August 24, 2005 |
After more than two years of development, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures said Tuesday it will be ready to premiere a musical adaptation of Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles" at San Francisco's Curran Theatre in December, with a Broadway opening planned for next spring. Called "Lestat" and featuring a score by the famed pop writing team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, the production will star Hugh Panaro, who has appeared on Broadway in "Les Miserables," "Show Boat" and "The Phantom of the Opera."
January 20, 1995 |
Ready for another movie about how the media are wrecking our lives? "S.F.W.," which was originally scheduled for release last year, is a low-grade, grunge companion piece to "Natural Born Killers." Based on the novel by Andrew Wellman, and directed and co-written by Jefery Levy, it wallops the audience with mega-heavy-metal boom-boom theatrics. There hasn't been this much attitude in a movie since--well, since "Natural Born Killers."
April 30, 1994 |
A pediatric nurse becomes foster mother to an HIV-positive baby, only to have the birth mother claim her a year later in "A Place for Annie," a well-acted "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation airing Sunday. A tear-jerker? Absolutely. But not a manipulative wallow, thanks to superb performances by Oscar-winning Sissy Spacek, in her first network movie in nearly two decades, and Mary-Louise Parker ("Naked in New York").
December 19, 1993 |
"S.F.W." is getting a bad rap. A&M Films' social satire of teenagers held hostage in a convenience store has become a prisoner of its own title and content when it comes to product placement. The film, set for a late summer '94 release through Gramercy Pictures, has been rebuffed by such major advertisers as Budweiser, Johnny Walker bourbon, Lucky Strike cigarettes, Campbell's soup, People and Mirabella magazines, Circle K and Southland Corp.'s 7-Eleven stores, to name a few.
August 11, 2006 |
It's too bad that in "Poster Boy" clarity is not equal to force, because it has so much going for it. It's topical, impassioned and dynamic, boasting crisp performances and smart dialogue. Its convoluted flashback structure and elliptical style make it at times needlessly confusing to the point of distraction, which likely will limit its appeal to gay audiences in a forgiving mood.
July 3, 1993 |
Try to forget the movie. Few films have hobbled a play like the clinical adaptation of Peter Shaffer's "Equus." Although that screen version starred Richard Burton, it never reproduced the play's mythic poetry. No camera possibly could. Don't forget this is theater . The West Coast Ensemble's transcendent revival unleashes pure theatricality.