Remember “Dude Looks Like A
LadyDrag Queen” Adam Lambert of American Idol “fame?”
Well now he’s a movie critic. His “review” of Les Miserables?
“…score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers,” the sassy singer Tweeted.
Check out this breakdown by Emily Stewart of The Economic Impact of LOTR.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 75 years since J.R.R. Tolkien first imagined the inhabitants of Middle-earth. Tolkien said he originally wrote The Hobbit, with its adventures of halflings and goblins and elves, to amuse his children. He ended up writing a story that would last for generations, though, and the three-volume novel that followed — The Lord of the Rings — cemented his place in literary history. With more than 150 million copies sold, the trilogy is one of the best-selling novels ever, and today it stands as one of the highest-grossing franchises of all time.
The economic impact of Tolkien’s masterpiece is difficult to fathom, but the brand is obviously a goldmine. Today’s readers are as enraptured with the against-all-odds heroics of the hobbits as they were over 50 years ago. And New Zealand, home to the locations from Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of Lord of the Rings, has seen an explosion in tourism. (Jackson’s three movies grossed almost $2 billion worldwide.) Additionally, businesses from movie theaters and toy and game manufacturers owe Tolkien a debt of gratitude.
Check out the latest video from OnlineMBA.com to see the breakdown of the economic impact of this fantasy epic. With the arrival of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in movie theaters, the franchise doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.
I’d gladly be a part of that “humanoid race” — just send me the check!
Thank you, Emily Stewart! This is one fascinating video!
“The Man Who Came to Dinner” in a nutshell:
Ah, 1942. Even Jimmy Durante was a looker in those days. And Bette Davis was a full on fox. She kind of reminds me, in this film, of another actress who happens to be a friend, Kara Zediker. It’s just that ever-so-slight resemblance, and that way about them…
You see, I was watching TCM to view one of my all time faves, Auntie Mame. But right afterwards, longtime Turner Classic Movie host Robert Osborne urged, pleaded and outright begged us to watch “The Man Who Came to Dinner” (1942).
I thought, been there done that, Osborne. But in actuality, I hadn’t.
In my martini haze, I thought he’d said “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967) and since I was too lazy to pick up the remote, The Man Who Came to Dinner started to play.
“What’s this, I thought?,” as I sipped my cocktail suspiciously.
Well, as it turns out, Osborne was right! Within 2 minutes I was captivated, enchanted and delighted — not to mention, laughing my as* off.
The moral of the story? Always listen to Robert Osborne.
P.S. Is it so wrong that Sheridan Whiteside is my mentor, hero and who I wish to emulate?
Retired singing star Angela Arden (played by Charles Busch) heads a dysfunctional family. Her husband, filmmaker Sol Sussman, hates her and has a kissy (read: creepy and incenstious) relationship with his nubile daughter, Edith. Angela carries on an affair with Tony Parker, a lounge lizard, who sleeps with both Edith and her brother, Lance, but not before Angela plots to murder Sol when he cuts off her allowance.
Bootsie Carp, the family maid loyal to Sol, is on to Angela, but the diva works quickly and poisons Sol. Edith suspects foul play and wants Lance’s help in proving mom’s guilt. Lance, who loves his mother deeply, is conflicted. Will Edith succeed? Does love lurk somewhere? And what about Angela’s long dead sister, Barbara?
You haven’t lived till you’ve seen Charles Busch’s Die, Mommie, Die!
P.S. Jason Priestley has gay sex it in. I rest my case.
Okay, fine. Barbra Streisand didn’t exactly say this. But Ms. Streisand does wonder — Why do drag queens have to portray themselves as
hideously ugly prostitutes giving $5 BJs on a street corner“over-the-top?”
This is some serious sh*t, as discussed on Dr. Phil.
The Guilt Trip is in theaters now.
Like thousands of other Americans, I saw the Tom Hooper-directed film version of Les Misérables yesterday (the movie was the top earner at the box office on Christmas Day, bringing in $17.5 million).
The film has generated some lousy reviews, but I thought it was better than respectable—a little over-the-top in some places, but altogether an enjoyable experience.
Hugh Jackman (Valjean) and Anne Hathaway (Fantine) were both solid. Russell Crowe? Honestly? Not great. The casting team should have found someone who could sing the fricking heck out of that role, even if not a name actor. Javert could have been a star-making role for a musical theatre performer from the West End or Broadway.
Speaking of which… a star is born in Les Miz, in the person of Tony- and Olivier-winning actor Eddie Redmayne as young revolutionary, Marius. With a startlingly effective singing voice and true on-camera charisma, Redmayne commands the screen and makes the second half of the perhaps overlong film as good as or better than the first half (the engaging Hathaway is not around for much of the second act, but that’s Victor Hugo’s fault, not the filmmakers’).
In 2011’s My Week With Marilyn, Redmayne played the male lead—but there he was stuck with a rather milquetoast-ish character. Here he gets to be both tender and heroic—and the film seems destined to move him into more prominent roles. (His next feature will be the sci-fi title Jupiter Ascending, which also stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum.)
Durning played everything from the Pope to Santa Claus (the latter in four different vehicles), but was best-known to movie fans as the suitor of Dustin Hoffman’s drag character “Dorothy” in Tootsie, and as the time-stepping governor in the film musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Following the news of the death of Jack Klugman yesterday comes word of the passing of another familiar face from stage, film, and television. It’s been reported that actor Charles Durning has died in New York at age 89.
He won a Tony award for his role as Big Daddy in a 1990 revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
According to press reports, Durning fought bravely in World War II—landing at Normandy on D-Day and surviving capture at the Battle of the Bulge.
R.I.P, Charles Durning. Audiences will miss you but continue to value the performances you’ve left behind.
“I can’t speak on it ’cause I’m not gonna see it. All I’m going to say is that it’s disrespectful to my ancestors. That’s just me. I’m not speaking on behalf of anybody else.”
Lee also has a problem with Jackie Brown‘s use of the “N word” — “Let the record state that I never said that he cannot use that word — I’ve used that word in many of my films — but I think something is wrong with him.”
Nah, I think it’s you, Spike Lee. Do you even make films anymore?
Meanwhile, Simply-Showbiz.com, was intrigued by this exchange between Michael Riedel of the New York Post and Les Miz star Hugh Jackman, in an interview posted today:
RIEDEL: There’s talk that Cameron Mackintosh wants to make a movie of Miss Saigon next. You’d be great as The Engineer. Has he talked to you about that?
JACKMAN: He has. I’ve never seen Miss Saigon. But I’m all for it. I hope Les Misérables leads to more movie musicals — but, selfishly, only if I can be in them
Personally, I like Miss Saigon better than Les Miz—at least as far as the stage versions go. So I hope this idea doesn’t come a cropper.
Not gonna lie.
Lohan’s career is literally “in the can.”
The New York Post‘s Page Six reports that Lohan flooded her trailer after trashing it and leaving the shower running.
“Lindsay clogged the toilet in her own trailer while she was there,” a source told Wetpaint Entertainment. “And because the toilets in the other trailers ran on the same connected system, the others stopped working, too. No one could go to the bathroom.”
“Everything got so messy, it took a day and a half to clean up. Production fell behind schedule because of it,” the source added. “And let’s just put it this way, she didn’t win over any new fans among her co-stars or the crew.”
The star’s on-set “crap” comes just a few months after she attempted to back out of “Scary Movie 5″ altogether.
Lohan reportedly was upset that her cameo poked fun at her notorious partying reputation AKA Loahn’s real life. A source told the Post that Lohan missed every meeting and phone call associated with the movie, including script reads and wardrobe fittings.