1936 and featured James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and Bette Davis in the first public service announcement.

The Will Rogers name will be familiar to moviegoers. For more than 80 years, movie theaters have honored Will Rogers’ legacy by raising money in their theaters. Since the 1930’s the Will Rogers Institute has funded pulmonary causes from rehab to research as well as training for doctors to fight lung disease. Brave Beginnings is a program that evolved out of Wri and is now a primary focus for the organization. Participating theater chains for the 2017 campaign benefiting Brave Beginnings included AMC Theatres,
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Exclusive Photo: TV Icon Carol Burnett at the Chicago Theatre

Chicago – She’s so glad we had this time together. Carol Burnett, who practically is the history of show business in one career, recently appeared at the Chicago Theatre with her show “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection,” which was a career overview and audience Q&A… just like she had done on her classic TV show.

Carol Creighton Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas, but eventually moved to Hollywood to be raised by her grandmother when her parents separated. She graduated from Hollywood High School, and went to college at UCLA, studying to be a playwright but also loving to perform. She left college her junior year to move to New York City, and a year later put on a revue show from the actor’s boarding house where she was staying, which launched her professional career.

Carol Burnett at the Chicago Theatre, June 12th, 2018

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Apparently, Kid Rock's Real Name Is Bob and Now We Can't Stop LOLing

When you're a rock star, having a generic, run-of-the-mill name just isn't gonna cut it. After all, Ringo Starr sounds much cooler than Richard Starkey and Cardi B is far more badass than Belcalis Almanzar. Actually, that's dope too. Point is, if you're trying to make it in the music biz, you're gonna have to stand out — and for Kid Rock, Bob Ritchie was just too darn dull. During Cardi's Howard Stern interview last month, the radio show host casually — and quite randomly — mentioned the 47-year-old's moniker, so we decided to do some digging into the meaning behind it. Apparently, he hates it. So that's #awk. In an interview with Esquire back in 2011, Kid, er, Rock? said he regrets selecting his alter-ego. "It's the worst name in the world. The only person that had a dumber name than me was the Fresh Prince," he said of Will Smith's character
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Fran Drescher Reflects on the Early Days of 'The Nanny' (Exclusive)

Actress Fran Drescher still remembers the moment she came up with the concept for The Nanny. She was in London visiting Twiggy, her former co-star in the short-lived 1991 sitcom Princesses, and "in a very proper accent, Twiggy’s daughter said, 'Oh, Fran, my new shoes are hurting me,'" the star told Closer during her recent visit to Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family. "I said, 'Oh, honey, step on the backs of them. It breaks them in.'" The contrast between a streetsmart girl from Queens, NY, and a stiff-upper-lip Brit inspired Fran’s relationship with Mr. Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy) on The Nanny. While in London, the actress called her then-husband, producer Peter Jacobson, and said, "What do you think about a spin on The Sound of Music, only instead of Julie Andrews, I come to the door?" Fran, 60, remembers. "In a heartbeat, he said, 'That’s it!'" (Photo Credit: Getty Images) CBS agreed,
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Watch Meghan Markle Avoid a Very Awkward Moment With the Queen Before Getting Into the Car

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Meghan Markle is jumping right into her royal duties since reportedly returning from her honeymoon with Prince Harry last week. On Thursday, the newly titled Duchess of Sussex had her first one-on-one outing with Queen Elizabeth II, where the two were as poised as ever for engagements in Cheshire. It's no secret Meghan is still learning all the ins and outs of royal etiquette, such as when to curtsy to the queen and all the different people she has to curtsy to, but during her first royal engagement without Prince Harry by her side, it looked like she still had some questions.

As the duo walked to get into the queen's Bentley, Meghan paused to ask the staff standing nearby if she should scoot in first - a royal dilemma. She then asked the queen, "What's your preference?" and it appeared that the queen told
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See Dorky Josh Groban and ‘Dad’ Tony Danza in First Look at Netflix’s ‘The Good Cop’ (Video)

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Sunday was all about the Tonys — and we’re not talking about Broadway’s biggest night.

Netflix dropped the first look at Josh Groban and Tony Danza’s upcoming one-hour dramedy “The Good Cop” tonight, just as the former was hosting the 72nd annual Tony Awards with fellow singer Sara Bareilles.

In the teaser, which reveals the 10-episode first season will be released on September 21, Groban and Danza are a father and son who couldn’t be more different, except for the fact they are both cops named Tony.

Also Read: How to Watch the 2018 Tony Awards Online (Livestream)

Groban (Tony Jr.) does his very best to look like a complete dork with matted down hair and glasses, while sitting next to Danza (Tony Sr.), the portrait of cool, on a couch. It’s very clear there are more than a few issues here that need to be worked out.
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Tony Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List, From ‘The Band’s Visit’ to ‘Harry Potter’

Tony Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List, From ‘The Band’s Visit’ to ‘Harry Potter’
“The Band’s Visit” emerged as the big winner at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, winning 10 prizes, including Best Musical.

The show, based on a 2007 movie about an Egyptian band that mistakenly finds itself in an isolated village in Israel, also earned prizes for its lead performers, “Monk” star Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, as well as supporting player Itamar Moses.

Director David Cromer, composer David Yazbek, book writer Itamar Moses were recognized in addition to the show’s orchestrations, sound and lighting design.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the two-part drama that extended J.K. Rowling’s beloved wizard franchise to Broadway, won six awards, including Best Play. The hit show, which broke the record in its London run by winning nine Olivier Awards, also won prizes for director John Tiffany, as well as for scenic, costume, lighting and sound design.

Also Read: All 12 Egot Winners, From Audrey Hepburn
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Lauren Ambrose could break ‘My Fair Lady’ Tony Awards curse

Lauren Ambrose could break ‘My Fair Lady’ Tony Awards curse
The current revival of “My Fair Lady” marks the fifth time that this “perfect” musical has graced the Great White Way. Emmy nominee Lauren Ambrose of “Six Feet Under” makes her Broadway musical theater debut as Eliza Doolitle, the Cockney flower girl who is turned into a society lady by Professor Henry Higgins. She is a strong contender to win at Sunday’s Tony Awards and, in so doing, would be the first actress to take home Broadway’s highest honor for one of the best roles in musical theater.

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Julie Andrews created the role in the original 1956 production of the Lerner and Loewe musical. Though the show won six Tony Awards Andrews lost to Judy Holliday for “Bells are Ringing.” Among the wins for “My Fair Lady” were Best Musical and Actor (Rex Harrison) as well as director,
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Anne Hathaway movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘The Princess Diaries,’ ‘Brokeback Mountain’

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Anne Hathaway movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘The Princess Diaries,’ ‘Brokeback Mountain’
Anne Hathaway stars in the 2018 film “Ocean’s 8,” a female reboot of the “Ocean’s 11” films with George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. The new version includes an all-star cast featuring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling and Rihanna.

Stardom came quickly for Hathaway when she first began her career. After one season on an unsuccessful sitcom, Hathaway found herself cast as the star of Garry Marshall’s film “The Princess Diaries.” It was kind of a case of art imitating life since in the film a young high school girl finds out she is really a princess and is launched into the public eye. The same thing pretty much happened to Hathaway. The acting bug though wesent in her system since after all she was named after the wife of William Shakespeare and her mother was a former actress who gave up her career to raise a family.
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Julie Andrews May Have Lost Her Singing Voice but Her Health Is Still in Great Shape

When it comes to Julie Andrews' health, she knows better than anyone that just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. The 82-year-old singer and actress — known for her timeless roles in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and of course, her illustrious Broadway career — has been outspoken about her health ever since undergoing vocal chord surgery in 1997. When she awoke from the surgery — the goal of which was to remove noncanerous nodules from her vocal chords — her gorgeous singing voice was all but destroyed. "If it had happened earlier, it would have been really devastating," she once told People of her trauma. "As it was, it was devastating." Julie posing with Ken Berry. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) "I thought at the time [of the surgery], my voice was what I am. But it seems it's not all that I am," the actress, who went on to star and sing
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2018 Tony Awards predictions: Michael Musto vs. Susan Haskins vs. Tom O’Neil [Video & Podcast]

2018 Tony Awards predictions: Michael Musto vs. Susan Haskins vs. Tom O’Neil [Video & Podcast]
“Nothing’s going to compete against ‘The Band’s Visit,’” Michael Musto roars when we size up the Tony Awards race for Best Musical during our webcam chat with Susan Haskins (Theater Talk). Watch above or listen to the audio podcast below.

Michael is right, according to the predictions of all 12 Experts, who give “The Band’s Visit” 1/20 odds to prevail over “Mean Girls” (40/1), “SpongeBob SquarePants” (40/1) and “Frozen” (80/1). See latest odds in all categories.

However, there is fierce disagreement among the Experts in the race for Best Actor in a Musical. Three strong contenders battle for the lead. Susan and I pick Joshua Henry for his big, powerhouse turn in “Carousel,” but Michael opts for Tony Shaloub (“The Band’s Visit”) while warning that many other pundits are picking Ethan Slater (“SpongeBob SquarePants”).

“I think the smart money is on Ethan Slater, but I’m going with Shaloub,” Michael says.
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Meghan Markle Will Reportedly Undergo Six Months of "Duchess Lessons" After Royal Wedding

In a plot twist that’s straight out of The Princess Diaries, it seems that Meghan Markle's next six months will be very busy! Following the royal wedding, Meghan's calendar has reportedly been filled with half a year's worth of "Duchess lessons," led by one of Queen Elizabeth's most trusted advisors. Cue visions of a poised Julie Andrews-type imparting royal wisdom in a cut-glass British accent while Meghan falls backwards off chairs and learns how to execute the perfect royal wave. In reality, the "lessons" themselves will be more than just learning the correct fork to use at state banquets. According to the Daily Mail, they'll involve "six months of listening." The outlet reported that the new Duchess of Sussex is "seeking out advice from a range of people" about her new royal role, and is "going to proceed with humility." She'll be guided by Samantha Cohen, the Queen's departing assistant private secretary,
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Inside Jack Osbourne's Divorce: See the New Woman He Was Just Caught With (Exclusive)

Dunzo! Jack Osbourne's marriage to Lisa Stelly is over. She filed for divorce on May 18, and now In Touch is exclusively reporting that Jack, 32, cheated on Lisa, 31, with Kayti Edwards, who is Julie Andrews' granddaughter. Jack and Kayti were friends years ago and recently reconnected. In Touch obtained an exclusive photo of the pair outside a hotel in La on April 11 (pictured below). "It was the Courtyard by Marriott," an eyewitness tells In Touch. "Jack seemed nervous and was looking around a lot." (Photo Credit: Backgrid) According to a source, Jack and Lisa, who were married for six years and share three daughters, have been fighting a lot in the months leading up to the split. Kayti’s rep declined to comment, while Jack's rep denied the story. More from In Touch See What Your Favorite Reality Stars From the Early 2000s Are up to Today! Get to
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Who Needs a Tony to Reach Egot?

Who Needs a Tony to Reach Egot?
Only a dozen people have won the awards grand slam known as the Egot. They are (in chronological order of achievement) composer Richard Rodgers, actress Helen Hayes, actress Rita Moreno, actor John Gielgud, actress Audrey Hepburn, composer Marvin Hamlisch, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, writer/director/composer Mel Brooks, director Mike Nichols, actress Whoopi Goldberg, producer Scott Rudin, and composer Robert Lopez.

There are a total of 19 people who have won a combination of the Emmy, Oscar, and Grammy without a Tony Award. The 15 living people are featured in this photo gallery because they could still achieve the Egot. They are actress Julie Andrews, composer Burt Bacharach, composer Alan Bergman, composer Marilyn Bergman, actress Cher, composer Michael Giacchino, producer Brian Grazer, producer/director Ron Howard, director James Moll, composer Randy Newman, composer Sid Ramin, director/producer Martin Scorsese, actress Barbra Streisand, composer John Williams, and actress Kate Winslet. Please note that Streisand
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Carol Burnett on Feeling ‘Gobsmacked’ Over Her Second Peabody Award

Carol Burnett on Feeling ‘Gobsmacked’ Over Her Second Peabody Award
No matter how many awards she’s won, Carol Burnett still gets excited by them — even when she’s on her second round. Although Burnett won her first Peabody in 1962, she says receiving the inaugural Career Achievement Award this year, has her “as my friend Julie Andrews would say, ‘gobsmacked.’”

Her first prize came shortly after Burnett burst on the scene on “The Garry Moore Show.” Moore taught her about sharing the spotlight, she says. At table reads, he gave the best lines to whoever got the biggest laugh.

It was a habit she kept for her 11-year run.

“Everybody got a chance to shine,
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The Sound of Music review – the hills are still alive with joyous energy

No one – apart from its star Christopher Plummer – is immune to the evergreen charms of the blockbuster musical about seven singing children and their nanny Julie Andrews

The Sound of Music is now rereleased in cinemas and now almost everyone – certainly me – has surrendered to the radioactive dairy cream of its power. Unlike with Abba, though, that conquest is not entirely complete. There is one person who still reportedly holds out against The Sound of Music and that is the 88-year-old Christopher Plummer, the actor who played Baron Von Trapp, and who has called the film “awful and sentimental and gooey”. I agree with the third adjective and a little with the second. The title is so familiar it’s possible to overlook its existentially pedantic weirdness.

Related: How The Sound of Music led the way for the critic-proof hit musical
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How The Sound of Music led the way for the critic-proof hit musical

It was dismissed as a ‘sugar-coated lie’ by Pauline Kael – but The Sound of Music’s enduring success suggests audiences enjoy being manipulated. Just look at Mamma Mia!

The cinemas are alive with The Sound of Music once more as the classic musical returns to the big screen. With five Oscars under its belt, legions of devoted fans including those prone to dressing up and singing along, and having taken so much box-office cash that it is in the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time, The Sound of Music is comfortably, and indisputably, a resounding hit. Take a bow, Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Rodgers and Hammerstein, director Robert Wise, all the warbling Von Trapp children and even that saucy, if wooden, yodelling goatherd – you created a movie that is inordinately beloved. However, the question many word-perfect fans may not want to ask is this: is The Sound of Music actually any good?
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Lisa Immordino Vreeland‬ presented ‪Love, Cecil‬ at Sotheby's in New York Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

On a stormy spring Saturday night, Art Agency, Partners and Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber hosted a reception and preview screening of Love, Cecil at Sotheby's in New York.

Lisa Immordino Vreeland, the director of Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, presented her documentary on Cecil Beaton narrated by Rupert Everett and edited by Bernadine Colish (Absolute Wilson).

Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - Coco on Broadway, costumes by Cecil Beaton Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Through on-camera interviews with David Hockney, Leslie Caron, Isaac Mizrahi, Hamish Bowles, Manolo Blahnik, David Bailey and Penelope Tree, and terrific archival footage, including an exchange between Truman Capote and Diana Vreeland on their take on Cecil Beaton, we
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Nelson Aspen Bringing "Just in Time" to Hollywood on June 21

Veteran entertainment personality and author Nelson Aspen returns to Hollywood with his all new cabaret show, "Just in Time," at the showroom at Au Lac, Bar Fedora. One night only, Thursday June 21.

Known to millions of international TV fans as their "One Degree of Separation" from Hollywood's A-list, Aspen returns to the cabaret stage after sold out runs in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and around Australia including the world-famous Sydney Opera House. "Just in Time," featuring musical director Mitchell Kaplan and his band as well as a surprise guest stars, traces Aspen's musical path through various genres as he carved out his unique niche in the showbiz community.

With humor and expert storytelling skills, Aspen shares songs and stories everyone will recognize from their own pop culture experiences. "Just in Time" follows up his popular "Full Circle" show from 2015/16, which included appearances by Anita Gillette, Shelly Burch, Deven Green,
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