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Before there was Ovitz or Ari, there was Sue Mengers.
During the peak of her clout in the 1970s, the brash barrier-breaker helped popularize the idea of the Hollywood super agent. The media lapped up her comic crudity (After the Manson family murdered actress Sharon Tate, she told a frightened Barbra Streisand, “don’t worry, honey, they’re not killing stars, only featured players”), her dinner parties attracted Tinseltown’s A-list were legendary and “60 Minutes” came calling to do a lengthy interview that captured Mengers dishing and deal-making.
She was so larger than life that she inspired both fictional knockoffs such as the fast-talking agent portrayed by Dyan Cannon in “The Last of Sheila” and hit Broadway plays like “I’ll Eat You Last,” which had Bette Midler offering a wicked send-up of the legendary 10-percenter. Yet biographer Brian Kellow, fresh off his acclaimed book “Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark, »
- Brent Lang
Premiering at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where it went home empty handed from the Jane Campion headed jury, Belgian directing duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne continue their more recent trend of working with critically acclaimed French actresses, concocting one of their most emotionally potent titles to date, Two Days, One Night. Star Marion Cotillard would lose twice to American actress Julianne Moore in the international awards area, who trumped her at Cannes for Maps to the Stars and at the Academy Awards for Still Alice. Still, it’s an increasingly intense boil of a performance, ranging from quiet desperation to an act of selfless defiance that will transcend the trappings of any such contemporary award recognition.
Married and a mother of two, Sandra (Cotillard) has recently returned to work after a period of sick leave following a bout of depression. In her absence, management at Solwal, a local solar panel company, »
- Nicholas Bell
More Spider-Man news, ahoy!
Back in July, rumours started to swell that Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May might make an appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Heroic Hollywood are now confirming that’s the case, with the actress having quietly shot some footage prior to the movie wrapping last week.
Tomei is taking over the role from Sally Field, who played the character in both of Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man flicks.
After initially being promised just a cameo, Spidey’s role in Civil War seems to be expanding all the time. We know actor Tom Holland shot in both Atlanta and Berlin, and now that Tomei is involved, you can probably add at least a third scene to his roster of appearances.
Tomei’s role comes hot on the heels of news that Spider-Man’s bedroom will also feature, which I expect is where the actress will pop up. »
- Daniel Kelly
Debbie Reynolds ca. early 1950s. Debbie Reynolds movies: Oscar nominee for 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown,' sweetness and light in phony 'The Singing Nun' Debbie Reynolds is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 23, '15. An MGM contract player from 1950 to 1959, Reynolds' movies can be seen just about every week on TCM. The only premiere on Debbie Reynolds Day is Jerry Paris' lively marital comedy How Sweet It Is (1968), costarring James Garner. This evening, TCM is showing Divorce American Style, The Catered Affair, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and The Singing Nun. 'Divorce American Style,' 'The Catered Affair' Directed by the recently deceased Bud Yorkin, Divorce American Style (1967) is notable for its cast – Reynolds, Dick Van Dyke, Jean Simmons, Jason Robards, Van Johnson, Lee Grant – and for the fact that it earned Norman Lear (screenplay) and Robert Kaufman (story) a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination. »
- Andre Soares
But Howard’s running mate, Jenny O’Hara, was defeated by stunt performer Jane Austin for the secretary-treasurer slot as Austin won with 52.7%. Current secretary-treasurer Amy Aquino, who had Howard’s running mate in three previous elections, opted not to seek re-election to the post.
Turnout was just under 22%, a typical rate in elections for the performer union. Of the 139,313 eligible voters mailed ballots on July 21, a total of 30,263 voted.
Howard, 71, led the moderate Unite for Strength faction that has been in control of the performers union for the past six years. Richardson headed the self-styled progressives of the Membership First faction.
- Dave McNary
Michael Emerson will star in a one-night benefit reading of the Moisés Kaufman play “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” A revival of the drama, which chronicles Wilde’s trial for homosexuality, was blocked in Moscow by the Kremlin earlier this year for its Lgbt content. The reading is being staged to raise awareness of the rights being denied Russia’s Lgbtq community. The rest of the cast includes Jonathan Groff, Sally Field, Michael C. Hall, David Hyde Pierce, Tony Kushner, Judith Light, Darren Criss, Tituss Burges, David Burtka, Andy Mientus, Jose Llana, Will Carlyon and Jake Shears. »
- Reid Nakamura
Read More: Meet the Faces of SXSW 2015: Sally Field, Nick Kroll, Jason Schwartzman and More Acort International has acquired worldwide rights to Patrick Kennelly's feature film debut, "Excess Flesh." Starring Bethany Orr and Mary Loveless, the dark thriller centers on the obsessive Jill, who violently imprisons her new roommate, Jennifer, in their shared apartment in a sick attempt to become closer to her. "Excess Flesh is an original, next-level, powerhouse film that has proven itself with both mainstream and genre audiences in the festival circuit," said Chris Wilembrecht, VP of Acquisitions. "Its unique storytelling, surprise twists and turns and edge-of-your-seat visuals are going to have audiences eating this one up! (pun intended!)" "Excess Flesh" premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and will have its U.S. theatrical release early next year. Read More: SXSW 2015: A List of Criticwire Grades for »
- Kaeli Van Cott
Sarah Paulson has been nominated for three years in a row for her roles in "American Horror Story" anthologies. This year, she contends for playing conjoined twins in "Freak Show," and dual roles are often catnip to Emmy voters; Sally Field won for playing multiple personalities in "Sybil," and so did Toni Collette in "United States of Tara." Will that be the key to victory for Paulson? -Break- Denis O'Hare dishes Emmys nom for 'Ahs: Freak Show,' teases 'Hotel' [Exclusive Video] We predicted Paulson would win this category back in 2013 for "American Horror Story: Asylum," but she lost to Ellen Burstyn ("Political Animals"). This year, she's nominated against two of her co-stars: Angela Bassett and last year's surprise winner Kathy Bates. But competing against co-stars could actually be a boon for Paulson. This year, the Emmys have required supporting perfo...' »
Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 films, ranging from unwatchable stuff like the Sylvester Stallone soccer flick Victory and Michael Ritchie's adventure flick The Island to Brian G. Hutton's X, Y and Zee, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth (a duel of wits and acting styles with Laurence Olivier), and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. (See TCM's Michael Caine movie schedule further below.) Throughout his long, long career, Caine has played heroes and villains and everything in between. Sometimes, in his worst vehicles, he has floundered along with everybody else. At other times, he was the best element in otherwise disappointing fare, e.g., Philip Kaufman's Quills. »
- Andre Soares
The “Home Improvement” star, in an email sent Thursday to the union’s 160,000 members, accused Howard and his Unite for Strength allies of poor performance in recent contract negotiations, spending on “lavish” offices and cloaking union operations in secret. Although the tone of the missive was cordial and did not name Howard — opting instead to attack “current leadership” — the email carried a long list of accusations of incompetence.
Richardson, who is heading the self-styled progressives on the Membership First slate, took a cordial tone in the message and said she would not make “wholesale changes” to committee chairs and members just because of party differences.
“We need the expertise of everyone we have,” she said. “However, we do feel the current leadership has been unable to deliver true gains.”
About 140,000 ballots went »
- Dave McNary
Patricia Richardson’s challenge to SAG-aftra president Ken Howard has attracted endorsements from Elliot Gould, Valerie Harper, Ed Harris, Robert Hays, Amy Madigan, Ken McCord, Nick Nolte, Martin Sheen and Nancy Sinatra.
About 140,000 ballots went out this week to the SAG-aftra membership, with results due to be tabulated on Aug. 20. Richardson, best known as Tim Allen’s co-star on “Home Improvement,” announced her candidacy on June 25 as head of the self-styled progressive Membership First slate.
Howard won elections in 2009 and 2011 for the SAG presidency and then won the post in 2013 against Esai Morales in the first election for the merged SAG-aftra, running each time as the head of the moderate Unite for Strength slate. He announced June 1 that he would seek re-election with Jenny O’Hara as his running mate for secretary-treasurer.
- Dave McNary
Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man reboot, set for release in 2017, is about to get a little freaky and very geeky as Vacation reboot writers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein enter early talks to write the screenplay. The duo were on the shortlist to direct. That job eventually went to Jon Watts, who has Cop Car coming out later this summer. He was announced the same day that Marvel and Sony officially confirmed that Tom Holland had won the role of Peter Parker.
Even though they didn't win the director's job, both Marvel and Sony wanted John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein involved in the process. They are in the midst of launching their first directorial debut, the long awaited Vacation reboot. It hits theaters July 31, and has strong early buzz as one of the best comedies of the summer. That is saying a lot, as it »
Some fans argue Oscar-winning actor is too young to play the role, but others point out Tomei is the right age to play opposite the new teenage Peter Parker
Comic book fans have taken to Twitter in protest after it was revealed that Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei is in line to star as Spider-Man’s elderly relative Aunt May in the latest big-screen reboot to feature the webslinging superhero.
According to some complaints, Tomei, 50, is just too young and attractive to portray the character – who was played in Sam Raimi’s 2002 film Spider-Man by the then 74-year-old Rosemary Harris, and by a 66-year-old Sally Field in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Others argued more seriously that the casting was a byproduct of Hollywood’s negative attitude towards age.
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- Ben Child
These things are usually a done deal, but no confirmation has been made by Marvel/Sony. If she did sign on the dotted line she’d follow in the footsteps of Rosemary Harris and Sally Field from the previous movies. Tom Holland‘s fresh-faced skyscraper-swinger is heading to school for the latest reboot, so it stands to reason May is turning the clock back also.
Tomei is well-known for various movie roles over the years, from her spectacular breakout in My Cousin Vinny to The Wrestler. Now she’ll be helping her nephew patch up his wounds after he wrestles the yet-to-be-revealed big bad, who will reportedly be a character we haven’t seen in the film franchise to date. »
- Steve Palace
The next Spider-Man movie is going to give us our youngest big screen Peter Parker yet in the form of actor Tom Holland (who just turned 19), but he's not the only character who is going to be younger this time around. Variety is reporting that Marvel and Sony have already offered the role of Aunt May to Oscar winner Marisa Tomei. Naturally this has some fans a bit confused since Aunt May, both in the comics and the movies so far, is traditionally supposed to be an older, more frail woman. Apparently Tomei hasn't fully signed on the dotted line just yet, but if she does, she'll easily be the youngest big screen version yet. Tomei is 50, Sally Field was 66 when she took on the role in The Amazing Spider-Man, and Rosemary Harris was 75 at the...
- Peter Hall
In casting news that makes us feel old, the upcoming "Spider-Man" movie has reportedly found its Aunt May.
According to Variety, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei will play Peter Parker's beloved aunt in the reboot.
An official offer to join the Marvel film was made to the 50-year-old "My Cousin Vinny" star late last week, the trade mag reported.
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News that Marisa Tomei is in talks to play Aunt May in Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man” reboot set social media tongues wagging on Wednesday, with many claiming the 50-year-old actress is far too young to play the hero’s traditionally more matronly caretaker. Previous onscreen iterations of Aunt May were played the wholesome Rosemary Harris in 2002 at age 74, and longtime film and TV matriarch Sally Field in 2012 at age 66 — but many can’t see 50-year-old Tomei fitting the archetype of the comic book character: a white-haired sage in her twilight years. “I am not okay with being sexually aroused »
- Matt Donnelly
With Tom Holland already set to play Peter Parker in Marvel and Sony's new Spider-Man, the studios are eyeing Marisa Tomei to play Aunt May. Variety reports that the actress is the studios' top choice for the Aunt May role, with an offer going out to the actress last week. It isn't known yet where things stand in the deal-making process, or if the actress is planning on accepting the role.
Marvel and Sony are currently seeking a screenwriter to develop the story with director Jon Watts, but sources reveal that they want to lock down actors who will appear in multiple movies, so schedules can be worked out. It isn't known what other roles they are currently looking to cast, or if they have any specific writers in mind to work on the script. All we know about the Spider-Man story thus far is that it will bring Peter Parker back to high school, »
With Tom Holland announced as the new Spider-Man in the character’s 2017 debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony and Marvel Studio’s attention now turns to the wall crawler's supporting cast, namely Aunt May. Marisa Tomei is both studios sights, and, according to Variety, an offer was made to the actress last week, but she has yet to officially sign on. What’s more, it’s reported that both Marvel and Sony wish to round out the cast, in order to craft a solid shooting schedule, before officially hiring a writer. While we knew the new Spider-Man would be skewing younger (for the first time on the big screen, Peter Parker will be a teenager, and will stay in high school for more than one movie), it seems they’re going younger with Aunt May, with Tomei, at fifty, being the youngest actress to play the character (Spider-Man’s Rosemary Harris was seventy seven, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The Academy Award winner has received an official offer to join Tom Holland in Marvel and Sony's collaborative film, reports Variety.
It is not yet known if the Empire star has accepted the role of Aunt May, and neither studio is commenting.
This new Spider-Man movie is expected to feature villains not seen in previous films, and will not be an origin story for the webslinger.
The untitled reboot will also be shifting focus back to Peter Parker's high school years.
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