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Gene Wilder: 12 Things You Didn’t Know About His Early Career

29 August 2016 4:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Before he achieved movie superstardom in the 1970s, Gene Wilder did Brecht on Broadway, Shaw in Louisville, and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” with Kirk Douglas on the Great White Way.

Wilder, who died Aug. 28 at the age of 83, also once pocketed $7,000 in an arbitration case waged by the Writers Guild of America West because of four little words: “A Mel Brooks Film.” Here are 12 intriguing facts from Wilder’s early career, as documented in the pages of Variety.

Wilder’s first mention in Variety came in the March 7, 1961, edition, in a review of an Off Broadway play directed by Mark Rydell. “Roots” was described as a “seamy” English family drama with not much going for it, per our critic. But Wilder was “well-cast as the thick-skinned son.” 1963 was a busy year for Wilder. In March he co-starred with Anne Bancroft in a Broadway production of Bertolt Brecht »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Top Cat, Alice: Character Actor Marvin Kaplan Dies at 89

26 August 2016 2:16 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Marvin Kaplan has died of natural causes at the age of 89. Between 1978 and 1985, Kaplan recurred as Mel's Diner regular Henry Beesmeyer on the CBS comedy Alice, starring Linda Lavin, Vic Tayback, Beth Howland, Philip McKeon, and Polly Holliday. He also voiced Choo-Choo on Hanna-Barbera's Top Cat cartoon, which first ran on ABC in the 1961-62 television season.Kaplan played producer Dwight McGonigle on the show-within-a-show sitcom, On the Air, starring Ian Buchanan, Marla Rubinoff, Nancye Ferguson, Miguel Ferrer, Gary Grossman, and Mel Johnson, Jr. Despite its title, of the seven episodes shot, only three aired, before the show was cancelled by ABC in 1992.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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HBO’s Documentary President Sheila Nevins Looks Back at Early Career

17 June 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As president of documentary films at HBO, Sheila Nevins is a major force in the nonfiction world, giving a break to many documentarians and commissioning work that has earned 31 Peabodys, 21 Oscars, and 59 Emmys. This month, “Suited” and “How to Let Go of the World” join her roster of works at the premium cabler. Nevins was first mentioned in Variety on June 21, 1972, as a producer of ABC’s nonfiction “Perpetual People Puzzle.” It was an unsuccessful attempt to translate PBS’ 1971-72 “The Great American Dream Machine,” on which she also worked, to commercial TV. The PBS show consisted of comic/thoughtful bits, with no host and no narration. Aside from giving Nevins a start, “Dream” introduced many TV viewers to Albert Brooks, Linda Lavin, Studs Terkel and Andy Rooney, among others.

When you started out in the industry, what was your goal?

To make a living. It was the ’60s, I was a woman, »

- Tim Gray

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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

7 June 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After five nominations for playing Sheila Jackson on “Shameless,” Joan Cusack finally took home the guest actress prize last year. And just in time — she didn’t appear in the show’s most recent season.

That opens the cateogry to a whole new winner, and it might just be someone who will be doubling up on noms this year. Ellen Burstyn [“Mom”] is also a potential nominee for her work on the drama “House of Cards,” as is Carrie Fisher [“Catastrophe”] for “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.” Tovah Feldshuh stole the show with her “Where’s the Bathroom” number in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” but could also score a nod on the drama side for her guest work on ‘The Walking Dead.”

Natasha Lyonne [“Portlandia”] did standout work on “Orange Is the New Black,” where her character is sorely missed. Cynthia Nixon [“Broad City”] and Judy Greer [“Mom”] are other actresses pulling double duty on the comedy and drama sides. »

- Jenelle Riley

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Alice: Beth Howland Died at 74, Five Months Ago

25 May 2016 7:49 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Beth Howland, prolific TV actress and Alice star, passed away at the age of 74 in December, reports The New York Times. 

Howland played the neurotic waitress Vera Louise Gorman on the CBS sitcom from 1976 to 1985. Inspired by the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, the series starred Linda Lavin as a widow who moves to Arizona and finds work at a small diner.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Rosie O’Donnell on Donald Trump: ‘Do Not Give Up, He Will Never Be President’

10 May 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rosie O’Donnell, patient-zero in Donald Trump’s public feuds, couldn’t resist taking a swing at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee on Monday night.

At a SAG panel with fellow actresses June Squibb and Linda Lavin, O’Donnell was explaining her role as Allison Janney’s ex-lover on the CBS comedy “Mom,” when she appeared to slip in a Trump insult.

“I’ve admired [Allison Janney] for so long, ” O’Donnell said. “Being a lesbian in real life — news flash — get off your Twitter sir — don’t tell people. … It is not about politics it is about acting — lots of women around that house, too — I’m not going near him, trust me — Orange man. Anyway, the thing is, fin, his mouth looks like an anus. What I’m trying to say about ‘Mom’ is that everyone was really warm and lovely. But being that I am gay, I didn’t »

- Katie Van-Syckle

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Tony Nomination Snubs: Audra McDonald, Jennifer Hudson and 'American Psycho'

3 May 2016 12:28 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Broadway has just enjoyed one of its starriest seasons to date — though Jessica Lange, Danielle Brooks, Steve Martin and more Hollywood names nabbed their first Tony Awards nominations, performances by Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Al Pacino, Linda Lavin, Matthew Broderick, Clive Owen, Keira Knightley and Jim Parsons wet unacknowledged. Still, the onstage turns of Judith Light, Sam Rockwell, Audra McDonald, Jennifer Hudson and James Earl Jones might have nabbed a slot in a less competitive season. See below for The Hollywood Reporter's selection of snubs. Read more List of nominees | Hollywood nominees react | Hamilton makes history

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- Ashley Lee, David Rooney

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‘The Robber Bridegroom’ Among Off-Broadway Alliance Nominees

27 April 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The next “Hamilton” might be among this year’s crop of Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominees. Nominations for their 6th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, which honor commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened during the 2015–16 season, have been announced. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” won last year’s Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical. Mike Birbiglia (“Thank God for Jokes”), Staceyann Chin (“MotherStruck!”), James Lecesne (“The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey”), Joanna Rush (“Kick”), and Andrew Schneider (“Youarenowhere”) are among this year’s nominees for Best Solo Performance. Broadway publicist Merle Debuskey, Tony Award–winning performer Linda Lavin, director and Playwrights Horizons founder Robert Moss, and Tony-nominated actor Lois Smith are set to receive Legend of Off-Broadway honors. Meanwhile Hall of Fame Awards will be presented posthumously to longtime married actors Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach, actor and comedian Anne Meara, as well as writer, composer, musician, and theater director Elizabeth Swados. »

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Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90

18 April 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Doris Roberts, a character actress who labored honorably both on stage and screen for years before finding the perfect vehicle for her talents, the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Sunday. She was 90.

Her “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Patricia Heaton confirmed the news on Twitter.

A cause of death has not yet been released. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Roberts died in Los Angeles. ABC and CBS also confirmed the news.

Roberts was nominated for 11 Emmys, including seven for playing Marie Barone on “Raymond,” winning four for her work on that series; she picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere,” making for a total of five wins overall.

On “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Roberts’ almost omnipresent Marie Barone (she appeared on every episode of the show, which ran from 1996-2005) made life difficult for her son, Ray Romano’s Ray, and especially for his wife Debra, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90

18 April 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Doris Roberts, a character actress who labored honorably both on stage and screen for years before finding the perfect vehicle for her talents, the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Sunday. She was 90.

Her “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Patricia Heaton confirmed the news on Twitter.

A cause of death has not yet been released. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Roberts died in Los Angeles. ABC and CBS also confirmed the news.

Roberts was nominated for 11 Emmys, including seven for playing Marie Barone on “Raymond,” winning four for her work on that series; she picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere,” making for a total of five wins overall.

On “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Roberts’ almost omnipresent Marie Barone (she appeared on every episode of the show, which ran from 1996-2005) made life difficult for her son, Ray Romano’s Ray, and especially for his wife Debra, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Tony Awards Committee Rules on Performer, Show Eligibility

8 April 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The Tony Awards Administration Committee ruled on the eligibility of several shows and performers this week. Productions up for discussion included the musicals “The Color Purple,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “School of the Rock the Musical,” “She Loves Me,” as well as the plays “Noises Off,” “Our Mother’s Brief Affair,” and “Blackbird.” Both Jennifer Hudson (“The Color Purple”) and Jessica Hecht (“Fiddler on the Roof”) are eligible in the featured actress in a musical category. Both placements are consistent with prior incarnations of each production. Elisabeth Withers-Mendes earned a Tony nomination as a featured actress for her performance as Shug Avery in “The Color Purple” in 2006. Hudson’s name appearing above the title opened the door for debate this time around. Maria Karnilova won a Tony in the featured actress category for her performance as Golde in “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1965. Likewise, Hecht’s portrayal of Golde could »

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Adrien Brody in Noir Crime Thriller 'Manhattan Night' Official Trailer

7 April 2016 7:14 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Some secrets should never come to light." Or maybe everyone prefers that kind of creepy tagline better? "No reporter can resist a siren." Lionsgate has unveiled a trailer for a crime thriller called Manhattan Night, a sort of contemporary noir starring Adrien Brody as the pulp writer stuck in the middle of a crazy mysterious story of sex and lies and deceit. The cast includes Jennifer Beals and Yvonne Strahovski, plus Campbell Scott, Linda Lavin, Steven Berkoff and Kevin Breznahan. The trailer sets up the plot better than any text explanation can - this nice family man meets a "seductive stranger" and gets wrapped up in his own twisted story. This seems to be cutting it close to being straight-to-tv quality, so watch out. Here's the official trailer for Brian DeCubellis' Manhattan Night, direct from YouTube: Based on Colin Harrison's acclaimed novel Manhattan Nocturne, Manhattan Night tells the »

- Alex Billington

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Poster and trailer for Manhattan Night starring Adrien Brody

6 April 2016 7:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A trailer has been released for the upcoming thriller Manhattan Night, which you can view below along with the poster for the film…

The new thriller is based on the acclaimed New York Times Notable Book of the Year Manhattan Nocturne by author Colin Harrison, and stars Adrien Brody (Third Person, The Pianist) as “a New York City tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. In this modern version of a classic film noir, we follow Porter as he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail – one that threatens his job, his marriage and his life.”

First time filmmaker Brian DeCubellis writes and directs the film which co-stars Yvonne Strahovski (24: Live Another Day), Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Jennifer Beals (Proof), Linda Lavin (The Intern) and Steven Berkoff (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).

Manhattan Night opens in Us cinemas On Demand on May 20th. »

- Scott J. Davis

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Watch: Adrien Brody Is An Endangered Species In Trailer For 'Manhattan Night'

6 April 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Just like cinema, journalism has been declared dead for a long time now. But that won't stop hotshot reporter Adrien Brody, who stumbles into what might be his biggest story yet, but also the arms of a beautiful woman who might prove to be even more dangerous than he could imagine. Read More: Stop The Presses: The 13 Best Newsroom Movies Co-starring Yvonne Strahovski, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Beals, Linda Lavin and Steven Berkoff, "Manhattan Night" centers on the aforementioned reporter whose latest story may be too much for him to handle. Here's the synopsis:  Based on Colin Harrison's acclaimed New York Times Notable Book of the Year Manhattan Nocturne, the film Manhattan Night is a seductive thriller that tells the story of Porter Wren (Adrien Brody), a New York City tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. In this modern version of a classic film noir, we follow Porter as »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Adrien Brody Pic ‘Manhattan Nocturne’ Acquired By Grindstone Entertainment

10 February 2016 7:11 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired the U.S. rights to Adrien Brody pic Manhattan Nocturne. Lionsgate Premiere will handle the distribution via a multi-platform release on May 20 this year. The film, directed by Brian DeCubellis, also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Beals with Linda Lavin and Steven Berkoff. As well as starring, Brody also produced the pic along with DeCubellis and Steve Klinsky through their banners Fable House… »

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Theater Review: Linda Lavin Has a Secret, in Our Mother’s Brief Affair

20 January 2016 7:00 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Anna Cantor, the title character of Our Mother’s Brief Affair, is a suburban matron, a passive-aggressive parent, and, even in the throes of semi-dementia, a genius with a barb. (As long as he’s celibate anyway, she asks her gay son, “Would it kill you to not sleep with a woman?”) If the playwright Richard Greenberg didn’t write the role for Linda Lavin, he might as well have, so perfectly does it suit and flatter her. It may in fact suit and flatter her too well; sometimes one would like to see Lavin clawing her way out of a role instead of slipping so smoothly into it. Here, she wears Anna as fetchingly as Anna wears the perfectly cut Burberry trench coat she imbues with talismanic powers of mysterious romance. It is just such a romance that forms the central (and really the only) plot of this entertaining but threadbare play, »

- Jesse Green

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‘The Intern’ Review

2 January 2016 9:51 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, JoJo Kushner, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Zack Pearlman, Jason Orley, Christina Scherer, Nat Wolff, Linda Lavin, Celia Weston, Steve Vinovich | Written and Directed by Nancy Myers

70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (De Niro) has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).

It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since writer/director Nancy Myers took the reigns of a movie, what she’s been doing in the meantime I don’t know, but after seeing The Intern, I’m glad Myers and her particular brand of filmmaking, and humour, is back. Especially give just how brilliant her latest opus is. Yes, it might sound strange but even this horror-loving, »

- Phil Wheat

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