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Tuesday
Dec 06 2016

Grammy Nominees...As They Relate to Movies,Theater,and TV

Nominations have been announced forthe 59th annual Grammy Awardshonoring the year in music (sort of..their timelines can be very confusing).More than any of the other big 4 awards shows (Tonys,Emmys,Oscars) Grammy nods are largely based on financial success so it's usually the superstars in the major categories and that's true again this year with Beyoncé leading with 9 nominations and other superstars not far behind.亚博主页The surprise this year was country star Sturgill Simpson (A Sailor's Guide to Earth) sharing the most coveted category "Album of the Year"category with Beyoncé (Lemonade),Adele (25),Justin Beiber (Purpose),and Drake (Views).

Adele's "25"is so great.But if she loses everything she can console herself with her 10 previous Grammys

But since the Grammys have over 80 categories (we are not exaggerating) here at TFE we just focus on those in which film,tv,or stage types are in play.i.e.the ones that can  sometimes lead to EGOTing are after the jump.

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Sunday
Apr 03 2016

Olivier Awards Live Stream.And Other Miscellania

Keyframean interview with Oscar winner Dorothy Malone (OMG) who is now 92.Mambo!
Pajibaadorable familyForce Awakenscosplay from Utah
ENOGlenn Close is starring in the revival ofSunset Blvdthrough May 7th.If you're in London,please go and tell us how it is!
The Movie SceneCriterion's blindspot for female filmmakers.(I know it's uncool to be critical of Criterion excpet in these rare cases of agreed upon issues -- but they have other blindspots too,like the musical genre)
DListedGinger Feud: Susan Sarandon and Debra Messing having words over Sanders/Clinton.(Everyone is fired up of late.)


Comics Allianceargues that the bland costumes inX-Men: Apocalypseare a key problem with that franchise -- it's true you could mistake it for a Hunger Games poster.
BuzzFeed"The Unbearable Sadness of Ben Affleck"a good long read by Anne Helen Petersen who also did that recent history of Jennifer Garner

Everything is Gay
VultureWhy Richard Linklater'sEverybody Wants Someis inadvertently gay
New York PostSmithers finally comes out tonight on The Simpsons in its 28th season (yeesh.it's already the longest running sitcom and scripted prime time series of all time on US television)
MNPP[nsfw] Jason remembersExit to Eden(1994) -- Dana Delany wasn't the only one obsessed with Paul Mercurio's butt

Signs of the Apocalypse
Vulturean engineer built a life-size replica of Scarlett Johansson.Don't look directly into its dead eyes!
Tom & LorenzoJessica Chastain posing with a terrifying baby kangaroo.RIP Jess
i-dinterviews the gender neutral artist illma gore who broke the internet with a painting of nude Donald Trump.Unfortunately this means they extended the conversation about his junk.(sigh.this world)

TODAY'S WATCH
The Olivier Awards (essentially the Tony Awards of the UK) stream at 12 PM EST.Familiar Oscar nominated darlings who are up for West End acting awards this year include Nicole Kidman (inPhotograph 51,which she hopes to bring to the screen),Mark Rylance,Benedict Cumberbatch,Imelda Staunton (she'll perform andGypsy,which we reviewed,has a ton of nominations),Judi Dench and Janet McTeer.Cyndi Lauper will also perform sinceKinky Bootsis up for New Musical.Because the timetables are different with UK and US theater,Kinky Boots(Tony Winner 2013) is up against Lin-Manuel Miranda'sIn the Heights(Tony Winner Best Musical 2008) at the Olivier Awards 2016.Strange thatKinky Bootshit the US first since it's adapted from a British film.

TODAY'S WATCH #2
Speaking of Theater.Benjamin Walker -- who is great on stage but has yet to successfully make his mark on the big screen despite a few tries -- is doing Patrick Bateman on stage.Who knows if he'll be Tony Nominated but here he is performing "Selling Out"on the Colbert Show

We really need to see some current Broadway shows before the Tony nominations hit!

Tuesday
Mar 31 2015

Top Ten: Movie Shoes

The newCinderellareally goes all out in fetishisizing the glass in glass slippers,in a way that few renditions of Cinderella have,from their translucency to their refracting beauty,to the way one of them shatters when Cate Blanchett's wicked Lady Tremaine has had it with the talk of them.

Shewillcut you!

It reminded me of an anecdote I shared a few years back abouta brunch conversation with a friend's daughterwhen I asked her who her favorite Disney Princess was:

The question rendered her completely shy.I had given up hope of an answer,reverting my attention to the food when she shouted"CINDERELLA"at the top of her lungs over her waffles."But why"I say?Thisanswer came much more swiftly,like it was the silliest question any adult had ever asked her."The glass slippers."She didn't add "...duh"but it was right there,loud and clear,in her squeal of laughter

So for today's top ten let's celebrate the best of movie footwear from slippers of ruby or glass to fake legs to super boots.What lurks beyond the jump?Do they come in your size?

Be as curious as rollerskating Kira andfind out...

TOP TEN
BEST MOVIE FOOTWEAR

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Tuesday
Nov 25 2014

Quick Impressions: "Madame Frou-Frou (Singing Voice)"in The Boxtrolls

New Series!InQuick Impressionswe'll be looking at the working actor in key movie scenes.Consider it a celebration of SAG card-holders everywhere and free advice for casting directors for people who aren't famous ...in some cases "yet".So many showbiz dreams wander around on every film set and are embedded in each frame of your favorite movies.

Today,we're talking to actorSean Patrick Doylewho sings the title song inThe Boxtrollsin that great scene when Madame Frou-Frou takes the stage.Sir Ben Kingsleyis the voice of Archibald Snatcher / Madame Frou-Frou so Sean Patrick makes like a modern day Marni Nixon.

NATHANIEL: What is that process of "voice matching"and how did you get the part - it's so different from your other credits.

SEAN PATRICK DOYLE:  A cockney villain posing as a female Czechoslovakian show hall performer?- different indeed!Laika had auditioned many actors in LA but Heather Vergo at Atlas Talent put a call out to their commercial office in New York,seeking performers who could interpret the song but still voice match.My commercial agent Michael had seen me perform a soprano aria in the Broadway revival ofLa Cage Aux Folles.He also knew that imitating famous singers is my party trick of choice.

I signed a few confidentiality documents,but was never told that the spoken recordings I was listening to were Sir Ben Kingsley.A week or so later,there was a bite at the line giving me feedback on my audition track and a slew of references to listen to before re-recording: Mae West,Edith Piaf,British Show Hall performers.They also requested that I roughen up my sound a bit.Dario Marianelli[The Oscar-winning composer] had done some digging online and turned up a video of me playing Fruma-Sarah in the 2008-09 National Tour ofFiddler on the Roof.He was tickled that they had cast a male in the role for the first time,and advised "a little more of that wouldn't hurt."

Because I was doing a show here in New York,director Anthony Stacci and producer David Ichioka flew in from the West Coast.Co-director Graham Annable listened in from Portland and Dario from a studio in London.It was collaboration across many time zones!

NATHANIEL: It payed off.The song/scene is amazing.Did you know what it would look like?

SEAN PATRICK DOYLE:  I was sent an animatic,which is a moving storyboard with rough sketches of the characters and their movement,along with the spoken voice performances in the Cheesebridge Fair scene.When we recorded,the producers put up renderings of Snatcher and Frou Frou in the booth and also showed me footage of Ben recording his tracks in a lounge chair.When seeing the movie,the real surprise was that they had turned it into a full production number,using live choreographed dancers to aid the animators.They also had Mark Orton re-orchestrate the song with Portland band Loch Lomond,and bent some of the higher operatic notes (the ending note was originally a soprano A),so it sounded slightly different,too.I think the finished product is very clever,and fits Ben's colorful spoken performance.

NATHANIEL: Proposal: If the song isnominated for an Oscar,You and Ben Kingsley do the number in full drag.He stands at the microphone and you are behind him as a curtain opens up,the Kathy Selden to his Lina Lamont.

SEAN PATRICK DOYLE:  It might take some convincing to get Sir Kingsley into a frock,but,hey,sign me up!I know the Academy often favors a pop sound,but I'd be very happy to see Eric Idle's cheeky lyrics and Weill-esque melody recognized on that level.

NATHANIEL: Speaking of frocks, FirstLa Cageand now you're onstage inKinky Boots(such a fun show!).So should we expect to see you next season onRuPaul's Drag Race?

SEAN PATRICK DOYLE:  Haha!Well,as much as I love watching those queens battle it out,the fulfillment I get from gender-bending roles comes solely from being able to play a character wildly different from myself.Recently I was playing nebbishy Eugene inGreaseat Paper Mill Playhouse,and I just filmed an episode as a heroin addict in the final season ofNurse Jackie.The further I step away from myself,the more fun the work becomes.But as a lithe countertenor weighing in at a buck twenty,a few of my bigger jobs have involved elements of gender illusion.It's not in every actor's skill set and I've used that to my advantage,but of course the goal is always to do really varied,interesting work!Still,let me tell ya - it takes a real man to pump across a Broadway stage wearing a bikini and 7 1/2 inch heels.Come to the Hirschfeld and I'll show you!

The Boxtrolls will be released digitally on Dec 23rd with the DVD/BluRay release on January 20th,2015.You can follow Sean Patrick on twitterhere.He is currently on stage as "Angel"inKinky Boots(in the top hat and red coat,third from right by football star Michael Sam below).You can also listen to Sean Patrick's insane voice reel below if you're interested.

Previously:"Nervous Intern"inGone Girl
Next Tuesday:American Horror Story: Freakshow

Tuesday
Jun 11 2013

Curio: Cyndi's Colors

Alexahere,following up on Glenn'sCyndi Lauper post.I've been a Cyndi follower and sometime apologist (see: my previous support ofVibes) since grade school,so Sunday night was a big night.Now if only we could conjure the perfect role for her to complete her EGOT;perhaps Jonathan Demme could harness the power of her marvelous quirk?For now,here are some Cyndi creations to celebrate herKinky Boots.

Illustrated poster byNour Tohmé.


Kinky Boots support at theKeep-Calm-O-Matic.

Cyndi doll art and trading cards after the jump...

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Tuesday
Jun 04 2013

After Link: Blue Jasmine,Red Wedding,Emerald City

Stranger Than Mostencourages you to see these 20 underseen masterpieces.Lot of great films mentioned though I shall limit my "seconded!"shouting toSummer Hours,Three Womenand[safe]today
GuardianJoss Whedon "I kept telling my mom that reading comic books would pay off"
Gawkervolcanic imagery aside,After Earthisnotscientology propaganda,just a crap movie
Hollywood & SwineafterAfter Earth's rough opening weekend,Sony cancels "take your kid to work day"LOL
The Atlanticwhen did men -- other than George Clooney of course -- lose their charm?
Cinema Blendpages from Heath Ledger's Joker diary.CB claims this is from a German tv series but the narration is in French so I'm not sure what's going on

WSJ SpeakeasyInteresting...turns out Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine is a riff on the Bernie Madoff scandal and Speakeasy claims that Alec Baldwin's performance will be talked about.(Perhaps I should change thatsupporting actor chart?)
SalonThe internet is losing its collective mind over Game of Thrones.As I said on twitter,I am more and more convinced that fans are victims and George R R Martin and the HBO series are their abusive lover.FWIW I quit reading the books after the Red Wedding.It's just not for me.Don't need the gore and the abuse!
Playbillsings the praises of Broadway breakthrough Annaleigh Ashford fromKinky Boots.Is she the next Goldie Hawn?
Cinema BlendThe Wizard of Oz(1939) is converting to 3D and IMAX for its 75th anniversary next week.
/Filmruh roh.The screenwriter ofGreen Lanternis signing on to theBlade Runnersequel.It was already a bad enough idea,lightning rarely striking twice.

Watch & Listens
YouTubePatrick Stewart speaks out on domestic violence and mental health awareness - lovely
KCRW - The Businessinterviews (literally) naked Mitchell Hurwitz on the challenges of continuing the Bluth story for a 4th season ofArrested Development

And did you see this fun video tribute above to Cyndi Lauper whose showKinky Boots(just discussed) has a ton of Tony nominations?Various morning shows and current Broadway casts contributed for the 30th Anniversary of her classic hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"