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Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Legendary Broadway Dancer, Harvey Evans

A dancer's life on Broadway can be limited, but, if you are Harvey Evans, your abilities have no boundaries. From his first Broadway credit in 1957's New Girls In Town, Harvey's incredible resume includes the original Broadway productions of West Side Story, Redhead, Gypsy, Hello Dolly, Anyone Can Whistle, George M, Our Town, The Boyfriend, Follies, Sextet, Barnum, Sunset Boulevard, and The Scarlet Pimpernel
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10-Time Oscar Winner West Side Story Back in Cinemas June 24th & 27th

One of the most beloved and captivating musicals in Hollywood history, “West Side Story” will return to movie theaters for two days only this June as Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies expand the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, which brings legendary motion pictures back to cinemas across the country every month. Further enhancing this big-screen presentation, TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz will introduce the film and present post-show commentary.

Tickets for “West Side Story” will be available beginning Friday, April 20, at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

From Fathom Events, TCM, Park Circus and Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), “West Side Story” will be presented in more than 600 movie theaters on Sunday, June 24, and Wednesday, June 27, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time each day. A complete list of theater locations will be available April 20 on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are
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Los Angeles Greek Film Fest Wraps With Orpheus Awards

Los Angeles Greek Film Fest Wraps With Orpheus Awards
Now in its 12th year, the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival ended its 12th run on Sunday evening with Orpheus Awards handed out in several categories, plus an honorary Orpheus for Greek-American actor George Chakiris, who won the Oscar for best supporting actor Academy Award in 1961’s “West Side Story.” His costar, Rita Moreno, who scored a best supporting actress Oscar for the same film, presented Chakiris with his trophy.

The ceremony was held at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater, capping a week of screenings, seminars and social events. Stand-up comedian Anthony Steven Kalloniatis, aka Ant, opened the event, and network warm-up host Chuck Dukas served as Mc.

Historical drama “Polyxeni,” directed by Dora Masclavanou, a tale of orphan girl from Istanbul unaware of the devious plan others are weaving behind her back, won the Orpheus Award for best fiction feature film. Katia Goulioni (pictured above in a scene from the
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Peter Jackson Isn't Directing a DC Movie

Peter Jackson Isn't Directing a DC Movie
Contrary to a recent rumor, Peter Jackson will not be heading to the DC Extended Universe (Dceu) anytime soon. Last month, a rumor surfaced that Peter Jackson and his team is trying to decide which project to take on next, which would have either been an unspecified DC movie or " a return to Middle Earth," meaning the Lord of the Rings series. While doing press for his upcoming movie The Mortal Engines, in theaters this December, Jackson made it clear he isn't taking on a DC movie, or The Lord of the Rings series on Amazon. Here's what he had to say below.

"It's not true, I have not had any discussions about it, I'm not a fan of comics, I've never read it, and so it's not me. I'm not particularly interested in adapting one to the cinema, it's not true at all. A DC film and the series Lord of the Rings,
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All 12 Egot Winners, From Audrey Hepburn to Whoopi Goldberg (Photos)

All 12 Egot Winners, From Audrey Hepburn to Whoopi Goldberg (Photos)
Only a select number of entertainers have earned a competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony to earn the coveted Egot distinction.

Richard Rodgers, composer (1902-1979)

Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composed, “Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years” (1962)

Grammy: Best Show Album, “The Sound of Music” (1960); Best Original Cast Show Album, “No Strings” (1962)

Oscar: Best Song, “It Might As Well Be Spring” from “State Fair” (1945)

Tony: three for “South Pacific” (1950); one each for “The King and I” (1952), “The Sound of Music” (1960) and “No Strings” (1962)

Helen Hayes, actress (1900 – 1993)

Emmy: Best Actress, “Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: Not a Chance” (1953)

Grammy: Best Spoken Word Recording, “Great American Documents” (1977)

Oscar: Best Actress, “The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1932); Best Supporting Actress, “Airport” (1970)

Tony: Best Actress in a Drama, “Happy Birthday” (1947); Best Actress in a Drama, “Time Remembered” (1958)

Rita Moreno (1931 -)

Emmy: Supporting Actress, Variety or Music, “The Muppet Show” (1977); Lead Actress for Single Appearance in a Comedy or Drama,
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Rita Moreno (‘One Day at a Time’) could capitalize on Supporting Actress Emmy shakeup, according to one of our Experts

Rita Moreno (‘One Day at a Time’) could capitalize on Supporting Actress Emmy shakeup, according to one of our Experts
The Emmy race for Best Comedy Supporting Actress was thrown into flux with the cancellation of “Roseanne” by ABC. Three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf seemed like a strong contender to win again for reprising her role as Jackie on the famous sitcom, but if her chances have taken a hit, who could capitalize? One of our Emmy Experts warns of an upset by the legendary Rita Moreno (“One Day at a Time”).

Moreno is beloved by Hollywood and has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. She co-stars in “One Day at a Time” in a scene-stealing performance as Lydia, the matriarch of a Cuban-American family. She was snubbed last year at the Emmys, but she’s still a Hollywood darling, one of only 12 people to have completed the Egot grand slam of showbiz awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. And the Emmy landscape has shifted in ways that may give her an advantage this year.
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West Side Story Is Returning to Movie Theaters This Summer, but There's a Catch

West Side Story Is Returning to Movie Theaters This Summer, but There's a Catch
West Side Story premiered in 1961, but it will never, ever get old. Giving you another chance to see the original on the big screen, the movie musical will return to theaters for two days only on June 24 and 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time. The exciting rerelease is a part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series by Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events. The West Side Story screenings will take place at more than 600 theaters nationwide, and you can score tickets in advance online through Fathom Events starting on Friday, April 20.

The Oscar-winning film takes inspiration from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and turns the Montague-Capulet battle into a feud between a white American gang, the Jets, and a Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, set in New York City in the '60s. During the special screenings this Summer, it'll be shown in its original widescreen aspect ratio,
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Watch Maurice Benard "Rehearsing" His General Hospital Nurses Ball Song

Over the years, Maurice Benard often joked about how unlikely it would be to see Sonny ever singing at the General Hospital Nurses Ball, but this year, the mobster actually took the stage! Granted, it was only because his father, who was performing “Summer Wind” at this year’s gala, forgot the words. As Mike stood on stage in front of a silent audience, confused and afraid, Sonny jumped up to join him and help him finish the song together. And while fans didn’t get to hear much of Benard’s vocals on Gh, the actor shared a little snippet of himself singing along to Frank Sinatra in his car as he drove down the road (presumably on lunch break or something since he’s dressed in the tuxedo he wore on the show!) and he sounds great! “Rehearsing for the Nurses Ball,” Benard joked. “Trying my best. I
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Odds Against Tomorrow

“Racial Tolerance: It’s Good for America And good for Criminals!” Harry Belafonte’s second production is a noir keeper, thanks to a top-flight cast and sharp direction by Robert Wise. The big heist is on, but Robert Ryan’s anger management problem all but assures doom and disaster. It’s Wise’s last gritty action picture before moving up to big-scale audience pleasers; he pulls off some slick images with film sensitive to infra-red light.

Odds Against Tomorrow

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Olive Films

1959 / B&W / 1:77 widescreen / 96 min. / Street Date May 29, 2018 / available through the Olive Films website / 24.95

Starring: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Shelley Winters, Ed Begley, Gloria Grahame, Will Kuluva, Kim Hamilton, Mae Barnes, Richard Bright, Carmen De Lavallade, Lew Gallo, Lois Thorne, Wayne Rogers, Zohra Lampert, Mel Stewart, Cicely Tyson.

Cinematography: Joseph C. Brun

Film Editor: Dede Allen

Original Music: John Lewis

Written by John O. Killens (fronting for Abraham Polonsky), Nelson Gidding,
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Dueling Bernstein Biopics: How Bradley Cooper Took the Baton from Jake Gyllenhaal

Dueling Bernstein Biopics: How Bradley Cooper Took the Baton from Jake Gyllenhaal
On May 1, Jake Gyllenhaal announced he'll play Leonard Bernstein in The American, a biopic about the legendary conductor and West Side Story composer that director Cary Fukunaga intends to start shooting this fall for Bron Studios.

But before Gyllenhaal could even put together a full orchestra, symbolically speaking, a rival Bernstein biopic was announced on May 10 – this one to be directed by and star Bradley Cooper, who will produce Bernstein alongside Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, among others.

Behind the scenes, both projects raced to secure music rights from the Bernstein estate. For the estate, it was ...
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Spielberg and DiCaprio May Reunite for Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Spielberg and DiCaprio May Reunite for Ulysses S. Grant Biopic
Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio may reteam for a biopic on Ulysses S. Grant. The movie is being set up by Lionsgate and Appian Way. DiCaprio is being eyed to star in the lead role and Spielberg, according to a new report, has his sights set on directing the project. This would mark the first time that the two titans of cinema have worked together since 2002's Catch Me if You Can.

Last November, Lionsgate and Appian Way acquired the rights to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Grant by Ron Chernow. The adaptation is being penned by David James Kelly, who most recently worked on the studio's upcoming Robin Hood, which features Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx. Despite the fact that both Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio have very full plates already, this new report states that the Grant biopic is a priority for both of them, so they may shift
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Steven Spielberg in Early Talks to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio in Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Steven Spielberg in Early Talks to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio in Ulysses S. Grant Biopic
Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are in early talks to collaborate on a Ulysses S. Grant biopic at Lionsgate.

There’s no deal in place for Spielberg to direct, and Lionsgate had no comment on the report. The Grant project was set up last year at Lionsgate with DiCaprio and Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson producing a movie version of the Ron Chernow’s 2017 biography “Grant.”

Grant has been widely recognized as a superior military tactician for leading the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy during the Civil War under the supervision of President Abraham Lincoln, winning key battles at Shiloh and Vicksburg. He won two terms as President as a successor to Andrew Johnson and stabilized the economy along with attempting to remove the last vestiges of slavery, which included working to crush the Ku Klux Klan. David James Kelly is adapting the biography.

Spielberg received his eighth
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Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Make Ulysses Grant Biopic

Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Make Ulysses Grant Biopic
Sixteen years after they teamed up on “Catch Me If You Can,” Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg are in early talks to star in and direct a biopic, respectively, about the life of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, two individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The Lionsgate project will adapt the biography “Grant” by Ron Chernow, with DiCaprio already set to produce through his Appian Way banner after the rights to the book were picked up in November. DiCaprio could also star as Grant, with Spielberg as director. It would be the second film about the Civil War that Spielberg has directed, following 2012’s “Lincoln.”

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Chernow, who also wrote the Alexander Hamilton biography that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical “Hamilton,” will be an executive producer on the project. Appian Way’s Jennifer Davisson will produce with DiCaprio.
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Paramount Confirms Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein Movie Lands Music & Life Rights

Paramount Pictures and Amblin Partners made it official today what Deadline exclusively reported five days ago: That the Leonard Bernstein estate has granted music and life rights for the biopic about the legendary composer, a project which Bradley Cooper is prepping to direct, produce and star in. Producers Fred Berner and Amy Durning have been working over the last decade to secure the West Side Story composer’s rights. Spotlight Oscar winner Josh Singer wrote the…
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Paramount Closes Deal for Leonard Bernstein Life Rights for Biopic Starring Bradley Cooper

Paramount Closes Deal for Leonard Bernstein Life Rights for Biopic Starring Bradley Cooper
Paramount Pictures and Amblin Partners have finalized a deal to secure the music and life rights from Leonard Bernstein’s estate, with Bradley Cooper in talks to direct, produce, and star in a biopic about the legendary composer.

Josh Singer wrote the script, and Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Fred Berner, Amy Durning, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce. Cooper will also produce the film through his production company, Joint Effort.

Bernstein’s unique versatility earned him unmatched recognition as the preeminent American composer of the 20th century. An internationally celebrated musician, conductor, pianist, and artist, Bernstein gained ubiquitous acclaim for his vast talent as the youngest-ever music director of the New York Philharmonic, as well as his many compositions for such revered productions as “West Side Story,” “On the Waterfront,” and “Peter Pan,” as well as scores of other orchestral arrangements, symphonies, and musical pieces.

“In our father’s centennial year celebration,
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Bradley Cooper to direct and star in Leonard Bernstein biopic

Earlier this month it was announced that Cary Fukunaga will direct Jake Gyllenhaal in The American, a biopic of Leonard Bernstein, and now comes word from Deadline of a competing project, Bernstein, which will see Bradley Cooper taking on the role of the celebrated composer.

In addition to starring as the composer, whose credits include West Side Story and On the Waterfront, Cooper will direct the film, as well as writing the screenplay with Josh Singer (Spotlight). It will mark Cooper’s second directorial feature after the upcoming remake of A Star Is Born, which is slated for release in October.

Bernstein is being produced by Cooper, Fred Berner, Amy Durning, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, with the latter two both expressing interest in directing at one point or another. The project has also secured an exclusive rights deal with Bernstein’s estate, which grants them exclusive
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Bradley Cooper vs. Jake Gyllenhaal: Actors Set to Lead Rival Leonard Bernstein Biopics

Bradley Cooper vs. Jake Gyllenhaal: Actors Set to Lead Rival Leonard Bernstein Biopics
Leonard Bernstein is all the rage in Hollywood right now as both Bradley Cooper and Jake Gyllenhaal are attached to separate biopics about the legendary American composer. Cooper will direct and star in “Bernstein” (via Variety), which will mark his second directorial effort following his “A Star Is Born” adaptation with Lady Gaga. Gyllenhaal, meanwhile, is attached to play Bernstein in Cary Fukunaga’s “The American.”

Cooper’s “Bernstein” is backed by Paramount and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. Cooper will direct a script co-written by “Spotlight” Oscar winner Josh Singer and himself. Singer co-wrote Spielberg’s “The Post” and is also the co-writer of Damien Chazelle’s upcoming “First Man.” Martin Scorsese and Spielberg are both attached to the project as producers.

“Bernstein” is the second biopic about the “West Side Story” composer to be announced this May. Gyllenhaal’s “The American” was the first Bernstein biopic to be confirmed in development.
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Bradley Cooper To Direct And Star In Leonard Bernstein Biopic With Spielberg And Scorsese Producing

Recently, we brought you news that Jake Gyllenhaal was teaming up with Cary Fukunaga to bring a biopic about “West Side Story” composer Leonard Bernstein. And at the bottom of the article, we mentioned how Steven Spielberg was potentially working on his own Bernstein film. Well, now we know more about the film, and who’s taking the lead. It appears we’re about to have ourselves dueling Bernstein biopics!
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Bradley Cooper to Star in and Direct Leonard Bernstein Biopic

Bradley Cooper to Star in and Direct Leonard Bernstein Biopic
As buzz builds on his directorial debut, “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper looks to have found his next directing vehicle. The A-lister will helm and star in the Leonard Bernstein biopic “Bernstein,” sources tell Variety.

Paramount Pictures and Amblin Entertainment will co-finance the film from a script by Josh Singer. Cooper — through his Joint Effort banner — will produce with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Fred Berner, Amy Durning, and Kristie Macosko Krieger.

The movie is the second project to be announced in the last week revolving around the legendary composer; Jake Gyllenhaal is also developing a pic about Bernstein called “The American.” Cary Fukunaga directs with Gyllenhaal toplining and producing.

Bernstein rose to fame after he was tasked with conducting the New York Philharmonic at the tender age of 25. His career skyrocketed when he wrote and composed the music for the iconic film “West Side Story.”

It is unknown how
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Bradley Cooper to Star in, Direct Leonard Bernstein Biopic

Bradley Cooper to Star in, Direct Leonard Bernstein Biopic
Bradley Cooper is still putting the finishing touches on his directorial debut — Warner Bros.' A Star Is Born — but he has already set his sights on his next project. The Oscar nominee is attached to star as Leonard Bernstein in a biopic that Cooper will also direct.

Paramount and Steven Spielberg's Amblin are behind the project about the legendary conductor and composer who created the scores for West Side Story and On the Waterfront.

Cooper will write the screenplay with Josh Singer, who shares writing credits on Amblin's latest awards contender, The Post.

Cooper will also produce through his Joint Effort...
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