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Escape the sofa and head out to the big screen for new Star Wars episodes, live screenings of classic ballets and Jennifers Lawrence and Aniston in Christmas blockbusters
Why the best Christmas films are darker then December
There’s no official nationwide re‑release of a Christmas classic planned this year, but instead cinemas are programming a lot of event cinema: livestreamed opera and ballet from swanky big-city venues. The most seasonal is The Nutcracker, from the Royal Opera House on 8 December; there’s also Madame Butterfly from the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 7 December and Karija Saariaha’s medieval romance Love from Afar from the Met in New York on 10 December. If you have not yet tried one of these nights, they are great fun. Despite the inflated ticket prices, they’re far cheaper than the real thing, with much better views and a terrific sense of occasion, »
- Catherine Shoard
If you’ve ever watched the opening of the long-running PBS anthology series Mystery!, then you’ve seen the art of Edward Gorey. If you haven’t, well, he is not the most mainstream of artists, though perhaps the mainstream has edged closer to his sensibility in our post-Tim Burton, post-Hot Topic world. Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey, a new play by Travis Russ, does not walk the audience through Gorey’s greatest hits in common biographical narrative fashion (so if you are unfamiliar with his work, do yourself a favor and look into it on your own). In fact, in this play, Gorey refers to his most famous work, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, with clear weariness. Instead, Gorey quickly asserts that time is "fragile, »
- Leah Richards
From Apple to the Vietnam War, Steve Jobs director Danny Boyle is in early talks to direct an adaption of the acclaimed musical Miss Saigon, which focuses on the star-crossed romance of an American GI and a Vietnamese bargirl in the Vietnam War.
The original Broadway musical opened in 1991 (two years after its 1989 debut in London) and updated the classic Opera Madame Butterfly into the modern Vietnam setting. During its premiere in ’91 the show earned ten Tony nominations and won three of them.
Still, Boyle fans might find this potentially odd tangent in the director’s career off-putting: he was most recently talking up a storm about the long-awaited Trainspotting 2. It’s unclear if Miss Saigon is something he’s looking at after Trainspotting, or if there’s still time in between now and the production of that sequel. Last December it was reported that the entire original cast was »
- Mitchel Broussard
A re-working of Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, the story follows the relationship between an American GI and Vietnamese bargirl during the Vietnam War in Saigon in the 1970s. Premiering in 1989 in London, it ran for ten years and closed after four thousand performances.
Who has penned the screenplay hasn't been made clear, but the project is said to be moving along fast with the "Les Miserables" film team of Cameron Mackintosh, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner set to produce. At one time Lee Daniels was attached to direct, but that's not the case anymore.
Boyle confirmed today on Facebook that he's currently in Edinburgh researching "Trainspotting 2" ahead of a May shoot, and has the FX series "Trust" in the works. »
- Garth Franklin
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