17 items from 2011
By Samuel Negin
The cast for the upcoming revival of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Jesus Christ Superstar was announced this week. The cast will feature Paul Nolan, Josh Young and Chilina Kennedy reprising their roles as Jesus Christ, Judas Iscariot and Mary Magdalene, respectively. Tom Hewitt will take on the role of Pontius Pilate, with Bruce Dow as King Herod, Marcus Nance as Caiaphas and Aaron Walpole as Annas.
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- Scott Feinberg
Welcome to our latest entry in Their Holiday Favorites, a series in which members of the Austin film community tell us about movies they enjoy watching during the holiday season. This one is from Kelvin Phillips and Carla Jackson, who made their feature film debut this fall at Aff with A Swingin' Trio.
Kelvin: Though technically more of an Easter film because of its story, we love going back to Jesus Christ Superstar -- the original 1973 film directed by Norman Jewison -- for repeated viewings, particularly around the holidays. Firstly, there is the music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, plus there's the witty lyrics and controversial book (story) that presents Judas's argument in a sympathetic light.
- Jenn Brown
Eva Marie Saint, Tippi Hedren, Ernest Borgnine, Norman Jewison, Robert Osborne, and Ben Mankiewicz are some of the TCM Cruise passengers shown in the picture above. (Click on the photo to enlarge it.) The group pic was posted on TCM's Twitter page. Eva Marie Saint won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954). Her other film credits include Fred Zinnemann's A Hatful of Rain (1957), Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959), Otto Preminger's Exodus (1960). Ernest Borgnine won a Best Actor Oscar for Delbert Mann's Marty (1955). Borgnine's other movies include Fred Zinnemann's From Here to Eternity (1953), Richard Brooks' The Catered Affair (1956), and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969). Tippi Hedren was an Alfred Hitchcock discovery. Her movies include The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964). She is the mother of Melanie Griffith. Norman Jewison has been nominated for three Best Director Academy Awards: In the Heat of the Night, »
- Andre Soares
Broadway veteran Tony Vincent will be the red-hot favourite to win the second season of hit American TV talent show The Voice after revealing he's auditioning for the chance to wow judges like Christina Aguilera and Cee-lo Green.
The actor/singer, who made his Broadway debut 12 years ago in Rent and also appeared on the West End stage in London, will be among the contestants on the show.
Making the big announcement on his website, Vincent writes, "I have auditioned for the hit television show The Voice, which airs on America's NBC network.
"It's been an amazing experience thus far and if you all want to see how I did at my audition, turn into the show's premiere episode, airing right after the Superbowl on February 5th, 2012. The talent this season is top-notch. You don't want to miss this!"
Nicole Scherzinger has reportedly landed herself in the film remake of Jesus Christ Superstar. The 33-year-old X Factor judge will play disciple Mary Magdalene when Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock musical is brought to the big screen for the second time, according to The Sun. A source said, "Nicole is a big fan of the songs and was desperate to be involved. "She can sing and dance equally well so musicals are a natural step forward." The movie, which was first released in 1973 after the musical, is due to hit cinemas in 2014. © Splash News »
Nicole Scherzinger has played taken on a number of surprising roles in her time -- actress, model and talent judge, to name a few – but it's her latest possible part that has tongues wagging.
The current "X Factor" judge and former Pussycat Doll is no stranger to dressing like a common streetwalker, so her potential upcoming role as Jesus' right-hand hooker-turned-saint, Mary Magdalene, may be a perfect fit.
The stage musical was first performed on Broadway in 1971 and was remade for the big screen only two years later, with "If I Can't Have You" singer Yvonne Elliman in the role of Mary Magdalene for both stage and screen versions.
This isn't Scherzinger's first time working with »
- Sarah Crow
Director: Ash Christian Writer: Ash Christian Starring: Ryan Boggus, Heather Matarazzo, Jennifer Coolidge, Deborah Theaker, Leslie Jordan, Charles Solomon Jr., Peter S. Williams, John D. Montoya Mangus Spedgwick's (Ryan Boggus) destiny is to be Jesus...in his fictional hometown of Rivercity's annual production of Jesus Christ Spectacular, that is. It is a long-standing family tradition for the Spedgwick males to play the leading role in Jesus Christ Spectacular -- the poor man’s version of Jesus Christ Superstar -- and Mangus appears to be a shoe-in to keep that tradition alive. A freak accident renders Mangus handicapped -- or handicapable -- and the people of Rivercity vote against having a cripple perform in the role of Jesus. All the while, Mangus' father (Charles Solomon Jr.) is called to duty in Iraq and Mangus' evil stepmother (Deborah Theaker) sends Mangus to live with his mother (Jennifer Coolidge) and half-sister (Heather Matarazzo) in their trailer park home. »
- Don Simpson
Studio City, Calif. – Always present but varying in their subtleties are the many layers of composer Tyler Bates’ life. A visitor at his own home, his two assistants Brian and Jo arrive before he does, offering water and serving as escorts up the newly installed staircase. In his studio, attached to his modern, sun drenched home just off Laurel Canyon, »
- Alexandra Cheney
Lloyd Webber relaunches Love Never Dies, plus Donald Trump's golf course, Dave Stewart sells Hirst to save art, and Wilton's gets the thumbs down
Love Never Dies not dead yet
Andrew Lloyd Webber is positively beaming at the new version of his not-entirely-acclaimed Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies. It's "quite extraordinary", he told the Diary. The downside (unless you live there) is that it's in Melbourne. But Lloyd Webber, who was in the city for the opening last week, is optimistic that this version will eventually make it to London's West End, probably after opening in Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, and then Broadway.
If you recall, Love Never Dies opened to grim reviews in March 2010 (it was dubbed Paint Never Dries by some), but then was rejigged by the producer Bill Kenwright. It's still not as good as it should be in Lloyd Webber's eyes, however.
The Melbourne show started almost from scratch. »
- Mark Brown
A little over two years ago, AfterElton.com brought readers a list of the 37 Hottest Guys in Theater, and since then, the New York Stage has only become increasingly sexified. The lines between Broadway and Hollywood continue to blur, and as young men come to recognition in NYC, they're often quickly whisked away to Tinseltown to showcase not only their amazing talent, but often they're breathtaking good looks.
While it's tempting to include every Hollywood hottie who graces the stage on this list (a certain Lee Pace and Luke Macfarlane spring to mind), the point here is to honor the men who are mostly known for rockin' the live stages here in New York.
And so, without further ado, we present, in alphabetical order, the list (39!) of this year's hottest guys in theater!
A perennial AfterElton favorite, the muscular, openly gay Nick first made waves a few years »
- JT Riley
Hugh Sheridan has reportedly met with Andrew Lloyd Webber to discuss a role in the stage version of Jesus Christ Superstar. The Australian actor, who is best known for playing Ben Rafter in family drama Packed to the Rafters, sparked rumours when he attended the premiere for Lloyd Webber's show Love Never Dies in Melbourne at the weekend. According to The Daily Telegraph, the musical composer is considering reviving the musical in Australia and wants Sheridan to star in it. Onlookers said that Sheridan, who announced that he wanted a music career in 2009, looked very happy as he attended (more) »
- By Rebecca Davies
Yesterday, I had the great honor of chatting for just over an hour with the legendary director Norman Jewison in New York, where the Film Society of Lincoln Center is in the midst of hosting “Norman Jewison: Relentless Renegade,” the first-ever retrospective of his work on the east coast.
Jewison, who is now 84 years old (but looks and moves like he’s 20 years younger), is, of course, the man behind such classics as “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming” (1966), “In the Heat of the Night” (1967), “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968), “Fiddler on the Roof” (1971), “Jesus Christ Superstar” (1975), “…And Justice for All” (1979), “A Soldier’s Story” (1984), “Agnes of God” (1985), “Moonstruck” (1987), and “The Hurricane” (1999), among many others that have stood the test of time. Indeed, who can ever forget Sidney Poitier’s “slap heard around the world” in “In the Heat of the Night,” or Topol’s stomping rendition of »
- Scott Feinberg
"Romanian films set in the era after the fall of Communism suggest the nation suffers a hell of a hangover from the ideology," writes Steve Erickson in Gay City News. "For instance, Corneliu Porumboiu's Police, Adjective attacks draconian drug laws left over from the old regime. Tuesday, After Christmas presents a very different vision of Romania. Its characters can afford to buy expensive Christmas gifts; one of them picks up a 3,300 Euro telescope. It may not be entirely accurate to call the film apolitical, but the most political thing about it is its avoidance of Eastern European miserabilism and its depiction of people who could be living much the same lifestyles in Western Europe."
Damon Smith introduces an interview with director Radu Muntean for Filmmaker: "Tuesday, After Christmas, which premiered at Cannes last year, opens on a dreamy scene: sunlight bathes a naked couple, middle-aged Paul (Mimi Branescu) and pretty, »
Toronto's 2011 Hot Docs Film Festival is now officially underway, having kicked off the proceedings last night with a screening of Morgan Spurlock's The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Over the next week we will be catching some of the many great documentaries playing this year, so you can expect some reviews to turn up on Film Junk and The Documentary Blog in the near future. However, if you're interested in attending some screenings yourself, I thought it might be worthwhile to offer up a quick preview of what's playing so you can try and order some tickets  before it's too late. Check out our top picks of the fest, complete with trailers or video clips where possible, listed after the jump! Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Directed by: Constance Marks Synopsis: The film traces Kevin Clash's rise from his modest beginnings in Baltimore to his current success as the »
Film Society Of Lincoln Center announces Relentless Renegade: The Films Of Norman Jewison May 25-30
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the details today for the upcoming film series, Relentless Renegade: The Films of Norman Jewison which will screen at the Walter Reade Theater May 25-30. The series will mark the first major retrospective of the director.s work in New York featuring appearances by Jewison, along with Academy Award winners Olympia Dukakis and Lee Grant and others participating in Q&As and discussing several of the classic films helmed by the great director.
Special guest appearances include:
- Melissa Howland
New York -- During her Monster Ball set at Madison Square tonight (Feb. 22), Lady Gaga donned a pointy purple crown and a glowing scepter, objects from her "Kingdom of Gaga." But then she declared us all the kings and queens of the future, she, a mere "jester." She referenced Jesus Christ Superstar in her favorite cloak, cleans her hands at a holy fountain and dons a see-thru plastic outfit with cross pasties and a nun's habit, shortly before she prays and preaches on the Christian God, covered in fake blood and writhing on the ground. Her hair was its simple »
In case you haven't set your DVR yet, don't forget that beginning tomorrow, January 18th, AMC is airing a two-night encore of the entire first season of "The Walking Dead", and as part of the encore experience, the network is posting new interviews with the show's talented supporting cast. Today we have Andrew Rothenberg, aka Jim.
Rothenberg relates his personal experience with premonitions, describes a near-death experience, and shares his strategy of killing walkers with comedy.
Q: As someone who earns a living emoting, is it hard to play a character who holds so much back?
A: It's not. I enjoy saving it. I think it makes it more intriguing to the audience because they want to know what is going on in that person. I used to work with Michael Shannon in Chicago, and he would say to me, "Put a fire under it, Rothenberg," because I was always »
- The Woman In Black
17 items from 2011
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