Does sneaking ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ into the drama categories at the Globes boost their Oscar chances? History says yes

One of the oddities of this year’s Golden Globes nominees? That Fox’s Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Warner’s “A Star Is Born” requested to compete in the drama categories and not as a musical or comedy selection.

After all, the 1976 version of the much-told showbiz saga starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson was labeled as a musical and went on to grab Globes for both leads as well as the film itself. But those prizes did not translate into Oscar attention, with only the movie’s signature song, “Evergreen,” earning a statuette.

However, their winning dramatic counterparts that year – Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway in “Network” — would not only make the Oscar ballot cut, but would go on to win Academy Awards as well. Same thing happened to the year’s drama champ, “Rocky,” which won the Best Picture Oscar.

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TCM Brings 14 Classic Movies Back to Theaters in 2019

Film fans can take a yearlong journey through Hollywood history in 2019 when Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) come together for the fourth annual "TCM Big Screen Classics," presenting 14 film favorites throughout the year, spanning seven decades.

From the Golden Age of Hollywood to groundbreaking movies from the seventies, eighties and nineties, the TCM Big Screen Classics series combines each film with little-known facts and insight provided by TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz. In addition, every film is presented in its original aspect ratio, offering audiences the chance to see these movies on the big screen just as they were originally enjoyed.

The lineup for the 2019 "TCM Big Screen Classics" includes:

&#8226 The Wizard of Oz - 1/27, 29 & 30&#8226 My Fair Lady - 2/17 & 20&#8226 To Kill a Mockingbird - 3/24 & 27&#8226 Ben-Hur - 4/14 & 17 &#8226 True Grit - 5/5 & 8&#8226 Steel Magnolias - 5/19, 21 & 22&#8226 Field of Dreams - 6/16 & 18&#8226 Glory - 7/21 & 24 &#8226 Hello, Dolly! - 8/11 & 14&#8226 Lawrence of Arabia - 9/1 & 4&#8226 The Shawshank Redemption
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Oscar flashback: Before ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ there was ‘Poppins’ Revenge’ for Julie Andrews

Oscar flashback: Before ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ there was ‘Poppins’ Revenge’ for Julie Andrews
Magical nanny Mary Poppins is about to return to movie screens, this time with Emily Blunt in the title role. The character brought Julie Andrews an Oscar as Best Actress for “Mary Poppins” (1964) in what is perhaps one of the single most fascinating awards derbies ever. Dubbed “Poppins’ Revenge” by pundits, Andrews won the Oscar the same year she was denied the chance to recreate on-screen her role in “My Fair Lady” which made her a star on Broadway.

My Fair Lady” was a sensation on the stage. The original production ran six years and won six Tony awards. The original stars of the production were Rex Harrison and a then relatively unknown Andrews. The two each played the role for over a year on Broadway and then for an additional year in London.

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Unfaithfully Yours

Perhaps too black a comedy for its era, Preston Sturges’ second effort after his departure from Paramount did not find much favor with audiences and effectively ended his career as an A-list Hollywood director. But subsequent years have proved kind to what was always a clever concept, originally conceived by Sturges in 1932 but summarily rejected for production at the time. Cut from 127 minutes to 105 after previews, its release was delayed due to scandal involving star Rex Harrison. Remade in 1984 by Howard Zieff.

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Vivien Leigh movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

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Vivien Leigh movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’
Vivien Leigh would’ve celebrated her 105th birthday on November 5, 2018. The two-time Oscar inner made only a handful of films before her untimely death in 1967 at the age of 53. Yet several of those titles remain classics. In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 10 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in British India, Leigh appeared in a number of roles on both the stage and screen in England, including a production of “Hamlet” opposite her husband, Laurence Olivier.

She came to international attention after landing the coveted role of Scarlet O’Hara in David O. Selznick’s massive adaptation of Margaret Mitchell‘s bestseller “Gone with the Wind” (1939). Leigh was far from the first choice to embody the headstrong Southern belle who pines after a married man (Leslie Howard) while wedding another (Clark Gable) against the backdrop of the Civil War. Yet the
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Oscar Flashback: With ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ snubbed, ‘Mary Poppins’ tune wins Best Original Song

Oscar Flashback: With ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ snubbed, ‘Mary Poppins’ tune wins Best Original Song
This article marks Part 9 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the Academy Awards winners.

The 1964 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“Dear Heart” from “Dear Heart”

“Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte” from “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte”

“Chim Chim Cher-ee” from “Mary Poppins

“My Kind of Town” from “Robin and the 7 Hoods

“Where Love Has Gone” from “Where Love Has Gone”

Won: “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from “Mary Poppins”

Should’ve won: “Dear Heart” from “Dear Heart”

1964 is one of the more aggravating years at the Oscars, that time “My Fair Lady” crushed the brilliant likes of “Becket” and “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” across the board. Rex Harrison defeated Richard Burton,
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Julie Andrews movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘Mary Poppins’

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Julie Andrews movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘Mary Poppins’
Julie Andrews started singing at a very young age. So young in fact, that at age 13, she became the youngest performer ever to give a Royal Command Performance for then British monarch King George VI. After many appearances on the British stage, Andrews made her Broadway debut at age 19 in the musical “The Boy Friend.” That performance led to her being cast as the lead in one of the biggest hits and most acclaimed productions in Broadway history, “My Fair Lady.”

Her great success in “My Fair Lady” would later become one of her greatest disappointments when she was deemed too unfamiliar to film audiences to recreate her role on film (though her Broadway co-stars Rex Harrison and Stanley Holloway were both hired). In her place the studio hired Audrey Hepburn who gave a good performance but had to have her singing dubbed by another performer. Some studios felt Andrews
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Julie Andrews movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Julie Andrews movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Julie Andrews started singing at a very young age. So young in fact, that at age 13, she became the youngest performer ever to give a Royal Command Performance for then British monarch King George VI. After many appearances on the British stage, Andrews made her Broadway debut at age 19 in the musical “The Boy Friend.” That performance led to her being cast as the lead in one of the biggest hits and most acclaimed productions in Broadway history, “My Fair Lady.”

Her great success in “My Fair Lady” would later become one of her greatest disappointments when she was deemed too unfamiliar to film audiences to recreate her role on film (though her Broadway co-stars Rex Harrison and Stanley Holloway were both hired). In her place the studio hired Audrey Hepburn who gave a good performance but had to have her singing dubbed by another performer. Some studios felt Andrews
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Reno Roop, Veteran of the Broadway Stage, Dies at 80

Reno Roop, the veteran stage actor who appeared on Broadway opposite Rex Harrison, Ellen Burstyn and Richard Chamberlain, has died. He was 80.

Roop died Friday at his home in New York after a battle with Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia, his family announced.

Roop made his Broadway debut opposite Harrison as the councilor Berthold in 1973's The Emperor Henry IV and appeared with Burstyn in Sacrilege (1995). Later, he was in 1998 and '99 revivals of The Sound of Music (the latter with Chamberlain) and in an original production of Judgment at Nuremburg with Maximilian ...
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Lauren Ambrose could break ‘My Fair Lady’ Tony Awards curse

Lauren Ambrose could break ‘My Fair Lady’ Tony Awards curse
The current revival of “My Fair Lady” marks the fifth time that this “perfect” musical has graced the Great White Way. Emmy nominee Lauren Ambrose of “Six Feet Under” makes her Broadway musical theater debut as Eliza Doolitle, the Cockney flower girl who is turned into a society lady by Professor Henry Higgins. She is a strong contender to win at Sunday’s Tony Awards and, in so doing, would be the first actress to take home Broadway’s highest honor for one of the best roles in musical theater.

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Julie Andrews created the role in the original 1956 production of the Lerner and Loewe musical. Though the show won six Tony Awards Andrews lost to Judy Holliday for “Bells are Ringing.” Among the wins for “My Fair Lady” were Best Musical and Actor (Rex Harrison) as well as director,
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2018 Tony Awards preview: Best Actor in a Musical race is too close to call

Broadway fans bemoaned the lack of leading men in musicals this year with only five eligible for consideration at the Tony Awards. While Paul Alexander Nolan (“Escape to Margaritaville”) was snubbed by the nominating committee, any of the four who reaped bids could win. Below, we break down the most competitive race in advance of Sunday’s ceremony

The frontrunner is Joshua Henry (“Carousel”). He leads with 7/4 odds to take home his first Tony Award. Henry has the backing of five experts as of this writing: Susan Haskins (Theater Talk), Gordon Cox (Variety), David Gordon (Theatermania), Jack Smart (Backstage), and Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby). After his Tony nominated turns in “The Scottsboro Boys” and “Violet,” voters may feel it’s finally time to reward the Broadway star who delivers a flawless interpretation of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein number ‘Soliloquy.’ Henry is the first actor to land a Tony nomination for the part.
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Harry Hadden-Paton Brings Henry Higgins Into New Century; Talks ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie – Tony Awards Watch

Harry Hadden-Paton Brings Henry Higgins Into New Century; Talks ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie – Tony Awards Watch
When Harry Hadden-Paton was informed by his agent that he’d been asked to audition for the Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady, his first response thought was Freddy Eynsford-Hill, the lovesick young swain smitten with flower girl Eliza Doolittle. Told they were interested in him for the leading – and older – character, Professor Henry Higgins, Hadden-Paton’s next question was, Will I have to wear a cardigan?

“Because, ultimately, I know they’re just going to go for what they always go for,” he remembers thinking. Assured by his agent that this Higgins was to be something different, something younger than the usual Higgins – Hadden-Paton doesn’t say it, but he’d be entirely justified in hoping for something less Rex Harrison – the 37-year-old London-born actor took a shot.

“And I’m very glad I did,” he says.

Tony-nominated for Best Actor in a Musical, Hadden-Paton portrays a
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Lauren Ambrose Talks ‘My Fair Lady’, MeToo & The Odds Of Resurrecting ‘Six Feet Under’ – Tony Awards Watch

Lauren Ambrose Talks ‘My Fair Lady’, MeToo & The Odds Of Resurrecting ‘Six Feet Under’ – Tony Awards Watch
The Tony-nominated Broadway revivals of My Fair Lady and Carousel, falling squarely in the midst of the MeToo moment, have given creative teams (and theater-goers) a chance to re-evaluate these classic musicals and what they have to say about gender roles. If Carousel has the tougher road, with its repeated references to domestic abuse, My Fair Lady has its own burdens, the musical so often remembered as much for the image of the gruff Rex Harrison bossing around the younger, so-delicate Audrey Hepburn in the 1964 movie version as for its remarkable score.

Indeed, on the day Deadline spoke to My Fair Lady‘s Lauren Ambrose, who stars as flower girl-turned-society lady Eliza Doolittle, Harvey Weinstein was arrested in New York.

“It’s actually one of the things that I find exciting about doing a revival,” Ambrose said, explaining how she
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Candice Bergen "Is Living the Life She Always Dreamed of" at Age 72 (Exclusive)

Actress and former model Candice Bergen strode proudly onto the stage of NYC's Carnegie Hall, flanked by her Murphy Brown co-stars, at CBS' recent fall lineup announcement. "It's so great to have the gang back together," she said. "And to hear Americans cheering for a bunch of journalists." It's the kind of timely wisecrack Murphy often made on the hit 1988 to 1998 sitcom and will continue to make on the show's upcoming reboot. And like her character, Candice always tells it like it is. While recently addressing her youthful good looks, she told People that, "People who don't have it think beauty is a blessing, but actually it sets you apart." And when it comes to her later-in-life weight gain, she wrote in her memoir, A Fine Romance, "I am fat. I live to eat." Murphy Brown...together again. Coming to your neighborhood TV in the fall. Just in time.
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The 2018 Tony Nominees: Actors in a Musical

This year’s Tony Award acting nominees represent a cross-section of the 2017–18 Broadway season, a season full of magic, spectacle, and good old-fashioned entertainment. New York theater veterans and thrillingly talented newcomers (Hailey Kilgore! Ethan Slater! Anthony Boyle!) can be found on the list below. Want to learn more about the performances nominated for theater’s highest honor? Read on for a comprehensive guide—and tune in June 10 to see who wins! Leading Actor In A Musical Harry Hadden-Paton, “My Fair Lady”Hadden-Paton remains thoughtful and engaging in the role that could easily become a simple foil; Henry Higgins presents a comedic feast for an actor, but the role must be balanced alongside Eliza Doolittle’s antics. This role made Rex Harrison a star back in the day and could well do the same for Hadden-Paton now. Joshua Henry, “Carousel”He takes a breath to power that astonishing voice, and
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Olivia De Havilland Remembers Being the First Female Cannes Jury President

Olivia De Havilland Remembers Being the First Female Cannes Jury President
Olivia de Havilland is used to being a pioneer. Long before becoming the first woman to preside over the Cannes Film Festival jury, she took on the Hollywood studios’ onerous contract system as a young actress, fighting what was practically a form of indentured servitude. Her successful 1943 lawsuit against Warner Bros. went all the way to the California Supreme Court and resulted in the famous De Havilland Law, which remains a legal landmark.

A few years later, her portrayal in “The Snake Pit” of a woman who suffers a mental breakdown shone a light on conditions in psychiatric institutions, helped spark reforms around the country and earned de Havilland one of her five Oscar nominations. Her first was for the role for which she’ll be forever remembered: as Melanie Wilkes in “Gone With the Wind.” De Havilland wound up winning two statuettes for best actress, once in 1947, for “To Each His Own,
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Tony Awards spotlight: Lauren Ambrose (‘My Fair Lady’) makes Eliza Doolittle

Tony Awards spotlight: Lauren Ambrose (‘My Fair Lady’) makes Eliza Doolittle
Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” is a dream role for any soprano. The part allows the actress to showcase broad comedy, don lavish gowns, and croon Lerner and Loewe classics like “I Could Have Danced All Night.” But the role is no a favorite of the Tonys: no actress has ever won for playing Eliza. Now, 62 years after the musical’s Broadway debut, Lauren Ambrose may reverse the curse at long last.

The original 1956 production of “My Fair Lady” starred Rex Harrison and newcomer Julie Andrews. The show was a hit and claimed six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Lead Actor in a Musical. But in a shocking twist Andrews lost Lead Actress to Judy Holliday in “Bells Are Ringing.”

Award show misfortune followed the role to the big screen when Audrey Hepburn was snubbed by the Oscars for the 1964 film version. Andrews won the Best Actress Academy Award for “Mary Poppins.
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‘My Fair Lady’ Broadway Review: Lauren Ambrose’s Eliza Brings Fair Fight To Professor Henry Higgins

While Carousel spins its gorgeous melodies and troublesome social politics in Midtown Manhattan, My Fair Lady, its lighter-hearted companion in the Big Book of treasured musicals toting outdated notions, has opened some 20 blocks north in a sumptuous Lincoln Center Theater production, its cast of 37 led by a tempestuous Lauren Ambrose and, in his Broadway debut, Harry Hadden-Paton, best known stateside for a Prince Charming turn on Downton Abbey but here making a right turn by going full-bore, unapologetic cad as that most arrogant of misogynists, Professor Henry Higgins.

In a parity not generally associated with this tale of young female molding in old male hands, the casting of the 40-year-old Ambrose and 37-year-old Hadden-Paton (even with some age make-up) makes for something of a My Fair Lady for the #MeToo moment. Even at the start, Ambrose is no withering little flower girl, nor Hadden-Paton the old-even-when-young Rex Harrison looming over his charge.
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The original Doctor Dolittle returns to Cineplex theatres this month!

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The original Doctor Dolittle returns to Cineplex theatres this month!The original Doctor Dolittle returns to Cineplex theatres this month!Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine2/14/2018 9:31:00 Am

Hollywood pros know working with animals is hard, but that didn’t stop 20th Century Fox from going ahead with Doctor Dolittle(1967), a big-budget musical that turned out to be a colossal headache.

Rex Harrison stars as a doctor who administers aid to animals (he can speak 498 animal languages) and goes in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail. More than 1,200 live animals were used during filming, and the creatures regularly bit the film’s stars, including Harrison, Samantha Eggers and Anthony Newley. Squirrels gnawed at the sets, which stank of ammonia used to clean up animal waste, and the multiple takes needed while working with the animals meant the film took an entire year just to shoot.

Today, Hollywood simply creates
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Robert Downey Jr.’s Doctor Dolittle Movie Fills Out Its Cast

The full cast has been assembled for Robert Downey Jr.’s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, which includes Downey’s fellow Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland. The story about a veterinarian who can communicate with animals has long been a favorite in Hollywood, from the legendary performance by Rex Harrison 50 years ago in the the classic movie musical Doctor Dolittle, to a big screen update of the same name starring Eddie Murphy in 1998.
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