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OFF-BROADWAY NEWS Home Improvement’s Patricia Richardson Says She Had to Find Her Voice Again for Cruel Intentions Musical
BY OLIVIA CLEMENT NOV 27, 2017
The four-time Emmy nominee discusses “re-learning to sing” for the Off-Broadway musical.
Patricia Richardson, known to millions as mom Jill Taylor in the long-running sitcom Home Improvement, is currently showing off her singing chops in Cruel Intentions: The Musical Off-Broadway. The four-time Emmy nominee plays Mrs. Caldwell in the immersive production at (le) Poisson Rouge.
Though Richardson made her Broadway debut in the 1974 production of Gypsy, the actor says it’s been a long time since she had to sing in a show. Her last musical production was a 1980 Off-Off-Broadway revival of Company.
Richardson says she has been working with a voice coach to “find my voice again.” “I’m re-learning to sing, or, actually, learning to sing for the first time. When I sang before, I just belted,” she says. “I haven’t been singing in all this time—except to my children!”
Richardson’s other Broadway credits include Loose Ends and The Wake of Jamey Foster.
Performances of Cruel Intentions: The Musical began November 17 at (le) Poisson Rouge, marking the show’s official return after a sold-out pop-up run at the venue earlier this year. A hybrid of a rock concert mixed with a musical, the show features immersive staging and many of the songs that made the film so iconic.
By Rachel McRady 6:58 AM PST, November 10, 2017
It’s a First Class reunion! With the 20th anniversary of the Oscar-winning film Titanic next month, Kate Winslet met up with two of her co-stars from the 1997 classic on Thursday night at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the Artists Awards.
Winslet,42, who played Rose Dewitt Bukater in the film, was presented with the Actors Inspiration Award by Kathy Bates, who played “The Unsinkable” Molly Brown in the classic.
The pair embraced on stage and backstage, as Winslet accepted the award. Also at the event was Winslet’s on-screen mother, Frances Fisher, who opened up to ET’s Carly Steel about the milestone anniversary of James Cameron’s film.
This Thanksgiving, Anne of Green Gables returns to PBS with a new film based on the literary classic by Canadian author L.M. Montgomery. The Good Stars, the second installment of director John Kent Harrison‘s film trilogy, follows Anne as she turns 13 and faces more of life’s complications, like her budding romance with Gilbert.
In The Good Stars, Ella Ballentine is back as Anne Shirley, a young girl who leaves an orphanage to live with the strict Marilla Cuthbert [Sara Botsford] and her brother Matthew [Martin Sheen]. Anne struggles to balance her free-spirited nature with what’s expected of her, and she gets into some less-than-ideal situations. Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler, served as executive producer.
In an exclusive video clip, Ballentine and Sheen talk about how Anne has grown and what we can look forward to in The Good Stars. “It is so charming and so sweet. It reminds all of us where we were when we were 13, 14, falling in love and just walking on clouds,” said Sheen.
By Chelsea Edwards and Jade Hernandez
Sunday, November 12, 2017 05:03PM - HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC)
Marchers took to the streets to take a stand against sexual assault and harassment for the #MeToo March in Hollywood on Sunday.
The demonstration started at 10 a.m. at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, with a march to the CNN Building at 6430 Sunset Blvd., where a press conference was held at noon.
Sexual assault and harassment survivors and other participants of the march then walked back to Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue for a rally.
"For every Harvey Weinstein, there's a hundred more men in the neighborhood who are doing the exact same thing. The conversation around harassment in Hollywood will broaden to include other industries if we force it to! It's not going to do it on its own. Sexual violence really doesn't know a race, a class, a gender. It can happen to anybody," said Tarana Burke, the founder of the MeToo movement.
Scheduled speakers included actress Frances Fisher, a national board member of SAG-AFTRA; Chelsea Byers of the Campaign to End the Statute of Limitations on Rape and Sexual Assault; and actress Estefania Rebellon, who conducted the ceremony.
November 07, 2017 AT 12:00 PM EST
“What the hell is going to happen in season 2?”
That’s the question asked in a new clip previewing the next season of Mars — and until now, there weren’t a lot of answers to it. Fortunately, EW can exclusively premiere a look at some behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming six-episode season of the National Geographic global sci-fi hybrid scripted/unscripted series slated to premiere in the spring of 2018. The footage will also be airing on TV for the first time during Tuesday night’s series premiere of The Long Road Home on National Geographic.
Season 2 will pick up about a decade later from where it left off after the Daedalus astronauts have built a full-fledged colony called Olympus Town. With humans now establishing themselves as a species existent on multiple planets, the new season will both look at the human impact on Mars and the consequences that the planet has on us. In the above clip, cast members rave about the forthcoming season, saying that there is going to be conflict, love, hatred, relationships, grief, exploitation, and tension.
In addition to returning cast members JiHAE (Mortal Engines), Sammi Rotibi (The Darkest Minds), Alberto Ammann (Narcos), among others, the show will add names like Esai Morales (Ozark), Roxy Sternberg (Emerald City), and Gunnar Cauthery (Genius). Dee Johnson (Nashville, ER) will also join as a showrunner.
Watch the exclusive clip above. Season 2 of Mars is set to begin in spring 2018 on National Geographic.
The annual luncheon highlighted the achievements of five successful women involved in areas of Film, Television and Philanthropy. The honorees were Singer/Actress/Producer Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Stunt performer Jane Austin, Humanitarian/Philanthropist Nelda Linsk, Television Producer and Actress Kellee McQuinn and Actress and Author Stefanie Powers.
PSWIFT board member Mitch Blumberg says, "We're dedicated to improving opportunities and getting more opportunities for women. We do that with monthly meetings, mixers, talks by visiting people from Los Angeles but we seek to empower people to get farther in their careers and to get things done."
News Channel 3's Karen Devine was the emcee. PSWIFT raises money for scholarships that go to local young people looking for a career in television or film.
Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones to Star in Drama ‘Foster Boy’ (EXCLUSIVE)
By Dave McNary
Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones, and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie will star in the independent drama “Foster Boy.”
The script is written by attorney-turned-screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany, based on his experiences as a litigator in Chicago. The film follows Modine’s character, who’s at the center of a trial revolving around a for-profit corporation, contracted by the state to provide foster children safe homes, that places a known sex offender into a foster home with other clients — with catastrophic results. Jones plays the judge and McGhie portrays the plaintiff.
“Foster Boy,” which begins shooting Monday in Los Angeles, is directed by Youssef Delara, whose credits include “Filly Brown,” “The Bounce Back,” and “English as a Second Language.” It’s produced by Deratany, Peter Samuelson, Anne-Marie Mackay, and Andrew Sugerman. John Schimmel, Thom and Matt Lipari, Max Adler and Danny Mooney are the executive producers. “Foster Boy” has been entirely financed by equity investment.
Four-time Emmy nominee Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement) has joined the cast of Cruel Intentions: The Musical Off-Broadway. Casting is now complete for the new musical, which will bring the story of seduction and revenge to the stage once more.
As previously announced, Cruel Intentions: The Musical will return to (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City in November following a sold-out, pop-up engagement at the cabaret venue earlier this year.
Richardson made her Broadway debut in the first revival of Gypsy; her other Broadway credits include Loose Ends and The Wake of Jamey Foster.
Completing the cast are Lauren Zakrin (Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812; Rock of Ages) as Kathryn, Constantine Rousouli (Wicked, Ghost) as Sebastian, Carrie St. Louis (Wicked, Rock of Ages) as Annette, Jessie Shelton (Hadestown) as Cecile, Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening) as Blaine, Brian Muller (The Good Wife) as Greg, and Matthew Griffin (The New Yorkers at Encores!) as Ronald.
The musical will begin performances November 17 ahead of a December 11 opening; it is scheduled to play through January 29, 2018.
Adapted from Roger Kumble’s 1999 thriller of the same name, Cruel Intentions is created by Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin, and Roger Kumble, and features '90s hits as well as songs from the cult film’s soundtrack. The show features immersive stage direction by Rosin, choreography by Jennifer Weber, and music direction and arrangements by Zach Spound.
Cruel Intentions follows two privileged step siblings at an elite Manhattan high school whose game of seduction and revenge unravels beyond their control. The story is based on the 1782 French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
Cruel Intentions: The Musical is produced by Eva Price and Sucker Love Productions. The show debuted at The Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles in 2015, where it ran for 38 sold-out performances, before transferring to L.A.’s Prospect Theatre, where it sold out again, in November 2016. The 2017 pop-up engagement at (Le) Poisson Rouge marked the show’s New York premiere.
Tickets are on sale via CruelMusical.com or can be purchased in person at the (le) Poisson Rouge box office (158 Bleecker Street).