April 21, 2014

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Critics’ Choice: Joey Berlin from BFCA

Joey Berlin from the Broadcast Film Critics Association – Critics’ Choice Awards
By ROBERT W. WELKOS
In 1995, Joey Berlin and Rod Lurie, two entertainment reporters and film critics who had written for rival publications, joined forces to create the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.
While Lurie would go on to carve out a successful Hollywood career as a screenwriter and director with such films as “The Contender” and “The Last Castle,” Berlin hasn’t faired too badly, either, as the president of the BFCA.
Starting with 44 members the first year, the BFCA’s voting membership today hovers between 285 and 290 and the organization bills itself as the largest film critics group in the U.S. and Canada.
At the same time, the BFCA created the Critics’ Choice Awards, a glitzy tux-and-gown gala now televised on the CW Network that features red carpet celebrity arrivals, drawing worldwide media attention and plenty of Oscar buzz since the show coincides with the run-up to the Academy Awards.
But as the show has catapulted the broadcast critics into the Oscar conversation each movies awards season, tax records show that the nonprofit group Berlin leads has paid his privately-owned company, Berlin Entertainment, Inc., hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for production services.
Read prior Broadcast Film Critics Association story here at Hollywoodnews.com
IRS Form 990 filings list Berlin Entertainment, Inc., receiving a combined $992,270 from the nonprofit between fiscal 2009 and 2011.
Berlin notes that his members seem to be satisfied with the job he’s doing since he has been repeatedly re-elected president every two years.
The tax files show that Berlin’s base compensation and benefits were a combined $1,297,133 for the three-year period spanning fiscal 2009 to 2011. But his compensation is listed as coming from “related organizations” and not directly from the BFCA, according to the Form 990 documents, which all nonprofits are required to file with the IRS to qualify for tax-exempt status.
When asked about his sizeable compensation, Berlin told HollywoodNews.com in a recent telephone interview: “I did this for five years for zero compensation, but this is what I do all day, every day. I’m really proud of what we’ve built and accomplished….
“My compensation has grown with the growth of the show,” he adds without apology. “The television show is an incredible benefit to the members.” He notes that these benefits include such things as access and awards screeners. “That seems a comfortable arrangement for everybody.”
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The Oscars® were no enormous shame, a few good jokes, no great shocks

I’m a big fan of Ellen DeGeneres and her understated, often brilliant humor. This was most evident when she hosted the 2001 Emmy Awards after the horrific events in New York and Washington that year. The show was postponed twice, and when it finally aired a couple of months later the big question was how it could be entertaining?
Almost from the outset Ellen delivered. To paraphrase what she said, it was something like the terrorists could not break our spirit. Then she paused and deadpanned that only network executives could do that.

It was funny, unexpected yet absolutely true. It related to the events just passed, but broke the ice and allowed the show to go on to its true purpose after the long delay.

The Oscars Rate a B-Minus.
I wish I could say Ellen’s performance last night rose to that occasion. Though it generally retained the dignity and glamour that audiences expect, something lost in last year’s show hosted by Seth MacFarlane, it was mostly bland with repetitive jokes and occasional good moments. Having said that, I cringed a bit when Ellen repeated out loud and very slowly a compliment to Nebraska supporting actress nominee June Squibb, whom Ellen had termed the oldest Oscar nominee ever, as if the actress were almost deaf and needed careful attention to hear her remarks.

Throughout the ABC show, Ellen drew from a past playbook and redid bits from the last time she hosted in 2007, often appearing in the audience, talking with this celebrity or that and taking photos. In one segment she asked if anyone was hungry, which drew very few responses and went on much too long. However, when a pizza man arrived later in the show, though only with three pizzas, it was amusing to see how many celebrities accepted a slice, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Harrison Ford. And that no one initially responded to Ellen’s request for donations to pay the man.
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I’d thought sometime later it would have been funny if the delivery man, denied payment, started taking back the pizza slices from Meryl, Julia and the others. However, they eventually paid the bit off when Ellen passed a hat into which producer Harvey Weinstein threw two hundred dollars and several celebrities forked over twenty or more dollars each. By my count that was over three hundred [...]

Oscars: 12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards

After months and months of lead up and speculation (not to mention an endless string of precursor awards), the Academy Awards were finally given out, and the results were almost as unpredictable as we’d all been saying. 12 Years a Slave took home Best Picture despite only winning two other Oscars and losing in the Best Director and Best Film Editing categories (both of which Gravity took), normally categories that go to the Best Picture winner. Gravity was the biggest winner of the night in terms of numbers though, taking seven prizes, including the aforementioned Director (for Alfonso Cuaron) and Editing fields.
In terms of the other prizes, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were once again awarded for their performances in Dallas Buyers Club (McConaughey in Best Actor and Leto in Best Supporting Actor), while Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for Blue Jasmine and Lupita Nyong’o edged out Jennifer Lawrence in the Best Supporting Actress category. Best Original Screenplay went to Spike Jonze for Her (my personal favorite award of the evening) and John Ridley won Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave. Other winners included Frozen (Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song), 20 Feet from Stardom (Best Documentary Feature), and The Great Beauty (Best Foreign Language Feature).
Here now are all of the results from the 86th Academy Awards:
BEST PICTURE
“12 Years a Slave” – WINNER
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity”
“Her”
“Nebraska”
“Philomena”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
BEST DIRECTOR
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity” – WINNER
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club” – WINNER
BEST ACTRESS
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine” – WINNER
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“American Hustle” – Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine” – Written by Woody Allen
“Her” – Written by Spike Jonze – WINNER
“Nebraska” – Written by Bob Nelson
“Dallas Buyers Club” – Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“Before Midnight” – Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
“Captain Phillips” – Screenplay by Billy Ray
“Philomena” – Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
“12 Years a Slave” – Screenplay by John Ridley – WINNER
“The Wolf of Wall Street” – Screenplay by Terence Winter
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave” – WINNER
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
Sally [...]

Oscars: Get to know the Best Supporting Actress race

Best Supporting Actress
Nominees: Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine, Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle, Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave, Julia Roberts for August: Osage County, and June Squibb for Nebraska
Notable precursor wins: Lawrence wins BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards, while Nyong’o wins Broadcast Film Critics and Screen Actors Guild Awards
Current frontrunner: Jennifer Lawrence (by a hair)
Next in line: Lupita Nyong’o (super close behind)
Dark horse: June Squibb (way behind)
Wrapping up my “Get to know” series, we now have the final piece of the puzzle as we focus today on the Best Supporting Actress race. As you can see in the vital statistics above, the gentlemen making up this category are Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine, Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle, Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave, Julia Roberts for August: Osage County, and June Squibb for Nebraska. Two of these ladies are way out in front, with predictions split between them. One’s got to emerge victorious though, so which one will it be?
From the very first of the precursors, it’s been a back and forth between Lawrence and Nyong’o. They’ve split the important precursors evenly, while both also picked up critics group attention in a big way. They’re all but tied, which means that something’s gotta give. Will Academy voters go full steam ahead in making Lawrence their new Oscar darling or will they crown Nyong’o instead, embracing a new face? It could go either way folks, though the late momentum has ever so slightly favored Lawrence.
Now then, one of them has to win, right? By a slim majority, my colleagues seem to be predicting Nyong’o, but my gut feeling is that Lawrence pulls it out in the end. An absolute shock would have Squibb sneaking in at the last minute, but I wouldn’t count on that. A Nyong’o win wouldn’t surprise me in the least, but I’m seeing a Lawrence victory at this current juncture. We’ll know for a sure in just a few days though…
That’s it for these categories, so stay tuned for the Academy Awards on Sunday night to see what actually happens!

“Vanity Fair” 2014 Hollywood Issue. A year of spectacular film with a group of distinguished actors

For the 20th annual Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, the magazine celebrates a year of spectacular film with a group of distinguished actors. The cover, a three-panel foldout by Vanity Fair contributing photographer Annie Leibovitz, who also shot the first ever Hollywood Issue cover, in 1995, features Oscar nominees Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), and Lupita Nyong?o (12 Years a Slave), as well as Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), George Clooney (Gravity), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Chadwick Boseman (42), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color).
Julia Roberts is an industry veteran who makes a splash with her Oscar-nominated performance in John Wells’s August: Osage County. Though Roberts has been on the cover of Vanity Fair five times, this is her first time on the Hollywood Issue cover.
British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor rivets audiences with his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Solomon Northup, in Steve McQueen?s 12 Years a Slave.
Jared Leto recently won a Golden Globe for his heartbreaking, Oscar-nominated performance as the transgender Rayon in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club.
Recent Yale Drama School grad Lupita Nyong’o won universal acclaim this year with her Oscar-nominated performance as the beautiful, tortured Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.
British actor Idris Elba brings to life Africa’s greatest hero, in Justin Chadwick?s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
The perennial matinee idol George Clooney provides a soothing calm to a perilous 3-D space walk in Alfonso Cuarón?s Oscar-nominated Gravity. He was also one of the producers of August: Osage County. This is his first time appearing on the Hollywood Issue cover.
Michael B. Jordan raised the profile of Oscar Grant III, the young man fatally shot by an Oakland transit-police officer, with his performance in Ryan Coogler?s sleeper hit, Fruitvale Station.
Recent Bond Girl Naomie Harris held her own as Winnie Mandela, starring opposite fellow Brit Elba in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Brie Larson breaks onto the scene with her lead role in Destin Daniel Cretton?s Short Term 12.
Chadwick Boseman moved up to the majors with his performance as baseball legend Jackie Robinson, in Brian Helgeland?s biopic 42.
Australian sensation Margot Robbie, the youngest actress to grace this year?s Hollywood cover, metamorphosed into the Duchess of Bay Ridge in Martin Scorsese?s Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street.
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The Hollywood Film Awards gala ceremony lit up the night with a star-studded turnout at its 17th anniversary show on Monday night at the Beverly Hilton

The race is on. The Hollywood Film Awards gala ceremony lit up the night with a star-studded turnout at its 17th anniversary show on Monday night at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills. The A-list event attracted Hollywood’s elite to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking, as well as creative talent within the global creative community. The evening was hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell. A full list of the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards honorees is listed below.
Honorees recognized for their achievements at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards gala included: Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Coldplay, Lupita Nyong’o, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dan Scanlon, Michael De Luca, John Knoll, Steve McQueen, Jerry Weintraub, Lee Daniels, Michael B. Jordan, Sophie Nelisse, David Oyelowo, Michael Wilkinson, Judy Becker, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, and Misty Upham.
Celebrity presenters for the evening included: Jack Black, Octavia Spencer, Geoffrey Rush, Robert Downey Jr., Sean Penn, Kanye West, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Jane Fonda, Forest Whitaker, Brian Helgeland, Jennifer Garner, Sean Hayes, Robert Kazinsky, Viola Davis, Angela Bassett and Olivia Munn among others.
Multiplatinum, multiple award-winning recording act Coldplay was honored with the Hollywood Song Award for the hit song “Atlas” from Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. The band’s Chris Martin gave a soaring solo performance of “Atlas,” in addition to accepting the award on behalf of Coldplay. The award was presented by 10-time Grammy winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.
17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards is sponsored by the Dodge Brand, Samsung, Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Variety. Champagne courtesy of Moet & Chandon.
2013 HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARD HONOREES:
“Hollywood Career Achievement Award”
Harrison Ford
“Hollywood Legend Award”
Jerry Weintraub
“Hollywood Actor Award”
Matthew McConaughey
“Hollywood Actress Award”
Sandra Bullock
“Hollywood Supporting Actor Award”
Jake Gyllenhaal
“Hollywood Supporting Actress Award”
Julia Roberts
“Hollywood Breakout Performance Award”
Jared Leto
“New Hollywood Award”
Lupita Nyong’o
“Hollywood Spotlight Award Presented By Dodge”
Michael B. Jordan, Sophie Nelisse, David Oyelowo
“Hollywood Breakout Director Award”
Steve McQueen
“Hollywood Director Award”
Lee Daniels
“Hollywood Producers Award”
Michael DeLuca
“Hollywood Screenwriter Award”
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater
“Hollywood Visual Effects Award”
John Knoll, “Pacific Rim”
“Hollywood Animation Award”
Dan Scanlon, “Monsters University”
“Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award”
Cast of “August: Osage County” including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, and Misty Upham.
“Hollywood Song Award”
Coldplay – “Atlas” from the film “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
“Hollywood Costume and [...]

The Cast of “August: Osage County” to be Honored with the Hollywood Ensemble Award at the Hollywood Film Awards

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that the cast of “August: Osage County,” directed by John Wells, will be honored with the “Hollywood Ensemble Award”. The honor will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21st, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“We are very proud to recognize the ensemble cast of “August: Osage County,” for their dramatic and outstanding performances,” said de Abreu.
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers, and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance. Past Hollywood Ensemble Award honorees have included the cast of “Argo,” “The Social Network,” and “The Help.”
The 2013 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will be honoring the prolific and legendary producer Jerry Weintraub with the “Hollywood Legend Award,” Academy award-nominated actor Harrison Ford with this year’s “Hollywood Career Achievement Award,” actor Matthew McConaughey with the “Hollywood Actor Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock with the “Hollywood Actress Award,” Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal with the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts with the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award,” actor Jared Leto with the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award” for “Dallas Buyers Club,” actress Lupita Nyong’o with the “New Hollywood Award” for “12 Year A Slave,” director Lee Daniels with the “Hollywood Director Award,” director Steve McQueen with the “Hollywood Breakout Director Award,” producer Michael De Luca with the “Hollywood Producer Award,” and screenwriters Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater with the “Hollywood Screenwriter Award.” Other honorees include director Dan Scalon for “Monsters University” with the “Hollywood Animation Award,” and the movie “Pacific Rim” for visual effects.
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
ABOUT “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY”
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run and was the winner [...]

Julia Roberts of “August: Osage County” to receive “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award”

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that Academy Awards – winning Julia Roberts of The Weinstein Company’s “August: Osage County” will be honored with the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award. The honor will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21st, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“It is a privilege to honor Julia Roberts for her brilliant and passionate performance in ‘August: Osage County.’ Julia continues to shine as one of Hollywood’s most gifted actresses,” said de Abreu.
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers, and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance. Prior Hollywood Supporting Actress Award honorees include, Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Connelly, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, and Susan Sarandon among others.
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
ABOUT “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY”
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run and was the winner of five Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Play. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is directed by John Wells (THE COMPANY MEN) and features an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham.
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Founded in 1957, dic k clark productions, Inc. (DCP) is a leading independent producer of television programming. DCP produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” DCP also produces popular weekly television programming, including “So You Think You Can Dance,” and owns and maintains one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of “American Bandstand” footage. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.
ABOUT THE [...]

Shirley MacLain Receives AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

HollywoodNews.com: Last night, stage and screen legend Shirley MacLaine was lauded with the 40th annual AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film. Some of Hollywood’s most revered luminaries turned out to pay tribute to one of America’s most beloved artists. The gala, entitled “TV Land Presents: AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine,” was taped at historic Stage 15 at Sony Pictures Studios last evening and will air on TV Land on Sunday, June 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The evening’s festivities kicked off with MacLaine entering the gala of over 1,000 attendees to “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” a song she made famous in the 1969 screen version of “Sweet Charity.” Immediately following dinner, Warren Beatty, MacLaine’s brother, Academy Award®-winning actor and fellow AFI Life Achievement Award recipient (2008), talked about how the AFI Life Achievement Award was established in 1973 to ensure that “the great masters of film may take their deserved place in history beside leaders in other arts” and introduced the award recipients in attendance to celebrate MacLaine and the award’s 40th anniversary – Sidney Poitier (1992), Jack Nicholson (1994), Steven Spielberg (1995), Meryl Streep (2004) and Morgan Freeman (2011).
Academy Award®-winning actress Julia Roberts took the stage to speak about MacLaine’s love for playing cards and “the boys” of her life – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and even Chicago mob boss, Sam Giancana. Fellow “Steel Magnolias” star Sally Field paid tribute to MacLaine by saying, “She is generous beyond a fault, a one of a kind original and an extraordinary actor. She’s a renowned world traveler who collects people. They are her most valued treasures. And I’m very proud to be included in her lifelong collection.” Dakota Fanning (“I Am Sam”) and Katherine Heigl (“27 Dresses”) both spoke about how MacLaine had inspired them in their own journeys in Hollywood. John Travolta introduced an inspiring video with footage from “Sweet Charity” and described MacLaine as “a woman who does it all – but always first – a dancer.” He went on to say that she “fills the world with a presence never seen before.”
Last year’s AFI Life Achievement Award recipient, Morgan Freeman, recounted MacLaine’s impressive journey that led her to where she is today, and Elizabeth McGovern, who stars on “Downton Abbey,” shared a never-before-seen clip from [...]

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield in “Death of a Salesman”

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: The greatest American play? Quite possibly Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” set in 1949 and revived last night on Broadway in a production that is outstanding. Mike Nichols directed and reinvented Miller’s classic, with Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, Andrew Garfield (the new movie Spider Man) as Biff, Linda Emonds as Willy’s wife Linda, and Finn Wittrock as Happy. This is a historic production, quite possibly the best ever (and there have been many great ones starring Dustin Hoffman, Brian Dennehy, Lee J. Cobb, George C. Scott). Thursday night’s star studded opening was the second time I’ve seen this production, and it’s only gotten more devastating, deep, emotional, and overwhelming. Philip Seymour Hoffman is our generation’s Jason Robards. He is perfection as Willy Loman in all aspects–from Willy’s wrestling with his past (the father and brother who left him) to his denial about more current events, and his increasing mental in capacities. PSH has an Oscar for “Capote” but this is his Tony Award. He cannot be missed.
The whole cast is spot on. Considering it’s a play about fathers and sons, I was particularly moved by Andrew Garfield’s father’s reaction to seeing his son as the angry ne’er do well, Biff. At the party following the opening night at Bryant Park Grill, Mr. Garfield and Andrew just kept hugging and crying. The cast is extremely worn out emotionally after each performance. Even last night Mike Nichols, who’s sat through every preview to give “notes,” told me he was overwhelmed. Arthur Miller’s famous actress sister, Joan Copeland, t0ld me it was the best production she’d seen since the original. Martin Short told me that Tom Hanks had seen it a few days ago and declared it “the best thing he’s ever seen, period.” Columbia Pictures’ Amy Pascal came to congratulate her upcoming Spider Man.
Scott Rudin produced this extravaganza, and it made for quite a glittering night. In the audience were Nichols and Diane Sawyer, Paul Simon, Barbara Walters (who came with David Geffen), Julianna Margulies, Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich, Catherine Keener, Amy Ryan, Spike Lee, Anjelica Huston, Meryl Streep and Don Gummer, and Garfield’s actress gf Emma Stone, Julia Roberts, plus “Saturday Night Live” star Bill Hader, who said he almost fainted when Nichols complimented his “SNL” work. It was kind of funny at one point seeing Streep, Gummer, Nichols, Sawyer and Huston all dining [...]

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