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Feature Mark Harrison 3 Feb 2014 - 06:26
As much as the 2015 of Back To The Future Part II has been lampooned in internet memes, truth can sometimes be stranger than fiction. Is it entirely unreasonable to expect that 30 years from right now, we'll have flying cars, hoverboards and 19 Jaws movies? Maybe, maybe not.
Given their track record for accuracy, it's doubtful that Robert Zemeckis and co could ever have foreseen themselves doing a stage musical version of Back To The Future around the time of the film's 30th anniversary, but sure enough, they announced one last week. It's coming to the West End next year, as we reported here.
The Power Of Love, Earth Angel and Johnny B. Goode are all essential musical moments from the original film, »
"It is the east, and Rosaline is the sun, at least until I meet someone new." Universal.s upcoming comedic spin on Romeo and Juliet, Rosaline, has been carrying on the way that Romeo did, moving from one woman to the next with the slightest of glances back. The fifth and latest actress being eyed for the title role is Felicity Jones, and negotiations are currently being made to get her secured. She.s a smart actress whose performances aren.t always seen by a lot of people, but Universal will definitely want to put an all-ages riff on William Shakespeare.s most beloved (and retold) romance in a wide selection of theaters. Jones, who was in Julie Taymor.s 2010 adaptation of Shakespeare.s The Tempest, would play the unseen but casually spoken about ex-girlfriend of Romeo.s, whom he.d dumped once he caught sight of her cousin Juliet »
CBS is banking on the Beatles to help it start a new line of business.
On February 9, CBS News is slated to hold a live event to mark the 50th anniversary – to the day – of the band’s first American television appearance on CBS’ “The Ed Sullivan Show.” A two-hour symposium held at New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater will feature CBS News’ archival coverage of key Beatles moments as well as experts moderated by CBS News Senior Business Correspondent Anthony Mason, who is known for his profiles of musicians on “CBS News Sunday Morning.”
The event will also mark the launch of what CBS hopes can be a sustainable business offshoot. Through a series of what the company is calling “CBS News Live Experiences,” the company expects to burnish its vast news archives while making use of its local TV and radio stations to reach out to consumers who »
- Brian Steinberg
On Entourage, Vincent Chase would do his dumb-whore popcorn movies (like Aqua-Man) and feel humiliated, but the truth is that he rarely looked more hapless than when he was making one of his “integrity” projects — like his Pablo Escobar biopic, or the I’m-just-Vinnie-from-the-block indie Queens Boulevard, which wound up getting showcased at Sundance. If Entourage wasn’t about Vincent Chase but was about Kristen Stewart instead, her Escobar-meets-Queens Boulevard wince-worthy integrity dud might be Camp X-Ray, in which Stewart plays a guard at Guantanamo Bay who winds up uncovering the big lie of American anti-terrorist policy by making friends »
- Owen Gleiberman
New York – In an abundant season of Shakespeare that has ranged from the exhilarating Elizabethan presentations on Broadway of the Globe’s Twelfth Night/Richard III double to the bewitching stagecraft of Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, star-driven Shakespeare seems almost passé. But a persuasive argument in its favor comes via Frank Langella’s mighty interpretation of the broken monarch in King Lear. The actor’s emotionally and physically potent performance is fortified by sterling work from an accomplished ensemble and simple but striking design choices, making Angus Jackson’s vigorous production as lucid and gripping an account of this classic tragedy
- David Rooney
5 items from 2014
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