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'The Walking Dead' Recap: Father Figures

'The Walking Dead' Recap: Father Figures
We're a little more than halfway through the The Walking Dead's fall season, and so far no line line of dialogue has been more memorable than Negan's warning in the premiere: "I hope you got your shittin' pants on ... because you are about to shit your pants." Still, the big bad boss does try to top himself in the latest episode, when he suggests that Gregory is "a thin-dicked politician, threading the needle with your thin, thin dick." A pattern's emerging here: Not only does Negan communicate almost exclusively in vulgarities,
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‘King Kong’ Sets Official Broadway Dates + More NYC Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! “Kong” is coming.After much speculation, “King Kong” has officially gotten the Broadway greenlight. Based on the 1932 novel, this adaptation will be written by Jack Thorne, directed by Drew McOnie, and feature a score by Marius de Vries, with songs by Eddie Perfect. It
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London Casting: ‘The King and I’ West End Production Is Filling Lead, Supporting + Ensemble Roles

Hello and welcome to one of our shoutouts for projects casting around the U.K. As always there’s a mix of opportunities for all ages, abilities, and locations but do remember to check if you fit the bill before applying. Although we make every attempt to verify castings before we hit publish, please ensure that you do your own research before firing off those headshots and Backstage links. “The King and I” London musical casting director James Orange is on the hunt for actors, singers, and ensemble dancers for “The King and I.” The acclaimed production from Bartlett Sher is coming to the London Palladium in the heart of the West End next summer, along with some of their Tony Award–winning cast! The London production needs strong and confident performers to take up lead, supporting, and ensemble roles for both Siamese and Burmese characters. The lead female role
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Gavin Polone on Race, Business and the Real Cost of Hollywood Whitewashing

Gavin Polone on Race, Business and the Real Cost of Hollywood Whitewashing
The King and I that starred Ricardo Montalban as the King of Siam. This was prior to Montalban premiering in Fantasy Island and pitching the "fine Corinthian leather" of the Chrysler Cordoba in TV commercials, so my familiarity with him came from the original Planet of the Apes movies, where he played Senor Armando, a circus owner who is sympathetic to the cause of talking apes. As I watched the musical, I remember thinking it was disturbing that a man I knew to be Mexican was playing...
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‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing Controversy: 5 Japanese Actors Who Could Take on the Embattled Role

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‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing Controversy: 5 Japanese Actors Who Could Take on the Embattled Role
Early last week, white British actor Ed Skrein joined the cast of Neil Marshall’s upcoming “Hellboy” reboot, a casting choice that was immediately derided for its whitewashing of Skrein’s character, a Japanese-American Marine named Ben Daimio (whose family tree includes no less than a famous Japanese spy and war criminal, who also appears in the John Arcudi and Mike Mignola comic book series). In short order, Skrein did something wholly remarkable: he dropped out of the project after learning about Daimio’s heritage.

Read More:‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing: Ed Skrein Steps Down From Playing Japanese-American Comic Character

In an official statement, the actor made it clear that he believed the choice was what was “right,” noting that portraying the part in “a culturally accurate way” was clearly important for audiences (Skrein also pointed to his own “mixed heritage” family in the statement, which you can read here). In a
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“There is no future if you’re French in La” – Lambert Wilson on The Odyssey, and why he’s staying in France

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Stefan Pape

Though one of France’s most acclaimed actors working today, when sitting down to speak to Lambert Wilson, you could be fooled into think he’s from Britain, such is the accent in which he speaks; articulate and pronounced, confident in the English language. And yet in spite of that the actor still harbours little desire to move to the States and make movies for there, for in Wilson’s eyes – there’s no future for French actors in Hollywood.

Promoting his new film The Odyssey, where Wilson plays the esteemed explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau – we had the pleasure of meeting him in Paris earlier in the year, as he speaks in-depth about the man he is inhabiting – and how he even sought advice from the subject, beyond the grave.

When offered a role of this nature – do you hesitate, or accept straight away?

My choices
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‘13 Reasons Why’ Adds Seven New Actors for Season 2

‘13 Reasons Why’ Adds Seven New Actors for Season 2
“13 Reasons Why” is beefing up its cast, adding seven new actors to Season 2 of the Netflix hit, Variety has learned.

Anne Winters, Bryce Cass, Chelsea Alden, Allison Miller, Samantha Logan, Kelli O’Hara, and Ben Lawson have joined the second season of “13 Reasons Why,” which is currently in production. None of the new cast members are series regulars, but many will appear in majority of the episodes throughout the season.

The new actors will play a variety of roles, including new students, and also more mature characters, such as a litigator, who will presumably be central to the storyline that is expected to revolve around a lawsuit filed by parents (Kate Walsh and Brian d’Arcy James) against the high school in the series, in light of last season’s suicide by student Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford).

Among the students are Winters, who will play Chloe, the beautiful “it girl” at Liberty High and the new head
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'The Iron Giant': THR's 1999 Review

On July 31, 1999, Warner Bros. held the premiere of Brad Bird's animated The Iron Giant in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter's original review of what would become a cult hit is below: 

After one successful launch (Space Jam) and two discouraging misfires (The Quest for Camelot, The King and I), Warner Bros.' outstanding The Iron Giant is a giant leap for the studio and robotkind. And with the steady erosion of the Disney monopoly in animation, the Aug. 6 release is a potential sleeper hit for kids and adults. 

Director Brad Bird (TV's King of the Hill, The Simpsons),...
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11 Stars Who Just Need an Emmy to Egot, From Elton John to John Legend (Photos)

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11 Stars Who Just Need an Emmy to Egot, From Elton John to John Legend (Photos)
Henry Fonda, actor (1905-82) Grammy: Best Spoken Word Album, “Great Documents” (1977) Oscar: Best Actor, “On Golden Pond” (1981) Tony: Best Actor, “Mister Roberts” (1948); Best Actor, “Clarence Darrow” (1975) Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist and producer (1895-1960) Grammy: Best Original Cast Album, “The Sound of Music” (1960) Oscar: Best Original Song, “The Last Time I Saw Paris” from “Lady Be Good” (1941); “It Might As Well Be Spring” from “State Fair” (1945) Tony: Three awards for “South Pacific” (1950); Best Musical, “The King and I” (1952); Best Musical, “The Sound of Music” (1960) Elton John Grammy: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group, “That’s What Friends...
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Beauty vs Beast: The King and... Who?

Jason from Mnpp here. Tomorrow is the 97th anniversary of the great Yul Brynner's birth, and while there are several options we could tackle for this week's "Beauty vs Beast" (The Ten Commandments being the most obvious) I decided to go with the most awkward for me - 1956's technicolor musical The King and I, because I feel like we could use a colorful musical right this minute. There's just one problem, which is what renders this "awkward" - I haven't ever seen The King and I. Whoops!

I know the basic gist - Deborah Kerr plays a school-teacher who moves to Siam and she and the King (Brynner) teach each other about their different cultures and fall into something like love. But specifics? Notsomuch. So here's the deal - I will go home and watch The King and I this week, pinky swear, and you guys tell me
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"Twin Peaks," Episode 6 Recap: Make Sense of It

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Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.A man walks into a bar—after cursing out Gene Kelly (because most of the time we don't feel like singin' in the rain). The bar, by the way, is named "Max Von's," surely after Erich von Stroheim's rabidly devoted butler Max von Mayerling from Sunset Blvd (1950). Of his employer, silent-film diva Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), Max once said, "Madame is the greatest star of them all." No more proper locale, then, for a star entrance: "Diane," says FBI forensics specialist Albert Rosenfield (Miguel Ferrer) to a platinum blond beauty nursing martini and cigarette. Around turns Diane Evans, the heretofore unseen confidante of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), and played (of course, how could there be any doubt?) by Laura Dern.
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Marc Platt Boards Film Adaptation of Political Broadway Play 'Oslo' (Exclusive)

Marc Platt Boards Film Adaptation of Political Broadway Play 'Oslo' (Exclusive)
Marc Platt is bringing Oslo to the big screen, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

The prolific producer has boarded a film adaptation of the critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater production, which opens tonight at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Broadway after a hit off-Broadway run.

Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher — who helmed both stagings of Oslo, as well as the musicals Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza — will direct the onscreen adaptation. It will be his feature directorial debut.

Playwright J.T. Rogers is adapting his script of the tense, highly...
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Mindy Newell: “Flash” Dance

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I grew up on Broadway musicals. Once upon a time when going to see a show on Broadway didn’t cost you your mortgage plus the life of your first-born, my mom and dad were avid theatergoers. They saw the original production of South Pacific with Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, the original production of Camelot with Richard Burton and Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet, and the original production of The King and I with Gertrude Lawrence and a then little-known Yul Brynner.

When they were still dating they went into town to see Oklahoma! Over the years they saw Carousel, and Brigadoon, and Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady, and Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!, and the original West Side Story with Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert. My father fell asleep at Cats and my mother said she
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Notorious B.I.G.’s Wife Faith Evans Alters Biggie’s Hit ‘Ten Crack Commandments’

  • ET Canada
The wife of the late Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, works a new take on Biggie’s classic “Ten Crack Commandments” into a whole new song, “Ten Wife Commandments”. The new track will be on Evans’ new R&B duet album with her late husband, “The King and I”. Related: Diddy Plans Social Media Campaign For The Late Notorious B.I.G. […]
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David Boreanaz Reflects on Buffy in Honor of 20th Anniversary: ‘I Was in the Right Spot at the Right Time’

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David Boreanaz Reflects on Buffy in Honor of 20th Anniversary: ‘I Was in the Right Spot at the Right Time’
— A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

As David Boreanaz says goodbye to Bones — it wraps its 12-season run on March 28 at 9 p.m. on Fox — he looks back to the series that came before, reminiscing about his time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, the spin-off in which he starred.

Twenty years ago, you were cast in your breakout role as the vampire Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Did you ever imagine you’d be here now?

David Boreanaz: It was all timing, really. initially had an arc of 6 out of the 12 episodes.
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Viola Davis Becomes First Black Actor to Win an Oscar, Emmy & Tony

Viola Davis Becomes First Black Actor to Win an Oscar, Emmy & Tony
Viola Davis won the best supporting actress Oscar Sunday night for her performance in Denzel Washington’s “Fences.”

“You know there’s one place where all the people with the greatest potential are gathered, and that’s the graveyard,” Davis began her acceptance speech with fervor. “People ask me all the time — What kind of stories do you want to tell? And I say, exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories.”

She continued, “I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”

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The actress then began a long list of thanks with August Wilson, (“… who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people”) and Washington (“O captain, my captain… Thank you for putting two entities in the driver’s seat — August and God. They served you well.”).

Voice cracking with emotion,
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11 Actresses Who Earned Oscar Nods for Musicals

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11 Actresses Who Earned Oscar Nods for Musicals
La La Land garnered a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations this year — it’s now neck-and-neck with Titanic and All About Eve for receiving the most Oscar nominations in a given year. Among those nods is a first-ever Best Actress nom for Emma Stone, who’s been racking up rave reviews for her performance in the film.

While we’ve got musicals on the mind, let’s take a look back at some other actresses who’ve received acclaim for their musical turns.

Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables (2012)

Hathaway’s turn as Fantine was the only non-technical award the 2012 adaptation of the smash musical picked up.
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5 Days Until Oscar. 5 Timer Men

Jimmy Stewart holding the wrong number of fingers up for our exercise!We're so close to the big show. Voting ends Today. And then it's all over but the big night (and recapping and contemplating celebratory madness). For today's trivia item with the number 5, a random sampling of men... stepping away from the ladies for a minute. (gasp)

Five time male winners

John Barry (composer, Dances with Wolves, Out of Africa, Born Free, etc)

Johnny Green (composer on lots of musicals)

Fred Hynes (sound on lots of musicals)

Dennis Murren (visual fx: Terminator 2, Innerspace, The Abyss, etc)

Edward Selzer (animated short films: Speedy Gonzalez, Sylvester & Tweety shorts, etc)

Lyle Wheeler (art direction: The King and I, The Robe, The Diary of Anne Frank, etc)

John Williams (composer: Star Wars, Schindler's List, etc)

Francis Ford Coppola (writer/director/producer: The Godfather, etc)

Actoriffic-ness after the jump.
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Oscars: How Often Do Musicals Result in Best Actor and Best Actress Nominations and Wins?

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Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Not only is La La Land breaking records as the most-nominated musical in Oscar history but that haul of 14 nominations for its lead pair, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Musicals don’t often get that much love from the Academy Awards and getting recognition in both the best actor and best actress categories is even rarer. Let’s take a look back at the history of this happening and see how Stone and Gosling’s nominations — and potential wins — are important.

Taking a look at this year’s nominations, Stone is favored to win more than Gosling is for their work in the Damien Chazelle-directed musical. Gosling is up against Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), and Denzel Washington (Fences) — with the latter expected to reign supreme.
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