Michael Cunningham - Opening night for The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey at the Westside Theatre - Arrivals. at Westside Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 28th July 2015
Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep will act together for the first time in 20 years.
The darkly comic tale is told through the eyes of Hildy Good (Streep), a New York realtor and recovering alcoholic whose life begins to fall apart when she forms a new friendship with Rebecca McCallister.
As Rebecca becomes the subject of town gossip, Hildy rekindles her friendship with old flame Frank Getchell (De Niro) a straight talking Yankee who tries to uncomplicated her life.
(Some questions in this interview have come from another journalist present for the Q&A.)
Novelist Michael Cunningham, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Hours," and screenwriter David Hare, who adapted the book into a film, are an interestingly mismatched pair. Although clearly on the same wavelength creatively -- as evidenced by their joint enthusiasm for the story that connects them -- Hare is a rather proper British intellectual in his 50s, whereas 40-something American Cunningham has the well-dressed but roughshod-featured look of a action movie bad guy with piercing eyes and a wicked grin.
At first glance he's hardly a fellow you'd imagine writing a century-spanning novel about how the lives of three women are deeply affected by Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway." But when Cunningham speaks -- especially about Woolf herself -- it's with such a poetic passion that his emotional kinship with his characters radiates through his jagged facade.
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Natasha Richardson only agreed to appear in new movie EVENING if writer/director Michael Cunningham agreed to write her into a scene with her mother.
The British actress plays her real-life mum Vanessa Redgrave's daughter in the film and was upset when she realised she wouldn't share a scene with the veteran thespian.
She says, "When they offered me the part there was no scene with my mother and I was like, `You have a unique opportunity here. You've got to take advantage. If I do this with my mom, this is the one shot deal and we have to have a moment, and I think it makes sense for the story.'
"I said, 'If you write a scene for the two of us, then I'll do the movie,' and so Michael wrote that scene."
Richardson admits parts of the film were extra tough because the movie focuses on the last days of a dying woman, played by her own mum.
She adds, "It's incredibly painful to watch your own real mother lying in that bed and being so convincingly ill. It makes me project all sorts of things... This will probably be the first and last time we play mother and daughter, which is why it was so special. I can't imagine that anyone would ask us to do it again."
A few years later, after the deaths of both Carlton and his mother, Bobby is a puppy-eyed teenager who inherited Carlton's magnetic personality and utter lack of guile, which is what attracts another teen, the gawkier Jonathan, to him. After his dad dies, Bobby moves permanently into the Glover household as a sort of unofficial adopted brother to Jonathan - except that they're brothers who occasionally make out and smoke joints with Mrs. Glover (Sissy Spacek). The rather uptight Jonathan (he wears glasses and has braces, you see) can't handle Bobby's openness and is more than a little jealous of how eagerly her mother has embraced him into their family, and their romantic relationship stalls.
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Hunky actor Colin Farrell is living up to his wildman reputation with crazy nights out in New York in between shooting new movie HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD
The threesome were spotted at lap-dancing club SCORES on Monday night (26MAY03), where Colin asked for his favourite blonde dancers, EVELYN and VICTORIA. The tempting twosome were off-duty, so Farrell and friends had to settle for lap dances from other girls.
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