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Hey all. You voted earlier this year on which years you'd most like to see covered on the Supporting Actress Smackdown. The next four regular Smackdowns (excluding the one in February for the new nominees of course) are drawn from your top five most requested years.
October 1st "Supporting Actress Smackdown 1985"
November 5th "Supporting Actress Smackdown 1944"
Panelists: Tba; Nominees: Ethel Barrymore in None but the Lonely Heart, Jennifer Jones in Since You Went Away, Angela Lansbury in Gaslight, Aline MacMahon in Dragon Seed, and Agnes Moorehead in Mrs Parkington.
Get to watching those 9 movies and the Smackdowns will feel even more festive for you! And yes this means that September's 'year of the month' (that thing where we very »
- NATHANIEL R
Tony Sokol Aug 17, 2017
Annie Clark, who is better known by her rock star name St. Vincent, is directing an adaptation of The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde’s controversial 1890 novel for Lionsgate. The updated film will have a twist. The Picture Of Dorian Grey will be a portrait of a woman.
Multi-instrumentalist St. Vincent started her music career as a member of the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens's touring band before forming her own band in 2006. She released her debut album Marry Me in 2007. She collaborated with David Byrne for the 2012 album Love This Giant. Her eponymous album won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 2015.
Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent, will make her feature directorial debut with Lionsgate’s adaptation of “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” the only novel ever written by prolific British playwright Oscar Wilde. Variety initially reported the news.
Adding a contemporary twist to the Victorian novel about a narcissistic young man who stays young while his portrait ages, the title character will be a woman. David Birke, who wrote the script for Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” will pen the adaptation with Clark directing.
The multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter began her career as a member of the band The Polyphonic Spree and toured with Sufjan Stevens. Her fourth solo album, self-titled St. Vincent, won a Grammy award for Best Alternative Album in 2015. Clark’s previous film, a short titled “Xx,” premiered at the Sundance Film »
- Jude Dry
Lionsgate has launched development of a movie based on Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The studio is putting a twist on the classic Victorian age story of a hedonistic man whose self-portrait ages while he stays eternally young. In this project, the title character will be a woman.
The film will be directed by Annie Clark, a.k.a St. Vincent, the experimental rock multi-instrumentalist. Her album, the self-titled “St. Vincent,” won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 2015. She has been the recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and the Q Maverick award, both given for outstanding innovation in the arts. »
- Dave McNary
As the voters behind the annual Golden Globes, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. exert an enormous influence on award season. But who are they? Variety asked five HFPA members to discuss their home territories, and lives on the circuit.
Tina Jøhnk Christensen
(Denmark, member since 2013)
Biggest surprise hit in home territory
Biggest Hollywood star
The Danes watch a lot of Hollywood films and the biggest Hollywood stars are Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as Scarlett Johansson and Viggo Mortensen, who have Danish heritage. But Danes are probably even more interested in Danish stars. Denmark is a very small nation of around five million people, so when Mads Mikkelsen, Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Connie Nielsen and Sidse Babett-Knudsen make it internationally »
- Shalini Dore
Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim once again demonstrated its unrivaled franchise power through Marvel, Lucasfilm, Disney and Pixar, as well as the unique mining of its animated legacy. And, in highlighting its social relevance, the emphasis was on diversity and unity in conquering prejudice and hate.
On Friday, the Expo was ecstatic over the hilarious clip of Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) getting snarky with all of the Disney princesses in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” (November 21, 2018) — the ultimate Mouse House strut. It was also refreshing to learn that Holly Hunter’s mom, Helen/Elastagirl, will be the star of Brad Bird’s “Incredibles 2” (June 15, 2018), picks up where the last one left off in 2004, with the Underminer (John Ratzenberger) wreaking havoc.
However, on Saturday, Disney wowed them with clips and behind-the-scene footage from “Mary Poppins Returns,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “The Lion King. »
- Bill Desowitz
The most action-packed teaser for “Mary Poppins Returns” is here, and it’s certainly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Director Rob Marshall and Emily Blunt took the D23 stage together to present the sequel on Saturday.
Emily Blunt takes on the titular role that Julie Andrews embodied in the 1964 original. The long-awaited sequel reunites Poppins with Jane and Michael Banks, who are now adults. Following a family tragedy, Michael’s three children – Annabel, Georgie, and John — are left joyless and in need of a spoonful of sugar.
10 Things You Didn’t See at Disney’s D23 Animation Panel
The latest version also boasts a supporting cast, including Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack, a street lamplighter who could well be an updated version of Dick van Dyke’s “chim chimney” sweep from the 1964 original film, Meryl Streep as Poppins’ cousin Topsy, who wasn’t in the earlier film, Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks, and Colin Firth as William Weatherall Wilkins. Angela Lansbury »
- Seth Kelley
Emily Watson (Apple Tree Yard, The Theory of Everything, Genius) is set to play Marmee, the iconic matriarch of the March family. The March sisters will be played by newcomer Maya Hawke as the willful and adventurous Jo, Willa Fitzgerald (Scream: The TV Series, Misfortune) as eldest daughter Meg, Annes Elwy (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) as Beth, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Halt and Catch Fire) as youngest sister Amy.
Academy Award-winner Dame Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote, The Manchurian Candidate) will play the girls’ wealthy relative – the cantankerous Aunt March. BAFTA-Award winner Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Churchill’s Secret) takes the role of their benevolent neighbor Mr. Laurence, and Jonah Hauer-King (Howards End, The Last Photograph »
- Gary Collinson
Little Women has some new company. Deadline reports Emily Watson and Michael Gambon have joined the upcoming BBC/PBS TV show.Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, the miniseries "follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood.” The cast also includes Angela Lansbury, Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald, Annes Elwy, Kathryn Newton, and Jonah Hauer-King.Read More… »
The upcoming Little Women adaptation for the BBC/PBS has found its women (and a couple of men).
Angela Lansbury, Emily Watson and Michael Gambon are set to star in the three-part drama, based on Louise May Alcott's classic novel and due to start shooting in Ireland later this month. Watson will play Marmee Maya Hawke, with Willa Fitzgerald, Annes Elwy and Kathryn Newton playing the iconic March sisters alongside Jonah Hauer-King as Laurie Laurence.
The drama, part of a volley »
- Alex Ritman
The “Murder, She Wrote” and “The Theory of Everything” stars have been cast alongside British character actor Michael Gambon (“Churchill’s Secret”) and Jonah Hauer-King (“Howards End”) in the three-part series, which has been adapted by Heidi Thomas (“Call The Midwife”). Vanessa Caswill (“My Mad Fat Diary”) will direct.
Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, the story follows the four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood.
Watson will play family matriarch Marmee, and Lansbury will be the wealthy and cantankerous Aunt March. The four sisters will be played by newcomer Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald (“Scream: The TV Series”), Annes Elwy (“Electric Dreams”), and Katrhyn Newton (“Big Little Lies”).
“Wolf Hall” production company Playground is »
- Stewart Clarke
In today’s roundup, ABC’s series “Once Upon A Time” has announced a number of new cast members for Season 7 and Showtime released a first look at the final season of “Episodes.”
ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” has announced a number of new cast members for Season 7. Daina Ramirez (“Devious Maids”) and Gabrielle Anwar (“Burn Notice”) will be joining the cast along with Mekia Cox (“Chicago Med”), Rose Reynolds (“Wasted”), and Adelaide Kane (“Reign”). The new additions come as a number of series regulars departed the series at the conclusion of Season 6, including series star Jennifer Morrison.
BBC and Masterpiece on PBS announced that Dame Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon, and Emily Watson will star in the upcoming television adaptation of “Little Women.” Originally written by Louisa May Alcott, the series will be directed by Vanessa Caswill. Watson will star as Marmee while Lansbury will play the role of the wealthy relative, Aunt »
- Dixie Limbachia
- Clarence Moye
My Dinner With Hervé stars Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage in the title role, while Garcia will play Richardo Montalbán aka the Mr Roarke to Villechaize’s Tattoo on the aforementioned 1970s/80s ABC drama.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
The March sisters are coming to TV—and their bringing some iconic faces back to the small screen along with them. PBS has announced the cast of Little Women, their upcoming three-part Masterpiece adaptation of the beloved Lousia May Alcott novel, a co-production with BBC One, and it includes Jessica Fletcher herself, Dame Angela Lansbury! The Murder, She Wrote vet will play the girls' wealthy relative, the cantankerous Aunt March. Stepping into the role of Marmee, the matriarch of the March family, is Emily Watson. And if that wasn't enough star power, Dumbledore himself, Michael Gambon, will take on the role of their benevolent neighbor, Mr. Laurence. As for the girls themselves, they'll be played »
Angela Lansbury could finally win an Emmy after enduring a record 18 losses. She is to play the scene-stealing role of Aunt March, the grande dame of the family, in a new TV version of “Little Women.” Louisa May Alcott published this novel in two parts in 1868 and 1869 and it has been adapted for […] »
- Paul Sheehan
BBC One, PBS, Playground co-pro starts shoot this month.
Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, the coming of age story about a family growing up in post-Civil War America, will air as a three-part mini-series adapted by the creator of Call the Midwife Heidi Thoma (Cranford) and will be directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen).
Principal photography gets under way this month in Ireland. Co-producers are PBS label Masterpiece.
The series will be set during the book’s 1860’s world with the UK actors adopting Us accents.
Watson is set to play Marmee, the matriarch of the March family. Lansbury will play the girls’ wealthy relative – the cantankerous Aunt March »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Principal photography begins in Ireland this month on Playground Entertainment’s adaptation of Little Women for BBC One and Masterpiece on PBS. As Deadline reported last month, Angela Lansbury is playing Aunt March in the three-part miniseries. Playground has now rounded out the cast with Emily Watson as Marmee, the matriarch of Louisa May Alcott’s March family, and Michael Gambon as benevolent neighbor Mr Laurence. The March sisters will be played by an ensemble of four… »
Angela Lansbury has lost a record 18 races for acting at the Emmy Awards. But the TV academy may soon have a chance to right this egregious wrong. Word comes that Dame Angela may play a part in the upcoming TV adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic “Little Women.” She is set to take […] »
- Paul Sheehan
Deadline is reporting that Angela Lansbury is in talks to join the cast of Little Women, a three-part adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women, which is being produced for the BBC and PBS.
Written by Heidi Thomas (Call the Midwife) and directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen), Little Women is set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and “follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love to loss and marriage.”
Filming on Little Women is set to get underway next month, with Lansbury portraying the character of Aunt March. »
- Gary Collinson
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