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‘Present Laughter’ Broadway Review: Kevin Kline and Kate Burton Are Divine

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‘Present Laughter’ Broadway Review: Kevin Kline and Kate Burton Are Divine
Present Laughter” is not “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” even though both plays date back to 1939, which was quite a year for comedy. A new revival of the Noel Coward classic about a narcissistic stage actor named Garry Essendine opened Wednesday at the St. James Theatre, and at times it plays like the Kaufman and Hart comedy under Moritz von Stuelpnagel’s not always steady direction. At other times, it is veddy British, proper, and absolutely terrific — especially when Kevin Kline and Kate Burton are on stage, which, fortunately, is most of the time. Kline has always been...
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Today in Showbiz History: Oklahoma!, Martha & Missy, JLaw's Ascendance

On this day in history as it relates to showbiz...

1873 Wc Handy famous musician is born in Alabama. The first credited use of his music in a movie was in the original Scarface (1932). That same song "St Louis Blues" is his most popular with Hollywood and has been used in dozens of movies since including The Aviator and The Great Gatbsy recently.  But Blue Jasmine got all feisty and went with "Aunt Hagar's Blues" instead.

1889 Playwright George S Kaufman is born. He wins two Pulitzers and his work has been adapted to films many times including classics like You Can't Take It With You, Dinner at Eight, The Man Who Came to Dinner and Stage Door.

1907 Oklahoma becomes the 46th State...
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Photo Coverage: Nathan Lane & the Cast of The Man Who Came To Dinner Reunite for Roundabout Benefit Reading

Just last night, Roundabout Theatre Company presentedthe 50th Anniversary Season Benefit Reading of The Man Who Came To Dinner byGeorge S. KaufmanandMoss Hart, starringNathan Lane. Joining him wereAustin Durant'Expressman, Technician, Police Officer',Peter Kim'Sandy',Mark Linn-Baker'Dr. Bradley',Ned Noyes'MichaelsonWestcottExpressman', Harrison Unger 'Stage Directions',Richard Poe'Mr. Stanley',Lee Wilkof'Banjo' and MaryLouise Wilson'Harriet Stanley'. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos below
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Roundabout's The Man Who Came To Dinner Benefit Reading, Starring Nathan Lane & Jean Smart, Set for Tonight

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the 50th Anniversary Season Benefit Reading of The Man Who Came To Dinner by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart,starring Nathan Lane. Joining the celebrated cast are Austin Durant 'Expressman, Technician, Police Officer', Peter Kim 'Sandy', Mark Linn-Baker 'Dr. Bradley', Ned Noyes 'MichaelsonWestcottExpressman', Harrison Unger 'Stage Directions', Richard Poe 'Mr. Stanley', Lee Wilkof 'Banjo' and Mary Louise Wilson 'Harriet Stanley'. Roundabout's Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellisdirects this one-night only reading tonight, December 7, 2015 at 7 Pm at Studio 54.
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Full Cast Announced for Roundabout's The Man Who Came To Dinner Benefit Reading, Starring Nathan Lane & Jean Smart

Roundabout Theatre Company has confirmed complete casting for the 50th Anniversary Season Benefit Reading of The Man Who Came To Dinner by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart starring Nathan Lane. Joining the celebrated cast are Austin Durant 'Expressman, Technician, Police Officer', Peter Kim 'Sandy', Mark Linn-Baker 'Dr. Bradley', Ned Noyes 'MichaelsonWestcottExpressman', Harrison Unger 'Stage Directions', Richard Poe'Mr. Stanley',Lee Wilkof 'Banjo' and Mary Louise Wilson 'Harriet Stanley'. Roundabout's Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis will direct this one-night only reading.
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Nasty Politics and Eyebrow-Raising Gossip During Hollywood's Golden Age: Brackett's Must-Read Diaries

Charles Brackett ca. 1945: Hollywood diarist and Billy Wilder's co-screenwriter (1936–1949) and producer (1945–1949). Q&A with 'Charles Brackett Diaries' editor Anthony Slide: Billy Wilder's screenwriter-producer partner in his own words Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He is renowned for classics such as The Major and the Minor, Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd., Witness for the Prosecution, Some Like It Hot, and The Apartment. The fact that Wilder was not the sole creator of these movies is all but irrelevant to graduates from the Auteur School of Film History. Wilder directed, co-wrote, and at times produced his films. That should suffice. For auteurists, perhaps. But not for those interested in the whole story. That's one key reason why the Charles Brackett diaries are such a great read. Through Brackett's vantage point, they offer a welcome – and unique – glimpse into the collaborative efforts that resulted in
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Filmmaker, Documentarian Pola Miller Dies at 86

Pola Miller, an award-winning filmmaker and documentarian who also served on the boards of Women in Film and the American Film Institute Associates, died February 8 in Los Angeles. She was 86.

At the company she launched, PolaCo Prods., she made many well-regarded documentaries, including “Fairy Tales for Adults Only,” about the sexual themes lurking beneath seemingly innocent fairy tales; “Sleep From A to Zzzz,” a TV special that focused on dreams, drugs and sleep problems; and “Backstage at the Zoo,” a 12-part Family Channel series centered on saving endangered animals and the work done by zoologists in researching animal behavior.

She was honored by the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts for “A Special Kind of Vision,” screened as part of her PBS series “Winners.”

At the same time, she was an invaluable collaborator for her husband Robert Ellis Miller, a television director who eventually moved into film.
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A Year with Kate: Laura Lansing Slept Here (1988)

Episode 48 of 52: In which Katharine Hepburn makes a truly awful houseguest.

Stars! They’re just like us! Except that they aren’t. An entire media industry has been built around bringing our cultural idols closer to us--Twitter alone delivers the illusion of intimacy 140 characters at a time--but at the end of the day, would you actually want to live with one? When George S. Kaufman had to host Radio Personality and Famous Critic Alexander Woollcott for a week, the experience was so aggravating that the playwright and his partner Moss Hart wrote a scathingly funny satire about Woollcott called The Man Who Came To Dinner. I bring this up for two reasons: 1) It’s a great Christmas comedy starring Bette Davis so go watch it right now if you haven’t and 2) This seems to have been more or less James Prideaux’s motivation when he wrote Laura Lansing Slept Here.
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Dangerous Davis Schedule

Bette Davis movies: TCM schedule on August 14 (photo: Bette Davis in ‘Dangerous,’ with Franchot Tone) See previous post: “Bette Davis Eyes: They’re Watching You Tonight.” 3:00 Am Parachute Jumper (1933). Director: Alfred E. Green. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Bette Davis, Frank McHugh, Claire Dodd, Harold Huber, Leo Carrillo, Thomas E. Jackson, Lyle Talbot, Leon Ames, Stanley Blystone, Reginald Barlow, George Chandler, Walter Brennan, Pat O’Malley, Paul Panzer, Nat Pendleton, Dewey Robinson, Tom Wilson, Sheila Terry. Bw-72 mins. 4:30 Am The Girl From 10th Avenue (1935). Director: Alfred E. Green. Cast: Bette Davis, Ian Hunter, Colin Clive, Alison Skipworth, John Eldredge, Phillip Reed, Katharine Alexander, Helen Jerome Eddy, Bill Elliott, Edward McWade, André Cheron, Wedgwood Nowell, John Quillan, Mary Treen. Bw-69 mins. 6:00 Am Dangerous (1935). Director: Alfred E. Green. Cast: Bette Davis, Franchot Tone, Margaret Lindsay, Alison Skipworth, John Eldredge, Dick Foran, Walter Walker, Richard Carle, George Irving, Pierre Watkin, Douglas Wood,
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Two-Time Oscar Winner Rolls Her Big Eyes Tonight

Bette Davis’ eyes keep ‘Watch on the RhineBette Davis’ eyes are watching everything and everyone on Turner Classic Movies this evening, as TCM continues with its "Summer Under the Stars" film series: today, August 14, 2013, belongs to two-time Oscar winner Bette Davis’ eyes, cigarettes, and clipped tones. Right now, TCM is showing the Herman Shumlin-directed Watch on the Rhine (1943), an earnest — too much so, in fact — melodrama featuring Nazis, anti-Nazis, and lofty political speeches. (See “Bette Davis Movies: TCM schedule.”) As a prestigious and timely Warner Bros. release, Watch on the Rhine was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award and earned Paul Lukas the year’s Best Actor Oscar. Bette Davis has a subordinate role and — for once during her years as Warners’ Reigning Queen — subordinate billing as well. As so often happens when Davis tried to play a sympathetic character, she’s not very good; Lukas, however,
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Neil Gaiman announces Wayward Manor

News Aaron Birch 26 Jul 2013 - 08:53

Neil Gaiman has announced he's making a game, and it's called Wayward Manor...

Respected writer, Neil Gaiman, has announced that he's making a new videogame in order to bring one of his projects to life. The game, called Wayward Manor, will be a spooky offering, casting players as a ghost that haunts the titular manor, with the singular goal of evicting its living inhabitants. It'll be developed by The Odd Gentlemen, developers of P.B. Winterbottom.

It's not an entirely new idea, and games such as 1993's Haunting took a similar direction, but with Gaiman at the helm, you can bet it'll be both charming, and macabre, with a novel twist on the haunting idea.

Wayward Manor is the culmination of Gaiman's wish to relive some of his childhood favourite films, such as Arsenic and Old Lace, Blithe Spirit and The Man Who Came To Dinner,
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Doctor Who: “The Power Of Three” Promo Pictures Released

While we have seen a lot from Doctor Who‘s wild-west themed upcoming episode this week, not much has been revealed about the following one, The Power Of Three. Most of what we know comes from Steven Moffat‘s introduction to the episode to Radio Times earlier this month:

“The day the Earth got cubed. The year of the slow invasion. The time the Doctor came to stay.”

There have been many ways to invade the Earth, and the Doctor has seen them all. Or so he always thought – and then the human race wakes up one morning and discovers the world has been overrun by… small black cubes. Which then proceed to… do nothing much at all. A plan is afoot, humanity is endangered – but by what and how and, above all, when? For the first time in his world-saving career the Doctor has to call upon the least of his virtues: patience.
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Bww Exclusive: Nice Work If You Can Get It Digital Character Card - Terry Beaver

Broadway Born Yesterday, Inherit the Wind, Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Democracy, Twentieth Century, Henry IV, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Last Night of Ballyhoo Tony nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award. Off-Broadway The Marriage of Bette and Boo. London Deathtrap. Regional theater A Delicate Balance, Proof, How I Learned to Drive, Angels in America, Betrayal, The Dining Room. Features Going the Distance, Imaginary Heroes, Hearts in Atlantis, Company Man. TV The West Wing, Shot in the Heart, Law and Order all.
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Actor/Singer Arms Dies

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Actor/Singer Arms Dies
American actor/singer Russell Arms has died at the age of 92.

The entertainer passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Monday. The cause of death is not known.

Arms began his career in radio before moving on to minor screen roles throughout World War II, starring alongside Bette Davis in The Man Who Came To Dinner, Doris Day in By the Light of the Silvery Moon and in James Cagney's Captain of the Clouds.

He also released his own music and was known for his 1957 hit single, Cinco Robles (Five Oaks).

Arms also worked as a vocalist on NBC show Your Hit Parade throughout the 1950s and wrote his own autobiography in 2005, titled My Hit Parade... and a Few Misses.

Our Holiday Favorites: The Man Who Came to Dinner

Bette Davis in a breezy, holiday comedy -- why, yes! In The Man Who Came to Dinner, she plays secretary Maggie Cutler to Monty Woolley's acerbic blowhard Sheridan Whiteside. The film is based on the 1938 play by Kaufman and Hart, and is so full of then-contemporary pop culture references, it's almost like I Love the '30s (and Early '40s). Jimmy Durante plays a character based on Harpo Marx, fictional Beverly Carlton (played by Reginald Gardiner) is shaped on Noel Coward, and Ann Sheridan's Lorraine Sheldon is formed on legendary actress Gertrude Lawrence.

The 1942 movie runs like a play at times; most of the action is based at the home of the wealthy Stanley clan, which you almost pity and dislike at the same time. Whiteside is the "Man" of the title, a radio host and public speaker unafraid to speak his mind to anyone that will listen.
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Maroulis, Davi, Jarvis to Star in Revised Broadway-Hopeful The Toxic Avenger in Houston

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announced the cast and creative team for their production of The Toxic Avenger. In a new production, which features several new songs and revised book by the Tony Award-winning creative team of Memphis, Bon Jovi founding member and keyboardist David Bryan and Joe Dipietro, Tony-nominated Constantine Maroulis takes center stage as the righteous superhero in the title role. John Rando Tony Winner for Urinetown returns to the Alley to reinvent his hilarious 2009 Off-Broadway staging of The Toxic Avenger following his smashing Alley productions of The Man Who Came to Dinner, Mrs. Mannerly and Be My Baby.
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Stephen Sondheim: who needs critics?

Good reviews can be as harmful as bad ones, says Stephen Sondheim. In an extract from his new book, he reflects on a life of prizes, putdowns – and the joy of songs sung in Sanskrit

After a rotten review, you don't remember the good ones. The only pleasure you have is to reiterate, both to yourself and to anyone who'll listen, the bad ones, which you can quote in exquisite detail. Moreover, you have to come to terms with the truth that no matter how doggedly you try to deceive yourself to the contrary, if you're going to believe your good reviews, you're going to have to believe the less good ones as well, unless you're deeply self-delusional.

I've worked with a few of the deluded, and there's a part of me that envies their blindness. Richard Rodgers [one half of Rodgers and Hammerstein] was one. For all his success, he was so sensitive to bad
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True Blood: A Conversation with Lauren Bowles

Lauren Bowles is an actress that has had a very busy and quite prolific acting career. She began with a recurring gig as the waitress on Seinfeld and has had a part in just about every popular show you can think of, as well as landing a couple movie roles along the way.

But when she found herself as Holly, the Wiccan waitress on HBO's acclaimed vampire hit, True Blood, she had finally found a recurring role that she was completely in love with.

Lauren took some time out of her busy schedule to talk with us about True Blood, some of her other gigs, and a little about her life in general.

First off, I want to thank you and say I appreciate you taking the time to talk with TheHDRoom today.

My pleasure!

Jumping right in, I am curious as to what you thought of the True Blood
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R.I.P. Betty Garrett (1919-2011)

I was saddened to learn this morning that Betty Garrett, the great star of stage, screen, and TV, passed away yesterday at the age of 94 after suffering an aortic aneurysm.

Garrett was one of those rare people — like, say, Jack Valenti — who happened to be a witness to and/or participant in a remarkably high number of historic events of the 20th century. She was a member of Orson Welles’s famed Mercury Theatre company, and was with him on the night that he shook up America with his infamous radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” (1938); she was Frank Sinatra’s leading lady in two of the earliest great M-g-m musical-comedies, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (1949) and “On the Town” (1949); her career was greatly hurt by the Hollywood Red Scare after her husband, the Oscar nominated actor Larry Parks, refused to name names before the House Committee
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The Other 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time

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Back in summer 2010, we posted the ‘100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time‘ which turned out to be our highest hit post ever! Now, the same people have gone back to the drawing back to create the 2011 version called ‘The Other 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time’!

Both videos were created by Harry Hanrahan who has done yet another fantastic job making them. Great to see Hook, Cool Runnings and Coming to America (you sweat from a baboon’s balls!) both making it into this one. We hope you’ll enjoy this one as much as you did the previous!

Thanks to Pajiba for the heads up on this. Below the embed is the list of movies used in this video. Please note this video contains swearing and depending on how fun your boss is, may not be safe for work!

Click here to view the original 100 Insults video after watching the one below

0’05 – Dumb & Dumber,
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