‘Heathers The Musical’ Opens New Line Theatre’s 25th Season With Serious Laughs
Oct 2015 08

heathers poster new line theatreI’d like to say that I was surprised by just how amazing New Line Theatre‘s opening show of their 25th season was. But I can’t. Because honestly, at this point, what else did I expect? Is it a surprise when show after show, year after year, Scott Miller finds another musical that failed on or off Broadway, and breaths the breath of life back into it – reviving it from it’s eternal slumber and makes it into the wonderful piece of art it was always destined to be? The answer is no; It should come as no surprise. Heathers, based on the 1988 film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, is another inconspicuous movie destined to become a musical.

If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll notice that the story stays fairly true to its source material. However the musical does offer more insight into just how Veronica (Anna Skidis) infiltrated the infamous “Heathers,” the popular group of well-to-do princesses after which the title is named. There’s Heather Chandler (Sicily Mathenia), the alpha of the group, Heather McNamara (Larissa White) and Heather Duke (Cameisha Cotton).

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Martha (Grace Seidel) shares her love note with Veronica (Anna Skidis), in New Line Theatre’s HEATHERS, 2015. Photo credit: Jill Ritter Lindberg.

Veronica abandons everything she knows about being an outcast, becoming one of the “cool kids” at the expense of losing friends like Martha Dunstock (Grace Seidel) – referred to by the Heathers as “Martha Dumptruck.” It was just another day at Westerburg High School until JD (Evan Fornachon) showed up, eventually beating the crap out of a couple of jocks who give him trouble: Kurt Kelly (Clayton Humburg) and Ram Sweeney (Omega Jones). An unexpected romance blossoms between Veronica and JD after a falling out with the Heathers at a party, as the two of them impart their own brand of justice to combat the evils of high school villainy.

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123: ‘The Martian’ Box Office Report (10/2 – 10/4)
Oct 2015 06

123 the martianPaul Harris from KTRS joins us in the Think Tank for this week’s Box Office Report.

The Martian took the box office by storm and we talk about how it made its way to the big screen. We also touch on The Walk, Harris’ involvement with Mississippi Grind, and the fact that Joe Pesci has a music career.

It’s Reel Spoilers #123 – The Martian Box Office Report.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Joe Buttice, Paul Harris
Run-time: 53min

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Movie Review: ‘The Green Inferno’ Directed by Eli Roth
Oct 2015 01

Green Inferno PosterIt’s hard for me to find anything good to say about The Green Inferno, Eli Roth’s latest offering for horror fans.

In fact, the best thing I can say about the film is that I loved the trailer for Creed.

Roth claims this film is his ode to “Cannibal Holocaust,” a 1980 horror film which is considered a classic for it’s snuff film-like feel.

Maybe Roth is to blame or maybe it’s the MPAA, but for as much that was made of TGI’s gore and violence, I felt a bit shortchanged.

Viewers are treated to a dismemberment of one of the hippies, as well as a skinning, but other than that, it was rather tame.

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122: ‘Everest’ Starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal
Oct 2015 01

everest movie posterWe’re talking Everest this week but what do we know about mountains? So we brought in some experts.

Brothers Mike & Steve Reardon have been to Everest. “Been to Everest” might be a bit of an understatement. They were making their way up the mountain when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. And it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to know that Earthquake + Mountain = Avalanche. All told, over 9,000 people died and more than 23,000 were injured. Twenty-two people died on the mountain that day making it the deadliest day in the history of a deadly mountain.

And, as if they haven’t suffered enough, they’re now being subjected to our podcast. So you’ll get their story plus their take on the movie. And we’ll also give you our take too…for whatever that’s worth.

It’s an action-packed Reel Spoilers #122 – Everest.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney, Colin Jeffery
Run-time: 1hr 31min

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121: ‘Everest’ Box Office Report (9/25 – 9/27)
Oct 2015 01

121 everestThis week the box office report is fast and furious (the regular kind not the driving kind).

Joe talks about doughnut licking (thankfully that’s not a euphemism), we discuss the mechanics of late night talk shows, Pirates of the Caribbean and its rapidly declining quality and Joe’s hatred of Eli Roth.And if this episode feels a little short then fear not! We make it up to you in the next one.

It’s Reel Spoilers #121: Box Office Report

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney, Colin Jeffery
Run-time: 37min

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