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Jennifer Ehle, Kristine Nielsen, Peter Bartlett, Reed Birney and More Sign on for Tact's Salute To The Brave

Tact, The Actors Company Theatre has announced that Jennifer Ehle Oslo -Tony nomination, The Coast of Utopia - Tony Award, Design for Living, The Real Thing - Tony, Theatre World awards, Kristine Nielsen Present Laughter You Can't Take It With You Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike -Tony Outer Critics Circle Award, Peter Bartlett She Loves Me Something's Rotten Rodgers Hammerstein's Cinderella, Reed Birney 1984 The Humans - Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award nomination Gemini Picnic Casa Valentina - Drama Desk, Tony nomination, Cynthia Harris Mad About You The Tribute Artist Bad Habits Company Any Wednesday, Lorenzo Pisoni Equus, Humor Abuse, Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Last Dance, and Simon Jones The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy Party Monster The Thomas Crown Affair 12 Monkeys, Waiting in the Wings Private Lives The Real Inspector HoundHamlet Benefactors The Real Thing will star along with Hanna Cheek,
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Jennifer Ehle, Kristine Nielsen, Peter Bartlett, Reed Birney and More to Star in Salute To The Brave at Tact

Tact, The Actors Company Theatre has announced that Jennifer Ehle Oslo -Tony nomination, The Coast of Utopia - Tony Award, Design for Living, The Real Thing - Tony, Theatre World awards, Kristine Nielsen Present Laughter You Can't Take It With You Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike -Tony Outer Critics Circle Award, Peter Bartlett She Loves Me Something's Rotten Rodgers Hammerstein's Cinderella, Reed Birney 1984 The Humans - Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award nomination Gemini Picnic Casa Valentina - Drama Desk, Tony nomination, Cynthia Harris 'Mad About You' The Tribute Artist Bad Habits Company Any Wednesday, Lorenzo Pisoni Equus, Humor Abuse, Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Last Dance, and Simon Jones The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy Party Monster The Thomas Crown Affair 12 Monkeys, Waiting in the Wings Private Lives The Real Inspector HoundHamlet Benefactors The Real Thing will star along with Hanna Cheek,
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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese,
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MipTV: Headline Pictures, ‘Veep’s’ Georgia Pritchett Team on ‘Call my Agent’s’ U.K. Remake (Exclusive)

MipTV: Headline Pictures, ‘Veep’s’ Georgia Pritchett Team on ‘Call my Agent’s’ U.K. Remake (Exclusive)
Headline Pictures, the London-based company whose recent credits include Amazon Prime’s “The Man in the High Castle,” has optioned the English-language remake rights to “Call My Agent!,” the hit comedy series chronicling the ups and downs of a tight-knit and dysfunctional team of Parisian talent agents.

Headline’s production topper Christian Baute has enlisted critically-acclaimed British writer Georgia Pritchett, who notably created “Life of Riley” and penned episodes of “Veep” and “The Thick of It.” Pritchett is currently writing the English-language pilot, whose working title is “In Good Company.”

Headline is producing the series with TF1 Studio, and collaborating with Harold Valentin at Mother Production and Mon Voisin Productions, the Paris outfit of famed French talent agent Dominique Besnehard, who created the show.

Co-written by Fanny Herrero, the French series portrays the agents’ relationships with each other and with their clients as well as depicting the political game they must play to get contracts, while
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Criterion Now – Episode 8 – Assassination of Jesse James, Before Sunset, Mildred Pierce

Aaron is joined by Doug McCambridge and Jamieson McGonigle. Jamieson talks about his Jesse James revival screenings and makes the case for a Criterion release. We go further into the Before Trilogy, touching on Before Sunset, and we explore Curtiz’s Mildred Pierce, which is sort of a noir and sort of not, and we get into a number of rumors about potential releases.

Episode Notes

4:10 – The Assassination of Jesse James

18:25 – Robert Osborne Tribute

23:00 – The Criterion Wall

28:35 – Mildred Pierce

33:20 – Before Sunset

42:15 – Agnes Varda

45:20 – The Lodger

48:20 – Godard’s King Lear

50:30 – Phil Rosenthal Closet Video

53:00 – Short Takes (Design for Living, The Piano, Carnival of Souls)

60:00 – FilmStruck

Episode Links The Playlist – Criterion Not Interested in Assassination of Jesse James New York Times – Robert Osborne Tribute TCM – Robert Osborne Tribute Aaron’s Before Sunset Photo Album Tweet about visiting the Criterion Collection Agnes Varda
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Deluge

Do rediscovered ‘lost’ movies always disappoint? This Depression-era pre-Code science fiction disaster thriller was unique in its day, and its outrageously ambitious special effects –New York City is tossed into a blender — were considered the state of the art. Sidney Blackmer and a fetching Peggy Shannon fight off rapacious gangs in what may be the first post-apocalyptic survival thriller.

Deluge

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1933 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 67 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring Peggy Shannon, Lois Wilson, Sidney Blackmer, Lane Chandler, Samuel S. Hinds, Fred Kohler, Matt Moore, Edward Van Sloan .

Cinematography: Norbert Brodine

Film Editor: Martin G. Cohn, Rose Loewinger

Special Effects: Ned Mann, Williams Wiliams, Russell Lawson, Ernie Crockett, Victor Scheurich, Carl Wester

Original Music: Val Burton

Written by Warren Duff, John F. Goodrich from the novel by Sydney Fowler Wright

Produced by Samuel Bischoff, Burt Kelly, William Saal

Directed by Felix E. Feist
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Cecilia Hart, Wife of James Earl Jones, Has Died After Ovarian Cancer Battle: Report

Cecilia Hart, Wife of James Earl Jones, Has Died After Ovarian Cancer Battle: Report
Cecilia Hart, the wife of James Earl Jones, died Sunday, Oct. 16, after a battle with ovarian cancer, WestportNow reports. She was 68.

Hart and Jones, 85, met on the set of the 1979-80 Steven Bochco series Paris.

They married in 1982, after playing opposite one another in a revival of William Shakespeare’s Othello that same year. They have one son together â€. Flynn Earl Jones.

Her Broadway credits include the revivals of The Heiress (1976) and Design for Living (1984) â€. and the premiere production Tom Stoppard’s 1977 play Dirty Linen & New-Found-Land, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
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These Three

Radical changes were required to adapt Lillian Hellman's Broadway play for post-Code Hollywood, to eradicate a theme that in 1934 was entirely taboo. But were audiences really unaware of the subject matter switch? William Wyler excels with this bowdlerized, yet curiously near-perfect, story about the power of scandal. These Three DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1936 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 93 min. / Street Date February 9, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea, Catharine Doucet, Alma Kruger, Bonita Granville, Marcia Mae Jones , Carmencita Johnson, Mary Ann Durkin, Margaret Hamilton, Walter Brennan. Cinematography Gregg Toland Film Editor Daniel Mandell Original Music Alfred Newman Written by Lillian Hellman Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Directed by William Wyler

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

William Wyler directed half a decade's worth of silent westerns before his big break came. From that point on he made high profile dramas, almost all of which are excellent movies.
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Thank Link It's Friday

Vanity Fair meet Millicent Simmonds, a young deaf actress starring in Todd Haynes next film Wonderstruck

Film Independent if you are very rich and can afford $150+ to see a live screenplay reading, Hannah and Her Sisters is being performed tonight in Manhattan. Olivia Wilde directs an all star cast including: Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Uma Thurman, Michael Sheen, Maya Rudolph, and Salman Rushdie. (Love all those ladies but I'll save my pennies to see two fully staged Broadway shows on discount for that price. Jesus)

Oscars YouTube has released a bunch of conversational videos with the team behind Beauty & The Beast for its 25th Anniversary

Decider Joe Reid remembers gay romcom The Broken Hearts Club (2000)

The Film Stage interview with Terence Davies about Sunset Song (2016) now playing

Vulture why X-Men Apocalypse has so little buzz

Stage Buddy Nico Tortorella, of Younger fame, tests his comic chops out on stage in
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NYC Weekend Watch: Amy Heckerling, J.G. Ballard, Noël Coward & More

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

Spend “A Weekend with Amy Heckerling” when Johnny Dangerously and Fast Times at Ridgemont High screen this Saturday, while Look Who’s Talking and Clueless show on Sunday. All are on 35mm.

For “Welcome to Metrograph: A-z,” see a print of Philippe Garrel‘s The Inner Scar on Friday and Sunday; André de Toth‘s
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Best of the Week: Teeing Up Sundance, Tackling #OscarsSoWhite, 'London Spy,' Survival Stories, and More

Best of the Week: Teeing Up Sundance, Tackling #OscarsSoWhite, 'London Spy,' Survival Stories, and More
The Academy's Diversity Problem Is Complicated  Academy Members React to Rule Changes to Deal with Nominations Controversy  'Anomalisa' Filmmakers on Animated Sex, Their 'Impossibly Low' Budget, and the Sad Impatience of the Studio System Arthouse Audit: Oscar Contenders Get Nominations Boost, Led by 'Brooklyn'  Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio Win Critics' Choice Awards, 'Spotlight' Takes Best Picture (Video Clips) Design for Living: Evaluating the Oscar Nominees for Best Production Design Exclusive: 14 Finalists Compete for $300K in San Francisco Film Society Grants Exclusive: Film Crowdfunding Platform Seed&Spark Launches Distribution Arm  First Look: Alexander Payne, Janus Films Present Restored Italian Classic 'I Knew Her Well' (Exclusive Poster) How They Made the Oscar-Nominated 'Mad Max: Fury Road' VFX  How They Scored the Oscar-Nominated 'Carol' with a Trio of Love Themes Indiewire Joins Penske Media The Many Seductions of 'London...
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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Maggie Smith: ‘Maggie-nificent’ For 60 Years

‘Downton Abbey’ Star Maggie Smith: ‘Maggie-nificent’ For 60 Years
Downton Abbey,” which begins its final season Sunday, is a PBS series that inspires the kind of fan loyalty usually reserved for “Star Wars” or “Walking Dead.” To some viewers, Maggie Smith was a big discovery as the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, though they might have known her as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the “Harry Potter” films. Others may think of Smith as the mother of hunk Toby Stephens of the TV series “Black Sails.”

But true Smith fans know that the actress has been shining for nearly 60 years. Smith, who has won two Oscars and is a current Golden Globe contender for the film “The Lady in the Van,” has worked with names ranging from Paul Lynde to Laurence Olivier, also including such talents as Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Bette Davis, Michael Caine, Alan Bennett, Merchant-Ivory, George Cukor and Joseph Mankiewicz.

According to the Variety Archives, Smith made her American
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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Maggie Smith: ‘Maggie-nificent’ For 60 Years

‘Downton Abbey’ Star Maggie Smith: ‘Maggie-nificent’ For 60 Years
Downton Abbey,” which begins its final season Sunday, is a PBS series that inspires the kind of fan loyalty usually reserved for “Star Wars” or “Walking Dead.” To some viewers, Maggie Smith was a big discovery as the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, though they might have known her as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the “Harry Potter” films. Others may think of Smith as the mother of hunk Toby Stephens of the TV series “Black Sails.”

But true Smith fans know that the actress has been shining for nearly 60 years. Smith, who has won two Oscars and is a current Golden Globe contender for the film “The Lady in the Van,” has worked with names ranging from Paul Lynde to Laurence Olivier, also including such talents as Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Bette Davis, Michael Caine, Alan Bennett, Merchant-Ivory, George Cukor and Joseph Mankiewicz.

According to the Variety Archives, Smith made her American
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Disc Deals: 50% Off Criterion Blu-rays at Amazon

The Barnes & Noble sale may have ended a couple of weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still buy some Criterion Collection releases for 50% off. Best Buy is currently having a 50% off sale on a number of Criterion releases, and Amazon has begun to match their prices.

Thanks to everyone for supporting our site by buying through our affiliate links.

A note on Amazon deals, for those curious: sometimes third party sellers will suddenly appear as the main purchasing option on a product page, even though Amazon will sell it directly from themselves for the sale price that we have listed. If the sale price doesn’t show up, click on the “new” options, and look for Amazon’s listing.

I’ll keep this list updated throughout the week, as new deals are found, and others expire. If you find something that’s wrong, a broken link or price difference,
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Andrew Scott webchat – as it happened

The Sherlock and Spectre actor is next up in the play The Dazzle – and answered your questions about being typecast as a villain, his taste in sandwiches and who he would play in a musical, in a live webchat on Monday 16 November. Read his replies below

2.09pm GMT

Thank you everybody. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to answer all your questions. I'm flying in a taxi now back to rehearsals. Thanks to the expert typist at the Guardian, if it wasn't for them the pyting ward BNe lke diss. xxxxxxx

2.08pm GMT

Sam_my asks:

If you could name a country, what name would you give it?

Janet.

2.07pm GMT

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2.07pm GMT

Nessie92 asks:

Would you rather direct a film or a play?

Actually the thing I'm interested in is teaching. Both my parents are teachers of some sort and I think it's really important that young actors
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Cummings Pt.3: Gender-Bending from Joan of Arc to Comic Farce, Liberal Supporter of Political Refugees

'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine. Constance Cummings on stage: From sex-change farce and Emma Bovary to Juliet and 'Saint Joan' (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Frank Capra, Mae West and Columbia Lawsuit.”) In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), starring Cummings as a demimondaine who falls in love with a villainous character. She ends up killing him – or does she? Adapted from Bruno Frank's German-language original, Young Madame Conti was presented on both sides of the Atlantic; on Broadway, it had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre. Based on the Gustave Flaubert novel, the Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937) was staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The
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Busan: Anurag Kashyap Tips His Hat to Korean Cinema

Busan: Anurag Kashyap Tips His Hat to Korean Cinema
Indian filmmaker and Busan juror Anurag Kashyap (“Bombay Velvet”), says that he is grateful to Korean cinema for being a major influence on his work. Speaking at the New Currents jury press conference on Friday, Kashyap singled out Korean director Park Chan-wook for his “J.S.A.: Joint Security Area” (2000) and “Oldboy” (2003). “I was first exposed to Korean cinema and the Busan festival 15 years ago, and it was a real eye opener,” Kashyap said.

The jury is headed by producer-director-actress Sylvia Chang who was elated with her best actress nomination Friday at Taiwan’s Golden Horse awards. She stars in Johnnie To’s “Office” (which plays in the festival’s Window on Asian Cinema), which she co-wrote as an adaptation of her stage play “Design For Living.”

Responding to media a question about her status as a pin up for a whole generation, fellow juror and actress Nastassja Kinski played down the compliment.
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Busan: Wild Child Sylvia Chang Attends Fest as Multi Hyphenate

Busan: Wild Child Sylvia Chang Attends Fest as Multi Hyphenate
In her native Taiwan, Sylvia Chang was a wild child who quit school to become a radio DJ. After breaking her acting contract with Golden Harvest because she didn’t want to be pushed around, Chang instead became best friends with the studio’s legendary boss Raymond Chow. Now based in Hong Kong, she has a much quieter demeanor, but is a major force in Greater Chinese cinema as one of Asia’s most accomplished multi-hyphenates. The Busan Film Festival sees her as actress in Jia Zhangke’s “Mountains May Depart,” director and producer of “Murmur of the Hearts,” and writer, star and playwright of Johnnie To’s “Office.”

Which of the three movies came first?

Office” because it was an adaptation of my play “Design For Living.” Johnnie said he wanted to make it, but I didn’t take him seriously, because he doesn’t normally make that kind of film.
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Film Review: ‘Office’

Film Review: ‘Office’
With his flair for elaborate choreography and sinuous camerawork, it was only a matter of time before that Hong Kong genre mixmaster Johnnie To got around to directing a full-blown musical. And he’s pulled it off with unsurprising elan in “Office,” a sparkling, visually inventive romp through the executive suites of a Chinese financial company immediately before and after the 2008 global financial crisis. Adapted by lead actress Sylvia Chang from her hit stage play “Design for Living,” this boardroom tuner charmingly mines humor, romance and no shortage of eccentric lyrics from the world of spreadsheets and stock portfolios, but its real achievement is a formal and conceptual one, conjuring a tongue-in-cheek vision of modern capitalism in splendidly Brechtian terms (and in widescreen 3D, to boot). An elaborate construct and a stylish treat for To’s fans, “Office” may prove too singular an operation to earn high profits outside Asia.
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Toronto 2015: 'Office' review

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★★★☆☆ Adapted for the big screen by writer-actor Sylvia Chang from her own play Design For Living, attempting to pigeonhole Johnnie To's latest effort Office (2015) is a case of multiple square pegs and even more round holes. Classifying the part-musical, part-satire, part-comedy, part-Orwellian tale of consumerism and capitalism would do a disservice to the integrity of the genre-warping whole. A pre-economic crash rhapsody, set in Hong Kong on the eve of the global calamity, it encapsulates the love, greed, individual agendas, corporate intrigue and ulterior motives held by employees of Jones & Sunn, a multi-billion dollar company readying itself to go public at the most inopportune of times.
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