19 items from 2014
How gory is the new slasher movie Stage Fright? This gory: During her post-shoot Adr recording session, actress Minnie Driver wouldn’t even watch her own, very early demise. “It was too gruesome for her,” says director Jerome Sable.
So why did Driver agree to appear in the film in the first place? “She had been in The Phantom of the Opera, the film version ,” explains Sable. “So I appealed to her on that level.”
Oh, right. There’s something we forgot to mention about Stage Fright. In addition to being a full-on, blood-soaked horror flick, the film is also a full-fledged, »
- Clark Collis
Amazon is temporarily offering a special sale on the Universal Monsters Essential Collection Blu-ray boxed set that includes Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein and Creature From the Black Lagoon. The set is loaded with 12 hours of bonus materials and includes a collector's book. Click below to order.
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This week, Amazon is offering Universal's Classic Monsters: The Essential Blu-ray Collection for only $54.49 and if you've been reading this site for over a year-and-a-half you'll know what a fan of this collection I am. Back in October 2012 I received a review copy of the set, which includes Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature From the Black Lagoon and sought to review the three films I hadn't seen of the bunch. Those reviews can be found at the following links: The Invisible Man (read here) The Phantom of the Opera (read here) The Creature from the Black Lagoon (read here) Of those I didn't explicitly review for this set, I actually love them all. The original Wolf Man is great and Dracula is particularly creepy, but you really can't go wrong with any of them. The »
- Brad Brevet
At Monday night's Broadway Backwards after-party held at John's Pizza in midtown, Norm Lewis stood with a view of the Majestic Theatre at his back, the place where, on May 12, he'll become the first black actor to take the title role in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. "People have been very excited about it," said Lewis, "and I think it will get people — especially producers and directors and the creative staff — to look deeper into a role, especially in a show that’s universal and doesn’t talk about race."Lewis, who most recently played Olivia Pope's ex-fiancé Edison Davis on Scandal, described the Phantom gig as "a dream role and for a couple of reasons. Mainly I love the show, but actually [it sets] a precedent. Out of 26 years, there’s never been an African-American or someone of color to play the role on Broadway," »
- Jamie Miles
Tony-nominated actor Norm Lewis (2012's The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) will become the first black actor to grace the stage on May 12 in New York as Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera. Mr. Lewis said that the Phantom character has been a long time "dream role," adding, "First, I love the show. Second, to set a precedent." Lewis is joined onstage by Sierra Bogges, who has performed the role of Christine Daae in the Las Vegas "Phantom" production, and in London and New York for the show's 25th anniversary. The show's producer Cameron Mackintosh said in an official statement that since having worked with Norm Lewis since the 90's, he »
- Vanessa Martinez
Norm Lewis has been tapped to be the next Phantom in the megahit The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, a move that makes him the first African-American to slip behind the famous mask on the Great White Way.
Producers said Thursday the Tony Award nominee, who brought his deep and rich voice to Porgy in the recent Porgy and Bess revival, will make his debut opposite Sierra Boggess, who returns as Christine, beginning May 12.
Lewis played John in Broadway’s Miss Saigon, Javert in Les Miserables on Broadway in 2006, and was in the shows Side Show, The Little Mermaid, »
- Associated Press
Lakme a trendsetter for decades has created several outstanding looks each season. An informative makeup masterclass was conducted by Lakme Makeup Expert, Natasha Nischol at the Jabong Stage on day four during Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.
Purnima Lamba, Head Innovation at Lakme, introduced Natasha Nischol on stage and invited her to demonstrate the second edition of Lakme Absolute Master Class themed around Lakme’s latest offering the Lakme Absolute Illusion range. Natasha revealed how to achieve the Lakme Absolute Illusion Metallic Look that is all set to be the beauty trend of the season.
Lakme Absolute Illusion – Day to Night
For the Lakme Absolute Illusion by Day look, a base of Lakme Youth Infinity Moisturizer, Foundation and »
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It’s been a hot French minute since we last talked about Les Misérables. One of the longest-running and most cherished Broadway musicals of all time was back in the spotlight in late 2012 with a buzzy, big-budget movie adaptation, packed with singing celebrities (and Russell Crowe) and enough close-ups to make even Norma Desmond cringe. To say that theater fans were divided on the final product would be a heavy understatement.
That’s all water under the Pulteney Bridge, though, because Les Miserables is back — and what’s more important is that it’s safely returned to the hands of »
- Marc Snetiker
The nominations for The Olivier Awards 2014 were announced today (Monday 10th March) by Nigel Harman and Leigh Zimmerman and there is a great variety of talent being recognised this year for their work in theatre.
New musical Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along lead the nominations for a single production, each receiving seven. Once, The Book Of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys each receive six. The shortlist for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award – the only Olivier Award voted for by the public – includes firm favourites Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Matilda The Musical and Wicked.
There are also some great film and TV actors included in the nominations this year, with nods for Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law and Judi Dench.The star-studded Olivier Awards 2014 ceremony will take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 13th April.
- Amanda Keats
It has been a busy day for previews for some smaller titles scheduled to hit over the next few months.
First up the official U.S. trailer has arrived for "Tracks," John Curran's film about the nine-month journey in 1978 undertaken by Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska). Davidson walked from Alice Springs in Central Australia to the West Australian coast, crossing three deserts in the process.
Adam Driver also stars in the film which opens in Australia this week. This trailer though is the same as the already released international one, albeit with MPAA and TWC title cards.
- Garth Franklin
The delightful misadventures of a group of junkies have been bested by dancing queens.
Mamma Mia!, the perennially peppy Abba jukebox musical about an inquisitive young girl whose mother slept around on the Greek Isles, has officially ousted the cult classic musical Rent as Broadway’s ninth longest-running show. With the success of Mamma Mia!, it’s easy to see why the girl on the poster has been laughing for fifteen years.
- Marc Snetiker
Alan Davies is back from his skiing holiday in Sochi and is Jonathan Creek (BBC1) again. It's been a while. There has been the odd one-off special, but the last time there was a series was a decade ago. That's practically a Great Hiatus.
Sherlock Holmes gets a big nod in this one. The son of a friend of the Creeks (who becomes Jonathan's not entirely welcome work-experience boy) fancies himself as a bit of a sleuth and adopts Holmes's powers of deduction. For example, he knows that Jonathan and new missus Polly (Sarah Alexander) have recently returned from Reykjavik, by their scars and their watches and what he can see in Polly's bag. Thing is, he couldn't be more wrong. They haven't been anywhere near Iceland. He's alway wrong: it's very funny, the best joke here. »
- Sam Wollaston
It’s no secret that our beloved horror movies are often snubbed at the Academy Awards. The horror genre as a whole just doesn’t get all that much respect in the world of cinema, which is why it’s so important for us fans to support and spread the word on the movies we love. Quite frankly, if we're not doing it, nobody’s going to do it for us.
That said, there are a handful of horror movies over the years that have defied tradition, and have actually managed to snag themselves those little golden statues. With the 86th Academy Awards heading our way this weekend, today we shine the spotlight on 10 of those movies, which made all of us horror fans proud!
Though the Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t televised until 1953, it actually began way back in 1929, held at a private dinner party. »
- John Squires
To mark the release of Phantom of The Paradise on 24th February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray Steelbook.
Brian De Palma’s inspired rock ’n’ roll fusion of Faust, The Phantom of the Opera and The Picture of Dorian Gray boasts an Oscar-nominated score by Paul Williams, who also stars as an evil record producer who not only steals the work of composer/performer Winslow Leach (William Finley) but gets him locked up in Sing Sing – and that’s not the worst that happens to him along the way.
Few revenge scenarios have ever been so amply justified, but the film is also constantly aware of the satirical possibilities offered by the 1970s music industry, exemplified by Gerrit Graham’s hilariously camp glam-rock star. Jessica Harper (Suspiria) appears in her first major role as the naïve but ambitious singer, on whom Winslow secretly dotes.
Director: Brian De Palma
Running Time: 92 minutes
Being a massive fan of writer and director Brian De Palma even since those early years and it soon became apparent his approach to filmmaking is unique. Visually, he’s been one of the best for decades with camerawork often dizzying to the point of breathlessness. Like most, he is prone to a few career missteps along the way in his distinguished career. De Palma does however, weave between mainstream and independent eccentricity like no other with many of his features fusing those two aspects. He’s a director that you look at and think, that guy directed Carrie and Scarface; Raising Cain and Mission: Impossible; Body Double and Carlito’S Way. Really? Cinema so far apart in scope and personality, yet intrinsically and artistically linked in style and substance. »
- Craig Hunter
While they may claim to honour the very best of the year in film, the Oscars definitely have a type of picture that they like and it’s a type they tend to stick to. Serious, issues-based dramas are in and genre films are very much out. It should come as no surprise, then, that there has been little love from the Academy for the horror genre over the years.
Every so often, though, a horror picture does manage to defy this preconceived genre prejudice to win one of the big prizes. Whether it’s by dressing themselves as one of horror’s more credible sub-genres – a “psychological thriller” or a “dark fantasy, perhaps – or by adapting a prestigious Victorian literary horror or by just being too good to ignore, these 10 films managed what few horror movies ever could and successfully won themselves an Oscar or two comes award time… »
- Jack Gann
Phantom of the Paradise is coming to Blu-Ray on February 24, 2014. It's a features packed release presented in High Definition for the first time on UK shores. Special features include a 50-minute documentary on the making of the film featuring Brian De Palma, and an all new 72-minute interview with Paul Williams by Guillermo del Toro. We'll be reviewing this cult classic - courtesy of Arrow Films - in the coming weeks so keep a look out. Few revenge scenarios have ever been so amply justified, but the film is also constantly aware of the satirical possibilities offered by the 1970s music industry, exemplified by Gerrit Graham’s hilariously camp glam-rock star. Jessica Harper (Suspiria) appears in her first major role as the naïve but ambitious singer, on whom Winslow secretly dotes. Prodigiously inventive both musically and visually, this is one of De Palma’s most entertaining romps, not least because »
Odd List Sarah Dobbs 31 Jan 2014 - 07:00
Any good horror movie villain needs a mask. Sarah counts down 20 of the most frightening face-hiders in the movies...
Ever since Michael Myers went on a killing spree in his Halloween costume, masks have been a staple of slasher movies.
Sometimes they serve to hide the killer’s identity, while other times they conceal a disfigured face, and other times, well, probably the production team just thought it’d look cool. Usually, the idea is that it’s what lurks underneath the mask that’s scary, but a good horror movie mask is frightening in its own right.
Here, then, are 20 of the scariest masks ever to turn up in a horror movie:
20. Pig Mask
As worn by: Jigsaw’s various acolytes in the Saw franchise
There’s so much going on in the Saw movies that this mask is far from the »
Chicago – The Phantom in one word? An enigma. But he’s so much more. He’s lonely, desperately in love, a musical genius, misunderstood, vengeful, afraid and angry at a world that was so cruel to him. His shining beacon out of the darkness is his music – and falling for Christine. But The Phantom has to try to force her to feel the same way. He doesn’t want your pity. He just wants to be musical, loved and understood.
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She partially loves him, but their love is the epitome of complicated. Instead, Raoul (played by Chicago native Ben Jacoby) is the guy she’s supposed to marry and take home to mommy. The Phantom – in a bit of a “Beauty and the Beast”-like story – falls victim to his biggest downfall: choosing to become the monster the world has been to him instead of embracing forgiveness. He »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
19 items from 2014
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