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Read More: Attention, Female Screenwriters: Athena Film Festival to Partner with Black List for Writing Lab The Athena Film Festival has announced that filmmaker and activist Mira Nair is set to receive the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 festival. Additional honorees include producer Geralyn Dreyfous ("The Square," "The Invisible War"), director Karyn Kusama ("Jennifer's Body," "Aeon Flux") and composer Jeanine Tesori ("Fun Home," "Twelfth Night"). This year, the Athena Film Festival will award the cast and crew of "Suffragette" with the inaugural Athena Ensemble Award. Now in its sixth year, the Athena Film Festival is a celebration of women and leadership in cinema, both in front of and behind the camera. "The push for gender parity in Hollywood has gained momentum this year. We are proud to recognize women who through their work and their voices are changing the industry," »
- Tarek Shoukri
In a career that’s spanned more than three decades and a dozen blockbusters, Robert Zemeckis has been lauded for using technological wizardry to tell deeply human stories in such films as “Cast Away,” “Back to the Future” and “Forrest Gump.”
The Oscar-winning director was honored by Variety on Monday night for his latest cinematic tight-rope act, “The Walk,” which uses 3D to bring viewers 110 stories above Manhattan as Philippe Petit uses a high wire to move back and forth between the Twin Towers.
“It was a unique moment in the city’s history, and I always felt this could be a love letter to the city and a love letter to the towers,” said Zemeckis.
He noted that when Petit pulled off his stunt in 1974 many New Yorkers viewed the Twin Towers as an eyesore, likening them to “filing cabinets.” That changed after seeing the high-wire walker defy gravity. »
- Brent Lang
We’ve covered some of the production highlights from the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival, which is celebrating 12 years of bringing new musicals to the stage. Here are some concerts and workshops that working actors and musical theater lovers alike shouldn’t miss! “Tom Kitt and Friends,” July 13 at PTC Performance SpaceThis one-night only concert from composer-lyricist Tom Kitt, whose award-winning shows include “Next to Normal” and “If/Then,” will feature various singers from projects old and new—and a special guest or two! $27.50 for individual tickets. “Women of Note,” July 20 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box TheatreCelebrate the women of musical theater! This annual Nymf event honors “the ladies who are making theatre sing,” including performances of songs by the likes of Lynn Ahrens, Barbara Anselmi, Kait Kerrigan, and this year’s Tony-winning honorary chair Jeanine Tesori. $27.50 for individual tickets. “Under Construction: Nymf’s Next Broadway Sensations,” July »
The best of Broadway took Radio City Music Hall by storm on June 7 to celebrate the 69th annual Tony Awards. Co-hosted by Tony winners Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth, the ceremony gave top honors to Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s “Fun Home,” which became the first winner for best musical in Tony history written by an all-female team. Alison Bechdel, whose graphic memoir provided the source material for “Fun Home,” said after the ceremony that although she wishes her late mother and father could see it, “in some weird level of reality, my parents are ecstatic about this play.” Other big winners included “The King and I,” which won for best musical revival, costume design, featured actress Ruthie Ann Miles, and leading actress Kelli O’Hara, who finally received her first Tony after six nominations. “Be who you are, period,” she said after tap dancing off the stage. “It »
"I think to make a life for yourself in the theater takes great perseverance," said actress Annaleigh Ashford after winning Best Featured Actress in a Play at the Tony Awards for the revival of "You Can't Take It With You." -Break- Tony Awards winners: Show by show In a big year for women in theater, which also included the first female writing team to win a Tony for Best Score (Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron for "Fun Home"), Ashford says, "I believe the theater is also a place for change, it's also a grounds where conventions can be broken, and it's so funny that so many women are breaking those conventions this year. Two years ago, Cyndi Lauper won the Tony for Best Score, and she was the first woman to win Best Score, and I remember that being such a milestone. It's great to continue to see women continuing the trend. »
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
Here is something a bit different for Rope of Silicon. Sure, we have award predictions for the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, but that makes sense, considering this is site is 95% about movies. But there are plenty of other stories out there being told in theaters that get plenty of respect. Except these are stories performed live right in front of your face. So, I took it upon myself to comb through the absurd amount of categories of the Tony Awards, which is this Sunday June 7, to give you my predictions on what will win. I am doing this not just because it is fun to predict things and hope I get them all right, though that is certainly part of it, but I also want to shed light on these projects that a lot of people don't know about. Film and television people often have on blinders when »
- Mike Shutt
This video clip is definitely giving us flashback memories of watching Disney VHS tapes when we were children! In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Disney classic Pocahontas, Judy Kuhn, who was Pocahontas' singing voice in the '90s flick, is remixing the movie's theme song "Colors of the Wind." The awesome video starts out with the message, "To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disney's Pocahontas, Fun Home composer Jeanine Tesori and star Judy Kuhn (the original singing voice of Pocahontas) have some fun with 'Colors of the Wind.'" Tesori plays the piano while Kuhn sits next to her and belts out the classic jam. But this version isn't exactly like the »
The Tony Award Nominations are exactly one week from today, so we really ought to talk about the musicals that might be vying for top honors. Both of today's topics have movie connections, albeit one more tenuous than the other. Both are also likely nominees in the Best Musical category, which is the Best Picture of the Tony Awards. Yes, there are 3 other top prizes (Play, Revival of a Play, Revival of a Musical) but Musical is the most coveted prize and the one with arguably the biggest impact on legacies and box office. Ten musicals are eligible in this category for the 2014/2015 season and I'd be surprised if these two won't comprise half of the four-wide nominee list.
The cast of Fun Home, now playing on Broadway
Historians will have to suss out when The Bechdel Test became a ubiquitous topic online, but it's definitely become just that. »
- NATHANIEL R
I already thought that Fun Home was the best new musical of the year in 2013, when it opened at the Public Theater. It’s hard to imagine that its Broadway transfer, and transformation, will not make it the best of this season as well. I say “transformation” even though in most ways it’s nearly a replica: The librettist Lisa Kron has perhaps cut or tightened a few lines of dialogue, and the composer Jeanine Tesori, apart from excising one charming but redundant little song (“Al for Short”), has made only the kind of changes a fanatic would notice. Fun Home is still basically what it was when I reviewed it in 2013: the story, based on Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical graphic memoir, of a lesbian cartoonist trying in middle age to understand her father, who killed himself shortly after revealing to her that he, too, was gay. Back then »
- Jesse Green
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