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Review: Matthew Broderick Heads Killer Cast In Wallace Shawn’s ‘Evening At The Talk House’

Matthew Broderick and Wallace Shawn

It’s party time at the Talk House, the kind of hangout people of a certain age or nostalgic bent associate with Greenwich Village watering holes like the White Horse Tavern and the Lion’s Head, where tatty writers schnorred drinks and grubbed smokes from plusher colleagues while woozily embroidering tales of the good old days. Wallace Shawn’s Evening At The Talk House, a New Group production at the Signature Theatre Center, takes place at the Talk House on the 10th… Read


Peter Bart: Will Diversity Infusion Trip Up Highfalutin Frontrunners?

Oscar Best Picture Winners

Filling out my Academy ballot this week, I find myself indulging in an exercise in Oscar futility: re-living my list of Oscar "should-haves." Brokeback Mountain should have won over Crash in 2005, Apocalypse Now over Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979 and ET over Gandhi in 1982. The Academy is, well, the Academy, but some 683 new members have been added to the rolls this year representing a wider swath of experience and taste. Will future lists of nominees and winners reflect this… Read


Review: Tony Winner Reed Birney Flies From Agony To Ecstasy In ‘Man From Nebraska’

Reed Birney and Heidi Armbruster in "Man From Nebraska."

That remarkable actor Reed Birney, a Tony winner last season for his haunted portrayal of a dad in crisis in The Humans, plays a related role in Tracy LettsMan From Nebraska, which opened last night at off-Broadway’s Second Stage. One night that has been much like any other in the life of this comfortably secure Bread Basket Baptist, Birney’s Ken Carpenter abandons bed for bathroom, where he begins weeping. Sobbing, really, the uncontrollable kind that makes audience… Read

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Jake Gyllenhaal, That Times Review Of ‘Big River’ & Garth Drabinsky: Gerard & Roth

Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Sunday in ThePark With George' at NewYork City center.

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline theater critic Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres president Jordan Roth discuss the hottest topics on the Rialto, the only precondition being: no holds barred. JEREMY GERARD: Your newest corporate neighbor, Ambassador Theatre Group, has christened the Hudson Theatre, beautifully updated and returned to service as a 1,000-seat Broadway house, with the Encores! revival of Sunday In The Park With George, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh… Read


BAFTA Awards: ‘La La Land’ Carries The Day, But Is There Still A Chance For A Big Oscar Upset?

La La Land BAFTA

For a while, as the British Film Academy was spreading out the awards today and frontrunner La La Land  (which came in with a leading 11 nominations) had lost five out of the first six that it was up for, I thought maybe BAFTA was pulling their own kind of Brexit and going their own way this awards season. It certainly turned out to be a momentarily stressful situation for Lionsgate, as the musical that has scored big wins consistently with the Critics’ Choice, Golden… Read


Meryl Streep Roars (And Sings Lady Liberty) At Human Rights Gala

Meryl Streep

If her speech at the Golden Globes was merely a warm-up, Meryl Streep swung for the fences tonight on behalf of human rights, in a speech marked by passion, some tears, and a crowd-rousing call to action. She blasted the President who had called her “overrated” and, in an emotion-packed interlude, sang the words written by Emma Lazarus for the Statue of Liberty. The event was the annual gala for the Human Rights Campaign, a national group that advocates on behalf of LGBTQ… Read


Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Directors Hit Santa Barbara, ‘La La’ May Hit Broadway & Trump-Inspired Foreign Intrigue

The 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival -  Outstanding Director's Award

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. Heading into the last big weekend before final Oscar voting begins Monday (with all ballots due in by February 21), we have the British Academy Awards (BAFTA) on Sunday, which is the same day as the Grammys, And the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards are on Saturday, which is same day as the Art Directors Guild. It is just two weeks to go until Oscar Sunday, and… Read

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‘Sunset Boulevard’ Review: Glenn Close Returns To Broadway

Glenn Close is Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard."

Glenn Close first played Norma Desmond in the U.S. debut of Sunset Boulevard when it opened in December 1993 at the Shubert Theatre in Century City before bringing the show to Broadway a year later. She’s returned in a version that’s both stripped down – the scenery is closer in style to an Encores! concert at City Center than John Napier’s over-the-top sets back then – and beefed-up, with a 40-piece onstage orchestra at the Palace Theatre that allows Andrew Lloyd… Read


Peter Bart: Min Goes Dim


The Variety of the ’90s would have run that brash headline to describe the end of Janice Min's reign yesterday as leader of The Hollywood Reporter. To Hollywood, Min's abrupt exit will likely signal a change in how "the trades" cover the industry. Meanwhile, the Variety of the ’90s doesn't exist anymore, nor does its tough-minded business model. In her almost eight-year run at THR, Min smartly transformed a stodgy business trade publication into a glossy… Read


Oscars: Deadline, Gold Derby, IndieWire & Variety Take The Gloves Off In Ultimate Predictions Smackdown

88th Academy Awards - Arrivals

Well, it is the battle of the bands, or should I say brands, as PMC’s Deadline, Gold Derby, IndiWire and Variety square off with divergent opinions on where the Oscar race is headed now that nominations are in and voting starts in about a week. Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil leads a conversation about all of it with IndieWire’s Anne Thompson, Variety’s Tim Gray and me as we dissect the top eight races in Part 1 of our two-part wide-ranging discussion about the 89th annual… Read


Angelina Jolie Rips Donald Trump’s Travel Ban In New York Times Op-Ed

Angelina Jolie travel ban op-ed

UPDATED with link to the full column: Angelina Jolie is the latest Hollywood figure to raise a voice against President Donald Trump’s temporary denial of U.S. entry to people from seven primarily Muslim countries. But while colleagues such as Meryl Streep and David Harbour have expressed their outrage from the podiums at televised awards ceremonies, Jolie enjoys a different bully pulpit: the Op-Ed pages of the far-from-failing New York Times. “Americans have shed blood… Read


Peter Bart: Donald Trump’s Travel Ban Stirs Disruptions Across Hollywood & Beyond


Hollywood's global scenario may have to undergo a rewrite as a result of Donald Trump's travel ban and other initiatives. That's the issue top industry players are debating this week as they study overseas reaction to policies of the new Trump administration. Not only are individual projects being reviewed, but so are major funding initiatives. Having decided to focus on the global audience, Hollywood must now study that audience's changing tastes and political… Read