This month's highlights PLUS: Home Theater and Broadway Box Office
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What to add to your DVD queue this month
|The King’s Speech|
DVD Release Date: April 19, The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment
Let us count the awards: The King’s Speech won the best film honors from the Producers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and, oh yes, the Oscars (one of its 12 nominations). Basically, you have to see it or else you’ll be ostracized from all polite conversation until next awards season.
|TRON: Legacy and TRON: The Original Classic |
DVD Release Date: April 5, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
What kind of nerd are you: Atari or Xbox? Either way, you can choose a Disney man-gets-digitized-and-zapped-into-video-game-world movie to suit your particular Golden Age of Dorkiness—the original 1982 cult classic, or last year’s high-res reboot. Remember: it’s not about the plot, it’s about watching cool shapes in neon colors flash before your eyes.
|I Love You Phillip Morris|
DVD Release Date: April 5, Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Because of movie-distribution issues, this film—which has nothing to do with the cigarette company, by the way—went largely overlooked, but many who did see it looked upon it favorably. In it, Jim Carrey plays a happily married, devoutly religious man who is hit by a car, decides to come out as gay, turns into a con man, gets arrested, falls in love in prison, and spends the rest of his life breaking out of prison, living on the lam, and trying to reunite with his jailhouse lover. The amazing thing: it’s a true story.
Broadway Box Office
6 Questions for…Carly Rose Sonenclar, Chloe in Wonderland—A New Alice. A New Musical.
Carly Rose Sonenclar in Wonderland—A New Alice. A New Musical
A new, fast-forward re-imagining of the classic Lewis Carroll tale, Wonderland—A New Alice. A New Muscial follows the title character, a now all-grown-up, soon-to-be-single mom in Manhattan. Opening later this month at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre, the show features a contemporary pop score by the creator of Jekyll & Hyde and fantastical costumes from the designer for Wicked. Originating the part of Chloe, Alice’s tween daughter, is 11-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar of Mamaroneck, a seasoned professional who made her Broadway debut at the tender age of seven as Young Cosette in Les Misérables. Sonenclar also appears as recurring character Gilda Flip in the current season of The Electric Company on PBS.
How does this experience compare to being in Les Mis? Les Mis had been done many times before, so I didn’t have much input into the role. In this, I am originating the role. Also, there is definitely much more homework in sixth grade than there was in second grade when I was in Les Mis.
How would you describe Wonderland? It’s a contemporary retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Alice is a grown woman and a writer. She’s juggling a career and her daughter. And she’s getting a divorce, so she’s kind of stressed. She goes to Wonderland to get away from it all.
How would you describe your character, Chloe? She’s in the middle of the whole divorce, and she’s not happy.
How are you like—and unlike—her? She’s definitely wise beyond her years. I guess people also say that about me. And her mom works a lot and so does mine. But I’m definitely happier than she is.
How is it being the only child in the cast? That’s one of the hardest things. I would love to have other kids to hang out with. But, in some ways, it’s nice, because there is no drama.
What do you hope to be doing ten years from now? I want to keep acting and singing and being on TV—and maybe get into films. I also want to make sure I get a good education.
// Laurie Yarnell