Tickets for Toby Keith's upcoming Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert sold out in less than three hours on Friday (21Jun13). The 6 July (13) gig at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman will feature performances by Keith, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn and Sammy Hagar.
After learning all 80,000 tickets had been sold, Keith went online and posted: "As of this time, there are no #TKOKrelief tickets avail (available). Once we finalize production, it is possible that there will be addt'l (additional) tix (tickets) released!"
Blake Shelton's televised Healing in the Heartland concert in Oklahoma City in May (13) helped raise more than $6 million (£3.9 million) for the recovery effort in Moore, Oklahoma, which was left ravaged by a deadly twister.
Kings of Leon and The Flaming Lips will co-headline another show benefiting victims of the storms on 28 July (13).
P.J. Hogan's Peter Pan follows J.M. Barrie's story almost to the letter. A girl on the brink of womanhood Wendy Darling (newcomer Rachel Hurd-Wood) loves telling her brothers John (Harry Newell) and Michael (Freddie Popplewell) stories of dastardly pirates as they sit in their nursery under the watchful eye of their St. Bernard Nana. Her 19th-century Londoner parents however believe the time has come for the young girl to grow up especially her father. Then a cheeky wild-haired boy named Peter Pan (Jeremy Sumpter) flies through the nursery window one night with his trusted yet jealousy-prone fairy Tinkerbell (Ludivine Sagnier) telling Wendy he can take her to a place full of adventure where no one ever has to grow up. She readily accepts the offer and with a few happy thoughts some fairy dust and her two brothers in tow she flies off to Neverland. (Not the ranch…the real place.) Once there Wendy encounters mermaids Indians and the Lost Boys (who refer to her as "mother") and gets the whole pirate experience in Peter's ongoing feud with arch-nemesis Captain Hook (Jason Isaacs). But Wendy soon becomes conflicted because on the one hand she likes hangin' with hottie Peter but on the other she misses her mother. She decides it's probably best to go back and grow up but in her hurry to leave she ends up in Hook's clutches. A rescue ensues. Swords clash ticking crocodiles are fed and fairies are saved as our clever fly boy zooms Wendy and company back to London on a giant pirate ship. But does he stay and grow up himself? Hell no he's a Toys 'R Us kid forever!
All the kid actors in Peter Pan are highly watchable and appealing with angelic faces peaches-and-cream complexions and pouty cherry lips. This is the first time Peter is being played by a real-life boy a fact much hyped by the filmmakers and 12-year-old Sumpter (Frailty) does his best to live up to the expectations. (He's soon to be swoon-worthy material for sure.) He's got a mischievous gleam in his eye and a great sly smile but he really lights up when he's looking into Wendy's adorable face. Hurd-Wood the first-time actress who plays the spirited girl earned her role after a long and involved casting process it's well deserved; she fits the typical English-girl profile perfectly and gets the hang of her craft quickly infusing the character with a natural cheerful energy. It's also refreshing to see the young actors play up Wendy and Peter's feelings of first love which prior films always hinted at but never fully realized. Isaacs in a dual role as the firm-but-loving Mr. Darling and the frightening comical lonely charming needy reprehensible Captain Hook draws on his experience at playing exquisitely awful baddies (The Patriot Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and really sinks his claws into Hook. In a stand out supporting role French actress Sagnier (Swimming Pool) is really fantastic as the vivacious non-speaking Tinkerbell portraying the fairy's conflicted emotions with a silent-film over-the-top technique.
Director/writer P.J. Hogan (My Best Friend's Wedding) and his team try to distinguish their film from the other Peter Pans of the world by using all the technical and special effects wizardry at their disposal. Hogan says his Peter Pan is the way its author Barrie intended to be when he wrote it as a play over a 100 years ago--full of fantasy and wonder. In a way he's right and production designer Roger Ford and visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar take his vision and run with it giving audiences a very lush Neverland with waterfalls fluffy pink clouds crystal-blue waters and a gorgeous fairy world. But despite the bells and whistles there really isn't anything original and different in this Pan. Even its look at the dark side of Neverland has been done in Steven Spielberg's 1991 semi-sequel Hook which showed the dangers of Neverland. In this version lives really are at stake and the pirates are not cute and fun. Even the mermaids are mysterious and malevolent with scary faces and murderous intentions a far cry from the beautiful if somewhat mean-spirited creatures of the 1953 classic Disney animated adaptation another inescapable influence on the audience. When the crocodile draws near for example tick-tocking away the croc's signature tune from the Disney film comes immediately to mind. People may love those Disney films for those cutesy catchy songs but Peter Pan really is a good story. Heck it's a great story. But it's just been done.
Top Story: Batter Up for Miramax's Damn Yankees
Stick with what works. Coming off the hugely successful Oscar-winning musical Chicago, Miramax Films has bought the rights to remake the Broadway musical Damn Yankees, Reuters reports. The Tony Award-winning musical, which opened on Broadway in 1955, centers on a fan who sells his soul to the devil to help his hapless baseball team win the pennant from the unbeatable Yankees. Ray Walston won a Tony for his performance as Mr. Applegate, the devil, as did Gwen Verdon for her seductress Lola, whose signature song was "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets." Both performers reprised their roles in the 1958 film adaptation that co-starred Tab Hunter. "I see us updating Damn Yankees, modernizing it, and really having fun with the role of the devil," Reuters reports Miramax president Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. No casting decisions have been made as yet.
New Altman Film Debuts in Toronto
Director Robert Altman's newest film, The Company, will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Associated Press reports. The film follows the world of ballet and stars Neve Campbell. Other films showing at the festival include Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions, which recently won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, and Lars von Trier's Dogville. The festival runs Sept. 4-13.
Gibson's Film Labeled Anti-Semitic
Although actor/director Mel Gibson has continually stated his upcoming film The Passion, about the last days of Jesus Christ, is not offensive to any race or religion, the Anti-Defamation League of America charged Tuesday that based an early draft of the screenplay, the project could "promote anti-Semitism." According to The Hollywood Reporter, a report that had been prepared by scholars associated with both the ADL and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and contained a long list of objections was leaked to the media this month. "When these kind of issues are raised and we feel concern, we speak out even before the film has been made," Myrna Shinbaum, a spokesperson for the ADL told The Reporter, acknowledging that the concerns are based on an early version of the screenplay. "We haven't seen it yet, so we can't speak to the film itself."
Spielberg Gets Richer Off Theme Park Rides
Steven Spielberg is getting in on the action, literally. Since many of the theme park rides at Universal Studios are based on films such as his Jaws, Jurassic Park and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the director has landed a highly lucrative deal with Universal, acting as a consultant and getting two percent of the park's gross from tickets to concessions, The Los Angeles Times reports. The deal was made for the company's two parks in Orlando, Fla., and goes along with a previous deal Spielberg made for the park in Osaka, Japan. It does not include Universal Studios in California.
N'Sync's Fatone To Wed
Joey Fatone, member of the boy band N'Sync and host of the new talent show search Fame, asked his longtime girlfriend to marry him June 18 in Orlando, Fla., AP reports. Fatone broke the news on Craig Kilborn's CBS show The Late Late Show. He and his girlfriend, Kelly, have been together for 10 years and have a two-year-old daughter.
Eminem's Feeling Generous
During a recent concert in England, bad-boy rapper Eminem stunned crowds by giving a diamond necklace worth nearly $450,000 to one of his fans, AP reports. "I'm going to give this to the sexiest woman I see," Eminem said on stage Monday, as 65,000 fans watched him lean over the stage and give the jewelry to a stunned girl standing at the front of the audience. "It looked like a huge, diamond-encrusted crucifix," a nearby member of the audience, Toby Friedner, told the BBC. "The girl he gave it to was blond, pretty, wearing glasses and 18-20."
Role Call: Tucker May Rush to Rush, South Park Creators Turn to Puppets, Kutcher and Mac Have Dinner
Funny guy Chris Tucker is in negotiations to reprise his role as Detective James Carter in Rush Hour 3, Variety reports. No word yet if co-star Jackie Chan is to join him … those wacky nuts Trey Parker and Matt Stone are leaving their South Park roots and developing a yet-untitled feature using marionettes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the puppet show is about superheroes on a mission to eradicate things such as terrorism--and certain celebrities who have outworn their welcome in the public eye. Now, who could that be? … Another intriguing duo, Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac, are attached to star in The Dinner Party for Columbia Pictures. In a Guess Who's Coming to Dinner take, Kutcher plays a young man marrying a black woman whose father (Mac) is having a tough time accepting the marriage.