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Space buff and soprano Sarah Brightman could soon be singing "All I Ask of You" while orbiting 260 miles above the Earth. The Phantom of the Opera star, 54, will begin training in January for a 10-day visit to the International Space Station in October of next year, reports the Daily Mirror . The price tag for this adventure? A cool $52 million, adds Space.com . Brightman will be the seventh tourist to visit the Iss and the first singer . The journey—arranged by Virginia-based Space Adventures—will launch from Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz capsule. But one trip isn't enough: »
- Shelley Hazen
When America first fell in love with Jackie Evancho's voice, she was just an unknown 10-year-old trying to make it on America's Got Talent. Her version of "O Mio Babbino Caro" dazzled the hit show's audience, its judges and host Nick Cannon, who told People at the time, "That's the best performance I have ever seen on this show." Now, the teenager is impressing again. For her latest feat, Evancho, who began singing at age 7 after watching The Phantom of the Opera, is giving a nod to the classic by doing her version of the musical's ode "Think of Me. »
When America first fell in love with Jackie Evancho's voice, she was just an unknown 10-year-old trying to make it on America's Got Talent. Her version of "O Mio Babbino" dazzled the hit show's audience, its judges and host Nick Cannon, who told People at the time, "That's the best performance I have ever seen on this show." Now, the teenager is impressing again. For her latest feat, Evancho, who began singing at age 7 after watching The Phantom of the Opera, is giving a nod to the classic by doing her version of the musical's ode "Think of Me. »
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Do you have any new info on The Blacklist's new season? — Roger
How about some exclusive casting news? Tony-nominated Broadway veteran Norm Lewis — who is currently starring in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera and did a stint last season on Scandal — has been tapped to play J.P. Laskin, a business associate of Red's who doesn't exactly agree with his recent moves in the ongoing war with Berlin. In fact, I hear Laskin may even be tempted to switch sides. Of course, once Red finds out about the betrayal, he'll probably make the choice for him. Perhaps playing a "phantom" will come in handy!
I'm really curious to see how Nick and Jess are doing after their break-up last season on New Girl. What will »
- Adam Bryant
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
On May 12 of this year, Norm Lewis became the first-ever African-American actor to take on the lead role of The Phantom of the Opera on (ahem) the Great White Way. (Robert Guillaume became the first-ever actor to do it regionally in 1990.)
Lewis, best known as Audra McDonald’s crook-walked would-be suitor in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Scandal’s broken-up Senator Edison Davis, has been earning plaudits for his smooth take on the tortured night dweller/crooner opposite Sierra Boggess as the lovelorn Christine Daae. Fan favorite Boggess also played Christine in the Phantom sequel musical Love Never Dies »
- Jason Clark
Like many girls, Keke Palmer grew up dreaming of meeting a prince. In her case, it's going to happen -- eight shows a week on Broadway.
By: CBS News
Like many girls, actress and singer Keke Palmer grew up dreaming of meeting a prince who would whisk her away to a life of love and happiness. In her case, it's going to happen -- eight shows a week on Broadway.
Palmer said she'll be stepping into the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella starting Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theatre. She will become the first African-American to play the part on the Great White Way.
"It's honestly one of those things that I can't believe is really happening," Palmer said by phone Friday from her Los Angeles home. "I'm very excited. Very excited and nervous as well -- a bunch of feelings all at once."
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Palmer, 21, is stepping »
They came from crypts, coffins, castles, and even outer space. Universal monsters like Dracula, the Bride of Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man continue to be the proper introduction for viewers entering the hallowed halls of classic horror films for the first time. These characters have endured over the decades, and now Funko is extending the legacies of eight Universal monsters by giving them the Pop! Vinyl treatment.
Coming out this September are the following iconic characters in Pop! Vinyl form, for around $9.99 apiece:
Below we have an early look at the figures, via Entertainment Earth and Trampt:
The post Funko Reveals Universal Monsters Vinyl Figures appeared first on Daily Dead. »
- Derek Anderson
“In sleep he sang to me, in dreams he came…”
It’s not a secret that I’m a jazz-handing, jazz squaring, belt singing musical theatre fangirl. Pair my love of horror movies with my obsession of musicals and it’s no surprise that one of my favorite horror movie characters is the famous “Phantom of the ______.” First brought to us in the form of the french novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, the tortured story of a man forced to hide in the shadows and choosing to create chaos from his anger of being unloved has been retold, revamped, re-imagined, and remounted for over a century. Often, the story is told of the scorned man obsessing over something (usually a woman) and despite being presented as the villain, audiences always end up loving the elusive Phantom. In honor of Scream Factory’s release of Phantom Of The Paradise on Blu-Ray, »
- BJ Colangelo
Anghus Houvouras on what we can expect from a shared Universal Monsters universe…
The franchise wars continue. Every studio is rummaging through their intellectual property library looking for anything they can turn into a multi-picture franchise or a shared cinematic universe. Enter Universal Studios with their announcement this week that their most famous Monsters will be rolled out into new movies and the potential is there for them to cross over into one another’s stories, like the Monster version of The Avengers or the X-Men.
Pro: It’s a fun concept
The Universal Monsters have always been a favorite of mine, so the idea of seeing them paired together cinematically is an interesting one. There are some potentially excellent movies that could come out of this financially motivated manuever. My first thoughts harkened back to great, old black and white Universal Monster movies like The Wolfman vs. Dracula. Old »
- Anghus Houvouras
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a film that could only have been made in this moment. Think of it like Avatar or InAPPropriate Comedy; a film that owes its very existence to modern technology. You wouldn’t stage an all-out ape war without the assistance of lifelike computer apes any more than you’d try to film a Rob Schneider “comedy” about apps (is it really about apps? I’m not exactly sure) in a time before apps ever existed. Yes, the road to this weekend’s monkey mayhem is a long one. Because primates have been waging bloody vengeance on each other (and us, mostly) for more than a century, but only now is photorealistic chimp warfare a legitimate thing we can pay ten dollars to see. So let’s start back at the very beginning, and trace cinema’s primate special effects from their origins to the present day; from King Kong to »
- Adam Bellotto
Winning my award for “Most Badass 2014 SXSW Midnighters Feature” was a horror musical that took me by complete surprise, blending operatic theatrics and bitchin’ 80s hair metal for a gloriously gory chorus of terror. Stage Fright, created by Jerome Sable and Co-Composer Eli Batalion, is an exquisite throwback to a greater era of horror, but the boys who brought you The Legend Of Beaver Dam also inject a humorous bite worthy of both laughs and screams. I mean, who doesn’t love a sing-along boasting a body count? Wait – don’t answer that. Just let me keep thinking I’m normal.
Drawing comparisons such as “Glee meets Sleepaway Camp” and “The Phantom Of The Opera meets Scream,” I like to think Stage Fright finds a unique, witty blend that goes beyond Glee‘s overly-dramatic sarcasm. Coming out guns blazing, Sable and Batalion hit fans right away with a self-deprecating song »
- Matt Donato
Nonunion theater performances don’t get as much love as they should. Here are five auditions for the nonunion actors looking to get themselves on stage! “Breaking Legs”“Breaking Legs” is seeking talent for the supporting role of Tino, a 55–62-year-old mafia type. Submissions are being sought from New York, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania. This performance at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in New Jersey plays $125, plus housing and car on premises. Vox Lumiere, “The Phantom Of The Opera”The Vox Lumiere is looking for lead singers in the Los Angeles region. This new presentation of “Phantom” seeks “young youthful-looking, sexy” male and female actors who can preferably read music. Rehearsals begin in August with a Sept. 19 opening. To apply email headshots, résumés, MP3s or links with singing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. “An Irish Christmas”This paid production is on a nationwide-worldwide search for a “male singer with excellent »
Patrick Wilson has spent the last fifteen years as a triple-threat on Broadway, film, and TV, garnering two Tony nominations (for The Full Monty and Oklahoma), and Golden Globe and Emmy noms for the groundbreaking Angels In America.
One of our most versatile actors, he’s moved easily from such wildly diverse projects as The Phantom of the Opera, Little Children, Watchmen, The A-Team, Insidious, and Hard Candy, and he even starred in the unfortunately short-lived CBS series A Gifted Man.
Today is his 41st birthday, so let’s take a stroll down memory lane with a gallery of some highlights from Patrick’s career.
The post Birthday Gallery: Patrick Wilson Turns 41 appeared first on thebacklot.com. »
If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" Dp Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the Asc and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years. Academy members were a bit slower on the uptake, as you might recall. Beebe and Cameron were snubbed by the branch despite the Asc nomination. Of course, that was still a dicey time for the technology. The first feature films shot digitally were Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Monday, June 30, at 10:30 a.m. Pst was probably not the best time to call Gurinder Chadha. As a reporter interested in her thoughts on this year’s World Cup, I really should have known better: The France v. Nigeria game was wrapping up with about 20 minutes to go.
Chadha, who is based in London, is the director, writer, and producer of 2002’s Bend It Like Beckham, which tells the story of an 18-year-old girl who rebels against her Sikh parents’ traditionalism to pursue a career in soccer. Chadha’s ultimate goal—get it?—was to draw attention to the »
- C. Molly Smith
New York — It looks like The Phantom of the Opera soon won't have the only plummeting chandelier on Broadway. Preliminary plans have been announced for a run during the 2015-16 season of Warren Adler's stage adaptation of his bestselling 1981 novel The War of the Roses, a divorce lawyer's cautionary tale of the ugliness that can ensue over the division of assets. The property is best known via the 1989 Fox black comedy that starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as Jonathan and Barbara Rose, the once-blissful married couple whose union devolves into a vicious divorce battle.
- David Rooney
The Los Angeles Film Festival ended Thursday night on a high note (a really high note, in fact) at La Live with the premiere of Clint Eastwood‘s movie version of the smash Broadway jukebox musical, Jersey Boys which has been running nearly a decade — and with no end in sight. The film, which I thought was terrific but very different from what I saw on stage, will almost certainly goose the sales of the play. The conventional wisdom used to be that when a movie came out, the live show was toast. But in recent years Chicago, The Phantom Of The Opera, Mamma Mia!, and […] »
Even if you’ve seen 1925′s classic silent film The Phantom of the Opera countless times, you’ve likely never seen Lon Chaney haunt the Paris Opera House to a horn-heavy, rock-infused backdrop. From the Belgium-based One Way Static Records and available now for pre-order comes a re-score soundtrack to Rupert Julian’s highly-regarded adaptation of the novel of obsessive and lethal love by Gaston Leroux.
Performed by The Laze, this new soundtrack to The Phantom of the Opera will hit shelves on August 12th in a wide variety of formats: vinyl, cassette, compact disc, and digital. This release features retro artwork showcasing Lon Chaney as the disfigured, passionate Phantom. The non-digital versions of this soundtrack are limited in number, ranging from 300 to 1,000 copies depending on the format. One Way Static Records is releasing The Laze’s re-score soundtrack through both a European and a North American distributor. To pre-order »
- Derek Anderson
‘Dracula’ 1931 actress Carla Laemmle dead at 104 (photo: Carla Laemmle ca. 1930) Carla Laemmle, a bit player in a handful of silent movies and at the dawn of the sound era — e.g., the horror classics The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Dracula (1931) — and a niece of Universal Studios co-founder Carl Laemmle, died on June 12, 2014, at her Los Angeles home. Laemmle, who had reportedly been in good health, was 104 years old. Born Rebekah Isabelle Laemmle on October 20, 1909, in Chicago, Carla Laemmle was less known for her movie work than for having survived most of her contemporaries and for her family connection to the Universal mogul — her father, Joseph Laemmle, was Carl’s brother. ‘Dracula’ actress was a member of Carl Laemmle’s ‘very large faemmle’ "Uncle Carl Laemmle, Has a very large faemmle," once half-joked poet Ogden Nash, in reference to Laemmle’s penchant for hiring family members. As Laemmle’s niece, »
- Andre Soares
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