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Christopher Plummer Explains Why He Skipped the Oscars: 'It Was a Tribute to Julie Andrews'

Christopher Plummer Skipped the Oscars Because 'It Was a Tribute to Julie Andrews'

Originally posted 02/27/2015 11:15AM

The night wasn't supposed to be about Captain Von Trapp.

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Julie Andrews on Lady Gaga: 'I Have a New Friend'

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Julie Andrews on Lady Gaga: 'I Have a New Friend'

Originally posted 02/23/2015 05:40PM

Lady Gaga had already won the Oscars. Now it turns out she has won at life: Julie Andrews is a Little Monster.

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UpdatePosted 02/23/2015 12:50AM

Twitter Is Alive with Praise for Lady Gaga's Sound of Music Performance

Originally posted 02/22/2015 11:50PM

"Glory" had the crowd inside the Oscars crying and clapping, but it was Lady Gaga's tribute to The Sound of Music that had the celebrities at home cheering.

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Lady Gaga Wows at Oscars with Showstopping Sound of Music Tribute

Originally posted 02/22/2015 12:00AM

  Leave it to Lady Gaga to remind us why we love The Sound of Music.

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PEOPLE's TV Critic: A Live Sound of Music Without Much Life

Sound of Music Live Without Much Life, Says PEOPLE's TV Critic

Originally posted 12/06/2013 06:35AM

NBC's Sound of Music Live!, starring country star and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood as trilling, hill-hiking governess Maria von Trapp, was like a snow globe with scarcely any flakes.

You could turn it upside down and shake it, really shake it, but no magic ever swirled around that plastic Alpine scene.

I can't imagine it supplanting the 1965 movie, with Julie Andrews singing of warm woolen mittens and larks learning to pray in a voice so purely crystalline it can induce brain freeze.

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Sneak Peek: Inside the Sound of Music Rehearsal!

Carrie Underwood Rehearses for Sound of Music

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.

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Carrie Underwood Defends Sound of Music Role: 'I Get Hate Tweets'

Carrie Underwood Defends Sound of Music Role: 'I Get Hate Tweets'

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."

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See Carrie Underwood as The Sound of Music's Maria

Carrie Underwood as Maria in The Sound of Music Poster

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.

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Guess Who's playing Capt. Von Trapp to Carrie Underwood's Maria in The Sound of Music | Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer

Stephen Moyer to Join Carrie Underwood on TV's Sound of Music

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.

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Which Oscar Winner Should Guest Star on Downton Abbey?

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UpdatePosted 02/26/2013 06:30PM

Which Oscar Winner Should Guest Star on Downton Abbey?

Originally posted 02/26/2013 02:20PM

Shirley MacLaine came – and just as quickly went – on Downton Abbey this season, but her breezy cameo got us thinking.

Now that the Terms of Endearment Oscar winner has broken down the barrier, who among Academy Award winners and nominees should next make a guest appearance on the popular PBS series?

And just what sort of character should he or she play? Upstairs or down?

Here, then, are some recent Oscar-caliber actors who might suitably fit the bill. Please be so kind as to select your favorite. (And, in the comments section, do cast them in suitable roles.) Ta.

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