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Photo Flash: First Look at Encores! I Married An Angel!

Next up at New York City Center is I Married an Angel, the second Encores production of the City Center 75th Anniversary Season. In addition to Sara Mearns as the Angel of the title, the production will feature Phillip Attmore Peter Mueller, Max Baker General Lucash, Mark Evans Count Willy Palaffi, Ann Harada Duchess of Holstein-Kuloff, Nikki M. James Countess Peggy Palaffi, Hayley Podschun Anna Murphy, and Tom Robbins Harry Mischka Szigetti.
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Bww TV: Sara Mearns, Ann Harada, Nikki M. James & More Say 'I Do' in Rehearsals for Encores! I Married An Angel

Next up at New York City Center is IMarried an Angel, the second Encores production of the City Center 75th Anniversary Season. In addition to Sara Mearnsas the Angel of the title, the production will feature Phillip Attmore Peter Mueller, Max Baker General Lucash, Mark Evans Count Willy Palaffi, Ann Harada Duchess of Holstein-Kuloff, Nikki M. James Countess Peggy Palaffi, Hayley Podschun Anna Murphy, and Tom Robbins Harry Mischka Szigetti.
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Who To Believe...?

The Conspiracists Written and directed by Max Baker Presented by Stable Cable Lab Co. at Irt Theater, NYC April 22-May 7, 2017

Max Baker's new play, The Conspiracists, happens to be making its debut alongside widespread media coverage of the custody trial of toxic conspiracy monger Alex Jones, during which a lawyer for Jones argued that his on-air persona is merely performance art (a claim later disputed by his on-air persona). Many took this defense as a clear admission that he knowingly spreads lies for profit, but at least one writer has claimed that performing a character does not necessarily mean that the performer does not believe what the character delivers. That observation could apply equally well to the array of avowed believers who assemble as a support group in Baker's latest effort. In fact, one character, Hilda (Lisa Jill Anderson), posits, to the displeasure of the others, that belief in
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Here Are the Best-Cast Films of 2016, According to Top Casting Directors

Here Are the Best-Cast Films of 2016, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors have a strange distinction in the awards world: Their guild has an Academy branch, but it’s the only one without its own Oscar category. Imagine for a moment that they did. What are the best-cast films of 2016?

IndieWire asked 13 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. There were a few restrictions worth noting. Although casting directors often get early sneak peeks at films, many noted there are some films they still hadn’t seen. In particular, many are anxious to find out what legendary casting director Ellen Lewis has cooked up for Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” The other restriction, which was imposed as responses came in: They couldn’t all write about “Moonlight.” (We’ll dig further into the casting of that film in another article.)

Read More: Casting Directors and the Academy: Why Lynn Stalmaster’s Honorary Oscar Matters
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Hail, Caesar!

Not funny enough, or too hip for the house? I found the Coen Bros.' send-up of old-fashioned movie madness good fun, with some great new actors. If you like droll comedy combined with spot-on recreations of old movie genres, this show can't lose. And there has to be somebody out there who wants to see George Clooney in a skirt. Hail, Caesar! Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Universal Pictures Home Entertainment 2016 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date June 7, 2016 / 34.98 Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Veronica Osorio, Heather Goldenhersh, Max Baker, Clancy Brown, Fisher Stevens, Patick Fischler, Robert Picardo, Christopher Lambert, Robert Trebor, Michael Gambon (voice), Dolph Lundgren. Cinematography Roger Deakins Film Editors Ethan and Joel Coen Original Music Carter Burwell Produced by Tim Bevan, Ethan and Joel Coen, Eric Fellner Written and Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen
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Movie Review – Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Hail, Caesar!, 2016.

Produced, Written, and Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.

Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, Jonah Hill, Max Baker, Heather Goldenhersh, Veronica Osorio, Clancy Brown, Wayne Knight, Fisher Stevens, Robert Picardo, Christopher Lambert, Natasha Bassett, Alex Karpovsky, John Bluthal, and Alison Pill.

Synopsis:

A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line.

“It’s either going to work or it isn’t” – George Clooney in some interview I once read online that I can’t find anymore discussing the production of Hail, Caesar!.

Producers, writers and directors Joel and Ethan Coen have a rich history of tackling different genres, in turn making for a broad range of films; you’ve got classic characters like The Dude in the freewheeling stoner comedy The Big Lebowski, symbolism permeating the experience of more
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Peter Gallagher Joins Playing On Air Benefit This Month at Bric

Public radio show and podcast Playing On Air, which features live recordings of short American plays, returns to Bric House 647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn on December 7 at 730pm with three shorts by David Auburn, Max Baker and Jessica Dickey, all recorded live. And the show just announced the addition of award-winning actor Peter Gallagher 'American Beauty,' TV's 'The O.C.' to its impressive roster of talent performing at their annual benefit for the organization.
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Live from the Surface of the Moon

Live from the Surface of the Moon Written and directed by Max Baker Stable Cable Lab Co. at The Wild Project 195 E 3rd St., New York, NY 10009 April 2-11, 2015

Coinciding with the return of AMC’s Mad Men is the current run of actor, director, and playwright Max Baker’s new play, Live from the Surface of the Moon, another look at American culture as it runs out the clock on the 1960s. Baker trains his gaze not on the halls of Madison Avenue but on one Cleveland family’s wood-paneled living room on the nights of the moon landing and New Year’s Eve, 1969. As the play begins, Don (Ian Patrick Poake) and his pregnant wife, Carol (Kate Garfield), have invited their married friends Wendell (Brian Edelman) and June (Breanna Foister) to watch the astronauts step onto the moon; also part of the viewing party are Carol’s father,
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Review Roundup: McC Theater's The Village Bike

McC Theater presents Greta Gerwig, with Max Baker, Jason Butler Harner, Lucy Owen, Cara Seymour, and Scott Shepherd, in the American premiere of Penelope Skinner's celebrated play The Village Bike, the final production of McC's 2013-14 Main Stage season. The Village Bike is directed by Sam Gold, who recently directed the much-raved new musical Fun Home and this season's The Realistic Jones on Broadway. The Village Bike is currently in previews at The Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street, NYC, with an official opening tonight, June 10, 2014. Let's see what the critics had to say...
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Bww TV: Sneak Peek of Greta Gerwig & More in McC's The Village Bike

McC Theater welcomes Greta Gerwig, joined by Max Baker, Jason Butler Harner, Lucy Owen, Cara Seymour, and Scott Shepherd, in the American premiere of Penelope Skinner's celebrated play The Village Bike, the final production of McC's 2013-14 Main Stage season. The Village Bike is directed bySam Gold, who recently directed the much-raved new musical Fun Home and this season's The Realistic Jones on Broadway. The Village Bike is currently in previews at The Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street, NYC, with an official opening tonight, June 10, 2014. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights of the cast in action below
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Bww TV: Meet the Company of McC's The Village Bike

McC Theater will present Greta Gerwig, Max Baker, Jason Butler Harner, Lucy Owen, Cara Seymour, and Scott Shepherd in the American premiere of Penelope Skinner's celebrated play The Village Bike, the final production of McC's 2013-14 Main Stage season. The Village Bike, directed bySam Gold, who recently directed the much-raved new musical Fun Home and this season's The Realistic Jones on Broadway, will premiere at The Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street, NYC beginning May 22, 2014 with an official opening on June 10, 2014.The cast just met the press and you can check out interviews with the company below
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Photo Coverage: Company of McC's The Village Bike Meets the Press!

McC Theater will present Greta Gerwig, Max Baker, Jason Butler Harner, Lucy Owen, Cara Seymour, and Scott Shepherd in the American premiere of Penelope Skinner's celebrated play The Village Bike, the final production of McC's 2013-14 Main Stage season. The Village Bike, directed bySam Gold, who recently directed the much-raved new musical Fun Home and this season's The Realistic Jones on Broadway, will premiere at The Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street, NYC beginning May 22, 2014 with an official opening on June 10, 2014.The cast just met the press and you can check out photos from the big event below
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Lucy Owen, Max Baker, Cara Seymour & More to Join Greta Gerwig in McC's The Village Bike

McC Theater has announced that indie film star Greta Gerwig will now be joined by Max Baker, Jason Butler Harner, Lucy Owen, Cara Seymour, and Scott Shepherd in the American premiere of Penelope Skinner's celebrated play The Village Bike, the final production of McC's 2013-14 Main Stage season. This completes casting. The Village Bike-which begins rehearsals today-will be directed by Sam Gold, who recently directed the much-raved new musical Fun Home and this season's The Realistic Jones on Broadway. The Village Bike will premiere at The Lucille Lortel Theatre121 Christopher Street, NYC beginning May 22, 2014 with an official opening on June 10, 2014. Tickets for The Village Bike are now on sale atwww.mcctheater.org.
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Photo Flash: First Look at Lorenzo Pisoni, Jennifer Westfeldt and More in Mtc's The Explorers Club

The Explorers Club is now in previews at Manhattan Theatre Club with an official press opening set for Thursday, June 20 featuring Brian Avers Rock 'n' Roll, Max Baker Cyrano DeBergerac, Steven Boyer Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Arnie Burton Peter and the Starcatcher, Carson Elrod All in the Timing, David Furr The Importance of Being Earnest, Tony Award nominee John McMartin Into The Woods, Drama Desk Award winner Lorenzo Pisoni Humor Abuse at Mtc, and Tony Award nominee Jennifer Westfeldt Friends With Kids, Wonderful Town. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below
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Newlyweds | Review

Director: Edward Burns Writer: Edward Burns Starring: Edward Burns, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Kerry Bishé, Marsha Dietlein, Max Baker, Johnny Solo, Dara Coleman The film's titular newlyweds -- Buzzy (Edward Burns) and Katie (Caitlin Fitzgerald) -- still appear to be happily married. Their secret: maintain a healthy distance and spend as little time as possible around each other. The credo "absence makes the heart grow fonder" seems to work quite well for Buzzy and Katie. It is abundantly clear, however, that Buzzy and Katie each have their fair share of baggage, including ex-lovers and needy family members. That said -- it is not long before external forces begin to interfere with the blissful buzz of Buzzy and Katie's seemingly idyllic life. For one, Katie's alcoholic ex-husband -- Dara (Dara Coleman) -- habitually stops by Buzzy and Katie's home unexpectedly, looking for handouts. But, then, Dara is the least of their concerns...
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Tsr Exclusive: ‘Newlyweds’ interview with actor/writer/director Edward Burns

The latest film from Edward Burns focuses on a couple, Buzzy and Katie (Burns and Caitlin Fitzgerald), who receive an unexpected visit from Buzzy’s sister Linda (Kerry Bishe). The fight-less chemistry of the two newlyweds is tested by Linda’s reckless behavior. At the same time, Buzzy and Katie witness the crumbling marriage of their two friends, played by Marsha Dietlein and Max Baker.

Shot for $9,000 and with a small group of filmmakers Burns defines as a “rock band,” Newlyweds is the tenth movie he has directed.

I sat down with Edward Burns for an exclusive interview in which we discussed my favorite David Lynch quote, his best cinematic experience, and the wise words about niche marketing that he received from none other than Tyler Perry.

Newlyweds is now available on video on demand (VOD), and also with Amazon and iTunes.

Read Nick’s “7/10″ review of “Newlyweds” here Read
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Interview: Actor, Filmmaker Edward Burns on Guiding ‘Newlyweds’

Chicago – Edward Burns is a recognizable character actor, having introduced himself to audiences in the mid-1990s with “The Brothers McMullen.” He also is a veteran filmmaker, having written and directed that film, “She’s The One,” “Sidewalks of New York” and the recent “Newlyweds.”

Burns has taken a more guerilla approach to filmmaking in the last ten years, preferring micro-budget productions with a consistent crew. Since 2002, he has made six feature films, all outside the boundaries of Hollywood. He has partnered with Tribeca Films for his latest outing, “Newlyweds,” a sharp adult comedy about various stages of relationships and marriage in New York City.

Burns also has had a pretty visible career as a film actor in other productions, more notable as Pvt. Reiben in Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan.” Recently, he played opposite Katherine Heigl in “27 Dresses” and will be in the upcoming “Man on a Ledge” opposite Elizabeth Banks.
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Newlyweds

Newlyweds

Directed by: Edward Burns

Cast: Edward Burns, Kerry Bishe, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Dara Coleman, Marsha Dietlein, Max Baker

Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: January 13, 2012 (Chicago)

Plot: Buzzy (Burns) begins to have marital issues with his wife (Katie Fitzgerald) when his step-sister Linda (Bishe) makes an unexpected visit.

Who’S It For? If you’re interested in seeing a movie like Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives without the neuroses, consider making a date with Newlyweds. Expect to feel honesty more than laughter, and you’ll enjoy this intimate tale of New Yorkers just fine.

Overall

As I imagine what being married must be like, Newlyweds is all about honesty. The characters struggle with this concept amongst each other, constantly looking for the right amount of difficult details that can be shared without pushing someone over the edge. Or in other cases, as in with the collapsing 18-year
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Indie Spotlight: ‘Newlyweds’ is Adult Dramedy Done Right

Once again utilizing his low budget sensibilities and a few friendly faces, writer/director/producer/actor Ed Burns has crafted an impressive adult dramedy that feels blissfully familiar (and awkwardly familial). Newlyweds is a semi-documentary style film that relies almost solely on the talents of its cast – a true ensemble made up of Burns as Buzzy, the cocksure fitness instructor on his second marriage; Caitlin Fitzgerald as his sweetly sarcastic wife Katie; Kerry Bishé (seen above) as his self-destructive sister Linda; Marsha Dietlein as his opinionated sister-in-law Marsha; and Max Baker as Marsha’s perverted old husband (in his second outing as a character named Max for an Ed Burns film). Buzzy and Katie are the kind of couple you want to be best friends with. They’re pragmatic and funny, obviously looking at life through the sober and absurd lens that their first marriages afforded them. They are tonal opposites of Marsha and Max whose 18 years
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Coupling: Caitlin Fitzgerald Talks Newlyweds & Tribeca

Filmed on a budget of $9,000 dollars, Newlyweds is the latest film by New York writer/director Edward Burns. This relationship comedy focuses on Buzzy (Burns) and Katie (Caitlin Fitzgerald), who believe that their new marriage works because of their conflicting work schedules - their happiness will not be destroyed by overexposure. Katie's sister Marsha (Marsha Dietlein Bennett) and her husband (Max Baker) are skeptical, though their own marriage is going down the tubes. The arrival of Buzzy's unstable sister Linda (Kerry Bishe) and Marsha and Max's impending, ugly divorce challenge Katie and Buzzy to find a way to stay together despite the outside forces that begin to weaken their relationship. Caitlin Fitzgerald (It's Complicated, Taking Woodstock) recently sat down with us to discuss her career, her love of New York and all things Newlyweds: from the audition process to on location shooting to the closing night gala at Tff
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