Category Archives: Film

HELLO, DOLLY! & COME FROM AWAY TOP OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE WINNERS; FULL LIST! ·

(from Broadway World, 5/8; via Pam Green.)

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced today its award winners for the 2016-17 season in 27 categories.

Broadway’s Danny BursteinKatie Finneran andChristopher Fitzgerald will serve as gala award presenters at the upcoming 67th Annual Outer Critics

Circle Awards ceremony on May 25th (3PM) at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.

Celebrating its 67th season of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theatre, the Outer Critics Circle, is an association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, web sites, radio and television stations, and theatre publications in America and abroad.

 (Winners names are in bold preceded by an asterisk. *) 

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
A Doll’s House, Part 2
Indecent
*Oslo
Sweat

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
Anastasia
A Bronx Tale
*Come From Away
Groundhog Day
Holiday Inn

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
*If I Forget
Incognito
A Life
Linda
Love, Love, Love

 

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http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-News-HELLO-DOLLY-COME-FROM-AWAY-Top-Outer-Critics-Circle-Winners-Full-List-20170508

INGO SWANN: ‘A LIFE GONE WILD’ AT THE PHILIP K DICK FILM FESTIVAL IN NYC, MAY 25TH TO 30TH ·

 

(via Marty Rosenblatt)

 

“The Estate of Ingo Swann is excited to announce “A Life Gone Wild” the short film is part of the official selection at the Philip K Dick Film Festival in NYC, May 25th to 30th. 

 

Directed by Maryanne Bilham-Knight, Editor Albert OH, Produced by Swann-Ryder Productions LLC, Robert M Knight, Nick Cook and John Stahler.

 

The film screening is followed with a prestigious panel of scientists and practitioners including: 

 

Jacques Vallee, high-tech investor, noted for his works on the early Internet, who served as the “French researcher “in Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”; 

 

Harold Puthoff, theoretical and experimental physicist and creator of the government’s Stargate Remote Viewing Program;

 

Tom McNear, former Stargate Remote Viewer;

Blynne Olivieri, Head of Special Collections at the University of West Georgia.

 

For more details go to: http://www.thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com/program_17_2.html

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Photo: Higher Journeys

ROBERT OSBORNE, TCM HOST AND FILM HISTORIAN, DIES AT 84 ·

(Carmel Dagan’s article appeared in Variety, 3/6; via Pam Green.)

Film historian Robert Osborne, the effervescent primetime host of Turner Classic Movies since the cabler’s inception in 1994, has died. He was 84.

TCM’s general manager Jennifer Dorian released a statement saying, “All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne. Robert was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than 23 years. He joined us as an expert on classic film and grew to be our cherished colleague and esteemed ambassador for TCM. Robert was embraced by devoted fans who saw him as a trusted expert and friend. His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support for film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host. Robert’s contributions were fundamental in shaping TCM into what it is today and we owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.”

Osborne was an irrepressible advocate for the films of Hollywood’s golden era who wrote the Motion Picture Academy-sanctioned “50 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards” in 1978 and a number of updates ending in 2008 with “80 Years of the Oscar.”

(Read more)

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/robert-osborne-dead-dies-tcm-host-1202002748/

Photo: ABC 7.com.

 

JOHN MILTON: ‘COMUS’ (SV PICK, UK) ·

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(Lyn Gardner’s article appeared in the Guardian, 11/3.)

Director Lucy Bailey has a deserved reputation for treating difficult plays with an impudent respect and getting the best out of them – as with her splendidly gory Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare’s Globe. Now she has taken a text by the 17th-century poet John Milton and with the help of Patrick Barlow, founder of the National Theatre of Brent and adapter of The 39 Steps, turned it into something akin to The Masque That Goes Wrong.

The result may remain something of a curiosity, but it is a beautifully performed featherlight confection that’s funny, sexy and reframes the piece subtitled “a Masque in Honour of Chastity” into one in honour of a young woman who knows her own mind and how she intends to live in a male-dominated world.

(Read more)

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/nov/03/comus-review-milton-chastity-play-sam-wanamaker-playhouse-london-patrick-barlow-lucy-bailey

Photo: Independent

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WHO WERE THE GREATEST TAP-DANCERS OF ALL TIME? ·

(Listen on BBC4 at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04d4b02 )

In 1943 two African American brothers from Philadelphia performed a dance routine in the film Stormy Weather, which Fred Astaire would come to refer to as the greatest movie musical sequence he had ever seen. For Fayard and Harold Nicholas – otherwise known as The Nicholas Brothers – this was no small feat in 1940s Hollywood, when racial prejudice was commonplace. Entirely self-taught the brothers had been regular performers at Harlem’s famous Cotton Club – working with the orchestras of Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington – and became known for their highly acrobatic and artistic technique – with one of the brothers later going on to teach Michael Jackson. Dancer and choreographer Stuart Thomas explains why The Nicholas Brothers have been such an inspiration.

First broadcast on Front Row, 19 October 2016.

Release date:

25 October 2016

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MERYL STREEP MAKES HER FIRST VISIT TO NANTUCKET MEMORABLE ·

 

 

(Sandy MacDonald’s article appeared in the Boston Globe, 8/1; via Pam Green.)

Meryl Streep had a very busy week, even for her. She gave a shout-out to Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention; inked a contract to appear in “Mary Poppins Returns” — a movie musical from “Hairspray” creators Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman that will also star Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda — and geared up for the Aug. 12 rollout of the biopic “Florence Foster Jenkins.”

Still, there she was Saturday, alongside her former Yale Drama School classmate John Shea at a benefit for the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. (Surprisingly, it was Streep’s first time on the island.) The handsome Shea, who’s perhaps best known for playing Lex Luthor in the ’90s TV series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” got his start as a TWN apprentice in 1968 and has remained ever grateful.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/names/2016/07/31/streep-makes-her-first-visit-nantucket-memorable/eMNl6euj5VYMAJ99Rp8MIL/story.html

MARISA BERENSON ON KUBRICK, MODELLING, AND REGRETS : ‘I WISH DALI HAD PAINTED ME NUDE’ ·

 

(Robbie Collin’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 7/29.)

Marisa Berenson first realised Stanley Kubrick wasn’t like other directors when he told her to stay out of direct sunlight for six months before filming.

It was the summer of 1972. Berenson was a 25-year-old Vogue cover model who’d spent most of her adult life whistling round the world with a photographer in tow. But she’d also just been cast opposite Ryan O’Neal as the female lead in Barry Lyndon, Kubrick’s long-gestating 18th-century costume drama. And his aim for total historical accuracy extended to the complexions of his cast.

I thought, ‘Oh my God, how am I going to get through the summer?’ ” recalls Berenson, now a regal and radiant 69, in the bar of a London hotel. (She’s appearing as Lady Capulet in Kenneth Branagh’s production of Romeo and Juliet.) “I had a trip planned to St Tropez, and in those days I was always basking on the beach in bikinis.” The solution, as it so often does, involved transparent kaftans.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2016/07/29/marisa-berenson-on-kubrick-modelling-and-regrets–i-wish-dali-ha/

HOW RAVEN MCRAE, A BROADWAY DANCER, SPENDS HER SUNDAYS ·

 

(Vincent M. Mallozzi’s article appeared in The New York Times, 7/8; via Pam Green.)

Raven McRae, a 22-year-old dancer who was trained as an actress at LaGuardia High School, is the only native New Yorker in the cast of “Paramour,” a Cirque du Soleil musical currently on Broadway. Ms. McRae, who spent much of her childhood on Staten Island, lives there with her mother in an apartment in St. George. On Sundays, she commutes by ferry to Manhattan for two performances. Ms. McRae made her Broadway debut as a dancer two years ago in “Motown: The Musical.”

SHOWER WITH SPOTIFY I wake up at 8 and immediately check my iPhone, which is also my alarm clock, to see if stage management left any message regarding schedule changes. I need to catch a 9 o’clock boat into Manhattan, so I run into the shower and use Spotify on my phone to listen to Kendrick Lamar, who I love. I time my shower to the length of two Kendrick songs. I don’t consider him a rapper; I consider him a poet and an artist. He sings so passionately and doesn’t hold anything back, and that puts me in a good mood and inspires me to give 100 percent of myself on stage. Then I’m running out the door without eating breakfast because for me, chewing is just too much work that early in the morning.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/nyregion/how-raven-mcrae-a-broadway-dancer-spends-her-sundays.html?_r=0

STEPHEN SONDHEM: ‘FOLLIES’ FILM FOOTAGE FROM 1971 PRODUCTION W/ ALEXIS SMITH, DOROTHY COLLINS, GENE NELSON, JOHN MCMARTIN, YVONNE DE CARLO, PLUS MORE ·

 

Stephen Sondheim's Follies starring Alexis Smith, Dorothy Collins, Gene Nelson, John McMartin, Yvonne De Carlo, Ethel Shutta, Fifi D'Orsay and Mary McCarty. This is a reconstruction of what the magic must have been like in the original 1971 production. All the available existing footage was edited together to achieve the most professional result, with different angles, restored image quality, restored colour quality, stabilised images, no jumpy cuts, synchronised audio, etc… If you have any footage which I don't already have (or if it's in better condition), could you please contact me at 1971FolliesFan@mail.com ? Thank you very much for contributing. Songlist: Prologue "Beautiful Girls" "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs" Montage ("Listen to the Rain on the Roof", "Ah, Paris!", "Broadway Baby") "The Road You Didn't Take" Bolero d'Amour "In Buddy's Eyes" "Who's That Woman?" "I'm Still Here" "Too Many Mornings" "The Right Girl" "Could I Leave You?" "Loveland" "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow/Love Will See Us Through" "God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues" ("Buddy's Blues") "Losing My Mind" "The Story of Lucy and Jessie" "Live, Laugh, Love" "Chaos" Curtain Calls And also many dialogue scenes!