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How Writer Kyle Jarrow Brought ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ to Life on Broadway (Exclusive)

How Writer Kyle Jarrow Brought ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ to Life on Broadway (Exclusive)
Perhaps one of the most unusual and surprising shows to open on Broadway in 2017 is a musical adaptation of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. An international sensation, the long-running cartoon about the adventures of a yellow anthropomorphic sea sponge and his underwater friends living in the city of Bikini Bottom has spawned two movies, video games and theme park rides.

Now, SpongeBob’s eclectic world is the source of a delightful new theater production conceived and directed by Tina Landau with a book written by Kyle Jarrow and music supervision, orchestration and arrangements by Tom Kitt. The show, playing at The Palace Theatre, stars Ethan Slater as the titular sponge, Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star and Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton.

“When I heard that they were developing it, my head exploded,” says Jarrow, who jumped at the opportunity to be part of the production. Having worked in theater
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Christmas (Is Coming Down) - Dusty Wright

Here's my holiday single, "Christmas (is Coming Down)," featuring Kenny Margolis (Cracker), Dan Levine (They Might Be Giants), David Ogilvy, Ms. Laura Fay Lewis, and artwork by Shiloh Jenz.

This pop rock ditty, and all of my music, can be purchased and/or streamed on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and other digital music outlets.

And check out my single -- "Fly" -- on Bandcamp featuring vocalist Queen Esther.

It's the perfect stocking stuffer for your digital player.

Happy Christmas! peace, Dusty
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Theater’s Most Anticipated, Star-Studded Shows of the Fall Season

Theater’s Most Anticipated, Star-Studded Shows of the Fall Season
In addition to fall TV and a new slate of prestigious films, theater is gearing up for a new season, both on and Off-Broadway.

This year, there is no shortage of Hollywood star power -- ahem, the Broadway debuts of Amy Schumer and Uma Thurman, the return of Anna Camp and Clive Owen, and the Boss -- as well as anticipated new productions, must-see revivals and the redemption of director Julie Taymor. And the action is not limited to New York as two major musical adaptions get their feet wet with out of town tryouts.

2017 Fall Preview: Et's Complete Coverage


Through 10/1

Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Colorado)

Disney’s global animated phenomenon is headed to the Broadway stage with a new musical from composers and lyricists RobertLopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and book writer Jennifer Lee in February 2018 after a limited engagement in Denver. The Snow Queen-inspired fairy tale and its Norwegian kingdom of Arendelle
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Movie Poster of the Week: New York in the 70s —The Lesser Known Films

Two weeks ago I wrote about Film Forum’s retrospective of New York in the 70s and collected all the Polish posters I could find for the best known films in the series. This week I want to concentrate on the films which are less well known and whose one sheets are maybe less iconic yet no less interesting. The 70s was a great period in American movie poster design. The illustrative style of classic Hollywood was out and instead a new reliance on photographs and, especially, type. The one thing that strikes me about the posters below is how heavily they rely on explanatory text and taglines (“Watch the landlord get his”...“Their story is written on his arm”...“If you steal $100,000 from the mob, it’s not robbery. It’s suicide”...“The tush scene alone is worth the price of admission”). The only two posters here that feature
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The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked
Amidst the chorus of people saying that TV is better than it’s ever been, you’ll always find one person lamenting the decline of the theme song. While it’s true that the days of minutes-long intros with original songs and catchy melodies might be in the past, there’s no denying that shows are still finding memorable (and in a few cases, iconic) ways to open each episode.

Read More: The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

With that in mind, we set out to pick the best TV themes of the young century. Some of these are snippets from existing songs, others are new instrumentals that have quickly taken on meaning well beyond the shows they’re attached to. As DVRs and streaming services make it easier than ever to skip TV credits, there are plenty of songs and shows trying to keep the art of the opening alive.
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Science Is Real: A Conversation With They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh

It’s Earth Week. From Standing Rock to Flint, from fashion to festivals, we’re diving into the fight for our planet on all fronts. There’s reason to believe I might have gotten one of my childhood idols arrested this week. Ok, perhaps not quite, though They Might Be GiantsJohn Flansburgh did end our phone interview,... Read more »
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Science Is Real: A Conversation With They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh

It’s Earth Week. From Standing Rock to Flint, from fashion to festivals, we’re diving into the fight for our planet on all fronts. There’s reason to believe I might have gotten one of my childhood idols arrested this week. Ok, perhaps not quite, though They Might Be GiantsJohn Flansburgh did end our phone interview,... Read more »
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Sherlock Holmes: 10 offbeat takes on the Great Detective

From spoofs to point-and-click adventure games, here are 10 of the most memorable unusual incarnations of Sherlock Holmes...

We don’t know a great deal about the content of the 90-minute Sherlock special set to air later this year, but one thing has emerged from the set photos and tantalising titbits of information we’ve seen so far. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson will be in nineteenth-century garb, pitching them back into the setting of the legendary detective’s original adventures: 1895, to be precise. Why that happens is as yet unclear, but all will be revealed.

For those still craving their Holmes fix in the meantime, the new film Mr. Holmes offers us Ian McKellen’s take on the character, musing upon an old case as he looks back on his long career from the vantage point of retirement. Jonny Lee Miller’s ultra-modern, Us-based Sherlock will be entering his fourth
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Long Before Downey Jr. There Was Gillette: Lost Holmes Movie Has Been Unearthed

'Sherlock Holmes' movie found at Cinémathèque Française (image: William Gillette in 'Sherlock Holmes') Sherlock Holmes, a long-thought-lost 1916 feature starring stage performer and playwright William Gillette in the title role, has been discovered in the vaults of the Cinémathèque Française. Directed by the all-but-forgotten Arthur Berthelet for the Chicago-based Essanay production company, the approximately 90-minute movie is supposed to be not only the sole record of William Gillette's celebrated performance as Arthur Conan Doyle's detective, but also the only surviving Gillette film.* In the late 19th century, William Gillette himself wrote the play Sherlock Holmes, which turned out to be a mash-up of various stories and novels featuring the detective, chiefly the short stories "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Final Problem." ("May I marry Holmes?" Gillette, while vying for the role, telegraphed Conan Doyle. The latter replied, "You may marry or murder or do What you like with him.
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Elementary, Sherlock and the adaptation problem

Feature Gem Wheeler 14 Feb 2014 - 07:00

Gem compares Elementary and Sherlock's approach to adapting Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories...

Warning: contains plot details for Sherlock series three and Elementary season two.

Unless you’ve been hiding out in a mysterious foreign country since 2012, you’ll know that Sherlock recently concluded its third series by presenting us with another tantalising mystery. The last time this happened, it was the thorny question of how Sherlock managed to survive his leap from the roof of St Bart’s. This year, we’re left to wonder how Moriarty apparently brushed aside the small matter of a self-inflicted bullet wound to the head. It’s comforting to know that times may change, but Sherlock’s capacity to induce fevered speculation and waves of online outrage will be with us for some time to come.

We’ve been granted no fewer than three recent interpretations of the consulting detective.
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Blu-ray Review: Coraline 3D – Spooky Stop-Frame Animation That Doesn’t Talk Down To Children

For better or worse, in terms of entertainment this year is all about 3D. In a break from the blockbuster norm, the likes of Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog have made movies in the format, prompting new cries of its coming of age as a respectable art form. Elsewhere, advertising for Nintendo’s new 3Ds games handheld has been ubiquitous, whilst Sky continues to tout its 3D TV subscription service with almost religious fervour. Meanwhile, consumer electronics companies are shouting increasingly loudly about their latest range of 3D capable displays and Blu-ray players.

Before 2011 is over, the chances are that we may be closer to knowing whether James Cameron’s most recent claim – that conversion to stereoscopy will be total within five years – is at all credible.

In keeping with this theme, recent months have seen a great volume of stereoscopic Blu-ray back catalogue titles released in the UK,
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2011 Grammy winners: Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Arcade Fire win big

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The 2011 Grammy Awards were big for the ladies -- country trio Lady Antebellum took home the most awards with five, while Lady Gaga earned three. Eminem had two honors, but Alternative Rock group Arcade Fire won the coveted Album of the Year.

Here is the full list of winners:

Album Of The Year

The Suburbs -- Arcade Fire

Recovery -- Eminem

Need You Now -- Lady Antebellum

The Fame Monster -- Lady Gaga

Teenage Dream -- Katy Perry

Record Of The Year

"Nothin' On You" -- B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars

"Love The Way You Lie" -- Eminem Featuring Rihanna

"Forget You" -- Cee Lo Green

"Empire State Of Mind" -- Jay-z & Alicia Keys

"Need You Now" -- Lady Antebellum

Best New Artist

Justin Bieber


Florence & The Machine

Mumford & Sons

Esperanza Spalding

Song Of The Year

"Beg Steal Or Borrow" -- Ray Lamontagne, songwriter (Ray Lamontagne And The
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Party Favors: Gravy On Top

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Oakland — Just in time for the holiday season, the Gravy has arrived.

Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie opens up in various theaters across America at the start of December. Wavy Gravy is an icon with an ever changing career. He’s gone from the legendary Merry Pranksters to the head of security at the original Woodstock to running a respected charity and finally achieving international greatness as a flavor of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. The many facets of his life are covered in the documentary directed by Michelle Esrick.

We had a chance to sit down for an extensive interview with Wavy Gravy and Michelle Esrick when the movie premiered at 2009’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

This first part has him discuss getting drunk with Jack Kerouac (On the Road) and dropping acid at the Electric Acid Kool-Aid Tests. Ahhh good times.

Now we get
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‘Up in the Air’ leads Denver Film Critics nominations

The Denver Film Critics Society, of which I am a member, have announced their nominees for the 2009-2010 Dfcs Awards.

Up in the Air leads the pack with seven nods.

Winners will be announced on January 27, 2010.

Best Film:

A Serious Man, directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Up in the Air, directed by Jason Reitman

Star Trek, directed by J.J. Abrams

The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Best Actor:

George Clooney, Up in the Air

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Viggo Mortensen, The Road

Morgan Freeman, Invictus

Best Actress:

Carey Mulligan, An Education

Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Abbie Cornish, Bright Star

Best Director:

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Duncan Jones, Moon

Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

Best Supporting Actor:

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones

Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles

Best Supporting Actress:

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Deconstructing the decade from 'Buffy' and beyond: Zap2it Hanh's favorite episodes

Zap2it's favorite TV episodes of the decade series continues with my picks for what moved me in the 2000s.

Let me preface my list with a shout out to my colleague Rick, who kicked off the series with numerous excellent examples, ranging from "The Wire" to "Freaks and Geeks." I actually agreed with quite a number of his selections, but since this is a very personal endeavor, full of unfounded opinions, naturally I must include some episodes I feel he overlooked or at least didn't value as much as I.

Case in point: Joss Whedon. Really, Rick? How could an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" not even make your main list and only warrant an "also" mention? Hmph.

My list:

"The Body" ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")

Although "Hush" and its creepy Gentlemen freaked me out (and earned "Buffy" its only writing Emmy nom), it aired in December 1999, just
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Good Morning, Oscar: December 17

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Good Morning, Oscar: December 17
By Steve Pond

In this morning’s roundup of Oscar news ‘n’ notes from around the web, Quentin Tarantino shows his influences, and Mo’Nique reveals her secret campaign weapon.

Anne Thompson picks her favorites from among the 63 songs eligible for the Oscar. She goes for a They Might Be Giants and Jarvis Cocker ditties from “Coraline” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” a Duffy ballad from “An Education,” Ryan Bingham’s and T Bone Burnett’s resonant theme from “Crazy Heart,” a bouncy Karen O song from “Where the Wild...
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Spike TV Announces 2009 Scream Awards Nominees

The Spike TV [1] Scream Awards, dedicated to horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, has just announced the nominees for the 4th annual award show. Aside from questionable nominees like Twilight and Transformers 2, many of the smaller genre pictures Sound On Sight has championed in the past year made an appearance in one of the several categories. These films include Splinter for best horror film, Drag Me To Hell, nominated for the Ultimate Scream award, and Moon for best Science Fiction movie. The links below will lead you to the Sound On Sight episode when we reviewed the movies. Take a listen and let us know if you agree with our views. Below I have also indicated our picks from the list of nominees. Enjoy! In the mean time you can also head over to their site and cast your vote. [2] The ceremony will take place on Saturday,
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Spike TV Scream Awards Nominees

Spike TV has just announced the nominees for the 4th annual Scream Awards, which will take place on October 17th at the Greek Theater in La and will air on Tuesday, October 27th at 10Pm Et/Pt. Check out all the nominees from 32 categories below, including for "Best Cameo," "Best Comic Book Movie," "Best Sequel" and "Holy S***! Scene of the Year." After you go through the categories, click here to go vote for your favorite choices. The two hour show, which honors the fan favorites in comic books, sci-fi, horror and fantasy, will feature several World Premieres from some of the most anticipated movies of 2010. The Ultimate Scream: * Drag Me to Hell * Let the Right One In * Star Trek * Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen * Twilight * Up Best Horror Movie: * Dead Snow * Drag Me to Hell * Friday the 13th * Let the Right One In * My Bloody Valentine 3-D * Splinter
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Blu-Ray Review: Riveting ‘Coraline’ Makes For Fantastic Blu-Ray Release

Chicago – Great films refuse to go away. Since I saw Henry Selick’s excellent “Coraline” months ago it has lingered in my memory like a dream and watching it again on the recently-released Blu-Ray (“Coraline” is also available on DVD), I’m reminded of how clever, creative, and captivating this piece of film was in theaters and will be every time I watch it with a perfect home release.

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0 Nothing gets old about “Coraline”. Actually, it gets richer with each viewing. That’s the mark of a great movie and exactly what most buyers willing to pay the still-too-steep purchase price of most Blu-Ray releases are looking for - something to watch again and again. You’ll watch “Coraline” again and again.

Coraline was released on Blu-Ray on July 21st, 2009.

Photo credit: Universal

The word I think of when I watch “Coraline” is mesmerizing. Based on the beloved book by Neil Gaiman,
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The Videos That Made Us Love Videos: The MTV Newsroom Poll

Welcome to the weekly Newsroom Poll, where we will give you a sneak peek into the lives and minds of some of the correspondents, writers, editors and producers here at Every week, they’ll answer a poll question that will reveal some of what we talk about behind the scenes here in the newsroom. Enjoy!

One of the recurring themes that came up during this week’s Michael Jackson memorial was the idea that the video for “Thriller” was such a huge event that it not only made people love Jackson but love music videos as an art form. Everybody who works here at MTV News had that moment at one time or another — the one where music videos suddenly became the greatest thing in the universe, even if for a short time. Which brings up this week’s poll question: What music video was the one that made you love music videos?
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