From the folks at FUNNY OR DIE…You won’t beleive this all-star cast!

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Premiering tonight on The Sundance Channel is SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH…

This new series features host COSTELLO chatting at length with such musical celebs as LOU REED, ELTON JOHN and BILL CLINTON (yes, BILL CLINTON). We spoke with ELVIS COSTELLO at the recent TCA press days and he talked about what we can expect and why this show might be different from other chat fests. Listen in below:

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With the new film NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS actor FREDDY RODRIGUEZ (SIX FEET UNDER, A WALK IN THE CLOUDS) was able to take on the new chore of producing.

We spoke with RODRIGUEZ at the press day for the film and he talked about how much he enjoyed both acting in and producing the film. But what he really enjoyed was putting together an all-star cast of friends and people he’s always wanted to work with. Listen in below:

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The upcoming musical biopic CADILLAC RECORDS is a sweeping story of sex, scandal and rock and roll set against the backdrop of the formation of Chicago’s legendary Chess Records.

ADRIAN BRODY takes on the role of Leonard Chess and he tells us that, even though Chess was a public figure, the actors with the musical roles had a much harder row to hoe. Listen in below:

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At the recent press day for JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY’S upcoming drama, DOUBT, actor PHILLIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN spoke of the parental encouragement he received when he decided to go into acting.

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JESSICA LANGE and KIM STANLEY were both nominated for their roles in FRANCES, which was released on this day in 1982. This dramatic biopic chronicled the life of actress FRANCES FARMER, her rise to fame, blacklisting and numerous stays in mental institutions. A must see for fans of Hollywood lore.

 


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On December 3, 1947, a play called A Streetcar Named Desire opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York City. The story of an unstable woman named Blanche Dubois whose mind still dwells in the antebellum days of the American South, the play would win the 1947 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle award. In 1951, the film adaptation would be nominated for an unprecedented 12 Academy Awards. It would also propel its young male lead reprising his theater role of Stanley Kowalski, into stardom en route to becoming an acting legend. His name was Marlon Brando.


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On this day in 1998, Miramax released SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, a brilliantly rendered period piece that was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards and eventually won seven (including Best Picture and Best Actress for GWENYTH PALTROW)


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ODETTA: RIP

2 Dec 2008 Filed under: BREAKING NEWS, NEWS OF THE DAY

 

THIS JUST IN VIA OUR PALS AT CELEBRITYDEATHBEEPER.COM:

Odetta, the folk singer with the powerful voice who moved audiences and influenced fellow musicians for a half-century, has died. She was 77.

Odetta died Tuesday night, said her manager, Doug Yeager.

With her booming, classically trained voice and spare guitar, Odetta gave life to the songs by workingmen and slaves, farmers and miners, housewives and washerwomen, blacks and whites.

First coming to prominence in the 1950s, she influenced Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and other singers who had roots in the folk music boom.


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There is an unfortunate yet very funny moment in the new comedy FOUR CHRISTMASES where the actual existance of SANTA CLAUSE comes into question.

We recently spoke with one of the films stars, KRISTEN CHENOWETH, about how and when she first learned the truth about OL’ ST. NICK. Listen in below:

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