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With more and more of our renowned British luvvies making the large leap across the pond to discover stardom in American film and television, it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish between who’s a Brit and who’s a Yank. Hugh Laurie’s American twang as temperamental Gregory House (M.D.) was so darn convincing that he even managed to fool the show’s own producers that he was American, after all.
But for every successful bilingual tale, there are those who don’t quite manage to master the correct inflections, and before you know it, we suddenly have a top 6 list of British actors wielding awful American accents…
This fantasy-drama from wacky old Tim Burton is actually a really decent and lovingly crafted film, with attractive visuals and an engaging and poignant story based around a fractured father/son relationship. McGregor plays the younger version »
- Steven Caine
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
The musical Side Show gained a significant cult following when it premiered on Broadway in 1997, and it seems the rest of pop culture is only just now catching up, with an AMC reality show about the Venice Boardwalk freak show, the popular Tim Burton film and musical adaptation of Big Fish, and various other carny-themed stories making their mark. So it’s a fitting time for a revival of the musical about conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who started as a circus act to rise to fame on stage in the 1930s. In a new production officially opening this »
- Laura Hertzfeld
[Press Release] (Sunday, November 10, 2013 – New York, NY) The Broadway musical Big Fish will play its final performance on Sunday, December 29, 2013, after 34 previews and 98 regular performances at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52 Street). Big Fish began performances on Thursday, September 5, 2013, and opened on Sunday, October 6, 2013. “Big Fish is about the passing on of stories and from the tremendous audience reaction we have received we know our tale will live on,” said producer Dan Jinks, “I am so proud of our entire team for creating a unique, heartfelt and inspiring stage production. Big Fish has been one of the great joys of my career.” Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than- »
- Zoë Gulliksen
Insert your best “swim away” pun here.
One of this fall’s first new shows to debut on Broadway has now become one of the season’s first to close. The new musical Big Fish, based on the Daniel Wallace novel and Tim Burton’s subsequent 2003 film adaptation, will close on Dec. 29, following 34 previews and 98 regular performances. The show opened on Oct. 6.
EW gave the “delightfully old-fashioned” musical a B+, praising the charisma of leading man Norbert Leo Butz (a two-time Tony winner and quick to bounce back, surely) and the wondrous design of the show, which comes from the »
- Marc Snetiker
Screenwriter John August is perhaps best known for his work with Tim Burton on Big Fish and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as Go and erm…Charlies Angels. In 2007 August debuted his first directorial effort at the Sundance film festival. The Nines stars Ryan Reynolds as three different men and also features Melissa McCarthy and Hope Davis as recurring characters in each scenario. On the surface it would be easy to dismiss this as an exercise in pretension but there is much more going on below the surface. I have actually found this film to be something of a comforting spiritual journey and approached with an open mind it’s a very moving experience.
Our first scene shows Ryan Reynolds against a white background, tying something around his wrist, a scene that seemingly means nothing but will come to be very important later on. We then find Reynolds »
- Chris Holt
New York -- The Broadway musical Big Fish is being reeled in. The stage adaptation of Daniel Wallace's 1998 novel and Tim Burton's 2003 film about the conflicted relationship between a Southern spinner of tall tales and his more grounded son will cut short its open-ended run Dec. 29, less than three months after its official opening. Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, the show drew mixed reviews and has seen its box office slip in recent weeks, as initial curiosity from diehard musical fans subsided and the pot of advance ticket sales diminished.
- David Rooney
The CW and CBS TV Studios, which are exploring the French court circa 17th century with freshman drama Reign, are staying in the country with another period drama project, The Painted Girls. Based on the book by Cathy Marie Buchanan, The Painted Girls is set in 1880s Paris against the backdrop of the turbulent and exciting world of “La Belle Epoque” – decadence, poverty, sex, drugs and a serial killer running rampant throughout the city. It revolves around three sisters studying at a top ballet academy, one of whom becomes the muse for Edgar Degas and his famed paintings of ballerinas. Tony-nominated playwright Geoffrey Nauffts (Next Fall) will write the adaptation and co-executive produce. Dan Jinks (Pushing Daisies), who exec produced the CW’s medical drama Emily Owens, MD, is executive producing the project, which was brought to his company by Svp Nick Nantell. Nauffts’ TV credits include Brothers & Sisters and Political Animals. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Well, at least you know what you might be doing next Halloween. Movie star, erstwhile Jedi, and generally hunky Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is set to make his Broadway debut next year in a new production of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play The Real Thing.
McGregor will play Henry, a not-so-happily married playwright whose real-life romantic woes mirror his play — about a marriage teetering on collapse — which happens to star his actress wife. This is the second Broadway revival of Stoppard’s 1984 play, which won Tony Awards for its stars Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, and Christine Baranski.
The Roundabout Theatre »
- Marc Snetiker
A nice small cornucopia of new shows this week, including the long-awaited musical arrival of Susan Stroman’s take on Tim Burton, Tony Danza takes on New Joi-sey, Julius Caesar gets an estrogen makeover, and Janis Joplin takes another little piece of our hearts now baby! (Click on the links below to read the full reviews):
Big Fish Daniel Wallace’s acclaimed book (which turned into Burton’s 2003 weepie) becomes an all singin’, all dancin’ mega-musical starring two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz. Did senior editor Thom Geier think it swam? “Big Fish finds theatrically inventive ways to reel »
- Jason Clark
Exclusive: CAA makes it a habit to rotate its rising agents into department head roles, and they’ve just appointed vet Joe Machota to take the reins of the Theatre Department. Heads rotate more regularly in areas like film and television, but the top job has belonged to George Lane since he moved over from Wma a decade ago to form CAA’s legit division. I’m told that Lane, free of the administrative duties that came with that job, will continue to rep his theater clients while working with the partners on initiatives that include generating funding for client-driven legit productions. That is a model that has made CAA’s independent film division a powerhouse, matching clients with financiers to get stuff made, with the agency packaging the films and making the domestic distribution deals. CAA has had a hand in such stage productions as the upcoming revival of Cabaret, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
“The greatest moment of my life!” proclaimed Danny Elfman as he received a triple standing ovation that cheered on his career and stunning singing performance with songs from The Nightmare Before Chirstmas but even though this brought the house down and closed the concert, we had already been treated to the stunningly talented BBC Concert Orchestra, the Maida Vale Singers and conductor John Mauceri leading the way. The latter has had an incredibly distinguished career and this made him the perfect choice to guide this celebration, with Mauceri even lending his voice in the latter stages with a few lines of his own from The Nightmare Before Christmas, complete with a Santa hat.
Danny Elfman is one of the most celebrated film composers in our modern era. He’s scored that famous The Simpsons theme, plus worked with Peter Jackson, Gus van Sant and David O Russell to name but a few. »
- Dan Bullock
Very early in the new stage musical “Big Fish,” director Susan Stroman delivers a splashy ensemble number, “Be the Hero,” that effectively introduces us to many of the fantastical characters we know from Tim Burton’s 2003 film version and the original novel by Daniel Wallace. The difference, however, between seeing them onscreen or reading about these mythic figures is that when they’re forced to sing and dance right off the bat with no introduction, there’s a distinct feeling of the wrong kind of déjà vu. Is that Ariel from “The Little Mermaid”? One of the witches from “Wicked”? The circus. »
- Robert Hofler
Even before Big Fish hit movie theaters in 2003, screenwriter John August knew its yarn-spinning hero was bound for Broadway. “You look at Edward Bloom’s stories…and they feel like production numbers,” says August. “There are moments when words fail you, and you break into song. That’s what was missing.”
Buoyed by a rash of screen-to-stage hits — including three of the last five Best Musical Tony winners (Kinky Boots, Once, and Billy Elliot) — Big Fish, the moving, epic tale of a father and son opens tonight at the Great White Way’s Neil Simon Theatre. “Broadway is a risky business, »
- Lanford Beard
Remember the '90s? Sure you do. The music was grungier. The Marky Marks were Markier. You had to choose between your phone and the Internet. And the ponytails were occasionally sideways.
Well, if you somehow missed the decade due to an interference in the time-space continuum — or you just happen to be really young — we've assembled 15 movie clips that best represent what life, or at least movies, were like during that glorious decade. A '90s time capsule, if you will. So sit back, relax and throw on your favorite starter jacket.
Way before film dance battles occurred in 3D thunderdomes and huge flattop cuts were throwbacks, Kid 'n Play were throwing down the on-screen dance gauntlet with some fly girls in "House Party," a movie that knew enough to not let a plot get in the way of fun and »
- Adam D'Arpino
The splashy new musical version of Big Fish — the beloved 2003 Tim Burton film, as well as a heralded Daniel Wallace novel before that — is fully under way in previews at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre for an opening on Oct. 6. But you now have a cushy pre-opening seat (after the jump) to witness key moments from the new Susan Stroman-Andrew Lippa-John August tuner, which teases chorines, giants, acrobats, and elephants (oh my!), as well as the always-endearing glimpse of the inimitable Norbert Leo Butz tenderly essaying a catchy new song. And best of all, unlike the film, »
- Jason Clark
Each week we take a look at what’s new and what’s essential viewing on the various VOD and movie streaming services.
This week’s theme seems to weighty and important drama although there is the best comedy from last year as well, a classic buddy cop action flick, zombie lunacy and Star Trek. Perhaps because we are moving into the awards season, Netflix has decided to move with it and add some acclaimed drama for the long dark nights ahead.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
For a comedy about acapella made in the wake of the success of Glee, Pitch Perfect sure is a well written and performed film. Coming as a complete surprise at the end of last year, the story should have led to all manner of clichés as wannabe DJ Anna Kendrick arrives at college and is inducted into an all-girl acapella group who are failing into blandness »
- Chris Holt
Cyrus later recorded numerous songs for the soundtrack of the first season, signing a deal with Hollywood Records and releasing the album "Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus", selling over three million copies in the Us.
- Michael Stevens
Pennsylvania compares same-sex marriage license issues to licenses for 12-year-olds, All New Mexico clerks join same-sex marriage lawsuit, James Spader is Ultron
The final chapter in this batch of Husbands the Series episodes is out (there are more episodes coming), giving us the big reveal of how the rewedding turned out. Personally, I’m protesting the lack of Sean Hemeon’s abs in this series. I plan to write a very whiny and slightly creepy email to Cheeks, Sean, and Jane.
In a surprising development, all 33 county clerks in the New Mexico have joined the Aclu lawsuit for marriage equality. Honestly, I figured there would be at least one holdout. This will make it harder for the supreme court to stall on the issue.
Comically Vintage »
- Ed Kennedy
If you’re trying to wipe your mind from the events of the VMAs or their explosion all over the internet yesterday, put down the bleach and try to remember a simpler time. An innocent time. A wondrous time before Miley Cyrus used a foam finger for a self-administered colonoscopy. That time was 2003 when Cyrus was 10 years old and warning Edward Bloom to beware of the witch in Big Fish. Watch this clip and regain your sanity. For a few minutes at least. »
- Scott Beggs
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