The Atlantic Theater Company said Wednesday that the Academy Award winner – best known in the film world as half of the prolific Coen brothers – will present the world premiere next month of "Happy Hour," his new play made up of three short comedies.
Previews will begin Nov. 16, with an official opening set for Dec. 5. The show, which closes Jan. 1, will be seen at the Signature Theatre Company's Peter Norton Space while the Atlantic's main stage is being renovated.
Directed by Neil Pepe, the ensemble cast will feature Cassie Beck, Aya Cash, Clark Gregg, Susan Hyon, Rock Kohli, Gordon MacDonald, Amanda Quaid, Ana Reeder, Joey Slotnick and Lenny Venito.
According to producers, the new work explores three stories: an embittered bar fly, a lonely couple who can't see how right each is for the other and a
What do you think of her Stephanie Plum?
We have to say, as big fans of the book series - we are as disappointed as we expected to be when we heard she was cast as Stephanie. Her Jersey accent comes and goes, she doesn't look at all right for the part and (at least from what we can tell from the trailer) her "chemistry" with Ranger and Morelli (a driving force in the books) is nonexistent.
Also - whose idea was it to cast Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Mazur? The woman may be 79 years old, but she looks considerably younger. We always pictured Grandma Mazur as more bony and pretty old. Like a
Directed by Julie Anne Robinson, "One For The Money" stars Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Debbie Reynolds, Daniel Sunjata and Sherri Shepherd:
"...'Stephanie Plum' is out of a job and there isn’t much work for an ex-lingerie buyer. After caving under pressure from her mother, Stephanie goes to her bail bondsman cousin 'Vinnie', looking to do filing work. Eventually with the help of some friends and the best bounty hunter in the business, she slowly learns what it takes to be a badass bounty hunter. Along the way she also gains the unwanted attention of a heavy weight boxer, befriends some hookers, steals a car, and has to deal with a pushy mother, crazy grandmother and father who would rather not watch..."
Cast also includes Jason O'Mara,
"Calvin Marshall" (2010)
Directed by Gary Lundgren
Released by Passion River
Steve Zahn exemplifies the adage those who can't do teach as a college baseball coach who never was quite good enough to make the majors who sees something of himself in an enthusiastic but unskilled player (Alex Frost) that he keeps on the team in writer/director Gary Lundgren's feature debut.
"Chelsea on the Rocks" (2009)
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Released by Hannover House
"Bad Lieutenant" director Ferrara compiles a biography of the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York through archival footage, reenactments and interviews with the many artists who have stayed there throughout the years from Milos Forman and R. Crumb to Ethan Hawke and Gaby Hoffman.
"Claang the Game" (2009)
Directed by Stefano Milla
Released by Triumphant Entertainment
A game of "Claang," a strategy-heavy match of wits, leads to a discussion
This film, written and directed by Todd and Brad Barnes premiered to decent reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it even picked up the Best of Next Award.
The Locksmith stars Anslem Richardson, Ana Reeder, Stephen Rannazzisi, Cesar De Leon, Mary Beth Peil and Michelle Krusiec.
Synopsis: Mike (Richardson) is a locksmith. He’s also a prisoner on work release, but you wouldn’t know it. He’s just trying to focus on his house calls and reconcile with his ex-girlfriend—until Margo (Reeder) hijacks his day. A live-wire kook who’s certain her boyfriend is cheating on her, Margo bulldozes Mike into spying on the alleged cad. The result: an all-day adventure with a stolen vehicle, a visit to an unlikely drug dealer, and a low blood-sugar attack.
It sounds like a perfectly solid indie drama.
Writers: Brad Barnes, Todd Barnes
Directors: Brad Barnes, Todd Barnes
Cast: Anslem Richardson, Ana Reeder, Stephen Rannazzisi
Mike is a locksmith. He’s also in jail. As part of a work release program, he gets to spend his days cracking locks around New York City, returning at night to the work release barracks. He has temporary freedom that he’s not even remotely trying to mess with. The only time he strays is to spy on his ex-girlfriend, Courtney, but even that has more going on than just the usual stalking-an-ex bit. But Mike’s straight-arrow life is about to get turned upside down by the next person to require his services. Her name is Margo. And Margo hasn’t played things straight – well, maybe ever.
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1) Sundance Film Festival is debuting films through VOD under a label called "Sundance Selects". Three films that premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival will debut simultaneously into 40 million Us households, via cable systems and satellite TV. The films will then be available for viewing for 30 days. The films include Michael Winterbottom's and Mat Whitecross's sociopolitical documentary The Shock Doctrine, Benny and Josh Safdie's comedy Daddy Longlegs, and Daniel Grou's drama 7 Days (Les 7 Jours du Talion).
"Moving the storytelling of the Sundance Film Festival beyond 10 days in Utah remains a top priority for us," said actor Robert Redford, founder of the Sundance Institute, about bringing the event to a wider audience, including selected screenings of Sundance films in other Us cities.
The entire list of 53 films is below, but here are a few that stood out to me from the premieres alone:
Mumblecore directors the Duplass Brothers, have a new, untitled movie starring an unusually high-profile cast compared to their usual improvisational crew. John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, and Catherine Keener. Reilly and Keener are actually in two films at the 2010 festival.
The Company Men, starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Rosemarie DeWitt about corporate downsizing.
Rodrigo Cortes’ Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds as a man buried alive in a coffin. I’ve read the script and its great. More on that as soon as I can.
The Runaways, the
Check out next year’s lineup for the out-of-competition films:
To showcase the diversity to contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.
Abel / Mexico, USA (Director: Diego Luna; Screenwriters: Diego Luna and Agusto Mendoza)–A peculiar young boy, blurring reality and fantasy, assumes the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence. Cast: Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, Carlos Aragon, Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, Gerardo Ruiz-Esparza. World Premiere
The titles already in the RopeofSilicon database are linked.
All films are from the United States unless otherwise noted Abel (Mexico-u.S.), the directorial debut of actor Diego Luna, written by Luna and Agusto Mendoza, about a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes over the responsibilities of a family man in his father's absence. With Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi,
The “Next” category features filmmakers and actors you’ve probably never heard of before, but that doesn’t mean these films aren’t worth seeing. On the contrary, because there are only eight of them, folks attending the festival may want to find some time to try and check a couple out because part of what makes film festivals so great is you can discover a hidden game and bring it to the attention of others. Check out
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