O-STAR | Sunday, December 7, 2014


dir. Dima Otvertchenko
2014 | United States | 30 minutes
Short/Musical/Science Fiction
Director: Dima Otvertchenko
Screenwriter: Dima Otvertchenko
Producer: Tom Roof, Zack Siddiqui, & Dima Otvertchenko

Rudy & Ava have four days to make sense of their broken relationship before the end of the world in this pop-punk rock music video adventure told through seven original songs.


Oliver Stone Wants to Film Tony Award Nominated Musical “Memphis”

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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The New York Times reported that Justin Timberlake –who’s from Memphis, Tennessee– wants to make a film version of the Tony Award® nominated Broadway musical “Memphis,” starring singer/actress Montego Glover. Legendary director Oliver Stone has also shown interest in turning the musical into a film.

For those who aren’t into musicals, you’ll be surprised to know that Broadway is getting “souled” up lately, with such successes as “Fela!” and a revival of August Wilson’s “Fences,” starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington.

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Timberlake is said to be interested in the lead role, but a leading lady hasn’t yet been discussed.In true Stage/Book/Television-to-Film style, they may just go the usual route and cast someone who isn’t necessarily an actress or a  stage singer. (It won’t be the first time.)

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Or, Oliver Stone may decide to “keep it real” and cast someone with a stage background to bring the miscegenation storyline to life.

Who Would You Cast?

Rebecca Naomi Jones rocks “American Idiot”

Green Day’s punk musical “American Idiot” –based on their multi-platinum 2004 album of the same name– rocked the Berkeley Repertory Theater’s Roda Stage on its opening night in Berkeley, California. According to the SF Chronicle, the theater was full of energy and electricity with the creative staging, and incredible vocal chops of a brash group of singers and dancers! Rounding out the amazing cast is the beautiful and talented co-star Rebecca Naomi Jones, who also starred in “Passing Strange,” which also debuted at the Berkeley Rep.

“As seductive as Gallagher and Caplan’s voices are, it’s the women who generate the greatest rapport, particularly the beguiling and mellifluous Rebecca Naomi Jones (of “Passing Strange”) as Johnny’s passing lover”

—SF Chronicle

The musical also stars John Gallagher Jr., Michael Esper, Matt Caplan, Tony Vincent, and others. Purchase your tickets now because they’ll only be here through Nov. 1, 2009, at the Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley.

Tickets are $19-$95. Call (510) 647-2949 or go to www.berkeleyrep.org.

Read more at the: SF Chronicle