6 items from 2016
Disney fans were in for a massive smile-inducing and tear-jerking event at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on Friday when a 71-piece orchestra and talented vocal line-up performed the music of The Little Mermaid live to picture at a concert screening. Among the cast taking on the roles in the beloved 1989 animated film were Sara Bareilles as Ariel, Rebel Wilson as Ursula, Tituss Burgess as Sebastian, Darren Criss as Prince Eric, and John Stamos as Chef Louis. In a post-Merida, post-Elsa world, Ariel’s tale of longing to leave her father’s home and adventure into another world still resonates with audiences. The ever-catchiness of the music does too. That was evident as the power of nostalgia and the promise of a solid cast packed the Hollywood Bowl at Friday night’s show. The 17,000-seat venue had sold out within three hours, and two more shows were added (for Saturday and Monday) to meet demand. »
- Emily Rome
What distinguishes true love and close friendship? Can you simply choose to be attracted to your best friend? And does sex ruin everything? These are just some of the interesting questions implicit in the lighthearted, indie film festival hit BFFs. While the movie does not pretend to extend long-lasting answers to these quandaries, it genuinely entertains with its fresh approach to the traditional best-friends, rom-com formula: two friends—two straight, female friends—who may not realize they are attracted to each other.
The story follows two forty-somethings, Kat and Samantha, who pose as lovers at a couples’ therapy retreat in Southern California. Kat’s latest relationship foible leads her mother (played by her real-life mother, comedian Pat Carroll), after a series of judgmental and belittling comments, to suggest a weekend away to repair the relationship between Kat and her ex-boyfriend. In a drunken-stupor, however, Samantha convinces Kat that it would »
- J Don Birnam
The film two straight friends who go into couples therapy, they're so convincing that even they start to question their relationship.
Tara, the question for you, Pat Carroll is your mom, correct? She's in the movie. What is it like working with your mother on onfilm, and would you do it again?
Tara Karsian: Never again. No I'm kidding, it was wonderful and we have never gotten to do that. The back story is that Andrea actually wrote her in, I did not, so it's only Andrea's fault. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Sebastian sure knows how to throw a party under the sea. But it sounds like even he would be impressed by the party that’s coming together for Disney fans under the clamshell of the Hollywood Bowl next week. The Little Mermaid will get the live concert screening treatment at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on June 3, 4, and 6. The event’s creative director, Richard Kraft, has told HitFix the deets on all the exciting plans for the three shows that are sure to make Disney fans squee. Film screenings paired with a live orchestra performance of the movie’s score is no new thing. (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Back to the Future are among the concert screenings at the Bowl HitFix has reported on in the past.) But events like this, for a musical, with live singing timed to picture, are new. As far as Kraft is aware, last Halloween »
- Emily Rome
For no reason whatsoever that's what we're blogging at this moment! (Just humor me, okay? My back is in spasming pain.)
1865 - The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in the U.S. but 151 years later the topic is still on everyone's minds: see TV's Underground (any of you watching this?), the exciting news about Harriet Tubman on the $20 and two new biopics about her in the works, plus recent and current Best Picture types (Lincoln, 12 Years a Slave and possibly Birth of a Nation)
1891 - Carnegie Hall (then named Music Hall) opened in NYC so that one day "Judy! Judy! Judy!" could be recorded for posterity
1927 - Pat Carroll is born so that 62 years later we might enjoy the genius of her voice »
- NATHANIEL R
Possibly everyone’s favorite animated sleuths have joined Funko’s Dorbz line. Eight items from Dorbz’s Scooby-Doo Series 1 and 2 are coming this June! Also in this round-up: a behind-the-scenes clip from Damien and details on the Hammer Films Collection – Volume 2 DVD.
Coming in June!
Dorbz Ridez: Scooby-Doo – Mystery Machine
Jenkies! Mystery Machine Dorbz Ridez are coming, too!
Coming in June!
Dorbz: Scooby-Doo Series 2 (the last four in the gallery)
Coming this Summer!”
- Tamika Jones
6 items from 2016
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