April 24, 2014

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Christopher Plummer is a mischievous delight as the great John Barrymore

Hot on the heels of Plummer’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar™ for Beginners last year, the octogenarian star of stage and screen delivers his most affecting performance yet. Barrymore was released theatrically by BY Experience and Image Entertainment in New York and Los Angeles in November of 2012.
The Los Angeles Times then enthused, “Christopher Plummer is a mischievous delight as the great John Barrymore, intent on a stage comeback.” Barrymore was also recently nominated for two PRISM Awards including Performance in a Feature Film.
The screen version of the William Luce play by the same name, Barrymore had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. It was adapted by writer-director Érik Canuel from the 1996 Broadway production for which Plummer won a Tony™ Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in 1997. Plummer, 82, has long had a fascination with the title character, and it shows. The Village Voice exclaimed, “Christopher Plummer re-creates his Tony-winning performance as the charming louse in his booze-addled final days. Blessed with a script that is witty, insightful to the workings of the narcissistic Hollywood psyche, and often wonderfully bitchy, the film is also a wistful look at faded dreams and opportunities lost due to both the vagaries of the business and self-sabotage.”
Of Plummer’s performance, noted critic Rex Reed proclaimed, “It’s the role—and the performance– of a lifetime, and he plays every color, nuance, mood shift and variety of vocal power and body language in his enormous range. The artistry leaves you with your mouth wide open.” Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter exclaims, “Christopher Plummer could be back in Oscar contention this fall for his portrayal of legendary actor John Barrymore.” And the New York Times’ Manohla Dargis succinctly sums it up with, “The performance is the thing.”
Image Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming release of Christopher Plummer’s critically heralded cinematic portrayal of Barrymore, available on Blu-rayTM at $39.98, DVD at $29.98, and Digital Download on May 7th.
Special features on the Blu-rayTM and DVD include a behind-the-scenes documentary, Backstage With Barrymore, featuring Helen Mirren, Julie Andrews and Zoe Caldwell.
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Billy Ray Cyrus talks taking on Broadway

HollywoodNews.com: Billy Ray Cyrus is about to go somewhere he’s never been before as he hits the Broadway stage tonight.
Cyrus is going to be in ‘Chicago’ on Broadway from November 5th to December 23rd, states UsMagazine.com. Cyrus will be playing the role of Billy Flynn and couldn’t be more excited or nervous.
“I’ve been preparing for quite some time, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous . . . OK, a lot nervous,” Cyrus admitted.
But he’s ready to tackle those nerves: “I’m really excited about getting up to New York City and living there. I’ve never lived in New York City, let alone step out on Broadway and pretend that I was Billy Flynn!”
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Kristin Chenoweth hospitalized yesterday after set accident

HollywoodNews.com: Kristin Chenoweth had to be hospitalized yesterday after being injured while on the set of ‘The Good Wife.’
The actress was reportedly hit by a piece of lighting equipment that fell due to a gust of wind, states TMZ. As she fell due to that, she also ended up hitting her head on concrete.
She was reportedly first treated on set and then taken to a hospital for further treatment. It is now believed that her injuries are minor.
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Oscars: Muppets, Cirque du Soleil confirmed for the Academy Awards – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Some would argue that the annual Oscar telecast is a real circus. This year, it will be more like Cirque du Soleil.
Oscar telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced in a press release Friday morning that Cirque du Soleil will present a “wholly unique and exclusive” performance during the 84th Academy Awards, which will be televised on Sunday, Feb. 26, on ABC.
The producers claim that this one-time-only event will “feature the largest Cirque cast ever assembled for a single act,” and will be accompanied by music by Academy Award-nominated composer Danny Elfman, who scored the music for Cirque du Soleil’s “IRIS, A Journey through the World of Cinema.”
The act marks the second time Cirque du Soleil has performed during an Academy Awards telecast. The troupe’s first appearance, at the 74th Academy Awards, sparked discussions about creating a permanent show at the Kodak Theatre and resulted in the creation of “IRIS.”
In addition, Muppets fans disappointed that their viral campaign to get the puppets as Oscar hosts will be happy to hear that Kermit, Miss Piggy and possibly more Muppets at least will present at this year’s ceremony.
According to another press release, “Hollywood icons Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will present at the 84th Academy Awards … Their place in motion picture and television history has been cemented for decades, as evidenced by their well-deserved invitation to be presenters at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.”
You’ll no doubt be tuning in. Whom else are you excited about seeing?
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SAG Awards® Ceremony Auction Begins Today Benefiting the SAG Foundation’s Educational and Assistance Programs

HollywoodNews.com: WHAT: The SAG Awards® Ceremony Online Auction benefiting the SAG Foundation’s Literacy and Emergency Assistance programs, offers collectibles from many of the nominees including George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, Betty White, and the casts of “30 Rock,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Descendants,” “Dexter,” “Game of Thrones,” “Glee,” “Modern Family”, and more. Plus, amazing vacations, one-of-a-kind experiences, set-visits, celebrity meet-and–greets, and premium items from the networks, the studios, and the show’s sponsors. The SAG Awards® has had a long history of championing the SAG Foundation’s philanthropic, humanitarian, and educational programs. Bidding commences at 6 p.m. (PT) today, January 26, 2012. The auction will run for seven days, and it will conclude at 6 p.m. (PT) on February 2, 2012 at www.sagawards.org/auction.
WHEN: The Auction begins at 6 p.m. (PT) and will stay open till 6 p.m. (PT) February 2, 2012.
WHERE: www.sagawards.org/auction
WHY: Proceeds from the SAG Awards® Ceremony Auction, will focus on the SAG Foundation’s children’s literacy core program, BookPALS, which engages 2000 actors nationwide in reading to over 100,000 children each month. In addition, the auction will help support other SAG Foundation programs such as the Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance Programs, which provide financial aid to professional actors who are suffering from work-prohibitive illness or injury or are struggling to maintain the basic necessities of life. For the past 27 years, the SAG Foundation has provided a vital support system within the acting community. In addition to assistance and educational programs, the Foundation’s Actors Center and the Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab are unprecedented resource and educational facilities located in Los Angeles. Such accomplishments wouldn’t be possible without the support of the SAG Awards® or events like this charity auction. For additional information, please visit www.sagfoundation.org.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards® Ceremony Auction to benefit the SAG Foundation is managed by Auction Cause and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® honoring the outstanding film and television performances of 2011 will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT).
The following is a complete list of items for the Ceremony Auction, which is organized by autographed memorabilia & collectibles, experiences, and premium items.
Autographed Memorabilia & Collectibles:
* “The Descendants” ukulele autographed by cast
* Leonardo DiCaprio signed “J. Edgar” script
* Brad Pitt and Jonah [...]

Janet McTeer Delighted by ‘Albert Nobbs’ Gay/Lesbian Support

By Beck/Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Esteemed British actress Janet McTeer, who is up for Independent Spirit Award and Golden Globe honors for her performance in “Albert Nobbs,” is delighted that she and her character are being embraced by the gay and lesbian community.
“I think it’s awesome,” says the 6’1″ Tony winner and OBE, who wanted her character to be markedly different from Glenn Close’s titular character in the film. (Warning: the following three paragraphs contain spoilers.) Albert Nobbs is a woman in 19th century Ireland who took on a male persona in order to get a job and get off the streets, and has lived as a man for 30 years. Her path crosses with that of McTeer’s Hubert, who also turns out to be a woman passing as a man.
“Albert is very different from Hubert. With Albert, you’re not sure if he’s gay, straight or whatever, and I’m not sure Albert knows. Albert is a damaged human being. What I very much wanted to portray with Hubert is someone spectacularly happy and at peace being themselves,” says McTeer. And she did. Hubert, who is happily married, comes off as “a bloke you’d like for a neighbor, or someone you want to go out and have a pint with, and still retains these lovely feminine qualities.”
She’s been told that, “The lesbians and the crossdressers and the transsexuals are all going to want to claim you.’ And I said, ‘Good, because they can all claim Hubert. Hubert is someone I think of as both a he and a she….I really wanted to play a character like that — one who doesn’t explain herself, doesn’t feel the need to justify herself. I can’t bear labels. I couldn’t give a —- about anyone’s sexuality unless I want to sleep with them myself.”
Right now, McTeer and Close are busy working together again — as opposing (female) attorneys who have a history — on the final season of Close’s “Damages.” McTeer jokes that they’re in each other’s contracts nowadays. They’ll be breaking from series production on the East Coast to head to Hollywood for the Jan. 15 Golden Globes — where Close is up for Best Actress and Best Original Song. They’re each up for Screen Actors Guild Awards, too. And they’re considered by many to be shoo-ins for [...]

“The Descendants” takes Los Angeles Film Critics

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The Los Angeles Film Critics’ Association are revealing their year-end selections Sunday afternoon, handing out Best Picture honors to Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.” The director has had a ton of success with the LAFCA over the years, so the win comes with little surprise. At least it wasn’t a clean sweep for “The Artist,” which picked up wins in Boston and New York on Sunday. Is this year’s Best Picture race a two-horser?
Elsewhere, Best Supporting Actress recognition went to Jessica Chastain, who has had an incredibly impressive year (though she’ll have to pick one film to back in the Oscar race, as the Academy recognizes quality over quantity).
The group went off the board, naming Yun Jung-hee Best Actress for “Poetry.” (Um, OK?)
Christopher Plummer also earned a Best Supporting Actor (for “Beginners”), while “A Separation” was a surprise choice for Best Screenplay.
Here are the winners:
BEST PICTURE: “The Descendants.” Runner-Up: “The Tree of Life.”
BEST DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life.” Runner-Up: Martin Scorsese, “Hugo.”
BEST ACTOR: Michael Fassbender, “A Dangerous Method,” “Jane Eyre,” “Shame,” “X-Men: First Class.” Runner-Up: Michael Shannon, “Take Shelter.”
BEST ACTRESS: Yun Jung-hee, “Poetry.”
BEST ANIMATION: “Rango.” Runner-Up: “The Adventures of Tintin.”
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “City of Life and Death.” Runner-Up: “A Separation.”
BEST INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL: “Spark of Being.”
BEST DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.” Runner- Up, “The Arbor.”
BEST SCREENPLAY: Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation.” Runner-Up: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants.”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain, “Coriolanus,” “The Debt,” “The Help,” “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields,” “Tree of Life” Runner-Up: Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs.”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.” Runner-Up: Patton Oswalt, “Young Adult.”
BEST MUSIC/SCORE: The Chemical Brothers, “Hanna.” Runner-Up: Cliff Martinez, “Drive.”
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dante Ferretti, “Hugo.” Runner-Up: Maria Djurkovic, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life.”
NEW GENERATION: The creative team behind “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Josh Mond and Elizabeth Olsen)
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Hugh Jackman talks losing weight on Broadway

HollywoodNews.com: Hugh Jackman is quite the star on Broadway, but he is slowly disappearing while preparing for a new show.
Jackman recently revealed that he is dropping pounds while preparing for ‘Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway,’ states UsMagazine.com. “We started a week ago. They’ve already taken my pants in three times,” the actor admitted.
He even believes that he has been losing a few pounds per night just from all the dancing.
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Julie Taymor Filed Suit Against “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” Producers

HollywoodNews.com: Exclusive: Showbiz411 has learned exclusively that director Julie Taymor has filed suit against the producers of the Broadway show she created, “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark.” I’m told that Taymor has named as the defendants Michael Cohl’s 8 Legged Productions. Taymor has been in arbitration negotiations for months trying to get some financial remuneration from the company. After creating the musical and working on it for nine years, she’s been paid just $150,000 for the production that carries a reported $70 million budget. Taymor was ousted by the producers last spring. Last week, the Tony Awards committee ruled that even though Taymor had been replaced as director of the show, only she qualified for a nomination. Developing…
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Alicia Keys is writing music for broadway play

HollywoodNews.com: Alicia Keys — Grammy winner, newcomer from a decade ago–has really spread her wings in showbiz. She’s now writing music for the new Broadway play “Stick Fly.” Keys had already signed on as a producer of the play by Lydia R. Diamond.
“Stick Fly,” directed by Kenny Leon, stars Dulé Hill (“Psych,” “The West Wing”) as Kent “Spoon” Levay, Mekhi Phifer (“ER,” 8 Mile) as Flip Levay, Tracie Thoms (“Cold Case,” Rent) as Taylor, Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Seven Guitars, Lackawanna Blues) as Joe Levay, Rosie Benton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Accent on Youth) as Kimber and Condola Rashad (Ruined) as Cheryl. Here’s Alicia’s official statement: “As someone who walked up and down this boulevard as a young girl, I cannot describe the thrill of having the opportunity of composing songs for a Broadway show. It’s honestly been a dream come true. I love the humor and humanity of Stick Fly, and I’m so excited to be a part of the emotional journey this show will take audiences on.”
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