Last night was the airing of Peter Pan Live!, the second iteration of what NBC is calling a “holiday tradition” of televised live, musical spectacles. The first was last year’s The Sound of Music, which was highly watched but hardly loved, becoming sport for some particularly (and justifiably) cruel Twitter users, and it was clear from the outset that Peter Pan Live! was headed toward the same fate. The early promo photos were embarrassing/terrifying, and Peter Pan herself (Alison Williams) even made a plea to viewers to “not hate-watch.” They didn’t listen, of course. But, unlike The Sound of Music, barely anyone was watching, and all of those who were seemed to be doing it hatefully (#PeterPanLive is still going). And that was a real shame, because Peter Pan Live! wasn’t that bad. And it was probably the gayest thing on national broadcast television since Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, though it looks like it could’ve been broadcast at the same time.
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Is NBC’s upcoming Alison Williams-starring Peter Pan Live! secretly an American Horror Story spin-off? Because it sure seems like it. As if the … Read More
Saturday night is kind of a deserted, tumbleweed-y, post-Apocalyptic wasteland on television, from the standpoint of both ratings and… Read More
Today, the Criterion Collection issues a sparkling new DVD/Blu-ray special edition of All That Jazz, Bob Fosse’s mini-masterpiece. Based on its reputation (and, in a great part, thanks to the subsequent film version of Fosse’s Chicago, whose opening number provides the title), the casual viewer might presume it to be a standard, formulaic musical — when, in fact, it is anything but. After the jump, we’ll take a closer look at All That Jazz, and a few other musicals that buck the genre’s long-held traditions.
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You’d be hard pressed to find a movie tough guy with a more diverse filmography than Bob Hoskins. The English actor passed away earlier this week. With a burly silhouette, an aura of cockney cool, and a glimmer of menace in his eyes, the versatile performer charmed audiences as a sympathetic everyman and heroic detective (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), but was startling as a vicious gangster in films like The Long Good Friday. The straight-talking star played a number of cinema toughies during his colorful career. In honor of Hoskins’ reign of terror, we revisited some of cinema’s most frightening film gangsters.
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When you hear the name “Clint Eastwood,” you don’t usually think of singing and dancing. But Clint’s a versatile… Read More
Buried among the also-rans within this week’s Blu-ray releases, you’ll find the HD debut of Tequila Sunrise, Robert Towne’s 1988 mystery/love triangle thriller starring Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kurt Russell. It’s the kind of movie studios don’t make that much anymore — an entertaining and reasonably intelligent picture for grown-ups, done on a medium budget with the expectation of a medium return. There’s nosurplus of love out there for mainstream American moviemaking in the 1980s — and for good reason. But there are also a handful of films from that much-maligned era that have stood the test of time, and deserve more retroactive attention than they… Read More
Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s great stuff from Leonardo DiCaprio, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, Greta Gerwig, Alexander Skarsgård, Guy Pearce, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tobey Maguire, Steve Coogan, Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, Christopher Walken, Ben Stiller, Rosario Dawson, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
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