News: February 2007 Archives

First Grammys, now Emmys plundering 'Idol'

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Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, executive producers of Fox’s megahit ‘‘American Idol,’’ have been tapped to work their magic on the Emmy telecast. The duo have been named executive producers of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 16 on Fox. ...

More Grammy appearances announced

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The Recording Academy announced today that current multi-nominees singer/songwriter James Blunt and rapper T.I. will perform on the 49th annual Grammy Awards this Sunday night, and six-time Grammy winners Earth, Wind & Fire will join previously announced performers Mary J. Blige and Ludacris in an electrifying special segment. ...

The Celine Dion prophecy: New song at Oscars

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LOS ANGELES — Celine Dion will unveil her new song, ‘‘I Knew I Loved You,’’ during a tribute to Italian composer Ennio Morricone at this year’s Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said today. ...

'Dreamgirls' to perform at Oscars

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In an exclusive interview with E! News from yesterday's annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon, Jennifer Hudson confirms that she and her "Dreamgirls" cast will perform during the Academy Awards telecast on Feb. 25. "We have a few songs that are nominated … yeah, we'll be singing," Hudson said. When asked who of the cast would be joining her up on stage, Hudson responded, "Yes, my 'Dreamgirls' sisters … my dream sisters." Tune in to E! News at 6 tonight for the full interview, or watch the E! Web site.

Watch all five best picture nominees at AMC

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AMC Theaters said Friday it will show the five movies nominated for the Best Picture Oscar back-to-back at 78 theaters across the country on the Saturday before the Academy Awards.
The nation’s second-largest theater chain is selling $30 tickets to the mini-film festival set for Feb. 24.

Beginning at 11 a.m. with ‘‘Babel,’’ the showing also will include ‘‘The Queen,’’ ‘‘The Departed’’ and ‘‘Letters from Iwo Jima,’’ before ending with ‘‘Little Miss Sunshine’’ at 9:45 p.m.

In all, that amounts to 10 1/2 hours of film time, not including 15 minute breaks and a longer dinner break. Each ticket grants the moviegoer unlimited refills of soda and popcorn during the shows, said AMC spokeswoman Sun Dee Larson.

‘‘They’re some of the most celebrated movies this year,’’ Larson said. ‘‘We recognize that some people haven’t had a chance to see all of them and others might want to see them again and the best way to see them is on the big screen.’’

Other theater chains and individual movie houses have tried similar movie marathons with the ‘‘Star Wars’’ films.

These Chicago-area AMC theaters are included in the event:
• River East 21, 322 E. Illinois
• Randhurst 16, 101 E. Euclid Ave. in Mount Prospect
• South Barrington 30, 175 Studio Drive in South Barrington
• Crestwood 18, 13221 Rivercrest Drive in Crestwood
• Cantera 30, 28250 Diehl Rd. in Warrenville

Moviegoers can go to AMC’s Web site for more information.

AP

Oscar honoree finally debuts in America

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By MARTIN STEINBERG

UNITED NATIONS — Ennio Morricone, who has been performing for some six decades and is heading to Hollywood to pick up a long-awaited Academy Award, finally made his conducting debut on the shores of the United States. The night before his first official U.S. concert at Radio City, the 78-year-old Italian conducted the Rome Sinfonietta Orchestra on Friday in a performance for invited guests who filled the U.N. General Assembly hall.