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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Seagull’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Seagull’
Why is it that in cinema, remakes are so often reviled, whereas on stage, each new production of a classic play brings a fresh wave of anticipation, as we wonder how the director and cast might choose to interpret the characters this time around, and thrill to the idea of watching the material brought to life again? That question is further complicated in the case of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” since no definitive big-screen adaptation of the 1896 play exists. Sadly, that will not change with the arrival of director Michael Mayer’s latest attempt, despite the tantalizing prospect of seeing actresses as great as Saoirse Ronan, Elizabeth Moss, and Annette Bening in the three leading female roles.

Whether you know the play well or are experiencing it for the first time, you may well find yourself asking, what was Mayer hoping to achieve? Despite the gift of Chekhov’s
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Michelle Williams movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘My Week with Marilyn’

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Michelle Williams movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘My Week with Marilyn’
Michelle Williams has always gone her own way. The Montana-born actress was legally emancipated from her parents at age 15 so that she could better pursue her acting career and pursue it she did. By age 18, she was starring in the popular TV drama “Dawson’s Creek,” in which she played Meg, a loose big-city teen who relocates to small-town life. In her time away from the TV series, she acted in many small independent films, none of which connected until 2003, when one finally did — Tom McCarthy‘s “The Station Agent,” in which she played a small-town librarian who becomes close to a socially-withdrawn dwarf (Peter Dinklage). That performance earned Williams her first SAG Awards nomination for Best Ensemble.

SEEWho is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [Poll]

From there Williams’ film career took off with powerful performances in such films as “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Blue Valentine
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Michael Zegen on How He Keeps His Composure on the ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Set

Michael Zegen on How He Keeps His Composure on the ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Set
Michael Zegen just began filming the second season of the Golden Globe-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” in which he plays Midge’s husband, Joel. But he also has a big-screen appearance on the docket, playing Mikhail in a star-studded adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull.”

The Jewish family dynamic is a major theme in “Mrs. Maisel.” How does coming from one yourself inform how you approach those scenes?

It’s certainly something that I understand and something I connect with, so that was part of the reason why I wanted the show so badly — I knew that world. It
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Michael Zegen on How He Keeps His Composure on the ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Set

Michael Zegen on How He Keeps His Composure on the ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Set
Michael Zegen just began filming the second season of the Golden Globe-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” in which he plays Midge’s husband, Joel. But he also has a big-screen appearance on the docket, playing Mikhail in a star-studded adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull.”

The Jewish family dynamic is a major theme in “Mrs. Maisel.” How does coming from one yourself inform how you approach those scenes?

It’s certainly something that I understand and something I connect with, so that was part of the reason why I wanted the show so badly — I knew that world. It’s not something I want to get typecast with. I’d like to branch out a little bit, but when it’s something this good, it really doesn’t matter.

How do you keep your composure during serious scenes while Rachel Brosnahan throws funny one-liners?

The whole environment is funny.
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Academy Brings Architect Renzo Piano to N.Y. to Tout Movie Museum Plans

Academy Brings Architect Renzo Piano to N.Y. to Tout Movie Museum Plans
Ninety years after Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford first floated the idea of creating a museum for the movie business, the completion of Hollywood’s first major movie museum is finally nearing. Architect Renzo Piano and officials from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences traveled to Manhattan Monday to preview the project for East Coast press.

After fits and starts, funding headaches and clashing visions, the 300,000-square-foot Academy Museum will open in mid-2019. Its backers, AMPAS, better known as the group that hands the Oscars, promise that the museum will be an immersive experience that will feature everything from screenings to talks to props and items from iconic movies.

“It’s much more than a museum,” said Academy Museum director Kerry Brougher at the Plaza Hotel. “It’s a hub for film lovers…to come and experience film in different ways.”

The museum will cost in excess of
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Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ Dies at 86

Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ Dies at 86
Czech-born director Milos Forman, who won best directing Oscars for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus,” has died. He was 86.

Forman died Friday in the U.S. after a brief illness, his wife, Martina, told the Czech news agency Ctk. She said that “his departure was calm, and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends.”

Having made just one American film at the time, the ironic comedy “Taking Off” (1971), which won critical acclaim but failed to connect with audiences, Forman seemed an unlikely choice to direct the adaptation of Ken Kesey’s countercultural novel “Cuckoo’s Nest.”
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Tribeca Film Festival: 5 Titles to Watch for Theater Fans

In late April, theater lovers devote most of their attention to the clutch of Broadway shows rushing to open before the eligibility cutoff for Tony nominations. But this year fans should be keeping an eye on things downtown too: New projects by or about Broadway talent aren’t onstage. They’re at a film festival — the Tribeca Film Festival (running April 18-29), where Terrence McNally, Howard Ashman, Michael Mayer and Stephen Karam are all in the mix.

Every Act of Life (pictured top)

Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross’ documentary, making its world premiere at the festival, chronicles the life of McNally, the veteran, out-and-proud playwright and four-time Tony winner behind “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Ragtime,” “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and more. The biopic — which counts Audra McDonald, Christine Baranski, Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep and Bryan Cranston among those involved — touches on everything from McNally’s romance with Edward Albee to
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Jane Seymour To Be Honored At 30th Annual Colleagues Spring Luncheon

The 30th Annual Colleagues Spring Luncheon will honor Jane Seymour with The Colleagues Champion of Children Award and Oscar de la Renta’s (Odlr) Co-Creative Directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for their contribution to American design.

Actor Joe Lando will be presenting Seymour with her award which honors her lasting impact on the lives of children. Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild will be presenting Kim & Garcia with their award to salute their continued contributions to American design, the world of fashion and recognize the House of Oscar De La Renta for their longstanding partnership with the Los Angeles Colleagues and their tradition of philanthropy through fashion. Kim and Garcia were an essential part of Oscars legacy and are now managing the future of one of the most revered international design houses and launching their own complex and utterly original design house at the same time.

The luncheon will
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Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison in talks for CIA drama The Torture Report

Deadline is reporting that Annette Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Jon Hamm (Baby Driver) and Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time) are all in talks to star in Vice Studios’ upcoming CIA drama The Torture Report, which is being written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, screenwriter on The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion.

The project is set to explore the CIA’s interrogation program following 9/11, which, as revealed by a 500+ report from the U.S. Senate Select Intelligence Committee, included extreme torture tactics and techniques performed on detainees in the War on Terror.

Bening will next be seen the drama The Seagull, while Driver has Black Klansman and Star Wars: Episode IX on his upcoming slate. Hamm appears in the Warner Bros. comedy Tag and Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale, and Morrison recently made her directorial debut with Sun Dogs,
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Bruce Dern and Michelle Williams: Who are the actors and actresses most overdue to win an Oscar?

As all of you fine ladies and gentlemen know by now, possibly from reading this article every year, plenty of folks in the industry can go a whole career without ever winning an Oscar. As such, that makes for a ton of heavyweights in Hollywood who are very overdue for wins. Much like I did in the last week or so with people who have never been nominated, I’m going to be citing today ten actors or actresses who have yet to win Oscars but deserve to already have one on their mantle. All of these previous nominees were in contention at some point pretty recently, believe it or not, and many will hopefully be winners within the next few years. Keep in mind that this is just my humble opinion, but take a look below at who I think is the most overdue for a little gold man…
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Bourne Ultimatum Writer Lines Up Big Name Cast For New CIA Drama

Bourne Ultimatum writer Scott Z. Burns has lined up a big-name cast, including Annette Bening, Adam Driver and Jon Hamm, for his new CIA drama The Torture Report. Unlike Bourne Ultimatum, this depiction of the CIA derives from reality. Vice Studios will produce the film which centers on the CIA’s very real post-9/11 rendition and interrogation program, an effort which came under intense scrutiny from the press and Congress.
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Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm in Talks for CIA Drama ‘Torture Report’

Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm in Talks for CIA Drama ‘Torture Report’
Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm, and Jennifer Morrison are in negotiations to star in CIA drama “The Torture Report.”

Scott Z. Burns is directing from his own script. Vice Studios is producing and financing for the project, which centers on the CIA’s extreme interrogation program on detainees following the 9/11 attacks.

Along with Burns, producers are Danny Gabai, Eddy Moretti, Jennifer Fox, Michael Sugar, Steven Soderbergh, and Kerry Orent. UTA is repping North American rights to the film.

Burns has written screenplays for “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Informant!,” “Contagion,” and “Side Effects.” He was a producer on “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2006.

Bening starred in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” and “The Seagull,” which will premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. Driver will again portray Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: Episode IX” and is also set for Spike Lee’s “Black Klansman.
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Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Morrison In Talks To Join Scott Z. Burns’ CIA Drama From Vice Studios

Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Morrison In Talks To Join Scott Z. Burns’ CIA Drama From Vice Studios
Exclusive: Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison are all in talks to star in a CIA drama tentatively titled The Torture Report, which will be written and directed by The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion scribe Scott Z. Burns. Vice Studios is handling the financing for this project, which focuses on the CIA's rendition and interrogation program following 9/11. Back in December 2014, the U.S. Senate Select Intelligence Committee released a 500+ page…
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Glenn Close and the next Best Actress competition

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Glenn Close is "The Wife"

Happy news to share or remind you of if you've already known (this is not a 'breaking news' specific post, just newsy). Sony Pictures Classic is Not waiting until the dread last weekend of the year to release the new Glenn Close vehicle The Wife.  (Post Christmas releases in Los Angeles and New York rarely work for Oscar hopefuls but studios have been loathe to give them up, hoping that Oscar fever will rescue their commercial prospects despite not putting the effort in of releasing them before Christmas). The post Christmas pray-for-a-midnight-miracle attempt is what doomed Annette Bening's chances two years in a row for Best Actress nominations (20th Century Women and Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool were released on December 28th and December 29th respectively in 2016 and 2017).

No, The Wife is trying the summer player / Best Actress momentum game
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Meet the Star-Studded Cast of Life Itself, aka This Is Us The Movie

If you're a This Is Us fan, you're in for a real treat this Fall: you'll get the chance to watch the show's third season and indulge in creator Dan Fogelman's latest film, Life Itself.

The drama-packed teaser and its sad indie track already let us know that the movie is going to be an emotional rollercoaster, so stock up on your tissue supplies! Similar to how the stories in This Is Us stem from Jack and Rebecca, the events in the film circle around Will and Mary, who are played by Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde.

Isaac and Wilde aren't the only major stars in the movie, though. The cast is seriously star-studded, boasting talents like Annette Bening and Samuel L. Jackson. Until we're finally able to watch the movie in September, here's the scoop on everything we know about the cast members and their characters
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Glenn Close (‘The Wife’) voted most overdue for an Oscar in 2019 after 6 losses [Poll Results]

Glenn Close (‘The Wife’) voted most overdue for an Oscar in 2019 after 6 losses [Poll Results]
Glenn Close is your choice for the most overdue for an Oscar and it isn’t even … close. Gold Derby’s poll asking you to vote for the person who needs an Oscar the most among frequent nominees was a runaway for six-time nominee Close, even though she technically hasn’t racked up the most nominations. Will her upcoming role in “The Wife” put an end to her Oscar losing streak?

SEEReflecting on Meryl Streep’s record 21 Oscar nominations and celebrating her 3 wins (to date)

Close won our poll with 35% of the vote, while a pair of five-time nominees, Amy Adams and writer-director Christopher Nolan, rallied with 19% and 15%, respectively. Next was Annette Bening (four noms) at 9% and writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (eight noms) at 8%.

Further down we had 6% for Michelle Williams (four noms), 5% for composer Thomas Newman (14 noms) and 2% for sound mixer Greg P. Russell (16 noms). Tying for last on
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Phyllis Nagy to Write and Direct “The Vanished” for Cj Entertainment

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Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy is best known for her adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s best-selling novel “Carol.” Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Nagy has signed on to both write and direct another adaptation, this time tackling an original work by journalist Lena Mauger and photographer Stephan Remeal.

Mauger and Remeal’s “The Vanished” investigates the annual disappearance of nearly 100,000 citizens throughout Japan. These “johatsu” (“evaporated”) become overwhelmed by “feelings of shame and hopelessness” due to failing careers, familial strains, or debt. They then seemingly vanish without a trace.

Nagy has stressed how the original work and its accompanying images have moved her. “Those who are disenfranchised, who have no voice, who are, in fact, wiped clean from the rolls of our collective society — these narratives, though specific to Japan, increasingly find their terrible parallels in all corners of the world,” she said. “And these global connections
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'Carol' Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy to Direct 'The Vanished' for CJ Entertainment (Exclusive)

'Carol' Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy to Direct 'The Vanished' for CJ Entertainment (Exclusive)
Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy has signed on to write and direct a feature film adaptation of the best-selling non-fiction book The Vanished[/link] for South Korean powerhouse CJ Entertainment.

Nagy is best known for her screenplay for Todd Haynes' 2016 film Carol, for which she was nominated for a best adapted screenplay Oscar. She also was nominated for two primetime Emmys in 2006 for writing and directing Mrs. Harris, the HBO film starring Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley.

Written by journalist Lena Mauger and photographer Stephane Remael, The Vanished tells the haunting true story of the disappearance of people in...
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Elisabeth Moss Joins Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in Crime Drama “The Kitchen”

Moss in “Top of the Lake”

Andrea Berloff’s directorial debut just added even more star power. With Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish already on board, “The Kitchen” now counts Elisabeth Moss among its cast. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news. The mob drama is slated to hit theaters September 20, 2019.

An adaptation of the DC/Vertigo comic book series of the same name, “The Kitchen” is set in 1970s Hell’s Kitchen, New York. The New Line pic centers on the wives of Irish mobsters. The women step in to fill their husband’s shoes after an FBI sweep lands the men in prison.

“McCarthy will play an adoring mother who leads the women’s charge to take over the business, while Haddish will portray a woman willing to kill anyone in the way of her plan,” the source reveals. “Moss will play a timid wife of an abusive husband
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Trailer Binge: ‘Borg vs. McEnroe’, ‘Adrift’, ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ Lego Trailer, ‘6 Balloons’, ‘Life Itself’ & ‘Sun Dogs’

Welcome to Trailer Binge, a recurring feature where we get a chance to catch up on some of the recent trailer releases in the past week. Whether it be indie releases, or recent movie and TV trailers that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks, Trailer Binge allows us to catch up on the seemingly constant onslaught of new new content being released each week.

In this edition of Trailer Binge, we take a look at new trailers for Borg vs. McEnroe, Adrift, 6 Balloons, Life Itself, Sun Dogs and a cool trailer Lego trailer for the upcoming Pacific Rim: Uprising. Let’s start binging!

‘Borg vs. McEnroe’ Trailer

Borg vs. McEnroe stars Shia Labeouf, Sverrir Gudnason, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny, and Robert Emms. Janus Metz Pedersen directs from a screenplay written by Ronnie Sandahl, and the film is set to hit theaters on April 13, 2018.

Borg Vs. McEnroe tells the
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