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Broadway’s Roundabout Sets ‘A Soldier’s Play’ With Blair Underwood & David Alan Grier and Tony Kushner’s ‘Caroline, Or Change’ Revival For 2020

A Broadway revival of the Tony Kushner-Jeanine Tesori musical Caroline, Or Change and a Broadway premiere of Off Broadway’s seminal A Soldier’s Play, starring David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood, are set for 2020 opening nights in Roundabout Theatre Company productions.

Caroline, Or Change, last on Broadway in 2004, will star Sharon D. Clarke, reprising as the title character direct from her Olivier Award-winning West End production performance.

Both Soldier and Caroline were announced today by Roundabout. The productions will close out the theater company’s 2019-20 season.

First up will be Charles Fuller’s A Soldier’s Play, directed by Kenny Leon (American Son) and beginning previews December 27, 2019 for a limited engagement at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre. Official opening is January 21, 2020.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning A Soldier’s Play premiered Off-Broadway in 1981 at the Negro Ensemble Company with an acclaimed cast that included Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington and Grier,
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'The Color Purple' Remake in the Works From Steven Spielberg, Oprah, and Quincy Jones

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'The Color Purple' Remake in the Works From Steven Spielberg, Oprah, and Quincy Jones
The Color Purple is making its way to the silver screen once again.

Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Quincy Jones are producing an adaptation of the Broadway musical, marking their second collaboration on the material; Spielberg directed the 1985 adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, which marked Winfrey’s film debut and which Jones also produced and composed the score for.
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Meryl Streep in ‘Out of Africa’: A look back at her sixth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Out of Africa’: A look back at her sixth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 6 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1984, after making three consecutive appearances in Best Actress at the Academy Awards, Meryl Streep was a no-show on nominations morning for her turn opposite Robert De Niro in “Falling in Love.” The odds of a Streep return to the ceremony looked strong, however, in 1985. Two projects were lined up, both awards-caliber on paper.

The first of these two projects landed with a whimper that September. “Plenty,” directed by acclaimed Australian filmmaker Fred Schepisi, with a screenplay by David Hare, cast Streep as an Englishwoman searching for fulfillment in life after serving with the French Resistance in World War II. While the film has its passionate defenders to this day,
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Big Screen Leading Ladies front The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Issue

They are a few of the most well known female stars in the filming industry these days, and now The Hollywood Reporter has hand selected Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Octavia Spencer, Octavia Spencer, Emma Thompson, and Lupita Nyong'o to front the 2013 Actress issue.

During their interview with the publication, the ladies shared their experiences in Hollywood including handling stress while on set and raising children while having an acting career.

Check out GossipCenter's recap of the ladies' Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit The Hollywood Reporter!


On her career after becoming a mom:

"Well, it certainly decreased a great deal, but I had been working for 18 years when i had Hazel and Finn almost nine years ago. So I felt like I earned that time in my house and in my kitchen and in bed all day with these two little people. I felt that was my present to myself.
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Watch 2014 Oscar Actress Roundtable with Adams, Winfrey, Spencer, Thompson, Roberts and Nyong'o

The Hollywood Reporter has released their latest 2014 Oscar season roundtable, this time a sit down with six of this year's high profile, Oscar-contending actresses including Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave), Amy Adams (American Hustle), Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels' The Butler), Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Julia Roberts (August: Osage County). The conversation begins asking the group about the best advice they've received in terms of acting, Winfrey tells a story from her time on the set of Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple and the advice she got from co-star Adolph Caesar and Adams tells a story from another Spielberg film, Catch Me if You Can. The mood is lightened when they're asked about any roles they won't play and Thompson lightens the mood but also offers some good advice for a lot of serious actresses looking to avoid stereotypical roles for women: "Well, apart
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SilverHawks: Win Volume Two of the Animated Series

Following the success of ThunderCats, Rankin/Bass released another animated series called SilverHawks. In this show, bionic policeman Commander Stargazer recruits the SilverHawks, a team of heroes who are "partly metal, partly real." They fight the evil Mon*Star, an escaped alien mob boss who transforms into an enormous armor-plated creature.

SilverHawks ran for 65 episodes in first-run syndication in 1986. The voice cast features many of the same talents who starred in ThunderCats. The cast includes Peter Newman, Adolph Caesar, Earl Hammond, Bob McFadden, Maggie Wheeler, Doug Preis, Peter Newman, and Larry Kenney.

The second and final volume of the animated series has just been released as part of a four DVD set. You can purchase all 33 episodes in SilverHawks: Season 1, Volume 2 or you can try to win a copy here. To enter, you need to merely post a comment below. You can
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Debut actresses do well at Oscars; not so for men

The Academy Awards have been kind to actresses making their big-screen debuts. But men in debut performances? Not so much. With her supporting-actress nomination for the Western "True Grit," 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld is the 73rd first-time performer to compete for an Oscar in the show's 83-year history. Fifty-year-old veteran Melissa Leo is considered the favorite to win supporting actress for "The Fighter." But Steinfeld is nominated in the category that has been especially competitive for beginners . and for child actors. Of the 72 previous Hollywood novices nominated for Oscars, 31 were up for supporting actress. Eight won, including Jennifer Hudson for 2006's "Dreamgirls," Eva Marie Saint for 1954's "On the Waterfront" and Jo Van Fleet for 1955's "East of Eden." Two first-timers who won supporting actress were even younger than Steinfeld . 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal for 1973's "Paper Moon" and 11-year-old Anna Paquin for 1993's "The Piano." The only other child actor to win an Oscar,
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Blu-Ray Review: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Color Purple’ Gets HD Upgrade

Chicago – Alice Walker’s novel “The Color Purple” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983 and became a highly-acclaimed film just two years later from what was then-seen as an unlikely directorial choice in Steven Spielberg. Despite the controversy, the film went on to be nominated for a stunning eleven Academy Awards and is now one of the first Spielberg works to get the HD upgrade.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

Known solely for blockbusters like “Jaws” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Steven Spielberg seemed like an unusual (and, in some circles, downright insulting) choice to adapt the acclaimed Walker novel about the life of an African American woman in the early 1900s. The film was met with almost widespread critical acclaim, garnering Spielberg a DGA Award for Best Director and a stunning 11 Academy Award nominations, although controversy would greet it again when it would win none of those nominations, causing some
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The Color Purple and Malcolm X Blu-ray Both Arrive January 25, 2011

Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple and Spike Lee's Malcolm X will both be released on Blu-ray on January 25, 2011. Both Bd sets will be released in the DigiBook formats with both titles priced at $34.99 Srp. We don't have any special features for either title as of yet, but you can take a look at the cover art below:

Based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple is a richly-textured, powerful film set in America's rural south.

Whoopi Goldberg, winner of the Best Actress Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination, makes a triumphant screen debut as the radiant, indomitable Celie, the story's central character. Her impressive portrayal is complimented by a distinguished cast that includes Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong and Akosua Busia.

The Color Purple marks a new, more mature color in Steven Spielberg's artistic palette. It is an exquisitely crafted,
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