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Thursday
Nov152018

The Links of Grindelwald

• Feedspot This is nice. The Film Experience has been listed as one of the top 40 movie podcasts.
AV Club the Random Roles series grills Sarah Jessica Parker about her defining roles
• THR goes deep on The Favourite's power plays
Rotten Tomatoes Ouch. Reviews for Fantastic Beasts 2 are brutal
Pop Sugar the casting of Nagini in Fantastic Beasts was controversial but here's where you've seen the actress before
Stephen Colbert Jude Law discuss fan nicknames for Dumbledore. Very cute

• Awards Daily Rob Marshall "wanted to bring a gift of hope into this climate" with Mary Poppins Returns
• /Film the effort to save Filmstruck has now gotten some big name directors behind it
• The Playlist opinions are divided in Hollywood about whether Netflix's theatrical play with Roma is playing by the rules or a con
• Variety ...speaking of. Italy is cracking down on streaming service with new laws about theatrical windows
• Film School Rejects Kiersey Clemons (Hearts Beat Loud) lines up a biopic which could take her career to the next level
• Coming Soon the Jack Reacher franchise is dead for now. They hope to reboot in TV series form with an actor who is more faithful to the character (who is 6'5"... nearly a full foot taller than Tom Cruise!)

Today's Must Read
Critics Notebook "The End of Endings" I bow to this great piece. And I worry like ∞

Stage Diversions
EW Tom Hiddleston will star in a revival of Harold Pinter's 70s classic Betrayal in the West End in the spring
Playbill Caroline or Change returns to NYC at the Astoria Performing Arts Center next summer. I saw their production of Follies last season and it was really strong so I have high hopes that they'll do this great musical justice. I still think if they ever make this into a movie, whoever plays Caroline will win the Oscar. 
Playbill Broadway grosses for the week: New shows Network with Bryan Cranston and Tatiana Maslany and To Kill a Mockingbird with Jeff Daniels are already hits, playing to 100% capacity. The emptiest houses are unfortunately for the Go-Gos musical Head Over Heels (which we loved but which has been struggling to find its audience). Head Over Heels will be one of the Thanksgiving performances at the Macy's Day Parade so we'll see if that helps get them through the holidays. 

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Reader Comments (19)

I always find youre kinda hyperbolic when referring to RT scores. A percentage in the 50s is typically average. “Brutal” is a bit of an overstatement, no?

November 15, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterkris01

I agree with everything Amanda Hess writes in "The End of Endings". It's like living in a bad dream, everything over and over again. Also, I thought I was a devoted Potterhead, but no way I'm going to this latest "episode" of Fantastic Beasts".

November 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

I have no interest in seeing Crimes of Grindelwald either. Some said that J.K. Rowling just went George Lucas on everyone. That is not good.

November 15, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

Dear Tony Kushner,

Stop messing around with West Side Story and write a new play. Something as daring as the monologue in Homebody/Kabul.

Sincerely,

P.

November 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Is Crimes the lowest rated movie in the Potter franchise?

November 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTom G.

kris01: Yeah, when I think "Brutal" reviews, I think one of two things. Either: 1. Less than 30% period (under this standard, BvS got brutal reviews) or 2. A 40% or higher drop from original to sequel. Going from 87% to 47% is definitely brutal. Going from 74% to 47% isn't good, but isn't quite "brutal."

November 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Love how straightforward SJP is in that interview. “I needed a paycheck, that’s what drew me to the role.” I hear ya, sis.

November 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBushwick

Well deserved on the best podcast shut out!! More smack downs please!

November 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCristhian

Re: Sarah Jessica Paker,

I LOOOOVE The Family Stone. It's such a great Christmas movie and very rewatchable. Also, the trio of Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton and Parker could not have been more of it's time:

1) Parker's being a major star having just finished SATC - this being her first role after the show's end.

2) Keaton, established star reaching legendary status, who just proved her bankability with Something's Gotta Give two Holiday seasons earlier

3) McAdams, the breakout star of 2004, this being her first role after the combo of The Notebook and Mean Girls.

November 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDanish

Ooh. Caroline, or Change as a film? Who would you cast? Better not be Jennifer Hudson or Zendaya cuz they can’t act.

Also, that link took me to another article about Renee Fleming as Georgia O’Keeffe at Tanglewood next summer so now I’m super excited!

November 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Pam, they should cast Cynthia Erivo.

November 15, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

@Brookesboy - PERFECTION!

November 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Nathaniel: I took a look at the Top Forty list - if I understood the description correctly, they say your site's post frequency is twice a week. By yourself, you post more often than that.

November 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCarl

Oops...make that 'twice a month' according to the site.

November 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCarl

Carl - they're referring to the podcast itself i believe

November 16, 2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Has the world caught on yet that Bryan Cranston is not a great actor? He overdoes everything.

November 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

I love Cynthia Erivo as much as the next person, but I'm the type of guy who prefers to spread the wealth, and considering she'll probably reprise her role as "Celie" in the Color Purple film adaptation, I'd vote for another actress to headline Caroline, or Change -- particularly someone more age appropriate.

The first person who comes to mind is Queen Latifah -- another obvious choice, but given the right director and a serious commitment to the material, I think she has it in her to deliver the kind of performance the role requires. R&B singer Jill Scott and actress Danielle Brooks (also too young at the moment but could work in another 10 years or so) seem like fine choices as well.

November 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

Troy H. Just for her brilliant charismatic performance of the sadly shortfor this world and forgotten No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, I hope Jill Scott gets it.

November 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

Dear Nathanial et. al.:

I wonder why there hasn't been a mention (at least I haven't seen one) about Michael Douglas' The Kominsky Method. Maybe because I'm a man over 65, but so much of this funny series rings true, and I don't think I've seen anything near that in the past.

November 26, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterrrrich7

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