Lost for decades, Dorothy's dress from 'Oz' up for sale
It's one of the most recognizable outfits in American movie history, the blue-and-white checked gingham dress a young Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in the classic 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz." For decades, one of the versions of the dress Garland wore in the movie was assumed lost at Catholic University of America, where it had been given to someone in the drama department in the early 1970s. When she first saw it, “all I could think about was watching the movie when I was a child and growing up with" it, said Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw, dean of the school of music, drama and art at Catholic University, in Washington, D.C. “In a way it was like I was looking at my past childhood."news.yahoo.com
Judy Garland’s famous ‘Wizard of Oz’ dress, missing for decades, found in trash bag
Judy Garland’s missing ‘Wizard of Oz’ dress found in a trash bagA dress worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” has been recovered after going missing for four decades. People magazine reports the blue-and-white gingham dress she wore as Dorothy in the 1939 film was found in a trash bag at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington D.C., last month. “I noticed on top of the faculty mailboxes a trash bag and asked my co-worker to hand it to me. The dress appears to be the genuine article, as it reportedly shares several characteristics with other costumes Garland wore, including a “secret pocket” where she kept a handkerchief and the name “Judy Garland” written by hand on the inside. “The Wizard of Oz,” the classic movie musical directed by Victor Fleming, is based on Chittenango native L. Frank Baum children’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The 1900 book has been adapted into multiple stories, including “Wicked,” “Return to Oz,” “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” the animated Amazon Prime Original series “Lost in Oz,” and an upcoming “reimagining” by “Watchmen” director Nicole Kassell.mlive.com
Burt Reynolds' remains find home at Hollywood cemetery
Flowers are placed in front of a temporary headstone for the late actor Burt Reynolds in the Garden of Legends section of Hollywood Forever cemetery, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Los Angeles. Reynolds' cremated remains were moved from Florida to Hollywood Forever, where a small ceremony was held Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)LOS ANGELES – Burt Reynolds finally reached his final resting place Thursday at a storied Hollywood cemetery. A small, private ceremony, with relatives taking part remotely via Zoom, was held Thursday morning at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where Reynolds' cremated remains were placed in a grave next to a lake nearly 2 1/2 years after his death. Reynolds’ grave is across the lake from rockers Johnny Ramone and Chris Cornell.
'Wizard of Oz' remake planned with 'Watchmen' director
FILE - Costumed "Wizard of Oz" characters attend the "Wizard of Oz" 70th Anniversary Emerald Gala on Sept. 24, 2009, in New York. New Line Cinema is making a new adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the L. Frank Baum childrens novel, with Nicole Kassell, the visual architect of Watchmen, set to direct. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)NEW YORK – Are we off to see the wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz — again? New Line Cinema is making a new adaptation of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” L. Frank Baum children’s novel, with Nicole Kassell, the visual architect of “Watchmen,” set to direct. The most recent “Wizard of Oz” film came from the Walt Disney Co.'s “Oz the Great and Powerful” in 2013.
Philip J. Smith, who led Shubert Organization, dies at 89
Smith, who rose from box office treasurer at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway to chairman and co-CEO of the theatrical giant Shubert Organization, has died from complications from COVID-19, according to his daughters. (Jeremy Daniel via AP)NEW YORK – Philip J. Smith, who rose from box office treasurer at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway to chairman and co-CEO of the theatrical giant Shubert Organization, has died from complications from COVID-19, according to his daughters. In a career that spanned 63 years, Smith worked in every department of the Shubert Organization and was named general manager of all Shubert Theatres in 1964. The Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres and six off-Broadway venues. Smith retired in June 2020 and also stepped down as chairman of The Shubert Foundation, the company’s nonprofit arm.
Detroit's Anna Burch drops Carpenters-esque Christmas single just in time to lowkey depress us for the holidays
click to enlarge Photo by Elene UsdinSinger-songwriter Anna Burch wasto have a stellar 2020.Not only did she drop her serene sophomore record If You're Dreaming (Polyvinyl) in the middle of the pandemic, but she also had three headlining tours planned, including a European jaunt. And then she got COVID-19.Naturally, as one does when their creative and professional plans have been quashed and they catch a deadly virus, Burch wrote a Christmas song for the times and yes, it'll make you misty.Though just under two and a half minutes with less than 15 lines, “Your Heart May Be Heavy” is reminiscent of the Carpenters Christmas record (something Burch was striving for when she whipped out her flutist skills) and is inspired by an iconic Christmas song that gets Burch weepy.“I knew I wanted to write a Christmas song after the difficult year we’ve all had, because of how emotionally potent they can be. When I hear Judy Garland sing 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' I can’t help but well up with tears while still remaining hopeful,” Burch said of the song, which was engineered by Adam Pressley and mixed by Ben Collins.“Strings of little lights/ Candles burning bright/ Your face all aglow/ Sing a song you know,” Burch sings. “Though your heart may be heavy/ Take my hand and you'll see/ All I need is what's in front of me/ to have a Merry Christmas now.”Burch says that she came up with the chord progression on piano but her plans were thwarted by what she calls a "mild" case of the coronavirus, which affected her breath control and energy levels.“Luckily I recovered in time, and with the help and generosity of my friends and team, I was able to finish this song in time to have it out just before Christmas,” she shared in a statement. “Merry Christmas to everyone muddling through, I hope this song in its small way can be a gift of cheer.”Listen to “Your Heart May Be Heavy” below and streamvia Bandcamp Apple Music , or Spotifymetrotimes.com
Herbert Kretzmer, lyricist of Les Miserables, dead at 95
LONDON – Herbert Kretzmer, the journalist and lyricist best known for his English-language adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, has died. Tributes poured in from giants of the London stage, including theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh, singer Elaine Paige and lyricist Tim Rice. Les Miserables producer Mackintosh said Kretzmer was instrumental in bringing Victor Hugo's classic tale of defiance and redemption in early 19th century France to the stage in English in October 1985, five years after it had opened in Paris. Until a young British producer by the name of Cameron Mackintosh invited Kretzmer to tea in June 1984 and his life changed. Though the expanded English version of Les Miserables — it was never Les Mis for Kretzmer — had mixed reviews at the start, it would soon become one of the biggest successes of 20th century theater.
New this week: 'Enola Holmes,' Public Enemy and Bonnaroo
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES— “Enola Holmes”: It’s somewhat fitting that “Stranger Things” breakout Millie Bobby Brown gets her first starring role in a Netflix film, “Enola Holmes,” coming to the streamer Wednesday. — The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival was supposed to take place in June in Tennessee but was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. This week, though, the festival is launching Virtual ROO-ALITY, a three-night live broadcast featuring new performances as well as content from the Bonnaroo archive. The two-hour film will be available at 7 p.m. EDT Tuesday at pbs.org/frontline and on YouTube at 9 p.m. EDT.
"Sunday Morning" Matinee: "Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz"
"Sunday Morning" Matinee: "Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz" The cast of the Broadway-bound musical "Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz," about the early life of Judy Garland, performs the "Wizard of Oz" star's signature song, "Over the Rainbow," presented by Garland's daughter, actress Lorna Luft, and recorded especially for "Sunday Morning" viewers.cbsnews.com
5 things you probably didn’t know about Judy Garland
If there were a real world “Wizard of Oz,” one wish for fans of the famous movie would be to bring Judy Garland back to life. While always best-known for her role as Dorothy, Garland appeared in several movies and also starred on "The Judy Garland Show" in 1963-64. Below are five facts of note about Garland’s life as the world acknowledges the 51st anniversary of her death. Garland's name changeGarland was born Frances Ethel Gumm in 1922, but she and her sisters changed their name from the Gumm sisters to the Garland sisters in 1934. Are you a fan of Judy Garland?
Judy Garland's Manager Remembers Star's Spiraling Drug Addiction
Judy Garland's manager is speaking out about what the actress was like in her final years. "When I met Judy, she was 38 and I was 23, and she was in enormous emotional pain," Stevie Phillips told Inside Edition. Garland became one of the biggest stars in the world after "The Wizard of Oz." RELATED STORIESStolen Ruby Slippers Worn by Judy Garland in 'The Wizard of Oz' Recovered 13 Years LaterManhandled by Munchkins? Judy Garland Molested on 'Wizard of Oz' Set, Book ClaimsJudy Garland's Remains Dug Up and Moved Across the Country, Nearly 50 Years After Her Death
Renee Zellweger wows as Judy Garland in 'Judy'
(CNN) - The appeal of "Judy" is as simple as its title -- watching Renee Zellweger inhabit the role of Judy Garland near the end of her life in boozy, jittery, soaring fashion. There are virtually no surprises in this dutiful biography, which could easily be a sort of gender-switch "A Star is Born," only with Garland portraying the aging superstar. ("Sid & Judy," a documentary airing on Showtime in October, also offers a fine companion to the movie, for those interested.) "I'm only Judy Garland for an hour a night," the former Frances Gumm laments at one point. Somehow, Zellweger manages to be Judy for a full two hours, delivering an over-the-rainbow performance in a movie that otherwise, on balance, is a bit more Kansas than Oz.
Google celebrates Wizard of Oz' anniversary with homepage surprise
Google commemorates the 80th anniversary of 'The Wizard of Oz' with a head-spinning surprise(CNN) - If you open up a Google window and search "The Wizard of Oz," the results page may seem pretty average. That is until you click on the ruby slippers, appearing next to the movie's name. You've been whirl-winded back in time to a search results page far, far away that appears in black and white. Why is Google playing games with our search page? "The Wizard of Oz" was the winner of Academy Awards for the classic song, "Over The Rainbow" and for best score.
Items belonging to Elvis, Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks at auction
Personal and career items from Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Jerry Lee Lewis, Judy Garland and Garth Brooks are up for auction. NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Memorabilia from some of the most iconic stars and artists of all time are hitting the auction block later this month and we got a sneak peek. Kruse GWS Auctions previewed personal and career items from Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Jerry Lee Lewis, Judy Garland and Garth Brooks. We also got a look at some of the items aboard Garth Brooks' tour bus, which is also being auction off later this month. "It makes perfect sense to bring some of this incredible memorabilia to Music City USA aboard the Garth Brooks tour bus we will be auctioning," said Brigitte Kruse, Founder of Kruse GWS Auctions.