9 items from 2012
★★★★☆ The Rocky Horror Picture Show's reputation certainly precedes it. This October, a new cinematic rerelease of Richard O'Brien's 1975 cult classic will see throngs of fans fastening their suspender belts and donning shiny, gold speedos as they pay tribute to one of the most iconic musicals of all time. A homage to the B-movie of old, Rocky Horror is filled with references and nods to all things horror and sci-fi, with Tim Curry inexplicably oozing masculinity - despite wearing stockings and a corset - in a career-defining performance as the eccentric scientist Dr. Frank-n-Furter: a sweet transvestite from the planet of Transylvania.
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Rhydian Roberts and Roxanne Pallett have been announced as lead cast members for The Rocky Horror Show's 40th anniversary tour. Roberts and Pallett are to join West End star Oliver Thornton and Superstar winner Ben Forster in the new musical production, which is due to open at the end of the year. X Factor star Roberts will play Rocky and Pallett will take on the role of Janet in the Richard O'Brien-penned classic. Thornton is to play the eccentric lead Frank-n-Furter and Forster - who recently finished his run in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour - will star as Brad. The tour is scheduled to play at theatres up and down the country for an entire year, and opens at Brighton's Theatre Royal on December 20, 2012. Despite having been revamped by Christopher Luscombe (History (more) »
- By Alison Rowley
Actor says she would 'love to do a musical soon' after being inspired by Rocky Horror Show scenes in her recent Hollywood film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Harry Potter star Emma Watson has developed a taste for musical theatre after performing numbers from The Rocky Horror Show in her latest film.
"I love musical theatre, so I would love to do a musical soon," she told the Sunday Telegraph, raising the possibility of her following co-star Daniel Radcliffe into the genre. Radcliffe received four major award nominations for his performance in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway last year.
In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, her first film since the Harry Potter series, Watson plays an awkward student who bonds with friends over Richard O'Brien's famous musical, which originated at the tiny Royal Court Upstairs studio in 1973.
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- Matt Trueman
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In January, James Cameron announced he was producing a 3D Cirque du Soleil film. You may have thought this proclamation was just a cruel joke, like when he said there were going to be three more Avatar films, but apparently this is not the case. The first trailer for Cirque du Soleil – Worlds Away 3D has just been released. This is really happening.
But Cirque du Soleil – Worlds Away 3D won't just be a presentation of a regular Cirque du Soleil performance, all full of wind-chime noises and people dressed up as unicorn fairies flapping around on a ribbon. Oh no. We've been promised something more than that – it will have narrative and everything. But what story will Cirque du Soleil – Worlds Away 3D choose to tell? »
- Stuart Heritage
*full disclosure: a review copy of this book was provided by Limelight Editions. Limelight Editions has recently launched Dave Thompson's "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Music on Film." This small title of 148 pages was released May 1, 2012 and the novel covers the evolution of one of the most renowned stage plays and films. Originally shown in England, this play would show for over two thousand performances before moving to Los Angeles and later New York. There have been few plays that have been quite as successful as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Author Thompson does a great job of immersing the reader into the world of this bizarre phenomenon which continues to thrive even to this day. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Music on Film" covers many items of trivia. For instance, certain musical numbers were lost or added as the production shifted from a play into a feature. As well, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
If there's anything that unites the golden age of cable drama in the last decade or so, it's the way that their characters -- often the ones you're meant to be rooting for -- are responsible for some truly terrible, terrible things. On even the best network dramas -- "The Good Wife," to name probably the top of the tree right now -- the characters are fundamentally good people, who occasionally make mistakes. On cable, it tends to be a question of watching people we like slowly lose their souls via abominable acts, from Tony Soprano and Al Swearengen to Walter White and even Jimmy McNulty.
"Game of Thrones" tracks in a slightly clearer sense of good and evil: the Starks and their allies are pretty much on the side of the angels, while the Lannisters, Tyrion excluded, are very much not. But at the same time, the show's never »
- Oliver Lyttelton
With a revival of Blockbusters launching soon, we tot up the scores for some of television's most-loved gameshow hosts
The ever-affable broadcaster Simon Mayo is to turn gameshow host for a new series of the cult quiz show Blockbusters. Launched in 1983, the show ran for 11 years before eventually disappearing from the schedules. The revival comes just a short while after its much-loved host, Bob Holness, died aged 83.
Holness was as much a part of Blockbusters as the hexagonal gameboard, Gold Runs and end-of-series hand jives: Mayo will have big shoes to fill when the new series lands on Challenge TV this spring. But which other hosts have enlivened television's many gameshows? . Step up to the oche, come on down and say what you see, as we run down six of the best. Your thoughts on who else should join them welcome, as ever
Holness was beloved by »
- Daniel Bettridge
There are few spectacles more unedifying than that of a director who knows they have made a lousy film blaming critics for their failure. When Kevin Smith's Cop Out was justifiably trashed by critics, the director had the gall to liken the reviews for his lame, lazy Bruce Willis vehicle to the playground bullying of a "retarded kid'" (his words, folks). Yet for proof that Smith knew that he had sold out, one need look no further than Red State (2011, Entertainment One, 18), a low-budget throwback to the indie-spirited glory days of Clerks that marks a sparky – if haphazard – return to form. Believe me, no one who could make a film as ballsy as Red State could be under any illusions about the dreadful balderdash of Cop Out.
Made for a reported $4m »
- Mark Kermode
January 23rd sees the DVD and Blu-ray release of The British Guide to Showing Off, Jes Benstock’s joyous cult documentary on artist Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World competition, and to celebrate the release we have three copies of the DVD to give away to our readers courtesy of VivaVerve.
Read on for a synopsis, trailer and details of how to enter the competition...
"Andrew Logan. British Artist. Living legend. And creator of the anarchic and utterly outrageous Alternative Miss World Show, a spectacular costume pageant and fancy dress party for grown ups. In The British Guide to Showing Off, director Jes Benstock takes us under Logan's glittering wing to take an joyous look at this most quirky and exotic subculture event. Featuring contributions from Brian Eno, Ruby Wax, fashionista Zandra Rhodes (who designed all of Andrew's hostess costumes), Richard O'Brien, Nick Rhodes and Grayson Perry, The British Guide to Showing Off »
9 items from 2012
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