5 items from 2011
New York -- Dozens of theaters across the country plan their own simultaneous performances of a collection of nine short plays that all deal with gay marriage.
More than 25 theatres and universities in 19 states will put on their own productions of "Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays" on Nov. 7 in coordination with its off-Broadway debut that night at the Minetta Lane Theatre.
An introduction and a post-performance discussion from the Minetta Lane will be streamed live, with questions selected via Twitter. The event will raise money for local, state and national marriage equality organizations.
Kevin Smith's horror movie about the Us's religious right has some interesting satirical points to make, and it's his best for some time
Kevin Smith's new film shows flashes of a bizarre sort of genius, particularly its apocalyptic finale, featuring some heavy duty military hardware. Evidently inspired by the 1993 Waco siege, the movie is about an extremist, homophobic, Christian hate-cult which lures curious teens to sex sessions with older women via Craigslist-type web postings. Melissa Leo is the bait, and having persuaded three horndog young guys to drink spiked beers in her trailer she is to reveal that the pleasures of the flesh are very much not in store for them. Michael Parks is very good as the sinister, charismatic preacher Abin Cooper and John Goodman plays it straight as the Atf officer Joe Keenan, leading his troops into an earsplitting showdown. As a satire of the American religious right, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Exclusive: John Wells Prods has sold a third project this development season — a period hourlong comedy from Frasier and Desperate Housewives veteran Joe Keenan. ABC has bought the comedy, which is set in the 1970s and centers on a mother/daughter team who are given their own variety show. Keenan will executive produce with Wells and Andrew Stearn for Warner Bros TV, where Jwp is based. The script deal at ABC comes on the heels of John Wells Prods selling two other projects recently: Easy Rawlins from Walter Mosley and Cheo Coker to NBC and an untitled high-concept drama from Carol Walper to ABC. The pact with ABC also expands Keenan’s relationship with the network; he worked on ABC’s dramedy Desperate Housewives for the past 5 years. The Keenan project has a similar setting as another hourlong pitch bought recently by ABC, The Lockharts, a musical hour drama from »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
This week, news outlets were practically giddy as they anticipated the path of destruction Hurricane Irene was set to bring upon New York City. So breathless in their fear mongering and so crazed in their endless coverage, it really seemed as if they had hoped the storm was somehow being directed by Roland Emmerich.
But their anticipation turned to disappointment as Irene approached landfall in the Big Apple. The storm downshifted. It seemed to lose its will. Almost as if Irene were somehow scared to approach the city, let alone wreak the havoc that seemed so assured just a few days before.
There were many scientific justifications for this. But I believe science might have missed one reason for the storm’s eventual retreat.
Some heroic New Yorker must have tied Nyasha to a pier.
This week's episode of the A-List: New York, otherwise known as “The Nyasha Show”, was all about the Deluded Diva, »
CAA has added several experienced TV writer-producers to its roster. The recent signings include: Dexter executive producer/showrunner Scott Buck, previously co-executive producer on HBO's Rome and Six Feet Under. He was with Wme. Emmy-winning former Frasier executive producer/co-showrunner Joe Keenan, most recently executive producer/consulting producer on ABC’s Desperate Housewives for the past four years. He was with UTA. Cynthia Cidre, writer/executive producer of TNT's Dallas reboot, which is shooting a pilot. She previously created and executive produced the CBS series Cane. Cidre was with UTA. She was managed by Ann Blanchard who recently joined CAA. Desperate Housewives co-executive producer Dave Flebotte, previously executive producer on NBC’s Will & Grace. He was with UTA. Former New York-based playwright Tim Lea, most recently co-executive producer on Fox’s Lie to Me. He was with ICM. On the producer-director side, CAA's new clients are: Documentary filmmaker and TV producer Rj Cutler, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
5 items from 2011
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