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“Come on, mother,” Keira Knightley jokingly says as she helps Judith Light to her feet in a quiet room at the Studio 54 theater. It’s the day before previews begin for Knightley’s Broadway debut as the title character in an adaptation of Zola’s dark romantic novel Thérèse Raquin. (Light plays Thérèse’s aunt and caretaker.) “She’s so free,” Light raves of Knightley. “She’ll interrupt rehearsal to say, ‘Wait, what are we doing here?’ It gives the rest of us permission to do that too. She’s fearless.” Knightley bursts into laughter: “Am I giving that impression?”Thérèse Raquin opens October 29 at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54. *This article appears in the October 5, 2015 issue of New York Magazine. »
- Rebecca Milzoff
Danny’s a boss! Judith Light couldn’t be more proud of her Who's the Boss? costar and on-screen son Danny Pintauro, who told Oprah Winfrey in a recent interview that he has been HIV positive for 12 years. “He’s kept me informed all the way along, and when he was talking about coming out, because he was going to be outed,” the TV matriarch, 66, said during an interview with Good Day New York on Monday, Sept. 28, two days after Pintauro’s Where Are They Now? segment aired [...] »
A former child star has revealed some shocking health news in an effort to raise awareness for others.
Danny Pintauro, who starred on '80s sitcom "Who's the Boss?," appeared on an episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" this weekend and announced that he's HIV-positive. Pintauro, who's now 39, told Oprah that he contracted the virus in February 2003 during a period in his life when he was experimenting heavily with drugs -- specifically crystal meth -- and sex.
Pintauro explained that he first decided to try crystal meth after the end of a two-year relationship, in an effort to lower his inhibitions with new sexual partners. Such drug use is common in the gay community, the actor said, and while it's a widespread practice, it's also dangerous, as Pintauro soon discovered.
" ... [Y]ou can do everything you think you need to do to take care of yourself, but because of »
- Katie Roberts
Dem Bones: Swanberg’s Mellow Examination of Married Life
A married couple’s weekend apart turns into the sort of mildly enterprising exploration of what happens when the cat’s away in Digging For Fire as two people fantasize about the possibilities now mostly unavailable after time delivers them into the routine of marriage and the presence of children. At times grasping a sort of quiet wisdom in its representation of identities rebelling against the sanctions of social expectations, Joe Swanberg’s film is also equal parts breezy and ominous (thanks to a central metaphor used to appealing effect) in its suggestions. A cast packed to the gills with notable indie names, comedians, and stars of more enduring celebrity, Swanberg’s managed to move well beyond the roughhewn Mumblecore technical trappings for which he’s been routinely criticized and has lodged himself firmly as a notable name in the American indie scene. »
- Nicholas Bell
Michael Emerson will star in a one-night benefit reading of the Moisés Kaufman play “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” A revival of the drama, which chronicles Wilde’s trial for homosexuality, was blocked in Moscow by the Kremlin earlier this year for its Lgbt content. The reading is being staged to raise awareness of the rights being denied Russia’s Lgbtq community. The rest of the cast includes Jonathan Groff, Sally Field, Michael C. Hall, David Hyde Pierce, Tony Kushner, Judith Light, Darren Criss, Tituss Burges, David Burtka, Andy Mientus, Jose Llana, Will Carlyon and Jake Shears. »
- Reid Nakamura
We were wringing our hands before nominations were announced: Would the TV academy embrace Amazon Prime as fully as they did Netflix in recent years? Would they vote for a comedy that skews dramatic? Yes and yes. "Transparent" is the most nominated new series of the year with 11 bids, and the most nominated comedy. Does that mean it's the frontrunner to win? -Break- 'Transparent' star Jeffrey Tambor is on track to finally win his overdue Emmy Its noms include important citations for writing, directing, casting and editing. In fact, it's the only comedy this year to contend in all four of those fields. And the surprise nomination for Gaby Hoffmann in the Comedy Supporting Actress race (over her better-known co-star Judith Light) further demonstrates that the TV academy really did watch the show and really did love it. What's more, "Transparent" could benefit from the increased awareness of transgender ri. »
"I walked home and said, ‘'That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do as an actor.'" If expectations for "Transparent" Season 2 weren't high enough after its Golden Globe wins earlier this year, as well as its recent boatload of Emmy nominations, Jeffrey Tambor certainly did his part to raise them Monday afternoon. Speaking at Amazon's "Transparent" panel alongside series creator Jill Soloway, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Judith Light, Alexandra Billings and Bradley Whitford, Tambor and the rest of his cast heaped praise on not just what's come before, but what people will soon see. Read More: Watch: 'Transparent,' 'Jane the Virgin' and 'The Goldbergs' Creators Reveal Comedy Secrets The second season of Soloway's critical smash will debut December 4 exclusively to Amazon Prime subscribers, and the cast seemed even higher on this season than the last. Part of that excitement was built around the addition of a »
- Ben Travers
Do you enjoy seeing tons of stars collide in a quirky trailer accompanied by the tunes of alt-j? You do? Then you're going to love the trailer for Joe Swanberg's Digging For Fire. The Drinking Buddies director again enlisted Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston for a movie about relationships, but this time it's a completely different ball game. Johnson plays a slob of a husband whose wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) leaves him at home to do chores, but instead he has his friends over to dig in the backyard while she strolls on the beach with a guy played by Orlando Bloom. Sam Rockwell, Mike Birbiglia, Sam Elliott, Brie Larson, Melanie Lynskey, Judith Light, and Jenny Slate all costar in the movie, out on Aug. 21. »
Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) has proven to be massively prolific over the last few years with his brand of low-key, mumblecore comedies about everything and nothing in particular. His latest film, Digging For Fire, assembles an enormous cast in a weekend getaway as a group of friends dig for, treasure maybe isn’t the word, in the woods.
Jake Johnson (who also co-wrote the script with Swanberg) and Rosemarie DeWitt lead a cast that includes Mike Birbiglia, Orlando Bloom, Sam Elliott, Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Brie Larson, Melanie Lynskey, Judith Light, Ron Livingston, Chris Messina, and Jenny Slate. Here’s the full synopsis:
The discovery of a bone and a gun send a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.
J.R. Kinnard caught up with the film at Sundance and was disappointed, writing, “It lacks the narrative focus and observational humor to be more than a mild diversion, »
- Brian Welk
Give the Emmys credit for at least trying to keep up with the current explosion of quality television.
This year, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences expanded the Best Comedy and Drama Series categories to seven slots each, and they made other minor changes (online voting!) meant to bring the awards into the 21st century. Still, there's more good TV now than even the Academy can keep up with, so the outrage and shock over the snubs and surprises in this morning's Emmy nominations is inevitable. Here are some of the most astonishing omissions and inclusions.
Best Drama Series
The biggest shocker here is the snub of "Empire," the season's breakout hit. Was it too soapy or guilty-pleasure-ish for the Academy to take seriously? Fellow newbie/Twitter sensation "How to Get Away With Murder" was also snubbed. Golden Globe fave "The Affair" got no love, here or in other major categories. »
- Gary Susman
I have a bad feeling that Jane the Virgin is about to get royally screwed.
Emmy Nominations will be announced this Thursday at 11:30 am/Est, and my gut is telling me that the sublime freshman comedy — and its sterling ensemble led by Gina Rodriguez —will fall victim to the Academy’s long-held bias against The CW.
I really hope I am wrong.
Voting closed for Emmy nominations on Friday. Ordinarily, I would have already completed my usual If I Had An Emmy Ballot exercise by now, but various other projects got in the way, which means what I'm about to post is even more hypothetical than usual, since it's after the voting deadline. As always, I'm working with the choices listed on the actual Emmy ballots, which means I have to go along with where various shows and actors were categorized and submitted. So I have to consider "Orange Is the New Black" a drama, have to consider Key and Peele supporting actors on their own show, and can't go off the ballot to try nominating an actor like Max Greenfield from "New Girl," who didn't even put his name up for submission. Also, while I've done these as a bunch of separate posts the last few years, this thing's already so »
- Alan Sepinwall
Amazon has renewed their Transparent TV series for a third season. Season two is expected later this year and season three will debut in 2016.
Here's the press release:
Amazon Greenlights Third Season of Golden Globe Award-Winning Original Series "Transparent"--Available Exclusively for Prime Members in 2016
Award-winning show creator Jill Soloway signs overall deal with Amazon Studios where she will exclusively develop television projects; Soloway will continue as Showrunner on Transparent and Andrea Sperling has been elevated to Executive Producer on the series
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Amazon has greenlit a third season of Transparent, well in advance of the Golden Globe-winning dramedy’s Season 2 release date.
Related: Christina Ricci to Play Zelda Fitzgerald in Amazon Drama Pilot Z
On board for Season 3 are Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award winner Jeffrey Tambor, Critics Choice Award nominee Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass, while series creator Jill Soloway will continue on as showrunner, as part of her new overall deal with Amazon Studios.
“I am so thrilled that I get to share more of the Pfeffermans’ story with the world,” Soloway said in a statement. »
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