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96-Year-Old Tao Porchon-Lynch Is 'On Fire' on America's Got Talent

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 06.11.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Terri Kennedy

Dancing to Pitbull's "Fireball," 96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch and ballroom dance teacher Vard Margaryan wowed the "America's Got Talent" judges and audience on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

First Nighter: Little Girl "Gigi" Does Not Grow Up on Broadway in a Most Delightful Way

David Finkle | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The reference to the release from Arthur Freed's incomparable MGM unit is recorded here as preamble to the unhappy news that a woefully cheap travesty of the gloriously romantic film has now opened at the Neil Simon.

The Last Ringmaster

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.25.2015 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

As both a ringmaster and a man, it is all at once awe-inspiring and humbling to look upon the enormity of a life such as Col. John Herriott's. A steep standard he has left, and it is well worth the ascent. In circus, we never say "goodbye," rather we say "see you down the road."

Advertising Theater on Television -- What Works

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

What brings people to the theater? I talk a lot about that each day with various producers and press agents. Of course, if anyone really knew an exact answer, many more shows would be successful. Instead we all try our best to guess.

Is 96 the New 22? Seven Secrets of Vitality From Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 04.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Kennedy

Millions across the globe have been inspired by 96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch -- World War II French Resistance fighter, model, actress, film producer, wine connoisseur, competitive ballroom dancer and yoga master.

Ayn Rand's Movie Script Glorifying the Atomic Bomb

Greg Mitchell | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

This film was to be titled Top Secret. The Hollywood trades compared the race to make the first atomic film to the U.S. vs. Germany race to make The Bomb. At the Truman Library, I discovered a 16-page outline by Rand from January 19, 1946.

The Business of The Band Wagon at Encores!

Barry Singer | Posted 01.04.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

News that Encores! here in New York is mounting a "new stage adaptation" of The Band Wagon as a "Special Event" beginning Thursday filled my girls with wonder, and not a little moral outrage. "Why?" they cried! All I could think to reply was: Why not?

The Hiroshima Cover-up (Part III): When Harry Truman Censored MGM's Movie Epic on The Bomb

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.14.2014 | Entertainment
Greg Mitchell

One of the great tales of Hollywood "censorship" remains little known today, more than 67 years after it transpired. And who was right at the center of it? None other than President Harry S. Truman.

Steve Wilson on 'The Making of Gone with the Wind'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Just when I thought I could answer any trivia question on David O. Selznick's 1939 production of Gone with the Wind, comes a treasure of new material in Steve Wilson's book, The Making of Gone with the Wind.

A 75th Anniversary This Month: The Wizard of Oz!

Jay Scarfone | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

In honor of its 75th anniversary, my co-author, William Stillman, of the new compendium The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion, and I look back at some of the origins of what is arguably the best-loved motion picture of all time.

There's No Place Like Home: Kathleen Sorbello Discenna Is Preserving the OZ Legacy in Central NY!

Peter Mac | Posted 09.02.2014 | New York
Peter Mac

In a world where we are so quick to toss aside the "old" and the antiquated without even a brief recognition of preservation and gentrification, Kathleen Sorbello-Discenna is a living example that we can preserve our rich history.

How Is Legoland Becoming Florida's New Must-see Attraction? One Brick at a Time

Jim Hill | Posted 07.26.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

After that brand-new LEGOLAND Florida Hotel opens in 2015, what piece of old Cypress Gardens will Adrian and the Merlin Entertainments team next try to revive / restore?

First Nighter: Lee's "Luce" No Loser; Adjmi's "Marie Antoinette" Loses Its Head

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Several years before JC Lee's stinging play Luce, at the Claire Tow, begins, Amy (Marin Hinkle) and Peter (Neal Huff) adopted a child from the Congo w...

Scarecrow: Extraordinary Cabernet From Napa's Oldest Vines

Richard Jennings | Posted 10.29.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

Fhere is one California Cabernet, based largely on very old vines, that has truly impressed me this year.

No Mustard, No Relish, Just Judy: Happy Birthday Ms Garland

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 08.11.2013 | Entertainment
Joanna Perry-Folino

Judy Garland. You can't say her name without conjuring up the iconic image of a gifted and uniquely talented teenager in MGM's classic The Wizard of Oz.

When Harry Truman Got Actor Fired From MGM Epic

Greg Mitchell | Posted 07.03.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Mitchell

A bizarre, and revealing, postscript to President Truman's involvement with The Beginning or the End was provided by Roman Bohnen, the actor who portrayed Truman in the original sequences.

Hollywood Bomb: The Unmaking of 'The Most Important Movie Ever Made'

Greg Mitchell | Posted 06.30.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Mitchell

My fascination with the making and unmaking of the MGM film took me to the Truman Library, where I was the first to consult key documents.

First Nighter: In London With Oscar Wilde, Harold Pinter, Charles Dickens and Former Movie Star William Haines

David Finkle | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Rupert Everett has just won an award for playing Oscar Wilde in David Hare's melancholy play, The Judas Kiss, at the Duke of York's, and it's not difficult to reckon why.

Classic Film Getting Remake?

The Huffington Post | Madeline Boardman | Posted 01.15.2013 | Entertainment

MGM is reportedly set to remake a classic. According to Deadline.com, the studio has plans to develop its 1959 classic, "Ben-Hur." Starring the late C...

Gambling for Education: The House Never Loses

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.16.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Gambling is not about education; it's about profits for casino owners. The house never loses. We should never see advertisements using teachers as the shields protecting the real financial interests behind the gambit of education funding.

Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford Duke It Out at The Castro Theatre's 90th Anniversary

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.16.2012 | Entertainment
Sean Martinfield

Critics include The Women on a list of films that designates 1939 as being the greatest year in the art of filmmaking.

End of the Rainbow Is a Moving Tribute to Judy Garland

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 10.08.2012 | Entertainment
Joan E. Dowlin

She was lucky in that she did what she was born to do: be an outstanding entertainer and heal those who allowed her in. If only she could have healed herself.

The Wizard of Oz Meets the San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.23.2012 | Home
Sean Martinfield

The film will be screened in High Definition and -- NO! -- this is not the sing-along version. It is as close as we'll ever get to actually being with Herbert Stothart and to his experience of matching music with action.

Big News About National Harbor Casino

AP | Posted 06.15.2012 | DC

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- MGM Resorts International has struck an agreement to build a casino destination at the National Harbor waterfront complex near the n...

YouTube Gets Hundreds Of New Movies

AP | Posted 04.16.2012 | Technology

LOS ANGELES -- Google is adding 600 movies from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to the titles it has available for rent on YouTube and also Google Play, its digit...