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New York — The slow, lingering demise of "Smash" has felt more like a punch to the gut to the folks on Broadway.
The TV series about the making of a big stage musical came with a flurry of attention and some big names: Steven Spielberg, Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston. It was going to be a valentine to Broadway.
Sometimes, though, love letters get sent back.
After a first season with a healthy-sized audience averaging 7.7 million viewers, it returned this year to such dismal ratings it was banished to Saturday night. It won't be back for a third season.
But while TV was finally focusing on Broadway, plenty of stage veterans jumped to TV during the two-year run of "Smash." Some flamed out, some are holding on and some still hope:
Currently filming his latest comedy drama The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is set to star an ensemble cast including Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and Saoirse Ronan, Wes Anderson has been producing quirky dramas for almost twenty years at this point in time.
Director, screenwriter, actor, and producer of features, short films and commercials, Anderson’s work is mostly known for his family struggles, flawed characters, British rock soundtracks, and colourful cinematography. Not only do his films compare in visual style, though, they also often include regular collaborators Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Owen and Luke Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman.
Here’s some of his best:
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
A personal favourite of mine is Anderson’s adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book, Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2009. As one of his most recent pieces of work, it was hard to »
- Charlie Derry
Before children, so many women are perfectly groomed, toned and maintain a great wardrobe. After children, the self-styling disappears. When you're in the first throes of motherhood, it's difficult enough to schedule a shower, let alone figure out a smashing outfit.
The tight top no longer fits when breast-feeding. Tiny hands yank on dangling earrings. And trying to do a power walk in heels, pushing a stroller, is folly.
Women who once prided themselves on finding one-of-a-kind jewelry at artists fairs now wear organic accessories -- a concession to leaking babies.
Take heart. Being a stylish mom is possible, and TV offers four different types.
One caveat: These women do not have babies, but they do have a beauty squad. In that vein, consider our Mother's Day 2013 honor roll of TV moms with great style.
Connie Britton's character, Rayna Jaymes of ABC's "Nashville," is a country superstar and as »
Oh, fellow royal children of Siam, at last the day we always knew was coming has arrived. The most important television show any of us have ever witnessed in our present lifetimes has been finally been moved into the part of the hospice where they no longer show Gerard Butler movies in the solarium to prepare you for death. Start calling the kids and tell them yes, it’s time and yes, they can put the plane tickets on your credit card. For the end is nigh. The Sword of Damocles (with whom Anjelica Huston had a brief fling after a meet-cute in the Temple of Dionysus social hall in Hellenist Sicily) has fallen. Smash will not be returning next year.I know you all have a lot of questions, which I’ll be addressing later this afternoon at the press conference in the Rose Garden, in which I deliver »
- Rachel Shukert
Episodes: 32 (hour)
TV show dates: February 6, 2012 -- May 26, 2013
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
This musical drama revolves around the Broadway theater community. The TV series follows a cross section of dreamers and schemers who are trying to create a smash hit musical that's based on the life of Marilyn Monroe.
The musical is written by the successful Houston-Levitt team. Writer Julia Houston (Debra Messing) struggles to balance the relentless demands of Broadway with the needs of her family. She recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband Frank (Brian d'Arcy James) of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the »
It's curtains for "Smash": NBC has officially canceled the musical drama.
Originally a bright spot on NBC's scheduled during its first season, "Smash" started Season 2 off on a bad foot. After being off the air for about nine months, the new season debuted to disastrous ratings -- 4.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating the coveted 18-49 demographic -- and it only went down from there. Because of the ratings, it wasn't surprising that the network decided to cancel "Smash."
When news of "Smash's" cancellation broke, the cast took to Twitter to reach out to their very vocal and very disappointed fans:
Thk u to everyone who watched Smash!Been an amazing ride. & thanks to @nbc 4 the opportunity 2 play a great gal such as Karen. »
- The Huffington Post
Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
Our favorite stars are just as excited to see "The Great Gatsby" as we are! On Wednesday, actors and musicians alike flocked to the world premiere of the literary classic -- Leonardo DiCaprio, Florence Welch and Jay-z were just some of Hollywood's heavyweights in attendance at the New York debut. Of course, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher and Tobey Maguire, who star in the flick alongside Leo, made the premiere as well. And a fresh-faced Jennifer Lawrence (who opted out of the red carpet) showed up looking radiant in a chic updo, barely-there makeup and a black pantsuit! Click "Launch Gallery" above to see Isla's stunning Dolce & Gabbana dress, Carey's sexy red Lanvin ensemble, Nina Dobrev, Angelica Huston and more!"The Great Gatsby" hits theaters nationwide May 10, check out the latest trailer below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Mulligan looked stunning in a strapless red Lanvin midi-dress teamed with a pair of black open-toe heels, while Fisher was elegant in a floral Dolce and Gabbana dress with cutout panels as they arrived at the city's Lincoln Centre.
Welch dazzled in a dramatic beaded navy Miu Miu gown and Sande looked sleek in a black figure-hugging lace dress.
DiCaprio stars as Jay Gatsby and Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in Luhrmann's »
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Question: Do you have anything particularly scandalous about the season finale of Scandal you can share? —Daniela
Ausiello: I see what you did there. Scandalous. Scandal. Clever. I may steal that for next week’s AA. In the meantime, conventional wisdom points to the elusive mole being unmasked in the May 16 finale. Kerry Washington, meanwhile, points to it being the person you’d least expect. “It’s so shocking,” the actress tells us with a huge, hearty laugh. »
- Michael Ausiello
We're getting to know The Film Experience community one-by-one. Today we're talking to Morgan Borthwick from New Zealand. We've never been but it's on our brains due to Jane Campion's stunning miniseries "Top of the Lake". Here's Morgan.
Hi, Morgan. Do you love Jane Campion? (Please note: There is only one correct answer to this question)
Morgan: Of course! She understands film is as much art as it is storytelling and I could rhapsodise all day about her many gifts. As a director, I love what she does with her actresses, particularly Barbara Hershey who is beyond superlatives in Portrait of a Lady, Abby Cornish in Bright Star and Elizabeth Moss in Top of the Lake, making me forget Peggy of Mad Men ever existed. She should have two best director nominations by now at least, but that's a gripe for another time about the academy and their "we've nominated you once, »
- NATHANIEL R
"Smash" is going out with a super-sized Season 2 finale. The musical drama is on the move again, this time to Sunday, May 26, for the two-hour event.
"Smash" originally aired on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Et, but then moved to Saturdays at 9 p.m. and then to 8 p.m. The fictional Marilyn Monroe musical that was at the heart of Season 1 has officially opened on Broadway and the remaining Season 2 episodes of "Smash" will possibly see "Hit List" get off the ground and the show will head to the Tony Awards.
Here's what's to come: The Saturday, April 27 episode features "Today" co-host Kathie Lee Gifford performing a musical number; the May 4 episode, "Phenomenon," will see "Hit List" and "Bombshell" bond after an unexpected event; and in "The Transfer," the May 11 episode, Ivy is concerned about her reputation and the cast of "Hit List" is rocked by a betrayal.
"Smash" closes up »
- Chris Harnick
Confession: I'm getting into this show. Dark, intriguing, a little ridiculous, and everyone in its stagnant, creaky universe is probably insane! Perfect. Here are the five most notable moments from episode four.
1. I don't think I'm ready for this Freddie.
The internet seems to be undecided about Freddie Highmore's performance as Norman Bates, Hitchcock's most famous villain to grow up addicted to hand-me-down sweaters, apparently. But you can't really argue the fact that Highmore really sells on the crazy. During his best moments, Highmore hyperventilates, unhinges, and surges with weird rage, outperforming even Vera Farmiga's best scenes (though, to be fair, she hasn't been given any powerful personal moments yet). At the opening of Monday's show, Highmore escaped from Det. Shelby's basement, where he stumbled upon one of those famous Chinese sex slaves we keep hearing about. Last week's episode made it seem like Norman was trapped in »
On Sunday morning, Joss Whedon and the cast of his Shakespeare adaptation, Much Ado About Nothing, took the stage at WonderCon. For more on the presentation, here's Dave's recap and the trailer. Shortly after it ended, I sat down with Clark Gregg for an extended interview. During our wide ranging conversation, we talked about what it's like for him at WonderCon/Comic-Con now that he's famous for playing Agent Coulson, how he got involved in Much Ado About Nothing, the process of filming Shakespeare via Whedon, the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot and possible series, the fact that Coulson is alive after the events of The Avengers and how that impacts future Marvel movies, his role in Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, The To-Do List, voicing Agent Coulson on Ultimate Spider-Man, and so much more. In addition, while many of you just know Gregg as Agent Coulson in the Marvel movies, he's also a talented writer/director, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
What is it about that Garland-brand warble that is so... weird and gorgeous and sad and gurgly? We don't have many performers left who are true one-of-a-kind stars, and Liza Minnelli remains the picture of idiosyncratic fabulousness 40 years after she dazzled us with my favorite movie musical moment ever, the "Money" song from Cabaret.
Television Tags: TV ArticlesTags: Liza MinnelliIMDbCabaretSmashMegan Hiltychristina borleAnjelica Hustonthe griftersJudy GarlandTeaser Photo: »
This is Ferdi!
Editors' Note: It's Reader Appreciation Month -- which we'll extend into April since I've been slow to get going. We haven't interviewed readers in two years but here were the previously awesome boys and girls (I shouldn't say "previously"... I'm sure they're all still awesome. Reading Tfe makes you a smarter, funnier, hotter person - Scientific Fact!). New Reader Spotlights coming at you daily for two weeks before the series goes weekly! Hope you enjoy - Nathaniel
Hi, Ferdi! what's your first movie memory?
Ferdi: My first movie memory is in the very early 80's, a re-edition of 101 Dalmatians during the Easter Holidays. I went to the theatre with my parents. I don't think I understood very much of the plot, I was three or four, but I was absolutely thrilled and blown away by Cruella De Vil.
Who chould have known that was the beginning of my fascination with villains, »
- NATHANIEL R
If there is such a thing as the truth of style, Diana Vreeland is the pope of the concept.
On Friday, March 15, at New York's French Institute Alliance Française as part of their Fashion Talks 2013 series, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, director of the documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, spoke about the style icon's discovery of Lauren Bacall, and looked at her early influence on the careers of Twiggy, Penelope Tree, and Anjelica Huston in startling images shot by the 20th century's most distinguished photographers, such as Richard Avedon and David Bailey.
Immordino Vreeland gave context to some of Vreeland's famous quotes: "The best thing about London is Paris," should be seen in combination with her close friendship to Coco Chanel, who was at her fittings. "Three fittings for a nightgown - and I'm not that deformed," she quipped.
Lifelong ties to France and the fascinating details »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Can't really picture Tom Cruise as a priest ? Well, he's far from the only celebrity who ever aspired to the religious order. Huffington Post rounds up 10 more: Jack White : At 14, the musician thought he "might have had the calling to be a priest," he once said. "Blues singers and people who are singing on stage have the same feelings and emotions that someone who is called to be a priest might have." Eva Mendes : She thought about becoming a nun, but was put off by the fact that they make roughly zero dollars per year. Anjelica Huston »
- Evann Gastaldo
Smash should have been a singular sensation. When the show launched last February, it seemed to have everything going for it — an innovative concept, a killer cast of established screen stars (Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston) and beloved Broadway actors (Christian Borle, Megan Hilty), fabulous original songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, high production values, and the stewardship of producer Steven Spielberg. And early on, ratings indicated that this potent mixture had indeed resulted in a hit — the show’s heavily-hyped premiere drew 11.44 million pairs of eyeballs and healthy demographic numbers.
Then, of course, came Smash’s crash. As the »
- Hillary Busis
Smash has been sent packing. The musical drama will finish its season on Saturday nights. While the peacock network hasn't said that the show's been cancelled, there's no way they're bringing it back for a third season.
Smash follows a cast and production team in New York as they try to mount a new Broadway musical. This season, the ensemble cast includes Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Megan Hilty, Anjelica Huston, Leslie Odom Jr., Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, and Andy Mientus.
Last season, Smash was a moderate success for NBC, thanks in part to the strong lead-in support from The Voice. It averaged a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.74 million total viewers.
This season, Smash has really suffered without the reality competition's support. The six episodes that have aired thus far have averaged a mere 1.0 »
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