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‘La Cage Aux Folles’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Michel Galabru, Carmen Scarpitta, Remi Laurent | Written by Jean Poiret, Marcello Danon, Francis Veber, Edouard Molinaro | Directed by Edouard Molinaro

Modern audiences may be familiar with The Birdcage, the 1996 Us remake starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. That film’s success should not have been a surprise because two decades earlier Edouard Molinaro made this French-language breakout hit.

The mainstream press ignored it. The gay media saw it as offensive stereotyping. The public loved it. Is La Cage Aux Folles an Lgbtq cinematic landmark or an exercise in camp mockery? Perhaps it’s a bit of both. One moment you’re congratulating the film for its sophisticated and normalising depictions of gay existence, and the next you’re thrown another crass and tasteless bum joke.

The setting is St Tropez, and we open with a cut-price Scorsese tracking shot, taking us into the titular cabaret club.
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‘Search Party’ Writers Debut Short Film ‘Men Don’t Whisper,’ About Two Gay Guys Who Pretend to Be Straight

‘Search Party’ Writers Debut Short Film ‘Men Don’t Whisper,’ About Two Gay Guys Who Pretend to Be Straight
“Search Party,” the crime comedy that turned hipster ennui into a truly perilous prospect, is the best show about millennials on TV. After just two seasons, the show has received widespread critical acclaim for building wry humor and hate-to-love characters into a refreshingly gripping mystery. There is far less mystery (but just as many laughs) in “Men Don’t Whisper,” a new short film from Charles Rogers, who co-created “Search Party,” and Jordan Firstman, a writer on the show. The short, which premiered at SXSW before making its online debut Wednesday, follows a gay couple who attend a sales conference and attempt to sleep with two women in order to prove their masculinity.

Partners in real life, Firstman and Rogers play the movie’s lead characters, Reese and Peyton. Like gay characters in “Search Party,” they don’t conform to gay stereotypes often found onscreen, though in a more understated way.
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Bww Interview: Nathan Lane Talks The Birdcage & Angels In America on Broadway: 'It's Important The Play Be Seen Again'

There's not a day that goes by when someone doesn't mention The Birdcage to Nathan Lane. It's become such a loving film for so many people. This week, the Broadway veteran is getting ready for a screening of the 1996 film based on the musical, Les Cage Aux Folles with music by Stephen Sondheim at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, which will be followed by a QampA session.
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Nathan Lane Says Harvey Weinstein Threw Him Against a Wall at Hillary Clinton's Birthday Party

Nathan Lane Says Harvey Weinstein Threw Him Against a Wall at Hillary Clinton's Birthday Party
Amid the allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein, Broadway funnyman Nathan Lane recounted an incident where the producer attacked him at Hillary Clinton‘s birthday party in 2000.

The Birdcage” star was the emcee at the event thrown by the 65-year-old mogul, a longtime supporter of the Clintons, and Weinstein blew up at the actor for telling a comb-over joke about Rudy Giuliani, reports Page Six.

“This is my f–king show, we don’t need you,” Weinstein reportedly said to Lane, tossing the actor against a wall.

During an interview at the New Yorker Festival on Saturday night, Lane recalled firing back,
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Supergirl & The Flash bust a groove in this new cross-over poster

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In the immortal words of the late and great Robin Williams, who played Armand Goldman in the 1996 comedy The Birdcage, "You do an eclectric celebration of the dance! You do Fosse, Fosse, Fosse! You do Martha Graham, Martha Graham, Martha Graham! Or Twyla, Twyla, Twyla! Or Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd! Or Madonna, Madonna, Madonna!... but... Read More...
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Theatre review: La Cage aux Folles (UK Tour)

La Cage aux Folles theatre review (UK Tour): John Partridge and Adrian Zmed bring a little glamour to theatres with this new tour of the 1980s Harvey Fierstein musical.

La Cage aux Folles theatre review by Paul Heath at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London.

La Cage aux Folles theatre review

It’s hard to believe that Harvey Fierstein‘s Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles dates all of the way back to the early 1980s. Following countless revivals and nationwide tours across so many countries around the world over the years, not only does the story feel so worryingly relevant in today’s social and political climate, but also still manages to harvest so much magic, wonder and rapturous applause night after night, nearly thirty-five years since its conception.

Set in St. Tropez on the French Riviera, La Cage aux Folles opens in the famous establishment of the same name; a renowned drag nightclub,
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Mousehunt: looking back at an underrated family movie

Robin Bell Mar 27, 2017

Mousehunt, starring Lee Evans and Nathan Lane, is a gleefully dark family movie, that's well worth revisiting...

If you're a horror fan you may have been intrigued by the recent film A Cure For Wellness. A mainstream oddity: a big budget, art-house horror, built on atmospherics instead of jump scares, which seems to be a state of society analysis about the wrongs of humanity, but actually unveils itself to be a Hammer Horror-esque slice of gothic fun.

This from the director most famously known for the Pirates Of The Caribbean films, or more recently Rango and The Lone Ranger. Okay, that's discounting his Us remake of Ringu, but in fact I'd argue this off kilter darkness mixed with a fun aesthetic can be traced back to his feature length directorial debut, Mousehunt.

On the surface it looks like a knockabout comedy aimed at kids, and/or families,
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17 of Hollywood’s Top Cinematographers You Should Be Following on Instagram

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Managing Editor

One of the jobs that the general public doesn’t pay that much attention to — but probably should — is that of the cinematographer. If you think a film looks gorgeous and you’re able to get swept away by what you’re seeing on the screen, that’s all thanks to this man or woman’s work behind the scenes. Turns out, though, you can even see these folks showcase their talent on social media.

Since the role of cinematographer is often referred to as the director of photography — shortened to Dp or Dop — it only makes sense that we hone in Instagram as that’s one popular online platform dedicated specifically to photos. Let’s take a look at 16 of the cinematographers who are utilizing Instagram to showcase more of their work and giving us a glimpse of
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‘No Pay, Nudity’ Exclusive Clip: Gabriel Byrne Plays an Aging Actor Struggling with Love, Work and Life

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‘No Pay, Nudity’ Exclusive Clip: Gabriel Byrne Plays an Aging Actor Struggling with Love, Work and Life
The life of an actor can be arduous and frustrating, considering the constant rejection and the inconsistent pay. The new comedy-drama “No Pay, Nudity” follows an aging actor as he struggles with work and life in his twilight years. Gabriel Byrne (“Miller’s Crossing”) stars as Lester Rosenthal who navigates the new realities of the world while continuing to pursue his dreams and dignity. The film co-stars Nathan Lane (“The Birdcage”), Frances Conroy (“Six Feet Under”), Donna Murphy (“Tangled”), Boyd Gaines (“Funny Games”), Valerie Mahaffey (“Sully)” and more. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: Review: Joachim Trier’s Beguiling And Fascinating ‘Louder Than Bombs’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne & Isabelle Huppert

The film is directed by Lee Wilkoff, who’s best known as an actor for the screen and stage for almost 40 years. He originated the roles of Samuel Byck in Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins” and
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Modesty Blaise

Joseph Losey doesn't normally make trendy, lighthearted genre films, and in this SuperSpy epic we find out why -- an impressive production and great music don't compensate for a lack of pace and dynamism, not to mention a narrow sense of humor. Yet it's a lounge classic, and a perverse favorite of spy movie fans. Modesty Blaise Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1966 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp, Dirk Bogarde, Harry Andrews, Michael Craig, Clive Revill, Alexander Knox, Rossella Falk, Scilla Gabel, Tina Marquand Cinematography Jack Hildyard Production Designer Richard MacDonald, Jack Shampan Film Editor Reginald Beck Original Music John Dankworth Written by Evan Jones from a novel by Peter O'Donnell and a comic strip by Jim Holdaway Produced by Joseph Janni Directed by Joseph Losey

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

When I first reviewed a DVD of Modesty Blaise fourteen years ago,
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David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest Grieve Together In Emotional ‘Five Nights In Maine’ Trailer — Watch

David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest Grieve Together In Emotional ‘Five Nights In Maine’ Trailer — Watch
Five Nights In Maine” follows Sherwin (David Oyelowo), a recent widower after his loving wife Fiona (Hani Furstenberg) was killed in a traffic accident. Amidst his depression, he travels to a remote corner of Maine to see Fiona’s hostile, cancer-stricken mother Lucinda (Dianne Wiest) who’s being taken care of by caring nurse Ann (Rosie Perez). Tensions run high as both Sherwin and Lucinda deal with their shared tragedy and express their grief in various difficult ways. Both struggle to come to terms with their rage and fear as well as their love for Fiona. Watch the trailer below and check out some exclusive photos from the film as well.

Read More: Tiff First Look: David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest Lead ‘Five Nights in Maine

The film is directed by Maris Curran. She previously directed the film “Edge of the Road,” about a family road trip out of the Midwest,
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'The Birdcage': 11 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Robin Williams Hit

At times, while directing Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in "The Birdcage," Mike Nichols found himself laughing so hard that he had to work from beneath a soundproof blanket in order not to ruin the takes. Can you blame him?

Twenty years after its release on March 8, 1996, "The Birdcage" remains a hilarious landmark. Besides being a smash hit, the film made a movie star out of Lane, gave Calista Flockhart her big break, and provided probably the only opportunity in film history to see Gene Hackman in a platinum blonde wig and a gown. Still, as many times as you've watched it on cable over the past two decades, there's still much you may not now about the beloved drag comedy. Here are the secrets "The Birdcage" has tucked away.

1. "Birdcage" was already the seventh incarnation of the story, which started out as the French play "La Cage aux Folles
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WGA Honors Scribes for Special Services, Lifetime Achievement

WGA Honors Scribes for Special Services, Lifetime Achievement
Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award For Television Writing Achievement (Wgaw)

David Crane and Marta Kauffman

Longtime writing partners Kauffman and Crane created the hit television series “Friends,” which earned 63 Emmy nominations in its decade-long run, the Kirstie Alley starring “Veronica’s Closet”; “The Powers That Be”; and the HBO series “Dream On.” And they didn’t stop there. Outside their partnership, Crane has co-created several series with Jeffrey Klarik, including “Episodes” and “The Class.” Kauffman most recently co-created Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” which was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe this year.

Screen Laurel Award (Wgaw)

Elaine May

May is being honored by the Wgaw in recognition for her lifetime of work. May first hit the national stage with Mike Nichols in improv comedy “Nichols and May,” and their influence is still felt today. She’s earned recognition for penning “Heaven Can Wait,” “The Birdcage” and “Such Good Friends.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 2/3/16- Nathan Lane

Happy Birthday Nathan Lane Lane is best known for his roles as Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in MouseHunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and his voice work in The Lion King and Stuart Little. In 2008, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
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Miley Cyrus and Elaine May Will Co-Star with Woody Allen in His New Amazon TV Series

About this time last year, word came out that prolific film writer/director Woody Allen made a deal to write and direct every episode of a new TV series for Amazon. A few months later, Allen said in an interview that he regretted making the deal and he didn't even know what a streaming service was. "I had the cocky confidence, well, I’ll do it like I do a movie…it’ll be a movie in six parts. Turns out, it’s not. For me, it has been very, very difficult. I’ve been struggling and struggling and struggling," he said. So...things weren't looking good.

But Allen has a deadline at the end of 2016, so the show must go on. Deadline reports that he's cast his leading ladies, and they're very unusual choices: Elaine May (writer/director of Ishtar, writer of The Birdcage, Heaven Can Wait, and Primary Colors
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Elaine May Honored by Writers Guild of America

Elaine May Honored by Writers Guild of America
Elaine May will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement to honor her career and body of work.

May will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles ceremony to be held on Feb. 13 at the Century Plaza.

Elaine May defines the phrase ‘smart and funny,’” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “From the Compass Players to Nichols & May to ‘A New Leaf’ and ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ and Mikey and Nicky, she invented a strain of knowing, painful, ironic humor that quickly became central to what we now think of as comedy. She’s received Oscar nominations and WGA nominations and Writers Guild Awards, all well-deserved; but it is time to recognize, plainly and simply, the debt that all of us owe to her brave, groundbreaking, fiercely intelligent, deeply human, relentlessly honest, scorchingly funny work.”

May has been a member of the
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Eye-Popping: The Year’s Best Visuals – The Revenant

Anghus Houvouras on the visuals of The Revenant

It’s hard to argue just how important technology has been come to the cinematic process. We’re living in an era where cinematographers can create mind-blowing visual set pieces through a combination of what is captured in the camera, then seamlessly integrated in post production creating amazing, eye-popping scenes that would have been impossible to make 15 years ago. No one has mastered this particular skillset better than Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki who has just been nominated for his masterful work on The Revenant. If he wins, it will be his third consecutive Academy Award for Cinematography. That’s one hell of a three-peat.

Lubezki previously won for his work on Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman. His body of work stretches back over 25 years and includes such notable early films in his career as The Birdcage, Like Water for Chocolate,
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The Cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki: Shaping the Landscape of Modern Film

Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki is a brilliant cinematographer whose work has helped shape the landscape of modern cinematic photography. During his 32-year career, Lubezki has worked with such greats as Mike Nichols, Joel and Ethan Coen, Terrence Malick, and Michael Mann, as well as technology-defying directors such as Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu. He even worked alongside Martin Scorsese as a camera operator on The Rolling Stones documentary Shine a Light, alongside Robert Richardson.

Lubezki’s latest project reunites him with Iñárritu for a brooding, intense historical epic about fur trapper Hugo Glass. Although the movie itself receives a somewhat mixed reception, Lubezki’s photography alone is worth the price of admission, as we noted in our yearly cinematography wrap-up. Before checking out The Revenant when it opens wide this Friday, we’ve selected some of our favorites in his illustrious filmography, each exquisite in their own unique ways. Please enjoy below,
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'Cage aux Folles' Actor and French Academy Award Winner Featured in More Than 200 Films Dead at 93

Michel Galabru (right) and Louis de Funès in 'Le gendarme et les gendarmettes.' 'La Cage aux Folles' actor Michel Galabru dead at 93 Michel Galabru, best known internationally for his role as a rabidly reactionary politician in the comedy hit La Cage aux Folles, died in his sleep today, Jan. 4, '16, in Paris. The Moroccan-born Galabru (Oct. 27, 1922, in Safi) was 93. Throughout his nearly seven-decade career, Galabru was seen in more than 200 films – or, in his own words, “182 days,” as he was frequently cast in minor roles that required only a couple of days of work. He also appeared on stage, training at the Comédie Française and studying under film and stage veteran Louis Jouvet (Bizarre Bizarre, Quai des Orfèvres), and was featured in more than 70 television productions. Michel Galabru movies Michel Galabru's film debut took place in Maurice de Canonge's La bataille du feu (“The Battle of Fire,
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Smithers Is Coming Out as Gay This Season on 'The Simpsons'

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Smithers Is Coming Out as Gay This Season on 'The Simpsons'
Over the course of The Simpsons' lengthy run, one of the long-running jokes is Waylon Smithers' undying love for his boss, Montgomery Burns, characters who are both voiced by Harry Shearer. While Smithers' sexual orientation has never been explicitly stated on the show, it has been inferred since the first season that Smithers is gay. The Simpsons showrunner and executive producer Al Jean has revealed in an interview with TV Line that Smithers will finally reveal to Mr. Burns that he's a homosexual in Season 27.

"In Springfield now, most people know he's gay, but obviously Burns doesn't. We deal with that in two episodes. We actually do a lot with Smithers this year; he gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options."

Ironically, the long-running animated series lost Mr. Burns and Smithers voice actor Harry Shearer, after a contract dispute in May, but he eventually
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