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'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie': Betsy Sharkey's film pick of the week

August 25, 2011 |  7:30 am

Darren Criss in "Glee The 3D Concert Movie"
If you've flipped on a TV or checked out the movie listings recently, you know we are in the dog days of summer entertainment. So, I offer a prescriptive. (It won't be for everyone, but then what is?) OK, gulp, here it is: "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie." Sorry. But I couldn’t help but feel better in the face of all that, well, gleefulness.

I do like the Fox series (the agony and the ecstasy of a high school glee club, if you’ve been living on another planet), but I’d resisted the idea of the concert film. It just seemed an inherently thin idea. And when compared with some of the greats, say Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Waltz” on the Band, exceptional for both its music and its insight, it is.

But a hallmark of the show, in addition to some of the best musical mash-ups ever, is its celebration of differences, an ode to the outsiders that pack high school hallways. Those kids get an almost equal voice here.

Very energetic stage bits with all the “Glee” kids –- Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith and the rest –- are intercut with fan interviews, from the funny to the exceedingly moving. The pretty cheerleading dwarf talking about her challenges and her date to the prom, the 19-year-old remembering the pain of being outed in eighth grade, and so it goes. For them, “Glee” represents validation, as significant as the enjoyment to be had from all those show-stopping Broadway-styled productions.

So if you’re feeling down, and troubled, and you need a helping hand…


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Movie review: 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie'

Golly 'Glee': Can the TV hit succeed on the big screen?

-- Betsy Sharkey

Photo: Blaine (Darren Criss) in "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie." Credit: Adam Rose / Twentieth Century Fox

As it seeks a big-event feel, 'Glee' 3-D movie adds advance screenings

July 13, 2011 |  2:16 pm

Twentieth Century Fox is taking a page out of the Justin Bieber playbook for its upcoming "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie," targeting fans with a set of advance screenings. The studio says it will hold showings on Aug. 10, two days before the movie officially opens.

Ticket packages to the screenings, which will take place in 291 theaters across North America, cost $30 and include one movie ticket, 3-D glasses, a pin, a hat, a bracelet and a backpack. Shipping is another $5.95.

Fox appears to be aiming to create an event feel around the film along the lines of a live concert. The tickets will be sold via a dedicated website starting Thursday, with visitors to the movie's Facebook page given the opportunity to buy tickets starting Wednesday.

Paramount tried a similar advance-screening gambit with "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," to strong effect. The screenings frequently sold out, and the film went on to gross $73 million, a sturdy total for a documentary concert film.

The "Glee" movie, which stars TV series regulars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Jane Lynch, combines performances from the cast's recent 40-show concert tour with pieces of backstage footage.

A concert film is an appealing (and relatively easy) brand extension for a touring show, particularly those aimed at a spend-happy younger demographic, though studios are mindful that they need to produce and market a movie as more than just a straight recording if they're to lure ticket buyers. The genre has had a mixed record: While the Bieber and Hanna Montana concert movies were a success, the Jonas Brothers film flopped.


With Glee 3-D concert movie, Lea Michele will sing on the big screen

-- Steven Zeitchik


Photo: "Glee" performers in a 2010 episode. Credit: Carin Baer/Fox


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