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British actor plays Mrs Lovett alongside Bryn Terfel for just five performances at the Avery Fisher Hall
Emma Thompson has made her New York stage debut to critical acclaim but it will be over in a flash – there will be only five performances of her playing London's worst piemaker .
She plays Mrs Lovett and when she began the run on Wednesday she was following in some impressive footsteps. Angela Lansbury won a Tony after originating the role in 1979 and the character has been played in the West End by Sheila Hancock, Julia McKenzie and in 2012, Imelda Staunton.
So how did she do? Writing for the Guardian, Kayla Epstein said Thompson "not only held her own against more experienced vocalists, »
- Mark Brown
Is there anything Emma Thompson cannot do? The British actress, snubbed for an Oscar nomination this year for her turn as Mary Poppins writer P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks, proves herself a felonious triple threat as the cannibalistic cook Mrs. Lovett in a five-night-only concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, which opened Wednesday night at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC’s Lincoln Center. (If you’re unable to snag a ticket to one of the remaining performances, fret not: PBS is filming the production for broadcast later this year.)
Thompson sings surprisingly well, she quips, she does pratfalls, »
- Thom Geier
It's Week 2 of the blind auditions, and there's a lot of ground to cover. Now let's hunker down by the fireside and talk my favorite (and least favorite) moments from this week's “The Voice” on NBC. 1. Weird and wonderful Sam Behymer is the adorable singing nanny of two boys and refers to herself as their personal Mary Poppins. All signs pointed to quirky, and her version of “Royals” didn't disappoint. While it was a touch affected with hints of Zooey Deschanel, it was also wild enough to win me over – with unexpected shifts and random squeaks that somehow »
- Katrina Parker
Guess what unforgettable movie about people wanting to forget is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary?
Have you ever thought about what your favorite shot from it is? Or which shot best represents the movie as a whole? Have you ever wondered how it can possibly be that the cinematographer Ellen Kuras has only done 4 narrative features in the ten years since?
You know where this is going right?!
Break out the bubbly because "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" returns on March 18th (We're moving it to Tuesdays at 9 Pm to give people the weekend to screen the movies and be ready!). If you're new to the blog or haven't yet experimented with actually participating, I guarantee a good time. Everyone who has participating religiously has said that they've gotten a ton out of it. Plus it proves the point 'the more the merrier' because the best episodes offer »
- NATHANIEL R
Sure, P.L. Travers might be the most publicly known disaffected author (at least as it applies to the full-scale cinematic and, on her end, utterly despised imagining of her beloved “Mary Poppins” by Walt Disney — what, did you miss Saving Mr. Banks?), but she’s far from the only one. Stephen King is notoriously not a fan of The Shining, Anthony Burgess so disliked the movie version of his A Clockwork Orange that he regretted writing his own book, Bret Easton Ellis almost roundly dismisses movie takes on his novels, and the list goes on and on (we’re betting that Mark Helprin isn’t too excited about the recent spin on Winter’s Tale), but it doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, it’s sort of fun when it’s not. The Ya genre has been mostly lucky when it comes to author-approved movies – at least when it comes to its most »
- Kate Erbland
3 Notes. Oh don't click away you have time to read them. And yes I'll be live tweeting and a little light blogging tonight
01. Like The Film Experience on Facebook. Follow Nathaniel on Twitter, Pinterest? Why am I so needy? It's like this: Once Oscar night wraps up I experience something like a free fall; help me pull that parachute string.
02. We're here all year -- it's not just an Oscar site so don't abandon us if you're exhausted by Oscar shenanigans. There's only one more week of it, recapping this year's Oscars, filmbitching, and we'll close out the annual festivities with that Supporting Actress Smackdown we promised (yes, the one I flubbed that you've been impatient for). After that one eye returns to brand new movies and pinch of tv and the other to occasional trips back to favored oldies in A Year With Kate, Seasons of Bette, and Hit Me. »
- NATHANIEL R
12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards
Here are the results for the 12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards.
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
The Voice might be done with its blind auditions, but that just means we're moving right on into the Battles! You know how it works - each coach pairs off their team to go head to head with each other. And, of course, if someone doesn't win their Battle, they can be stolen by another sneaky coach (just don't ask Will to explain it, because he'll go off on one about Mary Poppins and Rockin' Robin...)
Anyway, with Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, will.i.am and Ricky Wilson sitting pretty - and in new clothes! - and with starry mentors Katy B, Jake Shears, Dante Santiago, Leah McFall and Tinie Tempah along for the ride, let's see what went down in tonight's Battles...
Jermain Jackman vs Sarah Eden-Winn - Team Will
Song: 'I Knew You Were Waiting'
Fighting Talk: During the piano rehearsal, Will loves the way that Sarah lights up while singing, »
We're delighted that Leonardo DiCaprio got nominated. And Her. And Philomena's Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope. We actually agreed with a vast number of Oscar noms this year. However, there were some films and actors who we felt didn't get the recognition they deserved, so we decided to honour them in a different form.
Below are Digital Spy's Alternative Oscar Awards, celebrating this year's greatest who missed out on a nomination. Read on to find out the nominees and who we crowned the best of the rest.
Saving Mr Banks
And the Alternative Oscar goes to... Inside Llewyn Davis
Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones, Superman. You can’t think of these adventures without instantly hearing the music. Film scores have always been the emotional heart of the story that forever resonates with an audience.
For the first time as part of its annual Oscar Week events, the Academy presented a live “Oscar Concert” celebrating this year’s nominated scores and songs.
In what was a glorious program for music lovers, the huge audience at UCLA’s Royce Hall experienced an unforgettable night. The Academy’s 80-piece orchestra performed suites from each of the nominated original scores and prior to each piece, all the nominated composers participated in a brief conversation with film critic and radio host Elvis Mitchell about creating their scores.
Musician, Common, was the perfect host for this historic event. After a enthusiastic introduction by the actor, the evening began with Academy Governor Charles Fox conducting Jerry Goldsmith’s “Fanfare for Oscar. »
- Michelle McCue
The Oscars are only two days away and HitFix’s Academy Awards experts have declared who they believe will take home the gold statue in all categories Sunday night. It’s my turn to weigh in on the two music fields. Best Original Score: “The Book Thief” (John Williams) “Gravity” (Steven Price) “Her” (Win Butler and Owen Pallett) “Philomena” (Alexandre Desplat) “Saving Mr. Banks” (Thomas Newman) It’s always hard to bet against John Williams since he’s received 49 (!!!) nominations. But, then again, he’s only (that’s a relative “only”) won five times, meaning he’s lost way more than he’s won. My personal favorite of the bunch was Thomas Newman’s lilting score for “Saving Mr. Banks,” which has to compete with the Sherman Brothers’ classic “Mary Poppins” tunes. As lovely as parts of “Philomena” were, it’s not Desplat’s best score. Price, in only his third film score, »
It's time for the royals to send out a classified ad: Prince George of Cambridge, third in line for the British crown, needs a new nanny. The current holder of the job, 71-year-old Jessie Webb, came out of retirement to help raise the latest royal baby, but is packing up her diaper bag before parents Prince William and Princess Kate travel to Australia in April. According to the Daily Mail, the royals have already embarked on their search for a new royal baby caregiver. Whichever nanny they find will surely come highly recommended - but if for some reason it doesn't work out, »
- Alison Adato, Monique Jessen & Nate Jones
The Academy got it right with its first-ever Oscar concert featuring live performances of this year’s nominated musical scores and songs.
Thursday’s show at UCLA’s Royce Hall was a textbook model of how film music should be presented in concert: single-movement suites averaging eight to 10 minutes, distilling the key themes and musical essence of each score into a unified whole. Images from the films were projected on a screen above the musicians, but the music was not sync’d to any specific scene.
A project of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ much-maligned music branch — mired in controversy again this year, which lead to one of the song nominees getting disqualified for an alleged rule violation — the concert featured an 80-piece orchestra as well as on-stage chats with the six nominated score composers.
- Jon Burlingame
The Oscars inspire various emotions in film producers: suspense, elation, deflation … and relief. Whatever the outcome, award season is finally over. "They are very exciting, but it's got to the point where they take up a big chunk of the year," observes Christine Langan, head of BBC Films. "You're barely through the summer when the pundits are coming up with a programme of what to watch."
Still, she grants, for those outside the major studios, gongs can be a film's best friend. "Working in the independent sector, you're in the lunatic gang anyway, hoping for some magic – a really unusual story or a really knockout performance – so of course awards are important. They can prolong the life of your film, get it noticed, »
- Ben Walters
The Little Mermaid is usually credited with kick-starting Disney’s first animation renaissance, but this often-discussed period started 3 years prior with The Great Mouse Detective. Similarly, Disney’s second animation renaissance has been credited to Frozen and Tangled when it started years earlier. While it is convenient to think that all Disney needed was Idina Menzel and a great power ballad to rediscover their movie musical roots, the path that led to Frozen’s nearly $1 billion box-office gross worldwide has been rough and messy with one major loss for the company along the way.
Good – The Princess and the Frog
In many ways, The Princess and the Frog serves as a bridge between The Little Mermaid and Frozen. The story is based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. For casting, they chose actors like Anika Noni Rose and Michael Leon-Wooley who are better known on Broadway than for work on the big screen, »
- Rachel Kolb
This story first appeared in the March 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Nov. 8: It's not campaigning if you're singing This year, nominees were in the mood to sing at musical events all over town. It started with a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious sing-along for Saving Mr. Banks at The Beverly Hills Hotel, hosted by Mary Poppins composer Richard Sherman. (Even Sean Penn turned up.) Then there was Oscar Isaac belting tunes from Inside Llewyn Davis (with Steve Martin on the banjo) on Nov. 12 at The Buffalo Club, followed by Pharrell's appearance at a Despicable Me 2 party
- Rebecca Sun
The Academy held its first Oscars concert on Thursday night at Royce Hall at UCLA. It better not be the last. Long overdue, the event featured live performances of every nominated score and original song nominee from this year's Academy Awards. Hosted by Common (who made it clear he was thrilled to be there), each composer spent a few minutes speaking to noted film critic Elvis Mitchell before conducting the Academy orchestra's performance of their work. Each original song was performed by a mix of different artists except, of course, the ones they are most associated with. Those stars are being saved for Sunday night. Five-time nominee Alexandre Desplat was the first major performance as he conducted a selection from "Philomena." It's been awhile since I've heard his composition, but the live performance didn't sway me that it could (or should) be a potential upset spoiler in the category. Personally, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Did Jessica Alba float out of the sky and onto the sidewalk carrying a bird umbrella that talks and a magically deep carpet bag? Because according to this outfit, she's two seconds away from scolding a little British boy and singing, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!" We love Mary Poppins as much as the next child of the '90s, but copying Julie Andrews' on-screen fashion is taking things one spoonful of sugar too far. For us, it's that wide white skirt and mini blazer combo that seals the deal. We can just picture Mary riding one of those magical carousel horses while singing along to "Jolly Holiday." The Sin City star may be missing her signature flat top hat, but her ladylike locks »
Breathe in, y’all. This is the real American Idol with its 70-second performances and glib-ass judge comments. (I’m already starting to grit my teeth whenever Harry brings up “intonation” in a condescending way.) The theme of this live episode’s performances was, essentially, “Be yourself!” So as you can imagine, there were tons of disasters. Being yourself + being interesting = apparently difficult. Let’s rank ‘em.
13. Kristen O’Connor, Kelly Clarkson’s “Beautiful Disaster”
Here’s my impression of Kristen O’Connor and her brilliant Moneyball-style strategizing: “I need to prove my worth since I’m a wild card. My strategy is to choose Kelly Clarkson‘s most forgettable song. See you in the finals!” Billy Beane in the hooooouse. Weirder yet, she somehow intended the song — which is very much addressed from a woman to a man — to be about herself? She’s the beautiful disaster? Or this competition is? »
- Louis Virtel
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Year after year, Best Original Score is probably the technical category where I'd most like to see a significantly different slate to the one the Academy has put together -- a certain cronyism and conservatism often keeps them from recognizing standout work in the category. This year, two films scored by relative newcomers face off again three established Academy favorites (two of them due an award by now, the third amply recognized), and it's the freshman nominees' work that is generating more discussion in the category than the others. Personally, I'd suggest that there's only one truly great score in the race this year, »
- Guy Lodge
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