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Live 'Sound of Music' woos TV viewers, disappoints critics
US television network NBC's one-night live revival of the venerable Broadway musical "The Sound of Music" pulled a respectable 18.5 million viewers, but it failed to thrill the critics. Country-pop diva Carrie Underwood starred as Maria von Trapp in the three-hour telecast Thursday that drew more viewers to NBC than to any other network, according to early Nielsen data released Friday. It was also NBC's best showing in more than 10 years in the hotly contested Thursday prime-time slot when rivals CBS, ABC and Fox telecast such popular series as "The Big Bang Theory," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Glee," respectively. Washington Post critic Hank Stuever called it "disappointingly stiff," while Alessandra Stanley in the New York Times faulted Oklahoma-born Underwood, 30, for a "bloodless performance (that) put a damper on the night."
Timberlake celebrates return to music with second No. 1 album this year
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...
Hunger striking Russia's punk band member moved to solitary cell
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A jailed member of Russia's dissident Pussy Riot punk band was moved to a solitary confinement cell on Tuesday after she went on hunger strike to protest against what she called "slave labor" at the penal colony. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was jailed for two years over a "Punk prayer" protest against Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral in August 2012. Kremlin critics say her sentencing along with other band members is part of a crackdown on dissent since Putin returned to the presidency for a third term in May 2012. ...
Miley Cyrus mocks "motherly" advice from Sinead O'Connor
LONDON (Reuters) - American pop star Miley Cyrus has snubbed some prim motherly advice about her new bad girl image from Irish singer and sometime rebel Sinead O'Connor. The "We Can't Stop" singer - who has ditched her squeaky clean Hannah Montana Disney image for a solo singing career as a tattooed sex siren - rebuffed an open letter from O'Connor calling on Cyrus to tone down her sexualized persona. "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause I'm hosting & performing on SNL (U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live) this week," Cyrus tweeted. ...
'Sound Of Music Live!' On Twitter: Cameron Diaz, Anna Kendrick And More Tweet About Show
It's no secret that "The Sound Of Music Live!" was a huge success on Thursday night. The three hour special -- starring Stephen Moyer and Carrie Underwood -- brought in 18.5 million viewers, making it the best Thursday in total viewers (excluding sports) for NBC since 2004. And even if viewers didn't tune in, their Twitter feeds were overflowing with commentary from everyone from Cameron Diaz to DiGiorno pizza. Check out the best "Sound Of Music Live!" Twitter reactions below:
Jury clears promoter of liability in Michael Jackson's death
By Eric Kelsey and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live of liability on Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Jackson, in a trial that offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the so-called King of Pop. The verdict, which concluded that the doctor the company hired to care for the singer was not unfit for his job, capped a sensational five-month trial that was expected to shake up the way entertainment companies treat their most risky talent. ...
Miley Cyrus aimed to 'make history' with video awards performance
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Disney star Miley Cyrus says she was out to shock and "make history" and is unapologetic for her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. In a documentary, "Miley: The Movement," airing on MTV on October 2, the 20-year-old singer and actress comes across as a shrewd, ambitious performer determined to see her single, "We Can't Stop," hit No. 1 and put her roots as the wholesome Disney Channel star of "Hannah Montana" far behind her. ...
This Is What Happened To The Original 'Sound Of Music' Cast
Forty-eight years after the original "Sound Of Music" hit the big screen, Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer are getting ready to step into some pretty epic shoes: Maria and Captain von Trapp's. As longtime "Sound Of Music" fans get ready for NBC's live performance, which airs Thursday, Dec. 5, we thought we'd take a look at where the cast of the original film version of "The Sound Of Music" has landed. Charmian Carr, Liesl von Trapp No longer 16 going on 17, Charmian Carr is now a mother of two and an interior designer in California. Although she gave up