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In ‘Soft Power,’ Hillary Clinton Sings and Dances to Keep Democracy Alive

“Musicals can be very tricky,” Jeanine Tesori explains. “Because when you deliver something and you put a beautiful string section underneath it, it sways you. It sways you because of the physics of music, and the overtone series and the ways that music is embedded inside the science of being alive.”

Tesori, the composer of the music within David Henry Hwang’s complex and fascinating new play, Soft Power, certainly understands how musicals can manipulate, persuade, and influence. She won a Tony for Best Original Score for Fun Home, along with Lisa Kron,
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Williamstown Theatre Festival 2020 Gala Will Feature Special Appearances By Laura Benanti, Ashley Park and More

Williamstown Theatre Festival Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director announced that the 2020 Wtf Gala in New York City honoring Bo Katherine Peabody will be held at Tao Downtown in New York City on Monday, February 10, 2020, and feature special appearances by Tony Award winner Laura Benanti My Fair Lady, She Loves Me, Gypsy, Joshua Boone Network, Wtf's Artney Jackson, Actually, and Where Storms are Born, Tony Award nominee Ashley Park Wtf's Grand Horizons, Mean Girls, The King and I, and Kyle MacLachlan aoeTwin Peaksa, aoePortlandiaa, aoeDesperate Housewivesa, among many others to be announced at a later date.
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Interview with Paradise Hills Director Alice Waddington

Teenage horror has been absent for a moment, but it’s coming back in a big way. One of the films set to pave the way is Alice Waddington’s Paradise Hills. This film is as gorgeous as it is unsettling. And as a young woman who loves horror and sci-fi, it was a movie experience that I fell in love with immediately.

What is important about Paradise Hills is that it is a horror sci-fi film directed by and starring a diverse group of women. Most of these, including the director, are young. The fact is that horror and science fiction rarely caters to young women as an audience. We have had to connect to male characters, or in many cases, female characters created by men. So, the fact that Paradise Hills feels like a true adventure for women resonates with me. It will resonate with any woman who
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Julie Andrews Recalls Husband Blake Edwards’ Battle With Depression

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Julie Andrews Recalls Husband Blake Edwards’ Battle With Depression
The line to see Julie Andrews at the 92nd Street Y wrapped around the square of a sprawling New York City block. Seventy years since the start of her career, 60 since she asked “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” as Lerner and Loewe’s first Eliza and 50 since she sang “The Sound of Music” before the Eastern Alps — Andrews still draws a crowd.

Her fans gathered Saturday evening to hear her speak about “Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years,” the actress’ second memoir, co-written with daughter Emma Walton Hamilton and chronicling the breadth of her years in the film industry, from “Mary Poppins” to “Victor/Victoria.”

“I was learning on my feet every inch of the way,” she said, joined onstage by her daughter and film scholar Annette Insdorf, who led the talk.

“My background had been vaudeville and musicals, even in the early, early years with that somewhat
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Dame Julie Andrews: ‘My biggest disappointment? Losing my singing voice’

The star of stage and screen on painful memories, over-apologising and eating cornflakes in the middle of the night

Born in Surrey, Julie Andrews, 84, began performing at 12. In the 50s, she made her Broadway stage debut in The Boy Friend and then starred in My Fair Lady. She played the title role in the 1964 film Mary Poppins, winning an Academy Award, and in 1965 made The Sound Of Music. Her second memoir, Home Work, has just been published. Andrews raised five children with her late husband, Blake Edwards, and lives on Long Island, New York.

What is your earliest memory?

Sitting on my mother’s lap in the car and, as my father pulled up to our little house in Walton, saying what they tell me is my very first word – home.
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Servant: Inside M. Night Shyamalan and Apple TV+’s New TV Series

David Crow Oct 5, 2019

We speak with the cast and showrunner of Servant, M. Night Shyamalan and Apple TV+'s new series, and unlock some of its secrets.

We all handle grief differently. For some it can be broken down into five easy steps, but for others it’s messier. In the case of the Turners, the couple at the center of Servant who were once happy young parents, the loss of a child is a downright nightmare with no escape past the denial stage. This is the entry point into M. Night Shyamalan’s new television series for Apple TV+’s Servant, a wicked seeming thriller where there is more than meets the eye. And that includes “the child” they’re still raising in their home.

“They’re trying to rebuild,” showrunner and writer Tony Basgallop tells us during a New York Comic Con interview. “And one of the methods
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Prolific Title Designer Wayne Fitzgerald Dies at 89

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Prolific Title Designer Wayne Fitzgerald Dies at 89
Wayne Fitzgerald, the main title designer of films and television shows including “Apocalypse Now,” “The Graduate,” “Chinatown,” “Dallas,” “The Searchers,” “The Godfather” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died Monday in Whidbey Island, Wash. He was 89.

Fitzgerald began his title design career with Pacific Art & Title Studio after graduating from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design in 1951, where he eventually became head of art and design department. During his 17 years with the studio Fitzgerald designed the titles for classic films such as “Touch of Evil,” “My Fair Lady,” “Pillow Talk,” “Imitation of Life” and “Music Man.”

In 1967, Fitzgerald left the company to found his own studio Wayne Fitzgerald FilmDesign. With his new studio he worked on films such as “Footloose,” “Total Recall,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Catch-22,” “Dick Tracy,” “Scent of a Woman” and many more.

Fitzgerald racked up 455 title design credits over his nearly half century long career.
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Wayne Fitzgerald, Prolific Hollywood Title Designer, Dies at 89

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Wayne Fitzgerald, Prolific Hollywood Title Designer, Dies at 89
William Fitzgerald, the prolific title designer who worked on such films as “The Godfather: Part II,” “The Godfather: Part II,” “Total Recall” and “Dick Tracy” has died, according to reports. He was 89.

After graduating from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design in 1951, Fitzgerald was hired by Pacific Art & Title Studio. The Studio was responsible for creating all of the title work for the major studios at the time: 20th Century Fox, MGM and Warner Bros. The artists’ work went uncredited, but during his 17-year-tenure, Fitzgerald designed the titles for such films as “Music Man,” “My Fair Lady” and “Pillow Talk,” and television shows including “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Mr. Ed.”

Fitzgerald left Pacific Art & Title in 1968 to found his own studio, Wayne Fitzgerald FilmDesign. There, he worked on some of cinema’s greatest films, including both “Godfather” sequels, “The Deer Hunter,” “Chinatown,” “Tootsie,” “Footloose,” “Total Recall,” “Dick Tracy” and “Scent of a Woman.
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Wayne Fitzgerald Dies: Main Title Designer Of ‘Pillow Talk’, ‘Apocalypse Now’ Was 89

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Wayne Fitzgerald Dies: Main Title Designer Of ‘Pillow Talk’, ‘Apocalypse Now’ Was 89
Wayne Fitzgerald, the main title designer of films including Pillow Talk, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather II and Total Recall died Monday on South Whidbey Island in Washington. He was 89.

Fitzgerald was born in Los Angeles on March 19, 1930. After graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he went on to work at Pacific Title & Art which did the main titles for various studios including Warner Bros., MGM, Fox, Paramount and Columbia. While there he worked on films such as Touch of Evil (1958), The Music Man (1962) and My Fair Lady (1964). In 1968, he launched Wayne Fitzgerald FilmDesign Inc.

His expansive resume spans 55 years and includes a diverse array of films including some of the most acclaimed and noteworthy films that have shaped Hollywood including Bonnie and Clyde (1967), as well as Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and Chinatown (1974).

In 1968, he launched Wayne Fitzgerald FilmDesign Inc. and continued to churn out memorable title design.
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High notes: why we should sing about actors who avoid lip-syncing

As Judy Garland, Renée Zellweger delivers an all-singing tour de force and reminds us of the power of stars who can also sing their way through musicals

In the golden age of Hollywood musicals, having your singing voice dubbed was seen as a bit of a cheat: it could be done, in some cases, but chances are you’d be marked down a bit for it. In 1965, George Cukor’s sumptuous version of the Broadway smash My Fair Lady won eight Oscars, including best actor for Rex Harrison, who manfully did his own speak-singing as Henry Higgins; eyebrows were raised, however, when his co-star Audrey Hepburn wasn’t even nominated for best actress.

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Emmys Apologize for Showing Incorrect Andre Previn Photo During In Memoriam Tribute

The 71st Emmy Awards featured a major gaffe during the In Memoriam tribute when a photo of living composer Leonard Slatkin was used to honor the late André Previn. The Television Academy issued the following statement reacting to the In Memoriam segment error: “The producers for the 71st Emmy Awards, the Television Academy and Fox sincerely apologize for this error. All In Memoriam mentions on the Television Academy’s website feature accurate imagery for Mr. Previn.”

Previn was nominated for 11 Academy Awards throughout his career, winning the Best Original Score prize for “Gigi,” “Porgy and Bess,” “Irma la Douce,” and “My Fair Lady.” Additional movies composed by Previn include “All in a Night’s Work,” “Designing Woman,” “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” and “Paint Your Wagon.” The composer passed away in February at the age of 89. The 75-year-old Slatkin is the Music Director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and
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Emmys Mistook Living Conductor Leonard Slatkin for the Late André Previn During ‘In Memoriam’ Segment

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There was a big mix-up during the “In Memoriam” segment at Sunday’s Emmys, with a photo of the very-much-alive conductor Leonard Slatkin used to honor the late composer André Previn.

Previn, a four-time Oscar winner and six-time Emmy nominee, died in February at the age of 89. He worked on dozens of film and TV projects during his career as a jazz and classical composer, including “Gigi,” “Porgy and Bess,” “My Fair Lady” and PBS’ “Previn and the Pittsburgh.”

Slatkin, who is primarily known for his work as a conductor and currently serves as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, tweeted his response to the mix-up on Monday, noting that “Andre deserved better.”

Also Read: Emmys Sink to Record Low in Early Ratings

“I had the opportunity to introduce him when he received the [Kennedy Center Honor] Perhaps he was paying me back for a couple stories I told about him,
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Julie Andrews Selected for AFI’s Life Achievement Award

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Julie Andrews Selected for AFI’s Life Achievement Award
The American Film Institute Board of Trustees has selected Julie Andrews as the recipient of the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award.

The award will be presented to Andrews on April 25 in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be telecast on TNT.

“Julie Andrews is practically perfect in every way,” said Kathleen Kennedy, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “Her talents across time have inspired a shared sense of joy across generations, and her gifts to our cultural heritage are a testament to the power of this art form to bring us together when we need it most. AFI is proud to sing her praises with its 48th Life Achievement Award.”

Andrews won a Best Actress Oscar for “Mary Poppins” and was nominated for “The Sound of Music” and Victor/Victoria.” She has won five Golden Globes, three Grammys and two Emmys. Andrews received Tony nominations for “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot
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Julie Andrews To Receive 48th AFI Life Achievement Award

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The American Film Institute’s board of trustees said Friday that Julie Andrews will receive the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award next year. The award will be presented April 25, 2020 at a gala in Los Angeles.

Andrews, the star of screen and stage, won the Best Actress Oscar for Mary Poppins in her feature film debut. She later was nominated for The Sound of Music and Victor Victoria. She has Tony noms for My Fair Lady, Camelot and the stage version of Victor Victoria. She has also won five Golden Globes, three Grammys and two Emmys.

“Julie Andrews is practically perfect in every way,” said Kathleen Kennedy, chair of the AFI board of trustees, in a release announcing the news Friday. “Her talents across time have inspired a shared sense of joy across generations, and her gifts to our cultural heritage are a testament to the power of this art form
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Julie Andrews to Receive 2020 AFI Life Achievement Award

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The American Film Institute has announced that Julie Andrews will receive its annual AFI Life Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Andrews at a Gala Tribute on April 25, in Los Angeles, CA.

“Julie Andrews is practically perfect in every way,” said Kathleen Kennedy, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “Her talents across time have inspired a shared sense of joy across generations, and her gifts to our cultural heritage are a testament to the power of this art form to bring us together when we need it most. AFI is proud to sing her praises with its 48th Life Achievement Award.”

Last year’s Life Achievement Award honoree was Denzel Washington. Recent recipients have included George Clooney, Diane Keaton, John Williams, Steve Martin, Jane Fonda, Mel Brooks, and Shirley MacLaine. The first-ever AFI Life Achievement Award went to John Ford in 1973.

The Institute has moved up the date of its annual tribute,
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Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles – Review

Looking back on the previous century, we see that the good ole’ U.S. of A. gave birth (or at least nursed and nurtured) several, vibrant art forms. A revered trio springs to mind, ones originally looked down upon by “the cultural elite”, but now celebrated worldwide. There’s jazz, graphic sequential story art (a “fancy-schmancy” term for comic strips and comic books) and the theatrical musical comedy. And amongst the hundreds produced (many barely made it past opening night), a couple of dozen or so could be called perennials ,shows that are constantly revived on the “great white way” while still being staples of community theatres, along with colleges, high schools, and even middle or “grammar” schools. Of those, the Rogers and Hammerstein classics get the most “play”, followed closely by another duo, Lerner and Lowe. Then there are those singular classics from the 50s and 60s that may
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‘Charmed’: Jordan Donica Joins As New Series Regular For Season 2

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The Vera-Vaughn sisters will be meeting an intriguing new character in the upcoming second season of the CW’s Charmed. Jordan Donica is joining the cast as a new series regular in the role of Jordan, a mysterious law student/amateur boxer that the Vera-Vaughn sisters meet in the new world in which they now find themselves.

In the new version of Charmed, after the tragic death of their mother, three sisters in a college town are stunned to discover they are witches. Soon this powerful threesome must stand together to fight the everyday and supernatural battles that all modern witches must face: from vanquishing powerful demons to toppling the patriarchy.

Based on the original series, Charmed is from CBS Television Studios in association with Propagate Content. Liz Kruger (Salvation), Craig Shapiro (Salvation), Jeffrey Lieber (NCIS: New Orleans), Jessica O’Toole
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Good Deed Takes U.S. Rights To Audrey Hepburn Feature Doc From Salon Pictures & Xyz Films; Universal Picks Up International

Good Deed Takes U.S. Rights To Audrey Hepburn Feature Doc From Salon Pictures & Xyz Films; Universal Picks Up International
Exclusive: Good Deed Entertainment has taken U.S. rights to a new feature documentary about screen icon Audrey Hepburn. Audrey, which is produced by Salon Pictures and distributed by Xyz Films’ documentary division, has also been picked up by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group internationally.

The documentary, slated for a 2020 North American theatrical release, is directed by Helena Coan, who recently directed Chasing Perfect, the feature doc about car designer Frank Stephenson.

Audrey tells the story of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady star who went from being a malnourished child, estranged from her father, growing up in war-torn Europe to a Hollywood superstar. It tells of her many heartbreaks, concealed by her picture-perfect image and how she left Hollywood to follow her heart, finding her passion in humanitarian work, and meeting the man she would spend the rest of her life with.

The film will
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Harry Potter, My Fair Lady, SpongeBob Lead Outer Critics Circle Award Winners

The Outer Critics Circle, an organization of media writers and commentators, awarded outstanding work in the 2017-2018 theater season in New York City. Broadway stars Jenn Colella, Jim Dale, Christine Ebersole and Martha Plimpton were on hand to host and present at the 68th annual ceremony at the Sardi’s Restaurant in Manhattan. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child garnered the most wins with six awards. Other big winners were My Fair Lady with five awards, and SpongeBob SquarePants with four awards. Angels in America and Carousel won three awards each. Check out photos from the event an the list of
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SpongeBob, My Fair Lady Win Top Honors at 63rd Drama Desk Awards (Photos!)

SpongeBob SquarePants and My Fair Lady were standouts at the 63rd Drama Desk Awards, winning Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Revival of a Musical, respectively. Admissions and Angels in America won in the same categories for plays. The Drama Desk Awards annually celebrate the best in New York theatre. Nominators considered shows that opened on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway during the 2017-2018 season. The post SpongeBob, My Fair Lady Win Top Honors at 63rd Drama Desk Awards (Photos!) appeared first on TheImproper.com: Theater News.
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