Jane Powell, star of Hollywood Golden Age musicals, dead at 92

(CNN) — Jane Powell, the star of some of Hollywood's best-loved Golden Age musicals, has died at the age of 92. Powell died Thursday at her home in Wilton, Connecticut, her friend Susan Granger told CNN on Friday. A megastar of musical films of the 1940s and '50s, Powell's hits...
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Weekend Streaming: “The Neon Bible,” a Coming-of-Age Tale Set Amid Music and Horror

The British director Terence Davies, whose films connect style to emotion both exquisitely and inventively, is also one of the great cinematic autobiographers. His third feature, “The Neon Bible,” from 1995 (now streaming free on Tubi and Pluto), is a deflected autobiography—it’s an adaptation of a novel written by the teen-age John Kennedy Toole, and it tells the story of the birth of a lonely, troubled boy’s aesthetic sensibility. It’s the first of Davies’s mighty run of expressly literary features. These include “The House of Mirth,” simply one of the best American literary adaptations ever filmed (and it’s not available to stream—hold on to your DVDs), “A Quiet Passion,” and his new film, “Benediction,” a bio-pic of the poet Siegfried Sassoon, which premièred this week, at the Toronto Film Festival, and is scheduled for a U.S. release next year. “The Neon Bible” is also—like all of Davies’s features—a musical, of a personal and original sort. Davies has said that the art that movies most resemble is music. (I agree.) He has spoken of (and, for that matter, autobiographically filmed) the awakening of his own sensibility through the singing—women’s domestic, casual singing—that filled daily life during his childhood, in Liverpool, as well as through the Hollywood musicals that have been his inspirations ever since then. “The Neon Bible” tells the story of a professional singer who bursts into the narrow life of a boy in a small town in the South. The singer is portrayed by one of the greatest of all actors, Gena Rowlands, who takes over the film with passion and style, just as her character does the boy’s life.

How to Watch 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie': Where to Stream the New Heartwarming Musical

A charmer and a crowd-pleaser, Everybody's Talking About Jamie is a movie musical with a heart of gold. Set in the rural town of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, the film follows 16-year-old Jamie New, a queer teen who has pie-in-the-sky aspirations of being a drag queen. As he discovers what this means for himself, he deals with the oppressive factors of an absent father, stringent teacher, and cruel bully, while finding solace in his supportive mother, best friend, and drag queen mentor. The film features splashy, stylized musical numbers in genres ranging the gamut from top 40 pop to '50s rock and roll to somber piano ballads and everything in between. It comes from director Jonathan Butterell (making his feature debut) and writer/lyricist Tom McRae (adapting his own stage musical), with music by Dan Gillespie Sells (of the band The Feeling).

Jane Powell (1929–2021), star of Hollywood’s Golden Age musicals

Jane Powell was an actress and singer who starred in musicals of Hollywood’s Golden Age, including “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”. Died: September 16, 2021 (Who else died on September 16?) Details of death: Died at her home in Wilton, Connecticut at the age of 92. We invite you to...

Broadway and Beyond: Dramas and musicals to watch this season

Broadway and Beyond: Dramas and musicals to watch this season. Plaza Suites Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker star in a revival of Neil Simon’s 1968 comedy, made up of three one-act farce about three different couples — all played by the same actors — at different times in the same hotel. live in the room. This will be the first time the actors have worked together on Broadway since 1996, a year before the wedding. Jon Benjamin Hickey directs. (Preview starting February 25; March 28-June 12, Hudson Theatres)