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The long-gestating stage musical adaptation of the classic Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks rom-com Sleepless in Seattle looks like it’s nearly ready for its first curtain raise — assuming it doesn’t change its songwriting team for a third time.
The show’s producer, David Shor, announced today that they’ve hired composer Ben Toth and lyricist Sam Forman for the production, expected to open in Pasadena, Calif. in June 2013. Toth wrote the score for one of this year’s Sundance hits, Liberal Arts. Among Forman’s credits is the lyrics for 1999 musical I Sing!
They replace former songwriting team Michelle Citrin, »
- Emily Rome
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, ITV Studios Home entertainment has released the classic A Night To Remember on Blu-ray and we are giving you the chance to win one of three copies.
A Night To Remember is the original, Golden Globe winning Titanic masterpiece, digitally re-mastered for audiences to experienced again and again. The film retells the tragedy of the luxury liner Rms Titanic on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City from the standpoint of 2nd Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller (Kenneth More – Sink the Bismarck!, Scrooge). After colliding with an iceberg, a 300 feet hole is torn into the hull of the vessel giving the passengers and crew a mere three hours to escape. With only enough lifeboat places for 1178 people, A Night To Remember is the gripping account of the 2223 passengers’ desperation as the liner’s tranquillity turns to panic.
The cartoonist Ronald Searle has died at the age of 91, his family confirmed to the BBC earlier today.
Best known for creating the schoolgirl horrors of St Trinian’s, whose doors re-opened in 2007 with two new films to complement those of the 50s and 60s, his distinctive artwork has served as an inspiration for many artists and has appeared in numerous magazines, though he did also collaborate with filmmakers over the years.
Two weeks ago I re-watched the 1970s musical telling of Scrooge with Albert Finney and Alec Guinness and, as it does each year, it evoked the festive spirit in a way that only a Box of Delights and Gonzo in a top hat can match.
The title sequence for the film is brilliantly dark, arch and beautiful in its own right. This was perhaps my first knowledge of Ronald Searle’s work and while St Trinian’s Belles »
- Jon Lyus
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