Monday, June 17, 2024

Woody Allen’s New Film Gets a Home; Franco Does Bieber; Old Jews Speak Esperanto; Ethan Hawke’s New Play


Woody Allen’s next film, “Blue Jasmine,” will be released by Sony Pictures Classics. The classy mini studio has been Woody’s home for a while now, and they’ve always had great success with his pictures.  from Gravier Productions. “Blue Jasmine” stars Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg. It is the story of the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife. The filmis produced by Woody’s sister, our friend Letty Aronson, with Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson. Maybe it will go to Cannes…

James Franco does Justin Bieber:

…An email was recently generated by a primary New York-area speaker of Esperanto saying that he will be going to see an off-Broadway show co-created by Dan Okrent, the uncle of linguist scholar Arika Okrent. The show in question:  the off-Broadway hit Old Jews Telling Jokes – or in Esperanto – Maljunaj Judoj Dirante Sxercojn, which actually translates as “Not Young Jews Say Jokes.”

In case your Esperanto history is rusty, Wikipedia says that the goal of its creator was to establish an easily learned and politically neutral language that transcended nationality, and would foster peace and international understanding between people.  And if a mother-in-law joke can’t do that, is there any hope at all?

OJTJ is currently running in New York.  Other productions, including Chicago and London, are being planned….

…from a press release: Ethan Hawke will direct and star in the title role of Clive, written by Jonathan Marc Sherman. The New Group will present the play’s world premiere Off-Broadway at The New Group at Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St.). The production features Brooks Ashmanskas, Vincent D’Onofrio, Zoe Kazan, and Jonathan Marc Sherman, among others. Previews begin January 17th with Opening Night set for Thursday, February 7th at 7 PM.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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