9 items from 2014
Derek Jarman is remembered as an innovative film-maker and artist but his stage work is key to his career – even his own residence was a performance
Derek Jarman wandered into theatre, as he did into much of his creative life. The stage design department at the Slade School of Art in 1963 was casually structured, and, for the era, an uncloseted zone of gaiety. He'd previously slapped a distemper brush on scenes for Lorca's Blood Wedding and other plays put on by fellow students at King's College, London. He had not seen much theatre, as movies – even concerts – came cheaper; the first production that really excited him was Peter Brook's short and gory staging of Antonin Artaud's Spurt of Blood in the RSC's 1964 Theatre of Cruelty season.
- Veronica Horwell
They've always been distinguished actors, but Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have taken their fame to the next level - and a new, hip audience - with their recent foray into Internet culture. Theirs is a bromance for the ages, and the Brits are bringing their talents Stateside for a limited run of No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot on Broadway. Next up, the sirs return as their superhero alter egos - Stewart as Professor X, McKellen as Magneto - in X-Men: Days of Future Past. But first, the two took some time out of their packed schedules Friday »
- Michele Corriston
In a lengthy, supportive article about Page’s decision to come out – and in the manner in which she did so – The Guardian’s Jane Czyzselska wrote, "Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page’s coming out speech is newsworthy because a high-profile and surprisingly politically aware young actress has decided not to play by the rules that so many closeted Hollywood actors are advised to follow if they are to enjoy mainstream success.”
The problem is, Patrick is not gay. In fact, Stewart married 35-year-old jazz singer Sunny Ozell in September of last year in Lake Tahoe. Stewart is, however, a known supporter of the Lgbt community, and he did offer Page his support on Twitter.
“@EllenPage: Thank you @Hrc and »
Broadway’s New York Yankees love-fest Bronx Bombers, starring Peter Scolari as Yogi Berra, isn’t exactly pulling major-league numbers at the box office. In the first full week since its Feb. 6 opening, the new drama took in a measly $177,559, according to figures released by The Broadway League. That’s less than a quarter of the potential gross at Circle in the Square (one of Broadway’s smallest theaters) — and does not bode well for its future.
The biggest surprise this winter has been the season’s unlikeliest but very palpable hit(s): the Mark Rylance-led productions of »
- Thom Geier
Once Upon a Time has cast a Glinda for its Wizard of Oz story arc. TVLine reports that Sunny Mabrey has been picked to play the Good Witch.
Lifetime has announced that Drop Dead Diva will end with the upcoming sixth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. I just hope another show quickly steps in to fill the upcoming Brooke Elliott shortage on TV.
EW reports that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is set to appear on Shameless as Fiona‘s new boss. Judging from Morgan’s roles on Weeds, Supernatural and Watchmen, I’m already starting a deathwatch for his character.
- Lyle Masaki
Fact: Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan have the most enviable bromance in the history of everything. Just scroll down Stewart’s Twitter feed and you will see the thespian friends (“friendspians”?) donning their bowler hats from their Broadway production of Waiting For Godot to ring in the New Year together in style or hang out with Elmo in Times Square. They are homies forever, and what do homies do? Homies watch “football” together, traditional or American. Regardless of whether Stewart’s Seahawks or McKellan’s Broncos win, one thing is certain: these two will have a better Super Bowl viewing party than »
It is one of Beckett's most famous – and most startling – images. But what inspired the half-buried woman in Happy Days? His friend and biographer James Knowlson tracks down the first Winnies
Samuel Beckett was a passionate lover of art and a friend of many painters and sculptors. He loved Dutch and Flemish painting in particular – and art almost certainly inspired some of his most memorable theatrical images. Even his earliest plays, such as Waiting for Godot or Endgame, recall the old masters: the character Lucky in Godot may well remind you of a Brueghel grotesque; Estragon and Vladimir's physical antics echo scenes in Adriaen Brouwer's paintings ("Dear, dear Brouwer", Beckett called him); Hamm in Endgame appears to share genes with some portraits by Rembrandt, staring out at the viewer – Jacob Trip in his armchair, perhaps.
As for Beckett's late miniature works – recently revived by the Royal Court with a tour »
An Oscar nomination for best picture usually means more people flock to your film, and in the case of “Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Captain Phillips,” some of those eyeballs are from an unexpected overseas market.
All three of those titles are currently hot bootleg DVDs in Iran, said actor Peyman Moaadi, on the red carpet at the Sundance premiere of “Camp X-Ray,” where he plays a detainee in Guantanamo Bay opposite a sympathetic guard (Kristen Stewart).
He’d already seen “Gravity” on the small screen.
Mooadi, who flew from Tehran to Park City, Utah, to be at the premiere, made a splash in 2011 as the star of Asghar Farhadi’s critically-acclaimed drama “A Separation.” He said he’s currently on-stage in Iran in an adaptation of “Waiting for Godot.”
The new regime doesn’t crack down on cinema as long as “you don’t do anything against the regime or politics, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
If you didn’t get a chance to see Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in 2008′s Equus or the 2011 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, you’ve got another opportunity to catch the Boy Who Acted on the Great White Way.
Radcliffe will star in the title role in a Broadway mounting of Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, reprising his role from last year’s West End revival at the Noel Coward Theater. The entire cast from the Michael Grandage-directed revival will transfer to Broadway, where it will follow Patrick Stewart »
- Marc Snetiker
9 items from 2014
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