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Today in Backstage casting notices, you have the chance to be in an ambitious film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic play “The Importance of Being Earnest,” reimagined in modern New York City! We also have three more great jobs for you to check out, including a Broadway play! Give ‘em a look below! “The Importance Of Being Earnest”Casting is underway for a film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The reimigination, “set in the United Nations diplomatic community of modern New York City,” seeks a male and two female actors for three leading roles. The piece will rehearse and shoot in winter 2017 in New York City. “Looking For Nina”Actors are sought for four leading roles in the upcoming short film, “Nina,” including the titular character. From director Neel Kamp, the paid project will shoot in New York City on a to-be-determined date. “The Little Foxes »
IndieWire calls The Shallows the best shark movie since Jaws. Wow... but then, on the other hand, are there any good shark movies since Jaws so maybe that's not such high praise?
Tfe... which we reviewed in April, icymi
YouTube the new Ghostbusters theme song "Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)" by Fall Out Boy is basically a cover with some new flourishes including Missy Elliott so it won't be Oscar nominated (or even eligible) like the original tune from 1984
Us Magazine there's a Golden Girls Cafe opening in NYC but "cheesecake" isn't the menu headliner so fire everyone. (If you read the fine print it's actually a restaurant in honor of Rue McClanahan. »
- NATHANIEL R
• Vague Visages why critics often fail when writing about acting
• Playbill in the most exciting theater news imaginable The Lovely Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon will co-star in the revival of The Little Foxes. The best part? They'll be alternating roles periodically!
• Tfe ...If you missed our Smackdown which featured The Little Foxes you should read it. It is a great play which made for an excitingly cutting movie with killer performance by Bette Davis and Patricia Collinge. Can't wait to see it on stage and see what Linney & Nixon do with those two very different roles.
• Slate the enduring influential portrait of genius and mediocrity in Amadeus
• The Tarzan Files has images from Total Film's behind the scenes report on the Legend of Tarzan »
- NATHANIEL R
Laura Linney and Cynthia Noxon will star in a new Broadway revival of Lillian Hellman’s drama “The Little Foxes,” the Manhattan Theatre Club announced Tuesday. In a first for the nonprofit theater, the stars will alternate the 1939 drama’s two lead roles — dueling sisters-in-law Regina Hubbard Giddens and Birdie Hubbard in a strong-willed aristocratic Southern family. The limited-run revival will be directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan and begin previews on March 29, 2017, in advance of an official opening on April 19 at Mtc’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Also Read: 'Hamilton' Star Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins James Corden for Broadway 'Carpool. »
- Thom Geier
On this day in movie related history...
1152 King Henry II marries Eleanor of Aquitaine. Their romance is later fictionalized in the ever popular play/movie The Lion in Winter which we've written about several times
1897 Frank Capra is born in Italy. He'll immigrate to the Us at five years old and become one of the most famous film directors of all time. Across the ocean in London a public reading of Bram Stoker's new novel "Dracula, or, The Un-dead" is staged. Frank Capra never makes a movie influenced by Dracula but everyone else does.
Meredith Wilson writing music1902 There's trouble right here in River City Mason City when Meredith Wilson is born. He'll later write The Music Man but not before accruing Oscar nominations for film scoring (The Little Foxes, The Great Dictator)
1912 The first Indian film Shree Pundalik is released in Mumbai. Thousands upon thousands upon thousands of »
- NATHANIEL R
One of the best-remembered dramas of the '70s gives us controversial actresses, a lavish production and a story by the even more controversial Lillian Hellman. Director Fred Zinnemann makes it into a suspenseful, deeply affecting experience. Julia Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1977 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 118 min. / Ship Date April 12, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Maximilian Schell, Hal Holbrook, Meryl Streep, Rosemary Murphy, Dora Doll, Elisabeth Mortensen, John Glover, Lisa Pelikan, Susan Jones, Cathleen Nesbitt, Maurice Denham. Cinematography Douglas Slocombe Film Editor Walter Murch Original Music Georges Delerue Written by Alvin Sargent based on the story by Lillian Hellman Produced by Richard Roth Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Fred Zinnemann was a cinema activist from way back, a filmmaker of uncompromising convictions. His most frequent theme is anti-fascism, although he began with a very Soviet-styled pro-union film in Mexico, Redes. »
- Glenn Erickson
Actress and singer Shannon Bolin Kaye died March 25 in New York City at the age of 99.
Bolin played the middle-age, Midwestern wife in the original Broadway production and subsequent film adaptation of “Damn Yankees,” to whom the young baseball player Joe Hardy longs to return. She also played one of the two bickering Corlick sisters in the Denny’s commercials that ran from the late 1980s to the 1990s. A mezzo-soprano on the concert stage with her own radio programs in Washington, D.C., during the 1940s and later a contralto in television operas and on the concert stage, she also made her mark on the Broadway stage and in regional productions.
She was known for playing warm, maternal women — except in the Puccini opera “Suor Angelica,” in which she memorably played the mean princess.
When George Abbott cast her as Meg in the stage production of “Damn Yankees,” she rejected »
- Carmel Dagan
Last year HitFix threw down a 21-question quiz for Oscar fanatics, and this year we're at it again. Join us for an ultimate Oscar test featuring three tiers of difficulty: hard, harder, and hardest. Get out a notepad! The answers are on the next page. (Please note that the term "actor" can mean a man or a woman, and that any listed year refers to the time of the movie's release, not the year of the ceremony.) Hard 1. What's the highest-grossing of this year's eight Best Picture nominees? 2. Jennifer Jason Leigh just received her first Oscar nomination for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. Only two performances in Quentin Tarantino's filmography have earned Academy Awards. Who performed those roles? 3. Which of this year's Best Picture nominees stars a character named Joy? 4. Who's the only person in history to win both an acting Oscar and a songwriting Oscar? 5. Name one »
- Louis Virtel
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. The Little Foxes is playing on Mubi in the Us February 15 through March 15, 2016.William Wyler and Bette Davis had a good thing going by the time of The Little Foxes (1941). Wyler had three (of his eventually 12) Academy Award nominations and he had directed the star in two Oscar-worthy performances of her own: Jezebel (1938), for which she won, and The Letter (1940), for which she didn’t. Though it would grow increasingly contentious, their association was nonetheless mutually productive, and while Davis may have been reluctant to take on the role played to great acclaim by Tallulah Bankhead in Lillian Hellman’s stage version of The Little Foxes, the resulting feature film trumped the trepidation. Set in the indistinct though suitably decrepit “Deep South” circa 1900, the backdrop is just vague enough to be regionally collective but just specific enough to be wholly unique. »
- Jeremy Carr
William Cameron Menzies. William Cameron Menzies movies on TCM: Murderous Joan Fontaine, deadly Nazi Communists Best known as an art director/production designer, William Cameron Menzies was a jack-of-all-trades. It seems like the only things Menzies didn't do was act and tap dance in front of the camera. He designed and/or wrote, directed, produced, etc., dozens of films – titles ranged from The Thief of Bagdad to Invaders from Mars – from the late 1910s all the way to the mid-1950s. Among Menzies' most notable efforts as an art director/production designer are: Ernst Lubitsch's first Hollywood movie, the Mary Pickford star vehicle Rosita (1923). Herbert Brenon's British-set father-son drama Sorrell and Son (1927). David O. Selznick's mammoth production of Gone with the Wind, which earned Menzies an Honorary Oscar. The Sam Wood movies Our Town (1940), Kings Row (1942), and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943). H.C. Potter's Mr. Lucky »
- Andre Soares
10 items from 2016
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