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‘The Caller’ Opens in New York…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Feb 11th, 2009
2009
Feb 11

 NEW YORK

The Caller

 

The Caller

 

The past catches up with the present in Richard Ledes’ riveting neo-noir. A quiet cat-and-mouse thriller, THE CALLER is led by the captivating Frank Langella and stellar Elliott Gould. Langella plays Jimmy Stevens, an executive at an international energy firm. When he decides to blow the whistle on his company’s corrupt practices in Latin America, he knows his fate-he will be killed for treason, so he anonymously hires private detective Frank Turlotte (Gould) to stay on his tail. Turlotte reluctantly accepts the job, but unbeknownst to him, the man he was hired to investigate and the man who hired him are one and the same. As Stevens’ and Turlotte’s lives continue to intertwine, puzzle pieces fall together, and the secrets of the past start to explain the future. Ledes-whose first feature, A Hole in One, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2004-displays an assured growth and versatility with The Caller. With A Hole in One, he showed a flare for using a strong, somewhat surreal visual style, but The Caller employs a more restrained and muted grace that heightens the underlying tension throughout. Frank Langella delivers an understated performance that subtly evokes all the complexities of his character. Gould is a natural complement to Langella, and along with Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive) as an exquisite femme fatale, the trio brings a natural sophistication to Ledes’ and Alain Didier-Weill’s sharp, labyrinthine script. –David Kwok, Tribeca Film Festival

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Opens Friday, February 13, 2009

Quad Cinema

34 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011

212-255-8800

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Theater Review…Equus

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 26th, 2008
2008
Sep 26

THEATER REVIEW

In the Darkness of the Stable

 

 

 

The young wizard has chosen wisely. Making his Broadway debut in Thea Sharrock’s oddly arid revival of Peter Shaffer’s “Equus,” which opened Thursday night at the Broadhurst Theater, the 19-year-old film star Daniel Radcliffe steps into a mothball-preserved, off-the-rack part and wears it like a tailor’s delight — that is, a natural fit that allows room to stretch. Would that the production around him, first presented in London, showed off Mr. Shaffer’s 1973 psychodrama as flatteringly as it does its stage-virgin star.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 14th, 2008
2008
Sep 14

NEW YORK

Radcliffe readies for Broadway’s ‘test of nerve’

 

(Seth Wenig / AP)

 

‘Equus’ star says doing theater helps in ‘seeing what you are made of’

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The Associated Press
Sept. 12, 2008
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NEW YORKDaniel Radcliffe is talking about Alan Strang, the troubled young man he plays in Equus, the Peter Shaffer drama now being revived on Broadway.

 

“The brilliant thing about Alan is that you wouldn’t notice him walking down the street,” says Radcliffe. “He’s kind of inconspicuous. He’s like Alec Guinness in all those films where he just sort of becomes invisible as soon as he walks into a crowd.”   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Cary Grant in the 1930 Census…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 10th, 2008
2008
Jun 10

NEW YORK SPECIAL

 

THE 1930 CENSUS

Cary Grant

(1904-1986)

ne Archibald Leach

Film Actor

Roger O. Thornhill in North by Northwest (1959)

 

 

 

 

(click on image to enlarge) 

 

128-130 West 47th Street

Manhattan, New York County, New York

 

Rent, no data

no Radio

Census taken on April 22, 1930

 

 HOUSEHOLD RESIDENTS:*

 

  1. Arthur [sic] Leach (lodger), 27 / England (1922) / Actor / Theatre.

 

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* Information includes relationship to head of household, age / place of birth (year of arrival in this country, if applicable) / occupation / industry.

  

The preceeding text is taken from my recent book, Celebrities in the 1930 Census (McFarland & Co., Inc., 2008). This directory provides an extensive listing of household information collected for over 2,265 famous or notorious individuals who were alive during the 1930 United States Census. Please note: The above photographs do not appear in the book.

New York: Then & Now…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 6th, 2008
2008
Jun 6

NEW YORK SPECIAL

The Paramount Theatre

Then & Now

 

 

 

TOP: The Paramount Theatre on Times Square (1933)

BOTTOM: The former Paramount Building (2008)

 

1501 Broadway @ West 43rd Street

Manhattan, New York

 

On Times Square, on November 19, 1926, the New York Paramount Theatre opened its doors to a full 3,364 seat house and rave reviews. The New York Times ran the first ad, describing “an acre of seats in a palace of splendor.” The flagship house of the Paramount-Publix chain, spearheaded by Adolph Zukor, was an architectural triumph.

 

Cornerstone of the Paramount Building

 

NOTE: The “Then” photo shows the Paramount Theater in 1933. The film showing is Pick-up starring Sylvia Sydney and George Raft. The building to the right of the Paramount is the Astor Hotel, which was demolished in 1966. In the bottom “Now” photo, the former Paramount building looks virtually the same except that it is no longer a theater but a Hard Rock Cafe restaurant.

 

Olive Thomas at Woodlawn Cemetery…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 2nd, 2008
2008
Jun 2

 — NEW YORK SPECIAL —

 

WOODLAWN CEMETERY

Olive Thomas

(1894-1920)

 

 

AMERICAN SILENT FILM ACTRESS

 

BORN: October 24, 1894, Charleroi, Pennsylvania

DIED: September 10, 1920, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

CAUSE OF DEATH: Accidental poisoning

 

FUNERAL: St. Thomas Church, New York

 

 

BURIAL: Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx, New York

 

 

Allan Does New York…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on May 24th, 2008
2008
May 24

New York City Highlights

 

 

 Times Square

 

by Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Recently I returned from a trip to New York City where I did research for my Miriam Hopkins biography. I also spent time with some good friends who showed me the greatest hospitality. Thanks again to Adam, Steve, Joe and Arlene.

 

During my stay, I accessed information from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Museum of the City of New York and had a charming visit with media legend, Joe Franklin.

 

The Billy Rose Collection at the NYPL is a great resource especially for the theatre. Miriam Hopkins was exclusive to Broadway from 1921 to 1931 and returned on occasion for the next thirty years. In future postings I will document her stage appearances. At the library, I also perused the papers of Chamberlain and Lyman Brown who served as theatrical agents for Hopkins for more than twenty years. The Cheryl Crawford papers gave me information on the making of the Broadway play, The Perfect Marriage, that starred Hopkins and Victor Jory and was produced by Crawford.

 

The Museum of the City of New York has archives that cover the entire history of Broadway. I was able to go through files for every play that Hopkins appeared in.

 

In future posts I will concentrate on a few New York film related landmarks. For now, here are photos from my visit of some popular New York sites. Please “click” on image to enlarge.

    

 

         

 

 

         

 

 

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