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Kerry Butler, Stephanie D'Abruzzo and More Lead Staged Industry Reading Of Seeing Red

Tony Award nominees Kerry Butler Disaster, Xanadu, the upcoming Mean Girls, Charl Brown Motown, John Ellison Conlee The Full Monty, Murder Ballad, and Stephanie D'Abruzzo Avenue Q, I Love You Because will head a special reading presentation of the new musical Seeing Red, by Emmy Award winner Joey Mazzarino and award-winning composer Aron Accurso on Thursday, January 25 in New York City at 11am and 3pm. Seeing Red takes a look at immigration through a fairy tale lens. In fact, it's about all the things that divide us as humans Religion, borders, race. It's the story of Little Red Riding Hood, now a grown woman who still spends her days delivering baskets full of goodies through her company Red Ex. She wishes she could change her fate but in Everafteropolis, once your story is written, it's written. When Red meets the Man From Nantucket, her life is suddenly turned upside down.
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Boon, Binoche, Dujardin, Laurent, Cluzet, Lindon, Viard, Auteuil Grace 2018’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous

Boon, Binoche, Dujardin, Laurent, Cluzet, Lindon, Viard, Auteuil Grace 2018’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous
Dany Boon’s “La Ch’tite Famille,” Laurent Tirard’s “Return of the Hero” and Philippe le Guay’s “Normandie Nue” feature at the 20th UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, which runs Jan. 18-22 in the lap-of-luxury at Paris’ InterContinental Le Grand Hotel.

“In all honesty, this looks like a good year in terms of quality of titles,” said Gilles Renouard, UniFrance co-deputy director.

On paper at least, that can be put down to two factors at least: the strength in depth and, crucially, breadth of France’s comedy offering at the Rendez-Vous, and a clutch of movies which showcase some of France’s finest actors: Vincent Lindon (“The Apparition”), Daniel Auteuil (“Le Brio”) and Karin Viard (“Jealous”) are just three. Following, 10 takes – and one big question raised – by this year’s edition:

1.Boon, But Much More

“The Rendez-Vous is a great place to catch comedies, which France does very well,” Renouard said. This
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Where You've Seen A Christmas Story Live's Scene-Stealing Chris Diamantopoulos Before

Image Source: Fox While the whole cast of Fox's A Christmas Story Live brought plenty of holiday cheer into living rooms on Sunday night and generally knocked it out of the park with their performances, there is one character in particular who we couldn't take our eyes off of. Yes, the 11-year-old newcomer who plays Ralphie (Andy Walken) is a dead ringer for the original movie's star Peter Billingsley. And sure, we're still obsessing over Jane Krakowski's Marilyn Monroe moment during the "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" number. But it's actor Chris Diamantopoulos who really steals the show. Diamantopoulos pops up as Ralphie's cantankerous, leg lamp-loving father, Old Man Parker. Although the character in the 1983 movie, played by Darren McGavin, is a solid stick-in-the-mud, Diamantopoulos gets to have a little more fun with the role when he unexpectedly busts out a pair of dancing shoes for two of the live musical's numbers.
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Disney’s Buy: What Happens to 21st Century Fox’s Leadership, Fox Searchlight, and ‘X-Men’?

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Now that Disney is purchasing 21st Century Fox, here’s what we know: $52.4 billion will change hands, the six-studio system will now be five, and Disney will have a serious arsenal for the 2019 launch of its over-the-top streaming services. Presuming that Disney convinces the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice that the union won’t violate existing antitrust laws, here’s a look at some of the merger’s biggest questions.

What Becomes of Fox’s Leadership?

The Disney/Fox merger comes on the same day that Disney/Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits multiplexes. Who from the Fox motion picture side will go to Disney (vice-chairman Emma Watts?) and who will be free to look for a new job (Fox chairman Stacey Snider?). Disney is happy with studio steward Alan Horn and his team.

With Snider’s ex-Universal president Scott Stuber running movies at Netflix,
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First look at Rafe Spall in comedy Denmark

BBC Films, Ffilm Cymru Wales and WestEnd Films today release a first look at Rafe Spall (The Big Short, The Bfg) as Herb in Denmark, the upcoming comedy from director Adrian Shergold (Funny Cow, Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, Mad Dogs).

Herb (Rafe Spall) can fix pretty much anything, a broken clock, a radio, the only thing he can’t fix is his own life. He’s out of work, he can only just afford a birthday card for his son, the loud neighbours keep him awake day and night, the local kids have just mugged him for his trainers – and it’s raining. Herb has had enough. Sitting in his cold flat in soggy socks, physically and mentally bruised, he knows he has to do something to turn his luck around. When he stumbles on a TV programme about the luxury of Danish prisons Herb finds the answer he’s been looking for: organic food,
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'Normandie nue': Film Review

'Normandie nue': Film Review
For a film that is technically a French take on The Full Monty and Calendar Girls set in rural Normandy — Calvados Girls, anyone? — Normandie nue is surprisingly tame. But an even bigger surprise is the fact that the command of tone of popular writer-director Philippe Le Guay, who directed the hits Service Entrance (aka The Women on the 6th Floor) and Cycling With Moliere, is wobbly throughout, awkwardly oscillating between gritty and glossy and frequently occupying the rather vague middle ground where dire sociopolitical tract and crowd-pleasing comedy supposedly intersect. That said, a sprawling and motley cast that includes...
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Lesley Sharp webchat – your questions answered on football, female roles and lipsyncing with David Tennant

Currently starring in Simon Stephens’ version of The Seagull, Lesley Sharp talked about creating characters with Mike Leigh, teaming up with Suranne Jones, writing her first novel – and the joy of animated caterpillars

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Thanks very much - great questions! It's been lovely. Farewell!

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Hi Lesley, I love everything you’ve done, you’re an inspiration. What has been your favourite thing so far, and is there something you’re longing to do but haven’t yet?

Actually, The Seagull is one of the things I've longed to do for a very long time. Going on stage is always a process that causes anxiety and nervousness. You don't know whether you'll end up with something you can wholeheartedly commit to for the length of time you've got to perform it. This has been one of those moments that is intensely pleasurable - the play,
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Tony Shalhoub Promises ‘The Band’s Visit’ Will Startle Audiences in Unexpected Ways (Exclusive)

Tony Shalhoub Promises ‘The Band’s Visit’ Will Startle Audiences in Unexpected Ways (Exclusive)
He solved murder cases on Monk. Now, for the first time, veteran actor Tony Shalhoub is taking a stab at musical theater. Call it a birthday gift -- to himself.

“It’s a little terrifying. Having not done a musical before, it’s kind of uncharted waters for me,” says Shalhoub, who turns 64 on Oct. 9, two days after The Band’s Visit starts preview performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. Despite appearing on Broadway last season as Walter Franz in Arthur Miller’s The Price and earning Tony nominations for Golden Boy and Conversations With My Father, this is the first time the actor will be singing onstage. Based on the 2007 film, the show originally premiered Off- Broadway to sold-out audiences last year “without any knowledge or guarantee it was going to move [to Broadway]. We’re over the moon about the fact it’s going to be in a huge venue.”

The Band’s
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Battle of the Sexes Review: One of the Year's Best Films

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Battle of the Sexes Review: One of the Year's Best Films
Fox Searchlight's Battle of the Sexes is the film adaptation of a pivotal cultural event in American history. In 1973, former tennis great Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) challenged Margaret Court (Jessica McNamee), then Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) to an exhibition match. He wanted to prove to the world that men where superior to women in sports. Dubbing himself as the "male chauvinist pig", Riggs was a huckster, gambling addict, and showman who saw a big money opportunity and exploited it. Billie Jean King, the world's top women's tennis player, was fighting her own battle for equal pay and sexual liberation. Drawn unwillingly into Riggs gambit, she clearly understood the gravity of the moment. The hopes and dreams of women everywhere fell on her mighty shoulders.

From the husband and wife filmmaking team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Battle of the Sexes is a sublime achievement. The dynamic duo behind
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'Battle of the Sexes' Review: Imagine Hillary and Trump Swinging Rackets

'Battle of the Sexes' Review: Imagine Hillary and Trump Swinging Rackets
What does a movie about a 1973 tennis exhibition match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs have to say to millennials when everyone knows the war between so-called women's libbers and male chauvinist pigs ended last century? Ha! Starring a top-form Emma Stone as King and a perceptively flamboyant Steve Carell as Riggs, Battle of the Sexes is not an overtly political movie; it's a blast about two tennis champions going over the top to make a point. But in speaking to the marginalized, the movie comments bluntly on the here and now.
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‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Scribe Simon Beaufoy Signs With Wme

‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Scribe Simon Beaufoy Signs With Wme
Exclusive: Wme has signed the illustrious writer-producer Simon Beaufoy, who until several months ago had been repped in the U.S. by the late agent Susan Landau. Beaufoy in the past two decades has won Oscars, Golden Globes, WGA and other awards for such films as The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and 127 Hours. His latest scripted effort, the Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris-directed Emma Stone-Steve Carell starrer Battle of the Sexes
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Tiff 2017: ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Review: Dirs. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris (2017)

Battle Of The Sexes review: Emma Stone and Steve Carell serve up convincing performances in this enjoyable true story from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine.

Battle Of The Sexes review by Paul Heath.

From the team behind the superb Little Miss Sunshine comes this true story of the infamous Battle Of The Sexes of the title, the 1973 highly-charged exhibition tennis match where the legendary Billie Jean King took on 55-year-old former grand slam winner, and self-confessed ‘male chauvinist pig’ Bobby Riggs.

Emma Stone portrays the role of King, the 29-year-old pro who famously dropped out of the main U.S. tour after a major disagreement over prize money awarded to men, which was more than eight times what women received for the same tournament. King, along with a bunch of other pros, go out on their own by setting up a new tour with much higher prize money, put
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As ‘Patti Cake$’ Stumbles, Fox Searchlight Faces a Battle To Remain on Top

As ‘Patti Cake$’ Stumbles, Fox Searchlight Faces a Battle To Remain on Top
Standing before the packed house at Manhattan’s Metrograph Theater, “Patti Cake$” director Geremy Jasper introduced his film. He was excited, in the way that first-time directors often are at their premieres, thanking his producers, his cast, his reps — but the most heartfelt thanks went to distributor Fox Searchlight. Not only did it make his Jersey girl-rapper tale one of the biggest buys of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, but it also represented a genuine dream come true. When the “Patti Cake$” team imagined their ideal distributor, he said, they agreed that nothing could be better than becoming a Fox Searchlight movie.

Headstones in the graveyard of studio specialty divisions include Warner Independent, Picturehouse, Fine Line Features, Paramount Classics, Paramount Vantage, and beyond. However, Fox Searchlight has persevered, and succeeded, for more than 20 years: Savvy, innovative, and astute, it’s known for its skill in finding acquisitions that reached audiences beyond the arthouse.
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As ‘Patti Cake$’ Stumbles, Fox Searchlight Faces a Battle To Remain on Top

As ‘Patti Cake$’ Stumbles, Fox Searchlight Faces a Battle To Remain on Top
Standing before the packed house at Manhattan’s Metrograph Theater, “Patti Cake$” director Geremy Jasper introduced his film. He was excited, in the way that first-time directors often are at their premieres, thanking his producers, his cast, his reps — but the most heartfelt thanks went to distributor Fox Searchlight. Not only did it make his Jersey girl-rapper tale one of the biggest buys of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, but it also represented a genuine dream come true. When the “Patti Cake$” team imagined their ideal distributor, he said, they agreed that nothing could be better than becoming a Fox Searchlight movie.

Headstones in the graveyard of studio specialty divisions include Warner Independent, Picturehouse, Fine Line Features, Paramount Classics, Paramount Vantage, and beyond. However, Fox Searchlight has persevered, and succeeded, for more than 20 years: Savvy, innovative, and astute, it’s known for its skill in finding acquisitions that reached audiences beyond the arthouse.
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20 Years Back: Celebrating the Cinematic Delights of 1997

Tom Jolliffe celebrates the cinematic delights of 1997…

1997. It doesn’t feel that distant but we’re now talking 20 years. This was the year I left school. That officially makes me old as fuck I believe. Lady Di passed, Tony Blair became Pm, Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, Mike Tyson had a Holyfield Ear pie and more. The Spice Girls reigned supreme. Hanson were Mmmbopping all over the place and confusing horny teenagers who thought the girl singing lead was hot.

In film, the year is significant. This was the year the Titanic did the opposite of sink (erm… float). James Cameron’s historical (which icebergs aside wasn’t that historical) epic was seen by pretty much everyone on Earth. It probably grossed a further Trillion Wibblewangs outside the Milky Way (I just invented an alien currency). It thundered away as the highest grossing film ever (if you don’t
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Oscars 2018: Fox Searchlight slate led by ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin, ‘Three Billboards’ …

Oscars 2018: Fox Searchlight slate led by ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin, ‘Three Billboards’ …
Fox Searchlight can boast of three Best Picture winners: “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008); “12 Years a Slave” (2013), and “Birdman” (2014). Other Fox Searchlight titles to have contended for the top Academy Awards include: “The Full Monty,” “Sideways,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Juno,” “Black Swan,” “127 Hours,” “The Tree of Life,” “The Descendants,” “Beasts of the Southern […]
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Simon Beaufoy to Adapt ‘In the Skin of a Lion’ From ‘English Patient’ Author

Simon Beaufoy to Adapt ‘In the Skin of a Lion’ From ‘English Patient’ Author
British screenwriter Simon Beaufoy has signed on to adapt the immigrant story “In the Skin of a Lion” as a movie for Serendipity Point Films, UK’s Film4 and Potboiler Films.

Serendipity’s Robert Lantos (“Barney’s Version,” “Eastern Promises”) and Potboiler’s Andrea Calderwood (“A Most Wanted Man,” “The Last King of Scotland”) will produce.

The project is based on Michael Ondaatje’s 1987 novel about the lives of immigrants who played a large role in the building of the city of Toronto in the early 1900s. The story focuses on romance and class conflict amidst the clash between immigrant workers and the ruling elite.

“In the Heart of a Lion” introduced the characters Hana and David Caravaggio, who were also in Ondaatje’s 1992 novel “The English Patient.” The Anthony Minghella adaptation of the novel won nine Academy Awards, including best picture and best supporting actress for Juliette Binoche in the role of Hana.
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Serendipity Point, Film4, Potboiler team on 'In The Skin Of A Lion'

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Serendipity Point, Film4, Potboiler team on 'In The Skin Of A Lion'
Simon Beaufoy to adapt screenplay about immigrant workers in Toronto.

Serendipity Point Films, Film4 and Potboiler Productions are partnering on a feature version of Michael Ondaatje’s novel In The Skin Of A Lion.

Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire writer whose credits include 127 Hours and The Full Monty, will adapt the screenplay.

Serendipity’s Robert Lantos and Potboiler’s Andrea Calderwood are on board as producers on Ondaatje’s sweeping 1987 saga of love and class.

In The Skin Of A Lion takes place in Toronto in the early 1900s and chronicles the lives and loves of immigrant workers who built the city.

The book set the scene for Ondaatje’s The English Patient, which is regarded as a sequel of sorts. The late Anthony Minghella adapted that novel, which famously went on to win nine Oscars .

Serendipity Point’s recent productions include Barney’s Version and the drama Remember starring Christopher Plummer.

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Photo Coverage: Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley Join Forces for Broadway & Beyond at Feinstein's/54Below

Marin MazzieandJason Danieley,Broadway's Golden CoupleSan Francisco Chroniclepresent songs from both the Great White Way and the Great American Songbook.Continuing tonight, June 1 at Feinstein's54 Below,Marin and Jason share songs they introduced on Broadway in shows includingRagtime, Passion, The Full Monty, Curtains,andThe VisitAlso expect songs from roles they originated in Broadway revivals likeKiss Me, Kate,and popular standards from their many TV appearances, cabaret, concert hall and symphony performances around the world.
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Photo Coverage: Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley Bring Broadway & Beyond to Feinstein's/54 Below

If songwriters had to choose the definitive performances of their masterpieces to be placed in a musical time capsule I'm sure last night's cabaret concert by Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley would be selected. A celebrity filled audience at Feinstein's54 Below was at times spell bound by the musicianship and sound of their magnificent voices. Jason and Marin shared songs they introduced on Broadway from shows including Ragtime, Passion, The Full Monty, Curtains, and The Visit. There were also gems from roles they originated in Broadway revivals like Kiss Me, Kate, and American Songbook Standards from their many TV, cabaret, and concert hall appearances. Their often used designation of Broadway's Golden Couple are a Gold Standard, and who ever opens that time capsule in the future is gonna flip.
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