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.
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.
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.
September 28, 2001 |
The call went out, not for a hero, but for someone "extremely dimwitted." For "a self-absorbed simpleton who can be manipulated." For "a shallow, dumb moron." In a word, for "Zoolander." Derek Zoolander is not a superhero but a supermodel; the only things even remotely larger than life about him are his self-absorption and his ego. "Vain, stupid, incredibly self-centered," he is, all unawares, the preposterous centerpiece of the exuberant and insidiously funny satire that bears his name.
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.
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."
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.