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Sound of Music Star Dies of Brain Cancer

Heather Menzies-Urich played Louisa von Trapp in the Oscar-winning film

(Newser) - Heather Menzies-Urich, who played Louisa von Trapp in The Sound of Music, died Christmas Eve at the age of 68, TMZ reports. Her son, Ryan Urich, says she had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer a month earlier. "She was an actress, a ballerina, and loved living her life...

A Christmas Story Live!: 'Worst Thing' Ever

Only 4.5 million people tuned in to the musical remake of the 1983 classic

(Newser) - The reviews and the numbers are in, and they all point to the same sad conclusion: A Christmas Story Live! was a flop. Based on the beloved 1983 movie about a young boy in 1950s middle America who dreams of getting an air rifle for Christmas, Fox's musical, starring...

10 Highest Grossing Films Ever
10 Highest Grossing Films Ever

10 Highest Grossing Films Ever

'Gone With the Wind' is the king

(Newser) - With Oscars week upon us, 24/7 Wall St. has dug into Hollywood numbers to figure out the highest grossing films of all time. The site used data from Box Office Mojo, and the results reveal that 14 of the 25 films on the list came out prior to 1980. The...

Oldest Sound of Music Daughter Dead at 73
Oldest Sound of Music
Daughter Dead at 73

Oldest Sound of Music Daughter Dead at 73

She's the first of the movie Von Trapps to die

(Newser) - Charmian Carr, the actress best known for sweetly portraying the eldest von Trapp daughter in Rogers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, has died. She was 73. Carr died Saturday of complications from a rare form of dementia in Los Angeles, a spokesman tells the AP . At age 21,...

Billboard Names Greatest Album of All Time

Sorry, Julie Andrews

(Newser) - Attention, everyone: We can finally stop arguing about The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, Wu-Tang Clan vs. A Tribe Called Quest, GWAR vs. Michael Bolton. That's because Billboard has finally named the objective, indisputable greatest album of all time: Adele's 21. To reach that conclusion, Billboard awarded points...

Fox to Air Grease Live Musical
  Fox to Air Grease Live Musical 

Fox to Air Grease Live Musical

As Yahoo confirms it has 2 new comedy series in works

(Newser) - Fox is following NBC into the live musical game with a three-hour adaption of Grease set to air some time next year. The event will feature a young ensemble cast and will be based on the 1971 Broadway musical, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The musical's "iconic characters...

Last Surviving von Trapp Singer Dies at 99

Maria was second-oldest daughter of original 7 children in 'Sound of Music'

(Newser) - The final surviving member of the singing von Trapp family that fled the Nazis in World War II and inspired The Sound of Music has died at the age of 99 in Stowe, Vt. Maria von Trapp was the third of seven children of Georg von Trapp and his first...

NBC to Make Live Musicals a Thing

NBC preps one for next year ... and likely the next and next

(Newser) - NBC's live version of The Sound of Music may not have wowed critics , but it pulled in 18.6 million viewers—the most to watch the network on a Thursday night since the Frasier finale in 2004, the Huffington Post notes (that is, if you don't count sports)....

Sound of Music Actress Eleanor Parker Dead at Age 91

She was nominated for 3 Oscars in the 1950s

(Newser) - Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in The Sound of Music, has died at 91. Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died today morning due to complications from pneumonia. "She passed away peacefully, surrounded...

Wiig Steals SNL's Sound of Music Parody

'Denise' makes for a rather unusual von Trapp in show's 'condensed version'

(Newser) - While critics were busily groaning over Thursday's The Sound of Music Live, a certain other live show was busily plotting its takedown. Kristen Wiig returned for last night's Cold Open on Saturday Night Live, reports US , and promptly stole the sketch as her recurring character Denise made for...

Sound of Music Live Not One of Critics' Favorite Things

Carrie Underwood no Julie Andrews, reviewers agree

(Newser) - Before last night's live production of The Sound of Music on NBC, Emma Brockes summed up everything that was certainly going to be wrong with it in the Guardian : The original, beloved though it may be, "is basically terrible: too long, too pious, too labored in its point-making....

Sound of Music Daughter Dies
Sound of Music
Daughter Dies

Sound of Music Daughter Dies

Agathe von Trapp, oldest daughter of famed singing family, dead at 97

(Newser) - Agathe von Trapp has climbed her last mountain. The oldest daughter of the musical family whose legendary escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for the equally legendary The Sound of Music died Tuesday at age 97. Agathe, a guitarist, was represented in the film by "I am 16-going-on-17"...

Box Office Records Are Bunk
 Box Office Records Are Bunk 

Box Office Records Are Bunk

Measuring a film's success in dollars is misleading

(Newser) - Not a year seems to go by without a film breaking a box-office records: Dark Knight a contender for biggest all-time earner! Bourne Ultimatum the top August opener! But that’s not because the films actually draw more viewers than the previous record-holders; it's because the figures are in dollars,...

Sour Notes Fade for Real Von Trapps

Family, now Vermont innkeepers, comes to terms with Sound of Music

(Newser) - Being part of the family made famous by The Sound of Music hasn’t always had Johannes von Trapp, now 69, singing a happy tune, the New York Times reports, but passing the torch to a new generation has given him some peace. His son Sam is taking over the...

Austria Scraps Plans to Make von Trapp Villa a Tourist Trap

City blocks plans to turn Salzburg villa into a hotel

(Newser) - Fans of The Sound of the Music won't be able to stay at the von Trapp family villa in Austria now that authorities have blocked a plan to turn the villa into a hotel. An astonishing 40% of overnight stays in Salzburg are booked by Sound of Music fans. But...

Spacey Slams BBC's 'Unfair' Talent Searches

Actor slams Webber's Idol clones as ads for musicals

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey has criticized the BBC’s West End reality shows as overt promotions for the musicals they're casting for, the Guardian reports. Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular talent-search series, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything, sought out new stars for big-budget productions of Joseph and the Amazing ...

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