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As ‘Cats’ Starts Production, Downtown Lands Admin Deal for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music (Exclusive)

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Downtown Music Publishing has entered into a multi-year publishing administration deal with Faber Music, which represents the musical repertoire from “Cats,” the beloved and long-running Broadway sensation currently being turned into a feature film starring Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Idris Elba and Judi Dench, among others. The Universal picture, directed by Tom Hooper, recently started production and is slated for release in Dec. 2019.

Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the music of “Cats” is rooted in the poetry collection “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot. The stage show’s Broadway and London runs both broke records with the U.K. production launching in 1981 and in New York the following year. The former ran for 21 years and the latter nearly as long, winning seven Tony Awards.

Downtown’s deal with Faber, which includes royalty collection and marketing, covers the U.S. and Canada.

“We’ve chosen
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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 1970s, including ‘Theme from ‘Shaft,’ ‘The Morning After’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 1970s, including ‘Theme from ‘Shaft,’ ‘The Morning After’
This article marks Part 11 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1970 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“Whistling Away the Dark” from “Darling Lili

“For All We Know” from “Lovers and Other Strangers

“‘Til Love Touches Your Life” from “Madron”

“Pieces of Dreams” from “Pieces of Dreams”

“Thank You Very Much” from “Scrooge

Won: “For All We Know” from “Lovers and Other Strangers

Should’ve won: “Whistling Away the Dark” from “Darling Lili

1970, the year voters embraced monumental pictures including “Patton” and “Mash” and far lesser efforts like “Airport” and “Love Story,” marked a comparably mixed bag in Best Original Song, sporting a truly grand Julie Andrews tune and respectable winner in “For All We Know,
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Joan Collins Reveals Her Biggest Career Regret (It Could Have Won Her an Oscar!)

It was the one that got away. "In 1960, I was offered a [movie] called Sons and Lovers, with Dean Stockwell," Joan Collins recently recalled to Town & Country. "I wanted to do it, and I don't think it was bad. However, I was living with and engaged to a young actor called Warren Beatty, who said, 'This is absolute crap.' So I turned it down." She soon came to regret that decision. "Mary Ure did it and was nominated for an Oscar," Joan said. "At that time I was more influenced by men." That didn't last long, though. "Everybody said to me, 'You'll be through by the time you're 24,'" Joan, 85 — who has just been cast opposite Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Apocalypse, the next season of FX's Emmy-winning hit — shared. Joan and Warren in 1959. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) "My father, all these guys in Hollywood... over and over again,
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Exclusive Photo: Happy Birthday to Movie & TV Icon Joan Collins

Chicago – The ageless Joan Collins is probably best known for the prime time soap opera “Dynasty,” which ran from 1981 to 1989, but she is also a throwback to the last of the old studio system in Hollywood, when she was signed to a contract with 20th Century Fox in 1955. For her latest act, she will appear in the upcoming eighth season of FX Channel’s “American Horror Story.” Her birthday, May 23rd, is today.

Dame Joan Henrietta Collins was born in Paddington, London, and received her early performance education at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She was 17 years old when she signed with the J. Arthur Rank Film Company in Britain, and made her debut in “Lady Godiva Rides Again” (1951). She rose quickly through the British system, eventually receiving top billing in “Our Girl Friday” (1953). Hollywood came knocking shortly thereafter, as took a role in director Howard Hawks’ “Land of
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The original Doctor Dolittle returns to Cineplex theatres this month!

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The original Doctor Dolittle returns to Cineplex theatres this month!The original Doctor Dolittle returns to Cineplex theatres this month!Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine2/14/2018 9:31:00 Am

Hollywood pros know working with animals is hard, but that didn’t stop 20th Century Fox from going ahead with Doctor Dolittle(1967), a big-budget musical that turned out to be a colossal headache.

Rex Harrison stars as a doctor who administers aid to animals (he can speak 498 animal languages) and goes in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail. More than 1,200 live animals were used during filming, and the creatures regularly bit the film’s stars, including Harrison, Samantha Eggers and Anthony Newley. Squirrels gnawed at the sets, which stank of ammonia used to clean up animal waste, and the multiple takes needed while working with the animals meant the film took an entire year just to shoot.

Today, Hollywood simply creates
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Joan Collins Calls Son’s Claim That Late Husband Anthony Newley Was A Pedophile ‘Categorically Not True’

Joan Collins is pushing back against claims made by her son Sacha Newley that his father and her late husband Anthony Newley was a pedophile. Appearing on “Good Morning Britain” the 84-year-old actress said, “Never in a million years would I have been married to somebody like that,” adding, “I haven’t been married to him for 40-something […]
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Joan Collins Slams Her Son’s Claim That Her Late Husband Anthony Newley Was a Pedophile

Joan Collins Slams Her Son’s Claim That Her Late Husband Anthony Newley Was a Pedophile
Joan Collins is refuting claims made by her son Sacha Newley that her ex-husband (and Sacha’s father) Anthony Newley was allegedly a pedophile.

“Never in a million years would I have been married to somebody like that,” Collins, 84, told Good Morning Britain of the late actor and singer-songwriter, whom she was was married to from 1963 to 1970 and had two children (Sacha and daughter Tara Newley).

“Categorically, I can say that it is not true, that I never saw any of that kind of behavior from Anthony,” she added, explaining that the claims have been “very” stressful for her.

Sacha,
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15 Electrifying Musical Performances from Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark

15 Electrifying Musical Performances from Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark
It’s difficult to find an aspect of popular culture that Hugh Hefner didn’t influence during his long, remarkable life. Spanning journalism, television, film, fashion and, of course, sexuality, his impact on music is one of the least heralded aspects of his legacy. Over the course of two seasons, Hefner used his weekly syndicated variety show, Playboy After Dark, as a platform for a broad spectrum of artists.

Psychedelic sounds from San Fransisco (courtesy of the Grateful Dead), early heavy metal (provided by Deep Purple), country-tinged balladeers (thanks to Linda Ronstadt and the Byrds) and old-school crooners (like the
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The Battle of the River Plate

Powell & Pressburger’s big-scale historical epic is perhaps the best show ever about an old-school naval encounter between battleships. The first half depicts the showdown between England and Germany in the South Atlantic, and the second half a tense diplomatic game in the neutral country of Uruguay. Peter Finch, Bernard Lee and Anthony Quayle shine as sea captains.

Panzerschiff Graf Spee (The Battle of the River Plate)

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ITV Studios Home Entertainment (Germany)

1956 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 119, 106 117 min./ Pursuit of the Graf Spee / Street Date 2010 / Available from Amazon UK £16.90

Starring: Peter Finch, Bernard Lee, Anthony Quayle, John Gregson, Ian Hunter, Jack Gwillim, Lionel Murton, Anthony Bushell, Peter Illing, Michael Goodliffe, Patrick Macnee, Christopher Lee.

Cinematography: Christopher Challis

Production Design: Arthur Lawson

Film Editor: Reginald Mills

Original Music: Brian Easdale

Written, Produced & Directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressberger

The best way so far to see the impressive The Battle of the River Plate
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DVD Review – The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)

The Small World Of Sammy Lee, 1963.

Directed by Ken Hughes.

Starring Anthony Newley, Julia Foster and Robert Stephens.

Synopsis:

The compère of a seedy strip club struggles to keep one step ahead of the bookies to whom he owes money.

Before video came along, the only way to see a film was at the cinema or on TV. As such as soon as the dawn of home release (with VHS evolving into DVD’s, and now Blu-ray) came, there was an entire history of film to catch up on in terms of releasing. The more iconic films would take precedent, or the box office success. Or some older films could be caught in a mire of rights issues due to folded companies or sold rights. British cinema boomed in the 60’s, yet finding available releases of some lost nuggets of gold can be tough and good releases even more difficult.
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The great lost London beat thriller: why to watch The Small World of Sammy Lee

Ken Hughes’ beat-influenced portrait of 1960s London life was forgotten for years, but has just been restored. Full of weaselly charm, low-rent hipness and rare depictions of Jewish family life, it is well worth rediscovering

There’s lots to like about The Small World of Sammy Lee: Anthony Newley’s weaselly charm in the title role; the seedy 1960s Soho streets; the Night-and-the-City flourishes; the rare glimpse of the bickering family life of British Jews; the haunting soundtrack. Having lurked for several decades in the shadows of British cinema, the 1963 film is finally emerging into the sunlight of 4K restoration, festival screenings and Blu-ray release.

It’s a genuine curiosity: the last knockings of black-and-white, beat-influenced hipster cinema before a tide of gaudily-coloured, new wave-inspired, pop art films. Ken Hughes, its director, reached back to the prewar working-class bohemianism so perfectly captured by Graham Greene and Gerald Kersh.

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Anthony Newley in clip from 1960s British thriller The Small World of Sammy Lee – video

Set in the grimy streets of early-60s Soho, The Small World of Sammy Lee is a lost gem of British cinema. Starring Anthony Newley as a strip-club compere who owes a large amount of money to a local villain, it was written and directed by Ken Hughes (best known for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and was photographed by the renowned Wolfgang Suschitzky. It also features a host of recognisable faces in smaller roles, including Steptoe’s Wilfrid Brambell, The Rag Trade’s Miriam Karlin, and Till Death Us Do Part’s Warren Mitchell.

The Small World of Sammy Lee is released on Blu-ray on 14 November

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Mindy Newell: Letting In The Light

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“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of Pure imagination. Take a look and you’ll see into your imagination. We’ll begin with a spin, traveling in the world of my creation.

“What we’ll see will defy explanation. If you want to view paradise simply look around and view it. Anything you want to, do it.

“Wanta change the world? There’s nothing to it. There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination.

“Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.”

Pure Imagination”• Written by Leslie Bricuse and Anthony Newley • Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, sung by Gene Wilder

But I ramble, to turn a phrase…

It’s a tough thing, dealing with depression. It’s a selfish disease, one whose main symptom is that it makes the whole world all about you.

Turn on the television,
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Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory Back on the Big Screen June 26th and 29th

“So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.”

Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three and visit a world of pure imagination on the silver screen this June as Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory returns to cinemas for two special days, 45 years after it first astonished audiences as part of the Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series.

Starring Gene Wilder as famed candy man Willy Wonka, the film transformed Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory into a motion-picture classic with dreamy landscapes, cleverly choreographed musical numbers and indelible performances.

This delicious cinematic confection includes all-new commentary from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz both before and after the feature. As the Golden Ticket itself says, “do not be late,” because there will be four screenings only — two each day, on June 26 and June 29 at 2pm and 7pm.
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The Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Musical Is Headed to Broadway!

Here’s another excuse for me to take a trip to New York in the near future. A Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical is headed to Broadway! The musical has already had success in London with director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Specter), but now Americans will have the opportunity to get their Golden Ticket to see it.

The play is being produced by Warner Bros. Theater Ventures and will start in the spring of 2017. It is based on Roald Dahl’s best-selling novel and also draws inspiration from the classic 1977 movie. This version of the show will not be directed by Mendes, instead, it will be directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Henry IV). Mendes said in a statement to EW:

“I loved directing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I’m really proud it’s having such great run at Drury Lane. But I knew
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Blu-ray Review: The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector’s Edition

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Every so often, a film gets made that is so singularly baffling, so misguided and so wrongheaded that it is a kind of terrible miracle—something that should not be and yet is. The Garbage Pail Kids Movie is exactly that kind of film.

On paper, it makes sense: a studio sees the success of the wildly popular line of Topps trading cards during the mid-’80s and determines a movie is there. The rights were snatched up by the Atlantic Entertainment Group and co-writer/director Rod Amateau was hired to bring the Garbage Pail Kids to the screen. Legendary effects man and sometimes director John Carl Buechler designed animatronic heads to be worn by little people actors and about $1 million was spent to make what would become The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, now widely regarded as one of the worst movies ever made. It’s now available in high-def
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Contest: Win The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

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"Out of the garbage pail and into your heart!" The little troublemakers from outer space get the Blu-ray treatment from Scream Factory on Tuesday, and ahead of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector's Edition high-definition release, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector's Edition.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Garbage Pail Kids Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on December 11th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "Based on the wildly popular trading cards,
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Blu-ray Clips: The Garbage Pail Kids Movie and Women’S Prison Massacre

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A trashcan from space that's brimming with troublemakers and a life-or-death jailbreak are both coming to Blu-ray next Tuesday from Scream Factory. Ahead of the December 8th Blu-ray releases of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector's Edition and Women’s Prison Massacre, we have high-definition clips from each film.

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "Based on the wildly popular trading cards, The Garbage Pail Kids® Movie stars singer/songwriter Anthony Newley (Doctor Dolittle), Mackenzie Astin (Iron Will, Wyatt Earp), Katie Barberi (The Bronx Zoo). This grossly entertaining cult classic features great makeup effects by John Carl Buechler (Troll, Dolls, Ghoulies).

The Garbage Pail Kids® Movie Collector’s Edition

Special Features:

New The Effects of the Garbage Pail Kids Movie – interviews with special makeup effects creator John Carl Buechler and makeup effects artist Gino Crognale New On the Set – an interview with first assistant director Thomas A. Irvine
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Best James Bond Scenes: Sean Connery Era

1: Dr No – Opening Title Sequence

The schizophrenic title sequence introduces John Barry’s famous James Bond theme, but instead of transitioning into the now traditional pop song (which uses the title as a lyric), random portions of two calypso songs were used instead. This was also of course the first of Maurice Binder’s many fantastic title sequences, and while some of the standard conventions are absent (such as the silhouetted nude bodies floating about), we still do get the lines of white dots sliding across the screen before transforming into a gun barrel, through which Bob Simmons fires his gun. From then it’s on to a procession of primary colours and shapes and an Atari-like animated sequence. All in all, this remains one of the most distinctive opening title sequences of the series.

(Watch the clip here)

2: Dr. NoCold Blooded Murder

There’s little doubt
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The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

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Collectors of the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards are in for a treat this winter when Scream Factory releases their Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Rod Amateau's The Garbage Pail Kids Movie. Ahead of the film's December 8th home media release, we have a look at the cover art and its full list of special features:

Press Release: This holiday season, your favorite grime bandits – Windy Winston, Messy Tessie, Foul Phil, Valerie Vomit and rest of the raucous crew come to life with outrageous personalities and irreverent humor when The Garbage Pail Kids® Movie Collector’s Edition arrives on home entertainment shelves on December 8, 2015 from Scream Factory™. Based on the wildly popular trading cards, The Garbage Pail Kids® Movie stars singer/songwriter Anthony Newley (Doctor Dolittle), Mackenzie Astin (Iron Will, Wyatt Earp), Katie Barberi (The Bronx Zoo). This grossly entertaining cult classic features great makeup effects by John Carl Buechler (Troll,
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