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‘The Mountain Between Us’ Review: Idris Elba and Kate Winslet Generate Enough Heat to Thaw a Frigid Romance-Disaster

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‘The Mountain Between Us’ Review: Idris Elba and Kate Winslet Generate Enough Heat to Thaw a Frigid Romance-Disaster
The Mountain Between Us” is one of those movies that’s impossible to watch without imagining the elevator pitch that got the project off the ground (yes, it was adapted from a Charles Martin novel of the same name, but someone still had to sell Hollywood on the idea). “It’s ‘The Grey’ meets ‘The English Patient’!” “It’s ‘Alive’ meets ‘Before Sunrise’!” “It’s ‘Cast Away,’ but if Tom Hanks was a little horny for Wilson!” Amusingly billed as a “romance-disaster” on the film’s Wikipedia page, Hany Abu-Assad’s dreary but diverting high-altitude epic is a “will they or won’t they?” flirtation superimposed onto a classic story of survival. It’s fantastically unrealistic stuff from the first minute to the last (and there are far too many minutes between them), but Idris Elba and Kate Winslet generate enough heat to keep the frostbite at bay, and Mandy Walker
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Ed Catto: The 30th Anniversary of Star Trek’s 20th Anniversary

Turning 50 doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. In fact, those typical black-and-white “50 years old” party decorations, suggesting that the celebrant is “so old,” seem out of place to me. Fifty can be fun. Fifty can be optimistic. Isn’t Hollywood’s most famous re-invented party boy, Robert Downey, Jr. over 50? Isn’t the always-engaging Marisa Tomei over 50?

This year Star Trek turns 50 and the phenomenon never looked better. There’s a new movie, a new fascinating Star Trek podcasts out there. And now, more than ever, there’s top TV show and even new stamps from the U.S. Post Office. There’s a bunch of -notch merchandise from innovative companies like Titan and Eaglemoss.

But it wasn’t always so. Back when Star Trek was turning 20 the future wasn’t so certain. It was a struggle. Fans were ridiculed. The world at large did not associate
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Photo Flash: Kelli O'Hara, Matthew Morrison, Victoria Clark & More Celebrate MasterVoices at 2016 Spring Benefit

MasterVoices raised more than 220,000 to fund the company's Artistic and Education Programs at its 2016 Spring Benefit which featured Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate starring Kelli O'Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, Anna Christy, and Sarah Mesko, with a World Premiere prologue by Michael John Lachiusa, directed and choreographed by Doug Varone, and conducted by Ted Sperling at Le Parker Meridien and New York City Center on April 28, 2016. BroadwayWorld brings you look inside the big night below
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‘Dido & Aeneas’ Theater Review: From Broadway to Opera, Kelli O’Hara Does It All

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‘Dido & Aeneas’ Theater Review: From Broadway to Opera, Kelli O’Hara Does It All
Ethel Merman and Mary Martin never tried this. Tony winners Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark put aside their usual show tunes to sing Henry Purcell’s 17th Century opera, “Dido & Aeneas,” presented Thursday and Friday by Master Voices at the New York City Center. Anyone who saw O’Hara and Clark together in Adam Guettel’s great musical “The Light in the Piazza” in 2005 won’t be surprised that they can sing opera. How well O’Hara sings baroque arias, however, is astounding. All the singers here are mic’d for the cavernous City Center, but it’s doubtful
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Horror Highlights: The Revenant Blu-ray Contest, Penny Dreadful Fan Art Competition, The Harvesters, Scythe, Betrothed

The Revenant is now out on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and we’ve been provided with one Blu-ray copy to give away. Also: not long now “Dreadfuls”, Penny Dreadful Season 3 premieres on May 1st and to celebrate the show’s third season, Showtime has launched a fan art contest. Read on for more information on that as well as The Harvesters Kickstarter, the short film Scythe, and a trailer for Betrothed.

The Revenant Blu-ray Contest – Prize Details: (1) Winner will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Revenant.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Revenant Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on April 25th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States.
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The 25 most underrated film scores of the 1990s

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The sensational, overlooked film scores from the years 1990 to 1999 that really are well worth digging out...

The movies went through tumultuous and exciting changes in the nineties. Quentin Tarantino exploded onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs, Generation X gave rise to slacker marvels like Clerks, and blockbusters like The Matrix put the awe back into special effects.

However, the 90s was also a sensational decade for film music, gifting us classics including the likes of Jurassic Park, Titanic, Total Recall, Braveheart and countless others. But the sheer quality of these soundtrack treasures shouldn’t overshadow those undervalued hidden gems that demonstrate the extraordinary range and versatility of our finest film composers, ones that may have passed you by. So here’s our selection of those incredible works: ranging from the earworming to the unsettling, the melodic to the chaotic, these are the scores that simply demand your attention.
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The Flash 1.10 Blog: Revenge Of The Rogues [Contains Spoilers]

Director: Nick Copus

Writers: Kai Yu Wu & Geoff Johns

Cast: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Rick Cosnett and Jesse L. Martin, with Special Guest Stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell.

Synopsis: Leonard Snart Aka Captain Cold returns to Central City with a new hotheaded partner in tow – Mick Rory Aka Heat Wave.

Verdict:

After an extremely long hiatus over the Christmas period, The Flash returns today in this spectacular mid-season premiere. Thankfully, the brilliant superhero drama blasts back onto television screens, with the return of Wentworth Miller’s ice-cool villain Captain Cold! (yes I did genuinely just use that Schumacher-esque pun).

Viewers with any prior knowledge regarding this episode, will do doubt be aware that ‘Revenge of The Rogues’ is a very special story for Prison Break fans. I say this of course, because the episode marks the first on-screen reunion between former Prison Break
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Marc Webb on 'Spider-Man 2': 'I Want the Audience to Be Thrilled'

Marc Webb on 'Spider-Man 2': 'I Want the Audience to Be Thrilled'
At SXSW Film Festival's first-ever film keynote presentation, director Marc Webb revealed a vision for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (opening May 2) that is bigger, more spectacular, and less tethered to reality than its predecessor. Responding to fanboy fears that the second installment of the rebooted franchise will, like Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2, become bloated with two villains, he promised that the attention would be focused squarely on Jamie Foxx's Electro. As for Dane Dehaan's Green Goblin, he would be a secondary threat, while Paul Giamatti's Rhino would
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Anniversaries: Klaus Nomi Born 70 Years Ago

The one-of-a-kind New Wave singer Klaus Nomi was born Klaus Sperber in Bavaria on January 24, 1944. Though his career effectively lasted just five years and he had no hits, he became a beloved cult artist and introduced people outside the realm of classical music to the glories of opera through stunning, highly stylized performances that crushed genre boundaries in a way that the many more calculated "classical crossover" acts since have been unable to achieve, no matter how many more records they may have sold.

Some sources say Nomi (adopted as a stage name as an anagram of "omni") was "classically trained" (though that could just mean piano lessons); Kurt Loder, writing for MTV, calls him "a true, if untrained, countertenor." (A countertenor is basically a male alto.) He did, in his youth, work as an usher at the German Opera in West Berlin, and informally sang there for an audience of his fellow workers.
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Comic Book Release List – December 4, 2013

The following is a list of all comic books, graphic novels and specialty items that will be available this week and shipped to comic book stores who have placed orders for them.

Action Lab Entertainment

Pirate Eye Iron Bars Wretched Tales (One Shot), $2.99

Princeless Encore Edition #1 (Of 4), $1.00

Airship Entertainment

Girl Genius Volume 5 The Clockwork Princess Tp (New Printing), $25.00

Amryl Entertainment

Cavewoman Sea Monsters (One Shot), $3.75

Cavewoman Sea Monsters (One Shot)(Budd Root Special Edition), Ar

Cavewoman Sea Monsters (One Shot)(Special Edition), Ar

Antarctic Press

Steam Wars #3, $3.99

Archaia Entertainment

Hawken Melee #1 (Of 5)(Archaia), $3.99

Moon Lake Volume 2 Hc (Archaia), $24.95

Mouse Guard Legends Of The Guard Volume 2 #4 (Archaia), $3.50

Mouse Guard Legends Of The Guard Volume 2 Hc (Archaia), $19.95

Archie Comic Publications

Archie #650 (Dan Parent Regular Cover), $3.99

Archie #650 (Fiona Staples World Tour Variant Cover), $3.99

Archie Double Digest #246, $3.99

Fox #2 (Dean Haspiel Regular Cover), $2.99

Fox #2 (Paul Pope Get Freaky Variant Cover), $2.99

Sonic The Hedgehog #255 (Ben Bates
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Tifn Roadshow: 'When I Rise'

In 1957, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment, but segregationists in the Texas Legislature deemed it legal to threaten to withhold state funding from a public university for casting an African-American female opposite a fellow Caucasian male student. The 1950s was a decade that opened the door to equal and fair education for all Americans, but continued to be slammed in the faces of some, like University of Texas at Austin distinguished alumna Barbara Smith Conrad, the subject of the 2010 film When I Rise.

Conrad, a mezzo-soprano from Center Point, Texas, was cast as Dido in Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas. However, she was soon replaced by a Caucasian student. The casting move made headlines nationwide, gaining the attention of the King of Calypso himself, Harry Belafonte, who offered Conrad a deal she did refuse: He would pay for her
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The Richard Burton Diaries edited by Chris Williams – review

Simon Callow on the booze, the money, the life with Liz …

One Sunday evening, in the winter of 1981-82, there was a celebration, at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, of the original radio production of Under Milk Wood. Various participants in that famous broadcast, including Richard Burton, the original narrator, were to read the play under the direction of its producer, Reggie Smith. The theatre was packed, with a largely Welsh audience.

Burton seemed to be enjoying himself, but it was not easy to hear him. He was glued to the book, seemingly in private communion with it. After the interval, the reading resumed. It was evident that Burton had liberally refreshed himself. Now he was not just inaudible but incoherent, with a tendency to slump. The reading lurched to its conclusion, after which the cast repaired to the Garrick Club for a celebratory supper. On the appearance of the first course,
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Notebook Reviews: Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom"

Dollhouses within dollhouses: the island of New Penzance, the setting of Wes Anderson's new movie, which opened Cannes this year and will be released in the Us this Friday, is a miniature of the director's whole body of work—isolated, insular, steeped in mid-century nostalgia, populated by kids who do adult things and adults who behave like children. The place names—"Yeoman Lane," "Roman's Ruins"—reference the names of Anderson's collaborators. Middle-school-age girls are hip to Françoise Hardy and everyone is impeccably dressed.

Anderson, it seems, has finally and thoroughly gone up his own ass—and yet the film happens to be one of his best and most inviting works. Moonrise Kingdom—deftly orchestrated but deliberately uncomplicated—is easily Anderson's sweetest, most sincere movie, and the only one, aside from Rushmore, where the director's stylistic and thematic conceits are perfectly in sync. It may be the twee-est, archest
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Cannes rolls out the carpet for a bumper 65th year

A vintage Cannes offers a whale of a drama, a Chinese mystery, and a dainty slice of dysfunctional family life from Wes Anderson. Meanwhile, Woody Allen and Roman Polanski have some explaining to do

Like the Godfather of film festivals that it is, Cannes keeps its friends close and its enemies closer. Over the 65th edition's early days, Cannes clawed back any deserters or doubters with a storming selection, confirming it as the best showcase for challenging cinema from around the world.

Andrea Arnold, the British director whose career Cannes nurtured by promoting her films Red Road and Fish Tank, showed her version of Wuthering Heights at Venice last year. Cannes immediately installed her as a member of this year's jury.

Regulars such as Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, neither of whom have a film showing here, have instead been rewarded with warmly respectful documentaries, made and populated by high-profile friends and fans.
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Wim Wenders's "Pina"

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Wim Wenders's Pina opened in three theaters in New York over the weekend and, according to TheWrap, it's doing quite well so far. We already have two entries (post-Berlinale and Nyff), so this'll simply be a quick holiday roundup.

Pina, of course, is "a tribute to Pina Bausch, the German dancer and choreographer who died in 2009," explains Ao Scott in the New York Times. "Her work has appeared on film before; Pedro Almodóvar's Talk to Her uses the dance Café Müller as an emotional touchstone. That piece, an obstacle course of wooden chairs and wild emotions set to music by Henry Purcell, figures prominently in Pina, encapsulating both Bausch's aesthetic and Mr Wenders's desire to replicate on screen the depths and distances of the staging…. The cumulative effect is exhilarating and also a bit frustrating, since so many dances are included and woven together the audience does not
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Doctor Who: The Girl Who Waited – series 32, episode 10

After last week's flawed episode, here was something to properly get your teeth into

Spoiler Alert: This weekly blog is for those who have been watching the new series of Doctor Who. Don't read ahead if you haven't seen episode 10 – The Girl Who Waited

Dan Martin's episode nine blog

"You're asking me to deny destiny, causality, the nexus of time itself, for a boy?"

Some people hate Doctor Who when it's emotional and romantic. Other people hate Doctor Who when it indulges in hard sci-fi. Could it just be that those people simply just hate Doctor Who? Because here was an episode that ploughed unashamedly into both, and after last week's enjoyable-but-flawed Night Terrors, here was something to properly get your teeth into.

The Girl Who Waited is both the cheap episode (closed set, no guest stars), and the "Doctor Lite" episode. At first a necessity of the production schedule
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Sound on Sight Radio #279 – Classic Directors: Stanley Kubrick

Please note:

(This show is long, longer than what we normally produce, but what can you do when you discuss such a talented filmmaker. I strongly suggest listening all the way to the very end, at which point we review what I think is Kubrick’s best film.)

Long, long after the folks at home started urging us to do so, we’re finally taking on the oeuvre of possibly the best-loved American director of all time, Mr. Stanley Kubrick. A Clockwork Orange turns 40 this year (!), so it was a natural choice, but we decided to go with a couple of slightly less obvious picks to accompany it: 1957′s anti-war flick Paths of Glory and 1975′s divisive three-hour period drama Barry Lyndon. Ricky, Justine and Simon are joined by special guest and general film-world veteran Bill Mesce, making this a truly epic roundtable befitting one of the most influential filmmakers ever.
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Richard Campbell obituary

Versatile founder member of Fretwork, the group that gave English music for viols an international appeal

Richard Campbell, who has died unexpectedly aged 55, was a multifaceted musician best known as a founder member of the viol consort Fretwork. From their London debut in 1986, they shook the dust off the English consort repertoire and gave it international appeal as concert music.

Richard played the treble viol, and later the tenor, in the group, which quickly established a global reputation for fastidiously crafted interpretations of consort music from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods through to Henry Purcell, combined with a creative drive to commission new works that exploited the ensemble's exotic sound-palette.

He featured in 31 recorded albums, on Virgin Classics and Harmonia Mundi, as well as on film soundtracks including Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) – Richard's constant companions – and The Da Vinci Code (2006). The group won two major recording prizes: a French grand prix
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Exclusive Video Premiere: Revolver's "Leave Me Alone"

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Revolver's
France's excellent chamber pop trio Revolver just released their debut record "Music for a While" stateside on Astralwerks. The classically trained Ambroise Willaume (vocals, guitar, piano), Christophe Musset (vocals, guitar) and Jérémie Arcache (vocals, cello) were found on myspace by Delabel/Emi and quickly signed.

The band draws from the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Beach Boys, and quite obviously, The Beatles. But they'll also name drop 17th century Baroque composer Henry Purcell and 16th century singer and lutist, John Dowland, known for his cheery ballads like "I saw my Lady weepe" and "Flow my tears" (he also influenced the great Philip K. Dick).

Canadian directors Maris Mezulis and Matt Eastman shot this cutesy-but-good video for the charmer, "Leave Me Alone," featuring lots of tousled hair cool, and over load of gorgeous French girls. Dudes in France get to and from the studio via Medieval subterranean tunnels, it's no big deal.
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The AfterElton.com Summer TV Guide

Yep, it’s that time of year.

No, not the time to sip daiquiris alongside the pool or go catch some cool waves at the beach. It’s the time of year to watch summer television!

Truthfully, with most of broadcast television in reruns, it’s mostly cable and reality show offerings. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t something of interest to viewers of gay-related programming.

What’s worth watching this summer? The Great Gay is here to help you decide!

Who is the Great Gay is, you ask? Why, as always, I’m the collective wisdom of all who toil here at AfterElton.com, the sum total of years of endless, stupefying television viewing!

Okay, it’s mostly just me blathering on, with the others yelling at me whenever I get something wrong.

Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family)

Why It’s Gay: Gay Griffin
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