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    Gorillaz and 'Glee' lead April 19 album releases

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Apr 18, 2011

    Which 'American Idol' contestant finally makes her debut?
  • My Fair Lady - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

    At one time the longest-running Broadway musical, My Fair Lady was adapted by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe from the George Bernard Shaw comedy Pygmalion. Outside Covent Garden on a rainy evening in 1912, dishevelled cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) meets linguistic expert Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison). After delivering a musical tirade against "verbal class distinction," Higgins tells his companion Colonel Pickering (Wilfred Hyde-White) that, within six months, he could transform Eliza into a proper lady, simply by teaching her proper English. The next morning, face and hands freshly scrubbed, Eliza presents herself on Higgins' doorstep, offering to pay him to teach her to be a lady. "It's almost irresistable," clucks Higgins. "She's so deliciously low. So horribly dirty." He turns his mission into a sporting proposition, making a bet with Pickering that he can accomplish his six-month miracle to turn Eliza into a lady. This is one of the all-time great movie musicals, featuring classic songs and the legendary performances of Harrison, repeating his stage role after Cary Grant wisely turned down the movie job, and Stanley Holloway as Eliza's dustman father. Julie Andrews originated the role of Eliza on Broadway but producer Jack Warner felt that Andrews, at the time unknown beyond Broadway, wasn't bankable; Hepburn's singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon, who also dubbed Natalie Wood in West Side Story (1961). Andrews instead made Mary Poppins, for which she was given the Best Actress Oscar, beating out Hepburn. The movie, however, won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Harrison, and five other Oscars, and it remains one of the all-time best movie musicals. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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    Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Kings of Leon headline Coachella 2011

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Jan 19, 2011

    Duran Duran, Black Keys, Mumford & Sons also on the bill
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    Keira Knightley and Joe Wright reteam for 'My Fair Lady'

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Oct 26, 2009

    Will they update the classic musical with an Emma Thompson script?
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    Interview: 'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn

    Type: Post | Date: Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011

    We talk to the filmmaker about fashioning 'a real hero' out of neo-noir pulp
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    Film Nerd 2.0: 'Mary Poppins' thrills the kids and destroys Dad

    Type: Post | Date: Saturday, Apr 28, 2012

    A perfect example of a film that plays different for kids and adults
  • Firefly-shindig-3_home_top_story

    'Firefly' Rewind - Episode 4: 'Shindig'

    Type: Post | Date: Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010

    You can dress up Malcolm Reynolds, but you can't make him classy.
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    Recap: 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Tonight, We Make Our Move'

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Mar 5, 2010

    Coach recovers his mojo, Idol searching runs amuck and a new alliance is floated