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To Dub or Not to Dub in Musicals

So today I read an article from Vulture about the need to go back to dubbing in musicals. It used to be a standard practice for studios to dub over an actress if they did not feel their singing voice was up to snuff. At the same time the person actually doing the singing often did not get on screen credit for their effort. Now a days we are seeing times where an actor was cast in a part even though their singing voice might not have been the best. There are plenty of times that I have been disappointed in the casting choice due to the singing voice. At the same time a few bad choices does not mean that we need to go back to dubbing over voices. The article in particular seems a little bit overly critical of people who are mainly actors and actresses who do their own singing. Continue reading

Book Review: Anna Kendrick, Scrappy Little Nobody

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick is the second autobiography that I have listened to in audio form as read by the author, and it is another one that I highly recommend. Anna Kendrick’s story is an example of someone who found the thing that they loved to do and kept pursuing it. It also shows that success does not necessarily change how we perceive ourselves, it just changes how much money we have. Anyone who has seen some of Anna Kendrick’s tweets will already have an idea of what this book is going to be like because it is full of her sarcastic personality.

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Camp

Today I am going to take just a little bit of your time to extol the virtues of a little indie flick from 2003 called Camp. I do not remember who first introduced this movie to me, but I loved it. I love going to the theatre and seeing musicals. Now I am not someone who follows theatre where I know certain actors, but whenever I get the opportunity I love seeing shows performed. This movie is all about a bunch of teenagers going to theatre camp. Anyone who has done theatre or grown up with theatre will enjoy the nostalgia of this movie. It is not the greatest movie ever, but it holds a special place in my heart. Part of what is great is that it definitely deals with people who are normally outsiders finding hope in each other. Here are some of the best parts of the movie.

[Editor’s note: Language]

Various Theatre Shows

Part of the fun part of the whole movie is watching these kids put on some pretty grown up theatre shows. They go through a variety of different theatre acts and musical numbers, which is just so much fun to watch. It is also great to see some of the rivalry between the students. There is the star who stands alone and is followed around by Fritzie. The diva girl is the one who always gets the best parts. It is so great when we see her get her comeuppance, but that is a littler later down.

Summer Camp of Misfits

I mean who doesn’t love a good summer camp story especially with a bunch of misfits? I mean you have the guy who wore a dress to his prom and then was not allowed in and subsequently beat up. The girl who doesn’t have anyone to go with her to prom. A girl who so badly wanted to go to theatre camp that her compromise with her parents was to get her jaw wired shut when they wanted her to go to fat camp. The biggest misfit of them all is actually a former theatre director who has fallen on hard times. Together they put on a great final show that brings everyone together.

Anna Kendrick as Fritzi

So something I learned recently is that Camp is actually Anna Kendrick’s first experience on a movie. She plays the formidable Fritzi and she is a force. In the beginning Fritzi is a bit of an outsider among outsiders. She follows around the diva of the camp and does everything that she asks. Fritzi finally gets pushed too far and ends up poisoning the lead during a performance. She just happens to show up when the big number is happening as the lead gets sick and is ready to go on stage.

Director: What in the hell are you doing here?

Fritzi: I knew you’d be discussing stopping the show, and I just thought how disappointed all the kids would be.

Director: You scheming little bitch!

Fritzi: Please! I’m a child.

Director: If you think for one….

Fritzi: Save it rummy, she’s fucked, I’m ready, and the goddamn show must go on. So let’s get cracking, shall we?

Anna Kendrick then proceeds to kill it as Fritzi and belt out a song like she belongs on stage. It is my favorite part of the whole movie. It really is a moment where you can see how Anna Kendrick has gone on to become the star she is. 

ReDiscovering James Corden

David and I originally saw James Corden on Doctor Who and we found out that he was hosting The Late Late Show, so we decided to subscribe to the YouTube channel since we would not actually watch the show live. We then proceeded to forget about watching the channel, until recently. When I saw that he had done Carpool Karaoke with Adele and decided to watch it. After watching it I decided to watch further and have thoroughly enjoyed what I have found. Here are a few of my favorite videos from James Corden. Continue reading