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Penelope Cruz: To Cannes with Depp & Pirates, To Rome With Woody Allen, To Glee For Guest Star?

Penelope Cruz will be going to Cannes with co-star Johnny Depp for the May 14 premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. She'll be hopping over to Rome to shoot a film with Woody Allen this summer, and now she suggests to EW that she'd like to make a stopover on the Glee set, à la Gwyneth Paltrow.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 15, 2011 10:09 AM
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Sundance Institute Film Music Program ComposersLab Opens to L.A. Public May 21

The Sundance Institute Film Music Program mounts its one-day ComposersLab: LA on May 21. It is open to the public at Los Angeles's Downtown Independent Theatre. The lab will feature film composers George S. Clinton, Edward Shearmur and Christopher Young. In an effort to expand their offerings, the Institute will also host ShortsLabs for aspiring filmmakers in Chicago (May 7),  New York (July 9) and Los Angeles (August 6).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 13, 2011 6:26 AM
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Jeff Buckley Biopic On Its Way: A Selection of His Music and Interview

Jeff Buckley will get his biopic, and it will come via director Jake Scott (director of Welcome to the Rileys, and many rock music videos, including U2, The Smashing Pumpkins, REM & Radiohead). Michelle Sy and Orian Williams are serving as producers, and Buckley's mother, Mary Guilbert, is executive producing, with financing coming from financier Amy Vaughan King. Buckley was an influential musician and son of folk singer Tim Buckley, though he only released one studio album, Grace (1994), before he tragically died in 1997 when he accidentally drowned in the Wolf River Harbour channel of the Mississippi River. At the time, he had been working on his second album. This production has the rights to Buckley's music and has optioned David Browne's book Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley. The plan is to kick off production this fall.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 11, 2011 5:42 AM
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Academy Premiering Digital Restoration of Bye Bye Birdie; Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell to Attend

"I hate you Conrad, I really do," goes one of the many great songs in Bye Bye Birdie which stars singer-dancers Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke at their absolute best. The Motion Picture Academy is premiering a new digital restoration of the 1963 musical comedy classic on April 27 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Critic Stephen Farber will host the presentation, followed by an onstage discussion with stars Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell. The film, which was an adaptation of the Broadway musical, was directed by George Sidney and was nominated for both Music and Sound Oscars. Jesse Pearson, Janet Leigh, Paul Lynde and Mary LaRoche also starred.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2011 7:42 AM
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TCM Classic Film Festival Opens April 28 with An American in Paris, Celebrates Music and Movies

TCM Classic Film Festival Opens April 28 with An American in Paris, Celebrates Music and Movies
After a rousing launch last year in Los Angeles, the TCM Classic Film Festival will return to Hollywood this year, running Thursday, April 28th through Sunday, May 1st. TCM is promising an even bigger and better celebration of the history of Hollywood this time around. Passes run from $299 to a whopping $599.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2011 9:29 AM
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Paste Magazine's 13 Great Musical Moments in Wes Anderson Movies, with Royal Tenenbaums & More

We recommend checking out all 13 of Paste Magazine's Great Musical Moments in Wes Anderson Movies. Here's their #2, featuring Nico's "These Days," and The Royal Tenenbaums's Gwyneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 4, 2011 8:36 AM
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South Park's Stone and Parker Talk Buzzed Broadway Musical Book of Mormon

Creating a Broadway musical is hard. But it's what Trey Parker has wanted to do since he was a kid attending classic Rogers & Hammerstein shows at Colorado's Evergreen Playhouse. In high school, he played the lead in all the musicals, and majored in music at the University of Colorado. Not so his student partner in crime, Matt Stone, who Parker roped into making Cannibal: The Musical.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 23, 2011 5:36 AM
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Streisand/Hooper Gypsy Movie Remake is Dead, and Sondheim Killed It

Blame Stephen Sondheim. For those of you who missed the news, Barbra Streisand's planned remake of the musical Gypsy has bit the dust, at least for now. And it reportedly had Oscar-winning The King's Speech director Tom Hooper attached.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2011 6:25 AM
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Unstaged's 2011 Music Series Kicks off with David Lynch directing Duran, Duran

Unstaged, the music series in its second year, announces the iconic pairing of director David Lynch and Duran Duran. The first installment of Unstaged 2011 will feature a Duran Duran performance in conjunction with the release of their 13th studio album and first official tour since 2008. On March 23, Los Angeles's Mayan Theatre will house the event, which will also live-stream on YouTube at 10 pm. Their album, ALL YOU NEED IS NOW goes out March 22.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2011 1:43 AM
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Tribeca 2011: Opens with Crowe's The Union, Elton John and Leon Russell's Musical Collaboration

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival will open on April 20 with the world premiere of Cameron Crowe's The Union, about the musical collaboration of Leon Russell and Elton John, who will perform after the outdoor screening at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza. The Union began shooting in 2009, following John's writing and recording of his collaborative album with Russell, the man who was his idol early in his career. T-Bone Burnett produced the film. The festival, in its tenth year, runs through May 1.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2011 7:28 AM
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