15 items from 2009
A Gothic Weekend of Hallucinations
Last night, I was circling a local used video store for some long forgotten haunts when I happened upon Gothic . I remembered seeing this cover on the store shelves when I was young and my mom not letting me rent it because the cover art featured what looked like a naked midget squatting over a half-naked chick. She was determined it was some lurid, disturbing sex fest. So, now well into my 20’s, I grabbed it a truly teen-angsty way and headed home to enjoy my forbidden fruit. My mom’s assessment of the film was not that far off.
I knew little about this film aside from the fact that it was supposed to be a “version” of how Mary Shelley came to write the epic horror story Frankenstein. For those of you who feel asleep in high school English class, Mary Shelley, her husband /poet Percy Shelley, »
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Peter Chelsom, 1995
Funny Bones – it's a film about being funny and about being yourself, about being funny as an expression, a definition of self. I think it's a vastly under-appreciated piece that actually manages to apologise (fully and in advance) for its co-writer and director, Peter Chelsom, having gone on to direct the otherwise inexcusable Hannah Montana: The Movie.
The general scarcity of appreciation is, of course, no surprise – Funny Bones fits into no known genre and makes no compromises about its many, many peculiarities. It nods fondly in the direction of vaudeville pieces such as Duck Soup and has the humanity, imagination and emotional range of a good screwball comedy. The plot is a law unto itself. We begin all at sea and stay there – encountering violent death, magical powder, corrupt policemen, adultery, flashbacks, theft, comedy turns, despair, classic patter and commedia dell'arte. Tommy Fawkes, the son of famous comic George Fawkes, »
- AL Kennedy
"To stand naked on the stage is an outward manifestation of what we do in the best performances," asserts Michael Cerveris, who is literally naked at one point in Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room or the vibrator play," a Lincoln Center Theater production at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. Indeed, he contends, "I hesitate even to talk about it because it's the least interesting part of the job to me." Set in the 1880s in a New York spa town, the play recounts the evolving relationships among Dr. Givings (Cerveris), his frustrated wife (Laura Benanti), and his patients. It is also an exploration of vibrator therapies employed by doctors to treat hysteria, depression, and other forms of "female" maladies.Cerveris says the major challenge in playing Dr. Givings is the arc of the character and the fact that the payoff is a long time coming. Though the doctor has »
MoviesOnline recently sat down with Michael Jackson’s musical director, Michael Bearden, to talk about his new film, Michael Jackson’s This Is It, which offers Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this past summer in London’s O2 Arena.
Bearden is an accomplished musical director/keyboardist/arranger/composer for a diverse range of musical superstars. He has performed and/or recorded with some of popular music’s giants including: Sting, Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Chaka Kahn, Patti Austin, James Ingrahm, Patti Labelle, Yoko Ono, George Benson, Natalie Cole, Yossou NDour, Boz Scaggs, Lenny Kravitz, Luther Vandross, Issac Hayes, Aaron Neville, Edie Brickell, Jon Bonjovi and legends Nancy Wilson, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Liza Minelli, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles and served »
Berlin -- Europe's Finest, a Cologne-based distributor of digital film rights, has signed a multi-territory deal with Celluloid Dreams for a package of seven European features.
The agreement includes "Better Things," the debut of Brit director Duane Hopkins; the Austrian titles "Kill Daddy Goodnight," from Michael Glawogger, Andreas Prochaska's Alpine psychothriller "Dead in 3 Days 2" and Erwin Wagenhofer's award-winning documentary "Let's Make Money"; Italian feature "The Wedding Director" from Marco Bellocchio; "White Night Wedding" from Icelandic veteran Baltasar Kormakur and "When A Man Comes Home," an offbeat comedy from Danish director Thomas Vinterberg.
The rights Europe's Finest has varies from film to film, depending on availability. For the U.K., for example, the company acquired digital theatrical rights for all the Celluloid Dreams' titles except for "Better Things." For Germany, the company has rights for just three films: "The Wedding Director," "When A Man Comes Home" and "White Night Wedding. »
- By Scott Roxborough
It was another chaotic episode of True Blood last night, but we had some great scenes with the Vampire Queen, who revealed more about Maryann's intentions, and Lafayette and Sookie trying to rescue Tara ... again.
Look below for the top ten reasons why this episode earns an up arrow (and also for the little bone I have to pick with Alan Ball.)
10.: Jason just keeps getting funnier and hotter. He and Andy (who's sounding more and more like Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade ... I keep expecting him to break out with "I like them french fried potaters") decide to arm themselves against the marauding townsfolk, which leads to a trip to the Sheriff station for guns & ammo, and Jason trying to resist the advances of a horny girl.
9.: When Andy laments how easy it is for Jason to get women, he responds "You think it's easy? I »
Pete Townshend is writing a new musical. The Who rocker is using his break from the band while singer Roger Daltrey embarks on a solo tour to work on the new venture and says "Floss" is similar in style to his previous rock operas "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia," with a subject matter close to his own life.
He explained on his blog: "While Roger Daltrey exercises his ageing vocal chords by embarking on a two-month 'Use It Or Lose It' solo tour, my focus is on 'Floss', which touches on the current issues faced by the Baby Boomer generation."
"As a 19-20 year old, with 'My Generation,' I wrote the most explicitly ageist song in rock. At 64, I now want to take on ageing and mortality, using the powerfully angry context of rock 'n' roll."
"In this case the songs are interspersed with surround-sound 'soundscapes' featuring complex sound-effects and musical montages. »
Oh and... Low Resolution is hosting a Trailer Tournament 'Best of the 00s'. Go and vote
Av Club 12 Things Woody Allen Just Doesn't Get (fun article, mostly spot on)
The Washington Post's Dan Zak gets a lengthy chat with Michelle Pfeiffer for Chéri. I should note that I have met and lunched with Dan so I knew this next bit of info was coming. "Pfans" are discussed though Michelle, ever the reluctant superstar, doesn't seem to know what they are. You mean she never checked out my "Pfandom" website in 1999? ;)
HitFix beautiful new teaser poster for Precious. How many is this film gonna get?
Movie|Line Stereotypes fears swirling round The Princess and the Frog
Avenue Q is closing in September (sniffle)
The Little Mermaid is closing in August (yay! »
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Actor Gabriel Byrne.
Editor's Note: The following article appears in the April issue of Venice Magazine.
Gabriel Byrne was born in Dublin May 12, 1950, the eldest of six children. After schooling under the stern tutelage of The Christian Brothers and five years in Catholic seminary, Byrne attended University College in Dublin, where he studied linguistics and archeology, as well as honing his love of soccer, playing with the renowned Stella Maris Football Club.
Byrne discovered acting late compared to most of his peers, spending his 20s working in a variety of professions including schoolteacher, where his students inadvertently helped him discover his true calling (see below for more details). Since then, he has starred in over 45 films for some of cinema's finest contemporary directors both in the Us and Europe (John Boorman, Costa Gavras, Michael Mann, Ken Loach, David Cronenberg, and the Coen Brothers, »
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Sometimes you come across word of a movie for which the only logical reaction is "What the hell?" Such a movie is Bravetart vs. the Loch Ness Monster. Seriously. What the hell?
Remember Ken Russell? He's the filmmaker behind Altered States, Lair of the White Worm, The Devils, Tommy, Gothic, Whore, etc. Always one known for mixing the artsy with the offbeat, he's usually a "love him or hate him" kind of filmmaker. In this case, however, he's more of a "what is he smoking?" kind of filmmaker.
"Bravetart MacDonald, our matter-of-fact hooker with a heart of gold and a brogue as thick as her boot soles, comes from a family of entrepreneurs - all in the flesh trade. »
They come for the training, for a limited run at a high-profile resident theatre, or because a family member lives or works in the vicinity. They stick around San Diego because there's acting work to be had and creative opportunities to be pursued that would be far less easily realized in larger, talent-saturated markets such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. And it's hard to beat the lifestyle in San Diego, a large Southern California beach city with resources and culture to match but without the traffic, congestion, or rat-race pace of L.A. and New York. "The quality of life here is pretty great," says Linda Libby, a San Diego–based actor who did the New York thing for a while before returning to the city where her parents lived. The Old Globe, the Tony Award–winning dean of the local theatre scene, expressed interest in Libby once she left Temple University, »
- Evan Henerson
Sarah Harding wants to play Jo Wood in a movie about her life. The Girls Aloud singer recently befriended the estranged wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and would love the chance to portray the former model on the big screen.
She said: "Jo is amazing. She's my new favorite person. She's had such an extraordinary life. It's fascinating. Her stories are unbelievable. They'd make a wicked film."
The 27-year-old blonde beauty and Jo, 53, have been spotted partying together since meeting at London Fashion Week and danced the night away at a trendy London nightclub on Tuesday.
She explained: "I was out with my boyfriend Tommy and we ended up partying with Jo Wood. She's always in there with her friends - she is an amazing woman. Then we went back to our house and played Wii bowling. How rock 'n' roll can you get?"
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Hollywood is famous for its abundance of hot actors, but the New York theater has its own cadre of guys who are seething with sex appeal. Here's our tribute to some of the fabulous fellows you're likely to find performing on stage in NYC. We tried to cast a wide net, so in addition to such pretty Broadway faces as Cheyenne Jackson and Matt Cavenaugh, you'll find less well-known but no less smokin' hot men who have made their mark Off- and Off-Off-Broadway.
We'd love to have your feedback, but before you begin noting who we left out, please know the criteria we used for our selections. We wanted to focus on men who are truly part of the fabric of New York theater, so we leaned toward those who've been consistently active in this arena over the past few years and/or have had two or more major roles during that time. »
For former understudy Matthew Risch, replacing Christian Hoff as the title character in Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of Pal Joey has been a terrifying challenge and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. When an injured foot forced Hoff to bow out, Risch stepped into his first leading role since a high school production of Merrily We Roll Along. "The biggest challenge is to own the show," says the 20-something Salem, Mass., native. "I'm working with Stockard Channing and Martha Plimpton, who command the stage. The actor who plays Joey has to own them and every person in the audience. It's a huge challenge and very exciting." Risch also has to make the part his, while at the same time honoring the character and relationships already established by Hoff. "As an understudy, I follow in Christian's path," Risch says. "Christian left an amazing framework to build upon. He has a natural scrappy vibe »
- Simi Horwitz
15 items from 2009
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