The man in the red cape, Henry Cavill, will strut down the red carpet in all his superhuman glory Monday evening for the premiere of Man of Steel, four days before the film blasts into theaters June 14. And for your viewing amusement, you can catch Cavill and the rest of the Man of Steel clan take to the premiere event via live webcast from New York City's Alice Tully Hall.Superman fans, tune in above at 6 PM EST to see the film's stars (Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, and Kevin Costner) and director Zack Snyder at the event. And if you're really eager for the premiere (if you're that guy already rocking your homemade Superman costume), you can tune in early at 5:30 PM EST for the pre-show.
The Man of Steel cast is also giving you super fans the chance to get in on the interviewing action. Fans can submit questions and comments throughout the live feed by tweeting with the hashtag #manofsteel or #manofsteelpremiere.
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Cameron Mackintosh is the official Les Miserables expert, because after producing the original stage version of Les Mis and serving as co-producer of the Oscar-nominated movie adaptation this year, he is re-imagining it yet again.
This time, however, he is bringing the musical back home to Broadway. Les Mis will open on Broadway in March of 2014. The new vision of the show is based on paintings by Victor Hugo, Mackintosh said in a release. Photos show a use of light and drama that will give the show a new look and feel.
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The original production of Les Mis is in its 28th year in London and currently holds the record as the world’s longest running musical. It is the fourth-longest running Broadway production of all time. The 2012 film version starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway is nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture. The recent popularity of the movie is sure to help boost ticket sales for the latest Broadway incarnation.
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The Oscar winner spent 18 months working on the musical movie adaptation, starring Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman, and he wasn't done with the exhausting project until Thanksgiving morning (22Nov12).
He rushed to New York City's Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center the next day (23Nov12) to screen the picture for the first time - and he was delighted it was so well-received by the media, cast, and crew.
He tells New York Magazine, "The scene where Hugh Jackman storms out of the church and tears up his passport, throwing it to the winds, that got applause 10 minutes into the film. And then there was applause 12 to 14 more times during the film, which I've never experienced.
"With The King's Speech, people would clap once he (Colin Firth) successfully made the big speech at the end, and I remember thinking, 'Wow, how surreal.' So this was just insane."
And Hooper admits one of the best parts was receiving such kind praise from Gladiator star Crowe: "He was so warm about it and so happy. He kept saying, 'It's so epic, Tom,' and I was thinking, 'Bloody hell, Russell, you've done some epic films in your life!' So for Russell to say it was really epic, I felt very pleased about."
Cameron Crowe has had his share of music experience. You might recall the semi-autobiographical adventures of a young Rolling Stone reporter in the Crowe's signature film, Almost Famous. Others might remember a very stereo-centric scene in Crowe's first feature, Say Anything.... And, of course, there were the music videos and the documentaries: Tom Petty, Alice in Chains, Elton John, Pearl Jam... it's fair to say that Crowe knows his way around a tune. So, it's both unsurprising and pretty darn groovy that he has come to collaborating with Sigur Rós' frontman Jónsi on some original music for the upcoming We Bought a Zoo.
Crowe and Jónsi (Jón Þór Birgisson) co-wrote "Gathering Stories," the final song on We Bought a Zoo's soundtrack, and coming from a fan of Crowe, Jónsi, Sigur Rós, stories, gatherings, soundtracks, original music, zoos, financial transactions, and this symbol: Þ, I can objectively state that this song is pretty darn groovy. Unsurprisingly.
The musical Crowe-laboration is available free thanks to NPR. You can listen to it on NPR's website by clicking here. We Bought a Zoo opens Dec. 23 and stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, and Almost Famous star Patrick Fugit.
As I expect every one of you is a Pixar fan (being otherwise is a sign of sociopathy), you might have noticed a similarity in the voices of characters like Toy Story’s Hamm, WALL-E’s John and Mack from Cars and its upcoming sequel, Cars 2. That’s because they, and six other characters spanning eleven movies and counting, are all voiced by John Ratzenberger. He might be the only performer to have held such consistency with this particular company, but he is not unique in being an actor who repeatedly works with the same people. In fact, we've come up with a list of nine other proverbial Ratzenberger's and their respective Pixar's:
MICHAEL CAINE & CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
Michael Caine is one of those rare immortal actors who is completely untouchable. I’ve never heard even the most contrarian of my hipster friends say that Michael Caine is overrated. As such, it’s no surprise why rising powerhouse Christopher Nolan has opted to stick him in his last four (and upcoming fifth) directing pursuits. Caine’s roles do not vary much between these films—he’s always wise, good-natured and the only person the much younger hero can trust. He’s always someplace between the movie and the audience. And he’s always got at least one scene-stealing quip at the protagonist’s expense. But can you really take issue with this repetitiveness? With a resume like The Prestige, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception and the unhealthily anticipated The Dark Knight Rises, how can you blame this dynamic duo for sticking with a formula that works?
STEVE BUSCEMI & THE COEN BROTHERS
The Coen Brothers. They’ve made some gold. They’ve made some silver. Throughout the 1990s, the Coen Brothers made five movies, and Steve Buscemi was in each one, as well as their short film part of a collaborative anthology, Paris Je T’Aime, in 2006. Buscemi had bit parts in Miller’s Crossing and The Hudsucker Proxy, a slightly larger one in Barton Fink, and was the second male lead to William H. Macy in Fargo. But, like everyone who went to college, I favor, of course, The Big Lebowski, and cherish every second Buscemi was onscreen as Theodore Donald Kirobatsos. He really tied the movie together.
J.K. SIMMONS & JASON REITMAN
If I may just start out by saying something entirely uncontroversial: J.K. Simmons is awesome. He is as typecast as you can get, and it seems that neither he nor we seem to have any problem with this. Jason Reitman: also awesome. Juno was awesome. I don’t care what you say, everyone I’ve ever met. I loved that movie.
Reitman is still relatively new to filmmaking. Aside from Juno, his feature resume up to this point consists only of Thank You For Smoking and Up in the Air. Coming out later this year is Young Adult: a drama about a young woman seeking romance after a divorce. This film, as well, will include Simmons among the cast (playing gruff-but-lovable, no doubt), and is written by Diablo Cody—who also wrote the screenplay for Juno. Which was awesome.
JOHNNY DEPP & TIM BURTON
Not all of these friendships produce good material. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, both individually and as a pair, have indeed given us some memorable pieces of cinema. Some of the better projects on which they’ve collaborated include Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and Ed Wood. I’ll even throw Corpse Bride into the Pros list. But as time went on, they began making a career out of defaming timeless works of art with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. Also, Sweeney Todd happened. But they’re not done yet. Coming up for 2012 is Dark Shadows: a horroresque film directed by Burton, about the adventures of a vampire (played by Depp) who encounters a slew of other mythological creatures. Nice change of pace, guys.
SAMUEL L. JACKSON & QUENTIN TARANTINO
Samuel L. Jackson is an interesting case. He has appeared in four of six of the feature films over which Tarantino played director, but in two instances, he was never seen. Those two are Kill Bill: Volume 2, in which he played a bit part as Rufus, the pianist at the church wherein Uma Thurman’s character intended to be married, and who existed to the audience only as a silhouette with a cigarette (that’s a pretty good band name).
His second faceless performance was in Inglourious Basterds, when Jackson performed a single voice-over segment to introduce Til Schweiger’s character, Hugo Stiglitz. Aside from these, Jackson has played Ordelle Robbie in Tarantino’s oft forgotten Jackie Brown, and (do I even need to mention?) the career-defining Jules Winfield in Pulp Fiction. Jackson is also set to play a major role in Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained.
RUSSELL CROWE & RIDLEY SCOTT
Crowe and Scott pair together quite naturally. Both are responsible for some fantastic pieces of cinema, and neither would you be entirely comfortable inviting into your home. Since their initial collaboration on the 2000 Best Picture Gladiator, Crowe and Scott have paired up on four additional films—earning praise for American Gangster, dissatisfaction with Robin Hood, and… Did anyone see Body of Lies? Or the other one? I think it was about a house, or a garden…
OWEN WILSON (OR BILL MURRAY) & WES ANDERSON
Owen Wilson is undoubtedly more famous for his roles with the proverbial Frat Pack, especially frequent collaborator Ben Stiller. But the actor with the agonizingly mellow voice has appeared in almost every feature film directed by Wes Anderson, a college friend of Wilson’s, to date.
Anderson, a favorite director of all the people who think they're better than you, has created Bottle Rocket and The Royal Tenenbaums, both of which Wilson co-wrote. In addition to these, Wilson had major roles in Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, and the director’s first animated movie, The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Wilson also co-wrote Anderson’s 1998 film Rushmore, which (along with each of the above movies with the exception of Bottle Rocket) included Bill Murray as a member of the cast. Both Murray and Wilson are rumored to appear in Anderson’s next film, Moonrise Kingdom, about two parents’ efforts to recover their runaway daughter.
LEOBERT DeNIPRIO & MARTIN SCORSESE
For the better part of his career—and I mean that in every way—De Niro was Scorsese’s key player. Starting with 1973’s Mean Streets, the duo forged a working relationship that lasted twenty-two years. Their most recent collaboration was Casino, in 1995. However, Scorsese and De Niro have been in talks to develop a new project called The Irishman and, if you can believe (or stomach the idea of) this, a sequel to Taxi Driver.
For the time being, it seems as though Scorsese has replaced De Niro with a younger, sparkier, ruffled good-guy: Leonardo DiCaprio. Since 2002, DiCaprio has starred in four Scorsese films. Scorsese is even going as far as to cast his new muse, whom everyone I know seems to either love or hate, in a role sure to earn him a great sum of scrutiny: in a developing biopic called Sinatra, as the Chairman of the Board himself.
EVERYONE IN THE HAPPY MADISON UNIVERSE
Adam Sandler has a greater reputation of working with his friends than anyone in the business. His production company, Happy Madison, has developed fifteen films starring Sandler since its first film and half of its namesake, Happy Gilmore. Three of Sandler’s major starring roles, Billy Madison, The Waterboy, and The Wedding Singer, were produced independently from Happy Madison. Over the course of his career, Sandler has wavered from accusing his girlfriend of adultery with fictitious penguins. He has played romantic leads, PTSD-sufferers, and cancer survivors. One consistency throughout his years onscreen, however, is in his supporting casts. Sandler's confidants, rivals, and comic reliefs are often actors who have played similar roles in other Happy Madison films. Included in the recurring clan of Sandler's screen partners are Rob Schneider, Allen Covert, and--the guy you probably never noticed--Jonathan Loughran, who have each played behind the man in nine different films. Although none reach this level of dedication, other impressive numbers belong to Peter Dante with eight films, once again to Steve Buscemi, with six (this is clearly a loyal guy), to Kevin Nealon with five, and to Henry Winkler and Kevin James, with four movies each. And these are just the Sandler-starring films. There are dozens of other Happy Madison Productions that include these and other recurring actors.
Emma Watson is one of our favorite young actresses around the office, and the Harry Potter star stopped by Letterman last night and revealed that there's still some major language difference between England and the United States.
BJ Novak described to Conan the difficulties of manning a pledge drive and the challenge of credit card information, and how no one older than 40 knew who he was.
Russell Crowe told Jay Leno on The Tonight Show about his musical theatre days and specifically, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and provided some nice video of his cross-dressed performance.
Daniel Radcliffe revealed to Jimmy Fallon that he got lost in Central Park, and how Harry Potter was really just a prequel to the movie version of Night Court.
Ex-Olympic Gold Medal winner Marion Jones stopped by The Daily Show to talk about her years of performance-enhancing drugs. And.... uh... it's a little... uh... awkward...
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Stephen Colbert revealed how President Obama and Garfield both hate Veterans, and expects the Leader of the Free World to make up for his lack of respect by eating "Indian corn" on Thanksgiving on Plymouth Rock.
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In an unnamed South American country idealistic U.S. engineer Peter Bowman ("The Green Mile's" David Morse) is nabbed and held for ransom by Marxist guerrillas. Enter Australian kidnapping expert Terry Thorne (Russell Crowe) assigned to help Peter's desperate wife Alice (Meg Ryan) deal with the crisis. Greedy corporate maneuvering leads the insurance company that employs Terry to wash its hands of the case but the hero decides to stay on the job anyway. Hey it's Meg Ryan we're talking about!
Crowe follows up "Gladiator" with another commanding star turn that should dispel any remaining doubts that Hollywood has found its next big screen hero. With no opportunity to utilize her trademark gift for comedy Ryan goes into her unexciting dramatic actress mode as a standard stressed-out loved one. Of the solid supporting players former "NYPD Blue" dick David Caruso makes the strongest impression as Terry's manic hostage-extracting colleague.
Taylor Hackford ("The Devil's Advocate") capably pushes the film through familiar territory borrowing licks from such diverse pictures as "Missing" and "Rambo" before lifting the ending of a certain beloved classic (no we're not saying which). He and frequent screenwriting collaborator Tony Gilroy set up a realistic situation loaded with natural suspense though one might have expected the director of "An Officer and a Gentleman" to work the romantic attraction between Terry and Alice to more sizzling effect. A few unnecessarily complicated plot twists rob the story of momentum leading into the surprisingly hard-core action finale - the main reason the flick stretches to an enthusiasm-taxing 135 minutes.