Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Kidman-Franco “Sweet Bird” on Broadway: Scooped Here First


Yes, James Franco and Nicole Kidman are headed to Broadway this fall for Tennessee Williams’s “Sweet Bird of Youth.”

I told you that Franco was joining Kidman back on November 30th. Here’s the link:

For some reason, Mike Fleming at Deadline Yesterday repurposed the story and didn’t give us credit. At Variety, Mike was the ultimate good guy! Something, or someone, has infected him. Get a Zpack, Mike!

Scott Rudin is producing “Sweet Bird,” and Franco and Kidman are committed to it. Rehearsals will really be scheduled around Franco’s fall classes at Yale.

Both Kidman and Franco are nominated for Oscars this month. It doesn’t look like either will win, but that’s just the circumstances. Each turned in winning performances. Franco’s “127 Hours” is getting an awards month push by Fox Searchlight. See this movie!  It’s not about someone cutting off their arm–that scene is seconds short and at the end of the film. It’s about life and survival. “127 Hours” is a great film.

Kidman does her best work in “Rabbit Hole.” It’s a fine film adaptation of an award winning play. Nicole scores a coup in “Rabbit Hole.” And the whole cast–Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Tammy Blanchard, Miles Teller– deserve kudos.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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