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Making of 'Three Billboards': How a Haunting Greyhound Bus Trip Inspired the Dark Revenge Comedy

Making of 'Three Billboards': How a Haunting Greyhound Bus Trip Inspired the Dark Revenge Comedy
Martin McDonagh was on a Greyhound bus somewhere in the South — it was 20 years ago, he can't remember exactly where — when he spotted something on the side of the road that has haunted him ever since.

He was a 27-year-old playwright at the time, making his first marks on the London stage, and had decided to go on an exploratory journey into the American heartland so that he could soak up some of the culture he'd read about in the works of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams. But as his bus rolled along a stretch of rural...
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Movie Review – Blame (2017)

Blame, 2017.

Written and Directed by Quinn Shephard.

Starring Quinn Shephard, Chris Messina, Nadia Alexander, and Tate Donovan.

Synopsis:

Tensions rise when a substitute teacher changes the class play to The Crucible.

Early in Blame we meet Abigail (Quinn Shephard), combing her hair in a mirror, the back of her head blocking us from seeing her reflection. Later her drama teacher, Mr. Woods’, girlfriend (Trieste Kelly Dunn), is introduced in a similar way, a head of hair from behind, like their faces could be exchanged, and no one would be the wiser. When Mr. Woods (Chris Messina) and Abigail rehearse the scene they’re working on, it’s the line, “Can you see my face?” that’s given special attention.

Does Blame blur the lines of a student-teacher relationship? Mr. Woods change the class play from Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie to Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. If you know your drama,
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The Voice's Final Four Look Ahead to the Season 13 Finale – How They're Gearing Up for the Big Night

The Voice's Final Four Look Ahead to the Season 13 Finale – How They're Gearing Up for the Big Night
The Voice’s final four — Chloe Kohanski, Addison Agen, Brooke Simpson and Red Marlow — are one step closer to finding out who will be crowned the winner of season 13.

But before the results are announced on Tuesday, the finalists will take the stage during the star-studded finale to perform with their idols.

After the live show on Monday, the contestants looked back on their journey throughout the competition and revealed how they’re gearing up for the big night.

Chloe Kohanski — Team Blake

It’s no surprise that the Voice’s resident queen of ’80s and ’90s rock songs stayed
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The Room’s Tommy Wiseau would like to make a Star Wars movie

Notoriously bad actor-director Tommy Wiseau, who rose to fame in cult ‘so bad, it’s good’ movie The Room, has said he would like to make a Star Wars film.

The mysterious filmmaker told his Twitter followers he would “absolutely” like to direct a Star Wars movie, but added he would “prefer to act” in one if given the opportunity.

He then issued a direct offer to Lucasfilm and producer Kathleen Kennedy to contact him, in the sort of astounding display of self-confidence that is typical of Tommy Wiseau.

Yes! Absolutely! but I am very busy, so I would prefer to act.#StarWars can contact me -> https://t.co/tQUEyFfJOW https://t.co/96aoGEIyo9

Tommy Wiseau (@TommyWiseau) December 5, 2017

Wiseau released The Room in 2003, having spent six million dollars of his own money to make the movie, which was conceived as a weighty drama at the level of Tennessee Williams.
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Johnny Hallyday, the Elvis of France, Dead at Age 74

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Johnny Hallyday, the Elvis of France, Dead at Age 74
French rock idol Johnny Hallyday, remembered as the nation’s answer to Elvis Presley in the 1960s, has died at age 74.

The legendary singer died from lung cancer, his family confirmed.

Johnny Hallyday has left us,” Hallyday’s wife, Laeticia, said in a statement to The Guardian. “I write these words without believing them. But yet, it’s true. My man is no longer with us. He left us tonight as he lived his whole life, with courage and dignity.”

Beginning in 1960, Hallyday was the heartbeat of Gallic rock n’ roll, becoming its best known and best-selling artist for nearly six decades.
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‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Was a First Stop for Many Top Stars

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Was a First Stop for Many Top Stars
Variety declared “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which opened Dec. 3, 1947, “a smash success.” That was an understatement. The Tennessee Williams play became a hit on Broadway, on the road, and in its 1951 film adaptation; it won the Pulitzer and became a staple of American theater, making the characters Stanley Kowalski and Blanche DuBois synonymous with sexy brutes and high-strung, fragile women, respectively. The then-shocking production confirmed the talents of Williams, after his 1944 “The Glass Menagerie,” and of director Elia Kazan, whose film “Gentleman’s Agreement” won best picture and director. “Streetcar” made a star of Marlon Brando, cast after John Garfield turned down the part. Jessica Tandy won a Tony as Blanche, and there was high praise for Karl Malden and Kim Hunter. A few weeks after the opening, Variety columnist Radie Harris said Irene Selznick had become “the most talked about producer on Broadway, male or female.”

Director Kazan was given a record 20% of the profits, in addition
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‘Wonder Wheel’ Film Review: Woody Allen Takes ‘Streetcar’ Again, to Diminished Effect

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‘Wonder Wheel’ Film Review: Woody Allen Takes ‘Streetcar’ Again, to Diminished Effect
Woody Allen seems increasingly haunted by the Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The basic situation of that Williams classic was reused for Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” which won Cate Blanchett an Oscar, and it is repurposed again (but somewhat transposed) for “Wonder Wheel,” a film about a frustrated woman in 1950s Coney Island named Ginny (Kate Winslet). Allen was often at his best in earlier films when he dealt with the character of a failed creative person, like Dianne Wiest’s Holly in “Hannah and Her Sisters,” but his sympathy for people like that has dried up over time.
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The Insane True Story Behind The Room, the Best Bad Movie Ever

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The Room's Tommy Wiseau, left, and Greg Sestero with Hollywood producer Katherine Kramer in 2004. In 2003, a true contender for the greatest bad movie of all time premiered in Los Angeles. That movie was The Room, directed by Tommy Wiseau, a man with a thick Eastern European accent who insists he's from New Orleans on the rare occasions he's willing to talk about his life. He's also the man who wrote, produced, and starred in the masterpiece of awfulness. The making of The Room is a story that's almost as bizarre as the movie itself, but it's one that inspired James Franco to immortalize the film in his new movie The Disaster Artist, based on the book of the same name by Wiseau's friend and The Room costar Greg Sestero. There's no better place to begin than with the film's plot, even though explaining it is almost impossible. It all
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6 Things You Need to Know About The Room Director Tommy Wiseau

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Cult classic The Room is considered by its fans to be the best bad movie of all time, but while the film leaves no bizarre stone unturned, the film's director is cloaked in mystery. And that's exactly the way he wants it. Who is Tommy Wiseau? The Room's director is an enigma wrapped in colorful vests and statement sunglasses. In interviews, Wiseau purposefully dodges personal questions or offers only the vaguest of answers. He wants the focus to be on his work, The Room - the making of which is the basis for James Franco's new film The Disaster Artist. Despite Wiseau's attempts to keep everything a secret, from his country of origin to how he ponied up $6 million to fund his pet project, a few details about the director's life have been revealed. The answers available are thanks in large part to documentarian Rick Harper. Harper went
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Review: The Disaster Artist Digs Deep, Dreams Big

I think we were all pretty skeptical upon hearing the announcement that James Franco would be bringing the story of the making of Tommy Wiseau's The Room to the big screen over three years ago; at least those of us familiar with the wonderfully terrible film of cult infamy. For over a decade, sold out audiences have enjoyed Rocky Horror-like participation consisting of hilarious traditions such as screen-shouting, football playing, throwing spoons at the screen, rooting on the shockingly long establishing pans of San Francisco, and generally laughing hysterically at the film’s clunky pseudo-Tennessee Williams dialogue, confused performances, and bizarre plot twists, like the mother-in-law character whose breast cancer ought to play like it matters a great deal, but really comes off as a non-sequitur....

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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'Wonder Wheel' Review: Kate Winslet Singes in Woody Allen's Dour Drama

'Wonder Wheel' Review: Kate Winslet Singes in Woody Allen's Dour Drama
Kate Winslet is on fire in Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel, playing Ginny, an unhappily married waitress living near the boardwalk on Brooklyn's Coney Island circa 1950. This broken dreamer is pushing 40 and reaching the limits of her patience with Humpty (a solidly affecting Jim Belushi), the carousel-operator she married to provide a semblance of security for her pre-teen, budding-pyromaniac son Richie (Jack Gore), a budding pyromaniac. The Wonder Wheel outside their window spins in circles – just like Ginny, who drinks too much and lashes out at anyone who doesn't like it.
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Nick Nolte Reflects on What Acting’s Meant for Him Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor

Nick Nolte Reflects on What Acting’s Meant for Him Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor
Nick Nolte lives in a treehouse in Malibu. It’s an actual house. In a tree. A tree runs through the bedroom. He built it on the property he owns, a rustic 2.5-acre lot on which there are several small houses and an organic fruit and vegetable garden and dogs and cats running around. And every morning the first thing Nolte does when he wakes up is reach out and put his hand on the tree. And he feels the tree’s pulse. And he says to himself, “This is so cool. It’s alive.”

Nolte, who is receiving a star Nov. 20 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, bought the property, within faint earshot of the Pacific Ocean, about 40 years ago, 10 years after he moved to L.A. to become a star. The semi-remote location (Kevin Dillon is a neighbor) is something that Nolte relishes; the fresh smell of dirt and grass, the cool shade
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Movie Review – Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (2017)

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, 2017.

Directed by Paul McGuigan.

Starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham, Frances Barber and Vanessa Redgrave.

Synopsis:

When British actor, Peter Turner, receives an unexpected phone call, it tells him that his former lover, Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame, has collapsed in a hotel and is refusing medical care. He agrees to take her home to his family and the memories of their affair come flooding back – the love story of a younger man and a much older, previously famous woman. Based on a true story.

Gloria Grahame won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1952 for her performance in The Bad and The Beautiful. After a few more films, her career was on the slide and in 1981, she starred in a stage production of Tennessee WilliamsThe Glass Menagerie the UK, the starting point for Paul McGuigan’s Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool.
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Lucky Number Seven! Another Baby on the Way for Walker Hayes and Wife Laney

Lucky Number Seven! Another Baby on the Way for Walker Hayes and Wife Laney
Walker Hayes is going to be a dad for the seventh time.

The country singer-songwriter’s wife Laney is pregnant, he shared at the 2017 Cma Awards Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee.

Posing on the red carpet alongside her husband, the mom-to-be looked radiant in a V-neck lilac gown and sparkling drop earrings.

“I got news, guys … No. 7 is on the way,” Hayes, 37, told The Bobby Bones Show during the evening. “We’re losing-our-minds excited.”

“Buy seven . Help me out!” the musician, whose album Boom hits virtual shelves Dec. 8, joked to the camera of his new music. “Honestly, we’re ecstatic
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Watch a Young Larry David Perform Stand-Up in Exclusive Clip from ‘Miracle on 42nd Street’

Home to Larry David, Giancarlo Esposito, Terrence Howard, Alicia Keys, Angela Lansbury, Alan Menken, Mickey Rourke, Christian Slater, Tennessee Williams, and more, Manhattan Plaza was a social experiment born in the 1970s. Residing on the west side of New York City, it was federally subsidized housing complex for artists and fostered a revitalization in the area, both economically and artistically.

Miracle on 42nd Street is new documentary profiling this special location, and the people involved, and it premieres this weekend at Doc NYC. Directed by Alice Elliott and narrated by Chazz Palminteri, we’re pleased to premiere an exclusive clip from the film, featuring a young Larry David doing stand-up at the building’s talent show in 1978. See the exclusive clip below, along with the teaser trailer.

In the 1970s, New York City was hit with a financial crisis just as a planned luxury apartment building was being constructed in Hell’s Kitchen.
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Haze or Frat-Ricide

Who doesn’t enjoy a little Euripides with their breakfast cereal or, in this case, with their unrelenting celluloid exploration of sadistic, on-campus initiations? Of course, hazing has been ceaselessly explored in the news each time there’s a new frat and in previous efforts such as Todd Phillips and Andrew Gurland’s documentary Frat House (1998) and John Landis’ comedy Animal House (1978). Even the Lifetime channel (The Haunting of Sorority Row (2007)) and one of this year’s best movies (Prof. Marston and the Wonder Women) have taken out their paddles, exploring the female side of these rituals. However, seldom has Dionysus and the Bacchae been incorporated into the subject matter.

(Please note that Tennessee Williams was inspired by the same source material for Suddenly Last Summer, a tale of lobotomies, cannibalism, and repressed homosexuality. Sounds very much like a fraternity initiation in the end, doesn’t it?) Indeed, few films,
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'Wonder Wheel': Film Review | Nyff 2017

'Wonder Wheel': Film Review | Nyff 2017
Woody Allen's last feature, Café Society, was an amiably forgettable assembly of recycled nostalgia, redeemed by a luminous performance from Kristen Stewart. His new film, Wonder Wheel, rummages in the more recent archives, repackaging elements of one of the prolific writer-director's most acclaimed late-period works, Blue Jasmine. While theatrical references are batted about to Chekhov, Shakespeare, O'Neill and the Greeks, this visually luscious, 1950s-set melodrama is mostly ersatz Tennessee Williams, this time around with Kate Winslet as the tragic Blanche DuBois stand-in. Her boldly unfettered performance keeps you watching, even if underlying sourness, tonal uncertainty and a key casting misstep...
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Penelope Cruz Reveals Her Biggest Hurdle When Portraying Donatella Versace in Interview with Gwyneth Paltrow

Penelope Cruz Reveals Her Biggest Hurdle When Portraying Donatella Versace in Interview with Gwyneth Paltrow
When it comes to acting, Gwyneth Paltrow says there are few people who love the craft more than her friend, Penelope Cruz.

The Oscar-winning actresses have a candid conversation in the latest issue of Interview magazine, and in addition to talking about their decades-long careers in the industry, Cruz also offers an inside look into how she prepared to take on the real-life role of Donatella Versace in Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

Watch: Donatella Versace Pays Tribute to Her Late Brother Gianni, Reunites the Original Supermodels

In the TV series, Cruz portrays the Italian designer in the '90s, around the time when her brother, Gianni Versace, was murdered. She tells Paltrow that the biggest issue she faced with this role was mastering Donatella's accent.

"I worked a lot with a dialogue coach to find the way that Donatella speaks, which is a little different from the way she spoke in the ’90s
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Reese Witherspoon Marks Son Tennessee's Fifth Birthday With Sweet Instagram Post

Reese Witherspoon Marks Son Tennessee's Fifth Birthday With Sweet Instagram Post
Reese Witherspoon’s “littlest guy” is not so little anymore!

The Big Little Lies star marked her son, Tennessee’s, fifth birthday on Tuesday by posting a cute photo of the adorable boy on Instagram.

In the pic, little Tennessee posed for his mom by peering through a giant, colorful “5” balloon, which appeared bigger than him!

“Happy Birthday to my littlest guy, Tennessee!
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