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"Les Miserables" and "The Danish Girl " helmer Tom Hooper is set tackle another film adaptation of an iconic musical, this time a film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic "Cats" for Universal Pictures and Working Title says EW.
Premiering in 1981, the musical is inspired by a T.S. Eliot book and follows a group of cats who come together for an annual event where one of the felines is chosen to ascend to the 'Heaviside Layer' and be reborn. The musical produced such notable songs as "Memory," "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats," "Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer" and "Mr. Mistoffelees".
It won Best Musical at both the Laurence Olivier Awards and the Tony Awards and ran for twenty-one years on the West End and eighteen years in London. To this day it remains the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history behind only "Phantom of the Opera," "Chicago" and "The Lion King" but »
- Garth Franklin
In 1983, David Bowie, video director David Mallet and a skeleton crew traveled from London to the town of Carinda, Australia – population: 194 – to make the video for "Let's Dance," the title track from the singer's best-selling album. It was an unusual clip even for Bowie, as the video blended scenes of care-free carousing with a highly politicized statement on the plight of Australia's Aboriginal people. That dichotomy is explored in the fascinating short film Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under, set to premiere next week at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. »
David Bowie’s relationship to cinema and acting was characteristically complex and knotty even before he started: He famously had to change his name from Davy Jones because there was already a British actor with that name making major waves in music as part of the mega-hit TV manufactured band, the Monkees.
For an artist who transformed rock and roll music to great acclaim and financial rewards, David Bowie’s work as an actor never matched the notoriety and success of his recordings and concerts. But Bowie accomplished a feat that eluded Elvis and many other pantheon rockers who attempted to crossover from rock stardom to films and starred in a movie that has endured as a legitimate work of art: Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 sci-fi masterwork, “The Man Who Fell To Earth.” (The other contender for that distinction is Mick Jagger, whose “Performance” is ranked as a masterwork of British »
- Steven Gaydos
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