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The savage Sundance-winning short Whiplash, about a young drummer facing down a brutally antagonizing music instructor, is about to become a feature film.
Writer and director Damien Chazelle adapted the 18-minute short from several scenes in the full-length script with the hope that it would attract investors for the complete version.
Now Bold Films, the production company behind Drive and the upcoming Only God Forgives, has stepped forward to fill out the undisclosed budget. The company will make Whiplash as a joint production with Right of Way Films and Blumhouse Productions, who teamed up to create the short.
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- Lindsey Bahr
I was able to watch quite a bit this week, finally finishing the last of Pierre Etaix's films -- As Long as You've Got Your Health and Land of Milk and Honey -- on Criterion's recent Blu-ray release, though I must admit, Land of Milk and Honey did nothing for me and it was the only one of the five features on the release I didn't finish, while I did watch all three of the included shorts. Also, the night after watching The Great Gatsby, I returned to the twenties with the 1939 James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart film The Roaring Twenties. While the title may suggest a shoot 'em up gangster flick, it does have those elements, but it was much slower than I expected, which isn't to say it was bad, simply it wasn't what I was necessarily craving at that moment. I'm sure I'll return to it, »
- Brad Brevet
“Rooftop Films 17th Annual Summer Series”; talkbacks with Mel Brooks; a screening and Q&A with the cast of “Bates Motel”; the Drama Book Shop’s new monthly series “After Hours”; and L.A. Theatre Works’ “Glengarry Glen Ross” with Joe Mantegna and Richard Dreyfuss are some of the things we’re looking forward to. Click Here To View Slideshow »
Christopher McDonald removes his fedora, slides into a booth at Sardi's, the Broadway bar, and stares across the street at the Broadhurst Theatre.
"Lucky Guy" is playing, Tom Hanks stars and McDonald co-stars.
McDonald talks about Hanks with tremendous admiration.
"He's a great guy, smart, funny and with a great attitude," McDonald tells Zap2it. "He's generous and funny as Hell. We laughed so much during the rehearsal period."
He's gone with Hanks to see Hanks' wife, Rita Wilson, perform at 54 Below, a Broadway nightclub, and they went to a basketball game. It's a far cry from when McDonald wrote him a letter years ago.
"Tom is the only person I ever sent a fan letter to," McDonald says.
Proving his nice guy reputation is well deserved, Hanks had indeed responded.
McDonald reminded him of this exchange when they started working together on "Lucky Guy" and he remembered.
McDonald gazes at Sardi's walls of fame, »
There were plenty of surprises in the Tony nominations this morning, starting with the fact that the most-recognized show was Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots (with 13 total nominations, including Best Musical) — and not presumed front-runner Matilda (with 12). Of course, the Roald Dahl-inspired Matilda might have picked up a tying 13th nomination had the four young actresses rotating in the title role not been ruled ineligible for Best Actress in a Musical (the quartet will share special Tony honors instead).
Plenty of familiar Hollywood names made the cut for nominations, including three in the Best Actor in a Play category: »
- Thom Geier
New York — The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots" has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import "Matilda: The Musical" close behind with 12. Tom Hanks, making his Broadway debut, earned a nod as leading man in a play.
"Kinky Boots" is based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear. Lauper's songs and a story by Harvey Fierstein have made it a crowd-pleaser.
"I walked my dog early this morning so I'd be back in time to listen to the announcement. It's so great. It's so great. I'm done crying a little bit. But I'm still thrilled and a little stunned," Lauper said.
The haul did not match the record number of nominations for a musical, which is 15, set by "The Producers" in 2001 and "Billy Elliot" in 2009. "The Book of Mormon" nabbed 14 Tony nods in 2011.
"Lucky Guy, »
Star power shined on Broadway this season - and some of the big names even managed to gain Tony nominations, it was announced Tuesday morning. Among them: Tom Hanks, in the Tony-nominated best-play contender by the late Nora Ephron, Lucky Guy; Laurie Metcalf, in Sharr White's The Other Place; Cicely Tyson, in a revival of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful; Holland Taylor, in the play about the late, outspoken Texas governor Ann Richards, written by Taylor herself, Ann; David Hyde Pierce, in Christopher Durang's best-play nominee Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Nathan Lane, in Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Chicago – John C. McGinley will probably always be known for the classic TV character Dr. Perry Cox on the long-running “Scrubs.” But through his character actor career, he has taken on a variety of roles, including the portrayal of Red Barber, the play-by-play man for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the recent film “42.”
McGinley plays an integral part in that Jackie Robinson story, as Red Barber was the man announcing the history as it happened in 1947, the year that Robinson broke the color line in baseball. McGinley took meticulous care in recreating “The Ol’ Redhead” (as Barber was nicknamed), inflecting the character with a perfect imitation of the announcer’s unique style, which was both nostalgic and in the present context of the Robinson story.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.
John C. McGinley has proved time and again that he is much more than Dr. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Tony Awards 2013: Stage-Movie connection ranges from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Kinky Boots to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (photo: Emilia Clarke, Cory Michael Smith in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) [See previous post: "Tony Awards 2013 Nominations: Tom Hanks, Sigourney Weaver Among Potential Contenders."] Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, possibly up for a 2013 Tony Award in the Best Revival of a Play category, was made into an Academy Award-nominated movie in 1966. Mike Nichols directed Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, George Segal, and Sandy Dennis, from a screenplay by Ernest Lehman. Taylor and Dennis won Oscars as, respectively, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. In this latest Broadway revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the stars are Tracy Letts, Amy Morton, Madison Dirks and Carrie Coon. Peter Masterson’s 1985 film version of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, another possible Best Revival nominee, earned Geraldine Page a Best Actress Academy »
- Andre Soares
New York -- Two stories born in Britain are vying for America's biggest theater prize.
"Kinky Boots" is based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear. Songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and a story by Harvey Fierstein have made it a crowd-pleaser, albeit in open-minded New York. Touring potential is key for Tony voters.
Gold Derby surveyed a dozen experts, our editors and hundreds of users to predict the Tony Awards nominations, which will be announced on Tuesday morning. Below, our predictions for the nominees in the top eight races listed by likelihood of winning on June 9. Our forecasted champs are in gold while potential spoilers for nominations are in italics. Click on each category title to be taken to an overview of that race. Best Play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" "Lucky Guy" "The Assembled Parties" "The Nance" Spoiler: "The Other Place" Best Play Revival "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" "The Trip to Bountiful" "Golden Boy" "Glengarry Glen Ross" Spoiler: "Orphans" Best Actor (Play) Tom Hanks, "Lucky Guy" David Hyde-Pierce, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and »
How much does Alec Baldwin mean to you? How much do you love his swagger and his cocky on-screen demeanor, dating back to his star turns in Working Girl in 1988 and Glengarry Glen Ross in 1992? Not to mention his ward-winning performance on 30 Rock. Andlet's not forget the man's appeal on his podcast Here's the Thing. or his 16 guest appearances on Saturday Night Live? Clearly, Alec Baldwin can do it all. But can he hold a very late-night audience watching him on TV at home at 1:35 a.m.? There is a buzz at the New York Times that NBC wants Baldwin to take over Carson Daly's time slot, following Jimmy Fallon and whatever star replaces Fallon at 12:35 a.m. It's intriguing, for sure. Baldwin would command a Lot of publicity, at least in the beginning. He has the name value that talk shows crave. He can be personable »
- Jon Friedman
Have you ever fancied spending an evening with a living Hollywood legend? How about Al Pacino? If that’s your ultimate then you may want to head over to this webpage without even reading the rest of this article to purchase tickets to the one-off London theatre event ‘An Evening With Al Pacino‘ which is set to hit the West End on Sunday 2nd June. In a one-off performance, Pacino will take to the stage to take part in a truly ‘unique event, a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal, sharing private moments with one of the greatest actors of his generation.’
Pacino will be answering questions from the audience on stage at the London Palladium with a live crew filming the event which will be projected on a huge screen on stage bringing the actor even closer to his audience. Wow. I have posted »
- Paul Heath
Happy 55th birthday, Alec Baldwin! After a period in the showbiz wilderness (remember that voicemail), Baldwin has climbed back to the top once again with his career-defining role in 30 Rock, and appearances in recent blockbusters like The Departed, It’s Complicated, Rock Of Ages, and too many more. In honor of the most famous Baldwin’s brother’s big day (sorry Stephen), we’ve assembled his 15 greatest Baldwin-isms from throughout his career. It’s the least we could do after those pics of his daughter we posted last week…Anyhow, enjoy!
15. On Salesmanship: As Blake In Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
“F— You! That’s my name. You know why, mister? You drive a Hyundai to get here, I drove an $80,000 BMW. That’S my name.” Alec Baldwin defines baller (as well as a–hole) in this epic (Nsfw) speech from the film adaptation of the David Mamet play.
14. On Economics: As »
- Jordan Runtagh
Pop the champagne and say congrats: It's Alec Baldwin's 55th birthday today (March 3)!
The native New Yorker and most successful Baldwin brother has been in the public eye for three centuries now, and has appeared in numerous movies ("The Hunt for Red October," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "It's Complicated"), TV shows ("Knots Landing," "30 Rock"), and on Broadway ("A Street Car Named Desire," "Orphans"). He's been nominated for and has won many awards.
Baldwin was married to Kim Basinger for seven years and the two have a daughter together, 17-year-old Ireland. The actor is currently married to Hilaria Thomas-Baldwin, 28, and the two are expecting their first child together -- a baby girl.
- Liat Kornowski
Modern recording gear means movie actors don't have to shout to be heard. So those moments when actors roar from the bottom of their lungs are to be treasured
This week's Clip joint is by Guardian reader Brogan Morris. If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Things have come a long way since fledgling recording technology meant film performances had to be big and bold. Movie actors were forced to give theatrical displays for the benefit of clunky, insensitive equipment, but today even the most basic camera and sound kit can pick up the subtlest actorly inflection. Screen thesps are thus not required to operate at a high volume – making a performer such as Nicolas Cage something of a rarity, and loud acting – beyond the stage or opera house – a dying art.
Of course, certain cinematic moments may »
- Guardian readers
Theater seasons routinely involve the repeated trumpeting of some new movie star come to Broadway, and this year has been no different. After Al Pacino and Scarlett Johansson revived trusty warhorses “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” this spring will see everyone from Bette Midler and Alan Cumming to Tom Hanks and Alec Baldwin treading the boards. The Hollywood stars may be the ones who get the most attention, but this spring also proves that stars are where you find them; plenty of theatergoers will shrug at the presence of Hanks but shriek with joy to find that Jeremy Shamos will be acting opposite Judith Light. Fourteen plays and musicals will open in April, and most of them feature an above-the-title star name such as Hanks, making his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy” (opening April 1), about real-life tabloid columnist Mike McAlary. Midler, on the other hand, »
Written and Directed by Paul Hough
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The Human Race is a grindhouse drive-in classic that happens to have been made years after the drive-in heyday; at least it follows the maxim of legendary drive-in critic Joe Bob Briggs, “the first rule of great drive-in movie-making: Anyone can die at any moment.”
The set-up of The Human Race is that everyone on one city block, 80 souls in total, are snatched from their lives by a white light, dropped into a strange obstacle course and told, “The school, the house and the prison are safe. Follow the arrows or you will die. Stay on the path or you will die. If you are lapped twice, you will die. Do not touch the grass or you will die. Race or die.”
And naturally, there can only be one winner. To paraphrase Glengarry Glen Ross, “Anybody want to see second prize? »
- Michael Ryan
The HBO original movie Phil Spector — a fictional account written by playwright David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross) — explores the relationship between Phil Spector (Al Pacino) and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren), who represented Spector during his 2007 trial for the killing of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. Mamet examines the complicated personality that Phil Spector embodies: a brilliant but eccentric music producer who revolutionized pop music in the 1960s, and who in the years leading up to the murder trial lived as a virtual recluse in a mock castle in suburban Los Angeles. Phil Spector premieres Sunday, [...] »
- Channel Guide Contributor
The gigantic frizzed-out wig on Al Pacino's head might be enough to make you curious about Phil Spector, the new HBO drama written and directed by David Mamet. In a multitude of wigs as conspicuously creepy as the actual Spector's, Pacino plays the fantastically successful music producer and reputed loony-tunes guy convicted of the 2007 murder in his home of Hollywood wannabe and club hostess Lana Clarkson. The first question the film raise isn't about the murder though. It's an issue that comes up with both Pacino and with Mamet today: are you getting the good or the evil twin? Pacino the actor who can still dazzle, or the over-the-top sputtering blowhard? Mamet the disciplined writer of The Untouchables and Glengarry Glen Ross or the self-indulgent filmmaker (The Winslow Boy) who dictates that everyone to speak in artificial, terse Mamet-talk? Phil Spector veers toward the good -- although slick and easy »
- Caryn James
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