Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Show that Won't Stop and the Movie that Can't be Stopped.

The show that won't stop.

Like the Energizer Bunny, Les Miserables just keeps going and going. Not only is the film version nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (I don’t think it will win) but now it will be coming back to Broadway. Producer Cameron Mackintosh said Tuesday, that he will remount it in March of 2014. I guess he believes that all the attention being paid to the film will last for a year and encourage attendance at the new revival. Or he may be trying to exorcise the ghost of the last revival in 2006. It was a critical disaster but it did run for a little over a year. He clearly hopes/expects the revival to last more than 15 months. Mounting, even a revival is an expensive process and needs significant ticket sales to recoup costs.

The revival will be the version that has been touring the United States for the last couple of years. That version doesn’t use the revolving turntable that was part of the original design. The revival won’t use the turntable either. The revival will also feature redesigned scenery based on paintings from the original novel as the touring version does.

Regardless of how the film fares at the Oscars, Sunday, the Broadway revival will likely do quite well if it is good. The film has grossed nearly $400 Million world-wide. Over exposure does not seem to be the problem.

The movie that can't be stopped.

Argo continues its awards march. It won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Writer’s Guild Awards Sunday night. It won over Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. As I have noted before, it is difficult to see how it does not win Best Picture at the Oscars next Sunday.

The WGA had good news for Zero Dark Thirty, as well. It won Best Original Screenplay. Others nominated in that category were: Flight, The Master, Moonrise Kingdom and Looper.

The other seemingly sure fire winner at Sunday's Oscars will be Searching for Sugar Man. This documentary has been sweeping awards this season as well. It won the WGA Award for Documentary screenplay.

Oscar voting closed yesterday, so now we just wait until the 24th.

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