Sunday, April 21, 2024

Exclusive: Paul Bettany Directing Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Mackie in “Shelter”


Exclusive: Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly are part of the Brooklyn acting elite (at least I think they, as well as Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola, are still in that popular borough). Now Bettany– best known for playing Russell Crowe’s imaginary friend in “A Beautiful Mind”– is making his directorial debut. He’s getting ready to film Connelly–who got an Oscar for the same film–and the great Anthony Mackie in “Shelter.” It’s a love story about two homeless people, written by Bettany. Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire, Parade’s End) is also cast, and the production has just sent out a notice for a variety of other players. Bettany will be filming all over the city during September, when everything looks terrific. Yes, it’s low budget. But it does sound like something we’ll see at next spring’s Tribeca Film Festival.

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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