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Tonys: James Corden Heads Back to Broadway as Awards Host (Q&A)

7 June 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

James Corden made his Broadway debut in 2006 as part of the ensemble of Alan Bennett's awards-laden The History Boys, about a bright sixth-form graduating class and their maverick teacher at a British boys' grammar school. He returned in 2012 in Richard Bean's rollicking commedia dell'arte update, One Man, Two Guvnors, which landed him a Tony for lead actor in a play. His next project for the New York stage was to be starring in a revival of the ancient Roman musical romp A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, following in the footsteps of Zero

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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 20 – The Front

2 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

My guest for this month is West Anthony, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1976 comedy-drama film The Front. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

Not sure what happened to the audio in the introduction, apologies! The Hollywood blacklist is a term for the treatment of people in the entertainment industry who refused to name names to the House Un-American Activities Committee from 1947 to 1960 For a more in depth take on the blacklist, check out the latest season of the phenomenal You Must Remember This podcast WonderCon is a comic book convention that was held annually in Sf until it was cruelly moved to the La area in 2012. Yes I’m still bitter about it. West also recommends the Gabrielle de Cuir directed Thirty Years of Treason by Eric Bentley Among the people famously blacklisted were Lillian Hellman, Lionel Stander, »

- Arik Devens

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Criterion Reflections – The Producers (1968) – Ld #35

10 April 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:

A brash, vulgar, wildly energetic and shamelessly provocative comedy romp that launched Mel Brooks as a film director, Gene Wilder as a popular comic actor, and grossly expanded the latitude extended to comedians in cinema, establishing radically poor taste as an acceptable marketing strategy in mainstream entertainment. Though The Producers is fondly remembered, massively influential and boasts some truly unforgettable sequences of inspired lunacy, too much time is dedicated to histrionic leering, shouting and shrieking episodes that don’t deliver enough in terms of wit to earn my enthusiastic endorsement overall. The story line is pretty familiar – a rambunctious Broadway showman conspires with a neurotic accountant to bilk investors in an offensive production, only to see their plan foiled when the play becomes an unexpected hit. The premise is clever and offers a broad platform for unbridled zaniness. A lot »

- David Blakeslee

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