Links to the past, with relevance today:
VARIETY: Sally Field opens up about basking in her first Oscar win, firing her first agent, how she owes it all to Gidget and more. She also talks about getting her first feature role, in Stay Hungry (1976):
Dianne Crittenden, the casting director, had let me in on it, even though I could hear [director Bob] Rafelson in the background screaming that I was a waste of his time. But Dianne had heard from a friend of hers about the reputation I was creating at The Actors Studio. So she called me in … and I finally did get in the room and read for him. It was sort of jaw-dropping because I knew how to own my anger then. I knew how to use it. It wasn’t going to triumph over me. It was going to come out of my hands, my face, my feet and my body. I wasn’t going to hit him. He just wasn’t going to know what I was going to do. He called me back for another audition. … I remember he said to me, “Clearly, you can’t be the best one. You must have auditioned more than anybody else.” Needless to say, I did finally get the role. It was a tiny, tiny little film that no one really saw.
TWITTER: Man alive, this production of Little Shop of Horrors brought the big names ... before they were big names! Mo Rocca was Seymour and soon-to-be SCOTUS Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was Ronnette.
PEOPLE: Jamaica ready to break up with the Queen.
DO YOU REMEMBER?: Francis Ford Coppola recalls being sure The Godfather would flop:
“I thought it was going to be a special failure. When you make a film going against the grain of what’s going on at the time, those kind of films are tough. You’re not doing what everyone expects or wants you to do.”
EW: Oscar Isaac, consider this your challenge: Oscar Hammerstein II is the only person NAMED Oscar ever to WIN an Oscar, and the last time it happened was 76 years ago.