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Bww Interview: Lena Hall Gets Ready to Bring The Art Of The Audition to the Cafe Carlyle

Tony-winner and Grammy nominee Lena Hall returns to Cafe Carlyle with an all-new show, The Art Of The Audition From Falling Apart to Nailing The Part, March 13-17. Experience the ups and downs of a Broadway life through reenactments of Lena Hall's most unforgettable-and regrettable-musical theater auditions. From epic fails to career-defining 'Nailed it' moments. Featuring songs from Wicked, Cats, Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Rent and more. Accompanied by the incredible Brian Nash.
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Blu-ray Review: Dario Argento’s Opera

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It’s hard for me to even admit that Dario Argento’s Opera had been a major blind spot of mine for far too long, but I’m thankful for the recent Blu-ray release of the film, courtesy of both Scorpion Releasing and Doppelganger Releasing, as it made this cinematic discovery feel like a true work of art befitting of the Horror Maestro’s stunning and wholly unique vision, confidently displaying this slice of giallo madness from 1987. And as you can probably tell, after just one viewing, I’m 110 percent a fan of Opera now and still cannot believe it took me this long to see this wildly weird masterpiece.

For anyone who hasn’t seen Opera, I’ll do my best not to spoil the abundance of intriguing revelations that happen throughout the movie. The simplified version of the film’s core story follows an ingénue soprano named Betty
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‘Death House’ Interview: Bill Oberst Jr.

With the highly-anticipated horror Death House being released in cinemas on February 23rd 2018, I got a chance to speak with actor Bill Oberst Jr. about what we can expect from the film, why he loves playing the villain and what characters he would like to portray again on screen.

How did you first get into acting?

As a desperate ploy to get people to like me. In my experience, entertainers begin entertaining either because they think very highly of themselves, or because they think very lowly of themselves. The latter seem, on the whole, to be more successful than the former.

In your career you have become synonymous with horror having played so many notorious characters. Do you enjoy playing the villain or are these just the roles which you found most interesting?

I do enjoy playing the villain. It is my passionate belief that we are all, as Ray Bradbury said,
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Photo Flash: New Man in the Mask! First Look at Laird Mackintosh in The Phantom Of The Opera

The Phantom of the Opera celebrates 30 Years this month - an unprecedented feat achieved by no other Broadway show. While January 26, 2018 is the anniversary date for The Phantom of the Opera, the 30th Anniversary will be celebrated two days earlier on Wednesday, January 24. The musical will soon welcome back international stage star and Platinum-selling Swedish recording artist Peter J back to lead the 30th Anniversary.
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The Bachelor Premiere Recap: Who Got Arie's First Rose? And Who Got Cut?

The Bachelor Premiere Recap: Who Got Arie's First Rose? And Who Got Cut?
If you vowed to take a shot every time someone made a bad racing pun during the season premiere of The Bachelor, allow me to extend my deepest sympathies to your liver.

In fact, I’d also like to extend those sympathies to Arie Luyendyk Jr., who began what he calls “the most important race of my life” on Monday by smelling a stranger’s armpits, listening to someone sing a (romantic?) song about taxidermy, and struggling to tell one Lauren apart from another… and another.

Unsurprisingly, Arie’s First Impression Rose went to the contestant he spent the most time with: Chelsea,
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The Best Picture Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best

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The Best Picture Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best
The 21st century is less than two decades old, but its first batch of Best Picture winners already paint an extraordinary portrait of a world in flux. From a massive historical epic to an intimate digital indies — from a musical that riffs on showbiz standards to period drama that reflects on present crises — these 17 films range from “problematic” to “perfect” and hit all points in between. More than that, they illustrate Hollywood’s evolving definition of greatness, and the relationship between the film industry and the times that forge it.

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Here are the 17 Best Picture winners of the 21st century, ranked from worst to best.

17. “Crash”

Brokeback Mountain” deserved better, but the Academy didn’t know it. Paul Haggis’ painfully obvious ensemble drama about racial prejudices in Los Angeles was a smug, one-note drama designed to make white liberals feel good about themselves. (It took a
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Practical-ly Perfect: Pennywise, Past and Present with Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr., and Bart Mixon

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Over the weekend, Creature Features in Burbank, California played host to an amazing panel called Creating Pennywise, which featured Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis from studioADI, as well as fellow legendary effects artist Bart Mixon, who was responsible for bringing the Tim Curry iteration of Pennywise to life for the 1990 It miniseries.

And even though we have already celebrated Bart Mixon’s iconic design and his ambitious efforts from over 27 years ago just a few months back (which you can read about Here), the discussion held during the Creating Pennywise panel was just too good not to share as part of Daily Dead’s "Practical-ly Perfect" series.

Read on for highlights from the panel, and be sure to check out some of the photos below, which feature an amazing Pennywise bust as well as some of his various sets of teeth and more.

Tom and Alec, what role did
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Fly (1958)

“Charming” is not often a word associated with horror films; it’s counterintuitive to what the genre usually stands for—you know, terror and tension, followed by release and a sense of ease, then repeat—but yet here we are with a romantic tale about a boy, a girl, a teleportation device, and the insect that comes between them. Welcome to the world of The Fly (1958), where the hosts are welcoming, the police polite, and the monster bug-eyed.

Released by Twentieth Century Fox in July, The Fly pulled in $7 million against its $300,000 budget, enticing audiences with a tale often told at the time—sold as another Atomic Age Monster Mash, The Fly instead uses a much smaller (and human) canvas to convey a message of obsession and the love that ultimately ends it. Having said that, you also get a man with a fly head and some neat-o transportation sequences,
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Ghostbusters table arrives for Stern Pinball Arcade on Xbox One

Fans of Stern Pinball Arcade will be excited to hear that the Ghostbusters table is now available on the Xbox One, we’re talking about a table based on the good Ghostbusters not the dodgy remake. This latest table adds to the already long list of table for Stern Pinball Arcade that includes tables such as Starship Troopers, Last Action Hero, Phantom of the Opera and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

The new Ghostbusters table features lots of elements from the original two films and sees players become the newest member of the Ghostbusters team. Players will be able to chase down Slimer, Battle the Stay Puft Marshamallow Man, capture the Scoleri Brothers and much more busting.

Players will be treated to custom speech from Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore) as they perform skill shots like ‘paranormal’ magnetic slingshots and get rewarded with unique multiball modes such as the flipper reversing Mass Hysteria multiball.
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The Craziest Hollywood Movies of the 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Craziest Hollywood Movies of the 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

In honor of Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” which just became one of the only movies to ever earn an “F” Cinemascore rating, what is the craziest movie that a major Hollywood studio has released this century?

Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York

Talk about a self-answering question. Unless you can point to another movie that brews such an aggressive whirlwind of psychosexual anxiety, starring the biggest star in the world (who is also romantically involved with the director), then we’re talking about “mother!” I’m sure you’ve got “The Wolf of Wall Street” at the ready as an alternative, but how crazy is that film, given
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The Man Who Laughs: the movie that inspired The Joker

Jim Knipfel Sep 18, 2017

One of the earliest scary clown movies, The Man Who Laughs was also an influence on the creation of Batman villain, The Joker...

Clowns, both creepy and, well, slightly less creepy, were lurking about in the shadows for thousands of years before Stephen King’s evil clown Pennywise shambled along with those sinister red balloons of his. The Egyptians had them, the Greeks had them, the Romans had them. But in the 17th and 18th centuries, an interesting and telling thing happened.

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During the Middle Ages, the clown and the performing freak were essentially one and the same. The jesters and fools who entertained in the royal courts of Europe were usually attired in flamboyant and garish costumes and makeup, and were often physically deformed in some way. After that, however, the two began to tear themselves apart, with the
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Stage Door: "Prince of Broadway"

by Nathaniel R

Though I don't cherish the form I've seen quite a few jukebox musicals in my day. Sometimes they take the biographical route like Jersey Boys. Often they'll sift through the lyrics of some artist's catalogue hoping to yank out phrases and threads from which they can stitch together a frankenstein story. Mammia Mia is either the apotheosis or the nadir of that latter form, depending on your perspective. But what if the jukebox isn't beholden to one composer? Prince of Broadway, which just opened at the Samuel Friedman in NYC, is devoted to the producer Harold Prince who did not write music. So what you have is a greatest hits of, uh, dozens of different composers from a wide range of musicals. If this were a CD it might be called "Now That's What I Call Broadway, Vol. Whatever"

Prince backed a Ton of über famous shows
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Ed Catto: Happy Birthday, Jack!

Jack Kirby would’a been 100 today! The best part about it all is that the world can take a break to smile and to be astonished at this man’s incredible imagination and talent.

As you probably know, Jack Kirby was a tough, scrappy kid from the tough, scrappy part of New York City that grew up to be a very important comic artist. Kirby was a guy who made countless contributions and created a phenomenal number of characters and even launched a few genres. He was also a veteran of WWII and a family man.

But as a big comics fan, I almost loathed his work! But my entry point to Jack Kirby, where I really first noticed the man’s work, was with an image that was So hideous and So disgusting that I was worried I’d have nightmares forever.

Here’s what happened. As a very young boy,
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Photo Flash: Phantom Of The Opera Gears Up for the Eclipse and More Saturday Intermission Pics!

Today is Saturday, and that means it's time for what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions- BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup This week Phantom Of The Opera is all geared up for the eclipse on Monday, and The King And I tour stops to snap a pic before the costume parade passes by Check out more Saturday Intermission Pics below
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Check Out “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin’s New Night Of The Living Dead Poster & Other Artwork for Below the Line 2 Art Exhibition

Time after time, “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin has given horror fans new ways to look at and appreciate their favorite films through his imaginative artwork, and his new poster for George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead is no exception. Beginning September 8th, you can view Pullin's new eye-popping print in person at Below the Line 2: An Exhibition of Modern Movie Art in Hamilton, Ontario, and we have a look at some of the amazing horror movie posters that will be featured at the exhibit, including Pullin's new creation.

Below, check out our first look at Pullin's new Night of the Living Dead poster and other artwork that will be featured at Below the Line 2, which runs at the same time as Hamilton's art-centric SuperCrawl Weekend. To learn more, visit Below the Line 2's official Facebook page and read on for additional details:

"Below the Line 2: An Exhibition
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Bww First Person: What A Difference A Transfer Can Make; Looking at the Differences in Shows Between London and New York

Ever wonder how your favorite show looks on the other side of the Atlantic Sometimes a show is exactly the same - and sometimes, the changes can make it nearly unrecognizable. It's no secret that productions cross the Atlantic all the time - whether they be iconic blockbusters like Phantom Of The Opera or more recent popular productions such as Beautiful and Kinky Boots. Sometimes, those shows end up almost exactly the same in their new home, with only the most minute changes others appear to be entirely new pieces. The casts may change staging may vary. Sometimes certain turns of phrase are edited or altered to make more sense, geographically or in terms of local slang.
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Photo Flash: Mrs. Lovett Shares Sweeney Todd Skills You Can Safely Try at Home and More Saturday Intermission Pics!

Today is Saturday, and that means it's time for what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions- BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup This week Sweeney Todd's Mrs. Lovett shares a makeup tutorial that will have you looking positively Lovett-ly, and Phantom Of The Opera plays a little understudystandbyalternate musical chairs.Check out more Saturday Intermission Pics below
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Universal Pictures Wants Channing Tatum To Play Van Helsing in Their Upcoming Reboot

As you know, Universal Pictures is completely rebooting their classic Universal monster films and they are calling it the Dark Universe. We've already known that the vampire hunter Van Helsing is going to be a part of their big plans, and now they have a big actor that they hope to get on board. According to THR, That actor is Channing Tatum.

Tom Cruise was originally in talks to play Van Helsing before he was cast in The Mummy, which didn't do as well as the studio hoped it would. Regardless of it underperforming, the studio is going to press forward with their Dark Universe plans. Hopefully, the next movie, The Bride of Frankenstein, will be better.

I'd actually be ok with Tatum in the role of a young Van Helsing. The fact that they want him, gives us a little insight into the direction the studio wants to go with the character.
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Universal Courting Channing Tatum For ‘Van Helsing’ Remake

Reports are coming in that Universal Pictures are looking in the directing of Channing Tatum for the Van Helsing remake, which will form part of their Monster’s Universe, the Dark Universe. The new comes from the direction of The Hollywood Reporter who state that the studio are moving ahead with the series of remakes, despite the soft performance of this summer’s The Mummy with Tom Cruise.

Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) will direct the next Dark Universe movie hich will be Bride of Frankenstein, set for release on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

The studio are still after Angelina Jolie to play the the tile character in Bride of Frankenstein, while Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem will star as The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s monster. Russell Crowe is playing Dr. Henry Jekyll, who appeared in The Mummy, while Dwayne Johnson is being considered to play The Wolfman. Stand-alone movies
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Jane Austen-Centric Musical Lab “Austen’s Pride” to Be Held in NYC

2005’s “Pride and Prejudice

Everyone knows Jane Austen is a master of wit, but as a new musical suggests, she also has serious vocal chops. BroadwayWorld reports that an invitation-only musical lab called “Austen’s Pride” will be held June 19 and 20 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in New York City. The project from writer-composers Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs centers on Austen (Lisa O’Hare, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”) as she reflects on her most famous novel, “Pride and Prejudice.”

“Austen’s Pride” sees the author searching for new inspiration. “Her latest work has sold out and become a huge success, which has her publisher looking for another manuscript,” BroadwayWorld summarizes. “Jane’s sister Cassandra (Courtney Balan, ‘Falsettos’) suggests that she revisit one of her earlier manuscripts, ‘First Impressions.’ To please her sister, Jane revisits her earlier manuscript and as the characters come to life on stage, she discovers them evolving and changing alongside her. By the end of the musical, she has come to learn who she is as a writer and as a woman.” The lab will also feature Kara Lindsay (“Wicked”) as Elizabeth Bennet and Ryan Silverman (“Phantom of the Opera”) as Mr. Darcy.

Pride and Prejudice” was first published in 1813 and traces the passionate sparring and eventual romance between Miss Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. The beloved book has received dozens of screen adaptations and retellings including the 1995 miniseries toplined by Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, Sharon Maguire’s 2001 romantic comedy “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” and the 2005 feature film starring Keira Knightley. Its most recent iteration was last year’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” a supernatural-horror take on the novel toplined by “Downton Abbey’s” Lily James. A modern, Texas debutante ball-set retelling of the classic is being developed at Warner Bros.

Go to the “Austen’s Pride” website to learn more about the musical.

Jane Austen-Centric Musical Lab “Austen’s Pride” to Be Held in NYC was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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