PopWatch Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch Blog

Tag: American Psycho (1-3 of 3)

'American Psycho' musical headed Off Broadway in the spring

It’s hip to be square yet again, it seems. The London-premiered musical version of American Psycho—famously a Bret Easton Ellis novel, then a cult classic 2000 film with Christian Bale—will get a stateside production this spring at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre.

The musical—which alternates new, electronic-fused tunes by Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) along with the film’s cheeky use of 1980s tunes by Phil Collins, Human League, Tears For Fears, and the aforementioned Huey Lewis & The News, among others—received much acclaim in its 2013 premiere on the West End. The role of Patrick Bateman, the skin-care obsessed, fancy business card-carrying maniac at the center of the story, is a coveted one, and Second Stage has said casting will be forthcoming. Is it possible they could get Doctor Who star Matt Smith to reprise his role from the London production? Or if they go American, might one suggest Aaron Tveit or Benjamin Walker as Bateman? (The latter even did the 2011 workshop production, so he already has an insight into the chainsaw-wielding madman.)

As with the overseas production, American Psycho will be directed by Rupert Goold (Enron, the Patrick Stewart Macbeth), with a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark). Previews will begin February 2014 in anticipation of a March 2015 opening.

Pop Culture Pet Peeve: All 'American' movies (and TV shows)

american-hustle-poster.jpg

Hustle. Beauty. Pie. Idol. Gangster. Dreamz. Gigolo. Virgin. Violet. Outlaws. Idiot. Girl. Boy.

They’re a collection of words (or, in the case of “dreamz,” almost-words) that seem to have little in common, until you put the word “American” in front of them. Then each becomes a title, and not just any title — an evocative, slightly ironic title which promises a story that could only happen in these United States, one offering commentary on our shared national experience and way of life. It’s audacious, patriotic, grandiose — sort of like America itself, or at least the idea of “America.”

Either that… or the work’s creators couldn’t think of a good title, so they picked out a random noun and slapped “American” in front of it.
READ FULL STORY

Huey Lewis goes 'American Psycho' for Funny or Die -- VIDEO

In a new Funny or Die clip, Huey Lewis does his best Christian Bale from American Psycho — except with more Weird Al. I’ll leave the film criticism — what this does and does not say about the pose of reflexivity when applied to a film that already turned that pose inside-out to adapt Bret Easton Ellis’ intellectual bog of a novel — for another post and say only that I miss crazy, clothing-optional Christian. And who else didn’t know that Sports is turning 30? (Buy it on iTunes!)

Take a look at both clips below. Who gets it worse: Jared Leto or Al?

READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos

Advertisement

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP