‘Yellow Submarine’: A Dazzling Revival Everyone Should See (Especially the New Leaders of Pixar)

Just about every animated classic, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to “Spirited Away,” from “Toy Story” to “Persepolis,” from “Fritz the Cat” to “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” hits a ruling visual style and sticks to it. But there was a moment 50 years ago when one movie cartoon got high, floating above the rules […]

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Why Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing Can Thank Roseanne For Its Likely Revival

Tim Allen, Last Man Standing, RoseanneIs the last man standing getting the last laugh?
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Back to the future: The revival of old tech

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The ‘Roseanne’ Revival Catches Up To Our Thorny Political Mood, For Better And Worse

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Roseanne Barr Kept an Iconic Prop From Roseanne…And Didn’t Bring it Back for the Revival

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Murphy Brown Revival Is Happening at CBS For 30th Anniversary

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Doug Marrone’s revival: How one shot, and Tom Coughlin, brought him back

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Jenna Fischer on The Office Revival Rumors: “I Would Be Honored to Come Back”

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Roseanne Is Welcoming Back Two More Fan-Favorite Characters for ABC’s Revival

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Mindy Kaling Lists 1929 Spanish Revival Cottage in Los Angeles’s Beverly Grove Area (EXCLUSIVE)

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Katy Perry Officially Joins American Idol Revival As Its First Judge

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The ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival Is Best When It Talks About Grief

There’s a moment in the opening chapter of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” after the first “la las” and Gwyneth Paltrow dig, when the long-awaited Netflix revival finally takes a second to breathe. Fueled by a late-night batch of coffee, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) convene in their rarely used kitchen to do the thing they do better than anyone else on television: talk.

“I’m just stressed out and kind of feeling my mortality lately,” Lorelai says after confessing that she willingly flipped through a brochure for an all-expenses-paid cruise, much to the women’s shared horror.

The line is especially significant given that the series, much like its caffeine-infused hero, is also contending with its mortality. Nine years after it was cancelled by the CW on the heels of a rudderless final season, “Gilmore Girls” has become the latest in a long line of early 2000s series to get the revival treatment. But instead of abandoning what made the show so beloved, “A Year in the Life,” at its best, honors the essential themes of the series (family, fighting and Al’s Pancake World, duh) by taking the Gilmore women on a yearlong journey of grief and self-discovery. 

Besides the steady stream of “Tuck Everlasting” water under Stars Hollow that’s apparently keeping everybody ageless, the undercurrent of the revival series is the death of actor Edward Hermann, who embodied Gilmore family patriarch Richard. His absence strikes Lorelai, Rory and his wife of 50 years, Emily (Kelly Bishop), who also shared a deep bond with Hermann off-set, in both devastating and humorous ways.

Each woman is facing a crossroads in life. Lorelai, now in a full-fledged relationship with Luke (Scott Patterson), is questioning her happily ever after. A sizable inheritance for an expansion of Luke’s Diner is revealed to be Richard’s parting gift to his daughter’s presumed husband, although Emily is happy to remind everybody that they haven’t gotten married yet. Emily is unleashed as a widow in mourning, wearing jeans, Marie Kondo-ing her Connecticut mansion and trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy without her other half. She’s made vulnerable by blow of losing a lifelong partner, but still retains the ability to verbally decimate anyone who dares cross her.

“You never do anything unless it’s what you want to do,” Emily seethes at Lorelai in a bitter showdown after she bungles a eulogy at Richard’s wake. “You never have. You blow through life like a natural disaster, knocking down everything and everyone in your path.”

Rory, too, has been affected, but we feel her mourning most acutely in the challenges in her career. See, the great Rory Gilmore is having trouble living up to her potential, bouncing from one freelance journalism gig to another before eventually moving home. We can only imagine that one of the driving forces behind her soul searching is her grandfather’s well-documented expectations of her success. In fact, it’s in his study that she finally discovers her true calling, writing a novel about her family titled Gilmore Girls.

Midway through the first installment we learn that Richard died suddenly due to a massive heart attack. His last words were, “Get the hell away from me,” Lorelai recounts in a therapy session (yes, we get Lorelai and Emily therapy, everybody), leaving his family with little closure and a lot of unresolved anger.

For all the talk of the perpetually chippy “Gilmore” universe, the revival isn’t afraid to go to the dark side, refusing to shy away from the the division and ugliness that can arise after a loved one dies. We witness each of the Gilmore women in a moment of desperation ― Emily’s is wearing jeans, obviously ― but as winter, spring, summer and fall pass, each finds a moment of clarity amid her grief, making them that much more human in the process. 

Graham and Bishop have always done the series’ heavy lifting, but their scenes together in “A Year in the Life” should make dual nominations for the actresses a given come awards season. Without the buffer that’s kept them from tackling a stable of mother-daughter issues, their relationship becomes the prism through which the series most successfully tackles the grieving process. In the closing chapter, “Fall,” an empowered Lorelai is finally able to deliver the eulogy she meant to at the start of the series after coming to a revelation on a “Wild”-inspired adventure.

Her monologue about the “best birthday ever” with her father is too long and heartbreaking to include here, but let’s just say it involves Richard Gilmore, a mall pretzel and the movie “Grease.” In perhaps the most rewarding moment of the four chapters, Graham successfully communicates the complicated but fierce love she had for him while on the phone with a mother that was never truly able to understand her. 

“I got up enough courage to look up at him,” Lorelai tells Emily with tears streaming down her face. “And he was standing there with a pretzel. A giant pretzel, covered with mustard. And he handed it to me and he said, ‘Let’s go.’ And he took me to the movies.”

Big deaths on television are commonplace these days, as the stakes have been considerably raised since “Gilmore Girls” went off the air. What distinguished the series, even back when it was airing before “One Tree Hill,” however, is that it has never been particularly plot-heavy. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino doled out big life moments with a glorious stinginess in the original run, making sure the audience recognized the importance of each one.

We sobbed along at Rory’s Chilton graduation because the series had earned our tears and now we mourn Richard and Hermann’s death because the revival treats it with the gravity it deserves. Instead of limiting grief to some easily digestible three-episode arc, “Gilmore Girls” prefers to look death straight in the eye, much like the series “Six Feet Under” (shoutout to newly minted park ranger Peter Krause), by authentically exploring what these women have lost over the course of a year and how it has shaped them.

And as for those final four words, with death comes life. So as Lorelai Gilmore would say: “Full freakin’ circle.” 

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Here Are The Best Reactions To The ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival

“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” debuted on Netflix Friday, and fans all around the world went nuts. 

From the return of Lorelai and Rory to the various celebrity cameos, viewers laughed, cried and ate as they spent winter, spring, summer and fall in Stars Hollow. 

Here are some of the best spoiler-free reactions to the revival for your reading pleasure: 

So we can all agree, THOSE LAST FOUR WORDS THOUGH??

 

“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” is now streaming on Netflix. 

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Spring Broadway Entry Shuffle Along — a Revival?

A couple of weeks ago, my Twitter feed included a post from The New York Times referring to SHUFFLE ALONG, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, as a “revival.” My immediate reaction was: “Do they mean ‘revival’ not in a theatrical sense?” That is because I always thought about this show as a new musical. The original release said it was “a musical about the events that led to the creation of the groundbreaking Eubie Blake-Noble Sissle musical Shuffle Along.” That description didn’t lead me to think “revival,” even though I knew the songs were from the original show. But then I saw the latest release, announcing some stellar additional casting, which came complete with an introduction stating: “Please note that when classifying the show, it is more accurate to call it a revival than a new musical.” Why was I wrong? Or was I wrong?

The March press release stated: “In April 2016… SHUFFLE ALONG, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, will be a backstage musical telling the story of the creation of this transformative but now forgotten show.”

The August press release stated: “The 2016 SHUFFLE ALONG brings the original show back to glorious life, while simultaneously telling the remarkable backstage story of both its historic creation and how it changed the world it left behind.” The recent release also calls it “a striking new production that presents both the 1921 musical itself, and additionally details the events that catalyzed the songwriting team of Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, and librettists F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles to create this ground-breaking work.”

The new release does indeed make the show sound more like a revival with some bonus extras. There are three possible explanations I can think of for this change in slant:

1) The show itself has changed since it was first announced in March. SHUFFLE ALONG, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed has never been seen by an audience — it is in development. During the time when a show is developing, it often changes. Perhaps director George C. Wolfe, who is also providing the libretto, and his creative team have changed the concept in the past five months.

2) The original press release didn’t do a great job at accurately describing the show. This is not a slam on the press agents or anyone else involved in the writing and approval process; such things happen often. I’ve frequently written to press agents after seeing a show to say: “Umm… That wasn’t really what I thought it would be.” Under this reasoning, this release more accurately describes the show as it has always been. End of story. (Of course, the argument could be made that I simply didn’t do a great job at interpreting the original press release. Others thought the same thing as me though, so at least I’m not alone.)

3) It’s part of early Tony campaigning. The Tony Awards Administration Committee decides if a show is a “revival” for Tony purposes, and they don’t have to listen to anyone else, but if a show is always framed as a revival, it has a good shot at being considered a revival.

Not having read a script or seen SHUFFLE ALONG, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed at any stage of its development, I cannot say which of the three alternatives is most accurate. I truly have no idea. I’m excited about the show regardless. This all said, because of my own love of talking about Tony rules, I’m going to write about what it takes to be a revival according to the Tony folks and what the race is like this year.

Basically, in relevant part, to be a “revival,” something has to have played on Broadway before in “substantially the same form” or be a “classic.” The classic category isn’t particularly relevant to this column, and I’ve written about it too many times already. What does “substantially the same form” mean? That is where the Tony Awards Administration Committee comes into play — they decide.

Remember that odd On a Clear Day You Can See Forever which bore little resemblance to the original other than its score (which was augmented with a song from the film)? That was a revival. Same with the rewritten Flower Drum Song, which had two trunk songs. The 2013 Cinderella was a revival, despite having trunk songs, never being on Broadway before (oh, yeah, sorry, another mention of a “classic”), and having a nice stepsister and a title character who doesn’t truly lose her shoe. So “substantially the same form” appears to mean: “with the same score or sort of the same score with maybe some deletions and some add-ons.” Crazy for You, which was based on Girl Crazy, did win the Tony Award for Best (new) Musical, but that was all the way back in 1992, and I believe only possessed five of the songs from the original.

The first release made SHUFFLE ALONG, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed seem more like Crazy for You, except, you know, nothing like Crazy For You. I thought it would include some of the original show but really be removed from the original show–it would be a new show about the old show, as it said. This release makes it seem simply like the old Shuffle Along with a new book, which just happens to add book scene material about the making of the show and the subsequent reaction. What the show will be in March when it hits the stage remains to be seen.

Often years being a musical revival is easily the path of least resistance — some years there are barely enough entrants to have a category. (The award doesn’t sell as many tickets as the award for Best Musical, so it’s easier to get nominated, but there is less reward to winning.) This season however is a competitive one in terms of revivals. There is the highly anticipated Fiddler on the Roof directed by Bartlett Sher, Dames at Sea, The Color Purple, and a revival of She Loves Me starring Broadway’s beloved critical darling Laura Benanti and How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor. (Irrelevant, but I like Radnor’s film Liberal Arts better than Garden State.)

Of course, the Best Musical category is much more of a killer, as the juggernaut that is Hamilton exists. I got a call from a producer last week asking me if I thought it was unbeatable. My mind harkened back to a few years ago when I received similar calls regarding Matilda. I think Hamilton has more of a groundswell behind it – and it is American – but that year’s race is evidence that saying shows are “unbeatable” is not the best choice ever. (As if I didn’t know that from years of press agent Judy Jacksina describing to me how the dark musical Nine toppled the Dreamgirls behemoth.) Nevertheless, people are running scared from Hamilton. Many emails that came my way questioned whether the urge for Shuffle to be positioned as a revival doesn’t come in direct response to Hamilton mania. Honestly, prior to a couple of weeks ago I personally thought Shuffle would make it a real Best Musical race. It seemed like strong competition for the main prize.

Only time will tell whether Shuffle will be considered a revival for Tony purposes or seem like a revival to those who see it. All I know is with that team, no matter how it is classified, it is bound to be interesting. I’m excited.

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