BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — More than 18 million television viewers watched Carrie Underwood perform the role of Maria last week in NBC's "The Sound of Music Live!" But Julie Andrews wasn't among them. Andrews, who starred in the 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, explained, "Alas, I did not (see it). I had a speaking engagement and I couldn't. But my kids did record it. I'll get around to it." She attended the U.S. premiere Monday night of "Saving Mr. Banks," which depicts the battle between P.L. Travers, author of the "Mary Poppins" novels, and Walt
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. "She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs," Gale added. Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951 and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965's "The Sound of
As of 2013, it's official: The wacky, amateurish, off-kilter sensibilities that characterized much of the early web have been reverse engineered, and now constitute part of mainstream culture. Examples of this are everywhere, and they started appearing before 2013. But this is the year that Psy made millions on YouTube with "Gangnam Style," and Miley Cyrus made everybody lose their mind with an intentional twerk scandal. More importantly, 2013 gave us arguably the most engineered-to-be-viral song ever created. We are referring, of course, to "What Does The Fox Say. ...
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia's most popular musician — a man whose international career has been built on music inspired by Balkan and Gypsy tunes — is searching for talented Roma children to help them get an education in music.
Longtime producer Sergio George took home three trophies. They were Producer of the Year (his third time), Producer of Marc Anthony's album (which won Record of the Year) and for Best Salsa Album for "Sergio George Presents: Salsa Giants."
How do you solve a problem like mean people? Jesus, according to Carrie Underwood. After critics slammed the "Sound Of Music Live!" star's performance -- with Kym Karath, who played the original Gretl, calling it "painful to watch" -- Underwood took to Twitter to do a little venting herself. Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus. They will be in my prayers tonight... 1 Peter 2:1-25— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) December 7, 2013
Turns out, the real Von Trapp family wasn't so hot on the idea of Carrie Underwood playing Maria in "The Sound of Music Live!" Myles von Trapp Derbyshire, the great grandson of Maria von Trapp, expressed his disappointment in NBC's casting to ABC News. “It’s just upsetting that this could potentially be the final broadcast of our story,” he said. “And although her voice is amazing, she doesn’t have acting experience ... It’s just the overall image, she’s a country star, she won ‘American Idol,’ she’s very public in kind of a tabloid way.” Derbyshire, a 28-year-old New Yorker, said
Justin Bieber saved the best for last with the debut of his final Music Mondays song, "Confident." The collaboration with Chance the Rapper has the young Biebs singing about getting down with a lady friend: "She said it’s her first time / I think she might of lied / Feels so good damn, and I don’t know why / I’m addicted, something like a headache / Got me twisted, but still I gotta have it." The Chicago-born Chance joins the track toward the end, celebrating the tattoos and the twerking-skills of the girl in question. "Confident" is the 10th song
Determined to be open to this new take on an old favorite -- after all, "the wool of the black sheep is just as warm" -- I hunkered down with a homemade habit (not kidding), a bottle of Grüner Veltliner and an unlimited texting plan to exchange notes with my family.
English singer Lily Allen rose back to the top of Britain's singles chart on Sunday as competition for the coveted Christmas number one spot heated up. Allen's version of "Somewhere only we know", which features in a popular Christmas advertising campaign, first topped the charts two weeks ago but was beaten last week by Scottish singer Calvin Harris and Swedish DJ Alesso. Harris and DJ Alesso slipped to fourth place, behind London-based rock band Bastille.
Miley Cyrus may not have earned any Grammy nominations, but her music videos were certainly the year's most popular. The most commonly viewed videos of 2013, according to new rankings released by Vevo, really offer few surprises. "Wrecking Ball" and "We Can't Stop" top the list, while the lascivious "Blurred Lines" and spirited "Roar" round out some of the remaining slots. Here's the top 10 for your continued viewing pleasure. 1. Miley Cyrus -- "Wrecking Ball" 2. Miley Cyrus -- "We Can't Stop" 3. will.i.am ft. Britney Spears -- "Scream & Shout" 4. Rihanna -- "Diamonds" 5. Katy Perry --
Carrie Underwood isn’t letting the critics get her down. In fact, she’s sending out positive thoughts to those who’ve openly criticized her Sound of Music Live! performance. “Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus,” she wrote on Twitter. “They will be in my prayers tonight…”
NEW YORK (AP) — Whew, that was nerve-wracking, right? All those kids and staircases, pillow fights, candles and dancing. But somehow the cast and crew of NBC's three-hour live telecast of "The Sound of Music" pulled it off Thursday night with only a trodden-on dress, some inconsistent sound levels and a flubbed few words. This was the first time in more than a half-century since a broadcast network dared to mount a full-scale musical for live TV and there seemed to be danger everywhere, making it impossible to stop watching in case one of the von Trapp kids tumbled into