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Five decades after its historic debut, a timeless classic returns to dazzle audiences young and old. Based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, the iconic film West Side Story returns in brilliant Blu-ray form November 15, 2011 from Twentieth Century Home Entertainment, and to celebrate, we are giving away copies! Hooray!!!
With a record-breaking ten Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Original Score, the film took home more awards than any other movie-musical in the history of cinema. This monumental production not only featured the timeless lyrics from master American composer Stephen Sondheim, but a brilliant score from Leonard Bernstein, and beautiful direction from Robert Wise. West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition boasts hundreds of hours of restoration, new 7.1 digital audio, and a collection of bonus features spotlighting the harmonious songs and elaborate dances of the original film.
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- Melissa Howland
Good reviews can be as harmful as bad ones, says Stephen Sondheim. In an extract from his new book, he reflects on a life of prizes, putdowns – and the joy of songs sung in Sanskrit
After a rotten review, you don't remember the good ones. The only pleasure you have is to reiterate, both to yourself and to anyone who'll listen, the bad ones, which you can quote in exquisite detail. Moreover, you have to come to terms with the truth that no matter how doggedly you try to deceive yourself to the contrary, if you're going to believe your good reviews, you're going to have to believe the less good ones as well, unless you're deeply self-delusional.
I've worked with a few of the deluded, and there's a part of me that envies their blindness. Richard Rodgers [one half of Rodgers and Hammerstein] was one. For all his success, he was so sensitive to bad »
There was no a-ha! moment, no seeing of the light, no epiphany. I’d loved movies since I was a kid, had been a buff since my early teens, but there was no one, shining instance of enlightenment where my relationship with film graduated to something — … Well, the kind of thing my Sound on Sight colleagues have been talking about this month with their “gateway” films. Instead, it was a cumulative experience for me; my road to that point was a long, winding, gradual one. Here and there along that road something would lodge in the ol’ gray matter, tickle at some deep place, until enough of those somethings gathered up over the years finally coalesced into a critical mass.
But I can tell you where that first turn in that road was; that first stop where I picked up that first something. I was six years old, it was »
- Bill Mesce
Was it a dream or is it a nightmare? In the early years of the 21st century a frail old woman totters around her London home, assailed by memories that rise up unbidden. They tell her that her husband still lives, and that she remains the prime minister, the cherished daughter of a nation of shopkeepers, called upon to save Britain from ruin. For the old woman, these ghosts provide reassurance, a sunny remembrance of days gone by. Others, by contrast, may be hard pressed to keep the horrors at bay.
While one doubts whether Baroness Thatcher would wholeheartedly approve of any large screen biopic, it seems likely that she'd have a certain, sneaking affection for The Iron Lady, which prints the legend and keeps the dissent on spartan rations. Yes, the film »
- Xan Brooks
In celebration of the upcoming release of West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray for the first time on November 15th, we have some fun clips just for you! By some, I mean a ton… so if you love West Side Story, you came to the right place!
Gee, Office Krupke Intro
A Boy Like That
Five decades after its historic debut, a timeless classic returns to dazzle audiences young and old. Based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, the iconic film West Side Story returns in brilliant Blu-ray form November 15, 2011 from Twentieth Century Home Entertainment. With a record-breaking ten Academy Awards. including Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Original Score, the film took home more awards than any other movie-musical in the history of cinema. This monumental »
- Melissa Howland
We have an exclusive featurette for the high-definition debut of West Side Story, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a new Blu-ray and boxed set arriving November 15. Click on the video player below to watch a featurette detailing the rehearsal process for the classic musical's rumble scene.
Click to watch Exclusive: Rehearsing the Rumble!
This "brilliant" (The New Republic) film sets the ageless story of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950's New York. A love affair is fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry between two street gangs - the Jets and the Sharks. When Jets member Tony (Richard Beymer, The Longest Day) falls for Maria (Natalie Wood, Splendor in the Grass), the sister of the Sharks leader, it's more than these two warring gangs can handle. As mounting tensions rise, a battle to the death ensues and innocent blood is shed in a heartbreaking finale. »
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' West Side Story, Ncm Fathom and Turner Classic Movies will present a one-night screening of the multiple Oscar winner in movie theaters nationwide at 7:00 pm (local time) on November 9. The West Side Story presentation includes a new Turner Classic Movies original production, followed by MGM’s 50th Anniversary restoration of the 1961 United Artists release. (MGM bought UA in the '80s, following Michael Cimino's costly Heaven's Gate fiasco.) Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, and Academy Award winners Rita Moreno and George Chakiris, West Side Story won a total of 10 Oscars (some well-deserved; others less so), including Best Picture and Best Direction. Wood's singing voice was dubbed by Marni Nixon, who also dubbed Deborah Kerr's singing voice in The King and I and Audrey Hepburn's in My Fair Lady. As per the TCM press release, »
- Andre Soares
Ever since Wings beat out Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans at the very first Academy Awards on May 16th 1929, the Academy has had a history of giving the Best Picture award to movies that were generally the “safe”and popular choice. With very few exceptions, such as No Country for Old Men, they generally haven’t been especially artistic or ground-breaking. Just look at 1941, when the safe film, How Green Was My Valley, beat out the far-superior, far more challenging and ground-breaking Citizen Kane.
Most of the films that did win in these cases had their own merits. While The Greatest Show on Earth wasn’t nearly as interesting or morally complex as High Noon, it still had its good points and was a worthwhile film. But sometimes the Academy really screws the pooch and picks a movie that had no business winning anything other than a whole stack of Razzies. »
- Chris Swanson
Five decades after its historic debut, a timeless classic returns to dazzle audiences young and old. Based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, the iconic film West Side Story returns in brilliant Blu-ray form November 15, 2011 from Twentieth Century Home Entertainment. With a record-breaking ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Original Score, the film took home more awards than any other movie-musical in the history of cinema. This monumental production not only featured the timeless lyrics from master American composer Stephen Sondheim, but a brilliant score from Leonard Bernstein, and beautiful direction from Robert Wise. West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition boasts hundreds of hours of restoration, new 7.1 digital audio, and a collection of bonus features spotlighting the harmonious songs and elaborate dances of the original film.
This "brilliant" (The New Republic) film sets the ageless story of Romeo and Juliet against a »
Gear up true-believers! Just when you thought no one was going to pay attention to West Side Story, the 50th Anniversary has arrived, and on 11/15/11, so will the 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray. It promises to be the film as you've never seen it before, and it comes in a package that is sure to win over fans.
Now, call me crazy if you will, but I love this movie. Check out all the info below, including the special features list, and what you'll get in the box.
Celebrate The 50th Anniversary Of A Cultural Masterpiece That Redefined Cinema Now In Breathtaking High-definition
Experience the Original Academy Award®-Winning Movie As West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition Makes Its Blu-ray Debut on November 15.
Five decades after its historic debut, a timeless classic returns to dazzle audiences young and old. Based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, the »
- Marc Eastman
One of the great movie musicals of all time, West Side Story, is finally coming to Blu-ray in November. The 1961 Oscar winner for Best Picture will be available in a 2-disc set and a 4-disc collector's set. I feel pretty already!
For the entire scoop, read on for the official press release from MGM/Twentieth Century Home Entertainment:
Five decades after its historic debut, a timeless classic returns to dazzle audiences young and old. Based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, the iconic film West Side Story returns in brilliant Blu-ray form November 15, 2011 from Twentieth Century Home Entertainment. With a record-breaking ten Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Original Score, the film took home more awards than any other movie-musical in the history of cinema. This monumental production not only featured the timeless lyrics from master American composer Stephen Sondheim, but a brilliant score from Leonard Bernstein, »
Wasn't the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences thinking about creating a Hollywood museum? The Academy sent no bidder to Debbie Reynolds' historic costume and prop collection assembled over 50 years, which crowds checked out over the past few weeks at the Paley Media Center until its auction Saturday. It was strange to conjure images of Yul Brynner sitting on the throne from The King and I, Charlton Heston or Ingrid Bergman putting on their armor for Ben Hur or Joan of Arc (pictured below), Gary Cooper putting on his World War I uniform as Sergeant York (below), Julie Andrews strumming her guitar from The Sound of Music, or anyone small enough to slip into Claudette Colbert's Cleopatra gown or Cecil Beaton's My Fair »
The "Book of Mormon" musical, from the minds of "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is up for 14 Tony Awards during Sunday night's (June 12) ceremony, airing live from the Beacon Theatre in New York.
The musical is one shy of the record for nominations, held by "The Producers," and is heavily favored to take home many of the awards for which it is nominated. "Mormon" has already won Best Musical from the Drama League, the Outer Critics Circle and the New York Drama Critics' Circle.
In typical "South Park" fashion, "Mormon" goes high brow by paying homage to musicals like "The King and I" and "The Lion King," but it also goes a little low brow - the actual Book of Mormon ends up inside a character's anus at one point.
The big awards have most likely come down to a two-horse race between the humorous "Mormon" and the serious "Scottsboro Boys, »
A little over two years ago, AfterElton.com brought readers a list of the 37 Hottest Guys in Theater, and since then, the New York Stage has only become increasingly sexified. The lines between Broadway and Hollywood continue to blur, and as young men come to recognition in NYC, they're often quickly whisked away to Tinseltown to showcase not only their amazing talent, but often they're breathtaking good looks.
While it's tempting to include every Hollywood hottie who graces the stage on this list (a certain Lee Pace and Luke Macfarlane spring to mind), the point here is to honor the men who are mostly known for rockin' the live stages here in New York.
And so, without further ado, we present, in alphabetical order, the list (39!) of this year's hottest guys in theater!
A perennial AfterElton favorite, the muscular, openly gay Nick first made waves a few years »
- JT Riley
Are you still enjoying the reader spotlights? I hope you've found a few kindred spirits in the featured readers thus far. Today, I'm talking to K.M. Soehnlein in San Francisco who is a longtime reader and also a novelist. Discovering that novelists read you is a bit humbling. Anyway... let's talk!
Nathaniel: So... earlier this year you received the Warren Beatty book "Star" from a Film Experience contest. What's your favorite nugget so far?
K.M. Soehnlein: There’s a nugget on every page of “Star,” if by nugget you mean hot steamy chunk of gossip: “He made love to [Joan] Collins relentlessly, although every now and then he would accept calls while he was inside her.” In the Introduction to the book, Peter Biskind, the author, says he’s interested in Beatty as “one of the foremost filmmakers of his generation…at the intersection between politics and culture.” But he »
- NATHANIEL R
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Alicia Christian “Jodie” Foster (born November 19, 1962) is an American actress, film director, producer as well as being a former child actress.
Foster began acting in commercials at three years of age, and her first significant role came in the 1976 film Taxi Driver as the preteen prostitute Iris for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Also that year, she starred in the cult film The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in »
- Josh Abraham
"Fifty years ago this July," begins Michael Fox in the Sf Weekly, "Bruce Baillie and Chick Strand set up a sheet in their backyard in the California town of Canyon to project avant-garde films. This low-key, lo-fi setup, fortified with red wine, became a weekly bastion for filmmakers as well as their associates, friends, and lovers. Baillie and Strand went on (separately) to make landmark experimental films while shepherding their small artistic and social scene into incarnations that continue to thrive today: San Francisco Cinematheque (exhibition) and Canyon Cinema (distribution). The second annual Crossroads Festival launches tonight with Radical Light: Cinematheque at 50, part of a program honoring the Bay Area’s broad, important, and entertaining history of avant-garde filmmaking."
"Opening night includes at least one city symphony (Timoleon Wilkins' Chinatown Sketch), a form expanded upon in several subsequent Crossroads shows," notes Max Goldberg in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. "Jeanne »
Today in history… March 20th, 1852… Harriet Beecher Stowe’s problematic and heavily criticized, yet influential anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was first published. Since then, we’ve seen a number of film adaptations made, and its influence can be found in D. W. Griffith’s Birth of A Nation, amongst others. Though I doubt many have seen this appropriation of the story – a scene from the 1956 Academy Award-winning film, The King and I, starring Yul Bryner and Deborah Kerr. Don’t ask me why, but, as a kid, this one was of the few films my parents had lying around the house on VHS.
Not to open on a bummer, but the National Organization for Marriage has decided that even if Maryland does the right thing and passes marriage equality, they’re setting up at least $1 million to oust anyone who votes for it. Which gets to the big question: who is funding Nom?
Speaking of marriage, the newly empowered House Republican leadership voted 3-2 to take up the defense of Doma, even though the House Counsel told them Reagan didn’t defend everything either. The procedural move-by passes the need for a vote in the full House. I guess those procedural tricks are only bad when Democrats use them.
How Gays Split a Check At a Restaurant
The Parent’s Television Council is unhappy again. About a lot of things. First up, they don’t like the title of the ABC pilot Good Christian Bitches. And they don’t like the sexy episode of Glee. »
- Ed Kennedy
My conversations with industry insiders and Academy members lead me to believe that Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) remains the favorite to win the best supporting actress Academy Award, despite — or perhaps even because of — the recent brouhaha over her “Consider” advertisements. In terms of statistical analysis, though, one can find cause for both confidence and concern about her Oscar prospects…
Cause for Concern: The BAFTA-ampas Disconnect
British voters are believed to make up a sizable portion of the Academy, and BAFTA Award winners — which were announced after the Oscars prior to 2000, and have been announced before them since then — usually correspond with Oscar winners. Therefore, it is certainly noteworthy that BAFTA didn’t like Leo’s performance enough to even nominate her for its best supporting actress award, but did like the one given by Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit“), her primary rival at the Oscars, enough to nominate her in its best actress category. »
- Scott Feinberg
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