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Between the spectacular Warner Bros flop Rock of Ages and the smash hit of Universal's Les Miserables, 2012 had some major highs and lows when it came to movie musicals. But Broadway Andrew Lloyd Webber says the success of the latter has brought back to life Universal's interest in the long languishing Cats movie. In an interview with The Daily Mail, the composer behind such Broadway landmarks as The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, and of course Cats confessed: "I haven.t seen the [Les Mis] film but it.s fantastic for musicals because everybody wants to make them again. Universal has now got Cats out of the drawer in which they locked it years ago when they bought the rights and suddenly they.re talking about a film.. Buying the Cats property was a no brainer for Universal. The song and dance packed show based on T.S. Eliot's "Old »
I suspect many of you weren't alive in 1980 but do you think of it fondly? To give you a little context, since we're discussing it in the Supporting Actress Smackdown: Jimmy Carter was having a rough last year as Potus with the ongoing Iran Hostage Crisis and America was about to enter a neo-conservative phase; John Lennon was murdered; "Call Me" by Blondie spent the most weeks as the number one single; "Who Shot J.R.?" was insanely popular via Dallas, DC debuted the awesome 80s comic "New Teen Titans" to compete with Marvel's huge hit "Uncanny X-Men", while Marvel kept it young by adding Kitty Pryde and the disco-leftover superhero Dazzler; Sweeney Todd closed on Broadway and Evita debuted illustrating the shift in the musical theater landscape from the awesome challenging prolific 70s Stephen Sondheim era to the sing-along bombast of British mega musicals of the 80s epitomized by »
- NATHANIEL R
The Cas Career Achievement Award, which will be presented Feb. 22 at the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel, is the society’s highest accolade.
A veteran mixer with more than 140 feature credits to his name, Nelson has won two Academy Awards for sound mixing ( for 2012′s “Les Miserables” and 1999′s “Saving Private Ryan”) and has been nominated for 16 more in the category. He was also nominated for last year’s “Lincoln,” marking the third Oscar ceremony at which Nelson was twice nominated in his category.
No stranger to Cas’ praise, Nelson has also been nominated for 18 Cas awards for sound mixing, winning for the same two films he earned his Oscars.
- Allegra Tepper
We've seen Michelle Pfeiffer sing, we've seen her slink around Gotham City, and we've seen her as a drug lord's trophy wife, but now we'll get to see her as a mafia badass.
From "Dangerous Liaisons" to "Dangerous Minds," the Oscar-winning actress gets dangerous yet again in this week's "The Family" alongside Robert De Niro. Pfeiffer's Maggie Blake may look like a sweet little blonde lady, but don't judge a mob boss's wife by her cover -- she'll blow up your convenience store if you make fun of her French.
Pfeiffer has been on both the big and small screen for the last 34 years, but there are still a handful of facts you probably didn't know about her, such as her penchant for oil painting. Check out 20 little-known tidbits below about the actress below.
- Erin Whitney
As the arrival of Prince William and Duchess Kate's first baby nears, the soon-to-be dad kept busy by competing in a polo match on Saturday.
The 31-year-old Prince played against his brother, Prince Harry, at a charity event held at the Hampshire estate of legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber ("Phantom of the Opera," "Evita") which benefited both William's African charity Tusk Trust, and Harry's Sentebale group, which provides healthcare and education to impoverished children and families in Lesotho.
Prince Harry narrowly beat his older brother (4-3), scoring a tie-breaking goal during the last minute of the match, according ...
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Andrés Muschietti – having worked on the likes of Evita and a Night with Sabrina Love, as well as directing commercials for many years- was responsible for this year’s first proper cinematic success, the chilling horror Mama. Starring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Mama tells the tale of two feral children who are protected by the eponymous entity. Once they are rescued by their uncle and nurtured by his punk-rock girlfriend, Mama follows the girls to their new home and wreaks havoc to claim what she thinks to be hers.
Starting life as a terrifying short that made a huge impression with those who watched it, the original Mama caught the attention of one Guillermo Del Toro, who helped realise the ambitions of the Argentine director and his sister Barbara, who co-wrote and produced the film, to turn Mama into a feature film. Made for a paltry budget, Mama set »
- Oscar Harding
If all you know about Eva (Evita) Peron is that she asked Argentina not to cry for her, be prepared to be schooled. Argentine filmmaker Pablo Aguero is planning a film about the aftermath of Eva Peron’s death, and rumor has it he’s got some pretty big stars to join it. Both Gael Garcia Bernal and Mia Maestro (Twilight) have reportedly signed on for the as-yet-untitled film.
Word is that Bernal will be playing Emilio Eduardo Massera, a naval officer who played a key role in the junta that followed in Argentina after the death of Eva Peron and the overthrow of her husband Juan Peron in 1955.
The film will follow what happened to her corpse, which remained unburied and moved around, as Argentina fell into a military dictatorship intended as a rebellion against capitalism the ended with brutal repression. Aguero wants to look at Evita’s legacy, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
According to Variety, Gael Garcia Bernal and Twilight's Mia Maestro have signed up for Argentine filmmaker Pablo Aguero's so-far unchristened period piece about the aftermath of Eva Peron's death. The project is currently going by the name 'Evita' but should pick up a new title before Antonio Banderas's singing coach gets involved.Bernal will follow his turn this year's excellent Chilean political drama No with a skip across the border. He's rumoured to be playing naval officer Emilio Eduardo Massera, which, if true, offers a rare bad-guy role and an interesting counterpoint to his anti-fascist turn in No. Massera was a key member of the Argentinian junta that followed Eva Peron and was responsible for thousands of disappearances and deaths during the 1970s and '80s.The story will track the fate of Peron's embalmed corpse, unburied for 25 years, against the backdrop of that bloody period in the nation's history. »
Whatever your take on Alan Parker.s 1996 film Evita, it gave Madonna some credibility in front of the camera and brought awareness of Eva Perón.s life to a bunch of people who only knew her as Argentinian president Juan Perón.s wife. And now another project also titled Evita - albeit tentatively . will bring awareness to what happened to her body after she died, which doesn.t seem to be as strange as it sounds. Or maybe it does. Variety reports Argentinian director Pablo Aguero (77 Doronship) will direct the film, which has an international set of producers backing it, though it only has a $5 million budget. Set to star in the film are Mia Maestro (Twilight: Breaking Dawn .Part 2) and Gael García Bernal (No), an actor who skillfully gives credence to almost every film he stars in. The film will follow the strange journey that Eva. »
Although it may not be the first screen musical to feature live-on-set singing, Les Misérables (2012, Universal, 12) is certainly the most ambitious, a huge, sweeping epic that produced a tidal wave of tears when it opened in UK cinemas. According to news reports, audiences of all ages – both male and female – were weeping openly during the multitudinous dramatic climaxes, a response attributed to the immediacy and intimacy that live voice recording conjured. Certainly, the technique pays dividends, most notably in Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway's breathtakingly fragile rendition of I Dreamed a Dream, delivered in one continuous take, pitched somewhere between a whisper and a scream, between speech and song, with eye-watering results.
- Mark Kermode
Madonna's style transformations have become mainstays in the fashion world's collective memory. Who could forget the pouffy dresses from her "Like A Virgin" days or her geisha-inspired look in the "Nothing Really Matters" video?
Between those iconic moments, however, Madonna took inspiration from a very worthy muse: Eva Perón. Not only did the pop star play the late Argentinian first lady in the 1996 film adaptation of "Evita," but the star also took on Perón's fashion sense off-screen.
In honor of the real Evita's birthday today (May 7), we're taking a look back at Madonna in one of her Perón-esque get-ups from the movie's premiere. Quite a far cry from the ensemble the singer sported at last night's punk-themed Met Gala, no?
Madonna's Eva Peron look in 1996...
Madonna at last night's Met Gala...
She's gone through a lot of changes:
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- Rebecca Adams
When we hear the name "Evita," we immediately think of Madonna's infamous portrayal of the Argentinean first lady in the 1996 biopic -- especially that epic farewell scene on the balcony (cue the tears).
But the actual Evita, or Eva Perón, was just as beautiful as her on-screen counterpart. Born on May 7 in a rural Argentina village in 1919 as Eva Duarte, she came from a poor family and aspired to be an actress. She moved to Buenos Aires at age 15, where she met Colonel Juan Perón at a charity event. They were married the following year.
Her compassion and dedication to helping the poor and needy in Argentina allowed Perón to develop a reputation as a spiritual and down-to-earth symbol of the country. She also made great strides for feminism, as she refused to take the back seat during her husband's presidency. Fittingly, she earned the official title of "Spiritual Leader of the Nation. »
- The Huffington Post
About five years ago, the idea of a School Of Rock 2 was floated by director Richard Linklater and star Jack Black, but it crashed and burned in the funding stages. A stage musical, however, looks more than likely now that Andrew Lloyd Webber has got the rights to take Mr. Schneebly S to Broadway / the West End (delete as appropriate).The musical maestro behind Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Phantom Of The Opera and dozens more was talking to CBC Radio when he let slip that, "Another thing that I've just got the rights to that I am very excited about - there may be songs for me in it, but it's obviously got songs in it as it stands - is that movie School Of Rock."There are no dates, locations, directors, actors or songs confirmed, but you'd imagine that Linklater and Black will have some sort of approval over the project. »
Ever since Richard Linklater's "School Of Rock" became a surprise smash hit a decade ago (has it been that long?), there has been talk of a sequel that seems unlikely to ever happen. "...we were unable to crack the code and get to a place where everybody was happy and everyone was ready to go," Jack Black told us at SXSW in 2012 about a potential followup. "So we just, I don’t know – I haven’t given up, and I’m hoping that we can find it." However, there will be a way for you to rock out with one of the best fictional bands the movies has produced. Mega producer and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber ("The Phantom Of The Opera," "Evita") revealed to CBC Radio that he landed the rights to “that movie 'School of Rock.' ” That's about all the news there is at the moment, and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Did you ever think you would live to see the day when famed Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber would announce a possible collaboration with Tenacious D rocker Jack Black? Those stars might be aligning, according to an interview Webber gave to CBC Radio (and shared via BroadwayWorld). In it, the stage legend whose credits include Evita, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Phantom of the Opera admits that he has acquired the rights to the 2003.s Black comedy School of Rock, and plans to convert it to a stage show. .So, I will go from Stephen Ward, which is really going to be sort of a chamber musical, to a musical about kids playing the guitar,. the composer said with a laugh. Directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Bernie), the original comedy cast Black as an overweight dropout who takes a job as a substitute teacher and realizes »
Lloyd Webber began writing music at a very early age, finishing a suite of six pieces at the tender age of nine and writing music for the Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats -- the T.S. Eliot poem collection on which "Cats" is based -- at a mere 15 years old. After studying at the Royal College of Music, the budding composer's first professional production was a collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice titled "The Likes Of Us." The project was the beginning of a long partnership between Rice and Lloyd Webber, one that would spawn works like "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Jesus Christ Superstar," among many others.
Over the course of his career, Lloyd Webber has »
- Katherine Brooks
The composer said he discussed the idea of finding a lead star for a musical through an ITV show with the X Factor star, but it failed to materialise.
"I remember this conversation I had with Simon in Barbados... if we could do something," The Sun quotes Lord Lloyd-Webber as saying.
"That went nowhere. I thought I would get Maria through doing a singing talent competition."
He said: "I wanted to star Scarlett Johansson. It was all agreed - I wanted a girl »
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Amir here, to obsess about the Oscars because, you know, March is never too early to start doing that around these parts. Recently, I’ve started to wonder whether Oscar might have started an unlikely love affair with Iran.
Stop laughing and allow me to explain. Oscar took a long while to take notice of Iranian cinema or any of the Iranians who were working in Hollywood. To be fair to the shiny gold man, he wasn’t really spoiled with choices, but still took his time before deciding that Darius Khondji was a worthy cinematographer (Evita, 1996) and Habib Zargarpour’s did fine fx work (Twister, also 1996). Oscar has taken short trips to Iran a few times since then and last year, after watching A Separation, finally decided to stay awhile... in Asghar Farhadi’s house.
No one expected Oscar to go back so soon, »
- Amir S.
The 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical was a lush category filled with classic works from iconic composers: Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies,” a new interpretation “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Evita”. This year, the contenders pale in comparison. -Insertgroups:12- To date, only three of the five eligible productions have officially opened: “Annie”, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, and “Cinderella” – if it will even be considered a revival. All three of these productions are likely to be among the four nominees, due either to the renown of the show itself or the panache and merits of the current production. The original production of the crowd-pleasing “Annie” won seven Tony Awards out of a plentiful ten nominations in 1977, including Best Musical. The first Broadway remo »
Feature Paul Martinovic 26 Feb 2013 - 11:41
A few months ago a programme aired on ITV called Superstar. If, like the majority of the British viewing public, it passed you by, let me quickly get you up to speed: the reality show was the brain child of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the hugely successful composer behind West End smashes such as Cats, Starlight Express and Evita who has seen a late career resurgence as the self-appointed Simon Cowell of musical theatre.
Following Webber's similarly successful recruitment shows for productions of The Wizard Of Oz and The Sound Of Music, Superstar saw contestants compete to win the title role of Jesus in a new production of Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, alongside Sporty Spice as Mary Magdalene and a newly unemployed Chris Moyles as Herod. »
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