Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
The TV version adapted material from both the feature and its inspiration, James Grady’s novel “Six Days of the Condor.” Unlike its predecessors, this 10-episode telling is set in Washington, D.C. instead of New York City. Available to DirectTV subscribers, Audience Network is perhaps best known for another show based on a book, “Mr. Mercedes,” overseen by showrunner David E. Kelley.
In the trailer’s opening beats, praying Muslims are unaware that the world is at risk for a weaponized plague outbreak. Its engineer, Nathan Fowler (Brendan Fraser
De Niro won with 40% of the vote, with last decade’s winner Daniel Day-Lewis (“My Left Foot”) coming in second at 22%. F. Murray Abraham (“Amadeus”) was the only other winner to earn a double-digit percentage, taking in 11%. Dustin Hoffman (“Rain Man”) followed close behind at 8% and Michael Douglas (“Wall Street”) and Paul Newman (“The Color of Money”) tied for fifth at 5% apiece. There was another tie further down between Henry Fonda (“At Golden Pond”) and Ben Kingsley (“Gandhi”) at 3% each, then William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”) at 2%. Robert Duvall (“Tender Mercies”) came in last with just 1% of the vote.
Every Act of Life (pictured top)
Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross’ documentary, making its world premiere at the festival, chronicles the life of McNally, the veteran, out-and-proud playwright and four-time Tony winner behind “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Ragtime,” “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and more. The biopic — which counts Audra McDonald, Christine Baranski, Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep and Bryan Cranston among those involved — touches on everything from McNally’s romance with Edward Albee to
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
The event will also return to downtown’s historic State Theatre for the first time in 20 years, and will expand to San Gabriel, at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, for the first time ever.
Here’s the full list, including dates and locations:
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m.
State Theatre (1921), downtown L.A.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Saturday, June 9, 8 p.m.
Million Dollar Theatre (1918), downtown L.A.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
The Weinsteins made its first big Oscar splash in 1990 with “My Left Foot,” but they’d already been around for some time. Long before I covered box office for IndieWire, I spent 30 years as a film buyer, booking for theaters — and was a first-hand witness to Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s rise. Here’s my perspective on how they grew from a small outlier to an indie powerhouse.
“Bob Weinstein on the line. He says he’s from Buffalo.”
Back in 1981, phone calls were announced by a receptionist. As a young film buyer for M&R Theaters,
The academy has a problematic history of reserving its trophies for Lgbt characters who die tragically. There have been 11 acting winners who played explicitly queer roles: William Hurt (Best Actor for “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” 1985), Tom Hanks (Best Actor for “Philadelphia,” 1993), Hilary Swank (Best Actress for “Boys Don’t Cry,” 1999), Nicole Kidman (Best Actress for “The Hours,
Wonder stars Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts (Best Actress, Erin Brockovich, 2000; August: Osage County, Pretty Woman), Academy Award® nominee Owen Wilson (Best Original Screenplay, The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001; The Grand Budapest Hotel, Midnight in Paris), and Jacob Tremblay. Also starring are Izabela Vidovic (Homefront, Zombieland), Tony Award® and Emmy® Award winner Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland,” The Princess Bride), recent Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs
from left to right: Avery, Huston, Madigan, Tilly, and Winfrey
Oscar celebrated newcomers in 1985 with a shortlist composed entirely of first timers. All five actresses were relatively inexperienced (as Oscar lists go) having made less than ten films each so no overdue conversations were to be had. One of them (Oprah Winfrey) was even making her film debut though the eventual winner (Anjelica Huston) was already Hollywood royalty, being the daughter of
Further top honors went to Pedro Almodovar, best director for “Julieta,” and Sonia Braga, who took the actress plaudit for “Aquarius at a ceremony attended by Edward James Olmos, Rob Schneider, John Leguizamo, Sonia Braga, Kate del Castillo, Geraldine Chaplin, “Narcos” actor Manolo Cardona, Oscar Martinez, Rosy de Palma and Martina Gusman. Also present, among directors: Almodovar, Pablo Trapero, J.A. Bayona and Andi Baiz.
In all, Spanish productions swept 12 or the 14 jury prizes, voted by a jury of professionals who had participated in previous editions. That may be put down in part to “A Monster Calls” featuring among contenders, and winning big time in the technical department, and “The Distinguished Citizen” being co-produced out of Spain.
The Oscar winner (Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Oscar nominee Bob Balaban (Gosford Park) have joined the cast of Audience Network's Three Days of the Condor remake, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Titled simply Condor, the drama follows Joe Turner (Max Irons), a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions.
Hurt will play Bob Partridge, a decorated field operative who is rusty and a little soft after 20 years behind a desk. Bob is intelligent and introspective....
We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.
Argentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.
He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1985), for which he earned a best director Oscar nominee and William Hurt earned an Oscar win for best actor.
Babenco went on to direct Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson in Ironweed (1987) and Tom Berenger and John Lithgow in At Play In The Fields Of The Lord (1991).
After undergoing cancer treatment in the 1990s, he returned to the director’s chair for films including Brazilian prison
Far higher-profile pics, however, featured among the prizes announced at the Argentine fest, such as Cannes competition player “Aquarius” from Brazilian Kleber Mendonça Filho, “Scarred Hearts,’ from Romania’s Radu Jude, which bowed at Locarno, as well as Andrei Konchalovsky’s “Paradise,” which competed at Venice.
World premiering at August’s Locarno Film Festival in the Signs of Life sidebar and sold by London-based Film Republic, “People That Are Not Me” delivers a portrait of Tel Aviv millennials. This is framed in a romantic dramedy directed, produced and penned by first-timer Hadas Ben Aroya, trained at Steve Tisch School of Film at Tel Aviv University, which also stars in the movie as a 25 year-old woman who runs a wide gamut of
We in the west often regard Turkey more as Eastern than Western…understanding why leads us to recognize the power of our
The day after the Us premiere at the New York Film Festival of Kleber Mendonça Filho's fiery Aquarius, Sônia Braga spoke with me up at Lincoln Center on the magic in the film, reading the script, Clara's hair, Bette Davis in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's All About Eve, Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, forming tribes and the influence her mother, Maria Braga Jaci Campos, had on her costumes when she starred with William Hurt and Raúl Juliá in Héctor Babenco's Kiss Of The Spider Woman. With the festival in full swing, Eugène Green, director of Son Of Joseph (Le Fils De Joseph) crossed our path, Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan slunk by and Kent Jones waved hello.
Sônia Braga: "… when I read the screenplay, I went to another dimension where I found Clara." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Clara (Braga), a music critic,
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