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There are two upcoming movie musicals that, for a long time, I've wanted to make into motion pictures, should someone with money be willing to give me the funds to make them -- Into The Woods and The Last 5 Years. I'm both nervous and excited to see how directors Rob Marshall and Richard Lagravenese, respectfully, have interpreted the material I hold so close to my heart. I am especially nervous for Into The Woods, given Marshall's less than impressive track record. If someone is going to screw up something I cherish, it should be me. Of course, there are far more than two musicals I have a deep connection to. Some have already been made into films, like Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Les Miserables, but there is a vast collection of musicals I have thought could make fantastic films, but have never been made. »
- Mike Shutt
On today's episode we have a pair of reviews with the new Brad Pitt, World War II drama Fury as well as the new Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. On top of that we discuss Warner Bros/' big announcement of DC Comics movies, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's comments on superhero movies, Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Oscars and much more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
We're not sure we can remember the last time a husband and wife battled each other for no. 1 at the box office, but it looks like that's whats in store for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner this weekend. Affleck stars in "Gone Girl," the David Fincher's thriller which has already earned over $48 million in the U.S. and should find somewhere between $20-22 million in its second frame. Garner appears opposite Steve Carell in Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" which is also expected to earn between $20-24 million over the weekend. For "Girl" it will be the second time it's trying to sneak by a competitor after the 20th Century Fox flick beat "Annabelle" by just $378,000. The other new wide releases may be close, but likely won't be battling for no. 1. Universal Pictures' "Dracula Untold" is expected to pull in $18-20 million »
- Gregory Ellwood
Research company C4 has appointed Ben Spergel as executive vice-president of consumer insights, the company's chief executive Vincent Bruzzese said Monday. Spergel will oversee all of the company's online and offline research including screenings and ad testing. In addition he will engage with clients across the media and entertainment industry to develop innovative research solutions, and will be a key player in the launch of the company's new tracking products. “Ben's wealth of knowledge and expertise will be crucial to C4 as it launches new and innovative productions, taking the research industry into the next phase of analysis,” said Bruzzese. »
- Todd Cunningham
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
By Anjelica Oswald
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 Stars — Julianne 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
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:
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 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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave B.)
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
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
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
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
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
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.
- Jordan Adler
“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
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, »
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
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. »
- Jordan Runtagh
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
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
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 »
- Linda Ge
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 »
- Variety Staff
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