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Theatre Review: Chicago (UK Tour)

Chicago review: Come and see how the prettiest women ever charged with murder get free for an evening of fabulous entertainment.

Chicago review by Katey Thompson.

This is an evening full of music, dancing and singing. Chicago is based true events that happened in Chicago in the 1920’s and is based on the play written by Maurine Dallas Watkins. It is about two vaudeville acts who are being tried for murder, with lyrics and music by John Kander and Fred Ebb.

Roxie Hart is brilliantly performed by Hayley Tamaddon (of Emmerdale and Coronation Street fame) a night club singer who shoots her lover whilst declaring undying love for her husband Amos. Neil Ditt portrays this non-descript man with excellent pathos and humour, especially when he performs the classic Mister Cellophane. Velma Kelly, a double murderess is depicted brilliantly by Sophie Carmen-Jones. Whilst in prison Roxie steals Velma Kelly’s place
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3 Bad Men

What's this? John Ford's last silent western is as exciting and entertaining as his later classics. A trio of horse thieves turn noble when given the responsibility of a young woman lost on the prairie; Ford gives the show comedy, drama and spectacle. 3 Bad Men Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1926 / B&W / 1:33 Silent Ap. / 92 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / 29.95 Starring George O'Brien, Olive Borden, Lou Tellegen, Tom Santschi, J. Farrell MacDonald, Frank Campeau, Priscilla Bonner, Otis Harlan, Phyllis Haver, Georgie Harris, Alec Francis, Jay Hunt . Cinematography George Schneiderman Original Music Dana Kaproff (2007) Written by John Stone, Ralph Spence, Malcolm Stuart Boylan from a novel by Herman Whittaker Produced and Directed by John Ford

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

What a great discovery! Last year Kino brought us a good-looking disc of John Ford's Hurricane and now they take the bold step of issuing one of the director's oldest intact features,
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Find Your Jesus, Find Your Kubrick: Lady Gaga as Auteur

For a while, Lady Gaga was one of the most fascinating music stars that had come in a while, primarily because of her unapologetic bombast. Too often, though, she may have been written off as “weird”, from her odd fashion decisions, her performance art appearances on TV, and, of course, her music videos. Gaga, née Stefani Germanotta, through her strange videos presents a vision, often of powerful women and the subversion of fame, through each of her music videos. Sometimes straddling the line between film and music video, Lady Gaga, though not always the director of these videos, is always the auteur behind them.

Lady Gaga’s early music videos are nothing if not promotional material, with “LoveGame” and “Poker Face” being, for the most part, entirely generic within the context of her career. It was not perhaps until she employed the use of music video director Jonas Åkerlund that
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Chicago

Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones put on the razzle-dazzle in director/choreographer Rob Marshall's Oscar-winning adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. After killing her no-good husband, Roxie Hart (Zellweger) is transformed into a national celebrity by the slickest lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere). But Roxie's rise doesn't sit well with her fellow jailbird and Flynn's most famous client, the scheming Velma Kelly (Oscar-winner Zeta-Jones).
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Jimmy Fallon Says Goodbye to 'Late Night' With Help From the Muppets

Jimmy Fallon Says Goodbye to 'Late Night' With Help From the Muppets
After 969 episodes, 10,000 monologue jokes and one on-camera upchuck by Questlove, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon had no shortage of material to reflect upon during its final episode. Yet last night, its happy host summed up the entire show’s run succinctly with one Frankensteined über-joke: "Joe Biden needed Obamacare after Anthony Weiner texted Justin Bieber a picture of Chris Christie dating a Kardashian on the Jersey Shore."

6 Keys to Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show': Timberlake (And Fun Insanity)

We would’ve added "on Friday" to that, but hey – that’s
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Birgitte Sørensen: power player

Best known for her role in Danish drama Borgen, Birgitte Sørensen is about to take to the British stage in Coriolanus. She tells Mark Lawson about doing Shakespeare by Skype and bowing out of a TV phenomenon

Until now, actors who fancied working overseas generally had to fly in for auditions. Technology, though, has eased this actor traffic. Birgitte Hjort Sørensen – who plays the Danish journalist Katrine in Borgen, the best-loved political drama since The West Wing – was interviewed for her English Shakespearean debut over Skype. Between laptops in London and Copenhagen, Josie Rourke, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, offered Sørensen the role of Virgilia, the title character's wife, in Coriolanus.

"I had to think about it because, text-wise, it isn't the biggest part," says 31-year-old Sørensen. "And my agent said, 'I'm not sure it's big enough for you.' But I am honoured to be doing Shakespeare in London and,
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Birgitte Hjort Sørensen: 'People in Britain have really taken to Borgen's strong female leads'

Her crusading reporter Katrine Fonsmark in Borgen is ambitious, hardworking, exercises too much, eats too little. "Which is certainly not the case for me," says Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen is already sitting in a booth at the back of a Japanese restaurant when I arrive for our lunch in Mayfair. It was her choice of venue and I'd assumed it was because sushi is the preferred diet of calorie-conscious actresses on perpetual detox.

But I notice Sørensen, 31, already has a glass of champagne in front of her and a twinkle in her eye. Another glass is immediately produced by a solicitous waiter. We clink and each take a swig.

It rapidly becomes clear that we are going to get along.

Within a few minutes, the Danish actress has told me that she loves London, because "I like the structure – I like knowing that you have to stand on
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True Oscar Stories: Ann Reinking

Today is Ann Reinking's 64th birthday so do some impossibly precise Fosse moves tonight whereever you are in her honor #andallthatjazz

When I tweeted that this morning the internet saw fit to remind me of her big Oscar moment performing Phil Collins' Against All Odds (1984) and though it was legendarily awful I personally have nothing but fond memories of Reinking from Annie (1982) and Micki & Maude (1984) and her foxy Roxie Hart (pre-movie version). Plus, of course, All That Jazz (1979) which would have been a better Oscar moment had they saw fit to nominate her for Best Supporting Actress that year.

I have only very vague memories of the 1984 Oscars (only my second ? time watching as a kid) and YouTube doesn't help since her Oscar night performance has never been online to my knowledge though I did discover some time-capsule La Times items about that moment and this oddity from
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Brooke Shields Signs With Untitled Entertainment (Exclusive)

Brooke Shields Signs With Untitled Entertainment (Exclusive)
Brooke Shields has signed with Untitled for management, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The actress currently plays Air Force Colonel Kat Young on Lifetime’s Army Wives, which she joined midway through the recently completed seventh season, and recently starred in the indie comedy The Hot Flashes alongside Daryl Hannah and Wanda Sykes. This summer she also made her directorial debut with Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl. Shields starred as Roxie Hart in the musical on Broadway, where she also took favorable turns in Grease, Wonderful Town and Cabaret. The showbiz veteran began her career practically at birth. She became the

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Ashlee Simpson takes Evan Ross relationship public

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After reports they vacationed together in Cabo and were photographed holding hands in Los Angeles, Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, son of singer Diana Ross, have taken their relationship public. The couple appeared together at the launch of Ashlee's sister Jessica Simpson's fashion line.

Ashlee hosted the event, and is one of the faces of the brand. The appearance comes on the heels of Simpson reprising her Broadway role of Roxie Hart in a Hollywood Bowl production of "Chicago," which ran July 26-28.

Before Ross, Simpson dated "Boardwalk Empire" star Vincent Piazza. She was formerly married to Pete Wentz, with whom she shares a son.
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Have you seen Kubrick’s top 10? In 1963, Stanley Kubrick...

Have you seen Kubrick’s top 10?

In 1963, Stanley Kubrick created a list of the greatest films of all time. It has recently resurfaced, and is worth checking out:

I Vitelloni (dir. Federico Fellini, 1953) Wild Strawberries (dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1957) Citizen Kane (dir. Orson Welles, 1941) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (dir. John Huston, 1948) City Lights (dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1931) Henry V (dir. Laurence Olivier, 1944) La Notte (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961) The Bank Dick (dir. Edward F. Cline, 1940) Roxie Hart (dir. William A. Wellman, 1942) Hell’s Angels (dir. Howard Hughes, 1930)

Find details, and links to more of the greatest movies of all time here.
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Stanley Kubrick's List of Top Ten Films of All-Time Up To 1963

Any time a top ten list is made nowadays it is typically made by movie bloggers born in the late '70s / early '80s and therefore the span of time it covers is frequently limited to just a few years before their birth to modern day. As a result many great films are forgotten simply because it's damn near impossible to see everything. Thankfully, there are others out there to encourage us to see films before our time and expand our cinematic knowledge. Just yesterday I posted Spike Lee's list of 87 Essential Films (see that here) and I've always pointed out and referenced Roger Ebert's list of Great Movies, which you can see in its entirety right here. If you haven't seen these films, add them to a spreadsheet of your own and get to work as today I have ten more for you to consider. Born
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Ashlee Simpson Cartwheels With Samantha Barks for Chicago Role—See the Pic!

Ashlee Simpson Cartwheels With Samantha Barks for Chicago Role—See the Pic!
Get ready Los Angeles because they're gonna paint the town! Ashlee Simpson and Samantha Barks revealed a sneak peek inside of their dance rehearsals for an upcoming revival of Chicago. The blond beauty retweeted a pic of the two ladies doing cartwheels at a Studio City, Calif., dance studio. Jessica Simpson's younger sister is slated to star as the play's heroine, Roxie Hart, in the star-studded Broadway revival. This isn't the first time that 28-year-old has tackled the complex character, however. She originally played Hart in 2006 in the West End run of the show. Brooke Shields has nabbed the directing gig, while True Blood's Stephen Moyer, and Drew Carey, Lucy...
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Ashlee Simpson Puckers Up At Elizabeth Arden Event

Ashlee Simpson was all smiles as she attended the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Lip Lounge on July 12 in Hollywood. The star looked stylish and chic as she showed off her pretty nude lip for a photo that was posted on the Elizabeth Arden Instagram account! Keep reading for the colorful deets!

The Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Lip Lounge took place in Hollywood on July 12 and among the attendees was actress and singer Ashlee Simpson. Elizabeth Arden took to Instagram to showcase Ashlee’s pretty lip color from their newest collection! Read on for the scoop!

Ashlee Simpson’s & Elizabeth Arden — Get Her Nude Lips

Known for her rocker style, Ashlee decided to go for a more chic look while attending the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Lip Lounge in Hollywood on July 12. The star posed for a pic which was posted on Elizabeth Arden’s Instagram after the event and was captioned: “Pucker up!
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Ashlee Simpson joins 'Chicago' at the Hollywood Bowl

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Brooke Shields is continuing to fill out the cast for the production of "Chicago" she is directing at the Hollywood Bowl. Previously announced were Lucy Lawless, Stephen Moyer and Drew Carey.

What about Roxie Hart, though? The role Shields once payed on Broadway, which was taken on by Renee Zellweger in the movie adaptation, will be portrayed by Ashlee Simpson, the La Times reports.

Simpson is no stranger to the part either, after playing Roxie in West End and Broadway productions of "Chicago," herself. Her on-stage rival, Velma Kelly, will be played by "Les Miserables'" Samantha Barks.

The production will only run for three shows at the Hollywood Bowl, July 26 - 28.
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Lucy Lawless, Stephen Moyer Join Cast of 'Chicago' at Hollywood Bowl

Lucy Lawless, Stephen Moyer Join Cast of 'Chicago' at Hollywood Bowl
Spartacus star Lucy Lawless and True Blood's Stephen Moyer are toplining the Hollywood Bowl's three-night production of Chicago this July. Lawless will play Mama Morton while Moyer will take on the role of Billy Flynn. Les Miserables standout Samantha Barks has landed the role of Velma, while Drew Carey will portray Amos. The casting of Roxie Hart will be announced shortly. Brooke Shields, who starred in the Broadway and West End productions of Chicago, will direct the musical — marking her directorial debut. Rob Fisher, who serves as supervising music director of Chicago for worldwide productions, will conduct. Chicago

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EastEnders: will Denise Van Outen rule the Queen Vic? | Media Monkey

BBC soap EastEnders could be about to receive an injection of glamour with the arrival of Denise Van Outen as the new boss of the Queen Vic pub. The Daily Mirror reports that the 38-year-old, who made her mark with a raunchy performance as Roxie Hart in the West End production of Chicago, has been in secret talks to jon the show. Producers are apparently desperate to inject some "flirtiness and spice" into the show, with one source describing Van Outen as "a new, young and fresh Peggy Mitchell". Van Outen the new Babs Windsor – was that a compliment?

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Brooks Back for 'Nemo 2', More 'Twilight' Fan Fiction Set for Big Screen and a List of Kubrick's Favorite Films

1.) Albert Brooks is returning to voice Nemo's father, Marlin, in Finding Nemo 2. Ellen DeGeneres is also expected to return as the forgetful Dory with Andrew Stanton set to direct. At this point there are no plot details, though a 2016 release date is expected. Deadline 2.) Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is attached to direct an adaptation of John Grisham's "The Racketeer" for Fox and New Regency. The book sees a federal judge murdered at a lakeside cabin and the contents of his safe emptied. The only man who knows the whos and whys is a former attorney serving time in federal prison who hopes to parlay that into getting revenge on the people who put him there. THR 3.) More Twilight fan fiction is targeting a big screen adaptation while Universal tries to figure out what they're going to do with Fifty Shades of Grey. Constantin Film has acquired movie
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Cast of Last Musical to Win Best Picture Academy Award to Be Reunited at 85th Academy Awards Ceremony

Zellweger, Gere, Zeta-Jones, and Latifah: ten years later, Chicago cast to be reunited at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony Catherine Zeta-Jones, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger, and Richard Gere, who starred in director Rob Marshall's 2003 Best Picture Oscar winner Chicago, will join forces once again -- but as presenters at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony next February 24. Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced the latest additions earlier today. (Pictured above: Zellweger, Gere doing a dance number in Chicago.) Remember that the 2013 ceremony is supposed to revolve around a Hollywood Musical theme, and that a decade ago Chicago became the last musical to win the Academy's Best Picture accolade. And here's a curious coincidence: It has also been a whole decade since a Directors Guild of America Award winner failed to also win the Academy Award in the Best Director category -- something that is bound to take
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Glee First Look: Lea Michele's Sexy "Britney 2.0" Photos

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Glee First Look: Lea Michele's Sexy
Rachel Berry, we are a slave for your sexy side. In these new photos from Glee's second episode of the season, which also happens to be the Britney Spears tribute, Rachel (Lea Michele) is cranking up the heat while performing a naughtier version of "Oops…I Did It Again." As we reported from our exclusive set visit during that scene, Rachel is trying to prove to her nasty new teacher Cassandra July (Kate Hudson) that she is sexy enough to take on roles such as Roxie Hart from Chicago. And as you can tell, she is taking this task very seriously Also featured in the photos is New Directions looking, well, confused as they get their new assignment, and Unique (Alex Newell), Tina (Jenna Ushkowtiz) and...
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