In an interview with the American Film Institute, the late Debbie Reynolds recounted her days on the set of the musical film “Singin’ in the Rain.” “I would cry and hide under the piano,” after dance rehearsals, she explained, underscoring the rumor that the environment of Gene Kelly’s 1952 hit was a bit tense. “I was like, ‘I can’t learn this anymore.’ I’m banging on the floor. ‘This is too hard. Oy vey.’ Sobbing away … I was 17.”
That’s right. The great Debbie Reynolds … read more

In her day, Debbie Reynolds did it all. Subsequently, her day lasted for decades.
The actress, who became a national treasure as the star of one of the most beloved movies of all time and went on to enjoy a nearly 70-year career in film, television and theater, has died. She was 84. Her son, Todd Fisher, confirmed the news to the Associated Press.
No cause was immediately announced. Reynolds had been hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after reportedly suffering a stroke at Todd’s home, barely a day … read more

Tony Bennett rang in 90 this year and has spent roughly 70 years in show business. But the biggest thing he’s ever done? Well, it’s yet to come.
Hitting screens Dec. 20 is a two-hour special on NBC entitled, “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” ― a tribute from the “music industry’s most prominent artists” to Bennett’s legacy. The segment will feature greats like Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Elton John, k.d. lang, Stevie Wonder and others.
“When someone reaches 90, everyone … read more

There are plenty of reasons why Ryan Gosling has become the Internet’s collective boyfriend: 1. He lives up to his Feminist Ryan Gosling mystique and really wants a woman to be POTUS as soon as possible. 2. He can tap and waltz like a freaking modern-day Fred Astaire. 3. He’s a doting dad to two daughters and is clearly in love with Eva Mendes. (He’s said that he “lives with angels.” D’aww.) 4. He looks like this: We could go on. But if you were to ask Gosling himself, he’d tell you … read more

To say that Tony-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are having a good week would be an understatement. Last Sunday, their painfully resonant coming-of-age musical Dear Evan Hansen opened to rave reviews on Broadway. And on Friday, director Damien Chazelle’s dreamy movie musical La La Land, for which they wrote the lyrics to Justin Hurwitz’s bittersweet score, opens in limited release. Both projects are generating early awards-season buzz, but Pasek and Paul are taking things one step … read more

What could make your Wednesday any better than a much-needed High School Musical reunion?
The Wildcat boys came together again for one epic reunion last night when Zac Efron and Lucas Grabeel went to support fellow co-star Corbin Bleu’s broadway show Holiday Inn Musical.
Efron shared a black and white image of the famous trio, writing, “@mrgrabeel and I saw @corbinbleu DANCE on AIR ala Fred Astaire last night. He tapped “Firecracker” and lit the stage on [fire emoji] with his moves! Check out #HolidayInnMusical … read more

On Sunday, Gene Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman confirmed the news in a statement. “He was eighty-three and passed holding our hands with the same tenderness and love he exhibited as long as I can remember. As our hands clutched and he performed one last breath, the music speaker, which was set to random, began to blare out one of his favorites: Ella Fitzgerald. There is a picture of he and Ella meeting at a London Bistro some … read more

Michael Jackson may have been known for his childlike heart, but the late King of Pop absolutely hated certain celebrities, his personal physician and confidante, Dr. Conrad Murray, reveals in his shocking new tell-all. Find out which singers he thought were untalented— and which actress he called a “b***h!”
Jackson adored late American dancer Fred Astaire, and even visited his home from time to time, Murray alleges. But the singer loathed Astaire’s partner! “He said that his partner Ginger Rogers … read more

American treasure and crown jewel in Gene Wilder’s spectacular oeuvre Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory turns 45 this week. To celebrate, not only have we justly singled out the crime that was Gene Wilder getting passed over for an Oscar, but we’re also giving fans an anniversary-based roundup of obscure facts and trivial bits about everyone’s favorite vaguely sinister candy factory. 1. Wilder only accepted the role on one condition In a letter to director Mel Stuart, Wilder wrote that he’d … read more

Blake Lively may gain some more enemies this week after defending Cafe Society director Woody Allen regarding his past sex abuse scandals.
In fact, despite Allen’s controversial reputation when it comes to women in Hollywood, Lively even called the film veteran “empowering.”
“It’s really cool to work with a director who’s done so much because he knows exactly what he wants,” the 28-year-old said in an interview with Hamptons magazine. “The fact that he does one shot for an entire … read more

She’s in his corner! Blake Lively is going above and beyond defending her Café Society director, Woody Allen. In a new interview with Hamptons magazine, Lively asserts that she finds the controversial Hollywood legend to be “empowering.” “It’s really cool to work with a director who’s done so much, because he knows exactly what he wants,” the 28-year-old actress told the magazine. “The fact that he does one shot for an entire scene — [and] this could be a scene with eight people … read more

Thursday is the 45th anniversary of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and nearly a half-century later, a specter is haunting pop culture. Gene Wilder deserved an Oscar for this film. Wilder is one of the greatest comic actors of the 20th century, but his turn as Wonka is one of the most finely-tuned feature-length performances from any actor, ever. Wilder’s performance in Chocolate Factory careens wildly in tone, veering from charming-if-slightly-off in his first few scenes to downright unhinged … read more

What’s on Queen Elizabeth’s royal playlist? Showtunes, big band sounds, songs from the WWII era and hymns are among the monarch’s favorite genres of music, friends and family have revealed. • Her top 10 songs includes “Oklahoma” from the musical of the same name by Rodgers and Hammerstein and “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun and the popular classic number “Leaning on a Lampost,” sung by British ukulele player George Formby. Other favorite tunes include “Cheek to Cheek” by Fred Astaire … read more

“Pain is temporary. Glory lasts a lifetime,”Len Goodman told Ginger Zee on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars – and she took that to heart. Despite suffering a painful pelvis injury during rehearsals, the Good Morning America meteorologist, 35, dazzled the judges, earning a perfect 30 out of 30 for a dance in which she and pro Val Chmerkovskiy paid tribute to Hollywood legends Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. “I just had to go for it and I’m so glad we did,” Zee said. Earlier in the broadcast, the … read more

And then there were three. Ginger Zee, Paige VanZant and Nyle DiMarco are the final contestants left standing as we head into the season finale of Dancing with the Stars. Over the past nine weeks, these contestants and their talented partners have overcome everything from injuries to last-minute routine changes. To help your prepare for season 22’s two-part finale, here’s everything you need to know about the final three. Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd
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1. He is DWTS’s first … read more