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‘Battle of the Network Stars’ Reboot in the Works at ABC (Exclusive)

ABC is preparing to add “Battle of the Network Stars” to its roster of primetime game-show revivals.

The network is developing a rebooted version of the ’70s and ’80s television classic, which pitted teams of TV stars against one another in athletic competitions. ABC has begun a casting search for what would be a new event series airing this summer. According to a casting announcement obtained by Variety, the series will shoot in May.

The revival hails from ABC and Img, which owns the program and will produce with Glassman Media. It will feature stars from across multiple television genres competing to raise money for charity.

The original “Battle of the Network Stars” aired on ABC from 1976 to 1985 and featured teams representing ABC, CBS, and NBC competing in events such as kayaking, golf, three-on-three footbal, and tug of war. The show was hosted for most of its run by Howard Cosell. Among
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Film Festival Roundup: Psiff Announces Full Slate and More Tributes, Santa Barbara to Honor Isabelle Huppert and Much More

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Film Festival Roundup: Psiff Announces Full Slate and More Tributes, Santa Barbara to Honor Isabelle Huppert and Much More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) has announced that the festival’s opening night will be the World Premiere screening of “The Sense of an Ending,” directed by Ritesh Batra on Thursday, January 5. The festival will close with “The Comedian,” directed by Taylor Hackford on Sunday, January 15. The Festival will screen 190 films from 72 countries, including 58 premieres (9 World, 5 International, 20 North American and 24 U.S.) from January 2 – 16, 2017.

The complete line-up including a focus on cinema from Poland, Premieres, New Voices/New Visions competition, Modern Masters, True Stories, After Dark and more were also announced, in addition to the Awards Buzz program released last week.

Highlights include “The Beautiful Fantastic,” “Julie and the Shoe Factory,” “Bad Influence,” “The Day Will Come,” “Tommy’s Honour,” “When We Rise,
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Annette Bening to Be Honored at Palm Springs Film Festival

Annette Bening to Be Honored at Palm Springs Film Festival
The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival selected Annette Bening as the recipient of its Career Achievement Award.

The honor will be presented at the festival’s awards gala, hosted by Mary Hart, on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

“Throughout her career, Annette Bening has brought to the screen many memorable performances including the four films for which she was nominated for an Academy Award: ‘American Beauty,’ ‘The Grifters,’ ‘The Kids Are All Right,’ and ‘Being Julia,'” said festival chairman Harold Matzner.

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“Bening creates yet another memorable award-winning role portraying Dorothea, a free-spirited single mother raising her teenage son in Mike Mills’ upcoming film ’20th Century Women.’ It is our great honor to present the Career Achievement Award to Annette Bening.”

Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Glenn Close, Kevin Costner,
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Us Briefs: Annette Bening in Palm Springs career honour

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The star of 20th Century Women who also apears in Rules Don’t Apply will receive the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (Psiff) Career Achievement Award on January 2.

Bening plays a single mother searching for ways to provide the best upbringing she can for her adolescent son in Santa Barbara in 1979 in Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women.

Her credits include American Beauty, The Grifters, The Kids Are All Right and Being Julia.

Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Glenn Close, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson and Lynn Redgrave.

The festival runs from January 2-16, 2017.

The Australian Academy Of Cinema And Television Arts (Aacta) on Tuesday announced the 12 films nominated for the 6th Aacta International Awards across seven categories. They include Australian features Lion and Hacksaw Ridge on five nods each (Hacksaw Ridge is up for best film and best director for Mel
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Tom Moore's 'The Flight Fantastic' Tells the Story of Legendary Flying Gaonas

This fascinating look at the world of the flying trapeze centers on one of the greatest acts in circus history, The Flying Gaonas. First performing on a trampoline, the Gaonas went on to become a star attraction for the best circuses in the world, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.

"The Flight Fantastic" opens April 1st a the Cinema Village in New York.

Having left the center ring, we see The Flying Gaonoas pass the torch through teaching and coaching to new generations. When Tito decided to retire from the circus he did not retire from the trapeze and set up programs at Club Med and Camp Care for children with cancer. When the next big circus act, the Vasquez Family, succeeded theirs, Tito’s comment about them was “I’m just glad they’re Mexican like us”.

You will love the circus spirit of this documentary. And the love that went into creating it is a charisma to the trapeze artists themselves.

Sports Illustrated has said, "Tito Gaona may be the finest athlete in the world...whenever circus people gather to speak of the best acrobats of all time he will be mentioned; some will even say that Tito Gaona was the best ever."

Director Tom Moore, a long-time Broadway Director (and trapeze flyer), brings their story to life through interviews with family members and colorful archival material. The Gaonas light up the screen with their blazing charisma, a quality that is undiminished in their "second act".

Your career on Broadway and in television is so vast and varied, what inspired you to make this documentary?

I feel I’ve been very fortunate in my career and life in that I’ve had an opportunity to do so many things. A good many successful, and even more a great experience. But like many people in the arts I’m always looking for a new adventure and a new way of work.

Mike Nichols was once asked, what do you enjoy doing most plays or films, and he replied “Whatever I haven’t done last.” Well, documentary was a form I had never had a chance to direct, and because of my passion for the trapeze, and my passion for film, it allowed me to combine my skills to tell a story I felt had to be told.

Do your past productions on B’way and in TV share anything in common with “Flight Fantastic”?

First and foremost, all of my productions whether on B’way or TV or film hopefully tell an interesting and intriguing story with compelling characters, with a lot of excitement and drama thrown in for good measure. As a director, there is also probably a certain style and sense of theatrics that hopefully helps tell the story and progress the plot.

You say you also work out on the trapeze? How did that come about?

What led to trapeze also led to making this documentary. In retrospect, it all seems like a through line from the first time I took hold of the trapeze bar and “flew,” to making this film called “The Flight Fantastic.”

I had been entranced as a child with the circus, but more particularly the flying trapeze and I no doubt fantasized about being a trapeze star. As my life and career went on of course, that faded into childhood and the past. But one year, feeling I had been doing too much of the same thing for way too long, I began looking for a new adventure. Well, I discovered the Flying Trapeze, and a childhood memory was brought to life when I had a chance to learn to “fly” with Richie Gaona at the Gaona Trapeze Workshop.

As Sam Keene, a wonderful writer on the trapeze world said. “Sometimes a childhood fantasy that you never dared to dream, holds the key to renewal.” And that is exactly what it did for me. It gave me a new sense of exhilaration which led to better work and better life. As I continued to practice it as a sport, I also got to know Richie and the whole Gaona family. These were some of the greatest athletes who ever lived, and absolutely one of the “greatest flying acts in the history of the circus,” and outside the circus world,, most no longer knew who they were. I felt I had the skills to right that wrong, and the result is “The Flight Fantastic.”

What other involvements do you have with the Gaona family?

The Gaona famly is quite the amazing group of individuals, charismatic and compelling, and I have gotten to know them deeply over the years, and have become almost a surrogate, though very wasp Gaona. I have a photo where Richie photoshopped me, wearing a matching trapeze robe, into one of their iconic press photos, and it looks like Victor, the patriarch is looking at me saying something like “Who let the blonde guy in???”

I’m very fond of all of them, and all of them, by the way, are very unique and different from each other, but the one I love the most was the matriarch Teresa (Mama Terre) Gaona. Had she been alive, she would have been one of the stars of this film. I am quite sure the warmth of this family came directly from her care. People were drawn to her everywhere, and being around her made for a “happy” time. There were four children that became performers on the trampoline and trapeze, but there are 3 others that had different careers altogether. One of the narrators of this film is Jose, often called “The Walking Gaona.”

Who do you see as your audience?

We knew that the film would have a core audience of those who love the circus and the aerial arts (and it has brought many to the film) but Tff seems to reach many others because of the warmth of the family, the closeness of the family, and the family’s ability to work together to build something (as Paul Binder, founder of the Big Apple Circus says) “magnificent.” It seems to reach old and young alike for many different reasons. The ringmaster at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus used to say: “Ladies and Gentlemen, and Children of All Ages…..”

Something happens when an audience sees this film in a theatre. (And this was a surprise to me when I first saw it on a big screen). It seems to unite them in a shared sense of hope and joy. It seems to rejuvenate and inspire. At all of our screenings in many different places, the reactions have been the same and it has been very exciting.

Tell us about Camp Care

Camp Care (a camp for children coping with cancer) is located on Lake Lure in North Carolina, and it was actually our first shoot for the documentary. It was knowing that Richie and Armando Gaona were going there to coach, teach, and support, that got me off of the theoretical idea and into the practical of making the movie. Within a couple of days, I had gotten our equipment, and a few people together to help, and off we went.

I can safely say that I don’t think I have ever been in a more inspirational, supportive and caring environment. Many of these kids had just gotten out of a hospital room to come to camp which is held for one week every year, and their joy in being there was palpable. That they never complained, and that they worked through fear to go up on that trapeze to achieve their goal was impressive at every turn. And it wasn’t just the kids, as I was also very impressed with the counselors, many who arranged their year of study or work just to be available at Camp Care for these children, some of whom had been coming to the camp for years. I have so much film of this camp, as I just couldn’t stop filming, as around every corner and every group of children, there was something remarkable. I could have stopped right there and made a documentary about this magical place alone. I look forward to going back there again some day as I remember it and everyone there with great fondness.

In the days when the circus was one of the most important events of the year and when audiences went to see their favorite performers each and every season, The Flying Gaonas were Big Top royalty. Often called the "First Family of the Air", The Flying Gaonas are a 4th generation Mexican circus family. They began their careers on the trampoline, but quickly took to the air.

From the beginning, Tito Gaona always knew he wanted to be a trapeze artist and used to fly with any trapeze act that came to the circus, starting at the age of 10. And after seeing the Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis movie “Trapeze”, Tito convinced his father, Victor - a legend in his own right- and siblings to develop a trapeze act, making their debut at the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers circus. It took only a couple of years for them to become one of great acts of the circus, and in their time they were the headliners in circuses around the world. Most notably, they performed for 17 years with Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey, The Big Apple and the legendary European circuses. For this, The Flying Gaonas won the circus world's highest award, The Golden Clown, at the international circus festival at Monte Carlo - the Oscars of the circus world.

The charismatic and very handsome Tito was the center of the act and one of the foremost innovators in the world of trapeze. People would come again and again to see him perform, and often he would have arenas of 40,000 people chanting and clapping: “Tito, Tito, Tito! It is said that Tito communicated with an audience as if he or she was a very personal friend, and he could mesmerize 25,000 or 40,000 people at a time.

When the Gaonas were in residence at Madison Square Garden with the Ringling show, the flying act was covered by all the major media in the city, each and every year. NBC news called him “arguably the greatest athlete in the world today.”

It is said that their skill came from their father,Victor and that their warmth and generosity came from their mother, Teresa. “The Flight Fantastic” is dedicated to her memory.

The Flight Fantastic “is Tom Moore’s first documentary feature, although he has had a long career in theatre, film, and television fiction. He directed the film of “Night Mother” with Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft, following his direction of the Broadway production with Kathy Bates, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and for which he received his second Tony nomination

In the theatre, Mr. Moore is best known as the director of the original production of “Grease”, which ran for eight years and is one of the longest running shows in the history of Broadway. Over the years, this production introduced John Travolta, Richard Gere, Patrick Swayzee, Peter Gallagher, Treat Williams, Barry Bostwick, Marilu Henner, Adrienne Barbeau, and countless others.

His first directorial Tony nomination was for the direction of the Big Band Musical “Over Here!”, which brought the Andrews Sisters out of retirement. Other Broadway productions include the critically-embraced revival of “Once in a Lifetime” (with John Lithgow, Deborah May, Treat Williams, and Jayne Meadows) at the Circle-in-the Square, “Division Street”, “The Octette Bridge Club”, “A Little Hotel On The Side” with Tony Randall and Lynn Redgrave, and the short-lived, but legendary

“Frankenstein” at the Palace Theatre.

His most recent Broadway production was “Moon Over Buffalo” with Carol Burnett.

On television, he directed Disney’s first original musical for television, “Geppetto”, starring Drew Carey and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. He has helmed episodes of “ER” (Emmy nomination), “Mad About You” (Emmy nomination), “L.A. Law” (Emmy nomination), “Cheers”, “Ally McBeal”, “Gilmore Girls”,”Thirtysomething”, “Cybil” and many others.

He was a fellow at the American Film Institute, and he holds a B.A. from Purdue University and an M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Drama. He was also awarded the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, by Purdue University.

As an avocation, Mr. Moore is actively involved with the Circus Arts, and spends as much time as possible on the flying trapeze.
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This Spring’s 15 Must-See B’way and Off-b’way Plays

Sure, mainstream musical theater is alive and thriving, but with Jeff Daniels, Saoirse Ronan, and Jessica Lange taking the Broadway stage and world premieres from the likes of A. Rey Pamatmat dominating Off-Broadway, it’s a very good time to see plays in New York City. Check out the highlights below. “Thank God For Jokes” at the Lynn Redgrave Theater (Opens Feb. 11)Mike Birbiglia’s third acclaimed stage work arrives Off-Broadway soon, and comedy fans and solo artists alike are lining up to see it. The Seth Barrish–directed show dubs itself a journey “through the minefield that is joke-telling.” “Buried Child” at the New Group at the Signature Center (Opens Feb. 17)This revival of Sam Shepard’s harrowing family drama—perhaps America’s most harrowing family drama?—positively oozes talent, with Scott Elliott directing Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Rich Sommer, and Nat Wolff. And it’s already been extended!
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Neal Brennan’s ‘3 Mics’ Moves To New York With Get Lifted Backing

Get Lifted partners John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius have come aboard to produce 3 Mics, a one-man show written and performed by Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neal Brennan that will be playing at the Lynn Redgrave Theater beginning next month. The veteran stand-up comic is making his New York theatrical debut in the off-Broadway show, which begins performances February 23 with the official run set for March 3-13. official open. Drew Barr, who directed War Horse
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Meet the Four Legends Bringing Back the British Invasion This Oscar Season

Meet the Four Legends Bringing Back the British Invasion This Oscar Season
The British invasion that hit these shores during the swinging '60s went beyond such musical acts as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. There also was an army of acting talent that charged into U.S. movie houses, a dazzling array of angry young men and alluring mod women who held us captivated through much of that turbulent period and beyond. Many have since gone on to that great Carnaby Street in the sky: Alan Bates and his Georgy Girl, Lynn Redgrave; Peter O'Toole, who redefined the words "matinee idol" in "Lawrence of Arabia"; Oliver Reed, who so unforgettably wrestled sans attire with Bates in "Women in Love"; Richard Harris, the essence of machismo served raw in "This Sporting Life"; David Hemmings, the smug photog caught up in a conundrum in "Blow-Up"; Laurence Harvey and Dirk Bogarde as predatory males trying to catch Julie Christie’s wandering eye in "Darling.
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Watch a Scene From Dennis Hopper’s Final Movie (Exclusive Video)

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Watch a Scene From Dennis Hopper’s Final Movie (Exclusive Video)
It took her five years, but writer-director-producer Linda Yellen has finally completed Dennis Hopper‘s final film. Yellen, whose credits include the 2000 film “The Simian Line” with Lynn Redgrave, was well into production on the indie comedy “The Last Film Festival” in May 2010 when the beloved actor died of prostate cancer. Hopper still had several key shooting days to complete in the lead role as a once-great Hollywood producer stuck in a small-town film festival. After shelving the project for several years, Yellen was struck by inspiration on how to fix the gaps in the narrative. She raised more than.
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Ian McKellen on Modeling His Career After Laurence Olivier’s

Ian McKellen on Modeling His Career After Laurence Olivier’s
Ian McKellen stars in “Mr. Holmes,” which bowed Nov. 9 on DVD and Blu-ray. He reunites with writer-director Bill Condon after “Gods and Monsters,” where the actor earned the first of his two Oscar nominations. McKellen was first mentioned in Variety on Nov. 4, 1964, in a review of James Saunders’ play “A Scent of Flowers.”

That was your West End debut?

Yes. I had left university in 1961. In those days, every sizable town in the country had a permanent repertory company, which would do a new play every two to four weeks. I was in a series of those companies. One had to do that in those days: You couldn’t join Equity until you’d done 44 weeks’ work. And until you had your full card, you couldn’t work in the West End, or do film or TV. Finally, I got my full Equity card, No. 42015. It was the proudest day of my life.
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’45 Years’: Charlotte Rampling’s Near Brushes With Oscar

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

British actress Charlotte Rampling has been appearing on film for five decades. Over the course of her 50-year career, Rampling has solidified her iconic status, yet the 69-year-old actress has never been nominated for an Oscar. This year, however, she may have her best shot in the romantic drama 45 Years.

Rampling’s performance as a wife whose 45th wedding anniversary is disrupted by a potential life-changing letter from an unexpected sender earned her the Silver Bear award for best actress at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Rampling’s costar, Tom Courtenay, also won the Silver Bear and the film itself was nominated for the Golden Bear.

This is far from Rampling’s first appearance in a film that has received love from critics and awards voters, as the star’s career features several occasions in which her films garnered Oscar attention but Rampling herself was left out.
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Cummings Pt.2: Working with Capra and West, Fighting Columbia in Court

Constance Cummings in 'Night After Night.' Constance Cummings: Working with Frank Capra and Mae West (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.”) Back at Columbia, Harry Cohn didn't do a very good job at making Constance Cummings feel important. By the end of 1932, Columbia and its sweet ingenue found themselves in court, fighting bitterly over stipulations in her contract. According to the actress and lawyer's daughter, Columbia had failed to notify her that they were picking up her option. Therefore, she was a free agent, able to offer her services wherever she pleased. Harry Cohn felt otherwise, claiming that his contract player had waived such a notice. The battle would spill over into 1933. On the positive side, in addition to Movie Crazy 1932 provided Cummings with three other notable Hollywood movies: Washington Merry-Go-Round, American Madness, and Night After Night. 'Washington Merry-Go-Round
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Beware the Chupacabra!

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Beware the Chupacabra! Directed by R. Patrick Alberty (book and lyrics) and Christian De Gré (music and orchestrations) Mind the Art Entertainment Lynn Redgrave Theater, NYC August 26-30, 2015

Teddy Baskins (Vinnie Urdea) is a creative guy. Teddy designs and sews sought-after dresses. Teddy also invents sci-fi-worthy gadgets. An earnest, good-hearted, unassuming type, he works long hours in Jasper Sloan’s (Nicholas Connolly) dress shop and dreams of finding a woman who shares his enthusiasm for gadgets. A chance encounter with heiress Victoria “V” Warner (Caitlin Wees) on New Year’s Eve 1920 pulls Teddy out of his routine and his shop, ultimately steering his path to Mexico and a hunt for the eponymous creature of Beware the Chupacabra!

R. Patrick Alberty and Christian De Gré’s musical comedy, part of the 19th annual New York International Fringe Festival, begins with characters who, in parallel to Teddy’s dreams of changing the world through his gadgets,
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MGM's Lioness, the Epitome of Hollywood Superstardom, Has Her Day on TCM

Joan Crawford Movie Star Joan Crawford movies on TCM: Underrated actress, top star in several of her greatest roles If there was ever a professional who was utterly, completely, wholeheartedly dedicated to her work, Joan Crawford was it. Ambitious, driven, talented, smart, obsessive, calculating, she had whatever it took – and more – to reach the top and stay there. Nearly four decades after her death, Crawford, the star to end all stars, remains one of the iconic performers of the 20th century. Deservedly so, once you choose to bypass the Mommie Dearest inanity and focus on her film work. From the get-go, she was a capable actress; look for the hard-to-find silents The Understanding Heart (1927) and The Taxi Dancer (1927), and check her out in the more easily accessible The Unknown (1927) and Our Dancing Daughters (1928). By the early '30s, Joan Crawford had become a first-rate film actress, far more naturalistic than
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8 Highlights From This Year’s Fringe Fest

The New York International Fringe Festival is back and weirder than ever. This year’s crop of 200 shows will run Aug. 14–30 in theaters all over Manhattan. Whether it’s cartoony cosplay or a Mexican monster musical you’re craving, there’s always something to satisfy audiences that prefer their theater off the beaten path. Here are eight (random) highlights from FringeNYC 2015. “Beware The Chupacabra!” Aug. 19–29 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater @ Culture ProjectThis dark and dazzling new musical from Mind the Art Entertainment draws from the legend of the Mexican goat-sucking beast, the Chupacabra. The story follows a dressmaker who embarks on a quest from 1920s New York to the mysterious jungles of Mexico. “The Curious Case of Phineas Gage,” Aug. 15–22 at DROMThis inventive comedy is based on the seemingly impossible yet all-too-real story of Gage, who survived a 3-foot iron spike through his brain. With Monty Python–esque laughs, Split
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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital Rental, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: July 27-August 2

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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Home"

Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip (Rihanna), who is on a quest of her own, in this DreamWorks Animation family film. If you bring "Home" into your home, it'll bring a ton of extras with it. The DVD and Blu-ray editions both include long lists of special features, with the Blu-ray offering a cute new animated short created for the home entertainment release called "This is Being Boov."

Here's an exclusive look at "This Is Being Boov": "The Water Diviner"

Russell Crowe both stars and makes his directorial debut in this drama about an Australian farmer who goes in search of this three missing sons,
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Last Surviving Gwtw Star and 2-Time Oscar Winner Has Turned 99: As a Plus, She Made U.S. Labor Law History

Olivia de Havilland picture U.S. labor history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 (This Olivia de Havilland article is currently being revised and expanded.) Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years old today, July 1.[1] Also known for her widely publicized feud with sister Joan Fontaine and for her eight movies with Errol Flynn, de Havilland should be remembered as well for having made Hollywood labor history. This particular history has nothing to do with de Havilland's films, her two Oscars, Gone with the Wind, Joan Fontaine, or Errol Flynn. Instead, history was made as a result of a legal fight: after winning a lawsuit against Warner Bros. in the mid-'40s, Olivia de Havilland put an end to treacherous
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Interview: Stage Director Gary Griffin on the Stratford Festival HD Movie ‘Antony and Cleopatra’

Chicago – The romance of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, has fascinated sensibilities for centuries. William Shakespeare, no slouch when it comes to cultural commentary, wrote his version of the pairing in “Antony and Cleopatra,” the latest in the Stratford (Ontario) Festival of High Definition cinema adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays. Chicagoan Gary Griffin directed the stage production, that was rendered to HD. The screenings of “Antony and Cleopatra” will take place on May 21st, 2015, in various movie theaters across the country, including Chicago.

Griffin is a professional theater veteran, originally from Rockford, Illinois, who cut his teeth in the Chicago theater scene. For the Stratford Festival – besides this version of “Antony and Cleopatra” – he has directed the musicals “42nd Street,” “Camelot,” “Evita” and “West Side Story.” Locally, he has worked with the the Lyric Opera of Chicago, among other area theatrical venues, and he has won eight Joseph Jefferson Awards for direction.
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Time Machine: Veterans Wallach and Coppola - Godfather 3 in Common - Are Special Oscar Honorees

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on
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