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2018 Drama League Nominations Include ‘Angels in America,’ ‘Band’s Visit,’ ‘Iceman Cometh’

The 84th annual Drama League Awards will herald in a particularly distinguished group of theatermakers, judging by the list of nominees announced this morning. Presented by Harriet Harris, Julie White, and Christopher Sieber at Sardi’s Restaurant, the list of 2018 nominees include both Broadway and Off-Broadway greats. Among those in contention for this year’s Tony Awards are several Broadway productions opening this spring: “Carousel,” “My Fair Lady,” “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” “Mean Girls,” “Frozen,” “Travesties,” “Saint Joan,” “Three Tall Women,” “Lobby Hero,” “The Iceman Cometh,” “Children of a Lesser God,” “Angels in America,” “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: Parts One and Two.” The Drama League’s list of nominees for the Distinguished Performance Award, which annually recognize the season’s best actors, include several stars who will be eligible for 2018 Tony nominations. As the distinction can only be given once in an actor’s lifetime, the League also
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Kristen Stewart to Star as Jean Seberg in ‘Against All Enemies’

Kristen Stewart to Star as Jean Seberg in ‘Against All Enemies’
Kristen Stewart has been cast as actress Jean Seberg in the independent political thriller “Against All Enemies,” with shooting expected to start in the summer.

Jack O’Connell, Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley and Colm Meaney are also starring. Benedict Andrews is directing from a script by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. The story centers on attempts by the FBI to discredit Seberg through its Cointelpro program in retaliation for her support of the Black Panther Party. Those efforts included creating a false story in 1970 that the child Seberg was carrying was not fathered by her husband, but by a member of the Black Panther Party.

Mackie will portray a civil rights activist and O’Connell has been cast as an FBI agent assigned to surveil the actress.

Seberg acted in dozens of films including “Saint Joan,” “Bonjour Tristesse,” “Breathless,” and “The Mouse That Roared.” She died in 1979 in France, with
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Movie Poster of the Week: Carl Th. Dreyer’s “The Passion of Joan of Arc”

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I am excited to be premiering Janus Films’ brand new poster for their re-release of The Passion of Joan of Arc, one of my all-time favorite films and one of the most beautiful films ever made. Designed by Eric Skillman, the new poster is simplicity itself, relying on a single still of Maria Falconetti as Joan in her most iconic pose, and although the beauty of Dreyer’s masterpiece is that almost any still from the film would be poster-worthy, this one is perfect. It’s the clarity of the image that carries the poster, and which whets the appetite for the digital restoration it heralds, but the type block below is suitably elegant and restrained.I did a previous feature on the film a few years ago, concentrating on the artwork of the great René Péron, but there are a number of other wonderful designs for the film which
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Pre-Sale Starts Tomorrow for Condola Rashad-Led Saint Joan at Mtc

Lynne Meadow Artistic Director and Barry Grove Executive Producer have announced on-sale dates for Manhattan Theatre Club's new Broadway production of Saint Joan, written by Nobel Prize in Literature and Academy Award winner Bernard Shaw and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, Proof, starring three-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad A Doll's House, Part 2, 'Billions'.
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Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein

Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein
Whether producing “The Artist,” “Shakespeare in Love” or “The English Patient,” Queens-born serial predator Harvey Weinstein has always had a knack for making powerful period pictures. Maybe, between the best picture Oscars that those movies scored, he should have brushed up on his Hollywood history. His penchant for the casting couch — the practice of powerful white men exploiting young actresses trying to break into the movie business — has a historical precedent as old as the movie business itself.

“The perils for women in Hollywood are embedded, like land mines, from an actress’s debut to her swan song,” says film critic and historian Carrie Rickey, “where moguls like Harry Cohn reputedly wouldn’t cast starlets like Marilyn Monroe and Kim Novak unless they auditioned in bed.”

Long before Weinstein there was Louis B. Mayer, who co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in 1924. Mayer, the ground zero of this kind of abuse, had means, motive, opportunity
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Jo Lampert, Alex Esola, and More to Star in Reading Caridad Svich's Fuel

NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press presents reading of Obie-winner Caridad Svich's new play Fuel starring Jo Lampert Saint Joan, the Public, Alex Esola A View From The Bridge, Broadway, Luis Vega Tell Hector I Miss Him, Atlantic Theater Company, Sofia Jean Gomez Angels In America Parts 1 and 2, Signature Theatre Company, and Charlie Pollock TV's The Good Wife on October 4,
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Saint Joan, Starring Condola Rashad, Will Bring Religious Icon to Broadway This Spring

Manhattan Theatre Club will produce a new Broadway production of Saint Joan, written by Nobel Prize in Literature and Academy Award winner Bernard Shaw and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, Proof, starring three-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad A Doll's House, Part 2, 'Billions'.
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Santa Barbara Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Santa Barbara Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced the lineup for its upcoming 32nd edition, including its international gala event and opening and closing films.

Running from Feb. 1-11, the festival will open with the world premiere of the documentary “Charged,” and will close on a period note with Lone Scherfig’s comedy-drama “Their Finest,” which stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.

This year’s festival will offer a wide array of films from over 50 countries, and will feature 51 world premieres and 64 Us premieres, along with tributes to the year’s top talent, and panel discussions.

The festival will kick off the festival on Wednesday, Feb. 1, with a screening of “Charged,” a documentary directed by Phillip Baribeau, which chronicles the journey of chef and outdoorsman, Eduardo Garcia and his recovery after being electrocuted by 2,400 volts of electricity, miles from help in the Montana backcountry. Garcia had his hand amputated,
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Poll: Which Superhero Movie Are You Most Excited for in 2017?

Poll: Which Superhero Movie Are You Most Excited for in 2017?
If 2016 felt like a superhero-filled year on the big screen, just wait until next year.

Some of the biggest Marvel and DC properties are bringing highly anticipated installments to theaters. From the sequel to the hit “Guardians of the Galaxy” to Warner Bros.’ first “Justice League” movie, 2017 will likely be a superhuman year at the box office.

Are you excited to see Wonder Woman lasso the bad guys, or to see Spider-Man navigate high school while web-slinging through the world of the Avengers? Or are you psyched for another superhero film altogether? Weigh in below.

Related storiesLena Dunham Writes Apology for 'Distasteful Joke' About AbortionBox Office: 'Sing' Belts Out $1.7 Million on TuesdayLondon Theater Review: 'Saint Joan' With Gemma Arterton
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 6/16/16- Danny Burstein

Happy Birthday, Danny Burstein On Broadway, Burstein's appearances have included A Little Hotel on the Side 1992, Yakov in The Seagull 1992-93, in Saint Joan and Three Men on a Horse both in 1993, Paul in Company 1995, 1st Officer William Murdoch in Titanic 1997-99, Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone 2006-07, Luther Billis in South Pacific 2008-10, and Taxi Driver in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 2010-11. He played the role of Buddy Plummer in the Kennedy Center production of Follies, which went on to play Broadway's Marquis Theatre and La's Ahmanson Theatre. He is currently starring in the Roundabout revival of Cabaret, for which he earned a 2014 Tony nomination.
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Weekly Rushes. 23 December 2015

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Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSFinally! New to the Criterion Collection is Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer's Day, one of the most important yet hard-to-see films of the 1990s. Also included in the recent announcement were Jacques Rivette's Paris Belongs to Us and Les Blank's A Poem Is a Naked Person.There's a new Kickstarter for "first publication on the films of Ola Balogun, the pioneer of Nigerian cinema, analysing/discovering his magical cinema."FESTIVALSThe Berlin International Film Festival Poster: The Golden Bear on the prowl! Meanwhile, more films for the Berlinale have been announced, as well as the theme—"Traversing the Phantasm"—for the essential Forum Expanded section.The 2016 Locarno Film Festival isn't until next August but we're already tantalized for their newly revealed retrospective, "Beloved and Rejected," dedicated to post-WW2 German
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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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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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Theater Reviews: The Christians, Iphigenia in Aulis, and Hamlet in Bed

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Theater Reviews: The Christians, Iphigenia in Aulis, and Hamlet in Bed
Most plays about religion are really about politics or psychopathology. In Saint Joan, Agnes of God, and Doubt, for instance, it’s not dogma that gets dramatized — how could it be? Theology is glacial. Instead, we are shown real-world consequences of intense belief, including damage done to innocent bystanders. But in his extraordinary new play The Christians at Playwrights Horizons, Lucas Hnath grapples directly with dogma itself. There’s no pedophilia, no stigmata, no financial shenanigans with the collection plate; the fate of France is not involved. There’s just a question for a congregation to answer: How do we change and yet remain faithful?The question arises when Pastor Paul, the leader of a middle-American megachurch that’s just finished paying off the debt on its new building, announces a new policy to go with it: “We are no longer a congregation that believes in Hell.” In the 20-minute
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Former Child Actor Moore Dead at 89: Kissed Temple, Was Married to MGM Musical Star Powell

Child actor Dickie Moore: 'Our Gang' member. Former child actor Dickie Moore dead at 89: Film career ranged from 'Our Gang' shorts to features opposite Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper 1930s child actor Dickie Moore, whose 100+ movie career ranged from Our Gang shorts to playing opposite the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck, and Gary Cooper, died in Connecticut on Sept. 7, '15 – five days before his 90th birthday. So far, news reports haven't specified the cause of death. According to a 2013 Boston Phoenix article about Moore's wife, MGM musical star Jane Powell, he had been “suffering from arthritis and bouts of dementia.” Dickie Moore movies At the behest of a persistent family friend, combined with the fact that his father was out of a job, Dickie Moore (born on Sept. 12, 1925, in Los Angeles) made his film debut as an infant in Alan Crosland's 1927 costume drama The Beloved Rogue,
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 6/16/15- Danny Burstein

Happy Birthday, Danny Burstein On Broadway, Burstein's appearances have included A Little Hotel on the Side 1992, Yakov in The Seagull 1992-93, in Saint Joan and Three Men on a Horse both in 1993, Paul in Company 1995, 1st Officer William Murdoch in Titanic 1997-99, Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone 2006-07, Luther Billis in South Pacific 2008-10, and Taxi Driver in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 2010-11. He played the role of Buddy Plummer in the Kennedy Center production of Follies, which went on to play Broadway's Marquis Theatre and La's Ahmanson Theatre. He is currently starring in the Roundabout revival of Cabaret, for which he earned a 2014 Tony nomination.
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‘Walking Dead’ Q&A: Tovah Feldshuh On Playing Alexandria Leader Deanna Monroe and Rick’s Big Shave

‘Walking Dead’ Q&A: Tovah Feldshuh On Playing Alexandria Leader Deanna Monroe and Rick’s Big Shave
Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Walking Dead” season 5, episode 12, titled “Remember.”

The Walking Dead” gang finally made it inside the Alexandria Safe-Zone this week, and what they found was downright shocking. Behind the gates was an utterly peaceful community overseen by Deanna Monroe, played by four-time Tony nominated Broadway veteran Tovah Feldshuh.

Feldshuh, whose extensive resume also boasts an Emmy nominated recurring role on “Law & Order” and films including “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “A Walk on the Moon,” isn’t exactly someone you’d expect to see on AMC’s gory hit. Which is probably why she’s such a perfect fit for a character whose level-headed leadership style couldn’t be more different than Woodbury’s morally bankrupt Governor.

Joining “The Walking Dead” isn’t even the biggest adventure in Feldshuh’s life right now. Variety spoke with the actress about her role
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The Most Elite Award Isn’t the Egot, It’s the Onk

The Egot is great. There’s no denying that. It’s the American entertainment grand slam, and the rarity with which it’s earned (12 people) only adds to its elite status. Tracy Jordan was right. But there’s another award mash-up that’s so elite only one person has ever done it. That award combo is the Onk, and that person is George Bernard Shaw. Shaw is the only person to win an Oscar and a Nobel Prize, and he was offered a Knighthood for good measure. Shaw earned the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925 for — as is the case with many recipients — his overall body of work up to that point, which included a healthy amount of vibrant novels and plays that explored the human capacity for hope within a twisting satirical viewpoint of social norms. The award came on the heels of his “Saint Joan,” a moving play based on the life of Joan of
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Double Oscar Winning Actress Luise Rainer Dies at 104

Double Oscar Winning Actress Luise Rainer Dies at 104
Hollywood actress Luise Rainer, who won back-to-back Oscars in the 1930s, has died at the age of 104. Until her death, she was the oldest living Oscar winner. Rainer died of pneumonia Tuesday at her London home, according to daughter Francesca.

Rainer won her twin best actress Oscars for 1936 biopic “The Great Ziegfeld,” drawing the nod despite a fairly small role as impresario Florenz Ziegfeld’s first wife, and 1937’s “The Good Earth,” an adaptation of the novel by Pearl S. Buck in which the heavily, if charmingly, accented Austrian-German actress played a humble Chinese peasant.

The high expectations generated by her Oscar achievements did not, however lead to much further success in Hollywood. Some say the death of her producer at MGM, Irving Thalberg, as well as bad advice from her husband, the playwright Clifford Odets, contributed to the precipitous decline in her career.

Her first movie was “Escapade,” with William Powell.
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The Noteworthy: "Making Waves", Huppert & Cattrall Look Back, "Missing Reels"

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Above: a sultry new poster for Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice. Dumb and Dumber To has opened to unsurprisingly mixed reviews, but Farrelly brothers champion R. Emmet Sweeney makes a case for the long awaited sequel for Film Comment:

"Dumb and Dumber To is about a deep, abiding friendship that can survive any indignities. After Harry and Lloyd’s journey is over, they’ve tossed away fortunes and frittered away kidneys, but they need each other to survive. As each momentary acquaintance slinks, or runs, away, it’s up to Harry and Lloyd to forget and move on. Or as is the case for Lloyd, to think about ninjas and wake up licking the grill of a big rig. Either way they can’t live without each other. And though they could never admit it, or even form the words in their desiccated cortexes, what they have is something like love.
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