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Photo Coverage: Harry Townsend's Last Stand Celebrates Opening Night

Harry Townsend's Last Stand www.HarryTownsendsLastStand.com a new play written by George Eastman The Snow Job Bitter Exchange and directed by Karen Carpenter Love, Loss and What I Wore Handle With Care, just opened at New York City Center Stage II 131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues and is produced by Dennis Grimaldi A Gentlemen's Guide... Love Letters, Angels in America, Other People's Money. Starring Three time Tony Award Nominee and Tony Award winner, Len Cariou title role in Sweeney Todd A Little Night Music with Glynis Johns and Hermione Gingold Applause starring Lauren Bacall 'Blue Bloods' and Craig Bierko Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominee, Music Man 'The Long Kiss Goodnight, 'UnREAL,' 'Blue Bloods'.
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Photo Flash: Len Cariou and Craig Bierko in Harry Townsend's Last Stand

Harry Townsend's Last Stand www.HarryTownsendsLastStand.com a new play written by George Eastman The Snow Job Bitter Exchange and directed by Karen Carpenter Love, Loss and What I Wore Handle With Care, is currently playing at New York City Center Stage II 131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues and is produced by Dennis Grimaldi A Gentlemen's Guide... Love Letters, Angels in America, Other People's Money. Starring Three time Tony Award Nominee and Tony Award winner, Len Cariou title role in Sweeney Todd A Little Night Music with Glynis Johns and Hermione Gingold Applause starring Lauren Bacall 'Blue Bloods' and Craig Bierko Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominee, Music Man 'The Long Kiss Goodnight, 'UnREAL,' 'Blue Bloods', Harry Townsend's Last Stand opens on Wednesday, December 4.
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Len Cariou & Craig Bierko Set For New Off Broadway Play ‘Harry Townsend’s Last Stand’

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Tony winner and Blue Bloods star Len Cariou and UnREAL‘s Craig Bierko will co-star in Harry Townsend’s Last Stand, a new Off Broadway play set for a limited run this fall at New York City Center.

Written by George Eastman and directed by Karen Carpenter, the new play is set for City Center’s Stage II for a strictly limited engagement beginning previews November 18 and opening December 4.

Producer Dennis Grimaldi announced the production today.

Harry Townsend’s Last Stand follows 85-year-old Harry Townsend (Cariou), a widower, living alone in the Lakeside home he built in Vermont. While he still possesses a sharp mind and a dry wit, he is getting up there in age. Beside his daughter, Sarah, the one happiness in his life is his son, Alan (Bierko), who is finally coming home after an 18-month absence. Yet Alan’s
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Gabrielle Union (‘Agt’) refers to country teen Ansley Burns as ‘America’s underdog’ after flubbing lyrics in semifinals [Watch]

  • Gold Derby
Gabrielle Union (‘Agt’) refers to country teen Ansley Burns as ‘America’s underdog’ after flubbing lyrics in semifinals [Watch]
Ansley Burns, the only wild card to make it through the “America’s Got Talent” quarterfinals, returned in the semifinals with her take on Carrie Underwood‘s “Cry Pretty.” The performance was noticeably shaky, as the 13-year-old South Carolina native flubbed a lyric and sang off-pitch. Still, judge Gabrielle Union raved that she was “America’s underdog.” Do you think Ansley will go on to become the first-ever wild card to win NBC’s reality TV show? Watch the “Agt” video above, read the judges’ comments below and then make your predictions before Wednesday’s results show.

SEEKodi Lee (‘America’s Got Talent’) proves why he’s front-runner to win ‘Agt’ with ‘You Are The Reason’ cover in semifinals [Watch]

Julianne Hough: “Well, there is no denying that America loves Ansley Burns. You are a ray of sunshine in this sometimes gloomy world and I think that that’s why America stands behind you,
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Song You Need to Know: Weyes Blood, ‘Everyday’

“True love is making a comeback,” Weyes Blood, a.k.a. Natalie Mering, announces over jovial piano chords. In “Everyday,” the second single off her new album, Titanic Rising, Mering seesaws between inescapable loneliness and the hazards of falling in love. “Got a lot of things to clear away/Got a lot of years of bad love to make Ok,” she sings optimistically, almost as if a fulfilling romantic relationship is an item to cross off a grocery list.

Mering has described the sound she aimed for on Titanic Rising
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Review: The Unnerving Nostalgia of Weyes Blood’s ‘Titanic Rising’

Taken line by line, the conversational lyrics of Natalie Mering, aka: Weyes Blood —pronounced “Wise Blood,” a moniker taken from the Flannery O’Connor novel — seem straightforward, sober, and frequently inspirational. We hear from someone who “drank a lot of coffee today,” who recognizes that “some of us go astray,” who wants “something to believe.” Someone who tells a lover “we love our love.” Someone who believes “you’ll learn to get by/ cause you got what it takes.”

But as they pile up, these statements turn cryptic, contradictory, and uncertain,
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Carmen Cusack Returns To Feinstein's/54 Below

Bright Star Tony Award nominee and star of the upcoming Call Me Madam revival at Encores, Carmen Cusack returns to Feinstein's54 Below with a brand new show Join Carmen for a jazzRampBcountry mash up Expect songs by female artists she grew up listening and singing along to like Donna Summer, Dolly Parton, Dionne Warwick, Crystal Gayle, Nina Simone, Karen Carpenter, Linda Ronstadt, and Dusty Springfield. She'll even throw in a few ya haven't heard of It'll be a walk down memory lane for some, and uncharted territory for others, but definitely a retro lounge riot
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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 1970s, including ‘Theme from ‘Shaft,’ ‘The Morning After’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 1970s, including ‘Theme from ‘Shaft,’ ‘The Morning After’
This article marks Part 11 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1970 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“Whistling Away the Dark” from “Darling Lili

“For All We Know” from “Lovers and Other Strangers

“‘Til Love Touches Your Life” from “Madron”

“Pieces of Dreams” from “Pieces of Dreams”

“Thank You Very Much” from “Scrooge

Won: “For All We Know” from “Lovers and Other Strangers

Should’ve won: “Whistling Away the Dark” from “Darling Lili

1970, the year voters embraced monumental pictures including “Patton” and “Mash” and far lesser efforts like “Airport” and “Love Story,” marked a comparably mixed bag in Best Original Song, sporting a truly grand Julie Andrews tune and respectable winner in “For All We Know,
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‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’ Episode 1 Recap: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

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‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’ Episode 1 Recap: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
Spoiler Alert: The Recap contains spoilers from tonight’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse season 8 opener “The End”:

Eight seasons in, and one thing you can’t say is that Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk don’t know how to reinvigorate a TV Series. Tonight’s first episode of season 8 of American Horror Story: Apocalypse titled “The End” which has largely been shrouded in secrecy (except for the fact that it’s a crossover over between season 1’s Murder House and season 3’s Coven) literally began with a bang: Nuclear missiles have decimated Hong Kong, Russia, the Baltics and more and the United States isn’t too far behind. A jarring, unnerving sequence which makes us realize just how far TV has come since 1983’s The Day After. Plus they’re some great dark zingers as Beverly Hills just can’t come to grips with the world that’s melting around them.
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The Hazy Romanticism of ‘I’m Not There’

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

A kaleidoscopic portrait / exploration / celebration / etc. of Bob Dylan’s many contradictions and personas, I’m Not There isn’t the first pseudo-biopic from director Todd Haynes. His debut film, Superstar, unravels the life of singer Karen Carpenter and her eventual,
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'Wonderstruck' Review: Todd Haynes Turns Kids' Book Into Eye-Popping Wonder

'Wonderstruck' Review: Todd Haynes Turns Kids' Book Into Eye-Popping Wonder
Todd Haynes creates movies that feel like part of his DNA. Whether they're originals (Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, I'm Not There) or adapted from other works (Carol, the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce), they seem to course from his bloodstream into ours. Wonderstruck, gorgeous as it is, feels like something a little less personal, a little less transgressive. Haynes has said he wanted to make a smart film for kids, and as source material, he chose a juvenile-fiction novel illustrated and written by Brian Selznick, whose work also inspired Martin Scorsese's Hugo.
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Elvis Presley Propositioned Petula Clark, British Singer Claims

The news gives whole new meaning to Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog”. Beloved British singer Petula Clark claims”the King of Rock and Roll” had suggested a threesome between the two and fellow singer Karen Carpenter. Related: Channing Tatum Is Elvis Presley In ‘Magic Mike’ Prank Clark, now 84, reflected on meeting Presley more than 40 years […]
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Vicky McClure webchat – your questions answered on fry ups, Motown and Shane Meadows

The Line of Duty star discusses improvisation, Notts County and mucking about with the cast of This Is England

1.55pm GMT

Thank you for all your questions. Some funny ones in there! I'm still trying to think about what I find most exotic - I'll get back to you on that. Thanks for all your support with my work, and it's still quite overwhelming that this is my job.

1.54pm GMT

RickHall1 asks:

You, Stephen Lowe and Billy Ivory all feature on the Nottingham Trams. What is it about Nottingham and drama/theatre talent?

Maybe it's in the brown sauce... I think there's a lovely, humble trait that runs through Nottingham. We're a city that are incredibly proud of what we've achieved but we don't shout too loud about it. I think when people discover the talents that come out of Nottingham, it is getting bigger. But I think we'll always remain really humble.
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Richard Carpenter Files $2 Million Breach of Contract Lawsuit Over Carpenters Songs

  • The Wrap
Watch out, Universal Music Group and A&M Records; Richard Carpenter longs to be close to you — in a courtroom. Carpenter — one half of the legendary musical duo The Carpenters — filed suit against Universal and A&M on Wednesday, claiming that he’s owed a mountain of royalties from The Carpenters’ catalog of hits. The estate of Karen Carpenter, Richard’s sister and musical partner, who died in 1983, is also listed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. “Throughout their entire career, the Carpenters loyally provided their recording to services to defendant A&M, now a division of.
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Richard Carpenter Sues for Karen Over Legendary Music Catalog

  • TMZ
Richard Carpenter has filed a lawsuit against 2 music companies he claims ripped him off in the royalties over Carpenters tunes, and he's brought Karen into the legal action as well. Richard and Karen Carpenter's estate claim Universal Music Group and A&M Records have shut them out of profits for iTunes and other online sales distributors.   It's a whole new world out there with digital downloads, and Richard claims Universal and A&M are
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Video: Jim Caruso's Sixth Day of Christmas Featuring The Carpenters!

This ravishing song has an interesting history. The lyric was written in 1946 by a nineteen-year old Frank Pooler, as a gift to a girlfriend he was missing. Twenty years later, a nineteen-year old Richard Carpenter set it to music. In four years, this recording by The Carpenters went to 1, which it did for three consecutive holiday seasons. It sounds as fresh today as it did in 1970, partly because of Richard's lush arrangement and backup vocals, and that famous tenor sax solo. But honestly, it's all about Karen. For my money, Karen Carpenter had one of the warmest and truest voices in the history of popular music. Sometimes the universe makes a terrible mistake and we lose someone way too soonlong before they've finished. That's how I feel about Karen Carpenter.
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Arabian Nights, Vol 3: The Enchanted One review – elegant Portuguese austerity marvel

The final part of Miguel Gomes’s docu-fantasy trilogy includes Scheherazade as a romantic warrior queen and an interplanetary Karen Carpenter

Miguel Gomes’s wayward, opaque and sometimes dreamily erotic Arabian Nights docu-fantasy trilogy about Portugal’s austerity nightmare enters its final section, and in this episode, the on-screen intertitles – so sparing in the previous episodes – now recur almost continuously, commenting ironically or enigmatically on the action, quoting the imaginary tale, even transcribing birdsong. Gomes pulls off this asymmetric quirk as insouciantly as he does everything else. Scheherazade (Crista Alfaiate) takes centre stage, the “enchanted one” herself; we see her romantic yearnings and emotional relationship with her father. This emergence confers on her a strange, understated sort of heroism, Portugal’s warrior-queen tribune. Apart from her story, there are two tales: one about chaffinches hints at the reason why the nation’s caged bird sings; another about a lonely young
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‘Vinyl 1×04: The Racket’ Review

  • Nerdly
“Put it into the couch, not your marriage.”

‘The Racket’ is loud, angry, and fucking hilarious. It begins with Richie taking his anger out not on his and Devon’s relationship but, at his glacially calm therapist’s suggestion, on the couch. With a tennis racket. His subsequent golden-boy claim that he’s worked out his shit is just one of the many rackets in an episode which ends with our hero seeking not catharsis but an alibi, from his estranged father no less, for Buck’s murder. Everyone’s cheating and chiseling everyone out of everything, and nobody’s in on the joke. ‘The Racket’ feels like throat-clearing from Vinyl‘s emerging voice, at once frustrated and playful, riotous and contemplative.

Lester walking into Richie’s office to burn the reel Richie put together from his old material is a good scene on its own. The man who lost
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‘Vinyl 1×02: Yesterday Once More’ Review

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“Who you are ain’t gettin’ signed.”

Richie wants to believe that, like Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, his skills amount to more than a good ear and a practiced mind. His return to the arms of addiction has him convinced that what he heard when the New York Dolls brought that building down was a sound from just behind the wall. If he can tear back the wallpaper, if he can show others how to find it, then he can keep his business and his dreams while harvesting raw new talent and keeping rock ‘n roll alive. It’s a plan dredged up from the asbestos-suffused wreckage of the collapse he survived, and as he executes karate chops and wild yells in a darkened movie theater it becomes apparent exactly how reverent Vinyl is going to be toward the hallowed art of rock ‘n roll.

Richie’s rants
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Private Lives: "Carol" and the Cinema of Todd Haynes

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For the longest time, it seemed like the last thing you should expect from Todd Haynes was a simple story. Coming out of the fertile 1990s Sundance scene, he was a provocateur and a delirious mash-up artist: his films were fractured narratives, or anti-narratives, or meta-narratives. His best work either smashed together wildly different styles and stories (as in his debut Poison [1991]), or presented unsettling, contradictory ideas but refused climax or closure (as in his masterpiece Safe [1995]). Even in a zeitgeist defined by Quentin Tarantino, the jukebox musicals Velvet Goldmine (1998) and I'm Not There (2007) looked like pastiche and homage taken to the farthest limit. But far more than Tarantino, Haynes, the former Ivy League semiotics student, insists on not simply getting swept away in the styles, but maintaining a critical viewpoint of how and why the styles function. In retrospect, everything about his method was already in place in his
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