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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.

Apr 15, 2013

Emma Watson, Bradley Cooper honored at zany MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (Reuters) – “Harry Potter” star Emma
Watson won the Trailblazer Award and Bradley Cooper was chosen
best male performer for playing a bipolar man in “Silver Linings
Playbook” as the MTV Movie Awards kicked off the summer
movie-going season on Sunday with an irreverent ceremony.

Hosted by “Pitch Perfect” comedy star Rebel Wilson, the
annual youth-oriented show also handed out early prizes to
Cooper and his co-star Jennifer Lawrence for best kiss for their
clinch at the end of the comedy romance.

Apr 11, 2013

Leonardo gets swashbuckling makeover in TV’s “Da Vinci’s Demons”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Take a 15th century Italian genius, invent his mysterious youth, throw in some superhero action and you’ve got “Da Vinci’s Demons” – a new TV series that portrays the man who painted the “Mona Lisa” like he’s never been seen before.

Forget the artist seen in his own self-portrait as a wizened, bearded old man.

The Leonardo of “Da Vinci’s Demons” is a fearless, reckless, swashbuckling 25-year-old, who sports 21st century hair gel and an impressive six-pack.

Apr 5, 2013

Influential U.S. film critic Roger Ebert dies at 70

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Roger Ebert, who was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize and became an unlikely TV star while hosting a movie review show with fellow critic Gene Siskel, died in Chicago on Thursday, two days after he disclosed his cancer had returned.

“It is with a heavy heart we report that legendary film critic Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) has passed away,” the Chicago Sun-Times, the newspaper where Ebert, 70, worked for decades, said on Twitter.

Apr 4, 2013

Influential film critic Roger Ebert dead at 70

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pulitzer-Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert died on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times said, two days after he said his cancer of 10 years ago had returned.

“It is with a heavy heart we report that legendary film critic Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) has passed away,” the newspaper where Ebert worked for decades said on Twitter.

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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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