AS THE AUDIENCE filed out of Austin’s Paramount Theatre following the South by Southwest opening-night screening of Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song,” there was a line around the block waiting to get in for a screening of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film “Alien,” along with footage from Scott’s upcoming “Alien: Covenant.” Opening May 19, the film is the sixth in the series and the third directed by Scott. Read More: // here
The 52nd Street Project makes a difference in the lives of countless Hell’s Kitchen (Clinton) kids by pairing them with theater professionals who mentor them through the creation of original theater. Perhaps the most poignant presentations made by the Project are those in its semi-annual Playmaking series, which features the Project’s youngest Hell’s Kitchen menses – 9- and 10-year-olds who have just begun their theatrical education – writing for accomplished professional actors and revealing their work to a public audience for the first time. Accomplished actors including Raúl Castillo (“Looking,” “Gotham”), Billy Crudup (Jackie, 20th Century Women, Almost Famous), Crystal Dickinson (Clybourne Park), Brandon Dirden (All the Way, Jitney), Carson Elrod (Peter & the Starcatcher, Noises Off), Nancy Giles (“CBS Sunday Morning”), Michael Potts (Book of Mormon, Jitney, “The Wire”), Mirarai Sithole (Mother Courage & Her Children, “Broad City”), Micah Stock (The Front Page, It’s Only a Play) and others will perform in All Together Now: The United Plays, the Project’s Spring 2017 Playmaking show. All Together Now will run Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, at The 52nd Street Project’s Five Angels Theater (789 Tenth Avenue, 2nd floor, NYC). Performances will take place Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm, and Saturday & Sunday at 3pm. Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance at 52project.secure.force.com/ticket or 212.333.5252. For more information, visit www.52project.org. Read More: // here
Still in the “WAR ROOM” actors Billy Crudup and Demian Bichirand were brought in. Both were charming, funny and eloquent with Bichirand in particular being able to stand in for the “The Most Interesting Man in the World” from them Dos Equis commercials in terms of his look and just how damn compelling he was to listen to. We also got to talk briefly with director Sir Ridley Scott on set in between set-ups. It’s not everyday one gets to chew the fat with one of his idols – so yeah – it was thrilling to meet him. Read More: // here
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Movie and theater actor Billy Crudup, who appears in two Oscar-nominated films this year, said he began practicing meditation after suffering from panic attacks, three of which occurred on stage during performances. Read More: // here