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Dec 27, 2013   Leave a Comment Stage

Top 10 – No Man’s Land: Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart led a formidable all-star cast (with Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley), bandying and insinuating Harold Pinter’s dialogue and treacherous silences to strangely moving, comic effect that went down as smoothly as the fine-malt scotch endlessly consumed on Berkeley Repertory’s stage in the out-of-town warm-up for the production now on Broadway. Continue @

Dec 27, 2013   Leave a Comment Article

Alice Eve recalls the day she learned skipping breakfast is not a good idea. “I did a film called Stage Beauty with Billy Crudup and Claire Danes. And the first day I was ever on set, I didn’t eat breakfast because the woman doing my makeup was all up in my face and I wasn’t used to it and I didn’t know to make time to like eat. So I got on set and it was 10 o’clock and I was in a corset and I was nearly fainting. Billy Crudup, who will forever be my hero for this, was like ‘Everybody, Stop. Get the girl some toast, let her eat and then we’ll start again.’ And I was like ‘thank you.’” Continue @

Dec 24, 2013   Leave a Comment Site Update

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Dec 24, 2013   Leave a Comment Stage

Shuler Hensley is used to filling big roles. This imposing 6-foot-4 actor from Atlanta has appeared on Broadway and in film in larger-than-life roles like the villainous Jud Fry in OKLAHOMA! and Frankenstein’s monster-twice! -in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and again, on the screen, in VAN HELSING. But he now faces his biggest challenge in his current dual roles being performed in repertory-as Briggs in Harold Pinter’s NO MAN’S LAND and Pozzo in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Hensley shares the stage with an acclaimed cast-Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen (both of whom have been knighted) and Billy Crudup-and all have received raves. The existential plays have not only been challenging audiences since their opening, they have also been heartily amusing. Continue @

Dec 15, 2013   Leave a Comment Rudderless, Sundance

William H. Macy has been to the Sundance Film Festival a number of times as an actor, most recently with “The Sessions” (then “The Surrogate”) in 2012. This year he’ll return to his beloved Utah mountains, but as the director of “Rudderless,” the closing night film. “It’s a lovely festival. I’ve had tremendous luck there,” the Oscar-nominated actor (for “Fargo”) said . “This is sweet.” This is Macy’s feature film directorial debut and he says he’s now “hooked” and wants to direct again as soon as possible. He filmed “Rudderless” in Oklahoma City in 25 days, which coincided with his hiatus from the Showtime series “Shameless.” The film is about a grieving father’s downfall, and life-changing decision to form a rock band after he stumbles upon a box of original music by his deceased son. It explores both gun violence and music, and stars Billy Crudup, Selena Gomez, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman and Macy. The actor-director talked with Speakeasy about “Rudderless.” Edited excerpts are below.
Does Billy Crudup play his own music in the film?

Yes. We did it all to playback. I had grand illusions of trying to do live recordings but on our budget, it just wasn’t going to happen. It’s to playback but we ran tape on everything that they did. We mixed it in and it gives it a great sound because we would mix in some of the ambient noise: the squeak of the guitar strings and the drums and the background noise. It really has that presence. It sounds live. Billy plays guitar, you’ll see him, there’s some of the stuff we do live, and the other stuff is sweetened. Continue @