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Emma Thompson Slings Meat Pies As ‘Sweeney Todd’ Launches Commercial Partnership With English National Opera

21 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Emma Thompson and Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel will play Mrs. Lovett and the Demon Barber of Fleet Street this spring as the English National Opera begins a partnership with the GradeLinnit Company on a production of Sweeney Todd. The semi-staged mounting resembles the popular Encores! series at New York’s City Center as well as regular fund-raising concerts by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, which originated this production.

Actor-director Lonny Price, long associated with the musicals of Stephen Sondheim, will direct Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical thriller, the first show in what the two companies are billing as a major new long-term co-production venture.

The 13-performance run at Eno’s London Coliseum is slated to begin March 30, 2015, officially open the next night and run through April 12. The Eno orchestra, conducted by David Charles Abell, will appear on stage alongside the cast. Further casting will be announced shortly. »

- The Deadline Team

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Toronto: The Top 10 Films to Generate Buzz

12 September 2014 2:34 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald 

Managing Editor 

The Toronto International Film Festival ends Sunday and hundreds of films have been screened since the 11-day festival began. Throughout the years, Toronto has featured a number of Oscar hopefuls that have gone on to Oscar success. Just last year, best picture 12 Years a Slave (2013) was shown at Toronto (along with a number of other nominees). Hoping for the same success, some Tiff films have been met with instant Oscar chatter this year. Here are the top 10 films to generate buzz coming out of Tiff:

10. Maps to the StarsJulianne Moore’s role in David Cronenberg’s dark satire of life in Hollywood won her the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, but it doesn’t look like the role is being pushed towards an Oscar nomination. Though the film might not be heading to the Academy Awards, it has generated quite the »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Make a Plan: 2014 Fall Film Calendar

5 September 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

School is back in session, but weirdly, more movies will be coming out now than in the summer! Here's what you have to look forward to seeing:

September

Sept. 12: Dolphin Tale 2 (PG). After a young dolphin's surrogate mother passes, a team of people must find a new companion. Will a baby dolphin be the perfect fit?

Sept. 19: The Maze Runner (PG-13). A group of boys must find a way to escape the maze that keeps them trapped inside their community.

Sept. 26: The Boxtrolls (PG). Underground trash collectors and a young boy team up to stop an evil exterminator from destroying their home.

October

October 3: Left Behind. Following the Rapture, a group of survivors must determine how to protect themselves after the world plunges into total chaos.

Oct. 10: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG). Alexander wakes up and already knows »

- dbethke@fanlala.com (Dave B.)

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'66th Primetime Emmy Awards' Winners!

25 August 2014 5:32 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Today is the television industry's biggest event, with the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, airing live today, starting at 8 Pm Et/5 Pm Et on NBC. We'll be updating this story throughout the night with the latest winners, so keep checking back to find out who takes home The Emmy Awards this year. Some of these awards listed below were already handed out at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards earlier this month.

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

House of Cards

Mad Men

True Detective

Outstanding Comedy Series

Modern Family

The Big Bang Theory

Louie

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley

Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Breaking Bad &#8226 AMC &#8226 Sony Pictures Television - Bryan Cranston as Walter White

House of Cards &#8226 Netflix &#8226 Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix - »

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Watch Robin Williams accept his Oscar for ‘Good Will Hunting’

12 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

With Good Will Hunting surprising audiences in 1997 with its genuine tenderness and sharp wit, the world got to see the dramatic side of Robin Williams that showed itself every now and then. His role of Dr. Sean Maguire, a compassionate yet flawed therapist who has a great deal in common with the title character (Matt Damon), was so highly praised that he was a shoo-in for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Williams had been nominated for an Academy Award three times prior, but in 1998 he finally sealed the deal. When he got up on stage to accept his prize, he did what he did best: perform. He gave heartfelt thanks to his wife at the time and stars/scribes Damon and Ben Affleck saying, “Thank you Ben and Matt, I still want to see some I.D.” He even broke out a little Yiddish when thanking the Weinstein Company. »

- Randall Unger

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This Week on Stage: 'Sex With Strangers' with Anna Gunn, Dee Snider's puppet Bard

2 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Anna Gunn could very well win her second consecutive Emmy for Breaking Bad in about three weeks on the West Coast—but right now, she’s laying down some East Coast roots in Sex With Strangers, a new drama directed by David Schwimmer. The role is only the actress’s second major New York City stage part (she was in the supporting cast of The Rehearsal opposite Frances Conroy and Roger Rees back on Broadway in 1996), but the reviews for her and costar Billy Magnussen (soon to be seen in the long-awaited film of James Lapine/Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods; by the way, »

- Jason Clark

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The Lady in Room 309: How Elaine Stritch Understood New Yorkers Who Secretly Feel Like Frauds

17 July 2014 4:32 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Elaine Stritch wasn’t the star of Company, but she sure as hell made herself the star of its making-of documentary. Dean Jones and the rest of the actors be damned; the drama of her failure to master her big number, “The Ladies Who Lunch,” all but commandeers D.A. Pennebaker’s 1970 chronicle of the marathon recording sessions for the musical’s cast album. Muttering and grimacing, and looking in her bucket hat like a geezer at the end of a weeklong fishing trip, she keeps tripping over the notes and especially the feelings of the Stephen Sondheim showstopper, as if she were just learning it. Then, having begged for and been granted an expensive extra day to record, she returns all coiffed and made up and totally nails it. Presto, the film has its arc and its climax.She may not have done it on purpose, but that was Stritch »

- Jesse Green

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Stage And Screen Legend Elaine Stritch Dies At 89

17 July 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Elaine Stritch, one of the most unforgettable and acerbically funny actors of the Broadway stage, as well as the big and small screen, died at her home in Birmingham, Mich., on Thursday. She was 89.

A brash and beautiful presence who infused audiences with laughter even into her late eighties, Stritch is perhaps best known to young audiences as Colleen Donaghy, the mother of Alec Baldwin’s character on 30 Rock. Since the early 1950s, the actress had been entertaining audiences on the New York stage, racking up four Tony nominations. She was such a titan of Broadway that in 2003, in the late prime of her career, the New York Landmarks Conservancy declared Stritch a “Living Landmark.” She also won three Emmy awards between 1993 and 2007.

On Broadway, she was best known for her performance as Joanne in the Stephen Sondheim-penned musical Company and for stealing the show in Noel Coward’s »

- Jordan Adler

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Elaine Stritch: A toast to a stage legend

17 July 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

“I’d like to propose a toast.” They’re just six simple words introducing “The Ladies Who Lunch” in the musical Company, but they’re the six words that introduced the scene that got theater and cabaret audiences talking about Elaine Stritch, who died today at age 89.

This bit, which unfolds over about 12 minutes with the tension of an ace Hitchcock thriller, is about as apt a descriptor of Stritch’s legacy as any: In the benchmark 1971 D.A. Pennebaker documentary Company: Original Cast Album, Stritch famously tries to get through a marathon show album recording. Tugging at her hair with voice tired and weary, »

- Jason Clark

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Elaine Stritch, Broadway Star and '30 Rock' Fan Favorite, Dies at 89

17 July 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Beloved actress Elaine Stritch, a Broadway legend who in recent years earned attention for a brilliant recurring role on 30 Rock, died Thursday in her home in Birmingham, Michigan, The New York Times reports. She was 89.

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Stritch began her career in the mid-40s and arrived on Broadway in 1946 in the show Loco; but her career began to truly take off in the 1952 revival of Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and John O'Hara's Pal Joey. In 1961 she picked up her third Tony nomination for her staring role in the musical, »

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6 Essential Elaine Stritch Clips

17 July 2014 11:33 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Elaine Stritch, the Broadway legend and all-around volcano of a woman, has passed away at the age of 89. It's always tough to lose a beloved star, but it's especially grim when the star has absolutely no adequate contemporaries. Stritch's hyper-tough exterior and uproarious humor are without parallel, and now we encourage everybody to rise and watch these seven essential clips of her greatness.  1. The ultimate performance of "The Ladies Who Lunch" Here it is, the version of "The Ladies Who Lunch" from the 1970 production of "Company" that basically set a new Broadway standard. She is feral and unforgiving and cool as hell. Her performance has the taste of -- what else? -- a fast-gulped vodka stinger. 2. The ultimate Emmy speech "Elaine Stritch: At Liberty" is essential viewing, but if you want to boil Elaine's rancor and power down a single podium moment, here's what you need to see. She's dressed »

- Louis Virtel

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Acting Legend Elaine Stritch Dead At 89, A Family Friend Shares Her Memories

17 July 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Iconic actress and singer Elaine Stritch died at her home in Birmingham, Mich. on Thursday. She was 89 years old. Recent fans may know her best as the Jack Donaghy’s brash mother on 30 Rock, but her extensive career goes back to the 1940s. With her work spanning across television, film, and Broadway, she truly embodied the role of the performer.

Prior to returning to her home state due to ill health last year, Stritch was a fixture of New York City — in fact, the New York Landmarks Conservancy declared her a Living Landmark in 2003. She ruled Broadway with an iron voice, starting off as an understudy for the equally brassy Ethel Merman in 1950′s Call Me Madam. From there her star continued to ascend, taking roles in William Inge’s 1955 drama Bus Stop, Noël Coward‘s 1961 Sail Away, and Stephen Sondheim‘s 1970 musical Company, singing the immortal “Ladies Who Lunch. »

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Elaine Stritch Dead at 89

17 July 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

After a long, full, and varied career and a long, full, and varied life, Elaine Stritch passed away this morning. She was 89. Born in Detroit on February 2, 1925, Stritch left Michigan for New York to study at the New School's Dramatic Workshop alongside classmates Marlon Brando and Bea Arthur. She made her stage debut in 1944 and her Broadway debut in 1946, in Loco. She'd go on to a legendary stage career that included five Tony nominations, with her finally winning her first in 2002 for her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty. She is maybe best known for originating the role of Joanne in Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical Company. (Read a full, wonderful timeline of here career here.)Stritch, of course, had many notable roles in TV and movies, leading her to eight Emmy nominations and three wins. Most recently, she is possibly best known for playing Jack Donaghy's cantankerous »

- Jesse David Fox

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Elaine Stritch, Broadway Legend and TV Star, Dies

17 July 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Elaine Stritch - a showbiz survivor who at last became a household name in her 80s when she played Colleen Donaghy, the harridan mother of Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy, on TV's 30 Rock - died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Michigan, reports The New York Times. She was 89. Only last year, in failing health, she left New York to return to her home state of Michigan to be near relatives, though in the days leading up to her departure from her luxury Carlyle Hotel residence, The Times chronicled her nearly every hiccup - she was such a fixture of the city. »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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Elaine Stritch, Broadway Legend, Dead at 89

17 July 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Legendary stage and screen actress Elaine Stritch has died at the age of 89, TheWrap has confirmed. The Tony and Emmy winner died in her home in Birmingham, Mich. Stritch, whose stage career began in the 1940s, is perhaps known for her association with Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, his musical “Company” and the song “Ladies Who Lunch” in particular. She was nominated for a Tony for the original 1970 production. Before that, she also nabbed Tony nominations for William Inge's 1955 play “Bus Stop” and Noël Coward's 1961 musical “Sail Away.” She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of »

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Elaine Stritch, Acerbic Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89

17 July 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actress Elaine Stritch, star of Broadway hits including “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and “Show Boat,” who was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter, has died. She was 89.

Stritch, an atypical star of stage and screen known for her association with Stephen Sondheim, quickly gained a reputation for the worldly, acerbic wit that often defined her characters. In her one-woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” Stritch talked candidly about battling the bottle and her colorful, albeit destructive, love life. Her role as the drunk yet lucid Claire in “A Delicate Balance” earned her a 1996 Tony nomination for best actress. Roles in “Bus Stop,” “Sail Away” and “Company” snagged her three other noms while “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” won her the 2002 award for special theatrical event.

On television, Stritch was memorable late in her career for her recurring role on NBC’s “30 Rock” as the crusty, goofy »

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Elaine Stritch, Acerbic Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89

17 July 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress Elaine Stritch, star of Broadway hits including “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and “Show Boat,” who was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter, has died. She was 89.

Stritch, an atypical star of stage and screen known for her association with Stephen Sondheim, quickly gained a reputation for the worldly, acerbic wit that often defined her characters. In her one-woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” Stritch talked candidly about battling the bottle and her colorful, albeit destructive, love life. Her role as the drunk yet lucid Claire in “A Delicate Balance” earned her a 1996 Tony nomination for best actress. Roles in “Bus Stop,” “Sail Away” and “Company” snagged her three other noms while “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” won her the 2002 award for special theatrical event.

See Also: Elaine Stritch’s Career in Pictures

On television, Stritch was memorable late in her career for her recurring role »

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The Always Outrageous Elaine Stritch Is Dead

17 July 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

Jake Coyle, Associated Press

New York (AP) - Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She was 89.

Joseph Rosenthal, Stritch's longtime attorney, said the actress died Thursday of natural causes at her home in Birmingham, Michigan.

Although Stritch appeared in movies and on television, garnering three Emmys and finding new fans as Alec Baldwin's unforgiving mother on "30 Rock," she was best known for her stage work, particularly in her candid one-woman memoir, "Elaine Stritch: At Liberty," and in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Company."

A tart-tongued monument to New York show business endurance, Stritch worked well into her late 80s, most recently as Madame Armfeldt in a revival of Sondheim's musical "A Little Night Music." She replaced Angela Lansbury in 2010 to critical acclaim.

In 2013, Stritch - whose signature "no pants" style »

- The Associated Press

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Elaine Stritch, Broadway Legend, Dies At 89

16 July 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Elaine Stritch, the legendary Broadway actress and singer, died on Thursday at her Michigan home. She was 89.

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Stritch’s passing was confirmed by her friend Julie Keyes to The New York Times.

Stritch, a Detroit native, made her Broadway debut in 1946 in Jed Harris’ comedy Loco. She went on to earn Tony nominations for her inspired work in William Inge’s Bus Stop (1955), Noel Coward’s Sail Away (1961), Stephen Sondheim’s Company (1970), in which she sang one of her most enduring numbers – “The Ladies Who Lunch,” and Edward Albee play A Delicate Balance (1996). Stritch finally took home a Tony for her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty in 2001.

On the small screen, Stritch more recently appeared on Tina Fey’s 30 Rock, on which she played Jack Donaghy’s (Alec Baldwin) mother Colleen. Her recurring guest appearances earned her an Emmy in 2008. Stritch previously won Emmys for a »

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David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' to open 2014 New York Film Festival

16 July 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Filmmaker David Fincher has been away from the screen for a couple of years, since 2011's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" threatened to be a major Oscar force but settled for a handful of nods (and a surprising Best Film Editing victory). He's back this year with the Gillian Flynn adaptation "Gone Girl," which could be a major play for Fox as the studio looks to get its awards legs back after hitting a wall with "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" last year. Well, an opening night berth at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival is certainly a great way for the studio to set the stage. It's a nice, and really, expected fit for a few reasons. When Fincher opened the festival four years ago with his critically acclaimed film "The Social Network," that sort of kicked Nyff into gear as new personnel began to see the »

- Kristopher Tapley

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