5 items from 2011
Award-winning actor Mandy Patinkin is starring in a Broadway musical and in an acclaimed series on cable–but the most interesting show in which he’s featured may be taking place in his head.
Patinkin, who won a Tony for his performance as Che alongside Patti LuPone in the original 1979 Broadway production of “Evita,” is currently co-starring with her in a two-person music-driven show called “An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. »
- Christopher John Farley
Last night was opening night for Hugh Jackman and his one-man, Vegas-style show on Broadway. The show, a revue of songs from formative times in his life, comes to Broadway after sold-out runs in San Francisco and Toronto, and Jackman has been making the rounds at late-night talk shows and grinning all over town. The moment the lights went down, the audience was abuzz with energy. »
- Barbara Chai
MGM meant musicals for more than a decade after the second world war. David Thomson looks at a time when a little cheer at the movies was appreciated – and wonders if the same couldn't be said now
There had been musicals before. In the 1930s, as soon as sound permitted, Warner Brothers developed what we call the Busby Berkeley pictures: they were black and white, and often aware of the harsh Depression times, but a choreographic lather of girls and fluid, orgasmic forms where the camera was itching to plunge into the centre of the "big O" – think of Footlight Parade, Gold Diggers of 1933 or 42nd Street. They had aerial shots of waves and whirlpools of chorus girls, opening and closing their legs in time with our desire. A few years later, at Rko Pictures, the Astaire-Rogers films came into being – where the gravity, beauty, and exhilaration of the »
- David Thomson
"Look at it!" exclaims Patricia Routledge, pointing across the river, "it's marvellous!" The redoubtable actress ("none of this 'actor' stuff, please!") is gesturing towards St Paul's, where her brother was once canon-treasurer and where Routledge was confirmed as a young woman. She is, by her own admission, a high church kind of gal so the celebration of the King James Bible at the National theatre, where we're sitting, is right up her street.
Routledge is part of an ensemble cast reading edited extracts to honour the King James version's 400th anniversary. Paterson Joseph will be narrating Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt; Simon Russell Beale will be proclaiming the end of days in Revelation. As for Routledge, she'll be reading the love poetry of the Song of Songs. "Very steamy," the 82-year-old says with a raised eyebrow. »
- Emma John
Release Date: Sept. 20, 2011
Price: DVD $49.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS Home Entertainment
The 11th season of the original tropical island crime-fighting cop drama Hawaii Five-o, on disc the same day as the new version of this classic TV series, originally aired on CBS-tv in 1978/1979.
The landmark series ran for 13 seasons (ending in 1980), so that means that there are only two more seasons to release on disc individually before the studio can go to town and issue a complete-series set, which translates into a lot of discs (we’re thinking 80 or so…).
5 items from 2011
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners