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Clifford Stevens, Paradigm Founding Partner, Dies at 82

Clifford Stevens, an influential agent on Broadway and a founding partner at Paradigm, died over the weekend in New York City, the talent agency announced. He was 82.

Stevens shepherded the careers of such actors as Colleen Dewhurst, James Earl Jones, Lauren Bacall, Andy Garcia, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Robards, Kenneth Branagh, Campbell Scott, Michael Gambon, Glenn Close, George Hearn, Len Cariou, Brian Bedford and George Grizzard and designers like Santo Loquasto and Desmond Heeley.

"Clifford will always be known as one of the great gentleman agents," Paradigm chairman and CEO Sam Gores said in a statement. "He brought insight, humor,...
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Clifford Stevens, Paradigm Founding Partner, Dies at 82

Clifford Stevens, an influential agent on Broadway and a founding partner at Paradigm, died over the weekend in New York City, the talent agency announced. He was 82.

Stevens shepherded the careers of such actors as Colleen Dewhurst, James Earl Jones, Lauren Bacall, Andy Garcia, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Robards, Kenneth Branagh, Campbell Scott, Michael Gambon, Glenn Close, George Hearn, Len Cariou, Brian Bedford and George Grizzard and designers like Santo Loquasto and Desmond Heeley.

"Clifford will always be known as one of the great gentleman agents," Paradigm chairman and CEO Sam Gores said in a statement. "He brought insight, humor,...
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• Racked Titanic's necklace almost bankrupted a whole company!

• My New Plaid Pants geeking out over Ms. Laura Dern who spoke to NYC at the Film Society of Lincoln Center recently

• Deadline an interview with the great production designer Santo Loquasto on Wonder Wheel

• Out Ryan Murphy's Boys in the Band Broadway Revival has cast a bunch of its players already and it's basically all the famous gays: Charlie Carver, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Zachary Quinto some of whom at least have stage experience.

• The Muse talks to Glenn Close who has some interesting things to say about gossip, Harvey Weinstein, and being an older actor in Hollywood

• Indie Wire on the multi-pronged creative casting efforts for The Florida Project

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• Mubi on the
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‘Wonder Wheel’ Production Designer On The Artist Who Has Breathed New Life Into Woody Allen’s Films

‘Wonder Wheel’ Production Designer On The Artist Who Has Breathed New Life Into Woody Allen’s Films
Having worked with the prolific Woody Allen on over 30 films since 1980’s Stardust Memories, three-time Oscar-nominated production designer Santo Loquasto is well-acquainted with the writer/director’s likes and dislikes, his aesthetic preferences, and his general approach to storytelling—which has made the introduction of a new collaborator in recent years all the more exciting. With Café Society, released last year, Allen brought three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer V…
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'Wonder Wheel' Review: Kate Winslet Singes in Woody Allen's Dour Drama

'Wonder Wheel' Review: Kate Winslet Singes in Woody Allen's Dour Drama
Kate Winslet is on fire in Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel, playing Ginny, an unhappily married waitress living near the boardwalk on Brooklyn's Coney Island circa 1950. This broken dreamer is pushing 40 and reaching the limits of her patience with Humpty (a solidly affecting Jim Belushi), the carousel-operator she married to provide a semblance of security for her pre-teen, budding-pyromaniac son Richie (Jack Gore), a budding pyromaniac. The Wonder Wheel outside their window spins in circles – just like Ginny, who drinks too much and lashes out at anyone who doesn't like it.
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Production Design

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Production Design
While “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Shape of Water” are mighty competitors for the Best Production Design Oscar, Dennis Gassner’s mind-blowing collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins on “Blade Runner 2049” will be the one to beat this year.

Frontrunners:

Sarah Greenwood (“Beauty and the Beast”)

Dennis Gassner (“Blade Runner 2049”)

Sarah Greenwood (“Darkest Hour”)

Nathan Crowley (“Dunkirk”)

Paul D. Austerberry (“The Shape of Water”)

Contenders:

Rick Carter (“The Post”)

Jim Clay (“Murder on the Orient Express”)

Nathan Crowley (“The Greatest Showman”)

Mark Friedberg (“Wonderstruck”)

Rick Heinrichs (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”)

Long Shots:

David J. Bomba (“Mudbound”)

Stefania Cella (“Downsizing”)

Santo Loquasto (“Wonder Wheel”)

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Woody Allen Recreates the Coney Island of His Past With ‘Wonder Wheel’ Production Team

Woody Allen Recreates the Coney Island of His Past With ‘Wonder Wheel’ Production Team
Even for a filmmaker like Woody Allen, who has dabbled in his share of period pieces, from the Roaring Twenties atmosphere of “Bullets Over Broadway” and “Midnight in Paris” to the Depression-era trappings of “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” his latest, “Wonder Wheel,” marks a bold stylistic detour.

“Period offers a lot of provocative possibilities,” Allen says of his 1950s-set ode to the Coney Island of his youth. “I wanted to do a poetic rendition. That immediately liberates you from having to be realistic all the time.”

Indeed, “Wonder Wheel” — to be released by Amazon on Dec. 1 and starring Kate Winslet as a former actress now working as a clam house waitress longing for what might have been — is a vibrant, lushly lit exercise in expressionism. And it was Vittorio Storaro, the three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer who first collaborated with Allen on “Café Society,” who really pushed the director outside his comfort zone.

“In any movie
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Amazon Studios Panel Dropped from PGA Conference Amid Executive Exodus

Amazon Studios Panel Dropped from PGA Conference Amid Executive Exodus
In the aftermath of sexual harassment allegations against former Amazon Studios head Roy Price, Amazon Studios continues to jettison planned publicity opportunities. Vanished from the schedule of Saturday’s Producers Guild of America conference “Produced By: New York” is “360 Profile: Amazon Studios,” which was to feature the company’s Head of Motion Picture Production, Ted Hope, and Joe Lewis, the now-former Head of Comedy, Drama, and Vr.

The PGA announced the panel September 14 as part of its conference programming. By October 22, Lewis was still a top Amazon executive — but the panel was no longer part of the schedule. (Variety confirmed his departure Oct. 23; the next day, Amazon’s head of unscripted programming, Conrad Riggs, also left the company).

This comes at what should be a key moment for Amazon, which is now launching its in-house distribution arm with Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel.” Amazon representatives declined to confirm the cancellation by press time.
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Anthony Bourdain, Sarah Jessica Parker to Speak at Produced By Conference

Anthony Bourdain, Sarah Jessica Parker to Speak at Produced By Conference
The Producers Guild of America has set Anthony Bourdain, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nina Jacobson, and Letty Aronson as speakers at its Produced By: New York event for Oct. 28 at Time Warner Center in New York.

The event will include “Conversation With Anthony Bourdain and Lydia Tenaglia”; “Future of Cinema: James Schamus”; “The Power to Shake It Up” with Alison Benson, Kelly Carmichael, Jacobson, Nina K. Noble, and Parker confirmed to date; and “Producers’ Masterclass: The Power of Creative Collaboration” with moderator Bruce Cohen, Aronson, Edward Lachman, Santo Loquasto, and Christine Vachon.

Other confirmed speakers include Evgeny Afineevsky, Jessica Goldberg, Gary Lucchesi, and Lori McCreary.

The Bourdain event will include discussions of “A Cook’s Tour,” “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” and film projects “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent,” “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” and “Detroit: Once in a Great City.”

“Future of Cinema: James Schamus” will cover his work producing “Brokeback Mountain” and
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Bette Midler in ‘Hello, Dolly!’: Who should play the Tony-winning part next?

Bette Midler in ‘Hello, Dolly!’: Who should play the Tony-winning part next?
A brand new Broadway production of the 1964 Tony-winning classic “Hello, Dolly!” opened on April 20 to rave reviews. It went on to win four Tony Awards: Best Musical Revival, Best Actress in a Musical (Bette Midler), Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Gavin Creel), and Best Costume Design of a Musical (Santo Loquasto). The […]
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Tony Awards 2017: Complete Winners List, From Bette Midler to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Tony Awards 2017: Complete Winners List, From Bette Midler to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
The social-media-themed musical “Dear Evan Hansen” won six Tony Awards on Sunday, including Best Musical as well as prizes for lead actor Ben Platt, featured actress Rachel Bay Jones, composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book writer Steven Levenson and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire. “Hello, Dolly!” claimed prizes for best musical revival, costume designer Santo Loquasto and lead actress Bette Midler, who hijacked the podium and spoke well past any efforts to play her off. Even host Kevin Spacey made light of the Divine Miss M’s persistence. “I want to get the hell out of here before Bette Midler thanks anyone else,
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2017 Tony Nominations Revealed: Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett & More

2017 Tony Nominations Revealed: Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett & More
While Hamilton dominated Broadway theater in 2016, this year's Tony nominations are more evenly distributed.

The 71st annual Tony Awards nominations were unveiled on Tuesday morning live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Announced by Jane Krakowski and Hamilton alum Christopher Jackson, the honorees were led by Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 with 12 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Josh Groban's role in the War and Peace-inspired story.

Related: Kristen Bell Shares Dax Shepard's Hilarious Review of 'Hamilton' After Seeing the Musical for the First Time

Dear Evan Hansen landed nine nominations, two of which were for Best Musical and Best Leading Actor (Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect). The stage adaptation of Groundhog Day and the 9/11 musical, Come From Away, rounded out the Best Musical noms.

Bette Midler also scored a Best Leading Actress nomination for her performance in Hello, Dolly! -- her
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‘Hello, Dolly!’ Broadway Review: Bette Midler Returns as Red Hot Jewish Mama

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‘Hello, Dolly!’ Broadway Review: Bette Midler Returns as Red Hot Jewish Mama
A very famous and talented man of the theater once remarked that “Hello, Dolly!” set the Broadway musical back 20 years. Or maybe he said it was only a 10-year setback. One of the many charms of the new “Dolly!” revival is that the 1964 musical appears to be taking place on Broadway 80 years ago. Director Jerry Zaks and designer Santo Loquasto treat the Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman show as an antique, but cover its frayed seams with a crackerjack cast. Of course, the big news is the return of Bette Midler. Playing the matchmaker, she does not disappoint...
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Amazon Studios Banks on Indie Auteurs at CinemaCon Preview

What a difference a year makes: Amazon Studios’ lunch at CinemaCon 2017 was packed. Not like last year. “We were a new studio brand who had released one movie and bought five at Sundance,” said Jason Ropell, Amazon’s worldwide head of Motion Pictures. “We were planning to release 15 movies. It was ambitious and pretty damned scary.”

It turned out exhibitors did fine with Amazon’s movies, especially Oscar-winning $47-million-grosser “Manchester By the Sea,” which was released by Roadside Attractions and is winding up its 19th week in theaters. Other hits included Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen comedy “Love & Friendship” (19 weeks) and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” (12 weeks), along with arthouse entries “The Handmaiden” (18 weeks), documentary “Gleason” and Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” which collected the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Ropell and head of movie marketing and distribution Bob Berney, who is well known by exhibitors, scored rousing applause whenever
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Amazon Studios Banks on Indie Auteurs at CinemaCon Preview

What a difference a year makes: Amazon Studios’ lunch at CinemaCon 2017 was packed. Not like last year. “We were a new studio brand who had released one movie and bought five at Sundance,” said Jason Ropell, Amazon’s worldwide head of Motion Pictures. “We were planning to release 15 movies. It was ambitious and pretty damned scary.”

It turned out exhibitors did fine with Amazon’s movies, especially Oscar-winning $47-million-grosser “Manchester By the Sea,” which was released by Roadside Attractions and is winding up its 19th week in theaters. Other hits included Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen comedy “Love & Friendship” (19 weeks) and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” (12 weeks), along with arthouse entries “The Handmaiden” (18 weeks), documentary “Gleason” and Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” which collected the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Ropell and head of movie marketing and distribution Bob Berney, who is well known by exhibitors, scored rousing applause whenever
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'Jackie', 'Beyoncé: Lemonade' among Art Directors Guild nominees

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'Jackie', 'Beyoncé: Lemonade' among Art Directors Guild nominees
The Guild announced on Thursday nominations for the 21st Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards across a multitude of categories covering features, TV, commercials and music videos.

Among the film nominees were Café Society, Manchester By The Sea, Hell Or High Water and Arrival.

TV nominees encompass Game Of Thrones, The Night of and Silicon Valley, while Beyonce’s Lemonade visual extravaganza is a heavy-hitter in the music videos section.

The awards show is set for February 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

Excellence In Production Design For A Feature FilmPERIOD Film

Café Society, Santo Loquasto

Fences, David Gropman

Hacksaw Ridge, Barry Robison

Hail, Caesar!, Jess Gonchor

Hidden Figures, Wynn Thomas

Jackie, Jean Rabasse

Fantasy Film

Arrival, Patrice Vermette

Doctor Strange, Charles Wood

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Stuart Craig

Passengers, Guy Hendrix Dyas

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Doug Chiang, Neil Lamont

Contemporary Film

Hell Or High Water, Tom Duffield

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‘Rogue One,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees

‘Rogue One,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees
The Art Directors Guild has nominated Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” for an excellence in production design award in the fantasy film category. Also nominated in the category are “Arrival,” “Doctor Strange,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Passengers.”

The winners will be announced at the guild’s 21st annual awards show, which will take place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood on Feb. 11.

Voting in the period film category resulted an in a tie, meaning that there are six films nominated rather than five. Those movies are “Cafe Society,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Hidden Figures” and “Jackie.”

In the contemporary category, the Adg nominated “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Nocturnal Animals.”

Most of the winners of the Adg awards are also nominated for Academy Awards for best production design. “Mad Max: Fury Road
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‘Rogue One,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees

‘Rogue One,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees
The Art Directors Guild has nominated Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” for an excellence in production design award in the fantasy film category. Also nominated in the category are “Arrival,” “Doctor Strange,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Passengers.”

The winners will be announced at the guild’s 21st annual awards show, which will take place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood on Feb. 11.

Voting in the period film category resulted an in a tie, meaning that there are six films nominated rather than five. Those movies are “Cafe Society,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Hidden Figures” and “Jackie.”

In the contemporary category, the Adg nominated “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Nocturnal Animals.”

Most of the winners of the Adg awards are also nominated for Academy Awards for best production design. “Mad Max: Fury Road” won the Adg’s
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‘Silence,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Passengers’ Among Production Design Oscar Contenders

‘Silence,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Passengers’ Among Production Design Oscar Contenders
This year’s production design Oscar race is, as ever, heavy on period pieces. But there are some fantasy contenders mixing things up and, if voters are willing to look, plenty of worthy possibilities that lie off the beaten path.

In one of the most extravagant builds of the year, production designer Jess Gonchor, a Coen brothers regular, and his team recreated the Tampa neighborhood of 1930s Ybor City in Georgia (thanks to tax incentives). It’s large-scale, detail-oriented stuff, as is Gonchor and company’s work on the Coens’ “Hail, Caesar!,” which transports the viewer back to 1950s Hollywood in lavish and eye-popping ways.

Speaking of lavish, Dante Ferretti takes us to 17th Century Japan for Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” He also took on costume design duties for the film. A three-time Oscar winner, twice for Scorsese productions (“The Aviator” and “Hugo”), Ferretti should be good for his 11th nomination to date,
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