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Film Review: Annette Bening Proves ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

Chicago – George Bailey: “Hey, you look good. That’s some dress you got on there.” Violet: “This old thing? I only wear it when I don’t care how I look.” That is how actress Gloria Grahame (as Violet Bick) was introduced in the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Now she is portrayed by Annette Bening in “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool”.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The movie is based on a memoir by Peter Turner, who is portrayed in “Film Stars…” by Jamie Bell. Turner was a young actor who had an affair with the much older Grahame near the end of her life in the late 1970s/early ‘80s. He lived in Liverpool, England, and took care of the Oscar winner near her demise. The unusual May/December romance is characterized through Grahame’s deep insecurities, which Annette Bening plays to perfection. It’s also a somewhat claustrophobic film,
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‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Was a First Stop for Many Top Stars

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Was a First Stop for Many Top Stars
Variety declared “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which opened Dec. 3, 1947, “a smash success.” That was an understatement. The Tennessee Williams play became a hit on Broadway, on the road, and in its 1951 film adaptation; it won the Pulitzer and became a staple of American theater, making the characters Stanley Kowalski and Blanche DuBois synonymous with sexy brutes and high-strung, fragile women, respectively. The then-shocking production confirmed the talents of Williams, after his 1944 “The Glass Menagerie,” and of director Elia Kazan, whose film “Gentleman’s Agreement” won best picture and director. “Streetcar” made a star of Marlon Brando, cast after John Garfield turned down the part. Jessica Tandy won a Tony as Blanche, and there was high praise for Karl Malden and Kim Hunter. A few weeks after the opening, Variety columnist Radie Harris said Irene Selznick had become “the most talked about producer on Broadway, male or female.”

Director Kazan was given a record 20% of the profits, in addition
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Movie Review – Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (2017)

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, 2017.

Directed by Paul McGuigan.

Starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham, Frances Barber and Vanessa Redgrave.

Synopsis:

When British actor, Peter Turner, receives an unexpected phone call, it tells him that his former lover, Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame, has collapsed in a hotel and is refusing medical care. He agrees to take her home to his family and the memories of their affair come flooding back – the love story of a younger man and a much older, previously famous woman. Based on a true story.

Gloria Grahame won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1952 for her performance in The Bad and The Beautiful. After a few more films, her career was on the slide and in 1981, she starred in a stage production of Tennessee WilliamsThe Glass Menagerie the UK, the starting point for Paul McGuigan’s Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool.
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Sarah Paulson Has Jessica Lange to Thank For Her Role on American Horror Story

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Image Source: Getty / Michael Buckner Sarah Paulson and Jessica Lange are often recognized for their myriad roles on American Horror Story, but if it wasn't for Lange, Paulson would have never been a part of the show. In this week's issue of Adweek, Paulson revealed that she first met writer Ryan Murphy during a guest appearance on season two of Nip/Tuck, but she had no idea "that was going to lead to my world spinning on the Ryan Murphy axis." Murphy later cast Paulson in a 2008 pilot of another FX show, though it never got picked up and the two eventually lost contact - that is, until Lange got involved. Lange, who first met Paulson in 2005 when they costarred in Broadway's The Glass Menagerie, had been hanging out with Paulson after moving to La to film American Horror Story's first season in 2011. "La is really not her town,
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Watch an exclusive clip from The Exception featuring Jai Courtney and Lily James

Coinciding with its release today [read our review here], we’ve got an exclusive clip from the World War II spy drama The Exception featuring Jai Courtney and Lily James. Check it out below, or watch it over on our YouTube channel…

Nazi captain Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney; Suicide Squad, Terminator: Genisys) is sent on a mission to investigate a threat to the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer; The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Last Station). Arriving at the Kaiser’s secluded mansion, Brandt learns that local resistance and British Intelligence are moving in on the deposed German monarch. As he begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, Brandt finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James; Cinderella, Baby Driver), one of the Kaiser’s maids.

Also featuring Janet McTeer (TV’s The White Queen, The Woman In Black), Ben Daniels (TV’s House Of Cards,
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Lily James, Christopher Plummer and Jai Courtney in new clip from WWII thriller The Exception

Signature Entertainment has unveiled a new clip from the World War II thriller The Exception, which is based on the international bestseller The Kaiser’s Last Kiss and features a cast that includes Lily James, Christopher Plummer and Jai Courtney. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

Nazi captain Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney; Suicide Squad, Terminator: Genisys) is sent on a mission to investigate a threat to the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer; The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Last Station). Arriving at the Kaiser’s secluded mansion, Brandt learns that local resistance and British Intelligence are moving in on the deposed German monarch. As he begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, Brandt finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James; Cinderella, Baby Driver), one of the Kaiser’s maids.

Also featuring Janet McTeer (TV’s The White Queen,
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Review: Annette Bening Does Justice to Gloria Grahame in ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ but It’s a Generic Romance

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Review: Annette Bening Does Justice to Gloria Grahame in ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ but It’s a Generic Romance
The public can’t seem to resist stories about the private lives of movie stars. We’re fascinated by who these beautiful flickering gods might be off-screen, and that fascination is exacerbated a thousand times over by the fact that these beautiful flickering gods don’t want us to know. It’s a recipe for infatuation and disaster. It’s also a recipe for some very bad movies. The truth may be stranger than fiction, but it’s awful hard to bridge the gap between the two.

“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” is a tawdrier, more tragic, but similarly superficial “My Week with Marilyn,” devoted to the dying days of an actress who always lived in Monroe’s voluptuous shadow. By the time it ends, that darkness has grown so complete that it’s hard to tell whose story we’re even watching.

Gloria Grahame was born for black-and-white.
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John Heard, the Dad from Home Alone, Died of a Heart Attack, Says Coroner

John Heard, the Dad from Home Alone, Died of a Heart Attack, Says Coroner
John Heard — best known for his roles in Home Alone and The Sopranos — died in a Palo Alto, California, hotel room after suffering a heart attack.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office tells People the 71-year-old suffered “a sudden cardiac death due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease.”

Despite previous speculation, the coroner says Heard’s back surgery shortly before his July 21 death did not play a role. “The manner of death is natural,” reads a statement from the coroner’s office.

With a four-decade career in Hollywood and more than 200 credits on stage and screen, Heard appeared
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John Heard Was ‘Filled with Optimism’ In Final Interview Before His Death: ‘He Just Wanted to Work’

John Heard Was ‘Filled with Optimism’ In Final Interview Before His Death: ‘He Just Wanted to Work’
In the days before his death, John Heard was eager to put his health woes behind him and get back on the big screen.

In his final interview, Tuesday on Illeana Douglas’ I Blame Dennis Hopper podcast, the seasoned actor opened up about his roles in several iconic ’80s and ’90s movies including Big, Beaches, and Home Alone. However, it was comments made off-mic that revealed his hopes for the future.

“He was filled with optimism and hope that he would get this back surgery and begin to start working again! That’s where he was happiest,” Douglas wrote in
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Home Alone Star John Heard Dead at 71

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Home Alone Star John Heard Dead at 71
John Heard — the actor known for his role in several iconic ’80s and ’90s movies including Big, Beaches, and Home Alone — died Friday in Palo Alto, California, the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office confirms to People. He was 71.

Heard’s rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The details of his death have not yet been relesaed.

According to TMZ, the Washington, D.C. native was found dead in a hotel where he was reportedly recovering from a “minor back surgery” he had on Wednesday at Stanford Medical Center.

With a four-decade career in Hollywood
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Annette Bening as Gloria Grahame

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We just got the news that Annette Bening will be presiding over the Venice Film festival jury. Now we get two new photos of her as Gloria Grahame in the anticipated biopic Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. And that's not all. The film has a UK release date of November 17. A Us distribution and release date news must be imminent. Unfortunately Bening presiding over the Venice jury not only rules the film out of that festival, but also out of Telluride which takes place at the same time, and the first and more important week of buzz building at Tiff. Unless they unspool the film without its star which seems unlikely. And we'd like her to get that festival buzz that is important for awards later on.

Till then enjoy the Bening and Jamie Bell as Grahame and Peter Turner, an actor she befriended late in
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Laurie Metcalf Wins Best Actress in a Play at the 2017 Tony Awards

Laurie Metcalf Wins Best Actress in a Play at the 2017 Tony Awards
Laurie Metcalf is finally a Tony winner.

The veteran stage actress was crowned the best actress in a leading role in a play at the 2017 Tony Awards on Sunday night after a revered performance in A Doll’s House, Part 2.

“This is an honor,” Metcalf said in her speech before thanking her fellow cast members and the producers of the play. “And I must thank my daughter Mae and my son Donovan for putting up with me going away for long stretches of time so I can do what I love most, which is theater.”

Metcalf won in one of
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Tonys 2017: The Standout Performances on Broadway

Each season of Broadway brings about a slate of unexpected performances and plenty of unforgettable moments. While the 2016-2017 season didn’t see any new show rise to Hamilton-like popularity -- it’s hard for any TV show, film or stage production to reach that level of pop culture zeitgeist -- there are plenty of standout showcases of what fans have come to know and love about the New York City theater scene.

Perhaps the biggest breakout of the season is Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, the musical adaptation of a section from Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace that earned 12 Tony Award nominations, including nods for Best Musical as well as for its cast (Josh Groban, UnREAL breakout Denée Benton and Lucas Steele). “I always dreamed of playing roles like Natasha,” says Benton, a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, who plays the titular hopelessly romantic ingénue.

It certainly is the only show to exhibit
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Exclusive: Laurie Metcalf Owns the Stage in Tony-Nominated ‘Doll’s House, Part 2’ Performance

Exclusive: Laurie Metcalf Owns the Stage in Tony-Nominated ‘Doll’s House, Part 2’ Performance
A longtime scene-stealer on TV -- thanks to her many supporting roles as Jackie on Roseanne, Carolyn Bigsby on Desperate Housewives, Dr. Jenna James on Getting On and Sarah on Horace and Pete -- Laurie Metcalf simply owns the Broadway stage. There’s no competing with the longtime actress, who was superb in The Other Place, performed maniacal laps around Bruce Willis in Misery and recently earned her fourth Tony nomination -- this time for playing Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House, Part 2.

The play -- a sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 breakdown of marriage and gender roles -- sees Metcalf leading a standout cast, including fellow nominees Chris Cooper, Jayne Houdyshell and Condola Rashad, as Nora returns to the house she once left in need of a divorce now that she’s a successful feminist writer. What follows is a humorous 90-minute debate of society and gender roles as Nora lets her thoughts fly out
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The 2017 Tony Nominees: Actors in a Play

The 20 Tony-nominated actors below gave performances this Broadway season—soaring, stunning, often gut-wrenching performances—that linger in our minds. From “The Little Foxes” to “Oslo,” here are your 2017 nominees for actors in plays. Leading Actress In A Play Cate Blanchett, “The Present”It’s not every day one gets to witness film royalty onstage, dancing on a table and pouring vodka over her head. As an unhinged Russian widow on the eve of her 40th birthday in this adaptation of Chekhov’s “Platonov,” Blanchett never steps back from the ledge, making for a thrilling Broadway debut. Jennifer Ehle, “Oslo”The steely determination this two-time Tony winner emanates in J.T. Rogers’ depiction of the 1993 Oslo Accords is outmatched by her innate charm. As Norwegian emissary Mona Juul, who, with her husband, accomplished the impossible in bringing together Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Ehle proves that diplomacy is as complicated—and riveting—as brain surgery.
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8th Annual Lilly Awards Honor Julie Taymor, Denée Benton

May 22 was ladies’ night at Playwrights Horizons. The 8th annual Lilly Awards were handed out to some of the top women theater makers working today. The awards, hosted this year by Tony Award-winning playwright Sarah Jones with presentations from Cynthia Nixon, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and David Henry Hwang, celebrated the achievements of women in American theater. In a riff off the “Miss Golden Globe” tradition, instead of having the child of a celebrity assist in handing out trophies, musical composer Stephen Schwartz took on the role as “Miss Lilly 2017.” This year’s honorees included New York City actors Madison Ferris, Beanie Feldstein, and Tony-nominated Denée Benton, who took home awards for their performances in the Broadway productions of “The Glass Menagerie,” “Hello Dolly” and “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” respectively. Actor, writer, and composer Micki Grant received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Mandy Greenfield, artistic director of Williamstown Theatre Festival, was
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Julie Taymor, Denée Benton, and More to Be Honored at 2017 Lilly Awards

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The honorees of the eighth annual Lilly Awards have been announced. Director Julie Taymor and Broadway star and “UnREAL” actress Denée Benton are among the 2017 recipients, BroadwayWorld reports.

Named after playwright Lillian Hellman, the Lillys recognize the achievements of women in American Theater. This year’s ceremony “will also be awarding grants to a select few women making an impact on American Theater.” These prizes, which will be presented at the event, include the New York Women’s Foundation Directing Apprenticeship Award, the Leah Ryan Prize, the Harper Lee Award, the Stacey Mindich “Go Write a Play” Award, and the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award.

Taymor is the Tony-winning stage director of “The Lion King” and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Her film credits include “Frida,” “Across the Universe,” and “The Tempest.”

Benton is an actress and singer who received a Tony nod in 2016 for her work in “Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812.” She portrayed Black Lives Matter activist Ruby Carter on season 2 of Lifetime’s “UnREAL.”

The other 2017 Lilly honorees are actress, singer, writer, and composer Micki Grant (“Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope”), Tony-nominated costume designer Toni-Leslie James (“August Wilson’s Jitney”), producer and Williamstown Theater Festival artistic director Mandy Greenfield, and actresses Madison Ferris (“The Glass Menagerie”) and Beanie Feldstein (“Hello, Dolly!”).

Among the past Lilly Award winners are Lupita Nyong’o, Gloria Steinem, Kristin Chenoweth, Susan Stroman (“The Producers”), Jessie Mueller (“Waitress”), Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead”), Kathy Najimy (“Veep”), Nina Arianda (“Venus in Fur”), Katori Hall (“The Mountaintop”), and Lois Smith (“The Americans”).

The Lilly Awards will be held this Monday, May 22 at Playwrights Horizons in NY. “Bridge and Tunnel” playwright Sarah Jones is set to host the festivities. Check out the Lilly Awards website for more information.

Julie Taymor, Denée Benton, and More to Be Honored at 2017 Lilly Awards was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Randy Harrison and Erin Mackey to Paint a Picture in Guthrie's Sunday In The Park With George

The Guthrie Theater has announced casting for the theater's summer musical, Sunday in the Park with George. Leading the cast will be Randy Harrison Guthrie The Glass Menagerie who will play French pointillist painter George Seurat, a role originated by Mandy Patinkin in the 1984 Broadway production, and Erin Mackey Guthrie South Pacific who will play Seurat's lover and model, Dot, a role originated by Bernadette Peters.
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2017 Tony Nominations Revealed: Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett & More

2017 Tony Nominations Revealed: Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett & More
While Hamilton dominated Broadway theater in 2016, this year's Tony nominations are more evenly distributed.

The 71st annual Tony Awards nominations were unveiled on Tuesday morning live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Announced by Jane Krakowski and Hamilton alum Christopher Jackson, the honorees were led by Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 with 12 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Josh Groban's role in the War and Peace-inspired story.

Related: Kristen Bell Shares Dax Shepard's Hilarious Review of 'Hamilton' After Seeing the Musical for the First Time

Dear Evan Hansen landed nine nominations, two of which were for Best Musical and Best Leading Actor (Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect). The stage adaptation of Groundhog Day and the 9/11 musical, Come From Away, rounded out the Best Musical noms.

Bette Midler also scored a Best Leading Actress nomination for her performance in Hello, Dolly! -- her
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