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JDU to present spring show

...musical "Sweet Charity," nominated for 12 Tony Awards, and "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man," Fosse's tribute to Fred Astaire from "Dancin'."Bollywood (a name that combines the words Bombay and Hollywood) will be represented in "Shakalaka...
Remembering Ray Garrity putain de chanceux, my friend. We are so very, very lucky.Taken (slightly amended) from "Owl Dancing With Fred Astaire" by Sherman Alexie: Ask yourself this: How many times in your life are you going to be asked to dance? Take that...
Funny Face

Opens Friday, Feb 28, 2014 Synopsis: This filmed version of the 1927 George Gershwin Broadway musical Funny Face utilizes the play's original star, Fred Astaire, and several of the original tunes, then goes merrily off on its own. Astaire is cast as as fashion photographer Dick Avery (a character based on Richard Avedon, the film's "visual consultant"), who is sent out by his female boss Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) to find a "new face". It doesn't take Dick long to discover Jo (Audrey Hepburn, who does her own singing), an owlish Greenwich Village bookstore clerk. Acting as Pygmalion to Jo's Galatea, Dick whisks the wide-eyed girl off to Paris and transforms her into the fashion world's hottest model. Along the way, he falls in love with Jo, and works overtime to wean her away from such phony-baloney intellectuals as Professor Emile Flostre (Michel Auclair). The Gershwin tunes include the title song, "S'wonderful", "How Long Has This Been Going On" and "He Loves and She Loves"; among the newer numbers is Kay Thompson's energetic opener "Think Pink". For years available only in washed-out, flat prints, Funny Face was eventually restored to its full Technicolor and VistaVision glory. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Is Fred Astaire REALLY Eminem's father?

...absurdities as are depicted in "8 Mile" have substantial antecedents: Buzby Berkeley's kaleidoscopic soft porn; Fred Astaire's dance with a coat-rack, for God's sake; Annette Funicello acting ... well, being in any film. (A point...
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Poet Frederick Seidel relates his inspired life

...president. Robert Kennedy is dead. Ezra Pound is a modernist. Seidel rides a motorcycle. The poet is 71. He loves Fred Astaire. "I want it all to matter," he says, "whether it gets down on the page or not." For more than 50 years, Seidel...

...Broadway and the Silver Screen. Jazz and blues influenced the beginning of the Big Band Sound. Singers like Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, the Andrews Sisters and the Dorsey Brothers were household names thanks in great part to radio. While America was...
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This Day in History

...Bill of Rights. In 1970, President Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18. In 1987, actor-dancer Fred Astaire died in Los Angeles at age 88. In 1993, former first lady Pat Nixon died in Park Ridge, N.J., at age 81. In...
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...Bob Dole to the other ads of an older couple twirling on the dance floor as if you could swallow Viagra and turn into Fred Astaire. So she is about to declare ``good for him'' clear across the sound of hair dryers when suddenly out of nowhere...
Outside editorial: Jackson, a tragic figure

...that made the Jackson 5 a household presence Saturday mornings. The dancing skill that evoked praise from a marveling Fred Astaire. Then came "Thriller." The album exploded on the music scene like a supernova, and the creepy/funky video changed...
'Fancydancing' to success

...see it and they think it's cool, but anybody else who sees it goes, 'What the hell is he doing?' " "He was our Fred Astaire," Alexie added. "He's an incredibly talented dancer and singer, and he adapted quickly. And of course, editing...
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