Stage Fright, Steroids and Strangeness as the Show Hits the Road
Love or hate the "Glee" phenomenon, as our own Danny Miller discusses below, you cannot deny that it is a phenomenon -- after all, you don't see "Gossip Girl" doing cross-country international concert tours do you? (And more importantly, let's not give anybody any ideas.) At the L.A. press conference for "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie," the cast shared a few interesting facts about the international concert tour that brought about their 3D concert film -- and about how there's no rest for the world's best-loved karaoke ensemble.
1) They're Eminently Aware of How Post-Modern it All Is:
As Darren Criss, who plays the recently-added character Blaine, noted, the combination of social media and mass adulation for "Glee" can be both immediate and multi-layered. "There's this fan presence that's undeniable, but on social media, it isn't immediately tangible because it's inherently disconnected via computer screen or what-have-you. To experience all these people in real time is a pretty cathartic moment, because you have all these people from all around the world that you feel on your phone ... but to have them cheering and dancing, it's a very symbiotic thing: They're celebrating this show with you, and we're celebrating with their celebrating."
2) They Know How to Get to Carnegie Hall:
Breakout star Lea Michele, whose work as Rachel is in many ways the neurotic heart of the show, had a few choice words for young people inspired by the show to give performing a shot -- namely, that being who you are isn't just a fuzzy platitude, but a good business strategy. "I think it's also important for kids who know that they want to be performers, to find what you are particularly good at and your unique talent. I think that our television show really focuses on each person's individual talent --whether you're a singer who can move well or a fantastic dancer who sings well, find what you're good at and go for that. People in this world right now are so craving people's uniqueness."
Did the Obama administration go too far in its attempt to help director Kathryn Bigelow?
Is there anything these days that won’t cause Republicans and Democrats to go after each other? Now two Oscar-winning filmmakers are at the center of a partisan controversy. Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, director and screenwriter of “The Hurt Locker,” are working on a film about the search for Osama Bin Laden. In a New York Times column earlier this week, Maureen Dowd implied that President Obama was counting on this big-screen drama, scheduled to open in theatres on October 12, 2012, to push him over the edge on Election Day. She claimed that the filmmakers were getting “top-level access to the most classified mission in history from an administration that has tried to throw more people in jail for leaking classified information than the Bush administration.”
As reported in The Wrap, Representative Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called for an investigation earlier today into whether the Obama administration had inappropriately shared confidential documents with Bigelow and Boal. King claimed that the White House was trying to guarantee a film that would present Obama and his team in the most heroic light.
Blake Shelton will cut! foot! loose!
Craig Brewer’s remake of 1984’s “Footloose” will hit theaters on October 14, but if you’re in need of some music to set your barn-dancing and social-changing to, Atlantic Records and Warner Music Nashville will release the film’s soundtrack on September 27.
The film’s soundtrack includes eight new songs, along with four remakes of songs from the original film, including Blake Shelton’s take on the titular “Footloose” (originally sung by Kenny Loggins), Victoria Justice & Hunter Hayes’ “Almost Paradise” (originally sung by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson), Ella Mae Brown’s “Holding Out For A Hero” (originally sung by Bonnie Tyler), and Jana Kramer’s “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” (originally sung by Deniece Williams). If you’re confused by some of those new names, it’s because some of the people on this new soundtrack were not even alive when the first film came out.
Brewer’s film stars Kenny Wormald as Ren MacCormack (originally played by Kevin Bacon), who moves from the big city to a small town where dancing and loud music have been banned in the wake of a tragic accident that killed five of the town’s teenagers. Ren shakes things up with his love of dancing, and his newfound love of Ariel (played by Julianne Hough). Music, of course, plays a big role in the film, so it’s no surprise that the soundtrack comes with jams from a wide range of acts – including both country and pop.
The original film is a nostalgic classic, so it will be interesting to see how Brewer translates such a very '80s property to the modern day. I do suspect, however, that my major gripe from the original will not be addressed - that being, why not just ban booze from the town, rather than dancing? No one sober has ever danced to Kenny Loggins music, after all.
Check out the full listing for the film's soundtrack, thanks to Atlantic Records, after the break.
Yet another cartoon your kids have never heard of comes to the big screen
The TV franchise is trying to conquer the big screen with a 3D concert movie
My 16-year-old daughter is a self-professed “Gleek.” She’ll be attending the special preview screening tonight of “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.” For only $30 (!), she will join fans in almost 300 theaters around the country who get to see the film before it opens on Friday. She’ll also get some of the “Glee” collectibles that are becoming more ubiquitous by the minute. The swag includes a Glee 3D movie bracelet and lapel pin, drawstring bag, baseball cap, a commemorative ticket and lanyard, and special Glee Real 3D glasses. Really? They’re actually going to call 3D glasses a collectible?
Being a musical theater fan myself (yes, I’m man enough to admit it!), I thoroughly enjoyed the first season of “Glee.” The Fox series, focusing on the challenges and triumphs of a bunch of mismatched choir members at an Ohio high school, was a refreshing change from typical TV shows about adolescents and the talented cast was very impressive, performing several "impromptu" musical numbers each week. The show was a surprise smash, and soon the “Glee” kids seemed to be everywhere—singing on the Tonys and at the World Series; appearing in dozens of magazines including a provocative GQ spread; releasing endless books, CDs, and DVDs; and touring the country in a live concert show. The TV series is now seen all over the world and the actors have huge international followings. There is even a spin-off show where kids compete to become new members of the cast.
Sundance flick charms, even as it cuts deep
Sundance alumni Drake Doremus stunned everyone in Park City this year with his sensitive take on long distance love rung out and gone awry with his "Like Crazy." Featuring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones as a charming young couple who quickly come together in love, only to be even more quickly wrenched apart thanks to the murky troubles of distance and the seemingly impossible-to-navigate visa system, Doremus' film is romantic and emotional and sad and just truly wonderful. It's really a gem of a film.
The film follows Yelchin's American Jacob and Jones' British Anna as they fall in love in America and attempt to translate that love across distance when Anna must return to the UK. "Like Crazy" goes big, and follows the pair and their relationship over many years, allowing viewers to truly get consumed in their love story. It's one of the best and most honest depictions of long distance relationships ever put to screen, and it's one of my favorite films of the year so far.
The UK trailer for the film popped up online last week, and while I bemoaned its overwrought tone when I posted about it over at Film School Rejects, this new trailer corrects those missteps and shows the film and its plot in a much more honest and true light. While the dramatic pieces of that first teaser are present here, this full trailer lightens things up in its first half before turning to the deeper, darker stuff.
"Like Crazy" opens on October 28. Check out the full trailer for "Like Crazy," thanks to Paramount, after the break.
On Tipping, the Loneliness of the Delivery Man and Method Sweating
Strapped to a bomb vest and commanded to rob a bank by low-rent crooks Danny McBride and Nick Swardson, Jesse Eisenberg's drifting, aimless delivery man is suddenly forced to stop and smell the roses, turning his life around even while it's at its most endangered. Directed by "Zombieland" helmer Ruben Fleischer, '30 Minutes or Less" is a psychotic crime comedy with a need for speed; we spoke with Eisenberg by phone.
This character is not sure where they're going, not sure what they're doing, whereas you have been pursuing an acting career for quite some time, unceasingly, unstoppingly. Is it problematic Or difficult to get into that apathetic, indifferent, drifting lifestyle, even for the purposes of comedic acting?
Eisenberg: I'd say unfortunately it's not. The way my job works, it appears that I'm very busy because any time I do something it's very public, because they put posters all over town of the work I've done -- but when that job is done, you're not working for six months, eight months. It's possible to have a lot of time off -- not by choice. During that time, it's easy for me to become apathetic, to become dismissive of the world, to become bitter. That's what the character in the movie is experiencing. He is probably a lot of people, not doing the job you want to do, doing a job he's overqualified for. You develop bitterness about the world. Because he's a pizza guy, he spends a lot of time in his car alone, and he's isolated and he lives a life of solitude and naturally develops that righteousness that accompanies that isolation.