13 items from 2017
Phil Hunt’s London-based film-financing house Head Gear Films, which launched 15 years ago, has been ramping up its dealmaking activity in recent years. The company provided funding for 55 movies last year, up from five in 2012. Movies backed have included Johnny Depp starrer “Black Mass,” “Trespass Against Us,” starring Michael Fassbender, and John Michael McDonagh’s “War on Everyone,” starring Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena. Hunt tells Variety about how he balances his punk-rock ethos with a careful assessment of the risks inherent in the independent film business.
Hunt, who also co-heads 10-year-old sales company Bankside Films, started out as a photographer in the advertising business in the early 1990s. A punk rocker and Clash devotee at heart, he started to shoot music videos for bands like Big Audio Dynamite, as well as corporate films. From there he pogoed into producing micro-budgeted feature films, starting 20 years ago with “Fast Food,” starring Gerard Butler. »
- Leo Barraclough
“The crown is quite heavy. The cape is quite heavy. I do remember distinctly the first time I went out, not expecting how heavy those two things would be,” Brian d’Arcy James recalls to Et about wearing King George III’s lush costume in the Off-Broadway production of Hamilton. It’s an outfit he will soon don again when he returns to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit biopic musical about Alexander Hamilton on Friday, April 14. “I don’t want to say [it will] wreak havoc on you, but if you’re not prepared, it can give you an extra sense of anxiety that you didn’t have before."
While the crown has weighed down some, it’s not an issue for Spotlight actor, who is reprising a role he originated, even though he's playing it for the first time on the Broadway stage. "It's a full-circle moment for me," James exclaims over the phone as he eagerly awaits starting »
Grammy and Tony winner Billy Porter is infusing his soulful style into the songbook of one of America’s most iconic composers — and he’s invited some very special friends along for the journey.
The 47-year-old singer and actor, known for his award-winning role in Broadway’s Kinky Boots, is teaming up with greats like India.Arie, Deborah Cox, Todrick Hall and more on his fourth studio album — Billy Porter Presents the Soul of Richard Rodgers (out Friday).
People’s got the exclusive first listen of Porter’s collaboration with a cappella supergroup Pentatonix, as they tackle Rodgers’ 1943 tune “Oh, »
- Dave Quinn
Not so fast Savant — with the help of correspondent input, DVD Savant presents more information on David Swift’s adaptation of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — correcting and modifying some assumptions in my first review. Don’t worry — it’s good reading.
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This is an odd circumstance. I routinely update, modify, correct and de-stupidify DVD Savant reviews, but this time I’m taking a more radical step. In my March 25 coverage of Twilight Time’s Blu-ray of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, I made a big point of the fact that David Swift’s film adaptation had not made many changes. Several songs were dropped, but that would seem the right thing to do considering that the movie wasn’t planned as a Road Show — it’s only 121 minutes in duration and has no break for an intermission. The much missed »
- Glenn Erickson
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Lin-Manuel Miranda might be obsessed with each other. The “Hamilton” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” stars have spent much of the last two months tweeting GIFs of themselves at each other. The saga began when Gellar tweeted a photo of herself signing the wall at the Richard Rogers Theatre in New York, where “Hamilton” is playing, on Feb. 9. “I got to sign @HamiltonMusical wall!!@JMunozActor ty for being so kind to my daughter (she wants to know when we are seeing the show again),” Gellar wrote. Also Read: 'Buffy' 20th Anniversary: Sarah Michelle Gellar Gets Nostalgic in Thank-You Note. »
- Reid Nakamura
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Fresh off his six-season run on Saturday Night Live, Taran Killam opted to don the crown of the comical King George in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. He calls the gig itself “a dream come true,” but the three-month run has come with its own personal and professional payoffs.
Ahead of his final bow at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on April 9, Killam goes Off Script with The Hollywood Reporter to talk making his Broadway debut at the same time his wife Cobie Smulders is bowing in Present Laughter and while he's also polishing his directorial debut Why We’re Killing Gunther (which features a »
- Ashley Lee
Though his wife voices Princess Anna in Frozen, Dax Shepard isn’t the biggest fan of Broadway musicals. But that didn’t stop the CHiPs star from accompanying his love, Kristen Bell, to her first viewing of the hit show, Hamilton.
The couple left their two kids, Delta and Lincoln, at home for the fun date night, which Bell captured on her Instagram.
“Mommy and Daddy's night out!!!! #hamilton the musical is gonna bring the party! My excitement cannot be contained and full disclosure I cried during the opening number,” Bell captioned one clip.
In the video, the actress shows herself and her hubby in their seats at the Richard Rodgers Theater in NYC.
“I’ve got chocolate-covered blueberries and the cutest man in town!” Bell said.
“Where? Where?” Shepard asked, jokingly looking around.
“We’re seeing »
Hurry and check out today’s casting roundup before it turns back into a pumpkin! The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “Cinderella” is casting nonunion actors for an upcoming tour. Additionally, we have three on-camera gigs you don’t want to miss! ”Cinderella” National Toura nonunion touring production of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II classic “Cinderella” is casting talent for lead, supporting, and ensemble tracks, including the slipper-wearing princess herself. An open casting call will be held in New York City on April 3, with performances set to begin around Oct. 24. Talent will be contracted through June 2018, and paid $550/week for ensemble roles and $650/week for principals. Housing and transportation will be provided. Cyber Security INDUSTRIALMale and female talent ages 25–60 is needed for six leading roles in an upcoming cyber security industrial spot. Shooting is slated for March 28–30 in New York City and will pay $500–$750/day. By-appointment auditions will be »
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
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… »
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
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, »
Today’s casting roundup includes a chance to work on the forthcoming “Pitch Perfect 3,” no ability to harmonize is required! We also have three more fantastic opportunities including principal roles on an AMC series and a nonunion touring production. Is there a job for you below? “Pitch Perfect 3”“Pitch Perfect 3,” the third installment in the mega-successful a capella franchise, is casting for stand-in roles. Seeking female talent, all ages 18–40, to stand in for three respective characters, the production will begin shooting Jan. 30 in Atlanta, Georgia. A pay rate is set at $64/eight hours. “Turn: Washington’S Spies”Union talent is sought for eight principal roles in the fourth season of the AMC drama “Turn: Washington’s Spies.” The series, which stars Jamie Bell, is shooting Jan. 24–Feb. 2 in Richmond, Virginia. Professional pay under a SAG-aftra contract will be provided. “Cinderella”A nonunion production of the »
13 items from 2017
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