10 items from 2015
21 years ago today, "Pulp Fiction" was released in theaters. Yep, kids born the same day the celebrated Quentin Tarantino movie opened are going out for their first legal drink today. "Pulp Fiction" was the second feature written and directed by Tarantino, giving audiences a sense of the highly stylized, bloody, body of work with sharp and absurdly humorous dialogue that was to come from the Tennessee-born filmmaker. The film has certainly left its mark on pop culture, influencing countless other nonlinear films, changing the indie movie game, inspiring a Banksy mural and a Fall Out Boy song and a "Space Jam" moment and plenty of "Simpsons" moments, just to name a few. Other notable October 14 happenings in pop culture: 1961: "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" opened on Broadway. 1968: The first live telecast to come from a manned American spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7. 1988: Def Leppard »
- Emily Rome
Gerber died on Oct. 2, his nephew, producer Bill Gerber, told Variety.
In the 1960s, Gerber worked in variety of stage productions, including revues and Off Broadway productions in New York and the 1964 Australian production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
On a 1977 episode of “All in the Family,” Gerber played the brother of Archie Bunker’s longtime friend Stretch Cunningham, who reveals to Bunker after his brother’s death that he came from a Jewish family. Gerber later logged two appearances in the »
- Variety Staff
She also confirmed that Kristin Hanggi, who directed the Broadway production Rock of Ages from 2009 through 2015, would be leading this production and that the producer would be Dodger Theatricals, whose credits include Jersey Boys, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Into the Woods.
"I've written what they call the 'book,' and it's a jukebox musical," she said. The filmmaker »
The classic 1960s musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (starring Mad Men’s Bert Cooper, actor Robert Morse, in the career-defining lead role) may have declared that “a secretary is not a toy” (with tongue firmly in cheek), but that would have been nothing short of preposterous to the employees at Sterling Cooper. From affairs to marriages to thoroughly regrettable one-night stands, Mad Men’s power players have spent seven seasons redefining workplace harassment in prime time, with Don Draper pretending to maintain a higher standard than his colleagues but, unsurprisingly, falling short. As Mad Men draws to a close, a worst-to-first ranking of Don’s secretaries (along with some of their most telling lines to Don and other bosses) reveals a lot about the history of male-female relations on the show, as well as the roller-coaster career of Mr. Draper himself.8. Megan Calvet (Jessica Paré), Seasons »
- Ivan Cohen
The Looking star who voiced Kristoff in the hit Disney film said it was "refreshing".
He said: "It's so much about timing and I think that the message is... Frozen is your traditional fairy-tale Disney film with all the great music, and characters like Olaf - but the story was about familial love as opposed to a woman looking for a man."
He continued: "It was so refreshing - I think the concept was so refreshing - and the music was great, and so I think it was a combination of things.
"But it definitely took everybody by surprise."
The 30-year-old »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
When Hollywood merges with Broadway, there are always fender-benders.
Just ask Harvey Weinstein.
As the movie aficionado and awards maven steered “Finding Neverland,” his first venture as a lead theater producer, toward the Great White Way, eyebrows raised in his wake.
He switched press agents. He swapped out the lead actors. He entirely scrapped an earlier version of the musical with a different creative team. When in spring 2014, he landed a much-coveted spot for the show on the Tony Awards telecast, naysayers tut-tutted that the play hadn’t even begun performances out of town, much less confirmed its Broadway run. Besides, Jennifer Hudson, the star of the Tonys segment, wouldn’t even be appearing in the actual stage production.
“I was criticized for Jennifer,” Weinstein recalls. “But this song (‘Neverland’) has been downloaded a million times, and all over the world people now know ‘Finding Neverland.’ In the movie business, »
- Gordon Cox
“We’re very happy to be here tonight,” said “The Big Bang Theory’s” Johnny Galecki, sandwiched on the Beverly Hilton stage between co-stars Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting at Wednesday’s A Night at Sardi’s benefit, an annual ode to Broadway for the Alzheimer’s Association — where the actors were honored for their unwavering support last year. “And we’re happy that we’re not singing,” added Nayyar.
“I thought you liked singing,” Helberg bantered back, to which Nayyar responded, “I mean, yeah, I like singing, except it gives me months and months of anxiety.”
“I’m sad that we’re not singing,” Cuoco-Sweeting attested. “It’s the one chance we get to work in complete unison. I think we make beautiful music together, guys.” And they weren’t alone.
- Jasmin Rosemberg
Prepare to see Darren Criss like you’ve never seen him before.
The Glee actor is set to take over the title role in the current revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. Criss follows in the footsteps of John Cameron Mitchell -- the creator and originator of the role both Off-Broadway and on film -- as well as Neil Patrick Harris, Girls' Andrew Rannells, and Michael C. Hall (pictured below). The three TV stars all portrayed the East German transgender rocker over the past year.
Criss, who made his 2012 Broadway debut in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, has already garnered the support of Mitchell, who is excited to welcome him to “the brotherhood of Hedwigs.”
“His stage presence is electrifying, his rock and roll credentials and comic timing impeccable, and I’m thrilled to be working with him »
Daniel Radcliffe has been acting since the age of 9, when he played the young David Copperfield opposite Maggie Smith in the BBC’s 1999 adaptation of the classic Dickens story. But it was in 2001, when Radcliffe was cast as the titular boy wizard of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that he became an internationally recognised movie star. Eight feature films, adapted from the seven novels by Jk Rowling, were to follow, grossing more than $7bn at the global box office.
With roles in December Boys and My Boy Jack, Radcliffe proved he was no one-trick pony. But it was his 2007 turn on stage – in Thea Sharrock’s West End revival of Peter Shaffer’s play Equus – that established Radcliffe as a serious young actor. Then 17, Radcliffe earned rave reviews for his haunting turn as Alan Strang, a role that required him to disrobe. The actor was nominated for a »
- Phil Wheat
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