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Woody Allen, Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood & Others Discuss 'Whatever Works'

June 16th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Whatever Works
Woody Allen, Larry David, Patricia Clarkson and Evan Rachel Wood sat down to discuss their new film, "Whatever Works," in theaters June 19. I asked Woody if any changes were made to the script -- a script he wrote in the 1970's -- with the casting of Larry David and asked Larry if he ever felt too much "Larry David" was ever coming out in his performance. Also discussed is their love -- or in Larry David's case, disdain, -- for New York and the slim possibilities that a Woody Allen film will ever be adapted for Broadway.

Mike: When Larry David was cast, did you re-write anything to take ...
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'King Kong', 'Creature' To Join Universal Studios Hollywood In 2010

May 24th, 2009 4:00pm EDT
King Kong
King Kong, among the screen’s most powerful and enduring icons, will re-emerge on the famed and newly upgraded Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour in summer, 2010 as a thrilling and ground-breaking 4-D multi-sensory marvel, a new signature attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new King Kong attraction, based on the Oscar®-winning 2005 Universal Pictures film, will combine thrilling visceral effects with the world’s largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience.

Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating Officer, Unive...
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The Cineplexes Are Alive With The Sound Of Music: The Return Of The Movie Musical

May 6th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Hairspray
On April 22's episode of American Idol, renowned composer and lyricist Andrew Lloyd Weber stood patiently trying to teach a blank-eyed Jason Castro the song, "Memory" from one of history's most popular musicals, "Cats." Smiled the clueless Castro, "I didn't even know a cat was singing it."

Quell'horror! Is this the extent of musical theater knowledge possessed by today's generation? In fairness, Castro is from Texas, not exactly around the corner from Broadway. Perhaps had there been a big-screen version of "Cats," more people under the age of 30 would be hip to the magic and majesty...
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It's Aliiive! Decca Broadway Releases 'Young Frankenstein' Cast Album

January 10th, 2008 5:00pm EST
Young Frankenstein
Mel Brooks electrifies his latest creation, a musical rendition of his 1974 film classic Young Frankenstein (That's FRON-kehn-shteen) for the Broadway stage.

The production boasts an all-star cast, starring Roger Bart ("Desperate Housewives"/"The Producers"), Megan Mullally ("Will and Grace"), Tony Award® winner Sutton Foster ("Drowsy Chaperone"), Tony Award® winner Shuler Hensley ("Oklahoma"), Tony Award® winner and SCTV's Andrea Martin, Fred Applegate ("The Producers") and Christopher Fitzgerald ("Wicked").

A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on t...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 28

June 28th, 2007 3:00am EDT
John Cusack
Happy Birthday to actress/singer Danielle Brisebois (1969), "1408" star John Cusack (1966), Denver Broncos star John Elway (1960), "Star Trek: First Contact" Borg Queen Alice Krige (1954), "About Schmidt" actress Kathy Bates (1948), late "SNL" alum Gilda Radner (1946; d. 1989), British actor John Inman (1935), "The Karate Kid" star Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (1932; d. 2005), "The Producers" creator/actor/director/producer Mel Brooks (1926), and theater composer Richard Rodgers (1902; d. 1979).
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 3

February 3rd, 2007 3:00am EST
Isla Fisher
Happy Birthday to "The Wedding Crashers" actress Isla Fisher (1976), "Star Wars" saga character actor Warwick Davis (1970), "ER" star Maura Tierney (1965), actor/director Keith Gordon (1961), Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo (1956), "The Producers" star Nathan Lane (1956), TV actress/Old Navy spokeswoman Morgan Fairchild (1950), "undefeated" NFL quarterback Bob Griese (1945), Emmy-winning actress Blythe Danner (1943), NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1940), television actor Victor Buono (1938; d. 1982), Rat-Packer Joey Bishop (1918), Americana artist Norman Rockwell (1894; d. 1978), and Ge...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 28

June 28th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Happy Birthday to actress/singer Danielle Brisebois (1969), "The Ice Harvest" star John Cusack (1966), Denver Broncos star John Elway (1960), "Star Trek: First Contact" Borg Queen Alice Krige (1954), "About Schmidt" actress Kathy Bates (1948), late "SNL" alum Gilda Radner (1946; d. 1989), British actor John Inman (1935), "The Karate Kid" star Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (1932; d. 2005), "The Producers" creator/actor/director/producer Mel Brooks (1926), and theater composer Richard Rodgers (1902; d. 1979).
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New Movies on DVD, May 16

May 16th, 2006 8:00am EDT
The Ringer
In movie stores this week, or perhaps in your Netflix queue, is The Ringer starring Johnny Knoxville. The Jackass stars as Steve Barker, a man who fakes a mental disability in order to win a cash prize at the Special Olympics. Although his teammates are aware of his scheme and can outdo him athletically, they need Barker to help defeat Jimmy, the arrogant reigning champion of the games. Also on DVD: The Producers, When A Stranger Calls, Duma and Something New.
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 3

February 3rd, 2006 3:00am EST
Morgan Fairchild
Happy Birthday to "The Wedding Crashers" actress Isla Fisher (1976), "Star Wars" saga character actor Warwick Davis (1970), "ER" star Maura Tierney (1965), actor/director Keith Gordon (1961), Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo (1956), "The Producers" star Nathan Lane (1956), TV actress/Old Navy spokeswoman Morgan Fairchild (1950), "undefeated" NFL quarterback Bob Griese (1945), Emmy-winning actress Blythe Danner (1943), NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1940), television actor Victor Buono (1938; d. 1982), Rat-Packer Joey Bishop (1918), Americana artist Norman Rockwell (1894; d. 1978), and Ge...
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New in Theaters Today, Dec. 25

December 25th, 2005 7:00am EST
In Rumor Has It, Jennifer Aniston plays Sarah Huttinger, a woman who learns her family was the inspiration for the book and the film The Graduate. She also realizes she may be the offspring of the well-documented event. Kevin Costner, Shirley MacLaine, Mark Ruffalo, and Mena Suvari also star.

Also in theaters today:

In the musical comedy The Producers, Max (Nathan Lane) and Leo (Matthew Broderick) have a plan: raise far more money than you need to produce a surefire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. They produce the musical "Springtime for Hitler," but the duo's plans chan...
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This Week's 'David Letterman' Highlights

December 20th, 2005 1:49pm EST
Bonnie Hunt
This week’s guests on the Late Show With David Letterman include Cheaper By the Dozen 2’s Bonnie Hunt, The Producers’ Nathan Lane, and radio shock jock Howard Stern. Other guests over the next week are:

Dec. 20

actress Bonnie Hunt; sports talk show host Stephen A. Smith

Dec. 21

actor Nathan Lane; comedian Tom Dreesen

Dec. 22

actor/musical guest Jamie Foxx; comedian Andy Kindler

Dec. 23

actress Rosie Perez; football Toss with Jay Thomas; musical guest Darlene Love

Dec. 26

radio talk show host Howard Stern; musical guest Pharrell Williams; a Top Te...
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New CDs This Week (Nov. 22)

November 22nd, 2005 11:15am EST
System of a Down
This week is a big one for CD releases with a number of new albums coming out in time for the holiday shoppping blitz. Some of the notable discs include new ones from System of a Down, Jamie Foxx, Chamillionaire, Enya and Juelz Santana; live albums from John Mayer, John Legend, Michael Buble, Bouncing Souls and Queens Of The Stone Age; some interesting collections from Notorious B.I.G., Britney Spears and Big Boi; and whole lot more. Check out this list of noteworthy releases for Tuesday, November 22nd...

Alexisonfire/Moneen - Split EP

Ana Bárbara - Dos en Uno

Bee Gees - Love Songs...
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Bravo Releases Guest List for 'Inside the Actors Studio'

November 7th, 2005 11:59am EST
Al Pacino
Bravo just announced some of performing arts' most influential and intriguing stars to appear on the 12th season of the network's longest-running original series, eleven-time Emmy-nominated "Inside the Actors Studio." Scheduled to share their craft and life lessons this season are Al Pacino, Dave Chapelle, the cast of The Producers, Queen Latifah, Barbara Walters and Martin Lawrence, among others. These episodes will begin airing this winter.

"The twelfth season is very special for 'Inside the Actors Studio' because it has such an unusual range," said James Lipton, Host and Executive ...
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