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On the Rise: Aaron Tveit

​Among the many young stars who’ve recently made the leap from stage to screen, he finally seems to be having his well-deserved, medium-bridging moment.

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Among the many young stars who’ve recently made the leap from stage to screen, like Spring Awakening’s Lea Michele and The Book of Mormon’s Andrew Rannells, Aaron Tveit finally seems to be having his well-deserved, medium-bridging moment. Already something of a revered superstar in the theater world, the prolific Tveit (pronounced te-vate) has been doing curtain calls for most of his life, including during his time at Ithaca College, when he won a role in the national tour of Rent. Then there was his turn as Link Larkin in the national tour of Hairspray, which, in 2006, yielded his Broadway debut. A role in the Three Musketeers came after, and then, in 2008, a now-celebrated performance as troubled son Gabe in Next to Normal, a Pulitzer-Prize winning work. There was a role in Wicked, a role in the musical version of Saved!, and in 2009, the landing of the coveted lead in Catch Me If You Can, the Broadway rendering of Steven Spielberg’s portrait of Frank Abagnale Jr. For playing the charming, jet-set conman, who wooed women out of their clothes when not shedding his own, Tveit, now 29, garnered nominations from the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League, and was also up for a Fred Astaire trophy for Best Male Dancer on Broadway. He’d become an indisputable hotshot of the New York stage, and this was all before Tom Hooper came calling with an offer to star in last year’s Les Misérables.

Before you click away, know that this piece will not go into a lengthy Les Misérables rehash, recounting a divisive juggernaut that everyone’s sick of talking about, from those uncomfortable close-ups to Anne Hathaway’s hateability. Let’s simply focus on the contribution from Tveit, the other stage favorite who lit up the cast, alongside “On My Own” belter Samantha Barks. Playing the role of the revolutionary Enjolras (whose name, Tveit says, is basically pronounced phonetically but with a French twist), the New York-born actor well overcame the limits of having a lesser part in an ensemble, nailing the look, conviction, swagger—and, of course, voice—of a character who’s always been compelling as the steadfast face of the story’s oppressed resistance. And what a face Tveit possesses—a kind of lovable fusion of Robert Redford, Matt Morrison, and Justin Bieber (don’t chuckle, y’all—those are some handsome specimens). It was admittedly tough to find a pic of Tveit that didn’t see him sporting that boyish grin, a flash of teeth that are big enough to be strikingly disarming, but not so large as to overtake his face (speaking of Hathaway…). Tveit’s innocent, approachable visage has been a large part of his appeal, and yet he suppressed it fully to bring angry, bellowing life to Enjolras, an idealistic martyr with zero time for shits and giggles.

Of course, Les Misérables was hardly the first time Tveit appeared on screen. He played Allen Ginsburg’s (James Franco) lover Peter Orlovsky in Howl, starred opposite Zachary Quinto and Rosario Dawson in Sebastián Gutiérrez’s anthology flick Girl Walks Into a Bar (available to watch in full, for free, on YouTube), and had a small part in last year’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt vehicle Premium Rush. On the small screen, he showed up on Ugly Betty, did his working-actor duties in a few episodes of Law & Order: SVU, and had a substantial, 10-episode arc on Gossip Girl, playing Tripp van der Bilt III, the shifty cousin of Chace Crawford’s Nate Archibald. Now, Tveit is awaiting the debut of his new series, Graceland, an hour-long drama from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin. Like Eastin’s previous project, the show will run on USA, premiering June 6. Along with Daniel Sunjata, Tveit headlines the series as co-lead. He plays Mike Warren, one part of a group of government officials from various departments (F.B.I., C.I.A., etc.) forced to hole up in the same house as part of an undercover operation. Did I mention it’s a Southern California beach house? If you’re hearing Bachelor Pad for Procedural Junkies, you’ve probably hit the producers’ draw on the head, and Graceland may very well be sunk by its own conceit. But then, who wouldn’t want to shack up with Tveit?

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

Welcome to fucking Deadwood!

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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