Lincoln Center Theater and The Araca Group will present the Broadway debut of Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, the provocative play that won last year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Show will begin performances at the Shubert-owned Lyceum Theatre on September 27, with an official opening set for October 23. The Broadway staging, helmed by Kimberly Senior, won’t have Daily Show regular Aasif Mandvi, who starred in the Lincoln Center Theater production and supported the play’s development. It will instead star Hari Dhillon, who led the show’s London production. The cast includes Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman and How I Met Your Mother‘s Josh Radnor.
Disgraced is one of the rare plays confronting head-on the post-9/11 world of New York’s upper crust. Dillon plays a successful, ambitious Muslim-American lawyer enjoying the good life on New York’s Upper East Side with his wife, an artist influenced by Islamic imagery. His life begins to unravel when he’s photographed at a rally. And when a co-worker and her husband come to dinner, what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone’s relationships and beliefs about race and identity in shards. Read More »
The How I Met Your Mother star and Broadway and Mad Menregular will be among the players at New York Stage And Film’s Powerhouse Theater presentations this summer at Vassar College. Josh Radnor will appear opposite Leslie Bibb (Neil LaBute’s Reasons To Be Happy) in Richard Greenberg’s The Babylon Line (June 25-July 6), directed by Steppenwolf veteran Terry Kinney. That cast includes Tony winners Randy Graff (City Of Angels, Les Miserables) and Frank Wood (Clybourne Park, August: Osage County) plus Maddie Corman (Next Fall), Julie Halston (Hairspray), and Michael Oberholtzer. Tony winners Morse (for the original production of Frank Loesser’s How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying) and Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins’ Broadway) are set for In Your Arms (July 5-13) along with Ryan Steele (Matilda) and the great Carole Shelley (Billy Elliot). Read More »
Jason Segel told CNN it would be the best series ending ever — except, he said, for the long-running Newhart series finale. You know, the one in which Vermont innkeeper Bob Newhart got knocked out by a flying golf ball in the late ’80s, and when he woke up, he was in bed with his ’70s sitcom wife Suzanne Pleshette and the whole ’80s series was a dream. That would seem to point to a surprise ending for How I Met Your Mother — maybe the “surprise” ending that’s been discussed endlessly in social media for days and which show creators danced around at the recent PaleyFest …
Directed and written by and starring Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Liberal Arts has an international trailer that just surfaced. The Sundance hit also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Zac Efron, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro and Elizabeth Reaser. IFC Films opens the movie September 14 in New York and Los Angeles, expanding to additional markets September 21.
Revolver Entertainment and Picturehouse Entertainment have jointly acquired all UK rights to Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts and Bart Layton’s feature documentary The Imposter. Both films premiered in Sundance this week. Liberal Arts stars Radnor along with Elizabeth Olsen, Zac Efron, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro and Elizabeth Reaser. Radnor plays a divorcee who returns to his alma mater and falls for a sophomore (Olsen). Earlier this week, IFC acquired the film for North America. The Imposter is a stranger-than-fiction tale about the disappearance of a Texas boy who later resurfaces in Spain with a shocking story of kidnap and torture – but all is not what it seems. Produced by Dimitri Doganis, the film is an A&E IndieFilms, Film4 and Channel 4 presentation of a RAW Production in association with Red Box Films and Passion Pictures. Executive producers on the film are John Battsek and Simon Chinn. The Liberal Arts deal was struck between Revolver’s Dave Bishop, Picturehouse’s Clare Binns and Hyde Park International’s Ruzanna Kegeyan and Gersh’s Jennifer Dana and Jay Cohen. The Imposter deal was handled by Bishop, Binns and Protagonist CEO Ben Roberts. The joint acquisition is a first for Picturehouse and Revolver.
IFC acquired North American rights to Liberal Arts, written and directed by Josh Radnor. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen and Richard Jenkins. Radnor stars as a divorcee who returns to his alma mater and falls for a sophomore (Olsen). IFC will release later this year.
The road for Sundance films is often paved with adversity, but worthy films usually find their way through. Here’s a trailer for Happythankyoumoreplease, the directorial debut of How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor. I met Josh when he launched the film at 2010 Sundance. Though the film won last year’s Audience Award, its first distribution deal made on the heels of the festival fell through. A new one was made with Anchor Bay last August. It has taken Radnor longer than most 2010 Sundance filmmakers, but he finally gets his day in theaters March 4. Here’s a trailer:
Former House co-star Jennifer Morrison has signed on for a major recurring role on the upcoming sixth season of the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother. The role, a new love interest for lead Josh Radnor’s Ted Mosby, is described as a rabble-rousing activist who may or may not end up being the proverbial mother of Ted’s 2 children. Morrison landed the role shortly after reading with Radnor yesterday. In her comedy series debut, Morrison, who starts on the 20th TV-produced HIMYM on Monday, will appear in at least 5 and as many as 10-13 episodes.
Since she left House last year, Morrison, repped by UTA and John Carrabino, did a Broadway play, filmed the upcoming Lionsgate movie Warrior and shot an episode of NBC’s upcoming drama series Chase.
EXCLUSIVE: Josh Radnor’s feature directorial debut Happythankyoumoreplease has severed ties with distributor Hannover House, and is negotiating a new deal to be distributed by Anchor Bay Films. The intention is to release the film theatrically.
The deal’s being made by Anchor Bay Films acquisition head Kevin Kasha, who most recently acquired City Island and the Michael Douglas-starrer Solitary Man, both of which had theatrical releases.
The film was written, directed and produced by Radnor, the star of the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and it premiered last January at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. Shortly after, the film’s North American and DVD rights were acquired by Hannover House, the Arkansas-based company that separately just received a cease and desist letter from Terminator rights holder Pacificor, a missive that followed Hannover House’s announced plans to make Terminator 3000, an animated 3D feature. While Hannover House did handle the release of another festival pickup, the Joel Schumacher-directed Twelve with Chace Crawford and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, there were rumbles of problems on Radnor’s film.
Happythankyoumoreplease is actually the third independent film to recently sever ties to a distribution company. I Love You Philip Morris was pulled back from upstart distributor Consolidated Pictures Group by producer/financier Luc Besson’s Europacorp, after three release dates were missed and CPG seemed unable to come up with promised P&A money. The … Read More »