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The Tony Awards Administration Committee ruled on the eligibility of several shows and performers this week. Productions up for discussion included the musicals “The Color Purple,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “School of the Rock the Musical,” “She Loves Me,” as well as the plays “Noises Off,” “Our Mother’s Brief Affair,” and “Blackbird.” Both Jennifer Hudson (“The Color Purple”) and Jessica Hecht (“Fiddler on the Roof”) are eligible in the featured actress in a musical category. Both placements are consistent with prior incarnations of each production. Elisabeth Withers-Mendes earned a Tony nomination as a featured actress for her performance as Shug Avery in “The Color Purple” in 2006. Hudson’s name appearing above the title opened the door for debate this time around. Maria Karnilova won a Tony in the featured actress category for her performance as Golde in “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1965. Likewise, Hecht’s portrayal of Golde could »
After the success of Leaves of Grass, Anesthesia is Tim Blake Nelson’s second feature length film in which he held four major roles. The film follows Walter Zarrow (Waterston), a professor who goes to the corner deli to buy some flower for his wife Marcia (Close). He has a conversation with the store keeper and finally introduces himself after buying flowers from him for oh so many years. However, as soon as we cut away from Zarrow, we see he was stabbed just outside an Upper West Side building…
With Anesthesia on limited release across the Us now, here’s interviews with Nelson and the rest of the cast from last years Tribeca Film Festival.
- Catherina Gioino
We asked O Brother Where Art Thou?. We’ve seen him help dig Holes. We watched him hang with presidents in Lincoln, with superheroes in The Incredible Hulk and The Fantastic Four. And of course, pulling over Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller in Meet the Fockers. And now we see him change roles in directing, writing, producing, and starring in Anesthesia.
Anesthesia is Tim Blake Nelson’s second feature length in which he held all four roles, after the success of Leaves of Grass. Along with Nelson, the film stars Sam Waterston, Glenn Close, Gretchen Mol, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, Mickey Summer, and more.
The film follows Walter Zarrow (Waterston), a professor who goes to the corner deli to buy some flower for his wife Marcia (Close »
- Catherina Gioino
It’s perhaps too easy to say that you’ll feel nothing for writer/director/actor Tim Blake Nelson‘s latest film, Anesthesia, but unfortunate titling doesn’t make it any less true. Some third act manipulation aside, the movie seems content driving its point home while being a prime example of the very thing it’s targeting. Trouble starts almost immediately as Nelson knee-caps his film’s emotional power by opening in medias res with Prof. Walter Barrow (Sam Waterston) dying in a stranger’s arms after what appears to have been a brutal mugging. We then jump back several days to explore the lives of the professor, his friends and family, and the strangers nearby. Barrow teaches philosophical literature to malleable young minds at a well-respected university, and he is as beloved as any teacher to have ever graced the halls of higher learning. He’s days away from retirement — never a good omen in »
- Rob Hunter
Causality and Kindness: Nelson’s Latest Look at All the Lonely People
The multifaceted Tim Blake Nelson unveils his latest directorial effort in nearly seven years with Anesthesia, a New York set drama focused on a series of interconnected characters leading up to a brutal crime of the narrative’s central figure. It’s sometimes easy to forget Nelson, perhaps best known as a character actor in an incalculable amount of arresting performances across a variety of films, is also an accomplished writer and director, premiering his own eclectic five features since his first (and best) 1997 debut Eye of God. Since then, he made a contemporized version of Shakespeare’s Othello in 2001 with O, an English language drama centered on a rebellious group of Sonderkomandos attempting to overthrow their Nazi captors in the grueling The Grey Zone (also 2001) and a comedy crime drama Leaves of Grass (2009) with Edward Norton pulling double duty as twins. »
- Nicholas Bell
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