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The Sound of Music
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.
Speaking of The Sound of Music, this month on her show, Oprah Winfrey is staging a 45-year reunion of the cast of that beloved 1965 screen musical: Julie Andrews, Plummer and all those children.
– Alison Schwartz
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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