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Polanski Directing 'Venus in Fur' in France This November, Latest Doc Unspools at NYFF

Roman Polanski will direct "Venus in Fur," an adaptation of the play by David Ivs. The erotic black comedy was a Broadway success, earning a Tony nomination for Best Play and a win for actress Nina Arianda (who subsequently scored the role of Janis Joplin in Sean Durkin's upcoming biopic)...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2012 12:54 PM
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The Tonys Go to the Movies (VIDEOS)

Movies were all over the Tony Awards this year. "Once," based on the Fox Searchlight Sundance sleeper, took home eight Tonys including Best Musical and Best Actor, and Disney film-flop-turned-Broadway-musical "Newsies" won best score.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 11, 2012 5:05 AM
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Weekend Preview: Almodovar's The Skin I Live In is Best Bet of Disappointing Openings

Weekend Preview: Almodovar's The Skin I Live In is Best Bet of Disappointing Openings
While it may not be his greatest film, The Skin I Live In is still essential viewing for any Pedro Almodovar fan. Just gazing at stars Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and the gorgeous sets within this beyond-twisted melodrama is worth the ticket price. Given the star power spread across the other films on offer, you'd think there was much to look forward to, but critics are grasping at straws trying to say positive things about the likes of Fireflies in The Garden (Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe), Trespass (Nicole Kidman, Nicholas Cage), Universal's remake of The Thing (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Edgerton) and The Big Year (Jack Black, Steve Martin, Owen Wilson). Ami Canaan Mann's (Michael Mann's daughter) gritty debut Texas Killing Fields, inspired by actual events, is boosted by a strong cast (Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Chloe Moretz). But it's a wasted opportunity; promising moments are weakened by an uninspired script and clumsy construction. Believe it or not, the Footloose remake is making critics tap their feet.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 13, 2011 5:43 AM
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Neil Patrick Harris Wraps Tony Awards with a Rap

Neil Patrick Harris Wraps Tony Awards with a Rap
Neil Patrick Harris did another yeoman job hosting the Tony Awards Sunday night, which sent Trey Parker and Matt Stone's best musical The Book of Mormon home with nine wins (I interviewed them here; the complete list of winners is here). One highlight was a host face-off with Hugh Jackman. (Yes, we want the Aussie song-and-dance man back as Oscar host--but if he can't do it, Harris would do!) Another was Harris's opener, during which Brooke Shields muffed her lines. In case you missed the show, Harris raps the Tony Awards to a close in the video, below, along with the lyrics, written during the show by In the Heights' Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tommy Kail. Well done.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 13, 2011 3:31 AM
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Tony Award Nominations: Book of Mormon Leads with 14, Acting Nods for Pacino, McDormand, Redgrave

Tony Award Nominations: Book of Mormon Leads with 14, Acting Nods for Pacino, McDormand, Redgrave
The Tony Award nominations have arrived, and The Book of Mormon leads the way with 14 nominations (15 is the record, held by The Producers [2001] and Billy Elliot [2009]). Here is our interview with the musical's creators, South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Musical The Scottsboro Boys got 12 noms and nine went to Anything Goes. Among the acting nominees are Al Pacino (The Merchant of Venice), Frances McDormand (Good People) and Vanessa Redgrave (Driving Miss Daisy).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2011 4:46 AM
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