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12 items from 2017


Nonunion ‘A Chorus Line’ is Holding an Open Casting Call in NYC

8 September 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Listen up, New York actors, because today we have a casting opportunity that’s particularly meta. “A Chorus Line,” Marvin Hamlisch’s ensemble tuner about a group of hopefuls dying to get cast, is, well, casting! An open call for nonunion talent will be held in New York City Sept. 18, under the casting direction of Alison Franck/Franck Casting. Male and female talent is sought for several principal roles including Zach, Larry, Diana, and more. Additionally, a male and female actor, both ages 18–30, are needed to perform ensemble tracks as well as understudy the respective male and female roles. Rehearsals for the classic piece, which won the best musical Tony Award in 1976, will begin in NYC Dec. 12. The run itself is slated for Jan. 20–mid-June 2018 in New York, with a possible extension that would travel to Japan that same summer. Performers hired for principal roles will be paid $550/week, with »

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The Nutty Professor

20 August 2017 9:45 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Probably Jerry Lewis’s most enduring film, and the one that sparked a critical reappraisal of his entire ouvre, this variation on The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll has inspired not only a 1996 Eddie Murphy remake and followup but an animated direct-to-video sequel and a proposed Broadway musical version directed by Jerry with music by the late Marvin Hamlisch. Look for an impossibly young Henry Gibson in a miniscule role in his first feature. »

- TFH Team

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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

20 August 2017 10:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over »

- Richard Natale and Carmel Dagan

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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

20 August 2017 10:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. His legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over »

- Richard Natale and Carmel Dagan

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Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ to Be Honored With Cine Golden Eagle Award

2 May 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Variety and PBS SoCal Koce will receive a Cine Golden Eagle Award for their series “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” at the 60th annual ceremony.

The Cine Golden Eagle Awards for Professional Media pays homage to originality and excellence in storytelling throughout the media industry. The 2017 recipients and finalists were selected by a jury of Cine Golden Eagle Award-winning industry professionals, and feature many of the most acclaimed films, series, and campaigns of the year.

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” — honored in the variety, talk shows, special events: interviews category — features candid conversations between renowned actors that showcase the top film and television projects of the year. The latest cycle — the fifth season — of one-hour specials spotlighted Tom Hanks, Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, and other actors.

Variety‘s production team will be honored at Cine receptions in New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles this fall: executive producers Brenda Brkusic, Donna Pennestri »

- Erin Nyren

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‘Feud’ at the Oscars: Ryan Murphy on Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Recreating Academy History

2 April 2017 10:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The fifth episode of FX’s “Feud,” titled “And the Winner is… (The Oscars of 1963),” is perhaps the most delicious installment of Ryan Murphy’s limited series yet. Airing Sunday night, it recounts all of the skullduggery that went down in the lead-up to, and at, the 35th annual Academy Awards, as all-too-human actress Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) desperately clamors for a piece of the spotlight she ceded when she lost out on a nomination to “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” co-star Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon).

The detail is meticulous, right down to the nail polish and the hors d’oeuvres toothpicks, which Murphy — a self-confessed Oscar junkie — delighted in. But while the episode was an opportunity for him to share a bit of that passion in his own work, it also afforded a chance to dig in deeper on his characters.

Murphy talked to Variety about the process »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Feud’ at the Oscars: Ryan Murphy on Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Recreating Academy History

2 April 2017 10:41 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The fifth episode of FX’s “Feud,” titled “And the Winner is… (The Oscars of 1963),” is perhaps the most delicious installment of Ryan Murphy’s limited series yet. Airing Sunday night, it recounts all of the skullduggery that went down in the lead-up to, and at, the 35th annual Academy Awards, as all-too-human actress Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) desperately clamors for a piece of the spotlight she ceded when she lost out on a nomination to “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” co-star Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon).

The detail is meticulous, right down to the nail polish and the hors d’oeuvres toothpicks, which Murphy — a self-confessed Oscar junkie — delighted in. But while the episode was an opportunity for him to share a bit of that passion in his own work, it also afforded a chance to dig in deeper on his characters.

Murphy talked to Variety about the process of bringing history back to life, the »

- Kristopher Tapley

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If Adele Ever Wins an Emmy and a Tony, She'll Join a Rare and Impressive Hollywood Club

14 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, or a Tony is nice and all, but what if you win all four? Scoring an elusive Egot is a feat that only 12 people in Hollywood have been able to pull off so far: Audrey Hepburn, Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Jonathan Tunick, Marvin Hamlisch, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Lopez, and Scott Rudin. Could Adele be next? Maybe. There are quite a few people, like Denzel Washington and Kate Winslet, who are close to taking home the so-called "grand slam" of show business, and Adele is one of them. Unless you've been living under a rock since 2009, you know she's made a habit of sweeping the Grammys every year she puts out an album (and sometimes even when she doesn't, in one case). So far she has 15 under her belt, as well as one Oscar for "Skyfall, »

- Quinn Keaney

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Oscar Nominee & Egot Contender Lin-Manuel Miranda Staying Put In ‘The Heights’

24 January 2017 11:14 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

If Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda lands the Oscar for “How Far I’ll Go” from his score for Moana, he would be the youngest member of that elite awards circle called Egot — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners. That’s currently a group of 12: Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, Scott Rudin and, most recently, at 39, Robert Lopez. Miranda is 37 and also… »

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What Is an Egot? The Grand Slam of Show Business — Explained

24 January 2017 10:17 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It’s the most coveted honor in all of Hollywood: the Egot.

Representing the top awards in television (Emmy), music (Grammy), film (Oscar), and theater (Tony), it’s considered the grand slam of show business — a four of a kind sweep that only the rarest of stars have been able to achieve.

The term was coined by Miami Vice actor Philip Michael Thomas, who first told it to the Associated Press in 1984 at the height of the NBC action show’s success. “That stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony,” he said. “Hopefully in the next five years I will win all those awards. »

- Dave Quinn

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is One Step Away from History-Making EGOT with Oscar Nomination for Moana

24 January 2017 5:37 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Look how far he’s come!

Hamilton writer-actor-composer Lin-Manuel Miranda is now only one step away from claiming the coveted EGOT title thanks to his Academy Award nomination for Moana‘s “How Far I’ll Go.” The elite club of performers features people who have won all four major entertainment awards — an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.

The award-winning performer is also on the cusp of history as he would be the youngest person to earn the title if he wins. At just 37-years-old, Miranda is two years younger than the current record held by Robert Lopez, »

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Interview: Mel Brooks didn’t try to pants the president

18 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

In the exclusive club of Egot winners—entertainers with an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony to their names—Mel Brooks is almost certainly the only one to stage a scene frequently described as a “symphony of flatulence.” (Though maybe there’s something in the Marvin Hamlisch oeuvre we’re overlooking.) The 90-year-old Brooks holds fast to the opinion that the movie that produced all that gas, 1974’s Blazing Saddles, is the funniest ever made, and he’s been gathering evidence on this hypothesis by hosting a cross-country series of screenings in recent years. Brooks and his film—a silly-smart, taboo-testing satire in which a black sheriff (Cleavon Little) and the hard-drinking, fastest gun in the West (Gene Wilder) outwit scheming bureaucrats and tyrannical cowhands, winning the hearts of a “twue”-hearted showgirl (Madeline Kahn) and the local yokels—make their next appearance at the Riot La »

- Erik Adams

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