April 30th, 2009
Surrounded by family, friends and fans, actor Patrick Wilson, who grew up in St. Petersburg, turned the red carpet into a reunion during Wednesday’s opening night festivities for the fourth-annual Sunscreen Film Festival.
The star of Broadway stages (Oklahoma!, The Full Monty) and movie screens (Watchmen, Little Children), was the main attraction outside Muvico BayWalk 20. Wilson warmly greeted former classmates and acquaintances while politely posing for photographs. Gawkers without tickets to the screening of his film, Passengers, co-starring Anne Hathaway leaned over the plaza’s second floor railing or strolled by for closer looks.
Wilson, 35, the son of WTVT-Ch. 13 anchorman John Wilson and his wife, Mary K. Wilson, has walked his share of red carpets in the past but declared this one, in his hometown and supporting independent filmmakers, something special.
“I’ve wanted to be a part of this festival for a while,” Wilson said. “It’s sort of a no-brainer. I’ve always wanted to shoot (a movie) down here, or do whatever I can to give the film vibe around here a bit of a boost.”
Wilson said the fact that his brother, Paul Wilson of Wilson Media, is handling publicity for the Sunscreen festival didn’t figure into his decision. “I think I was the one who asked him,” the actor said. “I hoped at some point they’d reach out to me. If not, I’ll just reach out to them.”
“Anytime you can do something to help out the independent (film) community, that’s important to me.”
After the Passengers screening, nearly 400 festival VIP pass holders and guests migrated to the nearby Museum of Fine Arts, where live music, hors d’oeuvres and more photo and autograph opportunities with Wilson and others awaited. The opening night party was held in the entrance conservatory overlooking Tampa Bay, with the welcome desk converted into a circular bar serving cocktails.
The menu prepared by the Parkshore Grill included roasted duck breast in mango chutney, shrimp cocktails, pork and chicken nachos, bleu cheese-stuffed meatballs, seared scallops in a goat cheese spinach dip and blue crab cakes in a spicy, sweet tomato jam. Cheesecake tarts and chocolate-dipped strawberries were served as desserts.
Sunscreen gets into full swing today with screenings at BayWalk 20 beginning at 1 p.m. A complete list of films, plus ticket information is available by clicking on this link or visiting the festival Web site at www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com.
If you didn’t make Wednesday’s red carpet events, Wilson, Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum) and Michael Rooker (JFK) are slated to participate Thursday in a 90-minute panel discussion on acting at 10 a.m., free and open to the public. Later, the trio will lead the first day of an acting workshop for aspiring performers shelling out $125 for the experience.
Sunscreen continues at BayWalk 20 through Sunday.
April 18th, 2009
The cast for the cheekily titled Morning Glory (aka “that film where Harrison Ford is going to try and be funny!”) really is shaping up nicely. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they’ve nabbed themselves the second Nite Owl, Patrick Wilson.
“The film that Ford is going to try and by funny in” centers on an up-and-coming news producer played by Rachel McAdams. She has to save a struggling morning show, and get its antagonistic anchors (Ford and Diane Keaton) under control.
Trying to save McAdams from losing the will to live is Wilson, who will play her boyfriend. While Wilson is clearly trying to earn some comedy cred (Morning Glory is the third comedy he’s signed for, he’s also got The Baster and Barry Munday in the works),
I sincerely hope there’s a little more to his part than just “the boyfriend.” Wilson is quite talented, and playing a boyfriend, even to McAdams, seems like a waste of his charm. Then again, how many actresses have been stuck in such a thankless part? Maybe the tide is turning.
There really is a lot of talent here on both sides of the camera: Roger Michell is directing from a script by Aline Brosh McKenna, and J.J. Abrams is producing with his Bad Robot banner. Let’s hope they can bring us a film of the witty, fun Ford (yes, he does exist) and not another Hollywood Homicide.
March 31st, 2009
Miramax Films has acquired North American rights to Mandate Pictures’ romantic comedy “The Baster,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.
Jeff Goldblum and Patrick Wilson (“Watchmen”) have also joined the cast.
Film, which is being helmed by “Blades of Glory” duo Will Speck and Josh Gordon, began lensing on Mondayin New York.
Based on a short story by Jeffrey Eugenides, the story revolves around friends Wally (Bateman) and Kassie (Aniston), whose plan to have a baby on her own is complicated when Wally secretly swaps Kassie’s chosen sperm donation with his own. Allan Loeb penned the screenplay.
Wilson will play the genetically superior sperm donor that Kassie originally selects. Goldblum will portray Wally’s boss.
Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa (“Little Miss Sunshine”) are producing, while Nathan Kahane, Aniston and Kristen Hahn are exec producing.
Mandate Intl. is handling international sales on the film.
March 21st, 2009
Patrick Wilson and his wife are expecting their second child.
Watchmen superhero, Nite Owl II, played by Patrick Wilson, is expecting a little Nite Owl IV, MSN Wonderwall reports.
According to Usmagazine.com, Watchmen star Patrick Wilson and his wife, actress Dagmara Dominczyk, are expecting their second child. The couple already has a two-year-old son named Kalin. Asked Monday if another baby is on the way, Wilson, 35, told Us Weekly, “Yes, we’re about halfway there.” The new baby is reportedly due in June.
March 21st, 2009
It was a bittersweet evening for Broadway at the opening of the revival of West Side Story at the Palace Theater in NYC last night. Earlier in the night, the lights of the Great White Way had dimmed to honor the passing of one of its brightest stars, Natasha Richardson.
Some of the celebrity guests took the moment to express their sadness and reflect upon the actress’s life on stage.
Patrick Wilson, a Broadway vet who starred on screen with Natasha in 2007’s Evening talked to OK! about his feelings of grief.
“It’s an unexplainable, tragic, senseless loss. It’s just a time for her family to reflect and our prayers go out to her whole family,” he shared.
Kathleen Turner, who like Natasha, has worked both on stage and on film was trying to make sense of the tragedy.
“It’s just so damn shocking!” she told OK!, “She’s so young and so good and so sweet. I liked her tremendously. And I know that they’ll [her family] handle as best they can, I feel sorry they have to at all.”
Cheyenne Jackson, who was last seen on stage in Xanadu, told OK! how he had worked with Natasha to help others.
“I worked with amfAR a lot and she was tireless in her work with amfAR for people living with HIV,” he remembered. “There’s really no words. We’re just walking to our play in the morning, it’s a sunny day and her life is gone. It’s very hard. It’s perspective. It’s unbelievably tragic.”
Reporting by Laura Lane
March 9th, 2009
Comic book movie adaptation WATCHMEN has scored the biggest opening of 2009 after taking in an estimated $55.7 million (£39.8 million) at the U.S. box office over the weekend.
The adaptation of Alan Moore’s celebrated graphic novel started strongly, taking in a whopping $25 million (£17.85 million) on its opening day (06Mar09).
The film, starring Patrick Wilson and Malin Akerman, opened in 3,611 cinemas across America on Friday – the widest theatre count ever for an R-rated film.
Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail came in second with an $8.8 million (£6.3 million) weekend take and Liam Neeson thriller Taken was third. Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire came in fourth – 17 weeks after the movie was released in America.
Outside the U.S., Watchmen also scored big – it took in $27.5 million (£19.6 million) at 5,097 in 45 territories to claim the top spot at the international market too.
Gran Torino, Marley & Me and Slumdog Millionaire are among the other movies doing very well at the box office outside the U.S.