P312 Teletext 312 Dec11 23:17:19    ———  ———————————————————  PHANTOM CAST SING PRAISES OF NEW FILM Reviews of the film version of The Phantom Of The Opera have noted that Minnie Driver steals the show. Luckily, it seems to have been as much fun for her as for the audience. "Yeah, it was!" she chortles. "We just kind of made it up - really, I got inspiration from Maria Callas. The diva thing's all ridiculous except for her." But how did she stay upright in that remarkable wig? "Willpower. The skirt was 50 pounds, and my hair was 30." ——————————————————————————————————1/8—— by Iain Moffat YOUR STARS p308-9 LOVESTARS p148 Reviews Video/DVD Cricket On Stage
P312 Teletext 312 Dec11 23:17:16    ———  ———————————————————  PHANTOM CAST SING PRAISES OF NEW FILM Joel Schumacher made some striking casting decisions in The Phantom Of The Opera, but his actors aren't slow to appreciate him. "It's the chance of a lifetime," admits Emmy Rossum. "I did have classical training vocally, from when I was singing at the Met when I was little, but I never thought I'd get this part. "It was such a big production, and it was so courageous of Joel to give me this part because I'm so young." ——————————————————————————————————2/8—— Win Phantom Of The Opera CDs 307 Get BILL BAILEY & other tickets Ticketmaster 0870 4000771 or p646 Reviews Video/DVD Cricket On Stage
P312 Teletext 312 Dec11 23:15:12    ———  ———————————————————  PHANTOM CAST SING PRAISES OF NEW FILM As romantic hero Raoul, Patrick Wilson found bareback riding in The Phantom Of The Opera a great opportunity. "The fun part about doing movies anyway is being able to train for the things that you always wanted to do," he notes, "and while I had ridden before, in The Alamo, this isn't like that. "It wasn't about ego or arrogance, me saying, 'Look! I can do all my own stunts'. We just thought that musicals are playing every emotion to the hilt." ——————————————————————————————————3/8—— Big Screen index 310 FRANK PILKINGTON'S LOVESTARS ON YOUR MOBILE - p108 Reviews Video/DVD Cricket On Stage
P312 Teletext 312 Dec11 23:16:16    ———  ———————————————————  PHANTOM CAST SING PRAISES OF NEW FILM Gerard Butler admits getting a lot out of playing the title role in The Phantom Of The Opera. "We really wanted to do the classic triangle between myself, Raoul and Christine and that we had to tell a much more human story. I had to find a way of movement that's subtle enough. "I wanted every note that I sang to be an expression of the Phantom's life," he explains. "To me, the learning curve was huge." ——————————————————————————————————4/8—— Cool Christmas prezzies 385 IS LOVE IN THE AIR FOR YOU? p348 Reviews Video/DVD Cricket On Stage
P312 Teletext 312 Dec11 23:16:23    ———  ———————————————————  PHANTOM CAST SING PRAISES OF NEW FILM Playing The Phantom Of The Opera presented Gerard Butler with some unique challenges. "We finally got the make-up down to about five hours, but there was a six- day stretch when I was getting up at about 3am," he recalls. "What's strange is that in the studio people would suddenly behold you and either get very scared or think what the hell is that? It made me very angry but put me in the perfect head state." ——————————————————————————————————5/8—— On Stage index 330 Life Cover For Less - ITV1 p386 Reviews Video/DVD Cricket On Stage
P312 Teletext 312 Dec11 23:16:12    ———  ———————————————————  PHANTOM CAST SING PRAISES OF NEW FILM Christine in The Phantom Of The Opera is Emmy Rossum's biggest role to date, but she still refuses to commit just to being a singer or an actress. "I like the freedom of expression in music because you're not playing a character, you're being who you are." Career-wise, though, "I really look up to Nicole Kidman, because she's really talented and I think there's been a great diversity in her career. I want to go out and do that". ——————————————————————————————————6/8—— Movie reviews 313 FINAN E HEADLINES p500 Reviews Video/DVD Cricket On Stage
P312 Teletext 312 Dec11 23:17:26    ———  ———————————————————  PHANTOM CAST SING PRAISES OF NEW FILM The Phantom Of The Opera provides several plum roles, but its cast have other ambitions in musical theatre too. "I would really have loved to play Roxie in Chicago," says Minnie Driver, who plays Carlotta. "Not Velma though!" "I've never actually thought of another role I'd like to play in musicals, because I'd never actually contemplated doing them!" laughs Phantom Gerard Butler. "Except perhaps Cabaret's Sally Bowles. I think that'd be interesting." ——————————————————————————————————7/8—— Lifestyle index 340 FINANCE HEADLINES p500 Reviews Video/DVD Cricket On Stage
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