January 26, 2008
WITH regard to Glenn Kenny's article on the ending of "No Country for Old Men" ["Coen Country Is Tricky Terrain," Jan. 11]: What a bunch of malarkey! From an old died-in-the-wool writer who was brought up on the beginning/middle/end, three-act structure school, Scott Rudin and the Coen brothers failed miserably to offer up reasonable fare. There are 10,000 members of the Writers Guild, any of whom I'm sure could have written a smarter denouement between the clash of the titans (Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones)
October 7, 2004 |
"Team America: World Police," a raunchy satire featuring a cast of marionettes who seek to save the world, won its efforts to earn an R rating from the Motion Picture Assn. of America. The film had been plunged into a dispute with the MPAA ratings board over a scene depicting simulated sex between the puppets.
November 1, 1991 |
After weeks of rumor and speculation, Paramount Pictures late Thursday announced a further shake-up at its troubled motion picture division with the immediate departure of two senior executives. David Kirkpatrick, president of the Motion Pictures Group, and Gary Lucchesi, president of the Motion Picture Production Division, were "leaving their positions," effective immediately, Paramount said.
September 20, 2012 |
IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller, producer Scott Rudin and publishing executive Frances Coady are investing in a book venture that will try to challenge Amazon.com Inc.'s dominance in the industry. The project, called Brightline, is expected to release fiction and nonfiction titles by mid-2013, New York-based IAC said Wednesday. Brightline will make electronic books for mobile devices using software by Brooklyn-based Atavist, which will exchange minority equity interests with the venture.
May 17, 2012 |
The Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield, has been a box-office hit, playing to near-capacity audiences since beginning performances at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theatre in February. So it should come as little surprise that the production will turn a profit. The show's producers - which include such powerhouses as Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson and Jon B. Platt - announced Wednesday that "Salesman" will recoup its initial $3.1-million investment.
March 28, 2013 |
A Catholic group is speaking out against a new Broadway play by Irish novelist Colm Toibin that offers an alternative interpretation of the life of the Virgin Mary. "The Testament of Mary," starring Fiona Shaw, began preview performances this week at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property published a lengthy statement on its website in which it called the play "blasphemous. " "The Irish writer gives free rein to his imagination when expressing his contempt for the Gospels, Christian tradition, and Mary Most Holy," the group wrote.
January 14, 2011 |
Using a combination of smarts, charm, doggedness ? and access to loads of cash ? Ryan Kavanaugh over the last six years has become a bona-fide power player in Hollywood. Once a failed venture capitalist, Kavanaugh, 36, now co-produces movies with Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and through his own company, Relativity Media. The red-headed, freckle-faced would-be mogul, who prefers sneakers and jeans to loafers and suits, usually sees his name attached to lower-brow fare such as this month's Nicolas Cage-starrer "Season of the Witch.
July 19, 1995 |
To hear almost-16 Cher Horowitz tell it, "I actually have a way normal life." True, her mom died during "routine liposuction," but she now lives happily with her fierce litigator father ("He gets paid $500 an hour to fight with people") in great Beverly Hills style. "Isn't my house classic?" she enthuses. "Its columns date back to 1972."
January 9, 2013 |
Fiona Shaw, the versatile Irish actress who brought a searing "Medea" to Broadway in 2002, is set to return to the New York stage in a role that ought to raise eyebrows -- Mary, the mother of Jesus. Shaw is re-teaming with director Deborah Warner for a new stage adaptation of novelist Colm Toibin's "The Testament of Mary. " The one-woman drama, scheduled to open April 22 on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is being backed by uber-producer Scott Rudin. The play is to have a limited run in New York through June 16. "Mary" provides a speculative account of what happened to the virgin following the crucifixion of Jesus.