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Lucky Monkey Pictures and Sh-k-Boom Records announced today Academy Award-and Tony Award nominated actress Anna Kendrick and Tony Award and Grammy Award nominated Jeremy Jordan (“Smash,” “Joyful Noise”) will star in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed musical The Last 5 Years to be written and directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Lagravenese.
Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, Richard Lagravenese and Janet Brenner will produce. Steve Norman will Co Produce. Steven Meizler, who has worked extensively with Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh, is the Director of Photography. The film begins shooting this week in New York City. CAA will handle domestic sales, with Brian O’Shea and Nat McCormick handling international sales for The Exchange.
- Michelle McCue
Lucky Monkey Pictures and Sh-k-Boom Records announced today Academy Award-and Tony Award nominated actress Anna Kendrick and Tony Award and Grammy Award nominated Jeremy Jordan (Smash, Joyful Noise) will star in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's acclaimed musical The Last 5 Years to be written and directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Lagravenese. Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, Richard Lagravenese and Janet Brenner will produce. Steve Norman will Co Produce. Steven Meizler, who has worked extensively with Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh, is the Director of Photography. The film begins shooting this week in New York City. CAA will handle domestic sales, with Brian O'Shea and Nat McCormick handling international sales for The Exchange.
Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan are shiny happy people in these first set photos from their upcoming The Last Five Years movie. As you already know, the whole thing is an adaptation of Jason Robert Brown‘s acclaimed musical of the same name, director Richard Lagravenese is in charge, and… well, so far – so good. Take a look! We will once again remind you that the movie is a deconstruction of the love affair and marriage of a struggling actress named Cathy Hiatt (aka Kendrick), and a rising novelist named Jamie Wellerstein (played by Jordan). Told through emotionally powerful and comic songs from their »
- Jeanne Standal
Production on Richard Lagravenese's musical adaptation of "The Last 5 Years," starring Anna Kendrick and "Smash" star Jeremy Jordan, begins this week in New York, Lucky Monkey Pictures and Sh-k-Boom Records said Wednesday. Lagravenese("Beautiful Creatures") wrote and is directing the adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's musical of the same name, which is a deconstruction of the love affair and marriage of Cathy Hiatt (Kendrick), a struggling actress, and Jamie Wellerstein (Jordan), a rising novelist. Also read: Universal Sets 'Snow White,' 'Pitch Perfect' Sequels for 2015 Kendrick, an Oscar-nominated actress known for roles in "Up In »
- Greg Gilman
If you’re in Ireland or the UK and you’ve read the above headline, then you can be forgiven for thinking Anna Kendrick has been signing on the dole for the last 5 years. Far from it. She’s teaming up with Jeremy Jordan (Joyful Noise) for a movie musical based on Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last 5 Years”. Richard Lagravenese will write and direct. “The Last 5 Years” is a musical love story for a new generation. Told through emotionally powerful and comic songs from their individual perspectives, “The Last 5 Years” is a deconstruction of the love affair and marriage of Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress, and Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, The story chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up…or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it. The film begins shooting this week in New York City »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
It looks like the musical adaptation isn’t going away anytime soon as it was revealed that Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick and Ex Newsies star Jeremy Jordan will be starring in The Last 5 Years. Richard Lagravenese, who recently scribed Behind The Candelabra, will be taking on writing and directing duty.
The musical, originally made for the stage by Jason Robert Brown, tells the story of Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress and Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist. Through out the musical, we see the deconstruction of their love affair and marriage. In the musical, the characters never directly interact on stage except for one musical number, so we can’t wait to see if that will make it to the screen!
- Lucy Cave
The Exchange kicked off pre-sales at the Afm last year and is financing through its Exchange Peaks Film Capital joint venture with Grand Peaks.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Lucky Monkey Pictures and Sh-k-Boom Records announced today Academy Award and Tony Award nominated actress Anna Kendrick and Tony Award and Grammy Award nominated Jeremy Jordan (.Smash,. Joyful Noise ) will star in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's acclaimed musical The Last 5 Years to be written and directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Lagravenese. Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, Richard Lagravenese and Janet Brenner will produce. Steve Norman will co-produce. Steven Meizler, who has worked extensively with Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh, is the director of photography. The film begins shooting this week in New York City. CAA will handle domestic sales, with Brian O'Shea and Nat McCormick handling international sales for The Exchange. The »
A gripping combination of political history and personal intrigue, Pablo Larraín's No (2012, Network, 15) dramatically recounts the campaign to remove General Pinochet from power during the 1988 Chilean referendum. Based on a stage play by Antonio Skármeta, the action centres on René Saavedra (Gael García Bernal), an advertising executive enlisted to sell the "No" campaign to a nation with the slogan "Happiness is coming", to the displeasure of the hard-line politicos who believe he's belittling their cause.
The completion of a thematic trilogy (following Tony Manero and Post Mortem), No benefits from Larraín's bold use of boxy, grainy U-matic video stock, which enables him to blend latterday recreations with authentic archival TV footage. The result is a seamless mix of fact and fiction, brought together through a unifying aesthetic in which the medium perfectly fits the message.
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- Mark Kermode
The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre has announced the members selected for the Advisory Board for the new Filmmaker in Residence initiative. The new Advisory Board members include: Henry Bean, Brady Corbet, Charles Finch, Naomi Foner, Larry Gross, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Danny Huston, Tamara Jenkins, Ed Lachman, Bennett Miller, Matthew Modine, Ed Pressman, Ira Sachs, Paul Schrader and Marisa Tomei. To make the announcement, Fslc held a celebratory dinner last night to present the chosen advisors. In addition to a few of the honored members, guests at the dinner also included Christopher Abbott, Daniel Battsek, Tory Burch, J.C. Chandor, Jessica Diehl, Griffin Dunne, Ryan Fleck, Scott Frank, Tony Gilroy, Larry Gross, Jack Huston, Rose Kuo, Richard Lagravenese, Barry Levinson, Johnnie Planco, Ed Pressman, Bob Shaye, Todd Solondz, Ann Tenenbaum, James Toback, and Harvey Weinstein. The Filmmaker in Residence program is designed to »
- Casey Cipriani
David Mermelstein is an AwardsLine contributor. When word first leaked that square-jawed, macho Michael Douglas would star in a biopic of Liberace, the swanning pianist famous for garish costumes and flashy keyboard antics, many feared the worst. But HBO’s Behind The Candelabra, directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on a memoir by Liberace’s lover Scott Thorson (played by Matt Damon), is anything but an exercise in misguided casting. Instead of camping it up, Douglas, who remains best known for his Oscar-winning turn as Wall Street lizard king Gordon Gekko, embraces his inner queen in an audacious and vulnerable performance. AwardsLine: How were you first approached for the role of Liberace—and what appealed to you about the part? Michael Douglas: It’s wild. It goes all the way back to 2000, when I was doing Traffic with Steven. One day he says, “Ever thought about playing Liberace?” I »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
A brilliant performance by Michael Douglas illuminates an affectionate and funny portrait of the flamboyant entertainer
Liberace was a fabulously rich, self-created midwesterner, the child of humble immigrant parents known for his extravagant lifestyle and vulgar tastes, as well as his worship of the American dream and the mystery in which he was wrapped. He was in effect a gay Jay Gatsby. His life was not, however, tragic, that is until his death of an Aids-related illness at 67, and he can be considered a success in that he achieved the acclaim and celebrity he had always dreamed of, and he died believing that he had taken the secret of his homosexuality to the grave.
Steven Soderbergh's cinebiography of Liberace, Behind the Candelabra, is (so he claims) his final movie, and it had to be made for America's HBO network because no Hollywood studio would finance a film for the »
- Philip French
As glittering and outrageous as Liberace himself, HBO Films Behind the Candelabra takes a look at the flamboyant entertainer's private world, focusing on his tempestuous relationship with Scott Thorson, his young live-in lover for five years. Based on Thorson's tell-all memoir "Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace," the film is directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) and features electrifying performances by Academy Award winners Michael Douglas (Wall Street) as Liberace and Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) as Thorson. During its premiere, the film became one of HBO's most watched original films in nearly 10 years. Behind the Candelabra streets on Blu-ray with Digital Copy ($24.99), DVD ($19.97) and Digital Download on September 17, 2013. The Blu-ray with Digital Copy includes "The Making of Behind the Candelabra" which explores the legacy of Liberace through costumes, sets, locations, and prosthetics with several cast and the crew members including Douglas and Damon.
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Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra is finally arriving in UK theatres this Friday, having debuted on HBO across the Atlantic last weekend. And if Craig’s five-star review from Cannes is anything to go by, it’s essential viewing at the cinema this month.
Since the film is getting a theatrical release on our shores, it will fortunately be eligible for our highest honours at the BAFTAs. And it will be interesting to see if Douglas will indeed become a contender towards the end of this year and the start of next.
With its theatrical release date so close, a new clip from the film has surfaced on MSN, giving us a look at a rather »
- Kenji Lloyd
After announcing his retirement from the movie business with Side Effects, director Steven Soderbergh made this portrait of Liberace for television. But with a character so much larger than life and A-Listers Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in eye-popping performances, it only seems right that it gets the big screen treatment (if only in Europe). Dare to be dazzled.
The flamboyant pianist is seen through the wide, adoring eyes of his long-term lover Scott Thorson (Damon) whose memoir the film is based on. Before meeting Liberace (Douglas) in 1977, he is fresh-faced and fairly innocent, to the point that he is reluctant to embrace his homosexuality. He calls himself bisexual, though as Liberace later comments, he's never been seen with any women. Evidently, it wasn't love at first sight with Liberace either. »
Director: Steven Soderbergh.
Running Time: 118 minutes.
Behind The Candelabra has been a passion project for director Steven Soderbergh for the best part of a decade after becoming fascinated with ‘Mr. Showmanship‘ himself, pianist Liberace, while growing up. Coming across Scott Thorson’s autobiography, which charts his loving yet volatile relationship with the sparkling entertainer, the director struggled to find financing and a studio to take it on, despite having the star power of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Thankfully, HBO Films stepped in to allow the Oscar-winning filmmaker to deliver a captivating insight into the glittering world of the late, secretive superstar.
It’s a world that Soderbergh appears comfortable in »
- Craig Hunter
Behind the Candelabra HBO Hit: Liberace movie starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon nearly breaks record Behind the Candelabra, the Steven Soderbergh-directed Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover-chauffeur Scott Thorson, was first aired Sunday evening on HBO. The result: 2.4 million television viewers, the largest audience for an HBO original film in nearly a decade. Another 1.1 million viewers watched a repeat broadcast later in the evening. (Photo: Michael Douglas as Liberace, Matt Damon as Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra.) Curiously, the flamboyantly gay Behind the Candelabra trailed only another (much more sedate) HBO biopic about the relationship between two disparate men: Joseph Sargent’s Something the Lord Made, about heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and Vivien Thomas (Mos Def). According to Nielsen, Something the Lord Made was watched by 2.6 million people in late May 2004. Behind the Candelabra: HBO hit »
- Andre Soares
Steven Soderbergh’s look at the tempestuous secret love affair between Liberace and his onstage driver hit some high notes for HBO on Sunday. Helmed by the Oscar-winning director, Behind The Candelabra was watched by 2.4 million viewers on Sunday at 9 Pm. That’s the most viewers an HBO original movie premiere has garnered since 2.6 million watched Something The Lord Made on May 30, 2004. Candelabra also did considerably better than HBO’s last biopic, on record producer Phil Spector. Starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, the film about Spector’s first trial for the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson pulled in 754,000 viewers in its 9 Pm airing on March 24. Overall, Phil Spector had 1.039 million viewers over two plays on March 24. Across two plays Sunday, Candelabra had a total of 3.5 million viewers watching the 9 Pm and 11 Pm broadcasts. Related: Fleming Q&A With Soderbergh: Retirement, Liberace, Legacy Based on Scott Thorson’s 1988 memoir, the »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
On Sunday night, HBO reminded us what “appointment television” really means when they premiered Steven Soderbergh‘s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra smack in the middle of Memorial Day weekend. Never mind that the time slot is generally reserved for the aggressively masculine Game of Thrones (one can only imagine how many unsuspecting jaws hit the floor when fans of the show tuned in for boobs and beheadings and instead got Jason Bourne giving it to Gordon Gecko) – for one night only, the legendary opulence of pop culture’s reigning king of rhinestone and denial owned the airwaves. Like many of you, I would not have missed it for the world.
Based on his memoirs, Candelabra tells the story of Scott Thorson (Matt Damon), a bisexual Hollywood animal wrangler who became friend, lover, and confidant to Liberace (Michael Douglas) at the height of his ivory-tinkling, cape-swanning fame. »
- Brian Juergens
Behind the Candelabra is a true milestone for director Steven Soderbergh, as this is the last time (or so he says) that the director will be behind the camera for a feature-length film. Over the span of 24 years, Soderbergh has directed 26 films, several shorts, and one short-lived TV series, so this truly feels like the end of an era. Yet as a swan song, Behind the Candelabra does not necessarily see Soderbergh making his ‘grand’ exit; instead, he tones his style and technical deftness down, allowing Michael Douglas and Matt Damon and the screenplay by Richard Lagravenese to be the stars of the show.
Debuting this past weekend on HBO and seeing a theatrical release around Europe, including its premiere In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival, Behind the Candelabra follows the relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas), the grand maestro of Las Vegas musical variety, and Scott Thorson (Matt Damon »
- Will Chadwick
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