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Happy accident

I had tickets to see Buyer and Cellar starring Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie earlier this month, but work intervened and I missed the performance.

The Barrow Theatre allows make ups, so I went today…but it turns out Urie left the show 10 days ago. That might have been a bummer except…

Christopher J. Hanke is the new lead.

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I first saw Hanke in a supporting role in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Even as the lead rotated between Daniel Radcliffe, Darren Criss and Nick Jonas, Hanke’s strong physical comedy differentiated him from the ensemble.

Buyer and Cellar is essentially a monologue, and Hanke owns the stage from start to finish. His characterizations of
Barbra Streisand are spot on, as are his choices for when to involve the audience (and when to ignore their rudeness).

I am so happy life delayed my attendance!

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We look but cannot see

Earlier this week, my friend Caroline re-watched The Way We Were after many years away from the film, and was blown away by two things:

  • Robert Redford the actor; and
  • Robert Redford the amazingly good-looking human being.

robert redford TWWWThe latter is an area of universal agreement.  No man has ever looked better than Redford did in this film.

See how Barbra Streisand is gazing up at him in the still from the movie?  Insert any woman — or man of that ilk — and they will have the same look of stunned appreciation on their face.

Perfection does that to a person.

Redford’s acting, on the other hand, has not always received the same level of appreciation.  But his upcoming movie, All is Lost, has generated Best Actor Oscar buzz at film festivals.

Take a look at the early trailer below.

Perhaps now that Redford is craggy instead of captivating, audiences are better able to focus on his performance.

I’ll be there!

Coupling

Chemistry.  Some couples got it.  Some don’t.

We were all reminded of this fact during Sunday’s Oscar broadcast — for three plus painful hours.   Co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco were oil and water on stage; no casting director is going to be beating down their doors any time soon to pair them up in a movie.

But what about the truly great film couples?

I pondered this very important question as I vegged out in front of the TV last night, re-watching City of Angels. (I was tired, okay?  Plus, that movie was made back in the days when Nicolas Cage was a good actor.)

Here’s my list of great film couples (in no particular order):

  • Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, The Notebook
  • Vivenne Leigh and Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind
  • Matthew MacFadyen and Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
  • Colin Firth, Renee Zellweger (and Hugh Grant), Bridget Jones’ Diary
  • Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca
  • Patrick Swazye and Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing
  • Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
  • Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were
  • Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally
  • Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw, Love Story

It’s not an exhaustive list.  In fact, I’m sure I’ve missed one of your favorites.

What couple would you add to the list?

Remember — you can’t win if you don’t play.


The Way We Are

Katie:  Wouldn’t it be lovely if we were old?  We’d have survived all this. Everything thing would be easy and uncomplicated, the way it was when we were young.
Hubbell:  Katie, it was never uncomplicated. — “The Way We Were,” 1973

Sigh.

Ever wonder what Katie and Hubbell  might be doing now?

We may get a chance to find out.

During an interview for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford said he and Barbra Streisand have discussed an idea that could bring the iconic couple back to the screen.

“We would come back together again over a situation with our daughter, who’s now grown,” said Redford. “That sort of gets in that territory that I’m talking about. That would be interesting to me, that kind of love story.”

Robert, that would be interesting to a lot of us.

I know how upset I was when Katie and Hubbell went their separate ways in “The Way We Were.”  Sure, they had their differences, but were they really that insurmountable?  Did they both give it everything they had to make it work?

In the film’s final scene, when the two meet by chance in the street years after their split, you can see how much they still care for one another.  It’s one of the most romantic moments ever captured on screen.

Makes me cry every time.

I personally hope they pursue this project.  I’d love to see Katie and Hubbell reunited….even if the end result is the same.

Hubbell: I don’t see how you can do it.
Katie:  And I don’t see how you can’t.

Memories

Over the weekend Rory Dog and I met a couple carrying their brand new malti-poo puppy. That’s a maltese/poodle combination (’cause everything’s better with a little poo).

The pup was only 12 weeks old and cute as a bug, so I asked his name.

“Hubbell,” his mom announced proudly.

“Awww,” I replied. “Like Robert Redford in ‘The Way We Were.'”

She glanced at her husband, then they both looked at me blankly. “Haven’t heard of that one. We actually named him after the telescope.”

Snap. It’s official — I’m old.

Or perhaps these young whippersnappers just aren’t up on their movies. “The Way We Were”, released in 1973, stars Redford and Barbra Streisand as two lovers in post-World War II whose relationship can’t survive her politics or his expectations.

The movie was nominated for six Oscars and won two, for Best Score and Best Original Song, which was also sung by Streisand. (I’ll bet Hubbell the pup’s mom and dad could name that song in three notes).

It’s one of the most romantic movies ever made and still in my top five.

And if I were a puppy, I’d sure as heck rather have Robert Redford as the inspiration for my name than a big ol’ magnifying lens.

I’m just saying.