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“Grand Budapest”, “Boyhood” Win A.C.E.Eddies. “Birdman”s momentum stopped

Gustav H. & ZeroThis is certainly the bumpiest road to Oscar I have ever seen. The Race has taken ANOTHER severe, right-angle turn, with “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” winning the A.C.E. Eddie awards last night. Effectively stopping “Birdman”s new- found momentum from last weekend’s the PGA and the SAG Award in its’ tracks.

Why? The Film Editors are considered the most important voting group after the MASSIVE Actors Branch and Guild (who dominate and who gave out its’ SAG awards last Sunday) and for “Boyhood” it was a very, very important turn-around in fortune, and for “Grand Budapest Hotel” too.

A.C.E. is the organization that represents the Editors Guild. Which has a lot of members as opposed to the Academy’s Editors branch, which is smaller and more elite. And the Eddie is the name they call their award.

It broke down like this ~ Best Edited Feature Film, Dramatic, “Boyhood” Sandra Adair.

And Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical), “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Barney Pilling.

This means that “Boyhood” is still very much in the race, with “Grand Budapest” nipping at its’ heels. “Grand Budapest,” you may remember got an equal amount of Oscar nominations (nine) to “Birdman.”

“Birdman,” of course, has those long(some would say ENDLESS) tracking, stedicam shots, which makes the film look like it isn’t edited, but of course, it is. It wasn’t shot in one, long, continuous take. But it was meant to look like it was… which is kind of an anti-editing stance, if you think about it.

And “Boyhood” shot over 12 years…can you IMAGINE the Degree of Difficulty of editing THAT much footage into something watchable? Of course, some could say that didn’t happen. That it’s a mess rather than a melange.

And “Grand Budapest” has all those nifty, changing aspect ratios. Of these three films, “Grand Budapest” is still far and away my favorite. But a shift of momentum, for “Boyhood” to “Birdman” is now NOT officially happening. At least according to the all-important editors.

Next stop, BAFTA! Where “The Theory of Everything” will probably sweep.

Final Casting of Chita Rivera’s “The Visit” Announced, Kander & Ebb’s last musical

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ADDITIONAL BROADWAY CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR

 

KANDER AND EBB’S

FINAL MUSICAL

“T H E   V I S I T”

 

STARRING

C H I T A   R I V E R A

AND

R O G E R   R E E S

 

New York (January 30, 2015) – Additional Broadway casting was announced today for the highly anticipated musical,The Visit, soon to open on Broadway. The Visit will begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45thStreet) on Thursday, March 26 with an Opening Night set for Thursday, April 23. General on sale will begin on January 31, 2015.

 

Joining the previously announced Tony Award® Winners Chita Rivera and Roger Rees, will be Jason Danieley,Matthew Deming, Diana Dimarzio, David Garrison, Rick Holmes, Tom Nelis, Chris Newcomer, Aaron Ramey,Timothy Shew, and Michelle Veintimilla.

 

Based on the satirical play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt as adapted by Maurice Valency, The Visit features music and lyrics by the Tony Award® winning team John Kander & Fred Ebb, book by four-time Tony Award® winning playwright Terrence McNally. It will open on Broadway this spring, starring two-time Tony Award® winning Broadway legend Chita Rivera and Tony Award® winner Roger Rees.  Helmed by Tony Award® winning director John Doyleand choreographed by Tony Award® nominee Graciela Daniele. Tickets will be available on Telecharge.combeginning January 31.

 

In her juiciest role yet, Chita Rivera is Claire Zachannassian, the world’s wealthiest woman, who returns home to Anton (Roger Rees) who captured her heart then shattered her dreams. What she does next shocks the town and makes for the most thrilling and intriguing musical in years.   From the team that brought you “Cabaret”, “Chicago”, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”, this tale of romance, seduction and betrayal proves that revenge is the best revenge.

 

 

 

 

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http://www.TheVisitMusical.com

“It’s Only a Play” Bway’s Funniest Show,Extends AGAIN! Through June!

BROADWAY’S STAR-STUDDED
“I T ’ S  O N L Y  A   P L A Y”

EXTENDS THROUGH

JUNE 7, 2015

 


New York, NY 
(January 30, 2015) – Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport announced today that the smash hit Broadway comedy It’s Only a Play, which opened on Broadway on October 9, 2014, has extended its run through Sunday, June 7, 2015.  Originally announced as a limited engagement through January 4th, It’s Only a Play was recently extended through March 29th  at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street), where it will now play through June 7thTickets are now on sale for all performances.  For more information on It’s Only A Play, please visit www.ItsOnlyAPlay.com.

 

Terrence McNally’s It’s Only A Play recently welcomed Tony® and Emmy® winner Martin Short, 2-time Tony®winner Katie Finneran, and “30 Rock” alum Maulik Pancholy, who join original cast members F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing and Micah Stock. 3-time Tony® Award winner Jack O’Brien directs.

 

In It’s Only A Play, it’s opening night of Peter Austin’s (Matthew Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star (Martin Short), his fledgling producer (Katie Finneran), his erratic leading lady (Stockard Channing), his wunderkind director (Maulik Pancholy), an infamous drama critic (F. Murray Abraham), and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant (Micah Stock) on his first night in Manhattan. It’s alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender — and proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage.

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Why “Birdman” Will Have a Lot of Trouble at the Oscars

Birdman 1Despite the apparent benefice of its’ upsets this past weekend, “Birdman” is not the Oscar slam-dunk it appears to be. Not by a mile.

You see, it unexpectedly won the Producers Guild very important precursor award, on Saturday night, then also won Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards on Sunday night.

HOWEVER!

It didn’t win Best Actor. The Birdman himself lost to Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything”, and that was a VERY big loss for Michael Keaton.

Especially coming from the SCREEN ACTORS, the guild that you would think would be behind his Riggan Whathisname’s character, that of a veteran actor trying to make a comeback.

That spoke volumes to the effect that support of “Birdman” wasn’t THAT deep.

Keaton won THREE Critics Choice Awards at BFCA a couple of weeks ago and now, this defeat.

It’s bad for Keaton and bad for “Birdman”s supposed late groundswell.

Also, let me point out that it does NOT have the all-important Film Editing Nomination, without which no film has won Best Picture since “Ordinary People” 30 years ago.

So with the Editors against it, and also, apparently the Actors, Keaton is NOT winning Best Actor, nor does “Birdman” have a cake-walk to Best Film.

Also between now and Oscar Night Feb. 22, Sunday, on ABC-TV, the BAFTA awards will happen in London and Eddie Redmayne is sure to win Best Actor there. And it’s possible that “The Theory of Everything” will sweep its’ six categories, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Felicity Jones, Best Screenplay, Best Director, James March and Best Score for Johan Johansson.

On top of which it is a Fantasy Film, a Magical Realism film, if you will, which the super-serious Academy does not go for historically at all, except for “Lord of the Ring: Return of the King.”

It’s quirky. It’s divisive, and I personally was put off by its’ sort of “holier-than-thou” attitude to the theater, which supposedly it was celebrating, but I felt its’ attitude disdainful.

And the ending! He shoots off his nose, ends up in a hospital and jumps out the window. Did Birdman finally fly away or was it a suicide? Will the Academy vote Best Picture to a film that is saying, insidiously, that all Riggan’s efforts lead to this? Self-annihilation? Or pursuing a career in the theater equals death?

I just don’t see this film winning Best Picture for all these reasons.

What will win? Something else. But not this sanctimonious mess.

ETA: Sasha Stone herself commented on this article on FB by saying to me: “Another thing to note, it didn’t win Best Comedy at the Globes…”

That was, of course, won by the GRAND “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

The 3rd Thing Happened…or Was It Simply the Blizzard of 2015?

BlizzardWell, for those who have been following this blog, they know that two rather traumatic things have happened this past week. And I was waiting, since everything comes in threes(that’s true, isn’t it?) It very well may have arrived in the form of the Blizzard of 2015.

In any case, I did slip getting out of the bath yesterday, but today I was just fine so….I can’t say I was ever so happy taking my usual daily bath IN MY LIFE.

My arms just gave out from under me as I tried to lift myself out of the tube. I struggled five or six or more times to no avail, and my arms were hurting. FINALLY, I decided to grab hold the very nearby bathroom sink, a very sturdy one, thank goodness, and it held, and I, kneeling on one knee, pulled myself out that way, and stood up, took a shower and everything was fine.

Except I now had an extreme fear of the bathtub, and I thought “This won’t do” and braved it again today and it went by in a flash. No problems. My arms, AND legs held. And now I’m fresh as a daisy, but SUDDENLY a blizzard has arrived.

New York is the least hard hit of all cities in terms of snow, because the sidewalks are all heated by the subways running underneath most of them. But I decided to not risk another THIRD THING. So I didn’t go out in it.

Everyone is being warned to stay indoors, so that’s what I’m doing. That bathtub slippage could be The Third Thing. Or it could simply be a warning.

Or could it be “Birdman” winning the SAG Best Ensemble Award last night? More on that later…

Eddie Redmayne! SAG Best Actor Winner! Golden Globe Winner Best Actor Drama!

Eddie and I got to talk for more than nine minutes via Satellite from London. He was talking about “My Weekend with Marilyn” where he played the “My” of the title.

He just won the SAG Award tonight for Best Actor. Topping his Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Drama! There’s now stopping his triumphal march to the Oscars now!

 

I knew he had a very bright future ahead of him, and his turn as Marius in “Les Miserables” the movie proved it.

But I didn’t think he was going to be making to the Oscars just two year later!

Go Eddie!

 

Julianne Moore wins Best Actress SAG!!

Still Alice 2Julianne Moore; now in her 50s, FINALLY is getting the long overdue awards recognition she’s been missing, well, her whole career so far. She also just won ANOTHER Award tonight. The SAG award for Best Actress for her brilliant, lacerating depiction of an early on set Alzheimers victim in “Still Alice.” A  beautiful but still little seen film.

And hush my mouth, “Birdman” was “Best Cast”!! After winning the Producer’s Guild last night, does this double whammy mean the Oscar for Best Picture is  now  A RACE!?!? I think so.

And although “Birdman” is about actors and theatre, you’d think I’d like it more. But I don’t.

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