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Broadway’s ‘Lady Day’ Will Air on HBO

17 December 2014 10:42 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Didn’t get a chance to catch Audra McDonald’s Tony-winning (and history-making) performance as Billie Holiday in Broadway’s “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”? HBO’s got your back.

The cable network will air a recording of a live performance of “Lady Day” that’s filming this month at New Orleans’ Cafe Brasil with a live audience. An exact air date has yet to be set.

McDonald became the winningest actor in Tony history in the spring when she picked up her sixth acting trophy for “Lady Day,” a biographical play-with-music that includes McDonald’s performances of well-known Holiday standards including “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.”

HBO has a long history of airing Broadway fare, either in live performance (as with “Lady Day”) or in telepic adaptations of plays such as “Angels in America” and “Wit.” (“Private Practice” alum McDonald appeared »

- Gordon Cox

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Ten Great Performances from Mike Nichols' Films

21 November 2014 7:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Amir here. Mike Nichols was a true giant of show business, with a career that lasted more than six decades and sprawled across many different media and genres. Nathaniel's heartfelt eulogy already highlighted the dreamy number of classics he directed and the collaborations with Meryl Streep that resulted in some of her most memorable roles; but Meryl wasn't the only performer whom Nichols guided to career-best work.

Team Experience decided to make a list of ten great performances from Mike Nichols' films; we were truly spoilt for choice. If you want a testament to the man's sheer brilliance and chemistry with his actors, look no further than the missing names from our list. An equally long, equally illustrious alternative list can be made of the likes of Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, Melanie Griffith in Working Girl, Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War, Jude Law and Natalie Portman in Closer, »

- Amir S.

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Emma Thompson on Mike Nichols: 'He lifted us all up'

21 November 2014 6:31 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

When Mike Nichols died yesterday at the age of 83, he left behind an immense legacy of work that will live forever, from his comedy routines with Elaine May to films like The Graduate and plays like The Odd Couple. But if the last 24 hours have proven anything, it's that his true genius lay in his relationships with other people and his ability to make those around him feel special and alive. During his long career, Nichols worked with and mentored the most talented writers and actors of multiple generations, and the outpouring of genuine sadness and fond recollections has been truly stirring. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Mike Nichols: 5 Must-See Movies

20 November 2014 3:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A movie by Mike Nichols is typically an elegant, unruffled ride across a smooth, even chilly surface - the movie's value glints upward from beneath that ice. The director, who died Wednesday at 83, over the years pared down any attempt at visual flourish - The Graduate, his groundbreaking early film that remains his most famous, is probably also one of his flashiest. What fired him up, what he bored down into, was the intellectual germ (or gem) of the story. This meant that he was willing to consider anything for his camera: erotic werewolves (Wolf), World War II (Catch-22), philandering »

- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT

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Watch: The Best of Mike Nichols and Interview Videos

20 November 2014 2:28 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Mike Nichols, who left us unexpectedly on Thursday at age 83, was that rare great director who excelled at every medium: the stage (he won nine Tonys, including Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing,"  the recent revival of "Death of a Salesman" and Monty Python's "Spamalot"), television ("Wit," "Angels in America") and Hollywood movies ("The Graduate" and "Silkwood" to name a few). That's the thing. He is a reminder of how far we have come from the days when the studios churned out --routinely--multiple dramas and comedies and many other genres aimed at adults.  He started out with some of his best work: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and "The Graduate," but kept his quality high within the system, and stars yearned to work him him because he brought out their best with wit and verve. He never lost touch with zeitgeist. That was his gift. (The »

- TOH!

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Audra McDonald Remembers Mike Nichols: "One Cannot Overstate His Brilliance"

20 November 2014 1:31 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

By the time Audra McDonald got to work with Mike Nichols she was 31 and had already won three Tony awards, but had done limited work in television or movies. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson, Wit starred Emma Thompson as a poetry professor suffering the indignities of her remaining days on a cancer ward. McDonald received an Emmy nomination playing the nurse who administers to the dying woman in what Roger Ebert called one of the best films of 2002, even though it was never theatrically released. “I learned so much being with him and feel

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- Jordan Riefe

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R.I.P. Mike Nichols (1931-2014)

20 November 2014 11:19 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Mike Nichols, the Academy Award-winning director of The Graduate, has passed away aged 83.

Born in Berlin in 1931, Nichols began his career as a comedian in the 1950s and first gained fame as part of the comedy duo Nichols and May with Elaine May, winning a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album in 1962. Beginning his directing career in theatre in the 1960s, Nichols made his feature film debut with 1962’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, following this up with 1967’s The Graduate, which saw him receiving the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Director.

Nichols would spend the rest of career alternating between stage and screen, winning a host of Tony Awards for his Broadway work, and directing films such as Catch-22, Working Girl, Postcards from the Edge, Wolf, The Birdcage, Primary Colors, Closer and Charlie Wilson’s War. He would also win Emmy Awards for Wit and Angels in America, »

- Gary Collinson

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Mike Nichols Remembered By Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks as ‘Irreplaceable Man’

20 November 2014 9:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning director of “The Graduate” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” was remembered by friends and colleagues as an artist, a mentor and a constant source of laughter and inspiration.

Condolences and remembrances from across the entertainment industry poured in after news broke that Nichols had died suddenly at the age of 83.

“An inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can’t imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man,” said Meryl Streep, who worked with Nichols on “Silkwood,” “Heartburn” and the HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.”

Over more than five decades, Nichols moved seamlessly between Broadway, television and movies, becoming one of the only people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony — achieving “Egot” status. His notable films include “Working Girl,” “Primary Colors” and “The Birdcage,” and »

- Brent Lang

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Mike Nichols Movies: 18 Essential Films You Should Watch Right Now

20 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.

Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son »

- Gary Susman

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Mike Nichols, director of The Graduate dies at 83

20 November 2014 6:55 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as The Graduate, "Angels in America" and Monty Python's Spamalot, has died. He was 83.

The death was confirmed by ABC News President James Goldston on Thursday. Nichols died Wednesday evening.

The family will hold a private service this week; a memorial will be held at a later date, Goldston said.

During a career spanning more than 50 years, Nichols, who was married to ABC's Diane Sawyer, managed to be both an insider and outsider, an occasional White House guest and friend to countless celebrities who was as likely to satirize the elite as he was to mingle with them. A former stand-up performer who began his career in a groundbreaking comedy duo with Elaine May and whose work brought him an Academy Award, a Grammy and multiple Tony and Emmy honors, »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Mike Nichols (1931-2014)

20 November 2014 6:04 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Elaine May & Mike Nichols in the 50s"The Great Work begins..." that's a line from Angels in America but someone should've said it in the 1950s when one of the greatest figures in modern showbusiness began his career on Chicago stages as a university student. Mike Nichols, who died yesterday at 83, first gained fame as half of a celebrated comic duo "Nichols & May" with actress/director Elaine May but comedy sketches were only the beginning. He'd eventually conquer all realms of showbusiness winning a Grammy with May for a comedy album in 1961, the first of several Tony Awards for directing Barefoot in the Park on Broadway (1964), an Oscar for directing The Graduate (1967) which was only his second film, and in the last decade of his career, two Emmys for television triumphs with Wit and the aforementioned Angels.

Because I came of age in the 1980s, the Nichols collaboration that defined »

- NATHANIEL R

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R.I.P. Mike Nichols

20 November 2014 6:03 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Legendary filmmaker Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83 from a sudden cardiac arrest.

Born in Germany and moving to the U.S. in the late 1930s as a child, Nichols started out as a comedian before segueing into being a director, writer and producer of productions both on stage and on screen.

His first film was 1966's screen adaptation of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" which scored five Oscars, while he personally won an Oscar for his second effort "The Graduate".

Other famed films he directed included "Working Girl," "Postcards from the Edge," "Primary Colors," "The Birdcage," "Regarding Henry," "Biloxi Blues," "Wolf," "Silkwood," "Catch-22," "Carnal Knowledge, "Closer" and his last feature "Charlie Wilson's War".

He also directed the acclaimed TV adaptations of "Angels in America" and "Wit," and helmed a bunch of Broadway productions of various plays and musicals including "Uncle Vanya," Death of a Salesman," ""The Seagull, »

- Garth Franklin

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Mike Nichols, director of 'The Graduate,' passes away at 83

20 November 2014 5:02 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sad news this Thursday morning as word comes that legendary director Mike Nichols passed away at age 83 on Wednesday night.   Reports indicate that the cause of death may have been cardiac arrest. Nichols, one of only a handful of Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners, was the director of films such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "The Graduate," "Biloxi Blues," "Regarding Henry," and "The Birdcage."  His last film was 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War."  Nichols' Oscar came for "The Graduate," while he won Emmys for "Wit" and "Angels in America," and a Grammy for "An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May."  The director won nine different Tony awards including ones for "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," and "Spamalot." ABC News President James Goldston, who announced the death in a statement, said, "In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, »

- HitFix Staff

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Mike Nichols, ‘Graduate’ Director, Dead At 83

20 November 2014 4:15 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mike Nichols, the award-winning director of Broadway and movies, died Wednesday in Manhattan at the age of 83. Nichols was the husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer. A spokesman for ABC said the cause was cardiac arrest.

Photos: Mike Nichols’ Life and Career in Photos

Nichols is one of few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony — achieving so-called Egot status. His first two feature helming efforts — the caustic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 1966 and 1967’s satirical “The Graduate” — launched a prodigious movie career. But before ever stepping behind the camera, he was already part of a successful comedy duo with Elaine May and had helmed a string of hit stage shows.

Nichols’ background in improvisational, satirical comedy informed many of his films, which often started out as comedies and ended up as acerbic ruminations on American relationships. Directing material by playwrights, screenwriters »

- Terry Flores

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Mike Nichols Dies at 83: Katie Couric, Mia Farrow, More Stars React

20 November 2014 12:43 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Legendary director Mike Nichols died suddenly at age 83 on Wednesday, Nov. 19, leaving behind an impressive legacy and body of work, including beloved films like The Graduate, Working Girl, The Remains of the Day, Silkwood, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, all of which were nominated for Academy Awards.  The husband of famed journalist Diane Sawyer, Nichols was one of an elite few Egot winners, having earned two Emmys (for Angels in America and Wit), a Grammy (for his comedy album An Evening With Mike Nichols [...] »

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Indie Spotlight

13 April 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes premiere details for Preservation and Hungerford, a trailer for the film Discopath, a chance to win your own copy of a new comic that features zombie cows, the first poster from The Drownsman, and more:

Screening Dates Announced for Preservation: “Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with this finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire). Brothers Sean and Mike Neary, along with Mike’s wife Wit, head out on a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. But ignoring the “closed” sign and heading deep into an overgrown nature preserve, they soon find their troubles are only beginning. When all of their gear is stolen, »

- Tamika Jones

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Malcolm Tierney obituary

21 February 2014 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stage and screen actor who excelled in playing authority figures and appeared in TV shows such as Brookside and Lovejoy

Malcolm Tierney, who has died aged 75 of pulmonary fibrosis, was a reliable and versatile supporting actor for 50 years, familiar to television audiences as the cigar-smoking, bullying villain Tommy McArdle in Brookside, nasty Charlie Gimbert in Lovejoy and smoothie Geoffrey Ellsworth-Smythe in David Nobbs's A Bit of a Do, a Yorkshire small-town comedy chronicle starring David Jason and Gwen Taylor.

Always serious and quietly spoken offstage, with glinting blue eyes and a steady, cruel gaze that served him well as authority figures on screen, Tierney was a working-class Mancunian who became a core member of the Workers' Revolutionary party in the 1970s. He never wavered in his socialist beliefs, even when the Wrp imploded ("That's all in my past now," he said), and always opposed restricted entry to the actors' union, »

- Michael Coveney, Vanessa Redgrave

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Malcolm Tierney obituary

21 February 2014 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stage and screen actor who excelled in playing authority figures and appeared in TV shows such as Brookside and Lovejoy

Malcolm Tierney, who has died aged 75 of pulmonary fibrosis, was a reliable and versatile supporting actor for 50 years, familiar to television audiences as the cigar-smoking, bullying villain Tommy McArdle in Brookside, nasty Charlie Gimbert in Lovejoy and smoothie Geoffrey Ellsworth-Smythe in David Nobbs's A Bit of a Do, a Yorkshire small-town comedy chronicle starring David Jason and Gwen Taylor.

Always serious and quietly spoken offstage, with glinting blue eyes and a steady, cruel gaze that served him well as authority figures on screen, Tierney was a working-class Mancunian who became a core member of the Workers' Revolutionary party in the 1970s. He never wavered in his socialist beliefs, even when the Wrp imploded ("That's all in my past now," he said), and always opposed restricted entry to the actors' union, »

- Michael Coveney, Vanessa Redgrave

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20th Screen Actors Guild Awards Announces Presenters – Show Airs January 18

15 January 2014 3:43 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Chiwetel Ejifor, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson will be presenters at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.

They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will honor outstanding performances from 2013 in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards. This year’s Actor® recipients will be announced at »

- Michelle McCue

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