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Singer Carrie Underwood struggled to contain her tears as she accepted her award at the 2014 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Honors on Tuesday (09Sep14).
The Before He Cheats hitmaker received the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award at the music prizegiving ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee and she battled through tears as she tried to thank her husband Mike Fisher onstage.
Underwood, who is expecting her first child, later poked fun at her emotions on Instagram.com, writing, "Had such a great night at the ACM Honors! Now everyone can go back to making fun of me for crying during my speech!"
Other honourees included Kris Kristofferson and Dean Dillon, who shared the Poet's Award, and Ronnie Milsap and Toby Keith, who won the Career Achievement Award. Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott also performed a medley of hits by Shane McAnally, who won the ACM's songwriter of the year award.
The stage adaptation of Gene Kelly's classic film An American In Paris is heading to Broadway next year (15). The 1951 movie about an American soldier falling in love in post-war Paris, France, which was inspired by George Gershwin's 1928 orchestral composition of the same name, has found a home at New York City's Palace Theater.
The venue is soon to be vacated by Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, which closes on Sunday (20Jul14).
An American in Paris, directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, will appropriately have its world premiere at the French capital's Theatre du Chatelet this December (14) for a limited run.
The production will then head to the Great White Way, with previews beginning 13 March (15).
Tilda Swinton is in talks to reteam with her Michael Clayton co-star George Clooney in the new Coen Brothers movie Hail Caesar!. The actress, her The Grand Budapest Hotel onscreen lover Ralph Fiennes and Channing Tatum are all in negotiations to join the cast of the Hollywood studios period comedy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum is slated to play a Gene Kelly-type dancer, while Swinton is up for the role of top gossip columnist, and Fiennes is close to signing on to play a studio director.
The film isn't Clooney's first Coen Brothers project - he also starred in the filmmaker siblings' O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Burn After Reading and Intolerable Cruelty.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Personal items belonging to late actress Farrah Fawcett have fetched $200,000 (GBP133,000) at auction. Items including the iconic red swimsuit she wore for an Esquire magazine shoot, her passport, a script from her 1984 TV film The Burning Bed, and a People's Choice Award went under the hammer at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas on Thursday (12Dec13).
Margaret Barrett, the director of entertainment and music auctions for Heritage, says, "The intense competition for Farrah's items in this auction speaks to how popular she continues to be with collectors."
In addition to Fawcett's belongings, the suit Gene Kelly got wet in 1952 movie Singin' in the Rain sold for just over $106,000 (GBP70,600).
U.S. President Barack Obama has joined movie stars like Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L. Jackson and Charlize Theron in paying tribute to the late, great Nelson Mandela following his death at the age of 95. South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed the sad news of the civil rights icon's death just before midnight local time on Thursday night (05Dec13) - not long after acclaimed new biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom premiered in London, with Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and members of Mandela's family in attendance.
The former president, who was affectionately known as Madiba, had battled health issues in recent years, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalisations.
Announcing the tragic news, President Zuma said, "He passed on peacefully in the company of his family... He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
Zuma ordered all flags across the nation to be flown at half-mast from Friday (06Dec13) until Mandela is laid to rest at a state funeral.
Shortly after news of Mandela's death broke, President Obama held a press conference at the White House to deliver a touching tribute, stating, "He achieved more than could be expected of any man and today he has gone home."
He added, "We have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages."
Obama's predecessor George W. Bush added, "President Mandela was one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our time. He bore his burdens with dignity and grace, and our world is better off because of his example. This good man will be missed, but his contributions will live on forever."
British actor Idris Elba, who portrays Mandela in new movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom offered up a statement after hearing the sad news during the London premiere after party. It reads: "What an honour it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Meanwhile, South African actress Charlize Theron became one of the first celebrities to remember the legendary activist online, tweeting, "My thoughts and love go out to the Mandela family. Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever".
Ghost star Goldberg added, "I want 2give (sic) the world a hug I was told Mandeba (sic) just passed. Nelson Mandela R.I.P. Time for a well earned sleep.Condolences to his family", while Samuel L. Jackson posted, "Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country".
Actor William Shatner, John Legend, Fergie, former boxer Mike Tyson, Bette Midler, Kelly Osbourne, filmmaker Michael Moore, Olivia Wilde, Rihanna, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons, Gabrielle Union, Gene Simmons, former Spice Girls star Mel C, Ricky Martin, Jermaine Jackson, Channing Tatum and Tony Bennett were also among the celebrities who flooded Twitter with tributes to Mandela on Thursday.
And sports legend Muhammad Ali released a statement which reads: "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Mandela. His was a life filled with purpose and hope; hope for himself, his country and the world."
The grey wool suit Gene Kelly was wearing as he splashed through puddles during his Singin' In The Rain dance routine is expected to fetch over $20,000 (£13,000) when it goes under the hammer at an auction in Dallas, Texas later this week (06Dec13). Heritage Auctions bosses are selling the clothing item, which memorabilia collector Gerry Sola bought for just $10 (GBP6) at a MGM studio sale in 1970.
It's one of two iconic wardrobe items set to go to auction this week - Bruce Lee's yellow jumpsuit from his final film Game of Death is among the highlights up for grabs at a Spink auction in Hong Kong on Thursday (05Dec13).
Lost radio interviews with late Hollywood legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Bing Crosby are to be broadcast in Britain after the tapes were discovered in a family archive. The interviews, which also include chats with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, were originally recorded by radio presenter Benny Green for a 26-part series called Hooray for Hollywood, and were partly broadcast by the BBC in the 1970s.
Green, who died in 1998, kept tapes of the recordings in his personal archive and they have now resurfaced after they were discovered by his son, Leo Green.
The recordings will be aired in two parts across Christmas Day (25Dec13) and Boxing Day (26Dec13) on Britain's BBC Radio 2, with Leo presenting a Hollywood Special featuring a mixture of his father's work and the corporation's own archive material.
Leo tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "These songs, stories and voices deserve not to be sat in a cupboard gathering dust. The artists we will hear from are some of the greatest performers of all time.
"When some of my friends' dads passed away, they got left a set of golf clubs and a few ill fitting suits. I have been fortunate enough to have been left an incredible and historical archive and I'm really excited to have the chance to share these interviews."
The classic Gene Kelly film An American In Paris is to be turned into a stage play. The 1951 film about an American soldier falling in love in post-war Paris, France, which was inspired by George Gershwin's 1928 orchestral composition of the same name, will premiere in the city late next year (14), with plans to transfer it to Broadway the following year (15).
The show will feature the famous movie's 16-minute ballet sequence featuring Kelly and co-star Lesley Caron, which will be re-imagined by director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.
Veteran funnyman Mel Brooks is to be honoured with the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The Blazing Saddles director will receive the 41st honour from fellow legendary Hollywood moviemaker Martin Scorsese at a ceremony next month (Jun13).
The prestigious award will be handed out as a tribute to Brooks' 60-year entertainment career.
Sir Howard Stringer, chairman for the AFI Board of Trustees, says, "For over 50 years, Mel Brooks has given the world its greatest gift - laughter. At the American Film Institute, we also want to shine a proper light on his contributions to the art form as writer, producer, director and actor - and who better to bestow this honour than one of the masters of American film, Martin Scorsese."
Brooks will receive the honour at a ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on 6 June (13). Previous recipients of the award include Alfred Hitchcock, James Cagney, Sidney Poitier and Gene Kelly.