March 3, 2014 |
For anyone in Hollywood or the heartland who didn't fall in love with Lupita Nyong'o's talent after seeing her performance in best picture winner “12 Years a Slave,” or was somehow unmoved by the supporting actress's heartfelt acceptance speech Sunday night -- which will stand as one of Oscar's most memorable moments -- here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about what comes next. In the wake of Nyong'o's Oscar win, there exists...
October 23, 2013 |
A thick, unrelenting heat permeated the Louisiana sets of "12 Years a Slave" - 100-degree-plus temperatures so intense they stifled breath. The moment a scene wrapped, cast and crew would take refuge in air-conditioned cars parked nearby. One member of the ensemble, however, stayed outdoors: Lupita Nyong'o, a 30-year-old newcomer who plays Patsey, the favorite slave of a sadistic plantation master. "In that kind of condition, we all wanted to find even the tiniest comfort we could get," recalled Chiwetel Ejiofor, the lead actor in the movie about a free Northerner who is abducted and sold into slavery in the South.
October 17, 2013 |
Before her movie breakout role in "The Deer Hunter" in 1978, for which she received her first of 17 (and counting) Oscar nominations, Meryl Streep was a hard-working New York stage actress who appeared in productions both on Broadway and at some of the city's most prestigious nonprofit theater companies. She performed in Central Park numerous times as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival. She sang in an off-Broadway musical production of "Alice at the Palace. " She paid her dues in plays by Chekhov, Brecht and Arthur Miller. In April, Streep will be recognized for her contributions to stage acting with the 14th Monte Cristo Award, presented by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, which is located in Connecticut.
October 9, 2013 |
Stanley Kauffmann, who died Wednesday at 97, will be remembered for his intellectually rigorous, neatly manicured film reviews -- the meditative yin to Pauline Kael's ecstatic yang. But as a drama critic, I'm especially grateful for his equally acute body of drama criticism, which is a tonic to read in this age of trumped-up enthusiasms and attention-grabbing pans. “Persons of the Drama,” one of Kauffmann's collections of theater criticism, can usually be found in a pile on my desk with anthologies of theater reviews by his friends and colleagues Robert Brustein, Gordon Rogoff and the late Richard Gilman, all of whom taught at the Yale School of Drama and helped (directly and indirectly)
October 3, 2013 |
Photographer Chris Mottalini is obsessed with structural ghosts. At the heart of that obsession is architect Paul Rudolph's homes, which Mottalini documented in various stages of demolition over a period of seven years. The images were recently gathered together in a striking book, "After You Left, They Took it Apart. " Mottalini will sign the book at an exhibition of those same photographs on Thursday at the Landing, the gallery space inside the rare furniture gallery Reform.
August 14, 2013 |
One in a series of occasional articles about the lives and careers of character actors in Hollywood. Fred Melamed's timing has always been a bit askew. Melamed didn't marry until he was 42. He didn't become the father of twin boys until he was 47. And he didn't get his first substantial movie role until he was 53, in Joel and Ethan Coen's 2009 "A Serious Man. " But Melamed, who was a voice-over superstar for 20 years, has been making up for lost time since he delighted critics and audiences with his villainous turn as the Machiavellian Sy Ableman in the Coens' dark comedy.