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By Anjelica Oswald
Several Oscar contenders are heading to New York and the Broadway stage as the Oscar season progresses in Hollywood. With projects on both coasts, these contenders could score both Tony and Oscar nominations during the upcoming awards season.
Director Bob Fosse won two Tony Awards and an Oscar in 1973. The two Tonys were for direction and choreography for Pippin and the Oscar was for directing Cabaret. Director Stephen Daldry won an Oscar for The Reader and a Tony for Billy Elliot the Musical in 2009.
Five actresses have won both awards in the same year: Shirley Booth won a Tony for The Time of the Cuckoo and an Oscar for Come Back, Little Sheba in 1953; Audrey Hepburn won a Tony for Ondine and an Oscar for Roman Holiday in 1954; Ellen Burstyn won a Tony for Same Time, Next Year and an Oscar for Alice Doesn’t »
- Anjelica Oswald
Emma Stone made her triumphant Broadway debut Tuesday, as Sally Bowles in the Tony-winning musical Cabaret. She stars alongside Tony winner Alan Cumming in a 12-week run of the Roundabout Theatre Company production.
Emma's boyfriend Andrew Garfield was reportedly in the audience as the 26-year-old actress made her first bow on Broadway. The Social Network actor has his own time to shine on Broadway in 2012 when he appeared in the revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman alongside the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
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The young stars join an elite list of other Hollywood A-listers to make a splash on the Great White Way.
Hugh Jackman is a stage veteran but his first appearance on Broadway was in 2004's The Boy From Oz. Jackman earned a Tony Award for his performance as singer/songwriter »
It may be just a coincidence of timing, but scheduling tonight’s AFI Fest “Secret Sneak” of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper on Veterans Day not only added a strong layer of emotion, but also comes off as a brilliant masterstroke in launching the film and an Oscar campaign. And the fact that Eastwood pulls off his finest and most impressive filmmaking achievement since his 2004 Best Picture Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby — he’s done it, at the age of 84, when most directors are long-retired or certainly not doing the best work of their career. And it’s not even the only film he’s directed this year: Jersey Boys came out in June. Remarkable. Eastwood appeared before the screening tonight to introduce it and send praise to his two stars. AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale introduced Eastwood, the recipient of the AFI Life Acievement Award nearly 20 years ago suggesting that, »
- Pete Hammond
Quentin Tarantino: Appearing at industry trade show the American Film Market to promote international sales of his upcoming Western The Hateful Eight, director Quentin Tarantino spoke expansively about 70 mm film vs. digital projection, his source of inspiration for his latest epic ('60s TV shows) as well as his own career plans: "If I get to the 10th [film], do a good job and don’t screw it up, well that sounds like a good way to end the old career." The Hateful Eight will be his eighth film. [Deadline] Stars on Broadway: Hollywood stars Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman are boosting Broadway box office returns. Cooper is starring in a revival of The Elephant Man; all four preview shows sold out over the weekend. Meanwhile, Jackman, also in previews...
- Peter Martin
In The Elephant Man, Cooper plays the main character John, based off of the late 19th century sideshow performer Joseph Merrick, who suffered from severe deformities. Instead of donning prosthetics or makeup, Cooper transforms into the part by contorting his clean-shaven face and using breathing techniques.
“For me, it just starts with the breath and then it sort of just happens,” the actor said during a Today show appearance.
“It was the reason why I wanted to become an actor, because of David Lynch’s movie, »
We're seeing a whole new side to Bradley Cooper—a clean-shaven one, that is! On Wednesday, the actor revealed his freshly shaved face, shorn of one of his signature trademarks. The star stepped out in New York wearing a baseball cap, blue scarf, black vest and sweater. Cooper was almost unrecognizable as he walked down the street, headphones intact. The Silver Linings Playbook actor was likely heading to the set of The Elephant Man, which opened Friday on Broadway. In an interview with the Today show, Cooper said, "It was the reason why I wanted to become an actor, because of David Lynch's movie, and then I discovered it was a play, and I did it for my thesis in grad »
Bradley Cooper just pulled a Benjamin Button. The American Hustle star, 39, appeared to age in reverse when he ditched his usual scruff for a completely clean-shaven look in New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 5, two days before his Broadway debut in The Elephant Man. The two-time Oscar nominee, who's almost never without at least a little stubble on his oh-so-chiseled jaw, was rendered nearly unrecognizable by the change. With his baby-smooth chin, green cargo pants, and black backpack, he looked a good 10 years younger [...] »
Written and directed by David Lynch
Midway through Eraserhead, David Lynch’s midnight-black dreamscape, the terror is momentarily interrupted by the hauntingly breathtaking song, whispered by the disfigured chipmunk-cheeked chanteuse, Lady in the Radiator (Laurel Near), as if to let the audience in on something indescribable, to give them an out from the ceaselessly tiresome domestic grind.
”In heaven everything is fine,” she sings, willed into form from inside a radiator, in a tone that is both gentle and calm, and touchingly naïve.
While equally as otherworldly as what has been shown before it, it is nestled somewhere that is associative of the limitless bounds of the moving image, looking in from a point at which such problems as family, loneliness and child-rearing live, no matter the reality.
After all, Lynch establishes in this first feature of his, there is warmth, beauty and peace to be found against »
- Fiman Jafari
When Bradley Cooper stopped by The Tonight Show on Friday, he and Jimmy Fallon ended up with a serious case of the giggles, and they just couldn't get it together. The pair played Egg Russian Roulette, and all the flying yolk had them cracking up, but they couldn't stop laughing during the sit-down interview, either. For one thing, they were sporting that silly visor look Bradley debuted earlier this month. And for another, every time Jimmy tried to ask Bradley serious questions about The Elephant Man, they ended up in tears because they were laughing so hard. Just try not to crack up watching their hilarious interaction above! »
The real horror story is the pop-culture return of a word meant to push the vulnerable back to the margins
Are you freaked out?
Some people in show business want you to be: the deeply unsettling ads for American Horror Story Freak Show are determined to make you associate freaks with something scary and strange. In an effort to recall the very side shows in which John Merrick was displayed, the pending Broadway revival of The Elephant Man already has theatre signage imploring passers-by to Behold an extraordinary freak of nature (though the actor portraying Merrick isnt made up as such). And who knows how many people may come out of Side Show humming the often-sung and whispered:
Come look at the freaks
Come gape at the geeks
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- Howard Sherman
What We Did On Our Holiday is the feature debut from the brains behind Outnumbered, Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton. It's a bold film, that stars David Tennant, Billy Connolly and Rosamund Pike. And we got to spend some time with the pair to chat about the movie. Here's how the conversation went...
I've just been reading about your film on the BBFC website. The extended guidance it gives to parents is as worth a look as always, but it did get me thinking if you had a family audience in mind when you wrote the film? And did you have to tune anything with the BBFC?
Gj: We haven't been in any negotiation! We don't really think about positioning the film when we're writing it. »
New York Film Festival Director of Programming and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones held a post screening discussion during the press conference for Seymour: An Introduction, with the director Ethan Hawke and his subject Seymour Bernstein. Hawke is currently starring in Richard Linklater's Boyhood with Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater and he directed The New Group revival of Sam Shepard's A Lie Of The Mind with Alessandro Nivola in 2010. Nivola will star with Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson in The Elephant Man this fall on Broadway.
Hawke expressed Tom Stoppard's trilogy The Coast Of Utopia nerves, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Directors’ Trademarx is back! At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This month we examine the trademark style and calling signs of David Lynch as director.
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Unlike the other people who have been featured in this column in the past, David Lynch is less a director and more an artist. He is a writer, a visual artist, an actor, and a musician in addition to being a director. Above all, he is an interesting personality. His style is best described as surreal, and is not for the faint of heart. His films are typically sparse in action (but frequently violent), heavy in drama, and dwell in the bizarre. As such, despite being so well-renowned for his unique perspective, his films don’t have a lot of »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
(The Criterion Collection)
Everything Ugly Is Beautiful
One of the many excellent supplements that appear on this disc is a rare video interview from 1979 with David Lynch (and cinematographer Frederick Elmes). For those of us who have aged along with the director, it is a striking glimpse at a young artist at the beginning of his strange and wonderful career. In it, he explains that he is attracted to sometimes harsh, oppressive settings, such as the nightmarish industrial cityscape in Eraserhead. “What everyone else finds ugly, I find beautiful,” he says proudly. And the director has pretty much remained true to his word, hasn’t he?
Eraserhead is a landmark picture, but its original release in 1977 was slow to reach an audience. It gained its must-see reputation only after the film was picked up to run on the midnight movie circuit that »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The Lucca Film Festival is set to honor David Lynch at the 10th edition of its festival in Tuscany the last week of September. The program will include a complete retrospective of his films, including Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, and Mulholland Drive, as well as the premiere three of his recently-restored shorts: The Amputee, Six Men Getting Sick and The Alphabet. As part of the festivities, Lucca Film Festival will host the Italian premiere of the exhibition “David Lynch. Lost Visions. The Indiscreet Charm of Gaze.” The show features 60 of Lynch’s photographs, lithographs
- Ariston Anderson
Manuel here to walk us through the recently released trailer for a film many of us had surely written off, Susanne Bier’s Serena. The 2012 film will finally see the light of day when it premiere next month at the London Film Festival. It kept making me think of other films and other issues; never a good sign. But we'll start positive.
- This moment, mostly because it reminded me of the tenacity of Lawrence’s most accomplished roles (Katniss and Ree).
- Lawrence’s hair, makeup and costumes. 1930s country glamor? Yes, please.
- Cooper’s pecs, soon to be seen on Broadway this season in The Elephant Man.
- To sum up: Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence. Whatever qualms one may have with the one-two punch of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, one cannot deny the fact that Cooper and Lawrence have great chemistry. I’d ask »
- Manuel Betancourt
Paddy Considine feels that he could improve his performance in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.
The actor and director first starred as the titular character in 2011's 'The Murder at Road Hill House', before returning last year in 'The Murder in Angel Lane'.
Ahead of the series' third instalment, Considine told Digital Spy and other members of the press that he didn't do the character "justice" in the first film.
He said: "I've never really done a recurring character before. It's been quite interesting for me, because I felt that when the second film came about, it was a really good opportunity to play him how I originally intended.
"It was like I was being given another chance to do the job right, because in the first film, I always felt like I never did it justice. It was such a wonderful book [by Kate Summerscale], and I just don't feel like I did it justice. »
It's the 1969 Academy Awards, and Walter Matthau and a tuxedo-clad chimp present John Chambers with an honorary Oscar for his work on Planet of the Apes. Viewed in retrospect it's one of the more surreal presentations in the ceremony's history, but this was something of a landmark event for the industry. It was only the second time the Academy had dished out a prize to make-up artists (William J Tuttle won four years earlier for 7 Faces of Dr Lao), and it highlighted the growing importance of Hollywood's backstage creative artists.
Fast-forward 45 years and prosthetics are giving way to digital pixels - for characters that require a complexity of movement and expression, performance capture technology gives a director the scope to execute their vision by marrying an actor's performance with visual effects. In its basic form, the actor will strap on a bodysuit that's wired up to a computer. All their »
Back in June, we reported that Warner Bros. is expanding their Leavesden Studios in the U.K. as Tarzan was about to start production, although that announcement did not reveal any plot details for this live-action adventure. Warner Bros. has confirmed that principal photography is under way in a press release, which includes the first official plot synopsis. Take a look at the story details below, then read on for more information.
"It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom »
Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ new Tarzan 3D action adventure, starring Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) as the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters, including “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2,” is directing. Jerry Weintraub (“Behind the Candelabra,” the “Ocean’s” trilogy) is producing the film, together with David Barron (the “Harry Potter” films, upcoming “Cinderella”). Susan Ekins, Nikolas Korda, David Yates, Mike Richardson and Bruce Berman are serving as executive producers.
The feature also stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,” the “Captain America” films), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “Gladiator”), Oscar nominee John Hurt (“The Elephant Man,” the “Harry Potter” films), and two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained”).
It has been years since the man »
- Michelle McCue
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