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Song Of Sway Lake Review: Beautiful & Well Meaning, Yet Slow & Aimless

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There is a certain joy about going in to an unexpected movie. You can find yourself stumbling onto unexpected gems, or you can find yourself careening into a hot mess of a flick. While I wouldn’t necessarily call any aspect of The Song of Sway Lake a “hot mess,” I do think this film is an example of some very Great filmmaking mixed in with a bit of a questionable and meandering story.

The Song of Sway Lake is written by Elizabeth Bull and Ari Gold, and directed by Ari Gold. The film premiered at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival, and it follows the young twenty-something Ollie and his Russian friend Nikolai as they search for priceless record from his grandmother’s vacation home in Sway Lake. The record is an original unopened “Sway Lake” record, and he believes that his father (who had recently committed suicide
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‘The Song Of Sway Lake’ Trailer: Unlikely Romance Jazzes Up L.A. Film Festival Pic

‘The Song Of Sway Lake’ Trailer: Unlikely Romance Jazzes Up L.A. Film Festival Pic
Exclusive: Ari Gold’s The Song Of Sway Lake is having its world premiere next week at the Los Angeles Film Festival, debuting in the Premieres section. Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan and 2017 Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil star in the story of a young jazz collector (Culkin) who plots to rob his wealthy grandmother (Peil) of a rare 78 record, but his plan is derailed when his accomplice (Sheehan) falls for the glamorous matriarch. Isabelle McNally, Elizabeth Peña, Jack Falahee
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The 2017 Tony Nominees’ Worst Audition Horror Stories

Sometimes you blow an acting audition so spectacularly, it’s like a waking nightmare. You flub your lines, forget your lyrics, you’re meeting casting directors in the middle of a bad day—as Tony-nominated “Sweat” star Michelle Wilson says, “If you don’t have a humiliating story about auditioning, you’re not an actor.” Take it from the best of the 2016–17 Broadway season (Lucas Steele, Stephanie J. Block, and more!)—horrible auditions will help make you a better, more resilient performer and person. And hey, if you’re as talented as Mary Beth Peil, your worst audition in front of Stephen Sondheim may not end up as badly as you might expect! Don’t forget to subscribe to the Backstage YouTube Channel for more acting advice! And join Backstage in tuning into the Tony Awards this Sunday, June 11 on CBS. Check out Backstage’s Broadway audition listings!
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Audition Advice From Your Favorite 2017 Tony Award Nominees

Tony-nominated actors know a thing or two about nailing theater auditions. Backstage asked some of this year’s Broadway greats—from Mary Beth Peil to Denée Benton—for their best practical tips in the exclusive video below. “Imagine it’s the only time you will ever get a chance to play that part,” David Hyde Pierce of “Hello, Dolly!” advises. Stephanie J. Block of “Falsettos” has tips on what to do before an audition, while Jenn Colella of “Come From Away” maintains a post-audition routine. And if you’re looking for a way to recalibrate your attitude toward the entire process, listen to the wisdom of “Jitney’s” John Douglas Thompson. Don’t forget to check out Set the Scene, our video series of advice for actors, and be sure to subscribe to the Backstage YouTube Channel. Happy Tony Awards week! To book your next audition, check out Backstage’s Broadway audition listings!
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How to Survive 8 Broadway Shows a Week

Ever performed eight shows a week, for weeks on end? The Tony Award-nominated stars in the Backstage exclusive video below sure have! Whether it’s sugar-free cough drops or just a well-timed nap, every Broadway performer has different techniques for surviving such a grueling schedule in the spotlight. We asked this year’s Tony nominees Stephanie J. Block (“Falsettos”), Mary Beth Peil (“Anastasia”), Jayne Houdyshell (“A Doll’s House, Part 2”), Denée Benton (“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”), David Hyde Pierce (“Hello, Dolly!”), John Douglas Thompson (“August Wilson’s Jitney”), and Brandon Uranowitz (“Falsettos”) for their advice on snacking and drinking, vocal care, and what other secret weapons help them endure. Read: The 2017 Tony Nominees: Actors in a Musical Don’t forget to check out Set the Scene, our video series of advice for actors, and be sure to subscribe to the Backstage YouTube Channel. Happy Tony Awards week! Check
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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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Tony Awards Stats Special: We Counted, So You Don’t Have To

“Sweat,” written by Lynn Nottage: sweatbroadway.com

Written by The Interval.

The Tony Award nominations were announced this morning and, for the third year in a row, we did some counting to see how women fared at getting nominated for theater’s most prestigious award. When we started doing these stats three years ago, we found that we had to do a lot of counting, since so few statistics about women and theater awards existed (which is kind of bonkers) and so many publications left that aspect out of their coverage. And, despite some historic moments (“Fun Home”), the statistics reflect the state of Broadway — because if work by women isn’t in eligible houses, it can’t be nominated.

So here are the statistics for 2017, or: we counted, so you don’t have to.

(Please note that these stats count nominations, not individuals.)

Since 2000, “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage and “Indecent” by Paula Vogel are the eighth and ninth women-written plays to be nominated for Best Play. Nominations have gone to plays by men 60 times.If “Sweat” wins the award for Best Play, it will only be the fourth time a solo-authored play by a woman has won, and Lynn Nottage will be the second American woman and first African-American woman to win.If “Indecent” wins the award for Best Play, it will only be the fourth time a solo-authored play by a woman has won, and Paula Vogel will be the second American woman to win.This is only the third time the Best Play category has had more than one play authored by a woman. The other two years were 2002 and 1960, which saw two plays by women nominated.Out of the nominees for Best Revival of a Play and Best Revival of a Musical, none were directed by women. Because there were no revivals directed by women this season that were eligible for the Tony Awards.Since 2000, Rebecca Taichman is the 14th woman to be nominated for for Best Director of a Play. Men have been nominated 62 times.Since 2000, Rachel Chavkin is the 16th woman to be nominated for Best Director of a Musical. Men have been nominated 58 times.Since 2010, Mimi Lien is the sixth woman to be nominated for Best Scenic Design of a Musical. Men have been nominated 26 times.

The Interval is a theater website founded to be a virtual home for female voices of the theater.

The Tony Awards are June 11. Find all the female nominees below. List adapted from Variety.

Best Book of a Musical:

“Come From Away” — Irene Sankoff (with David Hein)

Best Original Score:

“Come From Away” — Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff (with David Hein)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:

Cate Blanchett, “The Present”

Jennifer Ehle, “Oslo”

Sally Field, “The Glass Menagerie

Laura Linney, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Laurie Metcalf, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:

Denee Benton, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

Christine Ebersole, “War Paint”

Patti LuPone, “War Paint”

Bette Midler, “Hello, Dolly!”

Eva Noblezada, “Miss Saigon”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:

Johanna Day, “Sweat”

Jayne Houdyshell, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Cynthia Nixon, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Condola Rashad, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Michelle Wilson, “Sweat”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:

Kate Baldwin, “Hello, Dolly!”

Stephanie J. Block, “Falsettos”

Jenn Colella, “Come From Away”

Rachel Bay Jones, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Mary Beth Peil, “Anastasia”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:

Mimi Lien, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

Best Costume Design of a Play:

Jane Greenwood, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Susan Hilferty, “Present Laughter”

Toni-Leslie James, “August Wilson’s Jitney”

Best Costume Design of a Musical:

Linda Cho, “Anastasia”

Paloma Young, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

Catherine Zuber, “War Paint”

Best Lighting Design of a Play:

Jane Cox, “August Wilson’s Jitney”

Jennifer Tipton, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:

Natasha Katz, “Hello, Dolly!”

Best Direction of a Play:

Rebecca Taichman, “Indecent”

Best Direction of a Musical:

Rachel Chavkin, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

Best Choreography:

Kelly Devine, “Come From Away”

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-Competitive Categories

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award:

Baayork Lee

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:

Nina Lannan (with Alan Wasser)

Tony Awards Stats Special: We Counted, So You Don’t Have To was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Move Over Meg Ryan! Get a First Look at Broadway’s Anastasia Musical

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Move Over Meg Ryan! Get a First Look at Broadway’s Anastasia Musical
Anastasia, the 1997 hit animated movie starring the voices of Meg Ryan and John Cusack, is making its move from the screen to the stage — and People’s got the exclusive first look at the production.

The new Broadway musical, now in previews at New York City’s Broadhurst Theatre, brings the legend of Russia’s Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna to life.

Newcomer Christy Altomare plays Anya — an 18-year-old amnesiac orphan who, with the help of a con-man Dmitry (Derek Kelna), poses as the long-lost Grand Duchess Anastasia. In doing so, she learns a secret about her past while fighting to secure a future for herself.
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Exclusive: TV’s Beloved Grandmother Mary Beth Peil Helps Bring ‘Anastasia’ to Broadway

Exclusive: TV’s Beloved Grandmother Mary Beth Peil Helps Bring ‘Anastasia’ to Broadway
Betty White's got nothing on Mary Beth Peil, TV’s beloved grandmother from Dawson’s Creek and The Good Wife, who is busier than ever after wrapping up seven seasons on the latter as the ever-watchful and prudish Jackie Florrick and now doing double duty on stage with back-to-back Broadway productions.

“It's thrilling, especially at my age,” Peil tells Et by phone. “There is no way to even dream -- as I get older, life gets better, as far as my professional life is concerned.”

“I am now closer to the age of Grams than I was 20 years ago,” the actress, now 76, says of playing the beloved grandmother to Jen Lindley (Michelle Williams) on Dawson’s Creek. “People recognize me as Grams more now than they did then.”

More: 2017 Spring Theater Preview

Last fall, the Tony Award nominee appeared in the Broadway revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Liev Schreiber. The play closed
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Busy Philipps Says James Franco 'Shoved Me to the Ground' During 'Brutal' Freaks and Geeks Friction

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Busy Philipps Says James Franco 'Shoved Me to the Ground' During 'Brutal' Freaks and Geeks Friction
[Youtube "Z6gQOgQyS3o"] It's all water under the bridge now, but Busy Philipps and James Franco's romantic connection on Freaks and Geeks was true acting. In fact, when the cameras weren't rolling, they "really disliked each other." Philipps, now 37, told Flipping Out star Jeff Lewis on Watch What Happens Live that Franco, now 38, was once one of the most difficult people with whom she's ever worked. "James Franco and I really didn't get along when we were on Freaks and Geeks," she said. "We were 19, and we really, really disliked each other - it's well-documented. He shoved me to the ground once.
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Find Out Which Costars Michelle Williams Invites to Her Dawson's Creek Reunions

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Find Out Which Costars Michelle Williams Invites to Her Dawson's Creek Reunions
[Youtube "7Wy6iHhWFFU" "auto"] Michelle Williams has taken to hosting her own, very exclusive Dawson's Creek reunions. Williams sat down with Today co-host Savannah Guthrie on Monday to discuss her latest role in the Broadway play Blackbird, and Guthrie couldn't help ask the question of the moment: What are the chances of a reunion?To fans' disappointment Williams, 35, acknowledged her character Jen Lindley's chances of appearing in any sort of reboot or revival are slim. "I died," she reminded Guthrie. "I would have to come back as a ghost - or put a lot of filters on the camera, and I'll do flashback scenes.
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The Good Wife

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Network: CBS

Episodes: 156 (hour)

Seasons: Seven

TV show dates: September 22, 2009 -- May 8, 2016

Series status: Ending

Performers include: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Christine Baranski, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Josh Charles, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega, Titus Welliver, Mary Beth Peil, and Patrick Heusinger.

TV show description:      

Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) is the wife of the State's Attorney of Cook County, Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), who is jailed as the result of a political corruption and sex scandal. She pushes aside the public humiliation and betrayal and goes back to work as a defense attorney, despite being out of the courtroom for the past thirteen years. She finds that she has to completely start over as a junior associate and gets a job at Stern, Lockhart & Gardner, a prestigious Chicago law firm.

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'The Good Wife': The show's star and creators tease the season 5 finale

The fifth season finale of The Good Wife airs Sunday at 9 p.m., and oh, what a season it’s been. From the blowup at Lockhart/Gardner to Will’s murder in the courtroom, the CBS drama has had it all. (Seriously, let’s give this show all the Emmys!) In the season 5 ender, Zach (Graham Phillips) graduates from high school and Alicia (Juliana Margulies) entrusts Jackie (Mary Beth Peil) and Veronica (Stockard Channing) to plan his graduation party. Meanwhile, the future of Florrick/Agos and Lockhart/Gardner hangs in the balance. Here, Juliana Margulies and the show’s co-creators,
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New Good Wife Season 5,Finale Episode 22 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By CBS

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Recently, CBS released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" season finale episode 22 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "A Weird Year," and it sounds like things will get very interesting and dramatic as the law firms will be exposed to a big threat, and more! In the new, 22nd episode press release: The futures of Florrick/Agos and Lockhart/Gardner are going to be at stake. Press release number 2: An open feed from a camera mistakenly left on after a teleconferenced deposition between the lawyers of Florrick/Agos and Lockhart/Gardner, is going to reveal a threat to the firm that Alicia and Cary never saw coming. In the meantime, the fate of Lockhart/Gardner will hang in the balance as Louis Canning vies for a larger role. Also, Alicia is going to entrust Zach’s high school graduation party to Jackie and Veronica.
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James Van Der Beek remembers 'Dawson's Creek' stalkers, reunites with Mary Beth Peil

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James Van Der Beek stopped by "Late Night with Seth Meyers" Thursday (March 27) to talk about his new show "Friends with Better Lives." All anyone really wanted to hear about was "Dawson's Creek," though. Luckily, he was more than happy to oblige.

One thing about the "Dawson's Creek" experience that stands out to Van Der Beek is the stalkers he gained through being a teen heartthrob. Sure, there was no end of teen girls who squealed with delight whenever they saw him, but they weren't the only ones enamored with Dawson.

"My favorite was this older guy, who would make me mix tapes which were comprised of songs from shows I had actually been in," Van Der Beek says. "He would come to Wilmington, where we shot 'Dawson's Creek', every year on my birthday to try and give me a birthday card. So every year on my birthday
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‘Maladies’ the new entry in James Franco’s inexplicable filmography

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Maladies

Written and directed by Carter

USA, 2012

Somehow, the most inexplicable thing about Maladies is that it’s being released around the United States for release; considering the film’s deliberately experimental and impenetrable quality, this is no easy feat to achieve. But the overriding question upon watching Maladies is as follows: who is this movie for? Its star, James Franco, has become as well-known for his avant-garde work in cinema and modern art as well as he’s known for being a James Dean lookalike in the cult TV show Freaks and Geeks or for his work in Apatow-era mainstream comedies like Pineapple Express. So Maladies may be something he just wanted to do for kicks, but it’s hard to imagine this film raising any level of interest from all but the most dedicated of completists.

In Maladies, Franco stars as James, an actor of some renown and
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Catching up with Mary Beth Peil of Contest

Nearly all of the main characters on CBS’s The Good Wife are walking around with some kind of secret past (or present). But who knew that Mary Beth Peil, the actress portraying Peter Florrick’s mother, Jackie, had a secret past, off-screen? Paste had the pleasure of speaking with Peil about her new film Contest—in which she plays the supportive grandmother of a bullied teenage boy—and the talented performer opened up about her fascinating life as an opera singer-turned-television actress....
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'Contest The Movie' DVD Review: 3 Things You Need To Know About Cartoon Network's Anti-Bullying Movie

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Welcome back for another installment from Brady Riann, Moviefone's teenage correspondent. You'll get reviews and insights into the world of film -- from a teenage perspective.

This week marks the DVD release of Cartoon Network's live action teen-aged comedy "Contest" starring Danny Flaherty as bullied high school student Tommy Dolen and Kenton Duty as his swim cap sporting arch-nemesis Matt Prylek. The film also stars Mary Beth Peil, Katherine McNamara, and even "Phil of the Future" star Raviv Ullman has a short role as the cooking game show host.

The film revolves around the bullied Tommy dealing with an interesting set of emotional and physical obstacles he must overcome. One of those obstacles is Matt, a swimming star with his own set of issues -- issues he decides to take out on Tommy. But after the two have the confrontation to end all confrontations, they must put their differences aside
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Exclusive: Kenton Duty Talks Contest

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Exclusive: Kenton Duty Talks Contest
In most films that have a bully character, they're usually some sort of mean-spirited jock who picks on anyone who doesn't run in his same circles. While Contest certainly does borrow a few of these same traits, Kenton Duty's Matt Prylek is much different. Matt, a star on the local swim team, gets busted for a cruel prank on his frequent target Tommy Dolan (Daniel Flaherty). However, Matt is essentially forced to befriend Tommy or he'll lose his spot on the swim team. They team up for a local TV channel's cooking contest, where the winner gets his own reality show. I recently had the chance to speak with Kenton Duty over the phone about taking on a unique kind of cinematic bully, his experiences on the set, and much more. Here's what he had to say.

I got a chance to see this the other day, and it's
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Exclusive: Katherine McNamara Talks Contest

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Exclusive: Katherine McNamara Talks Contest
The teen drama Contest takes a unique look at the hot-button topic of bullying by presenting both sides of the coin in an innovative way. The story centers on Tommy Dolan (Daniel Flaherty), a high school kid who is constantly picked on by the swimming team, particularly Matt Prylek (Kenton Duty), whose latest prank has some unforseen consequences. Matt is forced to join Tommy's team on a cooking contest, where the winner gets his own reality show. In the middle of these unorthodox friends is blogger Sarah O'Malley (Katherine McNamara), who learns the real truth behind this forced partnership. I recently had the chance to chat with Katherine McNamara over the phone for Contest, which debuts on DVD December 17. Here's what she had to say.

Can you first talk about your initial reactions to the script? This is a very different kind of high school drama. Was there something in
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