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In its fourth weekend at the box office, The Martian has once more claimed the number one spot. The Matt Damon-led sci-fi film reclaimed the top position after a short stint at number two last week and has been as well received by critics as it has been with audiences.
With best picture hopes, director Ridley Scott has the possibility of having the first major commercial hit win the award since Peter Jackson‘s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King swept the Oscars in 2004.
In recent years, there has been a growing divide between what is considered artistic gravitas in a film and its success at the box office, according to the Academy.
In the old days of the studio system this schism between artistic films and big studio hits was not nearly as evident, with most best picture winners »
- Patrick Shanley
'Sunset Blvd.': Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond. The Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors quashed, troubled Billy Wilder partnership discussed in Q&A with Anthony Slide See previous post: “Charles Brackett Diaries: Politics and Gossip During the Studio Era.” First of all, how did you become involved in this Charles Brackett project? And what did your editorial job entail? I discovered the diaries about six years ago when I was asked by Brackett's grandson, Jim Moore, to place a financial value on them during the process of his donating them to the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It was clear to me that these diaries had not only considerable financial worth, but also, and perhaps more importantly, they were primary resources in the study of Hollywood history. Happily, Charles Brackett's family (who own the copyright) gave permission for me to edit the diaries, »
- Andre Soares
Billy Wilder directed Sunset Blvd. with Gloria Swanson and William Holden. Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett movies Below is a list of movies on which Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder worked together as screenwriters, including efforts for which they did not receive screen credit. The Wilder-Brackett screenwriting partnership lasted from 1938 to 1949. During that time, they shared two Academy Awards for their work on The Lost Weekend (1945) and, with D.M. Marshman Jr., Sunset Blvd. (1950). More detailed information further below. Post-split years Billy Wilder would later join forces with screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond in movies such as the classic comedy Some Like It Hot (1959), the Best Picture Oscar winner The Apartment (1960), and One Two Three (1961), notable as James Cagney's last film (until a brief comeback in Milos Forman's Ragtime two decades later). Although some of these movies were quite well received, Wilder's later efforts – which also included The Seven Year Itch »
- Andre Soares
These days, Kristin Chenoweth is everywhere — on film and TV, in concert and on the Broadway stage for eight shows a week as the Tony-nominated romantic lead Lily Garland/Mildred Plotka in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of “On the Twentieth Century.”
“This is a commitment, what I’m doing and (what) all of my fellow Broadway artists (are doing),” says the petite Oklahoman (she’s all of 4 feet, 11 inches tall) of her role as the ugly duckling piano accompanist who transforms into a swan movie star. “It’s a marathon, like being an Olympic athlete. It’s also a gift.”
And Chenoweth’s fans know it. The second she appears onstage, the audience thunderously applauds. And then comes that unmistakable voice: bigger than she is — perfect in pitch, tone and breath — from ballad to belt.
“Kristin is enormously bright and kind,” says Matthew Broderick, who starred opposite Chenoweth in »
- Thelma Adams
As a kid, you can’t be picky where you find your fix of sci-fi and horror. Sometimes it’s the big screen, but often (for me, anyway) it was that living room landmark, television. I remember being seven and watching a Western where a couple of guys are on vacation at a resort where you can be a cowboy and have gunfights with androids (Sci-Fi, sweet!). And then…bad things start to happen. The androids break down, and now they’re killing the guests (ooh, Horror!). My head reeled from this magical swirl, a mesh of circuitry and chaos. Welcome to Westworld (1973), and its parent resort, Delos. Their slogan: Have we got a vacation for you.
- Scott Drebit
As if you need another reason to celebrate Broadway! Well, at least 106.7 Lite FM is giving you a place to do it! Beginning July 9, Bryant Park will be hosting a new Broadway musical cast every Thursday for six straight weeks. From this year’s Tony winners such as “Something Rotten!” and four-time winner “The King and I,” as well as “Finding Neverland” and “On the Town,” in addition to Great White Way staples “Les Miserablés,” “Chicago,” “Wicked,” “Kinky Boots,” and several others. “Summer 2015 marks an incredible milestone year for 106.7 Lite FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park—15 Years of music and performances—and we are incredibly proud of this event, which has become an iconic New York City summer tradition for our listeners, Broadway fans and city visitors alike,” said Chris Conley, the station’s program director, in a statement. “We look forward to another summer season of joining new and »
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
Channeling the tense atmosphere of their HBO series, True Detective, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn joined Jimmy Fallon for a game of deception, "True Confessions," on Thursday's Tonight Show. Seated around a table filled with lit cigarettes, cups of coffee and mysterious envelopes, the trio took turns confessing long-buried secrets – as the other two fired off "good cop/bad cop" questions to sort out truth from fiction.
Farrell begins his turn with heavy twitching and blinking, as he impersonates Robert Durst from The Jinx. "When I was a late teen, »
It simply had to be Yul Brynner.
When it came to casting the role of the imperious King of Siam in the film version of the hit Broadway musical The King and I, 20th Century Fox wanted only the Russian-born Brynner, who had originated the role on stage and performed it more than 1,000 times. But Brynner played hardball, holding out until he got script and cast approval, and a percentage of the movie’s profits.
It was worth the trouble as the dominating image of the bald-headed, hand-on-hips Brynner is what comes to mind when we think of the film.
Set in 1862 Siam (Thailand), the story focuses on the friendship that develops between the King and the strong-willed English schoolteacher (Deborah Kerr) who tutors his many children and wives. Brynner’s performance won the Oscar for Best Actor and launched his film career.
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
The best of Broadway took Radio City Music Hall by storm on June 7 to celebrate the 69th annual Tony Awards. Co-hosted by Tony winners Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth, the ceremony gave top honors to Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s “Fun Home,” which became the first winner for best musical in Tony history written by an all-female team. Alison Bechdel, whose graphic memoir provided the source material for “Fun Home,” said after the ceremony that although she wishes her late mother and father could see it, “in some weird level of reality, my parents are ecstatic about this play.” Other big winners included “The King and I,” which won for best musical revival, costume design, featured actress Ruthie Ann Miles, and leading actress Kelli O’Hara, who finally received her first Tony after six nominations. “Be who you are, period,” she said after tap dancing off the stage. “It »
"I completely lost my mind. I don't know if that was obvious ... When they did say my name, I think it just blew me away," said actress Kelli O'Hara about finally winning her first Tony Award for "The King and I," which also won Best Musical Revival. She was so overwhelmed that she did a dance when accepting the award: "That's called 'Shuffle Off to Buffalo,' very poorly done in Jimmy Choo shoes, but when you're that excited, you lose your mind a bit." -Break- Tony Awards winners: Show by show This is her first Tonys victory after five unsuccessful nominations: for her featured role in "The Light in the Piazza" (2005) and lead roles in "The Pajama Game (2006), "South Pacific" (2008), "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (2012) and "Bridges of Madison County" (2014). About the role that finally broke her losing streak, O'Hara said, "Anna is a very strong woman, »
It is always surprising to see the depth and breadth of support for some shows at the Tony Awards and the limited appeal of others. Below, a breakdown of the 24 winners arranged by the four musicals and five plays that took home at least one Tony. -Break- Join the fierce fight about the Tony Awards going on right now in our notorious message boards Musicals "Fun Home" (5 wins from 12 nominations) Musical Direction Score Book Actor, Michael Cerveris "An American in Paris" (4 wins from 12 nominations) Costume Design Lighting Design Scenic Design Orchestrations "The King and I" (4 wins from 9 nominations) Musical Revival Actress, Kelli O'Hara Featured Actress, Ruthie Ann Miles Costume Design "Something Rotten" (1 win from 10 nominations) Featured Actor, Christian Borle Tony Awards: Complete List of Winners Plays "Curious Incident of the Dog i..."' »
This marked the 69th annual edition of the Tony Awards and, once again, these kudos proved to be the classiest of them all. The Good Once again, the Tonys brought the best acceptance speeches you can find during an awards show. Particular standouts from this year include: -Break- Best Actor (Play) champ Alex Sharp ("Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time") championing people who feel different to accomplish their dreams; Best Actor (Musical) winner Michael Cerveris ("Fun Home") invoking the memory of Alison Bechdel's father when wishing for the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality later this month; Best Actress (Musical) winner Kelli O'Hara ("The King and I") finally taking home her first Tony and proudly dancing offstage; and Surprise winner of Best Featured Actor (Play) Richard McCabe ("The Audience") referring to himself as a "tosser" and acknowledging that most Am »
"Not too bad, if I say so myself..." If I may take a quote from this year's Best Musical winner as I went 20/24 with my predictions for this year's 2015 Tony Awards. Undoubtedly, the two big winners of the night were the musical Fun Home and the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, both of which took home five awards including honors for their leading men, directors, and, of course, Best Musical/Play. Right behind those two was the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, which picked up four awards, including Best Revival and for their long overdue leading lady Kelli O'Hara, who easily gave the best speech of the night (including dancing off the stage). I may predicted Tony co-host Kristin Chenoweth over her, but I am so happy to be wrong. yt id="MneMh2c-y0M" width="640" And what about Chenoweth »
- Mike Shutt
While the Tonys were being handed out Sunday night, TVLine wasn’t just watching the awards, we were deciding the winners — or, in some cases, “winners” — in a few categories of our own invention. So which performers and performances from the black-tie back-slap made the cut — and which should have been cut? Read on, find out and — best of all — hit the comments to weigh in yourself!
PhotosCritics’ Choice Television Awards 2015: Allison Janney’s Big Kiss, Taraji’s Cookie Moment and More in Photos
Who took home all the hardware from Broadway's biggest night? Well, Helen Mirren won big for her turn as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience (all hail Helen), and Ruthie Ann Miles nabbed kudos for her performance in The King and I — the real winners, at least for a sec, were the audience members and viewers at home who got to see Miles's phone-assisted speech, highlighted by a weirdly intense play-off and equally intriguing joke. In other categories, An American in Paris, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Fun Home cleaned up nicely — the latter two earning top honors for best play and best musical, respectively.Here's the full victors list, with the winners bolded (if you want to relive some of the fun from the broadcast, check out our liveblog!): Best MusicalAn American in ParisFun HomeSomething Rotten!The VisitBest PlayThe Curious Incident of the »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
After they took the stage to receive their Broadway-lauding honor and gushed their happy thanks onstage, the winners of the 2015 Tony Awards spoke to the press backstage. Here's what Sunday's winners had to say: Kelli O’Hara, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, The King and I "I've never been to one of these — what do I do?" the first-time winner, nominated six times, asked reporters. "[My character] Anna is a trailblazer and I want to be like her." When her name was called, "I completely lost my mind. I
- Ashley Lee
- Ryan Adams
Fun Home and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time were the big winners tonight as the 69th annual Tony Awards were handed out. The shows led the field with five trophies apiece at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan including Best Musical and Best Play, respectively. The King And I and An American In Paris were next with four wins each. Helen Mirren took the first award of the night for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play in The… »
Two star-free shows, the musical “Fun Home” and the play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” took top honors at the 69th annual Tony Awards Sunday night. Each earned five statuettes, including Best Musical for “Fun Home” and Best Play for “Curious Incident. Four prizes each went to the musicals “An American in Paris” and “The King and I,” whose lead actress, Kelli O’Hara, won her first Tony after six nominations. In addition, Helen Mirren took home her first Tony as Best Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience;” she is. »
- Thom Geier
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