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Chicago – Chicago is a hotbed for new stage talent, and the growth of that creativity is generated in new theater works. The Artist’s Lab at Stage 773 is one such developmental program, and director Kevin Hanna is currently in residence to create a new three part musical production called “The Cowboy and the The Showgirl Cycle.” The first part will have its premiere at Stage 773 on February 11th, 2016 (details below).
“The Cowboy and the The Showgirl Cycle” is based on a familiar sight in any movie or TV program that is set at a Hollywood movie studio. In the background, there will always be some extras walking around, and inevitably it will be represented by the “cowboy” and the “showgirl.” The two characters in this cycle will be in three eras of movie making – the 1930s, the 1970s and 2010. The concept creator and director Kevin Hanna has gathered the writing, »
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Eva Longoria is about to get “Low” on Thursday night’s “Lip Sync Battle,” where she is set to duel Hayden Panettiere. The actress lip syncs to Flo Rida’s 2008 hit song “Low” wearing “boots with the fur,” a leather jacket and a backwards cap, while dropping it to the floor. Panettiere will perform Moulin Rouge’s “Lady Marmalade,” with a special appearance by Christina Aguilera. See Video: Christina Aguilera, Hayden Panettiere Team Up for 'Lady Marmalade' on 'Lip Sync Battle' The show, co-hosted by Chrissy Teigen and LL Cool J, is produced by John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, Casey Patterson, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Apple Bottom jeans? Check. Boots with the fur? Check. Eva Longoria made sure to cover all her bases for her Lip Sync Battle performance of Flo Rida and T-Pain's 2008 hit "Low." The 40-year-old Telenovela star went the extra mile by sporting a backwards ball cap and some major bling, helping her fully embody the woman in the rap song. Ahead of her episode, Spike TV released a snippet of her performance on YouTube Wednesday. Longoria faces some stiff competition in the form of Hayden Panettiere. While she may be diminutive in size, the 5-foot Nashville actress went all out for her rendition of Moulin Rouge's "Lady Marmalade." Though Pattie Labelle made the song famous in 1982, Panettiere opted »
Didn’t get enough “Heroes” in Moulin Rouge!? Ewan McGregor only sang a few bars of the David Bowie song for a medley in the Baz Luhrmann’s sparkling, stylish musical. But he belted out the whole song in a for-charity tribute to the late singer at Los Angeles venue the Roxy on Monday night. A video of his performance has hit the web, and it’s clear he’s got just as glorious a set of pipes as he did when Moulin Rouge! was made 15 years ago (and when he sang for the Bowie- and Iggy Pop-inspired Velvet Goldmine). Watch McGregor’s performance of “Heroes” below. If this results in you in a puddle on the floor, though, don’t say we didn’t warn you. Also at the tribute: Gary Oldman singing “The Man Who Sold the World” and Seal, who performed “Bring Me the Disco King »
- Emily Rome
Ewan McGregor sang David Bowie’s “Heroes” last night at the Roxy's Celebrating David Bowie tribute concert in Hollywood, alongside other performers, like Seal and Gary Oldman. As you might know based on your age and/or love of musical movies, McGregor sang “Heroes” as part of the "Elephant Love Medley" in Moulin Rouge. But don’t worry! You don’t have to publicly identify yourself as a former or current Moulin Rouge fan here. This is a safe space, designated solely for getting misty over the excellence of David Bowie. And that is a fact. »
- Halle Kiefer
After Kaley Cuoco took on pop princess Britney Spear's iconic hit, "Slave 4 U" on Lip Sync Battle, it was time someone tried fellow chart-topping queen Christina Aguilera's equally seductive hit "Lady Marmalade." Hayden Panettiere was up for the challenge as she battled against Eva Longoria. The 26-year-old mom strapped on a red bedazzled top, glittering crown and a massively crimped blond mane to channel the musical diva's performance in the 2001 music video featuring Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim. The award-winning video was visually unforgettable, inspired by Baz Luhrmann's hit film, Moulin Rouge! As the Nashville actress got comfortable in her groove, »
Hayden Panettiere struts up and down the stage lip syncing to “Lady Marmalade” on a new “Lip Sync Battle” preview, but no performance of that song is complete without Christina Aguilera, who will also make an appearance on Thursday’s episode. Wearing a “Moulin Rouge” outfit and looking very similar to how Aguilera was dressed in the 2001 hit song’s music video featuring Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink, Panettiere kills it before Aguilera came out to assist.ong. The show, co-hosted by Chrissy Teigen and LL Cool J, is produced by John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson and Rick Schwartz. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
It’s the Nashville reunion you didn’t even know was a Nashville reunion!
Hayden Pannetiere (aka Juliette Barnes) and Christiana Aguilera (aka Jade St. John) share the stage during Thursday’s Lip Sync Battle (Spike TV, 10/9c) for what appears to be a flawless recreation of “Lady Marmalade” from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack.
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By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Two weekends ago, the Producers Guild of America went for The Big Short. Last weekend, the Screen Actors Guild went forSpotlight. And now, this weekend, the Directors Guild of America has gone for The Revenant.
In the 24 previous years in which the three highest-profile guilds presented their top prizes, a split of this nature has happened four times: 15 years ago, when the PGA went for Gladiator, SAG went for Traffic and the DGA went for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; 14 years ago, when the PGA went for Moulin Rouge!, SAG went for Gosford Park and the DGA went for A Beautiful Mind; 11 years ago, when the PGA went for The Aviator, SAG went for Sideways and the DGA went for Million Dollar Baby; and two years ago, when the PGA went for 12 Years a Slave and Gravity (they allegedly tied), SAG went for American Hustle »
- Patrick Shanley
The only thing Alejandro G. Inarritu really had going against him heading into this year’s Directors Guild of America awards ceremony was that he just won a year ago for “Birdman.” Apparently, that wasn’t enough.
The “Revenant” director became the first filmmaker to ever win back-to-back DGA honors for feature filmmaking Saturday night, and really, beyond the simple unlikely nature of that prospect, it’s difficult to call it a shock. After all, it’s not a hard sell to the guild’s 13,000 members that production on “The Revenant” was no walk in the park. That’s certainly been the overbearing linchpin of the film’s campaign these last several weeks, a narrative that is helping to propel Leonardo DiCaprio to his first Oscar. But moreover, voters in this group, they know very well what it takes to pull off a project like this. So they voted accordingly. »
- Kristopher Tapley
These judges, with more to be announced in the coming days, will decide who of the 16 Tropfest finalist filmmakers will take home the coveted fruity trophy, $10,000 cash, a trip to Los Angeles for a week of meetings with industry execs, a Hyundai Tuscon for a year, and a Nikon D800 plus $2,000 of lenses and accessories.
Thanks to Cgu Insurance stepping at the eleventh hour as major sponsors, Tropfest is again staging a free celebration of short film at Centennial Parklands, culminating in the world premiere of 16 spectacular short films incorporating this year.s Tropfest Signature Item.
The festival fun starts from 11am when gates open for Trop Jr, the world.s largest short film festival — for kids »
- Inside Film Correspondent
I usually hate a Housewives theme party, mostly because every time the Real Housewives have a theme party a fight breaks out where at least one of the women humiliates herself into a screaming, quivering mess of $240 worth of pudding. The only thing more embarrassing than that is when she does it in a costume. Remember Vicki Gunvalson screeching at Slade Smiley in crimped hair and an off-the-shoulder Flashdance sweatshirt at the ’80s-themed Bunco Party (whatever that was) on Real Party City Addicts of Schmorange County? That's what I think of every time there is a theme party, just the absolute crushing humiliation of it all.Some people have nightmares about being naked in school or having to perform a play but not knowing the lines. Not me. No. I have nightmares about being invited to a Real Housewives theme party. That said, Kyle and Lisa's Moulin Rouge–themed joint »
- Brian Moylan
The 20th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards were held on Sunday and presented three awards to films in this year’s best picture race. Divided into genre categories (best period film, best fantasy film, best contemporary film), the Art Directors Guild awards those films’ whose production design they deem to be the most impressive, and this year’s winners were The Revenant for best period film, Mad Max: Fury Road for best fantasy, and The Martian for best contemporary.
The Adg Awards are a relatively recent honor, as its corresponding Oscar equivalent, best production design, used to be the accolade bestowed upon production designers prior to the Adg’s inception in 1996.
This year, with each of the three major categories’ winners also being up for best picture at the Oscars, an Adg award could go a long way in predicting this year’s best production design recipient. »
- Patrick Shanley
The Team Experience prayer circle worked! Cate Blanchett will be returning to the New York stage, but finally on Broadway this time.
Her first steps on the Great White Way will be Anton Chekov's The Present, which will also be the first Broadway transfer of the Sydney Theatre Company that Blanchett co-artistic directed with her husband. They had previously brought Hedda Gabler, The Maids, and A Streetcar Named Desire (with Cate as none other than Blanche DuBois) to New York for those lucky enough to snag tickets to their limited engagements. The play, recently adapted by Upton, features themes of regret and unfulfilled desire that should prove meaty for the actress and her costar Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!).
Another exciting snippet of the production is John Crowley at the helm. He was criminally undervalued for his contributions this Oscar season with Brooklyn and is clearly gifted in stearing actors to rich portrayals. »
- Chris Feil
2001 was the comeback year for the musical. As the massively-scaled Moulin Rouge was reinventing the genre for the post MTV era, John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch was an unassuming small scale success that didn't disappoint its cult following from its Off Broadway run and the cult grew rapidly after its Sundance debut. Still a genre anomaly for Sundance, this musical was awarded the Audience Award (Dramatic) and Mitchell won Best Director for his first time behind the camera.
The dramatic Audience Award winners are typically optimistic, but rarely this uniting - Hedwig is a musical that reflects our deepest human needs. Nothing brings together a crowd of strangers like music (or film) we can all connect to and Hedwig's score is packed with emotional insight. Composer Stephen Trask fills the songs with rage, wit, and a hard-won optimism that burns through whatever baggage we as an audience bring to the table. »
- Chris Feil
Huffpo The story of the first trans Oscar nominee, Angela Morley in the 1970s
Gothamist This will be such a sad day in Manhattan. The last remaining gala premiere type single screen movie theater in Manhattan is closing in a couple of weeks for good. Goodbye Ziegfeld Theater where I first saw Michelle Pfeiffer in the pflesh, where I first laid eyes on Moulin Rouge!, where so many filmmakers and actors premiered their films.
Variety Ettore Scola, the Italian director has died at 84 years of age. Among his best known films were three Foreign Language Film Oscar nominees: A Special Day (1977), The Family (1987) and Le Bal (1983)
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Kieran, here. The three films nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Oscars this are an interesting bunch. The Academy had a lot of options to choose from and it almost feels miraculous that they didn’t default nominate things like The Danish Girl or Black Mass, which (questions of merit aside) are practically begging the viewer to notice the makeup work in both cases. Even if they’re not yours, it’s a respectable crop of nominees. An aside: if we’re going to get five original song nominees every year no matter what, why only three nominees in this category? Curious…
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- Kieran Scarlett
It might be said that many of us love Netflix at the moment and, yes, I mean love. A sublime selection of programmes, films, originals and more have been gracing the streaming service and we’ve all been winners for some of the best television in years. Let alone the first series of Jessica Jones, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Daredevil, House of Cards, Master of None… and that’s just some I can think of right now. We’ve all found our favourites.
2016 is set to be another huge year for the Netflix folk, with Marvel’s Jessica Jones getting a second series; and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. Anyway, enough of me, here’s your info:
- Dan Bullock
Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, today announced premiere dates for several upcoming comedy series and kids series, the renewal of its acclaimed drama Marvel's Jessica Jones and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. British star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Concussion and Doctor Who) and Canada's Mackenzie Davis (The F Word, Halt & Catch Fire and The Martian) have been cast in lead roles in one of the episodes of the Netflix original series Black Mirror. Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends) will direct the episode. Created and written by Charlie Brooker, the series is produced by House of Tomorrow, and Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones serve as executive producers.
Netflix also announced that Marvel's Jessica Jones will return for a second season. Currently streaming its first season on Netflix, Marvel's Jessica Jones is a suspenseful, edgy look into the life of Jessica Jones, one of the most popular »
Chicago – One of the most substantial local show business advocacy groups is Women in Film Chicago (Wifc). What began in Los Angeles in the 1970s, has become viable in Chicago over the last several years, and continues to be voice for women in the business in the city and in general. Carrie Hunter was just named the new president of Wifc, which will be conducting an open house on January 14th, 2016.
Carrie Hunter has been involved in production in Chicago for a number of years. She began her career as a theatre and improvisation actress, and is a member of SAG-aftra. She worked at Cutter Studios for ten years, in a dual role as director of client services and intern manager. She recently became partner and director of client relations at Conspiracy, a production, editorial and design company.
Women in Film Chicago
Photo credit: WIFChicago.net
In anticipation of the Wifc Open House, »
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