EXCLUSIVE: As the Cannes Film Festival announces the winners of the fest’s competing films, the big winner in the market portion of the festival is Harvey Weinstein, hands down. Weinstein has just closed two more acquisition deals, leaving Cannes with six films under his arm, and another two for his multi-platform arm Radius-TWC. The Weinstein Company has completed a deal for U.S. distribution rights to Carol, a film that shoots in the fall, directed by Far From Heaven helmer Todd Haynes for HanWay Films. TWC has also just completed the acquisition of U.S. rights to The Young And Prodigious Spivet, the 3D film that reunites Weinstein with Amelie helmer Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Carol stars Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska and is based on a Patricia Highsmith novella adapted by Phillis Nagy. It tells the dual stories of two women: a twenty-something woman working in a department store hoping for a better life; and a wife trapped in a loveless marriage, afraid for her daughter if she bolts. Helena Bonham Carter heads the cast of Jeunet’s 3D film, about a 12-year-old cartographer who secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother, to travel across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute. CAA brokered the latter deal. While the pace of buying ... Read More »
Even though the series finale of Smash airs Sunday, Megan Hilty will never forget the star-making experience. “The show has changed my life in a million ways,” she tells me during Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Countdown To Summer Fitness event held at The Sports Center in Chelsea Piers in NY. “Getting to work with the people I’ve gotten to work with through the show, I’m so grateful. Folks on the creative team, the cast and the crew. I’ve made lifelong friends, like Katharine McPhee. “ OK! GALLERY: KATHARINE MCPHEE, MEGAN HILTY AND JENNIFER HUDSON FILM SCENES FOR SMASH IN NYC She continues, “I got to do things artistically that I’ve never done before. I’ve never played a real mean girl like this [laughs]. I behaved badly, and I got to sing, dance, put on amazing costumes and work with incredible people. It really has changed my life.” The Broadway veteran, 32, who has starred in Wicked and 9 To 5: The Musical, compares and contrasts Smash to the actual theater world. OK! GALLERY: KATHARINE MCPHEE AND MEGAN HILTY CELEBRATE AT THE PREMIERE OF SMASH “It’s similar in some ways, but of course, we have to embellish a lot to make it a TV show,” she says. “There is very stiff competition, and very big personalities. What you didn’t quite see on Smash is there’s an awesome community in the Broadway world, too. You do these shows and you become a family, which, I would assume that if we’d gotten another season, they would’ve explored that.” The Washington native finds that performing together—whether on Smash, on Broadway, after school or even at summer camp—helps form deep connections. “There’s a level of intimacy that you develop with the people you perform with because you’re so vulnerable onstage,” she says. “You’re giving a piece of yourself when you’re out there, so inevitably you’re going to build incredible bonds with the people you’re doing it alongside.” OK! GALLERY: SEE PHOTOS OF KATHARINE MCPHEE, KELLIE PICKLER, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, TAYLOR SWIFT, MIRANDA LAMBERT AND MORE IN THE VALERIE GALLERY What’s next? “I’m not quite sure,” she says. “I just got released from my contract [laughs], and I’m trying to figure it out. I released an album, It Happens All The Time, so I’ll be promoting that, and I’m doing a workshop of a musical this summer. Who knows after that. I’m excited to find out myself.” Catch the series finale of Smash, which airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. What will you miss most about Smash? Tweet us @okmagazine. Photo credit: Getty Images
Though the phenomenon of big name stars finding a home on cable television has lost the shock value it once held, it’s still an event that makes me pause and nod my head thoughtfully. Cable television no longer represents an elephant graveyard where celebrities go so that may disappear into obscurity. Instead it’s this new frontier filled with unlimited possibilities and a chance to break out and try new things. Take, for example, the newest celebrity to find a home on cable television, Billy Crystal. The legendary comedian is teaming up with Matt Nix (creator of “Burn Notice”) and Larry Charles who directed “Borat” and episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to bring to life a new comedy series. The show, called “The Comedians,” has received a pilot order from FX and Larry Charles is expected to direct it. The show will center on Billy Crystal who will play a veteran comedian who is forced to team up with an edgier up and comer in order to work on a late night sketch comedy show. The...
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