17 items from 2013
The Rialto rendition, which closed Oct. 9, netted a Tony Award for Tyson, among other noms. Legit helmer Michael Wilson will make his TV directing debut with the Ostar Prods. take on Horton Foote’s enduring story of a woman’s journey through the South as the Jim Crow era fades.
The 1985 feature adaptation yielded an Oscar for best actress win for star Geraldine Page.
- Cynthia Littleton
John Wayne is cast in a familiar role as a virtuous gunfighter idolised by a hero-worshipping youngster. Here he's the titular cavalryman who tries to persuade a boy and his stubborn mother (Geraldine Page) to leave their remote ranch which is under constant threat from Apache raids. Partly inspired by Shane, this Warner Bros Western was originally filmed in 3D. »
We've seen Michelle Pfeiffer sing, we've seen her slink around Gotham City, and we've seen her as a drug lord's trophy wife, but now we'll get to see her as a mafia badass.
From "Dangerous Liaisons" to "Dangerous Minds," the Oscar-winning actress gets dangerous yet again in this week's "The Family" alongside Robert De Niro. Pfeiffer's Maggie Blake may look like a sweet little blonde lady, but don't judge a mob boss's wife by her cover -- she'll blow up your convenience store if you make fun of her French.
Pfeiffer has been on both the big and small screen for the last 34 years, but there are still a handful of facts you probably didn't know about her, such as her penchant for oil painting. Check out 20 little-known tidbits below about the actress below.
- Erin Whitney
Photogenesis has brief promotional clip of Guardians of the Galaxy
IndieWire a catalogue of old movie magazines now available online
Glenn Dunks on The Conjuring as all haunting movies. All of 'em!
i09 What is wrong and right about Elysium's mixed bag
Chud First look at Channing Tatum (with poiny ears!) in Jupiter Rising
Gawker Christina Bianco does it again - 19 divas singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
Advocate with two new Hercules films coming, The Advocate outs the demi-gods gay side
Variety annoyingness: Her gets moved into the December glut... as if November isn't good enough to make an Oscar run. Wrong!
the 80s are inescapable
- NATHANIEL R
The Tony Awards telecast is the So You Think You Can Dance of award shows: It’s perpetually underrated. It’s an exuberant summer distraction. It’s hosted by an endearing emcee and populated by monumentally talented people; it’s far less cynical than its higher-rated counterparts (The Oscars = American Idol, natch); and frankly, you might actually learn something watching it. You glean so much from the Tony Awards that you actually feel caught up on Broadway by the end of the show, and that’s shocking and edifying. Then again, any award show featuring the talents of Cicely Tyson, Tracy Letts, Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti, Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Cyndi Lauper, Neil Patrick Harris (and an appearance by Jake Gyllenhaal for the hell of it!) is probably awesome even without the didactic element. »
- Louis Virtel
As we march bravely on through 2013, Thn will take a nostalgic yet critical look at the 53 Walt Disney Animated Classics, from Snow White to Wreck-it Ralph, through the obscurity of Fun And Fancy Free to the Golden Age of Beauty And The Beast. These are the films the Walt Disney company are most proud of, the ones that hold a special place in our hearts, the ones that still cost a fortune to buy on DVD. This time we join The Rescuers.
1977/ 77 minutes
One of the last films Walt Disney himself was involved in, albeit several years before production began, The Rescuers marked a return to dramatic storytelling, rather than the lighter, more comic films of the 1970s, and is also notable for a few technical innovations. Advancements in the xerographic process (which transferred pencil drawings directly from the page to the animation cel, »
- Rob Burch
After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.
Jasmine arrives in San Francisco in a fragile mental state, her head reeling from the cocktail of anti-depressants she’s on. While still able to project her aristocratic bearing, Jasmine is emotionally precarious and lacks any practical ability to support herself. She disapproves of Ginger’s boyfriend Chili (Bobby Cannavale), who she considers another “loser” like Ginger’s ex-husband Augie (Andrew Dice Clay).
Ginger, recognizing but not fully understanding her sister’s psychological instability, suggests that she pursue interior design, a career she correctly intuits that Jasmine won’t feel is beneath her. In the meantime, Jasmine begrudgingly accepts work as the receptionist in a dentist’s office, »
- Michelle McCue
Tony Awards 2013: Tom Hanks, Nora Ephron, Cicely Tyson, Tom Sturridge among nominees (photo: Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy) The Tony Awards 2013 nominations were announced earlier today. Missing in action is a whole array of film celebrities, though a few managed to be included in this year’s shortlist. (See also: “Tony Awards 2013: Scarlett Johansson, Sigourney Weaver, Jessica Chastain ‘Snubbed.’“) Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) is in the running for Best Actor in a Play for Lucky Guy, which is also up for the Best Play Tony Award. Written by Nora Ephron, who directed Hanks and Meg Ryan in two of their biggest box-office hits, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, Lucky Guy traces the rise, fall, and rebirth of New York tabloid columnist Mike McAlary. Ephron, among whose other film credits include the Meryl Streep / Amy Adams comedy Julie & Julia and, as a screenwriter, »
- Andre Soares
Tony Awards 2013: Stage-Movie connection ranges from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Kinky Boots to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (photo: Emilia Clarke, Cory Michael Smith in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) [See previous post: "Tony Awards 2013 Nominations: Tom Hanks, Sigourney Weaver Among Potential Contenders."] Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, possibly up for a 2013 Tony Award in the Best Revival of a Play category, was made into an Academy Award-nominated movie in 1966. Mike Nichols directed Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, George Segal, and Sandy Dennis, from a screenplay by Ernest Lehman. Taylor and Dennis won Oscars as, respectively, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. In this latest Broadway revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the stars are Tracy Letts, Amy Morton, Madison Dirks and Carrie Coon. Peter Masterson’s 1985 film version of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, another possible Best Revival nominee, earned Geraldine Page a Best Actress Academy »
- Andre Soares
Here they are, the last gasp of shows for the 2012-2013 theater season as we approach T-Day (Tony Nomination Day on April 30). And on that note, some notable rulings have been announced: the four young tykes taking on the title role in Matilda will not be competing jointly for Best Actress in a Musical (they will instead receive a special “Tony Honor For Excellence”). And poor Kristine Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) and all the men in Orphans have been added to the crowded slate of competitors for Leading Actor/Actress, which means about eight Tony-worthy performers »
- Jason Clark
Cicely Tyson is favored to win Best Actress (Play) at the Tony Awards for headlining the acclaimed revival of Horton Foote's play "The Trip to Bountiful." The three-time Emmy champ ("The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," 1974; "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All," 1994) has the backing of eight of our dozen experts: Melissa Bernardo (EW), Thom Geier (EW), Brian Lipton (Theatermania), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Matt Windman (amNY) and Wayman Wong (NY Daily News). Related: Tom Hanks tipped to add Tony to awards collection The part she plays -- the widowed Carrie Watts who longs to see her hometown one more time-- was originated by Lillian Gish in a 1953 teleplay. Gish reprised the role in a short-lived Broadway edition later that year. And in 1985, Geraldine Page star »
New York – One of the most moving roles in 20th century American drama for an actress in her senior years, Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful has been an acclaimed late-career vehicle – television, movies and stage – for Lillian Gish, Geraldine Page and Lois Smith. Horton Foote’s exquisite 1953 play also serves the estimable Cicely Tyson admirably, and vice versa, even if Michael Wilson’s comfort-food Broadway revival seldom matches her level. The production, which co-stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vanessa Wiliams, follows on the heels of recent Tennessee Williams makeovers that cast black actors
- David Rooney
“Kimberly and I are very excited to join the producing team behind this landmark production of the American classic, The Trip To Bountiful,” the NBA star said in the release before Mrs. Chandler added; “Tyson and I were extremely moved by the play and its message of honoring one’s history, heritage, and home.”
Originally based off the 1953 teleplay, »
- Brennan Williams
When greedy treasure hunter Madam Medusa (voiced by Geraldine Page) kidnaps little orphan Penny, fearless mouse duo Bernard and Bianca - key members of the secret Rescue Aid Society - plunge into swamp territory to get her back. With Penny guarded by Medusa's sneaky hench alligators, the plucky twosome get much-needed assistance from an ungainly albatross who runs his own airline and a dragonfly who doubles as an outboard motor. It's a bumpy ride in the Disney tradition, but strong characters make it soar. »
By Joey Magidson
Believe it or not, no actor or actress has ever won an Academy Award for a performance in a film directed by Steven Spielberg. It’s an incredible dry spell, but this Oscar drought should end this weekend. Lincoln is poised to at least score Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, if not Tommy Lee Jones for Supporting Actor and Sally Field for Supporting Actress as well. Day-Lewis is a lock, while Jones is a 50-50 proposition at this point and Field is almost assuredly losing. This won’t suddenly mean that Spielberg is King Midas for actors, but the tide is definitely turning at last.
This change got me thinking about the best performances induced from actors by Spielberg that resulted in nods but no wins. It’s an odd statistic since the Academy often goes out of its way to nominate his movies. Sometimes »
- Joey Magidson
Let's talk about jilted actresses, boys.
The Oscars are next Sunday, and we still have plenty of Academy history to reinspect like amateur Clouseaus. Today's cold case: the 10 greatest Best Actress-nominated performances that didn't win an Oscar. Apologies to my other sentimental favorites like Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys, Julie Christie in McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole, Anne Bancroft in The Graduate, and my darling Elizabeth Hartman in A Patch of Blue because I could only pick 10. Here they are.
Look, I hear you. Natalie Wood: not so inspiring in Rebel Without a Cause; barely survivable in West Side Story. But what she achieves in Splendor in the Grass, is to me, the absolute best kind of melodrama. As heartsick teen Deanie Loomis in this epic adaptation of William Inge's play, Natalie Wood jumps from lustfulness (since she's dating a young, »
I had a ball with a 10 Greatest Best Actress Victories list, and now it's time to reveal my dark side: Here are my five least favorite wins for Best Actress, and you'll notice they're all pretty fabulous actresses doing subpar work in subpar fare. Maybe I'm just mad at them for getting rewarded for the wrong work. Maybe I'm contrarian. T'any rate, here are the five offenders:
This is not my way of damning Jodie for that cryptic, near-Dada speech she gave at the Golden Globes. This is my way of acknowledging that The Accused is unimportant Oscar bait full of teary monologues that just don't work. Jodie Foster is a commanding actress, and I consider her work in The Silence of the Lambs one of the most justified wins of the '90s. (Love the '91 Oscars so, so much. Thelma, Louise, Rambling Rose, Mercedes Ruehl, »
17 items from 2013
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