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Right now, Allison Janney has multiple personalities in her head. There’s Bonnie Plunkett, the cynical recovering addict trying to forge a new path with her daughter Christy on CBS’ Mom; Lavona Golden, a hardened, abusive mother to future Olympian and scandal-maker Tonya Harding in the upcoming biopic I, Tonya; and Ouisa Kittredge, an aging New York socialite who’s lost touch with the passion that’s given her life, in the Broadway revival of Six Degrees of Separation. Janney is simultaneously filming and preparing for all of these, with the latter set to open at the Barrymore Theatre on April 25. (Previews for the production start April 5.)
“Fortunately for me, they’re all very different characters,” Janney tells Et from her car while pulled over in a parking lot. Given her busy schedule, the car, for her, has become a place of solitude -- her “own little bubble” that allows her a moment to chat and reflect »
For more than two decades, cable station Turner Classic Movies has broadcast a special month of programming in anticipation of the Oscars. But for its 22nd year of Oscar programming, TCM is offering a new take on its favorite month of the year. While previous Oscar months have focused on themes like “Six Degrees Of Separation” or “Turner Classic Movies University,” this year is a bit more straightforward.
From Wednesday, February 1, to Friday, March 3, TCM will play Oscar winners in alphabetical order, starting with historical bio Abe Lincoln In Illinois and winding up with political thriller Z. Most letters only get one day, while some (like A, S, and T) will likely get two. This means that February will contain none of TCM’s B-movies or Bowery Boys efforts, but four Astaire-Rogers musicals, a number of Hitchcock films, and the channel’s premiere of Dreamgirls on February 7 ...
- Gwen Ihnat
"I'm the end of the line," Arthur Miller once asserted. "Absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime."
Many might argue otherwise. In fact, the best proof that theatre is still alive and kicking is Focus on Playwrights, the new coffee-table book, the cover of which showcases the life-crinkled face that once overlooked the birth of A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and The Crucible. Yes, photographer Susan Johann’s scintillating collection of over 90 playwrights, whom she’s shot over 20 years -- and the inclusion of sharply revealing interviews with some of the same, is the best retort to anyone ready to cremate modern drama.
Some of those captured for publications such as Vogue and the New Yorker are now deceased (e.g. August Wilson, Edward Albee, and Joe Chaikin) while others are very much functioning (e.g. David Henry Hwang, »
- Brandon Judell
Author: Dave Roper
The prospective candidates for admission to MiB were hand-picked because they were the best of the best of the best. That’s a lot of superlatives. Eric Roberts and Chris Penn were two of the more unlikely members of a Tae Kwon Do team that took on Korea in The Best of the Best and across pretty much every athletic and artistic theatre of endeavour you can think of, debate rages as to who is the best of the best. Today we look at the greatest movie actors.
This new series of articles is not intended to lay such arguments to rest. Instead it will hopefully prompt some discussion and (polite) debate as we consider, within certain film-making disciplines, who might be considered to be the best and what is their best work. Highly subjective, of course, but that is whence springs healthy debate. We’ll get to actresses, »
- Dave Roper
4 items from 2017
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