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Concert Review: ‘Muppets Take the Bowl’ Is Timeless and Clever for All Ages

9 September 2017 10:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Muppets have succeeded where few pop cultural phenomena have, maintaining their relevance and celebrity status among both adults and kids from the moment they first landed on the scene in the late 1950s. In a world in which almost everything invented pre-iPhone has been eclipsed by something shinier and sleeker, the Muppets have never lost their unflappable charm and indefatigable ability to entrance audiences young and old.

While their voices have changed over the years (and the puppeteers inside them), and there have been crises of character along the way (Kevin Clash, the original voice of Elmo, was accused and later cleared of sexual abuse charges), Jim Henson’s zany gaggle of whimsical, hilarious, furry friends have remained iconic, inimitable and downright cool.

Which is why the Hollywood Bowl Friday night was filled to the hilt with moms and dads — some tipsy on chardonnay; others designated sober carpoolers — and children, in »

- Malina Saval

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U2 Blast Donald Trump During Fiery Appearance on ‘Jimmy Fallon’

8 September 2017 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

U2 talked about many things in their appearance Thursday on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon”: Their forthcoming album “Songs of Experience” and the inspiration behind it; the new single from that album “You’re the Best Thing About Me” (which they also performed) and why it’s okay to issue a love song when the world is on fire; and not least their Music Rising foundation, established in 2005 to raise money to buy new instruments from musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina and revived for Houston residents in the wake of Hurricane Harvey last week (which is open for donations right here).

But, most strikingly, they discussed President Trump’s controversial decision to “wind down” Daca (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) which protects approximately 800,000 “dreamers” — people who were brought into the country illegally as children.

“Every night [on the group’s ongoing 30th anniversary ‘Joshua Tree’ tour], we’re reminded why we fell in love with this country,” Bono said. “And »

- Jem Aswad

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‘Prince of Broadway’: New revue of legend Harold Prince’s career ‘a bit out of focus’

25 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Harold Prince, one of Broadway’s most prolific and visionary director-producers who mounted works by Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and John Kander & Fred Ebb, amongst others, finally earned a show celebrating his estimable career in “Prince of Broadway,” a new musical revue from Manhattan Theatre Club that opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre […] »

- David Buchanan

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Link what you made me do

25 August 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Cartoon Brew it turns out the new animated film Leap is actually a previously internationally released animated film named Ballerina, reworked by the Weinsteins for the Us with a new voice cast. The difference: the reviews are terrible this time

Variety Orland Bloom to star in and produce an urban fantasy series called Carnival Row which has humans and mythological species interacting (sounds a smidge like the new Will Smith project Bright)

The Guardian James Cameron interview on Terminator 2. But the part that's getting quoted is his dismissal of Wonder Woman (though he says he enjoyed it)

Variety... but naturally Patty Jenkins has fired back

IndieWire lots of female directors hitting the festivals this year. Here's a list of 20

Nerdist we haven't heard anything about that ill-advised movie remake of The Birds (1963) in a while. But now there's news that another adaptation of the source novella is aiming to be »

- NATHANIEL R

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‘Prince of Broadway’ Review: Tribute to a Great Theater Producer and Director

24 August 2017 5:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The star of Broadway’s new Harold Prince revue is Stephen Sondheim. Impressive turns are also delivered by Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Kern in “Prince of Broadway,” a musical-theater compilation that opened Thursday at Mtc’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. “Prince” enters Broadway heaven when these three composers’ work is delivered by an ensemble of eight that’s often vocally stunning. Much less enthralling are those moments that serve up tunes by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jason Robert Brown and other songwriters. “Prince on Broadway” is an odd hybrid. Unlike “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” which revolved around the music of Fats Waller, »

- Robert Hofler

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The Incredible Linking Man

8 August 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

• The Cut "I'm rooting for the Lannisters" fun piece on Game of Thrones (which I still read about on occasion even though I haven't watched since season 2)

• /Film Guillermo del Toro's official tequila looks like it's from one of his movies

• Vulture every Charlize Theron performance ranked. Interesting list though I quibble with the order (as they seem to equate the quality of the movies with the quality of her performance and Theron is precisely the star she is because she is often able to be good even in terrible pictures). Also Young Adult should be #1

• Playbill all star cast lined up for Steve Martin's next Broadway show (after his musical Bright Star), this one's a comedy called Meteor Shower

• Browbeat the internet goes wild for old Russ Tamblyn dancing clip from 1956

• Tracking Board Nicole Kidman is in talks to headline a crime thriller called Destroyer directed by Karyn Kusama. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Ken Burns, Jonathan Groff, and More on Why PBS Losing Federal Funding Would Be ‘Heartbreaking’

1 August 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

One of the most exciting things about PBS’s time at the Television Critics Association press tour is that, over the course of two days, critics get exposed to programming that covers an incredibly diverse range of subjects, from deep space exploration to nature to great poets to world-changing wars. But this summer, many of the panels took at least a moment to acknowledge the currently precarious state of public television programming in the United States, due to a proposed federal budget that would eliminate funding for PBS.

As reported on Sunday, PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger explained to critics that should the proposed budget go through, PBS had “no Plan B” for what would happen next. Many of the other speakers who appeared over the following two days had plenty to say about what effect this would have on the kind of programming they create, should this budget pass. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Ken Burns, Jonathan Groff, and More on Why PBS Losing Federal Funding Would Be ‘Heartbreaking’

1 August 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One of the most exciting things about PBS’s time at the Television Critics Association press tour is that, over the course of two days, critics get exposed to programming that covers an incredibly diverse range of subjects, from deep space exploration to nature to great poets to world-changing wars. But this summer, many of the panels took at least a moment to acknowledge the currently precarious state of public television programming in the United States, due to a proposed federal budget that would eliminate funding for PBS.

As reported on Sunday, PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger explained to critics that should the proposed budget go through, PBS had “no Plan B” for what would happen next. Many of the other speakers who appeared over the following two days had plenty to say about what effect this would have on the kind of programming they create, should this budget pass. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Justice Link

26 July 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Boy Culture want to see a web or tv series sequel to Boy Culture  (2006)?

Film School Rejects a new short film starring Oscar Isaac available to watch online

Deadline a huge list of in-development franchises - what's the next big sci-fi fantasy hit?

Coming Soon Nicholas Hoult is in talks to play the Lord of the Rings author Jrr Tolkien in a forthcoming biopic. Those unfamiliar with Tolkien but for book jacket photos, Hoult seems like odd casting but the movie will be about his youth and service in World War I (which of course informed his iconic books)

Av Club Raising Arizona was on the cover of a Serbian biology textbook!

/Film Wonder Woman 2 is aiming for a December 2019 release date. Patty Jenkins still not confirmed to return as director

Mnpp has a new crush in François Arnaud

Towleroad Ezra Miller kisses a male fan at Comic Con. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Ugly Betty Cast Reunites at Benefit Concert: “Familia Forever”

25 July 2017 9:07 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Another Ugly Betty reunion took place in Los Angeles—and for the sweetest reason!

In support of their former costar Vanessa Williams, actresses America Ferrera and Ana Ortiz formed part of the audience at Sondheim on Sondheim, a benefit concert that took place last Sunday at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. At the show, Broadway stars came together to perform the hits of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim including Williams, Jonathan Groff (Glee), and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family).

After the performance, Ferrera and Ortiz made sure to snap a picture of their Ugly Betty reunion. Ferrera then shared »

- Thatiana Diaz

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Musicals That Want More

17 July 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Fun Home 5th Avenue Theare, Seattle Through July 30th

When it comes to Broadway-caliber theatre productions, cities like Seattle get what New York is willing to give them. Very often this means local audiences only get a taste of the most mainstream, spectacular efforts the Great White Way has to offer, remaining unexposed to the more challenging and innovative works that do sometimes still happen there. As a result, theatre (particularly musical theatre) is relegated to its niche enclave of dedicated fans along with a wider audience of casual theatre goers who come knowing what to expect. While presenting an enjoyable way to pass a few evening hours this can also bear a disappointing stamp of mediocrity. Fun Home, currently playing at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, is a happy exception to this trend.

Like Next to Normal before it, Fun Home works to break the preconceived notions of what musical theatre is and can be. »

- C. Jefferson Thom

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Recommended Films in Times of Madness: Singing Kidnappers and Dancing Puerto Ricans Will Make You Forget Ballistic Missiles

4 July 2017 11:36 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Fourth of July movies: A few recommended titles that should help you temporarily escape current global madness Two thousand and seventeen has been a weirder-than-usual year on the already pretty weird Planet Earth. Unsurprisingly, this Fourth of July, the day the United States celebrates its Declaration of Independence from the British Empire, has been an unusual one as well. Instead of fireworks, (at least some) people's attention has been turned to missiles – more specifically, a carefully timed North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test indicating that Kim Jong-un could theoretically gain (or could already have?) the capacity to strike North America with nuclear weapons. Then there were right-wing trolls & history-deficient Twitter users berating National Public Radio for tweeting the Declaration of Independence, 140 characters at a time. Besides, a few days ago the current U.S. president retweeted a video of himself body-slamming and choking a representation of CNN – courtesy of a gif originally created by a far-right Internet »

- Andre Soares

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Stand Up for Lgbtq Rights at the Pride March + More NYC Events 6/23–6/29

23 June 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. March with (gay) pride.At a time when equal rights are, unfortunately, under siege, it has never been more necessary for the Lgbtq community and its allies to stand strong. New York City’s Gay Pride March will strut the streets of Manhattan on June 25, beginning at 36th St. and Fifth Ave., and traveling southbound until it reaches Christopher St. in the historic Greenwich Village. Be loud; be proud. (And keep in mind surrounding bars in the area very often have drink specials to honor the momentous event!) (Free)  Savor Sondheim without bells 'n whistles. Returning to Feinstein’s/54 Below for its seventh installment on June 25, “Sondheim Unplugged” will once again deliver selections from the songbook of one of the American theater’s greatest composers, Stephen Sondheim. Featuring cast members from original Broadway productions of “Into the Woods” and “Sweeney Todd,” this is a can’t-miss event for anyone »

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Meryl Streep Makes History with 20th Oscar Nom: A Look Back at Her Iconic Nominated Roles

22 June 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Last year, Meryl Streep received her 20th Academy Award nomination for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins. Streep’s nod makes her the most nominated performer in Oscars history. 

In honor of Streep’s incredible feat (which she celebrated with an epic gif of her dancing; see below), we’re looking back at the roles that got her the accolades. 

via Giphy

(We’re just as excited as you, Meryl!)

1979: The Deer Hunter

Though she didn’t win for her turn as the girlfriend of a fallen soldier in Vietnam, the role helped establish Streep as one to watch in the awards show game, »

- Maria Yagoda and Diana Pearl

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Telluride Film Festival Names Joshua Oppenheimer Guest Director

20 June 2017 9:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Telluride Film Festival has selected documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer as its guest director for its 44th festival, running over Labor Day weekend on Sept. 1-4.

Oppenheimer received two Academy Award nominations for best documentary for his 2012 film “The Act of Killing” and 2014’s “The Look of Silence” — both which screened at Telluride. He will select a series of films to be presented at the festival.

“The guest director program is one of the most essential and wonderful parts of our festival,” said executive director Julie Huntsinger. “Joshua has been a part of the show with several of the incredible films he has made in the past, and now as our guest director. His rare combination of intelligence and down-to-earth understanding of humanity will make for a remarkable presentation of films our audience will not want to miss.”

The Look of Silence” premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it »

- Dave McNary

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"Twin Peaks," Episode 6 Recap: Make Sense of It

15 June 2017 4:06 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.A man walks into a bar—after cursing out Gene Kelly (because most of the time we don't feel like singin' in the rain). The bar, by the way, is named "Max Von's," surely after Erich von Stroheim's rabidly devoted butler Max von Mayerling from Sunset Blvd (1950). Of his employer, silent-film diva Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), Max once said, "Madame is the greatest star of them all." No more proper locale, then, for a star entrance: "Diane," says FBI forensics specialist Albert Rosenfield (Miguel Ferrer) to a platinum blond beauty nursing martini and cigarette. Around turns Diane Evans, the heretofore unseen confidante of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), and played (of course, how could there be any doubt?) by Laura Dern. »

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Babalink

10 June 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Two Must Reads @ Vulture

In this moment I really must bow down. Vulture just slayed all this week. I'm sure it helps to have a huge budget and access to hundreds of talented writers but still. I am regularly in awe. Particularly of these two pieces:

"The 30 Best Broadway Songs of the Past 40 Years" insightful fun writeups in shows stretching from Annie in 1977 through Hamilton in 2015 with a ton of Stephen Sondheim near the top (as well they should be) "A Conversation with Ann Dowd and Margo Martindale" two scene stealers talk late-blooming careers, being confused for each other, favorite roles, and not repeating yourself. 

Lots more good linkage after the jump »

- NATHANIEL R

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The 2017 Tony Nominees’ Worst Audition Horror Stories

9 June 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

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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Soundtracking: "Best Worst Thing..."

7 June 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Soundtracking is our newest wekly series, with Chris Feil talking music in the movies! The Tony Awards are this weekend, so here is a documentary on a Broadway flop...

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened charts the making and failing of Stephen Sondheim / Hal Prince collaboration Merrily We Roll Along. The musical charts the decades-spanning friendship of three showbiz types, but told in reverse and with teenagers playing the roles. It was high concept and it was a notorious bomb - but with one brilliant and emotionally involving score.

If you’re unfamiliar with the musical and its complicated backwards plotting, Best Worst Thing does a pretty snappy job of quickly explaining the show’s concept before focusing on the cast left out in the cold by Merrily’s failure. What sounds rather niche for a documentary subject is actually quite moving and emotionally accessible, and still touches on some hefty themes. »

- Chris Feil

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Lynn Nottage’s New Play “Mlima’s Tale” to Premiere Off Broadway in 2018

5 June 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Lynn Nottage: IAmTheatre/YouTube

Lynn Nottage’s follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony-nominated play “Sweat” will bow in 2018. Per the New York Times, “Mlima’s Tale” will premiere Off Broadway at the Public Theater and run from March 27 to May 20, 2018.

“Mlima’s Tale” revolves around the titular character, an elephant “caught in the world’s black market for ivory.” Nottage’s new play explores “a trail of greed and desire as old as trade itself,” the Public summarizes.

Nottage is the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice. She won this year for her Broadway debut, “Sweat,” a play about factory workers facing layoffs in Reading, Pennsylvania. She also won in 2009 for “Ruined,” which focuses on “ruined” women — rape survivors and sex workers — in civil war-torn Congo. Her other plays include “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” “Fabulation,” “Intimate Apparel,” and “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.” “Sweat” previously won the Blackburn Prize in 2016.

If you’re interested in “Mlima’s Tale,” consider checking out Kate Brooks’ “The Last Animals” and “Trophy,” co-directed by Christina Clusiau. The upcoming docs, which premiered this year at Tribeca and Sundance, respectively, also examine human carelessness and greed — and the dire effects they have on wildlife.

Among the other women-penned projects set for the Public’s 2017–18 season are Sarah Burgess’ political satire “Kings,” Nia Vardalos’ “Tiny Beautiful Things,” which is an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s book, Julia Cho’s college classroom-set “Office Hour,” Rinne Groff’s post-Superstorm Sandy meditation “Fire in Dreamland,” and Judy Collins’ cabaret “A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim.”

The Public Theater will celebrate its 50th anniversary and commemorate its first production, “Hair,” this upcoming season. Visit the Public’s website for more information.

Lynn Nottage’s New Play “Mlima’s Tale” to Premiere Off Broadway in 2018 was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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