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12 items from 2008


Critics Battle Over Holmes' Broadway Debut

17 October 2008 9:02 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Katie Holmes' Broadway debut has left New York's tough theatre press battling over whether it loves her or hates her.

Arthur Miller's All My Sons - starring Holmes, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest and Patrick Wilson - opened at the Big Apple's Schoenfeld Theater on Thursday night.

While anti-Scientology protesters targeted followers Holmes and her husband Cruise outside, the actress' performance left some critics wowed and others unimpressed.

The New York Daily News' Joe Dziemianowicz was won over by the actress' first stint on stage, writing, "Holmes, a TV and film vet, makes a fine Broadway debut. Her rather grand speech pattern takes getting used to, but she seems comfortable and adds a fitting glint of glamour."

But other critics disagreed. The New York Times' Ben Brantley claimed "the neophyte Ms. Holmes" is a "sad casualty" of director Simon McBurney's "high concept approach" to the play.

He adds that "Ms. Holmes delivers most of her lines with meaningful asperity, italicising every word".

And the New York Post's Clive Barnes was similarly unimpressed by the Batman Begins star - and had few compliments for her co-stars.

He writes, "Lithgow starts in a sunny, benign fashion, but eventually finds himself screeching alongside Holmes, looking tough under a glossy wig." »

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Katie Takes the Stage For Her Official Opening Night!

17 October 2008 6:00 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Katie Holmes hit the stage to perform in All My Sons on Broadway last night, but this time it was different. It was the show's official opening night and Katie's smile was bigger than ever as she took her bow and posed outside after the play. Of course, Tom Cruise was there to support his wife and I'm sure found time to gush even more about her performance at the after party. The only damper on the evening was the protesters against Scientology out to make a scene. After last night's big show, the first reviews are out and while they're a mixed bag for Katie and the production in general, it's a pretty big accomplishment for the actress. Congrats to Katie who deserves every standing ovation she gets. To see more from Katie's big night including Blythe Danner, Barbara Walters, Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow, Patrick Wilson and others just read more. »

- Molly

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A second review of "Body of Lies" - a tight thriller with many twists and turns.

9 October 2008 10:32 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Body of Liesby Eric Sloss, Writer   Many films about the Iraq war and the current war on terrorism have made their way to the Cineplex the last couple of years.  None of them have made a dent at the box office.  Theories abound on why this has occurred.  Some think the viewing public doesn’t want to watch something that they are bombarded with on the news every day.  Others don’t like some of the positions the films take on the war.  Another theory may be that the movies just haven’t been good enough for people to take notice.  “Body of Lies” will try to break this long losing streak.   Leonardo DiCaprio is CIA operative Roger Ferris.  He is a chameleon who is effortlessly able to blend into any culture.  He is fluent in Arabic.  This comes in handy with his assignments in the Middle East.  At the »

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"Body of Lies" Review - It’s a gritty world, and it’s a gritty movie

9 October 2008 7:53 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Body of Lies Reviewby Mike Digiorio, Writer   Director Ridley Scott is back with collaborator/muse Russell Crowe, but to get a little more bang for his big budget’s buck, he’s borrowed Martin Scorsese’s current collaborator/muse to take the role that once would have been Crowe’s.  In Body Of Lies, he’s put Leonardo DiCaprio in place as a CIA operative in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, carrying out the kind of secret missions we know go on, but don’t spend a lot of time thinking about.   Crowe, instead of playing a gladiator, is instead the guy behind the scenes giving Leo his instructions, helping him with intel and giving him all the information he’s willing to share with a lower-level operative.    This is no James Bond/Jason Bourne type thriller.  It’s a thriller based in what we’ll have to »

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A second view of "The Duchess" - When the movie ends, you’re left unsatisfied

8 October 2008 7:32 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The Duchess Reviewby Mike Digiorgio, Writer I sense through history there must have been thousands of stories of noble women held back by their royal spouses – beloved by the masses but loathed by the men they married because they couldn’t give them a male heir.  And I feel like Hollywood is determined to tell every one of them.   Not long after we got Marie Antoinette and The Other Boleyn Girl, we get The DuchessKirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson got their turns dressing up in gowns and putting on tall wigs; now it’s Keira Knightley’s turn as she plays the title role in The DuchessMarie Antoinette, Ann Boleyn – them, you’ve heard of.  So who the heck is The Duchess?  If you rent it when it’s out on DVD, the only way you’ll find out who she was and why they made »

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"Body of Lies" Gallery!

29 September 2008 8:54 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out new images from Warner Bros. Pictures' "Body of Lies" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Oscar Isaac, Simon McBurney, Alion Aboutboul, Ali Suliman. Directing is veteran Ridley Scott from the William Monaghan screenplay adapted from the novel written by David Ignatius. This brings together Monaghan and DiCaprio once again after Monaghan wrote multiple Oscar® winner "The Departed" directed by Martin Scorsese. The film sees release on Friday, October 10th. What's this about? »

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"Body of Lies" Gallery!

29 September 2008 8:54 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out new images from Warner Bros. Pictures' "Body of Lies" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Oscar Isaac, Simon McBurney, Alion Aboutboul, Ali Suliman. Directing is veteran Ridley Scott from the William Monaghan screenplay adapted from the novel written by David Ignatius. This brings together Monaghan and DiCaprio once again after Monaghan wrote multiple Oscar® winner "The Departed" directed by Martin Scorsese. The film sees release on Friday, October 10th. What's this about? »

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"Body of Lies" Gallery!

29 September 2008 8:54 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out new images from Warner Bros. Pictures' "Body of Lies" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Oscar Isaac, Simon McBurney, Alion Aboutboul, Ali Suliman.Directing is veteran Ridley Scott from the William Monaghan screenplay adapted from the novel written by David Ignatius. This brings together Monaghan  and DiCaprio once again after Monaghan wrote multiple Oscar® winner "The Departed" directed by Martin Scorsese. The film sees release on Friday, October 10th.  Check out all of the tasty images here! What's this about? Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best man U.S. Intelligence has on the ground, in places where human life is worth no more than the information it can get you. In operations that take him around the globe, Ferris' next breath often depends on the voice at the other end of a secure phone line--cia veteran Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe). Strategizing from a laptop in the suburbs, »

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"Body of Lies" Gallery!

29 September 2008 8:54 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out new images from Warner Bros. Pictures' "Body of Lies" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Oscar Isaac, Simon McBurney, Alion Aboutboul, Ali Suliman. Directing is veteran Ridley Scott from the William Monaghan screenplay adapted from the novel written by David Ignatius. This brings together Monaghan and DiCaprio once again after Monaghan wrote multiple Oscar® winner "The Departed" directed by Martin Scorsese. The film sees release on Friday, October 10th. What's this about? »

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"Duchess" clips added!

15 September 2008 1:03 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We have some new clips in from "The Duchess" starring Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper, Charlotte Rampling, Simon McBurney, Hayley Atwell, Aidan McArdle, Angus McEwan, Richard McCabe. The Jeffrey Hatcher helmed film () sees release on September 19th and is rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity and thematic material. Long before the concept existed, the Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana Spencer (Keira Knightley), was the original “It Girl.” Like her direct ancestor Princess Diana, she was ravishing, glamorous and adored by an entire country. Determined to be a player in the wider affairs of the world, she proved that she could out-gamble, out-drink and outwit most of the aristocratic men who surrounded her. She helped usher in sweeping changes to England as a leader of the forward-thinking Whig Party. »

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Brand New Movie Trailer from The Duchess with Keira Knightley

4 August 2008 12:01 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Watch the latest movie trailer from the upcoming drama “The Duchess” by director Saul Dibb and starring Keira Knightley (King Lear), Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell, Charlotte Rampling and Simon McBurney. Synopis: A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who reviled for her extravagant political and personal lives. She is a vibrant beauty and celebrity of her time. But she is trapped in an unhappy triangle with her husband and his live-in mistress. She falls passionately in love with an ambitious young politician, and the affair causes a bitter conflict with her husband and threatens to erupt into a scandal. Stay tuned to Toxic Shock TV for the latest “The Duchess” movie news and [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Hairspray Wins Four Olivier Awards

10 March 2008 12:20 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The stage production of hit movie Hairspray has won four Laurence Olivier Awards at a ceremony in London.

The West End hit was named best new musical while stars Michael Ball, Leanne Jones and Tracie Bennett all won awards for their roles.

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber was honoured for his achievements in theatre and was also recognised for his role in bringing theatre to new audiences around the world.

Kristin Scott Thomas won best actress in the play category for her role in The Seagull, with Chiwetel Ejiofor named best actor for playing Othello.

The Magic Flute was named best musical revival, and Simon McBurney's Barbican production of A Disappearing Number was named best new play.

Richard E Grant hosted the ceremony at London's Grosvenor House on Sunday night. »

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