Sunday, June 16, 2024

Exclusive: Tony Award Winners Elaine May, Mary Louise Parker, Danny Burstein Starring in Zoom Movie Written and Directed by Peter Hedges


There isn’t much movie production these days, and what there isn’t so interesting.

But I’m told that writer director Peter Hedges, whose top notch credits include “Ben is Back,” “Dan in Real Life,” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” is busy making a film right now.

There’s no title and the plot remains a secret, but Hedges is doing the whole thing via Zoom. I’m assuming we won’t see the little boxes, but it will be edited together to make it look like a film.

What I have heard is that it stars three Tony Award winners: Elaine May, Mary Louise Parker, and Danny Burstein. They play mother, son, and daughter– so it has to be a comedy. Danny won his Tony for “Fiddler on the Roof” and is starring in “Moulin Rouge” right now on Broadway in an alternate universe. Elaine is the legendary writer-director-actress, beloved by all. She was supposed to star in “Love Letters” this summer on stage in New York.

Mary Louise Parker’s Tony was for “Proof,” but if there had been Tonys this year, she would have won for “The Sound Inside.” Amazing performance.

We have to give credit to filmmakers who are doing something, anything of interest during this period of inertia. I can’t wait to see what the result is!

In the meantime, go check out Peter Hedges’ other movies on all the platforms including the very good “Pieces of April” with Patricia Clarkson and Katie Holmes, and “Ben is Back” with Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges.



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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