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After months of hinting, it was finally announced in official terms that Glenn Close, the six-time Oscar nominee and multi-Emmy-winning star of Dangerous Liaisons and Damages, among many other projects, will take her first stab at Broadway in two decades in Edward Albee’s magnificent domestic dramedy A Delicate Balance, last revived in 1996 in a Tony-winning production with George Grizzard and Elaine Stritch. Aside from a guest-starring stint in the Brit import The Play What I Wrote some 10 years ago, this will be the first time Ms. Close has starred on Broadway since her Tony-winning turn as Norma Desmond in »
- Jason Clark
Mother’s Day is more than just Hawaiian-shirt-and-jeans day at 1-800Flowers. Aside from being a regularly-scheduled reminder to us to show our moms how much we appreciate the very gift of life, it’s an opportunity to step back and consider motherhood in all its varied forms.
Tomorrow we’ll pay tribute to some of the best moms ever to place a fresh-from-the-oven apple pie onto the small screen’s windowsill – but today we’re taking a look at some of the worst television moms ever to wield a wooden spoon. (Or a sidearm.) Mind your Ps and Qs with these ladies!
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Norma Bates (Bates Motel)
Oh my God, Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) – where to start? It’s almost unfair to include Norma – one of the most inept parents in the history of television – on this list because she’s clearly unwell. (And also, »
- Brian Juergens
Birds Eye View Film Festival | The Lunchbox Taster Screening | Cinema Of Childhood | Art Screen
This festival champions new women film-makers, praises current ones and reinstates neglected ones. If you're looking for a new heroine, you're spoilt for choice: Destiny Ekaragha, for example, director of Peckham-Nigerian comedy Gone Too Far. Or the teen friends at the heart of Georgian thriller In Bloom. Or tattooed, pierced, homeless mother Lucky the subject of Kate Checkoway's documentary. More familiar names include Gurinder Chadha, Kelly Reichardt and Gloria Swanson, while you'll find neglected figures such as animator Joy Batchelor and Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, and 1970s indie Girlfriends, which has admirers including Stanley Kubrick and Lena Dunham.
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- Steve Rose
The Guardian a deleted pre-coronation scene between sisters Anna and Elsa in Frozen
Antagony & Ecstasy Tim on Muppets Most Wanted. I liked the movie more than he but this is why I hired him for Tfe. Such an incisive film critic.
Playbill offers up "top ten reasons why we love Sutton Foster" I cosign on all of them except for maybe #10 since I didn't see that one.
NPR on the recent spate of bible movies
Kotaku Joss Whedon already apologizing for Avengers Age of Ultron filming chaos
Pajiba you haven't forgotten about Tom Hardy have you?
The Playlist ranks 20 great continuous shots in film history from The Earrings of Madame D (1953) through the opening of The Player »
- NATHANIEL R
Jennifer Lopez blurted out the F-word on Wednesday night's “American Idol,” after becoming flustered with Harry Connick Jr.'s incessant teasing. Lopez was critiquing contestant Jena Irene's performance when Connick Jr. began taunting her about her hair flip. Also read: Fox News Reporter Drops Double F-Bombs During Newscast (Video) The pop singer had advised Irene to flip her hair around and proceeded to give a demonstration. “Do that again!” Connick Jr. exclaimed. “I feel another hair flip coming on!” “No!” Lopez protested but the crooner continued to nag her. Also read: Elaine Stritch Drops an F-Bomb On ‘Today Show’ “Hair flip! »
- James Crugnale
Frank Ocean is back in the studio recording his second album, nearly two years after he released Channel Orange, so it’s more than time for new music.
Inspired by the new Terrance McNally play Mothers and Sons, my friend David Mixner is afraid too much of Lgbt history is being lost. Even with his own papers at Yale and two books out (both of which I’m proud to own autographed copies of), David worries that an oral history would fill in the gaps that are being lost from the early days. “The struggle to preserve our history over the years has faced enormous barriers. Members of the gay community in the early years of our struggle for liberation were reluctant to keep records, papers, and videos for fear of discovery. »
- Ed Kennedy
TV Line talks to Dylan O’Brien about tonight’s Teen Wolf finale, and Stiles’ crazy journey. He discusses whether he ever thought Stiles might be gay (no), and talks about the controversy that Tyler Posey caused when he was dismissive of Sterek: “People were calling him homophobic, which is crazy. In the past, anytime I’ve spoken about [Sterek], I feel like it’s come out wrong. And I think he was more reacting to that idea, that we’re constantly asked about it. But it is a big thing, and we support it. We support everything the fans like, and however they love the show is how they love the show. We love that, and Tyler also feels that way, there’s no doubt about it. There’s »
The Birds Eye View Film Festival (April 8-13), celebrating women’s work in film, has revealed details of its 2014 programme including works by British director Destiny Ekaragha and Laura Checkoway to films by Lena Dunham and Kelly Reichardt.
The festival will also celebrate inspiring female filmmakers and actors of recent times including the late pioneering animator Joy Batchelor, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch and award-winning British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha.
The festival will comprise 19 features including 10 UK premieres such as German director Katrin Gebbe’s debut Nothing Bad Can Happen and the London premiere of Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s Watermark, the follow-up to their 2006 documentary hit Manufactured Landscapes.
The programme also includes an American Indie strand featuring Kelly Reichardt’s thriller Night Moves starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning; Chiemi Karasawa’s documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me; and the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
My one (distant) experience with Elaine Stritch — subject of a pretty grim doc called Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me — was 21 years ago when I was doing graduate work at a repertory theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Stritch was playing Lillian Hellman in an atrocious autobiographical play called Cakewalk, written by Hellman’s untalented young lover and heir. The theater was attached to an acting conservatory, and students in the production would walk out of the rehearsal room looking pale and shaken. When I asked what Stritch was like they’d only whisper, “You have no idea.” I saw her in action once, when she answered students’ questions for an hour. These performers, most in their early 20s, were working their hearts out, talking movement and voice and acting classes all morning, rehearsing all afternoon, and performing in the evening. One happened to stifle a yawn while Stritch was talking and the woman »
- David Edelstein
Tamron Hall has been named a co-host of “Today’s Take,” the 9 a.m. hour of the “Today” show, joining Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist. The announcement came on this morning’s show. “We’re really excited to officially welcome Tamron into the ‘Today’ family,” said Don Nash, the show’s executive producer. “She brings wit, enthusiasm and a keen sensibility to an all-around fantastic team, and I think Tamron, Al, Natalie and Willie will have a lot of fun together hosting the third hour.” Also read: Elaine Stritch Drops an F-Bomb On ‘Today Show’ Hall, a regular fill-in host on the show, »
- Tim Molloy
This review originally appeared in my column at Towleroad
I saw Elaine Stritch’s famous one woman Broadway show “At Liberty” in the last days of 2001 a couple of years after moving to New York. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it was nothing short of spiritual ecstasy but then showbiz is my religion and actresses are my only gods. You might then justifiably say that I am predisposed to love the hell out of the new documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and you’d be right. But I can still tell a peak performance from a Wednesday matinee and the last doc I saw on Stritch, which shared its title with “At Liberty” was significantly less stellar. Shoot Me is a must-see, even if you only know this Broadway legend from her hilarious guest appearances as Jack Donaghy’s impossible mother on 30 Rock.
- NATHANIEL R
As a CIA agent, Kevin Costner aims for a box-office bull's-eye in 3 Days to Kill. But is the espionage thriller right on target? Plus: Animation visionary Hayao Miyazaki unveils his supposed swan song, The Wind Rises, and Elizabeth Olsen goes for literate, period prestige in In Secret. Here's what to see and what to skip in theaters this weekend. Skip This 3 Days to Kill var brightcovevideoid = '3231991949001'; It wouldn't be so egregious that 3 Days to Kill is six different movies in one, if any of them were actually decent. As it is, the spy/action/terminal-illness/coming-of-age/cultural-exchange/family »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
When I first see Elaine Stritch—the 89-year-old legendary stage and screen actress—she’s propped in bed. Although she’s been a New York fixture since the 1940s (and spent 18 years living in a room at the Carlyle Hotel), she recently moved to Michigan. But she’s back in town this week to promote her new documentary, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.” Her trip will include a screening hosted by Perez Hilton, the film’s midtown premiere and catching a Broadway show (“The Glass Menagerie”) with her pal Bernadette Peters.
On this morning, Stritch has gone viral. She just appeared on “Today,” where she dropped the F-word on live TV. The film’s director, Chiemi Karasawa, tells her that she’s trending on Twitter. “What does it mean to be trending?” Stritch asks from her room in an Upper East Side clubhouse. I tell her. “Oh.” She takes a long pause. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Somehow, some way, a documentary about an aging actress/comedienne dealing with fear and mortality just might be the most life-affirming film that’s come around in a long time. “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” follows the inimitable force of nature that is Broadway veteran Elaine Stritch, and is a shot in the arm of humor, heart and humanity (with a jolt of adrenaline just for kicks). Director Chiemi Karasawa has a light touch that showcases Elaine in all of her eccentric charm and truly captures her irascible spirit. Hilarious and touching, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” is one of the most entertaining and moving documentaries of 2014, and it’s only February! For those who don’t know, Elaine Stritch is the 89-year-old Broadway vet who has been treading the boards since the 1940s, and more recently, as Jack Donaghy’s mother in “30 Rock,” in a role that’s sort of facsimile of her own persona. »
- Katie Walsh
Stephen Sondheim didn’t write the anthem “I’m Still Here,” about an aging show-biz veteran proclaiming her endurance and her survival, specifically for Elaine Stritch, but she’s lived the kind of life that makes her more than entitled to sing it. And in the new documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” we not only get to hear her perform this legendary song, we learn why she earned the right to do so. As interviewee Cherry Jones observes, Stritch is one of the last surviving remnants of the golden age of American theater, and as Stritch shows us her photographs, »
- Alonso Duralde
Title: Elaine Stritch Shoot Me Director: Chiemi Karasawa Starring: Elaine Stritch, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini, John Turturro, Cherry Jones, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane. The acclaimed documentary producer, Chiemi Karasawa, makes his directorial debut, depicting the life of the feisty and extraordinary 87 year old Broadway legend, Elaine Stritch. The revealing and poignant ‘Elaine Stritch Shoot Me’ showcases the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress on and off stage, through some very fine and rare footage. The cinema vérité approach is rewarding, since Elaine conveys her incredible humour as well as her most delicate emotional moments, as she proves to be a match for her colleagues [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
You’d have to be inept not to get good material when you turn a camera on the irrepressible Elaine Stritch. Fortunately, first-time director Chiemi Karasawa earned the actress’ complete trust, so we get to see her in every facet of her life, on stage and off—bounding along Manhattan streets, greeting fans, rehearsing with her adoring accompanist, working on 30 Rock, even enduring a short stay in the hospital. Stritch is a magnetic force and this briskly-paced documentary captures her in all her glory. (It was filmed as the Broadway legend was about to turn 87, two years ago.) She has been called larger than life, which is not a bad description for the acerbic,...
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- Leonard Maltin
Broadway legend Elaine Stritch had only been in New York a few short days before managing to find herself at the center of a very perplexing controversy. A day after saying f-word on the “Today Show” to the shock of Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, Stritch, who uses the term with great regularity, was still befuddled by the brouhaha it had caused. “I don’t know what the hell happened!” she said.
At Feb. 19′s Paley Center premiere of the documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” many of her friends felt similarly. “I think America’s too sensitive about everything. Things that America’s been told are wrong, are forbidden, if you say them or do them, even if America doesn’t really understand why they’re forbidden or why they’re such a big deal, it’s like a horror story,” said Alan Cumming. “Actually, when you consider that »
- Adrienne Gaffney
It takes about 12 seconds for Elaine Stritch to drop her first F-bomb in Chiemi Karasawa’s hugely entertaining “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” and she’s just getting started. Karasawa’s candid portrait derives much of its appeal from the 87-year-old Broadway star’s vulgar energy — although now she’s 89 and still going strong — which is liberated by the camera’s fixation on her combustible presence. By playing herself, looking back on decades of show business tales while struggling with the demons of alcoholism in the present, Stritch may very well deliver her best performance to date. Karasawa’s slick production, which includes the usual assemblage of talking heads (Stritch pals like Alec Baldwin, Nathan Lane and Tina Fey offer insight into the aging diva’s appeal) alongside verite footage of Stritch both in her cluttered Manhattan and on the road with her delightful cabaret act, offers little surface appeal outside »
- Eric Kohn
Earlier this week, Elaine Stritch spectacularly dropped the F-bomb on the Today show. (Go ahead: Watch that moment on loop again.) She wasn't sorry about it then. And she's not sorry now. She told us so at last night's premiere of Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, a documentary about the legend herself. "If you've got any confidence in yourself, you say what you think is appropriate and press on," she said. "It's like a mystery thing, on television now. Can I say it, can I say it? Like you're waiting for approval from the people with the money."Equally outspoken celebrity Alan Cumming — who was there in support of the movie along with Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski, and Stritch's fur coat — shared his own theory on why it's such a shock to hear "fuck" on television. "I think America's too sensitive about everything," he told us. "I think things that »
- Darla Murray
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