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The Best Picture winners of 1938 and 1953, which were based on hit plays and best selling novels respectively, have moved to the stage. Let's take a look...
For this Broadway revival of the classic 30s comedy, famously moviefied by Frank Capra back in the day, they've gone all star: James Earl Jones plays the tax-avoiding follow-your-dreams grandfather, Broadway vet and A+ comic actress Christine Nielsen (recently Tony nominated for Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike) is the easily distracted mother of a large brood, Rose Byrne her gorgeous daughter (essentially the 'Marilyn Munster' of this band of eccentrics), Fran Krantz from Dollhouse and Cabin in the Woods her rich would-be fiancee and Annaleigh Ashford, who has been on such a brilliant role these past couple of years with her ex-hooker lesbian receptionist on »
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It's Only a Play doesn't open until this Thursday, but the backstage comedy revival is already minting money for its producers at Broadway's Schoenfeld Theatre. The star-studded show—featuring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, and Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint—grossed an impressive $1.25 million for the week ending Oct. 5, according to figures from the Broadway League. That's a remarkable haul for a non-musical—and actually exceeds the potential earnings for the venue (thanks mostly to premium tickets sales and high demand). Another star-studded revival, Kaufman and Hart's You Can't Take It With You (starring »
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After a seamless transition from small-screen dramas to big-screen comedies (seriously, what can't this woman do?), Rose Byrne is setting her sights on Broadway. The Damages and Bridesmaids star has joined James Earl Jones and Masters of Sex's Annaleigh Ashford in a revival of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1936 comedy You Can't Take It With You. The play follows two families, the eccentric Sycamores and the straight-laced Kirbys, who are brought together when a Sycamore daughter and Kirby son fall in love. Byrne will play Alice Sycamore, one of the lovebirds and the "normal" daughter in a family of crazies. No word on whether she will also be the only one in the family with an Australian accent, but hey, it worked for Neighbors. »
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The actor - who famously voiced Darth Vader in the original trilogy - has ruled out any involvement in Disney's new movies.
"I've got no illusions that I will or even hankerings to be in them, but I'm very proud to have been part of the original," he told Variety.
Jones voiced the Sith Lord in the three films, with Dave Prose portraying him on screen.
The actor will appear in You Can't Take It with You on Broadway this autumn.
Star Wars Episode VII will open in cinemas on December 18, 2015.
Photos - Star Wars cast »
James Earl Jones will return to Broadway, to star in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy You Can’t Take It With You, starting in August. You Can't Take It with You is a comedic play in three acts by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The original production of the play opened at the Booth Theater on December 14, 1936, and played for 838 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was adapted for the screen as You Can't Take It With You, directed by Frank Capra, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director. Synopsis: At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before you realize that if they are mad, then the rest of the »
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Amazon is offering $105 off The Columbia Best Pictures boxed DVD set containing 11 winners of the Best Picture Oscar. Here are the details:
14-disc set of 11 Best Picture Oscar winning films in an attractive, collectible, black fiber cover with slipcase. The pages within will have film synopsis, details on the Oscar win for each film, and art from key scenes. This set features Columbia Pictures' Best Picture Oscar winners spanning the years from 1934 to 1982 and include the following films:
1949 All the King's Men
1954 On the Waterfront
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
Bonus extras include:
Lord Attenborough Audio Commentary
From the Director's Chair
Madeleine Slade: An Englishwoman Abroad
Reflections on »
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