Neil Patrick Harris' starring role in the Broadway debut of cult rock musical Hedwig And The Angry Inch has won rave reviews by critics, who have hailed his performance as "fabulous", "outrageous" and "blazingly entertaining". The How I Met Your Mother actor has returned to the Great White Way to star in the musical about a rock 'n' roll band fronted by a transgender East German singer.
The revival of the 1998 Off-Broadway show opened at the Belasco Theatre on Tuesday (22Apr14) and critics have heaped praise on star actor Harris.
Mark Kennedy from the Associated Press writes that Harris "simply crushes it", adding, "Rarely does a role fit a performer so well. Harris is funny, twisted, poignant, outrageous, bizarre, silly and very, very human."
Elysa Gardner from USA Today also praises director Michael Mayer, writing, "Harris, under Michael Mayer's razor-sharp direction, serves it with a blazingly entertaining and ultimately moving performance. The humour here is darker and rawer than the material that has endeared Harris to TV audiences, but he brings the same affable, slightly naughty charm."
Ben Brantley from the New York Times could not fault the actor's ability, adding, "Harris is in full command of who he is and, most excitingly, what he has become with this performance. That's a bona fide Broadway star, the kind who can rule an audience with the blink of a sequined eyelid."
David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter also praised the actor, writing, "Harris is beyond fabulous, holds nothing back and plays it any way but safe in Michael Mayer's exhilarating production."
The opening night was attended by a host of stars including Hollywood actor Sam Rockwell, acting couple Justin Long and Amanda Seyfried, Yoko Ono, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Mad Men star Christina Hendricks.
And the celebrity weddings continue. Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed have finally made it official and married after being together for 28 years. The KISS bassist tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Saturday evening outside at the Beverly Hills Hotel. There were 400 guests in attendance for the big event, including Hugh Hefner, Bill Maher, and his fellow KISS members. The happy couple even wrote their own vows, which we'll get to hear when the wedding is shown on the new season of Gene Simmons Family Jewels on October 18. Simmons and Tweed have two children together: Nick, 22, and Sophie, 19, who served as Maid of Honor at her parents' wedding and sang Etta James' At Last song for their first dance.
There were no crazy antics done by Simmons or his bandmates -- it was class all the way, from Tweed's Priscilla of Boston gown to the bouquet of ivory garden roses. Gene seems ready to take on a new, more mature aspect of his life along with the "husband" title and before saying I do, he told Entertainment Tonight, "It is time for me to grow up. I'm 62. I've been doing a lot of wacky stuff for an awfully long time…and there's nobody I've ever said 'I love you' to. I even find it difficult to say 'I love you' to my mother. But I love Shannon with all my heart and all my soul, and always will." Congrats to the happy couple -- this was long overdue.
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Though ostensibly successful 2009’s The Final Destination represented to many a horror franchise on its last hackneyed legs. Rote uninspired and humorless it scored a (modest) hit only by virtue of the novelty -- and added ticket price -- of its 3D transfer. Two years later Final Destination 5 arrives with a slightly tweaked formula a beefed-up storyline actors you might actually recognize and genuine honest-to-goodness 3D. It’s still schlock mind you -- but artful schlock and a marked improvement over the preceding entry.
The story begins in familiar fashion with a cursory introduction to the characters followed by a grisly premonition that sees them perish wholesale. An assortment of cubicle-dwellers at a paper factory are being bused to a corporate retreat when one of them Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto perpetually bug-eyed) dreams of a massive bridge collapse in which he and his co-workers are impaled beheaded bisected crushed by cars singed by tar -- however many ways a suspension bridge can kill a person the film’s opening set-piece explores it gruesome detail. Sam awakens duly horrified and demands the bus be evacuated. Seconds later the employees watch in horror from the sidelines as Sam’s vision comes to fruition.
You know what happens next. One-by-one death stalks the survivors who meet their fate in a series of elaborately-staged incidents. Some are relatively straightforward; others involve fiendish head-fakes and red herrings. The range of victims is older and more colorful than in previous Final Destination films in which death preyed exclusively on attractive nubile teenagers but the end result is invariably the same. (Not to give anything away but those considering acupuncture or laser eye surgery would be wise to avoid the film entirely.) As death’s scheme becomes achingly evident Sam his lachrymose girlfriend Molly (Emma Bell) and his increasingly unhinged buddy Peter (Miles Fisher) become increasingly desperate. Enter the ever-ominous Tony Todd returning to the franchise after (wisely) taking the previous film off offering a potential way out. But is it genuine or just another of death’s cruel tricks?
Director Steven Quale a James Cameron protege hired principally for his 3D expertise takes full advantage of the added dimension delivering some of the most vivid and immersive 3D sequences in recent memory. Unlike The Final Destination which seemed little more than a amalgam of crude one-liners Final Destination 5 feels like a real movie one with a discernible plot an element of suspense and a handful characters who are more than just punchlines. Most of the actors are surprisingly competent save for Fisher a credible doppelganger for Tom Cruise (he parodied him 2008’s Superhero Movie) who imbues every line with couch-jumping intensity.
Final Destination 5 ends with a twist that while genuinely unexpected feels like a Hail Mary for a franchise that can’t forestall its inexorable descent into stale irrelevance despite the best of efforts from Quale. Its trademark formula has simply lost its potency -- a problem no amount of cosmetic upgrades however welcome can fix. That the film is bracketed by two pointless and time-consuming montages -- the first an animated sequence that hurtles various hazardous objects at the audience the second a greatest hits compilation of memorable kills from previous Final Destination films -- is a telltale sign that the saga’s creativity is on life support. Perhaps it’s time to pull the plug.
Victoria and David Beckham welcomed their baby girl yesterday morning at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. They named her Harper Seven Beckham, and she weighed a healthy 7 pounds and 10 ounces. David wrote on Facebook, "Victoria is doing really well and her brothers are delighted to have a baby sister." "Seven" could be a tribute to their lucky number, but it is most likely something really disgusting, like most British things. - Access Hollywood
Prince William and Kate Middleton have officially left the country. After arriving in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, they went to a Consular-General Reception at the Beverly Hilton Hotel meet a few businessmen and politicians to discuss U.K. trade and investment. Then on Saturday, Prince William led his team to victory during a polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo Club that benefited the American Friends of Prince William and Prince Harry's foundation. On Saturday night they attended the BAFTA awards dinner at L.A.'s Belasco Theatre, where they met Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Kidman. On Sunday, they attended an event to support Tusk USA, which raises money to protect African wildlife and later in the day, they visited Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles' famous Skid Row, which gives underprivileged children by allowing them to express themselves through art. Their last appearance was on Sunday, which was an event meant to help servicemen and women. They're now probably back in their palace, talking about how stupid we look when do things with bandanas. - E! Online, ABC
Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart are expecting their second child. They already have 16 month-old Billie Beatrice, and they're looking forward to welcoming their second baby later this year. On his daughter, Dane has said, "I like watching her laugh. Seeing this kid laugh when you put her on the swing, or slide down the slide with her, it's just. She owns me." - Showbiz Spy
Initial reports suggested the prince and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge would only meet little-known, up-and-coming stars at the Brits to Watch bash on Saturday (09Jul11) in Los Angeles.
And the party looked like a flop when William's celebrity pal David Beckham revealed he wouldn't be able to make the get together.
But now E! Online blogger Marc Malkin reveals the party will be a big deal after all.
Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony will attend, as will movie heavyweights Kidman and Hanks.
Kristin Chenoweth, dancer Derek Hough and actresses Ginnifer Goodwin and Dana Delany are also on the guest list for the soiree at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles.