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Rooney Mara-Ben Mendelsohn Pic ‘Una’ Lands At Swen As Company Launches U.S. Arm
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Exclusive: Swen, already an established distributor in Latin America, is launching its U.S. arm in a big way, snagging rights to Una, the drama that stars Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn and Riz Ahmed based on David Harrower’s provocative Olivier-winning play Blackbird.

 [October 16 2016 “Una” screened October 9 at London FF]

Rooney Mara-Ben Mendelsohn Pic ‘Una’ Lands At Swen As Company Launches U.S. Arm

20 January 2017 7:51 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Swen, already an established distributor in Latin America, is launching its U.S. arm in a big way, snagging rights to Una, the drama that stars Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn and Riz Ahmed based on David Harrower’s provocative Olivier-winning play Blackbird.

Though it may push boundaries too far for some audiences, it boldly ventures into unexplored territory to address uncomfortable topics and reveal a complexity of character not often attempted on the big screen.
Una does not have a UK release date yet.

September 12 “Una,” Rooney Mara,  Canadian Premiere ]

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Rooney Mara in Una

‘Una’ Review: Mara and Mendelsohn Are Captivating in Sexual Abuse Drama | TIFF 2016
BY MATT GOLDBERG While the film doesn’t always succeed in playing against expectations (especially near the end as the story seems as lost as Una with how to proceed), it forces the audience to sit with tough questions even when we think we already know the answers.

Rating: B+

Una does not currently have a U.S. release date.

[September 8]

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UNA, starring Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara (Carol) and Ben Mendelsohn (upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Special Presentation.on September 11, 2016.
Directed by multi-award winning stage director Benedict Andrews, UNA is the cinematic adaptation of the Olivier Award-winning play ‘Blackbird’ (staged in Broadway early 2016), written by David Harrower, who also adapted the script with Benedict Andrews.
This official still of the film features Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn. The film also stars Riz Ahmed (Jason Bourne).
When a young woman (Mara) unexpectedly arrives at an older man’s workplace (Mendelsohn), looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel the new life he has created for himself. Their confrontation will uncover buried memories and unspeakable desires. It will shake them both to the core.
The film’s crew includes The Lobster DoP Thimios Bakatakis, Macbeth composer Jed Kurzel, Macbeth production designer Fiona Crombie, The Selfish Giant editor Nick Fenton as well as costume designer Steven Noble and hair and make¬up designer Jan Sewell, who both worked on The Theory of Everything.

The film is produced by Jean Doumanian and Patrick Daly alongside WestEnd Films. It is backed by Creative Scotland, Film4 and WestEnd Films, which is also handling world sales.
Robbie Allen, Senior Screen Executive at Creative Scotland, said: “We’re really pleased that Una will premier at Toronto. It provides the ideal platform to launch the international screenwriting career of David Harrower, one of Scotland’s most celebrated playwrights. We’re proud to support David with this film adaptation of his award-winning and acclaimed stage-play, Blackbird.’

[June 13 Blackbird/Una: Michelle Williams and Rooney Mara choose the same rôle ]

Rooney Mara

UK broadcaster Film4 has boarded finance on the drama Blackbird, WestEnd Films is handling international sales and will co-produce alongside August: Osage County producer Jean Doumanian and Patrick Daly.

http://www.westendfilms.com/films/current/una-aka-blackbird

http://www.playbill.com/article/blackbird-starring-jeff-daniels-and-michelle-williams-ends-broadway-run

Lead actress in a play: Jessica Lange, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”. Lange beat out Laurie Metcalf in Misery, Lupita Nyong’o in Eclipsed, Sophie Okonedo in The Crucible, and Michelle Williams in Blackbird.

[April 25 ]
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Grosses – Week Ending 4/24/2016
Show  BLACKBIRD This Week Gross  $371,241 Last Week Gross  $414,556 Diff $  $-43,315
Potential Gross  $892,260 Gross % Potential  41.6% This Week  64.0% Last Week  62.4%

[March 24]

Blackbird is bringing in less than half of its gross potential each week.  In the last reported week of box office figures, the week ending March 13, 2016, Blackbird brought in $411,984, which represents 46.55% of its gross potential.  With a top ticket price of $248.00, the average paid admission was $63.20, and the audience was filled up to an average of 80.4%.   Ben Brantley from The New York Times was lukewarm in his response to Blackbird, declaring that the work itself is immensely powerful but that this production only occasionally reaches its full potential.  He called the production “fitful” and compared to acting to an earthquake “seismometer,” calling the satisfaction level of watching the performances “low.”

[March 16 ]

Rooney Mara gets second nomination for Best Actress Oscar

Rooney Mara gets second nomination for Best Actress Oscar

Black Bird

Black Bird limited engagement opened March 10. The limited engagement is scheduled to continue through June 12.

Watching Williams work is like seeing a figure from a documentary perform a fictional reënactment of her own life. She shifts between the two realities—what’s true in the world and what’s true onstage—without ever losing sight of her partner. She has control and, even more interesting, no control over where the role carries her. –New Yorker

Review: Michelle Williams soars with Jeff Daniels in Broadway’s disturbing ‘Blackbird’ –NY Daily News

As played with devastating rawness by Williams, she is alternately viperish, vengeful, sarcastic, bizarre, and desperate to reconnect. …Williams’s transparency is such that you take in both images, and many others, as a kind of flickering of the soul: terrifying, hard to square, but inarguably true. –Vulture

Williams is more stylized in her delivery, but there’s no doubt that she is fully experiencing her character’s anguish. Her performance calls attention to itself, but never in a gratuitous way. –LATimes
Her performance as Una is mannered to the point of distraction. It’s as if the sexual abuse her character suffered 15 years ago has caused not only a speech impediment but uncontrollable physical spasms that now affect her walk, gestures, and facial expressions.
As a film actress, Williams can be subtle and nuanced. On stage, she’s the opposite: showy and contrived. The result is an imbalance in performances that seriously undermines the drama between an unrepentant offender and his lost victim. -The Wrap
Williams has been nominated for Academy Awards three times, including one for her performance as Marilyn Monroe in My Weekend With Marilyn [Won Golden Globe]

[February 10]
Blackbird, David Harrower’s hard-hitting two-hander, began previews in Blackbird on February 5, with two shows at the Belasco. The wrenching drama may prove a hard sell to Broadway audiences, but it also stars two bonafide film stars in Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, who will probably aid its fortunes. It performed well out of the gate, filling 91 percent of the seats and taking in 66 percent of its potential box office. Average ticket price was $84.14.
[January 15]
Three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams will play Una in David Harrower’s scorching play ‘Blackbird’ about an encounter between Ray, a male business executive, and Una, the woman he seduced 15 years earlier, when she was 12 years old, opening on Broadway in the spring.
Jeff Daniels will re-create the role he played in the 2007 Manhattan Theatre Club presentation of the 90-minute drama. Also revisiting the play is director Joe Mantello, who staged the earlier production. Michelle Williams recently appeared on Broadway opposite Alan Cumming in Cabaret.

Blackbird will play an 18-week limited engagement at the Belasco Theatre beginning February 5, with opening set for March 10.

Spring also has been mentioned as the release date for the Benedict Andrews-helmed film of the play, also adapted by Harrower and starring Rooney Mara (Carol) and Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline). The film is being produced by Jean Doumanian, a frequent Rudin co-producer. Eager to keep the critical momentum from Carol trucking along – for which she won the coveted actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in May – Rooney Mara’s next picture is for Benedict Andrews’ “intense, unflinching” love drama, Una. Previously titled Blackbird up until a recent switcheroo, the film marks the directorial debut for Andrews, who has carved out a career working on stage drama up until this point.
In the film, Mara – known for eye-catching turns in David Fincher’s The Social Network and English-language Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – stars opposite Ben Mendelsohn as a young, wide-eyed woman. Attracting the attention of Mendelsohn’s Ray, Mara’s humble protagonist shows up into his life unannounced, digging up past memories that he believed to have been long buried in the sand. What follows is a passionate, yet illicit affair, one which leaves Ray in jail and Mara’s Una on the search for answers.

[March 10 Michelle Williams’s Suite Francaise opens in U.K.[

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expressive delicacy of Michelle Williams’s headlining performance.

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Entertainment One releases “Suite francaise”in the U.K on March 13; 2015 in the U.S

[November 7 2014 Is Michelle Williams’s Suite Francaise coming out this year?]

Michelle Williams’ World War II romance “Suite Francaise” had a “world premiere” at the American Film Market along with 90 other movies, November 5-11.

[August 28]

While it may be easy to get lost in the loveliness of her gown, the Amazing Spider-Man actress also mesmerized us with a new shorter hairstyle. Her hair was inches longer when she arrived in Venice the day before with a shoulder-skimming bob. Then, for the event, Stone had chopped off inches of her auburn locks into a textured choppy 'do.

While it may be easy to get lost in the loveliness of her gown, the Amazing Spider-Man actress also mesmerized us with a new shorter hairstyle. Her hair was inches longer when she arrived in Venice the day before with a shoulder-skimming bob. Then, for the event, Stone had chopped off inches of her auburn locks into a textured choppy ‘do.

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 by Roundabout
We are pleased to announce that 3-time Academy Award nominee & Golden Globe winner, Michelle Williams has extended her acclaimed run as “Sally Bowles” in Cabaret on Broadway through November 9, 2014.
Posted on: August 20th, 2014 by Roundabout
We are thrilled to announce celebrated film star & Golden Globe nominee Emma Stone will join the cast of the Tony Award-winning Cabaret and make her Broadway debut starring as “Sally Bowles” from November 11, 2014 through February 1, 2015.

May 19, 2013 The Weinstein Company has pre-bought the U.S. rights to the Michelle Williams-starrer Suite Francaise, which starts shooting in June. 27 June, 2013    TF1, Entertainment One, the Weinstein Company and BBC Films have announced the start of principal photography on $20m (€15m) feature Suite Française, which is being shot in Brussels and Paris.
July 23, 2014 I also hear that Suite Française with Michelle Williams [a fictional account of the German occupation of France] will not be boarding a vaporetto. There’s been speculation surrounding Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong project. The director has a long track record in Venice with The Queen and Philomena big hits, but it looks like it’s not ready.    Was Suite Francaise one of the films that was confirmed as being moved to 2015 or is that still us speculating?   The Weinstein Company has settled on release dates for a number of their films going into the fall.   Saul Dibb’s “Suite Francaise” is likely out of the running for 2014.   August 7, 2014  Do we even know if Michelle Williams’s Suite Francaise is coming out this year? There’s been absolutely zero talk about that film. It may be a dud.

The Berlin Film Festival, will be held from Feb. 5 through 15, 2015.

[June 22 Shia LaBeouf had to be put in a face mask because he kept spitting at the show Cabaret]

Shia LaBeouf was charged by police with criminal trespass and two counts of disorderly conduct, and apparently threatened police and other guests at the show Cabaret during intermission. He allegedly told police officers at the Midtown precinct, “Fuck you. I’ll fuck you up.” Police also apparently had to put him in a face mask because he kept spitting.
LaBeouf in a ripped shirt a block away from the theater, was chasing after a man who appeared to be homeless. LaBeouf was stumbling inside the theater in the bar, and feeding a woman a strawberry from her own plate. Shia LaBeouf is an American actor and director who has a net worth of $25 million. The show is an in place, right?

[June 11]

CABARET
(STUDIO 54) 06/08/2014

This Week’s Gross $762,132
Last Week’s $765,328
GrossDiff $-3,196
$Potential Gross $984,920
% of Potential 77.38%

CABARET
(STUDIO 54)
Gross week of May 11: $783,761
Gross last week $628,491
Difference $155,270
Gross potential $977,240
Difference 80.20%

[April 25]

sally bowles/michelle williams

Looking good, Sal; love the platinum bob. But why so uptight? Don’t forget what you always said: “Life is … .” Uh, what was it you said again?

Only after her death in 1973 was Isherwood prepared to reveal that the inspiration for Sally came from Jean Ross, who in 1931 as a nineteen year old nightclub singer, who shared a lodging house with him.

Only after her death in 1973 was Isherwood prepared to reveal that the inspiration for Sally came from Jean Ross, who in 1931 as a nineteen year old nightclub singer, who shared a lodging house with him.

NYT The most conspicuous difference in this production is the bright blond actress portraying Sally, a role imperishably created for the Roundabout by Natasha Richardson. The promiscuous, hard-partying Sally is now embodied by a very brave Michelle Williams, who doesn’t look all that happy to be there. I’m assuming that’s more a matter of character interpretation than of personal discomfort, but it does put sort of a damper on the festivities.
Since Ms. Williams’s Broadway debut is the biggest news in this revival of Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s oft-reprised 1966 musical, let’s linger on her. As you probably know, she’s a fine screen actress, and very good onstage, too, as I can testify, having seen her in productions of “The Cherry Orchard” and Mike Leigh’s “Smelling a Rat.”
Given that she played Marilyn Monroe in the 2011 film “My Week With Marilyn,” for which she received an Oscar nomination, Ms. Williams obviously knows about wrestling with the ghosts of sexy performances past. But for some reason, she has chosen to tamp down any evidence of spontaneous sensuality.
With a lockjaw Mayfair accent that sometimes has her talking literally out of the side of her mouth and a sustained air of high tension, Ms. Williams’s Sally brings to mind more an anxiously slumming heiress out of Evelyn Waugh than the exuberantly hedonistic Sally of Christopher Isherwood’s “The Berlin Stories,” on which “Cabaret” is based (along with John Van Druten’s play “I Am a Camera”).    Mr. Mendes sees Sally as a quicksilver upper-middle-class Chelsea girl, happily escaping her past below    Though never previously known as a singer or dancer, Ms. Williams does just fine with her musical chores here. (And don’t forget that even though she was played by a top-form Liza Minnelli in the 1972 screen version of “Cabaret,” Sally was never meant to be very talented.)

Leading the Kit Kat girls in nightclub production numbers like “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Mein Herr” with a shiny, metallic vibrato, Ms. Williams comes closer to evoking the musical style of the Depression than any Sally I’ve seen. And for her climactic performance of the show’s title song, she has the shouty power and shell-shocked stare of someone who’s seen the future and knows that it’s terrifying.
But this Cassandra-like aspect is implicit in her performance from the beginning. That means that it’s harder than usual to credit her seduction of the cautious, bisexual Clifford Bradshaw (Bill Heck), who falls for her and the town of Berlin because they’re so much damned fun.

Lee Radziwill & daughter-in-law Carole. Lee’s son Tony married journalist Carole in 1994 and he died of a rare form of cancer five years later

[March 29]

Mendes then

Mr. Mendes sees Sally as a quicksilver upper-middle-class Chelsea girl, happily escaping her past, not the madcap, belt-it-all-out American that Ms. Minnelli brought to life. ”I wanted somebody English, I wanted somebody mercurial, and fair, and effervescent,” said Mr. Mendes, who is co-directing the show with the American choreographer Rob Marshall. ”She believes in her potted dreams of stardom but, most important, she is not a successful singing star. She cannot control her voice. It always seemed odd to me that Liza should be singing in a little dive. She’s a Broadway star.”

Mendes now

[March 25]

Preview Date: March 21, 2014

Preview Date: March 21, 2014

Alan Cumming reprises his Tony Award-winning turn as the Emcee in this new staging of Sam Mendes’ revival of Kander and Ebb’s musical, featuring. three-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (‘My Week with Marilyn,’ ‘Brokeback Mountain’), making her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, ‘Cabaret’ takes audiences to Germany in 1929, to the decadent world of the Kit Kat Klub, where an American writer meets the free-spirited English cabaret singer, as the Nazi movement is on the rise around them.Venue: Studio 54
Cast: Alan Cumming as the Emcee, Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles, Linda Emond as Fraulein Schneider, Danny Burstein as Herr Schultz, Bill Heck as Cliff, Aaron Krohn as Ernst, Gayle Rankin as Fraulein Kost, Benjamin Eakeley as Herman, Leeds Hill as Bobby, Dylan Paul as Victor, Evan D. Siegel as Hans, Kaleigh Cronin as Lulu, Andrea Goss as Frenchie, Kristin Olness as Helga, Jessica Pariseau as Texas and Jane Pfitsch as Rosie; Also Will Carlyon, Caleb Damschroder, Kelly Paredes and Stacey Sipowicz

[September 10 2013]

Starring Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts, “Suite Francaise” tells the story of a romance that blooms between a French villager and a German soldier during the German occupation in France in the 1940s.
The film was directed and written by Saul Dibb, best known for his work on “The Duchess,” and also stars Kristen Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruyth Wilson, Margot Robbie, Alexandra Maria Lara and Eileen Atkins. Alexandre Desplat wrote the score, while Xavier Marchand produced the movie on behalf of eOne alongside Romain Brémond from TF1 DA. Michael Kuhn and Andrea Cornwell also served as producers from Qwerty Films, while Harvey Weinstein served as an executive producer alongside BBC Films’ Christine Langan.

Michelle Williams 2009

Michelle Williams 2009

Only after her death in 1973 was Isherwood prepared to reveal that the inspiration for Sally came from Jean Ross, who in 1931 as a nineteen year old nightclub singer, who shared a lodging house with him.

Only after her death in 1973 was Isherwood prepared to reveal that the inspiration for Sally came from Jean Ross, who in 1931 as a nineteen year old nightclub singer, who shared a lodging house with him.

Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Nine and Chicago, the films) Tony-winning production of Cabaret. Three-time Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn, Brokeback Mountain, , 33. September 9, 2013 ) will be making her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles.
The venue was the last home of the show, which ran for more than 2,000 performances from 1998 to 2004. It won the Tony Award in 1998 for best musical revival.

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Red Carpet

Louis Vuitton ambassador Michelle Williams arrived at the Shrine Auditorium for January 29 SAG Awards in a sequined gown by the French fashion house. The winner, Davis, has long been seen as a front-runner for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, and this SAG Award win, along with her Golden Globe for the role, could help boost her chances. She previously won best actress in a drama series for How to Get Away with Murder two years in a row, as well as best actress for The Help. (She also won as part of the ensemble for The Help.)

[January 24 AA nomination for Best Supporting Actress ]
Michelle Williams is AA nomination for outstanding performance in a supporting role while working within the film industry.for “Manchester by the Sea”

Role: Randi Chandler, former wife of the film’s blue-collar protagonist.

In her favor: It’s a small role with the impact of a Molotov cocktail. With co-star Casey Affleck, she does a three-minute autopsy on their marriage that demands Kleenex.

Then again: It’s a precisely cut gem of a performance, but like a petite diamond, it may not stand out large enough for everyone to see its radiance. Michelle nabbed her fourth nod for her turn. “Manchester by the Sea” is the first big success for a film distributed by Amazon. Unlike rival Netflix, Amazon gives films an extended, wide theatrical release before making them available to stream online. and was acquired by Amazon at Sundance in 2016, in a deal that saw Amazon Studios pay $10 million for the rights to the picture.

Viola Davis won Golden Globes Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences. 

[December 26 AACTA International Award ]

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January 2017 Elle

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
 Viola Davis – FENCES
 Naomie Harris – MOONLIGHT
 Nicole Kidman – LION
 Teresa Palmer – HACKSAW RIDGE
 Michelle Williams – MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

[December 22  nomination SAG 2017 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role ]

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SAG 2012

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role VIOLA DAVIS / Rose Maxson – “FENCES” (Paramount Pictures) NAOMIE HARRIS / Paula – “MOONLIGHT” (A24) NICOLE KIDMAN / Sue Brierley – “LION” (The Weinstein Company) OCTAVIA SPENCER / Dorothy Vaughan – “HIDDEN FIGURES” (20th Century Fox) MICHELLE WILLIAMS / Randi Chandler – “MANCHESTER BY THE SEA” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

]December 12 2017 Golden Globes Nominee SUPPORTING ROLE
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Golden Globe nomination for ‘Michelle Williams’

2017
Nominee
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
Manchester By The Sea

[January 17 2012 ” a mother first” Michelle Williams took Best Actress (Comedy or Musical) ]

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Michelle Williams in a Wu

“I consider myself a mother first and an actress second,
Michelle Williams took Best Actress (Comedy or Musical) for playing Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn.” The 31-year-old thanked the HFPA “for putting in my hands the same award that Marilyn herself won over 50 years ago.” Michelle wore a black and navy dress by Jason Wu, with a high neckline and three-quarter length sleeves.

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Certain Women :Shooting on 16mm, Reichardt creates understated, uncannily intimate dramas nestled within a clear-eyed depiction of the modern American West. An IFC Films release. We then follow Michelle Williams’ Gina, a wife and mother whose efforts to bring her splintering family together on a weekend camping trip become increasingly strained.
October 3 screening only. Unfortunately, the Q&A with Kelly Reichardt on October 4 has been canceled.

[February 18 2015 “Manchester-by-the-Sea,” Zoe Kazan, “In Your Eyes” ]

Williams has signed on to star opposite Casey Affleck in Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester-by-the-Sea,”    She will shoot a Kelly Reichardt untitled indie drama in the spring, with “Manchester-by-the-Sea” shooting later in the year.

Williams has signed on to star opposite Casey Affleck in Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester-by-the-Sea,” She will shoot a Kelly Reichardt untitled indie drama in the spring, with “Manchester-by-the-Sea” shooting later in the year.

Now, via release on Vimeo, we have In Your Eyes, a Whedon script directed by Brin Hill and starring Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David as two strangers who share an inexplicable telepathic bond.   Kazan plays Rebecca, a pixiesh twentysomething with a teardrop-shaped face, big blue eyes and terrific taste in playful girly-girl dresses.

Now, via release on Vimeo, we have In Your Eyes, a Whedon script directed by Brin Hill and starring Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David as two strangers who share an inexplicable telepathic bond. Kazan plays Rebecca, a pixiesh twentysomething with a teardrop-shaped face, big blue eyes and terrific taste in playful girly-girl dresses.

[April 5 2011 Meek’s Cutoff New York Opening]

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Michelle Williams, Zoe Kazan, Meek's Cutoff

Michelle Williams, Zoe Kazan, Meek’s Cutoff


The three families in Kelly Reich-
ardt’s “Meek’s Cutoff” keep mov-
ing west on the Oregon Trail—slowly,
tortuously, hungrily, with many stops
and much arguing and occasional talk
of heading back East. They have noth-
ing but three Conestoga wagons and
some oxen, and they’re never far from
despair. The year is 1845, and the fam-
ilies are being led through high desert
by a mountain man in buckskins, a gar-
rulous tall-tale artist named Stephen
Meek (Bruce Greenwood), who may or
may not be taking them to a fertile val-
ley in Oregon. Their immediate prob-
lem, however, is water, both for them-
selves and for the animals. When they
capture a lone Indian (Ron Rondeaux),
Meek wants to kill him, but Emily (Mi-
chelle Williams), one of the wives—a
woman of strong, steady character—
raises a rifle and faces Meek down, pro-
tecting the captive, who just might lead
them out of the desert to a river or a
lake. The terrain is bleak and feature-
less, and Reichardt doesn’t provide
much context. As far as we can see, the
settlers aren’t inspired by religion or by
gold. There’s a discussion among the
men about the politics of settlement,
but the scene is photographed in mid-
dle distance, and remains barely audi-
ble. The journey, seemingly from no-
where to nowhere, and led by a rambling
poseur and a morose Indian, becomes
an absurdist quest. It’s as if John Ford
had been overtaken along the trail by
Samuel Beckett.
Reichardt is trying, as she was in
her previous film, “Wendy and Lucy”
(2008), for a mood of existential objec-
tivity. She takes us from the florid
grandiosity of Western myth to the
bone-wearying stress of mere life. The
movie offers a new kind of feminist and
materialist realism. Reichardt empha-
sizes the families’ monotonous days,
spent walking and walking, and then in
such camp activities as cooking, feed-
ing, mending, and tending the sick.
The work, much of it done by women,
is repetitive and exhausting. Apart
from Bruce Greenwood’s roistering
performance—he might be the star of
a Wild West show—the movie is al-
most punitive to sit through. Reichardt
is a pleasureless artist, an anti-sensual-
ist, but, in her thorny way, she uses
classical film technique—parallel edit-
ing of both camera and people consis-
tently moving west—to indicate that,
despite her many revisions, the pioneer
spirit isn’t quite a sentimental inven-
tion. The families may not know where
they are going or why, but they do
keep moving. Maybe, someday, they’ll
get somewhere.

When I think of actress Zoe Kazan the word that comes to mind is “immersion.” Kazan is in the soon to be released movie “Meek’s Cutoff,” the new movie from director Kelly Reichardt (”Old Joy,” “Wendy and Lucy”). The film takes place in 1845 along the Oregon Trail and concerns a group of pioneers trying to find their way with the help of a mysterious guide, who may or may not be reliable.

Kazan has the unique ability to disappear into her roles so completely that it is not always easy to know that it is her up on the screen. Regarding her secret for achieving this Kazan said, “There’s no intention except playing the part. There’s no greater plan or something. I come from a big theatre background. I think that there’s a big emphasis on transformation rather than representation.” By way of example Kazan expressed admiration for actors Bruce Dern and the late John Cazale, “where you feel like they completely disappear and become someone new.” Kazan said she also admires Barbara Stanwyck and Katharine Hepburn but pointed out that, “They are more the same in every part. I didn’t get into acting to be like those people so much.”

Part of Kazan’s transformation into a pioneer from 1845 involved attending “Pioneer Camp.” “Basically I am completely useless in a post apocalyptic world…things like shooting a gun don’t come that naturally to me,” Kazan explained. “I was the worst student at ‘Pioneer Camp,’ but I did successfully learn to build a fire without matches.”

Despite her limited success at “Pioneer Camp” Kazan said she romanticizes the time of the pioneers. “The last real push was the push west and the idea that there was all this land that was untamed and unknown and that there were all of these people that the white people hadn’t encountered yet, and cultures that hadn’t yet become extinct and all the plant life and the herds of Bison. It just seems like a different America and I wish so much that I could have seen it. And also the bravery of these people to just go west, and the kind of restless spirit. Reading the journals of people from that time and the idea that people just wanted to be closer to the unknown…Just the idea that there was a line where civilization ended and people then crossed that line. It just seems incredible to me.”

In terms of the gender codes for 1845 Kazan explained, “There’s a real distinct division of the sexes in the movie and that’s historically accurate. People were divided basically by gender in terms of what their work was. The women cooked and gathered firewood and took care of setting up camp, and the men would hunt and lead the oxen. Because their work was so divided, the sexes were really divided. We kind of, I think, unconsciously, in a way, mimicked that on set. Me and Shirley (Henderson) and Michelle (Williams) would sit around and knit all day, and talk, and the boys would play chess.”

Having worked on big budget, as well as lower budget films, like “Meek’s Cutoff,” Kazan said that budget is not an issue for her. Her interest is in character and story. “One thing I really do like about independent filmmaking is there isn’t enough money for everyone to have their own trailer and there isn’t a lot of down time,” Kazan explained. (As a result) “there’s a sense of being thrown together all the time that I actually think engenders better work. I think it’s good for people not to have three hours to go sit alone in their trailers and take themselves out of the movie.” She said that on “Meek’s Cutoff,” “We had one trailer for all nine of us. We were all thrown together and it helped bond us and I think it shows up on screen.”
Kazan

The Tara of Prospect Park South
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This historic home is located on one of the most desirable streets in Brooklyn on Marlborough rd & Albemarle Road.

This Colonial Revival-style home was designed by architects Robert Bryson and Carroll Pratt, both of whom designed numerous homes in Prospect Park South.

The two-story front porch has fluted Ionic columns, large Palladian dormer, and one-story entrance portico with Doric columns. The portico cornice is decorated with an unusual Gothic form.

This gracious home has 18 rooms, 8 gas and wood-burning fire places, with their original ornate mantels and original decorative dental and ornate moldings. There are leaded and stained glass windows throughout the house.
The first floor has a double parlor, formal dining room, sunroom, and eat-in kitchen.
The center hall features a large decorative spiral bridal staircase with an original stained glass skylight.

The second floor has a master wing, with a large bedroom, a dressing room with with all original built-in cabinetry, large original bathroom with pedestal sink and claw-foot tub, and indoor and outdoor porches.
There are two additional bedrooms, each with their own private bathrooms, plus home office that leads to a private porch.
There are walk-in-closets with built-in cabinetry in all the rooms.The home is a legal two family:First floor has a kitchen and dining room. Second floor has a large living room with 7 curved windows with stained glass uppers and a full bathroom.
Third floor has four bedrooms and full bathroom, plus a rooftop deck with amazing treetop views.
[August 4 2008 Spike Jonze ‘Where The Wild Things Are’]
“We’ve given him more money.” The film was originally given an $80 million budget. The “more money” will most likely pay for the switch to CGI for the film’s creatures.

You recall this from 10/16/2007:

Williams and her two-year-old daughter by Ledger, Matilda, recently spent time with friends in Portland, and now she’s reportedly looking to create a base there.

The web shows a realtor’s listing of the Boerum Hill property, but it is unclear if that is the previous owner’s offering.

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Joely Richardson and friend

Joely Richardson 5′ 10″, 50, and friend

Harvey Weinstein, shut out of the Tony nominations with Finding Nerverland awarded June 7 hosted a private cocktail party at the Lotos Club for “New York influentials.” Weinstein and his gorgeous designer wife greeted a handful of guests inside the book-lined second-floor library of the exclusive Upper East Side mansion, which operates a members-only club. The drinks do was at the request of Moscow-born 35-year-old businessman Evgeny Lebedev – The Lebedev tycoons, former KGB agent Alexander, age 55, and his socialite son Evgeny, own The Evening Standard and The Independent in the U.K.
“With 27 nominations today for Fun Home, The Elephant Man, The Audience and Wolf Hall, shows that we either co-invested or co-produced, we couldn’t be more thrilled.” The prolific producer was a frequent punchline throughout the 2015 Tony Awards,

[June 2 the Astaire Award for Dance]

Miss Piemonte

Miss Piemonte

Harvey Weinstein received the Astaire Award last night. “Finding Neverland” choreographer Mia Michaels presented it to him and called Weinstein her “bad ass big brother.” Weinstein pointed out that “Neverland” got no Tony nominations (ridiculous, in my opinion) but continues to make over $1 million a week. He said, of Michaels, “We need new voices on Broadway.” He added: “We need guys like me on Broadway.” There was a lot of applause.

[April 11 no action on the available evidence]

Miss Piemonte

Miss Piemonte

Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance has said it won’t pursue legal action after the model, 22-year-old Ambra Battilana, accused Weinstein of groping her and putting a hand under her skirt in a meeting at his downtown Manhattan office two weeks ago.“This case was taken seriously from the outset, with a thorough investigation conducted by our Sex Crimes Unit,” said Joan Vollero, a spokeswoman at Vance’s office. She added: “After analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported.” the common knowledge
[March 31 Silvio Berlusconi and Harvey Weinstein both touched up by same young woman]

Michelle Williams and Georgina Chapman: Georgina is married to Harvey Weinstein who have two children – four-year-old daughter India and almost-two-year-old son Dashiell .

Michelle Williams and Georgina Chapman: Georgina is married to Harvey Weinstein who have two children – four-year-old daughter India and almost-two-year-old son Dashiell .

Harvey Weinstein, 63, was questioned by the NYPD over the alleged fondling of Italian Ambra Battilana.
During cross-examining at the trial of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi , it was revealed that Ambra Battilana,sued a 70-year old businessman for sexual assault. The man admitted to a relationship but considered it consensual, counter-claiming that he instead paid her handsomely with jewels, a car and when she was a contestant in the Miss Italy pageant. The unnamed man, referred to as Mr. G. in the Italian press, told Il Giornale, owned by Berlusconi’s family, that he suspected Battilana had become a “jolly” for the prosecutor, effectively accusing her of turning states evidence to avoid charges. She denied those claims.
Weinstein’s meeting, arranged by email exchange, was at the offices of the Weinstein Company in Tribeca, at 6pm on March 27. Weinstein met her March 26 at his New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.
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[July 20 2010 Bob and Harvey Weinstein restructure debt]

take this waltz

The Weinstein Co. has struck a deal to restructure its debt. The settlement calls for the New York studio, run by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, to turn over about 200 titles from its catalog to Goldman Sachs and insurance company Assured Guarantee, which were owed $450 million as part of a $1.2-billion financing package the investment bank arranged for Weinstein Co. when it launched in 2005, The movies handed over by Weinstein Co., which include the 2007 remake of “Halloween,” and the 2008 Woody Allen comedy “Vicky Christina Barcelona,” are estimated to be worth at least $233 million in future revenue.Under the settlement, insurance company Ambac, which insured $500 million of Weinstein Co.’s debt, will pay $115 million to Goldman Sachs and Assured. The deal wipes out the studio’s debt and gives it the opportunity to continue producing and releasing movies.

May 18 “Finding Neverland” ($1,067,924) , Overall Broadway sales climbed $1.6 million to 33 shows now running, with attendance up about 13,000 to 276,445, or 87% of total capacity.
10,846 TotalAttn 90.14%%Capacity $98.46AvgPdAdm

[March 26 box office opens
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Scheduled to open on Broadway April 15, “Finding Neverland,” the new musical about the man who created “Peter Pan,” brought in more than $1 million in its first week at the Broadway box office,

[February 21 in Broadway rehearsals]
PRODUCED BY HARVEY WEINSTEIN . The updated version, starring Jeremy Jordan (Smash) as Barrie, played to mixed reviews (and record-breaking audiences) at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, last summer. Its current Broadway incarnation features a new opening number, new songs, a revamped script, more lavish sets, and a new leading man.
Tony winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair) directs this innovative new musical featuring an original score by noted composer Gary Barlow and Grammy® winner Eliot Kennedy, with a book by celebrated playwright James Graham and choreography by three-time Emmy winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium).

[August 28 2014]

Boston Globe, OK, it’s official: The Broadway-bound musical “Finding Neverland” has broken box-office records at the American Repertory Theater. The world premiere production, directed by ART artistic director Diane Paulus and backed by movie titan Harvey Weinstein, “has reached the highest attendance record for a single production in the ART’s 34-year history” and has become the highest grossing production to date, according to a statement from the theater. Starring Jeremy Jordan as “Peter Pan” author J.M. Barrie, “Finding Neverland” runs through Sept. 28, and according to the ART, so far “all performances have played to capacity crowds.”

[July 25 ART’s Finding Neverland Musical Dazzles, Is Destined for Broadway – Boston magazine’s Boston Daily (blog)]
An earlier stage incarnation of “Finding Neverland” played to mixed reviews in Leicester, England, in 2012. Since then, the entire creative team has been replaced, there’s a new book and score, and all but one actor has been replaced, with star Jeremy Jordan (“Smash,” “Newsies: The Musical’’) now in the lead role. (Hudson is not in the musical.)

Based on the Miramax film by David Magee, Finding Neverland follows the real-life relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, one of the most beloved stories of all time. Staged by A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus with music by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That) and choreography by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance”), this new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up. Finding Neverland is presented by the A.R.T. by special arrangement with Harvey Weinstein. Gazette Classification: Theater. Organization/Sponsor: American Repertory Theater. Directed By: Diane Paulus. Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7:30 PM. American Repertory Theater 64 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138.

[April 1, 2011]

Michelle Williams, April '11

Michelle Williams, April ’11

Peggy Siegal, press agent, public relations woman, flack, flimflam ma’am, publicist for the Weinstein Company, recently sent out a note to would-be investors inviting them to a special reading of the musical, Finding Neverland—about, J.M. Barrie,which features music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie, the team behind Grey Gardens.

Dakota Johnson: Corrupt cops and a drug-dealing biker gang wage a turf war in this contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.” With Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke and Dakota Johnson. Written and directed by Michael Almereyda. Lionsgate

[January 5 Michelle Williams’ Boerum Hill townhouse sold]

Reporters and camera  congregated outside the house.

Reporters and camera congregated outside the house.

 

Michelle Williams’ townhouse in Brooklyn’s coveted Boerum Hill ‘hood was sold in the final days of 2014 to a mysterious corporate entity for $8.8 million – $1.3 million over asking price.

 

Ledger was engaged to actress Michelle Williams, whom he met on the set of Brokeback Mountain. Their daughter, Matilda Rose, was born in 2005. The child’s godparents are Ledger’s Brokeback costar Jake Gyllenhaal and Williams’ Dawson’s Creek castmate Busy Phillips. The family home was in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill section at the corner of Hoyt and Dean.

Writer Bar Katz

Writer Bar Katz

Director Paul Thomas Anderson celebrated the life of his close friend and collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman by delivering a touching eulogy at the actor’s funeral in New York on Friday.

The filmmaker cast the actor in three of his films – “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “The Master” – and he helped to pay tribute to his late pal at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola service by sharing his favorite memories, many of which prompted warm laughter from mourners including Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and “The Master” co-stars Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix.

“The Wire” star John Doman, who was among the 400 guests at the memorial, tells NBC News, “It was sad, it was celebratory, it was emotional, it was inspirational, it was terrific.”

Playwright Jose Rivera, who worked with Hoffman at the Off Broadway Labyrinth Theater Company, tells the Wall Street Journal, “It was quite beautiful. He (Anderson) just had a lot of very personal and lovely memories of Phil. And he made us all laugh; he quoted Phil extensively and we could kind of hear his voice in the room.”

After the 90-minute service, Hoffman’s coffin was carried out by six pallbearers as his longtime girlfriend, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three young children looked on from the top of the church’s steps.

Other stars in attendance at the funeral included Michelle Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Ellen Burstyn, John Slattery, Mary Louise Parker, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei and Spike Lee.

Michelle Williams visiting family of Philip Seymour Hoffman, star of Synecdoche, who died of an overdose on February 2 2014

Michelle Williams visiting family of Philip Seymour Hoffman, star of Synecdoche, who died of an overdose on February 2 2014

Synecdoche New York

Synecdoche New York

[February 6]

Heath Ledger, died January 22 2008

Heath Ledger, died January 22 2008

The father of the late actor Heath Ledger has attacked reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman helped counsel his son about his supposed “drug addiction”, calling them a “complete and disrespectful fabrication”.
The reports, which surfaced on a website called Popdust and have since been repeated by British tabloid The Daily Mail. But Ledger’s father, Kim, has rubbished the reports.
“This is a complete and disrespectful fabrication of circumstances surrounding any relationship Heath and Philip Seymour Hoffman may have had and very offensive to the memory of Heath for his family and friends,” he said.
“Heath died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs whilst suffering severe pneumonia and sleep deprivation.
“Our thoughts are also with Philip’s family and friends during this tragic time.”
Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment in 2008. The New York City chief medical examiner ruled his death was caused by an accidental overdose of prescription medications.

“Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine,”An initial autopsy on January 23 proved inconclusive at determining Ledger’s cause of death. Heath’s drugs
Six prescription drugs were found, including Ambien, Valium, anti-depressant Zoloft, Xanax, Zoplicone [sic] and Donormyl

Michelle Williams 2008

Ledger was engaged to actress Michelle Williams, whom he met on the set of Brokeback Mountain. Their daughter, Matilda Rose, was born in 2005. The child’s godparents are Ledger’s Brokeback costar Jake Gyllenhaal and Williams’ Dawson’s Creek castmate Busy Phillips. The family home was in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill section at the corner of Hoyt and Dean.

Reporters and camera congregated outside the house.

Reporters and camera  congregated outside the house.

Reporters and camera congregated outside the house.

blogknowsbrooklyn comments The temperature in January was cold, often below freezing and the wind was brisk. Michelle Williams was filming and had Matilda with her. Williams, 27, made a stop in Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg, Sweden, before traveling on to New York. She arrived at her Brooklyn home January 23. Reports claim Williams was with her mother, Carla, and actress Busy Philipps. Someone is at the door in this picture.


Metal fences placed at a goodly distance from the townhouse to keep the media at bay. Photographers were equipped with long lenses. Reporters with furry hoods.

This crowd gathered outside Heath Ledger’s bachelor apartment in Manhattan’s Soho section on Broome Street at Crosbie at noon on January 25, 2008. another crowd

The apartment, where he died on January 22, 2008, is quite near Broadway and south of Houston – an area of clothing shops and restaurants.

The journalists also gathered at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home on Manhattan’s East Side.

Heath Ledger’s body was transported here, at Madison and 81st, after the police autopsy.

The crowds still gather at the apartment where a fan shrine continues.

[November 20 2011]

Billie Burke, 1939 Glinda

Billie Burke, 1939 Glinda

 

Michelle Williams at Cannes for Synecdoche

Michelle Williams at Cannes for Synecdoche 2008

Michelle Williams will have a ‘fresh take’ on Glinda the good witch in her new movie Oz: The Great and Powerful.
The actress is currently shooting the film, which acts as a prequel to all the previous Wizard of Oz movies, including the 1939 Judy Garland classic.
my Glinda is where she’s starting out.”