The Audio Publisher Association announced the 2018 Audie Awards nominations and Rachel has been nominated for Best Female Narrator for her work for Audible’s audiobook of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Congratulations to Rachel and all the nominees. Winners will be announced May 31st in New York.
BEST FEMALE NARRATOR – FINALIST TITLES
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, published by HarperAudio
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, narrated by Rachel McAdams, published by Audible Studios
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin, published by HarperAudio
The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (Twin Peaks) by Jennifer Lynch, narrated by Sheryl Lee, published by Audible Studios
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles, published by Hachette Audio
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, narrated by Rachel, is still available for streaming in Audible.com!
Looks like the “Game Night” promotion tour will kick off next week. Rachel will reportedly make an appearance on Good Morning America next Thursday – February 8th – according to 1iota.com. You are able to request tickets to attend the studio taping, be sure to head over to 1iota’s official website for more information. Update: Rachel has been removed from the schedule, no new date has been announced thus far.
Good Morning America
Thu 02-08: Jason Priestley, Rachel McAdams, Tory Johnson
Fingers crossed more talk shows will be announced the coming days, and we will update this post when that happens. Don’t forget to follow our social media accounts: Twitter @rachelmonline and Instagram @rachelmonline for the latest updates on the “Game Night” promotion, including the latest on the upcoming advanced screenings.
Rachel is among the more than 50 doctors, psychiatrists, actors, directors, academics, lawyers, historians, musicians, business and restaurant owners who signed the open letter calling on city council to push to open 1,000 new beds, by the end of 2018. Signatories include writer Margaret Atwood, actress Sarah Polley and actress Catherine O’Hara. All the signatories can be found over here and you can find the open letter below.
CALL TO OPEN 1000 NEW SHELTER BEDS IN 2018
Dear Mayor Tory and Toronto City Council,
We are writing to you as a group of Torontonians who love our city and want the best for it.
To begin, we would like to thank the Mayor for opening the Moss Park Armoury this winter, and also for his personal support of the introduction of 1000 new permanent shelter beds. We recognize the belated but important actions that have been taken to deal with this crisis thus far. We also recognize the excellent people who are working on the front lines to help people who are homeless.
“Slings & Arrows” costar, writer and creator Susan Coyne confirmed to The Chronicle Herald that the prequel of the series in in development, as we reported earlier this year. Coyne confirms they have written 3 scripts and that they are hoping to bring back actors from the original show.
Canadian writer-actress Susan Coyne loves a good behind-the-scenes story.
She’s been a writer on the acclaimed comedy series “Mozart in the Jungle,” which gives a fictional peek behind the curtain of a New York symphony, and she co-created and co-starred in the hit Canadian show “Slings & Arrows,” about the comical backstage life at a Canadian Shakespearean theatre festival.
Coyne says she’s now working on a prequel to “Slings & Arrows,” which ran from 2003 to 2006, along with original co-creators Bob Martin and Mark McKinney. They’ve written three scripts, arced out the whole series and hope to bring back actors from the original show, which featured Paul Gross, Martha Burns and Rachel McAdams.
“The CBC has expressed interest and we’re actually out to a director at the moment,” Toronto-based Coyne said recently by phone.
“It’s very much in the style of ‘Slings and Arrows’ but it takes you back to the origin of the festival itself.”
Given that they are aiming for a prequel, we are not sure there is room to bring Rachel’s character back since she plays an apprentice in the original series but we are hoping there is room for at least a cameo. We will keep you posted on the development of the prequel.
We want to wish Rachel the happiest birthday! We, on behave of the our site and all her fans, would like to wish Rachel a very happy birthday. We hope she will have a wonderful day, celebrating with her loved ones. Feel free to wish Rachel a happy birthday in our comment sections below. Last year we made a round-up of causes Rachel supported over the years, be sure to check it out in case you missed it. We also explain how you can make a donation in name of Rachel, to celebrate her birthday.
To celebrate we will round-up (social media) posts from news outlets celebrating Rachel’s birthday below/after the jump.
“This has all got to stop. We need to start acknowledging what an epidemic this is, and what a deep-seated problem this is.”
–Rachel McAdams, Vanity Fair
As you might know, activist Tarana Burke created the #MeToo hashtag and actress Alyssa Milano is credited for popularizing the hashtag and starting a movement on twitter. Today, Vanity Fair published an in-depth interview with Rachel and Selma Blair in which they shared their traumatic encounters with director James Toback early in their careers. The article can be found below/after the jump. Please be aware that both encounters are very detailed and could be triggering. In case you are in need of support we would like to highlight the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline and the “Spotlight” survivor resources page. Finally, to paraphrasing director Ava DuVernay: “Saluting [Rachel and Selma Blair] and all who speak out. And all who don’t. All who survive this. And all who don’t.” We are with you all.
A week after The New York Times and The New Yorker ran back-to-back reports cataloguing Harvey Weinstein’s alleged serial sexual harassment of women in Hollywood, actress Selma Blair saw a story on HuffPost about writer and director James Toback’s new film that made her blood run cold. The piece, written by a female reporter who interviewed Toback at the Venice Film Festival, was titled “James Toback Gets Us, He Truly Gets Us in ‘The Private Life of a Modern Woman.’”
Blair tweeted the story with a single word in response: “Ironic.”
In the days that followed, Blair, who has appeared in films such as Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde, and Hellboy, learned about a group of women on social media who claimed to have been sexually harassed by the director (Two Girls and a Guy) and Oscar-nominated writer (Bugsy). Their accounts sounded eerily familiar. The group, which included Blair, worked with Los Angeles Times reporter Glenn Whipp on a story that broke on October 22, citing 38 women in total who alleged sexual harassment suffered at the hands of Toback. Since then, the number of accusers has risen to more than 200 women—including Blair and Oscar-nominated actress Rachel McAdams, who both spoke exclusively to Vanity Fair this week about their experiences with Toback. (Toback, 72, has written for Vanity Fair in the past. When reached by phone Wednesday evening, Toback said he had no comment on any of the allegations.)
The Toronto International Film Festival just announced it’s first wave of movies (special presentations and galas) and it has been announced that “Disobedience” is part of their line-up as part of their special presentations program. According to their official website the screening will be a world premiere and the running time is 114 minutes. The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017. To see the full lineup, be sure to head over to the official website.
Disobedience | Directed by Sebastián Lelio
United Kingdom | 114 minutes | 2017 | Colour | English | World Premiere
Sebastián Lelio directs Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in this adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel about a woman who returns home to her orthodox Jewish community in London and rekindles a romance with her cousin’s wife.
The schedule will be released on August 22nd. Film4 and FilmNation also just revealed the first look of the movie featuring Rachel and costar Rachel Weisz, which you can find after the jump, and we have added the still in our gallery as well.
We came across an interesting news tidbit which we overlooked before. It seems a prequel for “Slings & Arrows” is in development. Co-creator Mark McKinney, who currently stars in NBC’s Superstore, and star of the series talked about the possibility of a prequel last year with the AV Club. It appears no reports have been made about the development recently. Judging on twitter reports from before, it seems the creators have been hinting about the prequel since 2014 and most recently talked about it during the creators Shakespeare 400 panel in 2016. No reports have been made on who of the original cast will return and if this would include Rachel. Given that it’s a prequel, we are not sure there is an arc for Rachel’s character Kate but we will keep an eye out for developments on this! The excerpts with McKinney can be found below.
AVC: Is there ever any talk of a Slings And Arrows revival? Is that universe closed at this point?
MM: We’ve been working on it for a couple of years now. We have a prequel locked and loaded that we’re going to set up somewhere. It’s a good one. It’s a true prequel, it goes back several years, almost to the foundation of the New Burbage Festival itself. It’s a great story.
AVC: Do you think it might get picked up?
MM: We were with the CBC in Canada, as we were with the original Slings And Arrows—and the original, they dropped it right before, almost at this exact same point, we were ready to go. And unfortunately, I think the almost the identical thing happened. So now we’re looking around. But it’s a vastly different landscape. We might be looking down here [in the United States], we might be looking up there, I’m not sure.