Guest and Richard Topol - The opening night party for ‘The Wayside Motor Inn’ at the Signature Theatre in New York City saw the cast photographed on arrival. - Friday 5th September, 2014
Mandy Karimloo and Ramin Karimloo - Opening night of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill at the Circle in the Square Theatre - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Sunday 13th April 2014
on the rubbish-strewn California desert, a tyre wakes up and starts rolling, gradually finding its balance as well as psychokinetic powers of destruction.
He sleeps at night, drinks water, stalks a scorpion and then a rabbit. Giddy with success, he takes aim at human prey. And when he sees a young woman (Mesquida) showering in an isolated motel, he even falls in love. Eventually, a cop (Spinella) arrives to investigate the deaths. Over the next few days, as the murderous rampage escalates, he struggles to find inventive ways to stop this killer tyre.
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Ever since they were kids, best friends Connie (Vardalos) and Carla (Toni Collette) dreamed their two-woman show would take them places. When we first meet the duo, they're not performing in Chicago's dinner theaters; instead their venue is the dismal O'Hare Airport lounge, where they perform for sleeping travelers. After they witness the murder of their boss, by small time gangster Mr. Rudy (Robert John Burke), Connie and Carla pack their bags and escape to a "cultureless" place where Rudy can never find them: Los Angeles.
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"Ravenous" is a dark comedy thriller about cannibalismat an army post in the pre-Gold Rush Sierra Nevada. It's one of those high-conceptmovies that is easy to pitch to a studio head in 25 words or less by combiningtwo ideas into a sentence, in this case, "'Dances With Wolves' meetsthe Donner party."
Originally envisioned as more horror than parody, 20thCentury Fox changed directors early on because they wanted to emphasizethe humor angle, as the script was already rich with subtle irony -- ituses cannibalism as a metaphor for Manifest Destiny and drug addiction.
As a result of the change, the movie is often uncertainwhich way it wants to go, but once it finds its footing, the comedy elementsmix successfully into what is essentially a abstruse thriller.
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Its plot is "Some Like It Hot" meets "Victor/Victoria" and it's not half as clever as either, but "Connie and Carla" -- Nia Vardalos' writing-starring follow-up to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" -- earns its share of amused grins for campy show tunes and cross-dressing gags.
Vardalos and Toni Collette ("The Sixth Sense," "About a Boy") play corny showgirl wannabes from the Midwest who equate doing dinner theater with hitting the big time. But while enthusiastically belting out over-costumed clinkers at a half-empty airport lounge, they inadvertently witness a murder and are forced to run for their lives from a vicious drug dealer (Robert John Burke).
Panicking about where to hide, they decide to find "someplace where there's no theater, no musical theater, no dinner theater. No culture at all!"
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