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Fred & Adele Astaire Story & WWII Thriller ‘The Zero Hour’ In The Works For Altitude — Cannes

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Fred & Adele Astaire Story & WWII Thriller ‘The Zero Hour’ In The Works For Altitude — Cannes
Exclusive: Multi-faceted UK outfit Altitude, which is on the Croisette this year with Asif Kapadia’s anticipated documentary Diego Maradona, is in development on a movie about the lives and careers of dance siblings Fred and Adele Astaire, and World War II thriller The Zero Hour about one man’s personal quest to track down Nazi Rudolf Hoss.

Altitude spans international sales, UK distribution and production. The latest prospect in development for the company is a portrait of iconic American dancer Fred Astaire and his sister Adele. Partnering with producers Ben Holden (The Woman In Black 2) of Lightbulb Pictures and Josh Hyams (The Trip To Spain), Altitude have set writers Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry (Good Vibrations) to write The Astaires, the true story of how the twenty-something siblings overcame huge challenges to become the world’s most famous dancers during their time in London and New York.

Based on
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Tony Bennett Re-Records 1949 Debut Single With Diana Krall for New LP

Tony Bennett Re-Records 1949 Debut Single With Diana Krall for New LP
Tony Bennett and Diana Krall unite for a classy, revamped version of George and Ira Gershwin’s 1924 song “Fascinating Rhythm.” The track previews their upcoming collaborative LP of Gershwin reworks, Love Is Here to Stay, out September 14th via Verve Records/Columbia Records.

On the single, the singers exchange vocals over snappy piano, brushed drums and walking double-bass. “Fascinating rhythm, you’ve got me on the go/ Fascinating rhythm, I’m all a-quiver,” Krall sings. The track ends with a slowed-down, swaggering blues progression.

Dozens of artists have covered “Fascinating
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Tony Bennett and Diana Krall Preview First Joint Album With Gershwin Classic (Exclusive Premiere)

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Tony Bennett and Diana Krall Preview First Joint Album With Gershwin Classic (Exclusive Premiere)
“So darn persistent” — that’s a phrase that George and Ira Gershwin came up with to describe “Fascinating Rhythm,” and it also applies to the endurance and willpower of Tony Bennett, who turns 92 on Friday. “Fascinating Rhythm” was the first recording Bennett ever made back in 1949, and after a few subsequent stabs at it in the intervening decades, he returns to that touchstone in a brand new duet with Diana Krall. Variety has the track’s exclusive premiere.

The unveiling of the recording precedes the unveiling of an entire joint album by Bennett and Krall, “Love is Here to Stay,” set to be officially announced on Bennett’s birthday. Variety can reveal the track listing for their first-ever full-length project together, which consists of 12 classic Gershwin compositions. The album, due September 14 on Verve/Columbia, includes a good number of songs one or the other or both of the duo have
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B’way Does the ‘Shuffle’ at Astaire Awards

“Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed” came out on top at the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards held Monday, May 16, with three wins. The show took outstanding ensemble and its star Phillip Attmore was named best male dancer. Choreographer Savion Glover was honored with the best choreographer win and shared the recognition with Andy Blankenbuehler for his work on “Hamilton” and Sergio Trujillo for the Gloria Estefan jukebox musical “On Your Feet!” “She Loves Me” star Jane Krakowski—who is literally dragged across the stage in a full split in one of the revival’s numbers—took the award for best female dancer. She beat out the impressive tap dancing routines from Eloise Kropp and Mara Davi in “Dames at Sea,” as well as Deanna Doyle of “Tuck Everlasting,” Ana Villafañe of “On Your Feet!,” Adrienne Warren of “Shuffle Along,” and Sandra Mae Frank of “Spring Awakening.
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Fred and Adele Astaire Awards Announce 2016 Nominees

Honoring Broadway, Off-Broadway, and film’s most outstanding dancers and choreographers, the 2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Award nominees were announced by New York Post columnist Michael Riedel May 2 at the Friar’s Club in New York City. Twenty productions in the 2015–16 season met the awards’ eligibility requirements and were considered by a panel of experts upholding the gold standard of excellence in dance. The 2016 winners, listed below, will be celebrated at a gala May 16 at the Nyu Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. This marks the first year since the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards’ inception in 1982 that Off-Broadway work is being recognized, with an inaugural committee comprised of chair Andy Sandberg, Jonathan Herzog, Michael Milton, Nikki Feirt Atkins, Judith Jamison, and Lee Roy Reams. The Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Jamison, artistic director emeritus of the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Nigel Lythgoe, executive
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Casts of Shuffle Along, Hamilton, On Your Feet! & More Earn Astaire Awards Nominations!

Nominations for the 2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, which honor outstanding dance and choreography on stage and screen, were announced today at the Friar's Club by New York Post columnist Michael Riedel. For the first time, the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards have explored recognizing excellence in dance, movement, and choreography off-Broadway. Twenty eligible shows in the non-profit and commercial off-Broadway arenas met the eligibility requirements and were considered.
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On The Town and An American In Paris Tie at the 2015 Astaire Awards!

Broadway legend Joel Grey Cabaret, Wicked and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein Finding Neverland will be the honorees at this year's Fred and Adele Astaire Awards. The gala evening celebrates the 2015 season's outstanding dance and choreography on Broadway and film. The event will take place tonight, June 1, 2015 at Nyu Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, with this year's nominations announced onMay 4at Central Park.
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2015 Astaire Awards Celebrate Top Dancers, Joel Grey and More This Evening

Broadway legend Joel Grey Cabaret, Wicked and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein Finding Neverland will be the honorees at this year's Fred and Adele Astaire Awards. The gala evening celebrates the 2015 season's outstanding dance and choreography on Broadway and film. The event will take place tonight, June 1, 2015 at Nyu Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, with this year's nominations announced onMay 4at Central Park.
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