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May 10, 2007


Happy 108th Fred Day!

Happy 108th Fred Day! It's time once again for the Annual Fred Quiz, brought to you by AlsoDances.Net!

The quiz is a little harder this year, but should be lots of fun. Every answer you give will also give you a clue to the next question. So as long as you keep answering correctly, it should be easy- but if you get one wrong, beware! You may never find your way back!

The prize this year will be the new DVD release of The Belle of New York.

Enter now! Good luck!

Posted by pj at 12:17 PM

April 07, 2007


The Belle of New York will be released on DVD!!!

On 28 July 2007, 7 newly remastered classic musicals from MGM will be released as part of the Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory Vol. 2 box set, including The Pirate, That's Dancing, Words and Music, That Midnight Kiss, The Toast of New Orleans, Royal Wedding and, most importantly, The Belle of New York!

DVD Extras for Royal Wedding: "Private Screenings with Stanley Donen" [2006 TCM special]; new featurette "Royal Wedding: June, Judy and Jane"; MGM cartoons "Car of Tomorrow" and "Droopy's Double Trouble"; "Ev'ry Night at Seven" outtake with Peter Lawford and Jane Powell; MGM Promotional Radio Interview with Fred Astaire and Jane Powell (audio only).

DVD Extras for The Belle of New York: 1952 MGM Pete Smith short "Musiquiz"; 1952 MGM Tex Avery cartoon "Magical Maestro"; unused alternate take of "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man."

Posted by pj at 10:23 AM

July 10, 2006


The Astaire and Rogers Collection: Volume 2

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of The Astaire and Rogers Collection: Volume 2 for 17th October 2006. Last year’s release of Volume One featured the critically acclaimed Top Hat and Swing Time, along with Follow the Fleet, Shall We Dance and The Barkleys of Broadway, the couple’s final film together. Completing the collection of films that starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Volume 2 will include Carefree, Flying Down To Rio, The Gay Divorcee, Roberta and Story of Vernon and Irene Castle. All five films are new to Region 1 DVD and have been newly remastered. The five disc giftset will sell for $59.92 SRP. All titles will also be available individually for $19.97 SRP.

Also being offered for the first time is the Astaire and Rogers Ultimate Collector’s Edition featuring all 10 of the dance duo’s films along with the documentary Astaire and Rogers: Partners in Rhythm, a glorious salute that
includes candid photos, behind-the-scene tidbits and sidelights about famed collaborators Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and George Gershwin, among others. This edition includes an exclusive bonus audio CD with 10 soundtrack songs from the team’s movies, set of collectible behind-the-scenes photo cards, reproductions of the Shall We Dance and Roberta press books and a mail-in offer for four Astaire and Rogers movie posters. The 12-disc giftset is the definitive set to own, and will sell for $99.92 SRP.

For consumers who already own Volume One, a special Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be available at a price (not yet determined) which will contain empty sleeves for the five remastered and restored films released last year.

The Astaire and Rogers Collection: Volume Two

--Carefree (1938)
Carefree is “Fred and Ginger’s most comic outing, wacky and offbeat” (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide). The score’s romantic classic is Irving Berlin’s Change Partners. The duo also shares the slow-motion dreamscape of I Used to Be Color Blind and jives through The Yam. And Fred tees off on Since They Turned Loch Lomond into Swing, a sequence that took two weeks and 600 golf balls to film. In dance, as on the links, practice makes perfect.

DVD Special Features:
Vintage musical short Public Jitterbug No. 1
Classic cartoon September in the Rain
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

--Flying Down To Rio (1933)
“We’ll show them a thing or three,” Honey Hale (Ginger Rogers) says as she and Fred Ayres (Fred Astaire) take to the dance floor to do The Carioca. As events turned out, Astaire and Rogers showed us three times three, making nine more films together after their breakthrough first screen teaming in Flying Down to Rio.

“Too big for the earth, so they staged it in the sky!” ads declared for this spirit-lifter with a swell Vincent Youmans score and built around a romantic triangle played by Dolores Del Rio, Gene Raymond and Raul Roulien. It also
includes a dandy production number in which chorines soar on airplane wings. Rogers and Astaire are fourth- and fifth-billed, but their magic was undeniable. When the film ends, the last image we see isn’t the leads. It’s Fred and Ginger.

DVD Special Features:
Vintage comedy Short Beer and Pretzels with Ted Healy and His Stooges Classic
cartoon I Like Mountain Music Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

--The Gay Divorcee (1934)
After supporting roles in ,Flying down to Rio sent their movie careers soaring, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers enjoyed star billing for the first time in this delightful escapade about marriage, divorce and all the romantic comedy
complications in between. The Gay Divorcee set the style, tone and behind-the-camera talents for Astaire/Rogers classics to come and captured five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.* Musical highlights here
include the 17-minute marvel The Continental (the first Oscar winner for Best Song) and Cole Porter’s haunting Night and Day. Indeed, “if Astaire and Rogers had never danced a lick after Night and Day, they still would have been screen immortals” (The Movie Guide).

DVD Special Features:
2 vintage musical shorts:
Show Kids
Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove
Classic cartoon Shake Your Powder Puff
Audio-only bonus: Hollywood on the Air radio promo
Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

--Roberta (1935)
The third Astaire/Rogers film is a silky adaptation of the 1933 Broadway hit (whose original cast included Bob Hope, Sydney Greenstreet and Fred MacMurray). It features a jaunty romantic plot, fabulous sets (the three-level salon set required the world’s largest camera crane), memorable music (including Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes) and above all, incomparable dance magic to match the score. “The most pleasant moments in Roberta,” Time reported, “arrive when Astaire and Rogers turn the story upside down and dance on it.” Astaire may sing I Won’t Dance. But his feet betray him.

DVD Special Features:
Vintage musical short Starlit Days at the Lido
Classic cartoon The Calico Dragon
Audio-only bonus: Hollywood on the Air radio promo
Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

--The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
“You could be a perfectly wonderful dancer if you wanted to,” Irene tells the vaudeville second banana who will someday be her husband. They were even more wonderful together. Vernon and Irene Castle became King and Queen of the Ballroom, creating the Castle Walk, Maxie, Texas Tommy and other sensations. The world followed their every move. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers close their fabulous run of ’30s films by portraying the popular dancers whose influence extended to pre-World War I lifestyles (Castle candies, shoes and beauty supplies were just a few of the duo’s product lines). Period tunes and the stars’ delightful stepping of Castle dances accent this film of goodbyes to a fond yesteryear and to the Astaire/Rogers RKO partnership. Apart, Fred and Ginger would make fine movies. But they were even more wonderful together.

DVD Special Features:
Vintage musical short Happily Buried
Classic cartoon Puss Gets the Boot
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)


Posted by pj at 12:51 AM

June 25, 2006


New Releases

Daddy Long Legs is scheduled for DVD release on Fox Home Entertainment (UK) Region 2 in August.

Also Universal (USA) are planning to release the Universal/Laureate edition DVD of Holiday Inn in the USA on Region 1 NTSC format in November.

Posted by pj at 05:36 PM

May 10, 2006


Happy 107th, Fred!

Born 10 May, 1899, Fred would have been 107 today. Happy birthday Freddie, wherever you are!

Posted by pj at 02:09 PM

March 22, 2006



Dear fans of Fred Astaire,

As is well documented, Robyn Astaire has been waging a campaign to restrict the use of Fred's name and image, excepting those who would meet her exorbitant and extortionate fees. This has included denying the use of Fred's name and image to his own daughter and to Ginger Rogers' Kennedy Centre Honors tribute.

In her latest action, she has successfully claimed the domain name FredAstaire.Net. However, she can't shut down this website, nor deny Fred to his many fans all around the world (Indeed, in the arbitration ruling the arbitrator specifically stated that "it is within the rights of an individual to operate a fan website"). So FredAstaire.Net will carry on, but under a new name.

As many Fred fans know, his first screen test resulted in an infamous review. Despite several versions of it floating around, Fred himself has always specifically stated that it was: "Can't Act. Slightly Bald. Also Dances." It is from this review that we will take our new name.

Thus, I am pleased to announce that, effective immediately, FredAstaire.Net becomes known as AlsoDances.Net. If you have links to this website, please change them to www.AlsoDances.Net. I will be updating the website to reflect these changes. Please let me know (email alsodances AT gmail.com) if you spot any links which still lead to the old address.

We're going to keep Fred's memories alive, in defiance of the best efforts of the jockey.

Thank you very much!

Posted by pj at 11:58 AM

March 17, 2006


New Discussion Forum

After repeated requests, FredAstaire.Net is pleased to offer discussion boards where members may post and discuss Fred to their heart's content. This is meant to supplement the existing mailing list, not replace it; it is a different way of discussing Fred. Please enjoy!

Posted by pj at 10:47 AM

February 13, 2006


Daddy Long Legs to be released

Daddy Long Legs will be released on DVD by Fox Home Entertainment in the U.S.A. onFeb 21, 2006. The U.K. release will take place around July 2006.

Most significantly, the release will be in the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. No longer will we have to suffer pan-and-scan destroying the "Something's Gotta Give" dance number!

Other features include: Stereo audio; Commentary by Ken Barnes & Ava Astaire McKenzie, plus archive audio comments from 4-time Academy Award winner, songwriter Johnny Mercer; and footage of both the Los Angeles & the London Premieres.

Also to be released in March by EMI a new CD release of the duet album that Fred made with Bing Crosby, titled "BING CROSBY & FRED ASTAIRE TOGETHER".

Posted by pj at 02:43 PM

February 10, 2006



Chris Bamberger will be presenting a three-part Fred Astaire seminar in McLean, Virginia, USA. Over the course of three Friday evenings—March 24, March 31, and April 7—Chris will discuss Astaire’s image, career, dancing, and biography using film clips, photos, and music. An optional feature film will be shown after each class. Read on for more information.


Truth be told, Fred Astaire hated wearing top hat, white tie and tails. When thus attired, he usually played a fun-loving, brash young entertainer — never a snooty socialite. He wasn’t conventionally handsome, but in his arms his leading ladies seemed to be having the time of their lives. Learn more about the remarkable career of this immensely talented, but self-effacing and shy dancer, singer and actor. Film clips from some of Astaire’s movies and a complete feature will be screened by DVD projection at each class. Instructor: Chris Bamberger

Three 1.25-hr. lessons, which includes an optional 90-min. film each class
$40/$36 McLean district residents
1405.360 F, 3/24-4/7 6-9 p.m.

To find out how to get to McLean Community Center, please visit www.mcleancenter.org


Chris Bamberger is a lifetime Fred Astaire fan who has introduced Astaire films at the AFI Silver Theatre and is co-moderator of the Astaire discussion list. Charming, fun, and devoted, she has been known to start dancing along with Fred Astaire movies when she’s alone.

Posted by pj at 11:55 PM

February 06, 2006


Fred and Ginger Vol. 2 released in UK

Volume 2 of the Fred and Ginger Box Set was released today. It contains the movies Flying Down To Rio, The Gay Divorcee, Swing Time, and The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle. It is currently only available in Region 2 encoding.

Posted by pj at 08:31 PM

January 26, 2006


RIP Fayard Nicholas 1914-2006

Fayard Nicholas, who with his brother Harold (1921-2000) wowed the world of tap dancing with astonishing athleticism, inspiring generations of dancers from Fred Astaire to Savion Glover, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 91.

There is a very nice piece of footage of Fred doing the time step with the two young Nicholar Brothers on a movie backlot. Fred was a big fan of theirs and loved to watch them dance. He once told the brothers that the acrobatic elegance and synchronicity of the "Jumpin' Jive" dance sequence in "Stormy Weather" (1943) made it the greatest movie-musical number he had ever seen.

Posted by pj at 12:08 PM

January 07, 2006


Three Little Words/Ziegfeld Follies on DVD

Good news! Three Little Words and Ziegfeld Follies will be released on DVD by Warner Home Video in the USA on April 25, 2005 as part of a five DVD box set called Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory. The other movies in the set are It's Always Fair Weather, Summer Stock, and Till the Clouds Roll By.

Now all we need is The Belle of New York and The Sky's The Limit...

The titles will be available individually for $19.97 SRP and the five-disc collection will sell for $59.92 SRP.

Three Little Words DVD Special Features:
New featurette, Three Little Words: It’s All True
Vintage Fitzpatrick Traveltalk short, Roaming Through Michigan
Classic MGM Tex Avery cartoon, Ventriloquist Cat
Audio-only bonus: Paula Stone’s Hollywood USA radio promo featuring Fred Astaire & Harry Ruby
Theatrical trailer
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Ziegfeld Follies DVD Special Features:
New featurette, Ziegfeld Follies: An Embarrassment of Riches
Vintage MGM Crime Does Not Pay short, The Luckiest Guy in the World
2 classic MGM cartoons, The Hick Chick and Solid Serenade
Audio-only bonus: outtake songs If Swing Goes, I Go Too, This Heart of Mine and We Will Meet Again in Honolulu
Ziegfeld movies trailer gallery
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Posted by pj at 03:10 AM

October 09, 2005


Vol 2 of Fred and Ginger (region 2) to be released

Volume 2 of the UK edition of the Fred and Ginger DVD box set will be released early next year. Please note this is different from the US version which was released earlier this year- this is region 2 encoded and follows the region 2 set released in 2003.

Posted by pj at 12:06 PM

August 16, 2005


Fred and Ginger DVD collection released

The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers DVD collection has been released in the USA (Region 1) to rave reviews and universal acclaim. The collection features the movies Top Hat, Swing Time, Follow the Fleet, Shall We Dance, and The Barkleys of Broadway. Get yours today!

Read more for a full list of the extras on the DVDs.

DVD Features:

* Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
* Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Top Hat (1935)
* Commentary by Fred Astaire's Daughter, Ava Astaire McKenzie, and film dance historian Larry Billman
* New Featurette On Top: Inside the Success of Top Hat
* Comedy short: Watch the Birdie with Bob Hope
* Classic cartoon Page Miss Glory
Swing Time (1936)
* Commentary by John Mueller, Author of Astaire Dancing
* New featurette: The Swing of Things
* Musical short: Hotel a la Swing
* Classic cartoon: Bingo Crosbyana
Follow The Fleet (1936)
* New featurette: Follow the Fleet: The Origins of Those Dancing Feet
* Musical short: Melody Master: Jimmie Lunceford and His Dance Orchestra
* Classic cartoon: Let It Be Me
Shall We Dance (1937)
* Commentary by songwriter Hugh Martin and pianist Kevin Cole
* New featurette: They Can't Take That Away from Me: The Music of Shall We Dance
* Musical short: Sheik to Sheik
* Classic cartoon: Toy Town Hall
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
* New featurette: Reunited at MGM: Astaire and Rogers Together Again
* Vintage short: Annie Was a Wonder
* Classic Droopy cartoon: Wags to Riches
* Theatrical trailers

Posted by pj at 11:38 AM

May 10, 2005


Fred Day

Happy 106th Fred Astaire Day everyone!

No Quiz this year, unfortunately, as mentioned before, but I wish all of you a happy Fred Day!

Posted by pj at 03:35 PM

March 07, 2005


New Fred and Ginger DVDs at the end of this year

Slate is reporting that all ten Fred and Ginger movies will be released on DVD in the USA: "Five later this year, five next year. Warner executives hunted down elements from as many as seven archives, in the United States and Europe, piecing together the best-preserved pieces from each film to form the best-looking master".
The first five DVDs to be released will be: Top Hat, Follow The Fleet, Swing Time, Shall We Dance and The Barkleys Of Broadway. Here's hoping this year will fly by!

Posted by Ale at 12:19 PM

March 03, 2005



Dear readers of FredAstaire.Net,

This year I will be attempting to swim solo across the English Channel for two charities in my homeland, Singapore. As a result of having to balance this attempt with my job as a teacher, I will have to take a sabbatical from maintaining this website for all of 2005. I will try to run our usual contest on 10th May, but apart from that I will not be updating or answering feedback. If anyone wants to volunteer to help me maintain this site, let me know (via the feedback page), I can definitely use the help!

- your FredAstaire.Net webmaster, P.J.

Posted by pj at 04:09 AM

December 31, 2004


Artie Shaw 1910-2004

Artie Shaw, who co-starred with Fred, Paulette Goddard and Burgess Meredith in "Second Chorus" (1940) passed away Thursday 30 December 2004. His biggest hit was with the song "Begin the Beguine", which coincidentally Fred danced to in "The Broadway Melody of 1940", although not to Shaw's recording.

Posted by pj at 06:53 AM

December 21, 2004


Easter Parade/The Band Wagon/Finian's Rainbow DVDs

Easter Parade and The Band Wagon will both be released on special two-disc edition DVDs, while Finian's Rainbow will be released on a single DVD, on 15 March 2005 in the USA. The Band Wagon will feature a soundtrack remastered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and original mono. The two-disc sets will come with bonus extras. Read on for more information.

Easter Parade DVD extra content features include:

Disc One:

New Digital Transfer from Restored Picture and Audio Elements
Commentary by Fred Astaire's daughter Ava Astaire McKenzie and Judy Garland biographer John Fricke
Garland Trailer Gallery
Subtitles - English, French and Spanish

Disc Two:

The Emmy Award-winning American Masters Documentary Profile
Judy Garland: By Myself (exclusively on DVD only on this release)
Outtake Musical Number Mr. Monotony with Judy Garland
Audio-only Bonus: Radio Promos -- a 1948 promotional interview with Fred Astaire and MGM’s Dick Simmons, plus the ultra-rare Screen Guild Playhouse version of Easter Parade with Fred and Judy from March 1951
All-new making-of documentary Easter Parade: On The Avenue featuring cast and crew interviews

The Band Wagon DVD extra content features include:

Disc One:

New Digital Transfer from Restored Picture and Audio Elements
Soundtrack Remastered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Original Mono
Commentary by Liza Minnelli (daughter of Vincente Minnelli) and Michael Feinstein
Astaire Trailer Gallery
Subtitles - English, French and Spanish

Disc Two:

New Making-of Documentary Get Aboard! The Band Wagon
In-depth Documentary analysis of the career of director Vincente Minnelli
Outtake Musical Number Two Faced Woman
Rare, Vintage Vitaphone Musical Short Jack Buchanan with the Glee Quartet

Finian's Rainbow DVD extra content features include:

New Introduction and Commentary by Director Francis Ford Coppola
Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
Featurette The World Premiere of Finian's Rainbow Theatrical Trailer
Languages: English & French
Subtitles - English, French and Spanish

The three movies plus The Bells are Ringing and a newly remastered Brigadoon will also be available in a "Broadway to Hollywood - Classic Musicals Collection" gift set.

Posted by pj at 03:56 AM

July 20, 2004


4th Annual Fred Quiz Winner

Congratulations to Terry Pearson, who is the winner of the 4th Annual Fred Quiz, brought to you by FredAstaire.Net! Terry unscrambled all the questions correctly in 31 minutes. He was also the winner of the 1st Annual Fred Quiz, and is the first previous winner to recover the crown of Fred Quiz Champion. Four other entrants also got all the answers correct.

Posted by pj at 08:35 PM

June 11, 2004


Limited Edition Finian's Rainbow Soundtrack

Turner Classic Movies Music/Rhino Handmade have released a limited edition (2,500 copies) CD soundtrack of Finian's Rainbow, which starred Fred as Finian with Petula Clark, Tommy Steele and Don Francks. Finian features timeless musical numbers written by Yip Harburg (The Wizard Of Oz) and Burton Lane (Dancing Lady), most notably the favorites “How Are Things in Glocca Morra,” “When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love,” and “Something Sort of Grandish.” This remastered Rhino Handmade release presents the entirety of the 1968 soundtrack LP, plus the overture, entre'acte, and exit music selections not originally included. Read more for the track listing.


THE BEGAT (2:57)
NECESSITY (Outtake) (3:20)

Posted by pj at 12:10 AM

June 01, 2004


Jackman Wins Astaire Award for Dancing

Hugh Jackman and Donna Murphy are the 2004 recipients of the Astaire Awards for dancing.

Jackman, who plays Australian entertainer Peter Allen in "The Boy From Oz," and Murphy, star of "Wonderful Town," have won the 2004 TDF-Astaire Awards as the best male and female dancers in theater. Kathleen Marshall, who directed and choreographed "Wonderful Town," was named best choreographer.

For more information, see the Theatre Development Fund website.

Posted by pj at 11:11 PM

May 24, 2004


You Were Never Lovelier

The Region 2 DVD of You Were Never Lovelier is released today to stores. Get your copy now!

Posted by pj at 11:17 AM

May 10, 2004


Happy 105th Fred Day!

Happy 105th Fred Day! It's time once again for the Annual Fred Quiz, brought to you by FredAstaire.Net!

This year, the quiz is the easiest ever. The game is anagrams: you will be given twenty anagrams, ten of people associated with Fred, ten of his movies or stage productions. The anagrams themselves will contain hints of their true nature. All you have to do is rearrange the anagrams to spell the correct answer.

The winner will be determined by the most number of correct answers, in the event of a tie, the person who submits their answer faster will win. When you enter the quiz, the clock will start and you will be sent to the questions. When you submit your answers, the clock stops. The less time you take to answer the questions, the higher your chances of winning!

The prize this year will be the new Turner Handmade soundtrack of Three Little Words/Yolanda and the Thief, plus the eternal prestige of winning the Annual Fred Quiz. Every year's winner has been someone who has never won previously, so going by precedent, it will be someone new again this year- and it could be you!

Enter now!

Posted by pj at 01:45 PM

April 19, 2004


Site News

FredAstaire.Net has completed its move to the new server. Please let us know if any problems you encounter (broken links, missing pages, etc.) via our feedback page. Once again, we thank you for your understanding and patience.

Posted by pj at 04:31 PM

March 28, 2004


Happy Birthday Ava

Happy birthday to Phyllis Ava Astaire MacKenzie, who turns 62 today. Born 28 March 1942, she currently lives happily in Ireland with her husband, Richard MacKenzie.

FredAstaire.Net wishes her all the best and many happy returns!

Posted by pj at 09:30 AM

January 28, 2004


Limited Edition Three Little Words/Yolanda and the Thief Soundtrack

Turner Classic Movies Music/Rhino Handmade have released a limited edition (2,500 copies) CD soundtrack of Three Little Words, which starred Fred with the incomparable Vera Ellen as well as Red Skelton and Keenan Wynn. The CD will include the complete score, most of which is previously unreleased. However, there is nothing new if you've seen the movie, as everything recorded was included in the final release. Also included are six tracks from Yolanda and the Thief, which starred Fred with Lucille Bremer. Read more for the track listing.

COME ON, PAPA (2:23)
I’VE AN ANGEL (3:34)
YOLANDA (2:32)

Posted by pj at 09:29 PM

January 22, 2004


Ann Miller 1923-2004

Ann Miller, one of Fred's dancing partners in Easter Parade, passed away on Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 from lung cancer. She was 81.

Ann also narrated the section on Fred in That's Entertainment! Part III, and was present at the various tributes to Fred on the occasion of his 100th birthday.

She was a good personal friend of the Astaires and a tremendously fun person. She will be missed.

Posted by pj at 08:51 PM

December 23, 2003


Fred and Ginger at the National Film Theatre

All ten Fred and Ginger movies, plus the documentary "Let's Face the Music and Dance" will be shown at the National Film Theatre in London, England throughout the month of February.

Posted by pj at 07:13 AM

November 10, 2003


Fred and Ginger (3)

The Fred and Ginger DVD Box Set was released today in the United Kingdom as scheduled. Reviews to follow (when I can find the time!).

Posted by pj at 07:09 AM

September 25, 2003


Fred and Ginger (2)

The Fred and Ginger DVD Box Set will now be released on 10 November 2003 instead of 4 November as previously announced.

Also, a correction: "You'll Never Get Rich" will be released on DVD in October, not "You Were Never Lovelier."

Posted by pj at 01:59 PM

September 23, 2003


Fred & Ginger enter the 21st Century

Work has just been completed on a new four DVD box set of Fred and Ginger movies to be released on 3 November in the United Kingdom. It will contain Top Hat, Follow The Fleet, Shall We Dance, and Carefree. Special features include exclusive on-screen introductions by Ava Astaire McKenzie to each of the four films, plus original poster artwork, photo galleries, production notes and cast & crew biographies .

Also, Columbia will be releasing "You Were Never Lovelier" on DVD in the US in October.

Posted by pj at 03:40 PM

August 30, 2003


You'll Never Get Rich

You'll Never Get Rich will be released on DVD on 21 October 2003. You can preorder the DVD from Amazon.com. Exciting! More and more Fred movies are making it to DVD. Keep spreading Fred, everyone!

Posted by pj at 03:30 PM

August 10, 2003


The Band Wagon

7 August 2003 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of one of Fred's greatest movies, The Band Wagon.

How about a Special Edition DVD, Turner Entertainment?

Posted by pj at 04:18 AM

July 28, 2003


Bob Hope 1903-2003

Bob Hope passed away on 27th July 2003 from pneumonia. He created the role in the Broadway show "Roberta" which was inherited by Fred in the movie version, and also appeared with Fred and Bing Crosby in the TV Special, "Merry Christmas, Fred, from the Crosbys!"

Posted by pj at 07:03 AM

July 06, 2003


Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Fred Astaire (or more specifically, his name) appears in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, in a small but pivotal cameo. Hopefully mention of him will increase awareness among youngsters. The movie went into wide release on the 27th of June in the USA and the 4th of July in the UK and is currently tops at the box office in the USA.

Posted by pj at 02:28 PM

June 30, 2003


Katharine Hepburn, 1907-2003

Katharine Hepburn, who famously commented of Fred and Ginger that "he gave her class, she gave him sex" passed away yesterday at her farm in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. A legendary actress, she won a record four Academy Awards for Best Actress and was nominated twelve times. She was also a role model for young women and an inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by pj at 02:23 PM

June 18, 2003


Never Gonna Dance

A new musical based on Fred's 1936 movie, Swing Time, will open on Broadway this fall. Starring Noah Racey in the Fred role of John "Lucky" Garnett and Nancy Lemanger in the Ginger role of Penelope "Penny" Carroll, it follows the plot of the movie while expanding on the number of songs, all of which will be by Jerome Kern and set to a new libretto by Jeffrey Hatcher. Directing will be Michael Greif (Rent) and choreography will be by Jerry Mitchell (Gypsy, Hairspray, The Full Monty). Hopefully this musical will spark some new interest in Fred Astaire.

The musical is featured in the recent edition of Playbill.

Posted by pj at 08:53 PM

June 12, 2003


Gregory Peck 1916-2003

Gregory Peck passed away last night in California at the age of 87. He was a good friend of Fred Astaire's and was also invited to the Fred Astaire centenary tribute hosted by Ava Astaire MacKenzie in 2001, but was too frail to make the trip to London.

His death comes just days after the American Film Institute named his role as the idealistic Southern lawyer Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" as the greatest movie hero of all time. The role earned Peck an Oscar for best actor in 1963.

Excerpt from a letter written by Gregory Pfeck in 1993:

"....The last time Fred and Adele Astaire did their famous 'run-a-round' was at a party at my house, about fifteen years ago. I asked Fred once if he could do the 'Moon Walk.' He said he could with a little practice and demonstrated with his fingers on a table how Michael Jackson does it...."

Posted by pj at 09:51 PM


Limited Edition Broadway Melody Soundtrack

Turner Classic Movies Music/Rhino Handmade are releasing a limited edition (2,500 copies) CD soundtrack of The Broadway Melody of 1940 tomorrow (13 June 2003). The CD will include the complete score written by Cole Porter, most of which is previously unreleased. Also included are 12 tracks from Rosalie, which starred Eleanor Powell in 1937, score also by Cole Porter. Read more for the track listing.


1. MAIN TITLE (Extended Version) (1:47)
4. ALL ASHORE (Extended Version) (4:59)
16. CLOSE (Outtake Vocal Version) (2:43)
17. ROSALIE (1:37)
18. WHY SHOULD I CARE (1:34)
23. WEST POINT DRILL ROUTINE (WHO KNOWS/HEY BABE HEY)(Original Version-Outtake) (7:12)
24. I KNOW IT'S NOT MEANT FOR ME (Outtake) (4:13)

Posted by pj at 09:14 AM



Results of the third Annual FredAstaire.Net Quiz have been released. Congratulations to our grand prize winner, Alessandra G. of Italy! Thank you once again to everyone who participated.

Posted by pj at 09:05 AM

June 10, 2003



The answers to the Third Annual FredAstaire.Net Quiz have been posted. Results to soon follow!

Posted by pj at 02:41 PM

June 07, 2003


Quiz has ended

The Third Annual FredAstaire.Net Quiz has now ended. Thank you to everyone who took part. Results and answers will be up shortly.

Posted by pj at 01:55 PM

June 04, 2003


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Posted by pj at 09:33 PM


Just A Few More Days

Only three days remain till the closing of the 3rd Annual Fred Quiz! If you have not yet entered, you should do so soon! Remember, the terrific prize of a Limited Edition Royal Wedding Soundtrack is up for grabs! Good Luck!

Posted by pj at 10:01 AM

May 10, 2003


Happy 104th Birthday, Fred!

May 10, 2003 is the 104th birthday of Fred Astaire. As is tradition at FredAstaire.Net, we bring you our Third Annual Fred Astaire Quiz. This year, the prize is a copy of the new Limited Edition Royal Wedding Soundtrack CD! Enter the competition or read up on the rules first. Good Luck!!

Posted by pj at 12:15 PM

April 27, 2003


Limited Edition Royal Wedding Soundtrack

The CD includes (for the first time) the entire score to Royal Wedding, including 11 unreleased tracks and a 1950 promotional interview with Jane Powell and Fred Astaire, and is only available as an individually numbered limited edition of 2,500 copies.

Posted by pj at 12:17 PM

March 28, 2003


Happy Birthday Phyllis Ava Astaire

Happy Birthday to Ava Astaire Mackenzie, Fred's only daughter, born on March 28, who turns... well, let's just say that it is a milestone number!

Posted by pj at 09:19 PM

February 04, 2003


Fred featured in Zippy The Pinhead

The strip includes the caption, "Fred's Great Films are not being transferred to DVD by the rights owner, Time Warner. This blasphemy must not stand!"

Posted by pj at 09:06 AM

December 04, 2002


New Holiday Inn DVD/CD

New Holiday Inn DVD and CD released today in the United Kingdom!

Posted by pj at 09:09 AM

November 02, 2002


No 'Firecrackers' on Holiday Inn CD

Bad news regarding the Holiday Inn Diamond Edition CD: the rare recording of "Let's Say It with Firecrackers" will not be included. While clearance to issue it was obtained, Universal were unable to find it anywhere in their vaults. Presumably, it was destroyed in the 1940s.

Posted by pj at 09:10 AM

August 27, 2002


Holiday Inn Diamond Edition DVD Update

Work has been completed on the DVD, which will be released in the UK on 2nd December. No USA release is planned as yet. Universal are also releasing a CD to supplement the DVD. This will feature ALL the songs from "Holiday Inn"(1942) and "White Christmas" (1954). This CD will include, for the first time ever on CD, Fred's Decca version of "Let's Say It With Firecrackers" from the Los Angeles session of May 27,1942!

The DVD will contain the following "extras"

1. Audio Commentary by producer Ken Barnes and including archive audio comments from Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby (recorded in California in 1974 for an award-winning radio series "The Crosby Years")

2. "A Couple of Song and Dance Men" - Ava Astaire McKenzie in conversation with Ken Barnes. A 45-minute featurette in which Fred's daughter and KB discuss the twin careers of Crosby and Astaire. This includes Ava reading from letters written by Fred to his wife while touring Europe in 1944.

3. "All-Singing All-Dancing" BEFORE & AFTER. A 7-minute featurette tracing the technological presentation of singing and dancing on film - with a demonstration of how the number "I'll Capture Your Heart" was recorded and filmed.

4. Production Background

5. Cast & Crew Profiles

6. Moving Menus

7. Scene Access - with animated chapters.

8. New Digitally Mastered print with the soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2-channel mono.

It is hoped that the DVD will receive a special launch at the National Film Theatre in London to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the film and of the song "White Christmas" (the biggest hit record of all time).

Posted by pj at 09:11 AM


Hofstra conference on Bing; incl. Fred

Hofstra University in New York are hosting a three-day Conference dedicated to BING CROSBY AND AMERICAN CULTURE in November 2002. This will involve some 50 papers covering every aspect of Bing's many contributions to culture - as a singer, actor, sportsman, businessman, technological entrepreneur and media personality. One of the subjects will be his friendship and association with Fred Astaire.

The conference takes place on November 14,15 and 16. Ken Barnes shall be attending as one of the guest speakers and Ava Astaire McKenzie will also be there as special guest for the Astaire section.

Posted by pj at 08:12 AM

July 27, 2002


Review: Fred Astaire: A Bio-Bibliography

Fred Astaire: A Bio-Bibliography by Larry Billman

The most authoritative book ever published about Fred Astaire. . . For anybody with more than a casual passing interest in Fred, this book is a must. Read More

Posted by pj at 09:14 AM

June 25, 2002


New Special Edition DVD of Holiday Inn

FredAstaire.Net Exclusive: Special Diamond Anniversary Edition DVD of Holiday Inn on the way!

Ken Barnes, the producer of the fantastic Royal Wedding and Second Chorus DVDs, is now working on a Special Diamond Anniversary Edition DVD of Holiday Inn for Universal. Extras on the DVD will include a special interview with Ava Astaire-McKenzie, a featurette entitled "A Couple Of Song And Dance Men", as well as possibly exclusive interview footage of Fred and Bing done in the early 1970s by a Canadian broadcaster and maybe even some of the famously elusive rehearsal pre-recordings from the original Paramount sessions (BEFORE Fred added the taps)! In addition, there may even be broadcast material from the period of the film and a photo gallery and trailer. No release date has been announced.

Posted by pj at 09:15 AM

June 22, 2002


Fred in Time.com

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of his passing, Richard Corliss writes a reflective piece on Fred Astaire.

Posted by pj at 09:17 AM

May 10, 2002


Fred's 103rd: 10 May 2002

Happy 103rd Birthday, Fred!

"Remember the words of the poet John Milton--words that could have been written for Fred Astaire: 'Grace was in all his steps, heaven in his eye, and in every gesture, dignity and love.'"

--George Stevens, Jr., at the AFI Tribute to Fred Astaire

Posted by pj at 09:18 AM

April 20, 2002


FredAstaire.Net radio is now live!

Webmaster/DJ PJ spins Fred tunes and talks Fred trivia.

Posted by pj at 09:20 PM

March 24, 2002


Fred Astaire at the Oscars®!

Fred Astaire made an appearance at the 2002 Academy Awards, part of a montage projected on the huge screen at the back of the stage as the Cirque du Soleil performed a tribute to special effects. It's always good to see recognition given to a man who personifies entertainment at its best.

Fred in his lifetime won one Oscar® and was nominated for another. Read more information on Fred's Oscars®.

February 22, 2002


Greeting Cards

FredAstaire.Net now offers Greeting Cards!

Send one to someone you care about! Feedback about the greeting cards is especially welcome.

Posted by pj at 10:22 PM

September 01, 2001


Review: The Laureate Collection DVDs

Review: The Laureate Collection DVDs

... they both look and sound superb, especially considering the versions of Royal Wedding and Second Chorus that we've been looking at all these years...


Posted by pj at 09:12 PM

July 29, 2001


Zippy The Pinheadf

Zippy The Pinhead loves Fred Astaire

Two new Zippy the Pinhead cartoon strips featuring Fred are online.

Posted by pj at 09:10 PM

July 27, 2001


Astaire clothing

Get your own Fred Astaire T-shirt!Fred was the first entertainer to be named to America's Ten Best Dressed Men list. Now you can impart some of his style to your wardrobe!

Posted by pj at 09:09 PM

June 11, 2001


Astairable Fred

mp3s of Astairable Fred are now available on this website, thanks to members of the Fred Astaire Mailing List.

Download them and read about the whole saga that led to their availability.

Posted by pj at 09:07 PM

June 02, 2001


Congratulations to the winners

Congratulations to Terry Pearson, winner of the FredAstaire.Net Test Your FredQ! contest, and to Amy Spindler, winner of the random draw. Results. Thank you to everyone who participated! If you missed the contest, you can still try the quiz (but no prizes, sorry!)

Posted by pj at 09:06 PM

June 01, 2001


Contest closed

The contest is now over. Thank you to everyone who participated! Check the results and see who won the copies of A Family Upside Down!
If you missed the contest, you can still try the quiz (but no prizes, sorry!)

Posted by pj at 09:04 PM

May 10, 2001


Fred's 102nd/Official Launch!

Fred's 102nd Birthday, and the site's official

Posted by pj at 09:02 PM

April 24, 2001


Jack Haley, Jr. passes away

Jack Haley, Jr., producer, director and writer of That's
has passed away. IMDB
Info page
. Read Obituaries: MSNBC
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Posted by pj at 09:01 PM

April 23, 2001


Fred Astaire- A Daughter's Tribute CD

Fred Astaire- A Daughter's Tribute commemorative CD has been released.

Posted by pj at 08:59 PM

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