July 23, 2007 |
Moviegoers were in gay spirits over the weekend as Adam Sandler's latest comedy, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," topped the box office, and the feel-good "Hairspray" scored a record launch for a musical. Though both films were aimed at general audiences, the gay market factored into their solid openings. "Chuck and Larry" stars Sandler and Kevin James as Brooklyn firefighters pretending to be gay for insurance purposes.
July 14, 2007 |
Elijah Kelley is sitting in a swath of sunlight on a coffee shop patio in Los Angeles, and he's as surprised as anyone that he's even made it this far. That doesn't mean he has small dreams. "I want to be an entertainer," says the 20-year-old, who's getting his first big break in "Hairspray." "Frank Sinatra did it. Sammy Davis Jr. did it. I want to bring that back." In seeking to capture the spirit of his bygone heroes, he's not boastful; he's hopeful. And he can't stop smiling.
May 6, 2007 |
IT'S easy to see who Nikki Blonsky was just a year ago. On YouTube, there is footage of a then-unknown girl -- small, chubby and makeup-less and completely forgettable in black jeans and a schlumpy black T-shirt, scooping ice cream in a Cold Stone Creamery on Long Island. There's also footage from the moment Blonsky left scooping for good -- "Entertainment Tonight" showed up to film the 17-year-old receiving the news that she'd won the part of Tracy Turnblad in the new screen musical "Hairspray."
July 8, 2007 |
TALKING to director Adam Shankman about "Hairspray" is a bit like swimming in a river of raw emotions. Wiry and wired -- he's in perpetual motion -- the 42-year-old has definitely put his heart, if not his career, on the line remaking this story first told by John Waters in the 1988 indie-cult hit, which then morphed into a Tony-winning Broadway musical. No one has failed with "Hairspray" yet.
February 25, 1988 |
"Hairspray" (opening Friday at selected theaters) is a deliriously fast and funny satire of the '60s that marks John Waters' best shot yet at mainstream audiences. In the 15 years since Baltimore's maestro of poor taste made his notorious underground classic, "Pink Flamingos," he has wavered between morbidity and blandness in an attempt to move beyond his original success.
July 20, 2007 |
At first blush, the idea of a movie musical based on the Broadway musical based on "Hairspray," the film by John Waters, seems beyond derivative -- it's practically inbred. So it comes as a surprise when the movie turns out to be as happy, healthy and attractive as it does.