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Dolly Wells‪ on‬ directing Emily Mortimer, bookshops, and Jane Curtin and Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl director Marielle Heller's latest film, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, stars Melissa McCarthy as Lee Israel and is based on Israel's autobiography with a screenplay co-written by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (original book for Michael Mayer's Head Over Heels and Tony winner for Avenue Q). In the second half of my conversation at the Whitby with Dolly Wells, who plays Anna, a bookshop owner who befriends Lee, we explore the nature of their relationship.

Dolly points out a detail regarding a stolen coat, how there is "real life in those costumes" by Arjun Bhasin, directing her Doll & Em co-star Emily Mortimer in Good Posture, "real bookshops, real characters selling books", and what's under the bed.

Dolly Wells: "I only moved to
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Dolly Wells on costume designer Arjun Bhasin: "I mean I had worked out Anna but once I was putting on his clothes, I thought, oh my god, this is so good." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Dolly Wells, star of Doll & Em with Emily Mortimer (Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop) plays Anna, a bookshop owner in Marielle Heller's Can You Ever Forgive Me?, co-written by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (original book for Michael Mayer's Head Over Heels and Tony winner for Avenue Q). Based on the book by Lee Israel, the film stars Melissa McCarthy as Lee Israel with Richard E Grant as Jack Hock, Jane Curtin as her agent Marjorie, Anna Deavere Smith as Israel's ex Elaine, and bookstore owners Alan and Paul, played by Ben Falcone and Stephen Spinella.

Dolly Wells on her role as Anna with Melissa McCarthy's Lee Israel: "She instructs her, which is so ironic.
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Broadway Box Office Dips To $26M; Daniel Radcliffe Returns To NYC Stage

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Broadway Box Office Dips To $26M; Daniel Radcliffe Returns To NYC Stage
Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale arrived on Broadway this week in The Lifespan of a Fact, pulling in solid box office for four preview performances during a week that saw most productions dipping or hanging steady.

In all, Broadway’s $26,309,336 box office total for Week 17 (ending Sept. 23) was down 8.5% from the previous week, with attendance of 223,438 off about 13%. Even so, about 87% of seats were filled.

The slips were due, in part, to fewer shows (27 productions compared to the previous week’s 29). Gone for good were Carousel, Gettin’ The Band Back Together and Spongebob Squarepants; Springsteen On Broadway was on hiatus (back Sept. 26).

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child donated 1,500 tickets on Sept. 23 to Lumos, the organization founded by J.K. Rowling to rescue children from harmful orphanages around the world. The contribution was apparent in the production’s 22% drop in box office.

The week’s newcomer,
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Marnie panel and screening with Nicholas Wright and Michael Mayer at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Nico Muhly's Marnie, based on Winston Graham’s novel, which had been adapted by Jay Presson Allen for Alfred Hitchcock's film (starring Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren) is coming to The Metropolitan Opera in New York. At the Film Society of Lincoln Center, librettist Nicholas Wright and director Michael Mayer joined Paul Cremo (Director of Opera Commissioning Program at The Met) before a 35mm print screening of Marnie for a conversation on the choices they made in adapting the book for the opera. They shared their comments on the controversial film, Hitchcock's mothers and the sexual politics of the times.

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard stars as Marnie and baritone Christopher Maltman is the man who pursues her. The costumes are by Arianne Phillips who also did Michael Mayer's Broadway production of Head Over Heels,
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‘Pretty Woman’ Broadway Review: The Hooker Julia Roberts Made Famous Is Back, and She Can Belt

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Prostitutes, once a staple of the Broadway musical, have been keeping a low profile in recent years. The old fantasy of sleeping with guys and making good money yielded long ago to real horror stories of exploitation, sexism, drug addiction and human trafficking. None of which has stopped Garry Marshall and J. F. Lawton from turning their hit 1990 movie “Pretty Woman” into a Broadway musical, which opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre.

Marshall directed the movie and Lawton wrote the screenplay, and they’re credited this time around as writers of the book, which means “Pretty Woman” the musical is a too-faithful adaptation of the original.

They have made one small but important update. The heroine’s seamy occupation is acknowledged at the get-go by turning her first song into a heartfelt lament, “Anywhere but Here,” effectively delivered in country style by a strong-voiced Samantha Barks.

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Keri Russell joins Adam Driver in Broadway revival of Burn This by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2018-08-16 21:51:56

Michael Mayer‬ on ‪Keri Russell joining Adam Driver in the director's Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's Burn This‬: "We did a reading of the play with Adam some weeks ago, and I responded immediately to her great intelligence and passion." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

‪Michael Mayer‬, the director of The Seagull and the timely and rapturous Broadway musical Head Over Heels (based on Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia featuring the song catalogue of The Go-Go's and Belinda Carlisle), has just announced that ‪Keri Russell will be joining her Star Wars: Episode IX comrade Adam Driver (star of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman) in Mayer's Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's Burn This‬. The original production of Burn This in 1987 starred John Malkovich and Joan Allen.

‪Michael Mayer,‬ who is also directing Nico Muhly's opera Marnie, based on Winston Graham’s novel, at The Metropolitan Opera in New York, will participate in
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Listen: How ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Changed Broadway

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Listen: How ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Changed Broadway
Since starting his tenure on “So You Think You Can Dance” 10 seasons ago, Spencer Liff has choreographed Broadway productions from “Falsettos” to “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” to “Head Over Heels,” the new musical with tunes by the Go-Go’s that’s now running at the Hudson Theatre. But Liff’s work isn’t the only way that Fox’s long-running dance series has changed Broadway.

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“It’s educated people sitting at home who have never been in a dance class,” Liff said on the latest episode of Stagecraft, Variety‘s theater podcast, on which he appeared alongside Michael Mayer, the Tony-winning director of “Head Over Heels.” “They’ve heard the judges comment, on both our show and ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ and they now know the difference between a battement and a tour-jeté, and who’s doing it correctly.
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Broadway’s ‘Pretty Woman’ Tops $1M In Seven-Show Week; ‘Head Over Heels’ Totters

Pretty Woman played seven previews to nearly Sro audiences and Mean Girls set another house record, but the Go-Go’s musical Head Over Heels just couldn’t find its footing as it opened to sales as weak as its reviews during Week 9 of the Broadway season.

Overall, summertime Broadway was anything but wilted for the week ending July 29, taking in a strong $39,633,285 in total box office. That’s a jump of nearly 8% over the previous week’s $36M, and a big 26% over the same period last year.

Total attendance for the week was 295,685, a solid 95% of capacity and a 5% hike over the previous week. Those 295,685 theatergoers spent an average $134 for their seats, compared to the $119 average last summer.

The previewing Pretty Woman: The Musical, at the Nederlander Theatre, is off to a terrific start, grossing $1,068,493 for a seven-performance week (just one shy of a full eight-show week). With an average
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New York Times Theater Critic Apologizes for Offending ‘Transgender and Nonbinary Communities’

New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley apologized for his review of the broadway show “Head Over Heels,” featuring the first openly trans woman to play a leading role on Broadway.

“I feel horrible about having offended transgender and nonbinary communities,” he said in a statement posted to the New York Times Communications Twitter account on Friday.

“I was trying to reflect the light tone of the show, as well as a plot point in which one character learns to acknowledge another not as ‘she’ but as ‘they,'” he said. “This unfortunately read as more flippant than I would ever have intended, especially with regard to a performance that marks a historical first. I am deeply sorry.”

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Here is Ben Brantley's response to the conversation surrounding his review of "Head Over Heels" https://t.co/48Xr2xgOjK.
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Film News Roundup: Edgar Ramirez in Negotiations for Netflix’s ‘Last Days of American Crime’

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In today’s film news roundup, Edgar Ramirez is in talks to play a criminal, Kiersey Clemons is in negotiations to portray a flower arranger and finalists have been announced for Universal’s Film Music Composer Initiative.


Edgar Ramirez is in talks to portray a career criminal in Netflix’s near-future movie “The Last Days of American Crime.”

The project is based on the Radical Publishing graphic novel by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini. Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2”) is directing from an adapted screenplay by Karl Gajdusek, whose credits include “Oblivion” and “Stranger Things.”

The story centers on U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. Graham Bricke, a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score, teams up with Kevin Cash and Shelby Dupree to commit the heist of the century and the last crime
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Bcdf Pictures Sets NY Times Bestseller ‘The Language Of Flowers’ With Michael Mayer Directing, Kiersey Clemons In Talks

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Exclusive: Michael Mayer, who recently directed the Annette Bening-Saoirse Ronan movie, The Seagull, has come on board to direct the feature take on Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s New York Times bestseller The Language of Flowers. Kiersey Clemons, star of Open Road’s cult comedy Dope and the upcoming Warner Bros./DC Flash movie is in talks to star in the lead role of Victoria.

The Language of Flowers tells the story of a young woman who, after being released from the foster care system, finds work in a flower shop. There she changes the lives of others while working to overcome her own troubled past with her foster mother. The book spent 69 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and has sold over 2M copies worldwide in 40 languages. Previously set up at Fox 2000, the novel was then developed by Bcdf with a new screenplay by Peter Hutchings.

Claude Dal Farra,
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Broadway Review: Go-Go’s Musical ‘Head Over Heels’

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It’s really hard to laugh when somebody’s holding a gun to your head. That’s the way this Go-Go’s feels in “Head Over Heels,” an over-written, over-designed, and generally overdone production directed by Michael Mayer. From the sets and costumes to the performance style, the basic principle seems to be: Less is boring and more is never enough. Thanks, no doubt, to the Oracle of Delphi (played here by the impishly funny Peppermint), it’s a miracle that at least some of the wit in Jeff Whitty’s original book gets through.

The storyline is credited to Sir Philip Sidney, an Elizabethan sonneteer whose 180,000-word narrative poem, “The Arcadia,” inspired many other imitations. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. If Shakespeare could crib from this rom-com material (see “As You Like It”), so can Whitty and James Magruder, who did the adaptation for this Broadway production.
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‘Head Over Heels’ Review: The Go-Go’s Musical That Isn’t

For better or worse, Broadway’s Head Over Heels is stuck with being known as “the Go-Go’s musical” – better because of the good will floating on stage with all those lighter-than-air hits by Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, et.al., worse because the hard-working new production can’t seem to keep itself from popping those effervescence tune bubbles one by one.

With the Go-Go’s music shotgun-wedded to Sir Philip Sidney’s 16th century prose poem The Arcadia – a marriage conceived by Avenue Q‘s Jeff Whitty, who wrote the original book before splitting, reportedly in part over his inclination to rewrite some of the Go-Go’s lyrics – Head Over Heels is Elizabethan farce by way of ye olde MTV. The verse may be archaic, but the we’re here sentiment is as up to date as last week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Further adapted by James Magruder
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The Go-Gos appeared on CBS Sunday Morning to discuss their career for the launch of the Broadway musical "Head Over Heels". ♥️ this band so much.
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Broadway Box Office Slips; Recent Arrivals ‘Straight White Men’, ‘Head Over Heels’ Seek Footing

With Bruce Springsteen still on a soon-to-end hiatus, competition from fireworks and two fledgling productions still getting their footing, Broadway box office was down about 11% for the week ending July 8, the 30 shows grossing a total $33,865,380.

Paid attendance of 272,945 put Broadway houses at about 92% of capacity, with an average paid admission of $124.07. That attendance is down about 6% from last week when the Street had 33 shows running.

New(ish) to the line-up, Straight White Men played its first full week of eight previews (compared to last week’s three performances), with the Josh Charles and Armie Hammer starrer taking in $302,222, about 47% of potential. Attendance of 4,139 was closer to the mark, about 89% of the 4,648 capacity. That means average ticket price was $73.02, well below the $149 most ticket buyers could have spent.

The Young Jean Lee-penned play had some cast upheavals in recent weeks, but nothing that would impact the marquee value too much – Hammer,
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Concert Review: Go-Go’s Have the Beat — and Bassoons, Too — at Hollywood Bowl

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Concert Review: Go-Go’s Have the Beat — and Bassoons, Too — at Hollywood Bowl
The Go-Go’s have never had a harmonic bicoastal convergence like the one they’re enjoying in both Los Angeles and New York this month. On the east coast, Broadway is currently playing host to previews of “Head Over Heels” — not the real Go-Go mania, but an incredible simulation. Out west, the group kicked off a three-night reunion residency Monday evening at the Hollywood Bowl, where the fireworks are not between Kathy Valentine’s and the rest of the band’s lawyers (she’s back!) but above the bandshell.

There’s a funny kind of reversal going on here, though. When it was announced that “Head Over Heels” would use the band’s music as a song score for a theatrical musical-comedy, a lot of people naturally feared how their songs might lose their rock and roll luster in being bigger and Broadway-ized. Yet their ‘80s and ‘90s hits are rendered pretty faithfully,
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HBO Europe Orders Czech Drama ‘Oblivious’ From ‘Wasteland’ Director Ivan Zacharias

HBO has ordered Czech spy drama Oblivious from the director of Wasteland as it steps up its original commissions in Europe.

The six-part drama is the latest original from the region, which has delivered series such as Agnieszka Holland’s Burning Bush and Polish thriller The Pack. It comes after HBO Europe partnered with the team behind acclaimed Scandi drama Lilyhammer last week on sci-fi comedy Beforeigners.

Oblivious is set in the Czech Republic in the 1980s. It was written by newcomer Ondřej Gabriel, who studied political science at Prague’s Charles University before becoming a playwright, and directed by Ivan Zacharias, the Czech filmmaker behind HBO Europe’s Wasteland.

The drama was unveiled during a panel at the Karlovy Vary film festival in the Czech Republic, which looked at HBO Europe’s role in discovering and developing writers in Central Europe. It featured screenwriters including Bogdan Mirica, creator of Romanian drama Shadows,
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HBO Europe Greenlights Czech Series ‘Oblivious’

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Adding to its line-up of original productions from Central and Eastern Europe, HBO Europe announced Sunday at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival that it has greenlit an original Czech series, “Oblivious.”

The espionage drama set in Czechoslovakia during the 1980s will be helmed by Ivan Zacharias, whose HBO Europe series “Wasteland” is now set for streaming distribution in the U.S.

The six-part spy story is being written by television screenwriter Ondrej Gabriel, which the company has said illustrates its commitment to developing new talent from the region.

Zacharias created a bleak, menacing world in his past series for HBO Europe, “Wasteland,” which followed the trail of a child-napping in the Czech Republic’s northern coal region amid power intrigues and corporate secrets.

That series, which released two seasons, premiered at Karlovy Vary in 2016 amid warm audience and critical responses.

The “Oblivious” announcement capped a panel at the festival that
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Up on the Marquee: The 2018-19 Broadway Season Begins!

The Tonys have come and gone, which means that the 2018-2019 Broadway season has already begun Sixteen shows are scheduled to open before the end of the year, including The Boys in the Band already open, Straight White Men, Head Over Heels, Gettin' the Band Back Together, Pretty Woman The Musical, BernhardtHamlet, The Nap, The Lifespan of a Fact, The Ferryman, The Waverly Gallery, Torch Song, American Son, King Kong, The Prom, The Cher Show and To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Birds of a feather by Anne-Katrin Titze

Elisabeth Moss, Mare Winningham, Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Michael Zegen, and Jon Tenney in the sublime costumes designed by Ann Roth for Michael Mayer's lush and layered take on The Seagull

In the second instalment of my conversation with The Seagull director, who is currently working on an upcoming Broadway production of Head Over Heels, based on the song catalogue of The Go-Go's and Belinda Carlisle with costumes by Arianne Phillips, Michael Mayer spoke about collaborating with screenwriter Stephen Karam (Tony Award winner for The Humans) and composer Nico Muhly.

Michael Mayer on ‪Nico Muhly‬'s music for Billy Howle's role in The Seagull: "[It] goes with the spirit of Konstantin who is young and trying to make new forms and is passionate about that."

Michael Mayer is a very busy creator. He has a Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's Burn This with Adam Driver on board
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