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The Producers of the eight time Tony award-winning musical Once today announce that booking for the West End production extends to 31 May 2014, releasing over 200,000 new tickets for sale at the Phoenix Theatre.
With a cast led by Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cviteši? as Guy and Girl respectively, John Tiffany’s West End production of the hit musical opened at the Phoenix Theatre in April this year where it has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. At each performance, live on stage, the Company play 10 Cf Martin guitars, 2 violins, 1 melodica, 1 cello, 2 mandolins, 1 ukelele, 1 bass guitar, 1 banjo, 2 cajon’s, 1 drum kit, 1 piano, 1 harmonica and 1 concertina and on the West End’s only on stage bar, audience members can join the cast for the start of the show and at the interval.
Based on the much-loved Oscar-winning film, Once is a celebration of love, friendship and music. When an Irish busker and »
- David Agnew
As I wrap up another season full of moving, sassy, romantic, and knee-slappingly funny music moments at TV Jukebox, I’ve been excited to single out some amazing tunes by new-to-me acts: Brooklyn’s sultry-spooky duo Ms Mr, soulful piano balladeer Sara Jackson-Holman, L.A. poppers Milo Greene, and singer-songwriter Adam Agin, to name a few. That said, I realized after taking stock of the nearly 300 songs I name-checked this past season that there were a few surprising omissions.
Perhaps these songs were too big or (more likely) expensive for their own good. Then again, that didn’t stop »
- Lanford Beard
Todd Haynes (I'm Not There, Far From Heaven) has signed on to direct Carol for Number 9, which has Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska attached to star. The director's frequent collaborator Christine Vachon is also boarding the project as a producer.
The story is an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novella "The Price of Salt," which follows the relationship between two women in 1950s New York. One is a young department store clerk (Mia Wasikowska) who dreams of a better life, and the other is a woman (Cate Blanchett) trapped in a loveless marriage. Playwright Phyllis Nagy wrote the screenplay adaptation.
New York — There was a time when most of the songs played on the radio came from Broadway. Now some popular hit makers like Cyndi Lauper and Sting are finding it still feels like home.
"Look, they don't break your balls that much here," Lauper said of the experience of composing "Kinky Boots," her debut musical. "Know what I'm saying? They don't friggin' aggravate you as much."
More and more singer-songwriters from the pop world seem to be hearing that siren song: The trickle of pop and rock stars turning to the stage is fast becoming a flood.
Besides Sting and Lauper, stars such as Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Edie Brickell, David Byrne, Fatboy Slim, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello and The Flaming Lips are making musicals.
The reasons are as varied as the different sounds those artists create: Broadway represents a new challenge. Or it offers »
Everyone seems just as pumped for the Jay-z-produced soundtrack for "The Great Gatsby" as they are for the flick itself. But before we look ahead at what The Hova has in store for what we can only imagine will be the coolest-ever soundtrack to something you were forced to read in high school, let's look back at some of the all-time great movie songs.
Feature by Adam D'Arpino
20. Three 6 Mafia: 'Hard Out Here For a Pimp' ('Hustle & Flow')
Three 6 Mafia took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for this jam that confirmed what we had all already suspected: Pimpin' ain't easy. Terrence Howard and Taryn Manning's performances in "Hustle & Flow" were stellar, but there's little doubt that Three 6 Mafia's Oscar appearance, combined with host Jon Stewart's verbal Oscar tally ("Three 6 Mafia 1, Martin Scorcese 0") is what everyone remembers most about the movie. »
- NextMovie Staff
A wedding isn’t the only exciting news for Keira Knightley fans this week: The actress is in negotiations to play the female lead in the dark comedy Laggies, according to a rep for the film. The independent production, written by first-timer Andrea Seigel and directed by Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister), tells the story of a young woman who reacts to her boyfriend’s marriage proposal by pretending to go on a business retreat while she actually hunkers down with a new 16-year old friend (Chloë Grace Moretz). Anne Hathaway was originally on board for the lead but »
- Adam Markovitz
This is the first in a series on technological disruptions in the entertainment industry. With this series, the Huffington Post will track the way television, film, and other institutions are shifting to accomodate innovations, and how these changes affect audiences.
Vines, videos made via the same-named Twitter application, pose big constraints to filmmakers: they can’t be edited once they’ve been shot, they play on loop, and they must be six seconds long.
And yet, the Tribeca Film Festival’s first-ever call for vines brought in a bounty. The winners chosen last week for $600 prizes in four categories -- Series, Genre, Auteur and Animated -- ranged from stop motion dramas to pulp horror scenes, each hinging on visual tricks to convey crucial plot information in the blink of an eye. (You can view the winners at the festival’s web site).
The winner of Tribeca's Auteur category, "There is no sunny-side to this story, »
- The Huffington Post
They’re a lesser known band than some, but The Frames have inspired many musically throughout Ireland and outside of the UK and, for me, deserve a whole lot more recognition. They were founded in 1990 by Glen Hansard who you might remember for his role as Outspan Foster in the brilliant The Commitments but also more recently for his part in Once, in which Hansard and Markéta Irglová not only played the lead roles but they also wrote the songs. In fact, ‘Falling Slowly’ from Once won the Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards for Best Original Song and has also just started a stage run in the West End.
Today we wanted to share the truly engaging trailer for The Frames: In The Deep Shade, a documentary that’s described as “a poetic and visceral experience” and from this first look, you can feel the world that the band »
- Dan Bullock
We haven't seen anything from Hailee Steinfeld since she scored a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination two years ago for her (leading) role in the Coen Brothers' "True Grit" -- but at just 16 years of age, she can afford to take her time. And whatever time she has lost, she's about to make up for in a big way. Steinfeld is set to appear in no fewer than five films this year, including roles in "Ender's Game," John Carney's "Once" follow-up "Can a Song Save Your Life?" and the umpteenth redo of "Romeo and Juliet" -- every generation needs its »
- Guy Lodge
"You guys have the back catalog," said an amused Sam Beam to the audience at The Sayer’s Club in Hollywood on Friday night. The Iron & Wine frontman was without a prepared set list, so he fielded calls for tracks like "Woman King" and "Jesus the Mexican Boy" from his pre-Shepherd’s Dog albums. Story: Iron & Wine's Sam Beam Talks New Album 'Ghost on Ghost': 'I Felt Like Sinatra' The event -- organized by SoCal public radio affiliate Kcrw as an invite-only show -- paired Beam with Glen Hansard, the Oscar-winning Once songwriter. The artists, who share a manager in
- Erik Hayden
Once was a surprise cinema hit – a micro-budget romance about an Irish busker and a Czech flower seller. Who better to adapt it for stage than self-confessed misanthrope Enda Walsh? The playwright recalls his journey from cynic to proud, emotional wreck
We don't do musicals in Ireland. Well, not much. We like to keep our actors and musicians separate at all times. In separate counties, even. There is possibly a musical theatre company hidden on Sherkin Island doing a production of Wicked right now, but they haven't been found yet. And when they do find them, it will be a heavy dose of Samuel Beckett for those grinning fools. Why break into song and dance to exorcise your inner emotions when you can talk yourself through it? Over the years, I've added my own fair share of words to Irish theatre. You can't help it as an Irish person. We talk. »
A recent PlayStation Blog post from the Game Director of Deadpool, Sean Miller, aims to shed light on the highly anticipated title by giving players insight into what it has been like developing a game for the Merc With A Mouth.
Every Deadpool fan knows the insanity that the character offers: guns, swords, bigger guns, and chimichangas. There is one thing, however, that makes him even more engaging, and it’s the fact that Deadpool knows he’s a comic character in his own game. Miller fleshes this idea out into greater context as he says, “[T]hat’s what makes Deadpool so unique. Deadpool is more than just the main character of the game – he’s the director. Every part of your experience, from action to narrative, is filtered through the warped, taco-fueled perspective of a protagonist who is certifiably crazycakes.”
Deadpool continually battles with the multiple personalities bursting out of his uniform, »
- Michael Shelton
John Carney’s Once took home a well-deserved Oscar five years ago, and the film’s success has since gone on to see it adapted for the stage with a Tony- and Grammy-winning production, Once the Musical.
The production has already had an incredibly successful run in the States, and is now coming to the UK. Following a limited run in Dublin, Once the Musical will be arriving at the Phoenix Theatre, London, from 16th March, and will run right through towards the end of the year.
In honour of the musical coming to our shores, you can now listen to the entire soundtrack album, Once the Musical, on Facebook and SoundCloud.
“Based on the much-loved Oscar®- winning film, Once The Musical is an extraordinary, original and irresistibly joyous celebration of love, friendship and music. Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić will lead the cast as Guy and Girl respectively »
- Kenji Lloyd
With only 55 hours until the 84th annual Academy Awards, there is a subtle shift that takes place where the event suddenly becomes less about the movies we’re supposed to be celebrating and more about the television show itself. Who’s presenting? How will Seth MacFarlane be received? Will Sean Connery be part of the James Bond tribute? Who will be bleeped for profanity?
For months, I’ve debated the merits of the top films, and my choices for the major awards have been etched in cement that dried long before the Golden Globes were even handed out. Lincoln was »
- Jeff Labrecque
"And the Oscar goes to…" Five words that will send nervous tingles through even the coolest of Hollywood customer. Winning an Academy Award can prompt tears of joy, euphoria, the desire to kiss whoever crosses your path or, in the case of Joe Pesci, extreme terseness.
As the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Ben Affleck ready themselves for the big night on Sunday (February 24), Digital Spy takes a look back at 20 of the most memorable acceptance speeches in Oscars history.
"Thank you life, thank you love. It is true, there are some angels in this city!" So usually a calm and restrained presence in interviews, Marion Cotillard let her emotions run free as she picked up a much-deserved Oscar for her barnstorming turn as Édith Piaf.
> Watch Marion Cotillard's Oscars acceptance speech
"It's my privilege. »
We’ve received news that the West End version of the film Once, has announced who’ll take on those lead roles that Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová portray on the big screen. Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cviteši? will lead the cast as Guy and Girl respectively in John Tiffany’s West End production of the Broadway hit musical opening at the Phoenix Theatre in Spring 2013, that we first reported on last year.
Once has book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh. Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, music and lyrics are by Academy Award® winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Scenic and costume designs are by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe and movement by Steven Hoggett.
Having received »
- Dan Bullock
Chicago – Amiable charm compensates for scattershot laughs in Ryan O’Nan’s directorial debut, “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best.” There’s an undercurrent of tangible warmth that reverberates beneath O’Nan’s awkward assemblage of quirky gags and self-consciously clever dialogue. Though I spent much of the film on the fence, it eventually won me over.
There are few things more thrilling to watch in a film than two strangers connecting through their shared passion for music. That’s what happened in John Carney’s 2006 masterpiece, “Once,” as Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová brilliantly portrayed the spontaneity of an unrehearsed musical performance—allowing the Oscar-winning tune, “Falling Slowly,” to organically unfold before the audience like a blooming flower.
DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0
A similar sort of magic occurs about a half-hour into “Brooklyn Brothers,” as mismatched duo Alex (O’Nan) and Jim (Michael Weston) start to perform a tune while driving to their next gig. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
When Groban ventures to the CBS crime series, he’ll be playing himself, EW detailed in their exclusive. The star’s shining moment will kill two birds with one stone. A celebrity cameo is great for CSI: NY and the spotlight will help Groban promote his upcoming album, titled “All That Echoes,” which will be released on Feb. 5th from Reprise Records.
The operatic cutie’s last album was 2010′s “Illuminations”. “All That Echoes” is available for pre-order now. It boasts a collaboration with Rob Cavallo who has also worked with Green Day and Paramore. In a press statement the artist said, “From beginning to end, this project has blossomed with absolute joy and inspiration. Together »
- Sasha Nova
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