14 items from 2014
Exclusive: It’s impossible to ignore Emma Stone’s eyes. At least until she begins speaking, but we’ll get to that. First, not to be reductive, but jeepers, creepers. Even, or especially, on a crummy December day, in office lighting at the taste-free conference room where we’ve met, them there eyes make me wonder: Are these the uncredited models for Tim Burton’s Big Eyes? No, those Keane urchins are all pupil, while Stone is all iris, heather blue leaning toward green.
Obviously, the camera loves them: Check out any scene in Birdman, where she plays Sam, the seen-it-all-including-rehab daughter of Michael Keaton, a washed-up movie star desperate to make a comeback in a serious Broadway play. Those eyes play altogether different roles in Sam’s scenes with Keaton, on the one hand, and Edward Norton’s strutting cock-o’-the-walk actor, on the other: In the former, they »
- Jeremy Gerard
Some 17 Sally Bowleses painted their nails green and sang “Maybe This Time” for the Sam Mendes revisal of Cabaret that ran on Broadway from March 1998 (Natasha Richardson) through January 2004 (Susan Egan). No doubt the Roundabout, which mounted that revisal, as well as the current revival of the revisal, hopes to keep the Kit Kat Klub door revolving. They started this spring with Michelle Williams, who was thrillingly emotional in the part, and have now moved on to Emma Stone, who reportedly had been their first choice. Even aside from Stone’s commercial appeal, you can see why: With her extraordinary face and Mona Lisa smile, her huge celadon eyes and coppery bob, she arrives prepackaged with the kind of remote fascination a Sally Bowles needs. And indeed, she looks terrific as the none-too-bright young thing in William Ivey Long’s pastel frocks and diaphanous lingerie. What fun! you think as »
- Jesse Green
Jose here. Earlier this year I reported back from the Kit Kat Club to share my impressions about Michelle Williams’ performance as Sally Bowles in the Roundabout Theatre production of Cabaret. Last night I went back to see what Emma Stone (Spirit-Nominated this morning) brought to the part...
Halfway through the first act of Cabaret, Sally Bowles realizes that life with her naive, new lover Cliff (Bill Heck) might be exactly what she needs. She sits with Cliff on a chaise lounge and for a moment she sees herself living the life of a wife and mother, satisfied with keeping home and raising her child. Suddenly, the Emcee interrupts this precious moment by bringing a microphone, its allure too powerful for Sally to resist, and drawn towards it as if under a spell, she performs “Maybe This Time”.
Onstage, the heartbreaking irony of this moment (Sally selling her soul to showbiz, »
Emma Stone is getting rave reviews as Sally Bowles in the hit revival of "Cabaret." The “Amazing-Spider Man” actress took over the role from Michelle Williams despite having no stage experience, but is living up to everyone’s expectations. Emma, who understandably had some first-night jitters, reportedly killed her performance according to audience members and her co-stars. The star received a standing ovation and a boutique of flowers, leaving her teary eyed during the musicals curtain call. "When it comes to her big numbers she delivers. 'Maybe This Time' locates the vulnerability inside the camp, and Stone gives a bravura performance of the title song, at once defiant, pathetic and heroic," The Guardian wrote of Emma’s performance. “Despite her inexperience on stage, Stone has done as much as anyone in the cast to make the audience experience that transition, in a performance that was anything but cabaret. »
- tooFab Staff
The 25-year-old actress is in negotiations to make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles—the role currently played by Michelle Williams—in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Cabaret, EW has confirmed. Williams recently extended her run in the classic 1966 Kander and Ebb musical through November 9, 2014; the show itself is slated to play a limited engagement through January 4, 2015.
Stone would replace Williams as Sally, the flirtatious, intoxicating showgirl who steals the heart of an American writer visiting the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin at the dawn of the 1930s. It »
- Marc Snetiker
So the new Terminator movie has an official title. And it’s… interesting. Hey, listen: Book, cover, don’t judge, I get it. Maybe this time next year we’ll all be rocking Genisys T-shirts. Maybe we’ll just start spelling “genesis” as “genisys,” sort of like how you can spell it “judgment” or “judgement.” Inglourious Basterds is great, and that has two misspellings!
Still, let’s pretend for argument’s sake that Terminator: Genisys looks like the title of the fanfic spin-off you wrote back in second grade where Terminator meets Scarface and they both fight Darth Vader to save Princess Toadstool. »
- Darren Franich
Chicago – One of the top musical theater voices working in Chicago is actress/singer Jillian Kate Weingart. After triumphs in several local productions, she is currently featured in the iconic role of Sally Bowles in a staging of “Cabaret,” presented by BrightSide Theatre of Naperville, Ill., through June 29th, 2014.
Jillian Kate Weingart is moving up the musical theater ladder here in Chicago, having had memorable appearances in the locally produced musicals ”A New Brain” and ”Adult Entertainment.” Her characteristic stage energy is electric and sensational, with a multi-range vocal style that can handle the best of Broadway and standard song material.
Jillian Kate Weingart appears in BrightSide Theatre’s ‘Cabaret’
Photo credit: JillianWeingart.com
The website Chicago Theatre Review reviewed her performance in “Cabaret” – “Ms. Weingart is the real deal and is alone worth the price of admission.” Jillian Weingart talked to HollywoodChicago.com about taking on one of the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The Barden Bellas had quite an arch nemesis in the form of Adam DeVine leading the Treblemakers before he abandoned his a capella team to go sing back-up on John Mayer's last album. But it sounds like maybe things didn't go so well for DeVine's character Bumper Allen as Deadline reports he will return in Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel already slated for release on May 15th, 2015. DeVine joins Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Show as returning cast members from the surprise musically infused comedy hit. But we're still wondering just what kind of story we're going to get from the sequel without treading water. Maybe this time there's some kind of big TV competition that the Barden Bellas get involved with, and Bumper ends up leading a different team of singers? That would be interesting. So far, we only know that the Barden Bellas have a new »
- Ethan Anderton
It's been nearly a decade since "Project Greenlight" was last on television. The series, which was created and produced by Affleck and Damon, followed a selected filmmaker as he directed his first feature film. "Project Greenlight" ran for two seasons on HBO, in 2002 and 2003, then for a third season on Bravo in 2005.
"Project Greenlight was ahead of its time. Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back," Affleck said. "A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away."
For the fourth season, a digital competition will yield a winner who directs a "Hollywood-vetted" script. And just as before, cameras »
- Kelly Woo
Ah, Bates Motel - you pulpy, creepy, hilariously over-the-top gem of impossibly entertaining pop culture revisionism, you. It’s only your sophomore season and already you’ve taken one of our most ghoulish mythologies and piled on sex trafficking rings, drug cartels, murdered sexy schoolmarms, and enough GIFable Vera Farmiga histrionics to last a lifetime.
But this week the show gave us something entirely new: it introduced a gay teen character (or maybe even two) and addressed one of the Bates Motel’s many elephants: Norman’s sexuality.
Ever since the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, casual viewers have been confused about what makes Norman Bates tick. Hey, the guy dresses up as a woman and kills people – he’s some kinda killer homo, right?
Norman Bates is straight. In fact, internalized shame about his intense sexual attraction to women is a huuuuge part of his psychosis – something »
- Brian Juergens
After last week saw Bradley take the law into her own hands and murder Gil, whom she believed killed her father, this week’s episode of Bates Motel begins to deal with the fall out of her actions. Gil’s place within the drugs business that fuels the town means that things are about to get serious now he’s been murdered and we get our first proper taste of just how deep this business goes.
While Bradley is hiding in the Bates’ basement and Norman is off buying her hair dye and booking her bus tickets to Boston, Dylan and Remo are introduced to the guy who is taking over from Gil, a less than professional dealer called Zayn. He suspects the murder to be the work of another drug clan, an inkling echoed by Sheriff Romero who meets »
- Gary Collinson
Written by Kerry Ehrin
Directed by Tucker Gates
Airs Monday nights at 9pm Et on A&E
I suppose if a show is going to dive swim in the oceans of ridiculousness, there’s no point in wading in the shallow end; “Shadow of a Doubt” takes the bat shit world of Bates Motel to a new level, adding in ludicrous marijuana mulers (who shoot teenage dimebag sellers, apparently), a completely misguided drug war, and a teenage girl who leaves a note for the boy she spent most of the first season ignoring (after she slept with him, of course). And this is all before we get to the single oddest thing in Bates Motel‘s short existence: Norma Bates emotionally singing “Maybe This Time.”
Unfortunately, it’s all just a little too silly for its own good – and more importantly, none »
- Randy Dankievitch
You'd have to be Mel Brooks to write a hilarious movie that prominently features Nazis, but George Clooney and his writing partner, Grant Heslov, have penned a poignant but often funny action-thriller in The Monuments Men. The real laughs, however, came at the Los Angeles press junket for the film on Thursday, which featured Clooney's costars - Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Bob Balaban. Despite the somewhat heavy subject matter of the movie - which is about a group of WWII soldiers given the task of rescuing priceless artworks from the Nazis - the press conference »
- Reagan Alexander
George Clooney is a gifted actor and director. But he's also a gifted prankster, as Matt Damon learned yet again while filming The Monuments Men last year. "He took in my wardrobe by an eighth of an inch, every other day," Damon, 43, said Thursday at a press junket for the film at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. "[He] had the wardrobe department do that because he knew that I was trying to lose weight." Instead, thanks to the wardrobe treachery, Damon thought he was gaining weight - which baffled him, given the hours he was logging at the gym. »
- Reagan Alexander
14 items from 2014
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