11 items from 2014
By Anjelica Oswald
Into the Woods, Disney’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Broadway musical, could land an Oscar nomination for its screenplay, which was adapted by Lapine. It may be a stretch for Into the Woods to land in the top five, though. Adapted — or even original — musical screenplays may be discounted for the music in the Oscar race, which might be why few musicals are nominated for adapted or original screenplay. Twelve musicals have been nominated for adapted screenplay since 1929, but 2002’s Chicago was the last musical to do so.
Adapted from Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb’s 1975 musical of the same name, Chicago won six of its 13 nominations, including best picture. It was the first musical since 1968’s Oliver! to win best picture, but its screenplay lost to The Pianist.
Carol Reed’s Oliver! was nominated for 11 Oscars and won five. It »
- Anjelica Oswald
Hulu has become a digital rescue shelter for an abandoned TV series. The streaming video service will run the six unaired episodes of ABC’s recently-canceled Selfie. Selfie stars Karen Gillan and John Cho in a modern interpretation of My Fair Lady (based on the classic play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw). The comedy series was created by writer Emily Kapnek, who’s previously written for shows like Parks & Recreation and Suburgatory. The first of the remaining Selfie episodes debuted on Hulu and Hulu Plus on Tuesday, November 25. The following five episodes will be released one at a time each week for the next five weeks. Hulu doesn’t plan to renew the series, unlike its competitors Netflix and Yahoo tend to do with the series they save. Netflix revived Fox’s hit comedy Arrested Developmentfor a fourth season, and Yahoo is starting production on the online-only sixth season of Community, »
- Bree Brouwer
Talent is currently being sought for the production of “Pygmalion.” “Pygmalion,” the play by George Bernard Shaw, follows the characters Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, and is seeking talent to fill 10 roles. This is a paid, Equity gig, and auditions will be held Nov. 17 in Pasadena, Calif. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Pygmalion” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »
In the first cull of the season, ABC has terminated the fledgling comedy series Manhattan Love Story, after it failed to recover from a shaky start by its third episode. There is much debate about the validity of ratings numbers – at a time when networks are trying to gauge viewership around DVR recordings, while simultaneously scrambling to adapt to changing viewing habits in light of media streaming and ‘binge-watching’ – but it seems the situation for the show was just too dire to continue.
The short-lived series followed Dana (Analeigh Tipton) and Peter (Jake McDorman) as they embarked on a new relationship together – and explored their “unfiltered internal monologues” in the process. Written by Jeff Lowell (Two And A Half Men), the show got off to a relatively weak start – with ratings indicating that viewers were switching off after Manhattan Love Story’s lead-in show, Selfie. Numbers decreased with each subsequent episode which, »
- Sarah Myles
When the movie version of My Fair Lady premiered — 50 years ago today — it was an adaptation of a stage show that was a musical remake of a play that was loosely based on an ancient myth. Once again: “originality” is not that big a deal and never has been. Proof has continued in the legacy of all these properties in the half century since. Even now on television there is a sitcom so admittedly based on Pygmalion that the characters are named Eliza Dooley and Henry Higgs. The fact that most people call this show, Selfie, a modern take on the musical rather than George Bernard Shaw‘s earlier drama is not a surprise. Different generations have their reference point. In She’s All That, for instance, Rachel Leigh Cook’s character says, “I feel just like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. You know, except for the whole hooker thing.” She »
- Christopher Campbell
Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »
- Andre Soares
Eliza Dooley is the colleague from hell. She’s the smug, gaudy co-worker who lives in a symbiotic relationship with her phone and spends more time commenting on Instagram or Tweeting her feelings than interacting with the world. When Eliza struts into her workplace, a pharmaceuticals company, she dribbles out a line of text-speak to the baffled receptionist. Into Eliza’s work enters Henry Higgs, a sniffy, uptight technophobe who managed to amend and enhance the reputation of the company much to the delight of its boss. After a particularly embarrassing moment in which two bulging bags of vomit explode onto Eliza’s trendy skirt in front of all her colleagues, she resolves to improve her own image, enlisting a surprisingly willing Henry to help her (“I can transform this vapid, »
It is set to premiere on ABC, on September 30, 2014, but the network has released the first episode of its new half-hour comedy series "Selfie," which is loosely based on "My Fair Lady" (the musical based upon George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion"), but set in the world of social media. Created and executive produced by Emily Kapnek for Warner Bros. Television, the new series will air Tuesday nights at 8 pm (Et/Pt). The series follows the life of Eliza Dooley (a modern day version of Eliza Doolittle), a woman obsessed with becoming famous through the use of social media platforms, until she realizes that she needs to actually find people that she can be »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Even though the play was written by Shaw between March and June 1912, it opened to the public in London on 11 April 1914, the Independent reported.
Shaw won an Oscar for the screenplay of Pygmalion in 1939. (Ani) »
- Arun Pandit
Australian actress Wendy Hughes dead at 61 (photo: Wendy Hughes in ‘Newsfront’) Australian film, television, and stage actress Wendy Hughes, best known internationally for the big-screen dramas My Brilliant Career and Careful, He Might Hear You, died of cancer early today, March 8, 2014, in Sydney. Hughes (born on July 29, 1952, in Melbourne) was 61. Wendy Hughes’ film career kicked off in the mid-’70s, with Tim Burstall’s psychological drama ‘Jock’ Petersen / Petersen (1974), in which she plays the wife of a college professor who becomes romantically involved with a married student (Jack Thompson). "I spent a lot of the time naked and doing sex scenes," Hughes would later recall about her work in ‘Jock’ Petersen, "because in the seventies you all had to do that." In 1979, Hughes landed a key supporting role in the international arthouse hit My Brilliant Career, Gillian Armstrong’s late 19th-century-set tale of an independent-minded young woman (a Katharine Hepburn »
- Andre Soares
From Jack leching over Jennifer to John Wayne's farewell and Brando's no-show, these are just some of the greatest moments at the Oscars ceremonies ever
1. When Jack met Jennifer
This is perhaps my favourite Oscar moment ever, and it is from last year: the 85th Academy Awards in 2013. Tellingly, it does not take place up on stage, in the often tense and frozen ritual of the awards ceremony itself, but happens in the cheerful buzz of the post-show melee backstage. This single, endlessly replayed clip probably did more for Jennifer Lawrence's public profile than anything on the big screen.
George Stephanopoulos, the former Bill Clinton aide who later made a career in TV, was conducting on-the-hoof interviews for ABC and had grabbed 22-year-old Lawrence to talk about her best actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook. The »
- Peter Bradshaw
11 items from 2014
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