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[DVD Review] Sondheim! The Birthday Concert

17 December 2010 11:50 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

I feel that before I start my review, I need to give a brief overview of Stephen Sondheim and his influence on musical theater. Sadly, I know that just by saying “musical theater,” many people have already tuned out and moved on with their lives. They should be paying attention, though. His work broke down barriers in American entertainment and made audiences rethink love, relationships, and the traditional idea of heroes and villains. If you care about film, television, comics, or any other art form, you should care about Stephen Sondheim, and Sondheim! The Birthday Concert shows just how much he has changed songwriting and storytelling.

For those who do not know Stephen Sondheim by name, it is likely that you recognize some of his work. He wrote the lyrics for West Side Story. He wrote the oft sung and parodied “Send in the Clowns” as well as “Everything’s Coming Up Roses, »

- Rachel Kolb

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The Man and His Dream: A Francis Ford Coppola Profile (Part 1)

9 November 2010 11:25 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the first of a five-part feature...

“I used to have synchronized movies,” recalled filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola of his industrious childhood. “Most of them I cut together from home movies my family had shot.” Charging admission for the neighbourhood screenings, the cinematic venture proved to be a lucrative enterprise for the young Coppola. “When I was about eighteen, I became very interested in Eisenstein. I read all of his work and went to see his films at the Museum of Modern Art,” stated the Detroit, Michigan native. “Taking my example from him, I went to theatre school and worked very hard.” After directing a number of plays, Francis Ford Coppola was drawn back to moviemaking. “In my third year at Hofstra, I sold my car and bought a 16mm camera…I went out to make a short, which I never finished. »

- flickeringmyth

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Don Hahn interview: Beauty And The Beast, Howard Ashman, The Lion King, South Park and Frankenweenie

2 November 2010 10:09 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Producer Don Hahn looks back at Beauty And The Beast, and chats to us about The Lion King, Tim Burton, the genius of Howard Ashman, and a whole lot more.

"We're going to need another three hours," joked producer Don Hahn as time was called on our chat in London earlier this year. He wasn't kidding. A fascinating, engaging and open man, who was at the heart of the Disney animation revival of the late 80s and 1990s (to the point where he's made a documentary about it, Waking Sleeping Beauty), Hahn was in town to talk about the new disc release of Beauty And The Beast. But heck, did we squeeze in a lot more chat...

The first thing that always struck me with Beauty And The Beast is just how much storytelling it contracts into the first ten minutes of the film. And it's not all light stuff, »

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Nominees Announced for 2010 Ovation Awards

19 October 2010 11:05 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The 2010 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award nominees were announced last night at The Autry National Center for the American West in Griffith Park. Several winners of last year's Ovation Awards, including Jake Broder and Vanessa Claire Smith, presented the 2010 nominations. The Theatre at Boston Court was the most highly nominated theater company, garnering 17 nods. Among the company's nominated productions are "Oedipus el Rey" and "The Twentieth Century Way."Center Theatre Group followed closely behind with 16 nominations, while the Geffen Playhouse took 12. The brand-new "Ovation Honors," a series of awards recognizing theater excellence outside of the standard categories, have been given out for the first time this year. Ovations Honors awardees include "The Who's Tommy" for video design and "The Gogol Project" for music composition for a play.   The complete list of nominees is as follows:Best SeasonCabrillo Music Theatre"The Andrews Brothers""Cinderella""Guys and Dolls""Little Shop of Horrors »

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Richard Lester archive donated to BFI full of 'riches'

22 August 2010 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sixty boxes of notes and photographs cover 40-year career of director who worked with Beatles and on Superman films

Richard Lester – the movie director who helped give the Beatles big screen success in the 1960s before finding more fame with The Three Musketeers and Superman franchises – has donated his archive to the nation.

The BFI National Archive yesterday announced that it had acquired more than 60 boxes of letters, scripts, notes, receipts and photographs covering Lester's 40 year career in the TV and movie business.

Highlights include early drafts for the film A Hard Day's Night – then simply called The Beatles – and letters from stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Charlton Heston, Raquel Welch and Spike Milligan.

Lester, now aged 78, has had a long association with the BFI, standing in for Jean-Luc Godard when he failed to turn up for the first John Player lecture in 1968. "The organisation has always been very helpful to me in different ways, »

- Mark Brown

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Review: 'Sgt. Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show' Season One

26 July 2010 10:23 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Phil Silvers perfected his fast-talking, scheming promoter character during his years on the vaudeville circuit and polished it in a variety of feature films so that by the time he debuted on his own television series, it was pitch perfect. His Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko became a template for comedy roles imitated by others across the pop culture spectrum. For example, the Baby Boomers grew up with the Bilko persona imprinted on Hanna-Barbera’s Top Cat. Silvers rarely varied from the character, using it to good effect in subsequent films and even the Broadway play A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

The series was originally called You'll Never Get Rich but in less than two months after its September 20, 1955 premiere, it was renamed The Phil Silvers Show and was subsequently syndicated as Sgt. Bilko. It won the Emmy Award for best comedy three seasons running with »

- Robert Greenberger

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Theater Review: ‘Sugar’ is an Artificial Sweetener

20 June 2010 11:18 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Few but the most professorial of Broadway aficionados recall with clarity the short-lived “Sugar,” which is one of the first film-to-stage transfers that premiered on the Great White Way in 1972 to lowly acclaim and even lower financial prowess. Though serving as a harbinger for the soon-to-be endowed trend of film derivatives, “Sugar” debuted in the throws of an era thirsty for the provocation of Michael Bennett and the insight of Stephen Sondheim.

Play Rating: 2.5/5.0

More so, however, “Sugar” never seemed to quite crack the sweet recipe that buoyed its farcical siblings (“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” was a big winner the year of “Sugar’s” debut).

”Sugar” at Drury Lane Oakbrook

Photo credit: Brett Beiner

Which is surprising considering the seemingly peerless components that comprise the work. For one, the musical boasts a score by the songwriting team of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Talking with Master Acting Teacher and Human Behavior Expert Candace Silvers

27 April 2010 2:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Terry Keefe

[As the Interview grows, we’re expanding our talks with actors, directors, and writers to include discussions with prominent figures in other parts of the business. One of our first is here with Candace Silvers, who teaches a highly influential series of acting workshops.]

Growing up the daughter of the comedy acting legend Phil Silvers, Candace Silvers was likely able to learn a tremendous amount about the craft simply by osmosis. Silvers did become an actress herself and studied under the famed Roy London, but in the past two decades, she has also become one of the most sought-after acting teachers in the business. Her classes focus on learning and identifying the causes and effects of human behavior, and have proven popular as life instruction, as well. Silvers’ client include not only the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild, but also the Remax Group. She has received endorsements from acting luminaries such as Richard Dreyfuss, and her clients include writer Eileen Myers (“Big Love”), actor Josh Radnor (“How I Met Your Mother”), and musical artist Jessica Sutta (The Pussycat Dolls).

The Hollywood Interview: Let’s start off by talking about how you segued into teaching, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Do It the Bard Way

24 February 2010 12:02 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

To most Americans, baseball is the sport of summer. But in the theater world, Shakespeare is the favored pastime. How else to explain the profusion of melancholy princes and merry wives at festivals across the country every summer?For the aspiring theater artist, Shakespeare festivals present a myriad of performing and production opportunities. If you're a college student, you may not have to stray far from familiar territory to land an internship—and academic credit to boot. If you're a recent graduate, a Shakespeare festival can provide you with hands-on experience in a season's worth of shows—and perhaps points toward an Actors' Equity Association card.The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, located in Madison, gets many of its interns from Drew University, where the theater has been in residence for 38 years. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival restricts its acting internships to theater arts students at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, »

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Christopher Walken: The Hollywood Interview

12 January 2010 10:10 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

(Christopher Walken, above.)

[We continue with our postings of some of the best interviews from the previous decade that have thus far only appeared in print, but not on our site. This interview was conducted by our good friend in New York, filmmaker Michael Wechsler. It originally appeared in Venice Magazine in 2003. Walken was just coming off a terrific performance in Catch Me If You Can. This is one of the better talks Walken has ever given. He speaks a lot about his process, in very entertaining fashion, making this a must-read for any aspiring actors.]

Christopher Walken: Dancer in the Dark

by Michael Wechsler

He dances. He can carry a tune. He has become a regular host on "Saturday Night Live." He loves Jerry Lewis, cats, Bugs Bunny, cooking and painting.

Oh, wait, I'm forgetting a few small details. He also won an Academy Award in 1978 for playing a suicidal soldier in Vietnam, gave audiences a lifetime of nightmares and sadistic chuckles playing a heavy in King of New York and a thug amongst thugs in True Romance, and to this day has one of the most recognizable hairstyles of anybody gracing the Silver Screen.

Frankly, I was more than a little nervous about interviewing Mr. Walken, based purely on his resume of psychologically unstable characters. My initial thought was ‘I hope he's nothing like the folks he's played.' Looking through Walken's roles of the past three decades, it feels »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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