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Everybody Wants to be Us

Graduate Student at Loyola University Chicago. Check out the blog for what I'm currently obsessed with in film and culture. Michael Fassbender, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Winslet, Christian Bale, Jesse Eisenberg, David Lynch, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, and Daniel Radcliffe are regulars here.


A Streetcar Named Desire on #Broadway. Nicole Ari Parker is AMAZING.  (Taken with Instagram at A Streetcar Named Desire at the Broadhurst Theatre)

A Streetcar Named Desire on #Broadway. Nicole Ari Parker is AMAZING. (Taken with Instagram at A Streetcar Named Desire at the Broadhurst Theatre)

THIS is how to react after seeing a Broadway Musical.

Felicity Huffman on “Sports Night” 

Andrew Garfield talks “Death of a Salesman” and “Amazing Spider-Man”

A great New York Times interview with the talented Mr. Garfield who was beyond fantastic in “Death of a Salesman” on Broadway. I have a lot of feelings about the Spider-Man reboot, but Garfield makes the whole thing easier to take.

“The struggle of Biff is so universal, especially for someone my age: trying to come to terms with who you are as opposed to who you thought you should be,” Mr. Garfield said. “That’s why there are sobs in the theater, because everyone has an understanding of that very distinct feeling of: ‘Let me go. Let me be what I am.’ I’m going through that right now.”

He made no secret of his ambivalence toward celebrity, which, for an actor on the cusp of gigantic global exposure, means the moment is both exhilarating and scary. He admitted that he is girding himself for the “Spider-Man” international publicity tour.

“I just kind of want it to be done now,” he said. “The only reason for me to not do the ‘Spider-Man’ movie was because it was a big movie. Which is usually a reason to do a movie. But the exposure that comes with it was the drawback. I hemmed and hawed about it for a month, but I took it because I’d been a fan since I was 3 years old. I couldn’t say no. It was a dream.”

Read whole article here

I had a dream last night that I ran into Philip Seymour Hoffman.  I effusively told him how much I loved his performance in “Death of a Salesman” and how the play changed my life. 

I really hope he wins the Tony on Sunday.

I’m a fan-girl even in my sleep.

Seeing James Earl Jones in “The Best Man” on Broadway is and will continue to be one of my most cherished memories.  Jones is nominated for a Tony for his towering performance as an elder statesman deciding which candidate to endorse for president in a heated nominating convention.  His character Arthur Hockstader enjoys the sway he can have on this contest as ex-president, but also conveys his deep-seated concern and stake in this matter.  It’s not all a game for him and that’s what is great about the play and Jones’ performance.  I really enjoyed the recent NY Times profile of Jones, particularly this part:

Mr. Jones said he wondered what role his face played in being asked to take the part. “Were they asking me to do it in some kind of tribute to Barack Obama?” he said. Obviously, America had not elected a black president in 1960. “My only response to that is: ‘Why not? Why wasn’t there a black president in the ‘60s?’ ” That is a question that the play should prompt, he said.

Michael Wilson, the director of “The Best Man,” said Mr. Jones’s race — unmentioned in the play — “keeps asking you to flip back between 1960 and now.” Still, he said, the main reason Mr. Jones was cast is because he’s “a great American actor.” And, it turns out, he knits together a cast that includes others veterans, like Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen and John Larroquette.

“James is our patriarch, just as he is in the play,” Mr. Wilson said. “He set the tone through his abundant curiosity.”

And his good humor. “Some of the mischievous behavior you see in Hockstader, you see in James — he’s a great tease, he’s a flirt,” Mr. Wilson said. “He loves telling dirty jokes with the wardrobe crew. He’ll tease the cleaning woman. It’s his way of creating community.”

Read entire piece here.

Death Of A Salesman on #Broadway  A magnificent experience.  (Taken with Instagram at Ethel Barrymore Theatre)

Death Of A Salesman on #Broadway A magnificent experience. (Taken with Instagram at Ethel Barrymore Theatre)

They’re Re-Making One of Your Favorite Films

They’re Making One of Your Favorite Films into a Broadway Musical

It’s funny how hearing about a remake or sequel to a perfectly wonderful film (see “American Psycho” or “Midnight Run”) causes me to explode with blind rage, but hearing a film will be turned into a musical fills me with pure joy (see “Newsies” “Sister Act” “Ghost”).  Dear Hollywood, the only way to remake a film is on the STAGE.  

Leave Patrick Bateman alone!

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