15 items from 2017
Here we go again folks! As promised (though perhaps a bit later than initially planned), I’m diving back into the world of previous Oscar ceremonies. This time, I have my sights set on the 80th Academy Awards ceremony. You should know the drill by now. I’m going to state what I would have picked in the major eight categories if I had been lucky enough to have been able to vote. In most cases, it deviates from the actual winner. You’ll see how much that was the case this time around, and sit tight, as I do hope to make this a bit more of a consistent thing (excuse the gap again) and really go back as far as I can go. Until then, just enjoy this new one… Alright then, once again here goes nothing ladies and gentlemen…behold my picks for this particular ceremony: Best »
- Joey Magidson
August’s home entertainment releases are off and running in a big way with this week’s crop of horror and sci-fi titles, as we have nearly two dozen movies coming our way this Tuesday.
Scream Factory is putting in overtime with a handful of stunning steelbooks celebrating three great John Carpenter films—They Live, The Fog and Escape From New York—as well as a Collector’s Edition of James Gunn’s Slither and the indie horror films Don’t Knock Twice and House on Willow Street (which they’ve teamed up with IFC Midnight for).
As far as recent genre movies go, Colossal, Shin Godzilla, and Phoenix Forgotten are all primed for their home bow on August 1st, and both Paramount and Universal are dusting off a bunch of recent titles on both DVD and Blu-ray, including Disturbia, The Machinist, Red Eye, and the unrated version of The Ruins. »
- Heather Wixson
Actor Kelsey Grammer is to lead the cast of a new West End production of Big Fish: The Musical. Based on the novel Big Fish by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Pictures film screenplay by John August, this new production will be the London premiere of the musical and also marks Kelsey’s first time on the London stage.
Directed by Nigel Harman, Big Fish: The Musical will play at The Other Palace from Wednesday 1 November 2017 – Sunday 31 December 2017. Tickets go on sale on 31st July 2017.
The Other Palace opened in February 2017 as a home for musical theatre. Discovering, developing and reimagining musicals is at the heart of what The Other Palace is about. The spaces are used to nurture the next generation of musicals, and the creatives behind them; celebrating the very best of the art form, from the established to the brand new.
Kelsey Grammer played the role of Dr. »
- Paul Heath
New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. March with (gay) pride.At a time when equal rights are, unfortunately, under siege, it has never been more necessary for the Lgbtq community and its allies to stand strong. New York City’s Gay Pride March will strut the streets of Manhattan on June 25, beginning at 36th St. and Fifth Ave., and traveling southbound until it reaches Christopher St. in the historic Greenwich Village. Be loud; be proud. (And keep in mind surrounding bars in the area very often have drink specials to honor the momentous event!) (Free) Savor Sondheim without bells 'n whistles. Returning to Feinstein’s/54 Below for its seventh installment on June 25, “Sondheim Unplugged” will once again deliver selections from the songbook of one of the American theater’s greatest composers, Stephen Sondheim. Featuring cast members from original Broadway productions of “Into the Woods” and “Sweeney Todd,” this is a can’t-miss event for anyone »
Johnny Depp has certainly had one of the most interesting careers in Hollywood, becoming famous for playing unusual characters like Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, and Captain Jack Sparrow in the long-running Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, which recently opened its fifth movie in the series, Dead Men Tell No Tales. As an ode to Depp’s long and varied career, YouTube channel JoBlo Videos now offers a 15-minute compilation of Depp career highlights called “Johnny Depp Is Kinda Crazy.” Warning: The rhyming couplet form stringing disparate facts together takes some getting used to, as in “Johnny Depp is rich, Johnny Depp is famous / Johnny Depp made Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas” and “Johnny Depp does not use Twitter, nothing to follow / He did all his own stunts in Sleepy Hollow.” And the sing-song style really does not match well with a reference to the domestic violence allegations against Depp »
- Gwen Ihnat
In Netflix’s “The Crown,” BAFTA-nominated makeup and hair designer Ivana Primorac (“Anna Kareninna,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”) was tasked with transforming the slender 6-foot, 4-inch John Lithgow into the plump 5-foot, 6-inch Winston Churchill. The two men of course look nothing alike, but with a little bit of movie magic (and a towering, award-winning performance), Primorac and Lithgow brought the famed Briton back to life.
“What made Ivana’s Churchill makeup so great was how little there was of it,” Lithgow says. “It was important to her (and to me) that it be inconspicuous, lifelike, and not remotely mask-like.”
Besides a minimal amount of base and a few liver spots, there were really only three elements to the design: a balding wig, a few extra strands of long eyebrow hair »
- Kristopher Tapley
Off-Broadway’s best gathered May 7 to celebrate their community’s achievements at the 2017 Lucille Lortel Awards, hosted by Taran Killam at Nyu’s Skirball Center. Leading the winners were David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ Atlantic Theater Company musical “The Band’s Visit” and J. T. Rogers’ new play “Oslo.” The latter is up for seven Tony Awards next month in recognition for its current Broadway run at Lincoln Center; could its four big Lortel wins signal more statues for the Oslo Accords drama? “I know that for everyone in this room, to have a home is what art requires,” said Rogers in his acceptance speech at the end of the evening. “Lincoln Center Theater has been that home for me.” “The Band’s Visit,” which has not yet announced a Broadway run, also won for leading actress Katrina Lenk. The actor bested Sutton Foster for “Sweet Charity” and Siobhan McCarthy »
Franco Zeffirelli once remarked that directors rarely staged Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” effectively, because they either emphasized the comedy or the drama and rarely got the right balance. The same could be said of almost any musical written by Stephen Sondheim. Back in the 1970s, director Hal Prince almost always got it right, from “Company” to “Sweeney Todd.” Broadway theatergoers didn’t know how lucky we were. In hindsight, we do, thanks to John Doyle. Doyle almost always gets it wrong, making Sondheim’s shows all about the angst. His most egregious failure was the 2006 Broadway revival of “Company,” which excised all. »
- Robert Hofler
Yvonne Monlaur: Cult horror movie actress & Bond Girl contender was featured in the 1960 British classics 'Circus of Horrors' & 'The Brides of Dracula.' Actress Yvonne Monlaur dead at 77: Best remembered for cult horror classics 'Circus of Horrors' & 'The Brides of Dracula' Actress Yvonne Monlaur, best known for her roles in the 1960 British cult horror classics Circus of Horrors and The Brides of Dracula, died of cardiac arrest on April 18 in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. Monlaur was 77. According to various online sources, she was born Yvonne Thérèse Marie Camille Bédat de Monlaur in the southwestern town of Pau, in France's Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, on Dec. 15, 1939. Her father was poet and librettist Pierre Bédat de Monlaur; her mother was a Russian ballet dancer. The young Yvonne was trained in ballet and while still a teenager became a model for Elle magazine. She was “discovered” by newspaper publisher-turned-director André Hunebelle, »
- Andre Soares
The demon barber of Fleet Street has slashed his way to the front of the pack. The Off-Broadway League announced April 4 this year’s Lucille Lortel Awards nominees over 19 categories, and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (now playing at the Barrow Street Theatre) tied director Rachel Chavkin’s musical “Hadestown” for the most nominations with seven. The Sutton Foster-starring revival of “Sweet Charity” was close behind with six nominations. While these musical productions rounded out the top three spots, there was also a lot of love for several current Broadway transfers: “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Indecent,” and “Oslo”—the latter two with four nominations, including outstanding play and director, and “Dear Evan Hansen” with four, including outstanding musical and outstanding lead actor in a musical for Ben Platt. Read: How to Get Cast in an Off-Broadway Show The Off-Broadway League previously announced that costume designer William Ivey Long »
Simon Brew Mar 13, 2017
Very mild spoilers for Beauty & The Beast. Big spoilers for Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Brave man, Bill Condon. The director who has given us films as diverse as Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh, Dreamgirls, Gods And Monsters, two Twilight movies and Kinsey has turned his attention to the live action take on Disney’s 1991 classic, Beauty And The Beast. During his stop off in London to promote the movie, he spared us some time for a chat. Here’s how it went…
I’m your toughest crowd, I suspect. I always wondered what it’d be like if someone ever remade my favourite film and I had to interview them.
What’s you’re favourite film?
Er, the 1991 version of Beauty And The Beast.
Oooohhhhh. Well tell me the things you miss from the original film. »
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, the 1979 Stephen Sondhiem and Hugh Wheeler classic, is made fresh again with a new site-specific production imported from London. The original, which was performed in the oldest pie shop in London by the Tooting Arts Club, created a sensation across the pond. Now, New York City […]
The post ‘Sweeney Todd’ Stage Review: Bloody Good Fun appeared first on uInterview. »
- Erik Meers
Colleen Atwood (Rafael Pulido/Courtesy of Citizens of Humanity)
By: Carson Blackwelder
When it comes to the best costume design category at the Academy Awards there are few who shine brighter than the legendary Colleen Atwood. This talented woman has been nominated 12 times — including this year — and, out of those times, has taken home the trophy three times so far. Let’s take a deep dive into Atwood’s career and see how she stacks against her peers.
As mentioned above, the 68-year-old costume designer has been up for numerous Oscars. Films for which Atwood was just nominated for include: 1994’s Little Women, 1998’s Beloved, 1999’s Sleepy Hollow, 2004’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, 2007’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2009’s Nine, 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, and 2014’s Into the Woods. Films for which Atwood has won, on the other hand, include: 2002’s Chicago, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Catherine Pearson Jan 23, 2017
The world has gone gaga for La La Land and it’s not difficult to see why. We love a good musical number. Sometimes there’s nothing more uplifting than a catchy tune with some fun choreography and other times music is the best, if only, way to depict a character's despair, fear or hope. Music taps into something very primal in us all and can often extract laughter and tears easier than two hours’ worth of dialogue.
Numerous classic musicals have graced the big screen since cinema began, but the 21st century alone has seen some fantastic songs in film. Some considered ‘musical films’ and others ‘films with music’, here are my top picks for this century’s best on-screen musical sequences.
By: Carson Blackwelder
Mel Gibson has a chance at being nominated in the best director category at the 2017 Oscars for Hacksaw Ridge — but there is definitely some competition. While the 61-year-old multihyphenate has already received nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, snagging one from the Academy is not certain. How often have directors been gotten those two precursor nominations only to fall short of the all-important Oscar nomination?
Over the course of his lengthy career, Gibson has primarily been an actor. That being said, the New York native has stepped behind the camera and directed five feature films to date: 1993’s The Man Without a Face, 1995’s Braveheart, 2004’s The Passion of the Christ, 2006’s Apocalypto, and 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge — with the announcement of another, Berserker, on the horizon. The most successful of the bunch, »
- Carson Blackwelder
15 items from 2017
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