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Kurt Walker in the background of Hit 2 Pass / Gina Telaroli making her way to the foreground in Here's to the Future!As has been previously reported, Here's to the Future! and Hit 2 Pass, new feature films from Notebook contributors Gina Telaroli and Kurt Walker, is starting its roll out this month. Following an open call for screenings the films will be playing at New York's Spectacle Theater (starting this Thursday November 5th), Toronto's Mdff (November 4th), Philadelphia's public access channel (starting November 13th), and more. The open call for screenings is in conjunction with an online release being done independently by the filmmakers themselves on their own website starting November 9th: http://h2phttf.tumblr.com The release, online and in real life, is a follow-up to Telaroli's grassroots release of her 2011 feature film Traveling Light (done in conjunction with the Spanish film journal Lumière). The following is »
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Grants are up for grabs. The Broadway League has announced the 10 recipients for their 20th annual National Education and Engagement Grants, which help support programs geared toward experiencing and understanding Broadway as “a form of artistic expression and a powerful educational tool,” according to a statement from the League. The $5,000 grants will help its winners develop and sustain programs focused on theater education in part through touring Broadway productions such as “The Bridges of Madison County,” “Kinky Boots,” “Matilda the Musical,” “Motown the Musical,” “Newsies,” and “The Sound of Music.” Their workshops focus on theatrical facets such as writing and choreography, storyline development, musical and book developments, and in addition, students have an opportunity to design costumes after meeting the wardrobe crew for “The Sound of Music.” “We applaud the performing arts centers across the country and their commitment to provide arts-based learning experiences for future Broadway professionals and audiences, »
Since 1978, Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Academy Award 19 times. They're mostly all incredibly deserved honors. Even the 19th-ranked one. But it's still 19th. And that movie is coming to Netflix October 23. Before we unveil her worst nomination, let's count up all her other nods. Consider it in a cleansing Silkwood shower before the radiation kicks in. 1. "Sophie's Choice": A cliched #1, but her confessional to Stingo and eerie relationship with that Kevin Kline-portrayed buffoon are chilling. 2. "Kramer vs. Kramer": That searing courtroom testimonial? She aced it. She also wrote it herself. 3. "A Cry in the Dark": Love Streep's stony resolve as Lindy Chamberlain, a media scapegoat whose story predates Monica Lewinsky's Ted talk by three decades. 4. "Silkwood": Karen got cooked and it was delicious. 5. "The Devil Wears Prada": Grimly hilarious and real-seeming. The way she utters, "Why isn't anybody rea-dy..." to squabbling magazine interns is legendary. »
- Louis Virtel
The five finalists, and the judges, have been revealed for the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards, which have honored excellent dramatic writing since 1955. Winners receive $15,000 for first place, $7,500 for second place, $4,000 for third place and $2,000 and $1,000 for honorable mentions on Monday, November 2, at UCLA. This year’s judges are NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt, filmmaker Richard Lagravenese (Oscar-nominated writer of "The Fisher King," "The Bridges of Madison County" and director of "The Last Five Years") and TV superstar Shonda Rhimes, who created "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" and executive-produces "How to Get Away with Murder," which nabbed Viola Davis an Emmy this week. The finalists are: Emily Bensinger, UCLA, “Harridans” Noel Chalmers, UCLA, “Stinker” Sean Dennison, Uc Riverside, “Panacea” Melissa Finell, UCLA, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
What used to be called the straw-hat circuit is long gone, as is the customary summer haberdashery that gave it its name. Stars no longer caravan their Broadway hits, in stripped-down versions, from barn to tent to “music fair” for weeklong engagements from June through August. But out-of-town summer theater still thrives, in new formats that have turned some venues in Western Massachusetts and the Hudson Valley from consumers of New York City product to providers of it. At the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Barrington Stage Company, for instance, you’re less likely to see a musical that recently played on Broadway than a musical on its way there. (In the past few seasons, Williamstown has premiered Far From Heaven and The Bridges of Madison County; Barrington, the revival of On the Town.) Non-musicals, too. Partnerships with major New York institutional theaters have turned Williamstown, Shakespeare & Company, Bard SummerScape, and »
- Jesse Green
We have a spectacular treat for all our readers! BollySpice caught up with the beautiful and talented Kareena Kapoor Khan in London where we spoke to her about her upcoming film Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Pairing up again with none other than Mr Salman Khan; Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a much anticipated film about a young girl who befriends a noble man in India, who is then tasked with taking her back to her home in Pakistan.
We spoke with Kareena on Bajrangi Bhaijaan, her upcoming work, what it’s like to be in Bollywood 15 years after making her debut, as well as her thoughts on Bollywood today! Enjoy!
Though we know what the synopsis says, what would you say the story of this film is about?
Well I think everybody is used to seeing Salman in these action/comedy kind of roles. I think after a long time, maybe over a decade, »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice. 1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »
- Jane Hu
This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?
We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.
Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.
As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »
Edward Aiona, the prop master for 31 feature films, including three that won Academy Awards for best picture, “Ordinary People” (1980), “Rain Man” (1988) and “Unforgiven” (1992), as well as 28 episodes of network series television, died March 31 at Tarzana Hospital of lung cancer compounded by chronic heart trouble. He was 83.
Aiona was closely associated with Clint Eastwood: Aiona made his debut as property master on Dirty Harry film “Magnum Force” in 1973 and then worked on every Eastwood film until Aiona’s retirement in 1996.
Between films with Eastwood, Aiona also collaborated as prop master with directors including Martin Scorsese (“Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”), John Milius (“Big Wednesday”), Sydney Pollack (“The Electric Horseman” and “Absence of Malice”), Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) and John Carpenter (“Memoirs of an Invisible Man”).
“He was extreme in getting what was required for the screenplay,” said Mike Sexton, Aiona’s assistant before becoming prop master at Eastwood’s »
- Variety Staff
Eddie Aiona, a property master on more than 20 Clint Eastwood films — from Magnum Force to The Bridges of Madison County — during a stretch of more than two decades, has died. He was 83. Aiona, who worked on three Oscar winners for best picture, died March 31 of lung cancer at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, his friend, Ric Gentry, told The Hollywood Reporter. Aiona also worked for such esteemed directors as Martin Scorsese on Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974); for Sydney Pollack on The Electric Horseman (1979) and Absence of Malice (1981); for Paul Schrader on Hardcore
- Mike Barnes
Despite getting many positive reviews, "Honeymoon in Vegas" is an even bigger long shot for a Best Musical nomination at the Tony Awards now that producers announced plans yesterday to shutter the under-attended show after this Sunday’s performance. It’s the fourth straight flop for composer Jason Robert Brown (who nonetheless picked up a Tony last year for his score to another movie-based musical, "The Bridges of Madison County"). -Break- In the last decade, only three new musicals that closed before nominations day have picked up nods in the top category. Two years ago, "Bring It On" and "Christmas Story" both earned recognition over less-acclaimed late-season openers like "Motown." And in 2011, "The Scottsboro Boys," a tragically short-lived collaboration between John Kander and Fred Ebb, made the cut in a remarkably weak field. In a year with a small number of new musical cont »
"It's important to think. It's what separates us from lentils." --Richard Lagravanese, The Fisher King
He did it the hard way, like David battling Goliath this past Valentine's Day. Yes, Richard Lagravanese's latest effort, The Last Five Years, a romantic musical of sorts with next to no spoken dialogue, opened against the whip-wielding Fifty Shades of Grey, a syrupy soft core melodrama with perhaps too much dialogue.
The battle's result so far, at least as of this past Monday: $137,945 versus a worldwide take of $485,791,785. Well, at least David got the better reviews.
Yes, Richard Lagravanese, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of such acclaimed titles as The Fisher King, Behind the Candelabra, The Bridges of Madison County, and Unbroken, which he co-wrote with the Coen Brothers, and the intermittent director of such fare as Living Out Loud and Freedom Writers, is a survivor of numerous Hollywood battles, many won, some lost. Beloved, for example, »
- Brandon Judell
Chicago – The movie musical seems to revive every year, and writer/director Richard Lagravenese puts his spin on the genre with a modern touch. A couple, portrayed by Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick, goes through the ups and downs of a relationship while belting out appropriate tunes in “The Last Five Years.”
The film is based on the stage play by Jason Robert Brown, and is the type of musical that is entirely sung. The songs are sad (“Still Hurting”), hilarious (“Summer in Ohio”) and poignant (“If I Didn’t Believe in You”) and are rendered by the couple in a direct and modern approach through Lagravenese’s direction.
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Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
The Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.
Previously Best Known For:
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle
Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook
Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.
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Oscar® nominees Marion Cotillard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon will be presenters at this year’s Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Cotillard is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for “Two Days, One Night.” She previously won an Oscar in this category for the 2007 film “La Vie en Rose.” Cumberbatch is nominated for Actor in a Leading Role for “The Imitation Game.” Streep earned a record 19th acting nomination this year for her supporting role in “Into the Woods.” She previously took home Oscars for her lead performances in “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Iron Lady” (2011), and her supporting performance in “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979). Streep’s previous Best Actress nominations were for “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981), “Silkwood” (1983), “Out of Africa” (1985), “Ironweed” (1987), “A Cry in the Dark »
- Josh Abraham
Goodbye South, Goodbye
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Written by Chu T’ien-wen
Up until now, I’d never seen a film by Hou Hsiao-hsien, who is considered a true master of the cinematic arts. Despite his critical notoriety, Hou is not well-known in the United States where he has received frustratingly little distribution. Jonathan Rosenbaum, one of Hou’s most ardent supporters, wrote about this in a recent issue of Cinema Scope, lamenting that some of Hou’s best films are not available on DVD at all and the ones that are have abysmal transfers. The Puppetmaster(1993), which I planned on watching for this project, is only available in a pan-and-scan edition. I couldn’t bring myself to view it under such conditions, especially for my very first exposure to him. Instead, I opted for the film Cahiers du Cinema called one of the three best of the 90’s: Goodbye South, »
- Jae K. Renfrow
There’s an old Hollywood truism that good movies are made from second-rate books, not the classics. On Broadway, the new musical “Honeymoon in Vegas,” which opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre in New York, uses a second-rate movie from 1992 for its source material. Have its makers been able to turn it into a good musical? Or is this one effort that should have stayed in Vegas?
- Robert Hofler
17 items from 2015
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