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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

TONY NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED…

And…”The Coast of Utopia” recieved 10 nominations including Billy’s for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. Congratulations!
The other nominees are Ethan Hawke (also for “The Coast of Utopia”) Anthony Chisholm, John Earl Jelks and Stark Sands. The ceremony will be on Sunday June 10th. (Jane Krakowski and Taye Diggs announced the nominations for the 61st Annual Tony Awards at the the Tony Nominees press conference held at the New York Public Library on May 15, 2007)



The Outer Critics Circle awards were announced yesterday and “The Coast of Utopia” won in 6 categories. Billy was nominated for Outstanding Featured Actor but lost out to Boyd Gaines (Journey’s End) who recieved a Tony nomination in the leading actor category this time. The Drama League Awards were presented on Friday, the Distinguished Production of a Play award went to “The Coast of Utopia”, while the Distinguished Performance Award, in which Billy was nominated among many other actors, went to Liev Schreiber. Click here to check the rest of the winners, plus 3 photos of Billy. A fun note is the Broadway Show League: “A 50+ year tradition, the league brings out thousands of actors and crew members, who play against each other every Thursday afternoon.” Billy was part of “The Coast of Utopia” team on last Thursday and they defeated “Spring Awakening”, so you have to see it to believe it.

Nominees for Drama Desk Awards Announced

Nominations for the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards have been announced The Coast of Utopia has been nominated for the following:

* Outstanding Play

* Outstanding Director of a Play

* Outstanding Music for a Play

* Outstanding Costume Design

* Outstanding Sound Design

* Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Billy Crudup

* Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Martha Plimpton


2004


24 November: Mendes & LeGros Will Trust the Man

Source: Variety

Eva Mendes (Out Of Time) and James LeGros (Drugstore Cowboy) have joined the cast of writer/director Bart Freundlich’s Trust the Man, reports Variety. The New York-set movie is about the ups and downs of relationships and the lengths men will go to sabotage and save their own happiness. The romantic comedy, currently filming in New York, stars Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Credit: ComingSoon

16th November: Will Goldblum, Ivanek and Crudup Star in Broadway’s The Pillowman?

By Kenneth Jones and Robert Simonson

Billy Crudup, Jeff Goldblum, Zeljko Ivanek and Michael Stuhlbarg are expected to have roles in Broadway’s upcoming production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, casting director Jim Carnahan told Playbill columnist Harry Haun at the Nov. 14 opening of ‘night, Mother. A theatre and dates for the New York premiere of the London play have not been announced, nor has there been any official confirmation from the producers about casting possibilities. John Crowley is expected to direct the play by the author of The Beauty Queen of Leenane. The new work is about a writer in a totalitarian state who is interrogated about the horrific events in his short stories. An earlier report in Variety indicated Crudup (“Stage Beauty,” The Elephant Man) was being sought to play Katurian, a writer who is interrogated about the content of his work (such as children giving their fathers razor blade-filled apples to eat), and, more frighteningly, their similarity to child murders that are occurring in the same town. The Pillowman, which was a hit for London’s Royal National Theatre, was previously thought to land on Broadway in fall 2004. Spring 2005 is the new expectation. Bob Boyett, Robert Fox, The Shubert Organization and The National Theatre will produce. Pillowman would be the third National show to be brought over by Boyett, after the recent Jumpers and Michael Frayn’s Democracy. Both Pillowman and Democracy were nominated for the Olivier Awards Best Play prize. In what might be considered a minor upset, Democracy lost to The Pillowman. The Pillowman is from the Irish writer who gave us the Leenane trilogy — The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West. He was Tony Award-nominated for Best Play two years running, for the Broadway transfers of The Beauty Queen Of Leenane (1998) and The Lonesome West (1999). Pillowman opened at London’s National Theatre on Nov. 13, 2003, in the Cottesloe. Credit: Playbill

1st November: Gyllenhaal and Crudup Build Trust

Bart Freundlich pic, with Julianne Moore already set to star, will begin shooting in New York today.

By Mark Umbach

Billy Crudup, currently on the big screen in Stage Beauty, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, who recently starred in the drama Mona Lisa Smile, have signed on to join Julianne Moore and David Duchovny in the romantic comedy Trust the Man for Moore’s helmer husband Bart Freundlich.

29 October: Gyllenhaal & Crudup Do Trust the Man

Source: Variety

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Billy Crudup have joined Julianne Moore and David Duchovny in the romantic comedy Trust the Man, written and to be directed by Bart Freundlich, says Variety. The New York-set movie is about the ups and downs of relationships and the lengths men will go to sabotage and save their own happiness. Trust the Man starts production in New York on Monday. Credit: Coming Soon.net

Billy Crudup Interviewed by Anwar Brett

I was grateful at the end of the shoot to be able to release the ounce of masculinity that was left within me after months of repressing it American actor Billy Crudup has somehow managed to avoid the celebrity that usually goes with the kind of talent he displayed in Jesus’ Son, The Hi-Lo Country, and Sleepers. In recent years the 36-year-old made a particular impression in Cameron Crowe’s aptly titled Almost Famous and Tim Burton’s Big Fish. In Stage Beauty he plays the foremost female impersonator of the 17th century, whose career is threatened by the lifting of the ban on women acting on stage.

Dramatic advances in Tribeca

By CELIA McGEE; DAILY NEWS FEATURE WRITER

From the world of what Rosenthal likes to laughingly call her “day job” — producing movies — she has recruited a series of “celebrity hosts” to introduce the play readings that are another festival component. They include Billy Crudup, Ethan Hawke, Harvey Keitel, Whoopi Goldberg and De Niro.

Billy Crudup, Playing Female in ‘Stage Beauty’

NPR’s Noah Adams speaks with actor Billy Crudup, star of the new film Stage Beauty. He plays a 17th-century British stage actor who has made a career out of portraying female characters, until a new law allowing women to perform in the theater puts him out of work.

14th October: Hare’s Bush-Iraq Drama Stuff Happens and Celebs Join Tribeca Theatre Festival

By Ernio Hernandez

David Hare’s controversial Bush administration drama Stuff Happens will have a New York reading as part of the upcoming Tribeca Theatre Festival. Billy Crudup, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert De Niro, Michael Imperioli, Ben Stiller, Christopher Walken, Tony Danza and more will make appearances at the fest. The first annual two-week festival, presented by Tribeca Film Festival co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, with the Drama Dept., will run Oct. 19-31. Hare’s new work, which depicts nearly every major politico attached to the Bush White House, follows the prelude to the invasion of Iraq. Currently making its debut at London’s National Theatre, Stuff Happens will be read Oct. 18 at 7 PM at the New York Theatre Workshop under the direction of Michael Sexton. Cast is to be announced. The work is part of the “Downtown Readings” series in which downtown theater companies will present staged readings of new and developing works at Tribeca Cinemas. (The Hare work will perform at the NYTW’s space at 79 East 4th Street. The festival will also feature The Downtown Plays which comprises short works by Jon Robin Baitz, Douglas Carter Beane, David Henry Hwang, Neil LaBute, Warren Leight, Kenneth Lonergan, Frank Pugliese, Paul Rudnick and Wendy Wasserstein. The two-hour evening which focuses on “the world below 14th Street” will be directed by Tony Award-winner John Rando (Urinetown). Billy Crudup, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Tovah Feldshuh, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Michael Imperioli, Ben Stiller, Anna Deveare Smith, Christopher Walken, Michael C. Hall, Tony Danza and Isaac Mizrahi will serves as celebrity hosts for The Downtown Plays. Other events that are part of the inaugural Tribeca Theater Festival include “Stage on Screen” film screenings, theatre panel discussions and a “Tribeca All Access Open Stage” development program.
For tickets and more information, call (212) 941-2450 or visit www.TribecaTheaterFestival.org.
Credit: Playbill

24 Hour Plays

Billy Crudup and Lili Taylor were scheduled to be joined by such actors as Rosie Perez, Sam Rockwell, Anna Paquin and Brooke Shields for the performance on 13th September.

High-flying start for Hanks film

Tom Hanks latest movie The Terminal has topped the UK box office, knocking US comedy Dodgeball down to second place. Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal, in which Hanks plays a man trapped by politics at a US airport, took £1.4m in its opening weekend of business. The second highest new entry was Hellboy at three, which took £1.05m. But there was disappointment for Iris director Richard Eyre’s latest big screen venture, Stage Beauty, which took only £130,534 in its first week. Costume drama Stage Beauty stars Claire Danes and Billy Crudup, as well as a host of British actors including Tom Wilkinson and Rupert Everett. There were high hopes it would emulate the success of Shakespeare in Love, but has so far failed to attract audiences. Credit: BBC

24th August: Toronto Film Fest Nabs 100 World Premieres

By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) – Looking to become a bastion of heavyweight, star-filled indie cinema, the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled Tuesday a 328-film lineup that includes 100 world premieres and 81 North American premieres. The festival opens Sept. 9 with the world premiere of Istvan Szabo’s “Being Julia,” starring Annette Bening, and closes Sept. 18 with the Martin Short starrer “Jiminy Glick in Lalawood.” Among the 20 high-profile films to receive red-carpet treatment at Roy Thomson Hall are Mike Barker’s “A Good Woman,” a comedy about Americans in Italy that stars Helen Hunt and Scarlett Johansson; and “Beyond the Sea,” which Kevin Spacey directed and stars in as Bobby Darin. Toronto also has booked Canadian premieres for Carlo Mazzacurati’s “An Italian Romance,” a period drama that stars Stefano Accorsi and Maya Sansa; Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries,” which bowed at Cannes; and Richard Eyre’s “Stage Beauty,” which stars Billy Crudup and Claire Danes. Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

23rd August: ‘Stage Beauties’ Light Up West End

London’s Leicester Square played host to some of the hottest talents from both Britain and the US on Saturday night, when Rupert Everett, Billy Crudup and Claire Danes joined forces to promote their latest film.

23rd August: Much Ado About Luvvies

The tail end of summer managed to squeeze out one more balmy evening last night for the UK premiere of Stage Beauty, the latest offering from Sir Richard Eyre (Iris, The Ploughman’s Lunch), and those who lined the pink – yes, pink – carpet, were treated to a quick glimpse of and pow wow with stars Claire Danes, Billy Crudup and Rupert Everett.

21st August: Return of Mr Invisible

He could have been Jack in Titanic, he could have been the Hulk. But Billy Crudup would rather play a man who dresses up as a woman in 17th-century London. Tim Geary meets one of Hollywood’s most mysterious stars Billy Crudup is the best actor you have never heard of. When he played a rock star in Cameron Crowe’s 2000 movie Almost Famous, the media had a field day with the film’s title. Crudup would no longer be Hollywood’s “almost” man. He was about to be famous himself.

17th August: Report: Billy Crudup in Talks for Broadway’s Pillowman

By Robert Simonson

Billy Crudup is in negotiations for the Broadway version of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, Variety reported. According to the trade, Crudup, a veteran of such Broadway productions as The Elephant Man, Bus Stop and Arcadia, would play Katurian, a writer in a totalitarian state who is interrogated about the horrific events in his short stories (such as children giving their fathers razor blade-filled apples to eat), and, more frighteningly, their similarity to child murders that are occurring in the same town. The Pillowman, which was a hit for London’s Royal National Theatre, was previously announced for Broadway, and was thought to be scheduled for the fall. However, Variety reports that spring 2005 is a more likely target. No official announcement has been made concerning dates or theatre by representatives of Pillowman. Bob Boyett, Robert Fox, The Shubert Organization and The National Theatre will produce. John Crowley is the director. Pillowman would be the third National show to be brought over by Boyett, after the recent Jumpers and Michael Frayn’s Democracy, due on Broadway this fall. Both Pillowman and Democracy were nominated for the Olivier Awards Best Play prize. In what might be considered a minor upset, Democracy lost to The Pillowman. The Pillowman is from the Irish writer who gave us the Leenane trilogy – The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West. He was Tony Award-nominated for Best Play two years running, for the Broadway transfers of The Beauty Queen Of Leenane (1998) and The Lonesome West (1999). Pillowman opened at London’s National Theatre on Nov. 13, in the Cottesloe. Credit: Playbill

Stage Beauty to be screened at Edinburgh

Edinburgh International Film Festival: Two promising British films premiere:”Dear Frankie,” about a single mother who misleads her son, and “Stage Beauty,” starring Billy Crudup and Claire Danes in a theater tale set during the Restoration. (Aug. 18-29, www.edfilmfest.org.uk)

Spirit of discovery puts fun into film festival

Susan Mansfield

* The 58th Edinburgh International Film Festival opens on 18 August

* The artistic director, Shane Danielsen, said that he believed the festival has a “pre-eminence in Europe”

* The festival features domestic and US-made films and also has works from countries such as Brazil, Korea and Finland among others

KEN Loach’s latest work, set in Glasgow; a biopic of the cult South American revolutionary Che Guevara and what has been described as a “Scottish kung-fu gang movie” will all feature at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. Launching the programme for the 58th festival, which takes place between 18 and 29 August, the artistic director, Shane Danielsen, said: “This year, I think the programme is stronger than ever. I know I’m expected to say that, but I think it really is. “There are many film festivals. I’m convinced that every parking lot will have a film festival by 2007. But Edinburgh has a pre-eminence in Europe because of its spirit of discovery. We believe in giving people things they don’t already know. We want to surprise and astonish our audience.” He singled out Richard Eyre’s Stage Beauty, starring Billy Crudup, Claire Danes and Rupert Everett. Set in Restoration England, when King Charles II decides that women should be allowed to appear on stage for the first time, it has been compared to Shakespeare in Love.

11th May: Where Are the New Plays Coming From? Columbia U’s Playwriting Program Offers Thesis Readings, May 11-18

By Kenneth Jones

A new generation of playwrights gets an Off-Broadway forum for its work May 11-18, when Columbia University presents readings of thesis plays by students of the graduate playwriting program. Freespeak: A Festival of Playreadings has attracted a clutch of stars to help give voice to the new works, playing at he DR2 Theatre on 15th Street near Union Square. Under the guidance of playwright Eduardo Machado, the program will present six thesis plays by the current graduating class. All readings are at 3 PM and are free and open to the public. DR2 is at 103 E. 15th Street.
The plays are:

The Grille Room by Sam Forman, directed by Thomas Kail. “A Jewish family battles anti-Semitism at a Massachusetts Country Club in 1957,” with Len Carious, Swoosie Kurtz, Jeremy Shamos, Mitchel Federon (The Boy from Oz), Dan Lauria, Baron Vaughn (May 11).
Eggs & Apples by Karen Smith Vastola, directed by Trip Cullman. “When a woman conceives an extraordinary and unusual child in a moment of empty carnal coupling, she faces a world of intolerance. How far will she go to protect her own flesh and blood?,” with Dan Moran, Cecil McKinnon, Tom Palumbo, John Bogar, Billy Wheelan, Deborah Hedwall. (May 12).

Nerve by Adam Szymkowicz, directed by Trip Cullman. “A dark comedy about falling into a relationship on the first date,” Logan Marshall Green, Susan Pourfar, Teri Parker. (May 13)

Baby Rattle by David Koteles, directed by Trip Cullman. “Will baby make five when a gay couple and their lesbian friends discover the ins and outs of pregnancy?,” with Amir Arison, Nathan Blew. (May 14).

Airport Lounges by Hikaru Freeman, directed by Trip Cullman. “A successful businesswoman and her suicidal son take a trip around the world accompanied by an enigmatic doctor, only to be confronted with what they ran away from,” with Ed Vassallo, Nancy Giles, Maulik Pancholy, LeLand Gantt. (May 17)
Fire Baby by Malachy Walsh, directed by Trip Cullman. “First, Callaghan loses his TV Guide. Then his wife, Aideen, says she wants to go horse riding at midnight. To make matters worse, Michael, their only son, comes home and breaks into old Bing Crosby songs while threatening to kill them all. Ah, yes, it must be Christmas time again,” with Estelle Parsons, John Seitz, Billy Crudup. (May 18)

For reservations call (212) 854-3408.

Credit: Playbill

PANEL @ STUYVESANT HIGH SCHOOL

STAGE TO SCREEN BEAUTY

What makes a play inherently theatrical? Or a film intrinsically cinematic? Join Richard Eyre, Jeffrey Hatcher, Billy Crudup and others from the cast of Stage Beauty as they chart their collaborative journey – turning the play Compleat Female Stage Beauty into a truly theatrical film experience.
Panelists: Claire Danes, Richard Eyre, Jeffrey Hatcher and Billy Crudup

Date: Sunday, May 9th

Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Auditorium

14th April: “Stage Beauty,” “At Liberty,” “Company,” “Tony n’ Tina” Featured at Tribeca FilmFest, May 1-9

By Ernio Hernandez

Jeffrey Hatcher’s stageplay-turned-Richard Eyre film “Stage Beauty” will close out the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Elaine Stritch’s At Liberty, the original Broadway Company cast album documentary and the screen version of Off-Broadway’s Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding are also part of the third annual fest, presented May 1-9. Billy Crudup (The Elephant Man, “Almost Famous”) stars in the Richard Eyre (Amy’s View, Vincent in Brixton) screen adaptation of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Compleat Female Stage Beauty, simply titled “Stage Beauty.” The world premiere of the film — also starring Claire Danes, Rupert Everett, Ben Chaplin, Tom Wilkinson, Richard Griffiths and Zoe Potter — will debut as the festival’s closer May 9. Elaine Stritch and director D.A. Pennebaker collaborate on two films: “Elaine Stritch At Liberty” which combines the theatre legend’s Tony Award-winning stageshow with behind-the-scenes footage and “Original Cast Album: Company” which chronicles the over 18-hour cast orginal album recording session for the Stephen Sondheim musical in which Stritch also starred. (The cult film is now on DVD.) The Off-Broadway show recently announced its closing, but fans of the interactive Italian-American fanfare can witness the world premiere of the film adaptation, “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding,” at the downtown New York City filmfest. Roger Paradiso directs Joseph McIntyre (tick, Tick… BOOM!) and Mila Kunis (“That 70’s Show”) as the title newlyweds in the film which also stars Daisy Eagan, Priscilla Lopez, Richard Portnow and Mary Testa. Stars of the recent Broadway revival of A View from the Bridge Anthony LaPaglia (“The Guys”) and Allison Janney (“The West Wing”) reunite onscreen in “Winter Solstice.” The Josh Sternfeld movie, which will appear in the festival, also stars Ron Livingston and Aaron Stanford. LAByrinth theatre company scribe Brett C. Leonard (Guinea Pig Solo) directs his feature film “Jailbait” which stars fellow LAB member Stephen Adly Guirgis (Our Lady of 121st Street) and Michael Pitt (“The Dreamers”). Also featured at the fest will be “Brother to Brother” starring Take Me Out star Daniel Sunjata. John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will take part in a panel discussion on “Sex & Cinema.” And Richard Eyre, Jeffrey Hatcher, Billy Crudup and cast members of “Stage Beauty” will take part in a panel on the journey of the play to film, “Stage and Screen Beauty.” For more information on the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, visit the website at www.tribecafilmfestival.org. Credit: PLAYBILL

“Stage Beauty,” Chosen as Closing Night Premiere at 2004 Tribeca Film Festival

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 12, 2004–Tribeca Film Festival co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff announced today that Lions Gate Films’ STAGE BEAUTY, starring Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, and Rupert Everett will be the closing night world premiere for the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express. The star-studded gala premiere will take place on May 8, 2004, at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center with cast and filmmakers in attendance. “Stage Beauty” takes place in 1660s London where Edward “Ned” Kynaston (Billy Crudup) is England’s most celebrated leading lady. Women are forbidden to appear on stage and Ned profits, using his beauty and skill to make the great female roles his own. But King Charles II (Rupert Everett), prodded by his saucy, stage-struck mistress Nell Gwynn (Zoe Tapper), overturns the ban on actresses and prohibits men from playing female roles. This is good news for Maria (Claire Danes), Kynaston’s lovelorn young dresser who has been secretly performing at a seedy tavern; but it is bad news for Ned who practically overnight plummets from his exalted position as one of London’s most desirable females to become a virtual nobody. Cast out of the spotlight, Ned seems headed for burlesque obscurity until Maria, now a rising star, takes it upon herself to make a man of him again. Scheduled for release in October, “Stage Beauty” is directed by Richard Eyre and written by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on his stage play. Also starring in the film are Ben Chaplin, Tom Wilkinson, Richard Griffiths, and Zoe Tapper. The film was produced by Robert De Niro, Hardy Justice, and Jane Rosenthal with executive producers Richard Eyre, Michael Kuhn, James D. Stern, Rachel Cohen, and Amir Malin. “I loved Jeffrey Hatcher’s play and found it to be very poignant. Richard Eyre has taken the original play and really enhanced it for the screen, and together Richard and Jeffrey have created a very powerful and moving film that I think audiences are going to love,” said Jane Rosenthal. “I am very proud to be part of the team bringing it onto the screen and so happy that it can be premiered at Tribeca.” “We are proud to premiere Stage Beauty at Tribeca, which provides the perfect forum for our Company and our film,” said Tom Ortenberg, President of Lions Gate Films Releasing. “We are honored that Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and the rest of the Tribeca team have chosen STAGE BEAUTY as their closing film, and we believe that audiences will soon share their enthusiasm and excitement for this poignant, powerful, star-studded beauty of a movie.” The 2004 Festival is scheduled to take place in various locations throughout lower Manhattan from May 1 through May 9, 2004. This year’s Festival will include over 150 screenings as well as panel discussions and filmmaker events. The Family Festival will cover two weekends (May 1-2 and May 8-9), and the popular street fair will be on May 8. Beginning April 18, American Express Cardmembers can purchase advance tickets to individual film screenings and panel discussions. Individual screening and panel discussion tickets will be available to the public on April 24. American Express Cardmembers can also redeem Membership Rewards(R) points for tickets. For more information on the Tribeca Film Festival and to purchase tickets, the public should visit the Tribeca Film Festival Website at www.tribecafilmfestival.org or call 1-866-941-FEST (3378). Lions Gate Films, which recently concluded its merger with Artisan Entertainment, has and A-list star-driven slate including, in addition to THE PUNISHER, the contemporary cloning thriller GODSEND, starring two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, Greg Kinnear and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos; the futuristic FINAL CUT, starring Academy Award winner Robin Williams, Mira Sorvino and Jim Caviezel; Lars von Trier’s DOGVILLE, starring Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman; the urban comedy THE COOKOUT, with Queen Latifah and a strong ensemble cast; the recent Sundance sensation OPEN WATER; and BEYOND THE SEA, a film about the life of legendary singer Bobby Darin, played by Kevin Spacey who also directs. The film also stars Kate Bosworth as Sandra Dee, John Goodman and Bob Hoskins. Lions Gate recently went into production with FIERCE PEOPLE starring Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland; and HAPPY ENDINGS, which will be directed by Don Roos and will star Lisa Kudrow and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The Tribeca Film Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking capital and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. American Express is the Founding Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival. Part of a multi-year relationship, the sponsorship demonstrates American Express’ dedication to the goals of the Festival and the revitalization of lower Manhattan. The Tribeca Film Festival is excited to announce the return of their signature sponsors: General Motors, who will once again host the Drive-in at Hudson River Park Pier 25, Anheuser Busch, Prada, NBC, Delta Air Lines, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The New York Times, Bloomberg LLP, Vanity Fair, & Regal Entertainment Cinemas. We are also thrilled to welcome the following new sponsors into the Tribeca Film Festival family: South Africa, Sony Electronics, & Turning Leaf Vineyards. For press inquiries regarding the Tribeca Film Festival, please contact Ashley Schiff at 212-843-8069 or Jeff Easlick at 212-843-9376. For information about media credentials, please contact Richard Pendrick at 212-843-9390 or email your request to Festival@rubenstein.com

11th January: ‘Big Fish’ Edges ‘Rings’ From Top Spot

By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer

LOS ANGELES – Tim Burton’s “Big Fish” took in $14.5 million to squeak past “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” as the No. 1 weekend movie, according to studio estimates Sunday. “The Return of the King,” the top film the previous three weekends, came in at $14.1 million, pushing its domestic total to $312.2 million. The grosses on the top two movies were close enough that the rankings could flip-flop when final weekend figures are released Monday. Final figures often end up slightly lower than estimates made on Sunday, when studios are making projections on how big an audience their films will draw on the last day of the weekend. “This is very rare to have a photo finish for the No. 1 spot,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. “I think what we’ll probably find Monday is that perhaps the actual numbers will come in a little bit less but the order of the films will remain the same.” This was the first weekend in wide release for “Big Fish,” which stars Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor in the fanciful adventures of a teller of tall tales. The film had opened in late December in a handful of theaters for Academy Awards consideration. Expanding to 2,406 theaters, “Big Fish” averaged $6,027 a cinema, compared to $3,999 in 3,532 theaters for “Return of the King.” The weekend’s only new wide releases were two poorly reviewed movies, the Eddie Griffin comedy “My Baby’s Daddy,” which ranked No. 6 with $7.8 million, and Mandy Moore’s romance “Chasing Liberty,” which was No. 7 with $6 million. January is traditionally a dead zone for new releases, with audiences shrinking after the holiday boom and studios dumping mediocre flicks into theaters. The overall box office rose, with the top 12 movies taking in $92.5 million, up 5 percent from the same weekend last year. Distributor Sony rolled “Big Fish” out slowly to build audience word of mouth for a complex film that was not an easy audience sell for Hollywood’s marketing machine. “It was a tough picture to represent marketing-wise in terms of letting people know what the story was,” said Rory Bruer, Sony head of distribution. “It felt like going slower with the picture would give audiences a chance to kind of discover the story for themselves.” “The Return of the King” is about to pass the total $314.8 million domestic gross of the fantasy trilogy’s first installment, “The Fellowship of the Ring.” The final film also is expected to top the $341.7 million haul of the middle chapter, “The Two Towers.” The serial-killer drama “Monster,” which has earned Academy Award buzz for star Charlize Theron, did well expanding from a handful of theaters to wider release. The film based on the life of executed murderer Aileen Wuornos took in $865,160 in 82 theaters for a strong $10,551 average. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. “Big Fish,” $14.5 million.

2. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” $14.1 million.

3. “Cheaper by the Dozen,” $12 million.

10th January: Burton lands best one of his career with ‘Big Fish’

By JOE ATKINSON, Courier & Press staff writer

Tim Burton is the master of the modern fable. Sure, the director is a visual genius. Movies such as “Batman” and “Beetlejuice” – even missteps such as “Sleepy Hollow” – can attest to that. And in his best work (“Edward Scissorhands,” “Ed Wood,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”), he’s spun the kinds of heart-invested yarns beautifully suited for his wonderfully fantastical style.

Big Fish Globes Success

Big Fish has received four Golden Globes nominations. The nominations were announced 18 Decemeber 2003 and will be awarded 25th January 2004. The awards are below.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: *”Bend It Like Beckham”, *”Big Fish”, *”Finding Nemo”, *”Lost in Translation” , *”Love Actually”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: *Alec Baldwin, “The Cooler”, *Albert Finney, “Big Fish”, *William H. Macy, “Seabiscuit”, *Tim Robbins, “Mystic River”, *Peter Sarsgaard, “Shattered Glass”, *Ken Watanabe, “The Last Samurai”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture: *Alexandre Desplat, “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, *Danny Elfman, “Big Fish”, *Howard Shore, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”, *T-Bone Burnett, Jack White and Gabriel Yared, “Cold Mountain”, *Blake Neely, Geoff Zanelli and Hans Zimmer, “The Last Samurai”

Best Original Song – Motion Picture: *”The Heart of Every Girl,” Elton John and Bernie Taupin (“Mona Lisa Smile”), *”Into the West,” Annie Lennox (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), *”Man of the Hour,” Eddie Vedder (“Big Fish”), *”Time Enough for Tears,” Bono (“In America”), *”You Will Be My Ain True Love,” Sting (“Cold Mountain”)


2003

November 9: Hi Lo Country To be Shown At Santa Fe Festival

The Hi Lo Country will be shown as part of the Santa Fe Film Festival. The festival runs December 3rd to December 7th. For more information click here to go to the official site.

29th October: `Big Fish’ premiere to benefit charity

Bob Carlton, News staff writer

The Ronald McDonald House should get a big boost from the movie “Big Fish.” Producer Bruce Cohen and novelist Daniel Wallace will come to Birmingham in December to attend a premiere of the made-in-Alabama film, which director Tim Burton shot in the Montgomery and Wetumpka area earlier this year. It is adapted from Wallace’s book. The special screening, which will be Dec. 13 at Carmike Cinemas’ Summit 16 theater, will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. The movie opens nationwide on Christmas Day.

Starry 24 Hour Plays Benefit Set for Broadway

The 24 Hour Plays is coming to Broadway. The evening–which is composed of six plays that are written, cast, rehearsed and performed in a single day–will take place on September 15 at the American Airlines Theatre. Confirmed artists include Benjamin Bratt, Billy Crudup, Giancarlo Esposito, Jennifer Esposito, Julianna Margulies, Mary-Louise Parker, Rosie Perez, Sam Rockwell, Liev Schreiber, Fisher Stevens and Marisa Tomei. The creative process for The 24 Hour Plays will begin at around 10pm on Sunday, September 14, when a group of six writers, six directors, 24 actors and a production staff will gather at the theater to be briefed. The writers will remain for the night and each will create a 10-minute play. At 7:00am on September 15, the directors will return, read the plays, and cast them. The casts will meet for the first time at 8:00am and begin learning the material. A single technical rehearsal will occur between 5:00pm to 7:30pm. The curtain is at 8:00pm. The first benefit performance of The 24 Hour Plays took place at the Minetta Lane on September 24, 2001 and quickly sold-out. Last year, the event was composed of four special one-of-a-kind programs at Town Hall from September 9 through September 11. The 24 Hour Plays–presented this year by Details Magazine, Bloomingdale’s and Moxie Pictures in association with The 24 Hour Company and Planet Impact–benefits Working Playground, a not-for-profit cultural organization that provides arts programs in public schools. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Working Playground, Inc. was funded by Planet Impact and The 24 Hour Company to provide “Art of Recovery” programs to schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens which suffered great emotional loss and daily upheavals as a result of the attacks and their aftermath. Benefit tickets to The 24 Hour Plays cost $120 and can be purchased by calling (212) 868-4444. Credit: Broadway.com

30 April 2003: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes to Star in Jeffrey Hatcher’s Compleat Female Stage Beauty Film

By Ernio Hernandez Playbill

Jeffrey Hatcher’s stagework Compleat Female Stage Beauty will make the leap to the big screen with Billy Crudup and Claire Danes, according to Variety. The Artisan Pictures production will be directed by Richard Eyre. During the Restoration, when men playing women’s roles in theatre were a dying breed, Edward Kynaston was one of the most notable actresses. The English diarist Samuel Pepys, upon attending a performance of Ben Jonson’s The Silent Woman, wrote he “was clearly the prettiest woman in the whole house.” Later, upon seeing him performing as a man, he wrote “likewise did appear the handsomest man in the house.” Kynaston did eventually make a name for himself in London as a leading man, but the story of his days in women’s clothing is told in Jeffrey Hatcher’s Compleat Female Stage Beauty. Hatcher’s tribute has played at the Philadelphia Theatre Company and The Old Globe in San Diego. Hatcher’s plays include Three Viewings, Tuesdays with Morrie and Scotland Road. His latest work includes the book for the upcoming Broadway musical Never Gonna Dance and an adaptation of Kaufman and Hart’s The Fabulous Invalid. Eyre is currently represented on Broadway by the production of Vincent in Brixton. He served as director of the Royal National Theatre until 1997, directing 27 productions including Guys and Dolls, Hamlet, The Invention of Love as well as Racing Demon, Skylight, and Amy’s View the latter half on Broadway as well. Last season he was nominated for a Tony Award for his direction of the Broadway revival of The Crucible. He has directed for television and films including “The Ploughman’s Lunch” and his screenplay for “Iris.”


NOVEMBER 2002

***Lange taking bait for Col, Burton’s ‘Fish’***

Credit: By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) — Jessica Lange is in negotiations to star in Columbia Pictures’ adventure feature “Big Fish” for director Tim Burton. The project goes into production in January in Alabama, with Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney and Billy Crudup also starring. Richard D. Zanuck, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen are producing the project, which is based on Daniel Wallace’s “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions.” “Fish” revolves around a dying father (Finney) and his son (Crudup), who is trying to learn more about his dad by piecing together the stories he has gathered over the years. The son winds up re-creating his elusive father’s life in a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts he knows. Through these tales, the son begins to understand his father’s great feats — and his great failings. McGregor will play Finney’s character in the re-creation of the tales. Lange will play the wife to Finney’s character. John August adapted the “Fish” screenplay, which is being overseen by senior vp production Andrea Giannetti, who is reporting to production president Peter Schlessel. Lange, repped by CAA, next stars in the Miramax films “Masked & Anonymous” and “Prozac Nation.”

***Burton’s ‘Fish’ Hooks Crudup***

Credit: By Zorianna Kit

Zorianna Kit writes for The Hollywood Reporter. For more news from The Hollywood Reporter, click here.
Billy Crudup will star in Columbia Pictures’ adventure feature “Big Fish” for director Tim Burton. The project goes into production in January in Alabama, with Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney also starring. Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Richard D. Zanuck are producing the project, which is based on Daniel Wallace’s “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions.” “Fish” revolves around a dying father (Finney) and his son (Crudup), who is trying to learn more about his dad by piecing together the stories he has gathered over the years. The son winds up re-creating his father’s elusive life in a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts he knows. Through these tales, the son begins to understand his father’s great feats — and his great failings. McGregor will play Finney’s character in the re-creation of the tales. John August adapted the “Fish” screenplay, which is being overseen by senior vp production Andrea Giannetti, who is reporting to production president Peter Schlessel. Crudup, repped by CAA, has starred in such films as “Almost Famous,” “Charlotte Gray” and “Without Limits.”

***Pacino ‘Arturo Ui’ Announces Second Extension***

Credit: Andrew Gans, Playbill On-Line

The National Actors Theatre’s production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui has announced a second extension. The play, which casts Academy Award winner Al Pacino in the title rOle, opened Oct. 3. Originally scheduled to run through Oct. 26, the play was first extended to Nov. 3. The Bertolt Brecht play will now close following the Nov. 10 performance. Directed by Simon McBurney, the cast includes Pacino; Ajay Naidu as The Barker, Bowl, Shorty and Court Physician; Billy Crudup as Flake and The Defense Counsel; Chris McKinney as Caruther and Greenwool; John Ventimiglia as Butcher and Crocket; Jack Willis as Mulberry; Dominic Chianese as Clark; William Sadler as Sheet, O’Casey and the Judge; Chazz Palminteri as Ernesto Roma; Lothaire Bluteau as Young Inna and The Defendant Fish; Charles Durning as Old Dogsborough; Tom Riis Farrell as Young Dogsborough and Pastor; Jacqueline McKenzie as Dockdaisy; Michael Goldfinger and Matte Osian as Arturo Ui’s Bodyguards; Paul Giamatti as Ted Ragg, Prosector and Ignatius Dullfeet; John Goodman as Emanuele Giri; Sterling Brown as Goodwill; Robert Stanton as Gaffles; Tony Randall as The Actor; Steve Buscemi as Giuseppe “The Florist” Givola; Novella Nelson as A Wounded Woman; and Linda Emond as Betty Dullfeet. This production of Arturo Ui features a translation by George Tabori, and the creative team includes Robert Innes Hopkins (set and costume designer), Paul Anderson (lighting designer), Christopher Shutt (sound designer), Christina Cunningham (costumes), Ruppert Bohle (projection designer) and Robert-Charles Vallance (hair, wig and make-up designer). Doug Hosney serves as the production stage manager with Christine Catti and Andrew Neal as stage managers. Director McBurney’s New York credits include Mnemonic, The Noise of Time, The Street of Crocodiles and The Chairs.


OCTOBER 2002

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ With Al Pacino Opens

CREDIT: Andrew Gans, Playbill On-Line

The National Actors Theatre’s 2002-03 season kicks off Oct. 3 with the much-anticipated production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which stars Academy Award winner Al Pacino and a host of Hollywood names. Originally scheduled to play through Oct. 26, PBOL announced the news that the play has been extended through Nov. 3. The complete cast list for the production, which is being directed by Simon McBurney, follows: Al Pacino as Arturo Ui; Ajay Naidu as The Barker, Bowl, Shorty and Court Physician; Billy Crudup as Flake and The Defense Counsel; Chris McKinney as Caruther and Greenwool; John Ventimiglia as Butcher and Crocket; Jack Willis as Mulberry; Dominic Chianese as Clark; William Sadler as Sheet, O’Casey and the Judge; Chazz Palminteri as Ernesto Roma; Lothaire Bluteau as Young Inna and The Defendant Fish; Charles Durning as Old Dogsborough; Tom Riis Farrell as Young Dogsborough and Pastor; Jacqueline McKenzie as Dockdaisy; Michael Goldfinger and Matte Osian as Arturo Ui’s Bodyguards; Paul Giamatti as Ted Ragg, Prosector and Ignatius Dullfeet; John Goodman as Emanuele Giri; Sterling Brown as Goodwill; Robert Stanton as Gaffles; Tony Randall as The Actor; Steve Buscemi as Giuseppe “The Florist” Givola; Novella Nelson as A Wounded Woman; and Linda Emond as Betty Dullfeet.

Al Pacino to Star in ‘Arturo Ui’ for National Actors Theatre

Credit: Andrew Gans and Robert Simonson, Playbill On-Line

Al Pacino is returning to the stage. Pacino will star in a limited run of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui for the National Actors Theater this fall. The New York Post reports that the production will be staged at Pace University. The stellar company will also include Billy Crudup, a Tony nominee this past season for his work in the title role of The Elephant Man; Chazz Palminteri, Steve Buscemi and veteran actor Charles Durning. Simon McBurney will direct. Written while in exile in 1941, Brecht’s Arturo Ui recasts Hitler’s rise as a Chicago gangster’s takeover of the Windy City’s green-grocery trade. The play bowed on Broadway in Nov. 1963. The George Abbott-directed production featured incidental music by Jule Styne and a cast that included Sandy Baron, Leonardo Cimino, James Coco, Michael Constantine, Elisha Cook, Roger De Koven, James Frawley, John Karlen, Henry Lascoe, Christopher Plummer, Madeleine Sherwood, William Shust, Lionel Stander, Glenn Stensel, Murvyn Vye and Robert Weil. It ran for just five previews and eight performances. A 1968 revival at the Billy Rose Theatre ran ten performances.

Stars Confirmed for The 24 Hour Plays

Credit: Broadway.com

The second annual benefit performance of The 24 Hour Plays–which is composed of six plays that are written, cast, rehearsed and performed in a single day–will take place on September 9 at the Minetta Lane Theater. Stars who will participate include Jane Adams, Billy Crudup, Jared Harris, Julianne Moore, Rosie Perez, Fisher Stevens and Marisa Tomei, all of whom participated in the event last year. The writers include Eduardo Machado, Alex Gersten and Warren Leight and participating directors include Gregory Mosher, Frank Pugliese and Anna Strasberg. The creative process of The 24 Hour Plays will begin at around 10pm on Sunday, September 8, when a group of six writers, six directors, 24 actors and a production staff will gather at the theater to be briefed. The writers will remain for the night and each will compose a 10-minute play. At 7:00am on September 9, the directors will return, read the plays, and cast them. The casts will meet for the first time at 8:00am and begin learning the material. A single technical rehearsal will occur between 5:00pm to 7:30pm. The curtain is at 8:00pm. The first benefit performance of The 24 Hour Plays took place at the Minetta Lane on September 24, 2001 and quickly sold-out. The event–presented this year by Details Magazine and Bloomingdale’s in association with The 24 Hour Company, Planet Impact and Brave New World–benefits Working Playground, a not-for-profit cultural organization that provides arts programs in public schools. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Working Playground, Inc. was funded by Planet Impact and The 24 Hour Company to provide “Art of Recovery” programs to schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens which suffered great emotional loss and daily upheavals as a result of the attacks and their aftermath. This performance of The 24 Hour Plays is being done as part of the larger Brave New World Theater & Arts Marathon, which will present four special one-of-a-kind programs at Town Hall from September 9 through September 11.