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Hello again! Long time no see. I have a jumbo post coming soon.
Broadway Revival of Of Mice & Men, Starring James Franco & Chris O'Dowd, Heads to the Big Screen
Get ready for George, Lennie and the rest of the gang on the big screen. The Broadway revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton, will be filmed during its final weeks of performances at the Longacre Theatre for a broadcast by the U.K.'s National Theatre Live. This marks the first Great White Way show to be filmed by the National Theatre program. Screenings dates for the U.S. and Britain will be announced later.
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, Of Mice and Men tells the story of two migrant workers: George (Franco), a sharp but uneducated, short-tempered man, and Lennie (O'Dowd), a large but simple-minded man. Together they hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend or continuing to strive for the American dream. This is the first time the play has been on Broadway in 40 years.
Of Mice and Men began performances on Broadway on March 19 and will play its final performance on July 27. Additional cast members include Ron Cephas Jones, Alex Morf, Joel Marsh Garland, James McMenamin, Jim Ortlieb and Jim Parrack.
The ‘Mice’ That Roared: Franco, O’Dowd, Meester Sets Broadway House Record
Proving their chops as Broadway draws, James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton set a second house record last week as their run in the revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men comes to a close. The show grossed $929,888 for the week ending July 20, breaking its previous record of $897,851.00 for the week ending April 27. The show, which opened on April 16 at the Longacre Theatre and recouped its $3.8 million capitalization after 12 weeks, ends its limited run this Sunday.
The success of Mice, staged by Anna D. Shapiro, underscores the value of smart marketing, stalwart producing and, essentially, great word-of-mouth, all of which urged the show — hardly your typical breezy summer fare — to must-see status. The producers are David Binder, Kate Lear, Darren Bagert, Adam Zotovich, Latitude Link/Piedmont Productions, Raise the Roof, Paula Marie Black, Marc Turtletaub, Ruth Hendel/Barbara Whitman, Marianne Mills/Jayne Baron Sherman, Martin Massman, Judy Kent/Wendy Knudsen, Kevin Niu, Michael Watt and The Shubert Organization. 101 Productions, Ltd are the executive producers.
Final week :')
If you didn't know, LIFE PARTNERS opened Outfest -- the LGBT community's Cannes, apparently. The event closes today so I thought I'd share the goodies that came of it.
Fogel said she hesitated to cast the two together, not wanting the press coverage of the celebrity couple’s budding romance to overshadow the goal of their film: to showcase the story of a strong, female friendship. But Meester’s standout performance as Sasha, a 29-year-old unmotivated receptionist trying to figure out her life, confirmed Fogel's choice.
“We found ourselves loving Leighton so much we just went for it, and figured worst case they have some highly publicized drama on the set,” Fogel said. “After seeing how talented and authentic and real she is, why not push her to do something so different that she was excited to do anyways?” [COMPLETE ARTICLE]
She’s the One: Fogel’s Debut a Top Tier Examination of Co-Dependent Friendship
Borrowing shades of autobiographical instances from their own lives, director Susanna Fogel and co-writer Joni Lefkowitz’s feature film debut, Life Partners, transcends the corral of niche markets and anchoring labels with its enthusiastic relatability as one of the most realistic examples of life’s circumstances forcing friends (a little bit) apart. Devoid of soapboxing subtexts or proselytizing with political agendas, Lefkowitz’s tender, sharply observed script gets fleshed out by a handful of genuinely engaging performances from both leads and supporting players. Familiar themes are presented refreshingly as Fogel expertly guides the film through the precarious catwalk of striking just the right balance between light drama and inventive comedy, inviting us to laugh at and with a strikingly composed cast of rich characters.
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P.S. Of Mice and Men's run is ending soon :( Go see it if you haven't!
The insults are thrown at Curley's wife: bitch, tramp, tart. The further along in the production we go, the more I realize that the audience agrees. In rooting for our heroes -- the everyman protagonists who scorn and demean the only woman -- the audience finds themselves unquestioningly hating her, too. But why? Of course, in playing this character, as with any other project, I care for her and have found common ground with even her specific flaws; I would expect my affection for her to be above those watching from the audience. But in dissecting this piece for five months now, I've found that within the writing, there is both a lack of reason to truly hate this woman, and the inevitable and undeniable urge to do so.
A few months ago, I read a piece by Daisy Eagan, a Tony Award-winning actress who was aiming to condemn a misogynistic comment on my character in a New York Times review. The review stated that my version of the character was intentionally lacking in the vamp department so as to dissuade the viewer from thinking that "she was asking for it," -- "it" being her death. Of course, I agreed with Ms. Eagan's opinion in that no woman ever asks for violence or rape, and that ignorance was most likely what brought the Times writer to his conclusion.
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Beautifully done, Leighton ♥
We have a potential movie poster! This was added to recently to the film's IMDb page. It's obviously still a work-in-progress judging by the official website url, lol.
The film's also selected to screen at Raindance Film Festival in London. Pretty cool. [Uri Singer]
II. Her album, OMFG.
YEAH. Remember our queen does music and it's kind of amazing? It's been literally years since we've gotten news on her pending debut album, but there is hope! Producer Jeffrey Trott tweets about his collaboration on her record and her new label!
Playing the record I produced for Leighton Meester for her label Vagrant Records. I'm beyond confident! Luv Jef— Jeffrey Trott (@jtrott1) June 11, 2014
@MizzJulezz13 it's going to be released on Vagrant this fall. I'd love to play it but we can't until it's mastered and ready for the public.— Jeffrey Trott (@jtrott1) June 12, 2014
III. THE JUDGE
Leighton snagged a small part in this amazingly-assembled film and the trailer's out. Alas, there's no sight of Leighton here, but it looks to be living up to its Blacklist hype.
NEW YORK -- The Broadway revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men may have gone home empty-handed from last night's Tony Awards, but the production headlined by James Franco and Chris O'Dowd has turned a profit, recouping its $3.8 million initial investment in just three months on the boards.
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, the revival of Steinbeck's 1937 tragedy about a pair of itinerant farm workers chasing an elusive American Dream in Depression-era California opened on April 17 at the Longacre Theatre after a month of previews. The limited engagement is scheduled to play its final performance on July 27. ( Read more...Collapse )
I had the time of my life last week exploring New York and, of course, seeing OF MICE AND MEN. I thought it was great and loved Leighton's chirpy, innocent take on Curley's wife and prefer it to the temptress we know in the novel and, thus, what her detractors wanted. I also saw ALL THE WAY and A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, which won Tonys for Best Actor and Best Musical respectively, so this news is a wonderful feat all around for Broadway/theatre.
Check out Joel Marsh Garland's photo adventure in a day's work exclusively for Playbill.com:
This one's for lokiyan
I've been back but I've been neglecting Leighton a bit :( No worries, I'll be catching up this week!!