18 items from 2015
Douglas Carter Beane sure knows how to write for his stars. In 1997, As Bees in Honey Drown perfectly showcased the talents of J. Smith-Cameron, just as, more recently, The Little Dog Laughed did for Julie White and The Nance did for Nathan Lane. Now, in Shows for Days, a kind of companion piece to The Nance and likewise produced by Lincoln Center Theater, he’s written not merely a vehicle for Patti LuPone but a glossy and curve-hugging Ferrari of a comedy, built as if to the star’s spec sheet. LuPone plays Irene Sampson Keller, the theatrical empress of Reading, Pennsylvania, circa 1973: “stuck here among the Amish trying to put on Ionesco.” She is, sarcastic, idealistic, overdramatic, and aphoristic, the kind of small-town diva prone to wearing Pucci caftans, giving multiple curtain speeches, and faking strokes to drum up excitement. “Sometimes when Irene looks really far down she »
- Jesse Green
Nurse Jackie was never quite a perfect show. Beautifully performed, certainly. Gutsy in its antiheroism. But bumpy. There were the super-heavy elements of Jackie's ongoing addiction and its ability to eclipse everything else in her life, sometimes balanced by the inviting warmth of Merritt Wever's performance as the irrepressible Zoey. But those things never paired that well with Akalitus's more slapstick humor, or Coop's chronic inappropriateness, or O'Hara's … anything. The show cycled through guest stars — Bobby Cannavale, Adam Ferrara, Morris Chestnut, Julie White, Laura Benanti, and, most recently, Tony Shalhoub and Mark Feuerstein — and seemingly high-stakes story lines. Yet despite the trail of death and destruction she left in her wake, nothing much seemed to stick for Jackie. Relapse is part of recovery, but Jackie relapsed more than she recovered, which is why her character's end felt fair, if not welcome. Addiction, man. It'll kill you.Or maybe »
- Margaret Lyons
"Not too bad, if I say so myself..." If I may take a quote from this year's Best Musical winner as I went 20/24 with my predictions for this year's 2015 Tony Awards. Undoubtedly, the two big winners of the night were the musical Fun Home and the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, both of which took home five awards including honors for their leading men, directors, and, of course, Best Musical/Play. Right behind those two was the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, which picked up four awards, including Best Revival and for their long overdue leading lady Kelli O'Hara, who easily gave the best speech of the night (including dancing off the stage). I may predicted Tony co-host Kristin Chenoweth over her, but I am so happy to be wrong. yt id="MneMh2c-y0M" width="640" And what about Chenoweth »
- Mike Shutt
The 69th Annual Tony Awards honored Broadway's best and brightest on Sunday, June 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. A slew of star-studded nominees, including Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan, were in attendance as Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming shared the event's hosting duties. Find out the big winners below!
Fun Home - Winner
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Winner
Hand to God
Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two P
Best Revival of a Musical
The King and I - Winner
On the Twentieth Century
Best Revival of a Play
Skylight - Winner
This Is Our Youth
Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Gold, Fun Home - Winner
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
- Alana Altmann
Updated: We shared the teaser the other day but now here’s your confirmation of the star-studded line-up. It includes these mighty names: George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix’s Thomas Croquet, Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Mazzalai, Frederic Moulin, Rashida Jones, and more!
You know there’s so much good stuff on Netflix that, frankly and sadly, I haven’t got enough free time to see everything I want but this one, definitely this one, I’ll be taking a moment to watch once it hits the streaming service later this year. Granted, we’ve got a while for A Very Murray Christmas because it’s not out until December, and we haven’t even hit summer 2015 yet!
What is all this rambling about, you ask? Well, back in October we reported that »
- Dan Bullock
The “homage to the classic variety shows” sees Murray playing himself, with the comedy legend worrying about whether a New York City snowstorm will ruin his TV show, but “through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit.”
Murray will be joined by a star-studded cast in the special, which includes the likes of George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Michael Cera, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, David Johansen, Frederic Moulin, Julie White, and Dimitri Dimitrov.
A Very Murray Christmas will arrive on Netflix this December.
- Gary Collinson
Is this the Lost in Translation sequel we have desired? Probably not, but it will still be great.
Netflix released the first trailer for A Very Murray Christmas on Thursday, which reunites Bill Murray with his Translation director Sofia Coppola. The cast will be led by Murray playing a version of himself with guest stars, including: George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Frederic Moulin, Rashida Jones, Miley Cyrus and more.
The teaser doesn’t show much outside of Murray, with reindeer ears, looking out a window that is very reminiscent to many scenes in Lost in Translation, but regardless, I’m sure a lot of people will tune in to see something starring both Bill Murray and the array of guest stars that he and Coppola have amassed.
The special will be coming »
- Zach Dennis
Netflix has an early Christmas present for subscribers, and his name is Bill Murray. The streaming company has ordered A Very Murray Christmas, a holiday special that will star Murray as himself (or at least a version of himself). A Very Murray Christmas is being co-written and directed by Lost in Translation‘s Sofia Coppola (as many know, Murray starred in Coppola’s 2003 film, alongside Scarlett Johansson, and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor). The special will focus on Murray worrying that no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City. However, through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him, and they dance and sing together in holiday spirit. Many big name stars will be joining Murray for A Very Murray Christmas. The special’s cast also includes George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, »
- Chris King
When news broke that Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray were teaming up for a holiday special, we were hoping, by some miracle, that it would be done by Christmas 2014. As it turns out, A Very Murray Christmas will be debuting on Netflix in December of this year, and the first teaser is here. It features Murray looking melancholy with a pair of reindeer antlers on. Why so sad? He's playing himself on the special, and he's worried that no one will show up to his TV show due to a snowstorm. Judging by the list of stars who are appearing in the special (George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Frédéric Moulin, Rashida Jones, and Miley Cyrus), we're thinking he's going to be Ok. Check it out! »
Netflix has picked up Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray's "A Very Murray Christmas" special which is scheduled to debut in December. To celebrate the announcement they've also released the first teaser trailer for it which you can see below.
The star-studded cast includes George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Dimitri Dimitrov, Frederic Moulin, Rashida Jones and Miley Cyrus.
Coppola, Murray and Mitch Glazer penned the special with Coppola ("Lost In Transltion") directing. Murray plays himself in this homage to classic variety shows. As he worries no one will show up due to a terrible snow storm in New York City, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him out.
- Garth Franklin
Nothing says "Yuletide" like a disillusioned Bill Murray shrug. Netflix has acquired A Very Murray Christmas, a holiday special – and "homage to the classic variety show" – which stars the iconic actor, as himself, worrying that his TV show will be ruined by a terrible New York City snowstorm. But Netflix promises a happy ending in their brief plot summary: "Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit."
A Very Murray Christmas was directed by Sofia Coppola, co-written by Coppola, »
Netflix is spreading out as far as it can. It has original TV shows, it’s picking up potential Oscar-contenders, and now it’s reached the highest echelons of programming: Christmas Specials. The streaming service has picked up A Very Murray Christmas, which will star Bill Murray as himself. Per Variety, the plot centers on Murray worrying that “no one will show up to his TV show due to a massive snowstorm in New York City. Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at Gotham’s Carlyle hotel to help him — dancing and singing in holiday spirit.” Those guests will include George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix’s Thomas Croquet, Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Mazzalai, Frederic Moulin, Rashida Jones, Miley Cyrus, and more. That may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that »
- Matt Goldberg
This Christmas, if you don’t have any pressing plans, consider spending your holiday with Bill Murray. The enigmatic actor will host A Very Murray Christmas, a special directed by Sofia Coppola that will premiere on Netflix in December.
A Very Murray Christmas will be hosted by Murray and written by Murray, Coppola, and Mitch Glazer. Netflix describes it as “an homage to the classic variety show featuring Bill Murray playing himself, as he worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City. Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit.”
Netflix shared a teaser for the program on its YouTube channel:
- Sam Gutelle
'Tis the season to mark your calendars and begin the seven-month wait for Bill Murray's new Christmas special!
Murray is really having a moment this week -- which is something we hope we can say every week for at least a few more decades. He just popped out of a cake as David Letterman's final guest, then returned for "The Late Show's" last top 10 list. Now he's the star of "A Very Murray Christmas" holiday special. Netflix just teased the event in a brief video, with this tweet mentioning just two of the stars:
- Netflix Us (@netflix) May 22, 2015
- Gina Carbone
Netflix continues to expand the scope of its original programming with a Christmas TV special. The network has picked up Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray’s A Very Murray Christmas to debut in December. Here is a teaser for the project in the style of Coppola and Murray’s Oscar-winning feature Lost in Translation. In addition to Murray, the star-studded cast of the special, which Coppola announced last fall, includes George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White… »
The increasingly ubiquitous Bill Murray will spread his special brand of holiday cheer this December on Netflix.
The streaming giant has ordered A Very Murray Christmas, an homage to the classic variety show starring Murray himself.
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Co-written and directed by Murray’s Lost in Translation helmer Sofia Coppola, A Very Murray Christmas finds Murray worrying that no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City. Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit. »
The Good Wife is back and suddenly everything feels right. Sunday nights are complete once again! In "Dark Money" Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) helped usher the CBS drama back to the airwaves with a defamation suit against a TV show. The Good Wife really let Baker go to town and gave him a dual role—he also played the actor playing the Colin Sweeney-esque character—which was absurd and delightful at the same time. Julie White of Go On played the opposing counsel. When Diane (Christine Baranski) and Cary (Matt Czuchry) basically destroyed her case, White's character sought to prove Sweeney killed his first wife. Can't be defamatory if it's true. Things weren't really going Colin »
Recently, CBS delivered the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 13 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Dark Money," and it turns out that we're going to see see some pretty interesting stuff go down as Diane and Cary take on a television show lawsuit for Colin Sweeney, and more. In the new, 13th episode press release: Diane and Cary will represent Colin Sweeney when he files suit against a television producer for basing an unflattering character on him. Press release number 2: When Colin Sweeney accuses a television producer of basing an unflattering character and show on his life, Diane and Cary are going to have to prove that they are capable of handling his case as Alicia focuses on the race for State's Attorney. Also, Alicia is going to compete against Frank Prady for a major campaign donation, Ed Asner guest stars as a »
18 items from 2015
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