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There are two upcoming movie musicals that, for a long time, I've wanted to make into motion pictures, should someone with money be willing to give me the funds to make them -- Into The Woods and The Last 5 Years. I'm both nervous and excited to see how directors Rob Marshall and Richard Lagravenese, respectfully, have interpreted the material I hold so close to my heart. I am especially nervous for Into The Woods, given Marshall's less than impressive track record. If someone is going to screw up something I cherish, it should be me. Of course, there are far more than two musicals I have a deep connection to. Some have already been made into films, like Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Les Miserables, but there is a vast collection of musicals I have thought could make fantastic films, but have never been made. »
- Mike Shutt
￼Doctor Zhivago is heading to Broadway this spring. The new Broadway musical — based on Boris Pasternak’s Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century epic, which also became a beloved 1965 David Lean film — will begin previews on March 27 before an April 21 opening at the Broadway Theatre. The Russian romance centering on five intertwined lovers is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), with a book by Oscar nominee Michael Weller (Ragtime), music by Grammy winner and Tony nominee Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden), lyrics by Tony nominee Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Emmy nominee Amy Powers
- Ashley Lee
Vienna might be synonymous with Mozart and Strauss, but Sandra Tomek, founder and director of Hollywood in Vienna, perceives equally strong ties to such movie maestros as Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who established themselves in the Austrian capital before blossoming as key pioneers of the Hollywood film score tradition.
So when Randy Newman receives the Max Steiner Award at the dual Sept. 24-25 event taking place at the city’s storied Vienna Concert Hall, with cousin and fellow film composer David Newman conducting, Tomek views the honor as both a link to the past and a celebration of the present.
“Alfred Newman, David’s father, was a colleague of Max Steiner,” Tomek explains. “And also the Newman family came from Eastern Europe (Russia, to be exact). So there are a lot of ties which are really interesting.”
The award is determined by an international committee of 20 people who »
- Steve Chagollan
Honorary Award: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth among dozens of women bypassed by the Academy (photo: Honorary Award non-winner Gloria Swanson in 'Sunset Blvd.') (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") Part three of this four-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award bypassing women basically consists of a long, long — and for the most part quite prestigious — list of deceased women who, some way or other, left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss, that doesn't mean these women were any less deserving of an Honorary Oscar. So, among the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without »
- Andre Soares
Near the very beginning of her acting career, Mary Steenburgen won an Academy Award. We will ask her about that victory for "Melvin and Howard" (1980), her latest guest arc on "Justified," and several parts of her career when she joins us for a live chat this Tuesday, June 17, at 1:00 p.m. Pt; 4:00 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Steenburgen was in the reception room at Paramount's New York office in the late 1970s when Jack Nicholson discovered her. He was directing the 1978 Western film "Goin' South" and cast her as the female lead. Her second movie provided a lead role in "Time After Time" (1979). And then for her third effort on the silver screen, she won an Oscar and Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actress. Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Her film career has included roles in "Ragtime," "Cross Creek, »
The news that Richard Brick passed away at age 68 is sad news for me, and the Gotham production community. Back when I was covering the New York production business closely, Brick became the film commissioner in 1992 under David Dinkins. This was right after New York went through a devastating production boycott by major studios that refused to shoot in the city until the unions agreed to help them make the location less expensive by becoming more reasonable on issues like overtime, staffing requirements and other issues. Brick, a Columbia U grad and a New York guy through and through, came in after being line producer on such films as Silkwood, Ragtime and Places In The Heart. His knowledge of how movies actually got made and his tireless energy made him an important player at a pivotal time. That included streamlining the permitting process. Related: R.I.P. Richard Brick Under »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Richard Brick, a producer, Directors Guild of America official and former New York City Film Commissioner, died Wednesday. He was 68.
Brick also became the first commissioner of New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting in 1992 under Mayor David Dinkins, who appointed him to draw back major movie and TV production at a time when those productions were leaving in search of less expensive locations. He served in that post until 1994.
“Richard spent years in service to his fellow members, advocating passionately on behalf of his assistant director and unit production manager colleagues,” said DGA President Paris Barclay. “As a former New York City film commissioner, Richard had a unique perspective about the needs of our members within the broader entertainment community, giving him valuable »
- Dave McNary
Downton Abbey's Lady Cora on her other life as the singer with Sadie and the Hotheads and why she can't act like a lady on the road
As Elizabeth McGovern outlines her itinerary for the past two weeks, one is tempted to commiserate with her: Basingstoke, Basildon, Bradford, Stevenage. It shouldn't happen to a 52-year-old actress once nominated for an Oscar and seen most recently as Lady Cora, Countess of Grantham, in Downton Abbey. But if it has been a privation touring with Sadie and the Hotheads, a seven-piece blues-folk band of which she is lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter, then she is skilled at hiding it.
"We're having the time of our lives!" says McGovern and it's clear she means it. "We are all in a splitter van and sharing rooms at Travelodges; this isn't the luxury rock star tour, but that's part of the fun. You know, »
- Tim Lewis
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