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New to Streaming: ‘Pete’s Dragon,’ Pedro Almodóvar, ‘Train to Busan,’ ‘The Bfg,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Always Shine (Sophia Takal)

With the excess of low-budget, retreat-in-the-woods dramas often finding characters hashing out their insecurities through a meta-narrative, a certain initial resistance can occur when presented with such a derivative scenario at virtually every film festival. While Sophia Takal‘s psychological drama Always Shine ultimately stumbles, the chemistry of its leads and a sense of foreboding dread in its formal execution ensures its heightened view of
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Roger Rees, Actor in ‘Cheers,’ ‘West Wing,’ ‘Nicholas Nickelby,’ Dies at 71

Roger Rees, Actor in ‘Cheers,’ ‘West Wing,’ ‘Nicholas Nickelby,’ Dies at 71
Cheers” and “The West Wing” actor Roger Rees, who won a Tony for “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby,” died Friday in New York. He was 71.

The New York Times’ Scott Heller tweeted the news late Friday.

Sad news: Roger Rees, who just a few months ago was the leading man in @TheVisitMusical on Broadway, has passed away.

— Scott Heller (@hellerNYT) July 11, 2015

A statement from Rees’ publicist, quoted by Heller, read: “Roger Rees, Tony Award-winning actor, passed away tonight at home, after a brief illness.”

Rees took the lead role in “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby,” which played in London and on Broadway from 1980 to 1982. He won an Olivier Award and a Tony for his performance, and reprised the part in a 1982 TV version, which was produced by Colin Callender. Rees was nominated for an Emmy, and the production won the Emmy for outstanding limited series.

Later
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Roger Rees, Actor in ‘Cheers,’ ‘West Wing,’ ‘Nicholas Nickelby,’ Dies at 71

Roger Rees, Actor in ‘Cheers,’ ‘West Wing,’ ‘Nicholas Nickelby,’ Dies at 71
Cheers” and “The West Wing” actor Roger Rees, who won a Tony for “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby,” died Friday in New York. He was 71.

The New York Times’ Scott Heller tweeted the news late Friday.

Sad news: Roger Rees, who just a few months ago was the leading man in @TheVisitMusical on Broadway, has passed away.

— Scott Heller (@hellerNYT) July 11, 2015

A statement from Rees’ publicist, quoted by Heller, read: “Roger Rees, Tony Award-winning actor, passed away tonight at home, after a brief illness.”

Rees took the lead role in “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby,” which played in London and on Broadway from 1980 to 1982. He won an Olivier Award and a Tony for his performance, and reprised the part in a 1982 TV version, which was produced by Colin Callender. Rees was nominated for an Emmy, and the production won the Emmy for outstanding limited series.

Later
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Podcast #160: Kit Harington, Peter Firth, Jon Stewart

Podcast #160: Kit Harington, Peter Firth, Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart, the legendary host of your favourite American news satire television program The Daily Show, is on this week's podcast to chat about his directorial debut, Rosewater, as well as The Winslow Boy, John Oliver, and much more besides. Also on this particular episode are Spooks: The Greater Good's Peter Firth and Kit Harington (see above), who talk horses, running up walls and surviving the Oscars.In the non-interview section of the podcast, the team talk Martin Freeman's unexpected casting as Spider-Man - okay, not really - as well as which singing in a car scenes are the best.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. 
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Terence Rattigan On Film: The Browning Version

I. The Rattigan Version

After his first dramatic success, The Winslow Boy, Terence Rattigan conceived a double bill of one-act plays in 1946. Producers dismissed the project, even Rattigan’s collaborator Hugh “Binkie” Beaumont. Actor John Gielgud agreed. “They’ve seen me in so much first rate stuff,” Gielgud asked Rattigan; “Do you really think they will like me in anything second rate?” Rattigan insisted he wasn’t “content writing a play to please an audience today, but to write a play that will be remembered in fifty years’ time.”

Ultimately, Rattigan paired a brooding character study, The Browning Version, with a light farce, Harlequinade. Entitled Playbill, the show was finally produced by Stephen Mitchell in September 1948, starring Eric Portman, and became a runaway hit. While Harlequinade faded into a footnote, the first half proved an instant classic. Harold Hobson wrote that “Mr. Portman’s playing and Mr. Rattigan’s writing
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Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis

Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis
Rob Marshall and Ellen Lewis will be honored at this year’s Artios Awards, the Casting Society of America has announced.

Marshall, who received award recognition for his direction of films “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Nine,” as well as his 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” will receive the New York Apple Award. It honors New Yorkers who have made significant contributions with casting directors.

Lewis will receive the Hoyt Bowers award, which recognizes unique spirit, ideals and creativity in casting. Lewis has casted movies such as “Goodfellas,” “Forrest Gump” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and is known for her work with Martin Scorsese.

“Marshall and Lewis have defined excellence in their respective fields, and each has played a vital role in the advancement of the casting industry,” said Richard Hicks, president of the Casting Society of America. “Throughout their careers, the honorees and nominees have been instrumental in
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Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis

Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis
Rob Marshall and Ellen Lewis will be honored at this year’s Artios Awards, the Casting Society of America has announced.

Marshall, who received award recognition for his direction of films “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Nine,” as well as his 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” will receive the New York Apple Award. It honors New Yorkers who have made significant contributions with casting directors.

Lewis will receive the Hoyt Bowers award, which recognizes unique spirit, ideals and creativity in casting. Lewis has casted movies such as “Goodfellas,” “Forrest Gump” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and is known for her work with Martin Scorsese.

“Marshall and Lewis have defined excellence in their respective fields, and each has played a vital role in the advancement of the casting industry,” said Richard Hicks, president of the Casting Society of America. “Throughout their careers, the honorees and nominees have been instrumental in
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Casting Society to honor 'Into the Woods' director Rob Marshall at Artios Awards

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Casting Society to honor 'Into the Woods' director Rob Marshall at Artios Awards
While the Oscars have yet to make room for casting directors — a pivotal part of the Best Picture equation — the oversight isn't stopping the Casting Society of America from readying its third decade of picking up the Academy's slack. Csa announced Monday morning that the 30th Annual Artios Awards will honor Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Rob Marshall and Emmy Award-winning casting director Ellen Lewis for their individual work in the world of casting. The news arrives with nominations in categories of television, theater, new media and short film, and on the heels of the ceremony's move from November to Jan. 22, the thick of the awards season. Feature film nominations will be announced closer to the show date. Marshall, whose adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" bows Dec. 25, will receive the New York Apple Award, "recognizing individuals who have made special contributions to the New York entertainment
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Interview with Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard on what would be exchanged for all the pleasure in the world: "His soul, of course, isn't it always the soul?" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The thread through Sam Shepard this year wraps around a number of nominated films starting with the cast of John Wells' chilling portrait of an American household, August: Osage County. In 2012, Julianne Nicholson performed in the world premiere of his play Heartless in New York. In 2006, Juliette Lewis was in the revival of his 1980 play Fool For Love in London, directed by Lindsay Posner. Posner recently directed American Hustle star Alessandro Nivola in the Broadway production of The Winslow Boy. In 2010 Nivola starred in Before Midnight actor/co-writer Ethan Hawke's revival of Shepard's A Lie Of The Mind.

Shepard plays Beverly Weston, in August: Osage County, husband to Meryl Streep's Violet, father of Barbara, Ivy, and Karen, played by the three Julis,
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What's Playing on Broadway for New Year's Week 2014

If your New Year's Week plans include taking in a Broadway show, please take notice of the special holiday schedule for the rest of this holiday week. Many shows will take New Year's Day off, but there are plenty of options to see including A Night With Janis Joplin, Annie, Beautiful, Chicago, Cinderella, Kinky Boots, MacBeth, Mamma Mia, Motown, Once, Pippin, Rock Of Ages, Spider-man, The Glass Menagerie, Twelfth Night, The Phantom Of The Opera, Waiting For Godot, The Winslow Boy, Wicked. So plan ahead and most importantly, happy New Year
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What's Playing on Broadway for Christmas Week 2013

If your Christmas Week plans include taking in a Broadway show, please take notice of the special holiday schedule for the rest of this holiday week. Many shows will take Christmas Day off, but there are plenty of options to see including A Night With Janis Joplin, After Midnight, Beautiful, Big Fish, Chicago, Cinderella, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia, Matilda, Motown, Pippin, Rock Of Ages, The Phantom Of The Opera, The Winslow Boy, and Wicked. So plan ahead and most importantly, Merry Christmas
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Photo Coverage: Inside Transport Group's Gimme A Break! Benefit

Transport Group, the Drama Desk and Obie award-winning theatre company, presented 2013 Gimme A Break, honoring producer Beth Williams, last night at the Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street. Performers included Carolee Carmelo Parade, Falsettos, Santino Fontana Cinderella, Billy Elliot, Jayne Houdyshell Romeo amp Juliet, Follies, Rachel Bay Jones Pippin, Hello Again, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio The Winslow Boy, Man of La Mancha, and Jessie Mueller On a Clear Day, Beautiful.BroadwayWorld was there for last night's festivites and you can check out photos below
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What's Playing on Broadway This Thanksgiving Weekend 2013!

If your Thanksgiving Week plans include taking in a Broadway show, please take notice of the special holiday schedule for the rest of this holiday weekend. Many shows will take Thanksgiving Day Thursday, 1128 off, but there are plenty of options to see including Beautiful, Pippin, The Winslow Boy, Chicago and Phantom Of The Opera. Note that most shows are adding Friday matinees and weekend performances. So plan ahead and most importantly, have a happy Thanksgiving
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Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, Nov 16 - Goodspeed's 'Happy Fella' Sends Love to the Philippines; Keenan-Bolger in Family Furniture & More!

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup. Today's photos come from the casts of Goodspeed's The Most Happy Fella, The Flea's Family Furniture, Newsies, Kinky Boots, The Book Of Mormon in the West End, Annie, The Winslow Boy, Hello, Dolly, Evita, We Will Rock You, Show Boat at Asolo Rep, Peter And The Starcatcher, Grease in Manila and more
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The Winslow Boy Cast Visits Theater Talk, Beg. Today

This week's Theater Talk focuses on British dramatist Sir Terence Rattigan 1911-1977 and his popular drama, The Winslow Boy, currently being revived on Broadway by The Roundabout Theatre Company. First the show welcomes actors Roger Rees, Charlotte Parry and Alessandro Nivola, now starring in this acclaimed production, followed by a conversation about its playwright with critics John Simon, John Heilpern and actor Edward Hibbert.
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The Winslow Boy Cast to Visit Theater Talk, 11/15

This week's Theater Talk focuses on British dramatist Sir Terence Rattigan 1911-1977 and his popular drama, The Winslow Boy, currently being revived on Broadway by The Roundabout Theatre Company. First the show welcomes actors Roger Rees, Charlotte Parry and Alessandro Nivola, now starring in this acclaimed production, followed by a conversation about its playwright with critics John Simon, John Heilpern and actor Edward Hibbert.
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Photo Blast From the Past: Anita Gillette

Today, we're featuring Anita Gillette, circa 1981. Gillette may be most recognizable as Tina Fey's mom on 30 Rock or as Mona, the mistress in Moonstruck. She is a Broadway veteran with 14 Broadway shows to her credit, including Chapter Two Tony Nomination, Cabaret, Carnival, Gypsy, Guys amp Dolls, Don't Drink The Water, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Showboat. Off-Broadway and Regional credits include The Big Meal Lortel Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress, Love, Loss amp What I Wore, The Seagull, Shirley Valentine, My Fair Lady, The Winslow Boy, Irene, South Pacific, Sweet Bird Of Youth, The Great Waltz recorded for RCA, and Knickerbocker Holiday.
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In the Spotlight Series: Cast of The Winslow Boy

The captivating new production of Terence Rattigan's classic The Winslow Boy comes to Roundabout directly from The Old Vic Theatre in London. The Winslow Boy, starring Michael Cumpsty, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio,Alessandro Nivola and Roger Rees, directed by Lindsay Posner, opened last night, October 17, 2013 at American Airlines Theatre. Below you can check out photos of the cast in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride
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This Week on Stage: Romeo, 'The Seagull,' and 'Wait Until Dark' in L.A.

This Week on Stage: Romeo, 'The Seagull,' and 'Wait Until Dark' in L.A.
More Bard, more Chekhov, and some choice revivals pepper this week’s lineup of new plays on the boards, with some notable stars getting their feet wet in classics (Alison Pill, Elizabeth Olsen, Alessandro Nivola, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), and expect more of the same this spring: Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, and Oscar winner Marisa Tomei will join recent Best Actor Tony recipient (and acclaimed scribe) Tracy Letts in a new play by Will Eno on Broadway. Moreover, buzz has restarted that James Franco may finally make his long-awaited Main Stem debut in a revival of Of Mice and Men
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This Week on Stage: Romeo, 'The Seagull,' and 'Wait Until Dark' in L.A.

This Week on Stage: Romeo, 'The Seagull,' and 'Wait Until Dark' in L.A.
More Bard, more Chekhov, and some choice revivals pepper this week’s lineup of new plays on the boards, with some notable stars getting their feet wet in classics (Alison Pill, Elizabeth Olsen, Alessandro Nivola, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), and expect more of the same this spring: Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, and Oscar winner Marisa Tomei will join recent Best Actor Tony recipient (and acclaimed scribe) Tracy Letts in a new play by Will Eno on Broadway. Moreover, buzz has restarted that James Franco may finally make his long-awaited Main Stem debut in a revival of Of Mice and Men
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