15th Annual 24 Hour Plays After Party
The 15th Annual 24 Hour Plays: On Broadway, featuring Taran Killam, Edie Falco, Rosie Perez and Molly Ringwald, was presented Nov. 16 at 8 PM at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre.
The annual event draws distinguished artists from throughout the entertainment industry who join forces in an extreme theatre endeavor: writing, directing and performing six original short plays from the ground up in 24 hours, Nov. 15-16, with performances on the 16th. Proceeds from the performance support New York’s Urban Arts Partnership in its efforts to close the achievement gap in NYC’s underserved public schools.
The marathon began at 10 PM Nov. 15. Each actor shared a costume piece and a prop, and revealed a special skill and something they’ve always wanted to do onstage, after which each writer was tasked with composing a ten-minute play by 6 AM this morning. Directors return at 9 AM to meet with their cast for the first time. Less than 12 hours later, the plays debut in front of a live audience at 8 PM.
Julia Stiles to perform for charity that creates a Broadway play in 24 hours
Live theatre is stressful for any actor, so just imagine how crazy it can be if you’ve been handed a script only a few hours before having to go onstage.
That’s what’s facing about two dozen brave stars on Monday night at the 15th annual benefit “The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway,” which asks actors, writers and directors to come up with six original short plays over the course of a day.
“The biggest lesson is to have fun and not take yourself too seriously,” said Jason Biggs, the “American Pie” star. “You’re going to look like a fool — that’s the point.”
Biggs will be joined by performers Sasha Alexander, Geoffrey Arend, Lorraine Bracco, Tony Danza, Edie Falco, Ashley Fink, Ari Graynor, Kesha, John Krasinski, David Krumholtz, Margarita Levieva, Adrienne Moore, Diane Neal, Rosie Perez, Phylicia Rashad, Molly Ringwald, Julia Stiles, Amber Tamblyn, Tracie Thoms and Vanessa Williams.
Saturday Night Live will be well represented by Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah and Cecily Strong and Rachel Dratch — a nod to that show’s ability to nurture people fast on their feet.
Biggs and Stiles are repeat offenders at “The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway” and call it a highlight every year, even though there’s plenty of sweat and stress getting ready.
“There’s a weird addiction to it where you keep wanting to come back to it every year even if you were panicking leading up to a performance,” said Stiles. “There’s something so great about seeing how much can get done in 24 hours.”
Biggs agrees: “At some point during the day before the performance, we’re like, ‘Why do we do this? Why are we here? Why do we agree to keep coming back? It’s like a monkey touching the electric fence.”
Directors this year are Andy Fickman, Thomas Kail, Leigh Kilton Smith, Patricia McGregor, Kathy Najimi and Eduardo Ponti. The writers include David Lindsay-Abaire, Rachel Axler, David Cross, Dael Orlandersmith and Jonathan Marc Sherman.
The whole thing works this way: The playwrights will gather at 10 p.m. on Sunday and will write a short play by 7 a.m. the next morning. As one might guess, they can get very silly indeed.
The celebrity actors — who, to help the process, have brought in a prop and a costume, as well as reveal a skill and a secret desire — are cast and then rehearse the work for the next 12 hours.
“The actors have it tough,” said Biggs. “But at least we’ve gotten some sleep the night before. These writers are there all night long, under the gun, trying to come up with funny jokes and characters at 4 o’clock in the morning. I’d much rather be the actor in this scenario.”
Then, at 8 p.m. on Monday, the plays will be performed for a live audience of over 1,000 people at the American Airlines Theatre. The one-night-only show benefits the Urban Arts Partnership, an organization that brings arts education into New York City classrooms.
“There’s no way to prepare for it, really. The only thing you can do is try to get a good night’s sleep,” Stiles said.
As for what prop she will bring, Stiles is leaning toward bringing along something that is cluttering up her home.
“I’ve been thinking about something I want to get rid of because oftentimes you forget to pick it after the show,” she said, laughing.
Go With Me’ Sells to Key Markets
Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has sold key foreign territories for “Go With Me,” starring Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Julia Stiles, Variety has learned exclusively.
The film, co-financed by Electric and Enderby Entertainment, is based on the book by Castle Freeman Jr. and was directed by Daniel Alfredsson from a script by Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs.Producers are Rick Dugdale for Enderby Entertainment, Lindsay Williams and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein for The Gotham Group, Jacobs and Hopkins.
The film was picked up for all Italian rights by Microcinema. Other newly sold territories include Central Park for Turkey, Cinemania in the former Yugoslavia, CMC Content in Taiwan, Films4You in Portugal, IPA in Thailand and Vietnam, Octo Arts in the Philippines, Shoval in Israel, Tanweer in Greece. Rights were previously sold in Spain, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
The film recently had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Electric will continue sales at the American Film Market.
Stiles portrays a woman newly returned to her Pacific Northwest hometown who becomes the subject of harassment by an ex-cop-turned-crimelord, played by Liotta. She enlists the help of an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his laconic young sidekick to go up her adversary.
We have also added a new still from the film, to the gallery.
Out of the Dark Screencaps
We have added x874 screencaps of Julia in Out of the Dark to the image gallery …
On Bourne 5 Set in Spain
Julia was snapped shooting scenes for the as-yet-untitled fifth film in the The Bourne series in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Canary Islands, Spain, 18 September 2015. The movie will be released in July 2016….!
‘Bourne 5’ Set In Greece ; Tommy Lee Jones And Julia Stiles In The Cast?
Actor Matt Damon has revealed that the upcoming movie “Bourne 5” may be set in Greece and cast members to join the film, including Julia Stiles and Tommy Lee Jones. Damon is all set to return with the “Bourne 5” movie. Based on the life of protagonist Jason Bourne, this series is a very popular action franchise, loved across the world.
Academy award winner Paul Greengrass will be directing the 5th installment in the franchise. He oversaw the production of “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “The Bourne Supremacy,” according to iDigital Times. However, the title of this movie is to be decided. The lead actor Damon discussed about the plot of the movie in his recent interview with BuzzFeed News. He revealed that the movie will be based in Europe and will showcase the post Snowden world. He further said that many changes will also be seen in the upcoming movie. The audiences can expect a lot about the civil liberties and spying. Damon said that the filming location of the movie is zeroed down to Greece for the moment, but it may change in the future. He also joked that the movie will end in Las Vegas.
The exact details and the plot of the movie are still under wraps. However, it is known for sure that Damon’s character will not do a cross over with Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross, who was seen in “The Bourne Supremacy.” Alicia Vikander will play the female lead in the new movie. In addition, Julia Stiles may be reprising her role of Nicky Parsons as the ex-CIA agent. A new high ranking officer will also be introduced in this movie and Tommy Lee Jones is expected to play this part.
“Bourne 5” release is scheduled on July 29, 2016.
Trainwreck After Party Photos
Julia attended the Trainwreck After Party July 14th, and was also spotted holding hands with a new fella in Upper West Side!
Guardian Interview + Photoshoot
Julia was also interviewed by The UK Guardian last week, you can find the Q&A here, plus a new photoshoot by Charlie Forgham Bailey, here.
When were you happiest?
This morning when I woke up. I am generally happy.
What is your greatest fear?
I am not a fan of rats or pigeons. In New York City, they have become very confident. When I was a child, you went on the subways and the rats would stay down on the tracks, but now they hang out on the platform.
What is your earliest memory?
A hurricane in New York. My mum strapped me to her back to walk home, and all the windows were taped and boarded up.
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
People I went to school with who have careers as doctors and teachers.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What would your super power be?
I’d have a remote control for time, so I could rewind, fast-forward and pause.
What makes you unhappy?
Usually other people’s unhappiness.
Eden New York Premiere
We have added some photos of Julia at the New York premiere of Eden on June 8th, plus some candids from earlier in the year.
Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander Join New ‘Bourne’ Film
The cast of the new Bourne film is taking shape – and fans can expect to see a host of familiar faces as well as some new ones.
Julia Stiles will reportedly return for another round of spy intrigue and action, along with Matt Damon (the original Jason Bourne) and director Paul Greengrass.
Although the plot details are unknown at the moment, she is likely to reprise her role as CIA operative Nicolette, who broke the rules to help the rogue agent.
Deadline is also reporting that Alicia Vikander is joining the franchise. The Swedish actress (Ex-Machina, Testament of Youth) has signed up for the Universal Pictures release and apparently dropped a potential part in Assassins Creed due to scheduling conflicts.
Jeremy Renner took the reins in the last Bourne film, The Bourne Legacy, which grossed more than $270 million worldwide, but audiences and critics were largely unmoved by the revamp.
Damon’s three Bourne installments made nearly $1 billion at the global box office.
The untitled Bourne sequel is due in cinemas on 29 July 2016.
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