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10. Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
Directed by: Max Ophuls
To be honest, the relationship at the center of “Letter from an Unknown Woman” barely even exists. It’s more of a longing from one side than the other. But the ways Ophuls structures the film qualifies it for this list. For the run of the story, we hear a voiceover, explaining the moments in these two characters’ lives. Lisa (Joan Fontaine) is a teenager who becomes obsessed with a pianist who lives in her building named Stefan (Louis Jordan). She only meets him once, but maintains her love for him. After her mother announces they will be moving, Lisa runs away, but sees Stefan with another woman. Lisa becomes a respectable woman and is proposed to by a young, family-focused military officer, whom she turns down, still in love with Stefan, a man she has barely met. Years later, she »
- Joshua Gaul
Martha Plimpton has gone from playing a trashy blue-collar grandmother on Raising Hope for four seasons to now playing a spoiled Wasp daughter on Broadway in Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance. “There's very little similarity between Virginia Chance and Julia in this play,” says Plimpton, speaking by phone on her way to the Golden Theatre, where the all-star revival opened last week. “There's just no comparison between the two! One is a fun, long-hours, raucous, ridiculous comedy, and the other is an Edward Albee Pulitzer-Prize-winning play in front of an audience.” Saying this,
- Suzy Evans
This was a theater week of major losses for the stage community (Rip Mike Nichols) and some a bit smaller (the soon to be Rip Rock of Ages on Broadway, which announced a Jan. 18 closing), and the last onslaught of opening nights before the holiday season takes shape. And folks are already casting an eye toward the spring with rumors that the long-delayed Broadway arrival of The Visit starring Chita Rivera might succeed Rock of Ages, which leaves behind a highly desired theater (the Helen Hayes is Broadway's smallest with only 597 seats). Meanwhile, there's plenty of fish out there right now for theatergoers; literally, »
- Jason Clark
If you don't know his name yet, you will soon.
Eddie Redmayne has slowly become a household name in the past decade, starring in roughly a dozen films and even breaking out on stage. In fact, the young actor won the Tony for Best Actor in a Play in 2010. While Redmayne has made his mark in theater, the budding star looks to add an Oscar to his collection this fall. Beginning Friday, Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking in the acclaimed biopic "The Theory of Everything."
From his romance with his publicist to his royal classmate, here are 23 things you probably don't know about Eddie Redmayne.
2. His mother runs a relocation business and his father is a London-based businessman.
3. His great-grandfather was Sir Richard Redmayne, a noted British civil and mining engineer. He was also instrumental in »
- Jonny Black
To begin with, A Delicate Balance is a masterpiece. I’m not sure that anything in Edward Albee’s daunting catalogue — some 30 plays — surpasses it. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is sadder; Tiny Alice, more mysterious; Three Tall Women, more ruthless. I love all of those, and many others. But in A Delicate Balance, as befits its title, Albee manages to keep the sadness, the mystery, and the ruthlessness in dynamic equilibrium, tipping this way and that but never crashing. It’s also, somehow, his funniest play, daring to take an almost sitcom premise and mainline it with tragedy. After all, does this not sound like the pitch for an episode of something cable-worthy? Agnes and Tobias, a married couple, bicker and joke about each other’s foibles. Agnes’s permadrunk sister, Claire, arrives, trailing barbs. Later, their daughter, Julia, shows up, having recently parachuted out of her fourth marriage. »
- Jesse Green
A movie by Mike Nichols is typically an elegant, unruffled ride across a smooth, even chilly surface - the movie's value glints upward from beneath that ice. The director, who died Wednesday at 83, over the years pared down any attempt at visual flourish - The Graduate, his groundbreaking early film that remains his most famous, is probably also one of his flashiest. What fired him up, what he bored down into, was the intellectual germ (or gem) of the story. This meant that he was willing to consider anything for his camera: erotic werewolves (Wolf), World War II (Catch-22), philandering »
- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT
The plentiful alcohol is served neat but there’s no shortage of ice on the stage in Pam MacKinnon’s blistering production of A Delicate Balance. Edward Albee’s 1966 play, his first of three Pulitzer winners, has aged magnificently. In this deluxe revival, an exemplary cast headed by Glenn Close, John Lithgow and Lindsay Duncan takes its cue from the title, revealing the drama’s psychological complexity with exacting measures of wit, cruelty and contagious fear. For longtime New York theatergoers, the production has to stand against formidable predecessors. The Broadway premiere starred Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn as upper-crust Wasp country-
- David Rooney
If I had to make a list of the ten film directors who I think most influenced my own standards of what filmmaking can be and should be, Mike Nichols would be on that list, if only for the first two films he made. And it may seem strange to say that I admire how he survived making those masterworks, but early success can destroy even the greatest talent because of the expectations it creates, and Nichols somehow managed it in a way that many other talented people have not. That is not to say that the rest of his work is not worth that kind of consideration and discussion. It's just that Nichols came out of the gate with two genuine, no-debate masterpieces, two films that crackle with life, two films that are so visually adept that they are humbling, two films packed with performances that go beyond good »
- Drew McWeeny
On June 22, 1966, The Hollywood Reporter appraised the directorial debut of Mike Nichols, giving high praise to every aspect of the drama. Read the review below, originally titled "'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Is a Motion Picture Masterpiece." The screen has never held a more shattering and indelible drama than Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee's stage play was a masterpiece. The makers of this film have created from it a motion picture masterpiece. It will be nominated for every category it fits in next year's Academy Awards, and it deserves to win them all. It will
- THR Staff
Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.
Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son »
- Gary Susman
Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as The Graduate, "Angels in America" and Monty Python's Spamalot, has died. He was 83.
The family will hold a private service this week; a memorial will be held at a later date, Goldston said.
During a career spanning more than 50 years, Nichols, who was married to ABC's Diane Sawyer, managed to be both an insider and outsider, an occasional White House guest and friend to countless celebrities who was as likely to satirize the elite as he was to mingle with them. A former stand-up performer who began his career in a groundbreaking comedy duo with Elaine May and whose work brought him an Academy Award, a Grammy and multiple Tony and Emmy honors, »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Mike Nichols, the Academy Award-winning director of films like The Graduate and The Birdcage and a nine-time Tony Awards winner, has passed away at the age of 83. Good Morning America reports that the filmmaker died suddenly Wednesday night of cardiac arrest.
Nichols was also the husband of longtime ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer. "He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the Egot — an Emmy, a Grammy, »
Director Mike Nichols, one of the most influential artists of his generation, has passed away at age 83. Nichols is one of the few people who could claim to be the winner of the Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards. Nichols rose to fame with his comedy act in which he teamed with Elaine May. He made a successful transition into feature film with his 1966 screen adaptation of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", a triumphant film debut that starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The following year he won the Oscar for his 1967 classic "The Graduate". Other films over the decades included "The Birdcage", "Working Girl", "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Silkwood". His plays include "Barefoot in the Park", "Death of a Salesman" and "The Odd Couple".
Burton and Taylor on the set of Nichols' 1966 triumph "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
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Mike Nichols, the award-winning director of Broadway and movies, died Wednesday in Manhattan at the age of 83. Nichols was the husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer. A spokesman for ABC said the cause was cardiac arrest.
Photos: Mike Nichols’ Life and Career in Photos
Nichols is one of few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony — achieving so-called Egot status. His first two feature helming efforts — the caustic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 1966 and 1967’s satirical “The Graduate” — launched a prodigious movie career. But before ever stepping behind the camera, he was already part of a successful comedy duo with Elaine May and had helmed a string of hit stage shows.
Nichols’ background in improvisational, satirical comedy informed many of his films, which often started out as comedies and ended up as acerbic ruminations on American relationships. Directing material by playwrights, screenwriters »
- Terry Flores
On Tina Fey's wonderfully weird "30 Rock," there was a running joke about how the megalomaniacal star Tracy Jordan (played, somewhat confusingly, by Tracy Morgan), was on the quest for achieving the mythical Egot, meaning he wanted to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. He wanted to conquer the whole of the entertainment industry. Few have achieved this nearly mythical goal. But director Mike Nichols did. And today, Mike Nichols died suddenly at the age of 83, leaving behind a staggering body of work and, yes, lots and lots of awards.
Nichols was born in Germany in 1931 before immigrating to this country in 1938, when Nazis started arresting Jews in Germany. (He went with his brother and met his father in America; his mother escaped later through Italy.) His father was a doctor in New York City and Nichols lived a tony lifestyle near Central Park. (He also, presumably, got to »
- Drew Taylor
Hollywood — "Birdman" stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton popped into the Egyptian Theatre Saturday morning for a conversation on acting in tandem with the on-going AFI Fest. It was an enlightening and at times heady discussion on the particulars of being an actor in show business and of course the unique opportunity of Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film. Early talk circled around each actor's introduction to the business and the moment when it clicked. Keaton, the youngest of seven (though he says nine, as his mother miscarried twice), grew up outside of Pittsburgh and wasn't discouraged at all from being a dreamer. He made his way to Hollywood with maybe $300 in his pocket after doing the comedy circuit in New York, hitting venues like the Improv and Catch a Rising Star and, on the west coast, The Comedy Store and Second City workshops. "You parked cars and tried to figure it out, »
- Kristopher Tapley
BH5 Group, a burgeoning Mexican production-finance hub which co-produces Atom Egoyan’s upcoming “Remember,” has attached Alfonso Ruizpalacios, director of “Güeros,” one of the most notable feature debut of 2014, to direct “Museum.”
Written by Manuel Alcala, who originated the project, set up at BH5 Group and Detalle Films, part of the BH5 Group, and a step-up in scale for Ruizpalacios, the story of the extraordinary-but-true 1985 heist of 140 objects, some priceless, from Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology, will be pitched at Mexico’s Los Cabos Festival.
That spread is a sign of the range and large activity of BH5Group, an production-financing group of five production partners which produces and finances Mexican and international movies, TV and content. »
- John Hopewell
In his 1996 “non-reconsideration” of A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee writes that his play “concerns, as it always has … the rigidity and ultimate paralysis which afflicts those who settle in too easily, waking up one day to discover that all the choices they have avoided no longer give them any freedom of choice, and that what choices they do have left are beside the point.” That’s trademark Albee—straightforward, unsentimental—but things aren’t quite as clear-cut for the actors tasked with inhabiting the world of the play, which opens November 20. Agnes, played by Glenn Close, and Tobias, played by John Lithgow, find their upper-middle-class Wasp equilibrium upended by three guests: their daughter, Julia, and their friends Edna and Harry, the last two driven from their own home by an unspecified “terror.” “Albee teases both the audience and the actors with withheld information,” says Lithgow. There’s also Albee’s language, »
- Rebecca Milzoff
The theater might not have entertained such a party gone bad since George and Martha invited Nick and Honey over for drinks in “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Edward Albee's two married couples bare almost no resemblance to the very educated, upper middle-class professional couples in Ayad Akhtar's play “Disgraced,” which won a 2013 Pulitzer Prize for drama and opened Thursday at the Lyceum Theatre in New York. See photos: 9 of Elaine Stritch's Most Memorable Roles (Photos) First off, Akhtar's wives, Emily (Gretchen Mol) and Jory (Karen Pittman), have jobs. Make that professions. Emily is an painter specializing in Islamic art and. »
- Robert Hofler
Cinematically Insane #DontTouchTCM when it comes to Turner Broadcasting layoffs
Mnpp gives Quote of the Day to Michael B Jordan on his costumes for Fantastic Four. "snug"
Antagony & Ecstacy on The Boxtrolls. Glad Tim loved it
Boston Globe Mark Wahlberg's compound is finished. Holy third nipple, is he planning to house everyone who has ever appeared in any of his movies? »
- NATHANIEL R
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