10 items from 2015
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) never left Germany but became internationally respected by his peers during his lifetime and a symbol of pure musicianship for future generations. A virtuoso organist, harpsichordist, and violinist/violist who may have also played lute, as a composer his mastery of counterpoint and fugal writing remain unmatched, yet he was also open to the influences of contemporary Italian and French composers.
Born into a highly musical family in Eisenach, Germany, Bach became organist at the Neukirche in Arnstadt in 1703 at the age of 18. His first major appointment was as court organist to Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Weimar, in 1708; six years later the Duke made him Concertmaster. In 1717 Bach became Kapellmeister and music director to the music-loving Prince Leopold of Anhalt in Cöthen, where Bach wrote much of his greatest secular music. Bach's duties switched to writing choral and organ music for use in church services »
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to an original King Arthur epic, a sweeping fantasy action adventure starring Charlie Hunnam (FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”), for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.
Principal photography has begun at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, UK.
Ritchie posted this first shot from the film on his Instagram account.
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros. has announced that Guy Ritchies upcoming new take on the King Arthur mythos has started filming today, and along with the announcement they've revealed the film's cast and details on the plot. Come inside to see how different this version will be.
I love the tale of King Arthur. It's a great fantasy story with a rich history and potential. As such, I've been looking forward to seeing how Guy Ritchie would handle the tale, and what he would be changing. Today, cameras have started rolling on the film, and we're able to get a little more information on plot:
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Erik: A Play About a Puppet Directed by Jerrod Bogard and Written by John Patrick Bray Rising Sun Performance Company Kraine Theater 85 E 4th St., New York, NY 10003 Bi, Hung, Fit...and Married: An Erotic Journey Directed by Seán Cummings Written and Performed by Mark Bentley Cohen Kraine Theater 85 E 4th St., New York, NY 10003 300 to 1 Written by Matt Panesh and Directed by Gareth Armstrong Monkey Poet Kraine Theater 85 E 4th St., New York, NY 10003
This is the second of two dispatches from the theater festival whose name continues to reflect conditions in our fair city: Frigid New York. Frigid is in its ninth year, and all of its revenue goes directly to the artists involved. This year, there are 30 shows running for a combined total of 150 performances in two theaters. We have previously discussed Frigid's Dog Show, The Can Opener, and the excellent Richard the Third and Goal; here, »
- Leah Richards
Smart and passionate, this is one of the ultimate Hollywood fantasies: an adult romance performed by gorgeous actors with palpable onscreen chemistry. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It is a sign of how broken Hollywood is that the smart, stylish and passionate Beyond the Lights didn’t get the studio support it needed to make the kind of splash it deserved at the U.S. box office last fall. It didn’t open very wide, and it disappeared from screens almost instantly afterward. There is no excuse for this.
This is mainstream filmmaking at its very best. This is a believable romance between adult characters played by gorgeous actors with palpable onscreen chemistry. This is one of the ultimate Hollywood fantasies. This is a movie about the entertainment industry — specifically, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Seeing Lady Gaga kill it at the Oscars singing Julie Andrews' classic standards (after months of hard work and preparation), coupled with the fact that she's doing more acting, has us dreaming of Broadway being the next step in Mother Monster's career. So we started thinking of musicals she'd be great for.
Theeen we got a little carried away....
News: Lady Gaga Gushes About Her Estimated Half-Million Dollar Engagement Ring
1. The Sound of Music (obviously)
Perfect Part: Maria
Goes without saying, we all saw her show-stopping performance!
2. Guys and Dolls
Perfect Part: Adelaide
Gaga would be particularly comfortable with this role, because she actually already played Adelaide in high school!
some things never change...here's a photo of my in highschool in the school play (set that wig + did my own »
Growing up, I was a huge Freddy Krueger fan. I had also become infatuated with Gaston Leroux’s novel, The Phantom of the Opera, which made me a pretty easy mark for Dwight H. Little’s (Halloween 4) 1989 film based on the popular work of fiction. Focusing more on the horror contained within Leroux’s original story, this version is a wickedly ghastly and blood-soaked tale of obsession that allows Robert Englund the room to do what he does best as a performer- go nuts. And after recently checking out the Scream Factory Blu-ray, it was great to see just how well Little’s inventive adaptation has held up over time and how much fun the film still remains, despite its age.
- Heather Wixson
Here are your new releases for February 17th, 2015:
Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season. DigiPack / Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet HBO. 2014.
Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; and all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords, and honest men…all will play the “Game of Thrones.” (Source)
The Andromeda Strain. Best Buy Exclusive until May 04, 2015 Universal Studios. 1971.
When a space satellite returns to earth nearby a village in New Mexico, all of the residents are found dead. A group of scientists is about to investigate on something they never met before. (Source)
- Sarah Skidmore
For the third week of February, Scream Factory is delivering a double dose of terror in their releases of the recent indie horror flick Animal as well as the 1989 cult classic adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera starring Robert Englund and Jill Schoelen.
Magnolia is also bringing us V/H/S: Viral, the latest edition of their popular horror anthology series, home on Blu-ray, DVD and VHS (which is awesome!), and indie genre fans have tons of new titles to look forward to. And for you Game of Thrones fans out there, season four is making its way on Blu and DVD this Tuesday too.
Animal (Scream Factory, Blu-ray/DVD)
When plans for a weekend getaway hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends finds themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, bloodthirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, they turn on one another as »
- Heather Wixson
“You love the music. I am the music.” Though he’s best known for portraying the man of your nightmares, prolific actor Robert Englund has played a plethora of memorable roles over his impressive career, including his turn as the titular villain in 1989’s The Phantom of the Opera. Scream Factory is bringing Dwight Little’s take of Gaston Leroux’s classic novel to Blu-ray on February 17th, but you can watch clips and the trailer from the upcoming release right now.
“Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Galaxy of Terror, Freddy vs. Jason) assumes the classic role of The Phantom in this shocking, nerve-jangling retelling of Gaston Leroux’s timeless tale of music, madness and murder!
An aspiring opera singer finds herself transported back to Victorian-era London – and into the arms of a reclusive, disfigured maestro determined to make her a star. The silver-throated Christine (Jill Schoelen, The Stepfather »
- Derek Anderson
10 items from 2015
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