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Chris Cooper on Reuniting With Meryl Streep, Family Monsters, and the 'Very Strange Introduction' of Norman Osborn

20 December 2013 1:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Oscar-winning actor Chris Cooper has the careful enunciation of an actor with a theatrical background, and a slight Southern lilt that becomes more pronounced in his performance as Charles Aiken in "August: Osage County." Since beginning his movie career at the age of 35, Cooper's worked steadily as a solid supporting actor with a certain seriousness about him that grounds whatever he's in. Whether he's playing a homophobic ex-Marine in "American Beauty" or an obsessive orchid collector minus a few front teeth in "Adaptation," Cooper always bolsters the actors around him.

"August: Osage County" is an ensemble piece that stars some of the most illustrious stars in Hollywood, the most prominent being his "Adaptation" co-star (and onscreen lover) Meryl Streep. In this adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts, Cooper's role is that of the placating husband, father, and uncle who seems ignorant of the secrets swirling around the Weston home. »

- Jenni Miller

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5 Philosophies We Can Learn From Fight Club

20 October 2013 2:00 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Firstly a question of context, by ‘philosophies we can learn from Fight Club’, this article refers to the themes and attitudes that both the film and the book can teach us. The depth of Chuck Palahnuik’s novel means it could theoretically be added to the compulsory school curriculum, alongside Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge, or J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye (though with far less celebrity shootings). This could be particularly apt as these novels are usually tackled during Gcse and A-levels, at the peak of adolescence.

Adolescence, ahh the very time when we all first take that bite of Eve’s apple and realise we are naked, not in paradise and that that snake was a lying little….you get the idea. Yet this is a time when we first get a little bit of independence and start making our way in the world. »

- Simon Collins

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Paul Rogers obituary

15 October 2013 3:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor who played many major Shakespearean roles on the stage

Few actors played as many major Shakespearean roles as did Paul Rogers, a largely forgotten and seriously underrated performer, who has died aged 96. It was as though he was barnacled in those parts, undertaken at the Old Vic in the 1950s, by the time he played his most famous role, the vicious paterfamilias Max in Harold Pinter's The Homecoming at the Aldwych theatre in 1965 (and filmed in 1973).

Staunch, stolid and thuggish, with eyes that drilled through any opposition, Rogers's Max was a grumpy old block of granite, hewn on an epic scale, despite the flat cap and plimsolls – horribly real. Peter Hall's production for the Royal Shakespeare Company was monumental; everything was grey, chill and cheerless in John Bury's design, set off firstly by a piquant bowl of green apples and then by the savage acting.

The Homecoming »

- Michael Coveney

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Paul Rogers obituary

15 October 2013 3:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who played many major Shakespearean roles on the stage

Few actors played as many major Shakespearean roles as did Paul Rogers, a largely forgotten and seriously underrated performer, who has died aged 96. It was as though he was barnacled in those parts, undertaken at the Old Vic in the 1950s, by the time he played his most famous role, the vicious paterfamilias Max in Harold Pinter's The Homecoming at the Aldwych theatre in 1965 (and filmed in 1973).

Staunch, stolid and thuggish, with eyes that drilled through any opposition, Rogers's Max was a grumpy old block of granite, hewn on an epic scale, despite the flat cap and plimsolls – horribly real. Peter Hall's production for the Royal Shakespeare Company was monumental; everything was grey, chill and cheerless in John Bury's design, set off firstly by a piquant bowl of green apples and then by the savage acting.

The Homecoming »

- Michael Coveney

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Scarlett Johansson: 25 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the 'Don Jon' Star

27 September 2013 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Scarlett Johansson may be regarded as one of the most beautiful stars in the world, but she's also an actress who continues to surprise us.

Johansson has juggled various genres, from teen comedies like "The Perfect Score," to quirky indies like "Ghost World," to superhero blockbusters like "Iron Man 2." But this weekend we get the Jersey-fied Johansson in "Don Jon." Scarjo plays Barbara, the new girlfriend of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's porn-addicted title character.

We've seen Johansson on screen since she was just a kid, but there are still tons of facts that you probably never knew about the blonde bombshell, such as her rejection from Nyu's Tisch school or her near-casting in the upcoming "Gravity." Find out more little-known tidbits about the star below.

1. Even though 1998's "The Horse Whisperer" was Johansson's seventh feature film, she was given an "Introducing" credit in it.

2. She has a twin brother, Hunter Johansson, »

- Erin Whitney

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24 Things We Learned From the ‘A Boy And His Dog’ Commentary

15 August 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A Boy And His Dog is an odd duck in the world of post-apocalyptic cinema in that it’s neither pure action nor pure drama. It exists somewhere in between the two extremes with a dark yet playful sense of humor courtesy of Harlan Ellison‘s source novella. It tells the story of a young man (Don Johnson) and his telepathic dog trying to survive in a world devastated by a global five day war. Food, water and companionship are priorities, but sometimes you have to settle for two out of three. Shout! Factory’s new Blu-ray release includes a sharp HD transfer, a previously-recorded commentary, and a brand new conversation between Ellison and and director L.Q. Jones as they rehash the film’s production and their nearly forty year old disagreements. This is a must-buy for fans of Ellison, misogyny or sci-fi in general. Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary track for »

- Rob Hunter

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Tom Hanks' JFK assassination movie has cast, release date

27 July 2013 10:10 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The Tom Hanks-produced Parkland, in the works since last year, now has a cast and release date, as well as slots at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. The film covers the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald, who was acting on orders from Arthur Miller, distraught that Kennedy had ordered the death of Miller's ex wife Maril—oh no, we've said too much. Similar to Emilio Estevez's Bobby, about the assassination of JFK's brother Robert, the film will focus on supporting players in the historical drama, including the »

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Gene Wilder on Today's 'Dirty' Movies and Why 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' Is 'an Insult'

13 June 2013 6:10 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Gene Wilder doesn't think he's funny -- at least not in real life.

"[People] say, 'What a comic, what a funny guy,' and I'm not -- I am really not -- except in a comedy film," said the actor, who made a rare public appearance Thursday night (June 13) at the 92Y in New York City. "I also make my wife laugh once or twice in the house, but nothing special."

It's a bit odd to hear Wilder, known for playing comedic roles in films, including "Blazing Saddles," "The Producers," and "Young Frankenstein," to say something like this. Then again, Wilder always was a dramatic actor at heart, studying at renown institutions the Old Vic, in England, and Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio, in New York, before earning acclaim in his now classic comedies.

Last night, Wilder spoke about his career in and outside of show business, with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osbourne. »

- Alex Suskind

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Paradigm Signs Frances Conroy

13 June 2013 5:47 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Veteran TV, film and stage actress Frances Conroy has signed with Paradigm, joining her agent Iris Grossman who moved from ICM Partners to Paradigm last week. Conroy, who is managed by Paul Martino, is the second Grossman client to follow her from ICM to Paradigm, along with Mandy Patinkin. Conroy co-stars on FX’s American Horror Story, appearing in all three seasons to date and earning an Emmy nomination for the first cycle. She also received a Golden Globe Award and four Emmy nominations for her role on HBO’s Six Feet Under. On Broadway, Conroy earned a Tony nomination for Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mt. Morgan. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Israeli Actor-Director Avner Garbi dies at 70

5 June 2013 12:26 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Avner Garbi, an Israeli actor and director who co-founded the Jewish Repertory Theater in Gotham and was a founding member of the West Coast Ensemble, died May 22 in Los Angeles. He was 70.

Garbi was born on March 8, 1943 in Israel where he served in the army. After working in theater, he was cast in “Cast a Giant Shadow” with Kirk Douglas and moved to Gotham to pursue his acting career.

In 1974, he co-founded the Jewish Repertory Theater with Ran Avni.  He directed and acted in numerous plays, among them, “A Night In May” by Israeli playwright A.B. Yehoshua.

By 1983, Garbi moved to Los Angeles where he was a founding member of West Coast Ensemble and became associate director of Grace Players. Among the productions he directed were “Paradise Lost,” “Of Mice and Men” and an Arthur Miller Festival.

Garbi appeared in more than 100 plays, films and television shows in Israel, Gotham, »

- Michelle Salemi

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The Big Knife: Theater Review

16 April 2013 6:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York – Clifford Odets is widely viewed as a conflicted artist torn between his social idealism and the compromising reality of working in a commercial industry. In his autobiography Timebends, Arthur Miller wrote that Odets’ art was “the real cross he bore in a popular culture demanding instant and painless entertainment.” The weight of that cross hangs heavily in his 1949 play The Big Knife, a blunt attack on Hollywood that smacks of a playwright bitterly exculpating himself after a decade spent as a studio-system screenwriter. While its preachy lack of subtlety makes this drama ultimately less

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- David Rooney

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Helen Mirren: on stage or on screen, long may she reign over us | Observer editorial

9 March 2013 4:12 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It's her lack of vanity as much as her ability that makes Helen Mirren such a popular star

She does not believe in God and dyed her hair pink for the Baftas. Uniquely, she's played both Queen Elizabeths (I and II) on screen, also starring as Dci Jane Tennison in seven seasons of ITV's Prime Suspect. Arthur Miller once saluted an actress fearless in "the open expression of large emotions". She was raised "anti-monarchist", once bested Parkinson on TV and her White Russian father drove a London cab. No surprise, then, that Helen Lydia Mironoff, better known as Helen Mirren, is becoming the people's favourite.

Last week, Dame Helen confirmed her place in our hearts, playing Her Majesty again. The 67-year-old Oscar-winning actress brought West End theatre critics to their knees in adoration at her magical performance as Elizabeth Windsor, at once girlish and elderly, in Peter Morgan's The Audience. »

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Sbiff 2013: Talking ‘Blumenthal’ With Director Seth Fisher

16 February 2013 7:36 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Whether you’re the son or daughter of a Hollywood socialite or just a normal person trying to show off his/her vision, making an independent movie is difficult. If you do it right, all the hard work and effort made into putting together that one film stands out. When you trollop along a film festival such as the one in Santa Barbara, independent movies feel harder to come by. The place is littered with foreign films and movies that were shown at previous festivals, so it’s a bit of a big deal when an independent movie such as “Blumenthal” busts its way in.

Writer, director and actor Seth Fisher comes from a theater background but shares an equal love for the big screen. His directorial debut “Blumenthal” touches upon a family who reflects back on their individual life decisions after a beloved and famous relative suddenly passes on. »

- Melissa Molina

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As Luck Would Have It | Review

14 February 2013 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Spark of Life: Iglesia’s Latest a Soap Opera Soap Box

Following on the heels of his successful 2010 award winner The Last Circus, Alex de la Iglesia leaves behind genre for his most straightforward drama effort yet with As Luck Would Have It, a denigration of class and greed that operates nearly exclusively as a mouth piece for the overtly obvious views it continuously espouses. Once again snagging some A-list talent, Iglesia sinks them, along with Kiko de la Rica’s glorious cinematography, into a quagmire of telenovelic proportions. A would be satire, Iglesia bungles melodrama, black comedy, and motifs more at home with Arthur Miller into a heterogeneous mixture of humanity where black and white never fade to grey.

An out of work advertising executive, Roberto (Jose Mota), is desperate to get out of a two year unemployment slump. His ravishingly beautiful and supportive wife, Luisa (Salma Hayek »

- Nicholas Bell

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Craig, Weisz together in Broadway?

8 February 2013 7:12 PM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

New York, Feb 9: Actors Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz are in talks to appear together in a Broadway production of Harold Pinter's "Betrayal".

They are likely to be seen in the play this autumn, reports dailymail.co.uk.

Craig would play publisher Robert, whose wife Emma (who runs an art gallery) is having an affair with his friend, Jerry, a literary agent.

The production is dependent on various factors, including whether celebrated director Mike Nichols will sign up to work on it.

Nichols, who directed classic movies such as "The Graduate", scored a triumph last season in New York with the revival of Arthur Miller's. »

- Leon David

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Daniel Craig to work with wife Rachel Weisz

8 February 2013 4:01 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz are to star in a play together. The couple - who married in a surprise ceremony in June 2011 - are reportedly in secret negotiations to star in a production of Harold Pinter's 'Betrayal' on New York's Broadway. The play, which was written in 1978, uses reverse chronology to tell the story of publisher Robert, whose wife Emma - who runs an art gallery - is having an affair with his friend Jerry, a literary agent. It is not yet known who is being touted for the role of Jerry. According to the Daily Mail newspaper, 'The Graduate' director Mike Nichols - who presided over last season's Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's 'Death Of »

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Scarlett Johansson back on Broadway for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof revival

18 January 2013 7:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

But in a season where celebrity-driven shows have frequently flopped on Broadway, will her celebrity draw in theatergoers?

She did backflips in The Avengers and karaoke in Lost in Translation, but starting this week Scarlett Johansson is facing down a different test – not in front of a camera, but on stage.

The Hollywood star is helming a new Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams's 1955 classic of sexual desire and dishonesty in the American south. Johansson, who plays the frustrated debutante Maggie the Cat, races around the stage in a fire-red wig and negligee, spitting out her lines in a rapid-fire southern twang – which may take some getting used to for audiences expecting her trademark husky contralto.

The show opened Thursday for a 10-week run. But her appearance in a role made famous by Elizabeth Taylor is a financial gamble as much as an artistic one. »

- Jason Farago

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Scarlett Johansson in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Early Reviews Surface, Critics Not So Hot About Broadway Revival

18 January 2013 6:56 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If you ask the critics, this Cat doesn't purr. Three years after she won a well-deserved Tony Award for her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's View From the Bridge, Scarlett Johansson returns to the Great White Way starring as the ambitious, sexually ravenous Maggie in one of Tennessee Williams' greatest plays, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Alas, unlike her previous outing on the boards, which received near-universal praise, the reviews this time around were mixed, though that can be attributed less to the husky-voiced actress' surprisingly cerebral performance than to the noisy direction by Rob Ashford, and to some very loud sound effects.  Here's a roundup of what people are saying about »

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