Saturday, April 20, 2024

Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols Ruin Faye Dunaway’s Plans for “Master Class”


Poor Faye Dunaway. The Oscar winning actress has long planned on starring in the movie version of Terrence McNally’s play “Master Class.” Dunaway herself played opera star Maria Callas in the national tour of “Master Class,” and trooped around the world trying to put a movie together. She gave millions of interviews about the project, and even Tweeted a picture of herself in 2012:



Alas, all is lost now. Meryl Streep and power partner producer director Mike Nichols have signed up with HBO to make the film about Callas and a music student.Zoe Caldwell and Audra McDonald won Tony Awards in 1995 when the play first appeared on Broadway. Tyne Daly won kudos when she played Callas on Broadway four years ago in a revival.

No one’s been announced yet for the student part, but you know that Anne Hathaway is probably making breakfast for Streep and Nichols this morning, and possibly getting their dry cleaning. “The Devil Sings Puccini,” you know.

Ah, Faye. Barbra Streisand probably felt this way when she heard Ryan Murphy was making “The Normal Heart.” Life’s a bitch. Please, no jokes about getting out the wire hangers!


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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