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Michelle Williams Heading to Broadway

Alan Cumming and Michelle WilliamsMichelle Williams will make her Broadway debut next March.

The 32-year-old actress, who has been nominated for an Oscar three times, is set to star as Sally Bowles opposite acclaimed British actor Alan Cumming, 48, in a new production of Cabaret. Roundabout Theater Company confirmed on Wednesday that the Brokeback Mountain star has signed on for a 24-week run and previews will begin on March 21, 2014 at the Kit Kat Klub at Studio 54 on Broadway in New York.

Skyfall director Sam Mendes will helm the production for the second time after originally reviving the show in 1993, which also starred Alan. "I'm delighted to be stepping back into the Kit Kat Klub one more time, and to be having the opportunity to re-explore and re-discover this extraordinary musical alongside two equally extraordinary performers," he said in a statement.

The show will begin its official run on April 24.


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Ryan Gosling Frustrated Over Censorship

Blue Valentine posterRyan Gosling was "frustrated" when film censors tried to ban his Blue Valentine sex scene. The 30-year-old actor, whose latest movie had its NC-17 rating in America reduced to R following an appeal, worries that people won't enjoy his work if younger audiences are banned from seeing it.

"The process is frustrating. They don't tell you why, there's no debate, you just get told the scene you have to cut. And if you get that rating it means you can't air on TV, you can't have ads in newspapers and you can't screen anywhere but in big cities with arthouse theatres. We weren't saying kids under 17 should be able to see the film, but getting that rating effectively means nobody can see your film," he said, speaking about the ratings system.

The scene that caused the controversy shows Ryan's character engaging in oral sex with Michelle Williams' - but he argues that it is not gratuitous but vital to the film, so people can see the "consequences" of unprotected sex. "Michelle's character has casual sex, gets pregnant and ends up having the kid. It affects the rest of her life. It stops her going to med school. The idea that parents wouldn't want kids to see the ramifications and consequences of sex seems strange to me. The film isn't glorifying anything, it demystifies things."

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In Theaters This Holiday Week: December 29, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Another Year* (PG-13): starring David Bradley, Jim Broadbent, Karina Fernandez (directed by Mike Leigh)
  • Biutiful* (R): starring Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez, Hanna Bouchaib (directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
  • Blue Valentine* (R): starring Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel (directed by Derek Cianfrance)
  • The Red Chapel* (NR): starring NAMES (directed by Mads Brügger)
  • The Strange Case of Angelica* (NR): starring Ricardo Trepa, Luis Miguel Cintra, Pilar Lopez de Ayala (directed by Manoel de Oliveria)

*limited release


2011 Golden Globe Nominations (Film)

The King's Speech

Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Blair Underwood helped kick off the 2010-11 awards season Tuesday morning by formally announcing the latest round of Golden Globe contenders.

In the film category, The King's Speech -- starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush -- lead all nominees with a total of six nods. (The Fighter and The Social Network tied for second with six each.)

Although the Academy Awards will not necessarily mirror the choices made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, there were some notable inclusions/omissions in this year's list of Globe nominees:

  • Justin Timberlake did not earn an acting nomination for The Social Network.
  • Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp were both recognized for their work in The Tourist, a movie that has been panned by critics. (BTW - they were nominated in the "Comedy" category.)
  • Speaking of Depp, he will be running against himself. (He was also nominated for Alice in Wonderland.)
  • Wall Street's Michael Douglas has now received another Golden Globe nod for his role as Gordon Gekko. (He won for Best Actor in 1987.)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow did not earn a nomination for her role in Country Strong.
  • 127 Hours was left out of the Best Movie category -- so was True Grit. (The Coen Brothers western received zero nominations.)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards -- hosted again by Ricky Gervais -- will air Jan. 16 on NBC.

(You can find the full list of nominees after the jump. Click here for the TV nominations.)

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Blue Valentine Ditches NC-17 Rating


Although it looked like , starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, would have to find a home in theaters with an NC-17 rating – the film has now been stamped with the letter "R."

The movie about a couple and their failing relationship was initially given the more adult rating by the MPAA because of what the group deemed “explicit sexual content.” The Weinstein Co. – arguing that this film was no more excessive than other R-rated entries – vowed to appeal the decision.

“If [Piranha 3D] got an NC-17, I’d be the first going, ‘All right, we gotta cut some of that stuff,’” Harvey Weinstein said. “It’s ridiculous -- a penis got coughed up in the movie by a piranha!" (NOTE: That film was rated R.) "They don't give [NC-17's] for violence, they give them for sexuality," Gosling added to E! back in November.

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Getting Into Character: Michelle Williams Channels Marilyn Monroe

Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

We saw what Naomi Watts’ Marilyn Monroe looked like; now Michelle Williams has donned the short, (very) blonde hair, red lips, and overall sultry appearance the sex symbol was known for.

Williams will co-star with Emma Watson and Dominic Cooper in My Week With Marilyn, a film centered on the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl.

What do you think? Can the normally sweet-natured, angelic-looking Williams pull off Marilyn’s iconic personality?

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: June 8, 2010

Shutter IslandHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Caddyshack: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Coach: DVD
  • The Cry of the Owl: DVD
  • From Paris with Love: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Happy Together: Blu-ray
  • The Illusionist: Blu-ray
  • Metal Man: DVD
  • Power Kids: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Shinjuku Incident: DVD
  • Shutter Island: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Two Hollywood Blondes Preparing to Play Marilyn Monroe

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Decades after her death, remains one of the most iconic film stars of all time - and actresses of today still long to be like her. Pretty soon, two of them will get the opportunity to pretend to be like her.

(The Ring, King Kong) will star as the bombshell in a film adaptation of Blonde, the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Meanwhile, Michelle Williams (Dawson’s Creek) will be playing Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, which revolves around the filming of the movie The Prince and the Showgirl (a fun, period piece co-starring Laurence Olivier).

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Casting Corner: Marion Cotillard, Tim Robbins and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Marion Cotillard: The Nine beauty and fellow Academy Award winner Kate Winslet are in discussions for Contagion, a project from Steven Soderbergh. The film, already featuring Soderbergh fave Matt Damon and Jude Law, will have multiple storylines centered around the threat of a deadly disease. Shooting should begin sometime this year.

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Ryan Gosling Stars in Erotic Thriller

Ryan Gosling and Michelle William star in Blue Valentine

‘s new film is so sexy he thinks it should be classed as an “erotic thriller.”

The 29-year-old actor has revealed his upcoming movie Blue Valentine - in which he stars alongside Brokeback Mountain actress - contains sex scenes which are as steamy as anything filmgoers have seen before.

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