Nov 8, 2008

Check out the latest poster for Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, which Yahoo just debuted. The flick is set for release March 6, 2009 and stars Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Malin Akerman, Carla Gugino, Stephen McHattie, Matt Frewer and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.


Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight.

When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future.

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Nov 5, 2008

The hit thriller ‘Lakeview Terrace‘ is headed to Blu-ray, with Sony Pictures announcing a January special edition release with extensive bonus features.

Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson, the crime drama grossed over $30 million during its theatrical run earlier this year. Sony will debut the Blu-ray January 13, day-and-date with the standard DVD.

Tech specs will see a BD-50 dual-layer presentation with 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround audio.

Extras include a filmmaker audio commentary, a trio of making-of featurettes and deleted scenes.

Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray has been set at $38.95.

You’ll find the latest specs for ‘Lakeview Terrace’ linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it’s indexed under January 13.


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Oct 26, 2008


Hour Theater Reviewer

Two men. Two tragedies. Two Broadway revivals: Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” is an astounding production that guts the soul, while Robert Bolt’s “A Man for All Seasons” is a dutiful one.

Director Simon McBurney’s production abstracts Miller’s work without forgoing its humanity. Filled with pity and terror, you look away lest you be scorched by its intensity. (It has severely divided viewers and reviewers into defenders and detractors.)

McBurney takes what could be an evening of implausible coincidences and turns it into a masterpiece of staging, treating the play as Greek tragedy by stripping away its scenic trappings. Actors are in full view in the wings and not truly “on” until they enter the playing space. Projections enlarge and comment on the action, sound and music are constant presences, though perhaps sometimes too blatantly.

Like Sophocles’ “Oediupus,” Miller’s play also deals with the classic conflict between fathers and sons. It’s a comparison the author himself once made.

In this case, Joe Keller’s factory allowed cracked cylinder heads to be shipped to the Air Force, resulting in the deaths of 21 pilots. Joe, saying he knew nothing, was exonerated while his partner remains in jail. Now, the partner’s daughter and son, Ann and George, have come to discover the truth, to the consternation of Joe’s wife, Kate, and the reality check awakening of their son, Chris.

As Joe, John Lithgow is a towering figure brought to heel, while Dianne Wiest’s Kate is a woman on the verge who substitutes domesticity for the storm that she fears will eventually engulf the family. As Ann, Katie Holmes (yes, that one) holds her own, while Christian Camargo is an electrifying George.

But this production emphasizes son Chris, and Patrick Wilson seizes the reins in his strongest-ever performance. Starting as the “good son,” he becomes an avenging though never less than sorrowful fury. He’s a Christ figure, for sure, taking on the sins of the world, and he sets the evening on fire.

Martyred on a larger scale, with greater political consequences, is Sir Thomas More, the man who quietly defied Henry VIII’s seeking to dissolve his marriage to Catherine of Aragon in order to wed Anne Boleyn. More’s acceding to Henry’s wishes would mean going against the Pope and the Church. That he cannot do, for it would mean going against his core beliefs.

“Seasons” won the 1962 Best Play Tony and the 1966 Best Picture Oscar. And it should be still timely today when even decent men have trouble flouting conformity. Yet director Doug Hughes’ production, while never less than intelligent and well acted, lacks blood.

It also lacks the Common Man, a character seen in the original play, but not the film. He spoke directly to the audience, moved furniture and props and became the playwright’s man of irony, a doorway between play and spectators. “It isn’t difficult to keep alive,” he says. “Just don’t make trouble.”

He is missed. Without him, the play is too much a pageant. Indeed one of the two best scenes is with More and his jailer, one of the roles taken by the Common Man. Here as elsewhere, the figure is a stand-in for those who are loath to take risks.

The other outstanding scene is between More and the king. Patrick Page’s monarch is smarmy and charming, patting More on the back one minute, sneering at his stubbornness the next.

Then there’s More himself, played by one of America’s greatest actors, Frank Langella. Saintly but human, he is as loving towards his family as he is sadly bitter towards his betrayers. Langella, with his towering physical presence and his stentorian voice, never forgets that here is a human being who brings destruction on himself and his loved ones just by following his conscience.

“Conscience does make cowards of us all,” said Shakespeare. But not of men like Chris Keller in “Sons” or Thomas More in “Seasons” who pay the price for not being merely pragmatic. We can admire More but, at least in McBurney’s production, we’re devastated by Chris.

“All My Sons: is at the Schoenfeld Theater, 236 W. 45th St., N.Y. Call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.

“A Man for All Seasons” is at the American Airlines Theater, 227 W 42nd St., N.Y. Call (212) 719-1300.


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Oct 18, 2008

The curtain officially went up on Katie Holmes’ Broadway debut Thursday as the revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” made its much anticipated premiere.

After a month of previews, opening night was somewhat muted on a blustery New York evening.

A gaggle of reporters lined the red carpet while about 100 stargazers watched from the sidewalk, which was patrolled by at least 30 police officers.

As it did on the first night of previews, the group Anonymous again protested against Scientology, because Holmes is wed to its biggest icon, Tom Cruise. About 35 protesters carried signs reading “Run, Katie, Run” and chanted “Scientology kills” from a cordoned-off area down the block from the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater.

Joni Vitale and husband George drove up from Pomona, N.J., for three reasons: “Tom, Tom and Tom.” But they were disappointed as there was no sign of Cruise, who attended the first preview and cheerfully called the production “extraordinary.”

Among the celebrities strolling the red carpet: Patricia Clarkson (who played Holmes’ mother in the 2003 film “Pieces of April”), Barbara Walters, Dennis Farina and Isabella Rossellini.

Rebecca Miller, the playwright’s daughter, came to see the latest version of her father’s play, which was first performed on Broadway in 1947.

“The thing about Katie Homes is that she’s so right for the part,” said Miller, a filmmaker and wife of Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

Hollywood stars such as Julia Roberts and Sean Combs have in recent years tried their talents on the New York stage and brought huge buzz to their productions. Holmes’ Broadway entree was no different; “All My Sons” was the highest-grossing play on Broadway in its first full week of previews, taking in $684,002.

Still, Holmes simply is a supporting player in the drama. “All My Sons” is about businessman Joe Keller, played by John Lithgow, whose factor supplied defective cylinder parts to the military, resulting in the deaths of 21 pilots during the Second World War. Diane Wiest plays Keller’s wife; Patrick Wilson his idealistic son; and Holmes the son’s fiancee and daughter of Keller’s disgraced partner.

For theatregoer Marra Gad, the play was the thing — and a performer besides Holmes.

“I realize that people are really excited about Katie Holmes making her debut and obviously the stargazing that’s going on, but Patrick Wilson is a remarkable actor and I’m thrilled to see him on stage again,” said Gad. “I love theatre, so I’m excited to see a show like `All My Sons’ brought back to Broadway.”

Producer Eric Falkenstein said the play is “ultra-relevant” considering the Iraq War, and praised Holmes and the cast.

“She was never difficult, always interested,” said Falkenstein.

Referring to the media attention brought on by her celebrity, he added, “She handles it so well. The other cast members handle it so well.”

Of course, the protesters had a different perspective. The mostly young demonstrators, many wearing masks like those in the film “V for Vendetta,” said they wanted to save Holmes from Scientology. Anonymous is a group connected by the Web that uses humour to protest monthly outside Scientology buildings.

“We’re here to just protest Scientology in general,” said 22-year-old Alex Vanino. “But our main focus right now is getting Katie out of Scientology. There’s been news going around the tabloids saying she would like to get out. It’s unverified, but it would be nice to encourage that.”

Vanino said they wouldn’t likely return to the theatre for further protests.


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Oct 15, 2008

Spike TV has announced that it will honor film star Anthony Hopkins with the first-ever Legend award during “SCREAM 2008.” Presented to a distinguished and legendary artist whose body of work includes outstanding performances in fantasy, horror and/or science fiction films, the Legend award will mark the third discretionary honor of the evening, as fellow industry giants Tim Burton and Wes Craven will also receive recognition. The third annual televised event tapes Saturday, October 18 at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA and premieres Tuesday, October 21 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on Spike TV.

Additionally, Spike TV has announced fresh talent added to this year’s star-studded roster. Appearing at “SCREAM 2008” will be Malin Akerman, Selma Blair, Jon Favreau, Michael C. Hall and the cast of “Dexter,” Milla Jovovich, Jaime King, Frank Miller and Paz Vega, along with previously announced talent Kristen Bell, Julie Benz, Darren Lynn Bousman, Thomas Dekker, Guillermo Del Toro, Summer Glau, Samuel L. Jackson, Doug Jones, Kerli, Stan Lee, The Osbournes, Jared Padelecki, Ron Perlman, Amanda Righetti, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Kevin Smith, Liv Tyler, Gerard Way and Rob Zombie. Many more to be announced shortly.

The Grammy Award-winning rock band Smashing Pumpkins will perform their new hit “G.L.O.W..” Currently the #1 most added song at Modern Rock Radio, “G.L.O.W.,” has already received ninety-four adds since its release two weeks ago and has logged over 850 spins in its first week alone. Their performance on the show precedes the October 31 launch of their North American “20th Anniversary Tour.”

Also taking the stage is Island Records pop sensation Kerli, performing her highly successful single “Walking On Air.” The song, from her debut album “Love Is Dead,” is the most downloaded single in history on iTunes. Kerli is featured as XBOX 360’s Emerging Artist of the Month for November and she also wrote and performed the title track for Activision’s upcoming 007 Bond video game, released simultaneously with the new 007 movie starring Daniel Craig.

“SCREAM 2008” will feature exclusive world premiere footage from two of Warner Brothers’ most highly anticipated releases of the coming year – “Watchmen” and “Friday The 13th.” Based on the graphic novel by DC Comics, “Watchmen” is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. Directed by Zack Snyder the complex, multi-layered mystery adventure stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson and Malin Akerman. “Watchmen” hits theaters March 6.

“Friday The 13th” comes to “SCREAM” this year as Spike TV will premiere footage of the updated cult classic in theaters Friday, February 13. Directed by Marcus Nispel (“Pathfinder”) and starring television star Jared Padalecki (“Supernatural”), Jason will once again haunt the cursed campgrounds of Crystal Lake, but this time, hockey-masked Jason is the real killer.

Fan voting for this year’s awards began Friday, September 12 and remains open until Friday, October 17. To vote or to view exclusive red carpet and backstage coverage, visit

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2008” are Captain Morgan, Subaru, Taco Bell and Lee Jeans.

Michael Levitt, Casey Patterson and Cindy Levitt serve as executive producers for “SCREAM 2008.” Greg Sills is supervising producer, Gary Tellalian and Austin Reading are producers and Ryan Polito will direct.

Spike TV is available in 97.3 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.



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Sep 19, 2008

Tall, handsome and clean-cut, Patrick Wilson, who co-stars with Kerry Washington in “Lakeview Terrace,” seems born to play the romantic leading man.

But for his roles in “Angels in America,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Hard Candy” and “Little Children,” right up to “Lakeview”, Wilson looks for the cracks in guys with perfect facades.

“I’m certainly attracted to the fallen hero. That always interests me,” Wilson said in a one-on-one Herald sitdown earlier this week. “The emasculation of the male I get very into. We all want to get into that identity and what it means to be a man, a husband, a father.”

In “Lakeview Terrace” Wilson plays Chris Mattson, a man married to his college sweetheart, who “thinks he’s fine. He’s got little secrets here and there, but he doesn’t realize he’s on different pages than his wife. He has to consider what it means to be a man and be in this marriage and possibly a father. He’s not sure about any of those things.”

As Brad in “Little Children,” Wilson played an unemployed househusband with a disinterested wife, swept away by an adulterous affair.

Married to actress Dagmara Dominczyk with a 2-year-old son, Wilson graduated from Carnegie Mellon University majoring in drama. With time and much experience, he’s adjusted to the rigors of making love and getting naked onscreen,including a nude swimming romp with Washington for “Lakeview.”

“It’s always awkward filming,” he said. “It’s just as awkward as when you’re 15 and you have to kiss a girl onstage. It never changes. But after doing scenes like ‘Little Children,’ it doesn’t even faze me anymore. It’s just a day at the office, sadly,” he said and laughed.


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Sep 15, 2008

Tell us about your character in the movie.
“I play Chris Mattson. I just moved down here from the San Francisco area with my wife who Kerry [Washington] plays and I am sort of an environmentalist. I work for this company closest to probably Whole Foods, and we move into this neighborhood and we’ve been together for a while and this is our first house. You sort of imagine we probably lived in an apartment or something before that and then we come to find out that sort of the racism that we have experienced, I guess, pales in comparison to our lovely neighbor Mr. Abel Turner who Sam [L. Jackson] plays. He really just makes… It’s very clear that he doesn’t like us together or the idea of us together. It becomes a real battle of old versus new, and then he just proceeds to not mince words with what he feels about us and how we shouldn’t be in his neighborhood and basically how we should just leave.”

It sort of becomes not just a battle of the race issue, because that’s sort of been done over and over, but what was interesting to me is just the idea of people’s values and people’s morals in their own sort of no matter how much your neighborhood acts like a neighborhood, everybody’s home is still their own community, I guess, with their own set of morals and values and traditions and ours are sort of challenged.”

Is your neighbor’s attitude targeted more toward just you or your character and Kerry’s?
“That’s interesting. Probably more towards me, just from the male perspective I would imagine. I mean that might be a question more for Sam. But, yeah, we sort of go into that a little. I think we do. There’s a few lines in there that Kerry says and I sort of just address [it], just so we can sort of get it out on the table. We’ve experienced this before – looks from black men. Whether it’s looks, whether it’s comments, a white man and a black woman is much different than a black man and a white woman so I think it’s very easy to target me.”

Are there any gray areas in the conflict?
“No. I mean, well, what’s interesting is it starts out by he sees us together for lack of a more detailed explanation. I mean we just moved in, we’re very much in love and have a great relationship. It’s not like we’re just starting out. You know we’ve been together for a few years, so we sort of know the protocol. We are not children. But it’s actually his kids who see us in the pool getting very comfortable in our new environment. And, again, it’s probably more of a question for him, but that’s what sort of pushes it over the edge. So you don’t know in the next day when he and I have a confrontation that’s what he [it’s about]. He never says, ‘I don’t like you because of who you are.’ It’s, ‘I saw what you guys did and that’s going to leave a scar on my children,’ so that’s sort of the route through it. It’s not so black and white like, you know, ‘I don’t like you because…’ So I think that’s sort of the avenue it goes down when it becomes very clear, at least to me – maybe not to the audience – and that’s totally fine.”

Is there a point toward the end where you cross over and abandon your principles and go at it?
“Yeah, I think we certainly take a more physical and maybe brutal, maybe base, maybe childish [approach to the problem]. Yes, there’s much more sort of a guttural reaction to it than, say, you know other films. It’s much more of like a very sinister behind the lines. I think that’s what it is. It’s just much more sort of aggressive. Again, it really sort of balances that line between being very brutal…and I don’t mean just violent, but I just mean very physical and then very childish and very sort of stupid, looking at these sort of two men. She sort of points that out to us.”

So Sam kicks your ass?
“You could say that.”

How was it working with Samuel L. Jackson?
“It’s great. You know I try and remember what my perceptions were, I guess. Of course we’ve all seen him in quite a few films but the biggest thing that stuck out to me were the first couple of days of shooting, you know? I’d never seen him with a pair of sides – like whatever preparation and whatever he does is so much in his world. I think that’s the fascination, at least I have with other actors, is how each person sort of prepares and I sort of love that. You know, he comes in and it’s never, ‘Uhhh, what is the scene?’ That’s just a different kind of preparation, but I sort of love that. Like he walks in and he does it. He’s just a consonant pro, and it’s sort of obvious. But, you know, for someone that will do it one take or two and if you ask for three and four there’s no sense of, ‘Argh okay,’ you know? It’s never that. He’s great. After our first few scenes of getting at it and going toe-to-toe it was really fun. We sort of slapped hands afterwards and it was great. It was fun.”


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Sep 12, 2008

The eagerly anticipated production of Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS starring John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson, and Katie Holmes, directed by Simon McBurney, will begin previews on Thursday, September 18th at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street), with official opening set for Thursday, October 16th . It is produced by Eric Falkenstein.

The first Broadway production of a Miller play since the author’s death three years ago, ALL MY SONS has an advance of $3.5 million.

The limited engagement plays through. January 11 2009.

Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or visiting

The cast of ALL MY SONS will also feature Becky Ann Baker (Sue Bayliss), Christian Camargo (George Deever), Jordan Gelber (Frank Lubey), Danielle Ferland (Lydia Lubey), Damian Young (Dr. Jim Bayliss), and Michael D’Addario (Bert).

Tony Award® nominee Tom Pye will design sets and costumes (Top Girls, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Glass Menagerie).  Tony Award® nominee Paul Anderson will design lights (Mnemonic, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Stuff Happens).  Christopher Shutt (Moon for the Misbegotten, Coram Boy, Mnemonic) and Carolyn Downing (A Winter’s Tale & Pericles at RSC, The Overwhelming) will design sound.  Finn Ross for Mesmer will design projections (Silverland at the Arcola, A Disappearing Number, Measure for Measure).  Special Tony Award® winner Paul Huntley will design wigs and hair (Hairspray, Gypsy, Young Frankenstein).

Arthur Miller’s first successful play, All My Sons won the Tony Award for the author in 1947 and ran for 328 performances on Broadway.  Miller took his inspiration from a true story about a successful business man who knowingly sold the government defective airplane parts during World War II with tragic consequences.  The truth comes out and his life unravels when his son prepares to marry his business partner’s daughter.


The playing schedule for ALL MY SONS will be as follows:
Tuesday at 7pm
Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm
Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm
Sunday at 3pm


Tickets for all evening performances and all Saturday and Sunday matinee performances are $66.50 and $116.50.  Tickets for all Wednesday matinee performances are $61.50 and $111.50.  All prices include a $1.50 facility fee.  Tickets will be available at the Schoenfeld Theatre Box Office (236 West 45th Street) beginning August 21st, and by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or visiting

For more information please visit


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