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The actor has reportedly been cast as serial killer Patrick Bateman in the upcoming U.S. premiere of the musical, based on Bret Easton Ellis’ novel and 2000 film of the same name. Written by Spring Awakening’s Duncan Sheik and Big Love’s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the dark show about excess and murder is set to open off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre in March 2015 and will be directed by Rupert Goold. »
- Jake Perlman
Exclusive: I’m hearing that Benjamin Walker, the much-lauded star of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the loopy historo-musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, has landed the title role in the upcoming U.S. premiere of American Psycho the musical. The role of Patrick Bateman was created on film in 2000 by Christian Bale and starred Matt Smith (Doctor Who) in the recent London world premiere of the show scored by Duncan Sheik, with book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and staging by Rupert Goold. Walker just co-starred in Hair at the Hollywood Bowl. The possibly Broadway-bound show will begin performances in February 2015 and open in March at […] »
Death seems to be following Archie Andrews around with the citizens of Riverdale becoming zombies and an armed assassin on the loose.
Afterlife with Archie #6 which has the title Witch in the Dream House marks the return of Sabrina the Teenage Witch who unwittingly caused the living to become the walking dead in the latest offering created by writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and artists Francesco Francavilla and Jack Morelli.
The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been Much worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul!
Afterlife With Archie #6 which features a variant cover by Andrew Pepoy and Jason Millet is now available.
Whereas the »
- Trevor Hogg
Author Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 novel American Psycho, about a deranged Wall Street yuppie more interested in "murders and executions" than mergers and acquisitions, will be staged as an off-Broadway musical in February 2015. New York's Second Stage Theatre will host the production, with British theatre director Rupert Goold will direct it. No castings have been announced yet, according to The Associated Press.
Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa – who has written works with suitably dark titles like Say You Love »
The musical adaptation of American Psycho will open in New York City in 2015.
The production will begin previews at the Second Stage Theater in February, before opening officially in March.
Duncan Sheik - who wrote the music and lyrics for the play - told The New York Times: "We're going to put a bit more 'psycho' in the text and production; a little more horror and suspense."
Meanwhile, playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has confirmed that he is making revisions to the script ahead of the show's Us transfer.
Carole Rothman, Second Stage Theater's artistic director, has confirmed that the show's cast will be all-American, with announcements to be made in due course. »
Off-Broadway powerhouse Second Stage will present the U.S. premiere of the much praised (and much debated) American Psycho, the musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel (and 2000 Christian Bale-starring film) about excess, murder and flashing the right labels. The show — with music by Duncan Sheik, book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, staging by Rupert Goold and a starring performance by Matt “Dr. Who” Smith – opened last December at London’s Almeida Theatre and was considered a shoo-in for Broadway next season. It still may be. For now, however, the show will begin performances in February 2015 and open in March at […] »
It’s hip to be square yet again, it seems. The London-premiered musical version of American Psycho—famously a Bret Easton Ellis novel, then a cult classic 2000 film with Christian Bale—will get a stateside production this spring at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre.
The musical—which alternates new, electronic-fused tunes by Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) along with the film’s cheeky use of 1980s tunes by Phil Collins, Human League, Tears For Fears, and the aforementioned Huey Lewis & The News, among others—received much acclaim in its 2013 premiere on the West End. The role of Patrick Bateman, »
- Jason Clark
We're back with the horror highlights of Day 2 of this year's Sdcc, and you better rest up! On tap are "The Walking Dead," "Bates Motel," "Sleepy Hollow," Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Scream Factory, and More!
What you'll find below is just the tip of the iceberg (and it does include a few "fringe" panels that we thought might be interest). Be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Day 2: Friday, July 25, 2014
10:00 Am - Publishers Weekly: Behind the Digital Line
As digital comics have become a driving force of the medium, more publishers and creators have launched digital first lines of comics. How do publishers and creators deal with the unique properties of the web and tablet? How do readers react? Are they an evolution from webcomics or their own medium? And how will technological evolution affect storytelling as more choices arise? Pw's »
- Debi Moore
As a reflection of adopting a more mature approach to subject matter, Red Circle Comics has been renamed Black Circle Comics with Alex Segura taking over editorial duties. “When we brought Alex on board to oversee our superhero imprint, we knew we needed to be bold and decisive with how these books were presented, in every way; they couldn’t just be more of the same,” stated Archie Comics Publisher/Co-ceo Jon Goldwater. “This is a fresh start and a new direction for these iconic characters. It all boils down to story – tales that feature compelling characters by some of the best talent in comics. Alex – with the help of myself, our President Mike Pellerito, Cco Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Editor Paul Kaminski – has carefully curated a line of comics that will hopefully be seen as the definitive interpretations of these characters for a long time. We couldn’t be more excited. »
- Trevor Hogg
Yesterday we brought you an early look at the Afterlife with Archie trade, and now Archie Comics is back with the announcement of a new ongoing title, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, from writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Afterlife with Archie) and artist Robert Hack.
Details are a bit scarce at this point, but we do know that the series, which promises to show fan-favorite character Sabrina in a way fans have never seen her, builds upon the success of Afterlife with Archie and expands the company’s line of horror-centric offerings.
Issue #1 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is slated to launch in October.
Below is a sneak peek at the various covers of the first issue.
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- Debi Moore
Archie Comics' Afterlife with Archie has been a huge hit, and now they're releasing the first trade paperback for the series, which collects Issues 1-5, featuring the first storyline, "Escape from Riverdale." Get a sneak preview right here!
The story is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Francesco Francavilla and Jack Morelli and cover by Francavilla.
Afterlife with Archie Book One arrives in stores June 10th; pre-order yours below.
When Jughead's beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion—Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful, and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he's not the same... and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale! »
- Debi Moore
For those who have a love for zombies as well as for Veronica and Betty, Archie Comics has teamed with writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa plus artists Francesco Francavilla and Jack Morelli to produce a horror series that takes place in the hometown of a famous redhead.
When Jughead’s beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion—Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he’s not the same… and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale!
Afterlife with Archie Vol. 1 gathers the Escape from Riverdale storyline which encompasses issues 1 to 5; the collection features a cover by Francesco Francavilla »
- Trevor Hogg
Hot on the heels of Afterlife with Archie's success and critical acclaim, Archie Comics has announced The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, starring (you guessed it) the normally wacky teen witch Sabrina Spellman. Afterlife writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will also be handling this new title with upcoming artist Robert Hack. It launches appropriately in October. Check out two pieces of cover art here.
The post Things Get Serious, Spooky in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Glee, Season 5, Episode 18, “Back-Up Plan”
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Ian Brennan
Airs Tuesdays at 8pm Et on Fox
Glee season five has been all about Rachel bouncing back and forth between legitimately nice and completely intolerable. Finally, after years of scrapping for solos in Glee Club, her lifelong goal has come true. She starts on Broadway while just barely in college at her dream school, playing the lead role in an iconic revival. Oh and did we mention it’s the lead role, the title role, Fanny Brice, the Funny Girl herself? The character who is essentially Rachel Berry’s spirit animal? You guessed it, she gets bored after a month and attempts to throw the whole production under a giant bus.
The cinematography during “Wake Me Up”, originally by One Republic, works well. Particularly memorable are the camera angles shot through the flowers, showing the passage of »
- Rachel Brandt
The Rev John Hale, looking back ruefully on his involvement in the Salem witch trials, wrote: "Such was the darkness of that day … that we walked in the clouds, and could not see our way." The outbreak of paranoia and legal proceeding that began in Salem, Massachusetts, in early 1692 led to the execution, principally by hanging, of 20 men and women.
A playwright's job is, in a sense, to pierce the clouds that obscure human motive and behaviour. It may not be surprising, then, that dramatists have repeatedly mined the Salem panic, which caused the imprisonment of as many as 150 people, according to one count. Instigated by girls and young women who claimed to be suffering torments inflicted by witchcraft, the crisis famously found its way to the stage in Arthur Miller's 1953 drama »
- Celia Wren
“Sure you’re ready for this kind of responsibility, son?”
This is tragedy.
When we first learned about Afterlife with Archie, it sounded like high camp, a way for the squeaky-clean Riverdale gang to get its hands dirty with the latest pop culture trend. It hasn’t turned out that way, because writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla understand that in order to make a horror story scary, you have to love the people in peril. Archie comics have existed since the early 1940s, and by the nature of familiarity, the creators don’t have to work hard to generate affection or sympathy for these characters; it’s already there, ingrained into our collective consciousness. It’s to Aguirre-Sacasa’s and Francavilla’s credit that they do work hard to earn that affection, treating Afterlife as a reader’s first exposure to these people.
Four issues in, and we »
- Kevin Quigley
Here's hoping the "Girls" and Archie Comics fan bases have a lot of crossover.
It's been announced that Lena Dunham has been commissioned to write a new, four-part Archie Comics story, slated for a 2015 release. Dunham's story will follow Archie and the gang as they interact with a new reality show filming in Riverdale.
"I was an avid Archie collector as a child -- conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang," Dunham says in a statement. "It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity."
Bringing Dunham on board was the first official move of new Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also writes the "Afterlife with Archie" series for the company.
"Everyone at Archie is thrilled Lena's coming aboard to write this story, and I can tell you, »
The star and creator of Girls is to write for the Us comic-book Archie, after she expressed her enthusiasm for it on a panel debate
Lena Dunham is already the writer, producer, star and sometime director of the Us sitcom Girls, as well as the author of a forthcoming memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, which she sold to Random House in a multimillion dollar deal. And now she can add another hyphenate: comic-book writer.
Dunham has signed on to write a four-part story for the long-running Archie comics in 2015, after the publisher reached out to her following her public enthusiasm for the books in a panel debate with Jj Abrams and Doug Dorst. The books feature the travails of Archie Andrews, a high-school student forever swooning over pretty girls and going through slapstick teenage angst – the character was created in 1941, and spinoff titles for the supporting cast followed later. »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Before there was Shoshanna, Marnie, Jessa or Hannah, there was Betty and Veronica. Now, Lena Dunham is planning on giving the girls of Riverdale the Girls treatment.Dunham, the creator, producer and star of the hit HBO show, is writing a four-part Archie comic, presumably focusing her gimlet eye on the dynamics between the girls of Riverdale, much like she did for the Girls of New York City. The project is due out in 2015. "I was an avid Archie collector as a child," Dunham said in a press release. "Conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. »
- Melissa Locker
We know that Lena Dunham can make a TV show, but can she write a good comic book arc? Looks like we’re going to find out.
Archie Comics have announced that Dunham will be writing a four-party Archie story to be published in 2015. Dunahm’s story will follow Archie and the gang when they run into a new reality show filming in Riverdale.
“I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang,” Dunham said in a press release. “It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, »
- Samantha Highfill
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