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The Post-1960S, Pre-Digital Age: Real-time One-offs, 1975-1998
British filmmaker John Byrum is responsible for the first (and in some ways only) real-time period film. Inserts (1975), set in the early 1930s, is about a Boy Wonder movie director (called Boy Wonder, played by Richard Dreyfuss fresh from American Graffiti (1973) and Jaws (1975)) now washed up before the age of 30, resigned to making porn because of Hollywood’s conversion to sound. Not only is Inserts scrupulously real-time (with the exception of the opening credits sequence, which offers glimpses of the stag film we’re about to see made) and period, but it’s rather long for such a film, just shy of two hours. To tell the entire story would be spoiling the fun, but the Boy Wonder deals with recalcitrant actresses, the problem of his own potency, career problems, death, sex, after-death and after-sex…and in the end, as »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
"Scandal" appears to have moved past its dependence on cliffhangers “Scandal” was written around cliffhangers in its first three seasons, but the cliffhangers have now passed on to “How To Get Away with Murder.” As Joshua Alston says of “Scandal,” "It’s no longer a political thriller with heavy-to-a-fault spy genre flourishes, it’s 'Grey’s Anatomy' in the White House. And if that’s indeed what the writers are going for, the absence of a central, hashtag-friendly mystery makes perfect sense. I’ve been suspiciously anticipating this direction, but I’m far less worried than I was. If 'Like Father, Like Daughter' is any indication, that version of Scandal would be well-worth watching, if perhaps not the Twitter fuel it once was.” Plus: “Scandal” Secret Service agent talks about his big role. Leah Remini will sub for Erin Andrews as “Dancing with the Stars' co-host Andrews is »
- Norman Weiss
With Star Wars: Episode VII currently in production (and only a few weeks from wrapping), rumors have been flying fast and furious over the last few months. This has caused a flurry of finger-pointing, naysaying, and even hostility between fans over some of the claims...but this is nothing new. The Prequel trilogy were surrounded by rumors as well, so today, I thought it’d be fun to take a trip down memory lane to remember some of the craziest reports that had us all buzzing.
Some of these are just bizarre, and many of the original sites reporting on these things are no longer in action, but some of you life-long fans, like me, will likely remembering hearing about these. I’ve purposefully stayed away from Super Shadow reports (though some of these may have been influenced by him), because he was a known fraud and I wanted to »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
NBC’s second foray into live musicals will be Peter Pan, after the resounding success of The Sound of Music Live a few months earlier. They surprised many by continuing the long-held tradition of Peter Pan himself often being played by a girl, and surprised even more when that girl was the stunning Allison Williams from Girls. Other than her, the main draw of the event will be Christopher Walken’s singing, hopefully dancing Captain Hook. We’ve seen shots of each to date, but now the duo are appearing together in the above first official poster for the Peter Pan musical. In it, despite the gender change, Williams is more recognizable than Walken, who between his copious fake facial hair and eyeliner, looks more like Ian McShane playing Captain Hook than anything (which would be incredible). Wendy and the other cast members are nowhere to be found. NBC is »
As one live-action fairy tale after another winds its way to the big screen, NBC is doing one better with an actual live production. Following the smash success (well, ratings-wise) of last winter’s The Sound of Music Live!, the network is putting on Peter Pan Live! this winter. Allison Williams stars as the boy who […]
- Angie Han
It looks like we've finally found something to replace the Smash-shaped hole in our heart and its name is Peter Pan Live!
Based on the poster for NBC's latest attempt at a live musical, this retelling is going to be the epitome of hot mess. And not in the way The Sound of Music Live! was a mess but took itself very seriously. Everything about the Peter Pan Live! poster promises pure campy goodness — from the glitter encircling everyone's least favorite Girls star Allison Williams to Christopher Walken's beauty mark. (Seriously. What is up with that?)
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- Sadie Gennis
Allison Williams's musical debut in NBC's Peter Pan Live! is drawing near, and now NBC has released the first official poster for the highly anticipated TV event. The new look features a shot of Williams dressed in the same Peter Pan garb we saw in her first official cast photo, as well as Christopher Walken looking particularly menacing in his Captain Hook look. Peter Pan Live! will air on NBC on Thursday, Dec. 4, but if you can't wait until then to see Allison in action, be sure to check out her flying training! »
Last year, NBC had an unexpected hit in "The Sound of Music Live!", which got 18.82 million viewers live. Those are numbers very few shows get anymore. The show was a mess, admittedly. Carrie Underwood was wildly miscast as Maria, but America got a primetime look at Tony winners Laura Benanti, Audra McDonald, and Christian Borle do what they do best, and the three of them made the telecast worth watching. NBC, in an effort to repeat the success of last year, will be airing "Peter Pan Live!" on December 4th, starring Allison Williams (who I think is the best part of Girls) as the boy who won't grow up and Christopher Walken (who I think is the best part of everything) as his nemesis Captain Hook. The live event was given its first poster today. This is not the first time a live trip to Neverland will be on NBC, »
- Mike Shutt
It's getting closer! As excitement mounts for Peter Pan Live!, new artwork has been released for the holiday musical event airing on NBC on Dec. 4. Allison Williams, who plays the title character, is front and center with a mischievous grin as she flies high into the night sky, a bit of pixie dust swirling around her. Captain Hook, played by Christopher Walken, lurks above her, the hook gleaming. Williams began flight training for the role in August, and tells People that flying through the air is "about as fun as you can imagine." She admits that the harness mechanism "becomes uncomfortable really quickly, »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis, @sheilabot
And with a hint of fairy dust, Allison Williams is flying as Peter in the new poster for NBC's live production of Peter Pan. Perhaps because she's playing a boy who won't grow up, Williams is dwarfed by the image of Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, who looms over the poster's Peter with evil, liner-donning eyes. The coloring makes these two look almost like the cartoon versions of their characters. Meanwhile, Williams doesn't seem to know where exactly she's aiming that knife, but both she and Walken wear a hint of a mischievous smirk. Peter Pan Live! is set to air Dec. »
- Esther Zuckerman
NBC has unveiled the poster for the upcoming “Peter Pan Live!” telecast.
The two will be joined by a host of theater veterans for the production, including Christian Borle as Mr. Darling and Smee, Kelli O’Hara as Mrs. Darling, Taylor Louderman as Wendy and Alanna Saunders as Tiger Lily.
- Shelli Weinstein
Allison Williams is taking flight — figuratively and literally — thanks to NBC’s upcoming Peter Pan Live!
In the new poster for the holiday-season event (Thursday, Dec. 4, 8/7c), the Girls star soars through the moonlit sky, dagger in hand, in the role of the titular mischief maker.
An almost unrecognizable Christopher Walken, meanwhile, looms above her as Captain Hook, menace flashing in his eyes and a cascade of black curls falling around his shoulders.
There’s a map, a plume, some palm trees, some pixie dust and an old ship in the mix, too.
Check out the official poster below, then »
We've already seen "Girls" star Alison Williams as Peter Pan, and Christopher Walken as an already over the top Captain Hook, NBC has released a new poster showing the grizzled pirate menacing a self-conscious-looking Peter. From the producers of the "Sound of Music" -- the live one starring Carrie Underwood, not the Oscar-winning box office juggernaut -- this new musical take on J.M. Barrie's classic tale will air live in December. It is not to be confused with Joe Wright's upcoming live-action prequel "Pan," or NBC's own planned sitcom adaptation of the story, although the poster does look pretty sitcom-y. Take a look below: "Peter Pan" goes live December 4 at 8/7c on NBC. »
- Dave Lewis
The official poster for Peter Pan Live! is here. Christopher Walken, in full Captain Hook makeup, looms over Allison Williams' Peter Pan, seen "flying" in the sky in the key art for NBC's upcoming Dec. 4 live musical production — a follow-up to last year's Sound of Music. Christian Borle (Mr. Smee/George Darling), Kelli O'Hara (Mrs. Darling), Taylor Louderman (Wendy Darling), Alanna Saunders (Tiger Lily), Jake Lucas (John Darling) and John Allyn (Michael Darling) co-star. Executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan return to lead the live production. See the poster below. Email: Philiana.Ng@THR.com Twitter: @insidethetube
- Philiana Ng
Peter Pan Live! is getting ready to fly. The first poster for NBC's live musical production of Peter Pan is here and it's delightfully campy and we freakin' love it. (Seriously, we're already planning our viewing party!) Executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron shared the art work on Twitter, with Zadan saying, "A Holiday Broadway Musical Event." The poster for the highly anticipated NBC event finds Christopher Walken in full hair and make-up as Captain Hook, while Girls' star Allison Williams strikes a flying pose as Peter Pan, complete with cropped wig (the star offered to cut her hair) and fishnet shirt. Meron also shared a behind-the-scenes photo from the »
When Pulp Fiction opened in theaters 20 years ago today, the mainstream moviegoing audience was introduced to a dynamic new Hollywood talent. Quentin Tarantino was a 31-year-old hipster whose formal film education never rose much higher than working as a clerk in a Manhattan Beach video store. A walking encyclopedia of film history who fetishized some of the more obscure genres, Tarantino had a gift for dialog and his own visual toolbox that expanded the language of cinematic storytelling. Pulp Fiction was the culmination of a two-year stretch where the director went from Nobody to Wunderkind, beginning with the Sundance premiere »
- Jeff Labrecque
I'm not sure who out there has been clamoring for a follow-up to Joe Dirt, the 2001 white-trash comedy starring David Spade, but whoever you are it seems you're getting your wish, as Sony's subsidiary streaming service Crackle will produce and distribute a sequel "as a feature for fans everywhere." And yes, Spade will reprise his role, in case you were wondering -- the sequel was his idea. According to Crackle Gm Eric Berger (via Deadline), "David Spade had a fresh and unique vision for Joe Dirt 2 that he could have brought anywhere and we couldn't be happier that he brought it to Crackle for a first-of-its-kind, worldwide release." Alongside Spade, the original 2001 film starred Brittany Daniel, Dennis Miller, Christopher Walken, Jaime Pressly, and musician Kid Rock in a tale about a witless moron (Spade) searching for the family who abandoned him at the Grand Canyon as a young child. It is, »
- Jordan Benesh
Like a shot of adrenaline to the heart, “Pulp Fiction” changed the movie landscape when it opened on Oct. 14, 1994. Quentin Tarantino’s ode to crime and pop-culture was a bold new cinematic vision in a decade that badly needed one. Before “Pulp Fiction,” prestige films like “Dances with Wolves” and “A Few Good Men” seemed content to play it safe, while blockbusters like “Jurassic Park” and “The Fugitive” focused squarely on the mainstream. Overnight, the term ‘Tarantinoesque’ became shorthand for audaciously stylized ultra-violence and genre-bending thrills. On its 20th anniversary, here’s why “Pulp Fiction” remains the coolest movie of the ’90s.
The Soundtrack: From the rumbling reverb of Dick Dale’s surf-rock rendition of “Misirlou” to the soulful crooning of Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” and the strip club sexiness of Kool & the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie,” the “Pulp Fiction” soundtrack effortlessly mixes musical styles the way the film blends genres. »
- Matthew Chernov
If you’re in the Us it may seem your festive viewing is already going to be bizarre enough. I mean, Christopher Walken is playing an all-singing, all-dancing Captain Hook. That’s enough craziness for one season, right? Wrong. Because Bill Murray has revealed he is to collaborate once more with director Sofia Coppola. But not on a big screen project – the idea is for a Christmas TV Special that will potentially see the star belting out carols. Murray attempted to elucidate:
It’s not going to be live… We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose… It will have a patina style and wit to it. It will be nice.
Thanks Bill, that clears that up. Coppola »
- Steve Palace
Christopher Reeve Foundation for spinal cord and stem cell research (photo: Darryl Hannah and Christopher Reeve in 'Rear Window') (See previous post: "'Superman' Christopher Reeve and his Movies: Ten-Year Death Anniversary.") In his 1998 autobiography Still Me, Christopher Reeve recalled: "At an especially bleak moment [prior to an operation that might result in his death], the door [of his hospital room] flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay." The "old friend" was the recently deceased Robin Williams, whom Reeve had befriended while both were studying at Juillard. Eventually, Reeve became a staunch advocate for spinal cord and stem cell research, sponsoring with his wife the Christopher Reeve Foundation — later renamed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (and formerly known »
- Andre Soares
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