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'Producers' Movie on Hold After Lane's London Dash

1 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The eagerly-awaited big screen version of The Producers has been delayed after the film's star Nathan Lane replaced ailing Richard Dreyfuss in the London theatre production. Only days before previews of the West End show were scheduled to begin this month, Jaws star Dreyfuss pulled out citing a shoulder and back injury, and luckily the Tony award winning Lane was able to take over the role of Max Bialystock - which he has received rave reviews for on Broadway. American newspaper New York Post reports the comedy musical - which was set to start filming at Brooklyn's Steiner Studios - in on hold until Lane returns to America. Last week it was announced teen star Lindsay Lohan's forthcoming movie Lady Luck had been delayed and switched from New York to New Orleans, Louisiana after the young actress spent time in hospital for a high fever. Kara Alaimo from the New York Mayor's Office Of Film, Theater And Broadcasting says, "Production schedules regularly fluctuate for a variety of reasons. The Producers is scheduled to open their offices at Steiner Studios on December 1, but will likely do so even earlier. We look forward to working closely with the film while it is in pre-production and when it begins shooting." The Producers is set to star Lane, Matthew Broderick, Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman. »

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Was Dreyfuss Fired?

25 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American actor Richard Dreyfuss was reportedly fired from the upcoming London production of The Producers because he "wasn't ready or funny enough". The Jaws star announced he was quitting the West End musical on Monday due to "the effect of the physical demands of the show" upon a previous shoulder and back injury. Nathan Lane, who played Dreyfuss' role of Max Bialystock in the Broadway production of The Producers, has now stepped in. Theatre sources tell the British newspaper the Daily Mail that Dreyfuss was told to leave, after West End bosses were unimpressed with his rehearsal performances. A source says, "He wasn't up to putting together the whole massive performance. He was behind in most of the dance moves, behind in the lines, and most importantly of all, he wasn't funny." Dreyfuss admitted recently he was having difficulties getting to grips with the dance steps, saying, "The trouble is, I'm not actually here. I'm here in London, but my body hasn't actually arrived yet. But it will." The Producers' director Susan Stroman says, "I'm a tough taskmaster. Maybe he could do it in six months time." »

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Dreyfuss Quits Films

5 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jaws actor Richard Dreyfuss is quitting the film business to focus on his theatre career. The American actor, 56, is currently rehearsing for his role in the London West End production of Broadway hit The Producers alongside There's Something About Mary funnyman Lee Evans. Dreyfuss told BBC's Radio Times magazine, "I want to do something else. I'll only live once and I'm 10 years out of the hospital or retirement home. I'm not seeking to do any more movies, and they're not seeking me. I'm quite happy with that situation." Dreyfuss became a star in the 1970s when he starred in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, before going on to win an Academy Award for The Goodbye Girl in 1978. In 1996 he was nominated for an Oscar for Mr. Holland's Opus. While he has enjoyed making a majority of his 40 films, he admits, "I can grow indifferent very quickly. I've lost the habit. I love theatre. There's a point at which you can walk across the stage and feel the audience. When you make them laugh, you go to heaven. It's a gift." »

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Open Water

3 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Open Water, made by the husband-and-wife team of Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, raises the question of how harrowing an experience a movie can put its audience through and still stake a claim as entertainment. Of its 79 minutes, more than 60 feature two scuba divers, accidentally abandoned by their boat in the middle of the ocean, being menaced by sea creatures, physical ailments and their own mounting fears. Clearly, this one will divide viewers, but the vote here is that Open Water is an unpleasant experience.

After unnerving festivalgoers in the Hamptons and Park City, the movie opens Friday in major cities and rolls out nationally Aug. 20. If Lions Gate can capitalize on the fear factor, Open Water could develop a cult following. But it is hard to envision repeat viewings or any great number of people willing, even vicariously, to undergo the couple's ordeal.

Only a handful of movies have dealt with the plight of people stranded at sea. Most memorable are Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, where the emphasis is on the relationships among the diverse characters in the boat; the climatic sequence in Steven Spielberg's Jaws; and more recently Dead Calm and Deep Blue Sea. Of these, Open Water is about as stripped down as you can get: no boat, no other people -- just the wide and hostile sea.

Daniel and Susan (Daniel Travis and Blanchard Ryan) are a stressed-out yuppie couple heading for an island holiday in an attempt to lessen the strain of workaholic lives. Several days into the vacation, they board a local dive boat for a 30- to 40-minute underwater excursion. Through careless head-counting by the operator, the boat takes off before they surface.

And so it begins. Tantalizingly, other boats are on the horizon but not close enough to offer easy rescue. Before they can make a decision which way to swim, a strong current makes it for them by pulling them further out to sea. Jellyfish sting, a shark swims by, a barracuda bites Susan and David suffers leg cramps. Then another shark investigates, David goes nuts, each blames the other for their predicament, and more sharks appear. The only comic relief comes when Susan screams, "I wanted to go skiing!"

Unlike, say, Jack London's classic existential story To Build a Fire, in which a man stranded in the wilderness confronts his own mortality, the film never develops any deeper meaning or moral. Things just go from bad to worse. Occasionally, the filmmakers cut back to shore to tease us with shots of people enjoying life and partying. There is something a wee bit sadistic in these interjections, however, which build not tension but frustration.

This is an accomplished film, demonstrating what a guerrilla crew of four people and two actors can pull off. The actors believably portray the stranded couple without resorting to histrionics. Without any visual effects or other gimmickry -- yes, those sharks are real -- the two filmmakers subtly heighten the terror as the seascape goes from lush and simmering to blood red.

The snippets of island songs and music work their way into the story subtly, underscoring the mood but not calling attention to themselves. The digital transfer is smooth so that Kentis and Lau's cinematography, both above and below the surface, all too convincingly locates us in a watery wilderness with no help in sight.

OPEN WATER

Lions Gate Films

Plunge Pictures

Credits:

Writer-director-editor: Chris Kentis

Producer: Laura Lau

Directors of photography: Chris Kentis, Laura Lau

Music: Graeme Revell

Cast:

Susan: Blanchard Ryan

Daniel: Daniel Travis

Seth: Saul Stein

Estelle: Estelle Lau

Davis: Michaeal E. Williamson

Linda: Christina Zenarro

Junior: John Charles

MPAA rating: R

Running time -- 79 minutes »

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Deauville gets 'Terminal' in Spielberg tribute

30 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARIS -- The Deauville Festival of American Cinema announced Friday a partial lineup of films that will screen out of competition at this year's edition, including Steven Spielberg's The Terminal as part of a 24-film retrospective honoring 30 years of the director's work. A tribute also will be paid to director, producer and writer George Lucas, whose remastered and restored director's cut of his first feature, THX 1138, will be screened. Other tributes will be paid to veteran British actor Malcolm McDowell and actress Glenn Close. Actor Morgan Freeman will be present in the Normandy town to pay tribute to producer Richard D. Zanuck, whose The Sugarland Express and Jaws, both directed by Spielberg, will be among the films screened. »

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Deauville gets 'Terminal' in Spielberg tribute

30 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARIS -- The Deauville Festival of American Cinema announced Friday a partial lineup of films that will screen out of competition at this year's edition, including Steven Spielberg's The Terminal as part of a 24-film retrospective honoring 30 years of the director's work. A tribute also will be paid to director, producer and writer George Lucas, whose remastered and restored director's cut of his first feature, THX 1138, will be screened. Other tributes will be paid to veteran British actor Malcolm McDowell and actress Glenn Close. Actor Morgan Freeman will be present in the Normandy town to pay tribute to producer Richard D. Zanuck, whose The Sugarland Express and Jaws, both directed by Spielberg, will be among the films screened. »

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