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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘That Day, on the Beach,’ Jean Cocteau, Agnès Varda & 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.

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The best retrospective of 2018 thus far is the Sylvia Chang series, which wraps up with Edward Yang, King Hu, Jia Zhangke, and the woman herself.

A few more Kubrick films screen this weekend.

What did Hitchock and Jarmusch have in common? Birds, it turns out.

Restorations of A Fistful of Dollars and The Changeling are now playing.
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2018 Olivier Awards: ‘Hamilton’ wins record 7, ‘The Ferryman’ takes 3

2018 Olivier Awards: ‘Hamilton’ wins record 7, ‘The Ferryman’ takes 3
Two years after sweeping the Tony Awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s musical “Hamilton” did the same at the British equivalent, the Olivier Awards, on April 8. It won seven of its record 13 bids, including Best Musical. While that haul matched that of another tuner, “Matilda,” it fell two short of the benchmark set last year by the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

On the play side, the big winner was Jez Butterworth‘s “The Ferryman,” a dark drama about the Irish troubles, which is set to come to Broadway in the fall. It only won three of its eight races but they were biggies: Best Play, Best Director (Sam Mendes) and Best Actress (Laura Donnelly). Bryan Cranston claimed the Best Actor prize for the stage version of the 1976 Oscar-winning film “Network.” Peter Finch had won the Oscar for playing Howard Beale, a TV anchor gone mad.

See 2018 Olivier Awards: Complete
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Broadway Belts For Pff! Raises Record-Breaking $350,000

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (Pff) announced that its annual Broadway Belts for Pff! raised a record-breaking $350,000, bringing its eight-year fundraising total to nearly $1.2 million.

Broadway stars Aaron Tveit, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Harvey Fierstein, Andrew Rannells

The sold-out event on March 12 featured a “Sweet 16” reunion of the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray original cast members to honor Margo Lion, an original producer and a longtime supporter of Broadway Belts for Pff! The reunion, helmed by its Tony Award-winning composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and featuring stunning performances by Marissa Jaret Winokur, Harvey Fierstein, Andrew Rannells, Jackie Hoffman, Chester Gregory, Clark Thorell and many original Hairspray cast members, drew standing ovations from the crowd.

In addition, Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton, Motown: The Musical), Robert Creighton (Cagney, Frozen), Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames At Sea), Stephanie Gibson (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory) and Alex Getlin (Anything Can Happen In The Theater) were among
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Opening Act's 12th Annual Play Reading Benefit

Opening Act, an innovative nonprofit providing free after-school theater programming to New York City’s most under-served public high schools, announced today the cast of its 12th Annual Benefit Play Reading, Hear Me Here, directed by Tony Award-Winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun), on Tuesday March 13 at New World Stages in New York.

Written by Christopher Oscar Peña (Insecure) and Dominique Fishback (The Deuce), Hear Me Here will star Anthony Ramos (Hamilton; She’s Gotta Have It), Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Dominique Fishback (The Deuce), Willow McCarthy (Matilda), Priscilla Lopez (A Chorus Line, In the Heights), Natalie Paul (The Deuce) and more.

For more than a decade, Opening Act has provided free after-school theater programming to New York City’s most under-served public high schools, with past Play Reading actors including Uzo Aduba, Edie Falco, Joshua Jackson, Bernadette Peters, Cynthia Nixon, Aja Naomi King, Loretta Devine, Auli’i Cravalho,
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‘I Am a Seagull’ Highlights Starry, but Little-Known Annual Production of Chekhov Plays

There’s an immersive production of a Chekhov play that happens every year with a cast that’s included a Tony winner, a Pulitzer winner and familiar faces from TV. But you’ve probably never heard of it.

That’s because the Lake Lucille Chekhov Project, launched in Rockland County, N.Y., in 2003, plays just one public performance annually, to an invited audience of a few hundred people, many of whom are Rockland locals. But a new film, “I Am a Seagull,” which just premiered at Cuny’s Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, gives everyone else a glimpse of a recent Lake Lucille staging of “The Seagull” that starred Tony winner Gabriel Ebert (“Matilda”), Pulitzer-winning playwright Annie Baker (“The Flick”) and Off Broadway favorite Deirdre O’Connell, as well as T.R. Knight (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Gayle Rankin (“Glow” “Hamlet” with Oscar Isaac).

The Lake Lucille Chekhov Project is the
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Amazon Developing ‘Consider Phlebas’ as Fantasy Drama Series

Amazon Developing ‘Consider Phlebas’ as Fantasy Drama Series
Amazon Studios is developing a fantasy drama series based on the novels about an interstellar utopian society by Scottish author Iain M. Banks.

The digital giant has acquired worldwide rights to “Consider Phlebas,” the first novel in the series about a world known as “the Culture.” Dennis Kelly (“Matilda”) is on board to adapt the book for Amazon Studios and Plan B Entertainment.

“The story of the Culture is so rich and captivating that for years Hollywood has been trying to bring this utopian society to life on the screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios. “We are honored that we have been chosen, along with Dennis Kelly and Plan B Entertainment, to make ‘Consider Phlebas’ into a television series we think will be loved by fans for years to come.”

Published in 1987, “Consider Phlebas” revolves around a war that erupts between the Culture, a highly advanced and progressive society, and the Idirans
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Learn the Magical, Musical Secrets of ‘Pinnochio’ + More London Actor Events

Love may be in the air for some but for everybody else, there’s a whole lot of strangeness floating around old London Town this week. Brushing an ice rink, throwing some batter, puppets coming to life...it’s all going on in the capital. Soak up some magical, musical secrets.Get yourself over to the National where Denis Kelly, the man behind their new production of ‘Pinnochio’ and past hit musical ‘Matilda’, talks about how he did it. (Tickets: £7) Enjoy a British tradition.Shrove Tuesday—aka Pancake Day—is upon us once again with London’s most prestigious race held in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament. Starting at 10 a.m., see MPs, celebrities, and the media elite race it out while inexplicably tossing pancakes. (Free) Follow your Olympic dream in Stratford.Inspired by the Winter Olympics? Of course you are! So get yourself over to east London
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Mara Wilson Brilliantly Settles The Raging Eleven-Vs.-Matilda Debate

Some TV viewers who binged their way through the second season of “Stranger Things” have apparently noticed a similarity between Millie Bobby Brown’s character, Eleven, and the titular character in the 1996 children’s movie “Matilda”, starring Mara Wilson. Both Eleven and Matilda have the ability to move objects with their minds due to their telekinetic […]
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Dave Chappelle Announces New Netflix Special With ‘Stranger Things’-Inspired Teaser

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Dave Chappelle Announces New Netflix Special With ‘Stranger Things’-Inspired Teaser
In a new teaser, Netflix announced on Friday that Dave Chappelle will be releasing “Equanimity,” his third comedy special with the streaming site, on Dec. 31. Eight months have passed since the first two of Chappelle’s three promised Netflix specials have been released, which include “Deep in the Heart of Texas” and “The Age of Spin.” He also appeared in the “Def Comedy Jam” 25th anniversary special for Netflix earlier this year.

Read More:Jon Stewart Takes Aim at Donald Trump and White Supremacists During Surprise Stand-Up Appearance With Dave Chappelle

Most recently, the “Netflix is a Joke” social channel has taken over the ad campaigns, spiking the “Equanimity” teaser with whimsy appeal geared towards the streaming mogul. If anything, it makes one thing abundantly clear: Dave Chappelle and “Stranger Things” make the greatest pair since tomato juice and tabasco.

Chappelle appeared in the official “Netflix is a Joke” campaign alongside comedians Jerry Seinfeld,
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'Matilda' Star Mara Wilson Calls Out Disturbing Trend of 'Sexualizing' Child Actors

'Matilda' Star Mara Wilson Calls Out Disturbing Trend of 'Sexualizing' Child Actors
Mara Wilson is imploring people to reevaluate the way they think and talk about child actors.

The former child star -- who came to fame with roles in films like Matilda and Miracle on 34th Street -- recently penned a forceful editorial for Elle.com, in which she got candid about the perverse sexual objectification directed at young performers in Hollywood -- a troubling trend she became familiar with early in her life.

"Even before I was out of middle school, I had been featured on foot fetish websites, photoshopped into child porn, and received all kinds of letters and messages online from grown men," wrote the actress, who is now 30.

"At every premiere and awards show, I would see strange men holding photos of me they’d printed themselves, hoping I would sign, and I would, hoping they were going to sell it somewhere and not keep it," she added.

Wilson -- who made
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'Maltida' Star Mara Wilson Calls Out Disturbing Trend of 'Sexualizing' Child Actors

'Maltida' Star Mara Wilson Calls Out Disturbing Trend of 'Sexualizing' Child Actors
Mara Wilson is imploring people to reevaluate the way they think and talk about child actors.

The former child star -- who came to fame with roles in films like Matilda and Miracle on 34th Street -- recently penned a forceful editorial for Elle.com, in which she got candid about the perverse sexual objectification directed at young performers in Hollywood -- a troubling trend she became familiar with early in her life.

"Even before I was out of middle school, I had been featured on foot fetish websites, photoshopped into child porn, and received all kinds of letters and messages online from grown men," wrote the actress, who is now 30.

"At every premiere and awards show, I would see strange men holding photos of me they’d printed themselves, hoping I would sign, and I would, hoping they were going to sell it somewhere and not keep it," she added.

Wilson -- who made
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Mara Wilson Pens Powerful Essay Urging Public To Stop Sexualizing Child Stars

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Matilda” star Mara Wilson is urging the public to stop sexualizing up-and-coming young actors. In an essay for Elle.com, Wilson outlined her own experiences with disturbing sexualization. Related: Watch: ‘Matilda’ Star Mara Wilson In Gender-Swapping Reimagination Of ‘American Psycho’ “Even before I was out of middle school, I had been featured on foot fetish websites, Photoshopped into […]
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Matilda Star Mara Wilson Slams Sexualization of Young Girls in Hollywood

Matilda Star Mara Wilson Slams Sexualization of Young Girls in Hollywood
Matilda actress Mara Wilson is speaking out against the sexualization of young girls in Hollywood, and sharing her own experiences of being objectified as a child star.

In a power essay for Elle, Wilson began by recounting a fan letter she received at the age of 15 from a man named “Don, or maybe Doug,” who wrote to tell her, “I love your legs” and “Can I have your lip print on the enclosed index card?”

“As soon as I’d hit puberty, it had become okay for strangers to discuss my body,” Wilson wrote.

The actress, who was one of
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Mara Wilson Issues a Message to the Public: Stop Sexualizing Child Stars Like Millie Bobby Brown

Mara Wilson Issues a Message to the Public: Stop Sexualizing Child Stars Like Millie Bobby Brown
Mara Wilson is urging everyone to take a closer look at how they talk about child stars.  In a powerful essay penned for Elle.com, the actress who rose to fame with early roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, knows all to well how quickly young actors and actresses can be sexualized once they're thrust into the public spotlight. After all, she experienced it firsthand.  "Even before I was out of middle school, I had been featured on foot fetish websites, photoshopped into child porn, and received all kinds of letters and messages online from grown men," she recalled in the piece.  "As soon as I'd hit puberty, it had become okay for strangers to discuss my...
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20th Century Fox VP Is Leaving the Studio to Launch a Startup Combating Sexual Assault

20th Century Fox VP Is Leaving the Studio to Launch a Startup Combating Sexual Assault
As Hollywood reels from the deluge of sexual assault allegations, one studio executive may be a sign of change to come. Claire Schmidt is leaving her position 20th Century Fox to launch AllVoices, which will allow victims to anonymously report incidents of sexual assault, discrimination, and bias witnessed in the workplace. Schmidt, who joined the studio just eight months ago as VP of technology and innovation, is also a survivor of sexual assault. “[W]ith all of these stories coming to the forefront, I realized I had to do more,” she wrote on Medium, announcing the new venture.

“The recent onslaught of courageous women and men coming forward to tell their stories about assault and harassment has been incredibly inspiring to me,” wrote Schmidt. “But…as I read news article after news article, I kept thinking: Have we done enough? Have I done enough?”

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‘Matilda’ Actress Mara Wilson Protects Millie Bobby Brown Against Sexualization: ‘A 13-Year-Old Girl is Not All Grown Up’

‘Matilda’ Actress Mara Wilson Protects Millie Bobby Brown Against Sexualization: ‘A 13-Year-Old Girl is Not All Grown Up’
Take it from someone who knows: Hollywood’s rampant sexual misconduct problem begins with sexualizing actors, and that includes child ones. Mara Wilson, a writer and former child actress who starred in ’90s favorites “Matilda” and “Mrs. Doubtfire,” penned a powerful essay for Elle urging the media to stop sexualizing child stars — beginning with “Stranger Things” breakout star Millie Bobby Brown. The essay was inspired by this viral tweet, written by a middle-aged man, declaring the 13-year-old Brown “just grew up in front of our eyes.”

Wilson writes that she was sexualized and objectified from a very young age; her body and looks were were scrutinized by the media; and she often received leering fan letters from grown-men. “Even before I was out of middle school, I had been featured on foot fetish websites, photoshopped into child porn, and received all kinds of letters and messages online from grown men.
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16 Whimsical Halloween Costume Ideas Courtesy of Roald Dahl

Halloween is a holiday that serves up just as much whimsy as it does scares, which is exactly why Roald Dahl is the perfect person to turn to for costume inspiration this year. The iconic author was a master at giving us heroes to root for against antagonists that were more than a little frightening for any childhood bookworm. Whether you want to head out on Oct. 31 dressed as the innocent Matilda or you'd rather terrify your pals as Miss Trunchbull, we have a costume idea for each and every human bean (no matter how old!). RelatedGet Your Halloween On With These Brilliant '90s Costumes
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Paul Kaye interview: Dennis Pennis, Game Of Thrones, Zapped

Louisa Mellor Oct 19, 2017

We chatted to actor Paul Kaye about playing wizards, the musical Matilda, and his move from celebrity satire to serious drama…

Main image credit: Jordan Katz-Kaye

“Bitterness, really” is Paul Kaye’s explanation of what drove his satirical red-carpet interviewer Dennis Pennis in the nineties. “I’d hit thirty, I’d sort of failed as a musician, I’d failed as an artist I felt at the time.” Ambushing Hollywood’s elite in the persona of a brash, punk nuisance wasn’t Kaye’s first choice for stardom, he admits. “It wasn’t how I expected to forge a career. Of all the things I thought I’d end up doing, it wasn’t that.”

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Trained in theatre design, in his twenties Kaye worked as an illustrator
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Charlie Was Supposed to Be Black in Original Willy Wonka Book

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Charlie Was Supposed to Be Black in Original Willy Wonka Book
Roald Dahl's widow says that Charlie Bucket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was originally black. The original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book, in which a boy from an impoverished family in Britain finds the fifth and final ticket to win a tour of the factory run by eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka, was just one of many insanely successful children's classics written by Dahl that also inspired major motion pictures. James and the Giant Peach, The Bfg, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Matilda were all from Dahl's books long before they were made into movies. But perhaps a bigger change was never requested of Dahl than to make his hero a white boy as opposed to African-American.

In honor of Roald Dahl Day, which is held on September 13th, the BBC interviewed Dahl's widow, Felicity, and his biographer, Donald Sturrock. During the interview, Felicity brought up that Charlie
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U.K. Now Casting: The ‘Matilda the Musical’ Tour Is Casting Leads + 3 More Gigs

Today’s casting roundup needs you to be a little bit naughty! An upcoming touring production of Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s “Matilda the Musical” is seeking its Matilda, as well as Bruce and other classmates! There are also roles available in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of “Twelfth Night,” as dancers on a cruise ship, and in ongoing, upcoming productions with Good Panda! “Matilda The Musical”Be a little bit naughty and join the cast of “Matilda the Musical” in the title role! Based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl, the musical follows Matilda, a young girl with the gift of telekinesis who overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school and reclaims her life, as well as the life of her teacher. A young female actor, aged 8–12, is needed to play Matilda. Talent should be no taller than 4’3”. There is also a role
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