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‘Succession’ Star Brian Cox to Play Lbj in Broadway Drama ‘The Great Society’

‘Succession’ Star Brian Cox to Play Lbj in Broadway Drama ‘The Great Society’
Brian Cox, star of HBO’s “Succession,” will play Lyndon B. Johnson in this fall’s Broadway production of Robert Schenkkan’s “The Great Society” — the follow-up to his Tony-winning play “All the Way” that secured Bryan Cranston a Tony of his own as the Texas political giant who became the 36th president of the United States.

Performances will begin a 12-week run on September 6 for a still-to-be-announced official opening at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. The show includes two dozen locations and 50 characters, including Richard J. Daley, Martin Luther King Jr. and Hubert Humphrey (Richard Thomas).

Actors playing Richard Nixon, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Coretta Scott King, Lady Bird Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, Governor George Wallace and Robert McNamara are still to be cast.

Bill Rauch (“All the Way”) will direct the production, which depicts the tumultuous times that led to the conclusion of the Johnson presidency
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Gary Oldman to Play Citizen Kane Scribe for David Fincher

David Crow Jul 11, 2019

Gary Oldman will play Herman Mankiewicz for David Fincher in Mank. It will cover the making of Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz.

David Fincher and Gary Oldman finally working together feels like it’s destined to be movie history, but the fact that it’s occurring for a Herman Mankiewicz biopic is doubly on-the-nose. The film, which will reveal how a newspaper man became the screenwriter of what many consider to be the finest film ever produced, 1941’s Citizen Kane, is set-up for Fincher at Netflix, indicative of an ever growing relationship between the streaming service and Oscar nominated auteur. It also promises to be a personal film for the director as his own father, Jack Fincher, wrote the screenplay.

The film, which is currently titled Mank, is one Fincher has wanted to make since 1997—so after Se7en and The Game but before Fight Club
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David Fincher Directing Mank for Netflix, Gary Oldman to Play Citizen Kane Writer

David Fincher Directing Mank for Netflix, Gary Oldman to Play Citizen Kane Writer
David Fincher is heading back to the director's chair for a new biopic, which he's making for Netflix, and Gary Oldman is coming with him. It's been revealed that Fincher will make his first new movie in five years with Mank, which will chronicle the life of famed screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, the man who co-wrote Citizen Kane, amongst many other classics. What's more, the movie was actually, originally written by the filmmaker's late father, Howard Fincher.

According to several new reports, David Fincher has locked down a deal for Mank with Netflix and the plan is to begin filming in November. The movie will shoot in Los Angeles, with Gary Oldman set to portray the legendary screenwriter. Perhaps most interesting of all, Fincher will shoot the movie in black and white. Netflix has proved that they don't have any issue allowing filmmakers to shoot high-dollar, high-profile dramas in black and white,
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Gary Oldman to Star in David Fincher’s ‘Mank’ on ‘Citizen Kane’ Writer Herman Mankiewicz

Gary Oldman to Star in David Fincher’s ‘Mank’ on ‘Citizen Kane’ Writer Herman Mankiewicz
Gary Oldman is set to portray the co-writer of “Citizen Kane,” Herman Mankiewicz, in a biopic set up at Netflix, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. David Fincher will direct.

Mank,” which was Mankiewicz’s nickname, will tell the story of the newspaper man-turned-screenwriter who co-wrote “Citizen Kane” with Orson Welles. The period biopic will be filmed in black and white, and Fincher plans to make it his next film. Fincher’s father Jack Fincher wrote the screenplay.

Cean Chaffin, a longtime producing partner of Fincher’s, will produce “Mank,” as will as “Darkest Hour” producer Douglas Urbanski.

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Mankiewicz’s satirical and witty writing style was found to be an asset in Hollywood, and he was often called upon to touch up the screenplays of numerous other classic films from the ’20s and ’30s.
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David Fincher, Gary Oldman Team for Netflix Biopic on ‘Citizen Kane’ Screenwriter

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David Fincher, Gary Oldman Team for Netflix Biopic on ‘Citizen Kane’ Screenwriter
David Fincher has signed on to direct his first feature film since 2014, a biopic revolving around “Citizen Kane” screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, with Gary Oldman tapped to play the titular role.

The film, titled “Mank,” is based on a script by Fincher’s late father, Jack, who had penned the script prior to his death in 2003.

Specific plot details are vague, but sources say the story will follow Mankiewicz’s tumultuous development of the script for “Citizen Kane” — which would go on to be considered one of the best films of all time — alongside director Orson Welles. Despite the film’s critical success, the script was the only part of the film to win an Oscar.

The film will also be shot in black and white, with production scheduled to begin in November.

Fincher will produce alongside producing partner Cean Chaffin and Douglas Urbanski.

“Mank” marks Fincher’s first feature since
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International attendees give their verdict on London Screenings 2019

International attendees give their verdict on London Screenings 2019
Buyers reveal the films to receive an enthusiastic response.

International delegates have given a positive response to Film London’s new-look London Screenings, which took place at Picturehouse Central in London’s West End from June 24-27.

Some of the films that received a particularly enthusiastic response by distributors included François Girard’s The Song Of Names, starring Tim Roth and Clive Owen and sold by HanWay Films; Hong Khaou’s Karlovy Vary premiere Monsoon, handled by Protagonist and described by one distributor in London as “absolutely charming”, and Elfar Adalsteins’ tragicomic road movie End Of Sentence, about a newly
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Neil Diamond Musical Headed to Broadway

A new musical about the life and career of Neil Diamond will debut on Broadway. The as-yet-untitled show will center around a score comprising some of Diamond’s biggest hits. Oscar-nominated writer Anthony McCarten will write the book, while Tony-winner Michael Mayer will direct the show.

“I’ve always loved Broadway,” Diamond said in a statement. “The inspiration for many of my early songs came from shows like West Side Story, My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof, so it seems only fitting to bring my songs to The Great White Way.
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Mlb London: 8 Things You Didn’t See on TV During the Red Sox-Yankees UK Series

The Mlb made history this weekend with the first-ever regular season games on European soil at the London Stadium in England, as reigning World Series champions Boston Red Sox took on the New York Yankees.

The most famous rivalry in baseball crossed the Atlantic to be played on the field that’s normally home to Premier League soccer team, West Ham United, for the two-game series.

A sellout crowd of 59,659 people braved sweltering weather as temperatures reached 92 degrees Fahrenheit, making Saturday the hottest day of 2019 in the England.

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Fans could watch the Mlb London Series live on Fox (Saturday) and ESPN (Sunday) in the U.S. or on the BBC and BT Sport in the U.K., but TheWrap was in the stands to witness the Anglo-American collaboration.

Here are 8 things you didn’t see on TV.
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Seth Meyers Recaps European Trip Blunders Of Donald Trump, “The Kramer Of International Diplomacy”

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NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers was on hiatus during President Donald Trump’s European trip last week, so in his first show back, Meyers took A Closer Look at Trump’s visit to the U.K., Ireland and France amid growing momentum among Democrats on Capital Hill to impeach him.

“President Trump is back in the Us, fresh off his trip in Europe doing and saying dumb things in important places,” Meyers said. He launched a highlight reel that included Trump wearing the ill-fitting tuxedo for the State Dinner with Queen Elizabeth, trying on a Winston Churchill-style hat on British television, giving a long-winded and virtually incomprehensible explanation of D-Day’s historical significance and attacking Nancy Pelosi in Normandy during a Fox News interview in front of the graves of American solders.

Then came footage of Trump’s meeting with the Irish Prime Minister during the President
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Stephen Colbert & Trevor Noah Have A Jolly Ol’ Time With Donald Trump’s England Visit

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Stephen Colbert & Trevor Noah Have A Jolly Ol’ Time With Donald Trump’s England Visit
Stephen Colbert and CBSThe Late Show returned from having Memorial Day week off, and the host was unhappy that President Donald Trump “has fled the country knowing we were back on the air.” But the famous “never Trumper” — as in never miss a chance to poke the Potus — made a game of it.

Proceeding to play “Why in the World Is Donald Trump?” Colbert noted that the president was in London today and took a spot of tea with Prince Charles and wife Camilla. He imagined the leader of the free world going for a royal high five after proclaiming: “You’re that guy who tagged Princess Diana, right? Up top!”

Colbert also noted that Trump and Queen Elizabeth exchanged gifts today, with Her Royal Highness bestowing upon His Royal Hairness a first-edition copy of Winston Churchill’s World War II book. In his Trump voice, Colbert said: “Look,
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Michael Portillo Making ‘The Trouble With the Tory Party’ for Viacom’s Channel 5

  • Variety
On the day that British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation plans, a prominent former politician has unveiled a two-part documentary about the troubles faced by her Conservative party.

Michael Portillo is a former senior Conservative politician and leadership candidate. As the starting gun is sounded on a fresh leadership race, his documentary “Portillo: the Trouble With the Tory Party” was announced by Viacom’s Chanel 5.

Portillo will meet the leaders, power-brokers and insiders who have called the shots on the European conundrum that has split the party, which in modern parlance is referred to as both the Tory and the Conservative party. The question of Britain’s role within Europe, and notably its exit from the European Union with Brexit, has divided party members. Brexit was a key factor in May’s resignation, as she made clear, Friday.

Winston Churchill called for a United States of Europe, Ted
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Summer of Rockets review – Poliakoff has pulled it off at last!

This cold-war drama has Stephen Poliakoff’s trademark stilted dialogue, odd acting and overload of posh houses – but this time, I want to watch more

There is much to worry about in Summer of Rockets (BBC Two), Stephen Poliakoff’s latest drama. Will the posh Shaws turn up for the arriviste Petrukhin’s picnic? Will Petrukhin’s new invention save his business? Will his debutante daughter make it to Buckingham Palace on time? Will he ever find out who is following him? Will a nuclear weapon fall out of the sky? Do I even care? I think I do, actually. That is not often the case with a Poliakoff drama. Usually the characters are too chilly, too unsettling, with his strange, stilted dialogue in their mouths. But the Petrukhins seem warmer, and more engaging, than usual.

Perhaps that is because this drama is semi-autobiographical. It is 1957, and Petrukhin – like Poliakoff
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Albert Finney movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Erin Brockovich,’ ‘Tom Jones,’ ‘The Dresser’

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Albert Finney movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Erin Brockovich,’ ‘Tom Jones,’ ‘The Dresser’
The entertainment community suffered an enormous loss in February with the death of the great actor Albert Finney, who would have been 83 on May 9, 2019. Finney, whose legacy included triumphs on stage and television, was primarily known worldwide for his career, which lasted over half a century, as a film actor, equally adept in light-hearted musicals and complex dramas.

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Finney’s work has been heralded in all three media. He won London’s Olivier Award for “Orphans” on stage, and won an Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for his performance as Winston Churchill in TV’s “The Gathering Storm.” But it was in film that Finney was most honored. In 2000, Finney scored a rare double at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for his work in Steven Soderbergh‘s “Erin Brockovich,” and even though
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Albert Finney movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

  • Gold Derby
Albert Finney movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
The entertainment community suffered an enormous loss in February with the death of the great actor Albert Finney, who would have been 83 on May 9, 2019. Finney, whose legacy included triumphs on stage and television, was primarily known worldwide for his career, which lasted over half a century, as a film actor, equally adept in light-hearted musicals and complex dramas.

Finney’s work has been heralded in all three media. He won London’s Olivier Award for “Orphans” on stage, and won an Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for his performance as Winston Churchill in TV’s “The Gathering Storm.” But it was in film that Finney was most honored. In 2000, Finney scored a rare double at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for his work in Steven Soderbergh‘s “Erin Brockovich,” and even though he had little more than a cameo part in Soderbergh’s “Traffic” later that year,
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John Lithgow To Star In HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series From Team Downey

John Lithgow To Star In HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series From Team Downey
John Lithgow is set for a lead role opposite Matthew Rhys and Tatiana Maslany in Perry Mason, HBO’s limited series from Team Downey.

Written and executive produced by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, who also will showrun, the reimagined Perry Mason is set in 1932 Los Angeles. While the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this limited series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason (Rhys). When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

Lithgow will play Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan, a personal attorney at the nadir of his career
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‘Perry Mason’ Series at HBO Casts John Lithgow

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‘Perry Mason’ Series at HBO Casts John Lithgow
John Lithgow has joined the cast of the upcoming “Perry Mason” limited series at HBO, Variety has learned. He joins previously announced series lead Matthew Rhys as well as Tatiana Maslany.

“Perry Mason” was ordered to series back in March. Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, the limited series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer (Rhys). When a child kidnapping case breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

Lithgow will play Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan, described as a personal attorney at the nadir of his career and a semi-regular employer of Mason. A mentor and a father figure to Mason, E.B. is handed the kind of case he hasn’t seen in years: a high-profile parallel investigation to the Lapd involving a case of child kidnapping.
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John Lithgow Joins HBO's Perry Mason Limited Series Opposite Matthew Rhys

HBO’s Perry Mason project has hooked another big, Emmy-winning fish: John Lithgow has signed on to the limited series, TVLine has learned.

Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, Perry Mason will star Matthew Rhys (The Americans) as the titular fictional defense lawyer. In 1932 Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck Mason — currently working as a low-rent private investigator — receives the case of the decade, and his “relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and, just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself,” per the official logline.

Lithgow will co-star as Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan, a personal attorney
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HBO's 'Perry Mason' Reboot Adds John Lithgow

HBO's Perry Mason limited series has added another big name to its cast.

Multiple Emmy winner John Lithgow will star opposite Matthew Rhys, who's playing the title character, and Tatiana Maslany. Perry Mason will be Lithgow's first series role since he played Winston Churchill in Netflix's The Crown.

Lithgow will play attorney Elias Birchard "E.B." Jonathan, a semiregular employer of private investigator Mason (Rhys) who's at the nadir of his legal career. He's a mentor and father figure to Perry and gets handed the kind of case he hasn't seen in years: a ...
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Oscars 2020: Best Actor Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Actor Predictions
In our early field of Best Actor contenders, Oscar-winners like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, and Christian Bale contend with rising stars like Adam Driver and Taron Egerton. And some long overdue veterans are in the fray, from Antonio Banderas to Willem Dafoe.

Many of the awards candidates below, per usual these days, take on characters from history, both familiar and less well-known: actors playing real-life figures gain a serious Oscar advantage. Out of the ten most recent Best Actor Oscar-winners, seven won for playing real people: Colin Firth as King George VI in “The King’s Speech” (2011), Daniel Day-Lewis as “Lincoln” (2013), Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodruff in “Dallas Buyers Club” (2014), Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” (2015), Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life fur trapper Hugh Glass in “The Revenant” (2016) and Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” (2018).

This year’s crop includes Sundance’s $14-million Amazon Studios pickup,
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Oscars 2020: Best Actor Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Actor Predictions
In our early field of Best Actor contenders, Oscar-winners like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, and Christian Bale contend with rising stars like Adam Driver and Taron Egerton. And some long overdue veterans are in the fray, from Antonio Banderas to Willem Dafoe.

Many of the awards candidates below, per usual these days, take on characters from history, both familiar and less well-known: actors playing real-life figures gain a serious Oscar advantage. Out of the ten most recent Best Actor Oscar-winners, seven won for playing real people: Colin Firth as King George VI in “The King’s Speech” (2011), Daniel Day-Lewis as “Lincoln” (2013), Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodruff in “Dallas Buyers Club” (2014), Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” (2015), Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life fur trapper Hugh Glass in “The Revenant” (2016) and Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” (2018).

This year’s crop includes Sundance’s $14-million Amazon Studios pickup,
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