Live from Lincoln Center turns 40 this year, and Nathan Lane is helping the show celebrate.
On Oct. 10, Lane will repeat his Broadway role in The Nance. Along with a Sept. 26 broadcast of Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson, Lane’s play will anchor the PBS arts series 40th season launch.
Sweeney Todd to air on PBS Sept 26th
New Emma interview with Vanity Fair
V.F. Hollywood: After Saving Mr. Banks, you really got to flex a different muscle with Love Punch—with this rapid-fire romantic comedy reminiscent of a Katharine Hepburn film from the 30s.
Emma Thompson: That’s a good way of putting it. Funnily enough, Celia, Tim, and Pierce and I were discussing it one day when we were doing a scene in a restaurant, which was a really quick-fire comedy scene. We were talking about how we wouldn’t have been able to do that 30 years ago. We just wouldn’t have known how to play this. There’s just something about muscles that have been grown and honed over the years that made it work like that. It’s a particular kind of thing, being able to be that kind of quick and funny, when you have a scene that is that tightly scripted. It wasn’t like what you see in a lot of younger comics’ films, which is sometimes absolutely brilliant, when people are just riffing off each other. That is another discipline altogether.
Emma joins the cast of “A Walk In The Woods”
Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal have joined Robert Redford in the independent drama “A Walk in the Woods.”
Wildwood Enterprises and Route One Films started production Monday on the film, an adaptation of travel writer Bill Bryson’s memoir. Ken Kwapis (“He’s Just Not That Into You”) is directing from a script by “Little Miss Sunshine” writer Michael Arndt.
Nick Nolte will also star.
IM Global was selling international territories in November at the American Film Market. The project is adapted from Bryson’s 1998 book “A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail,” which recounts his attempt to walk the trail that runs from Georgia to Maine with a friend.
The Conversation: Emma Thompson
In your new film, yourself and Pierce Brosnan play a former husband and wife who rediscover the qualities they loved about each other before their marriage crumbled. Has it made you think about the benefits of taking a relationship sabbatical?
I think it’s actually not a bad idea to say, ‘OK, just for a year, you need to go off’. Not be with other people – I think that’s very difficult, all that free love stuff which has been tried and tested and proven to be very, very tricky.
But it’s interesting that two people who know each other very well come back together again and love each other in a different way, a better way.
Emma attends Jameson Empire Film Awards – Photos
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to be broadcast on PBS
The New York Philharmonic’s staged production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be telecast nationally on Live From Lincoln Center, hosted by Audra McDonald, on PBS stations. The air date will be announced at a later time.
The production, March 5-8, 2014, will star bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett in her Philharmonic debut, New York stage debut, and first time performing the role. Jeff Blumenkrantz will portray The Beadle; Tony Award winner Christian Borle, Pirelli (marking his Philharmonic debut); Kyle Brenn, Tobias Ragg (debut); Jay Armstrong Johnson, Anthony Hope (debut); Erin Mackey, Johanna (debut); and Olivier Award winner Philip Quast, Judge Turpin (debut and New York stage debut). Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct, Grant Sturiale is the assistant conductor, Lonny Price will direct, Lonny Price and Matt Cowart are the producers, and Josh Rhodes is the choreographer.
The New York Philharmonic has been an integral part of PBS’s award-winning Live From Lincoln Center since the series’ inaugural telecast in 1976. While continuing to present the Philharmonic’s symphonic concerts, in recent seasons Live From Lincoln Center has broadcast many of the Philharmonic’s theatrical productions, including Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel in 2013, nominated for three Emmy Awards, and Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot in 2008.
Set in Victorian London, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street tells the story of the eponymous barber who seeks vengeance on what he sees as a merciless world by murdering his customers and, with the help of his landlady, the romantically inclined Mrs. Lovett, bakes their bodies into meat pies, which are fed to London’s avid and unknowing populace. Sondheim’s score pays homage to the music of Hollywood composer Bernard Hermann. Highlights include “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd,” “Not While I’m Around,” “A Little Priest,” and “Pretty Women.”
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, Sweeney Todd first opened on Broadway at the Uris Theatre on March 1, 1979, directed by Harold Prince and starring Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury. The show received eight Tony Awards in 1979 – including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score – as well as 11 Drama Desk Awards and the Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. It has entered the mainstream through several revivals, productions in opera houses, and the 2007 Tim Burton film adaptation starring Johnny Depp.
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New trailer for “Love Punch”
Emma to star in ‘Long Midnight of Barney Thomson’
Emma Thompson has come on board the comic thriller “The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson,” the directorial debut of Robert Carlyle.
The script, based on a series of novels by Douglas Lindsay, was adapted for the screen by Richard Cowan and Colin McLaren. Carlyle will also star in the title role as a downtrodden Scottish barber who inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, allowing his dark fantasies to become reality. Thompson will play his mother, a character who cheerfully emasculates him at every turn.
Ray Winstone and Ewen Bremner will also appear.
Myriad will introduce the film to international buyers at next week’s European Film Market in Berlin. The film, a Canadian-U.K. co-production, is scheduled to go into production in the first half of this year.
Producers are John G. Lenic and Kaleena Kiff through their Trinity Works Entertainment banner. Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico will executive produce.
Myriad’s Thomas Loftus negotiated worldwide sales rights, with Arthur Evrensel and Lenic negotiating on behalf of the filmmakers.