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The Dark Crystal Review


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Is there such a thing as a children's cult film? The Dark Crystal may be as close as we have, but Jim Henson and Frank Oz's collaboration won't keep many of today's kids entertained for long. Kooky creatures are the lasting legacy of the film; the story doesn't inspire much excitement -- as one puppet (whose mouth barely moves when he talks) is tasked with healing a broken crystal and thus thwarting the impending rule of a gang of other, evil puppets. His journey takes the form of an almost casual stroll through his magical kingdom, as he encounters one outlandish creature after another en route to victory. Overly simplistic, I'll frankly take Labyrinth when it comes to fantasy puppet movies.

Black To Sing In Jesus Christ Superstar


School Of Rock Jack Black Jesus Christ Superstar Ted Neeley Yvonne Elliman Mary Magdalene Barry Dennen Ben Vereen Andrew Lloyd Webber Tim Rice

School Of Rock star Jack Black will step into the role of KING HEROD when the original stars of Jesus Christ Superstar reprise their roles for a benefit performance.
Cast members Ted Neeley (JESUS), Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene), Barry Dennen (PONTIUS PILATE) and Ben Vereen (JUDAS ISCARIOT) are all reuniting.
The benefit performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice show will be held at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood on 13 August (06).
All proceeds will go to YouTHeatre America, of which Black is an alumnae.

Jesus Christ Superstar Review


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I've never seen Jesus Christ Superstar or Godspell on stage, and while I appreciate the desire to spread the word of God via mass media (especially if it involves singing), I've just never been able to get into these overwrought productions (see also Hair), especially if they were made in the 1970s.

WhileSuperstar is a period piece set during the last weeks of Jesus's life, it also contains strange anachronisms like guns and cars -- designed to tell us, presumably, that Jesus's works are still relevant today. But it also misses the point on a lot of those lessons -- why, during his rampage against the money changers, is he destroying the stands of people selling glassware and vegetables? Thou shalt not eat greens? Hmmm.

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The Dark Crystal Review


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Is there such a thing as a children's cult film? The Dark Crystal may be as close as we have, but Jim Henson and Frank Oz's collaboration won't keep many of today's kids entertained for long. Kooky creatures are the lasting legacy of the film; the story doesn't inspire much excitement -- as one puppet (whose mouth barely moves when he talks) is tasked with healing a broken crystal and thus thwarting the impending rule of a gang of other, evil puppets. His journey takes the form of an almost casual stroll through his magical kingdom, as he encounters one outlandish creature after another en route to victory. Overly simplistic, I'll frankly take Labyrinth when it comes to fantasy puppet movies.
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