17 items from 2017
Before we get to the links please click on this photo to your left, the teaser poster for Yorgos Lanthimos's The Killing of a Sacred Deer. (Lanthimos last brought us the incredible The Lobster so we hope he's on a roll.) The poster is so beautiful we don't even mind that Nicole Kidman isn't on it! That's high praise if you haven't been paying attention.
Los Angeles Times Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars again in March. Same team this year, producers too.
Awards Daily keeping Oscar buzz alive all year for »
- NATHANIEL R
As it turned out, though, the scene was gone long before news of the Season 3 pickup — and Safran’s stepping down as showrunner — broke Monday evening.
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The final moments that aired found Alex going on the FBI/CIA-sanctioned lam after breaking the law in order to bring crooked President Roarke’s collaborator scheme to light. As »
Dedication to your craft is admirable but how about taking some time out for a little fun? Luckily, it’s spring and you’re in London, one of the greatest cities in the world, so why not seize the day and take advantage of what the capital has to offer? “Angels in America” comes to London.Getting tickets to the hit production of “Angels in America” may be difficult, but on July 17 you can hear its stars Nathan Lane and Russell Tovey chat about the “challenges and rewards” of starring in the seven-hour Tony Kushner masterwork. A must for any actor. (Tickets: £6) There’s a mouse in the house.You’ve worked hard all week, you deserve a little relaxation (or a lot). On May 20, London institution the Prince Charles Cinema is holding an all night Disney Pyjama Party, which means you can watch seven animated classics in public, all while wearing your pyjamas. »
The eight-episode series, which is currently in production, is produced by BBC Studios in partnership with London’s famous Old Vic theater, which will stage all eight 15-minute monologues in July ahead of their television transmission.
The series was commissioned by the BBC to mark the 50th anniversary this year of the U.K.’s landmark Sexual Offenses Act, which partially de-criminalized sex between men. The monologues, written by eight different new and established writers, including Gatiss, will explore some of the most poignant, funny, tragic and riotous moments of British gay history and the personal rites of passage of British gay men through the last 100 years.
“James Bond” star Whishaw, who won a BAFTA Television Award for best actor for his role as Richard II in “The Hollow Crown »
- Robert Mitchell
The Muse another movie that believes shark lives are worth less than dumb humans endangering themselves
Coming Soon The Glass Castle sets a release date for August. Yay. We love a counterprogrammed adult drama in the summer
Film School Rejects on the proliferation of streaming services. A bursting bubble?
EW First images of Naomi Watts in the Netflix series Gypsy
Film School Rejects on highlights from the Godfather 45th anniversary reunion -the original cast showed up!
- NATHANIEL R
While we will be discussing Tony nominations in the morning, there's also some excitement going on across the pond: the first London revival of Angels in America. Any revisit to Tony Kushner's masterpiece merits our highest enthusiasms, so let's pore over the first photos of the National Theatre production!
That's Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn to your left, a casting choice that I still argue is somewhat strange. However if there's a few necessary things Lane brings to the table, it's 1) his towering stage presence in roles that could swallow lesser actors whole and 2) impeccable comic chops - in Kushner's own notes, the play dies if its humor gets ignored.
If nothing else, it should be a small thrill to see a legend try to stretch their range onstage.
- Chris Feil
After winning the Oscar for 2014’s “Big Hero 6,” producer Roy Conli was lured to what seems to be a far-flung project: a Disneynature doc, “Born in China,” which explores the life cycles of wild pandas and other native Chinese wildlife. However, he said that it was less about the animals and more about their collective capacity to communicate complex emotions and ideas.
“I’ve always loved the structure of multiple stories,” said Conli, a longtime Disney Animation executive who famously mounted the premiere of “Angels in America” at the Mark Taper Forum in 1992. “There are multiple characters that you need to fall in love with, and they will add up to one story. That was the same with this. You had five species, but you concentrated on three animal families.”
- Bill Desowitz
According to the saying, when you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life—but even the most cultured, clued-in Londoner sometimes needs a little help. Fear not, Backstage is here with our essential round up of all things cultural, artistic and—whisper it—fun! Actors—London is ready. Are you? To go or not to go - is that even a question?Apparently there are no small parts, only small actors. Someone must have told writer Tom Stoppard, who took two of Shakespeare’s minor characters and gave them top billing in his 1966 play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”. It’s currently playing to packed houses at the Old Vic. And for one night only, on May 2, lead actors Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire will chat about bringing Hamlet’s hapless double act to life, giving lucky ticket holders a unique insight into this hit production. Not bad »
Warning: This post contains spoilers from Sunday’s Quantico.
The Farm team is down another agent.
Quantico showrunner Joshua Safran confirms to TVLine that this week’s episode-ending phone call — in which Harry contacts Alex, ostensibly to announce that he’s leaving the CIA-fbi task force but really because Sebastian is holding a gun on him — is leading into Russell Tovey’s departure from the show.
“It is definitely sad to lose Russell, momentarily at least,” the executive producer says. “Or maybe forever in the Quantico universe. But yes, this is an exit.”
To find out why Tovey’s time »
Funko has continued its stream of New York Toy Fair announcements by revealing that it will be heading to Westworld for a series of Pop! TV vinyl figures featuring characters from HBO’s acclaimed sci-fi drama, including Dr. Robert Ford, Dolores, The Man in Black, Bernard, Maeve, Young Ford, and Teddy; check them out here…
Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins (Academy Award® winner for “The Silence of the Lambs”; Academy Award® nominee for “Remains of the Day,” “Nixon,” “Amistad”), Ed Harris (Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee for HBO’s “Game Change”; Academy Award® nominee for “Pollock,” “Apollo 13”), Evan Rachel Wood (Golden Globe nominee for “Thirteen”; Emmy® and Golden Globe nominee for HBO’s “Mildred Pierce”), James Marsden »
- Amie Cranswick
Chris here, reminding you about an important revival coming across the pond. Tony Kushner's beloved Angels in America is getting a new production in London this spring, with probable Hacksaw Ridge Oscar nominee Andrew Garfield. But wait - it's also coming to cinemas!
The National Theatre production will be broadcast this summer with Part 1 on July 20 and Part 2 on July 21. Garfield will play Prior Walter, but he's not the only star power in the production. Joining him will be Russell Tovey and Nathan Lane as Joe Pitt and Roy Cohn, respectively. All of this casting feels slightly off for my Angels-obsessive mind, but that's not enough to diminish my excitement! Here's a first look at the cast, which also includes James McArdle and Denise Gough:
- Chris Feil
The Fantastic Mr Fox star showed his support for his co-star after the president-elect went on the attack over her Golden Globes speech
It turns out that president-elect Trump shares more opinions with those out-of-touch “liberal movie people” than he might like to acknowledge. After all, the view that Meryl Streep is an overrated actor was first expressed 12 years ago – by Meryl Streep herself. Picking up her 2004 Emmy for best actress in Angels in America, she admitted to the audience: “You know, there are some days when I myself think I am overrated.” This was met by the same cacophony of laughter that presumably greeted Trump’s tweets this week, in which he lambasted Streep as “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood”.
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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen
On TV, the 74th annual Golden Globes played like a never-ending valentine to “La La Land,” which landed seven awards — more than any other film in history. But inside the Beverly Hills ballroom, the three-hour dinner was more like a party on a cruise ship, with drinking, smoking, and lots of selfies. Here are 11 secrets from inside the Golden Globes.
1. How Jimmy Fallon lost the room
The momentum was on the “Tonight Show” host’s side — for all of five minutes. The pre-recorded introduction, which had Fallon belting his own version of a “La La Land” song, kicked off the evening on a high note. But the problem was, Fallon lost the room as soon as he went live and not just because his teleprompter failed. Presiding over the first major Hollywood gathering since Donald Trump’s election as president, Fallon’s political jokes were too soft. The laughter during »
- Ramin Setoodeh
On TV, the 74th annual Golden Globes doubled as a never-ending valentine to “La La Land,” which landed seven awards — more than any other film in history. But inside the Beverly Hills ballroom, the three-hour dinner was more like a party on a cruise ship, with drinking, smoking, and lots of selfies. Here are 11 secrets from inside the Golden Globes.
1. How Jimmy Fallon lost the room
The momentum was on the “Tonight Show” host’s side — for all of five minutes. The pre-recorded introduction, which had Fallon belting his own version of a “La La Land” song, kicked off the evening on a high note. But the problem was, Fallon lost the room as soon as he went live and not just because his teleprompter failed. Presiding over the first major Hollywood gathering since Donald Trump’s election as president, Fallon’s political jokes were too soft. The laughter during the monologue was more muted than it »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Meryl Streep may reign over the Oscars, but her real kingdom is the Golden Globes.
Her nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins this year -- as Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical -- marks her 30th in 38 years. She will also receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the first person to get that honor in the same year as a nomination in over two decades. (Sophia Loren managed it in 1995.)
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Ahead of tonight's show -- which will no doubt provide at least one more "Yas, Meryl! Yaaas!" moment -- here are 13 reasons why she is and will forever be the Queen of the Golden Globes:
1. She earned her first nomination in 1979 as Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Deer Hunter. (She lost to Dyan Cannon for Heaven Can Wait.) Meryl was nominated »
Everyone talks about Meryl Streep’s record-setting number of Academy Award nominations, but perhaps even more impressive is the number of Golden Globe Award nominations she’s received: 30, as of this year, with her latest nod for Florence Foster Jenkins.
In fact, the Hollywood Foreign Press seems to be so enamored with Streep that they’ll give her a nomination for pretty much anything (even Mamma Mia!). And now, they’re finally giving her the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.
In honor of Streep’s incredible feat — only Jack Lemmon has even come close, with »
The 74th Golden Globe Awards are just around the corner, and Hollywood’s favorite golden girl is nominated once again!
Legendary actress Meryl Streep has scored a record-breaking 30th nod — more than any other actor in the history of the Globes. Since 1979, the actress has consistently racked up nods for her acting throughout her lengthy career. In fact, Streep has only been kept off the ballot just 12 years out of the 37 since her first nod — doubling up on nominations in 2003, 2009 and 2010.
Take a look back on her long history with the Globes, and a beginning steeped in tragedy.
Triumph Amid »
17 items from 2017
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