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How ‘West Side Story’ Breakout Mike Faist Made an Iconic Role His Own, ‘Expectations Be Damned’

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment that Mike Faist becomes a movie star in Steven Spielberg’s glorious “West Side Story,” if only because every moment the Tony nominee appears on the big screen seems all but lit with a giant sign flashing, “This guy is it!” Whatever it is, he has it, tearing into […]

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Jennifer Lopez Rom-Com ‘Marry Me’ to Debut Simultaneously in Theaters and on Peacock

“Marry Me,” a musical romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez, will debut on Peacock on Feb. 11, 2022, the same day as its theatrical release.The Universal Pictures film was intended to premiere exclusively on the big screen, but the studio opted to shake up its release plan at a time when dramas and comedies — and […]

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West Side Story Star Mike Faist On Playing Riff & The ‘Jet-Tivities’ Weekend [Interview]

Mike Faist is no stranger to musicals. He originated the role of Connor Murphy in the Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical. He also originated the role of Morris Delancey in Disney’s “Newsies.” He’s been in films like “The Unspeakable […]

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Tick, Tick… Boom! Writer Steven Levenson Updates Us On His Fiddler On The Roof Remake [Exclusive]

Norman Jewison’s 1971 film adaptation of the Broadway musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” celebrated its 50th anniversary this month, and there’s a remake on the way, written by Steven Levenson. It’s been quite a year for Levenson; first, he saw his screenplay for “Dear Evan Hansen,” based on the musical he co-wrote, make it to the big screen. […]

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A Cheaper ‘Free Guy’ Tops VOD Charts as ‘Copshop’ Crushes ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

“Free Guy” (Disney/$5.99) continues to do theaters a huge service. Despite its 45-day exclusive theatrical window, the year’s top grossing domestic non-franchise film keeps adding to its at home revenues. Or maybe that window is part of its charm? With three weeks at #1 on the VOD charts, word of mouth drove its success and […]

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Tokyo Film Festival Sets Asia-Heavy Competition Section

The Tokyo International Film Festival’s competition section will skew heavily towards Asian titles, festival organizers said on Tuesday.The festival announced the full lineup for its 34rd edition to be held Oct. 30 – Nov. 8, 2021 at its new main venues in the Hibiya-Yurakucho-Ginza area of Tokyo. As previously announced, the festival will open with […]

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Not A Lesson: Why Dear Evan Hansen And Roadrunner Are Both Deeply Irresponsible Depictions Of Suicide

Spoilers for the films “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.”This year two films have crossed into dangerous and irresponsible territory in using suicide and suicidal ideation as story arcs. First, Morgan Neville’s documentary “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain,” ostensibly a look at the life and work of celebrity chef and world […]

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Review: Shoddy Direction Ruins Promising Material

TIFF’s second year during the Covid-19 pandemic opened with a bigger slate (132 features compared to last year’s 60) and “Dear Evan Hansen,” an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit. Thematically, a film about a teenager grappling with loneliness and mental health problems makes perfect sense for the festival’s inaugural film. As artistic director […]

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Director Stephen Chbosky on Chasing ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ Premiering at TIFF and Cutting Songs

Stephen Chbosky never intended to create a film series. But with the films “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Wonder” and now “Dear Evan Hansen” under his belt, he jokes that he has made “The First Day of School Trilogy.”Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, “Dear Evan Hansen” will open the Toronto International Film Festival […]

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Oscars 2022: Best Supporting Actress Predictions

At the fall film festivals, the long list of possible Supporting Actress contenders will be whittled down. Several Oscar perennials are looking for yet another nod. Having just collected her third statue, Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) rejoins the Wes Anderson ensemble as a journalist who goes to bed with a young ’60s activist (Timothée Chalamet) in […]

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