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Wednesday
Nov 28 2018

Rita Moreno to return to movie musicals - for real this time!

by Nathaniel R

You may recall that we were brieflyveryexcited about Rita Moreno's return to her home genre,the movie musical.News broke but then was quickly retractedthat she had landed a wonderful part in the film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning debutIn the Heightswhich ran on Broadway from 2008 through 2011.Now,the news is for real but with a different film.She'll play "Valentina"in Steven Spielberg's remake ofWest Side Story.That's the "Doc"role,in a bit of racial and gender-flipped casting...

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Tuesday
Nov 20 2018

Jason Gives Thanks

Team Experience members were invited to give thanks this week so you'll be hearing from a few of us.Here'sJason Adams...

For all of the hairs on my head and the hours of sleep that I've lost in 2018 I do feel,just a little bit,  as if I've traded them in for a couple of worthy life lessons this year.Enough to make up for the state of the world?Not for all the hair and dreams that have ever been or ever will be.But I will say that feeling in a near constant state of emergency has made me a smidge bit of a better writer,and it's nudged me ever so gently towards getting some of my shit together.To paraphrase Ryan Gosling's schtick -- one small step for me,one giant leap (into the abyss) for mankind.Helluva trade.Here's some of the great stuff I'm thankful for the nudges from...

• Moviepass burned high and too too bright this year,echoing our migraines,but I'm thankful to the service at its height for letting me see Luca Guadagnino'sCall Me By Your Namein the theater a personal record shattering 18 times - in a crazy world those six summer weeks learning about love and peaches with Oliver and Elio and Elio and Oliver were the only thing that made any sense to me.For a film so warm and sunny I'll weirdly forever associate it with walking through cold weather in Central Park to get to or from the Paris Theater,"Love My Way"by the Psychedelic Furs blasting in my ears.(I rounded up most of my writing on the filmright at this link.)

• Funny enough the end of 2018 belongs to Luca too,as the only music haunting my ear buds this Autumn has been Thom Yorke's by turns gorgeous,terrifying score forSuspiria.I'm thankful for that whole unholy beast of a film,bursting with ideas and emotions and Tildas...

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Thursday
Nov 15 2018

Say it Aint So!Rebecca (1940) is Getting a Remake

by Nathaniel R

Nooooo.Rebecca(1940) doesn't need to be remade.Essentially no Hitchcock picture needs to be,you know.But word is out that Lily James and Armie Hammer are risking the ghosts of Joan Fontaine and Sir Laurence Olivier to star in a new film version of the Daphne Du Maurier story about "the second Mrs de Winter,"her cold bossy husband,a sinister lesbian housekeeper,and an old creepy gothic mansion.The foolish or ballsy director that's going to try to live up to collective memories of Alfred Hitchcock?That'd be Ben Wheatley ofHigh-RiseandFree Firefame.

Hey,let's do a "Cast This!"in the comments for the story's best role: Mrs Danvers,that creepy housekeeper with an obsession for her late mistresses undergarments.(You may recall that The Film Experience spent a lot of time with亚博主页Rebeccaa few years ago fora pass-the-baton retrospective.)

Friday
Oct 05 2018

Review: A Star is (re) Born

This piece was originally published in Nathaniel's column at Towleroad.The movie was first screened at TIFF but he hopes to see it many times.

Overnight success is a myth.Great artistic success in show business generally comes from working hard and learning the craft,often for years,so that you're ready should a big break ever come.'Overnight'  is only just that moment when the world suddenly notices your long-standing gifts.A Star is Bornas a franchise always synthesizes this myth and this truth for something like a fairy/cautionary tale;just as quickly as a star rises,a star can fall.Talent is never the question,but the starting point;whether the world notices and for how long,is out of your hands.The screenplay for the latest telling ofA Star is Born,emphasizes this last point,as Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) urges Ally (Lady Gaga) to give it her all because the world might not always be listening.

For those who've been living under a cultural rock the story ofA Star is Bornis ancient and simple: One already established successful showbiz man 'discovers' an absurdly gifted but basically unknown female performer and takes her under his wing.They fall in love but as her fame rises,his falls,plagued as he is by personal demons in liquid form.The story never has a happy ending so if you need a good cry,queue up...

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Tuesday
Oct 02 2018

Ansel Elgort...is a Jet 'til his last dying day.

by Nathaniel R

The first casting announcement has hit for Steven Spielberg's remake ofWest Side Story: Ansel Elgort will play doomed romantic Tony,a sensitive white boy who falls for Puerto Rican Maria in the mean streets of NYC.Tony can't quite extricate himself from his friendships with local gang The Jets in order to live happily ever after.

Elgort has definitely proved that he can move onscreen (Baby Driverwas basically a musical without songs) andhe sings,too.In fact he has already tried to start up a dual career as a singer and this might not be his only upcoming musical role as there was also talk of him headlininga Hans Christian Anderson bioearlier this year.But the West Side Story news will probably rankle a lot of people,if not me,because any remake ofmy favoriteis suspect to begin with -- more after the jump...

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Thursday
Sep 27 2018

The Link Persuasive

Coming SoonJuliette Lewis is joining theRoseannespinoff sitcomThe Conners
MNPPACK!Somehow I missed the news that there's a new documentary coming about Montgomery Clift and it's playing at NewFest next month
Awards DailyWillem Dafoe and Paul Greengrass are getting tributes at the Gotham Awards
AV ClubEric Idle confirms a longstanding rumor about Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in a scene fromEmpire Strikes Back...

Lots more after the jump including Judi Dench's frustration,Wicked's anniversary,Chris Pine's penis,Glenn Close's movies,JK Rowling's foot-in-mouth problem,and English language remakes of foreign hits which are fine as they are (sigh)...

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