Posts Tagged ‘Diana Pearl’

If there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I worship at the altar of Meryl Streep. Streep is a goddess and an icon in the world of acting, and to boot, she is probably the most genuine and all around awesome person in Hollywood (don’t challenge me – she is the Queen). And there’s nothing better than a (more like the) powerhouse actress like Streep teaming up with another fellow Best Actress winner and even better, in a period piece! Thanks to Tommy Lee Jones, that’s looking likely to happen in the future, as Streep is in talks to star alongside Hilary Swank in his next directorial (and acting) feature, The Homesman, which takes place in pioneer-era middle America. Details on Streep’s character are slim, but it’s looking like she’s going to play a mentally unstable woman. Calling it now, Streep’s next nomination (fingers crossed for her next win, but we had to wait 30 years for another, so I’m not holding my breath!)

– Diana Pearl

Summer blockbusters have faded away, leaving a bit of a lull in the world of cinema, and the end of September is a weird time for Oscar lovers. It’s not yet early November, so many of the Oscar hopeful films have yet to trickle into theaters – whether via limited, or wide release.

What’s an Oscar lover to do? Well, Jerk feels your pain and has a few suggestions on how to spice this up.

Head to the movie theaters – it may not be prime Oscar time, but the theaters aren’t completely bare. First on my to see list? The Master, about a man (Joaquin Phoenix) struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder following World War II who develops a close bond with an offbeat religious teacher (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), opened in theaters last weekend. Phoenix may have taken a few years off since his Walk the Line days, but this one’s sure to be a (somewhat creepy) contender this awards season.

Relive your favorite Academy Award moments via the Oscars YouTube account. They have acceptance speeches and opening acts going back as far as the late 50’s and 60’s, as well as ones from recent years to give yourself a 2011 refresher.

Hit up your Netflix account and do a rewatch of all your favorite Oscar winning flicks (and losers too, if you love them enough!) Too often films that were favorites in their winning years can sit on the shelves years later, forgotten about in the flurry of new buzz and nominees. Kick back with Slumdog Millionaire, or A Beautiful Mind, and remember why you fell in love with them in the first place!

– Diana Pearl

To me, Daniel Day-Lewis is the male equivalent of Meryl Streep. With two Best Actor Oscars under his belt, and an uncanny ability to act as a chameleon in whatever role he takes on, whether it be a ruthless oil tycoon (There Will Be Blood) or a 19th century literary character come to life (The Age of Innocence), losing all sense of himself and completely adapting to his new skin, in a very Streep like way.

The difference between the two Hollywood legends? Streep has a new film nearly every year, if not more than that. Day-Lewis, however – we’re lucky to get a new film every three years. The actor is notoriously picky about the roles he takes on – we have to give him some credit – when he does appear on screen, it’s memorable (and usually garners him an Oscar nomination). So it only makes sense that in Day Lewis’s first role since 2009 (in Nine, which was something of a flop both at the box offices and with the Academy), he chose Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln biopic, playing none other than the 16th president himself.

The film, with a mid-November release date, (not to be confused with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer, the other Lincoln film that was released this past summer, with a little less award potential and a little more vampire slashing), is bound to collect some Oscar gold: a respected, if not the most respected, U.S. president, Day Lewis in the title role, Spielberg as director. The film’s trailer was released today, and I have to say, it looks incredible – Day Lewis is in his element, and with Sally Field (again) as the strong matriarch in Mary Todd Lincoln, the film’s sure to be a hit. What do you think?

– Diana Pearl

Don Mischer to Direct the Oscars

Posted: September 15, 2012 by jerkmagblog in OSCAR -- Academy Awards
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Once again, Don Mischer will direct the Academy Awards telecast in the upcoming year. Mischer has been directing all elements of the Oscars for three years now, including the Governors Awards and the Oscar red carpet preshow. For the past two years, he has served as the show’s producer as well as director. To boot, he’s garnered Emmy nods for his directing of the show for the past two years, giving last year’s show a total of 6 nominations – the most for any TV special. If you’ve been a fan of the past three years of Oscar, chances are you will enjoy this year’s show. With the predicted nominees, it’s sure to be an Oscar to remember.

Meet the Bloggers: Diana Pearl

Posted: September 9, 2012 by jerkmagblog in WATCH -- TV
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Hey Jerks, I’m Diana. This semester, I’ll be taking you inside the wonderful world of film, and leading you down the road to the Oscars. As someone who views Academy Award night with the same anticipation that little kids do for Christmas morning, I can’t wait to blog all about it. Here’s a little bit about myself before I delve into posting.

Year/Major: I’m a Junior Magazine/History major

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Most Embarrassing Moment: When I tripped in my new heels at a press event for my summer internship, in a room filled with top NYC magazine editors. I quickly hid my nametag.

Biggest Lie I’ve Ever Told: I don’t have a shopping problem
Movie I Could Watch Over And Over: Gone With the Wind – a cinematic classic. I’m also utterly addicted to the PBS period drama Downtown Abbey.
Follow me on twitter @dianapearl_ and visit my personal blog, for lots of fashion scoop and personal style with some entertainment thrown in. Contact me with suggestions, comments or snarky remarks at any time

It’s a wonder that there hasn’t already been a movie version of the famed Broadway musical, “Les Miserables.” The show, also known by its nickname “Les Miz,” is the third longest running show on Broadway, the longest running musical on the West End and the winner of the 1987 Tony for Best Musical.

But alas, there hasn’t been a film featuring a singing Jean Valjean and Javert to grace the screens just yet. Although, there have been adaptations of the book, the best known being the 1998 film starring Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, and Claire Danes.

The new musical adaptation is set to hit theaters on December 7, 2012 (just in time for Oscar season, of course). Already in the cast is Hugh Jackman as the lead male role of Jean Valjean. Joining him will be Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Eddie Redmayne (“My Week With Marilyn”) as Marius, and Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier. Rumored to be making his second appearance in a film adaptation of “Les Miserables” is Geoffrey Rush, who is in talks to play Monsieur Thenardier.


It wasn’t very long ago–just three years (despite the movie’s original release in 2006)–since “Once” became a stand-out musical hit both at the box office and in the eyes of the critics. It even walked away with an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song “Falling Slowly” and the entire soundtrack receiving a Grammy nomination.

Despite this short period in time since the height of its success, “Once” has already had an off-Broadway musical of the same name produced and performed at the New York Theater Workshop. Due to the show and the film’s success, a full-on Broadway production is the obvious next step, opening early next year.

The modern-day musical is set in Dublin and follows an unnamed man and woman throughout a week in their lives. The woman, a Czech immigrant who sells flowers, incessantly questions the man, an Irish street performer, about his music. Upon talking further, he realizes that she too is a musician. They work together to make him a demo that he could take to London in hopes of landing a recording contract. In the classic musical cliché (but they manage to do so without being cheesy), the two work through their past and discover their love for another through their music.

Broadway previews begin February 28. Tickets can already be ordered here. If you want to catch the show before it moves to Broadway, tickets for the off-Broadway production are available here.

-Diana Pearl

The Christmas season can be defined by its traditions–picking out the perfect tree, baking batches of Christmas cookies and, of course, an annual trip to see the “Nutcracker.” Just because you aren’t at home for the holiday season doesn’t mean that you have to miss out! The Civic Center recently put on its annual production of the Nutcracker.

For those of you who didn’t spend their childhood Christmases witnessing the classic ballet, the story follows a young girl, Clara, who was given a nutcracker by her mystical godfather (if the production stays true to last year’s performance, you’ll be able to spot the uncle wearing an always attractive eye patch). When she goes to bed, the nutcracker grows to full-size and thus erupts a night of Christmas enchantment (pardon the cheese). Classic songs include the “Dance of Sugar Plum Fairies,” “Chinese Tea” and, of course, the “Nutcracker Suite.”

Christmas classics like the “Nutcracker” are such a warm and fuzzy way to celebrate the holidays, especially during the weeks of finals and endless homework. (I know, I know, I can barely take the cheesiness of this post–the holidays are getting to me).

The show was put on by the Syracuse City Ballet (formerly the Upstate NY Ballet). But, if you missed Syracuse’s short run of the show, fret not. The “Nutcracker” has countless productions across the country, and there are always the films–but let’s face it, seeing it live is always better.

-Diana Pearl

Steve Jobs, the recently deceased founder of Apple and technological wizard, made a tremendous impact in many spheres of people’s lives. However, one arena that Jobs’ impact would seem to not have reached is that of the world of theater. But after his death, Jobs’ influence continues to trickle its way through our society and has now landed itself a place in the world of theater.

Mike Daisey, the well-known monologist (well, as well-known as any monologists can be), has brought Steve Jobs to off-Broadway in his new one-man show, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”.  Daisey’s monologue is described on the show’s website as “illuminating how the CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while sharing stories of his own travels to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods.”

The show focuses on America’s obsession with technology and how Apple and its legendary founder have shaped American life. A large part of the talk fixates on the effect of this passion for technology on the producers of the physical product in China. Daisey draws on his own experiences and visits to the nation to make his arguments about the effect of technology on China.


If you’ve ever been to a Broadway show around the holidays, you’re sure to have heard the actors post-show asking for donations to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. If Broadway stars kindly asking isn’t enough to get you to cough up some change, sometimes there’s even giveaways with the donations. Last year I got a signed poster by the whole cast of “Phantom of the Opera.”

The Actor’s Equity Association and the Producer’s Group separately started Equity Fights Aids and Broadway Cares in response to the growing AIDS crisis (well, besides the production of “RENT,” but that wasn’t until 1993) back in 1987 and 1988, respectively. In 1992, the two groups merged to form the charity that still exists today.

Every fall, the charity puts on the “Gypsy of the Year” competition, spurring those familiar requests for donations. Whichever Broadway or off-Broadway show raises the most money is dubbed “Gypsy of the Year”. Last year the competition raised over $3 million for the organization.