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Saturday
Jul 25 2015

Links: Video Game Movies,Big Lebowski Reads,Oscar Site Purchases

David Polandwon't reviewPixels'because...why?'
VarietyOur Brand is Crisisstarring Sandra Bullock gets an October 30th release date.With that film,The WalkandFreeheldall coming out it could be a huge year for features based on documentaries at the Oscars亚博主页
TFEin case you missed it Ann Dowd is in that film,too and loved being part of the ensemble
TowleroadI interviewed the director/star ofDo I Sound Gay?,a documentary on the gay voice that's out right now
The Guardianreviews the latest Jason Reitman live read (The Big Lebowski) and loves on Michael Fassbender as "The Dude"and Patton Oswalt (in John Goodman's role of "Walter"and Mae Whitman (multiple parts) in particular.Not so much Jennifer Lawrence in Julianne Moore's original part

Varietyinterviews legendary documentarian Barbara Kopple.My shame: I've still never seenHarlan County,USAbut people always say it's amazing
Comics Allianceon rumors about "Robin"in Batman v Superman.He might be played by Zach Snyder's son Eli who has only worked for his dad but it's "not entirely"and only "sort of"nepotism.(Related: on the internet,words continue to lose their meanings)
/Filmlooks at upcoming video game based movies.I don't play video games so none of this means anything to me but if you do...(I amend.There's one I'll see calledAssassin's Creedbut that's only because Fassy and Cotillard are both in on the heels of co-starring inMacbeth)
Awards DailylovesGrandmaandagrees with usthat Lily Tomlin needs to be in the Best Actress conversation
Gold DerbyI forgot to mention that they were bought up by a larger media company so congrats to Tom O'Neill.That leaves David Poland,Jeffrey Wells,Sasha Stone and little ol' me as the last of the original indies still doing this.Not everyone wants to be bought up...I'm not sure who I'd be without The Film Experience...亚博主页but on the other hand,money is nice.green.useful.

Off Cinema
Esquirehas a fascinating/terrifying long read on climate scientist 'what if the end of the world was your day job?'
Stage Buddyfor Kander & Ebb's 50th anniversary,a ranking of their top 50 songs.Wow this is comprehensive.The order is all out of whack (CabaretandChicagocombined only get 3 songs in the top 25!)  but still,good job Andrew!This reminded me how much I loved the music inThe Visitand how great the music is inNew York New York.

Speaking of...here's yourShowtune to GofromThe Scottsboro Boys(2010) which I'm so sad I never saw during its Broadway run (this song "Go Back Home"which comes fairly early in the show is so gorgeous).I only heard raves and it won 12 Tony nominations but in the season ofThe Book of Mormonthere was no oxygen for the competition.Maybe someone will one day make it into a movie?

Tuesday
May 03 2011

Stage Door: Oscar Flashback = Tony Prophecy?

I promised you a stage|screen colum each Tuesday.With the Tony Award nominations out this morning (see previous post),we already have so much to discuss but how is this for a twist on the flashback.

Remember this moment from the March 1995 Oscars?亚博主页Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner won Best Costume Design for the epic outback drag comedyThe Adventures ofPriscilla,Queen of the Desert.

Sharon Stone with Oscar winning costume designers in 1995

Lizzy's credit card dress was all anybody could talk about the next week in fashion reviews,outside of nominee Uma Thurman's lavender Prada that is.

Several Tony winners have gone on to repeat their wins at the Oscars when the stage plays or musicals transferred to the bigscreen (think Yul Brynner,亚博主页Shirley Booth,etcetera) but it doesn't usually happen the other way around.Trivia Expert Question:would this be the first time that someone won a Tony for reprising an Oscar triumph?

OTHER SILVER SCREEN CONNECTIONS!
Let Them Double as Rental Suggestions If You Don't Have Access To the Stage Plays

Screen-To-Stage
Best Musical NomineesCatch Me If You Can,Sister Actand Best Musical no-shows that were nominated in other categories likePriscillaandWomen on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdownare all stage adaptations of hit movies.

Stage-To-Screen and Back Again
Both Musical Revival nomineesHow To Succeed in Business Without Really TryingandAnything Goeshave made trips to the big screen in 1967 and 1956 respectively.How To Succeedis a typical adaptation but theAnything Goesfilm bears extremely little resemblance to the stage musical apart from some of the same songs.Driving Miss Daisywasn't a big success in these Tony nominations but Vanessa Redgrave was nominated for reprising the Jessica Tandy role,a role that started on the stage.

Compare and Contrast
War Horse,one of the big tickets in town,is based on the book.The book is also the source of the upcoming Oscar Bait film War Horse from Steven Spielberg.It's not an adaptation of the stage play but they're both adaptations of the book.Got it?

If you can't see the plays,read the books or see related films

I've Seen That Face Somewhere Before
Mark Rylance,nominated for Jerusalem is a superb and acclaimed stage actor but unfortunately he doesn't work in movies very often.But some of you may remember him from his brief stint as  leading man of controversially explicit films like the beautiful period pieceAngels & Insects(1996) or the stinging dramaIntimacy(2001).Lily Rabe,nominated for her Shakespearean work in The Merchant of Venice,is the daughter of Jill Clayburgh and you may have seen her in the moviesNo Reservations,Mona Lisa Smileor as Ryan Gosling's loyal friend inAll Good Things.

Ellen Barkin in "The Normal Heart"which has strangely never been made into a movieAnd though it pains me to admit it this,I've discovered recently that many younger readers are quite unfamiliar with Ellen Barkin.She's playing the stressed doctor inThe Normal Heart,another revival of Larry Kramer's devastating AIDS drama (I saw the last revival which was great but people have been completely insane for this one so apparently it's unmissable.) Barkin's  screen heyday was in the late 80s (notablyThe Big Easywith Dennis Quaid andSea of Lovewith Al Pacino).Her last high profile studio movie gig wasOceans 13(2007).She's also Julianne Moore's bestie though that's neither here nor there,just a fun factoid.

Mother Gothel!
Donna Murphy,who hopefully won an army of new fans with her great work inTangled,is Tony nominated again for Best Actress in a Musical for playing a woman from youth to old age in the tearjerker The People in the Picture.Murphy is  a two-time winner already.

Oscar Winners On Stage
Frances McDormand,Vanessa Redgrave and Al Pacino are all nominated for lead roles.

Will Any of The New Plays and Musicals Be Made Into Movies?
Your guess is as good as mine.Hairsprayis a recent example of a movie that became a stage musical and then became a movie again based on its stage musical.Back and forth it goes.It's hard to know.Kander & Ebb'sThe Scottsboro Boysin particular might make an interesting transfer and we all know what happened withCabaretandChicago.Good Peoplefrom David Lindsey Abaire has already had one of his acclaimed plays transferred (Rabbit Hole) and he's also a working screenwriter (his current gig beingOz: The Great and Powerful.) so maybe that show about a poor southie in Boston could make some sort of move.