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'Frozen' star Idina Menzel to perform 'Let It Go' at Oscars

Singer/actress Idina Menzel will perform “Let it Go” from the Disney smash hit Frozen during the Oscars, ABC announced Tuesday, leaving no doubt that the film’s best-selling soundtrack has earned its place in pop culture history.

The animated fairy tale Frozen is up for two Oscar nominations. “Let it Go,” the flick’s theme song,  is a nominee in the Best Original Song Category alongside “Happy” (from Despicable Me 2), “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and “The Moon Song” (Her). READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter' actor Richard Griffiths dies at 65

Richard Griffiths, the versatile British actor who played the boy wizard’s unsympathetic Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter movies, has died. He was 65.

Agent Simon Beresford announced Friday that Griffiths died a day earlier of complications following heart surgery at University Hospital in Coventry, central England.

He paid tribute to Griffiths as “a remarkable man and one of our greatest and best-loved actors.” READ FULL STORY

SXSW: Green Day presents world premiere of doc 'Broadway Idiot'

Perhaps the biggest standing ovation given by Paramount Theater audiences all week at SXSW was when Green Day took the stage Friday alongside director Doug Hamilton to present the world premiere of the documentary Broadway Idiot. Bassist Mike Dirnt did the talking for the group, thanking the audience for coming to the show. “Welcome to our nightmare,” he said happily, before handing off the microphone to lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The crowd held their breath for a half second, waiting to hear him speak, but instead he tossed the mic to a festival director and the band made themselves scarce.
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Barbra Streisand on 'Gypsy': What's age gotta do with it?

Barbra Streisand’s got one thing to say to anyone who thinks she might be too old to play Mamma Rose in the anticipated film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ legendary musical Gypsy: “What’s [age] got to do with anything?”

Ever since Universal announced plans last March for a Gypsy update — written by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes and co-produced and starring Streisand — some critics have drawn attention to the difference between Streisand’s age, 70, and that of the real-life woman portrayed in the musical. The Academy Award-winning actress would not only have to depict a woman who, in parts of the production, is between 30 and 40 years younger than she is, she’d have to play the mother of children who are as many as 60 years younger than she is.
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Catching Up With... Aileen Quinn, 30 years after 'Annie'

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Aileen Quinn was at a commercial audition in Los Angeles recently when the casting director approached her and said, “Okay, so Annie, you’re in the room next.” Quinn playfully called him out on it with a chiding “You did not just say that.” The man didn’t immediately realize his error, but then made a face, like, “Oops, I slipped.” It’s an honest mistake that Quinn has become accustomed to, since for a generation of moviegoers, Quinn is Annie, the adorable red-headed orphan from the 1982 movie that co-starred Albert Finney and Carol Burnett. With the film receiving a 30th anniversary Blu-ray today and a Broadway revival in the works this month, another generation of fans is due to fall in love with the show’s feisty heroine and classic music.

Quinn was only nine years old when she landed the coveted role, beating approximately 8,000 other young girls to star in director John Huston’s screen adaptation. She had been the “swing orphan” in the Broadway hit, responsible for knowing all the orphans’ roles and substituting when necessary, but when Huston introduced her on the Today show in 1981, she became the star. The film went on to become the year’s 10th biggest hit, and Quinn was contracted to make several sequels — which never came to fruition. READ FULL STORY

Roman Polanski directing film version of erotic play 'Venus in Fur' -- with a French twist

Roman Polanski will direct the film version of the Broadway play Venus in Fur, a dark comedy about an actress auditioning before the director of an erotic play.

The show, written by David Ives, earned star Nina Arianda a best actress Tony Award this year for her role as Vanda, a seemingly naïve and desperate actress trying to win over the aloof show director, played by Hugh Dancy. (Both are pictured to the left.)

Polanski, however, has other actors in mind for his film — and a different language, too. READ FULL STORY

The Dark Knight Rises...but not for Broadway musicals: Why Christian Bale won't be seeing 'Newsies'

Once upon a time, Newsies was a movie musical starring Christian Bale that flopped at the box office and with critics when it was released by The Walt Disney Company in 1992. Today, Newsies is a lauded Broadway musical smash starring Jeremy Jordan in the role played by Bale in the film, which despite failure inspired a passionate cult of fans who call themselves “Fansies.” No one is more surprised by this turn of events than Bale himself. “These things never make any sense,” the Oscar-winning actor and Hollywood’s current Batman told EW in a recent interview. “I’m incredibly happy for them. They’re having the success our movie never had.”  READ FULL STORY

Lea Michele responds to 'Spring Awakening' movie rumors -- EXCLUSIVE

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Spring Awakening fans, don’t get your hopes up just yet. But don’t get them down, either?

Despite widespread reports that hit the Web over the past 24 hours, Glee star Lea Michele is not currently engaged in talks to reprise the role she originated in the Broadway production of Spring Awakening in an upcoming film adaptation, a rep for the actress confirmed.

However, in a statement released exclusively to EW, Michele said, “Spring Awakening is so special to me, as is the character Wendla. We have discussed this as a possibility, and we’ll see what happens.” READ FULL STORY

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