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'Bolshoi Babylon' Out Now on HBO Go

EXCLUSIVE: HBO's 'Bolshoi Babylon' Director Nick Read on Filin, Dimitrichenko, Urin and Kremlin >>

When the Bolshoi Ballet took a hit following the 2013 acid attack on the company's artistic director and former dancer Sergei Filin, it was hard to recover in the public eye. For filmmaker and director Nick Read, it became the center focus of their latest documentary 'Bolshoi Babylon' and proved to be an aid in discerning the facts. It also unveiled the political interference and scandal that encapsulates the Bolshoi both in its dancers and in management.

Indian Jam Project Covers 'Rains of Castamere' Theme Song from 'Game of Thrones'

Indian Jam Project Covers 'Rains of Castamere' Song from 'Game of Thrones' >>

The Game of Thrones theme entitled "Rains of Castamere" has become a favorite to cover among musicians--including opera youth Jackie Evancho and Icelandic soundscapers Sigur Ros. Now, the Indian Jam Project brings you the latest harrowing cover of the tune.

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HBO Orders Pilot For 'Virtuoso,' Alan Ball; Elton John, Peter Macdissi to Produce >>

HBO is ordering a pilot episode of new Alan Ball, classical music period drama Virtuoso. Elton John and his husband,David Furnish, are on board to produce alongside True Blood writer Ball, his frequent collaborator, Peter Macdissi and Steve Hamilton Shaw.

The Kids Are Alright: 'Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass' Showcases Young Talent and Bell's Endless Pursuit to Inspire

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Violinist Joshua Bell on HBO & Mendelssohn's Octet; D.C. Metro & Bach's Concertos >>

With his Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority mulligan miles behind him, Joshua Bell is Skyping with me from his suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai. As per usual when talking to the press, the world's greatest living violinist is in between rehearsals. Yes, Bell has traveled to the United Arab Emirates to perform Felix Mendelssohn's 'Violin Concerto' in E minor, Op. 64 at the Royal Opera House Muscat with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields--the storied British band, founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958, that Bell remains the only American to have led as both music director and conductor.

All About the Kids: 'Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass' Hits HBO Airwaves Tuesday, October 14

TRAILER: Violinist Joshua Bell's 'A YoungArts Masterclass' HBO Special Premieres Tuesday, October 14 >>

World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell recently took to the D.C. catacombs to perform for a busy crowd who stopped to hear Bach. Now, on Tuesday, October 14, Bell will be paid tribute by HBO with a new documentary, Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass.

Young Songstress Jackie Evancho Talks 'AGT' Fame and More on Oprah Winfrey's 'Where Are They Now?' Program

Young Songstress Jackie Evancho Talks 'AGT' Fame and More on Oprah Winfrey's 'Where Are They Now?' Program >>

Oprah Winfrey's outreach is quite palpable, with the starlet being a major figure in pop culture. Her running series Where Are They Now? has brought on a lot of talent. Now, in sharing the stage with Raven-Symone, Jackie Evancho will be the next feature on the series.

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Allison Williams of 'Girls' Is Cast as 'Peter Pan' in NBC's Live Production >>

Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in the follow-up to the network's hugely successful 'The Sound of Music Live!'

House of Cards: Netflix Turnaround Puts HBO Go and TV, Itself, in Harm's Streaming Way >>

Yes, Netflix has usurped the golden crown of video streaming platforms currently on the market. A golden crown and a Golden Globe, too, for its original 'House of Cards,' the service has now entered the realm of television, itself.

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