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Monday, September 14, 2009

MD News Desk: Just Click Your Heels ...

Keep up to date with all the latest from the entertainment world with the MD News Desk:

The Wizard of Oz:
- In recognition of its 70th anniversary, Jennifer Hudson and Julianne Hough will perform the film's legendary songs prior to a free screening in Central Park on September 29 and ...
- Netflix will stream the remastered classic for free (subscription not required) on October 3.
- Also: Andrew Lloyd Webber to search for his West End Dorothy (and Toto too) on another BBC reality show.

And the List Goes On:
- Here are the 50 Best Gay Movies according to readers. Their top ten includes such Movie Dearest faves as Beautiful Thing, Brokeback Mountain, Latter Days, Maurice, Milk, Shelter and Trick.

Best of the Fests:
- The Toronto International Film Festival is currently underway; Heath Ledger's last film, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, is scheduled for its North American premiere Friday.
- Tom Ford's A Single Man won the Venice Film Festival's Queer Lion Award (given to gay-themed films) while his star Colin Firth nabbed the Best Actor prize (cue the Oscar buzz).

Awards Watch:
- The legendary Lauren Bacall, B-movie king Roger Corman and Godfather cinematographer Gordon Willis to receive Honorary Oscars.
- Grey Gardens, Pushing Daisies, True Blood and Tina Fey (as Sarah Palin) are among the winners of this year's Creative Arts Emmys.

- Writer and producer Larry Gilbart, Emmy Award winner for M*A*S*H, passed away Friday morning. He also won Tonys for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and City of Angels and was Oscar nominated for Oh, God! and Tootsie.

Out in Film:
- Mois├ęs Kaufman on the creation of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (An Epilogue).
- Anthony Rapp to offer his one-man show, Without You, in NYC.
- Rufus Wainwright will perform at the Ali Forney Center benefit next month.
- Coming soon to a bookstore near you: Tim Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Instructions for Making It Work.
- Hairspray's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are working on an Emmy song for host Neil Patrick Harris.
- Master thespian Ian McKellen will receive a lifetime achievement award at this month's San Sebastian film festival in Spain.

Coming Soon:
- Sex and the City 2 Watch: Which of Samantha's past lovers will return? Get that scoop and other spoilers here. And yes, there will be an awesome 80's flashback.
- Big Lebowski reunion: Jeff Bridges may reunite with the Coen Brothers for a True Grit remake.
- Pirates of the Caribbean 4 will sail On Stranger Tides.
- Twilight Watch: a new New Moon trailer offers plenty of shirtless vamp and were flesh.
- Disney teams up with Guillermo del Toro to Double Dare You to watch their "darker animated fare".

Cinematic Crushes:
- Josh Hartnett to sling a gun in ... Gunslinger.
- True Blood's Sam Trammell will ... hunt raccoons with Laura Linney and Tobey Maguire in Details. Plus: Sam talks about shape-shifting and nude scenes.
- Alessandro Nivola joins Elisabeth Shue and Abigail Breslin in the indie drama Janie Jones.
- Julian Sands cast as Jor-El, Superman's dad, on Smallville.
- James McAvoy to star in Robert Redford's The Conspirator.
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan to take over from Powers Boothe in the Red Dawn remake.
- Viggo Mortensen talks The Road less traveled.

The Latest on TV:
- Meet Caleb, the new gay on the new Melrose Place (played by the hunkalicious Victor Webster), on tomorrow night's episode.

Women We Love:
- Kathy Griffin stars in Kate is Enough ... with a very special leading man.
- Jennifer Aniston will get "a little bit country" in The Goree Girls.
- The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center opens its doors ... in Connecticut, of course.
- Zoe Saldana is ready for her Uhura to kick some Klingon butt in the next Star Trek.
- Her name is Chita and not Rita: Miss Rivera's new CD, And Now I Sing, to be released October 13. (Click hereto pre-order from
- Michelle Forbes on her True Blood orgy scenes: "Just another day at work".
- Ellen Page and Liv Tyler are Super, thanks for asking.

Off the Shelf:
- chats with the groovy authors of Love to Love You Bradys: The Bizarre Story of the Brady Bunch Variety Hour... including Cindy Brady herself, Susan Olsen.

From Screen to Stage:
- West Side Story's Sharks and Jets named "Outstanding Broadway Chorus" by Actors' Equity. Related: Cobra Starship and Katy Perry are among the rockers offering up a modern take on the "Tonight" quintet in this MTV promo.
- Meet the cast of London's Legally Blonde: The Musical.
- Buyer Beware: Tickets for the troubled Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark will go on sale next month.
- The original stage Mary Poppins, Laura Michelle Kelly, to reprise her Olivier Award winning role on Broadway.
- Shrek The Musical's Brian d'Arcy James gets Sardi'ed.
- In a surprise closing night announcement, Avenue Q announces its moving back to Off-Broadway.


  1. I absolutely love these posts! I learn so much!!

  2. Thank you Michael! Glad to hear you appreciate all our tireless efforts on the MD News Desk!!!


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