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Journal Archives for Stephen Sondheim

  • New York Magazine 40th Anniv [cover]

    New York Magazine Celebrates 40 Years of New York Culture

    New York magazine is celebrating its 40th year with a special anniversary issue. In it, the magazine's culture critics give their take on the most essential New York works of art since the publication's inception, creating "The New York Canon: 1968-2008."

  • Stephin Merritt Plays Guest DJ on KCRW

    The Magnetic Fields' Distortion tour may have come to a close, but that just means more time for Stephin Merritt to share another of his many talents: DJing. He stopped by the KCRW studios in his newly adopted hometown of Los Angeles this past Sunday to play guest DJ on Gary Calamar's late-night show.

  • Rolling Stone: "Sweeney Todd" "A Bloody Wonder," Now One of Year's Best DVDs

    "There is no question what DVD you should snatch up this week. It's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," writes Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers. "Directed by Tim Burton and starring his muse, Johnny Depp, the film version of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway classic is a bloody wonder, intimate and epic, horrific and heart-rending. Depp received an Oscar nomination as Best Actor and he deserved to win if Daniel Day-Lewis hadn't blown the category away in There Will Be Blood."

  • "Sweeney Todd" Out on DVD Today

    The Tim Burton-directed film version of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, starring Johnny Depp as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Helena Bonham Carter as his cohort in crime, is available now on DVD. The special collector's edition includes an in-depth look at the Sondheim musical, behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film, and the history of the legend of the Demon Barber, among a number of additional special features.

  • "Sweeney Todd" DVDs to Be Released April 1

    The Tim Burton-directed film version of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, will be available on DVD beginning April 1, in both a two-disc special edition and a single-disc DVD. Playbill reports that the two-disc version will include an in-depth look at the Sondheim musical, behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film, and the history of the legend of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, among a number of additional special features.

  • Jonny Greenwood "There Will Be Blood" [cover]

    NPR: "There Will Be Blood" Score "Sublime"; "Blood," "Sweeney Todd" at Sunday's Oscars

    Tune in to ABC this Sunday night at 8 PM ET to catch the 80th annual Academy Awards. The Tim Burton-directed adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd has been nominated for three Academy Awards. Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood shares the distinction, with No Country for Old Men, of being the most nominated film this year.

  • "There Will Be Blood," "Sweeney" Earn Evening Standard Film Awards

    Jonny Greenwood

    picked up an Evening Standard British Film Award last night for Best Film Score for his contribution to There Will Be Blood. The film's star, Daniel Day-Lewis was named Best Actor. Helena Bonham Carter was recognized as Best Actress for her work both in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and in the small, independent film Conversations with Other Women.
  • Evening Standard: Five of Five Stars for "Sweeney the Spectacular"

    The Evening Standard gives Sweeney Todd a perfect five out of five stars, dubbing the film "Sweeney the Spectacular" and calling it "just about perfect." With melodies that "tiptoe under our skin and refuse to leave," says the paper, Sweeney brings filmgoers to a "heightened state" that once entered is difficult to let go.

  • Stephen Sondheim: "Sweeney Todd" film soundtrack [cover]

    Times (UK): Four Stars for Burton's "Wonderful Adaptation" of Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd"

    As Tim Burton's film version of Sweeney Todd gets set to open in the UK this weekend, the Times of London gives the film four stars, declaring it a "wonderful adaptation of Steven Sondheim’s musical ... that Burton was born to film." With the film now open in Australia as well, the Melbourne Herald Sun offers his praise for Johnny Depp's successful portrayal of the Demon Barber: "Sondheim's scores are notoriously difficult, yet Depp reveals a remarkable voice and receives fine support from his co-stars ... Depp, typically, leaves all other versions of Todd dead in the water."

  • Multiple Oscar Nominations Go to "There Will Be Blood" and "Sweeney Todd"

    The nominations for the 80th Academy Awards have been announced. Congratulations go to There Will Be Blood and Sweeney Todd, which have received a combined 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for There Will Be Blood and Best Actor for Sweeney Todd. The Awards will be handed out in Hollywood on February 24.