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.
March 5, 2013 |
Jon Stewart is leaving “The Daily Show” - for three months - to direct a movie. The political satirist and media critic will take a hiatus from his Comedy Central talk show this summer to make his feature directing debut, adapting Maziar Bahari's book “Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.” The book, co-written with Aimee Molloy, chronicles Bahari's attempt to cover Iran's presidential elections in...
December 18, 2013 |
Brian Dennehy, who is currently in the Los Angeles production of "The Steward of Christendom" at the Mark Taper Forum, will reprise his recent Chicago performance in Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" for a six-week run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2015. Scott Rudin is producing the revival production, which will run at BAM from Feb. 5, 2015 to March 15, 2015. The production will also star Nathan Lane, who appeared alongside Dennehy in the Chicago production at the Goodman Theatre in 2012.
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 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 1, 2012 |
Extremely soft and incredibly far away. This was the scene as film composer Alexandre Desplat presided over one of the scoring sessions for the film "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. " The film's premiere was just a month away and Desplat was trying to get the sound of the piano to be even lighter than pianissimo. Cut to: pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, watching and listening to Desplat's direction via a video screen. The French virtuoso had been in Vienna two days before, now he was isolated in a Manhattan recording studio two floors below Desplat and the full orchestra.
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.