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TV and movie vet James Brolin is entering uncharted territory: the single-camera comedy.
The erstwhile Marcus Welby, M.D. star has joined CBS’ upcoming pilot Life in Pieces, our sister site Deadline reports.
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The project centers on one family via stories told by its different members. Brolin will portray patriarch John Short, who is going through a crisis as he approaches his 70th birthday.
There's only one rule as far as the kinds of performance that get nominated for Oscars go: Someone has already been nominated for a role just like it. While it was thrilling to watch Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Patricia Arquette, and Jk Simmons pick up expected Oscars for their work this year, it cannot be denied that many of their roles have obvious Oscar forebears. Here are four performances you should watch next if you loved "Still Alice," "The Theory of Everything," "Boyhood," and "Whiplash." If you liked Julianne Moore in "Still Alice," watch Bette Davis in "Dark Victory" Julianne Moore copes with the inevitability of a devastating condition in "Still Alice," and her decline is both grim and undeniably cinematic. Her emotional and physical transformations serve as the movie's entire plot, and her family's shifting response to her progressing Alzheimer's is just as compelling. In Oscar history, we actually »
- Louis Virtel
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7.80 The Lego Movie
6.96 Big Hero 6
6.51 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
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- Jeff Bayer
“A Madcap Manhattan Weekend”
Easily one of Woody Allen’s best films, The Purple Rose of Cairo, released in 1985, is a treat. It’s got laughs and pathos and is an excellent treatise on the conflict between fantasy and reality. Purple Rose represents a period when Allen was at the peak of his powers, when he was considered one of America’s greatest auteurs, and before there was the stigma of scandal hovering over his work. In 1985, Allen could do no wrong, and The Purple Rose of Cairo does everything right.
Allen doesn’t appear in the film. The picture belongs to Mia Farrow, and she delivers one of her best and most poignant performances as Cecilia, a meek and unhappy housewife/waitress in New Jersey during the Depression area. She is married to Monk (Danny Aiello), who is abusive and pays little attention to her needs. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Dianne Wiest and Zoe Lister Jones are set to co-star opposite Colin Hanks and Betsy Brandt in Life in Pieces, CBS' single-camera comedy pilot from 20th TV and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment. Written on spec by Justin Adler, the project is about one family as told through the separate stories of its different family members. Oscar and Emmy winner Wiest plays the matriarch Joan Short, who adores her family and would do absolutely anything for them — as long she agrees… »
Wiest and Jones join Colin Hanks and Betsy Brandt, who were previously cast in the ensemble sitcom, hailing from Kapital Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox TV, which reunites Jones with “Friends With Better Lives” exec producer Aaron Kaplan.
The single-cam comedy tells the story of one family from the perspective of its different members. Wiest will play the family matriarch, Joan Short, who adores her family and would do absolutely anything for them — as long as she agrees with it. Jones has been cast as Wiest’s onscreen daughter-in-law and Hanks’ wife Jen, a woman used to being in control, who now has a baby and finds out for the first time that she’s not.
Brandt and Hanks will play two of Wiest’s three TV kids, oldest and youngest, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Dianne Wiest is the moth that hovers around the flame that is Tonya Pinkins. Unfortunately for this little office moth, that flame quickly turns into a blowtorch in Joel Drake Johnson’s new play “Rasheeda Speaking,” which opened Wednesday at the Pershing Square Signature Center. It’s obvious from the moment Jaclyn (Pinkins) steps into her workplace, a doctor’s office, that this middle-aged black woman carries much history with her. Before she arrives, her coworker Ileen (Wiest) and the doctor (Darren Goldstein) have been talking about her “attitude” and how best to discipline her, transfer her, fire her, get her out of their. »
- Robert Hofler
The Humbling Millennium Entertainment Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Barry Levinson Screenwriter: Buck Henry, Michal Zebede, based on a Philip Roth Novel Cast: Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Nina Arianda, Dylan Baker, Charles Grodin, Dan Hedaya, Billy Porter, Kyra Sedgwick, Dianne Wiest Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 1/13/14 Opens: January 23, 2015 There may be some truth to the idea that actors—like Al Pacino’s character in Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling”– can lose their minds, unable to untangle reality from fantasy. Levinson, best known in these parts for “Rain Man” (an autistic savant who lives in his own world), takes on a similar theme [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
2:00 Pm For those of you who have access to a live feed - I'm settling in for Dianne Wiest's new play - feel free to discuss. I'll chime in soon.
5:25 Pm Here are the winners with some quick thoughts on what this means for Oscar.
Best Film Boyhood
Best British Film The Theory Of Everything
Same as it ever was. Despite the internet's total freak out earlier this weekend when Birdman added to its trophy haul with the prestigious DGA prize, the frontrunners remain the frontrunners. Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor are still competitive mind you, but I don't think they're as competitive as people think and I suspect these are all repeat wins at the Oscar. »
- NATHANIEL R
Lukewarm off the presses! In a theater article at the New York Times a week ago about the new play Rasheeda Speaking starring Tonya Pinkins, her co-star, the two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest made a statement that quickly raised eyebrows that she didn't have enough work to pay her rent. It came when the actresses discussed the difficulties of finding good roles, which is surely depressing when you're basically a genius. (Tonya Pinkins, for what it's worth, gave one of the all time best theatrical performances I've ever seen in the musical Caroline or Change a decade ago. Idina Menzel winning her Tony was basically as ridiculous as say Benigni taking the one that shoulda gone to Norton or McKellen.)
- NATHANIEL R
Legendary funk artist Sly Stone, who sued his former manager and an entertainment attorney, saying they diverted and misappropriated royalties owed him for more than 20 years, was awarded $5 million by a Los Angeles jury Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Superior Court panel deliberated for about two days before finding in favor of the singer — whose real name is Sylvester Stewart — and against ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, lawyer Glenn Stone and Goldstein- affiliated entertainment company Even St. Productions Ltd.
“They just wanted to punch this poor guy in the face,” Nicholas Hornberger, one of Stone’s attorneys, said after the verdict.
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- City News Service
It seems like missing out on a few Oscars won’t keep the team from Selma down too long as they now have their eyes set on a new project.
The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday that director Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo are set to re-unite for an untitled Hurricane Katrina drama. DuVernay will write, direct, and produce the project with Oyelowo taking on the lead role. Participant Media is hoping to develop a narrative feature film chronicling a sweeping love story and complex murder mystery set against the backdrop of the devastating hurricane of 2005.
This project is set to become DuVernay’s follow-up to Selma while Oyelowo is set to star in and produce two upcoming films: Captive with Kate Mara and Five Nights in Maine with Dianne Wiest. His next project is Queen of Katwe opposite Lupita Nyong’o.
Selma earned a Best Picture nomination, but was »
- Zach Dennis
Dianne Wiest, a two-time Oscar winner, revealed in a recent interview that she struggles to pay her rent due to limited roles for women. Dianne Wiest Says She Can’t Afford To Pay Rent Wiest, 66, has been nominated for three Academy Awards throughout her decades-long career and won twice, first in 1987 for her role […]
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- Olivia Truffaut
Viola Davis became just the second African American to win Best TV Drama Actress at the SAG Awards, claiming the prize Sunday for her starring role in "How to Get Away with Murder." The first to break through the color barrier was Chandra Wilson, a featured player on "Grey's Anatomy," who won this award in 2006. (SAG does not differentiate between lead and supporting on the TV side). -Break- However, Wilson was unable to parlay this victory into an Emmy, despite four consecutive bids in the Supporting Actress category. She lost in 2005 and 2006 to Blythe Danner ("Huff"), in 2007 to co-star Katherine Heigl and in 2008 to Dianne Wiest ("In Treatment"). While four African American women have won that Emmy race -- Gail Fisher ("Mannix," 1970); Alfre Woodard ("Hill Street Blues," 1983), Madge Sinclair ("Gabriel's Fire," 1991) and Mary Alice ("I'll Fly Away,&quo..."' »
Awards and accolades don't pay the bills. Dianne Wiest has won two Oscars in her 40-year career, but as her recent interview with The New York Times revealed, an excess of talent doesn't necessarily mean an excess of money. The Bullets Over Broadway actress, 66 — currently starring in the off-Broadway play Rasheeda Speaking — told the Times earlier this month that, despite her award-winning past, she struggles to find steady-enough work to pay her rent (presumably in New York City). "I have to move out of my [...] »
Deep in a New York Times interview with two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest and Tonya Pinkins, who are starring in the new Broadway play Rasheeda Speaking, Wiest made an unsettling admission. "I have to move out of my apartment soon," Wiest, 66, admitted. Despite winning Academy Awards for her work with Woody Allen in Bullets Over Broadway and Hannah and Her Sisters, Wiest said she was seen as "a nice mom and that's it," and that being typecast left her without her pick of parts, even after her award wins. The struggle to find jobs has left her fighting to make ends meet. »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
“I have to move out of my apartment soon,” says the 66-year-old actress who believes she’s been typecast
Two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest says she is struggling financially and having trouble paying her rent because she can’t find enough work.
“I have to move out of my apartment soon,” the 66-year-old Wiest told the New York Times in a story published in Sunday’s print edition.
Also Read: Hey Actresses, Want a TV Job? »
- Todd Cunningham
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
Or The Unexpected Convenience of Sexism: Levinson’s Perplexing but Deviously Funny Stab at Roth
Decades passed between initial adaptations of novelist Philip Roth’s novels (1969’s Goodbye Columbus; 1972’s Portnoy’s Complaint) before filmmakers like Robert Benton and Isabel Coixet mounted their own renditions to varied reception in the past decade or so with The Human Stain (2003) and Elegy (2008), respectively. After a decently received found footage horror film with 2012’s The Bay, seasoned director Barry Levinson adapts The Humbling, which, like Roth’s novel itself, initially received some of the same unfavorable notices from Venice and Toronto Int. Film Fests. But Roth’s novels are exactly the kind of difficult narratives that used to make for a tradition of daring cinema that’s been eclipsed by safety and sanitization in an effort to decrease offense and increase mass satisfaction. That’s not to say that Levinson is entirely successful »
- Nicholas Bell
The 20-second teaser, which dropped on Sunday when the duo co-hosted the Golden Globes, shows Fey and Poehler as siblings prepping for one final party before their parents sell their childhood house.
“Sisters” faces off against Disney’s upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” on Dec. 18, 2015.
Also starring are Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, John Leguizamo, Dianne Wiest, John Cena and James Brolin. Fey produces with Jay Roach and John S. Lyons and Poehler exec produces with Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell.
- Dave McNary
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