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D.C. Theater Review: ‘Dave,’ The Musical

  • Variety
D.C. Theater Review: ‘Dave,’ The Musical
This might sound familiar to film buffs: A lying and philandering U.S. president suffers a debilitating stroke and is furtively replaced by a body double, who then foils the plot by honoring duty and country. So goes a new musical remake of the 1993 movie “Dave” by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures that is debuting with Broadway aspirations at D.C.’s Arena Stage. New York does seem a plausible goal for this enjoyably light-hearted show, but its creators might first consider reworking an overtly maudlin finale.

There’s much to admire in the homespun fable about integrity and patriotism, wrapped in an inviting package filled with buffoonery and self-deprecating humor. In an even-keeled production from top-tier creators and talent, any resemblance to actual current White House occupants is strictly fortuitous — that is, if you overlook the Twitter-prone president who can’t spell. Call it a timeless show that couldn’t be timelier.
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Video: Go Behind the Scenes of Dave in DC

From a Tony and Pulitzer Prize award-winning creative team comes the world-premiere musical comedy Dave, adapted from the Oscar-nominated film. Dave tells the story ofhigh school teacher and presidential lookalike Dave Kovic, who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the Commander-in-Chief. When the President falls ill under less than 'presidential' circumstances, Dave is thrust into the Oval Office to avoid a national scandal, and must find a way to gain the trust and love of the American people...and the First Lady.Subscription packages, including Dave, are currently available. Single tickets for Dave go on sale March 28, 2018. Patrons may call the Arena Stage Sales Office at 202-488-3300or visit arenastage.org. Dave runs July 13-August 19, 2018.For complete 201819 Season details, visit arenastage.orgshows-ticketsthe-seasonindex-18-19.shtml.
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Canon Of Film: ‘Big’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we take honor the release of ‘Ocean’s 8‘ by taking a look back at one of Gary Ross’ early screenwriting achievements in ‘Big‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Big (1988)

Director: Penny Marshall

Screenplay: Gary Ross & Anne Spielberg

Having seen ‘Big‘ so often, that the magic of it has worn thin on me, I notice on my latest viewing something I hadn’t thought of before, in that now that Josh has returned to being a normal 13-year old, what will happen to him. Is he a normal 13-year old anymore, after spending six weeks as an adult working in the corporate market, having sex with women, earning a paycheck, going on dates, exactly how will his life change after this experience? It’s probably not much of a point that people will observe watching the film,
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Antoine Fuqua, Todd Komarnicki Developing Mike’s Place Terrorist Attack Drama (Exclusive)

Antoine Fuqua, Todd Komarnicki Developing Mike’s Place Terrorist Attack Drama (Exclusive)
Antoine Fuqua and “Sully” writer Todd Komarnicki are developing a film about the 2003 terrorist attack at Mike’s Place, a beachside blues bar in Israel.

Komarnicki will produce through his Guy Walks Into a Bar banner and also direct from a script by Tony Spiridakis. Fuqua’s production credits include “Southpaw” and “Olympus Has Fallen.”

The duo optioned the 2004 documentary “Blues by the Beach,” directed by Joshua Faudem, and the film rights to Jack Baxter’s 2015 graphic novel “Mike’s Place: A True Story of Love, Blues and Terror in Tel Aviv.” The filmmakers have also obtained Baxter’s life rights.

When the bombing took place, Baxter had been working on a documentary about Mike’s Place, a venue popular among young people, where discussion of politics and religion were not allowed. A suicide bomber attacked the bar, killing three people and injuring 50, including Baxter and security guard Avi Tabib,
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Antoine Fuqua, Todd Komarnicki Developing Mike’s Place Terrorist Attack Drama (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Antoine Fuqua, Todd Komarnicki Developing Mike’s Place Terrorist Attack Drama (Exclusive)
Antoine Fuqua and “Sully” writer Todd Komarnicki are developing a film about the 2003 terrorist attack at Mike’s Place, a beachside blues bar in Israel.

Komarnicki will produce through his Guy Walks Into a Bar banner and also direct from a script by Tony Spiridakis. Fuqua’s production credits include “Southpaw” and “Olympus Has Fallen.”

The duo optioned the 2004 documentary “Blues by the Beach,” directed by Joshua Faudem, and the film rights to Jack Baxter’s 2015 graphic novel “Mike’s Place: A True Story of Love, Blues and Terror in Tel Aviv.” The filmmakers have also obtained Baxter’s life rights.

When the bombing took place, Baxter had been working on a documentary about Mike’s Place, a venue popular among young people, where discussion of politics and religion were not allowed. A suicide bomber attacked the bar, killing three people and injuring 50, including Baxter and security guard Avi Tabib,
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‘Dave’ at 25: Why Kevin Kline Initially Turned Down the Role and Ivan Reitman Walked Away From the Political Comedy

‘Dave’ at 25: Why Kevin Kline Initially Turned Down the Role and Ivan Reitman Walked Away From the Political Comedy
During the production of the romantic comedy “Dave,” which celebrates its 25th anniversary on Monday, director Ivan Reitman would frequently drop by the editing room to see what editor Sheldon Kahn had assembled.

Reitman had watched about two-thirds of the movie when he realized one scene didn’t work — when Dave (Kevin Kline), a good-natured employment agency owner hired to impersonate the officious President Bill Mitchell after the Potus suffered a stroke, and the no-nonsense First Lady (Sigourney Weaver) return to the White House after sneaking out.

“I didn’t buy that Sigourney and Dave bonded when they went back into the White House,” Reitman said. “It was just that they snuck out and they talked a bit and then they snuck back. It didn’t feel that they had earned each other’s trust. It was just a movie movement instead of an earned movie moment.”

So they turned
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‘Dave’ at 25: Why Kevin Kline Initially Turned Down the Role and Ivan Reitman Walked Away From the Political Comedy

  • Variety
‘Dave’ at 25: Why Kevin Kline Initially Turned Down the Role and Ivan Reitman Walked Away From the Political Comedy
During the production of the romantic comedy “Dave,” which celebrates its 25th anniversary on Monday, director Ivan Reitman would frequently drop by the editing room to see what editor Sheldon Kahn had assembled.

Reitman had watched about two-thirds of the movie when he realized one scene didn’t work — when Dave (Kevin Kline), a good-natured employment agency owner hired to impersonate the officious President Bill Mitchell after the Potus suffered a stroke, and the no-nonsense First Lady (Sigourney Weaver) return to the White House after sneaking out.

“I didn’t buy that Sigourney and Dave bonded when they went back into the White House,” Reitman said. “It was just that they snuck out and they talked a bit and then they snuck back. It didn’t feel that they had earned each other’s trust. It was just a movie movement instead of an earned movie moment.”

So they turned
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Big: Mario lovers alert! Your favourite game is now a film! Details here!

The latest big news from Hollywood is that one of the few most loved games of our childhood, Mario is going to be made into a movie. Reports that have come in suggest that Nintendo and Illumination will be partnering to make a movie starring Mario. This project is to be co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri!

Some other games that mesmerized us and kept us hooked during our childhood include Road Rash, Dave, Contra, Claw and Pokemon on Gameboy.

Top Three Parties: Party Like It's 1984, Chic Boutique, and Gucci Guy

1. Candace Bushnell and Jay McInerney. 2. Alexis Bledel and Christian Siriano. 3. Dave and James Franco. From PatrickMcMullan.com. Vf Daily’s picks for the top three parties around the globe last night. Party Like It’s 1984 What: Party for Jay McInerney’s new book, How It Ended. Where: Cru restaurant, New York City. Who: Jay McInerney, with children Maise and Barrett McInerney, wife Anne Hearst McInerney, and stepdaughter Amanda Hearst. Also, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Rudy Giuliani, Judith Giuliani, J. T. Theodoracopulos, A. M. Homes, Brad Gooch, Andrew Saffir, Bettina Zilkha, Candace Bushnell, Charles Askegard, Morgan Entrekin, Dirk Wittenborn, Gillian Hearst-Simonds, Helen Lee Schifter, James Lipton, Bobby Zarem, Michael Gross, Nicole Miller, Terry McDonell, André Balazs, Sharon Bush, Richard Johnson, Binky Urban, and Ken Auletta. Why: Because it’s been 25 years since Bright Lights, Big City was published and we were eagerly waiting for McInerney’s latest. Talking Point: The equal measures of literarti and glitterati present.
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On the Late Show: Talk Show Hosts in Movies

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This week, the world of late night television experiences its biggest shakeup in years, as Jimmy Fallon takes the reigns of NBC's "Late Night" from Conan O'Brien, who, at the start of June, will take over "The Tonight Show" from Jay Leno, who moves on to start his own talk show at 10pm. With talk show hosts on our minds these days, it seemed like a good time to look back and see how they've fared on the silver screen.

Qualifications for inclusion were simple: the talk show host in question has to be best known -- and most successful -- in their show business career as a talk show host. Craig Ferguson, current host of CBS' "Late Late Show," carved out a long and successful career as an actor and director of such films as "The Big Tease" before accepting the slot after David Letterman, so he was out.
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Jerry Goldsmith Redux

  • CinemaRetro
The plot thickens: we're now told that Jerry Goldsmith's score for The Last Hard Men also incorporated some of his work from the 1965 spy movie Morituri! Graham Rye's letter regarding Jerry Goldsmith's score for 100 Rifles which was recycled for The Last Hard Men, has drawn a number of comments from readers, some of whom have shed some light on the mystery of why such a revered composer might want to use a previous score in a new movie:

Hi Lee

Well Graham is both correct and incorrect about the soundtrack for the above. The story of The Last Hard Men score is that a score by Leonard Rosenman was rejected and, whether due to time constraints or cost, Fox simply chose to track the movie with cues from three Jerry Goldsmith Fox westerns (100 Rifles, Rio Conchos and the remake of Stagecoach) and also his score for the thriller Morituri.
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Summer Theatres and Festivals 2009

For Equity contract information, refer to our complete listings online at www.backstage.com/spotlight. If your company is not listed but you would like to be included in next year's list, contact Laura A. Butler, Research Editor, at Back Stage, at lbutler@backstage.com.California La Jolla Playhouse P.O. Box 12039 La Jolla, CA 92039 (858) 550-1070, fax (858) 550-1075 www.lajollaplayhouse.org Christopher Ashley, artistic director Casting: Casts productions in-house and through independent casting directors by invitation only. Send pix & resumes to above address, Attn: Casting. See website for more information. Internships available. Season: Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre: Continuous City (March 19 - 22). Future schedule Tba. Marin Shakespeare Company P.O. Box 4053 San Rafael, CA 94913 (415) 499-4485, fax (415) 499-1492 management@marinshakespeare.org www.marinshakespeare.org Robert S. Currier, artistic director Casting: Casts productions in-house. Send pix & resumes to: Robert Currier. Please see website for specific audition dates and information. Internships and/or apprenticeships available.
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Photo Flash: Rose And The Rime At House Theater Of Chicago

Enjoy an evening with The House Theatre of Chicago and its newest production, Rose And The Rime. The original Midwestern fairy tale will play the Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division St.) February 19 to April 11, 2009. Special offers and events are currently available. Rose And The Rime Benefit Night with Peter Sagal House enthusiasts are invited to join Peter Sagal, host of NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me (and House board member) for a panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at the Chopin Theatre (1534 W. Division St.). A wine and dessert reception will take place prior to the panel and all participants are invited to watch a special performance of Rose And The Rime at 8:30 p.m. Panelists will be Company member and Rose And The Rime cast member Carolyn Defrin (The Sparrow, Dave DaVinci Saves the Universe), director Nathan Allen, lighting designer Lee Keenan and co-writer Chris Matthews. Individual
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Rose And The Rime Is Newest Show At House Theater Of Chicago

Enjoy an evening with The House Theatre of Chicago and its newest production, Rose And The Rime. The original Midwestern fairy tale will play the Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division St.) February 19 to April 11, 2009. Special offers and events are currently available. Rose And The Rime Benefit Night with Peter Sagal House enthusiasts are invited to join Peter Sagal, host of NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me (and House board member) for a panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at the Chopin Theatre (1534 W. Division St.). A wine and dessert reception will take place prior to the panel and all participants are invited to watch a special performance of Rose And The Rime at 8:30 p.m. Panelists will be Company member and Rose And The Rime cast member Carolyn Defrin (The Sparrow, Dave DaVinci Saves the Universe), director Nathan Allen, lighting designer Lee Keenan and co-writer Chris Matthews. Individual
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Top 10 Movie Presidents

He’s the Chief Executive, the Chief Legislator, the Commander-In-Chief, the Chief Diplomat, and just about the Chief Everything. The President of the USA is one of the most symbolic and fictionalised figures in the world.

Barack Obama is inaugurated this week. Will he be able to sort out Iraq? Fix the economy? Restore faith and pride into a divided America? No one knows, but what we can do is look back at some of Hollywood’s offers of President of the United States, and see how they sized up to mighty challenges.

These are the Top Ten Movie Presidents to ever grace our screens.

10. President “Unknown Name” - Henry Fonda (Fail Safe)

In a movie that is practically the serious drama version of Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove; Henry Fonda plays a president on the brink of nuclear destruction. After an accidental breach of Russian security, a missile is launched and is heading for Moscow,
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Peter Sellers named top Us president

Sing “The Star Spangled Banner”, play a little baseball or chow down on some apple pie as today is all about America. Yes, the eyes of the world are on the Us of A as Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States in a mere matter of hours. Here at Boxwish we’ve gotten into the American spirit by looking at how real-life presidents have been given the Hollywood treatment in our feature here, but American TV news channel CNN has taken a different approach rating its favourite fictional and real-life inhabitants of the Oval Office. And the top pick isn’t immediately obvious coming in the shape of Peter Sellers’s President Merkin Muffley from Stanley Kubrick’s seminal black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

It’s an unusual choice, very much at odds with
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Sellers Tops Presidential List

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Sellers Tops Presidential List
Peter Sellers' portrayal of President Merkin Muffley in cult movie Dr. Strangelove has topped a new list of fictional and real-life U.S. leaders.

Sellers' famous role in the 1964 Stanley Kubrick film beat out Harrison Ford's James Marshall (Air Force One) and Kevin Kline's William H. Mitchell (Dave) in the CNN Inauguration Day countdown.

The only real-life leader to make the list is outgoing U.S. leader George W. Bush, as portrayed by Josh Brolin in W. He comes in at number 10.

The full list is:

1. Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley (Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb); 2. Harrison Ford as James Marshall (Air Force One); 3. Kevin Kline as William H. Mitchell (Dave); 4. John Travolta as Governor Jack Stanton (Primary Colors); 5. Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd (The American President)

International Film Music Critics Announce 2008 Nominees

I don't believe I have ever reported the nominees for the International Film Music Critics Association before, but in the spirit of covering more award season news than is probably necessary I figured, "What the hell?" The nominees listed below make up the fifth annual International Film Music Critics Association Awards for Excellence with Wall-e receiving the most nominations including Film Score of the Year, Best Score for an Animated Film, Best Film Composition (for "Define Dancing") and Composer of the Year for Thomas Newman. The other big nominee is Danny Elfman who received the most individual nominations this year with seven: Composer of the Year; Film Score of the Year and Best Documentary Score for Standard Operating Procedure; Best Drama Score for Milk; Best Action/Adventure Score and Best Individual Cue for Wanted ("Success Montage"); and Best Fantasy/Science Fiction Score for Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The International
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Conan O'Brien's 'Tonight Show' Plans

When "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" premieres on June 1, the show will have a whole new look as well as a new host, but it will still have a sense of humor. At least it will if O'Brien has anything to do with it -- which he does. "Television is changing rapidly, and I want to make sure [the new 'Tonight Show'] isn't too buttoned up," O'Brien told reporters at the NBC Television Critics Association junket at the Universal Hilton. "I want to make sure it is funny and a worthy 'Tonight Show.'" That said, O'Brien is very much aware of the all the buzz about the changing of the guard, especially since NBC announced its plans for Jay Leno to have a one-hour nightly series at 10 p.m. "I think there has been speculation and uneasiness every time there has been a change in 'The Tonight Show' host," he explains. "If
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Review: The Tale of Despereaux

Mice have enjoyed a great ride in the movies. The animated variety first rose to prominence thanks to Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse in the late 20s, enjoyed a rebirth as heroes in the late 70s and 80s with The Rescuers, The Secret of Nimh, The Great Mouse Detective, and An American Tail, and overflowed into live-action territory a few years later with Stuart Little. More recently, Flushed Away was a superior entertainment about a spoiled upper-class mouse who must learn to survive in the wild and wooly sewers, while the superb Ratatouille gave a rat a rare favorable turn in the spotlight as a culinary artist.

Adapted by Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Dave) from the award-winning book by Kate Dicamillo, The Tale of Despereaux features both a rat and a mouse in leading roles, but the self-described fairy tale is much more than a slapdash character study of two rodents. The
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