Broadway 'The King and I' revival comes to London
LONDON (Reuters) - A Broadway revival of the 1951 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "The King and I" comes to a London stage this summer with Japanese actor Ken Watanabe and Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara reprising their roles from the New York production.
Justin Bieber to Develop Cupid Animated Movie
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Justin Bieber is developing a Cupid animated movie in partnership with Mythos Studios. Bieber is attached to star as the voice of Cupid, as well as executive produce.
Hollywood mogul Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape charges
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of rape and sexual assault, his lawyer said, in the first cases involving the disgraced producer to be tested in criminal court since scores of accusers emerged last year.
Sex to superheroes: Sister Rose shepherds Catholics through Hollywood movies
CULVER CITY, Calif. (Reuters) - Tucked into a suburban Los Angeles office between her convent and a chapel, film critic Sister Rose Pacatte sits at her computer and plays a clip from edgy dark comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."
Reese Witherspoon in Talks to Return for 'Legally Blonde 3'
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Reese Witherspoon is in talks with MGM to reprise her role as Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde 3."
'Solo: A Star Wars Story' plummets to $29 million second weekend
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Solo: A Star Wars Story" continues to falter at the box office.
Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch saves cyclist from muggers in London
LONDON (Reuters) - British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, known for his portrayal of fictional crime-fighter Sherlock Holmes and comic book superhero Doctor Strange in the Marvel movies, has been hailed a hero for chasing away four assailants as they mugged a cyclist in London.
Gay conversion film at London festival hits home for campaigners
LONDON, June 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The contentious practice of gay conversion therapy will be in the spotlight at the British spin-off of the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, a move welcomed by gay rights activists.
Film Review: Johnny Knoxville in 'Action Point'
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - What if Johnny Knoxville and a couple of his buddies from the "Jackass" hurt-yourself-for-the-hell-of-it TV series were put in charge of an amusement park? Instead of safety being the owners' primary concern, guests would be encouraged to tempt fate on notoriously risky waterslides, ziplines, and a high-speed downhill toboggan. That's the lowbrow high concept behind the gleefully brainless "Action Point," which was inspired by just such a death trap in Vernon, New Jersey, known as Action Park, where much fun was had (and many bones were broken) before a handful of personal injury lawsuits forced its closure in 1996.
Film Review: 'Adrift'
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - It's tempting to call Shailene Woodley a "sensual" actress, but let's be clear about what, exactly, that means. Woodley, like Debra Winger, has the gift of making sensuality dramatic; there's a beautiful severity to her features that allows you to feel the things she's showing you. That's a talent, but it's also an instinct -- what a genuine movie star has. And Woodley's got it. In "Adrift," she plays a troubled but ebullient 23-year-old globe-trotter named Tami Oldham (who's a real person; the film is based on a true story), and whether Tami is settling into the island of Tahiti because that's where the fates took her, or falling in love, or leaping off a cliff, or trying to figure out how to save herself after she wakes up in a drifting, damaged sailboat that's thigh-deep in water, Woodley gives herself over to the physical and spiritual reality of each scene. She knows how to play an ordinary woman who's wild at heart, and she keeps you captivated, even when the film itself is watchable in a perfectly competent, touching, and standard way.
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