Recently the acclaimed Broadway (kind of revival) production of Alfred Uhry’s hit off- broadway play and subsequent (not so great) film “Driving Miss Daisy” announced a substantial extension due to its box office success. A mega-watt star cast of Vanessa Redgrave & James Earl Jones appear to be the reason. Seasoned actors and true legends in their field, it is no surprise. Boyd Gaines in support also must be acknowledged.
Another hit production with mega-wattage star power has announced an extension. The Broadway transfer of the ‘Shakespeare In The Park’ summer hit (I could have tried to see it, but the thought of lining up for hours……*sigh*) – “The Merchant Of Venice”. The star this time is Al Pacino, and alongside is Lily Rabe (not a star but apparently stunning as Portia), sadly Miss Rabe is probably still grieving over the death of her mother – the great stage and screen actress, Jill Clayburgh (I was and am a big fan and saddened by her death). The Merchant has been grossing over $1 million bucks per week, a true reason to extend. It will have a short hiatus to accomodate a prior film commitment from Al Pacino.
So with star-wattage and truly great actors involved it seems The Broadway can produce substantial hits and light up the Great White Way. I do hope producers pick and choose well in the future – the power of performance with great actors can rule the Great White Way.
Anyone who has seen these acclaimed performances, please let me know your thoughts.
Legends of the Fall – Vanessa Redgrave & James Earl Jones
A star, and a star in the making – Al Pacino & Lily Rabe.
Harping on again about the Oscar best supporting actress race.
I promise I will stop till the SAG awards and of course the Oscar nominations – i do tend to break promises from time to time.
As you may well know, I am the head of the I HEART JACKI campaign.
So now that the Golden Globuls have been announced I will give my prediction for the actual potential front runners for the Oscars. At the moment it is a 3 horse race.
JACKI – no brainer
MELISSA LEO – an indie fave, and previous nominee for her brilliant performance in “Frozen River”, it appears that she is showing a real range and a totally different performance as the over bearing mom of Mark Wahlberg & Christian Bale in “The Fighter” – sight unseen by Babs but I can sniff out a possible steal from la Jacki.
HELENA BONHAM CARTER – the possible veteran award? she is a wonderful actress, after shedding her period perfect heroine roles with Fight Club and hooking up with Tim Burton she has become a great character actress, this category does reward her type from time to time. (and she is playing the Queen Mother after all) BTW I adored her very clever over-the-top performance as the Red Queen in “Alice In Wonderland”, but these kind of performances very rarely get noticed. The last time was Al Pacino for “Dick Tracy”.
Any other contender in this category can enjoy the award circuit, make great mates with the other nominees, and get lots of booty from the award prize packs. Any form of attention in the award season can boost a career, so be grateful gals.
By the way, I have only seen Jacki’s performance, so at the moment it is heresay as far as in my own opinion. And I do love the other 2 on my list, but I really adore Jacki – always have.
such a DILEMMA.
It must be a great thrill for director of Animal Kingdom – David Michod to realize he has the possibility of saying he directed the performance of an Oscar nominee…..I know I would be proud. Expect actors agents to be knocking on your door 🙂
No more AK accolades for a while – do not want to over expose.
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HBO is planning a telemovie about Phil Spector – the gun-toting volatile record producer with the crazy do. He is now serving a prison sentence for murder. Al Pacino is in talks to play Spector with David Mamet directing. Inspired casting, and if you look at these pics, the hair & make-up department won’t have too much of a problem.