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Oct 11 2018

Happy Birthday,Jane Krakowski!

By Spencer Coile

You'd be hard-pressed to deny the impact Jane Krakowski has made on stage and television.In recent years,no actress has been as deceptively successful as Krakowksi.Many still lament the fact that she never won her rightful Emmy for30 Rock –and let's face it,she was robbed.The countless memes and gifs her performance as Jenna Maroney has inspired in the past five years has been nothing short of astonishing.

That said,she has been working steadily for the past 30 years,and what a triple threat she has become.Garnering two Daytime Emmy nominations,a Golden Globe nomination,five Emmy nominations,two Tony nominations,one Tony win,and an Olivier Award in the span of her massive career,it's safe to say that Krakowski's talents know no limit.

Today she turns 50,so let's celebrate all the fabulous work she has done since she began performing professionally in 1981.What are some of your favorite Jane Krakowski performances,moments,musical numbers?My go-to is always her rendition of "Call From the Vatican"from her Tony winning role inNine.

Oct 12 2016

The definitely incomplete history of Janis Joplin biopics

by Josh Forward

There have been so many rumoured,green lit and delayed productions of a Janis Joplin biopic,it's nearly impossible to keep track.But we're here to try!Janis was a 60's superstar,with an iconic voice and an image that was reflective of the counter culture of the times.She also sadly joined the 27 club by a drug overdose.

Her incredible life and talent has been promised on the big screen for decades and the latest announcement has Michelle Williams as Joplin under the direction of Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene).This will be based on Laura Joplin's book "Love,Janis"made up of real letters from Joplin.This is not to be confused with the delayed version starring Amy Adams directed by Jean-Marc Vallee,halted by legal trouble which was tentatively calledGet it While You Can.

But these two productions have actually been competing since the 1990's.And before them there were other failed attempts.Let's look back...

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Jul 17 2014

Elaine Stritch (1925-2014)

When Colleen Donaghy died on30 Rockin the episode "My Whole Life is Thunder"I tried to think of it as tragicomic rehearsal.A chance to acknowledge that death was coming for the beloved theater great but to laugh at it or at least about its absurd finality.

Elaine Stritch herself wouldn't have approved of my wussiness.She might've said something like "it's me who's dying,not you!"(albeit in a much funnier manner) because she had a tart tongue and was quite a truth teller.In the documentaryElaine Stritch: Shoot Me(reviewed) released early this year she references her impending death more than a little as she prepares to move back home (Detroit) and retire finally,in her late eighties,for good.

But even this documentary didn'tquiteconvince me that she was leaving us.

I saw Elaine Stritch's famous one woman Broadway show "At Liberty"in early 2002 a couple of years after moving to New York.I'm not exaggerating when I say that it was nothing short of spiritual ecstasy but then showbiz is my religion and actresses are my only gods.

I had mythologized her,you can see in that excerpt of that intro to myreviewof that documentary.How could Death conquer such a life force?

It wasn't until after the special screening here in NYC that Stritch (or as I like to call her "Stritchieeeeeeeee!"imitating her imitation of an angry director in At Liberty) was wheeled out to greet us that it finally sunk in.She looked undeniably more like a feeble old woman than the  giant of the theater in white shirt and black tights that I was accustomed to looking up at with awe.

The last time I'd seen Stritchieeee in the flesh before that she was also in a wheelchair.It was late 2010 when she took over for Angela Lansbury in the Broadway Revival of "A Little Night Music."She sings her big number "Liaisons"from a wheelchair.But that was just acting.More rehearsal.

When Elaine set out to do something she worked her ass off until she did it right.

So here's to the girls on the go--
Everybody tries.
Look into their eyes,
And you'll see what they know:
Everybody dies.
A toast to that invincible bunch,
The dinosaurs surviving the crunch.
Let's hear it for the ladies who lunch--
Everybody rise!

And this Tony and Emmy winning legend did it right.A final round of thunderous applause please because this time there's no more encores.

Feb 23 2014

Review: "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me"

This review originally appeared in my columnat Towleroad

I saw Elaine Stritch's famous one woman Broadway show "At Liberty"in the last days of 2001 a couple of years after moving to New York.I'm not exaggerating when I say that it was nothing short of spiritual ecstasy but then showbiz is my religion and actresses are my only gods.You might then justifiably say that I am predisposed to love the hell out of the new documentaryElaine Stritch: Shoot Meand you'd be right.But I can still tell a peak performance from a Wednesday matinee and the last doc I saw on Stritch,which shared its title with "At Liberty"was significantly less stellar.Shoot Meis a must-see,even if you only know this Broadway legend from her hilarious guest appearances as Jack Donaghy's impossible mother on30 Rock.

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Sep 20 2013

Emmy Predictions.Who Are You Rooting For This Weekend?

Giant all caps disclaimer coming at'cha: I AM NOT A TELEVISION PUNDIT.I have never claimed to know what I'm doing with predicting Emmys though occassionally I try.I watch way more TV than I did a decade ago mostly due to the invention of the DVR and also probably because TV got more cinematic and thus better.I am not a TV pundit but I like to watch and you know I like to opine.It's an action verb.

Herewith my poorly informed predictions regarding Sunday nights award's.Plus a few comments and trivia notes.

The Nominees:Breaking Bad,Downton Abbey,Game of Thrones,Homeland,House of Cards,andMad Men
I'm Rooting For:Mad Men.Always.It's literally the only show I've ever watched as it aired that I'd hand the best series prize to for each and every one of its seasons (thus far).For example: I loveBuffy the Vampire Slayerlike life but I would've handed the top prize to a couple of different things and different times during its 7 year run.
Prediction: Given Emmy's prospensity/habit to repeat winners,you have to considerHomelanda threat for a second consecutive win even though you'd be hard pressed to find one person alive who thinks the second season measures up to the first.Downward sloping quality both true (Downton Abbey) and perceived (Mad Menisn't as "enjoyable"as it once was but it's still challenging meaty triumphant television) rules them out as well.Which leaves us withHouse of CardsandGame of ThronesandBreaking Bad,the latter of which I think is winningthe internetthe Emmy for the first time.

comedy series and 8 acting categoriesafter the jump...

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