UPDATED: Tony Fire-Power For Albee Revival. Glenn Close, absent from Broadway since 2003, will return in the fall for an 18-week run opposite John Lithgow in a revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance. All-star cast includes Lindsay Duncan (spectacular in the current film Le Week-End), Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton. Pam MacKinnon, Tony winner last season for her engrossing revival of Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, is set to direct the Scott Rudin production. Show will run at the the Shubert’s Golden Theatre beginning October 20, with opening night set for November 20. Rudin’s run of star-fired revivals includes this season’s Tony-nominated A Raisin In The Sun, with Denzel Washington; last fall’s Mike Nichols-directed version of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall; and, earlier, Nichols’ Philip Seymour Hoffman-led stunner of Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman in 2012.
Albee’s 1966 Pulitzer Prize winner features the married Agnes (Close) and Tobias (Lithgow), their grown daughter (Plimpton), returned home following serial wrecked marriages, and best friends Balaban and Higgins along with Agnes’s boozy sister Claire (Duncan). Close has three Tony Awards (for Sunset Boulevard, Death And The Maiden and The Real Thing). Broadway regular Lithgow’s Tonys are for The Changing Room and Sweet Smell Of Success. Duncan owns Tonys for … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: John Lithgow and Patrick Stewart are the latest actors who’ve followed Brian Swardstrom and Danie Streisand to UTA from WME. We told you he was taking almost all of the clients on his roster when Swardstrom, the longtime partner at Endeavor and then WME, left late last year and landed as a partner at UTA. Much like what happened when Dan Aloni and Warren Zavala left CAA to go to WME, the agent’s longtime clients made a fast change of address. A lot of these clients, including Lithgow and Stewart, are active in legit so the exits sting a bit more. Here are the clients who’ve formally made the switch and bolstered the talent ranks at UTA: Jamie Bell, Ben Foster, Fifty Shades Of Grey helmer Sam-Taylor Johnson, Aaron Johnson, Emile Hirsch, Homeland‘s Damian Lewis, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall, Timothee Chalamet, Agyness Deyn, Julia Garner, Bill Heck, Diane Lane, Bill Paxton, Jonathan Pryce, Ben Rosenfield, Scott Speedman, Ray Stevenson and Tilda Swinton.
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EXCLUSIVE: Academy Award-nominated John Lithgow will star alongside Alfred Molina in Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange, the NYC-set drama about a just-married gay couple whose honeymoon is complicated when circumstances force them to temporarily separate. When George (Molina) loses his job, his partner of 38 years, painter Ben (Lithgow), moves in with his nephew and George with the gay cops next door. Michael Gambon was initially set to play the role of Ben before scheduling conflicts led to his departure from the project. It’s the next pic from Sachs after 2012′s award-winning Keep The Lights On and the first collaboration by longtime pals Lithgow and Molina. “We’ll be playing the main roles in the best script I’ve read in years,” said Lithgow in a statement, “a vivid portrait of marriage, with all its joy, folly, and occasional heartbreak.” Filming is set for August in NYC.
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His Dexter arc was a tour de force, though to many he’s still that wild and crazy alien from Third Rock From The Sun. John Lithgow has signed with WME in all areas from CAA. He’s won several Emmys, been nominated for two Oscars, and won two Tonys. And he is the writer of several books of poetry, children’s literature, and has a memoir coming out this fall. He travels the country doing lectures and his one-man show. He also has released two albums of songs he’s written and performed, and he has an extensive voice-over career.
“I’m old news,” deadpanned John Lithgow, who won the Guest Star in a Drama Series Emmy category for his stint on the Showtime drama Dexter. He found out he’d won at the Creative Emmys last week. “I’m loose as a goose. I found out this is the way to win an Emmy: win early.” Asked about his Dexter character Trinity, Lithgow said he loved playing him (“He was like a different character every week”), but wouldn’t miss him. “No, my character needed to die, no doubt about that.” Given his five Emmys, including 3 for the NBC comedy 3rd Rock from the Sun, one would think Lithgow is a prime target for TV series offers. “I’m not offered as much you would think or I would like,” he said. Lithgow also gave a shout-out to President Barack Obama. “He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders,” Lithgow said. “His approval numbers may have fallen but not in my book. I’m huge supporter of his.”
The cancer theme from Showtime’s C Word panel carried over to the Dexter panel where star Michael C. Hall was asked about his treatment for the disease. The actor, now back at work on Season 5, answered like a consummate professional: ”I was thankful that the hiatus managed to coincide with my treatment. I didn’t have to miss beat.” The TV critics also wanted to know whether Hall feels remorse for playing sympathetic antihero Dexter who may encourage people to kill. ”I don’t lose sleep over the possibility that I’m advocating serial murder through my work,” he said. “It’s undeniable he’s killing people.. most of us live in LA, we’ve been in traffic, we get that impulse… If I hear a comment like that and I’m in the room, I just nod and smile and say I hope this helps lessen the flames in you, that it’s therapeutic.”
The producers of the Emmy-nominated drama discussed changes on the show following the climactic Season 4 finale. In Season 5, Dexter will undergo a process of “atonement” but not a nervous breakdown, since he has now has to cope with the responsibilities of being a single father. The show also will depart from having a single guest “bad guy,” along the lines of John Lithgow this past season, in favor of having Dexter interact with several guests stars.
Executive producer Sara Colleton called the showrunner transition from Clyde Phillips, who left at the end of last season, to Chip Johannessen “seamless” because he was a big fan and … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran screen and stage actor Peter Weller has joined the cast of Showtime’s hit drama Dexter. He will appear in eight of the 12 episodes from the show’s upcoming fifth season, playing a troubled Miami Metro police officer who gets caught up in an internal affairs investigation. Production on season 5 is currently underway for a Sept. 26 premiere. Weller who recently guest-starred on Fringe, is probably best known for his title roles in the RoboCop movie franchise and in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. His co-star in that 1984 sci-fi comedy? John Lithgow, who had a major role on Dexter last season that earned him a Golden Globe and an Emmy nom. Dexter received a total of 8 Emmy nominations last week, including best drama series and best lead actor in a drama series for Michael C. Hall. Weller is with APA and managers Craig Baumgarten and Bill Treusch.