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Interview: Actor Stephen Lang, Director Fede Alvarez Advise Their Audience to ‘Don’t Breathe’

26 August 2016 2:35 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The horror genre in film is always looking for a shot in the old fear factor, and the new release “Don’t Breathe” delivers that injection (heh-heh). The second film by director Fede Alvarez (“Evil Dead”) features character actor favorite Stephen Lang – he prefers “Slang.” The film opens nationwide on August 26th.

Director Alvarez – he also co-wrote the story with Rodo Sayagues – creates an atmosphere of dread by pitting three twentysomething burglars (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto) against a blind war veteran (Slang) on an abandoned street in Detroit. You would have thought that the threesome would remember that a vet would know how to robbery-proof a home, but no! There are more twists and turns than a pretzel, and the film is a satisfying scare fest.

Stephen Lang Brushes by Dylan Minnette in ‘Don’t Breathe,’ Directed by Fede Alvarez

Photo credit: Sony Pictures Releasing

Stephen Lang is a total actor, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Ben Foster on ‘Hell or High Water’ and Why He Doesn’t Like Watching His Own Films

25 August 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ben Foster stars in five big-screen releases this year, including the current “Hell or High Water” and the Ron Howard movie “Inferno,” which debuts in October. Earlier this year, he starred with Gillian Anderson in “A Streetcar Named Desire” after its transfer to the New York stage from Britain’s National Theatre. Upcoming for Foster: the release of a music video he directed.

What is the biggest change in the industry since you started?

The stigma of TV has shifted dramatically. It’s really exciting; it feels like the Wild West right now. The best writers seem to be heading toward television. I’m open to anything. I think a long-term TV show is probably not for me, but doing a few years of something could be interesting.

Is “Hell or High Water” different from your other films?

I don’t usually watch my own films, but this one I’ve seen twice. »

- Maria Cavassuto

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Norman Twain, ‘Lean on Me’ Producer, Dies at 85

10 August 2016 1:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Norman Twain, best known for producing 1989’s Morgan Freeman-starrer “Lean On Me,” died Saturday morning, after a brief illness. He was 85.

Twain initially made his mark off-Broadway, producing Tennessee Williams’ “Garden District” and Maxwell Anderson’s “The Golden Six,” before debuting on Broadway to a critically lauded revival of John Osborne and Anthony Creighton’s “Epitaph for George Dillon.” Some of his other productions included “Bajour,” “Henry, Sweet Henry,” “The Lady of the Camellias,” and “The Apparition Theater of Prague.”

He had critical and commercial success with Nicol Williamson’s acclaimed “Hamlet” as well as “Nicol Williamson’s Late Show.”

After leaving New York, where he graduated from Columbia University, Twain moved to California and launched a film career in addition to his theater work.

His film career began with “Superman,” the television movie based on the Charles Strouse-Lee Adams musical.

Twain also produced “Lean on Me »

- Lamarco McClendon

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

2 August 2016 4:02 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Liz Taylor scorches the screen (as least as much as it could be scorched in 1958) in a watered-down yet still potent Tennessee Williams adaptation. Paul Newman gets his Brando act together, and the rest of the show is stolen by 'Big Daddy' Burl Ives. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1958 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date August 9, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson. Judith Anderson, Madeleine Sherwood, Larry Gates, Vaughn Taylor. Cinematography William Daniels Film Editor Ferris Webster Written by Richard Brooks, James Poe from the play by Tennessee Williams Produced by Lawrence Weingarten Directed by Richard Brooks

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof might have been the big Oscar winner in 1959 if it were not for Gigi, another major MGM production. In other hands, with different stars in the lead roles, the show could »

- Glenn Erickson

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Night Warning (1982)

16 July 2016 12:12 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Crazy has always tapped a main vein in horror films; if it didn’t we would be stuck watching films of people being pranked or wronged, who laugh it off and become dentists instead (with all due respect to Corbin Bernsen). Now, of particular interest to me is when the sins of the flesh meet that fracture of the mind; where the lascivious and the lurid tangle in sweaty, blood stained sheets. And 1982 coughed up a doozy (in character and content) with Night Warning, a tale of a very protective aunt who doesn’t want to see her nephew leave the nest.

Also known as Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (a cool title, but neither relate to the story at all), Night Warning was distributed by Comworld Pictures in early ’82 (but didn’t go wide until early ’83) and garnered some good reviews while passing by audiences. Why? Because it was just »

- Scott Drebit

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Jerry Seinfeld Previews Season 8 of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

16 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A version of this article previously appeared on EW.com.Well before James Corden turned "Carpool Karaoke" into a viral hit, Jerry Seinfeld was mining mobile entertainment for laughs. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, his offbeat, intimate talk show that is conducted in a vintage vehicle (and includes a pit stop for caffeine/foodstuff) returns for an eighth season of ridesharing - and story sharing - between humorists, who have included everyone from Steve Martin to Don Rickles to Tina Fey to Louis C.K. (And let's not forget President Obama.) "It seems all I have to do is sit down »

- DAN SNIERSON, @DANSNIERSON

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Jerry Seinfeld Previews Season 8 of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

16 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A version of this article previously appeared on EW.com.Well before James Corden turned "Carpool Karaoke" into a viral hit, Jerry Seinfeld was mining mobile entertainment for laughs. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, his offbeat, intimate talk show that is conducted in a vintage vehicle (and includes a pit stop for caffeine/foodstuff) returns for an eighth season of ridesharing - and story sharing - between humorists, who have included everyone from Steve Martin to Don Rickles to Tina Fey to Louis C.K. (And let's not forget President Obama.) "It seems all I have to do is sit down »

- DAN SNIERSON, @DANSNIERSON

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Sally Field to Star in New Broadway Revival of ‘The Glass Menagerie’

6 June 2016 1:14 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field will star opposite two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello in a new Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams‘ drama “The Glass Menagerie,” producer Scott Rudin announced Monday. Tony Award winner Sam Gold will direct the production, which will also star Finn Wittrock (“American Horror Story”) and Madison Ferris, who will make her Broadway debut in the role of Laura Wingfield. The revival will begin performances at Broadway’s Golden Theatre on Feb. 14, 2017, with an official opening night set for March 23, 2017. Also Read: Tony Award Predictions: Can Anything Stop 'Hamilton' Juggernaut? This is the eighth time that Williams »

- Thom Geier

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The Furniture: Decorating Madness in A Streetcar Named Desire

6 June 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

"The Furniture" is our weekly series on Production Design. Here's Daniel Walber...

The 70th Tony Awards are in just a few days. I certainly can't be trusted with predictions, but I’ll make one guess. The award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play probably won’t be split three ways. That sort of near-impossible result has only occurred once, all the way back in 1948. The 2nd Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play was shared by Judith Anderson, Katharine Cornell, and Jessica Tandy. Tandy won for the original broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Of course, she didn’t get to be in the movie and so we will leave her behind. Elia Kazan’s film of Tennessee Williams’s masterpiece premiered less than two years after its Broadway run ended. Its success was that instant. It won four Oscars, though all but one was for acting. »

- Daniel Walber

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This Week’s Wamg Podcast – Money Monster, A Bigger Splash, and More!

16 May 2016 3:33 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

This week’s episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up! Hear Wamg’s  Jim Batts and Tom Stockman and special guest Lynn Venhaus discuss the weekend box office. We’ll review Money Monster, A Bigger Splash, and The Man Who Knew Infinity. Also, we’ll preview The Nice Guys, Neighbors 2 Sorority Rising, and The Lobster.  Lynn will talk about her adventures at The Tennessee Williams Festival over the weekend and we’ll pay tribute to the late actor William Schallert and Jim will talk about the late comic book artist Darwyn Cooke.

Here’s this week’s show. Have a listen:

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A Streetcar Named Desire and a “Stella!” Shouting Contest at the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis

10 May 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”

Ahead of its time in how it showed raw and naked sexual and emotional passions on the screen, A Streetcar Named Desire made 27 year-old Marlon Brando, who also played the role of Stanley Kowalski on Broadway, an overnight sensation and one of the all-time greats of the silver screen. Blanche Dubois (Viven Leigh) is a Southern belle, one who had every man in the palm of her man. Blanche moves in with her sister Stella (Kim Hunter) and her husband, Stanley (Brando) in a small, grotty New Orleans apartment. Blanche’s family owned an estate but lost it and now Blanche has gone to live with her sister, much to the animal-like Stanley’s dismay. Stanley hates her, hates her with a passion. Once she arrives, hell breaks loose between Stanley and Stella, who is pregnant. Stanley gets his contacts and »

- Tom Stockman

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Francis Ford Coppola on His Longing to Be ‘Impressive’

29 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Francis Ford coppola has won nearly every award in the book, with multiple Oscars and prizes from guilds, critics groups and festivals. And on April 29, he will add one more kudo to that list: Turner Classic Movies will honor him with a hand and footprint ceremony at Hollywood’s Tcl Chinese Theater.

But Coppola’s industry start was both auspicious and far from auteur.

On May 10, 1962, Coppola won the top prize in UCLA’s Samuel Goldwyn Foundation Creative Writing Contest. It netted him $2,000 plus a front-page story in Variety. As the filmmaker told Variety recently, “Two thousand was a vast sum for someone who didn’t have more than a hundred dollars.”

He started work with king of the low-budget pics Roger Corman, writing and directing the 1963 horror pic “Dementia 13” on a budget of $40,000 and a shooting schedule of nine days. Within a decade, he became one of the »

- Malina Saval

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Suddenly Last Summer

17 April 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Katharine Hepburn wants niece Elizabeth Taylor to get a lobotomy to protect the reputation of her dead son. A troubled production denounced by screenwriter Gore Vidal and author of the original one-act play Tennessee Williams, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's baroque Southern Gothic was a surprisingly potent boxoffice attraction due to the stars and a somewhat salacious ad campaign. Given the restrictions of the production code, the Catholic Church gave a surprising pass to the intimations of homosexuality interwoven throughout the film’s two hour running time. »

- TFH Team

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L.A. Now Casting ‘All For One’ and 2 Other Projects

14 April 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Today’s top casting notices includes several roles for Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s summer production “All For One.” Additionally, Hollywood’s Fountain Theatre is casting its two leads for their upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’ controversial “Baby Doll.” Lastly, a female is being cast to perform voiceover duties for a student’s short, experimental documentary. Find your next audition here! “All For One”Busch Gardens Williamsburg seeks performers with a strong background in stunts and theatrical combat for this summer’s production of “All For One” based on “The Three Musketeers.” Additional desired skills include swordplay, parkour, gymnastics, aerial skills, and tumbling. Stunt training and experience with ratchet pulls, high falls, and rappelling is helpful. Casting seeks five males and two females for roles. Furthermore, males are sought for the high fall ensemble, and females for the chandelier swing ensemble. Additional actors are needed for the ensemble. Auditions will be »

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Actress Anne Jackson, Widow of Eli Wallach, Dies at 90

13 April 2016 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anne Jackson, who collaborated extensively with husband Eli Wallach, together comprising one of the best-known acting couples of the American theater, died Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 90.

As a couple, Jackson and Wallach (together above) came close to the level of celebrity of Lunt and Fontanne or, later, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. For five decades beginning in the early 1950s and ending in 2000, when they starred Off Broadway in Anne Meara’s comedy “Down the Garden Paths,” they energized theater audiences with a wide range of synergistic emotions, from loving to combative.

While Wallach had his own big-screen career (he died on June 24, 2014, at age 98) that included “Baby Doll” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” Jackson had a stage carer that was impressive all on its own. She was critically hailed for her range of chracterizations in David V. Robison’s “Promenade, All!” (1972) and »

- Variety Staff

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Actress Anne Jackson, Widow of Eli Wallach, Dies at 90

13 April 2016 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anne Jackson, who collaborated extensively with husband Eli Wallach, together comprising one of the best-known acting couples of the American theater, died Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 90.

As a couple, Jackson and Wallach (together above) came close to the level of celebrity of Lunt and Fontanne or, later, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. For five decades beginning in the early 1950s and ending in 2000, when they starred Off Broadway in Anne Meara’s comedy “Down the Garden Paths,” they energized theater audiences with a wide range of synergistic emotions, from loving to combative.

While Wallach had his own big-screen career (he died on June 24, 2014, at age 98) that included “Baby Doll” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” Jackson had a stage carer that was impressive all on its own. She was critically hailed for her range of chracterizations in David V. Robison’s “Promenade, All!” (1972) and »

- Variety Staff

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Michael Raymond-James Previews Game of Silence's Looming 'Hurricane,' Weighs In on Once Upon a Time Encore

8 April 2016 11:43 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

For Michael Raymond-James, this past winter was a Game of Silence in multiple ways.

RelatedGame of Silence Promises Season 1 Payoff, Set-Up for Future

In NBC’s midseason thriller of that name (previewing Tuesday at 10/9c, before moving to its Thursdays-at-10 time slot), the Terriers alum plays Gil Harris, the former childhood Bff of a rising star attorney (Revolution‘s David Lyons) whose perfect life is put at risk when a tragic part of their shared past ignites a powder keg of a problem in the present.

Then, upon wrapping Game of Silence‘s 10-episode freshman run, Mrj slipped up »

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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Dallas’ left us with a killer cliffhanger

21 March 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It was 36 years ago today that the world was left with what still stands as one of TV’s greatest cliffhangers: In the March 21, 1980 episode of primetime soap Dallas, J.R. Ewing is shot twice by an unseen assailant. Viewers were left frustratedly wondering who shot the conniving oil tycoon and whether he would survive. The whodunnit mystery had everyone guessing for a while: J.R. had a host of enemies, so there were lots of suspects. CBS created a marketing campaign around the phrase “Who shot J.R.?” T-shirts and bumper stickers printed with the phrase and “I Shot J.R.” became a common sight over the summer. During the 1980 presidential election, Republican campaigners made buttons that read “A Democrat shot J.R.,” while Jimmy Carter told people at a fundraiser in Texas, “I came to Dallas to find out confidentially who shot J.R. If any of you could let me know that, »

- Emily Rome

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Beyond the Valley by Anne-Katrin Titze

6 March 2016 1:18 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

John Waters on Isabelle Huppert: "It's amazing, she gets in the skin of whoever it is." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the Us première of Valley Of Love, Guillaume Nicloux's searing portrait of a long divorced couple (Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert), John Waters recalled Bertrand Blier's Going Places (Les Valseuses) as his first Isabelle experience, Catherine Breillat's Abuse Of Weakness (Abus De Faiblesse), and wishing he had seen her in Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire or Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis, or Jean Genet's The Maids with Cate Blanchett and Elizabeth Debicki.

The next morning over coffee, I shared greetings from her Tip Top director Serge Bozon and Mrs. Hyde, where Isabelle will star with Romain Duris and Depardieu. At the French Embassy after party celebrating 25 years of French electronic music with DJs Busy P, Boston Bun, Superpoze and Jacques, she tried to answer John Waters earlier posed question. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Marisa Tomei, Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek to Star at Williamstown Theatre Festival

8 February 2016 11:04 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Marisa Tomei, Alfred Molina and “Malcolm in the Middle” alum Jane Kaczmarek will lead the starry production at this summer’s Williamstown Theatre Festival, artistic director Mandy Greenfield announced Monday. Oscar winner Tomei will star in Tennessee Williams‘ “The Rose Tattoo,” which runs from June 28 to July 17 in a revival directed by Trip Cullman. Molina and Kaczmarek will star in the American premiere of Australian playwright Tom Holloway’s drama “And No More Shall We Part,” about a married couple facing the challenge of one partner’s terminal illness. Anne Kauffman directs the show, which runs Aug. 10-21. Also Read: Cast of 'Hamilton'. »

- Thom Geier

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