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Ian McKellan in 'Mr. Holmes': How British is It?

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.14.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The fine ensemble swirling around McKellan's killer performance as the aging Mr. Holmes, now in retirement in the country, is first rate. And in that spirit, the movie's Monday premiere took advantage of Broadway's dark night, with theater actors out for drinks and ravioli at Southgate in celebration.

Best Casting Ever: Emma Watson As Belle In 'Beauty And The Beast'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment

Emma Watson was first attached to a live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast" all the way back in 2011. Guillermo del Toro was the director at tha...

Saying Goodbye to the Freak Show: Side Show's Inevitable Demise

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.05.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

And so it goes -- another production of Side Show leaves us. Its cult status will remain, untouched by mainstream attention. This is no surprise to those of us who follow such things. In fact, the surprise was that it came at all.

A Revealing Look at the Broadway Musical 'Side Show' from One of Its Stars

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

In 1997, a hauntingly beautiful and richly uncommon musical called Side Show opened on Broadway to critical acclaim. The show was based on the lives of the famous conjoined real-life twins who were headliners in the 1930s vaudeville circuit.

Side Show's Sad Demise

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.12.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Bill Condon, aware of the controversy surrounding Side Show in its original production -- is it P.C. to focus on "freaks"-- said he is hoping for the day when reviews won't open with a comparison to its ill-fated first production. And now this production is meeting an ill fate all its own.

On the Culture Front: The Happiest Hour, Battle of the Belgians, The Complete Last Waltz and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 02.11.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

It hard to find the silver lining in the cold, blustery weather and increasingly shorter days that mark December in New York, but one thing is the guilt for staying indoors completely evaporates.

Side Show: Stage Directions and Henry Krieger

Barry Singer | Posted 02.01.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

I saw it first. Well, not quite. The rapturous critical reception that has greeted the revival of Side Show on Broadway takes me back, way back, to a demonstration of Side Show's unique power that I witnessed firsthand quite some time ago.

Striving for Frenzied Acclaim in CA

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Cara Joy David

My trip to the west coast is bringing me in contact with two shows I have an emotional attachment to: Side Show and The Black Suits.

Meet The Creepy Doll That Almost Made It Into 'Twilight'

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment

Here's something so disturbing, so terrifying, so revolting that even a pack of angsty vampires couldn't deal. We're talking about Chuckesmee, the...

'The Fifth Estate' Director Blames Julian Assange For Flop

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.04.2013 | Entertainment

Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate," the biggest wide-release flop of 2013, has earned just $3.1 million in North America as of Oct. 31. According to Box...

Movie Review: The Fifth Estate

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In The Fifth Estate, Condon and writer Josh Singer, working from a couple of books by participants in the Wikileaks story, retell the tale of Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch).

'The Fifth Estate' Is A Huge Flop

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 10.21.2013 | Entertainment

Here's a list of movies that had better opening weekends than Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate" while also debuting on more than 1,500 screens: "Machet...

Barely Anyone Saw 'The Fifth Estate'

Posted 10.19.2013 | Entertainment

Julian Assange may have the last laugh on "The Fifth Estate." Bill Condon's new film, about the rise of WikiLeaks with Benedict Cumberbatch playing As...

Christopher Rosen

Laura Linney Would Dust Furniture For Bill Condon | Christopher Rosen | Posted 10.16.2013 | Entertainment

That old cliche about there not being small parts, only small actors? It's proved once again by Laura Linney in "The Fifth Estate." The Emmy-winning a...

Julian Assange's Letter To Benedict Cumberbatch Is Amazing

Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange in "The Fifth Estate," a forthcoming movie that tracks the WikiLeaks founder's rise. The film hasn't exactly...

Live from Toronto International Film Festival: Tuesday, Sept. 10

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

With Enough Said, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, one of TV's funniest women ever, has finally been given a perfect film vehicle.

The First Word On 'The Fifth Estate' Is ...

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 09.06.2013 | Entertainment

"The Fifth Estate" kicked off the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday night, but where Bill Condon's film goes from there is up for d...

Ian McKellen Is The New Sherlock Holmes

Posted 09.05.2013 | Entertainment

Sir Ian McKellen will star as Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon's adaptation of Mitch Cullin's "A Slight Trick of the Mind," this according to a press re...

Star-Studded Film Tackles Julian Assange: 'It's Not A White-Wash Of History'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment

Benedict Cumberbatch leads an all-star cast in "The Fifth Estate," the new film about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks that DreamWorks is set to release o...

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Dan Persons | Posted 01.19.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, is still the kind of moody, formless slog we've been through before, only slightly energized by a long-delayed bit of action.

Christopher Rosen

Why 'Breaking Dawn' Has A Surprise Ending | Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.15.2012 | Entertainment

Before taking over the "Twilight" franchise for its final installments, "Breaking Dawn Part 1" and "Breaking Dawn Part 2," Bill Condon was best known ...

Why 'Breaking Dawn' Was Almost Rated-R

Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment

"Breaking Dawn Part 2" is the young adult event of the year, yet it was almost given a rating that would have kept its core audience away from the the...

Benedict Cumberbatch As Julian Assange?

Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment

Could Benedict Cumberbatch play Julian Assange in a new biopic about the former WikiLeaks founder that DreamWorks is setting up? That's the latest rum...

'These Are Actors Playing Parts': Bill Condon Real-Talks Robsten

Posted 08.08.2012 | Entertainment

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson play husband and wife in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2," but after Stewart's admission of infidelity l...

Kristen Stewart And Robert Pattinson Back For More 'Breaking Dawn'?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 04.16.2012 | Entertainment

"Breaking Dawn Part 2" is scheduled to hit theaters on Nov. 16, but that doesn't mean it's finished just yet. Director Bill Condon took to his Faceboo...