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Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
We caught up with director Bill Condon recently to chat about his new film Mr Holmes, a fictional biopic of the famous Baker Street sleuth played by Sir Ian McKellen. Condon has a vast and wide-ranging career in the movies with titles like the outstanding Gods & Monsters and Kinsey sitting beside showstoppers like Dreamgirls and The Twilight Saga.
Despite suffering from a bout of hay fever (your author was suffering too, dear reader), Bill was warm and friendly, and we bonded over our mutual love for the Disney animated film Beauty And The Beast (which he is currently directing a live action remake of).
How did Mr Holmes come about? Was this a project that you were keen to do?
Actually, Anne Carey, the producer, came to me with the script, based on »
Several songs axed from My Fair Lady are to be heard in public for the first time in nearly six decades tonight (May 19).
They had already dropped five other songs before the show was even staged.
The original scores have been discovered in an archive by the University of Sheffield's Dr Dominic McHugh, and will be performed during a one-off concert in Sheffield.
Dr McHugh said it was "the most exciting discovery [he's] ever made".
"My Fair Lady is such a cultural phenomenon that to find material that belonged to it briefly and was then lost for a good 50 or 60 years was extremely thrilling."
Poor Lucy Watson. She came back to Made in Chelsea and got all giggly and flirty, but that couldn't last long, could it? Nope, she's been plonked right back in the drama maelstrom courtesy of Mr Josh Shepherd. And she's not the only one - Jess had a big decision to make about who she wanted to be with. Phew! Read on for our 15 best bits this week...
1. Alik is happy again!
Thank. The. Lord. We had been rather worried about Alik's state of mind recently, but he was back to loving life this week - whether he was horse riding ("I haven't been on a horse since I was 10, on the hills of Montana!") or being a terrible shooter ("S**t! Bastard!") or raving about a plate of cold cuts ("There's a whole buffet, it's wonderful!") Whoever fixed Alik, thank you.
2. Jamie spilling the beans.
Jamie told Mytton »
“I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people's minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.” —Audrey Hepburn With the radiance of a rainbow, the shyness of a 14-year-old girl in love and the elegance of Fur Elise, Audrey Hepburn was one of a kind. Perfect10’s beautiful and touching tribute “The Films of Audrey Hepburn” demonstrates that her potency is undimmed a half century after her peak. Hepburn's iconic fashion sense is celebrated herein, as is her best work “Sabrina” (1954), “The Nun’s Story” (1959), “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” (1961), “Charade” (1963), and “My Fair Lady” (1964). Check out the wonderful tribute "The Films of Audrey Hepburn below. [35Mm] »
- Abdulrahman Khawj
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
Is there something in the water in Chelsea? Suddenly, everyone seems to be hooking up and even Lucy Watson came back proclaiming she wasn't a man hater anymore. Unfortunately for Andy, it turns out that being a player ain't all it's cracked up to be. Read on for this week's 16 best bits...
1. Stevie's latest declaration on women.
Last series, Stevie stunned us all with his philosophical pronouncement: "Women are beautiful but complex." This week, faced with Andy's Fleur-Jess dilemma and Alik's troubles with Louise, he had only one thing to sigh knowingly: "Girls are hard work." So there you go.
2. This week's utterly pointless Mark-Francis scene.
Yes, don't panic, normal service has most definitely been restored - Mark-Francis couldn't have been in a more pointless scene this week. He bumped into none other than Toff, who was researching some kind of politics piece (because the general election is this week, »
She's All That helped usher in a new era of teen movies, arriving at the tail end of the 90s and preceding American Pie by a couple of months. The film that originally starred Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook is getting the remake it deserves, as a new twist on the tale gears up at the Weinstein Company. Spike Lee's wife Tonya Lewis Lee will produce with acclaimed stage director Kenny Leon directing. It is not stated in the initial report, but it is expected that the main cast will be African-American. The Wrap calls it 'diverse' casting.
The Weinstein Company and Miramax released the original She's All That in January of 1999 after a fairly long drought of teen movies, kicking the popular 80s genre back into gear. The film grossed more than $100 million worldwide. Represenatives at Weinstein Co. did not immediately comment on this new take on the romantic comedy, »
Hit 1999 teen flick "She's All That" is getting a makeover, with reports suggesting that a remake starring a more diverse cast is in the works.
The Tracking Board writes that Miramax and The Weinstein Company are teaming up to remake the property, with director Kenny Leon attached. Leon is also directing NBC's upcoming live staging of "The Wiz," and has helmed several updates on classic films and plays, including the 2012 Lifetime version of "Steel Magnolias."
In addition to Leon, the creative team also reportedly includes Tonya Lewis Lee (wife of Spike Lee), who's producing the project. TheWrap reports that filmmakers are looking to cast more diverse leads this time around.
"She's All That" -- a take on the "Pygmalion" tale that inspired "My Fair Lady" -- starred Freddie Prinze Jr. as a jock who makes a bet that he can turn an ugly duckling (Rachael Leigh Cook) into prom queen. »
- Katie Roberts
Whether it was their first time seeing the film or their 21st, audience members Thursday night were treated to a magical 50th anniversary screening of “The Sound of Music,” Robert Wise’s beloved Austrian Alps classic that attending Oscar-winning star Christopher Plummer called “the primal family movie of all time” and a “fairy tale come to life.”
“It’s the last sort of bastion of peace and innocence in a very horrific sort of time,” the winsome actor told the crowd gathered at Tcl Chinese Theater Imax for the TCM Classic Film Festival Hollywood 2015 kickoff event.
Plummer’s co-star and close friend Julie Andrews was also at the fete, sparring jocularly with her onscreen Captain Von Trapp in a way so charming and effortless it begs the question how these two never ran off together in real life as they do in the film.
Christopher Plummer had his hands and feet immortalized at @chinesetheatres today. »
- Malina Saval
The 2015 edition of the Toronto Japanese Film Fest runs from June 11th through 26th this Summer. The festival is announcing their lineup tonight at a monthly screening and we get to be the first to share it with you as well. The festival is also announcing that they will be screening film in Vancouver as well, at the National Nikkei Heritage Museum and Cultural Centre. Toronto screenings will be held again at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.What will attendees get to see this year? A geisha version of My Fair Lady. A number of period films. One of the latest films from perennial TwitchFilm fave Asano Tadanobu. In all there will be 19 films screened during the festival, many will have their Canadian or North...
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
No one expected much from "Pretty Woman" when they were making it. It was a modestly-budgeted romantic comedy whose stars were Richard Gere (then in the depths of a career slump) and Eric Roberts's kid sister. But when the movie was released, 25 years ago this week (on March 23, 1990), the project was transformed from overlooked stepsister to box office royalty. Mirroring her on-screen Cinderella makeover, Julia Roberts went from little-known ingenue to queen of Hollywood. Plus, the film saved Gere's career and (along with 1989's "When Harry Met Sally") revived the romantic comedy genre in Hollywood.
A quarter-century later, "Pretty Woman" remains a fan favorite, one you've seen a million times on cable. Even so, there's much you may not know about the movie -- the difficulties in casting (Gere and Roberts weren't anyone's first, second, or third choices), crises on the set, what was left out of the final film, »
- Gary Susman
She can act. She can model. She can even do comedy. And, it seems, the talents of Karen Gillan don’t end there. The former Doctor Who companion can also sing, as evidenced in this clip from the now-cancelled Selfie, a 21st century updating of the Pygmalion/My Fair Lady story. Click play above to see the...
- Christian Cawley
"Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut Star Trek, died on Friday morning," reports Virginia Heffernan in the New York Times. But of course, he was more than Spock, taking on dozens of other roles in film and television. stage. He was a photographer, a singer ("The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins"), a poet and director (Three Men and a Baby). More Halperin at Flavorwire: "Beyond the rest of his wildly extensive filmography, he was also greatly immersed in the theater world, appearing in such infamous plays as Equus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Twelfth Night and My Fair Lady." We're collecting remembrances. » - David Hudson »
Michael Stevens for 'The Good' :
"Based on the 'graphic' graphic novel series by Mark Millar of "Kick-Ass" fame, director Matthew Vaughn's amusing take on the spy-film genre, takes delight in adapting the story of a gentlemen-run clandestine organization that recruits a 'Marty McFly'-like son (Taron Egerton) of a top field agent killed in the line of duty...
"...into a "My Fair Lady" transformative, ultra-competitive training program...
"...while a global threat emerges from a lisping, tech criminal named 'Valentine' (Samuel L. Jackson).
"Colin Firth as 'Agent Harry Hart' aka ''Galahad', steals most of the film's thunder...
"... as a slimmer, dapper version of brolly-swinging Brit super spy 'Steed' from the 1960's "Avengers" TV series...
"...with deadly gadgets and expert fighting skills, »
- Michael Stevens
By winning the Best Cinematography Oscar for a second year in a row, "Birdman" director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki has joined a truly elite club whose ranks haven't been breached in nearly two decades. Only four other cinematographers have won the prize in two consecutive years. The last time it happened was in 1994 and 1995, when John Toll won for Edward Zwick's "Legends of the Fall" and Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" respectively. Before that you have to go all the way back to the late '40s, when Winton Hoch won in 1948 (Victor Fleming's "Joan of Arc" with Ingrid Bergman) and 1949 (John Ford's western "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"). Both victories came in the color category, as the Academy awarded prizes separately for black-and-white and color photography from 1939 to 1956. Leon Shamroy also won back-to-back color cinematography Oscars, for Henry King's 1944 Woodrow Wilson biopic "Wilson" and John M. Stahl »
- Kristopher Tapley
Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »
- Steve Montgomery
I’m at a demographic disadvantage regarding The Duff, being neither an adolescent girl nor someone who enjoys comedies that aren’t funny. Based on the ads, you might expect this new teen clique comedy to have some bite – a Mean Girls for a new generation. Duff is an acronym for ‘Designated Ugly Fat Friend’, someone that more attractive girls let hang around with them for contrast – a “gatekeeper to better-looking friends” – which gives it about the most mean-spirited movie title of late. The title role is played by Mae Whitman, who is short, has distracting eyebrows, and is too old for the role, but she’s neither fat nor ugly, not anymore so than Audrey Hepburn was street trash because her face was dirty in My Fair Lady or Rachel Leigh Cook couldn’t get noticed because she wore glasses in She’S All That. Just once I’d »
- Tom Stockman
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is ecstatic to announce that the legendary actress Julie Andrews will be attending two very special events on the closing day of the Festival. Miss Andrews will participate in an unmissable public interview at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and will then close the Festival in tremendous style with the gala screening of the Academy Award winning film The Sound of Music in the Savoy Cinema. Miss Andrews has brought elegance, grace and happiness to stage and screen and it is a great honour to welcome her to the Festival to participate in a public interview hosted by Aedin Gormley from RTÉ’s Lyric FM, Movies and Musicals at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Miss Andrews will discuss her extraordinary career from her luminous first appearance on Broadway starring in The Boy Friend; to creating the role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady; to »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Chicago – Like the recent movie-to-stage-musical adaptations, “The Producers” and “Young Frankenstein,” Chicago has become the proving ground before a Broadway premiere. The latest is almost a no-brainer, “The First Wives Club,” adapted from the 1996 film that starred Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton.
The big news is that the original song writing team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland) have reunited to write new music for the show, adding to their familiar hits “Stop in the Name of Love,” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.” 22 new songs have been added to “The First Wives Club” stage musical, representing the first new output in years from the famous songwriting trio.
Photo credit: First Wives Club The Musical
Portraying the threesome made famous in the film by Midler, Hawn and Keaton is Broadway baby Faith Prince, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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