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Episode 25 of 52: In which Kate confronts Angela Lansbury onscreen and the Blacklist offscreen and manages to beat both.
Early on, I stated that sometimes Kate’s career seems charmed. I’d venture 1948 is one of those charmed years. As we saw last week, Song of Love failed--Kate’s first failure at MGM. Yet some strange circumstances and good luck landed Kate in State of the Union, based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play. I say “good luck” because in the fall of 1947, the storm that would become the Hollywood Blacklist was brewing, and Kate nearly got caught in the center of it.
Though not as cloyingly obvious as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - no light from the Lincoln Memorial in this film - State of the Union nevertheless delivers the classic Capra Corn package: nostalgia, patriotism, and a happy ending snatched from the jaws of tragedy at the last second. »
- Anne Marie
We live in a world where every kid gets a trophy just for showing up to soccer or gymnastic camp. But unfortunately, that’s not so among grownups. The morning of July 10 is going to bring disappointment for many actors, writers and producers. Despite lavish “For Your Consideration” ad campaigns and much-debated category jockeying, plenty of deserving names are not going to get called.
Small comfort, then, that Hugh Laurie, crown prince of the era of misanthropic main men, never claimed the golden statue, despite being nominated six times.
- Debra Birnbaum
Three Quick Things.
1. Enjoy the new banner, subject matter chosen by reader John who won the last round of "say what". It'll be moustaches all week (though not the same ones. If you're paying attention the banner changes fairly regularly.)
2. I am so appreciative of you readers. Not that many people signed up for subscriptons so I'll still be a wailing beggarwoman out of a tragic musical at nights but I received so many kind birthday wishes and that's wonderful, too. The fitness and self-improvement group that some of you signed up for is chugging along nicely, too...early stages. So it's time to bring back Reader Spotlight! We'll start again real soon so you can get to know each other, the Tfe community.
3. I don't really have a Tony hangover -- I was good last night but for the birthday cake devouring -- but the Tonys linger. (I am »
- NATHANIEL R
Just two years after winning Best Actress in a Musical for "Porgy and Bess" and tying Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury for the most wins by an actor at the Tony Awards, Audra McDonald broke their record by winning Best Actress in a Play as Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill." It was her sixth win. -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube After her emotional acceptance speech, she came backstage to discuss her historic win with the press in the Tony Awards press room. Below, watch her speech, and then her press Q&A: ' »
Audra McDonald made double history last night at the 2014 Tony Awards celebration, when she took home her 6th Tony Award win for her performance as Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill" - 1.) She has become the first person to win in all four performance categories; and 2.) She has also broken the record for the most Tony Awards won by any performer. McDonald beats a record she previously held with fellow winners Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris. This is an enormous feat and a pretty big deal folks - something we should all take note of, and celebrate! Keep in mind that she did this in a relatively short period of time. She's not exactly an aging actress, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Audra McDonald has become the Tony Awards' most decorated actress last night when she won her sixth Tony for portraying Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill . The win put the singer and actress ahead of five-time winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by an actress. The latest win—for best lead actress in a play—also makes McDonald the first grand-slam performance winner. She previously won as best featured actress in a play ( A Raisin in the Sun and Master Class ), best lead actress in a musical »
With her win for Best Actress (Play) for her performance as chanteuse Billie Holliday in "Lady Day at Emersons Bar and Grill," Audra McDonald set two new Tony records. This was her sixth victory, breaking a tie with two titans of the stage -- Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury. And she became the first performer to take home Tonys in all four acting categories. -Break- Join the fiery debate over the Tony Awards going on right now in our red-hot forums Harris won five Best Actress (Play) prizes: "I Am a Camera" (1952), "The Lark" (1956), "Forty Carats" (1969), "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" (1973) and "The Belle of Amherst" (1977). And she holds the record for most nominations for a performer with 10 nods. Lansbury won Best Actress (Musical) four times -- "Mame" (1966), "Dear World" (1969), "Gypsy" (1975) and "Sweeney Todd" (1979) -- and pi »
The 68th Tony Awards on Sunday, hosted by Hugh Jackman, took place at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, where the best of the stage were honored.
Tony Awards Recap
A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder picked up steam leading up to Tony night. At the end of the show, the musical, which follows a destitute man looking to remove the eight ahead of him inline for a title, won four awards Sunday. Gentleman’s Guide won for best musical, book of a musical, director and costume design.
How I Met Your Mother actor Neil Patrick Harris, who has previously been a favorite Tony host, picked up his first award – best lead actor in a musical – for starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hedwig won for best musical revival, and Harris’ costar Lena Hall won best featured actress in a musical.
Jessie Mueller beat out »
With the Broadway box-office enjoying a banner season - with $1.27 billion in ticket sales, despite the harshest winter in years - Sunday night brought the theater's biggest night: the 68th annual Tony Awards. And it was an especially good night for Broadway record setter Audra McDonald, winner of best dramatic actress for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill - her sixth Tony. McDonald's historic win - at age 43 - topped Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris's previous records of five acting Tonys each, and the Radio City Music Hall audience acknowledged the significance of the achievement with a prolonged standing ovation. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
With the Broadway box-office enjoying a banner season - with $1.27 billion in ticket sales, despite the harshest winter in years - Sunday night brought the theater's biggest night: the 68th annual Tony Awards. And it was an especially good night for Broadway record setter Audra McDonald, winner of best dramatic actress for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill - her sixth Tony. McDonald's historic win topped Angela Lansbury's previous record of five Tonys, and the Radio City Hall audience acknowledged the significance of the achievement with a prolonged standing ovation. As the cheers continued, McDonald cried openly, and acknowledged Lena Horne, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
I was in London two weeks ago and caught four plays -- Well, three plays and one musical -- in three days, so when the Olivier Awards roll around, I'll be well-prepared. However, with Josh Lasser handling most of the New York junkets for Team HitFix, I haven't made it to NYC since Fall 2012, which would also be the last time I made it to Broadway. As a result, I've seen none of this year's Tony nominees. So follow along for full coverage of what I'm able to understand from the 2014 Tony Awards. I know Hugh Jackman is hosting. I know Neil Patrick Harris is both a performer and a guaranteed winner. Click through for the full live-blog and comment below, should the spirit move you! 7:55 p.m. Et. In case you haven't been following any Tony fanatics on Twitter, pre-show winners have included "Rocky" (Scenic Design of a »
- Daniel Fienberg
Following this weekend's box office success of Disney's Maleficent, the studio is moving forward with a live-action adaptation of the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast, which has Bill Condon attached to direct.
Evan Spiliotopoulos (Ouija, Hercules) is writing the screenplay, although no specific story details were given at this time. The original Beauty and the Beast was one of the few animated movies to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, grossing over $375 million worldwide and spawning a hit Broadway play and other adaptations such as The CW series Beauty & the Beast and a French Beauty & the Beast adaptation starring Vincent Cassel and Léa Seydoux. The characters will also be featured in the upcoming Disney Channel TV movie Descendants.
Mandeville Films is »
Mention James Earl Jones and the actor’s dramatic baritone instantly begins resonating in the mind.
It’s a voice that announced it was CNN the world was watching, taught “The Lion King’s” Simba about the circle of life, and revealed to Luke Skywalker that his greatest enemy was also his father. Its richness and power have made kings and dark lords a natural fit for the 83-year old actor.
Audiences will see another side of Jones next week with the release of “Driving Miss Daisy,” a filmed version of an acclaimed revival of the stage play, which hits 500 movie theaters nationwide from June 4-10. In it, Jones plays Hoke, the illiterate and genial chauffeur of a prickly Southern widow (Angela Lansbury). The funny, loose performance is 180-degrees removed from Darth Vader.
In honor of its release, Variety spoke with Jones about how growing up with a stutter prepared him to play Hoke, »
- Brent Lang
Joan Lorring, 1945 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee, dead at 88: One of the earliest surviving Academy Award nominees in the acting categories, Lorring was best known for holding her own against Bette Davis in ‘The Corn Is Green’ (photo: Joan Lorring in ‘Three Strangers’) Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Joan Lorring, who stole the 1945 film version of The Corn Is Green from none other than Warner Bros. reigning queen Bette Davis, died Friday, May 30, 2014, in the New York City suburb of Sleepy Hollow. So far, online obits haven’t mentioned the cause of death. Lorring, one of the earliest surviving Oscar nominees in the acting categories, was 88. Directed by Irving Rapper, who had also handled one of Bette Davis’ biggest hits, the 1942 sudsy soap opera Now, Voyager, Warners’ The Corn Is Green was a decent if uninspired film version of Emlyn Williams’ semi-autobiographical 1938 hit play about an English schoolteacher, »
- Andre Soares
It was the elevator fight seen (but not heard) ’round the world.
When video surfaced of Solange Knowles seemingly attacking brother-in-law Jay Z in an elevator while leaving a Met Gala party last week at The Standard Hotel in New York, questions began circulating about what could have caused the explosive fight. Because there was no audio on the recording, it’s hard to figure out exactly what is going on in the 3-minute-plus video.
Well, good thing we have Wendy Williams! The talk show queen spent about four times as much time talking about the video than its actual »
- Jake Perlman
Chicago – A TV movie for the silver screen, “Veronica Mars” is a historical film that was Kickstarted into existence by the will of 91,585 backers. Now, it stands like a crossroads in the intersection between TV and film, showing that what may work in TV doesn’t necessarily make for a great film.
In a way that gives the show its hip geeky edge, the dialogue of “Veronica Mars” is constructed around sporadic mad-libs, which includes name-drops to the Barenaked Ladies, “Sharknado”, Clint Eastwood, and the term “asshat”. In an admirable feat, the portion in which characters spout these phrases is fitting - while the “Veronica Mars” may not be all that funny, it doesn’t come as desperate for relevancy. Instead, it positions itself well-within a realistic pop culture stratosphere where movies, music, and celebrities are intertwined.
With questionable tact, “Veronica Mars” uses winks as a form of self-defense »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
As we continue on, I need to once again clarify that if this list was “Joshua Gaul’s 50 Favorite Movie Musicals,” it’d be a quite a different list. But, if my tastes determined what is definitive, I’d be asking you all to consider Aladdin as a brilliant piece of filmmaking and wax nostalgic about my love for Batteries Not Included and Flight of the Navigator (not for the musicals list, of course). Much to my dismay, my tastes are not universal. I’d like to think my research methods are.
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30. Annie (1982)
Directed by John Huston
Signature Song: “Tomorrow” (http://youtu.be/Yop62wQH498)
Originally a 1924 comic strip, the beloved stage musical about a red-haired orphan girl was brought to the big screen in 1982 and directed by John Huston (yes, that John Huston – director of The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen, not to »
- Joshua Gaul
1. The term "gaslight." The Ingrid Bergman thriller "Gaslight" -- released 70 years ago this week, on May 4, 1944, wasn't the original use of the title. There was Patrick Hamilton's 1938 play "Gas Light," retitled "Angel Street" when it came to Broadway a couple years later. And there was a British film version in 1939, starring Anton Walbrook (later the cruel impresario in "The Red Shoes") and Diana Wynyard.
Still, the glossy 1944 MGM version remains the best-known telling of the tale, with the title an apparent reference to the flickering Victorian lamps that are part of Gregory's (Charles Boyer) scheme to make wife Paula (Bergman) think she's seeing things that aren't there, thus deliberately undermining her sanity in order to have her institutionalized so that he'll be free to ransack the ancestral home to find the missing family jewels.
This version of Hamilton's tale was so popular that it made the word "gaslight"into a verb, »
- Gary Susman
What is the value of art in society, and what are the artist’s moral imperatives? How must artists reconcile their predisposition toward sensory indulgences with modern mores, particularly if they gravitate towards a lifestyle that is largely stigmatized? Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray examined all of these questions. It was a seminal work of Gothic horror literature, and, although he was a highly accomplished playwright and critic, this was the only novel of Wilde’s that was ever published.
Wilde's book tells the story of an artist named Basil Hallward, who finds something of a muse in the young man Dorian Gray. It is during one of his visits to Basil's studio that Dorian meets the ultra-hedonistic Lord Henry Wotton, who quickly "befriends" Dorian and persuades him that sensory indulgences and worldly pleasures are what life is truly about. Basil finishes his portrait of Dorian, »
- Brandon Engel
Directed by: Rob Thomas
Running Time: 1 hr 47 mins
Own “Veronica Mars” on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/6
Plot: Private investigator Veronica Mars (Bell) returns to her hometown of Neptune, CA when her ex-boyfriend is accused of murder.
Who’S It For? If you paid for this movie, you might as well see it. If you aren’t one of the 91,585 people who backed this film on Kickstarter, the answer isn’t so simple.
In a way that gives the show its hip geeky edge, the dialogue of Veronica Mars is constructed around sporadic mad-libs, which includes name-drops to the Barenaked Ladies, Sharknado, Clint Eastwood, and the term “asshat”. In an admirable feat, the portion in which characters spout these phrases is fitting – while the “Veronica Mars »
- Nick Allen
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