Friday, January 25, 2008

Back to the Future was right

Buzz & Woody in 3-D

With more and more theaters becoming 3-D-friendly, 2009 seems to be the year the format will take off — after only 50 years. Disney has just announced plans to re-release the original Toy Story in 3-D in October 2009, followed by Toy Story 2 in Feb. 2010 and leading up to the 3-D debut of a Toy Story 3 in June 2010. Other upcoming Disney releases getting the 3-D treatment: Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert; the animated animal comedy Bolt; Robert Zemeckis's performance capture version of A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey and Michael J. Fox; Tim Burton's Frankenweenie; and Burton's live action/performance capture hybrid Alice in Wonderland. Meanwhile, other studios are getting in on the action in 2009/2010, too, including James Cameron's Avatar, DreamWorks' Monsters vs. Aliens and How to Train Your Dragon next year, followed by Shrek Goes Fourth in 2010. DreamWorks honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg says all future animated projects from his studio will be in 3-D.
I can't wait.
in other news
Ugly Betty" Star Dale is New King Arthur in London Spamalot

By John Nathan
25 Jan 2008

Alan Dale
photo by ABC/Andrew Eccles

The London production of Monty Python's Spamalot will have a new King Arthur. Beginning March 3 Alan Dale, who is best known as the publishing mogul Bradford Meade in the hit TV show "Ugly Betty," will succeed Peter Davison.

The hit musical, which transferred to the West End's Palace Theatre in October 2006, opened with Tim Curry, who created the role of King Arthur in the original Broadway production.

As with the New York version, Curry handed the role over to Simon Russell Beale. Dale's big and small screen credits include "The West Wing," "The X-Files" and "ER." Later this year he will be seen in Spielberg's newest Indiana Jones movie "The Kingdom of the Skull."

When Dale begins his run, he will be joining the winner of Swedish reality TV show "West End Star," who on Feb. 9 takes over from Marin Mazzie as The Lady of the Lake. The TV show's finale will be broadcast in February.

Directed by Mike Nichols (Tony-winning productions of Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and The Real Thing), Spamalot won the Tony Award for Best Musical of 2005 plus the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards in the same category.

Eric Idle based the musical's book on the 1975 film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," the screenplay for which Idle wrote with fellow Pythons Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

The show continues to play the Shubert Theatre, where it opened on March 17, 2005. There is also a production at the Las Vegas Wynn, and an Australian version opened last November in Meblourne.

The London production is booking until Sept. 27, 2008. For more information, call (0)870 890 0142.

Bradford Mead The Song and Dance man. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha