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Exclusive Portraits: Helen Mirren & Taylor Hackford Honored at Cinema/Chicago Gala

Chicago – There ain’t nothing like Dame Helen Mirren, international star and Oscar winner for “The Queen.” She, along with her husband Taylor Hackford (director of “Ray” and “An Officer and a Gentleman”), were honored at the Cinema/Chicago Spring Gala on May 24, 2017.

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. Their programs include the Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago International Television Festival, the CineYouth Festival, international screenings, and a year-round education program. Celebrating its 53rd edition October 12-26, 2017, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest running competitive film fest.

Helen Mirren at the Cinema/Chicago Spring Gala, May 24th, 2017

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Dame Helen Lydia Mirren was born in London, and
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Patrick Stewart on Star Trek: The Next Generation and his transition to film

These days, Sir Patrick Stewart is a household name. The masses know him as Professor X, but before his casting in X-Men, Mr. Stewart was primarily known as Captain Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, it was not a particularly easy transition.

Talking to The Frame, Sir Patrick opened up about his career after Star Trek: The Next Generation, returning to the theater, and how his success with the franchise inhibited his ability to branch out:

“That really hurt,” said Stewart. “And soon after that I left Hollywood. And then the Royal Shakespeare Company came to my rescue and offered me two roles, Prospero in The Tempest and Antony in Antony and Cleopatra, and that season turned the whole tide around. Almost overnight I suddenly found myself a leading actor in the company”.

He then goes on to describe how his experiences with Star Trek made
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What Barry Jenkins, Casey Affleck, Viola Davis and More Are Working on After Their Oscar Victories

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What Barry Jenkins, Casey Affleck, Viola Davis and More Are Working on After Their Oscar Victories
Though many won’t be done obsessing over exactly what happened last night for quite some time, life must go on after the Academy Awards. That applies to the winners as much as anyone else, of course, and all of the big prizewinners have high-profile projects in the works. See below for a look at what they’re up to.

Read More: 2017 Oscars: Full Winners List

Adele Romanski (Best Picture, “Moonlight”): Romanski, whose previous credits as producer include last year’s “Morris from America” and “Kicks,” will collaborate with “The Myth of the American Sleepover” writer/director David Robert Mitchell once again on “Under the Silver Lake,” his follow-up to “It Follows.”

Dede Gardner (Best Picture, “Moonlight”): Last night marked Gardner’s second big win at the Academy Awards, following “12 Years a Slave” likewise winning Best Picture three years ago. She also produced James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,
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Mark Rylance webchat – your questions answered on hats, Shakespeare and Steven Spielberg

The Oscar-winning star discussed everything from role preparation to his love for Neil Young and Pj Harvey in our live webchat

12.55pm GMT

Thank you for these wonderful questions, there were many more than I had time to get to, because of rehearsals today. Perhaps we can do this again in the future. I hope my answers were helpful.

12.55pm GMT

Splashdown1995 asks:

a) What advice would you give to someone who wants to act professionally after graduating from a non-performance-related degree?

To answer b) - it feels better to be Steven Spielberg's friend.

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Stuffandstuffan asks:

What did you think of the Pj Harvey concert that Twitter announced you were at?

I think she's extraordinary.

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BushfireBilly asks:

Why do you always seem to be wearing a hat when not in role?

I've always liked hats, since I was a teenager, and they used to be
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Watch Fran Kranz spit Shakespearean insults at you

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Watch Fran Kranz spit Shakespearean insults at you
Fran Kranz was nervous about taking on Shakespeare for Joss Whedon. The Buffy creator’s charming film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing has received tons of praise, including for Kranz’s performance as Claudio, but at the time when the 12-day, secret production of the film was about to start, Kranz was nervous. “I maybe had lost a little of confidence with the language,” said Kranz, who had performed in several Shakespeare productions in high school and at Yale University but not yet professionally. It was Whedon and the intimate way he shot the film — in his own house, a familiar place to his friends and frequent collaborators — that Kranz says calmed his nerves and reinstilled in him confidence with the Bard’s words. Whedon filmed his take on the comedy at his Santa Monica, CA home after having hosted evenings of Shakespeare readings with his friends there for several years.
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Olivier Awards 2016: Judi Dench breaks own record, Lin-Manuel Miranda wins for 'In the Heights'

Olivier Awards 2016: Judi Dench breaks own record, Lin-Manuel Miranda wins for 'In the Heights'
The Oliver Awards honor outstanding acheivements in the arts in London and Dame Judi Dench was the belle of the ball at Sunday's celebration of the 40th annual edition of these kudos. She claimed her seventh competitive award winning Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Paulina in "The Winter's Tale" opposite Kenneth Branagh in his production of the Shakespearean play. She previously prevailed in 1977 for "Macbeth," 1980 for "Juno and the Paycock," 1983 for "Pack of Lies," 1987 for "Antony and Cleopatra," 1995 for "A Little Night Music" and 1996 for "Absolute Hell." And she was feted with a special lifetime achievement award in 2004. (See full list of winners and nominees Here.) -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Tony Predictions Two transfers of Tony-winning musicals claimed three apiece: Three years after s...
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Julia Wilson-Dickson obituary

My sister, Julia Wilson-Dickson, who has died aged 66 after a brain haemorrhage, was an eminent voice and dialect teacher who worked with many of the brightest talents of stage and film.

She coached Robert de Niro on Frankenstein (1994), Helena Bonham Carter on Mighty Aphrodite (1995), Julianne Moore for The End of the Affair (1999), Glenn Close on Albert Nobbs (2011), and Eddie Redmayne for the performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014) that won him an Oscar. On stage she worked on several Peter Hall productions: with Dustin Hoffman as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (Phoenix theatre, London, 1989), Vanessa Redgrave as Lady Torrance in Orpheus Descending (Haymarket, 1988), and Judi Dench and Anthony Hopkins in the title roles of Antony and Cleopatra (at the National Theatre, 1987).

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Julia Wilson-Dickson obituary

My sister, Julia Wilson-Dickson, who has died aged 66 after a brain haemorrhage, was an eminent voice and dialect teacher who worked with many of the brightest talents of stage and film.

She coached Robert de Niro on Frankenstein (1994), Helena Bonham Carter on Mighty Aphrodite (1995), Julianne Moore for The End of the Affair (1999), Glenn Close on Albert Nobbs (2011), and Eddie Redmayne for the performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014) that won him an Oscar. On stage she worked on several Peter Hall productions: with Dustin Hoffman as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (Phoenix theatre, London, 1989), Vanessa Redgrave as Lady Torrance in Orpheus Descending (Haymarket, 1988), and Judi Dench and Anthony Hopkins in the title roles of Antony and Cleopatra (at the National Theatre, 1987).

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New cast announced for ‘Sunny Afternoon’

A brand new cast has been announced this afternoon for the hugely successful West End production of Sunny Afternoon. The musical, based on the music of The Kinks, has been playing at The Harold Pinter Theatre just off Leicester Square to packed audiences, and, from the 5th October, a new cast will be introduced.

The new cast is Danny Horn (Doctor Who; The Dead Dogs), who will play Ray Davies, with Oliver Hoare (Antony and Cleopatra, Chichester) as Dave Davies, Tom Whitelock (Times Square Angel, Union) as bassist Pete Quaife and Damien Walsh (Dreamboats and Petticoats) as drummer Mick Avory. At certain performances, the role of Ray Davies will be played by Ryan O’Donnell (Romeo and Juliet, RSC; Quadrophenia).

Here’s the new cast.

Additional includes Jason Baughan, Niamh Bracken, Christopher Brandon, Harriet Bunton, Alice Cardy, Oliver Hoare, Danny Horn, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Jay Marsh, Megan Leigh Mason, Ryan O’Donnell,
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Win Tickets to the ‘Globe on Screen’ Antony And Cleopatra at The Tivoli Theater in St. Louis

Experience the thrill of watching theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe from the comfort of the Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Boulevard, in The Loop, St. Louis, Mo, 63130) thanks to ‘Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen’. These productions of Shakespeare’s plays are shown on the Tivoli’s big screen in their entirety, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the world famous Globe Theatre and these critically acclaimed performances. Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of the theatre in which Shakespeare worked. With performances of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and new writing, productions play to over 300,000 people from around the world each summer.

We Are Movie Geeks has teamed up with the Tivoli Theater for a special giveaway! We have Five pairs of tickets (a $30 value) for the next installment of ‘Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen’, which will be Antony And Cleopatra. The date is next Thursday, June 4th and the show begins at 7pm.
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Interview: Stage Director Gary Griffin on the Stratford Festival HD Movie ‘Antony and Cleopatra’

Chicago – The romance of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, has fascinated sensibilities for centuries. William Shakespeare, no slouch when it comes to cultural commentary, wrote his version of the pairing in “Antony and Cleopatra,” the latest in the Stratford (Ontario) Festival of High Definition cinema adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays. Chicagoan Gary Griffin directed the stage production, that was rendered to HD. The screenings of “Antony and Cleopatra” will take place on May 21st, 2015, in various movie theaters across the country, including Chicago.

Griffin is a professional theater veteran, originally from Rockford, Illinois, who cut his teeth in the Chicago theater scene. For the Stratford Festival – besides this version of “Antony and Cleopatra” – he has directed the musicals “42nd Street,” “Camelot,” “Evita” and “West Side Story.” Locally, he has worked with the the Lyric Opera of Chicago, among other area theatrical venues, and he has won eight Joseph Jefferson Awards for direction.
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Win Tickets to the ‘Globe on Screen’ Julius Caesar at The Tivoli Theater in St. Louis

Experience the thrill of watching theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe from the comfort of the Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Boulevard, in The Loop, St. Louis, Mo, 63130) thanks to ‘Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen’. These productions of Shakespeare’s plays are shown on the Tivoli’s big screen in their entirety, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the world famous Globe Theatre and these critically acclaimed performances. Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of the theatre in which Shakespeare worked. With performances of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and new writing, productions play to over 300,000 people from around the world each summer.

We Are Movie Geeks has teamed up with the Tivoli Theater for a special giveaway! We have five pairs of tickets (a $30 value) for the first installment of ‘Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen’, which will be Julius Caesar. The date is next Thursday, April 30th and the show begins at 7pm.

All
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Win Tickets to the ‘Globe on Screen’ Titus Andronicus at The Tivoli Theater in St. Louis

Experience the thrill of watching theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe from the comfort of the Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Boulevard, in The Loop, St. Louis, Mo, 63130) thanks to ‘Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen’. These productions of Shakespeare’s plays are shown on the Tivoli’s big screen in their entirety, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the world famous Globe Theatre and these critically acclaimed performances. Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of the theatre in which Shakespeare worked. With performances of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and new writing, productions play to over 300,000 people from around the world each summer.

We Are Movie Geeks has teamed up with the Tivoli Theater for a special giveaway! We have five pairs of tickets (a $30 value) for the first installment of ‘Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen’, which will be Titus Andronicus. The date is next Thursday, March 26th and the show begins at 7pm.

All
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London Stage Star and Olivier Henry V Leading Lady Asherson Dead at Age 99

'Henry V' Movie Actress Renée Asherson dead at 99: Laurence Olivier leading lady in acclaimed 1944 film (image: Renée Asherson and Laurence Olivier in 'Henry V') Renée Asherson, a British stage actress featured in London productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters, but best known internationally as Laurence Olivier's leading lady in the 1944 film version of Henry V, died on October 30, 2014. Asherson was 99 years old. The exact cause of death hasn't been specified. She was born Dorothy Renée Ascherson (she would drop the "c" some time after becoming an actress) on May 19, 1915, in Kensington, London, to Jewish parents: businessman Charles Ascherson and his second wife, Dorothy Wiseman -- both of whom narrowly escaped spending their honeymoon aboard the Titanic. (Ascherson cancelled the voyage after suffering an attack of appendicitis.) According to Michael Coveney's The Guardian obit for the actress, Renée Asherson was "scantly
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Boris Kodjoe, Director Bille Woodruff Talk Sex Scenes at ‘Addicted’ Premiere

Boris Kodjoe, Director Bille Woodruff Talk Sex Scenes at ‘Addicted’ Premiere
Wednesday night saw the New York premiere of “Addicted,” director Bille Woodruff’s adaptation of the popular erotic novel and ubiquitous subway reading material. Written by the prolific novelist Zane (aka Kristina Roberts), “Addicted” is the story of Zoe, a happily married woman battling a compulsive sexual disorder that drives her to continually seek out men who are not her husband for all sorts of carnal encounters.

The selling point here, of course, is that the sex scenes are graphic and plentiful. So it was a little awkward for star Boris Kodjoe to watch the film with his wife.

“It’s tough. We talked about it, she read the script, she’s an amazing actress, she’s been with Denzel (Washington), Eddie Murphy, she knows what it’s about. But still, it’s awkward,” he told Variety at the premiere’s afterparty at the Jade Hotel.

Kodjoe’s wife is actress Nicole Ari Parker,
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Filming Of 3 2014 Stratford Fest Productions Launches International Media Project

Filming Of 3 2014 Stratford Fest Productions Launches International Media Project
The 2014 Stratford Festival productions of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” “King John,” and “Antony and Cleopatra” are being filmed in Stratford, Ont., early this fall for features that will be distributed in Canadian, U.S. and international cinemas in the first half of 2015.

The pics mark the start of an ambitious project, first announced in March, to film new Stratford productions (three per year) of all of Shakespeare’s plays. On Tuesday, the festival announced details of the films, release dates, and its distribution partners.

Cineplex Entertainment’s Front Row Centre Events will distribute the Stratford films to Canuck big screens, and live cinema event powerhouse By Experience (Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD, National Theatre Live) will distribute to U.S. and the rest of the world. Theatrical release will be followed by a broadcast window on Canuck pubcaster CBC, then digital and on-demand.

The renowned, 60-year-old theater festival—where
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X Factor musical star: 'We couldn't do anything more to save it'

I Can't Sing! star Cynthia Erivo has opened up about the show's closure on Saturday (May 10).

The actress and singer plays the lead female role of Chenise in the X Factor musical, which was axed after launching in late March at the London Palladium due to low ticket sales.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Erivo said that she and her castmates remain positive despite the early end.

She said: "It's natural to be upset when you've enjoyed something so much, and we're all powering through until the end of the week to make sure that everyone has as good a time as we've had in the production.

"It'll be full of fun. I'm sure there'll be a couple of tears because we're a close company, but I don't think the day will be a day of depression at all."

She continued: "Although it's short-lived, it's not something that I'm going to forget anytime soon,
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Theater Review: A Fast-Moving Antony and Cleopatra

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Theater Review: A Fast-Moving Antony and Cleopatra
The Public Theater, kindly giving local Shakespeareans a break from the exhausting parade of King Lears, is offering a “radical edit” of Antony and Cleopatra by the 32-year-old playwright and 2013 MacArthur fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney. Edited or not, Antony and Cleopatra, written around the same year as Lear, poses some of the same difficulties; its story, though brilliant in précis and overflowing with beautiful poetry, plays out like a deliberate exercise in diminishing returns. Some three dozen characters speak, not to mention supernumeraries; the action careens almost drunkenly about the Mediterranean; and what started as an exquisite rarity — a study of passionate love between great equals — winds up as a count-the-corpses Grand Guignol.So I happily grant McCraney, who also directs this production, his scissors and paste and (as it turns out) watercolors. Sensibly enough, he has mostly cast Cleopatra and her coterie with black actors while Antony
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Maggie Gyllenhaal to make her Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard play

Dark Knight co-star will join Ewan McGregor in The Real Thing revival. Plus, Sting ships maritime musical to the Great White Way and Hugh Jackman to host Tony awards … again

Maggie Gyllenhaal is to make her Broadway debut this year when she joins Ewan McGregor in a revival of Tom Stoppard's comedy The Real Thing.

Gyllenhaal will star as Annie, an actor involved in an extramarital affair with a glib playwright – to be played by McGregor, whose casting was announced in November. The roles were first played on Broadway in 1984 by Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons, who both won Tony awards for their performances.

This is The Real Thing's third outing on Broadway. A Donmar Warehouse transfer in 2000, with Jennifer Ehle and Stephen Dillane, also won several Tony awards. The new revival will be produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company, with the acclaimed director Sam Gold at the helm.
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Dylan Thomas script of South Pacific mystery gets first ever production

BBC Radio 3 produces little-known screenplay The Beach of Falesa, taken up by Richard Burton but never made into a film

It is not a typical Dylan Thomas subject – murder, mystery and intrigue in the South Pacific – and the script he wrote, despite being bought by the actor Richard Burton, never developed into the film he was hoping for.

But now at least it will be performed on the airwaves. Radio 3 has said it will broadcast the world premiere of the all but forgotten work The Beach of Falesa.

The drama will be broadcast in May to mark the centenary of Thomas's birth and will be the first production of the little-known piece.

Matthew Dodd, head of Radio 3 speech programmes, called the production a "fantastic thing" for the station and said it continued a relationship with Thomas that went back 50 years – it was the Third Programme, Radio 3's predecessor, that first broadcast Under Milk Wood.
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