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Jun 9, 2014

Tony Awards embrace women, new and old, after close races

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Broadway crowned one its favorite female stars and embraced a bevy of newcomers at the Tony Awards on Sunday in some of the most closely contested actress races for years.

An emotional Audra McDonald, 43, made Tony Awards history with a record sixth performance win for her heartbreaking turn as jazz singer Billie Holiday in the play, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”.

May 29, 2014

Spider-Man swings back to big screen, trapped in web of love

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Spider-Man is having a blast, swinging, somersaulting and wise-cracking his way around the skyscrapers and streets of New York, trouncing bullies and fighting crime.

Being Peter Parker however is much more difficult, especially when it comes to love. And it’s Peter’s conflicted, earth-bound romance with teen girlfriend Gwen Stacy that drives “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” opening in U.S. movie theaters on Friday. The film has already made $132 million at the international box office.

Dec 6, 2013

U.S. television, Twitter, alive with new version of ‘Sound of Music’

NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) – U.S. television was alive with
“The Sound of Music” on Thursday as country singer Carrie
Underwood and “True Blood” actor Stephen Moyer starred in a live
version of the classic musical about an aspiring nun who falls
in love with an Austrian captain.

Filmed on vast movie sets and with lavish costumes but
without an audience, the NBC television broadcast harked back to
the traditions of the 1950s and 1960s when live musicals were
often shown on American television.

Dec 3, 2013

Carrie Underwood climbs ‘Sound of Music’ mountain

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Despite just a handful of acting roles to date, country singer and “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood was the first choice to play the coveted lead role of Maria in a new live version of “The Sound of Music” for television.

Since winning “Idol” in 2005, Underwood, 30, has taken the country music scene by storm with hits like “Before He Cheats,” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” winning six Grammys and more than 100 other music awards. But the singer will take on more than just singing as she plays the von Trapp’s musical governess in the live NBC broadcast on Thursday.

Dec 3, 2013

A Minute With: Carrie Underwood climbs ‘Sound of Music’ mountain

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Despite just a handful of acting roles to date, country singer and “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood was the first choice to play the coveted lead role of Maria in a new live version of “The Sound of Music” for television.

Since winning “Idol” in 2005, Underwood, 30, has taken the country music scene by storm with hits like “Before He Cheats,” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” winning six Grammys and more than 100 other music awards. But the singer will take on more than just singing as she plays the von Trapp’s musical governess in the live NBC broadcast on Thursday.

Nov 26, 2013

Favorite things get a twist in new U.S. TV version of ‘Sound of Music’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Producers of a new version of the Oscar-winning musical “The Sound of Music,” set for U.S. television next week, knew it would be a sacrilege to try and re-make the beloved 1965 movie classic starring Julie Andrews.

And American country singer Carrie Underwood, who will star as the aspiring nun who brings song into the home of a strict Austrian widower, says she cringes when she hears the word “re-make.”

Jul 25, 2013

‘The Beatles’ bring all their loving back to Broadway

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Beatles – that is, a version of the Liverpool band that broke up more than 40 years ago – are back on Broadway, sending theater audiences dancing into the aisles and proving it’s not just Paul McCartney who still believes in “Yesterday.”

“Let it Be,” a concert-style celebration of the music of the Fab Four that opened in New York this week, is the latest stage show to take fans old and new back to the Beatlemania of the 1960s even as surviving members McCartney and drummer Ringo Starr perform and tour the world in their own right.

May 9, 2013

Backstage judge drama dominates as ‘American Idol’ nears climax

LOS ANGELES, May 9 (Reuters) – Viewers are gearing up to
crown the first female winner of “American Idol” in six years,
but the biggest drama at the once-dominant Fox TV singing
contest is taking place backstage over which of the celebrity
judges will be voted off.

Audiences for what was the most-watched TV show in the
United States for eight years have slumped to new lows in the
current 12th season, despite the addition of singers Mariah
Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban to the judging panel.

Apr 28, 2013

Michael Jackson’s life and death back in spotlight in new trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Almost four years after his shocking death, the bizarre life and sorry demise of Michael Jackson will play out again in a $40 billion civil trial that pits the singer’s family against the organizers of a musical comeback that never happened.

Opening statements are set for Monday in what is expected to be an emotional, three-month long jury trial that seeks to hold AEG Live, the promoters of the never-realized series of 2009 London concerts, liable for the wrongful death of the “Thriller” singer.

Apr 15, 2013

Superheroes rule at raunchy MTV Movie Awards show

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (Reuters) – The comic book superheroes
of “The Avengers” and comedy romance “Silver Linings Playbook”
ruled at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday on a night packed with
irreverent jokes about body parts and sneak peeks of some of the
year’s biggest upcoming films.

“The Avengers” picked up three awards, including the top
prize, movie of the year, along with best villain for Tom
Hiddleston’s turn as the evil Loki, and best fight.

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      "I'm a British import to Los Angeles who still hasn't managed to lose the accent after 10 years. I cover all things celebrity -- Hollywood award shows, stars in trouble, U.S. television and California lifestyle. Before arriving in Los Angeles, I worked for Reuters in London and Italy, covering stories like the death of Princess Diana, the Italian Mafia, and the Good Friday Northern Ireland peace agreement."
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