12 items from 2013
Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games have also asked us to pay more for the same amount of story
"This is one for the fans!" screamed Quentin Tarantino in self-congratulatory mode, during a 2001 interview on the subject of his forthcoming samurai epic Kill Bill. The film was set to compensate loyal followers for years of creative inertia, so it seemed more than a little odd when he later split the movie in two at the behest of its producers. His beloved fans would now be expected to pay for two separate tickets and wait an extra six months to see Bill meet his maker, and all to ensure a larger box office take for backers Miramax Films. The reaction was far from appreciative.
Fast-forward a decade and last year's announcement that The Hobbit – just 310 pages long in book form – would be stretched across three lengthy epics (1) was met with »
- Charlie Lyne
By Lee Pfeiffer
The magnificent Oscar-winning best picture of the year for 1968, Oliver!, has been released as a Blu-ray special limited edition (3,000 units) by Twilight Time. This adaptation of the smash stage hit was a dream project for director Lewis Gilbert but, much to his dismay, the director's seat was given to Sir Carol Reed. How Gilbert's version of the film would have differed will never be known but suffice it to say, it's hard to imagine he could have improved on Reed's vision. There had been numerous previous screen versions of Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist, with the most notable being David Lean's 1948 movie with a star-making turn by Alec Guinness as Fagin. The 1963 stage musical by Lionel Bart was a sensation and it stood to reason that the screen rights were quickly scooped up. The film went against the tide when considering other major musicals of the period. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Interview Luke Savage 1 Nov 2013 - 06:22
A chat with the directors of a new documentary charting the career of filmmaker John Milius...
"Are you ready for your round-table with Joey and Zak?"
"Yes, I am, lovely PR person", is my instant reply. Yes, I am. Although that second half is me adding poetic license here. I'm too British to go full-out on the compliments this early into a relationship.
That exchange of pleasantries heralds a welcome interview with directors Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson. They're in town to talk about their documentary Milius, charting the incredible life and career of filmmaker John Milius. It's a very good documentary. So good that I'm not concerned at having to share them with three other interviewers.
And it's so good that I don't mind being a little deflated when I finally get into my first round-table interview. Because there's no table. Nothing. Just »
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The superhero movie is the defining product of contemporary Hollywood. Last year, Avengers made $1.5 billion and roadmapped a multi-spinoff franchise structure that basically allows a single studio to make two successful sequels per year. This summer, Hollywood released four super hero movies. Two of them were pretty good and two of them were pretty bad. But financially speaking, Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel were megahits, the kind of monstrous »
- Darren Franich
Otto Preminger's lush CinemaScope melodrama Bonjour Tristesse, rereleased this week, is a showcase for gorgeousness. The Côte d'Azur glitters in pristine, vibrant Technicolor; Paris smoulders in smoky monochrome. But while the film's ostensible love triangle of Deborah Kerr, David Niven and Mylène Demongeot pose prettily on the Riviera in costumes by Givenchy and Hermès, the star of this show is 20-year-old Jean Seberg. In a chic cocktail dress or a swimsuit and a man's denim shirt, Seberg is radiantly beautiful, and with that signature pixie crop, unforgettably, arrestingly cool too.
- Pamela Hutchinson
Who would have thought that Clint Eastwood would ever return to the realm of musicals after “Paint Your Wagon”? The legendary squinty-eyed actor turned director has been setting his sights on bringing the Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” to the big screen for some time. Now it looks as if Eastwood has finally filled one of the roles. Deadline is reporting that Eastwood has tapped Christopher Walken to star in the upcoming adaptation. Walken would play Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo, a mobster who attempts to guide the Jersey Boys early on in their career. The film itself is based around the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and follows their lives as they go from average teens to American pop music legends. But what of the titular Jersey Boys? Who would play them? Eastwood has stated in the past that he wanted Broadway stars that have appeared in the production »
- Jason McDonald
Clint Eastwood has picked Christopher Walken as his weapon of choice for musical adaptation Jersey Boys. Walken will play Angelo ‘Gyp’ De Carlo, a gangster who acts as an adviser for Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons on their rise to fame. Eastwood has stepped away from Hollywood A-listers when casting the roles of The Four Seasons, but with Walken joining the cast it seems as though he will add some star power through supporting roles. The lead roles will be taken by members of the various live performances with the names Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda currently being mentioned.
The hit show has taken in over $1 billion around the world so far and was originally set as Iron Man director Jon Favreau’s next feature. It will be Eastwood’s first shot at directing a musical but the man has had experience with the genre »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
This Grammy winner and mother of twins is reportedly secure in her judging role on American Idol despite a recent report that producers considered replacing her with former Idol panelist Jennifer Lopez. Here are five things you probably don't know about this music superstar and wife of America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon.
1. Her dad was a Venezuelan aeronautical engineer and her mom was a voice coach and opera singer.
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2. Was named after the song They Call the Wind Maria, from the 1951 Broadway musical Paint Your Wagon.
3. Her distinctive voice has an incredible range that spans more than five octaves.
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4. Has sold a whopping 160 million albums during her career and is second only to the Beatles for the most No. 1 hit singles.
5. Her godmother is R&B star Patti Labelle.
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“The whole thing is irredeemably dreadful” cries the Guardian. “It’s a shamelessly broad, deliberately lowest-common-denominator sitcom” it continues, barely unable to contain their vitriolic anger. “It should be thrown on a pile of dung and set ablaze with a thousand gypsy women dancing and singing folk songs of yore around it” it doesn’t add. But it should. Then again that’s probably why I don’t write for the Guardian. And what is the target of this focused fury and bile?
I do think it’s pretty funny that we live in a society where unbridled anger can be unleashed so masterfully at a mass market sitcom. But it is anger from a place of regret at what this once dynamic comic has become. This man who was once the staple of 80’s political satire is now reduced to BBC »
- Sean Keating
The following "Auditions at a Glance" calendar conveniently organizes projects by the date and day-of-the-week that the projects' auditions are taking place, to help you schedule your plans. Click on any of the following links to see the casting and job notices related to the dates and project titles highlighted below.Thu. April 25 36th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival 'Paint Your Wagon' Fri. April 26 Nyfa, 'King Eternal' 'Refried' Sat. April 27 'Heaven Is For Real' Legoland 2013 Summer Season 'Love Letters' 'Spamalot' Sun. April 28 'Heaven Is For Real' 'Love Letters' 'Spamalot' Mon. April 29' 'The Music Man' Tue. April 30 'The Music Man' Wed. May 1 Click here to search for auditions. Thu. May 2 'Courting Chaos' Legoland 2013 Summer Season Oc-centric: Orange County's New Play Festival Fri. May 3 Click here to search for auditions. Sat. May 4 Click here to search for auditions. Sun. May 5 Click here to search for auditions. Mon. May 6 Atb Talent Agency, »
(From the pages of the April 16 issue of Variety.)
Why this random information? Because the superstars of the 65-and-over set are wandering down unexpected paths these days in a determination to keep their creative lives (and income streams) aloft.
I’ve always been empathetic to the plight of the “senior stars” as they figure out their third acts. In searching for roles, must they still get the girl? Or should they simply go to Lakers games, like Jack Nicholson, or write thrillers, like Gene Hackman, or pose for ads, like Sean Connery? Or, like Warren Beatty, should they keep trying to revive weary projects from the past? (Yes, Beatty still wants to explore the Howard Hughes mythology.)
The past has been haunting Redford (age 76) lately. »
- Peter Bart
Chicago film critic with a worldwide appeal
For 46 years Roger Ebert, who has died aged 70 after suffering from cancer, wrote on films for the Chicago Sun-Times, and did not want to stop. The one thing he welcomed when announcing a "leave of presence" earlier this week was the realisation of a fantasy: "reviewing only the movies I want to review".
His following in the English-speaking world was unrivalled. He and Gene Siskel, his co-host on At the Movies on television, had a street named after them – Siskel and Ebert Way – near the CBS Studios in Chicago where they worked together. In 1975, Ebert became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer prize for criticism.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and received honorary degrees from various institutions of learning. In 2007, Forbes magazine named Ebert "the most powerful pundit in America".
Why all the accolades? As a race, »
- Ronald Bergan
12 items from 2013
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