A big, lucrative anniversary of a favorite movie musical is headed our way.
The 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and its star Julie Andrews can't quite believe it.
"This is a lovely moment to mark. I've been saying all along it's like a very bad joke because surely it was only 30 years ago — not 50," she said.
Few movie musicals are as beloved as "The Sound of Music." Andrews, 79, thinks she knows why.
"This one stuck because it was very well made with beautiful music and a lot of glorious assets like scenery and mountains and children and an adventure story and a love story and all of that," she said.
Twentieth Century Fox is releasing a five-disc Blu-ray/DVD collection, the soundtrack is being re-released, and the film will be screened at 500 theaters in April.
Four new books about the film are being published, and there's a Diane Sawyer-led "20/20" special airing on ABC at 9 p.m. CDT Wednesday.
Harry moving on from the army
It's a soldier's life no more for Britain's Prince Harry. Royal officials said Tuesday that the 30-year-old prince will leave the armed forces in June after 10 years of service that included two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Harry said that leaving the army was "a really tough decision" but that he was excited about the future. "The experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life," he said.
Elvis for sale: A New York City auction is offering Elvis Presley fans the chance to own his custom-designed tour bus. The 1976 bus is among 200 Elvis-related items at its May 16 "Music Icons" sale at the Hard Rock Cafe New York. The presale estimate is $100,000 to $200,000. Other highlights include Elvis' 1971 Stutz Blackhawk car. The luxury two-seater could fetch $400,000 to $600,000.
Farewell: A star-studded memorial to film legend Richard Attenborough was held in London's Westminster Abbey. The actor and Oscar-winning director died in last August. His brother, acclaimed television host David Attenborough, was joined Tuesday by actors Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, John Hurt, the model Twiggy and others. "It was brilliant. So beautiful," Caine said after the hourlong event. Dench called the memorial "absolutely perfect." Richard Attenborough enjoyed a long career in film, acting in "The Great Escape," ''Brighton Rock" and many others and won an Oscar for best director for his 1982 film "Gandhi."