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12 Broadway Choreographers All Actors Should Know

25 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Do you know the choreographers behind your favorite Broadway shows? From the early days of the Great White Way to the greatest hits of the past ten years, here are 12 legendary choreographers who have (literally) given shape to Broadway as we know it.  Bob AvianA frequent collaborator of Michael Bennett’s, Avian began his career as a dancer in shows like “West Side Story” and “Funny Girl,” and later became a choreographer, producer, and director in his own right. He shared 1976 and 1979 Tony Awards with Bennett for their work on “A Chorus Line” and “Ballroom,” respectively, and was nominated for his solo choreography in “Miss Saigon” (1991) and “Sunset Boulevard” (1994). Michael BennettThis great choreographer debuted on Broadway with (very) short-lived musicals “A Joyful Noise” in 1966 and “Henry, Sweet Henry” in 1967, before hitting it big with the Jerry Orbach-starring “Promises, Promises” in 1968. He partnered with Stephen Sondheim in the early 1970s for “Company” and “Follies, »

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Law & Order: Svu Is Doing a Robert Durst Episode, Hot Mic and All

10 August 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The strange tale of Robert Durst will be the latest true-crime story to be ripped from the headlines and run through the Law & Order wringer: As this trailer reveals, the upcoming season premiere of Law & Order: Svu will focus on the case of a wealthy, seemingly untouchable serial killer (Dallas Roberts's Dr. Greg Yates) whose case mirrors Durst's, down to the trash bags full of body parts and the inadvertent confession seemingly caught on tape. Svu's portrayal will complete the Law & Order–Robert Durst trifecta: A 2002 episode of Criminal Intent saw David Thornton play a rich cross-dresser who murdered his mob-daughter friend, while a 2004 episode of the Law & Order mothership featured Henry Stram as an "eccentric cross-dressing millionaire" who killed his neighbor and, decades earlier, his wife. To commemorate the occasion, Durst will receive a gold-plated statue of Jerry Orbach. »

- Nate Jones

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The Sentinel Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

22 July 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Standing watch at the gateway, Scream Factory has revealed the cover art and bonus features (including a new audio commentary track with actress Cristina Raines) for their highly anticipated Blu-ray release of The Sentinel, due out on September 22nd.

Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA – Scream Factory has announced the September 22 release of the 1977 horror classic The Sentinel on Blu-ray with a slate of new bonus features.

When a beautiful model, Alison Parker (Cristina Raines, Nashville, The Duellists), rents an apartment in a gloomy New York brownstone, little does she realize that an unspeakable horror awaits her behind its doors… a mysterious gateway to hell. Alison likes her eccentric new neighbors, so it comes as a shock when she's told that, except for a strange old priest, she's the only tenant.

Based on Jeffrey Konvitz's best-selling novel, this contemporary gothic chiller features amazing special makeup effects by the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist, »

- Derek Anderson

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Review: "F/X" (1986) Starring Bryan Brown, Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

29 May 2015 6:01 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

Director Robert Mandel's F/X is one of the most entertaining and compulsively watchable thrillers of 1986. I originally caught up with it on VHS and, while I was impressed with the film, the ending I found to be both hokey and frustrating, mostly due to the completely out-of-place 1982 song “Just an Illusion” by Imagination that plays over the end credits. I felt that it undermined all that preceded it. However, like William Friedkin's To Live and Die in La (1985) and David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986), F/X is a film that would only grow on me after subsequent repeated viewings. I learned to forgive the inclusion of this song as the final minutes should really be viewed as a visual pun on the film’s overall theme, which begs the question “What is real and what is fiction?”

F/X, which was released on Friday, »

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Ewan McGregor Is Playing a Singing Candlestick in Beauty and the Beast

21 April 2015 1:03 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mortdecai's Ewan McGregor is set to sign on to play Lumière, the anthropomorphic candlestick previously voiced by Jerry Orbach, in Disney's upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. He joins Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. It's unclear how much of McGregor, and the other actors who are portraying housewares, will appear in the film, but given his character's unique physiology, this is the one role where McGregor is unlikely to show his penis. »

- Nate Jones

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'Beauty and the Beast': Ian McKellen Reports from Table Read

15 April 2015 1:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Yesterday, we got our first look at the cast of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. Josh Gad, who plays Le Fou, shared a selfie that included himself alongside co-stars Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Dan Stevens (Beast) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). Missing from the photo was Ian McKellen, who stars as the Beast's butler turned alarm clock Cogsworth. To make up for that, he has reported back from the set with an in-depth account of the first table read.

Beauty and the Beast will begin shooting in London very soon under the direction of Bill Condon, best known for musicals Chicago and Dreamgirls. Also participating in the cast read were Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette), though they were not pictured. The only primary character from the animated version that hasn't been cast yet is Lumiere, voiced by Jerry Orbach in the 1991 movie.

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Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Cast Share Selfie Photo

14 April 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney's live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is quickly putting its cast together, with production slated to begin next month at Shepperton Studios in London. Earlier today, star Josh Gad, (Le Fou) shared a photo on his Instagram page, where he is pictured alongside co-stars Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Dan Stevens (Beast) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). While it isn't exactly know where this photo was taken, Josh Gad added the caption, "Can't wait for you to be our guest," which is obviously a nod to the famous "Be Our Guest" song from the original 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast.

Other cast members who aren't pictured include Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette). It isn't known how many roles have yet to be filled, but one of the primary characters from the animated version that hasn't been cast is Lumiere, »

- MovieWeb

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The Sentinel (1977) Blu-ray Announced by Scream Factory

3 April 2015 2:03 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

You can't choose your neighbors in an apartment complex, and sometimes you get stuck next to a noisy, mean-spirited soul who makes you want to look in the classified ads before you even finish unpacking. Alison Parker has some rowdy neighbors around her new Brooklyn apartment, but what disturbs her the most is that nobody else lives on her floor. And that's only one of many creepy elements to be found in 1977's The Sentinel, and fans of the cult classic fright film should be excited to hear that Scream Factory has announced they will release The Sentinel on Blu-ray this summer.

From Scream Factory: "We are beyond thrilled today to report that we will be bringing the 1977 cult classic chiller The Sentinel to Blu-ray for the first time in the U.S. and Canada!

Planned release is for August. This often underrated, overlooked and shocking film from Director Michael Winner »

- Derek Anderson

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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

11 March 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year. »

- Andre Soares

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Beauty and the Beast Should Be All Harry Potter People

26 January 2015 12:11 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Emma Watson is going to play Belle in the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. That seems lovely, no? She seems extremely capable of playing Belle, since she was great as Hermione, and Hermione and Belle have a lot in common. But there's no need to stop there: We can populate the entire Beauty and the Beast cast with former Harry Potter folk. Beast, as played by Neville Longbottom Neville kind of gets the short shrift in Hp, but he grew up hot and deserved better. Beast it is! Gaston is sort of a Viktor Krum Nothing against Viktor, but no one at Hogwarts seems like they'd be especially good at expectorating. Snape could bring a little something to Lumière Ideally, only Jerry Orbach would ever be Lumière. But that's not how life works, so let's Snape it up. We only ever see his mean streak, really, but »

- Margaret Lyons

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