09:57 AM EDT 12/11/2013
Originally posted 12/09/2013 07:00PM
Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and memorably 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 Music, in which her character loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 04:00PM
Whether viewers like it or not, Carrie Underwood is playing Maria von Trapp in the live TV version of The Sound of Music – and there are new rehearsal photos to prove it.
Underwood, 30, is pictured in a scene opposite Laura Benanti, who plays Elsa Schrader.
Taking on the role that originated with Julie Andrews hasn't sat well with some fans of the 1965 film.
Originally posted 11/26/2013 07:30PM
Carrie Underwood knows she has some big shoes to fill when she steps into the role of Maria in a live TV version of The Sound of Music in December.
She's playing the role made famous by Julie Andrews in the 1965 movie – something that has some die-hard fans up in arms.
"I get hate Tweets and stuff like, 'You're not Julie Andrews!'" the American Idol winner tells Entertainment Weekly.
"I know I'm not Julie," Underwood, 30, says. "Nobody is and I would never pretend that I was … I know my place."
Originally posted 09/16/2013 07:00PM
The braids are pinned on top of her head, and she's wearing a dirndl – yep, Carrie Underwood certainly looks the part in the newly released poster for The Sound of Music.
The Grammy winner plays Maria, the role made famous by Julie Andrews, in NBC's live production of the beloved musical.
She's starring opposite True Blood's Stephen Moyer, who'll be playing Captain von Trapp, the widower who falls for Maria when she becomes the governess to his seven kids.
Originally posted 08/23/2013 04:10PM
The hills are alive … especially at night.
Stephen Moyer, best known as the vampire Bill Compton on HBO's True Blood, will play Capt. Von Trapp to Carrie Underwood's Maria in the live, three-hour NBC production of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, to air Dec. 5, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Depending on how dedicated you are to the 1965 film version of The Sound of Music – which starred Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer at the Captain – this may or may not be music to your ears.
English actor Moyer, 43, recently played the role of crooked lawyer Billy Flynn in a Hollywood Bowl production of the musical Chicago. Now he is set to portray the stern Austrian widower who falls for the bubbly governess of his seven children, to be played by Underwood, 30.
Originally posted 11/30/2012 10:55AM
It sounds like mighty big gulp for a relative novice, but Carrie Underwood has been signed to play arguably the most-beloved nanny in the history of entertainment – in the most beloved musical of all time.
The country-singing fourth season American Idol winner, 29, will play Maria von Trapp in next year's live TV broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, it was announced Friday.
Originally posted 10/27/2010 01:00PM
The hills are still alive: They may have said "so long, farewell" 45 years ago, but come Thursday, Maria, the Captain and all seven von Trapp children – now very grown up – will gather on The Oprah Winfrey Show show to celebrate the 45th anniversary of The Sound of Music.
The movie's original cast, including Julie Andews (Maria), Christopher Plummer (the Captain) and Charmian Carr (Liesl), are marking the milestone and the Nov. 2 release of the Blu-Ray edition of the beloved film, still one of the highest-grossing of all time.
These decades later it may be hard to imagine that there were doubts at the time of its release that the movie would strike such musical gold – critics found it too sweet, and its studio, 20th Century Fox, was still reeling from the massive loses of Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra. As Plummer, 80, now recalls, he himself called the movie The Sound of Mucus.
Originally posted 10/01/2010 10:30AM
The casting continues: Christopher Plummer will join newcomer Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in the Hollywood adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, already shooting in Sweden.
Perhaps best known for his role as Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Plummer, 80, will play Dragon's Henrik Vanger, a retired CEO who hires Craig's character, Mikael Blomkvist, to find his missing niece, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed.
Originally posted 05/15/2008 06:00PM
The hills are alive, with the sound of hotel guests.
The onetime Salzburg, Austria, home of the Family Von Trapp – made famous by the popular 1965 movie musical The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews – is about to get a new lease on life: as a hotel.
Not only will overnight visitors be allowed to sleep in the same bedrooms as the seven children, let alone Maria (Andrews) and the Captain (Christopher Plummer), but prospective brides and grooms will be able to marry in the Von Trapp's private chapel, reports the BBC.
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