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Film-maker behind ground-breaking international smash hit that brought domestic gay relationships to the mainstream
Édouard Molinaro, the French film director behind the pioneering gay farce La Cage aux Folles, has died at the age of 85 from lung failure.
La Cage aux Folles, itself based on a play by Jean Poiret, starred Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi as a long-term gay couple, one of whose children plans to get married to a stuffy politician's daughter. The pair must conceal their relationship when the prospective in-laws come for dinner. The film was released in 1978 to considerable box office success, in the Us as well as Europe, and broke new ground in the mainstream acceptance of a screen portrayal of domestic gay relationship. It was remade in 1990 as The Birdcage with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams in the lead roles.
- Andrew Pulver
‘La Cage aux Folles’ film: Edouard Molinaro international box office hit (photo: Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault in ‘La Cage aux Folles’) (See previous post: “‘La Cage aux Folles’ Director Edouard Molinaro Dead at 85.”) But Edouard Molinaro’s best-known effort — comedy or otherwise — remains La Cage aux Folles (approximate translation: "The Cage of the Queens"), which sold 5.4 million tickets when it came out in France in 1978. Perhaps because many saw it as a letdown when compared to Jean Poiret’s immensely popular 1973 play, Molinaro’s movie ended up nominated for a single César Award — for eventual Best Actor winner Michel Serrault. Somewhat surprisingly, in the next couple of years La Cage aux Folles would become a major hit in the United States and other countries. Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the U.S. in 1979, the film grossed $20.42 million at the North American box office — or about $65 million in 2013 dollars, a remarkable sum for a subtitled release. »
- Andre Soares
Edouard Molinaro, director of the 1978 French farce “La Cage aux Folles,” has died at age 85, the BBC reports. According to the BBC, Molinaro died after suffering lung failure. Also read: ‘Ellen’ Actress Kate Williamson Dead at 83 French president Francois Hollande hailed Molinaro in a statement, saying that the filmmaker “possessed the talent for attracting a broad public to quality films.” “La Cage,” about a gay couple’s humorous effort to come off as straight, was remade as “The Birdcage” in 1996, with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams starring. Also read: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2013 Molinaro, who was nominated for an Academy Award. »
- Tim Kenneally
French director Edouard Molinaro has died. He was 85. The filmmaker moved from crime flicks to comedies, and among his most notable films was 1978's La Cage aux Folles, about a gay couple trying to pass themselves off as straight.The film earned him a best director Oscar nomination and was remade in the U.S. as The Bird Cage. The 1996 film starred Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.
French President Francois Hollande praised Molinaro's work, according to a BBC report. "Edouard Molinaro possessed the talent for attracting a broad public to quality films,
- THR staff
Football: World Cup 2014 Draw
Gary Lineker presents live coverage of the draw for Brazil 2014, held at the swanky Costa do Sauípe in the state of Bahia. If previous Fifa-affiliated events in the country are any guide, widespread protests are likely to provide the backdrop, as Brazilian citizens make their ire known over political corruption and excessive spending on the tournament. Conversation around the draw itself is likely to focus on unseeded England's potential opponents: could a Group of Death be on the cards? Gwilym Mumford
"A little bit tubby, a little bit cokey!" Yes, it's him again. And as evinced by those lyrical alterations to Minnie The Moocher, the former Catholic schoolboy »
- Gwilym Mumford, Ali Catterall, Rachel Aroesti, Martin Skegg, Andrew Mueller, Lanre Bakare
If the Sundance Film Festival has always been the place to discover tomorrow’s biggest stars in front of and behind the camera during the past 30 years, it seems to have become even more fruitful in recent years. From young filmmakers like Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), and Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) to ready-to-launch superstars like Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and Dane DeHaan (Kill Your Darlings), Hollywood has quickly found its future in the snowy peaks of Park City. “One of the biggest changes in the last 30 years is how independent film »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Good Wife, Season 5, Episode 10, “The Decision Tree”
Directed by Rosemary Rodriguez
Airs Sundays at 9pm (Est) on CBS
In a lot of ways, The Good Wife is a show that takes its time. Part of this comes from its status as a network drama, which requires it to produce 22 hours of television a season and thus, to stretch its storylines over longer periods than its cable brethren. Yet mostly, this is a stylistic choice for the show, one that allows it to develop characters in moments, over time. Every week, the show needs to create some procedural element to hook in new viewers, but by allowing for small character moments even in its most stand-alone episodes, The Good Wife allows us to learn its characters over time, until all it needs to deploy is a glance or a gesture to shake us to our core. »
- Jordan Ferguson
We've seen the 100th episode of "The Good Wife," titled "The Decision Tree," and while we can't give too much away, here are a few slightly spoiler-y tidbits to tide you over until Sunday.
If you thought "Hitting the Fan" was good, the show outdoes itself with "Decision Tree." It's not as high octane, necessarily, but it's got more of those quiet moments where we think this show really shines. The show also spared no expense in bringing back a cavalcade of guest stars for the big 1-0-0. Familiar faces Mary Beth Peil. Stockard Channing, Nathan Lane, Kurt Fuller, Donna Brazile and Mike Colter are back, plus new face Jordana Spiro in what we hope becomes a recurring guest role because she's quite an interesting character. Special mention must be made of John Noble. He was perfection as Matthew Ashbaugh in last March's "Death of a Client" and he »
If you’re an unmitigated, unapologetic theater geek like me, stepping into a Broadway theater isn’t merely a rite of passage, but a fully immersive religious experience. Having had much experience working inside many of the 40 spaces between 41st Street and 65th Street in Manhattan, you often get asked the question, “How old is this theater?” Now, thanks to the remarkable, painstakingly comprehensive new website Spotlight on Broadway, you can geek out as well by not only answering them, but explaining the entire architectural and production history of each and every one of the 40 theaters that currently occupy the Great White Way. »
- Jason Clark
New Good Wife season 5,episode 10 dramatic spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night, CBS dropped the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 10 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "The Decision Tree," and it appears to be quite drama-filled and interesting as some harsh name-calling and embarrassment goes down at an important shindig, and more. In the new "The Decision Tree" episode, Alicia will be shocked to learn that a former client bequeathed her millions, but Lockhart/Gardner is going rapidly contest the will on behalf of the deceased’s wife. In the meantime, Diane will end up, asking Kalinda to look into Damian’s background. Additionally, Eli and Marilyn is going to be concerned about Peter being seen with Alicia’s more disreputable clients at the Florrick/Agos holiday party. Guest stars will feature: Jordana Spiro as Detective Jenna Villette, John Noble as Matthew Ashbaugh, »
New Good Wife season 5,episode 10 official spoilers,plotline revealed by CBS. Recently,CBS released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 10 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "The Decision Tree," and sounds like it'll be quite interesting as Alicia gets majorly surprised over some actions of her former,now dead, client, and more. In the new,10th episode press release: Alicia is going to be shocked to learn that a deceased former client bequeathed her millions. However, Lockhart/Gardner are going to contest the will on behalf of the wife. Press release number 2: Alicia will be shocked to learn that a former client bequeathed her millions, but Lockhart/Gardner will quickly contest the will on behalf of the deceased’s wife. In the meantime, Diane will ask Kalinda to look into Damian’s background. Additionally, Eli and Marilyn are going to be concerned about »
These days you can watch any movie you desire online. Yet there's still one thing the magical wonders of instant streaming haven't solved for indecisive movie-lovers: what the heck to watch! Moviefone is here to recommend the best streaming movies from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant and new digital releases from iTunes and Vudu each week in Moviefone's Digital Download.
This week's Digital Download picks range from a metal-clawed mutant and street racing crews, to gay cabaret owners and a man imprisoned for 25 years. Check out our suggestions below, and happy streaming!
Comedy: 'The Birdcage' (1996)
A remake of the 1978 French-Italian film "La Cage aux Folles," Mike Nichols's "The Birdcage" stars Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as a gay couple who run a cabaret club in Miami. However, when Williams's son (Dan Futterman) from a previous marriage wants to introduce them to his fiancee's (Calista Flockhart) very conservative parents, »
- Erin Whitney
Ordinarily, I’m a big fan of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show. However, on last Wednesday’s night show, he took almost the whole second segment to castigate deep dish pizza, also known as Chicago-style pizza or just Chicago pizza. The whole flippin’ middle segment.
I’m from Chicago.
I love Chicago pizza.
I’d like to refer Mr. Stewart to Sean Connery’s speech in the Untouchables where he talks about “the Chicago Way.”
I think it’s time to get all Rahm Emanuel on your ass, Mr. Stewart.
The main component of New York pizza is grease. There is more grease on a single slice of New York pizza than a school of teen-agers with severe acne who have just eaten New York pizza. New Yorkers act as if grease was one of the basic food groups. There is enough grease in a NY pizza to fuel »
- John Ostrander
The Good Wife, Season 5, Episode 6: “The Next Week”
Written by Craig Turk
Directed by Frederick E.O. Toye
Airs Sundays at 9pm (Et) on CBS
The political side of The Good Wife sits on the sidelines this week in favor of the continued tight focus on the personal and the legal. Florrick/Agos is in deep financial trouble, Lockhart/Gardner is looking to avoid a malpractice suit, Will has a client claiming innocence and a DNA test saying otherwise, and someone is hacking the computers at the Florrick residence.
First, a note on the legal side, which is all sorts of relevant, timely, and fascinating. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year in Maryland v. King, the exact limits of DNA testing for arrestees are distressingly unclear. Never one to avoid leaping into the fray, The Good Wife takes the issue on directly, as a »
- Jordan Ferguson
On TV this Sunday: National Geographic targets the JFK assassination, an Ugly Betty alum visits Revenge, Shake It Up takes a final bow and Bob’s Burgers add a taste of Community. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.
Photos | Once Upon a Time Uncorks Storybrooke Drama for Belle and Ariel
8 pm Killing Kennedy (NatGeo) | Based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, this TV-movie follows President John F. Kennedy (Parks and Recreation’s Rob Lowe) and his ultimate assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald (Will Rothhaar, »
Nathan Lane will reprise the role of Nathan Detroit in a one-night-only Carnegie Hall concert on April 3 of Guys and Dolls, with Megan Mullally, Patrick Wilson and Sierra Boggess also set to star. The beloved Frank Loesser musical, based on Damon Runyon’s short stories about gangsters, gamblers and other denizens of the New York underworld, will be staged as a special benefit for Carnegie Hall’s artistic and music education programs. Three-time Tony-winner Jack O’Brien (currently in previews with a Broadway production of Macbeth, starring Ethan Hawke) will direct the concert. Lane earned his first Tony
- David Rooney
Chicago – Another week of a hodge podge of new Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming releases that we call What to Watch. Looking for something new? Something very old? Something rare? Something from TV? There’s a little bit of everything and even a story about porn too. Check it out, ranked in how interesting I find them.
Photo credit: Cohen Media Group
“Intolerance” would be a massive, amazing undertaking in 2013. Can you even put in perspective what it was like 100 years ago? Arguably one of the most important and influential silent films ever made, “Intolerance” runs almost three hours and covers centuries of storytelling. It’s a fascinating film both in the history of cinema and the way it addressed cultural concerns of the time. Cohen Media Group continues to expertly restore and highlight great films. They’re quickly rising the ranks of the most important Blu-ray studios working today. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
New Good Wife season 5,episode 7 spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night,CBS dropped the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 7 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "The Next Week," and it appears to be very interesting as Alicia starts playing hardball,tries to blackmail Lockhart/Gardner so she can get even, and more! In the new "The Next Week" episode, Alicia will end up, suspecting that Lockhart/Gardner is spying on her new firm. Alicia and Cary are going to suspect that Lockhart/Gardner is spying on them when Zach finds out that the webcam on Alicia’s computer, is being accessed remotely. In the meantime, Will is going to end up, taking on more than he anticipated when he comes to the aid of one of Alicia’s old clients. Clarke Hayden is going to return to offer financial advice to Florrick/Agos. »
New Good Wife season 5,episode 7 official spoilers,plotline revealed by CBS. Recently,CBS released the new, official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 7 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "The Next Week," and it sounds quite intriguing as a possible spy operation on Alicia and company might be in the works, and more. In the new,7th episode press release: Alicia will suspect that Lockhart/Gardner is spying on her new firm. Press release number 2: Alicia and Cary are going to suspect that Lockhart/Gardner is spying on them when Zach discovers that the webcam on Alicia’s computer is being accessed remotely. In the meantime, Will is going to take on more than he anticipated when he comes to the aid of one of Alicia’s old clients, and Clarke Hayden is going to return to offer financial advice to Florrick/Agos. Guest stars will »
There are three groups of people in this world: those who love Larry David, those who hate Larry David, and those who have never cared to find out either way. Before viewing Clear History, I counted myself among those individuals in the third category. Somehow, through the years, I’ve avoided his HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm completely and only managed to catch a few Seinfelds here and there. Though I had previously heard acclaim for David’s ‘comedic genius’ from friends and family, I’d never gained any familiarity with his neurotic, observant brand of humor. So it was with great curiosity that I settled in for Clear History, an HBO original film that David co-wrote and stars in. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t make a strong case for the comedian as scarce laughs, an instantly forgettable plot and an ill-conceived overabundance of supporting stars make me wish I »
- Isaac Feldberg
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