Al Pacino came back again and Jessica Chastain showed up for the first time. “Annie” returned and so did “Evita” and “Elf.” Katie Holmes made a second appearance and that old stalwart “The Lion King” celebrated its 15th anniversary. Yes, 2012 was a year of old and new, theatrically speaking.
It also was a year in which the theater community tried to keep the show going despite several disasters – a natural one in Superstorm Sandy and two man-made ones in misleading monologist Mike Daisey and the phantom investors of “Rebecca.” None of those, of course, made our Top 10 list of the best moments in 2012:
Michael Haneke takes a subject you don’t often see in movies and probably don’t want to see – the slow, steady deterioration of an elderly woman – but handles it with grace.
Newly married Anne Hathaway, 30, looks stunning in a black turtleneck sweater and white flared trousers. Her cropped hair, which was shorn for her role in the film version of “Les Misérables,” suits her. She’s doing interviews to promote the film, which critics say is likely to earn her another Oscar nomination.
You and your partner have decided to entertain on New Year’s Eve this year, inviting old friends and new to welcome 2013 in style.
Not a bad plan, but what will you serve to make your event memorable? After all, New Year’s Eve is just not a chips-and-salsa event, and it’s too late to hire a caterer or personal chef.
The video game universe in 2012 is a study in extremes.
At one end, you have the old guard striving to produce mass-appeal blockbusters. At the other end, you have a thriving community of independent game developers scrambling to find an audience for their idiosyncratic visions. Can’t we all just get along?
Like its lead characters, ‘Romy and Michele’ fails test of time
Are you strapped for ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve? Have you received a last-minute party invitation and don’t know what to bring?
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Ring in the holiday season with First Stage’s production of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” adapted from the 1964 animated television special, through Dec. 30 in the Todd Wehr Theater at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Call 414-273-2787.
What was TV like in 2012? As with every year, it was a mix of the ridiculous and the sublime, the sacred and the profane.
A TV-centric political season provided many memorable moments – President Barack Obama’s missing-in-action debate performance; Clint Eastwood’s empty-chair duet. Excellence persevered with series such as HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and “Treme,” AMC’s “Mad Men,” History’s surprisingly splendid “Hatfields & McCoys,” ABC’s promising new “Nashville,” CBS’ “The Good Wife” and, of course, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” with its icky charm.
For every loss, there is equal gain, and for every gain equal loss, according to Kyle Leland. That life philosophy has helped the out dancer and choreographer through difficult times, but his current role as dance captain for the traveling production of “Memphis” is most definitely a time of gain and increased self-awareness.
His travels for the popular Milwaukee Public Television series “Around the Corner with John McGivern” landed the actor in Shorewood last summer to film an episode that was chosen to open the program’s second season on Jan. 10.
The north shore Milwaukee community is one of the state’s most liberal and colorful suburbs – and one that’s close to the city’s East Side. That’s where McGivern grew up surrounded by characters who became some of his most entertaining and beloved stage material.