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Laurie Metcalf would make Tony Awards history with win for ‘Three Tall Women’

Laurie Metcalf would make Tony Awards history with win for ‘Three Tall Women’
Three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”) won her first Tony Award only last year but could well add a second one to her crowded mantle this Sunday. This would be a nice makeup award for Metcalf who lost a close Supporting Actress Oscar race this year for her performance in “Lady Bird” to Allison Janney for “I, Tonya.”

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Last season Metcalf took home the Best Actress in a Play Tony Award for her bravura performance in “A Doll’s House Part 2” which told the story of what happened to Ibsen’s heroine in the years after she walked out on her husband. This season Metcalf has returned to Broadway in an acclaimed revival of Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.” With Glenda Jackson all but certain to win her first Tony up in the lead race,
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Tina Fey (‘SNL’) could set record for most wins in Best Comedy Guest Actress Emmy category

Tina Fey (‘SNL’) could set record for most wins in Best Comedy Guest Actress Emmy category
Tina Fey hasn’t even hosted “Saturday Night Live” yet, but our pundits have her atop our Best Comedy Guest Actress Emmy predictions already. If she does indeed win, the former “SNL” head writer will stand alone with a record three victories in the category.

Fey has two guest Emmys at home for “SNL,” winning in 2009 on the strength of her Sarah Palin impersonation and in 2016 for co-hosting with Amy Poehler. She’s in a seven-way tie with Colleen Dewhurst, Kathryn Joosten, Cloris Leachman, Jean Smart, Tracy Ullman and Betty White with two wins.

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Fey is scheduled to host the season finale of “SNL” on May 19 and will surely be one of the show’s main priorities in the category. And it’s certainly not presumptuous to think she’ll make the cut sight unseen; she’s an Emmy
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Jeff Daniels: Will he earn 2 Emmys this year for ‘The Looming Tower’ and ‘Godless’?

Jeff Daniels: Will he earn 2 Emmys this year for ‘The Looming Tower’ and ‘Godless’?
Jeff Daniels could be on the verge of joining an exclusive Emmy club. The actor already has a Best Drama Actor award for his work on “The Newsroom” but this year he could actually add two more to his total. Daniels is currently earning Emmy buzz for his performances in two recent limited series. He’s a Best Movie/Mini Actor candidate for Hulu’s “The Looming Tower” and a Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor contender for Netflix’s “Godless.”

The Looming Tower” tells the story of the rivalry between the FBI and CIA in the late 1990s and how that may have led to 9/11. “Godless” is a western miniseries for Netflix which casts Daniels as one of its bad guys. See 2018 Emmy odds and rankings.

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Should Daniels win both awards it wouldn’t be the first
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Emmys: Laura Dern could be first back-to-back limited series/TV movie supporting actress champ for two projects

Emmys: Laura Dern could be first back-to-back limited series/TV movie supporting actress champ for two projects
Laura Dern won her first Emmy last year for Best Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress for “Big Little Lies” and she might not have to wait long for a second: She is currently our odds-on favorite to defend her crown with “Twin Peaks.” If she pulls it off, Dern would be the category’s first back-to-back winner for different programs.

Since the award is for short-run shows or TV films, naturally, there is not a whole lot of repeat champs. Only five people have won the category twice — one fewer than the amount of Best Comedy Actress Emmys Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won for “Veep.” Only one of those five, Regina King, won it back-to-back, but she did so for the same show, “American Crime,” albeit for different characters.

See ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 first look: All’s well between Madeline and Renata… for now [Photo]

The other two-time champs are Colleen Dewhurst (“Between Two Women,
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Clifford Stevens, Paradigm Founding Partner, Dies at 82

Clifford Stevens, an influential agent on Broadway and a founding partner at Paradigm, died over the weekend in New York City, the talent agency announced. He was 82.

Stevens shepherded the careers of such actors as Colleen Dewhurst, James Earl Jones, Lauren Bacall, Andy Garcia, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Robards, Kenneth Branagh, Campbell Scott, Michael Gambon, Glenn Close, George Hearn, Len Cariou, Brian Bedford and George Grizzard and designers like Santo Loquasto and Desmond Heeley.

"Clifford will always be known as one of the great gentleman agents," Paradigm chairman and CEO Sam Gores said in a statement. "He brought insight, humor,...
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Clifford Stevens, Paradigm Founding Partner, Dies at 82

Clifford Stevens, an influential agent on Broadway and a founding partner at Paradigm, died over the weekend in New York City, the talent agency announced. He was 82.

Stevens shepherded the careers of such actors as Colleen Dewhurst, James Earl Jones, Lauren Bacall, Andy Garcia, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Robards, Kenneth Branagh, Campbell Scott, Michael Gambon, Glenn Close, George Hearn, Len Cariou, Brian Bedford and George Grizzard and designers like Santo Loquasto and Desmond Heeley.

"Clifford will always be known as one of the great gentleman agents," Paradigm chairman and CEO Sam Gores said in a statement. "He brought insight, humor,...
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Meryl Streep in ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’: A look back at her first Oscar win and the competition

Meryl Streep in ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’: A look back at her first Oscar win and the competition
This article marks Part 2 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1978, Meryl Streep, already renowned for her work on the New York stage, grabbed the attention of moviegoers across the country with her Oscar-nominated turn in the Best Picture champ “The Deer Hunter.” That year, however, would seem minor in comparison to what was on the horizon in 1979.

Streep was about to work with three of the decade’s hottest directors – Woody Allen, at his most in-demand after “Annie Hall” (1977) and “Interiors” (1978); Robert Benton, whose “The Late Show” (1977) was a big hit; and Jerry Schatzberg, who won critical acclaim with “The Panic in Needle Park” (1971) and “Scarecrow” (1973).

The resulting trio of Allen’s “Manhattan,” Benton’s “Kramer vs.
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Decoy aka Policewoman Decoy

Unsung actress Beverly Garland becomes TV’s first lady cop, in what’s claimed to be the first TV show filmed on the streets of New York City. This one-season wonder from 1957 has vintage locations, fairly tough-minded storylines and solid performances, from Bev and a vast gallery of stage and TV actors on the way up.

Decoy

(Policewoman Decoy)

TV Series

DVD

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1957-’58 / B&W / 1:33 flat full frame (TV) / 39 x 30 min. / Street Date May 30, 2017 / 19.98

Starring: Beverly Garland

Art Direction (some episodes): Mel Bourne

Original Music: Wladimir Selinsky

Written by Lillian Andrews, Nicholas E. Baehr, Cy Chermak, Jerome Coopersmith, Don Ettlinger, Frances Frankel, Steven Gardner, Abram S. Ginnes, Mel Goldberg, Saul Levitt, Leon Tokatyan

Produced by Arthur H. Singer, David Alexander, Stuart Rosenberg, Everett Rosenthal

Directed by Teddy Sills, Stuart Rosenberg, David Alexander, Michael Gordon, Don Medford, Arthur H. Singer, Marc Daniels

How did I experience
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Review: "McQ" (1974) Starring John Wayne; Warner Home Video Blu-ray Release

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By Lee Pfeiffer

By 1974 John Wayne was in the twilight of his long, distinguished film career that had spanned six decades. Although the genre that we associate him most with, the Western, was still in vogue, the trend among audience preferences had clearly shifted to urban crime dramas. Surprisingly, Wayne had never played a cop or detective - unless you want to count his role in the lamentable "Big Jim McLain", a 1952 Warner Brothers propaganda film that served as a love letter to Sen. Joseph McCarthy. In that turkey, Wayne played an investigator for Huac, the House UnAmerican Activities Committee that served as McCarthy's private police force, presumably searching out commie infiltrators. All they ended up doing was ruining the lives of left-wing people in the arts and academia. Wayne, for his part, remained unapologetic for his support of Huac even after McCarthy's popularity plummeted and he ended his career in shame and disgrace.
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Ken Burns’ The Civil War

Ken Burns and Co. made a big splash with this historical docu miniseries that in 1990 gripped the imagination of the whole country. Eleven hours of history are a breeze when presented in what was then a new form: authentic photos and paintings accompanied by actorly recitals of letters and documents from the era. It all comes to life. The people enduring the War Between the States seem just like us, as if it all happened yesterday. The Civil War DVD PBS Video 1990 / Color + B&W / 1:33 flat / 11 hours, 20 min. / 25th Anniversary Edition / Street Date October 13, 2015 / 99.99 Starring Shelby Foote, Ed Bearss, Barbara Fields, James Symington, Stephen B. Oates, William Safire, Daisy Turner and the voices of Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, Paul Roebling, Garrison Keillor, David McCullough (narrator), Arthur Miller, Charles McDowell, Horton Foote, George Plimpton, Philip Bosco, Jody Powell, Studs Terkel, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.,
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Review: "When A Stranger Calls" (1979) Starring Carol Kane And Charles Durning; Region 4 Blu-ray Release

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By Todd Garbarini

Just after the school year ended in June 1984, I went to a friend’s house on a Friday night to watch the premiere of Carlin on Campus, an HBO concert of one of my favorite comedians, the legendary George Carlin. When the concert was over, my friend switched around until he reached NBC-tv. They were airing When A Stranger Calls, a 1979 thriller starring Carol Kane, Charles Durning, and Colleen Dewhurst. I saw the film from the beginning, and the first twenty or so minutes had me utterly captivated. It presented a scenario that I found to be terrifying, and apparently so did Rex Reed, whose proclamation “some of the most terrifying sequences ever filmed” was used in the newspaper ads. I thought it was so original – until I saw Bob Clark’s frightening Black Christmas (1974) four years later and saw where the “inspiration” may have come from.
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Top 100 Horror Movies: How Truly Horrific Are They?

Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman,
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R.I.P. Stuart Vaughan, Directed Al Pacino, Colleen Dewhurst For Joseph Papp

Stuart Vaughan, a theater director who shared Joseph Papp’s passion for Shakespeare and staged several of the New York Shakespeare Festival’s inaugural productions with such stars (and future stars) as Al Pacino, Colleen Dewhurst, Elizabeth McGovern and Martin Sheen, died of cancer June 10 at home in High Bridge, NJ, the New York Times reported today. He was 88. His partnership with Papp went back to the Shakespeare Festival’s first productions at an outdoor amphitheater on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In 1956 Papp hired him to stage Julius Caesar and The Taming Of The Shrew. The latter production resulted in Dewhurst’s […]
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Interviews: Barbara Feldon, Bernie Kopell ‘Get Smart’ at The Hollywood Show

Chicago – The TV show “Get Smart,” which had its original run on the NBC network from 1965-1970, was an oddball classic. Created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, the sitcom was a goofy satire on cold war politics of the 1960s, with a hapless operative named Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) working for the Control agency, spying against a foreign menace called Kaos. Barbara Feldon (Agent 99) and Bernie Kopell (Sigfried) were part of the supporting cast.

Feldon and Kopell were also part of The Hollywood Show, a two day gathering of favorite TV and movie stars to meet fans and sign autographs. The next show in Chicagoland will be at the Hilton Rosemont on September 7th and 8th, 2013 (details below the article). The Show will have over 30 celebrities in attendance, including Barbara Eden and Bill Daily (“I Dream of Jeannie”); Tippi Hedren (“The Birds”); Barry Livingston, Stanley Livingston and Tina Cole
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You Already Know Her Face, But Meet Beth Grant

You Already Know Her Face, But Meet Beth Grant
If you saw Beth Grant on the street, you'd probably recognize her ... but you might not know from where.

"Frequently, over the years people have thought that they know me," Grant told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. "Every character actor has this story, I'm sure. It goes like this: 'Um, do you play soccer?' 'Did you go to such and such church?' 'I knew you when you were with so and so ... ' Then I go, 'Well, sorry ...' and then they say, 'Wait a minute. Are you an actor?' and I say yes. Then they go, 'Were you in so and so?' I go, 'No, no, no.' Pretty soon you want to go to the car and get your resume and give it to them."

It's clear the public knows Grant's face from her various roles, even if they don't know her name.
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Charles Durning Dies

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Charles Durning Dies
Charles Durning, the versatile character actor whose friendly face and full form was recognizable to movie audiences since the mid-'70s, died of natural causes at his Manhattan home Dec. 24, his agent confirmed. He was 89. Among his roles: The corrupt cop in The Sting, the show-stopping Governor in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (for which he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar), Jessica Lange's father and Dustin Hoffman's love-smitten suitor in Tootsie, a buffoon of a German officer in To Be Or Not to Be (another Oscar nod) and Warren Beatty's law-enforcement boss in Dick Tracy. His range of real-life roles was even broader. Durning, a genuine World War II hero with the Purple Hearts to prove it, worked in a button factory, taught ballroom dancing, sung on radio, trained as a stockbroker and painted bridges. According to a 1990 People profile, at the time he played Big Daddy to Kathleen Turner's Maggie the Cat in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, During had been on his own since age 16, when he left home because his widowed mother, Louise, was having trouble supporting five kids on the money she earned laundering cadets' uniforms at West Point. (His father, an Army sergeant, died when Durning was 12.)
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Photo Blast From The Past: Colleen Dewhurst

Today, we're featuring Colleen Dewhurst in 1990. Duhurst was known most for theatre roles , and for a while as the Queen of Off-Broadway. She was a renowned interpreter of the works of Eugene ONeill on the stage, and her career also encompassed film, early dramas on live television, and Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. She was also renowned for her television work playing Marilla Cuthbert in the Kevin Sullivan TV movie adaptations of the Anne of Green Gables series and her reprisal of the role in the subsequent TV series Road to Avonlea.
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Book Review: "Dropped Names: Famous Men And Women As I Knew Them" By Frank Langella

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By Harvey Chartrand

Frank Langella played an aging writer in Starting Out in the Evening (2007). Who would have figured this for typecasting?

In his superb memoir, Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them (HarperCollins), Langella reveals that he is an incomparable memoirist and storyteller, recalling his encounters with scores of luminaries from the world of entertainment in a career spanning half a century. All of these luminaries are deceased and the cast of characters is listed “by order of disappearance”. Just as well, as many of the revelations are quite shocking.

Langella must be the most sociable and congenial actor on the planet, as the busyness of his social and professional lives and the breadth and depth of his friendships, romantic liaisons and acquaintances are very impressive indeed. He met Marilyn Monroe in 1953. She stepped out of a limousine and said “hi” to the adolescent from Bayonne,
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The Amazing Spider Man 2012: The Lizard Menaces Emma Stone

The Amazing Spider-Man: Martin Sheen and Sally Field seize The Lizard‘s skateboard In this The Amazing Spider-Man clip you get to see The Lizard — well, at least his silhouette. Much more in evidence is Emma Stone, who hides under a desk (I think) so as not to be detected by the long-tailed intruder. Do things go as planned? Well, have you ever watched a movie in your life? If you have, you know where The Amazing Spider-Man clip is headed long before you finish watching it. (Please scroll down.) The Amazing Spider-Man opens July 3. (500) Days of Summer’s Marc Webb directed from a screenplay by Spider-Man 2 / Spider-Man 3’s Alvin Sargent, Zodiac‘s James Vanderbilt, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2Steve Kloves. In addition to Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, and Rhys Ifans as The Lizard, The Amazing Spider-Man features
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Andrew Garfield/The Amazing Spider-man Trailer 3: Haunted Son

Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man trailer "This life is not an easy one," says Andrew Garfield / Peter Parker in this latest The Amazing Spider-Man trailer. (Please scroll down.) "I’ve made enemies,” adds Parker / Garfield. “Powerful enemies. I’ve put those I love in danger. But the one thing that has haunted me my entire life is finding the truth about my parents." One of Peter Parker’s (aka Spider-Man’s) enemies is The Lizard (Rhys Ifans). Another is Emma Stone’s father, who has 500 cops looking for poor Peter. With The Lizard, the monolithic Oscorp Corporation, and the useless cops after him, what’s a DC superhero to do? Call Marvel’s The Avengers? Nope. Come and get the truth about his parents. And weave a web or two throughout New York City along the way. In addition to Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, and Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man
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