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"The Greatest Showman" is Another Musical Hit. Is Hollywood Watching?

by Nathaniel R

The Greatest Showman is the second consecutive original movie musical to become a big hit. A sign of more to come?

The Greatest Showman will be crossing the $100 million mark today at the box office. It's become a hit with  little fanfare  if you think about it.  Oh sure it had the mainstream attention you get on opening weekend when you have big stars in your movie but beyond that did the media really take notice? It wasn't in most of the awards conversations that turn the volume way up on others movie this time of year. The only awards traction it received was for Best Original Song which is hardly a bankable business -- except, perhaps, in the case of soundtrack sales.) 

But long story short: it's a hit and showing legs in Us theaters in that its percentage drop each week is way below the industry norms.
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Tickets on Sale Tomorrow for Moulin Rouge in Boston

Come what may, tickets go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 for Moulin Rouge The Musical's premiere in Boston It will play the Emerson Colonial Theatre for just 36 performances from June 27, 2018 through August, 5, 2018. Reviving a great theatrical tradition, Boston's crown jewel reopens its doors this summer with the World Premiere engagement of the musical, based on the 2001 20th Century Fox Motion Picture by Baz Luhrmann.
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Jake Gyllenhaal Became Friends With Heath Ledger After They Both Lost Out On ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Role

  • ET Canada
Jake Gyllenhaal has Ewan McGregor to thank for the former’s friendship with Heath Ledger. It would be easy to assume Gyllenhaal and Ledger first met on the set of “Brokeback Mountain”, but the two actors actually met before that. Both stars were on the shortlist for the leading male role in “Moulin Rouge!” and only
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Jake Gyllenhaal Shares the Story of How He Met Heath Ledger

Jake Gyllenhaal Shares the Story of How He Met Heath Ledger
Before Brokeback Mountain there was Moulin Rouge!, and Jake Gyllenhaal has the latter to thank for his friendship with Heath Ledger. The movie star is GQ Australia's February 2018 cover star, in it discussing the origins of his close bond with the late actor and his role in Stronger—the emotional true story of a man who lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing. Turns out Gyllenhaal and Ledger bonded over a "mutual frustration" most aspiring actors share when the role of a lifetime goes to someone else. In the case of 2001's Moulin Rouge!, that someone else was Ewan McGregor. As the 37-year-old...
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Ewan McGregor doesn't know much about status of Obi-Wan movie

  • JoBlo
Ewan McGregor took home his first Golden Globe last night for his work on the series Fargo, having received nominations for movies Moulin Rouge! And Salmon Fishing In The Yemen. We bestow all our congratulations upon McGregor and no one deserved it more than him – but seriously – what’s going on with that Obi-Wan Kenobi movie? It didn’t take long for the question to... Read More...
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Ewan McGregor Thanks Eve Mavrakis & Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Golden Globes Speech for Fargo Win

Ewan McGregor Thanks Eve Mavrakis & Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Golden Globes Speech for Fargo Win
Ewan McGregor has finally taken home a Golden Globe. The Fargo star won the Golden Globe at the 2018 award show for his dual roles of Emmitt and Ray Stussy. He was up against The Young Pope's Jude Law, The Wizard of Lies' Robert De Niro, Genius' Geoffrey Rush and Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan to take home the trophy. McGregor, who has nominated before for Moulin Rouge! and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, thanked FX, MGM and his voice coach for "helping me with that bonkers accent," among other professionals, for their role in getting him the award. He also thanked his estranged wife, Eve Mavrakis. "I want to take a moment just to say thank you to Ev who always stood by me for 22...
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The Critical Sin of ‘The Greatest Showman’: It’s Defiantly Uncool

The Critical Sin of ‘The Greatest Showman’: It’s Defiantly Uncool
I just got back from seeing “The Greatest Showman” a second time, and found it to be every bit as enthralling as I did the first time — in some ways, even more so. It’s an enraptured, live-wire, old-school-with-a-kustom-makeover retro musical that takes you back to the feeling you had as a kid the first time you ever saw a movie that made you go “Wow!” Yet I realize that just by saying that, I have made myself sound faintly ridiculous. To call “The Greatest Showman” a movie that has gotten no respect would be to understate the royal kneecapping the critics have given it. I’m on a lonely island of enthusiasm here (though not an entirely isolated island: Stephanie Zacharek of Time and David Ehrlich of IndieWire have both signed on as “Greatest Showman” enthusiasts).

The critics have been naked in their hostility. “The Greatest Showman,” it has been declared, is a pile
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The Greatest Showman Review

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Emily Breen

Hugh Jackman Is The Greatest Showman, it cannot be denied. His voice, charisma and screen presence are inarguably mesmeric. And powerful enough to make even the most despicable character palatable. Which is handy. P.T. Barnum was a truly terrible man. A profiteer of the misfortunes of others and a cynical exploiter of the disabled. Yes, he lived in different times. Yet even by the standards of his time, to sell tickets to the autopsy of a profoundly handicapped woman one owned seems…distasteful.

Barnum is a curious, if not downright bad, choice of inspiration for a musical biopic so buoyantly determined to remain upbeat. But by the power of Hugh Jackman, a stonking soundtrack and an unhealthy dose of denial The Greatest Showman nearly grifts its way past our disapproval without a scratch. The curtain lifts on a classic upstairs/downstairs love story: a tailor’s
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Zsa Zsa's Farewell and Other Links...

The Retro Set a "loosely autobiographical review" of 20th Century Women

Variety there's a documentary coming about the men behind the classic "Curious George" books

The Guardian Dick Van Dyke, who is 91 years old, has confirmed that he has a part in Mary Poppins Returns playing the son of one of his two characters in the original (the ancient banker guy apparently rather than the chimney sweep)

Browbeat BAFTA makes a bold move, requiring some degree of diversity to be eligible for awards starting in 2019 (they offer several ways in which you can do that for those worried about artistic freedoms for filmmakers)

Towleroad a list of retailers you should shop at this Christmas since the anti-gay right wing is targeting them.

Decider the year in cinematic smoking 

New Yorker their 16 most read stories this year

Coming Soon Legion, an X-Men spinoff TV series, gets a poster

Awards Daily Vancouver
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Oscar-nominated French ballerina and Moulin Rouge actress Colette Marchand dies, aged 90

Oscar-nominated French ballerina and Moulin Rouge actress Colette Marchand dies, aged 90
French ballerina Colette Marchand has died at the age of 90.

The New York Times reports that she passed away on June 5 at her home in Bois-le-Roi, France.

The dancer rose to fame during the 1940s, when she starred in Roland Petit's highly popular shows at the Paris Opera Ballet.

Moving into cinema, she earned a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role as a streetwalker in Moulin Rouge in 1952.

Orson Welles directed her in the short-lived 1953 ballet The Lady in the Ice on Broadway.

She also appeared on screen in Hungarian Rhapsody, At the Order of the Czar and short Romantic Youth throughout the 1950s.
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Francesca Hilton, Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Daughter, Dead at 67

  • The Wrap
Constance Francesca Gabor Hilton, only daughter of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Hilton Hotel founder Conrad Hilton, died Monday in Los Angeles. She was 67.

Hilton suffered an apparent stroke and heart attack on Monday evening while she was with her fiance Michael Natsis, according to a statement obtained by TheWrap. Natsis and arriving paramedics performed CPR on her, but she was pronounced dead after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital.

See Photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2014

“As Francesca’s publicist and one of her best friends I am shocked. We were on the phone minutes before she died. We were discussing
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Oswald Morris (1915-2014)

We just celebrated the career of cinematographer Oswald Morris this past November on his birthday with a visual tribute. I regret to inform that the fine Dp has passed away at 98 on St. Patrick's Day.

Director John Huston (left) and Oswald Morris (right) size up a scene

I first became a fan of his, without knowing I was (you know how that is at the beginning of cinephilia) when I saw the puppet classic The Dark Crystal (1982) which was his last film. That film was so technically ambitious at the time and a visual triumph in many ways. I've been meaning to watch it again just to feel the presence of actual objects with weight and shadow in the time of CGI.

In the obit at The Telegraph he tells a good story about one of his true breakthroughs: Moulin Rouge (1952):

In 1952, Morris “broke every rule in the book
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Oswald Morris obituary

Oscar-winning British cinematographer who worked on a wide range of film classics

The Oscar-winning British cinematographer Oswald Morris, who has died aged 98, will be remembered for many classics, including Moulin Rouge, Fiddler on the Roof, Moby Dick and Lolita. He worked with some of the great directors, John Huston, Sidney Lumet, Carol Reed, Stanley Kubrick and Franco Zeffirelli. Many of Morris's films are landmarks in the history of colour cinematography. For Moulin Rouge (1952) he used filters to create a style reminiscent of paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec. For Fiddler on the Roof (1971), which won him an Oscar, he filmed with a silk stocking over the lens to give a sepia effect.

Morris also shot popular favourites such as The Guns of Navarone (1961), Oliver! (1968), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and The Man Who Would Be King (1975), and photographed acting luminaries: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Gregory Peck and Humphrey Bogart.
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Oswald Morris, Oscar And BAFTA-winning Cinematographer, Dead At Age 98

  • CinemaRetro
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Ossie Morris signs a copy of his 2006 autobiography 'Houston, We Have a Problem' for Matthew Field in February of this year.

 

Oscar-winning British cinematographer Oswald Morris passed away Monday evening at his home in Dorset, England. He was 98 years old.

A founding member and former president of the Bsc (the British Society of Cinematographers), 'Ossie', as he was known to all in the business, won an Academy Award in 1971 for the musical Fiddler on the Roof and four Baftas, including one for The Hill (1965) starring Sean Connery. His early career included working on David Lean's Oliver Twist and John Huston's Moulin Rouge. Ossie worked on over 40 major productions in his life, including Oliver!, The Wiz, The Guns of Navarone, Equus, The Man Who Would be King, and many, many more.

Retro's Matthew Field met the great man at his home just a few weeks ago, in what
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Famed British Cinematographer Oswald Morris Dies at 98

Famed British Cinematographer Oswald Morris Dies at 98
Oswald Morris, a renowned British cinematographer who worked on a range of high-profile pics including eight collaborations with John Huston, has died. He was 98.

Morris died March 17 at his home in Dorset, England, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Oswald won an Oscar for his work on 1971′s “Fiddler on the Roof.” His long list of credits ranged from early 1950s British pics such as “The Golden Salamander” and Tab Hunter starrer “Island of Desire” to 1981′s “The Great Muppet Caper” and 1982′s “The Dark Crystal.”

His work with Huston began with “Moulin Rouge,” the 1952 bio-tuner that starred Jose Ferrer, and stretched through 1975′s “The Man Who Would Be King.” Morris also worked on multiple pics with Sidney Lumet (1977′s “Equus,” 1980′s “Just Tell Me What You Want,” 1981′s “The Wiz”) and with Stanley Kubrick on 1962′s “Lolita.”

Other notable pics include 1957′s “A Farewell to Arms,” 1961′s “The Guns of Navarone,
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Looking Back: ‘Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ Wins Big at Oscars

Looking Back: ‘Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ Wins Big at Oscars
Movies were more than half a century old when writer-director John Huston made “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” in 1947, but shooting “on location” wasn’t the norm, especially not for the major Hollywood studios. But Huston was not only a brilliant screenwriter and director (and later, actor), he was also a determined cinematic innovator, a fact perhaps lost amid the large swath he cut with his bigger-than-life antics and dazzling handling of actors and material.

In the case of “Sierra Madre,” Huston fought hard for the use of Mexican landscapes, captured so memorably by d.p. Ted McCord. His win has been described as “a radical move” by film historians.

The result didn’t excite studio boss Jack Warner until the film started scoring with critics. It went on to win Oscars for Huston’s writing and directing and also garnered his father, Walter, a supporting actor Oscar.

Over the decades,
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Film Review: ‘Tattoo’

Loose and ebullient, “Tattoo” sees worlds collide as the omnisexual leader of an anarchist cabaret troupe falls in love with an 18-year-old soldier serving Brazil’s military dictatorship in 1978, just before the next year’s amnesty law would commence a gradual return to democracy. With a gender-blurred atmosphere of glitter, nudity and impudence right out of “The Cockettes,” the pic’s primary club setting establishes a tenor both transgressive and innocent that carries over to the somewhat amorphous narrative. Winner of several top prizes at Rio, this first directorial feature Hilton Lacerda, a longtime scenarist (especially for Claudio Assisi), is a colorful flashback that should flourish on the gay fest and niche home-format circuits, with potential for wider exposure in select territories.

Lacerta’s native metropolis of Recife is home to the “Moulin Rouge of the outskirts, the Broadway of the poor, the Studio 54 of the favela,” as impresario/director
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Happy 98th to a Great Cinematographer!

Let's sing a big raucous happy birthday to 98 years young Oscar winner Oswald Morris who is still with us! That's a lot of candles. And a lot of great movies.

The British born Morris only ever received Oscar nominations for big screen musicals (Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof , and The Wiz) but that's hardly the full picture of his career. Though reknowned for his use of color -- his cinematography on Moulin Rouge (1952, recently discussed) was particularly innovative -- he also won prizes for his black and white work, most notably: Moby Dick, The Pumpkin Eater, The Hill, and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Other well known pictures include Equus, The Guns of Navarone, Stanley Kubrick's Lolita and a couple of Liz & Dick adventures (The Taming of the Shrew and Reflections in a Golden Eye). His awards haul includes 1 Oscar, 3 BAFTAs, 3 British Society of Cinematography wins and
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Death to All Hollywood Awards Shows!

Death to All Hollywood Awards Shows!
Harlan Ellison® has written or edited 75 books, written 1,700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns, two dozen teleplays and a dozen motion pictures. He has won the WGA Award for teleplay four times. He is also one of the three credited screenwriters on “The Oscar,” which he wrote for Steve McQueen and Peter Falk but ended up starring Stephen Boyd and Tony Bennett. He calls the picture “a festering wound” to this day.

As a devout believer in Open Covenants, Openly Entered Into, I will not lie to you from the git-go: I do not merely hate all awards shows, I wish to see them beheaded, stakes driven through their black and corrupted widdle hearts, and to see the decapitated remains buried at a crossroads come midnight. Now we are on the same page.

About the time I matured enough to know there were no such things as yetis, the Loch Ness
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Exclamatory Titles

We're celebrating the 1968 film year sporadically as countdown to the Smackdown!

The first time I consciously remember obsessing over exact typography in a film title was in 1995 when David Fincher's Se7en emerged and then again when Moulin Rouge! hit in 2001. With the latter I got angry every time I saw someone type that title without the exclamation point. Bazmark movies require their specific punctuation. (See also: Romeo + Juliet. It's just not the same at all with an ampersand!)

Surveying 1968's film releases recently I couldn't help but wonder if that era, a seminal time for the world and the cinema, and that year specifically was the peak of exclamatory film titles? No less than four major films released that year asked you to shout their titles rather than politely sound them out.

Boom! with Liz & Dick. Which also wins our Best Tagline of '68 for "together they devour life"

Oliver!
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