Steven Soderbergh - The State of Cinema

This guy is awesome! He makes so many interesting points. It’s artists that fuel cinema, not test screenings and tracking numbers.

The Chanteuse and the Gun Are Loaded
by Ben Brantley
Some things were never meant to be shouted through megaphones. On the basis of “Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical,” the occasionally funny but mostly just loud new show that opened at the St. James Theater on Thursday night, that would include the wit of Woody Allen.
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The Chanteuse and the Gun Are Loaded

by Ben Brantley

Some things were never meant to be shouted through megaphones. On the basis of “Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical,” the occasionally funny but mostly just loud new show that opened at the St. James Theater on Thursday night, that would include the wit of Woody Allen.

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Jesus, the men of late-night television are bigger divas than the ones who frequently appear at the Met. First, Conan throws a hissy-fit after being paid a butt-load of money, and now Craig Ferguson might leave CBS because he doesn’t get to leave his cushy job for a different cushy job?

Gentlemen, you are LUCKY to be where you are and to do what you do. Shut up and host your show…

Does anyone else think that Madonna is this century’s Joan Crawford? The OCD lifestyle, the bizarre tactics to stay fresh-faced, adopting children for publicity? It’s just weird! And the resemblance is uncanny.

Joan Crawford on psychiatry. It’s so great when sane, stable celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Joan Crawford can speak out against the evils of psychiatry. Good for them!!! This pseudo science has been damaging people for too long. I just wish I had been instructed on the evils of wire hangers when I was a child.

This review by Big Ben just nails it. And it furthers my point about opera houses staging musicals as “pandering.” Frank Loesser’s music for “The Most Happy Fella” is far more sophisticated than anything in “Manon,” “Faust,” or “Susanna.” And yet, last season, the Met presented crappy, theatrically inert productions of those operas…and they’ll show up again season after season no doubt. Since Broadway has become an inhospitable environment for the great musicals of the midcentury, opera houses would be doing the world a favour by presenting them. PS: Shuler Hensley is an MSM survivor.

This review by Big Ben just nails it. And it furthers my point about opera houses staging musicals as “pandering.” Frank Loesser’s music for “The Most Happy Fella” is far more sophisticated than anything in “Manon,” “Faust,” or “Susanna.” And yet, last season, the Met presented crappy, theatrically inert productions of those operas…and they’ll show up again season after season no doubt. Since Broadway has become an inhospitable environment for the great musicals of the midcentury, opera houses would be doing the world a favour by presenting them. PS: Shuler Hensley is an MSM survivor.

For fans of Jonas Kaufmann!

For fans of Jonas Kaufmann!

A healthy philosophy for all singers…

A healthy philosophy for all singers…

"Gravity" is AMAZING!!! Watch it! 

"Gravity" is AMAZING!!! Watch it! 

They’re splitting up the final season…it’ll be back next summer. Why all the hubbub about “THE END!” Also, I really want Don to die in some sick macabre fashion. He’s become SOOOOOO boring. What’s that you say? He’s drinking? He’s sleeping with another woman??? I’m shocked!!!

They’re splitting up the final season…it’ll be back next summer. Why all the hubbub about “THE END!” Also, I really want Don to die in some sick macabre fashion. He’s become SOOOOOO boring. What’s that you say? He’s drinking? He’s sleeping with another woman??? I’m shocked!!!

This is hilarious!

How do you know if a singer is at the door?

They can’t find the key, and they don’t know when to come in…

My Week With Marilyn

So now I’m watching ANOTHER movie about Marilyn Monroe called “My Week With Marilyn.” It’s not campy, in fact, it’s kind of dull. But the biggest problem is the casting. Michelle Williams looks NOTHING like Marilyn. Kenneth Branagh (who’s ballooned quite a bit) is supposed to be playing Sir Laurence Olivier at the peak of his chiselled handsomeness when “The Prince and the Showgirl” was made. And who the hell thought it was a good idea to cast Julia Ormond as Vivian Lee? I adore Julia Ormond, but dear god…talk about a wan placeholder for the original!

I’m watching this bio-pic called “Norma Jean & Marilyn,” and it’s soooooo freaking funny. (Unintentionally). It’s “Valley of the Dolls” level, high-camp. Ashley Judd plays Norma Jean as a young girl and a wildly miscast Mira Sorvino plays Marilyn Monroe.
Ms. Sorvino is an actress I really respect, but this is probably the worst performance of her career. She doesn’t look a thing like Ms. Monroe and she tries to copy Monroe’s signature little girl voice. But with dialogue like “You’re going to be famous even if it kills me,” it’s hard not to take pity on this gifted actress.

I’m watching this bio-pic called “Norma Jean & Marilyn,” and it’s soooooo freaking funny. (Unintentionally). It’s “Valley of the Dolls” level, high-camp. Ashley Judd plays Norma Jean as a young girl and a wildly miscast Mira Sorvino plays Marilyn Monroe.

Ms. Sorvino is an actress I really respect, but this is probably the worst performance of her career. She doesn’t look a thing like Ms. Monroe and she tries to copy Monroe’s signature little girl voice. But with dialogue like “You’re going to be famous even if it kills me,” it’s hard not to take pity on this gifted actress.

I hope she brings her “Manon Lescaut” to the Met. Right now, she’s the only singer on the scene who’s providing the charisma, wildness and glamour that is the lifeblood of opera.

I hope she brings her “Manon Lescaut” to the Met. Right now, she’s the only singer on the scene who’s providing the charisma, wildness and glamour that is the lifeblood of opera.