Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Anna Foglietta helps Paola Cortelessi become a high-priced escort to pay off debts after she loses her fortune in Escort in Love. A 01 Distribution release of an Italian Intl. Film, RAI Cinema production. Produced by Fulvio Lucisano, Federica Lucisano. Directed by Massimiliano Bruno. Screenplay, Bruno, Fausto Brizzi, Edoardo Falcone.With: Paola Cortelessi, Raoul Bova, Giovanni Bruno, Anna Foglietta, Rocco Papaleo, Lucia Occone, Pasquale Petrolo, Caterina Guzzanti, Valerio Aprea, Massimiliano Delgado, Fausto Leali.A spoiled rich bitch left in straitened circumstances by her husband's death turns to the world's oldest profession to earn some necessary dough in cheerfully non-PC sex comedy "Escort in Love." Witty dialogue, funny sight-gags and savvy comic thesping lift Italian helmer Massimiliano Bruno's feature debut above run-of-the-mill mainstream laffers, while the amiable eccentrics surrounding the imperious protagonist call to mind the great ensemble comedies of Mario Monicelli and Dino Risi. Grossing nearly $11.6 million during its spring domestic release, the pic reps entertaining fest fodder, as well as potential remake material in some markets. As in screwball comedies of yore, part of the appeal is to see the haughty heroine taken down a few pegs, here via the riches-to-rags trajectory of tart-tongued Alice (Paola Cortelessi, who nabbed a David di Donatello actress award). Forced to sell her luxurious villa in the north of Rome, Alice and her adorable 9-year-old, Filippo (Giovanni Bruno, the director's son), wind up on a rooftop in the Eternal City's multiethnic, working-class Quarticciolo neighborhood. Facing debtor's prison and the loss of Filippo to social services if she can't come up with a large sum of money fast, Alice enlists the help of Eva (Anna Foglietta), a high-priced escort who changes life philosophies as easily as she doffs her clothes. The scenes in which Eva tries to mold her protege's fashion sense, personal grooming habits and seduction skills are a hoot. Meanwhile, back in Quarticciolo, the friendly locals (including Rocco Papaleo, Lucia Occone and Pasquale Petrolo) embrace the lonely Filippo, who starts to blossom. It takes Alice longer to warm to her new wonderland, but the sparks she strikes with sexy Internet cafe owner Giulio (Raoul Bova, who won an Italian Golden Globe for the role) move the process along. Thanks to Eva and a helpful gay stylist (Massimiliano Delgado), Alice lands some "special needs" clients. Her interactions with them up the ante for inventive running jokes, as do the repeated attempts by the former girlfriend (Caterina Guzzanti) of Giulio's sad-sack employee Biagio (Valerio Aprea) to win him back, one of which involves noted singer Fausto Leali. And in an echo of current headlines, there's even a scene in which escorts gather to party on a powerful politician's yacht. Better known as an actor and screenwriter, tyro director Bruno displays an astute understanding of comic tone and timing. His screenplay, co-written with Fausto Brizzi and Edoardo Falcone, breezes along at a breakneck pace playing intelligently with stereotypes, making clever use of song lyrics and bursting with little comic details such as the hilariously titled porn films Eva recommends to Alice. The tech package is solid, although the overall visual aesthetic is a tad too smallscreen. A colorful song-and-dance sequence under the closing credits ends things on a lively note.Camera (color), Roberto Forza; editor, Luciana Pandolfelli; music, Giuliano Taviani, Carmelo Travia; production designer, Sonia Peng; costume designer, Alberto Moretti; sound (Dolby Digital). Reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival (First Films, competing), Aug. 21, 2011. Running time: 95 MIN. Contact the Variety newsroom at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Monday, August 29, 2011
PARIS -- Paris-based film and TV news website Allocine would be to launch a TV funnel of their own, while its web empire is constantly on the expand worldwide.The funnel launches Sept. 5 with Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita." Allocine's TV selection includes movies and talkshows focusing on film news and analysis, in addition to programs which are already on Allocine's website. Two-third from the programs are created in-house, as the remainder is created by L.A.-based shingle Prime Entertainment, stated video services topper Alain Le Diberder.The funnel is going to be accessible on digital satellite and DSL channels supplied by broadband companies Orange, SFR, Free, Bouygues and Numericable. The web site, that was setup by French entrepreneur Gregoire Lassalle in 1993, has released local versions in Canada, South america, the U.K., Germany, Poultry, China, The country and Russia. They have different names in various areas: In Germany, for instance, it's called Filmstarts, in The country its title is Sensacine, as well as in the U.K. it's Screenrush.Le Diberder stated the organization will expand into Mexico, Argentina, Portugal, Italia, Australia and also the Middle East, among other areas, by December 2012.The website came roughly 34 million monthly visits in France at the outset of the entire year, and it is striving to achieve 50 million site visitors by 2012. Contact the range newsroom at email@example.com
Friday, August 26, 2011
NEW You are able to - Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia stated Friday that on Sept. 15, Charles Koppelman's contract as executive chairman will finish, and leader and COO Lisa Gersh will start to report straight to the organization's board within formerly layed out management transition. Recently, MSLO had stated the current employment agreement of Koppelman continues to be transformed to ensure that it'll expire in the finish of the year in the latest or before that after Gersh begins confirming straight to the board. The life-style media company introduced the completed date inside a regulating filing Friday. Gersh has to date been confirming to Koppelman, but the organization had stated she'll finish up confirming straight to the board eventually. MSLO also revealed that general counsel Peter Hurwitz has walked lower, but decided to provide transition services through a minimum of March.1. Included in the transition, Gersh "will assume the certification and signatory authority typically held through the principal executive officer for Investments and Exchange Commission reasons," the organization also stated in the Friday filing. As formerly introduced, Koppelman continues to sit down about the MSLO board. Email: Georg.Szalai@thr.com Twitter: @georgszalai Related Subjects Martha Stewart
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Ted Levine, Katia Winter and Michael McMillian will topline horror vehicle "The Banshee Chapter," with Blair Erickson making his feature directorial debut and helming from their own script.Zachary Quinto's Prior To The Door Pictures is joined with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel, about the project inside a deal introduced early this month. Sunchaser's Stephanie Riggs and BTD's Corey Moosa are creating and Arnold-Beutel, Quinto, Ben Samuels, Neal Dodson and Sean Akers are professional creating. Lensing starts now in New Mexico.Winter shows a lady journalist who follows the mysterious trail of the missing friend -- performed by McMillian -- who was simply experimentation with mind-changing chemicals coded in secret government drug tests. Levine plays the role of the rogue counter-culture novelist having a penchant for drug abuse and guns who leads the journalist in to the mystery of harmful chemical research.BTD's first feature, J.C. Chandor's "Margin Call," opened at Sundance and will also be launched locally by Kerbside Points of interest and Lionsgate on March. 21. The organization is presently in publish-production with an untitled romantic comedy that covered with May.Levine was observed in "Shutter Island" and Winter is at "Arena." McMillian includes a recurring role in "True Bloodstream."Levine is symbolized by Robbie Kass of Kass & Stokes Management. Winter is repped by Innovative Artists and Schachter Entertainment in the usa and also the BWH Agency within the United kingdom. Contact Dork McNary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fox has given a second-season order to Christian Slater comedy "Breaking In." Skein, from Sony Pictures Television, is set for 13 episodes to be aired some time in 2012. Ratings were middling for the series when the seven original episodes ran in April and May. Created by Adam F. Goldberg and Seth Gordon, "Breaking In" is a workplace comedy about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme measures to sell their protection services. Goldberg, Gordon and Doug Robinson are exec producers. Contact Stuart Levine at email@example.com
Have you feel it? Not 5 minutes following the earthquake that went in the new england Tuesday, the courtyard of my Brooklyn building rang with voices: That one leaped from her trembling mattress that certain, sadly, didn’t feel a factor. It appeared much more likely, as my equilibrium gave way, that my body system was the origin from the unfaithfulness, not my surroundings. However I’d never experienced an earthquake I've always handled to rest or daydream through them, retaining a sliver of doubt as comfort to be omitted. Basically didn’t feel it, how real can it be? Near the start of Greater Ground, Vera Farmiga’s phlegmatic directorial debut, several sixties Sunday schoolers is enjoined by their Pastor to welcome God to their hearts. Pastor Bud (Bill Irwin), so neutered and non-threatening he invites a greater suspicion, calls about the number of youthful kids to attune themselves to Jesus’s arrival in the door: Do they really feel it? Youthful Corinne (McKenzie Turner) decides that they can, however it’s largely a whim, an impulse toward approval and acceptance. Religions — and definitely lives of religious devotion — happen to be built on less. An increase over time takes us to Corinne like a teen (the striking resemblance towards the film’s director and star makes you want the term “ethereal” weren’t so overused she's performed by her little sister, Taissa Farmiga), although not before we obtain a feeling of the more youthful Corinne’s acutely engaged relationship using the world. Whether watching the affection drain from her parents (John Hawkes and Donna Murphy) following a devastating miscarriage or suffering a twinge as Pastor Bud vibes on her behalf madeover mother, it's obvious that Corinne feels all kinds of things, strangely and deeply. Farmiga shuts in on moments that express mood and character so gently and perceptively that you simply don’t see them lightly — sometimes too lightly — moving the storyline forward. Careful, arty Corinne is really a contrast to her bounding blonde sister (performed like a teen by Kaitlyn Rae King so that as a grownup by Nina Arianda), but it's the first kind who draws in the interest from the local rock star, Ethan (Boyd Holbrook). Courtship, pregnancy, marriage along with a near-fatal van accident follow in a number of indelibly observed vignettes. Farmiga, dealing with Winter’s Bone cinematographer Michael McDonough, uses fantasy cutaways moderately. Humor is much more subtly embedded into Corinne’s 30-year journey from being “saved” throughout Sunday school, born again two times more, battling with doubt and disillusionment, and ultimately reckoning having a belief outside of the chapel and her community. Ours is greatly Corinne’s perspective, and also the narrative line, such because it is, is telegraphed along a string of Farmiga’s extremely translucent reactions to some loving but rigid atmosphere. The idea of Corrine as too wise on her surroundings is handled with typical effacement, to ensure that her questioning character, if this flickers after which finally detonates, lacks the cumulative pressure much deeper, more precise portrayal might have wrought. In the place there's a sexy ease towards the moment-driven storytelling as well as an equalizing pressure towards the clean, orienting arrangements. Though we visit one's heart from the type of proselytizing which makes people switch subway cars, every character within the small, rural New You are able to community where Corinne and Ethan (later performed along a convincing spectrum of passion by Humpday’s Joshua Leonard) are raising their three children keeps their dignity, and for that reason their plausibility. The adult Corinne is sincere in her own need to feel what appears in the future so naturally towards the others, especially her closest friend, a mischievous brunette named Annika (Dagmara Dominczyk) whose claustrophobic sensuality stretches for an capability to speak in vaguely European tongues. The truth that This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost, the Carolyn S. Briggs memoir, has transformed its title to complement the film adaptation feels as though an expression of Greater Ground’s tempering effect. Co-authors Briggs and Tim Metcalfe are careful to prevent words like “cult” and “fundamentalist” they work to prevent easy choice, however the smoothed edges of interiority result in the context somewhat nebulous. It had been a difficult job, without doubt, in occasions as reactionary to discussions of belief and ideology as ours. Although it’s not necessarily obvious what Corinne has become herself into, and just how deep, Farmiga’s embodiment of her like a seeker of solace in most of their forms — a suggestible but hardly nave convert — focuses the storyline on its very human core. Tying some misconception a tad too nicely for my taste — and my nerves — the very first voice I heard after departing the Greater Ground screening and boarding a subway vehicle packed shoulder to sternum was what preacher waving a burgundy leather-bound bible. He railed from Bloomingdales to Brooklyn: “You better get obvious with God,” he stated, “because the worst is yet in the future.” It’s harder constantly to locate a captive audience, particularly in what he known as “the town of Sodom and Gomorrah.” He wasn’t going to waste it. “You pays for this eventually,” he stated, mentioning to the assumed spiritual indolence. “You understand what I’m speaking about: The earthquake that’s coming.” A youthful lady switched in my experience having a look of contempt: Just how can he say may be here, in New You are able to City here, within this crowded subway? Our indifference triggered him: “I we do hope you don’t say I’m crazy,” he stated. “The moment you discuss God, people say you’re crazy.” I'd drawn out my notebook and was writing where I was. One minute approximately later, a guy in plain clothes pressed in near to me and exhibited a police badge between us. “Did that guy touch you?” he requested. No. He would be a bigot along with a zealot, but he didn’t touch me, and that he wasn’t crazy. 30 minutes later, back inside my desk, Used to do have the earthquake, and also the first factor I figured of, after i was i wasn’t getting a stroke, was Vera Farmiga’s soulful, searching face.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) Al Pacino says he got burned while making "Scarface."Literally, he grabbed the hot barrel of a gun that had just shot 30 rounds during one of Tony Montana's violent scenes."My hand stuck to that sucker," the 71-year-old actor recalled. He couldn't work for two weeks.Pacino relayed the experience during a discussion with "Scarface" co-stars Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia and F. Murray Abraham and producer Martin Bregman at a party Tuesday heralding the film's Blu-ray release.Part of the charm of the film, Pacino said, is that it wasn't initially a hit."It's one of my favorites because of its whole evolution," he said. "It (was) sort of eviscerated after it opened by the press. ... Nobody was fond of it, except it had good audience participation."He said "it's almost a miracle" audiences continue to discover and appreciate the film.He wanted to make it after being inspired by Paul Muni's performance in the 1932 original. Sidney Lumet suggested he make the main character Cuban instead of Italian.Pacino's "Scarface" is set in 1980s Miami, and Tony Montana is an ambitious immigrant who runs a growing drug empire until he eventually collapses under greed and addiction. Pacino's performance as the gun-wielding, coke-snorting Montana is among his most memorable.He said that during the nine months he was shooting the film, his character practically inhabited him. When a friend's yappy little dog lunged at him, Pacino said he cocked back his fist instinctively, as if threatening a punch."So I love Tony Montana, man, because I couldn't do that!" Pacino said Tuesday.Bregman called "Scarface" a "perfect, perfect movie."Its timeless themes of greed, desire and ambition would make it controversial even if it were just released today, Pacino said.Screenwriter Oliver Stone and director Brian De Palma were both "trying to talk about the avarice of the '80s," Pacino said. "At that time, there was this whole thing about greed, which was Wall Street and everything, and I think that's part of it. A great character, too, Tony Montana a person who dares to do anything, who flies like a Phoenix, like Icarus, close to the sun."The Blu-Ray will be released Sept. 6. "Scarface" is also set to play at 475 theaters nationwide on Aug. 31 for a special one-night engagement.Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. By Sandy Cohen August 24, 2011 PHOTO CREDIT Universal Studios Home Entertainment LOS ANGELES (AP) Al Pacino says he got burned while making "Scarface."Literally, he grabbed the hot barrel of a gun that had just shot 30 rounds during one of Tony Montana's violent scenes."My hand stuck to that sucker," the 71-year-old actor recalled. He couldn't work for two weeks.Pacino relayed the experience during a discussion with "Scarface" co-stars Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia and F. Murray Abraham and producer Martin Bregman at a party Tuesday heralding the film's Blu-ray release.Part of the charm of the film, Pacino said, is that it wasn't initially a hit."It's one of my favorites because of its whole evolution," he said. "It (was) sort of eviscerated after it opened by the press. ... Nobody was fond of it, except it had good audience participation."He said "it's almost a miracle" audiences continue to discover and appreciate the film.He wanted to make it after being inspired by Paul Muni's performance in the 1932 original. Sidney Lumet suggested he make the main character Cuban instead of Italian.Pacino's "Scarface" is set in 1980s Miami, and Tony Montana is an ambitious immigrant who runs a growing drug empire until he eventually collapses under greed and addiction. Pacino's performance as the gun-wielding, coke-snorting Montana is among his most memorable.He said that during the nine months he was shooting the film, his character practically inhabited him. When a friend's yappy little dog lunged at him, Pacino said he cocked back his fist instinctively, as if threatening a punch."So I love Tony Montana, man, because I couldn't do that!" Pacino said Tuesday.Bregman called "Scarface" a "perfect, perfect movie."Its timeless themes of greed, desire and ambition would make it controversial even if it were just released today, Pacino said.Screenwriter Oliver Stone and director Brian De Palma were both "trying to talk about the avarice of the '80s," Pacino said. "At that time, there was this whole thing about greed, which was Wall Street and everything, and I think that's part of it. A great character, too, Tony Montana a person who dares to do anything, who flies like a Phoenix, like Icarus, close to the sun."The Blu-Ray will be released Sept. 6. "Scarface" is also set to play at 475 theaters nationwide on Aug. 31 for a special one-night engagement.Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Police arrested James Desborough for phone hacking that happened before April 2009 when he gone to live in Hollywood being News From The World's U.S. editor, The Protector along with other British papers say. Still, the13th arrest in Scotland Yard's Operation Weeting analysis could open an essential new front within the scandal:U.S. authorities would need to becomefar deeper involved if Desborough says Rupert Murdoch's defunct tabloid compromised voicemail message messagesof Hollywood stars. There is no evidence yet the paper regularly compromised phones within the U.S. -- however it has appeared logical to scandal viewers that NOTW reporters would think it is irresistible to do this within the world's entertainment capital. Right before Desborough was designated to pay for Hollywood, he won the British Press Award to be the showbusiness reporter of the season. Idol judges stated that his "uncompromising scoops" reveal that "no celebrity with secrets can sleep easy."
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
AMC's "Hell on Wheels" spurred Endemol to launch a scripted arm. Gold Maigret Endemol Worldwide Distribution handles "Hot in Cleveland." Endemol North America chair David Goldberg will oversee scripted as well as nonscripted efforts such as "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." EXCLUSIVE: Endemol has launched Endemol Studios, an inhouse shingle that will focus on scripted TV production with a gameplan that includes deficit financing of series.The division will further develop current Endemol USA projects while also adapting Endemol programs from around the world, all with the potential of directly reaping the ongoing financial benefits of their success. Co-production partners will become involved on a case-by-case basis.Philippe Maigret, who has been exec veep of North America acquisitions for Endemol since March 2010, will run Endemol Studios, reporting to Endemol North America chairman David Goldberg. Jeremy Gold, who in 2008 launched Endemol USA's scripted TV development division -- which recently developed AMC's "Hell on Wheels," set to bow Nov. 6 -- will serveas Endemol Studios head of creative affairs. Endemol Studios was created "for us to be able to internally develop with significantly more resources, so we can buy projects, buy scripts and ... deficit on those projects and move forward," Goldberg told Variety. "Endemol USA's scripted division has been essentially developing all sorts of scripted programming (without) a facility to actually finance projects if and when they become realized."Maigret said the unit's experience to date gave execs the confidence to move forward aggressively in the scripted arena."When we were looking at our success in 2010 and early 2011 and looking at how we were going to scale it up, (we concluded) the right thing to do is to build your own capability," he said. "There is only so much strong commercial content that we can acquire that we can co-finance."While "Hell on Wheels" wasn't the sole reason for the creation of Endemol Studios, it illustrates the motivation to expand and the willingness to weigh risk. "In that and through other experiences, we realized that it'd be unlikely we'd see any significant upside in scripted unless we have skin in the game," Goldberg said. "I think we'll develop aggressively but invest conservatively, particularly in the beginning."Maigret said: "We took time to develop a plan to launch this business that the management team would endorse, at a level where we could build a meaningful business but with limited downside. We have made broad assumptions in terms of developing projects (and) deficit-financing some of these projects and potentially some third-party projects that come to us already developed. ... Not 20 or 30 of them -- we'll ramp up, but we have the resources to do that."Maigret added that Endemol will take advantage of its "strong distribution platform," Endemol Worldwide Distribution, which handles such exterior rights acquisitions as TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" and TNT's "Leverage." EWD will shepherd TV and homevideo rights for Endemol Studio productions (under Maigret's oversight), while Endemol Worldwide Brands will manage all ancillary rights.Goldberg emphasized that without making any hard-and-fast rules about genre, Endemol Studios will initially focus on hourlong cable drama with international appeal, an area that he says is a little less expensive and has a higher success rate than broadcast series and half-hour comedies do. "So we're not walking out saying, 'We're in every business in every price point regardless of the content,' " Goldberg said. "We don't have the same pockets and resources of a major studio, and we're going to do it in a more conservative fashion. But of course, like our growth on the nonscripted side, we'll expand when the business warrants that we do so." Maigret pointed to the increased demand for scripted dramas on cable and alternative platforms including Netflix, Hulu and even direct consumer services like Walmart's, relative to the relatively few producing studios (such as Lionsgate and Entertainment One) involved."We're looking at strategies to grow our business," Maigret said. "There's a strong sense that the U.S. scripted TV business will do just that. ... Even with 'Hell on Wheels,' we have such a limited presence in the biggest segment of television expenditures in the world's biggest market."Endemol Studios will also aim to better exploit Endemol projects from outside U.S. borders, with Goldberg noting that "a number of the things that we have in the development pipeline are existing properties from our sister companies abroad." Endemol's well-established nonscripted side ("Big Brother," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Wipeout") will remain housed with Endemol North America. Funds from Endemol Studios won't be used as seed money in nonscripted, Goldberg said, but the fact that he is overseeing both areas "makes it very symbiotic."Goldberg offered no specific timetable for when the new arrangement would yield programming, but said, "we're open for business.""As we all know, the scripted business moves a bit slower than the nonscripted business because of the mechanics of that development process," Goldberg said, "but as soon as it's reasonably possible to finance scripted programming, we will. "It's exciting for us because we obviously need to continue to evolve and diversify our business, and I think it's exciting for the community that there's another entity that exists where you can bring your product -- and I think we'll be very conducive to working with the creative community." Contact Jon Weisman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Shane Sparks Although Shane Sparks told TVGuide.com that he'd be fighting the "bogus allegations" of child molestation stemming from his arrest in 2009, he has pleaded no contest to a single felony count of having unlawful sex with a minor under 16. The Los Angeles Times reports that the former America's Best Dance Crew judge and Emmy-nominated So You Think You Can Dance choreographer entered into a plea deal Tuesday at Los Angeles County Superior Court in which eight felonies in connection with alleged sex acts would be dismissed in return for his pleading no contest to the single felony. Shane Sparks plans to fight "bogus allegations" of child molestation In December 2009, Sparks was arrested and charged with lewd acts on a child under 14 years, beginning in 1994. At the time of his arrest, Sparks' lawyer told TVGuide.com: "I'm very confident that we will prevail in our attempt to clear his name. We are going to forcefully and aggressively defend him against what we believe to be completely spurious and bogus allegations." Under the plea deal, Sparks will serve 270 days in jail, receive five years' probation, attend 52 sessions of counseling and avoid the female minors when another adult is not present.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Erectile dysfunction O'Neill and Benjamin Bratt Modern Family's Jay Pritchett is going to get jealous: Benjamin Bratt is coming back towards the show as Gloria's ex-husband, Javier, Entertainment Weekly reviews. Is Modern Family in your Watchlist? Add it as well as your other faves now and not miss a chapter Bratt first made an appearance about the comedy's newcomer season. His character isn't just the ex-husband to Gloria (Sofia Vergara), but Manny's hard to rely on biological father. Within the fall episode, Javier returns for any trip to the races. "Jay feels possessive of Manny the very first time and miracles what he's permitted to complete and what he is not as his stepdad," executive producer Christopher Lloyd told playboy. "The [racetrack] backdrop becomes type of a contest between Jay and Javier for Manny." Bratt may also be a set regular on Private Practice this year. Private Practice scoop: Benjamin Bratt's character revealed! In other Modern Family casting news, Mitchell and Cameron's daughter Lily has formally been changed by 4-year-old Aubrey Anderson-Emmons. Visit a picture from the adorable tyke here. Exactly what do you think about the switch? Modern Family returns on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 9/8c on ABC.
The season of love officially began Thursday night at New World Stages, where the Off-Broadway revival of Jonathan Larson's "Rent" opened. The musical, which ran on Broadway from 1996 until 2008, has found a new life on West 50th Street, where "Rent"-heads new and old alike can once again enter the world of artists trying to survive and create.Under the direction of original "Rent" helmer Michael Greif, the revival brings a brand-new cast of young actors to the stage, many of them making their Off-Broadway debut."Coming as primarily a dancer, this is my first time singing solos and really my first time as an actor, and a leading actor at that," says Ephraim Sykes, who plays Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III. "To even be called in for the audition was very flattering, but then to hear that I got it was earth-shattering."For some of the actors, tackling the roles made famous by Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, and Idina Menzel was an opportunity they could not pass up. Annaleigh Ashford, who plays Maureen Johnson, had auditioned for the part three times beforetwice for the Broadway production, once for the Hollywood Bowl staging."This time, I came in with a strong perspective of what I thought the performance piece meant to me within the text," Ashford says, "and I'm so grateful that they responded to it and wanted to go in the direction that I was interested in taking it."Nicholas Christopher was asked to audition for the role of Benny before being cast as Tom Collins, the part he truly wanted."I called my agent and asked to be seen for Collins," Christopher says. "They had me sing for Benny and I was going 'Okay,' and thank God I asked for Tom Collins, because Ephraim is amazing. I'd be out of a job right now.""The cast is great," he adds. "Everybody is there, and everybody is passionate about the story." He seems to mean it, and so does the rest of the cast in talking about their fellow performers. "I'm blown away," says Adam Chanler-Berat, the new face of Mark Cohen. "They are all the most talented young people. I feel like we inspire each other.""Everyone is so available and open on stage," says Matt Shingledecker, who plays Roger Davis. "It's so wonderful to be in a group like that who can bring something fresh and interesting, and it keeps you on your toes. It keeps the show fresh; it never feels stale; it always feels new. I couldn't say enough about the group."Allowing the show to evolve while maintaining its original charm has been something that each actor has dealt with. Certain expectations come with such well-known characters, but the actors have been doing all they can to make the roles their own."It's a very complicated and tricky thing to do, because you want to pay homage to the person who created the role that you're now interpreting," Ashford says. "It's been exhilarating working with Michael Greif in this process, because he's helped me through collaboration to find such a new energy with Maureen."Chanler-Berat, who has originated such characters as Henry in "Next to Normal" and Peter in "Peter and the Starcatcher," found coming into a well-established role a tad shocking."I think it's difficult not only in my brain, but it's difficult because you feel in some ways you're combating an existing opinion and expectation of what the character should be like," he explains. "And in some ways you feel the need to honor it, but I think getting caught up in that is just sort of asking for trouble."
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Lionsgate has launched a couple of new photos from Hunger Games. PHOTOS: Hunger Games: Start Looking One photos is of the dirty and sweaty Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss. In another, she bang wows with Liam Hemsworth, who plays Gale, within the forest. There's additionally a close-up photo of the dirty and bruised Josh Hutcherson as Peta. The film arrives in theaters in March of 2012. It's in line with the books by Suzanne Collins. Jennifer Lawrence Hunger Games
Friday, August 5, 2011
First located by veteran actor Peter Graves, and then by Jack Perkins, this popular Arts and Entertainment Network series profiled the lives of notable figures within the good reputation for entertainment, sports, arts, science, politics and warfare. The show is notable because of its in-depth research, which frequently provides audiences with little-known details about well-known people.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
"The Change-Up" opens tomorrow in theaters nationwide, offering the moviegoing public a body-swap comedy in case they're not interested in rising for "Apes." Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds star as two pals one a lawyer and family man, the other a man-childish cad who pine for the other's daily existence, only to find their wishes granted with disastrous results. Honestly, there aren't a lot of people in my life that I'd want to swap lives with. I already blog about movies for a living, so hey, things aren't so bad. But that doesn't mean there aren't people in the fictional movie space that I wouldn't trade places with for a day. There are a lot of those people. Check out the top five movie characters I'd body-swap with after the jump! Marty McFly from "Back to the Future" If I only have one day to live in Marty McFly's shoes, I think I'd be okay in terms of avoiding erasing myself from the space-time continuum. With the DeLorean at my disposal, I'd grab myself an almanac, dial it back some years and gift Bar-Mitzvah boy me with a lottery ticket that never fails, or maybe go visit my cowboy relatives. That's assuming I have cowboy relatives, I guess. I'm pretty sure I don't. Nick Marshall from "What Women Want" Though I'm currently in a happy relationship of over five years, there are times that I have absolutely zero frickin' clue about what my significant other wants. How do I fix that? Swap bodies with Mel Gibson's character from "What Women Want," of course! There's a lot I could learn from Nick Marshall in a day, storing that knowledge up and putting it to good use whenever I get in trouble with the missus which, in case she's reading this, isn't often. Seriously. (Don't hurt me.) Casey Jones from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Why not one of the Turtles, you ask? Here's why: because Casey gets to hang out with a bunch of ninja turtles (teenage mutant ones no less) and their man-sized rat mentor all day long, and nobody bats an eye at the guy running around in a hockey mask kicking criminal booty. He eats pizza for free, has a roof over his head (some feet below the real world, mind you), and since he's the one dude in a sea of mutated man-animals, Casey is the default choice for April O'Neil if she wants a human love interest, which she does. Not a bad set up at all! Hurley from "Lost" Sure, he's a television character. Big deal I'm the sheriff 'round these parts, so I'm making the call and swapping spots with Hugo Reyes. The big dude's got some bad luck, sure, but he's also the owner of a fantastic mystical island in the middle of nowhere and he's got millions of dollars at his disposal. With that kind of power, every single "Lost" question I ever needed answered would come my way, Darlton be damned! Ferris Bueller from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off And you know which day I'd choose. Best. Day. Off. Ever. Which movie characters would you body-swap with given the chance? Let us know in the comments section and on Twitter!
Monday, August 1, 2011
After cutting their This summer 29Dallas, Texas concert short , Nobleman of Leon introduced Monday that they'll be eliminating all of their U.S. tour. "We're so unfortunately Nobleman of Leon are eliminating all of their US tour because of Caleb Followill struggling with vocal issues and exhaustion," this guitar rock band, including singer, Caleb, his siblings Jared (bass) and Michael (drums) and cousin Cameron (lead guitar), stated inside a statement. STORY: Nobleman of Leon Reschedules Texas Shows "This guitar rock band is devastated, but to be able to give their fans the shows they deserve, they have to take this break. Regrettably, the united states dates can't be rescheduled because of this guitar rock band's worldwide tour schedule," the statement ongoing. Regardless of the claims of exhaustion, Jared suggested at additional problems inside the band on Twitter following the botched concert last Friday, tweeting "I really like our fans a lot. I understand everyone aren't stupid. I'm able to't lie. You will find problems within our band larger than not consuming enough Gatorade." Following the cancellation announcement broke, he tweeted: "Absolutely depressed. It's completely from my hands. Family needs to come first. If bass solos & backing vocals were popular, I'd be there." STORY: Nobleman of Leon Concert Cut Short After Lead Singer's Abrupt Exit This guitar rock band also stated all tickets is going to be returned, and anybody who bought online or via phones will get a computerized compensation. Ti This guitar rock band states they'll resume the Canadian leg of the tour on September 28that the Rogers Center in Vancouver, BC (it had been initially scheduled for Sept. 14). Related Subjects Nobleman of Leon