CHRISTMAS 2021 ADVENT DAY 10 BLOG POST

CHRISTMAS 2021 ADVENT DAY 10 BLOG POST

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 10th December 2021

 ADVENT DOOR 10 – 24 DAY COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS DAY!

15 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY

 

  1. A CHRISTMAS CARD.

  1. THOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS. – NEW MOVIE FOR CHRISTMAS

West Side Story (2021 film)

Directed by           Steven Spielberg

Screenplay by      Tony Kushner

Based on West Side Story by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim & Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Produced by Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Kevin McCollum

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Rita Moreno, Rachel Zegler

Music by Leonard Bernstein

Production companies Amblin Entertainment TSG Entertainment[1]

Distributed by      20th Century Studios

Release date: December 7, 2021 (El Capitan Theatre), December 10, 2021 (United States)

Running time        156 minutes

Budget   $100 million

West Side Story is an upcom­ing American musical romantic drama film directed and coproduced by Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, who also serves as one of the film’s executive produc­ers. The film is the second feature-length adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim, which is based loosely on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler (in her fea­ture film debut), with Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Brian d’Arcy James, and Corey Stoll. Rita Moreno, who appeared in the 1961 film, has a supporting role and is an executive producer. The film is dedicated to Spielberg’s father Arnold, who died on August 25, 2020, the year the film was initially supposed to be released.

The film started development in 2014 by 20th Century Fox, and Kushner started writing the screenplay in 2017. In January 2018, Spielberg was hired, and casting began by September 2018. Justin Peck choreographed the dance sequences. Filming began in July 2019 and wrapped up two months later. Shooting occurred in New York and New Jersey.

West Side Story is scheduled to premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on December 7, 2021, and be released theatrically by 20th Century Studios in the United States on December 10, 2021, after being delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pan­demic. West Side Story is also released on 10 December in the UK, and on 26 December in Australia.

GUARDIAN West Side Story review – Spielberg’s triumphantly hyperreal remake

West Side Story.

Stunning recreations of the original film’s New York retain the songs and the dancing in a re-telling that will leave you gasping

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story 2.0 is an ecstatic act of ancestor-worship: a vividly dreamed, cunningly modified and visually staggering revival. No one but Spielberg could have brought it off, creating a movie in which Leonard Bernstein’s score and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics blaze out with fierce new clarity. Spielberg retains María’s narcissistic I Feel Pretty, transplanted from the bridal workshop to a fancy department store where she’s working as a cleaner. This was the number whose Cowardian skittishness Sondheim himself had second thoughts about. But its confection is entirely palatable.

Spielberg has worked with screenwriter Tony Kushner to change the original book by Arthur Laurents, tilting the emphases and giving new stretches of unsubtitled Spanish dialogue and keeping much of the visual idiom of Jerome Robbins’s stylised choreography. This new West Side Story isn’t updated historically yet neither is it a shot-for-shot remake. But daringly, and maybe almost defiantly, it reproduces the original period ambience with stunning digital fabrications of late-50s New York whose authentic detail co-exists with an unashamed theatricality. On the big screen the effect is hyperreal, as if you have somehow hallucinated your way back 70 years on to both the musical stage for the Broadway opening night and also the city streets outside. I couldn’t watch without gasping those opening “prologue” sequences, in which the camera drifts over the slum-clearance wreckage of Manhattan’s postwar Upper West Side, as if in a sci-fi mystery, with strangely familiar musical phrases echoing up from below ground.

The original story was famously based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, but with one very important difference. The Jets and the Sharks, unlike the Montagues and Capulets, are not “both alike in dignity”: the Jets are white, with a structural advantage over their Puerto Rican enemies, and this production, with consistent Latino casting for the Sharks, points up the white cops’ tribal similarity to the Jets, in a kind of co-belligerent neutrality. Corey Stoll plays Lieutenant Schrank and Brian D’Arcy James is the sweaty, resentful Officer Krupke.

The scene is the rubble of the Upper West Side in 1958 where decaying tenements are being bulldozed for the fancy new Lincoln Center. Ansel Elgort plays Tony, a young white man and ex-Jets member who this movie imagines to be just out of prison for an act of violence which has scared him away from getting involved in gang warfare. Now he’s staying at Doc’s drugstore: or rather his landlady is the widow of the late Doc, Valentina, marvellously played by Rita Moreno, who was Anita in the original 1961 version. This was an Anglo-Latino love match, the future that Tony and María should have had.

Tony’s best buddy is Jets’ leader Riff, played by Mike Faist, whose sharp face has the wizened, coarsened look of someone much older, and Riff desperately wants to enlist Tony for a new planned rumble with the Puerto Rican Sharks who are encroaching on their territory in growing numbers, and this new movie lets us see that queasy subtext of Protestant distaste for Catholic growth-rate. The Sharks’ leader Bernardo (David Alvarez) has a fiery relationship with his girlfriend Anita (an exuberant, smart Ariana DeBose) and oppressively protective of his sister Maria: a gentle, wistful performance from newcomer Rachel Zegler. Tony and Maria meet and fall for each other at a local dance and their transgressive affair for a microsecond shows everyone the possibility of a modern, non-sectarian future – but ends in violence. And in fact, the tragedy of errors that concludes the drama is more plausibly plotted than anything Shakespeare wrote.

Elgort and Zegler are a more real pair than Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in the original: but they have the same fundamental innocence and quaint pre-pop, pre-youth-culture 60s unworldliness. West Side Story is contrived, certainly, a hothouse flower of musical theatre, and Spielberg quite rightly doesn’t try hiding any of those stage origins. His mastery of technique is thrilling; I gave my heart to this poignant American fairytale of doomed love.

Peter Bradshaw

  1. A Christmas Track.
  1. Pretty Paper Roy Orbison 2:26
  1. A CHRISTMAS ALBUM.

  1. AN ANNUAL.

  1. A CHRISTMAS THEMED GAME.

  1. CHRISTMAS FILMS.

  1. CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATESELECTION BOX.

  1. A CHRISTMAS THEMED JIGSAW.

  1. A CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK.

  1. DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.

  1. ADULT CHRISTMAS BOOK.

  1. A CHRISTMAS TREE.

  1. CHRISTMAS JUMPERS.

  1. CHRISTMAS TV TIMES.
CHRISTMAS 1999
  1. CHRISTMAS RADIO TIMES.
CHRISTMAS 2000
  1. A PANTOMIME.

 
Crossroads Pantomimes
Manchester — Crossroads Pantomimes
  1. ELF ON THE SHELF.

  1. CHRISTMAS TOP TEN.

Top Ten Highest Grossing Christmas Movies of all time

 

  1. Christmas with the Kranks

Release day: Nov 24, 2004

Domestic gross: $73,780,539

Budget                   $60 million

Box office             $96.6 million

 

  1. The Nightmare before Christmas

Release date: Oct 15, 1993

Domestic gross: $75,082,668

Budget                   $24 million

Box office             $91.5 million

 

  1. Santa Clause 3: The Escape Claus

Release date: Nov. 3, 2006

Domestic gross: $84,500,122

Budget                   $12 million

Box office             $110.8 million

 

  1. Four Christmases

Release date: Nov 26, 2008

Domestic gross: $120,146,040

Budget                   $80 million

Box office             $163.7 million

 

  1. A Christmas Carol

Release date: Nov. 6, 2009

Domestic gross: $137,855,863

Budget                   $175-200 million

Box office             $325 million

 

  1. Santa Clause 2

Release date: Nov. 1, 2002

Domestic gross: $139,236,327

Budget                   $65 million

Box office             $172.9 million

 

  1. The Santa Clause

Release date: Nov. 11, 1994

Domestic gross: $144,833,357

Budget                   $22 million

Box office             $189.8 million

 

  1. Elf

Release date: Nov. 7, 2003

Domestic gross: $173,398,518

Budget                   $33 million

Box office             $223.3 million

 

  1. The Polar Express

Release date: Nov. 10, 2004

Domestic gross: $183,373,735

Budget                   $165 million

Box office             $314.1 million

 

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Release date: Nov. 17, 2000

Domestic Gross: $260,044,825

Budget                   $123 million

Box office             $345.1 million

 

 

  1. SCROOGE.
THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW FEMALE SCROOGES
  1. SANTA & RUDOLF.

  1. A CHRISTMAS FACT OR TWO OR THREE.
  1. New Zealand bans all television advertising on Christmas Day.

 

  1. Americans send 1.5 billion Christmas cards annually.

 

  1. “Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history — there are over 733 versions of the tune copyrighted.
  1. A CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE.

WHY DID THE TURKEY CROSS THE ROAD? – BECAUSE HE WASN’T A CHICKEN

  1. CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD HOUSE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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