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James Franco Drops Out of Broadway's Sweet Bird Of Youth

30 August 2011 6:54 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

James Franco's Broadway debut will have to wait. Franco has dropped out of a planned revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth. Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman is still on board and so is director David Cromer. Sweet Bird of Youth revolves around an aging, hard-drinking movie actress, Alexandra Del Lago, who leaves town with an aging (35?), small-town escort/drifter, Chance Wayne. Wayne, in love with a corrupt Florida politician's daughter, wants Del Lago back in the movie game so he can have a chance in show biz as well. Elia Kazan directed Paul Newman and Geraldine Page in the original 1959 Broadway production, which earned Page a Tony nomination. Newman and Page reprised their roles in the somewhat watered-down 1962 film version directed by Richard Brooks. Page and Shirley Knight, who played Chance Wayne's love interest, were both nominated for Academy Awards as, respectively, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. »

- Andre Soares

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A Week Of Discoveries on DVD* (Not Requiring a Gun to Find Them)

22 March 2011 10:29 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Meskada" (2010)

Directed by Josh Sternfeld

Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

When this thriller premiered at Tribeca this past spring, Alison Willmore wrote, "the second film from writer/director Josh Sternfeld ("Winter Solstice") has ambitions reaching beyond being a straightforward police procedural," though critics, including her, were mixed about the end result. Nick Stahl and Rachel Nichols star as small-town sleuths who investigate a botched home invasion case that claims the life of a young child in an affluent community and enflames class divisions when the main suspects are from the poorer community nearby. Grace Gummer, Meryl Streep's second daughter to go into the family profession, makes her film debut.

"Anywhere USA" (2008)

Directed by Chusy Haney-Jardine

Released by Cinevolve Studios

Winner of a Spirit of Independence prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Chusy Haney-Jardine's collection of three comic vignettes involves a »

- Stephen Saito

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30 Greatest Gay Actors #10: James Dean

5 January 2011 11:18 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Although he spent only two years in Hollywood before his untimely death, James Dean became the universal symbol of adolescent angst and attitude – an enduring icon of American film, one whose brooding non-conformity helped to challenge rigid notions of masculinity. He was a respected performer, often compared with such other young method actors of the period as Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando, and his brooding good looks promised success as a movie star, but Dean’s enduring fame and popularity rests on only three lead performances.

He is a cultural icon, best embodied by the title of his second starring role and most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause. Originally intended as a vehicle for the fast-rising star, Marlon Brando,

His most excellent role: Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause

James Dean ultimately won the part of troubled Los Angeles teenager Jim Stark. The film, released soon after his death, »

- Ricky

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