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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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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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Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez Catch a Concert in L.A. | Halle Berry

Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez Catch a Concert in L.A.

Originally posted 06/26/2012 06:00AM

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez had a date night on Saturday, when they took in an evening of entertainment at the 13th Annual Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and Opening Night Concert, hosted by Julie Andrews.

"The couple watched separate performances by Reba and Chaka Khan, who were inducted following video montages that celebrated their career achievements," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

Lily Tomlin introduced Reba's video, while American Idol judge Randy Jackson was on hand to honor Khan.

Prior to the concert, opening night guests enjoyed a VIP cocktail reception in the Hollywood Bowl Museum Patio. It wasdecorated to celebrate Old Hollywood Glamour at the Hollywood Bowl.

Just a week prior, Berry was also at the Hollywood Bowl for the Playboy Jazz Festival, which featured performances by Robin Thicke and other acts.
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Breakfast at Tiffany's Director Blake Edwards Dies

Blake Edwards Dies

Originally posted 12/16/2010 01:15PM

Blake Edwards, the master craftsman who gave the world such stylish screen fare as Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther series with Peter Sellers, and Victor/Victoria with his wife Julie Andrews, died Thursday morning with Andrews and his grown children at his bedside, reports Variety. He was 88.

No further details have been provided.

Born in Tulsa, Okla., but with a grandfather and father in the Hollywood movie business, William Blake Crump (the name Edwards came later) practically had celluloid flowing through his veins. After graduation from Beverly Hills High and World War II duty in the Coast Guard, Edwards sold two scenarios for Westerns.

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Oprah Reunites Sound of Music's Original Cast

Oprah Winfrey Reunites Sound of Music's Original Cast

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.

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Julie Andrews to Receive Top SAG Award | Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews to Receive Top SAG Award

Originally posted 09/25/2006 03:25PM

Julie Andrews, the legendary actress and singer who is perhaps best known as the beloved star of 1965's The Sound of Music, will be honored with a Life Achievement Award at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony in January, it was announced Monday.

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