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It’s not easy nabbing the Nivola Brothers. Alessandro, who is starring in The Elephant Man on Broadway with Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson, is also busy filming the second season of the HBO comedy series Doll & Em with his wife, the actress Emily Mortimer. He also has two movies opening later this month: Selma and A Most Violent Year. His artist brother, Adrian, is preparing for a group show titled “Winter Salon” at the Drawing Room, open December 13 through February 28, 2015. But they generously made time to meet at Alessandro’s home in Brooklyn, where they described growing up in the fascinating world of their grandparents — artists Costantino and Ruth Nivola — and getting to know their grandparents’ legendary friends, which included artist Saul Steinberg and architect Le Corbusier. We sat down in Alessandro’s cozy living room, where Adrian, on the left, and Alessandro, on the right, »
- Wendy Goodman
It's history time, kids! Gather round. Did you know that The Elephant Man, currently on Broadway with Bradley Cooper, is indirectly responsible for the Academy's makeup Oscar? No, not that kind of make up Oscar ... though the Academy gives those all the time, too (why, hello Ms. Julianne Moore "Ms. February 2015"!) and maybe Bradley Cooper will get one of those someday?
what's that? u think this intro was an excuse to post a photo of shirtless Bra---fine! don't judge.
I digress. In the stage version of The Elephant Man the lead actor traditionally performs while wearing no special makeup; he merely acts deformity. But that stylization hasn't yet been tried on film. When it came time to make the film version in 1980, David Lynch, no stranger to depicting deformity without prosthetics -- deformity of the soul at least -- opted for makeup effects. People bitched about the lack of Oscar »
- NATHANIEL R
Atom Egoyan's intense abduction thriller The Captive, starring Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson, Scott Speedman and Mireille Enos with Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast and Bruce Greenwood, takes us to a wintry Niagara Falls and into the clutches of a hellish circle of internet predators. A house straight out of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest turns out to be Marquis de Sade's chateau with Mozart's Magic Flute filling the icy air.
At the Crosby Street Hotel, I started with greetings from Alessandro Nivola, who is starring on Broadway with Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson in The Elephant Man. Atom and I went on to discuss the link to The Sweet Hereafter, fairy tales, Greek mythology, Cornwall and shifting perception, and ended up at Die Walküre and Remember.
Kevin Durand as Mika: "There's a charge, there's »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Parties and protests don’t typically overlap, but the “Selma” cast made an exception and a statement on Sunday night following the film’s Manhattan premiere. At one point during the otherwise splashy festivities, director Ava DuVernay took to the steps of the New York Public Library with actors David Oyelowo, E. Roger Mitchell, Wendell Pierce, Omar Dorsey, John Lavelle, Stephan James, Kent Faulcon, Lorraine Toussaint, Andre Holland, Tessa Thompson and Colman Domingo, donning “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts over their partywear and raising their arms in the “don’t shoot” pose.
It was not just an unusually sobering photo op, but also a direct acknowledgment of the eerie timing of Paramount’s civil rights drama, with its scenes of organized protest and its urgent plea for justice and reform. The premiere was held the same weekend that more than 25,000 men and women marched through Manhattan, in the largest protest »
- Justin Chang
Missing from the list of SAG Award nominations were some notable stars, including Bradley Cooper ("American Sniper"), David Oyelowo ("Selma"), Jessica Chastain ("Interstellar," "A Most Violent Year") and Amy Adams ("Big Eyes"). "Selma" was probably ignored because DVD screeners could not be sent to the nominating committee due to production delays on the film. (Read more.) Cooper may have gotten skunked because he wasn't available to attend many Q&A screenings on the west coast while rehearsing for his role in "The Elephant Man" on Broadway. Votes for Chastain may have split between her two contending movies. See some of the other most significant snubs below. -Break- SAG Awards: Complete list of film and TV nominations Not Nominated: Best Film Ensemble "Foxcatcher" "Gone Girl" "Interstellar" "Inherent Vice" "Into The Wood..."' »
John Noble (“Sleepy Hollow”) and Hamish Linklater (“The Crazy Ones”) lead the cast of the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (“I Am My Own Wife”), “Posterity,” receiving its world premiere this spring at Off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company.
Dale Soules, Henry Stram (currently in the Bradley Cooper topliner “The Elephant Man”) and Mickey Theis also appear in the show, about the contentious sitting sessions of Henrik Ibsen (Noble) for Norway’s top sculptor (Linklater).
“Fringe” alum Noble appeared Off Broadway in “The Substance of Fire” in the spring. Linklater is a Gotham theater veteran, with recent appearances including “Much Ado About Nothing” and “The Comedy of Errors” in Central Park.
“Posterity” begins previews Feb. 25 ahead of a March 15 opening at the Atlantic’s Linda Gross Theater.
- Gordon Cox
Whether or not you're a fan of The Affair, there's no way to deny the horse-riding, often-bareshirted Joshua Jackson. (He plays Cole, the stubborn husband of adulterous Alison.) For Dawson's Creek fans, it's a Pacey Witter redux. If you can completely ignore the plot, it's like an older Pacey returned to the ocean to open a horse ranch. And while some of you may choose to follow along with the mystery, some of us are here for the Witter. Hell, even his Affair co-star, Ruth Wilson, is Team Pacey, or so she told Vulture at the premiere of The Elephant Man: "I mean, he’s Pacey! And he’s got horses. He’s a real man. And he’s got a beard. I like a beard." True. In case you didn't realize and need to catch up, well, here we go: First off, he has a necklace. Sometimes he wears it with his towel. »
- Lindsey Weber
On last night’s Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons, Kourtney revealed she is expecting another boy. [People] Prince William and Kate Middleton have arrived in the USA. [USA Today] Leo DiCaprio reportedly took 20 women home from the club during Art Basel. [Gawker] Chris Pratt gave an emotional speech about being a dad at the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies on Friday. [E!] Are Kerry Washington and husband Nnamdi Asomugha on the rocks? [Ok!] Check out the trailer for The Last Five Years, starring Anna Kendrick. Critics give a thumbs-up to Bradley Cooper in Broadway’s The Elephant Man. [People] Sex and the City writer Liz Tuccillo gives the scoop from inside the show’s writing room. [Marie Claire] On SNL, Nicki Minaj impersonated Kim Kardashian and it was amazing. »
- Taylor Ferber
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Allow me to take a moment to talk about Bradley Cooper.
Why? Because the 39-year-old star of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper — a harrowing portrait of the life of Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal who was the most effective American sniper during the Iraq War, which Warner Bros. will release on Dec. 25 — is not available to talk much about himself at the moment, being in the midst of starring in The Elephant Man eight times a week on Broadway. (The production officially opened Sunday night at the Booth Theatre, where its original incarnation premiered 35 years ago, and where I caught a preview performance last week. THR‘s theater critic David Rooney writes that Cooper gives a performance “staggering in its physical discipline, its piercing emotional transparency and, most surprisingly, its restraint.”)
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- Anjelica Oswald
2014 was supposed to be the year of the Chrises, but nobody told Bradley Cooper. People's 2011 Sexiest Man Alive is making a serious play for dominance in 2014: His voiceover performance in Guardians of the Galaxy wrung a surprising amount of pathos from the role of a gun-toting space raccoon, his performance in American Sniper is already garnering Oscar buzz, and he's starring in playwright Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man, which officially opened on Broadway Sunday night. Unlike John Hurt in director David Lynch's 1980 movie about the life of Joseph "John" Merrick, actors playing the real-life role on the stage do so without prosthetics, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Bradley Cooper, by his own account, traces his earliest desire to be an actor to seeing the David Lynch film, The Elephant Man, at age 12. His investment in the tragic real-life character of Joseph Merrick, known as John, intensified when he performed the physically demanding role in Bernard Pomerance's play for his Actors Studio master's thesis, and again further when he appeared in a full production at the 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival. That staging now comes to Broadway, bearing ample evidence of Cooper's personal connection to the material, which goes far beyond technical craft to a place of
- David Rooney
Allow me to take a moment to talk about Bradley Cooper. Why? Because the 39-year-old star of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper — a harrowing portrait of the life of Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal who was the most effective American sniper during the Iraq War, which Warner Bros. will release on Dec. 25 — is not available to talk much about himself at the moment, being in the midst of starring in The Elephant Man eight times a week on Broadway. (The production officially opened Sunday night at the Booth Theatre, where its original incarnation premiered 35 years
- Scott Feinberg
Playing ex-lovers and semi-siblings in the emotional shootout of a lifetime, Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda will reprise their summer vacation performances in Sam Shepard’s intense, intimate 1983 play on Broadway beginning next September. The show was widely viewed as a likely New York transfer, and the move signifies not only the draw of star-power (and a great work) but of good old-fashioned connections.
This revival was mounted last July at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where it earned considerable praise (though not from everyone). In New York, it will run at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, the Broadway flagship of the nonprofit Manhattan Theatre Club. Williamstown’s new artistic director, Mandy Greenfield, recently took over the esteemed Berkshires venue after a 10-year run at Mtc, most recently as artistic producer, i.e. number two to a.d Lynne Meadow. Greenfield is one of the most admired and well-liked producers in the nonprofit world. »
- Jeremy Gerard
Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper, who are starring in The River and The Elephant Man, respectively, helped power Broadway to record ticket sales over the Thanksgiving Holiday along with big name Broadway productions like The Lion King and Aladdin. In all, plays and musicials on the Great White Way grossed $34,121,642 for the holiday weekend a $2.6 million increase over last year’s record take, according to The Broadway League, the industry’s trade group. Among other big winners were The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($952,107); Cinderella ($1.1 million) with Real Atlanta Housewife NeNe Leakes and The Illusionists ($1 million). [...] »
Chlumsky, twice nominated for an Emmy for her performance on HBO’s “Veep,” comes on board the Broadway comedy alongside Richard Thomas, replacing Mark Linn-Baker who, like Byrne, finishes up his run with the show Jan. 4.
Chlumsky will play Alice, the daughter of the eccentric Sycamore family, while Thomas portrays Alice’s father in the 1936 play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. The production’s ongoing cast includes James Earl Jones, Kristine Nielsen and Annaleigh Ashford, among others.
Although director Scott Ellis’ well-reviewed staging of “You Can’t Take It With You,” which opened Sept. 28, hasn’t hit the box office heights of a few other megaselling plays this fall — such “It’s Only a Play,” “The River” and “The Elephant Man” — sales »
- Gordon Cox
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, »
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