4 items from 2012
Live-action versions of cinematic hits such as Hairspray and Ghost have almost single-handedly revived big-budget theatre
Rex Pickett required one thing of the Ruskin theatre, which was staging a play of his novel Sideways (on which the Alexander Payne film was based): that they hold a wine-tasting before every performance.
Recent times have seen a trend for adventurous producers to scoop up blockbuster movies and spin them into theatrical spectaculars. Shows – mostly musicals – adapted from the likes of Hairspray, Footloose, Ghost, The Lion King, Legally Blonde and Flashdance have almost single-handedly revived the fortunes of the West End and Broadway. Based on box-office smashes, their in-built brand-awareness guarantee a chorus of ringing cash registers. These productions are a no-brainer, so it seems only natural indie movies get a shot at being smothered in greasepaint. Their fortunes have, thus far, followed suit.
The shining beacon is Once, about two Dublin musicians who fall in love, »
- Lisa Marks
Director Alexander Payne’s adaptation of Rex Pickett’s novel Sideways hit big with both audiences and critics in 2004, but a feature film adaptation of Pickett’s sequel Vertical has not been quick to materialize. The latest issue of Jeff Goldsmith’s bi-monthly magazine Backstory includes an in-depth interview with Pickett about Vertical and its lack of development, but Goldsmith has also published Pickett’s Vertical screenplay in the magazine in its entirety for readers to enjoy. It’s a neat read for fans of Payne’s film or Pickett’s novel, and it’s one of many cool features to be found in Backstory. Hit the jump for more. The magazine is currently only available on the iPad, but its digital interface makes browsing a breeze. You can currently download the first issue for free, which includes a great interview about Cabin in the Woods with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, »
- Adam Chitwood
Playbill Peter O'Toole is retiring from acting, on both stage and screen.
Ginger Haze awesome Spider-Man vs. Lizard cartoon
Variety Chris Cooper has joined the August: Osage County. It's an Adaptation reunion... let's just pray that Mr. Cage doesn't show up.
Movie|Line Robert Pattinson talks bullshit about playing James Bond. Wouldn't it be so weird if your every wandering train of thought spread all over the internet?
Encore Entertainment Clothes Horse. Can you guess where these costumes are from?
Shock Til You Drop displays the Carrie (2013) banner from San Diego's Comic Con. »
- NATHANIEL R
In this episode of Brad Listi’s Other People Podcast, novelist Rex Pickett discusses the origins of his book Sideways, the basis for Alexander Payne’s hit movie. Pickett has written a sequel to Sideways called Vertical, and in the podcast he talks about why he’s self-published it. There’s a lot here about a writer’s take on the movie business, how success doesn’t protect you from rejection, and, uh, Pickett also has a few things to say about producer Michael London.
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- Scott Macaulay
4 items from 2012
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