April 11, 2008

News Briefs

  • One of the highest ranking women in theatre, Mara Manus who cleaned up the Public Theatre from a financial mess, will step down from her position as Executive Director this summer. The NY Times piece makes inferences on conflicts between her and new Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. What else is new? Chief Who Ended Fiscal Crisis Resigns from Public Theatre (NY Times)
  • One of the most highly praised documentaries of the year Trouble the Water (co-directed by Tia Lessin about a Katrina survivor) which won awards at Sundance still does not have a distributor. Eugene Hernandez at IndieWire said that one of the reasons could be that the movie is perceived as "too black." What's Up With Water? (IndieWire)
  • Screen Gems is planning a hip-hop version of Emma and Natalie Portman will star in another version of Wuthering Heights.
  • Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey from Grey's Anatomy) has signed on to star in the Hallmark Channel original movie “Accidental Friendship.” She will play a woman who finds herself homeless. Her life looks to be tumbling into an abyss until she unexpectedly crosses paths with a female police officer who helps put her life back on track. The movie, written by Anna Sandor (Felicity: An American Girl Adventure), is set to go into production early next month to premiere sometime in late November or December. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Logo will premiere Sordid Lives: The Series on July 23 at 10p about a dysfunctional southern family and citizens of Winters, TX. The television series, which is created, written and directed by Del Shores, will star Bonnie Bedelia (did yuo see her last week on CSI?- I think she's be a great love interest for Grissom), Beth Grant, Leslie Jordan, Rue McClanahan, Olivia Newton-John and Caroline Rhea. (Cynopsis)