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Earn $1,100 in a Stage Revival of ‘The Wiz,’ Currently Casting All Roles

Ease on into Theatre Under the Stars’ revival of “The Wiz,” the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical that’s a reimagining of “The Wizard of Oz” through the lens of the urban African-American experience. Auditions are taking place in Los Angeles for a production in Houston, Texas this fall. The production is seeking equity singers and dancers for multiple roles, including leads. For this version, all roles are open to performers of any ethnicity. The lead role of Dorothy should be a female actor, aged 15–25, with a look closer to age 16 than 30. As the youngest soul in the play, Dorothy should be “bright eyed and bushy tailed” with a powerful singing voice. Other female roles include Aunt Em, for female talent, aged 18 and older, who will double as Glinda the good witch and Eveline the bad witch. Performers with a strong voice and the ability to play both good and
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Today in Soap Opera History (May 16)

1989: Atwt's Ellen was unhappy with her husband.

1989: Gl's Will fatally injured Rose.

1994: Gh's Bobbie and Tony said goodbye to B.J.

2012: Days' Lucas and Sami reacted to Will coming out."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1967: On Days of our Lives, Tom (Macdonald Carey) told Susan (Denise Alexander) that Dickie didn't have any fractures but had not regained consciousness.

1979: On Another World,
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John Stamos' Baby Boy Adorably Hangs Out With Lori Loughlin and Bob Saget

John Stamos' Baby Boy Adorably Hangs Out With Lori Loughlin and Bob Saget
Everywhere Billy looks, everywhere Billy goes, there's a heart, a hand to hold onto...from his dad's famous co-stars.  John Stamos's newborn son Billy caught up with his dad's famous on-screen and off-screen besties, Bob Saget (aka Danny Tanner) and Lori Laughlin (Aunt Becky) and the photographic evidence will make your heart melt. Stamos posted a pic of the group on social media Thursday night, comparing them all to characters from The Wizard of Oz.  "The Tin Man, Dorothy and The Scarecrow say hi to the cutest of Munchkins," he captioned the shot.  "The sweetest little munchkin ever," Loughlin replied in a...
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Renée Zellweger Wants to Honor Judy Garland's Memory in "the Most Respectful Way" in New Biopic (Exclusive)

Actress Renée Zellweger isn't afraid of a challenge. So when she signed up to play Hollywood star Judy Garland in a film about the icon, she dove into the research. "There's so much material out there," Renée, 49, says of the movies, concerts, and interviews she studied. She thought about calling Judy's daughter Liza Minnelli for advice, but mostly she studied the star herself. "She's so comfortable," Renée says of watching the 1963-1964 The Judy Garland Show. "She's being herself. She was so funny and cool." Judy is set in 1968 as the legend arrived in London to perform a series of concerts. "It's 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz," says producers, "and yet Judy is fragile... She is exhausted. Will she have the strength to go on?" (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Judy, who worked from the time she was two, died of an accidental overdose
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New Hollywood Podcast: ‘Life Of The Party’s Adria Arjona Talks Latino Representation In Film & TV

Actress Adria Arjona made television history as the first Latina and bilingual Dorothy in the 2017 NBC series Emerald City, a modern take on the classic fantasy tale of The Wizard of Oz. Since then, Arjona has blazed a trail for herself as an actress — specifically an actress of Puerto Rican descent. Right before the release of Pacific Rim: Uprising, she appeared on Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast to talk about opening the industry gates wider to give more opportunity…
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New Hollywood Podcast: ‘Life Of The Party’s Adria Arjona Talks Latino Representation In Film & TV

Actress Adria Arjona made television history as the first Latina and bilingual Dorothy in the 2017 NBC series Emerald City, a modern take on the classic fantasy tale of The Wizard of Oz. Since then, Arjona has blazed a trail for herself as an actress — specifically an actress of Puerto Rican descent. Right before the release of Pacific Rim: Uprising, she appeared on Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast to talk about opening the industry gates wider to give more opportunity…
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Sid Krofft and Marty Krofft Reflect on Road to Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award

Sid Krofft and Marty Krofft Reflect on Road to Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award
Sid and Marty Krofft created memorable, magical Saturday morning live-action television shows including “H.R. Pufnstuf,” “Land of the Lost” and “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl,” but their success extends far beyond sea monsters, magic flutes and Vroom Brooms. They’ve entertained millions, employed thousands and inspired many of today’s content creators — they’re still in production today with “Mutt & Stuff,” which airs on Nickelodeon. Recently, a revival of “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” appeared on Amazon. Now, the dynamic duo is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

“It’s not
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NYC Weekend Watch: Alan Rudolph, Clouzot, Tsui Hark & More

Since any New York City 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.

Quad Cinema

The long-longed-for Alan Rudolph retrospective has begun.

Led by Catherine Deneueve, André Téchiné’s Scene of the Crime begins a one-week run.

Museum of Modern Art

“Japan’s Greatest Cinematographer,” a retrospective of Kazuo Miyagawa running concurrently with Japan Society, has its final weekend.

Anthology Film Archives

The essential Harun Farocki retro continues.
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Jim Carrey Turns Sean Hannity Into An Endangered Fish Creature in New Portrait of Fox News Host

Jim Carrey Turns Sean Hannity Into An Endangered Fish Creature in New Portrait of Fox News Host
Jim Carrey’s paintbrush strikes again. The comedian’s new portrait of Fox News host Sean Hannity is going viral after debuting on Carrey’s official Twitter page Monday night. The painting has earned more than 5,000 retweets and 27,000 likes in under 11 hours. The image depicts Hannity as an endangered fish creature and has a caption that reads: “Some endangered species aren’t worth saving!”

The portrait is Carey’s latest scathing critique of a prominent Republican figure. The actor made headlines throughout March for a series of controversial paintings, first courting outrage for his unflattering portrait of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and then depicting Donald Trump as the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz.” Carrey released his official Trump Presidential portrait on March 30.

While Carrey has garnered more attention for his paintings than for his acting as of late, he will return to
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You'll Soon Be Able to Own Dorothy's Ruby Slippers From 'The Wizard of Oz' (If You Have $6 Million!)

No word on if you'll be able to return home just by clicking your heels together three times, but you will soon be able to own Dorothy's ruby-red slippers from The Wizard of Oz… if you can amass the right sum! The iconic shoes from the 1939 musical film are hitting the auction block with a seven-figure starting price. Technically, there are multiple pairs of ruby-red slippers floating around. One pair was acquired by the National Museum of American History, for example, while actress Debbie Reynolds owned another. And yet another pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Mn, and remains missing. Moments in Time dealer Gary Zimet calls these shoes "the holy grail of movie memorabilia," per Page Six. via Giphy According to a Ruby Red Slippers chronology cited by Moments in Time, the size 6B slippers going up for auction were used by MGM for publicity purposes.
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Fabled Official Tribeca Film Festival Trailer: "Anodyne" Independent TV Pilot

Fabled, produced by Zosia Mamet (Girls), Evan Jonigkeit, Alex Gayner, and Refinery29, is an anthology series that distorts the traditional fairy tale narrative, taking on characters’ age, race, sexuality, gender, and relationships.

Through the beauty of the American landscape, each episode focus on a female protagonist finding the strength to become herself by discovering the depths of personal agency.

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Fabled tells the story of American grit that has defined the country from generation to generation through featured and capable "princesses."

Each narrative will explore the way in which female dynamics have changed over time and asks new questions of known and beloved characters to better understand the female experience.

The episode being shown at the Tribeca Film Festival will be titled "Anodyne," directed by Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time), written by Mamet and Evan Jonigkeit and starring Mamet,
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If You're Sad About Once Upon a Time Ending, You Should Watch This New Fairy-Tale Series

Ever wonder what would happen if your favorite storybook heroines crossed paths in the real world? Well, that's exactly what happens in the series Fabled. The anthology is flipping the classic fairy-tale genre on its head by reimagining its patriarchal norms through stories about age, race, sexuality, gender, and relationships.

The first episode, "Anodyne" - which is fittingly directed by Once Upon a Time's Jennifer Morrison - imagines what would happen if Alice (Girls's Zosia Mamet) from Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) from The Wizard of Oz crossed paths. Bloodlines's Norbert Leo Butz and The Vampire Diaries's Paul Wesley also star. The series will have its world premiere during the Tribeca Film Festival, but in the meantime, you can watch the first trailer above.
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‘Fabled’ Trailer: Zosia Mamet and Gugu Mbatha-Raw Lead a Feminist Retelling of Classic Fairy Tales

‘Fabled’ Trailer: Zosia Mamet and Gugu Mbatha-Raw Lead a Feminist Retelling of Classic Fairy Tales
Following in the footsteps of her Pulitzer Prize-winning father, Zosia Mamet has penned a new television series for Refinery29. Co-created with husband Evan Jonigkeit (Joe Swanberg’s “Easy”), “Fabled” is an anthology series that upends classic fairy tales by giving them a feminist bent. The first episode of the series, titled “Anodyne,” sees Alice from “Alice in Wonderland” crossing paths with Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” and will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month. In a newly released first trailer, the women appear to be at some kind of 30-day rehab program, perhaps for mental illness.

In addition to Mamet and Jonigkeit, “Fabled” stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“The Cloverfield Paradox”), Trace Lysette (“Transparent”), and Broadway headliner Norbert Leo Butz. Butz plays a therapist at the palatial looking facility. “We don’t want you to feel like a prisoner here, we want you to feel better,” he says.
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Jim Carrey Skewers a Shirtless Donald Trump: Inside Actor's Most Controversial Political Artwork

Jim Carrey Skewers a Shirtless Donald Trump: Inside Actor's Most Controversial Political Artwork
While celebrities like Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro are using their words to express opposition to President Donald Trump and his administration, Jim Carrey is turning to his art.

The Ace Ventura actor, 56, who picked up painting about six years ago, has been demonstrating his political beliefs through his artwork. Carrey rarely explicitly names the subjects of his portraits but many appear to be prominent political figures. Over the past couple years, Carrey has taken to social media to share some of his pieces, which have generated praise, condemnation and everything in between.

On Monday, he posted a new
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From The Wizard of Oz to Top Hat – why the 1930s is my favourite film decade

Depression-era audiences escaped into a whirl of glamour, fantasy and monsters in a decade that ushered in Hollywood’s golden age

The 1930s were the making of Hollywood. When the decade began, films were monochrome, still sometimes silent (the majority had sound only from 1929), and largely uncensored. By the end, some were in glorious Technicolor, most had sound, and all were obliged to conform to a strict code of wholesomeness: a transformation embodied on screen in The Wizard of Oz.
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Jim Carrey Shows Off Nightmarish Trump Portrait He Sent to Smithsonian

Jim Carrey Shows Off Nightmarish Trump Portrait He Sent to Smithsonian
In a new portrait of President Trump called "You Scream. I Scream. When Will We All Stop Screaming?" Jim Carrey provides an image that you'll never be able to scrub from your memory. Carrey has decided to submit the new painting as the official portrait of Trump in the Smithsonian a little earlier than normal. The Smithsonian has yet to respond to Carrey or make a comment on his portrait of the president, but they're more than likely just trying to pick their jaws up from the floor.

Jim Carrey has become quite the accomplished artist over the years and devotes much of his free time these days to painting in his studio. However, his painting has taken on an aggressive stance against Donald and his administration over the last several weeks, but nothing can prepare you for his latest portrait of the president. The portrait features Donald Trump in an open robe,
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Jim Carrey Unveils Official Donald Trump Presidential Portrait, and It’s His Most Scathing Critique Yet

Jim Carrey Unveils Official Donald Trump Presidential Portrait, and It’s His Most Scathing Critique Yet
Jim Carrey has debuted on social media his official portrait of Donald J. Trump, and it’s a scathing critique of the 45th President of the United States. The image shows Trump pleasuring himself as he touches his right nipple and eats ice cream. His bowl of ice cream resembles two breasts.

“Dear Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, I know it’s early but I’d like to submit this as the official portrait of our 45th President, Donald J. Trump,” Carrey wrote in the caption accompanying the portrait. “It’s called, ‘You Scream. I Scream. Will We Ever Stop Screaming?'”

The Trump portrait is just the latest politically-charged painting Carrey has released this month. The comedian received backlash from Republicans in the middle of March when he unveiled his unflattering portrait of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Carrey has also painted Trump as the Wicked Witch of
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From The Naked City to Double Indemnity – why the 1940s is my favourite film decade

War changed everything, destroying whole film industries and heralding a new era of realism, grit and shoots on location

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The 1940s sundered the 20th century, dispatching an entire global framework and any number of abiding social orders to the ashcan of history. It offered both pinnacle and nadir of human achievement, along with 60 million dead, Auschwitz, Hiroshima and the iron curtain. Inevitably, they changed cinema for ever, too. By 1939, the major Hollywood studios had perfected studio artifice in films such as Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, and bestrode the cinematic world like a colossus; by 1950, they would face the triple threat of the upstart new medium of television; the arrival of the “red”-phobic House Un-American Activities Committee in Hollywood; and the 1948 supreme court decision ordering the break-up of the studios’ monopoly on production, distribution and exhibition.

In between times,
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‘Isle of Dogs’: How Team Wes Anderson Created a Stop-Motion Love Letter to Japanese Cinema

‘Isle of Dogs’: How Team Wes Anderson Created a Stop-Motion Love Letter to Japanese Cinema
For “Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson created an epic love letter to Japanese cinema of the ’60s wrapped in a canine buddy movie. And like “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” the quirky, detail-oriented director once again embraced the old-school roots of stop-motion animation, luxuriating in its crude, analog charms (the antithesis of Laika’s acclaimed polish).

Isle of Dogs” was conceived by Anderson and his screenwriting collaborators (Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi Nomura) as a pack of alpha dogs exiled to a garbage-dump as a result of a political conspiracy in Japan. So they cross-bred the urban milieu of Kurosawa’s “High and Low” with the tech surroundings of “Godzilla.”

The adventure they fashioned involved 12-year-old Atari (Koyu Rankin) and intrepid teenage reporter Tracy (Greta Gerwig) taking on corrupt and intolerant Mayor Kobayashi (Kunichi Nomura), and rescuing their city and the dogs (voiced by Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, Bill Murray,
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Getting Into the Shoes of Your Favorite Movie Characters

A pair of shoes symbolizes power and style. Naturally, when a viewer sees a pair of shoes on the big screen, the impact is much more than seeing some random person on the streets wearing it. There is something poetic about actors on screen embodying the life of another character, actually stepping into their shoes. In an ode to these shoes that since being on the screen have remained in the minds of the audience, here are listed down some of the most iconic, ‘shoe moments’ of the audience’s favorite characters. The shoes indeed contribute to making the characters larger than life!

Prada Shoes – The Devil Wears Prada

Ms Miranda Priestly, the epitome of professional strictness and a top name in the fictional fashion world of ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ is portrayed by Meryl Streep. In the movie, there’s one spectacular scene where one of her assistants Emily,
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