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There are no dreams deferred for the producers of the Denzel Washington-led revival of A Raisin in the Sun. In its first full week since its April 3 opening, director Kenny Leon’s well-reviewed revival earned a remarkable $1.18 million, according to figures from the Broadway League covering ticket sales for the week ending April 13. That makes it the fifth highest-grossing show of the week and the only non-musical to cross the seven-figure threshold. And thanks to premium ticket prices as high as $348, Raisin actually exceeded the estimated gross potential of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre by 16 percent.
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- Thom Geier
Aaron Tveit has fans that come from all areas of his already impressive career. There are nightime soap fans who loved him as rich kid Tripp van der Bilt III from Gossip Girl, his film fans for roles in Les Miserables and, of course, the theater fans for his work in such musicals as Next To Normal, Hairspray and Catch Me If You Can. Just look at the online chatter about him and you’ll see that his fans really love him.
And while he returned to television last year in USA’s gritty hit crime drama, Graceland, where he plays newbie FBI agent Mike Warren, Tveit is never far from the stage. In fact, he will be making his debut at Carnegie Hall later this month for a New York Pops Gala celebrating its 31st year. »
- Jim Halterman
Working Title Films’ Theory Of Everything will be released domestically by Focus Features in exclusive engagements beginning Friday, November 7th, 2014. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made the announcement today.
Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire) helms the romantic drama starring Eddie Redmayne (of Working Title’s blockbuster Les Misérables) as theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, world-famous as the author of A Brief History of Time, opposite Gotham Independent Film Award winner Felicity Jones (Like Crazy).
The movie explores the excitement of the 1960s for Stephen as he studies at Cambridge University. At the dawn of a brilliant life’s work, he falls passionately in love with arts student Jane Wilde. Their relationship leads him through personal and scientific challenges and breakthroughs, and as his world opens up he opens up the entire world to new ways of seeing.
Jane’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen inspired the »
- Michelle McCue
Here's a look at the latest release date schedule for the following films: Gavin O'Connor's Jane Got a Gun release date has been pushed again, this time from its August 29th slot to a later date to be announced in due time. The film stars Natalie Portman, Noah Emmerich, Ewan McGregor, and Joel Edgerton. Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom will debut on Earth Day, April 17, 2015. Watch the new teaser trailer here. Focus Features will release James Marsh's Theory of Everything on November 7th, with the Stephen Hawking biopic expanding on November 14th and 21st. Eddie Redmayne stars as Hawking opposite Felicity Jones. November Man, Roger Donaldson's spy movie starring Pierce Brosnan, will open in the U.S. on August 27th. Olga Kurylenko and Luke Bracey also star. Hit the jump for more. News of the scheduling shuffle for Relativity pictures Jane Got a Gun and November Man come courtesy of THR. »
- Dave Trumbore
Working Title’s romantic drama Theory of Everything starring Eddie Redmayne as theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has been given a Nov. 7 exclusive engagements domestic release date by Focus Features, CEO Peter Schlessel announced today. Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire) helms the film, which explores the excitement of the 1960s for Hawking as he studies at Cambridge University. At the dawn of his brilliant life’s work, Hawking falls passionately in love with arts student Jane Wilde and their relationship leads him through personal and scientific challenges and breakthroughs. The film is inspired by Wilde’s memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen with the screenplay written by Anthony McCarten, who is the producer on the film with Lisa Bruce (producer of Working Title’s Mary and Martha) and Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Redmayne (Les Misérables) will play opposite Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) in the lead roles. »
Want your "Gin and Juice" served with a twist of cabaret? Well, viewers who tuned into Tuesday's Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon got just that when the program's host and Anne Hathaway performed Broadway versions of a few rap hits. As Jimmy Fallon "played" the piano, the two offered up jazzy renditions of the aforementioned Snoop Dogg tune, 50 Cent's "In Da Club" and Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe." And while all very impressive (not to mention, pretty hilarious), it was their take on the Lamar track that was definitely the show-stopper. Just like she did in Les Misérables, for which the actress won her Academy Award, the gal »
This is what passes for a children’s movie these days: a 1950s sitcom drawn in pretty tropical CGI colors with a few mostly forgettable songs tossed in. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): was not a fan of the first film
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Why the hell anyone thinks kids would be interested in the marital happiness of a bird boy is beyond me. But this is what passes for a children’s movie these days: a 1950s sitcom drawn in pretty tropical CGI colors with a few mostly forgettable songs tossed in. Nerd bird Blu (the voice of Jesse Eisenberg: Now You See Me, The Social Network) was happy when last we saw him, at the end of the stridently mediocre Rio, and clearly that could not stand. So here, in the oh-so-creatively entitled Rio 2, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
While Anne Hathaway’s recent productions have been somewhat darker and more intense, shining in the likes of Les Misérables and The Dark Knight Rises, we caught up with the Oscar winner about something a little lighter – for his returning role as Jewel, in Carlos Saldanha’s Rio 2.
Hathaway discusses the process of making an animated feature film, and whether it can be a lonely experience. Given her character’s adventurous trip to the Amazon in this sequel, we also ask her where’s the most exotic place she’s ever been, while she also tells us a little bit about her role in the upcoming Christopher Nolan blockbuster, Interstellar.
Rio 2 is released in cinemas on April 4th.
- Stefan Pape
Oh Hugh Jackman, we didn’t think it was possible for you to be any more charming — and then you went ahead and sang this absurd musical-style song about Wolverine and swooooon. The actor stopped by the Matt Edmondson Show to belt out this fun version of “Who Am I” from Les Misérables. Jackman, of course, starred in the 2012 remake of the Victor Hugo novel as French peasant Jean Valjean. The escaped prisoner seeks redemption and tries to start a new life in revolutionary period France. We also appreciate the little X-Men: Days of Future Past plug worked into the song that Jackman so gleefully points out. We can always count on Jackman to give it his all, even for a goofy radio show. It seems that...
- Alison Nastasi
This was bound to happen.
It was only a matter of time before Hugh Jackman’s singing chops were melded into his iconic Marvel character like some kind of adamantium side-effect hidden talent. Courtesy of BBC Radio 1′s The Matt Edmondson Show, we now have Wolverine: The Musical.
Evidently, Jackman stopped by the show on Saturday to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past. Ever the pro, he played along when the hosts handed him a lyric sheet for the fictitious (at least for now) superhero musical and cued up Jackman’s Les Misérables track, ”Who Am I?”
“Who am I? »
- Amber Ray
Yo, if the movie Rocky can be turned into a Broadway musical, what's to stop X-Men? At least, that was the notion suggested by none other than the Wolverine star himself, Hugh Jackman, when he had some spoof lyrics foisted upon him Saturday while appearing on BBC Radio 1's The Matt Edmondson Show. Jackman, ostensibly onboard to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past, proved good-natured about the impromptu moment. Taking the so-called Wolverine: The Musical lyric sheet in hand, the 2008 Sexiest Man Alive sang to the tune of his pensive Les Misérables number "Who Am I?" - even managing a »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Hugh Jackman has managed to keep his X-Men and Les Misérables worlds separate - until now. During an appearance on The Matt Edmondson Show on BBC Radio 1, the triple-threat performer sang a parody of the famous Les Mis anthem, "Who Am I?" With new lyrics, Jackman captured Wolverine's perspective. Watch the hilarious video below, and make sure you don't miss Jackman attempt his final high note! Source: BBC Radio 1 »
- Nick Maslow
Sneak Peek footage of actor Hugh Jackman, noted for his role as Marvel's 'Wolverine', appearing on BBC Radio One's "The Matt Edmondson Show", singing a scripted musical piece from "Wolverine: The Musical":
Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is known for his long-running role as 'Wolverine' in the "X-Men" film series, as well as for his leads in "Kate & Leopold", "Van Helsing", "The Prestige", "Australia", "Real Steel", "Les Misérables" and "Prisoners".
His work in "Les Misérables" earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2013. He is also a singer, dancer, and actor in stage musicals, winning a Tony Award for his role in "The Boy from Oz" and an Emmy Award for hosting the awards show.
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- Michael Stevens
As you can tell from above, Prisoner 24601 still has the physical prowess to make us swoon (much like Hugh Jackman’s Oscar-nominated turn as Jean Valjean in the 2012 film), but Iranian/Canadian star Ramin Karimloo’s long-awaited Broadway debut as Valjean proved to be worth the wait. Coming off stellar reviews (and proving a threat to claim the Best Actor in a Musical Tony), with the revival already a smash hit, it seems that everything old is new again, as audiences cannot get enough barricades and French resistance (this time sans turntable, and all the better for it). Tyne Daly »
- Jason Clark
We're starting to wonder if Anne Hathaway picked up someone elses luggage on her way to London. The Les Misérables star appears to be wearing what two midwesterners might pack for their first get away to Europe: a "fancy" floral shirt for the husband and L'eggs pantyhose for the wife! Or was this actually a family trip? That black, flouncy skirt could definitely be for their tween-aged daughter. Whatever the excuse, this combo from Whit is not your typical A-list actress attire! It may be too cold in the UK for bare legs, but black opaque tights are officially the 2.0 version of these granny gam covers. And that skirt has a fun, youthful flare, but it's an off pairing with the leaf-print »
Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things.
Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
- Michelle McCue
Hello Cinema our friend Amir started a podcast on Iranian cinema. It's an interesting listen even if you know nothing about the topic, particular the first section on how Amir and Tina came to love cinema
Comic Alliance on the petititon to cast an Asian American as Iron Fist in the upcoming Netflix series. This is Such a good idea, because that character was obviously envisioned as white for very problematic reasons given that he's totally tied to Asian culture.
/Film an infographic on Hollywood disasters. They love destroying New York City but it's not the only city they ruin
Vanity Fair rejected »
- NATHANIEL R
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 Wrap now reports that four actors are currently on the shortlist to play the arch-nemesis of the superhero foursome, Dr Doom.
In addition to Redmayne and Riley, Domnhall Gleeson and Toby Kebbell are also being considered for the role.
Redmayne is the most-recognised of the four actors, having appeared in last year's highly successful Les Misérables.
Meanwhile, Gleeson was recently seen in time travel romantic comedy About Time.
The Fantastic Four is due for release on June 19, 2015. »
With Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell all officially locked in to play Marvel's new first family, The Fantastic Four reboot is now looking to cast its main villain, Dr. Victor von Doom. According to sources of The Wrap, 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank have narrowed down their search to four: Sam Riley (Control), Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans), and Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd). It's also reported that Jack Huston was once considered a fifth contender, however, he is "no longer believed" to be in contention. Three of the Dr. Doom candidates are British while Gleeson is Irish, and their ages range 30 to 34; considerably older than Mr. Fantastic's, Human Torch's and The Thing's actors. What do you think? The Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell, and is directed by Josh Trank from a »
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