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‘Measure for Measure’ Theater Review: Shakespeare With Teleprompters

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John Collins’ Elevator Repair Service theater company has done some remarkable things with texts — notably the entirety of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” in “Gatz.” But they stumble badly in their first foray into Shakespeare, a misbegotten revival of “Measure for Measure” that opened Tuesday at Off Broadway’s Public Theater in New York. “Measure” is one of the Bard’s so-called “problem plays,” an uneasy mix of farcical comedy and moral philosophizing that got a nearly successful revival from British director Simon Godwin this summer at Brooklyn’s Theater for a New Audience. But Collins & Co. amp up the comedy.
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From the People Archives: Celebrate Author Robert James Waller’s Legacy with a Look Back at the Bridges of Madison County Movie

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From the People Archives: Celebrate Author Robert James Waller’s Legacy with a Look Back at the Bridges of Madison County Movie
Celebrated author Robert James Waller has died at the age of 77. Take a look back at People’s 1995 cover story on Meryl Streep and her emotional role in the film adaptation of Waller’s The Bridges of Madison County.

In the final days of the five-week shoot of The Bridges of Madison County last fall, Meryl Streep did one of the many things she does better onscreen than anyone else: she cried. Filming an emotional scene in which her character struggles to say goodbye to her lover, the actress would show up on the set in Winterset, Iowa, at 9 in
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‘Office Christmas Party’s’ Rob Corddry Reflects on His Early Career

‘Office Christmas Party’s’ Rob Corddry Reflects on His Early Career
Before he was a “Daily Show” correspondent (from 2002 to 2006), or created the world of “Childrens Hospital” (starting in 2008), or took a dip in “Hot Tub Time Machine” (in 2010), Rob Corddry appeared in “The Manchurian Candidate,” an Off Broadway production (or, as Corddry remembers it, “more like Way, Way Off Broadway”) directed by John Lahr. The show was reviewed by Variety on July 18, 1994. Although he is listed in the cast, Corddry was not singled out in the review. The production from Art & Work Ensemble was panned, but Corddry survived and has enjoyed a varied career as an actor, writer, and producer ever since. After starring in Paramount’s “Office Christmas Party,” his upcoming projects include the crime thriller “Shimmer Lake” and two comedies: “The Layover,” directed by William H. Macy, and Ken Marino’s “How to Be a Latin Lover.”

Do you remember much about “The Manchurian Candidate”?

I think it
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Beyond the Movies: Top Six Cineplex Events in September

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Beyond the Movies: Top Six Cineplex Events in SeptemberBeyond the Movies: Top Six Cineplex Events in SeptemberJenny Bullough9/7/2016 12:10:00 Pm

From Spock to Shakespeare, Michael Buble to The Beatles, there’s a lot going on in Cineplex Events this month! Here are our top picks for what’s onscreen in September besides movies.

For the Love of Spock – Sept. 9

A one-of-a-kind documentary sure to unite trekkies worldwide, For the Love of Spock tells the life of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock and the actor who played him, Leonard Nimoy, for nearly fifty years. Through interviews with his family, friends, and co-stars, get to know the real Leonard Nimoy beyond the famous ears. Featuring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Jj Abrams, William Shatner, and Nimoy himself.

Check out the trailer below and click here for tickets and showtimes:

Field of Dreams (Classic Film Series) – Sept.
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Where to Catch Hi-Def Performances From the Bard’s Globe

Are you dying to see Shakespeare performed out of the Globe Theatre but don’t have the funds to fly to London? Fans of the Bard in Houston and Dallas, rejoice: The Globe on Screen is launching high-definition screenings of performances at the Globe of “Richard II,” “Measure for Measure,” and “The Merchant of Venice,” now through September in movie theaters in both cities. In Houston, the River Oaks Theatre will be screening the productions; the Plano Angelika Film Center will be the theater to head to in Dallas. Read: “Why You Should Study Shakespearean Soliloquies” With “Game of Thrones” High Sparrow Jonathan Pryce as Shylock, Charles Edwards as Richard II, and Mariah Gale as Isabella, some of Shakespeare’s most riveting characters are heading straight to the Lone Star State by way of the big screen and city they originated in. Watch: “HBO Releases ‘Game of ThronesBlooper Reel” In Houston,
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Goodnight Mister Tom to return to the West End

Goodnight Mister Tom is all set to return to the West End for ten weeks, starting in December. Following a hugely successful West End season in 2012/13, the critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre adaptation of Michelle Magorian’s classic novel will play this Christmas at the Duke of York’s Theatre, previewing from December 11th.

Now a modern classic, Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life in this magical stage adaptation by David Wood. Set during the dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and forges a remarkable and heart-warming friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley, played by David Troughton. All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned by his mother back to London.

Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and commended for the Carnegie Medal, Goodnight Mister
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‘Woman in Gold’ Premieres in New York Without Harvey Weinstein

‘Woman in Gold’ Premieres in New York Without Harvey Weinstein
Max Irons, a co-star of “Woman in Gold,” said he got his role in the Nazi drama starring Helen Mirren after studio head Harvey Weinstein summoned him to his office. “Can you speak German?” Weinstein asked the actor. Irons couldn’t. “I had to do an audition in 24 hours with a page of solid text,” Irons recalled. “I panicked, drank a lot of coffee, used Google and YouTube and cobbled together what I’m sure was terrible German. But I managed to somehow get the part.”

Irons told Variety this story on Monday night at the red carpet MoMA premiere of “Woman in Gold.” It was an uncharacteristically muted evening for the Weinstein Co. Earlier in the day, media reports surfaced that Weinstein had been questioned by the NYPD over the weekend for allegedly groping a 22-year-old Italian model at his Tribeca offices. No charges have been filed and an investigation is ongoing,
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Shakespeare re-imagined: Films that transported the Bard to modern day

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Shakespeare re-imagined: Films that transported the Bard to modern day
With the release of the biker gang vs. dirty cops take on “Cymbeline” this weekend, audiences were treated to another Shakespeare adaptation that transports the Bard to modern day. Plays that were written 400 years ago continue to find relevance with modern audiences and continue to fit into contemporary settings with fresh retellings. But for all the talk that Shakespeare’s plays are “timeless” and “universal,” there is still a lot in his plays that is very specific to the social and political environment of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Some storylines and characters translate well to modern settings, while others don’t. (“Measure for Measure,” for example, may be an unpopular one for reinterpretation in part because of a central plot line dependent on a law forbidding pre-marital sex.) A film's commitment to using Shakespeare’s language in a modern setting can lead to beautiful results. Also entertaining and thought-provoking are
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Double Oscar Winning Actress Luise Rainer Dies at 104

Double Oscar Winning Actress Luise Rainer Dies at 104
Hollywood actress Luise Rainer, who won back-to-back Oscars in the 1930s, has died at the age of 104. Until her death, she was the oldest living Oscar winner. Rainer died of pneumonia Tuesday at her London home, according to daughter Francesca.

Rainer won her twin best actress Oscars for 1936 biopic “The Great Ziegfeld,” drawing the nod despite a fairly small role as impresario Florenz Ziegfeld’s first wife, and 1937’s “The Good Earth,” an adaptation of the novel by Pearl S. Buck in which the heavily, if charmingly, accented Austrian-German actress played a humble Chinese peasant.

The high expectations generated by her Oscar achievements did not, however lead to much further success in Hollywood. Some say the death of her producer at MGM, Irving Thalberg, as well as bad advice from her husband, the playwright Clifford Odets, contributed to the precipitous decline in her career.

Her first movie was “Escapade,” with William Powell.
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Dave Bautista Wants To Remake ‘Twins’ With Jason Statham!

Dave Bautista, WWE wrestler and star of the highly anticipated Guardians Of The Galaxy, has been doing the press rounds recently and has had some rather random things to say. He sat down with London Live to talk about Gotg, his love of British rom-coms and why he’s desperate to star in a Guy Ritchie flick.

On the idea of doing a remake of Twins, starring himself and The Expendables star Jason Statham:

“I would love to do that. I have been asked if I would want to work with him and, yeah, I am a huge Statham fan. I like the action stuff he does but I prefer the older stuff when he was doing the Guy Ritchie stuff, the dialogue stuff. Snatch is one of my all-time favourite films. I want to do Quentin Tarantino and Scorsese stuff and that is definitely the stuff that I would aspire to do.
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Malcolm Tierney obituary

Stage and screen actor who excelled in playing authority figures and appeared in TV shows such as Brookside and Lovejoy

Malcolm Tierney, who has died aged 75 of pulmonary fibrosis, was a reliable and versatile supporting actor for 50 years, familiar to television audiences as the cigar-smoking, bullying villain Tommy McArdle in Brookside, nasty Charlie Gimbert in Lovejoy and smoothie Geoffrey Ellsworth-Smythe in David Nobbs's A Bit of a Do, a Yorkshire small-town comedy chronicle starring David Jason and Gwen Taylor.

Always serious and quietly spoken offstage, with glinting blue eyes and a steady, cruel gaze that served him well as authority figures on screen, Tierney was a working-class Mancunian who became a core member of the Workers' Revolutionary party in the 1970s. He never wavered in his socialist beliefs, even when the Wrp imploded ("That's all in my past now," he said), and always opposed restricted entry to the actors' union,
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Malcolm Tierney obituary

Stage and screen actor who excelled in playing authority figures and appeared in TV shows such as Brookside and Lovejoy

Malcolm Tierney, who has died aged 75 of pulmonary fibrosis, was a reliable and versatile supporting actor for 50 years, familiar to television audiences as the cigar-smoking, bullying villain Tommy McArdle in Brookside, nasty Charlie Gimbert in Lovejoy and smoothie Geoffrey Ellsworth-Smythe in David Nobbs's A Bit of a Do, a Yorkshire small-town comedy chronicle starring David Jason and Gwen Taylor.

Always serious and quietly spoken offstage, with glinting blue eyes and a steady, cruel gaze that served him well as authority figures on screen, Tierney was a working-class Mancunian who became a core member of the Workers' Revolutionary party in the 1970s. He never wavered in his socialist beliefs, even when the Wrp imploded ("That's all in my past now," he said), and always opposed restricted entry to the actors' union,
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Chiwetel Ejiofor's reporter sister cries on-air after Oscar nomination

Chiwetel Ejiofor's reporter sister cries on-air after Oscar nomination
Chiwetel Ejiofor's sister cried on air over his Oscar nomination.

Zain Asher is a news reporter for CNN and spoke of her delight that her brother had been nominated for Best Actor for his role in 12 Years a Slave.

When asked about Ejiofor, she replied: "Chiwetel - he's been acting since he's 13 years old and - oh my god! I told myself I wasn't going to cry. I do feel so emotional now."

She added: "Growing up with him, he was always in his bedroom practising Shakespeare lines, writing Shakespeare on the wall.

"I would go out with my friends and I would come home and in the morning he'd be reciting Measure for Measure and in the evening it would be Othello. He's just somebody who's really dedicated."

Ejiofor is up against Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and
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Watch Chiwetel Ejiofor's Sister's Touching Reaction to His Oscar Nomination

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Watch Chiwetel Ejiofor's Sister's Touching Reaction to His Oscar Nomination
Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of this year's 12 Years a Slave, was nominated for an Oscar in the best actor in a leading role category on Thursday morning, and nobody was happier for him than his sister, Zain Asher. Zain, a CNN reporter, shared a tearful reaction to her big brother's exciting news in a live interview today, telling her colleagues, "This was a day that my family has really been hoping for and waiting for for such a long time." Zain went on to talk about how hard Chiwetel has worked in his acting career since the age of 13. She recalled listening to her brother recite Shakespeare lines as a kid, saying, "In the morning, he would be reciting Measure For Measure, and in the evening, it would be Othello." While fighting back tears, Zain added, "He's been acting for over 20 years, and so to finally see recognition for his work
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Once Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret, Chiwetel Ejiofor Is Now a Name to Remember

Once Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret, Chiwetel Ejiofor Is Now a Name to Remember
Chiwetel Ejiofor has finally arrived. And the proof comes when he doesn’t — at least not immediately.

He is now 15 minutes late for his breakfast interview. The owner of the Beverly Hills cafe is anxiously awaiting the appearance of the actor, whose reservation was made in his name. “We’re trying really hard not to freak out,” she quietly confides to a journalist.

Ejiofor laughs good-naturedly when the story is relayed to him. He’s still not quite used to all the attention, but feels fortunate that people have responded so positively to his new film “12 Years a Slave,” for which he has collected top actor awards from several critics groups and nominations from SAG and the Golden Globes. His standout performance as the film’s lead character, Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery, is considered a surefire bet for an Oscar nom.

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Golden Globes Comedy Race Is a Two-Way ‘Street’

Golden Globes Comedy Race Is a Two-Way ‘Street’
Golden Globes ballots will be mailed Nov. 27 with film entries broken down as usual between dramas and comedies.

The organization is more confident than I am. For several films in this year’s race, it’s hard to see where to draw the line. I was deeply moved by “Nebraska” and “Before Midnight,” but they Are comedies. “Enough Said,” “Her” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” are also comedies, but more heartfelt and touching than many dramas.

Several studios submitted films as comedies to the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on the supposition that the race is less competitive than the jam-packed drama race. So you can’t blame the strategists for trying, but the HFPA makes the final decision, with nominations to be announced Dec. 12.

Paramount’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” (pictured above) is apparently a comedy. (No one can dispute that, because no one’s seen it.
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Regional Auditions at a Glance: Oct. 18-Nov. 14

The following "Auditions at a Glance" calendar conveniently organizes projects by the date and day-of-the-week that the projects' auditions are taking place, to help you schedule your plans. Click on any of the following links to see the casting and job notices related to the dates and project titles highlighted below. Fri. Oct. 18 'Christmas Gift!' 'Dreaming In Autistic Colors' 'Hay Fever' 'In The Clutch' 'Romans Xiii' 'The Clearing' Sat. Oct. 19 'Romans Xiii' Sun. Oct. 20 'Ain't Misbehavin' Royal Caribbean Productions, Las Vegas Fall 2013 Mon., Oct. 21 Click here to search for auditions. Tues. Oct. 22 'Boeing, Boeing',Chicago EPAs 'Henry IV, Part 1', Chicago EPAs 'Into the Woods', Chicago EPAs 'Measure for Measure', Chicago EPAs 'Sense and Sensibility', Chicago EPAs 'Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure', Chicago EPAs 'Twelfth Night', Chicago EPAs 'The Comedy of Errors', Chicago EPAs Wed. Oct.
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The Backlot Interview: Tom Hiddleston

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While Tom Hiddleston effortlessly oozes sex appeal whether he’s battling hunky on-screen brother Chris Hemsworth in the Thor and The Avengers films or, more recently, singing ‘Bare Necessities” at this past weekend’s D23 Disney Expo, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything hotter than Hiddleston letting the written word of William Shakespeare fall from his oh-so-divine lips.

While playing Loki in the Marvel Studios films may get him buckets of exposure these days, spend some time sitting across from the engaging Hiddleston talking about his role as King Henry V in PBS’s Great Performances: The Hollow Crown miniseries next month, as this reporter did recently, and you’ll see the Brit’s eyes light up and his enthusiasm become more than a little intoxicating.

The Hollow Crown, which begins September 20th on PBS, features productions of Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1 and 2 and Henry V.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor: 'In theatre the fear lurks all the time'

Chiwetel Ejiofor talks about his return to the London stage to play murdered African hero Patrice Lumumba in A Season in the Congo – and his emotional trip to the Congo to prepare for it

You have the sense talking to Chiwetel Ejiofor that he would always be prepared to go the extra mile. On screen and off he has a self-deprecating, generous spirit, quick to laugh, but he also carries a watchful air, a real openness to the moment. Directors – from Woody Allen to Spike Lee to Stephen Poliakoff – see this in him too. From his breakthrough role in Stephen Frears's 2002 film Dirty Pretty Things in which Ejiofor so memorably played the illegal immigrant doctor, Okwe, moonlighting as a minicab driver in London, he has been the go-to man for a particular kind of optimistic and highly credible intensity.

He seems fated to certain roles. He made a natural
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Chiwetel Ejiofor: 'In theatre the fear lurks all the time'

Chiwetel Ejiofor talks about his return to the London stage to play murdered African hero Patrice Lumumba in A Season in the Congo – and his emotional trip to the Congo to prepare for it

You have the sense talking to Chiwetel Ejiofor that he would always be prepared to go the extra mile. On screen and off he has a self-deprecating, generous spirit, quick to laugh, but he also carries a watchful air, a real openness to the moment. Directors – from Woody Allen to Spike Lee to Stephen Poliakoff – see this in him too. From his breakthrough role in Stephen Frears's 2002 film Dirty Pretty Things in which Ejiofor so memorably played the illegal immigrant doctor, Okwe, moonlighting as a minicab driver in London, he has been the go-to man for a particular kind of optimistic and highly credible intensity.

He seems fated to certain roles. He made a natural
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