19 items from 2014
Directed by Alain Resnais
Alain Resnais is inarguably one of the most prolific directors to come out of the French New Wave, with nearly 50 films under his belt, including his masterworks Hiroshima, Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad, and Night and Fog. Undeterred by age, he seemed to have been working up until the day he died, with his swan song Life of Riley being presented posthumously at this year’s New York Film Festival. Those only familiar with his Nouvelle Vague work will be in for a pleasant surprise: Life of Riley is perhaps more fun that it deserves to be.
Based on the play by Alan Ayckbourn, the film follows two (or three, depending on how you count) couples in the midst of rehearsals for a play, as the news of their friend’s »
- Kyle Turner
Earlier this year, Emma Thompson made her first stage appearance in a quarter century during a five-night performance of Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center, where she played the murderous meat-pie maker Mrs. Lovett. It was such a hit that she'll be reprising the role on the London stage next year. Until then, however, here's a sneak peek of what it will look like — Live From Lincoln Center will air Sweeney Todd on PBS this Friday, September 26. »
- Vulture Editors
If you enjoyed the delightfully macabre Sweeney Todd, you’re sure to also love the highly anticipated Sondheim classic Into the Woods. Of course, you may be sitting there wondering just what this odd new movie is really all about. Well, I won’t give you any spoilers here, but I will give you ten reasons why you […]
Read 10 Exciting Reasons To Get Your Song On With ‘Into the Woods’ on Filmonic.
- Brandy Anderson
Something Weird is coming to FullMoonStreaming.com in a Big way! Read on for probably one of the coolest (and weirdest) announcements you'll see all week... and that's saying something given that it's San Diego Comic-Con Week!
From the Press Release
Full Moon is thrilled to announce the latest addition to the FullMoonStreaming.com roster: an untamed collection of classic cult, horror, and exploitation movies culled from the legendary Something Weird library!
The brainchild of late exploitation film curator and weird cinema enthusiast Mike Vraney (who tragically lost his battle with lung cancer earlier this year), Something Weird is widely recognized as the premiere imprint for awesomely lurid, cult cinema. The company has thousands of bizarre and wonderful motion pictures under their umbrella, representing every single strain of strangeness from greasy, hard and soft-core erotica to tassel-twirling burlesque; from European gladiator epics to gory horror gems; from druggie freak out potboilers and beyond. »
- Steve Barton
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's vision for a "Dune" movie was beyond remarkable; it was truly epic. Pink Floyd, H. R. Giger, and Mick Jagger were just a few of the names attached to the film - until it imploded. This is a documentary about a sci-fi film that was ahead of its time and the visionary behind it.
Why We're In: Tons of interviews, behind-the-scenes details, storyboards, and more make this a must-see for art house, midnight movie, and film history fiends.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson star in this cool crime drama about a thief who's out for revenge on the dude who double-crossed him. Mel Gibson's "Payback" was based on the same novel, "The Hunter" by Donald E. Westlake, but that shouldn't deter you. »
- Jenni Miller
Penny Dreadful is a show that had hundreds of names to choose from, and may have landed on the perfect option, even if said perfection is lost on most everyone who will ever watch the show.
Showtime‘s foray into the world of the supernatural will remind of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but more importantly has a connection to (and perhaps a statement about) penny dreadfuls that it embraces. Where similar shows seem to want to distance themselves from the idea, with the possible exception of True Blood, Penny Dreadful revels in its particular place in the literary hierarchy… or whatever.
Something like the comic-books of their era, penny dreadfuls were wild, overly dramatic, guilty pleasures filled with adventure, and though rather looked down on in terms of literary value, they had much in common with the early-era efforts of moving pictures. Most anything with cowboys, pirates, or fantastic »
- Marc Eastman
There was no shortage of casting notices on Backstage this week. Here are four theater audition listings you might have missed! Porchlight Music Theatre 2014–2015 SEASONFor union actors looking to get out of New York City (but not too far that they can’t come back), consider this audition notice with Porchlight Music Theatre in New Haven, C.T. Its season includes “Sweeney Todd,” “Sondheim on Sondheim,” “Bells Are Ringing” “City of Angels,” and “Mack and Mabel.” The Old Globe Theatre 2014–2015 SEASONEquity actors 18 an older looking to get add more theater work to their résumés should consider a run at the Globe. its season includes “The Royale,” “Bright Star,” “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The White Snake,” “Buyer & Cellar,” and more. The season rehearses and performs in San Diego, Calif. ‘Awake And Sing’Presented by The Nuance Theatre Company, this play running July 11–27 in New York City follows three generations of the Berger family, »
After several decades of failed and stalled attempts, an adaptation of Emile Zola's gothic novel Thérèse Raquin has finally made it to the screen, with a generic new title that in no way reflects its uproariously weird tone. In Secret's main selling point is its cast, the previously attached Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler having now been replaced by the altogether more compelling duo of Elizabeth Olsen and Oscar Isaac, but strong performances can't elevate it beyond the level of enjoyably ridiculous.
Olsen plays the beautiful, quietly resentful anti-heroine Thérèse, who's adopted as a child by a stern, puritanical aunt (Jessica Lange on scenery-chewing form) and forced into a suffocating, loveless marriage to her sickly cousin Camille (Tom Felton). So overwhelming is her sexual repression that when »
It seems Hugh Jackman can’t get Broadway out of his system. After the May 23 opening of the supersized Marvel opus X-Men: Days of Future Past, he will preside over the 2014 Tony Awards on CBS June 8 (where we can possibly see a taste of the song-and-dance man of The Boy From Oz and Oklahoma!), and it was just announced that he will return to the NYC stage this fall in a brand-new play by acclaimed playwright Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) called The River, set in a remote rural cabin and featuring only three actors. And despite the fact that Jackman could »
- Jason Clark
Agents of Shield, Season 1, Episode 18, “Providence”
Written by Brent Fletcher
Directed by Milan Cheylov
Airs Tuesdays at 8pm Est on ABC
In the aftermath of Shield’s destruction, Agents of Shield splits “Providence” between the remaining members of Coulson’s team trying to figure out what is next and Ward and Garrett heading off to the Fridge for evil plotting and mustache-twirling. At first, Coulson wants to go completely off the grid, but he rethinks this plan when he discovers glowing coordinates on his Shield badge. He believes the coordinates are a clue from Fury himself as to where to go and how to find him. May, however, thinks that Coulson isn’t thinking clearly in the aftermath of Shield’s demise, and she worries that his decisions are putting everyone else in danger.
“Turn, Turn, Turn” and Captain America: Winter Soldier are both action-heavy, but “Providence” is more about the laughs. »
- Rachel Kolb
This was one of those Game of Thrones episodes that ends so shockingly and perfectly, that it’s easy to forget how tremendously executed the preceding 45 minutes were. “The Lion and the Rose” will be remembered—like “The Rains of Castamere” and “Baelor”—as “that episode where that really big, important thing happened at the end.” In other words, it’s the type of episode you really don’t want to read about on Twitter or elsewhere before seeing it for yourself, because having one of the few satisfying game-changing moments from this series spoiled for you would be almost enough to dampen one’s mirth over the fact that one of television’s most loathed characters received a send-off worthy of his loathsomeness.
But let’s work our way toward that. After all, this episode and a large portion of the previous seasons have slowly built the momentum for this final, »
- Darren Ruecker
Six years after writing the classic musical Guys and Dolls, composer Frank Loesser introduced audiences to The Most Happy Fella. The show has an often lush, operatic, and nearly-sung-through score — but the book is a dated, borderline racist bit of nonsense about an Italian immigrant vineyard owner in the Napa Valley who talks-a like-a this-a and even refers to himself at one point as “a stupid, ugly, old wop.”
In other words, it’s just the sort of problematic chestnut to get a five-night-only revival this week as part of the New York City Center Encores! series, a two-decade-old program »
- Thom Geier
A rather misleading title is just one reason to be slightly suspicious of “Rio 2” an eye-popping, ear-tickling animated sequel that labors to fold a cheeky family sitcom, an earnest environmental primer, an exotic jungle tour, a broad survey of popular music and an avian remake of “Meet the Parents” into one bright and noisy package. Mining an unwieldy number of domestic and ecological dramas from the continuing saga of a rare Brazilian blue macaw, here venturing with his new family into the perilous Amazon rainforest, this hyperactive toon extravaganza has color, flair and energy to burn. But it’s the sort of relentless juggling act that finally proves more exhausting than exhilarating as it lectures you about respecting Mother Nature one minute, knocks you over with a Gloria Gaynor cover the next, and squeezes in a lot of questionable comic relief in between.
For those not inclined to resist »
- Justin Chang
At first glance, "horror movie" and "musical" would seem like a terrible mix. Musicals are often a celebration of human emotions whereas horror films frequently try to evoke and provoke those unpleasant things that terrify us all. But of course there is the cult classic granddaddy called The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), which is not only a horror movie and a musical, but also a maniacal love letter to old-fashioned horror movies and musicals. (Brian De Palma's 1974 film The Phantom of the Paradise also deserves a mention in this category.)
From Rocky Horror on there has been a calm but steady trickle of films that have little to no problem combining singing and dancing with scary stories. Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Cannibal: The Musical (1997), Sweeney Todd (2007), and Repo! The Genetic Opera (2009) still find new fans today because they're able to introduce horror ideas to musical presentations with various types »
- Scott Weinberg
Brooklyn Decker blew a kiss at an event in Mexico City on Thursday. She's just one of many stars, including Kate Beckinsale and Clive Owen, posing for the cameras this week after things kicked off with the Oscars on Sunday. Keep reading to see Brooklyn, plus Emma Thompson acting in Sweeney Todd, Sienna Miller shopping in La, and more great star snaps! View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
He's back! After being the big plot twist in Iron Man 3, the Marvel menace known as Trevor Slattery is returning in the Marvel One Shot All Hail The King. He was subdued by Tony Stark, and sent to prison as part of a major conspiracy of terrorism, but what's prison like when you're not the world's most feared criminal, but rather a fraud whose been called out? Not too bad it seems! In the clip, courtesy of USA Today, we see Slattery (Ben Kingsley) getting acquainted with the criminal population of Seagate Prison. And while some aren't impressed by this odd little man with a distinctive haircut and Liverpudlian accent, others are geeking out as he re-enacts one of The Mandarin's catchphrases. But hey, he's not your meat puppet. English thespian Ben Kingsley has taken on long list of iconic roles. In TV movies he's played Moses and Sweeney Todd. »
The new “Romeo and Juliet” cinemacast marks the latest effort to turn stage shows into a theatrical experience, a trend that is only in its infancy on Broadway but is more popular with London productions.
“Initially when it was suggested to me, I was like, ‘I don’t know how I feel about that,’” Bloom said last week in New York. “Can they capture the magic? Can they capture the feeling of being in a live audience in that theater?”
“And then I thought, ‘(why not?)’” He said he wanted to leave a record of his performance for his 3-year-old son and future generations of Shakespeare students. “Quite honestly, the experience was very rewarding,” Bloom said. “It’s a very challenging role. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Chicago – It’s “Cabaret” for god’s sake. It’s not “Bambi”. You’re supposed to need to leave the kids at home watching their own Disney flick. You don’t go to McDonald’s to eat healthy just like you don’t go to “Cabaret” for good clean fun.
Play Rating: 3.5/5.0
The show at Chicagoland’s Marriott Theatre starts off with so much potential because of a promise from our Emcee (Stephen Schellhardt). He guarantees we’ll delve into the sketchy world of sin in the Kit Kat Klub where we can put our real-world worries aside. It’s a “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” kind of warranty, but you never feel it realized. And that is the show’s biggest downfall.
Stephen Schellhardt as the Emcee in “Cabaret”.
Photo credit: Peter Coombs and the Marriott Theatre
For a moment, I considered that I’ve already “seen »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Ooh, we could murder a doughnut. Wednesday's episode of The Great Sport Relief Bake Off was the closest yet, as Jamelia, Michael Ball, Victoria Pendleton and Emma Freud fought valiantly for the crown (well, apron). It was anyone's game. Everyone had a comedy disaster; everyone had a triumph. And we obviously loved it. But what were our favourite bits? Read on to find out...
The Signature Bake - Traybakes
First off, we have to mention how much we loved Victoria's prim and proper school prefect look and her superb facial expressions - especially when she whipped cream onto herself. But largely, everyone's traybakes seemed to start off well (however disconcerting it was learning that Michael had played Sweeney Todd and thinking through the implications of that). It was also a joy to see Mary getting excited at the mention of cointreau in Victoria's blondies. (That and a hot toddy traybake from Michael? »
19 items from 2014
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