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"The Night Of The Iguana" : A Critical Analysis Of John Huston's 1963 Film

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"The Night Of The Iguana: Close Encounters In The Jungle"

By Eve Goldberg

The Night of the Iguana, Tennessee Williams’s last great play, was turned into a 1964 movie which, in its day, was as famous for its behind-the-scenes spectacle as for what actually appeared on screen.

Today, Iguana is rarely mentioned alongside the other classic Tennessee Williams film adaptations: Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Suddenly, Last Summer. Despite a tremendously talented cast, compelling characters, and a can’t-look-away examination of our anguished, redeemable humanity, Iguana is often neglected.

So, it’s high time for a fresh look at this movie — with a focus on its journey from stage to screen.

The Play

"Shannon!" shouts Maxine Faulk from the veranda of her run-down hotel on the coast of Mexico. Thus opens Tennessee Williams’ 1961 play. The setting is 1940. Recently widowed Maxine greets her old friend, Reverend Shannon,
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Oscar Flashback: The three films that swept the Big Five, including ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

Oscar Flashback: The three films that swept the Big Five, including ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ ‘The Silence of the Lambs’
This article marks Part 6, the final entry in the Gold Derby series reflecting on films that contended for the Big Five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted). With “A Star Is Born” this year on the cusp of joining this exclusive group of Oscar favorites, join us as we look back at the 43 extraordinary pictures that earned Academy Awards nominations in each of the Big Five categories, including the following three films that swept all of the top races.

At the 7th Academy Awards ceremony, Frank Capra’s romantic comedy “It Happened One Night” (1934) made Oscar history as the first film to triumph in all of the Big Five categories – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Clark Gable), Best Actress (Claudette Colbert) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Robert Riskin). For each of these talents, it would hardly be their lone Oscar appearance.
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Oscar Flashback: The four films that won four of the Big Five, including ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘American Beauty’

Oscar Flashback: The four films that won four of the Big Five, including ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘American Beauty’
This article marks Part 5 of the Gold Derby series reflecting on films that contended for the Big Five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted). With “A Star Is Born” this year on the cusp of joining this exclusive group of Oscar favorites, join us as we look back at the 43 extraordinary pictures that earned Academy Awards nominations in each of the Big Five categories, including the following four films that scored a quartet of trophies among the top races.

At the 12th Academy Awards ceremony, this was no stopping Victor Fleming’s blockbuster epic “Gone with the Wind” (1939). With a total of 13 nominations, the most of any film that year, it was the overwhelming favorite for Oscar glory and indeed, on the big night, the picture took home eight prizes, including Best Picture. Fleming, in his lone career Oscar bid, prevailed in Best Director,
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Oscar Flashback: The six films that earned three of the Big Five, including ‘Network,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby’

Oscar Flashback: The six films that earned three of the Big Five, including ‘Network,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby’
This article marks Part 4 of the Gold Derby series reflecting on films that contended for the Big Five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted). With “A Star Is Born” this year on the cusp of joining this exclusive group of Oscar favorites, join us as we look back at the 43 extraordinary pictures that earned Academy Awards nominations in each of the Big Five categories, including the following six films that took home a trio of prizes among the top races.

With a total of 13 nominations, the most of any Oscar contender that year, “From Here to Eternity” (1953) towered over the 26th Academy Awards. At the ceremony, the Fred Zinnemann film dominated, earning eight prizes, including three in the Big Five categories. It earned Best Picture, plus Best Director honors for Zinnemann and Best Adapted Screenplay (Daniel Taradash). While Frank Sinatra and
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Oscar Flashback: The 11 films that scored two of the Big Five, including ‘The Philadelphia Story,’ ‘La La Land’

Oscar Flashback: The 11 films that scored two of the Big Five, including ‘The Philadelphia Story,’ ‘La La Land’
This article marks Part 3 of the Gold Derby series reflecting on films that contended for the Big Five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted). With “A Star Is Born” this year on the cusp of joining this exclusive group of Oscar favorites, join us as we look back at the 43 extraordinary pictures that earned Academy Awards nominations in each of the Big Five categories, including the following 11 films that scored a pair of prizes among the top races.

At the 4th Academy Awards ceremony, “Cimarron” (1931) made Oscar history as the first motion picture to ever score nominations in the Big Five categories. On the big night, the western took home the top prize in Best Picture, as well as the Oscar in Best Adapted Screenplay (Howard Estabrook). Not as successful were the picture’s director, Wesley Ruggles, topped by Norman Taurog (“Skippy”), and the leads,
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Oscar Flashback: The eight films that struck out in the Big Five, including ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,’ ‘American Hustle’

Oscar Flashback: The eight films that struck out in the Big Five, including ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,’ ‘American Hustle’
This article marks Part 1 of the Gold Derby series reflecting on films that contended for the Big Five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted). With “A Star Is Born” this year on the cusp of joining this exclusive group of Oscar favorites, join us as we look back at the 43 extraordinary pictures that earned Academy Awards nominations in each of the Big Five categories beginning with the eight that were shut out of these top races.

At the 31st Academy Awards ceremony, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1958) was well-positioned for Oscar glory. Critically acclaimed and commercially successful, the film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play was up in six categories, including the Big Five, plus Best Cinematography.

Instead of emerging victorious, however, the film found itself steamrolled over. It would lose Best Picture and Best Director (Richard Brooks) to the musical “Gigi” and its filmmaker,
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Rose McGowan Severs Ties With Asia Argento Following Sexual Assault Accusation

Rose McGowan Severs Ties With Asia Argento Following Sexual Assault Accusation
Rose McGowan, a leading voice in the #MeToo movement, has penned an open letter to Asia Argento, a beleaguered mouthpiece for the movement, following accusations that Argento paid off someone who’d accused her of sexual assault. Both women became some of the most prominent voices in the #MeToo movement in the last year, after they each accused movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

In her open letter, McGowan wrote that her friendship with Argento is over following accusations from child actor Jimmy Bennett, who claimed that the actress
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A Message from Rose McGowan

A Message from Rose McGowan
A Friend: We need to have a conversation about suicide. Blame is not that conversation.Dear Fellow Humans,Sitting across from me is the remarkable human and brave survivor, Asia Argento, who has been through more than most could stand, and yet stand she does. She stood up to her monster rapist and now she has to stand up to yet another monster, suicide. The suicide of her beloved lover and ally, Anthony Bourdain. I write these truths because I have been asked to. I know so many around the world thought of Anthony Bourdain as a friend and when a friend dies, it hurts. Many of these people who lost their ‘friend’ are wanting to lash out and blame. You must not sink to that level. Suicide is a horrible choice, but it is that person’s choice.Anthony BourdainWhen Anthony met Asia, it was instant chemistry. They laughed,
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Career Breakthroughs: Bruce Willis

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This month we look at the interesting stories of how some of the biggest names in movies got their big breakthrough. Today we take a look at Bruce Willis.

Bruce Willis has made a name for himself as an action movie star, but he has performed in many different types of roles across nearly every genre. In addition to his prolific career in film, he has acted on stage and television. He is also a producer and signer, having released three solo albums. Altogether he has been featured in an acting or voiceover role in 88 feature films since 1980, which altogether have grossed more than $3 billion at the Us box office. He is currently the 9th highest grossing actor of all time in a leading role.

Bruce Willis is perhaps best known for his role of John McClane in the 5 films (so far) that have made up the Die Hard franchise.
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Anthony Bourdain Didn’t “Take The Doctor’s Advice” In Depression Battle, Mourns Friend Rose McGowan; Laments Loss & Stigma

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Anthony Bourdain Didn’t “Take The Doctor’s Advice” In Depression Battle, Mourns Friend Rose McGowan; Laments Loss & Stigma
Rose McGowan may have taken down an emotional video on the death of Anthony Bourdain that she posted online last week but today the Brave author penned an equally impassioned and revealing letter on the suicide of her friend.

Lamenting the June 8 tragedy, its effect on the Parts Unknown host’s lover Asia Argento and the need for a “conversation about suicide,” McGowan also opened up specifically about Bourdain’s recent battles with depression.

“I know before Anthony died he reached out for help, and yet he did not take the doctor’s advice,” McGowan said of the often acerbic CNN frontman and best selling chef. “And that has led us here, to this tragedy, to this loss, to this world of hurt,” she added of the reaction to the loss and the spotlight put on her close friend and fellow Harvey Weinstein sexual assault accuser Argento. “Do Not do
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Who Were Elizabeth Taylor's Husbands? Here Are the 7 Men Who Swept Her Off Her Feet

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Who Were Elizabeth Taylor's Husbands? Here Are the 7 Men Who Swept Her Off Her Feet
Elizabeth Taylor was a lot of things: legendary film star, fashion icon, fearless activist. But even if you aren't familiar with her work but never let public perception get her down or ruin her sense of humor. "I am a very committed wife," she once said, joking, "And I should be committed too - for being married so many times." So, just who were these lucky men? Keep reading for a few walks down the aisle with Elizabeth Taylor.

Related: You Won't Believe How Many Times These Stars Have Been Married
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Variety Nominated for 36 SoCal Journalism Awards

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Variety has earned 36 Los Angeles Press Club SoCal Journalism Award nominations, including six for New York Bureau Chief and Senior Film Writer Ramin Setoodeh, who was nominated for Entertainment Journalist of the Year.

Variety’s special issues on the Harvey Weinstein scandal and sexual harassment have been nominated for In-House or Corporate Publication.

Variety.com was nominated for Website, Traditional News Organization.

Variety’s art department picked up seven nominations including page design of the “Twin Peaks” cover story, photos of Stephen Colbert and Alexander Payne, and four illustrations.

“We’re enormously proud of the great work from our newsroom reflected in these nominations,” said Variety co-editors-in-chief Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein. “The sheer breadth of the quality journalism from our publication being recognized here is a testament to the incredible growth Variety has experienced in recent years.”

In addition to his bid for Entertainment Journalist of the Year, Setoodeh
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Angela Lansbury movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Manchurian Candidate,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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Angela Lansbury movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Manchurian Candidate,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’
In her 74 years in show business, Dame Angela Lansbury has become a legend in film, theater and television. She has been nominated for three Academy Awards and was bestowed with an honorary Oscar in 2013. In addition, she has won two Golden Globe Awards for her film work, as well as two additional nominations. She has also won five Tony Awards (from seven nominations) for her work in the theatre. It has been quite a career. She is one of the few performers equally known for all three entertainment genres, and for that effort she was recognized with a Kennedy Center Honors in 2000.

SEEEmmys 2018 exclusive: PBSMasterpiece’ categories for ‘Little Women,’ ‘The Child in Time’ and more

Yet the only major award to have eluded Dame Angela is the Emmy. Famously, she has been nominated 18 times for the golden statue and yet has never won the golden statue. All of her
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Tony Winner Anika Noni Rose Sets Musical Theater Return With ‘Carmen Jones’

Tony Winner Anika Noni Rose Sets Musical Theater Return With ‘Carmen Jones’
Exclusive: Anika Noni Rose is coming back to musical theater. The actress will star in an off-Broadway production of Carmen Jones, her first appearance in a musical since winning a Tony Award for 2004’s Broadway production of Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change.

Directing for the Classic Stage Company will be Csc’s artistic director John Doyle, with choreography by Bill T. Jones. Beginning a limited engagement June 8, the production marks the first major New York revival of the the 1943 musical.

Since winning the Tony for Best Featured Actress 14 years ago, Rose co-starred in the film Dreamgirls, voiced African-American princess Tiana in Walt Disney Pictures’ 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog, played Kizzy in the History Channel remake of Roots and appeared on Broadway in the non-musical plays A Raisin in the Sun (co-starring Denzel Washington) and, with James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.
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Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas … ? [Poll]
The Best Actor Oscar winners of the 1980s are some of Hollywood’s most beloved acting legends. We saw icons of yesteryear finally winning their first Oscar, like Henry Fonda and Paul Newman, in addition to actors who have endured through decades of film, like Robert De Niro, Ben Kingsley, Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Dustin Hoffman and Daniel Day-Lewis. The decade also saw newer stars like F. Murray Abraham and William Hurt step into the spotlight and launch lasting careers of their own.

Who is your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1980s? Look back on each performance and be sure to vote in our poll below.

Robert De Niro, “Raging Bull” (1980) — The ’80s started off with one of the most memorable performances in movie history — De Niro as troubled boxer Jake Lamotta in “Raging Bull.” De Niro won Best Supporting Actor five years earlier for “The Godfather Part
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Bruce Willis movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Die Hard,’ ‘The Sixth Sense,’ ‘Pulp Fiction’

Bruce Willis movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Die Hard,’ ‘The Sixth Sense,’ ‘Pulp Fiction’
The latest Bruce Willis for 2018 is a remake of the Charles Bronson 1970s movie “Death Wish.” Willis has always been a box office success during his career and had occasional positive response from critics as well. Let’s take a look back at his greatest films in our photo gallery (view above) that ranks his top 15 performances from worst to best.

Willis grew up in New Jersey, but after appearing in a college production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” he dropped out and left for New York City to launch a professional acting career. He first became a famously flashy bartender in various clubs (think Tom Cruise in “Cocktail”), but found his big break years later understudying and later replacing Ed Harris in the acclaimed off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s play “Fool for Love.”

SEETop 20 Best Living Actors Who’ve Never Been Nominated for an Oscar
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Bruce Willis movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Bruce Willis movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
The latest Bruce Willis for 2018 is a remake of the Charles Bronson 1970s movie “Death Wish.” Willis has always been a box office success during his career and had occasional positive response from critics as well. Let’s take a look back at his greatest films in our photo gallery (view above) that ranks his top 15 performances from worst to best.

Willis grew up in New Jersey, but after appearing in a college production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” he dropped out and left for New York City to launch a professional acting career. He first became a famously flashy bartender in various clubs (think Tom Cruise in “Cocktail”), but found his big break years later understudying and later replacing Ed Harris in the acclaimed off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s play “Fool for Love.”

After only a few television guest starring roles on shows such as
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The 21 Most Overlooked Directors in Oscar History, From Ingmar Bergman to Alexander Payne

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It’s not easy to land a Best Director Oscar nomination — even for a white man. Of the hundreds of filmmakers recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in nine decades, just 10 have been African American or women — which is why 2018 nominees Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig are so rare. Not one black Best Director has won since John Singleton became the first nominee with “Boyz in the Hood” in 1991. Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to ever take home a gold statue, for 2009’s “The Hurt Locker.” The only Asian director asked to accept top honors is Ang Lee, who prevailed for both “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi.”

Many great filmmakers have been nominated for their work outside of directing, including Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Sam Peckinpah, and Rob Reiner, but have never been invited to the Best Director party at all. Still more picked
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Phylicia Rashad to Receive League of Prof Theatre Women’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Rashad in “Creed”: Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros.

Tony winner Phylicia Rashad will soon have another award to add to her mantle. A press release has announced that the “Empire” actress will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Theatre Women Awards. Hosted by the League of Professional Theatre Women (Lptw), the awards are “dedicated to promoting the visibility of the theatrical work of female-identifying artists and their contributions to the field, across all disciplines.”

Rashad won a Tony in 2004 for her performance as Lena Younger in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.” She received another Tony nod in 2005 for her role in “Gem of the Ocean.” Rashad’s other stage credits include “August: Osage County,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Into the Woods,” “Dreamgirls,” and “The Wiz.” She was honored by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company last year. Probably best
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National Theatre Live Adds Two Shakespearean Classics, Julius Caesar And MacBeth To Slate Of U.S. Cinema Offerings This Spring

Fathom Events, By Experience and National Theatre Live have a full line-up of top London stage productions set for U.S. cinema audiences in early 2018. Newly added titles include director Nicholas Hytner's Bridge Theatre production of 'Julius Caesar' March 22 and Rory Kinnear's return to the National Theatre stage as the title role in 'Macbeth' May 17. These two titles are in addition to Tennessee Williams' 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' February 22, captured live from London's West End, and the fastest-selling show in London theatre history -- and most-watched Nt Live broadcast -- 'Hamlet' March 8.
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