22092021-LSTL-01.qxd 9/21/2021 11:55 PM Page 1 c m y b ACTRESSES ARE NOW UNDER LESS SCRUTINY FOR THEIR BODIES, SAYS KATE WINSLET TRIBUNE Engaged! Britney Spears reactivated her Instagram account on Monday. Britney said she was excited to share the news of her engagement with Sam Asghari with her fans. IANS LUDHIANA | WEDNESDAY | 22 SEPTEMBER 2021 Merry musicals BODY ZONE TICK, TICK... BOOM EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Pandemic or evolved choices of binge-watchers, the ongoing fling between OTT and musicals is sure creating a buzz Sheetal Hollywood star Kate Winslet, who won the award for lead actress in a limited series at the 73rd Emmy Award for her role in Mare of Easttown, believes actresses are now under less scrutiny for their bodies. She feels that the praise for her role as a junk food-loving detective in Mare of Easttown means a ‘huge amount’ because she was body-shamed so much in her career earlier. Winslet hopes the example Hollywood is starting to set will have a Praise for my wider impact on society. role means a lot Speaking to reporters in the virbecause it makes me tual press room backstage at the feel that our industry is ceremony, she said: “It means a changing... The shift is huge amount, because it makes happening. me feel that our industry is changKATE WINSLET ing. I’m honestly starting to feel that the shift is happening. “And I think we’re finger pointing a lot less at women in terms of how they look or their shape. We have stopped scrutinising them. In turn, what happens then is that younger generations of women, who are not in our industry, start to feel okay within themselves too. And that’s more important than anything else.” — IANS O Lady Gaga’s concert NET, FLICKS & MORE Lady Gaga has announced that her concert Love for Sale, a global live stream event will take place on September 30. She revealed the same on Monday night. The show will be live streamed, but fans will also be able to attend a number of special fan zones in 21 different cities in the U.K., U.S and France, among others. The event will take place online, as well as in fan zones at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles and Westfield Garden State Plaza in New Jersey. — IANS The drive within TT’s affair with the Great White Way has become quite a revelation for bingewatchers. Blame the pandemic if you will or the seasoned taste of the masses in choosing content, but after documentaries and anthologies, musicals too have caught the muchdeserved attention of OTT. So, let’s take you through the musicals available on various digital platforms and figure out why everybody is talking about them. BREAKING STEREOTYPES In September alone, two musicals, Cinderella and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, have set themselves apart from the long list of musical films and Broadway adaptations ever made. If Camella Cabello, as one ambitious Cinderella, wanting to be a fashion designer, charmed the audience with her feminist side, then her fairy godmother getting a gender swap was sure in sync with the changing times. As for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the coming-ofage drama about a 16-yearold boy, played by Max Harwood, who breaks prejudices to become a drag queen, is another gem. Apple TV is not far away from bringing musicals under their binge-list as Come From Away, an adaptation of 2017- Broadway musical by the same name, was made available on September 10. ADAPTATIONS THEY ARE Lin-Manuel Miranda, an American actor, singer, songwriter, producer and playwright, has brought In the Heights, Grammy award winner of Best Musical Theatre Album, to our digital screens by turning it into a film. With yet another adaptation of the popular musical, Tick, Tick... Boom, written by American composer Jonathan Larson, Lin will mark his feature directorial debut as the film will premiere on Netflix on November 19. As a producer, he released Hamilton in 2020 on Disney+ Hotstar). One more upcoming Amer- ican musical, West Side Story, is directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner. Releasing this December, it is the second feature length adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical by the same name by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. It is loosely based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Tracing the biography of Diana, Princess of Wales, Diana: The Musical will see a Netflix release on October 1, which too is based on a book by Joe DiPetro. PANDEMIC CHANGE Many have found similarities between Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Ryan Murphy-directorial The Prom, which was released last year. And the similarities were but obvious for both were slated to release on 20th Century Studios before the pandemic led its distribution rights to be sold to Netflix and Amazon, respectively. The Prom had an ensemble cast comprising Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, KeeganMichael Key, Andrew Rannells, Ariana DeBose, Tracey Ullman, Kerry Washingto, among others. INFLUENCING OTHER SERIES Every other English teen or high school drama like Riverdale, Sex Education and 13 Reasons Why have one must-have episode for a From race tracks to dizzying heights, the documentary Schumacher, on Netflix, brings alive the journey of this greatest Formula One driver Mona Film: Schumacher Directors: Hanns-Bruno, KammertönsVanessa, Nöcker Michael Wech Rating: CINDERELLA When a 23-year-old burst into the Formula One racing scene with giants like Ayrton Senna and Damon Hill ruling the scene, the general consensus was ‘too young, too early, too soon’. His was a promising start that eagles were watching, but that he would be a sensation he proved soon after. The documentary titled Schumacher, in German and English, directed by HannsBruno, Kammertöns Vanessa and Nöcker Michael Wech, is about his journey — from when he was barely four and his father put him into ‘go karting’, to him taking on giants with Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes. ‘ You have to be one with the car’, says the seven-time champion, who couldn’t but give his one hundred per cent all the time. Natural talent he was, but he honed his skills to dizzying heights — to give German Grand Prix their long-awaited German champion; give Ferrari its first win in 17 years to being the bestpaid athletes in sports history. His brother Ralf Schumacher talks about their childhood in one single sentence, “Our parents worked hard to give us a normal childhood, but lots of rich kids are poor because they don’t have time with their parents.” The documentary showcases his track record, rivalries; old recordings and interviews from his professional life and by family members. It also reveals bits of his c m y b personal life — a caring husband, a doting dad and a party-lover. It is an insightful glimpse into the making of this great athlete. Then comes through his steamy side as well — A Capricorn who made no mistake; his rivalry with Senna, who lost life while just trying to keep ahead of him, and years later breaking down at a press conference as he equalled the Brazilian racer’s record! The collisions with Damon Hill at the 1994 Australian Grand Prix and Jacques Villeneuve at the 1997 are also revealed. He didn’t want the press to make him a star, his graceful exit to equally sensational comeback makes it to the 1hour 52minutes documentary too. While his professional prowess wins the limelight, his soft side shines through his speeches as he always shared credit with the efficient machine, supportive wife, Corinna, and superb teammates. While his father, wife, children and friends make it to the documentary, one still wants to see more of Schumacher in his personal space. We do gather that he loved to party — was the first to reach, last to leave, loved dunking people in the pool in his signature style, and his love for extreme sports, sky diving to skiing, which eventually became his nemesis. Just like he protected his family, now the family is doing the same after the accident he suffered in 2013. Sadly, one doesn’t get to know the state he is currently in through the documentary. musical, where it becomes a meta-theatre of its own. Another musical, Dear Evan Hansen gets to release in theatres on September 24, 2021 before the makers outsource it to a digital platform. After Frozen 2, not much has come to the animated musical scene, but looks like Lin-Manuel has got us all covered. As a composer he has worked for computer-animated musical fantasy comedy films, Vivo and Encanto. Vivo is available on Netflix since August, while Encanto will be available on Disney+ Hotstar on December 24, after its exclusive theatrical release on November 24, 2021. Another much-anticipated fantasy musical is The Little Mermaid, which is slated for a release in 2023. FRANCHISE WORTHY Taking the trend of High School Musical forward are the franchises Mamma Mia! (Available on Amazon Prime Video) and Pitch Perfect. While the latter is roughly based on the book Pitch Perfect, the former is the fifth highest-grossing film of 2008, which got a sequel a decade later, titled Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. It is adapted from a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson. On the other hand, Pitch Perfect is a musical comedy with three films under the banner. RIP, Sarah Dash R&B singer and actress ally than its predecessor. Sarah Dash passed away at The group hit its peak in 76, according to Reed Gus- the mid-seventies with ciora, Mayor of Trenton. the song Lady Marmalade, “Our resident legend and which went to number Trenton’s very first music one on the Billboard Hot ambassador, Sarah Dash, 100 chart. has passed away,” The song went on to Gusciora wrote on the top of the charts Facebook. Lady again when it was Dash, a Trenfamously Marmalade ton native, was re-recorded by singer Sarah the co-founder Christina Dash passes of Patti Aguilera, MÃ½a, LaBelle and Pink and rapper away at 76 The Bluebelles, Lil’ Kim for the which opened for Moulin Rouge! The Rolling Stones in soundtrack. the 1960s. After working with LaBelle and Dash went The Stones, Dash on to form the pioneering also performed in The R&B/rock group LaBelle, Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s which was more adventur- Lonely Hearts Club Band ous musically and sartori- in 1978.
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