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Legendary writer Tennessee Williams is widely considered the most important American playwright of the post-wwii era, with many of his classic plays, including A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, adapted into classic films. The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is a rediscovered original screenplay from the 1950s, that has been brought to life by first time director Jodie Markell and actress Bryce Dallas Howard.
The daughter of successful actor-turned-director Ron Howard, Bryce has already developed quite a name for herself, working in some of the biggest film franchises (The Twilight Saga, Terminator, Spider-Man) and with some of the most intriguing filmmakers (Sam Raimi, M. Night Shyamalan, Lars von Trier, Kenneth Branagh, McG and now Clint Eastwood).
- Sara Wayland
Tennessee Williams is arguably one of the greatest American playwrights, and the film adaptations of his plays have become classics in their own right: The Glass Menagerie, Baby Doll, The Rose Tattoo, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and of course, A Streetcar Named Desire. The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is one of the few, if only, plays Williams wrote specifically for film. Williams discussed the project in an interview with the New York Times in 1957, and Elia Kazan, the director of Baby Doll and A Streetcar Named Desire, was supposedly attached to direct. It's unclear now if Kazan was ever officially involved; the director instead went on to film Wild River and Diamond has gathered dust until now.
Bryce Dallas Howard stars as the eccentric Fisher Willow, a gorgeous young woman who chafes under the strict rules of her aunt Cornelia (Ann-Margaret) but also wants to make sure »
- Jenni Miller
Cate Blanchett's performance in the Sydney Theatre Company's The War of the Roses has paid off, with the production scoring nine nominations for the Sydney Theatre Awards. Blanchett is up for Best Actress in a Leading Role, while the play has also landed nods for Best Mainstage Production, Best Director (Benedict Andrews) and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ewen Leslie). Pamela Rabe will compete with her co-star Blanchett for Best Actress honours. Blanchett will also be competing against herself when the awards are handed out on January 18 – she's also nominated for her role in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, which also lands a Best Mainstage Production nod. In other leading categories, Avenue Q, »
- Ellie Pratt
It's not every day that an actor gets to originate a character from a Tennessee Williams script, but with the resurrection of the The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, Bryce Dallas Howard gets to do just that. Originally conceived as a movie for Elia Kazan to direct (following A Streetcar Named Desire and Baby Doll), the screenplay was abandoned for some 50 years. Howard talks about playing the part »
Blanchett is up for Best Actress in a Leading Role, while the play has also landed nods for Best Mainstage Production, Best Director (Benedict Andrews) and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ewen Leslie). Pamela Rabe will compete with her co-star Blanchett for Best Actress honours.
Blanchett will also be competing against herself when the awards are handed out on 18 January - she's also nominated for her role in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, which also lands a Best Mainstage Production nod.
In other leading categories, Avenue Q, Chicago, Jerry Springer The Opera and Wicked will battle it out for Best Production of a Musical, while ‘Tegrity: Britney Spears in Cabaret is among the four choices for Best Cabaret Production. »
New Year's week is typically a dry time for new releases, which is likely fine by multiplex employees. After last weekend's record box office, they could use a rest. But we cinephiles are always in need of fresh options, and just because it's the week after Christmas -- a traditional peak time for moviegoing -- doesn't mean there should be a total lack of new offerings. I know I'm not the only person who grew up regularly going to the movies on New Year's Eve.
Fortunately, while there seems to be no studio fare out this week, there are a few new films coming out in limited release. And each appears to be worth checking out if they're available in your area now or later, theatrically or otherwise.
- Christopher Campbell
Legendary playwright Tennessee Williams hit filmmaking gold when he joined forces with director Elia Kazan. Together they made A Streetcar Named Desire and Baby Doll , combined which nabbed twelve Academy Awards nominations and four wins. What do you do with a partnership that successful? Keep it going of course! That's where Williams' screenplay, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond comes in. The plan was for it to be the third collaboration between the duo, but Kazan got involved in other projects and The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond plummeted into the unproduced abyss. It wasn't until that screenplay landed in the hands of actress-turned-director Jodie Markell that Williams' work was long-lost no more. Dusting off the screenplay was easier said than done. During a roundtable »
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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Hugh Jackman hosts an Aussie-centric playdate at the Hudson River Park in downtown Manhattan on Sunday, alongside son Oscar Maximillian, 9. Not pictured but also present were pals Dashiell John, 8, Roman Robert, 5 ½, and Ignatius ‘Iggy’ Martin, 20 months, sons of actress Cate Blanchett.
A major winter storm walloped the New York City area over the weekend, leaving up to a foot of snow in its wake.
Both native Australians, Hugh, 41, and Cate, 40, have been in town for theater engagements: Hugh recently finished A Steady Rain at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, »
Mrs Simon, Mrs Selznick, Mrs Walker, Phylis Isley, Jennifer Jones – all of those names were offered her, like landlines in the storm, and she gazed on all of them with insufficient belief or conviction. There was a time, in the 80s and the 90s, when I did everything I could to get Jennifer Jones to speak to me, or just to see me so that she might decide she could speak to me. And all the time I was asking her, or her lawyers, I had another Mrs Selznick crowing in my ear in her best Pierre Hotel witch act, "She doesn't have anything to say. She won't remember. She doesn't care to remember."
Well, she's dead now, at 90. Gore Vidal »
- David Thomson
In the past week, two new shows have opened in New York City: A Little Night Music, a musical revival starring Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones (at left), and The Orphans Home Cycle, Part 2 -- The Story of a Marriage. EW reviewers enjoyed both of them. Thom Geier gave A Little Night Music a B+ and said that star Zeta-Jones comfortably commanded the stage "as if it were just another red carpet to be conquered." Meanwhile, Melissa Rose Bernardo also gave The Orphans Home Cycle, Part 2 -- The Story of a Marriage a B+ and made the powerful proclamation that »
- Thom Geier
Cate Blanchett recalled a 'gothic phase' she went through as a teenager. The actress, who is currently in New York performing in A Streetcar Named Desire, said:'Back then, I'd go to bed with my make-up on if I'd been out. And I went through a big gothic phase, so my pillow was always covered in black mascara and white pancake make-up.' Rather than talking of a goth phase, Blanchett was apparently talking of a ghostly phase or the haunting look of a Victorian painting. Blanchett went on to endorse a range of skincare products: 'A friend recommended the Sk-ii Facial Treatment Essence ... [I'd] drink it if I could.' »
- Philippa Bourke
Rachel Weisz's young son looks set to follow in his mother's acting footsteps - but she is hoping he decides against a career in the spotlight.
The Mummy star and her fiance Darren Aronofsky welcomed Henry in 2006, and the filmmaker recently took the three year old to see Weisz on the London stage, where she was starring in A Streetcar Named Desire.
And it seems the experience gave the youngster a taste for acting.
Weisz says, "His dad brought him in after a matinee to watch the curtain call and he figured out bowing and getting claps. So, yesterday, he put on his policeman’s outfit and bowed. That was the show."
But the 39 year old is adamant she doesn't want her son to pick acting as a career: "I hope he’s not an actor - I’d dissuade him as hard as I could." »
Calling motherhood a “tremendous experience,” Rachel Weisz says in a new interview that it’s nonetheless a hard concept to grasp until it actually happens. “People tell you about motherhood and you think, yeah, yeah, whatever,” the 39-year-old actress tells The Sunday Telegraph. “But it’s something you have to experience for yourself to know what it is.”
“It’s impossible to talk about it in any sensible way without sounding ridiculous.”
Having accepted the Best Supporting Actress Oscar while seven months pregnant with Henry Chance, 3 ½, in 2006, Rachel says that she hopes it is her son’s »
A spirited actress, who dead from a head injury on 18 March at the age of 45, remembered by the actor who was her long-term friend
Natasha Richardson was her own unique life force. She possessed a high-wire vitality that took you in its arms, shook you, seduced you and cajoled you into living life without regrets. Friendship was an anchor for her. She thrived on bringing friends together. She created occasions full of affection and joy, moments of celebration that sometimes felt like a magical dance. She mixed lethal cocktails (she loved lychee martinis), cooked extraordinary food, was a spontaneously good nurse, laughed and delighted in stories and anecdotes, and had a mischievous ear for a good scandal. She loved to play music and would impatiently search her iPod for exactly the right track for the moment. And she loved to dance. And she loved to watch a movie with friends. »
The past week saw the opening of two new shows in New York City. The first is a new play from David Mamet, Race, which EW critic Lisa Schwarzbaum awarded a C grade and called "a four-person dramatic tap dance about the lies blacks and whites tell each other about each other." The other—without a doubt, much lighter fare—is a lost backstage play called So Help Me God starring Kristen Johnston that EW's Jessica Shaw gave a B, commenting that "Johnston seems to relish every second" of her time on stage, "strutting around the stage in diva-worthy capes and lacy gowns, »
- Tanner Stransky
While Jude Law is in London, his seemingly on-again girlfriend Sienna Miller is keeping busy —and supporting the arts — in NYC. Sienna was at Bam theater in Brooklyn, NY, supporting Cate Blanchett on opening night of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
One fellow audience member dished to us Exclusively, “Sienna was chain smoking between acts and afterwards, jumped into a big, black Escalade with a mystery man.
Cate, we’re told, “got a five minute standing ovation,” but Sienna ran out before the show ended. »
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Iggy’s big brothers Roman Robert, 5 ½, and Dashiell John, 8, were there as well but are not pictured.
The three boys are Cate’s with husband Andrew Upton.
Posted in Babies, Main »
As the famous -- not to say infamous -- Blanche DuBois and directed by Liv Ullmann in a harsh Scenes From a Marriage frame of mind, Cate Blanchett pulls out all stops throughout Tennessee Wiliams's supernal tragedy, A Streetcar Named Desire, now at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In a Sydney Theatre Company performance already on its way to icon status and threatening to force Vivien Leigh into some pedestal-sharing, Blanchett with her slash-of-a-mouth, high-cheek-boned blond beauty is the very definition of mercurial. Although Williams held the image of a moth in his head when writing the play during those preparatory years -- and had The Moth as a preliminary title and even likens Blanche to a moth in an early stage direction -- he also has Blanche regard herself as a butterfly. »
- David Finkle
"A woman's charms are 50% illusion," says Blanche DuBois in the classic play A Streetcar Named Desire. But Cate Blanchett's bravura performance of the fragile, overdramatic Southern belle in Tennessee Williams' masterpiece is the real deal. The current revival at Bam, through Dec. 20, is a shattering production, stripped to essentials. The part of Blanche is the role of a lifetime -- and most of us know her from watching the Oscar-winning Vivien Leigh battle Marlon Brando as her brutish brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski. However, each generation renews its poetry and despair and this production, which originated at the Sydney Theatre Company, where Blanchett and husband Andrew Upton are the artistic directors, is notable on two fronts. First, this is Blanchett's show. From the moment she steps on stage, her nerves shot, her dignity held together by fierce illusion, our eyes never »
- Fern Siegel
Law received a nomination in the Best Actor category for his role in the West End run of Hamlet, which recently transferred to Broadway.
Mirren will compete against Weisz for the Best Actress trophy for her starring role in Phedre, while the Mummy star received a nod for her turn in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Stewart's role in Hamlet earned him a nomination for the Best Supporting Actor prize, while he also received a nod in the Theatre Event of the Year category alongside Sir Ian McKellen for their pairing in Waiting for Godot.
The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in London on 14 February. »
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