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I haven’t really seen that many films this year. Being an Outer Circle Critic voting member really takes up Ones evenings. Regardless I’m going to make some guesses based on a few good films seen and my list of films I need and want to see.

So here goes:

BEST PICTURE
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“The Shape of Water”
“Lady Bird”
“Mudbound”
“Dunkirk”
“The Post”
“Call Me By Your Name”

“Get Out”
“The Florida Project”
“I, Tonya”

Spoiler: “Darkest Hour”

BEST DIRECTOR
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Steven Spielberg, “The Post”

spoiler: Jordan Peele

BEST ACTRESS
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”

spoiler: Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”

BEST ACTOR
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”
Daniel Day- Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Tom Hanks, “The Post”

Spoiler: James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Michael Stuhlbarg, “Call Me By Your Name”

Spoiler; Arnie Hammer

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“Call Me By Your Name”
“Mudbound”
“Molly’s Game”
“The Disaster Artist”
“Wonder”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Lady Bird”
“Get Out”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“The Shape of Water”
“The Big Sick”

Spoiler: “The Post”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2049”
Hoyte van Hoytema, “Dunkirk”
Dan Laustsen, “The Shape of Water”
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, “Call Me By Your Name”
Bruno Delbonnel  “Darkest Hour”

Spoiler: Rachel Morrison, “Mudbound”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“Phantom Thread”
“Beauty and the Beast”
“The Greatest Showman”
“Darkest Hour”
“The Shape of Water”

Spoiler: “Victoria and Abdul”

BEST FILM EDITING
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

“Baby Driver”

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
“Darkest Hour”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

“I, Tonya”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
“The Shape of Water”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk”
“Darkest Hour”
“Beauty and the Beast”

Spoiler: “The Greatest Showman”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

“The Shape of Water”
“Dunkirk”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“Darkest Hour”

Spoiler: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Remember Me, “Coco”
This Is Me, “The Greatest Showman”
The Mystery of Love, “Call Me By Your Name”
Evermore, “Beauty and the Beast”

Mighty River, “Mudbound”

BEST SOUND EDITING

“Dunkirk
“Blade Runner 2049
“Star Wars: The Last Jed
“Baby Driver”
“The Shape of Water”

Spoiler: “War for the Planet of the Apes”

BEST SOUND MIXING
“Dunkirk
“Blade Runner 2049”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“Baby Driver”

Spoiler: “The Greatest Showman”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“War for the Planet of the Apes”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”

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My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children's theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond. Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I've seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I'd always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible! As it seems you all love a good list, here's two. FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order): Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date. Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008 Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my last...so far), Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009 FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different): Angels in American, both on Broadway and off Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987 Who's Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012 Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986 And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list. These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn't or couldn't remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading. And remember: read, like, share, retweet, enjoy. For more go to frontmezzjunkies.com

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Boomerang at Bryant Park Movie Nights Presented by Paramount+

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On Monday June 24 watch the star studded 90’s romcom: Boomerang. Join hundreds of New Yorkers at 8PM to revisit and enjoy this stylish and nostalgic NYC film classic, and follow the love triangle of the charming Marcus Graham (Eddie Murphy), Jacqueline (Robin Givens)  and Angela (Halle Berry) under the starry open skies of NYC.

This heartwarming feature film is great for a summer date night and will be sure to leave you laughing and smiling. So, bring a cozy blanket, some snacks and hit up the Hester Street Fair for some local food and drinks to enjoy! Hester Street Fair is now bringing the city’s best vendors to the Fountain Terrace each week, from 4pm-8:30pm, to make your Movie Nights picnic the most delicious it can be . Starting at 5pm, stop by our bar tent at the back of the lawn for summer-ready drinks, featuring special offerings from Stout NYC.

Forgot a blanket? Stop by the Bryant Park Shop for a cute blanket, apparel, games, our apiary honey, and more!

For more information on Paramount+ Movie Nights at Bryant Park and all of the free programming at Bryant Park this summer, visit bryantpark.org.

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Saying Good-Bye to Donald Sutherland

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Donald Sutherland was a Canadian actor. In a film career spanning over seven decades, Sutherland received numerous accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. He is cited as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination, but received an Academy Honorary Award in 2017.


He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Spent a year and a half at the Perth Repertory Theatre in Scotland and began to get small roles in British films and TV. He was featured alongside Christopher Lee in horror films such as Castle of the Living Dead (1964) and Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965). He had a supporting role in the Hammer Films production Die! Die! My Darling! (1965), with Tallulah Bankhead and Stefanie Powers. In 1967 Sutherland appeared in “The Superlative Seven”, an episode of The Avengers. In 1966 he also made a second, and more substantial appearance in The Saint (S5,E14). The episode, “Escape Route”, which was directed by the show’s star, Roger Moore, recalled Sutherland “asked me if he could show it to some producers as he was up for an important role… they came to view a rough cut and he got The Dirty Dozen. which starred Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, and a number of other popular actors, was the 5th highest-grossing film of 1967.  Sutherland left London for Hollywood.

Sutherland rose to fame in such films as The Dirty Dozen(1967), M*A*S*H (1970), Klute(1971), The Eagle Has Landed (1976), 1900 (1976), Animal House (1978), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Ordinary People (1980), Eye of the Needle (1981),  JFK (1991), Six Degrees of Separation (1993), Pride & Prejudice (2005), The Hunger Games franchise and so many more

I met Sutherland in 1981 when he stared as Humbert Humbert briefly in Lolita on Broadway.

Donald Sutherland and Blanche Baker, “Lolita” Bernard Gotfryd photograph collection (Library of Congress)

Television audiences known him for Citizen X (1995) in which he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. For Uprising (2001), and Path to War (2002) he earned the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

Sutherland received various honours including inductions into the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2000 and the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC) in 1978, a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2012 and received the Companion of the Order of Canada (CC) in 2019.

He was the father of actors Kiefer Sutherland, Rossif Sutherland, and Angus Sutherland. In October 2023, Canada Post issued a stamp in his honour, commemorating his career as one of Canada’s most respected and versatile actors.

Donald Sutherland was a brilliant actor whose work will be missed.

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The Glorious Corner

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GIAMATTI’S TREK — (via DEADLINE) Paul Giamatti has joined the cast of the upcoming Paramount+ original series Star Trek: Starfleet Academy in a recurring role. He will play the Season 1 villain, a man with an ominous past connected to one of our cadets.

“Sometimes you’re lucky enough to discover that one of the greatest actors alive is also a huge Star Trek fan, and meeting Paul was one of those miraculous moments for us. The sheer delight with which he dove in on Starfleet Academy is only surpassed by the gratitude we feel about him joining our incredible cast,” shared co-showrunners and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau in a joint statement.

He joins previously announced Holly Hunter, who will star in the series as the captain and chancellor of Starfleet Academy. The series will begin production later this summer.

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy follows a young group of cadets who come together to pursue a common dream of hope and optimism. Under the watchful and demanding eyes of their instructors, they discover what it takes to become Starfleet officers as they navigate blossoming friendships, explosive rivalries, first loves and a new enemy that threatens both the Academy and the Federation itself.

Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau serve as co-showrunners and executive producers of the series alongside executive producers Gaia Violo, Aaron Baiers, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Jenny Lumet, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, Frank Siracusa and John Weber. The series premiere episode is written by Gaia Violo.

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy is produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment and is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

HEART STOPPED — (Via Deadline) The Heart of Rock and Roll, the struggling musical built around the hits of Huey Lewis, will play its final performance at a matinee on Sunday, June 23. The show will have played 24 previews and 72 performances.

In a statement, producer Hunter Arnold said, “It was pure joy working on the show with the team of creatives headed by writer Jonathan A. Abrams, director Gordon Greenberg, choreographer Lorin Latarro, music arranger and orchestrator Brian Usifer and special gratitude to the support and participation of the iconic music legend Huey Lewis.

The musical began previews on March 29 and opened on April 22.

“We were honored,” he continued, “to have an amazing cast and crew who brought their immense enthusiasm, commitment and talent to each and every performance. With our original cast album just released and talks underway for a national tour and international productions, the musical will continue to delight audiences for years to come.”

The musical, received by critics with lukewarm reviews, did not received any Tony Award nominations and has been struggling at the box office, sometimes with the James Earl Jones Theatre just more than half-full with audience members. For the week ending June 9, the show grossed a tiny $272,051.

SHORT TAKES — Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis will be released through Lionsgate. Tepid reviews? Not really. Face it, Coppola’s a genius. Check out Roger Friedman’s (SHOWBIZ 411) take: https://www.showbiz411.com/2024/06/17/coppola-leases-megalopolis-to-lions-gate-for-september-release-in-distribution-only-deal

Darius Rucker said that the bandmates in Hootie and the Blowfish tried to outparty each other? Interesting. Check this out here: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/darius-rucker-says-hootie–the-blowfish-bandmates-tried-to-outparty-each-other-that-was-just-how-we-lived-214135068.html

Add one more Jon Bon Jovi-intervene to the list. NBC’s Sunday With Willie Geist. Was good, but nothing on Richie Sambora and nothing new. He’s not going to tour; he wants to tour; a surprise gig in Nashville ….

Micky Dolenz and Michael Stip (R.E.M.)

what’s going on? More kudos for his PR-man Brad Cafarelli … Congrats to R.E.M. on their Songwriters Hall of Fameinduction … HAPPY BDAY Michelle Toscas!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Mark Adelman; Christine Nagy; Race Taylor; Anthony Noto; Robert Funaro; Al Roker; Tony LoBianco; Les Moonves; Les Schwartz; Marion Perkins; Mary Wilson; Tony Seidel; Bob Schartoff; Julie Laufer; Liza Lillien; Richie Ridge; William Schill; Dan Zelinski; Carol Ross; Gary Gershoff; David Adelson; Roy Trakin; Lee Jeske; Anthony Mason; and BELLA!

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Tribeca Festival Wraps Up with Big Apple Moment with ‘Satisfied’ Premiere

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The final day of the 2024 Tribeca Festival closed out with the film “Satisfied” at the Beacon Theater. The night also showcased a “Hamilton” pre-Tony anniversary moment with Renee Elise Goldsberry. After the premiere and performance guests gathered at Allure Lounge to sip on Hendrick’s Gin cocktails and to honor the indelible moment.

Roxstar Entertainment’s popular Cinema Center finished its premiere party run with the late-night soiree attended by director Chris Bolan and actress Kelli O’Hara as well as the fleet of producers on the film including executives from Stick Figures Productions and Amblin Documentaries.

Guests enjoyed a gourmet selection of canapes catered by Allure Restaurant as well as featured cocktails by Hendrick’s Gin including the Hendrick’s Grapefruit Collins.

“Roxstar Entertainment is pleased to continue to support independent filmmakers and distributors especially in its mission to get movie fans back into their true intended viewing medium, the movie theaters.  We are so grateful to be able to work with like-minded companies to sponsor and support the events and help drive the promotion and celebration for the films, filmmakers, and respective casts,” says David Manning, Roxstar Entertainment’s Executive Producer of the Cinema Center.

 

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Tribeca Festival – Best Films from Documentaries, Features and Shorts

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It was a thrilling Tribeca Film Festival with a showcase of superb filmmaker talent from around the globe. Here were some notable projects in 2024.

Ebb & Flow

Determined to have her first kiss, a young teenage girl defies her tumultuous world in search of normalcy.

The Brown Dog

Night after night, a watchman clocks into his lonely booth and spends hours composing endless security logs to stay awake, as he slowly descends into darkness.

A Rose for Katrina

Michael arrives for a date with Katrina, a woman he has met online. Hoping to make an impression he has brought her a rose. He is greeted at the door by someone who he initially believes is Katrina but who reveals themselves to be Katrina’s identical twin sister. While they wait for the real Katrina to emerge, she challenges Michael to take a strange bet and becomes verbally abusive when he refuses. Michael, confused and humiliated, leaves, at which point the “real Katrina” appears.

A Family Guide To Hunting

When Eva, a doomsday prepper, takes her uptight Korean-American parents and all-American boyfriend on a bonding hunting trip, things go from bad to grisly.

Catharsis

A dancer savant with serious anger issues is about to sabotage his life when a strange psychotherapist brings him to face the shadows of his subconscious mind.

Griffin in Summer

Summer vacation is usually the time for kids to let loose, but for fourteen-year-old Griffin Nafly it’s time to get down to the serious business of putting on his dramatic new play. Featuring stellar performances from its cast of young actors, Griffin in Summer’s coming-of-age story is a portrait of the artist as a young boy dealing with the initial experiences of unrequited love.

The Shallow Tale of a Writer Who Decided to Write about a Serial Killer

A writer befriends a retired serial killer (Steve Buscemi) who becomes his unlikely marriage counselor and muse. As the writer grapples with his second novel and a crumbling marriage to his disillusioned wife (Britt Lower), the former killer reluctantly offers guidance on both matters, leading to a series of twists and turns that blur the lines between reality and fiction.

DRIVER

After losing everything, Desiree Wood takes a second lease on life as a long-haul truck driver. By establishing the organization “REAL Women In Trucking,” Desiree has amassed an irreverent coalition of women drivers to advocate for an equitable and fair quality of life on the road, and ensure the welfare of women drivers within their male-dominated profession. Nesa Azimi’s soulful and contemplative DRIVER follows Desiree as she strives to leave her tumultuous past behind and navigate toward a more hopeful and stable future.

Beacon

Driven by an overzealous sense of adventure, young sailor Emily (Julia Goldani Telles), quickly runs into trouble when she shipwrecks on a remote island. She’s rescued by the island’s lone inhabitant, Demián Bichir’s mysterious light keeper Ismael. Directed with gripping fashion by Roxy Shih, the stage is set for a nail-biting journey into the depths of human instinct necessary for survival.

Don’t You Let Me Go

Adela stands among the crowd at Elena’s wake, feeling disconnected from the hushed voices and harsh fluorescent lights that don’t remind her of her best friend’s intrinsic joy. Emotionally drained, Adela goes to her car and what does she find waiting for her but a bus. Not an ordinary bus, a magic bus – a bus that takes her back in time to a magical weekend. Writer-directors Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge’s third film is a beautiful tribute to friendship, especially the bonds of friendship between women.

 

 

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