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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Broadway Marquee Revealed

With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to make its Broadway debut this spring, producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender unveiled the elaborate new marquee at the newly-restored Lyric Theatre. The marquee reveal comes as the producers get ready for their big opening, with previews starting March 16 and the play's official opening set for April 22. The marquee was created by Cursed Child set designer Christine Jones and International Scenic Supervisor Brett J. Banakis, which features a massive 150-foot, 50,000-pound wing spanning from the marquee to the top of the theater, while the iconic nest with child sits atop the theater. Here's what Jones and Banakis had to say about the marquee in a joint statement.

"It is a thrill to have the Lyric as a canvas, both inside and out, for our production. One of the many gifts the Lyric Theatre provided us is over 200 feet of frontage on 43rd street,
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Film Review: Hugh Jackman in ‘The Greatest Showman’

Film Review: Hugh Jackman in ‘The Greatest Showman’
“The Greatest Showman” is a good old-fashioned cornball PG musical that is also a scintillatingly flashy — and woke! — immersion in up-to-the-minute razzmatazz. It takes the life of P.T. Barnum, the anything-goes circus impresario of the 1800s, who is played with irresistible effervescence by Hugh Jackman, and turns him into a saintly huckster-maestro who invented the spirit of modern showbiz by daring to follow his dream. At the same time, the film takes Barnum’s infamous believe-it-or-not attractions — Tom Thumb, Dog Boy, Tattoo Man, the Bearded Lady — and makes them over into sensitive enlightened outcasts, a kind of 19th-century freak-show gallery of identity politics.

How piously anachronistic is that? Very. Yet “The Greatest Showman” wants to give you a splashy good time, and does, and it’s got something that takes you by surprise: a genuine romantic spirit. The numbers are shot like electromagnetic dance-pop music videos, and to say that they sizzle with energy wouldn’t do them
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Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe to Lead Red Bull's The Dutch Courtesan Reading Next Week

Red Bull Theater's next Revelation Reading, John Marston's The Dutch Courtesan, directed by Michael Sexton, featuring Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe, along with Matthew Amendt, Michael Braun, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Autumn Dornfeld, Cameron Folmar, Don Guillory, Daniel K. Isaac, David Manis, Kathryn Meisle, Rachel Mewbron, Steven Rattazzi, Kate Skinner, and more, will take place March 2nd at 730 pm at the Lucille Lortel Theater, 121 Christopher Street.
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Exclusive: Four Debuts on DVD January 14th, 2014

Exclusive: Four Debuts on DVD January 14th, 2014
Based on the play of the same name by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Shinn, first-time Director Joshua Sanchez's award-winning drama Four debuts across all digital platforms beginning December 17th before landing on DVD January 14th 2014, from Wolfe Video. The film stars 2013 Independent Spirit Award Best Actor nominee Wendell Pierce (HBO's The Wire, Treme) as Joe, a middle-aged, married man who goes on a date with a young man (Emory Cohen from NBC's Smash) he met on the internet. Aja Naomi King (Damsels in Distress, TV's Emily Owens M.D.) and Daytime Emmy Award nominee E.J. Bonilla (TV's The Guiding Light, Revenge) round out the cast. Bonus materials include a behind the scenes featurette and film commentary by the cast and crew.

Four has received much acclaim on the film festival circuit, including the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, where the film's four stars jointly won the festival's
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Classic Stage Company Extends Elizabeth Olsen & Julian Cihi-Led Romeo & Juliet Through 11/10

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Greg Reiner, announced today that its upcoming production of Shakespeare's Romeo amp Juliet starring Elizabeth Olsen as Juliet and Julian Cihi as Romeo, directed by Tea Alagi will extend for one additional week through Sunday, November 10. Previews begin Friday, September 27 prior to an official press opening Wednesday, October 16. The cast also features McKinley Belcher III Benvolio, Daniel Davis Friar Laurence, Stan Demidoff ParisSampson, Harry Ford Gregory, Friar John, Watchman, David GarrisonCapulet, T. R. Knight Mercutio, Anthony Michael Martinez Prince, Kathryn Meisle Lady Capulet, Dion Mucciacito Tybalt, John RothmanMontagueApothecary and Daphne Rubin-Vega Nurse. Set design is by Marsha Ginsberg costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting by Jason Lyons, and original music and sound by Ryan Rumery.
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DVD Review - Bereavement (2010)

Bereavement, 2010.

Written and Directed by Steven Mena.

Starring Alexandra Daddario, Spencer List, Brett Rickaby, Michael Biehn, Nolan Gerard Funk, Kathryn Meisle, Peyton List, John Savage and Valentina de Angelis.

Synopsis:

A deranged psychopath kidnaps a young boy with a genetic disorder that causes him to feel no physical pain and forces him to become an unwilling participant in the mindless slaughter of his innocent victims.

Small towns tormented by serial killers is a reliable staple of the horror genre. Be it isolated rural town locales or sleepy suburbia, the Michael Myers et al of this world go about their slashing business in the quiet recesses of America. Bereavement follows a stereotypical format with a few interesting ideas added.

A young boy, Martin, has a rare genetic disorder that causes him to feel no physical pain. He’s kidnapped by psychologically disturbed killer Graham Sutter, who forces him to bare witness to his killings.
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DVD Review: Bereavement

Bereavement

Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Spencer List, Brett Rickaby, Michael Biehn, Kathryn Meisle, John Savage, Chase Pechacek | Written and Directed by Stevan Mena

What makes somebody evil? Is it just in their nature to be that person, to have the ability to harm others without remorse or is it their environment that builds the monster inside. This is the well-known argument of nature vs. nurture and Bereavement is a film that pushes for the belief that its nurture that creates the monster, that the parent is to blame.

Bereavement is actually the prequel to a movie called Malevolence, looking at the tale of Martin Bristol. In Bereavement we see him as a six year old boy with a rare disease; he lacks the ability to feel pain. When he is kidnapped by a serial killer he is taught that torturing and killing is ok because pain is not felt, which of course he understands.
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Every Parent's Nightmare: Kidnap Thriller Bereavement on DVD and Blu-Ray August 30th

Every parent's nightmare comes true thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment's release of

Bearevement, on DVD and Blu-Ray August 30th. Steven Mena's prequel to Malevolence, shows how a child abductor plans his villainy and how he keeps his misdeeds undercover. Brett Rickaby plays Graham Sutter, the man everyone loves to hate and fans of kidnap or psychological thrillers can look at a third trailer for Bereavement, below. The clip shows more of the malefactor and of little Martin (Spencer List), taken from his unwitting parents.

The synopsis for Bearevement is here:

"In 1989, six-year-old Martin Bristol (Spencer List) was kidnapped from his backyard swing in Minersville, Pa. Graham Sutter (Rickaby), a psychotic recluse, kept Martin imprisoned on his derelict pig farm, forcing him to witness and participate in unspeakable horrors. Chosen at random, his victim’s screams were drowned out by the rural countryside" (Anchor).

Martin’s whereabouts would have remained a mystery,
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‘Bereavement’

Reviewed by Bryan Buss

(March 2011)

Directed/Written by: Stevan Mena

Starring: Michael Biehn, Alexandra Daddario, Brett Rickaby, Kathryn Meisle, Nolan Gerard Funk, Peyton List and Spencer List

Stevan Mena’s new horror thriller “Bereavement” is a darkly disturbing chiller with genuine scares and atmosphere to spare. When 6-year-old Martin is abducted by serial killer Graham Sutter (Brett Rickaby), he’s taken to an abandoned meatpacking plant to be Sutter’s protégé. Five years later, 17-year-old Allison (Alexandra Daddario) moves from Chicago to the country to live with her Uncle Jonathan (Michael Biehn), Aunt Karen (Kathryn Meisle) and cousin Wendy (Peyton List) after her parents are killed. Meanwhile, Martin (Spencer List), in the intervening time since his kidnapping, has been observing and helping with the torture and murders of young women. The two parallel stories converge in horrifying and devastating ways, leading to an ending significantly grimmer than most.

Mena, who also edited,
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‘Bereavement’

Reviewed by Bryan Buss

(March 2011)

Directed/Written by: Stevan Mena

Starring: Michael Biehn, Alexandra Daddario, Brett Rickaby, Kathryn Meisle, Nolan Gerard Funk, Peyton List and Spencer List

Stevan Mena’s new horror thriller “Bereavement” is a darkly disturbing chiller with genuine scares and atmosphere to spare. When 6-year-old Martin is abducted by serial killer Graham Sutter (Brett Rickaby), he’s taken to an abandoned meatpacking plant to be Sutter’s protégé. Five years later, 17-year-old Allison (Alexandra Daddario) moves from Chicago to the country to live with her Uncle Jonathan (Michael Biehn), Aunt Karen (Kathryn Meisle) and cousin Wendy (Peyton List) after her parents are killed. Meanwhile, Martin (Spencer List), in the intervening time since his kidnapping, has been observing and helping with the torture and murders of young women. The two parallel stories converge in horrifying and devastating ways, leading to an ending significantly grimmer than most.

Mena, who also edited,
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Bereavement Movie Review

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Bereavement Movie Review
Title: Bereavement Directed By: Stevan Mena Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Spencer List, Brett Rickaby, Michael Biehn, Peyton List, Nolan Gerard Funk, Valentina de Angelis, Kathryn Meisle Bereavement may be a prequel to the 2004 film Malevolence and share some concepts and characters, but otherwise, it’s an entirely different film. Not only is it an incredible improvement in terms of camerawork, score and performances, but Bereavement paints a horrifyingly vivid picture of the mind of a psychopathic killer whereas in Malevolence, that element is missing entirely. It’s one thing to watch victims lose their lives one-by-one, but it’s a completely different experience when you’re well aware of what makes the villain commit [...]
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A New Clip for Steven Mena's Bereavement has Arrived!

                                       Bereavement is the obvious prequel/sequel to Malevolence and is one film I can't wait to see! The slasher throwback is written & directed by Stevan Mena and stars Michael Biehn, Alexandra Daddario, Noland Gerard Funk, Kathryn Meisle and John Savage. If you haven't watched Malevolence yet go check it out because if you love creepy slasjer movies then you'll love this plus you'll get ready for the prequel/sequel!  

 

Synopsis: 

 "In 1989, six year old Martin Bristol was kidnapped from his backyard swing in Minersville Pennsylvania. Graham Sutter, a psychotic recluse, kept Martin imprisoned on his derelict pig farm, forcing him to witness and participate in unspeakable horrors. Chosen at random, his victim's screams were drowned out by the rural countryside. For five years, Martin's whereabouts have remained a mystery, until 17 year old Allison Miller (Alexandra Daddario) comes to live with her Uncle, Jonathan (Michael Biehn). While exploring her new surroundings,
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Exclusive Clip from Bereavement

Writer-director Stevan Mena's Bereavement is hopping onto the big screen March 4 and we've got an exclusive clip to share with you. Michael Biehn, Brett Rickaby, Martin Bristol and Kathryn Meisle star in this prequel to Mena's 2004 thriller Malevolence . The film centers on the killer Graham Sutter and the kidnapping and systematic torture of his protégé Martin Bristol. You can check out a trailer right here .
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Bereavement (2010) Movie Poster 2: Alexandra Daddario, Stevan Mena

The second Bereavement Movie Poster has premiered. The Bereavement (2010) movie poster 2 only features Alexandra Daddario. Stevan Mena‘s Bereavement also stars Michael Biehn, Brett Rickaby, Martin Bristol, Kathryn Meisle, John Savage, and Nolan Funk. Bereavement‘s plot synopsis: “Serving as a prequel to 2004′s Malevolence, the film centers on the killer Graham Sutter and the kidnapping and systematic torture of his protégé Martin Bristol. The horrific account of 6 year old Martin Bristol, abducted from his backyard swing and forced to witness the brutal crimes of a deranged madman.” After the MPAA banned the first Bereavement movie poster, it was only a matter of time before a new movie poster was released to accompany Bereavement (2010) Movie Trailer 2. Check out the second Bereavement movie poster below and leave your thoughts on it. Bereavement may be released on March 4, 2011.

Alexandra Daddario, Bereavement Movie Poster 2

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Prequel to Malevolence Has a New Trailer

The latest trailer for Bereavement - the sequel to 2004's Malevolence - is finally here and it appears the film is on track (finally!) for a 2011 release. Writer-director Stevan Mena has made Michael Biehn his leading man this time; Brett Rickaby, Martin Bristol and Kathryn Meisle co-star. Serving as a prequel, the film centers on the killer Graham Sutter and the kidnapping and systematic torture of his protégé Martin Bristol. Bereavement Official Trailer from Steve Mena on Vimeo .
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Bereavement Shows a Child Killer in this Suspenseful Trailer

Bereavement PosterDirector and writer Stevan Mena completed the horror shocker Bereavement in February of this year. The story is a prequel to Mena's earlier work Malevolence and involves the abduction of a six year old boy (Dread). The abductions continue in this clip for Bereavement below and those in the Long Island area can watch the thrills on the big screen as the film has a World Premiere July 16th. The Long Island International Film Expo is hosting Bereavement at 9:30pm and Mena's latest stars Michael Biehn (Aliens), Alexandra Daddario (Odd Jobs), and Peyton List. Check out this evocative, chilling clip inside; then, get set for the premiere in just over a week.

A short synopsis for Bereavement here:

"The horrific account of 6 year old Martin Bristol, abducted from his backyard swing and forced to witness the brutal crimes of a deranged madman" (IMDb).

A Killer Readies His Knife
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First Poster and a Whopping 27 Stills from Slasher Sequel 'Malevolence: Bereavement'!

Bloody Disgusting was just supplied with the first one sheet and a whopping 27 stills from Stevan Mena's Bereavement (also known as Malevolence: Bereavement), the highly anticipated sequel to the 2004 indie slasher film Malevolence that centers on the killer Graham Sutter and the kidnapping and systematic torture of his protégé Martin Bristol. Michael Biehn, Brett Rickaby, Martin Bristol, Kathryn Meisle, John Savage, Nolan Funk, Alexandra Daddario all star in the sequel still seeking a release date. The horrific account of 6 year old Martin Bristol, abducted from his backyard swing and forced to witness the brutal crimes of a deranged madman.
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Excl: Bereavement Poster, Behind-the-Scenes Pics

Below you'll find the one-sheet poster for Bereavement , the prequel to Stevan Mena's Malevolence , courtesy of Crimson Films Entertainment. Mena once again writes and directs this dark character study, which focuses on Graham Sutter's kidnapping and systematic torture of his protégé Martin Bristol, turning him into the killer we meet in the original Malevolence . The Bereavement cast features fan fave Michael Biehn ( Planet Terror ), John Savage ( Carnivàle ), Brett Rickaby who plays Graham Sutter and can be seen tomorrow in The Crazies remake, Alexandra Daddario ( The Lightening Thief ), Nolan Funk, Spencer List (as Martin Bristol) and Kathryn Meisle ( Basket Case 2 ). Below the poster are just a select few of the handful of behind-the-scenes images that Mena posted via...
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