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Film News Roundup: Jennifer Lopez Romantic Comedy ‘Second Act’ Set for Holiday Season

Film News Roundup: Jennifer Lopez Romantic Comedy ‘Second Act’ Set for Holiday Season
In today’s film news roundup, Jennifer Lopez comedy “Second Act” gets a release date, Judith Ivey replaces Cathy Moriarty in “Through the Glass Darkly” and Rachel Brosnahan’s “Change in the Air” gets sold.

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STXfilms has given a holiday season release of Nov. 21 to the Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy “Second Act.”

Second Act” is directed by Peter Segal and also stars Milo Ventimiglia, Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens and Treat Williams. Lopez plays a big-box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.

Second Act” was developed by Stx with Lopez from an idea conceived by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham. The film is written and produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham, with Jennifer Lopez and Benny Medina also serving as producers.

It’s the fourth title to land on the date after MGM’s “Creed 2,” Disney’s “Wreck-It
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Photo Flash: First Look at Jane Alexander, Judith Ivey and Denis Arndt in Fireflies World Premiere at Long Wharf Theatre

Jane Alexander, Denis Arndt, Judith Ivey, and Christopher Michael McFarland star in the world premiere of Fireflies by Tony Award nominee Matthew Barber, directed by Long Wharf Theatre Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein. The production runs tonight, October 11, through November 5, 2017 at Long Wharf Theatre's Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre, with a press opening set for October 18. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below
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‘Cortez’ Exclusive Trailer: Slamdance Film Follows Musician Who Seeks Out an Old Flame in New Mexico

‘Cortez’ Exclusive Trailer: Slamdance Film Follows Musician Who Seeks Out an Old Flame in New Mexico
The Slamdance Film Festival begins today and runs through January 26 and features a host of independent feature films from emerging filmmakers. One of the films premiering is “Cortez,” about a musician who seeks out an old flame after his life spirals out of control. When his new album tanks and low ticket sales cancel half his tour dates, self-involved musician Jesse (Arron Shiver) begins to lose control, so in an act of self-preservation, he decides to seek out his old girlfriend (Cheryl Nichols) living in New Mexico. They slowly begin to rekindle the flame, but soon Jesse learns that Anne has been hiding a secret from him that will permanently alter the course of his life. The film co-stars Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville”), Judith Ivey (“The Devil’s Advocate”) and Drago Sumonja (“Black Wedding”). Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.

Read More: Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup: ‘Aerotropolis,’ ‘The
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Newswire: R.I.P. Margaret Whitton, Major League actress

As confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, actress Margaret Whitton—best known for playing Cleveland Indians owner Rachel Phelps in the Major League movies—has died following what a friend described as a “brief battle with cancer.” Apparently, her illness came on so suddenly that she was still developing new projects as recently as a few months ago. Whitton was 67.

Born in Philadelphia in 1950, her first acting gigs were in plays in New York. She made her Broadway debut in 1982’s Steaming, where she and Judith Ivey both appeared nude as patrons of a women’s Turkish bath. Though she had small parts in films and TV shows, her first regular acting role outside of the theater was on CBS’s short-lived drama series Hometown, which was a loose adaptation of The Big Chill.

Whitton began to get more prominent movie roles after that, appearing in 9 1 ...
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Slamdance Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup (Exclusive)

Slamdance Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup (Exclusive)
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled its 23rd annual narrative and documentary feature film competition lineup, Variety has learned.

The festival, launched in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity.” The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 20 to Jan. 26, will screen 19 movies: 12 world premieres, three North American debuts, and one U.S. launch.

The narrative competition has 11 titles, while the documentary category boasts eight. Notable titles include “Dave Made a Maze,” starring Nick Thune and directed by Bill Watterson from his own script; the Sly Stone documentary “On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone”; Shumin Liu’s “The Family,” a Chinese-Australian production in which a couple in their 70s sets off to visit their adult children in three faraway cities; and the documentary “Who Is Arthur Chu?
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Slamdance 2017 unveils competition films

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Programmers at the Park City jamboree’s upcoming 23rd edition announced on Monday the 11 narrative and eight documentary selections that will play in January.

The 2017 showcase will also feature Dig (Digital, Interactive & Gaming), a platform of eight works by emerging artists working in cutting-edge digital media, while Polytechnic is a series of free workshops exploring disruptive perspectives on filmmaking from industry insiders.

“As filmmakers themselves, the Slamdance programmers and staff share the same creative spirit as the festival artists,” said Slamdance co-founder and president, Peter Baxter. “Our stories are different but our divergent attitude is the same.

“Together, we give a voice to Diy filmmaking. Empowering emerging artists is what we do, and you are about to see a great group at Slamdance 2017.”

The feature competition roster includes 16 premieres – 12 world, 3 North American and one Us. All competition films are feature directorial debuts with budgets of under $1m and without Us distribution.

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Photo Coverage: Estelle Parsons & Cast of Off-Broadway's Out Of The Mouths Of Babes Meets the Press

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes -- a new comedy by Israel Horovitz My Old Lady, with a cast starring Oscar winner and 5-time Tony nominee Estelle Parsons, two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey, along with Angelina Fiordellisi Zorba on Broadway oppositeAnthony Quinn and Francesca Choy-kee Disgraced - begins rehearsals May 12 prior to the start of previews June 7 and opening June 19, in a world-premiere production by Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce St. in Greenwich Village. The play is directed by Barnet Kellman. The company just met the press, and BroadwayWorld was on hand - check out photo coverage below
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Bww TV: Stacey Luftig & Daniel Goldstein Receive 2016 Kleban Prizes; Go Inside the Ceremony!

The Kleban Foundation recently announced the winners of its 26th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist -- Stacey Luftig -- and its 26th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist -- Daniel Goldstein.Since its inception, Kleban Prize winners have been selected by judging panels comprised of the theatre's most respected artists and administrators. The judges making the final determination this year were two-time Tony Award-winning actress Judith Ivey, Michael Price Former Executive Director, Goodspeed Musicals, and Andrew Zerman Casting Director and Vocal Coach.
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Remembering Delorme Pt. II: Actress Starred in French Blockbuster Bigger Than 'Star Wars'

Danièle Delorme and Jean Gabin in 'Deadlier Than the Male.' Danièle Delorme movies (See previous post: “Danièle Delorme: 'Gigi' 1949 Actress Became Rare Woman Director's Muse.”) “Every actor would like to make a movie with Charles Chaplin or René Clair,” Danièle Delorme explains in the filmed interview (ca. 1960) embedded further below, adding that oftentimes it wasn't up to them to decide with whom they would get to work. Yet, although frequently beyond her control, Delorme managed to collaborate with a number of major (mostly French) filmmakers throughout her six-decade movie career. Aside from her Jacqueline Audry films discussed in the previous Danièle Delorme article, below are a few of her most notable efforts – usually playing naive-looking young women of modest means and deceptively inconspicuous sexuality, whose inner character may or may not match their external appearance. Ouvert pour cause d'inventaire (“Open for Inventory Causes,” 1946), an unreleased, no-budget comedy notable
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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 9; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 9; What Will You See?
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, October 9. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide Pan Director: Joe Wright Cast: Rooney Mara, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Garrett Hedlund, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Levi Miller, Cara Delevingne, Paul Kaye, Emerald Fennell Synopsis: "The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan." Limited Big Stone Gap Director: Adriana Trigiani Cast: Patrick Wilson, Jane Krakowski, Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenna Elfman, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jasmine Guy, Chris Sarandon, Anthony Lapaglia, John Benjamin Hickey, Judith Ivey, James Hampton, Mary Pat Gleason, Bridget Gabbe, Joe Inscoe, Angelina Fiordellisi, Mary Testa Synopsis: "Ave Maria Mulligan has lived her whole life in tiny Big Stone Gap, a picturesque...
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First trailer for Big Stone Gap starring Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg

The first trailer has debuted for writer-director Adriana Trigiani’s upcoming romantic comedy Big Stone Gap which stars Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg.Watch it below after the official synopsis…

Based on her best-selling novel of the same name, writer/director Adriana Trigiani brings the story of a coal mining town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia to vivid life. It’s 1978 and the ever-ordinary Ave Maria Mulligan (Ashley Judd) lives a simple life, Ave Maria lives with her mother, runs the pharmacy, directs The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama, and hopes that Theodore Tipton, her best friend and the high school band director will take their platonic friendship in a romantic direction. Ave Maria waits, and before she knows it, she turns 40. Now the old maid of Big Stone Gap, Ave Maria decides that happiness is for other people – that is, until a long-buried
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Ashley Judd’s ‘Big Stone Gap’ Set for Oct. 9 Release

Ashley Judd’s ‘Big Stone Gap’ Set for Oct. 9 Release
Bob Berney’s Picturehouse has acquired all U.S. rights to Ashley Judd’s “Big Stone Gap” from Altar Identity Studios and will release the film nationwide on Oct. 9.

The film was written and directed by “Big Stone Gap” author Adriana Trigiani. Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, John Benjamin Hickey, Jane Krakowski, Anthony Lapaglia and Jenna Elfman also star.

Big Stone Gap” was shot entirely on location in the coal-mining Virginia town of the same name, which is also Trigiani and Wilson’s hometown.

“We made not just a great movie, but a beautiful movie,” Goldberg said. “It looks lush.”

Shooting began in October 2013; Donna Gigliotti (“Shakespeare in Love”) produced with James Spies (“The Contender”). J.E. Craig and Jean Morrisey exec produced.

The first “Big Stone Gap” novel was published in 2001 followed by sequels “Big Cherry Holler,” “Milk Glass Moon” and “Home to Big Stone Gap.” The story centers on middle-aged
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Photo Coverage: Inside the After Party of A Tribute To Polly Bergen

Show business' brightest stars memorialized one of their own yesterday, at A Tribute to Polly Bergen, at the American Airlines Theatre 227 W. 42nd Street. An Emmy Award-winning actress and singer, Ms. Bergen's career spanned more than six decades in films, TV, Broadway musicals and concerts. She passed away from natural causes September 20 at age 84. A Tribute to Polly Bergen, produced by Rex Reed and Michael Alden with creative consultant Deborah Grace Winer, celebrated her life and career with a star studded lineup of participants. They included Christine Andreas, Harry Belafonte, Arlene Dahl, Raul Esparza, Michael Feinstein, Gregory Harrison, Judith Ivey, Chris Matthews, Phyllis Newman, Kelli O'Hara and cast members from the 2001 revival of Follies.
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Photo Coverage: Broadway Tributes a Late, Great Stage Legend- Polly Bergen

Show business' brightest stars memorialized one of their own yesterday, at A Tribute to Polly Bergen, at the American Airlines Theatre 227 W. 42nd Street. An Emmy Award-winning actress and singer, Ms. Bergen's career spanned more than six decades in films, TV, Broadway musicals and concerts. She passed away from natural causes September 20 at age 84. A Tribute to Polly Bergen, produced by Rex Reed and Michael Alden with creative consultant Deborah Grace Winer, celebrated her life and career with a star studded lineup of participants. They included Christine Andreas, Harry Belafonte, Arlene Dahl, Raul Esparza, Michael Feinstein, Gregory Harrison, Judith Ivey, Chris Matthews, Phyllis Newman, Kelli O'Hara and cast members from the 2001 revival of Follies.
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Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for A Tribute To Polly Bergen

Show business' brightest stars memorialized one of their own yesterday, at A Tribute to Polly Bergen, at the American Airlines Theatre 227 W. 42nd Street. An Emmy Award-winning actress and singer, Ms. Bergen's career spanned more than six decades in films, TV, Broadway musicals and concerts. She passed away from natural causes September 20 at age 84. A Tribute to Polly Bergen, produced by Rex Reed and Michael Alden with creative consultant Deborah Grace Winer, celebrated her life and career with a star studded lineup of participants. They included Christine Andreas, Harry Belafonte, Arlene Dahl, Raul Esparza, Michael Feinstein, Gregory Harrison, Judith Ivey, Chris Matthews, Phyllis Newman, Kelli O'Hara and cast members from the 2001 revival of Follies.
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Dylan Baker Joins Broadway Cast of 'The Audience'

Dylan Baker Joins Broadway Cast of 'The Audience'
Dylan Baker and Judith Ivey have joined fhe cast for the Broadway transfer of London stage hit The Audience, Peter Morgan's play about the weekly tradition of closed-door one-on-one encounters at Buckingham Palace between Queen Elizabeth II and her government leader. Baker, whose Broadway credits include Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius, David Mamet's November and Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage, will play former Prime Minister John Major. His recent screen work includes Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Selma and The Humbling, as well as a recurring role on The Good Wife. Two-time Tony-winner Ivey, who was last on Broadway

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'The Devil's Advocate' TV Series in Development at NBC

'The Devil's Advocate' TV Series in Development at NBC
NBC has started developing a new TV series based on the 1997 feature The Devil's Advocate, which starred Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves.

Matt Venne (Leprechaun: Origins) is writing the script for the new TV series, which follows a young public defender who joins a law firm that is run by the devil himself. Keanu Reeves starred as the young attorney in the original movie, with Al Pacino playing his devilish boss. Taylor Hackford directed the 1997 movie, which grossed $153 million from a $57 million budget, and co-starred Charlize Theron, Connie Nielsen and Craig T. Nelson.

John Wells and Arnold Kopelson are producing for Warner Bros. Television alongside Andrew Stearn. Matt Venne is serving as co-executive producer. No production schedule was given.

The project comes at a time where shows centering on the devil haven't been doing so well, such as ABC's 666 Park Avenue and NBC's Rosemary's Baby.

The Devil's Advocate was released October 17th,
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Designing Women: Meshach Taylor Dies at 67

Actor Meshach Taylor has died at the age of 67. He passed last night at his family's home in Altadena, California, where he was receiving hospice care. It's reported that he had been battling cancer.

Taylor was best known for playing Anthony Bouvier, an ex-con who worked at the Sugarbaker interior design firm on CBS' Designing Women. During the show's seven season run, he co-starred with Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Alice Ghostley, Jan Hooks, Julia Duffy, and Judith Ivey.

Following Designing Women's cancellation, Taylor moved on to another CBS sitcom, Dave's World. Starring Harry Anderson, it ran for nearly 100 episodes and four seasons. He later became a semi-regular on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.

Taylor guest-starred on numerous other TV shows over the years. His most recent appearance was on an episode of Criminal Minds, playing
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Photo Coverage: Inside Gingold Theatrical Group's 2014 Golden Shamrock Gala

Gingold Theatrical Group, under the leadership of David Staller, honored philanthropist Anita Jaffe and playwrightactor Charles Busch at its Annual Golden Shamrock Gala, earlier this week at Manhattan Penthouse 80 Fifth Ave at 14th Street. The Gtg Golden Shamrock Award is given annually for artistic contribution to society. Past honorees include Terrence McNally, Judith Ivey, Brian Murray, and Robert Osborne. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night abd you can check out photo coverage below
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