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The Addams Family, a tv show that goes way back in cable viewing history, has taken on many forms. Of course, it started as a black and white sitcom of sorts, then was transformed into a movie and a sequel (were there more than two?). But now, it has taken on a whole new face…a musical production on Broadway.

One would think that there would be much for theater artists to create, what with the morbidity and dark humor that oozes from the characters. I would picture a dark set with dark props…overall, very dark. Indeed. But what about the characters?

Critics who have seen it were let down by the new Broadway show.

‘”You’ll laugh a lot, though never during the unmemorable songs, which are supposed to be funny but aren’t,” said The Wall Street Journal. “You’re more than likely to spend a considerable part of the evening wondering how much the set cost.”‘

Ouch. That has to hurt for actors Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, who play Gomez and Morticia Addams, respectively.

According to ABC News, ‘The New York Times said: “Being in this genuinely ghastly musical … must feel like going to a Halloween party in a strait-jacket or a suit of armor.”‘

Geez, it must be pretty bad to spark such hatred. If you still have the urge to see this musical, be my guest. But make sure you tell us about it. I hear Nathan Lane was the lesser of all evils throughout the entire play. Check out the Addams Family Musical Website for more.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

In conjunction with the upcoming Halloween season, I give you MSN’s 10 Scariest Movies of All Time:

10. Eraserhead

9. The Exorcist

8. Halloween

7. Don’t Look Now

6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

5. Nightmare on Elm Street

4. Suspiria

3. Night of the Living Dead

2. Repulsion

1. Psycho

So how many of these spine-chilling movies have you seen? I need to catch up — I’ve only got 3!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

I absolutely love this time of year. It’s a time for harvest festivals, pumpkin picking, apple cider, and of course, things that go bump in the night. For those of you who don’t know (or can’t guess), Halloween is my favorite holiday.

The one thing I miss about not having cable television are all the Halloween shows and movies that are played each season. Lucky for people like me, there are still plenty of horror films to go see in theaters this time of the year.

Woody and Jesse ward off zombies in Zombieland. Photo from guardian.co.uk.

Woody and Jesse ward off zombies in Zombieland. Photo from guardian.co.uk.

That being said, today’s blog is about Zombieland. It’s a film that I’m not quite too sure about, and it stars Woody Harrelson as the main zombie killer, I guess you would call him, named Tallahassee and Jesse Eisenberg as his partner. It also stars some up and coming younger actors, like Superbad’s Emma Stone and Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin.

The film has quite a silly plot, which all stems around Jesse Eisenberg’s character trying to live in a world condemned by zombies. Tallahassee, Woody Harrelson’s character, meets up with him one day. And what is his main goal? Not to kill zombies, but to make sure he gets the last Twinkie on Earth. Hilarity ensues when he meets up with the two young girls who have also survived the zombies as they try to stay alive together, all the while killing zombies and searching for that ever-important Twinkie.

Sounds strange, huh? Check out the Zombieland trailer.

Even though this one sounds utterly ridiculous, I think I’m ready for a movie like this. The last zombie comedy movie I saw was Fido and I absolutely loved it. Sometimes a good mind-numbing zombie movie is what you need…

So, zombie fans gather round, paint yourselves with fake blood and grey makeup, and zombie walk into that cold, dark night!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove
 
Today’s post will be more of something like an op-ed. That has been your formal warning. Much like this one: watch out for the Dracula lurking behind your crushed velvet curtains.
 
I am having a hard time fully grasping the sudden vampire craze that has taken over the entertainment industry as of late. I see no point for it, and don’t understand its origins. Surely, the book series Twilight has had an enormous part in this influence, but how come it has struck so hard?
 
I can think of several vampire things that have recently come about:
  • Twilight (the book series)
  • Twilight (the movies based on the book series)
  • Vampire Weekend (the band)
  • Suck (a new vampire movie recently released at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival)
  • The Vampire Diaries (could be a Twilight knock off book series??
  • True Blood (the tv show)

 

Twilight, I blame you for all this vampire madness. Photo from manolobig.com.

Twilight, I blame you for all this vampire madness. Photo from manolobig.com.

It took me all of three minutes to list off those six things, and I know there are plenty more. You’re probably thinking of something else vampire-like right now.

But why has everyone suddenly gone batty for the stuff? I had no idea vampires were so cool. Even though many stores have started putting out decorations, it’s not even close to Halloween yet — we’ve still got over a month before then.

Whatever the reason for this bloody mess, I’m sure we can all agree on one thing: the entertainment industry sure is making profit off it! I don’t know about you, but I’m going to wait until Halloween to start thinking about vampires. Until then, have your garlic and holy water ready.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

After endless amounts of talk and speculation, the jam band Phish has finally decided on a location for their fall three day music festival, called Festival 8. It will happen during Halloween, on October 30 through November 1, and will surely give Phish fans something to talk about.

Photo by Jeff Kravitz.

Photo by Jeff Kravitz.

The location, you ask? The Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The venue is beautiful, judging from the photos on its website. Fans will be surrounded in a tropical, lush paradise overlooking the gorgeous Santa Rosa mountains.

It was not easy to decipher exactly where the band would choose to play their festival.  Leading up to the big announcement, fans checked their site daily. They dragged fans on a mysterious adventure through their website to find out. On a map of the United States, they took away a different state each day until, finally, California was the last man standing.

East coast Phish fans might be really bummed (I know I was) to find out that the band will play on the other side of the country. It’s not always easy for some people to travel that far to see good music. However, Phish played the least amount of shows on the west coast in their comeback tour. Perhaps this is their way of evening things out a little.

The band will play eight sets over the course of the three days. To purchase tickets and read up about the festival, visit the Festival 8 website.

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