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We Tried it: Becoming One of the Cats on Broadway for a Day

What It Is: Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s iconic musical Cats returned to Broadway this summer, with British chanteuse Leona Lewis making her debut on the Great White Way as Grizabella, The Glamour Cat. (Her run in the show ended last month, and School of Rock actress Mamie Parris has since taken over the “Memory”-making role.) I went behind the scenes at the theater and got a crash course in stage makeup, skin-tight unitards and choreography before making my own debut on a Broadway stage.

Who Tried It: Jeff Nelson, Music Writer-Reporter

Why I Tried It: I’ve always been
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Grumpy Cat Claws Her Way Into Broadway Musical ‘Cats’

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Grumpy Cat Claws Her Way Into Broadway Musical ‘Cats’
Internet sensation Grumpy Cat will claw her way into the new Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s musical “Cats,” producers announced Thursday. Fear not — R&B sensation Leona Lewis will still be belting out “Memory” as Grizibella. But Grumpy Cat will make a cameo during the curtain call on Friday, September 30, at the Neil Simon Theatre. “Being selected as the first real cat to perform in ‘Cats’ on Broadway is an honor. I hate it,” Grumpy Cat in a statement scratched out by one of her handlers. “If I’m really being honest, I’d prefer to play the Phantom in ‘The Phantom.
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Leona Lewis to Make Broadway Debut in Revival of Cats

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Leona Lewis to Make Broadway Debut in Revival of Cats
Meow!British pop singer Leona Lewis has been confirmed to star as Grizabella the Glamour Cat in the upcoming Broadway revival of the famed Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Cats. "It is an incredible honor to be asked by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber to join the Cats family," the "Bleeding Love" singer, 31, said in a statement. "I will never forget seeing the show as a little girl and how blown away I was by the magical experience of it. I am beyond thrilled for my Broadway debut to be in such an iconic show." When Cats returns to Broadway at the
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Cats Movie Musical Moves Forward with Les Miserables Director

Cats Movie Musical Moves Forward with Les Miserables Director
The success of Disney's The Jungle Book, which employs a hybrid of motion capture CGI and live action to bring these characters to life, may have inspired a Broadway sensation to make the leap to the big screen. Les Miserables director Tom Hooper has signed a deal to figure out how to properly turn the hit stage show Cats into a movie. The filmmaker has only signed a research and development deal, meaning the movie isn't set in stone at this point. And even if it does move forward, it won't happen for some time.

The Daily Mail reports that Tom Hooper will be working with a development team at Working Title Films, along with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who crafted the music for the live stage show. If they decide to move forward, nothing will happen on the project until at least late 2017, or early 2018, so we may not
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Tom Hooper To Direct "Cats" Musical Film

"Les Miserables" and "The Danish Girl " helmer Tom Hooper is set tackle another film adaptation of an iconic musical, this time a film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic "Cats" for Universal Pictures and Working Title says EW.

Premiering in 1981, the musical is inspired by a T.S. Eliot book and follows a group of cats who come together for an annual event where one of the felines is chosen to ascend to the 'Heaviside Layer' and be reborn. The musical produced such notable songs as "Memory," "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats," "Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer" and "Mr. Mistoffelees".

It won Best Musical at both the Laurence Olivier Awards and the Tony Awards and ran for twenty-one years on the West End and eighteen years in London. To this day it remains the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history behind only "Phantom of the Opera," "Chicago" and "The Lion King" but
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DVD Savant 2015 Favored Disc Roundup

or, Savant picks The Most Impressive Discs of 2015

This is the actual view from Savant Central, looking due North.

What a year! I was able to take one very nice trip back East too see Washington D.C. for the first time, or at least as much as two days' walking in the hot sun and then cool rain would allow. Back home in Los Angeles, we've had a year of extreme drought -- my lawn is looking patriotically ratty -- and we're expecting something called El Niño, that's supposed to be just shy of Old-Testament build-me-an-ark intensity. We withstood heat waves like those in Day the Earth Caught Fire, and now we'll get the storms part. This has been a wild year for DVD Savant, which is still a little unsettled. DVDtalk has been very patient and generous, and so have Stuart Galbraith & Joe Dante; so far everything
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Delta Goodrem to Star in Upcoming Australian Production of Cats

Today the Producers of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats announced the news that Delta Goodrem will play the role of Grizabella in the Brisbane season of the acclaimed West End revival production of Cats commencing on Friday 29 January at the Lyric Theatre, Qpac. Ms Goodrem, who has starred in the production since its Sydney opening on Friday 30 October, will sing Memory, one of the most well-known songs of all time.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber says 'Cats' is returning to Broadway

Andrew Lloyd Webber says 'Cats' is returning to Broadway
The long-running Cats closed on Broadway in 2000, but the memory may soon live again. (Sorry, had to.) Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber told the Mail on Sunday's Event Magazine that the show, which is currently being revived in London, "will now definitely go to Broadway again. It’s very exciting." The revival features a rapping Rum Tum Tugger and stars Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger as the "Memory"-singing Grizabella.
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A 'Cats' Movie Musical May Finally Bring 'Memory' to the Big Screen

More than 30 years after its Broadway debut, could "Cats" finally make its way to the big screen?

Yes, according to creator Andrew Lloyd Webber, who revealed in a recent interview that a planned revival of the stage musical had led to renewed interest in a film adaptation of the classic show. Speaking with Reuters, Webber said that the new take on "Cats" that's set to open in London's West End in December has made him think about bringing more of his hits back to the stage -- and perhaps back into movie theaters as well.

"Yes I think it's very possible that I might have a look at one or two of my shows," Lloyd Webber said of hits such as "Phantom of the Opera" and "Starlight Express." "And of course, the other thing that's happening is them being made into movies. ... There is considerable talk at last about '
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The Broadway Musical Cats Headed to the Big Screen

The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Les Misérables are three of the most popular Broadway musicals that have made their way to the big screen. Now it looks like Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats is going to to join them. It was only a matter of time before Cats got its feature film debut. The news comes from Webber himself in an interview with The Daily Mail when he said,

“I haven’t seen the [Les Mis] film but it’s fantastic for musicals because everybody wants to make them again. Universal has now got Cats out of the drawer in which they locked it years ago when they bought the rights and suddenly they’re talking about a film.”

Cats is one of Broadway-s longest-running musicals. It's been around since 1982, and it's based on T.S. Eliot‘s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. There was an attempt
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"Cats" Musical Finally Gets A Movie?

It is one of the most famous musicals of all time, and yet a film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" has always been a tricky proposition due to the nature of the work.

Now, Webber tells The Daily Mail that Universal's success with the "Les Miserables" film has renewed the studio's interest in the long languishing adaptation of "Cats":

"I haven't seen the [Les Mis] film but it’s fantastic for musicals because everybody wants to make them again. Universal has now got Cats out of the drawer in which they locked it years ago when they bought the rights and suddenly they’re talking about a film."

The show has been running for over three decades and is the second-longest running show in Broadway history, behind only "The Phantom of the Opera". It also spawned a number of famous songs, most notably "Memory". Despite this, Webber admits he
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New Teaser Trailer for Rio 2 brings to Life Memory from Cats

We may well still be a good half-year away from the arrival of Rio 2, but Fox have already kicked off their marketing campaign for the adventure comedy / musical sequel, and with good reason.

The original film did even better than expected, netting just shy of half a billion dollars. And with Rio 2 bowing just one week after Captain America: The Winter Soldier, two weeks after Noah, and opening opposite Stretch Armstrong, Fox are no doubt wanting to lay the groundwork for the second film as early as possible.

The first teaser trailer got the ball rolling back in the spring, and now the studio have released a new teaser trailer, via Yahoo Movies, bringing to life Memory from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats.

Blu, Jewel, and their three kids live the perfect domesticated life in the magical city. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds,
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Cabaret Blu-Ray (Book) Review And Giveaway

There are plenty of musicals that stand out as among the upper tier of the genre, but few are as easily recognized as both defining and reinventing it at the same time. Cabaret, winner of 8 Oscars, and only missing Best Picture on the technicality of releasing in 1972, pushed the boundaries of the possible abilities and sensibilities available to a musical feature film, and the effects of the new stage it built can be felt all the way to last year’s Les Miserables, which brings forward the surprising power inherent in a showcase of song that is not only not happy, but delivers a variety of emotion based on a solid exposition of the singer’s circumstance. The following of Jean Valjean’s musical efforts closely resembles the now iconic shift in the performance of Cabaret‘s theme song as we work our way to the end of the film.
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Grammys 2013: Full winners list

The 55th Grammy Awards have arrived, and music's biggest night promises a ton of trophies, and hopefully some great live performances by today's hottest acts. Who has the best record of 2012? How about the year's best new artist? Stick with Zap2it throughout the night, as we continue updating the list of this year's winners!

All of the award categories are below, with the winners in bold.

Record of the Year"Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson"We Are Young" by Fun., featuring Janelle Monáe"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye, featuring Kimbra"Thinkin Bout You" by Frank Ocean"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift

Album of the Year"El Camino" by The Black Keys"Some Nights" by Fun."Babel" by Mumford & Sons"Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean"Blunderbuss" by Jack White

Song of the Year
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Blu-ray Book, DVD: Cabaret 40th Anniversary

Blu-ray Book & DVD Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013

Price: DVD $14.97, Blu-ray Book $27.98

Studio: Warner Home Video

Eight-time Oscar-winning musical Cabaret was remastered for its 40th anniversary Blu-ray Book and DVD, which come with new and vintage special features.

The 1972 ground-breaking film stars Liza Minnelli (Arthur) as Sally Bowles, a dancer at a girlie club in pre-war 1931 Berlin. Sally falls in love with British language teacher Brian Roberts (Michael York, Austin Powers in Goldmember), whom she shares with homosexual German baron Maximilian von Heune (Helmut Griem, The McKenzie Break). But as the Nazis gain power around them, Berlin becomes a trap that Sally’s German friends can not escape.

Cabaret‘s eight Academy Awards honored the movie’s director (Bob Fosse, All That Jazz), actress Minnelli, supporting actor Joel Grey (Kafka), art direction, cinematography, editing, music and sound. It was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture, but didn’t win those categories.
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'Superstar': Afnan Iftikhar becomes first eliminated contestant

Afnan Iftikhar has become the first singer to be eliminated from Superstar. The 23-year-old from North Shields (below left) fell into the bottom two on Monday night's (July 16) live show along with Dirk Johnston (below right) following a public vote. The pair performed 'Memory' from the musical Cats before Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to eliminate Iftikhar from the competition. "I'm wrong-footed, because we are doing a song which is completely dissimilar (more)
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2012 Grammy winner list: Adele, Foo Fighters win big

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It truly is the Year of Adele, as the British singer took home every Grammy she was for which she was nominated, totaling six wins altogether, including Album, Record and Song of the Year. Foo Fighters were second for total wins, with five, followed by the absent Kanye West with four wins.

The complete list of winners:

Album Of The Year:

21 -- Adele

Wasting Light -- Foo Fighters

Born This Way -- Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops & Hooligans -- Bruno Mars

Loud -- Rihanna

Record Of The Year:

"Rolling In The Deep" -- Adele

"Holocene" -- Bon Iver

"Grenade" -- Bruno Mars

"The Cave" -- Mumford & Sons

"Firework" -- Katy Perry

Best New Artist: (artist/producer)

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

Song Of The Year: (songwriter)

"All Of The Lights" -- Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West, songwriters

(Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and
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Six to watch: Gameshow hosts

With a revival of Blockbusters launching soon, we tot up the scores for some of television's most-loved gameshow hosts

The ever-affable broadcaster Simon Mayo is to turn gameshow host for a new series of the cult quiz show Blockbusters. Launched in 1983, the show ran for 11 years before eventually disappearing from the schedules. The revival comes just a short while after its much-loved host, Bob Holness, died aged 83.

Holness was as much a part of Blockbusters as the hexagonal gameboard, Gold Runs and end-of-series hand jives: Mayo will have big shoes to fill when the new series lands on Challenge TV this spring. But which other hosts have enlivened television's many gameshows? . Step up to the oche, come on down and say what you see, as we run down six of the best. Your thoughts on who else should join them welcome, as ever

Bob HolnessBlockbusters

Holness was beloved by
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2012 Grammy nominations: Adele, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and more

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The nominees have been announced for the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Kanye West leads the nominations with seven; Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars each garner six nods; and Lil Wayne and Skrillex each are up for five awards.  The Grammys air live on CBS Feb. 12, 2012.

Album Of The Year:

21 -- Adele

Wasting Light -- Foo Fighters

Born This Way -- Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops & Hooligans -- Bruno Mars

Loud -- Rihanna

Record Of The Year:

"Rolling In The Deep" -- Adele

"Holocene" -- Bon Iver

"Grenade" -- Bruno Mars

"The Cave" -- Mumford & Sons

"Firework" -- Katy Perry

Best New Artist: (artist/producer)

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

Song Of The Year: (songwriter)

"All Of The Lights" -- Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West, songwriters

(Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie)

"The Cave" -- Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford and Country Winston,
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Books of the year

Jonathan Franzen's family epic, a new collection from Seamus Heaney, Philip Larkin's love letters, a memoir centred on tiny Japanese sculptures ... which books most excited our writers this year?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In Red Dust Road (Picador) Jackie Kay writes lucidly and honestly about being the adopted black daughter of white parents, about searching for her white birth mother and Nigerian birth father, and about the many layers of identity. She has a rare ability to portray sentiment with absolutely no sentimentality. Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns (Random House) is a fresh and wonderful history of African-American migration. Chang-rae Lee's The Surrendered (Little, Brown) is a grave, beautiful novel about people who experienced the Korean war and the war's legacy. And David Remnick's The Bridge (Picador) is a thorough and well-written biography of Barack Obama. The many Americans who believe invented biographical details about Obama would do well to read it.
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