6 items from 2017
While the recently released Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower was met with critical and box office disappointment, the future looks very bright for the upcoming It, which is directed by Andy Muschietti and written by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman. Early previews have generated some extremely positive reactions and as such, even before it’s actually reached general audiences, attention has already turned to the prospect of It 2.
The television miniseries of the classic Stephen King story consisted of two parts – reflecting the way in which the format of the source novel sees 12 year-olds battle demonic clown Pennywise, before heading back for a rematch thirty years later. This being the case, Muschietti’s cinematic version of the story has always been expected to take the form of a movie and a sequel. In cinema, however, sequels are entirely dependent upon the success of the initial instalment, which suggests two things – firstly, »
- Sarah Myles
Rebecca Lea Jul 24, 2017
The film: When several children are murdered in the town of Derry, Maine, the local librarian Mike Hanlon (Tim Reid) calls his old friends, Bill Denborough (Richard Thomas), Beverley Marsh (Annette O’Toole), Ben Hanscom (John Ritter), Eddie Kaspbrak (Dennis Christopher), and Richie Tozier (Harry Anderson). Plaguing Derry is a mysterious entity they call It, which manifests as childhood fears, including the form of Pennywise the Clown (Tim Curry). The friends defeated it thirty years earlier and return to Derry to fulfil their promise and finish the job.
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Another slight bend in the rules this week with the It mini-series, but with a new adaptation on the way and the 1990 version’s considerable reputation, it’s not one I felt I could miss out. Stephen King »
Daniel Clowes’ comics creation receives an A-Plus film adaptation through the directorial filter of Terry Zwigoff. The show has more going for it than the bleak alienation of disaffected quasi- gen-Xers — the script offers a depth of character revealing the insecure, hopes and fears behind all the insulting attitudes and behaviors. It’s caustic, funny and also strongly affecting.
The Criterion Collection 872
2001 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 30, 2017 / 39.95
Cinematography: Affonso Beato
Production Designer: Edward T. McAvoy
Art Direction: Alan E. Muraoka
Original Music: David Kitay
Directed by Terry Zwigoff
- Glenn Erickson
While Hamilton dominated Broadway theater in 2016, this year's Tony nominations are more evenly distributed.
The 71st annual Tony Awards nominations were unveiled on Tuesday morning live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Announced by Jane Krakowski and Hamilton alum Christopher Jackson, the honorees were led by Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 with 12 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Josh Groban's role in the War and Peace-inspired story.
Dear Evan Hansen landed nine nominations, two of which were for Best Musical and Best Leading Actor (Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect). The stage adaptation of Groundhog Day and the 9/11 musical, Come From Away, rounded out the Best Musical noms.
"I can't sleep at night." FX has released a new trailer for the upcoming fifth season of The Americans.Set in the 1980s, the spy thriller follows Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) — two Soviet Kgb officers who are posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington, DC. The cast also includes Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Annet Mahendru, Alison Wright, Lev Gorn, Costa Ronin, Richard Thomas, Margo Martindale, and Frank Langella.Read More… »
The Americans are back in action. Today, FX released a new teaser for season five of the TV show.Though much has not been revealed about the new season of the spy drama, executive producer Joel Fields has mentioned Elizabeth and Philip’s will be as strong as ever in season five. The show stars Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Annet Mahendru, Alison Wright, Lev Gorn, Costa Ronin, Richard Thomas, Margo Martindale, and Frank Langella.Read More… »
6 items from 2017
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