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Almeida, Lyttelton, London; Bristol Old Vic
Matt Smith brings a deadly vacancy to Easton Ellis's antihero in a musical with sharp instincts and a hollow heart
American Psycho will be a big hit for Rupert Goold's new, rejuvenating Almeida. His production is tremendously accomplished, stylistically coherent, sprinkled with Goold glitter and fuelled by Goold attack. Matt Smith plays the central part of the psychopathic banker with a deadly vacancy. It would be extremely surprising if this murderous musical does not race off to the West End. But the evening left me coldly indifferent. I can't think when a show has so completely divided me between admiration and recoil.
In many ways this is a perfect staging of Bret Easton Ellis's slasher satire, which split critical opinion – "careful, important", "cheaply sensationalist" – when it was published in 1991. It is true to the book yet not too doggedly faithful, a genuine »
- Susannah Clapp
Following its Bafta win, the romantic drama about pashing pensioners who prove it's never too late for love returns. It's not too late to get up to date with the new series, either: the first three episodes are online now.
TV: Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves
Make sure you've got a family-sized box of Kleenex handy for this award-winning Swedish three-part drama about the Aids epidemic in Stockholm's 1980s gay community. It follows the relationship between Rasmus, who comes out of the closet when he moves to the big city, and Benjamin, a Jehovah's Witness struggling with his faith and sexuality. At times, it's fully brutal – opening flashbacks of a dying Rasmus on a hospital bed »
- Lanre Bakare, Luke Holland, Kate Hutchinson
London -- Twenty years ago, the notion of a stage musical based on Bret Easton Ellis' cult shock-lit novel American Psycho would have sounded like a tasteless satirical joke. But skip forward two decades and this million-selling portrait of Patrick Bateman, arrogant Wall Street broker by day and sexually deranged serial killer by night, is part of the literary canon. It also feels more attuned to our post-modern age of Tarantino-esque ironic violence and torture-porn slasher movies. But director Rupert Goold’s glitzy new London stage adaptation almost glosses over the book’s notoriously graphic carnage altogether, aiming
- Stephen Dalton
It sounds improbable: a musical thriller about a serial killer. But Sondheim did it in Sweeney Todd. And, although this version of Bret Easton Ellis's notorious 1991 bestseller, is a very different bucket of blood, it works superbly thanks to Rupert Goold's stylish production, Duncan Sheik's music and lyrics and Matt Smith's beautifully defined performance as the deluded hero.
Credit also belongs to the book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa which captures the satire at the heart of the dark, Dostoyevskian story.
In Easton Ellis's novel the hero, Patrick Bateman, is a 26-year-old Wall Street investment banker who eventually realises that "surface, surface, surface was all that anyone found meaning in".
And, in this version, we are constantly reminded that Bateman and his cronies inhabit a consumerist culture in which everything is commodified.
- Michael Billington
Imagine if American Hustle were just titled The Big Hustle or Abscammed: Sure, it would have got at the big con at the center of the true-ish Abscam story, but adding the word "American" adds some time-honored significance: This isn't just a historic tale of cops and crooks teaming up to nab politicians, it also points out something inherently corrupt and greedy about our country. Countless artists have used the word "American" in a movie, book, or song title for such satiric, wistful, or political purposes, implying that the bad behavior, disillusionment, or tragedy to follow is endemic to our culture, be it from Bret Easton Ellis's psycho, Green Day's idiot, or Jason Biggs's pie. (American Hustle was originally titled American Bullshit, a bit too on-the-nose.) Of course, sometimes using "American" in a title is a patriotic gesture intended with little irony: This is the best our »
- Jesse David Fox
Evil Dead. The Fly. The Human Centipede. The Shining. What do all of these horror movies have in common? They've all been turned into musicals over the years, and American Psycho is the latest to make the transition to the stage!
Previews of American Psycho: The Musical kicked off in London on December 3rd, and the show features none other than Matt 'Doctor Who' Smith as lead character Patrick Bateman. Featuring music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, the Rupert Goold-directed 'musical thriller' is based on Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 novel, which of course centers around Bateman - a clean cut investment banker who enjoys listening to music, comparing business cards and occasionally slaughtering co-workers and anyone else whose blood he just can't resist playing around in.
Official opening night is December 12th, and the musical is set to run through February 1st of next year. Learn more and »
- John Squires
Matt Smith is putting away the fez and picking up the knife. The first pictures of the "Doctor Who" star in his role as Patrick Bateman in a musical adaptation of "American Psycho" have hit the web, and he looks pretty great as Bret Easton Ellis' infamous serial killer.
Broadway.com posted the first images of Smith in full Patrick Bateman attire. It will likely take until a video is shown of Smith in character as Bateman for us to stop looking at him as the Doctor, and it's hard to ignore the funny irony of a story called "American Psycho" getting its start in London starring the leading man from a British children's show.
Still, it's exciting to see Smith trying something so different from "Doctor Who" so soon after his time on the show came to an end. Smith's big farewell episode will be in the "Doctor Who" Christmas special, »
The Kickstarter funded musical, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis and with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, follows businessman Patrick Bateman as he tries (but fails) to deal with his homicidal tendencies. Co-starring alongside Smith includes Ben Aldridge, Cassandra Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Susannah Fielding, Lucie Jones, Tom Kay, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Eugene McCoy and Hugh Skinner. This role also marks Smith’s return to the stage since 2008′s That Face.
If you want to get a glimpse of the Rupert Goold directed action, the show will be running at Almedia Theatre, London until January.
Source: Almedia Theatre Website
- Lucy Cave
The method actor has played the iconic Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho" and re-energized the beloved Batman with Christopher Nolan. He's become almost deathly thin for some films, like "The Machinist," and added dozens of pounds for others, like "American Hustle." With an Oscar under his belt for "The Fighter," Bale hardly has to prove he's more than just a blockbuster star. One of the best actors of his generation, he's now back on the indie scene in the dramatic "Out of the Furnace," opening this Friday, December 6.
"Out of the Furnace," Scott Cooper's follow-up to 2009's award-winning "Crazy Heart," stars Bale in a contemporary tale of heartbreak set against the backdrop of the Rust Belt. Bale plays Russell Baze, a mill worker in a »
- Jonny Black
The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
Sorry, What to Watch took a turkey day break as last week was really light on new product worth mentioning. This week? Pretty much the same but we don’t want you to miss us too badly. Here’s five recent Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming releases that may have caught your attention on new release shelves lately, ranked in the order we’d add them to our holiday wish list.
The Simpsons: Season Sixteen
Photo credit: Fox
“The Simpsons: Season Sixteen”
While the quality of the show itself has gone down, some would say notably, Fox continues to truly impress with the Blu-ray and DVD releases for the legendary hit. Not only do they include notable bonus material and great transfers but they have commentaries on every single episode. These are still the standard-bearers for television on Blu-ray and DVD. Go ahead, make fun of the quality of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Bret Easton Ellis is my hero. Literally. I started writing because of him. Less Than Zero essentially changed my life. I met him a few summers ago in the Hamptons and told him this and he was genuinely sweet and said that my telling him that was one of the nicest things he’s ever heard. I’m under no illusion that he's heard it a million times over the course of his amazing career, nevertheless, I wanted him to know how much his work meant to a fat kid from Long Island with a penchant for 80’s synth-rock and a sniffle for Bolivian marching powder.
When word of The Canyons began, I made inquiries into interviewing Braxton Pope, one of the producers. The piece about Lindsay Lohan had just come out when he got back to me and we exchanged a series of emails talking about times to talk and other bits and pieces. »
- Robert Ottone
Actor Paul Walker died Saturday afternoon (Nov. 30) in a car accident north of Los Angeles. He clearly touched the lives of his many co-stars over the years, as stars like James Van Der Beek and Ali Larter from "Varsity Blues," Jim Beaver from "Joyride" and Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson of the "Fast and Furious" movies were quick to express their love of Walker and sadness over his untimely death.
"Thoughts and prayers tonight are with Paul Walker's friends and family, especially his little girl. So sad. Very heavy heart tonight. I just remember him as being so effortlessly golden. He had that way about him, that "thing"... #rippaulwalker #TeamPW" -- James Van Der Beek
"Brother I will miss you very much. »
Stars have been paying tribute to Paul Walker, who has died suddenly at the age of 40.
The Fast & Furious actor was killed in a car accident in southern California on Saturday (November 30). He was at an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide.
Tributes to Paul from across the entertainment industry follow below.
Universal Pictures: "All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family."
Vin Diesel: "Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace."
All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength. »
Over the course of his 25-year-plus acting career — which began with small TV roles when he was just a teenager in the mid-’80s — Paul Walker collected many friends and admirers in the industry. The Fast and Furious series star, who really made a name for himself in the late ’90s with movies like Varsity Blues and She’s All That, died Saturday afternoon in a car accident at age 40, and online reaction poured in from his acting friends and peers.
- Katie Atkinson
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me"
What's It About? The Memphis band Big Star has legions of diehard fans and critical acclaim aplenty, and its influence can be felt across the history of rock 'n' roll. But why did mainstream success elude them? Why did Big Star flame out after only three albums? This doc tries to put the pieces together.
Why We're In: Even fans don't know the whole story about this cult band and its members, so this doc will help them fill in some of the blanks. Chris Bell died in 1978 as an unknown, and the late Alex Chilton was also not a huge fan of talking to the media. "Nothing Can Hurt Me" puts the band into context of the Memphis scene, and it has tons of interviews with everyone left who was involved with the band, rock critics, and »
- Jenni Miller
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
Since its surprise screening at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30th, 12 Years a Slave could easily be considered the year's most buzzed-about film, and certainly its most provocative. Director Steve McQueen's latest effort is based on the memoirs of Solomon Northrup, a free black man that was abducted and enslaved for a dozen devastating years. 12 Years has been captivating select audiences since the Toronto International Film Festival in September and New York Film Festival last month. Now, with the film's nationwide release in its third week, the general »
Director Paul Schrader (writer of Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, director of Hardcore, American Gigolo and Cat People) and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis (author of American Psycho) team up for The Canyons, a searing indictment of Hollywood culture and the year’s most controversial film.
The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray in its R-rated theatrical version, with SRPs, respectively, of $24.98 and $29.98; the Unrated Director’s Cut will also be available on Blu-ray for $29.98.
Order it here: http://www.amazon.com/Canyons-Blu-ray-Lindsay-Lohan/dp/B00EMAGK1W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385123788&sr=8-1&keywords=the+canyons+blu+ray
Arrogant young trust-fund baby Christian (adult-film star James Deen) is working on financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back. »
- Movie Geeks
Director Paul Schrader and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis take fans behind-the-scenes of their indie film The Canyons in our exclusive featurette for the Blu-ray and DVD release on November 26. The filmmakers describe why they cast a former child star (Lindsay Lohan) with the biggest adult film star (James Deen) in this Hollywood drama. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes footage you can't see anywhere else, before picking up the Blu-ray and DVD, in stores today.
Arrogant young trust-fund baby Christian (adult-film star James Deen) is working on financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back. His girlfriend Tara (Lindsay Lohan, Mean Girls, Liz & Dick, Machete, Georgia Rule) is helping him with casting, and his producer, Gina (Amanda Brooks, Happy Hour) is trying to get her struggling actor boyfriend Ryan (Nolan Gerard Funk, Awkward) the lead role. Christian is also fond of inviting strangers into his home »
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