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.
December 22, 1996 |
Yes, that's the real Disney World you'll see for a couple of crucial scenes in "Marvin's Room." It's rather jolting at first to see Goofy et al in the midst of this movie about dying with dignity. In fact, it is the first time a Disney theme park has been used in a movie. But the filmmakers thought it was essential since the crux of the story takes place in Florida, and in the play on which the film is based, the family takes a needed break in the happiest of places.
December 31, 2011 |
Thomas Horn, 14, was standing in the middle of a cocktail party populated with adults when director Brett Ratner walked over to the teenager to offer him a congratulatory pat on the shoulder. Days before the late December release of "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" - in which Horn stars as Oskar Schell, a boy struggling to come to grips with the loss of his father, played by Tom Hanks, in the Sept. 11 attacks - he and other cast members were being feted in the lobby of a building that houses the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Film Archive.
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."
April 10, 2014 |
Sony Pictures is close to a deal with bestselling author Michael Lewis to bring his latest book, a Wall Street drama and detective story, to the silver screen. “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,” recounts how a group of misfit stock brokers and techies worked to expose, and then fight back, against the tactics of high-frequency traders, or HFTs. The HFTs were able to exploit computer technology and millisecond advantages to make huge profits at the expense of regular investors.
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.
September 19, 1997 |
It's Hollywood's Night of Nights, but no one's picking Cameron Drake for the best actor Oscar. With competition like Paul Newman in "Coot," Clint Eastwood in "Codger," Michael Douglas in "Primary Urges" and Steven Seagal in "Snowball in Hell," how could they? But Drake's performance in "To Serve and Protect" as a gay soldier betrayed by a copy of "Beaches" discovered in his locker proves the surprise winner.
August 25, 2003 |
"Marci X" purees all the public and political controversies swirling around hip-hop over the last decade and soft-serves the mixture in a drippy container. Despite the occasional topical reference to President Bush and Sen. Clinton, this movie is, like, so eight years ago, it isn't funny. Well, maybe sometimes it's funny. Screenwriter Paul Rudnick, better known to Premiere magazine readers as Libby Gelman-Waxner, always serves up a few zingers to keep you from drifting off.
December 29, 1996
I would like to correct an omission of how an obscure play found its way to a motion picture ("A Place for Everyone in 'Marvin's Room,' " by Michele Willens, Dec. 15). Early in 1990, prior to the vision and persistence of Jane Rosenthal and of Scott Rudin (who found the play on my desk at Paramount Pictures), I was the first studio executive who said "yes" to the challenging material. Bonnie Palef, the original producer, initially brought the play to me because she knew of my knowledge and experience with theatrical properties.
September 16, 1990 |
Another You (Tri-Star). Shooting in New York. Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder are hoping their chemistry will hold up in yet another comedic pairing, this time with direction from Peter Bogdanovich. This one concerns the high jinks of a chronic liar and a habitual con man. Executive producer Ted Zachary. Producers Bogdanovich and Ziggy Steinberg. Screenwriter Steinberg. Bingo! (Barkoff Prods.). Shooting in Vancouver.