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Wednesday, March 13,2013

What a wonderful 'World'

MSU Summer Circle offers a jewel of a Jules Verne adaptation with the delightful 'Around the World in 80 Days'

by James Sanford
Friday, June 22 -- Director Michael Anderson's 1956 film of "Around the World in 80 Days" runs more than three hours and has a cast of hundreds (aside from leads David Niven, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton and Cantinflas, there are dozens of cameos from people like Frank Sinatra, Buster Keaton, Marlene Dietrich, John Gielgud, Charles Boyer, Cesar Romero and Noel Coward). Director Rob Roznowski's Michigan State University Summer Circle Theatre production of "Around the World in 80 Days" runs less than two hours and has a cast of five, plus a hard-working, top-hatted sound engineer. But if you suspect a scaled-down presentation means the Jules Verne classic gets short-changed, you'd better think twice: Roznowski and his team thoroughly rock this "World," making this fast-paced, high-energy adventure a complete delight.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Going for the 'Golden'

John Peakes makes his debut at Purple Rose in a role he played at BoarsHead 20 years ago

by James Sanford
Friday, June 22 — Please don't ask John Peakes about Henry Fonda and the fondly remembered 1981 film of “On Golden Pond.” Ernest Thompson‘s play, which begins previews Thursday at Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, is an entirely different animal, he insists.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Red, white and nude

There's more to Channing Tatum's 'Magic Mike' than meets the eye

by James Sanford
There are two rules at Club Xquisite: The show must go on — and the clothes must come off.So says impresario Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), who presides over Tampa’s steamiest all-male dance revue, which is led by the charismatic heartthrob who goes by the name of “Magic...
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Stop stalking and start talking

Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and Michelle Pfeiffer bring real fire to a warmed-over plot in 'People Like Us'

by James Sanford
Hey there, "People Like Us": What's a nice movie like you doing in a summer like this?After all, director Alex Kurtzman's based-on-a-true-story drama features no pyrotechnics, no eye-searing digital effects and not a single superhero. In fact, Sam (Chris Pine) and Frankie (Elizabeth Banks)...
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Web sight

Five years after director Sam Raimi's last Spider-Man epic, 'The Amazing Spider-Man' starts the series all over again

by James Sanford
Don’t get me wrong: I am all in favor of recycling. But when it comes to movies, that idea can go a little too far. Remember a few years ago, when it seemed like every TV show that ever made it to the airwaves was going to be turned into a major motion picture? Well, these days the strategy is not to remake but to reboot — to take a franchise that’s getting a little bit creaky and revitalize it with a new creative team.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Slumber party in Candyland — with a detour to Heartbreak Hotel

When it gets beyond the puffy-fluffy, 'Katy Perry: Part of Me' provides a few unexpected insights into the sour side of superstardom

by James Sanford
Katy Perry has been topping the charts and bringing crowds to the arena for almost four years. For some of us, that’s barely longer than our last visit to the emergency room, but it’s practically an eternity in contemporary pop circles, where multitudes of Hannah Montanas, Ashlee Simpsons, Hilary Duffs and Jojos are hyped as the Next Big Thing one week and exiled to the cut-out bin a few months later. Admittedly, Perry will have to pack in a few more decades of success under her dance belt before she can stand alongside Madonna, Cher or Streisand but, as “Katy Perry: Part of Me” reminds us, the singer-songwriter has already become the first female artist to cull five No. 1 hits from one album (2010’s “Teenage Dream”), so give the lady some credit.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Fashions with flavor

Katy Perry sports two of the dresses designed by LCC graduates Shawn and Claire Buitendorp in 'Part of Me'

by James Sanford
Friday, July 6 — “Katy Perry: Part of Me” is showing around the world in 3D. But for Shawn and Claire Buitendorp, the real thrill comes from 2D — as in Two Dresses. The 22-year-old twin sisters created two of the eye-popping outfits Perry wears in the documentary, which chronicles her “California Dreams” world tour.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

There's more than art in the Annex

Broad Art Museum announces events for July and August

by James Sanford
Wednesday, July 11 — There has not been much music in the former Chrome Cat space since the bar closed last year. That will change July 19 during “Dollar-Bin DJ Night,” one of the Broad Art Museum’s summer events in its Summer Annex.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Updated: Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum sets a new opening date

Founding director Michael Rush sees the Broad as a place for 'an extended dialogue between the contemporary and the historical'

by James Sanford
THURSDAY, July 12 — The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University has announced a new dedication date.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Batman's swan song

Christopher Nolan brings his trilogy to a powerhouse conclusion in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

by James Sanford
Since “The Dark Knight Rises” is the concluding chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy, it’s not particularly startling to find the movie’s recurring theme is moving on and letting go of the past. But that’s not an easy task when you’re Bruce Wayne, a man enveloped in a cocoon of childhood trauma, violence and agonies over lost friends and lovers.
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