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8 items from 2016

Sony Names Lia Vollack President of Columbia Live Stage (Exclusive)

14 September 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Longtime Sony executive Lia Vollack has been named president of Columbia Live Stage, the new live theatrical productions division of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

In her new post, Vollack, previously president of worldwide music for Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group as well as exec vice president of theatrical for Spe, will develop and produce original theater productions and work with the Sony catalog to create stage properties for Broadway and beyond. She’ll report to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.

Columbia Live Stage already has a strong player in the Broadway game with the just-announced New York transfer of “Groundhog Day,” the new musical based on the 1993 Columbia Pictures comedy. With a creative team led by “Matilda” collaborators Matthew Warchus (director) and Tim Minchin (songwriter), “Groundhog Day” earned rave reviews in its world premiere at London’s Old Vic, and has just locked in a Broadway run opening in April and »

- Gordon Cox

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'Groundhog Day': Theater Review

16 August 2016 8:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

On paper, the long-awaited musical remake of Groundhog Day has the DNA of a surefire hit. Based on the beloved 1993 movie, directed by Harold Ramis and starring Bill Murray, the show has been adapted by the same key creative team as the sensational stage smash Matilda, notably British director Matthew Warchus and Australian composer Tim Minchin. It already stands on the shoulders of two modern classics. In reality, this $16.5 million production has had a slightly troubled birth, with early preview performances canceled for technical reasons and original lead Broadway producer Scott Rudin departing the project, citing

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- Stephen Dalton

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Groundhog Day: The Musical review

27 July 2016 12:37 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

John Moore Jul 27, 2016

Tim Minchin and Matthew Warchus reunite - after their success with Matilda - for Groundhog Day: The Musical. Our review...

You have to admire Tim Minchin’s confidence. Groundhog Day represents his second foray into creating musical theatre from much-loved stories. His previous attempt, also alongside director Matthew Warchus, was a rollicking take on Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Pleasingly, that was the kind of musical that unites adults and children in joy and admiration. It's peppered with at least three stone-cold classic songs - in Naughty, When I Grow Up and Revolting Children - melded to great dollops of pantomime humour, and shot through with the ink black fairy tale tone the original book’s author was so famous for.

Of course, fans of Minchin’s grandiose musical comedy will know his contradictory tendencies for self-deprecation and appearances in alongside a 90-odd piece orchestra. Much of »

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Cannes: Imelda Staunton Finds Her ‘Feet’ (Exclusive)

14 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Imelda Staunton is set to star in romantic comedy “Finding Your Feet,” directed by “Wimbledon” and “Richard III” helmer Richard Loncraine.

Entertainment One has snapped up rights to the pic, which is being shopped by Protagonist Pictures, for the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand in Cannes. The deal was negotiated by eOne’s Joel Kennedy and Protagonist’s Vanessa Saal.

Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft, who wrote “Urban Hymn” and U.K. click “St. Trinian’s,” pen the script about a woman whose life is turned upside down as she enters retirement. Eclipse Films and Powder Keg Pictures are producing.

While not in Protagonist’s official brochure for Cannes projects on offer this year, the title is already whetting the appetite of indie buyers, with eOne seeing pic’s “grey pound” potential, following the great success of titles geared toward older auds like “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel »

- Diana Lodderhose

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John Boyega To Star In ‘Woyzeck’ At Old Vic, Jack Thorne Adapting The Modern Classic

4 May 2016 5:37 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking: Star Wars: The Force AwakensJohn Boyega will hit the boards in 2017 in an adaptation of Woyzeck at the Old Vic. The ubiquitous Jack Thorne will script the adaptation of the iconic story about a lowly, downtrodden soldier who ends up killing his wife. The Old Vic’s Matthew Warchus cast Boyega in the title role. Boyega has previously had minor roles in the National Theatre and The Tricycle in Kilburn but this will be his first leading role in a major theatrical… »

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'The Caretaker': Theater Review

7 April 2016 7:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The combined draw of two British national treasures — actor Timothy Spall and playwright Harold Pinter — should ensure healthy crowds for this latest high-profile revival from The Old Vic's new artistic director, Matthew Warchus. Stepping into shoes previously worn by Donald Pleasence, Michael Gambon, Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Pryce, Spall gives an enjoyably pungent performance that owes more to his rodent-like Harry Potter character, Peter Pettigrew, than his more poignant Mike Leigh collaborations. But the play itself feels creaky and dated, especially as Warchus approaches it with a mix of levity and tasteful reverence that makes this three-hours-

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- Stephen Dalton

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Tim Minchin brings hit musical home in Matilda and Me

8 March 2016 7:55 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Tim Minchin and cast.

Matilda and Me tells the story of Matilda the Musical and its composer Tim Minchin as he brings the global hit home - or at least to Sydney's Lyric Theatre, where the musical's Aussie production opened last year.

The documentary, airing on the ABC April 3, is narrated by Minchin.s sister Nel, who co-directed with Rhian Skirving (Rock n Roll Nerd)..

.Anyone who has a brother or sister knows what it.s like to grow up so close to someone, and yet still be surprised at who they turn out to be,. said Nel.

.It was a chance for me to go back in time and piece together how my brother Tim became .Tim Minchin. right before my eyes..

The program features the original Aussie cast as they prepare for the Australian premiere, as well as Minchin himself, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Roald Dahl.s wife Felicity, »

- Staff Writer

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Best of Fest: Sundance 2016’s Top 10 New Faces

5 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Yesterday, Nicholas Bell and I issued our Top 10 New Voices, and now we launch into our New Faces. They range in age, amount of screen time, and in this year’s batch of New Faces made memorable turns in supporting or principle character roles. Narrowly breaking into our top ten list we have names such as Sand Storm‘s Lammis Ammar and Spa Night‘s Haerry Kim. Here is our top ten countdown.

#10. Royalty HightowerThe Fits.

Move over Creed. The youngest featured actress to be profiled in our ten set was embraced in Park City as the next “it” personality and for good reason. In Anna Rose Holmer’s debut, Royalty Hightower’s Toni has a lot of volume – she physically inhabits a character who is at odds with her burgeoning teenagehood (a transition that is not always welcomed) in a performance that empathically comes across as non-actingly natural. »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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