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Dec 15, 2013   Leave a Comment Rudderless, Sundance

A pair of Oklahoma-shot films, one a music-based drama and the other a documentary, have been selected to screen at next month’s Sundance Film Festival. Organizers announced that “Rudderless,” shot in Oklahoma City earlier this year and starring William H. Macy in his directorial debut, would not only make its world premiere there, but it was also chosen to be the closing-night festival film. The ensemble cast includes Billy Crudup, Selena Gomez and Laurence Fishburne for the movie that was co-written by Macy with a pair of Oklahoma City screenwriters, Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison, whose film “The Jogger” played last weekend at the Tulsa United Film Festival at Circle Cinema. Macy (“Fargo,” “Wild Hogs,” Showtime’s “Shameless”) and his cast were lured to the state through the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate program for an Oklahoma-set movie, “and it was lucky for us that we did. … People have been more than accommodating. They’ve been downright generous,” Macy has said.
“Rudderless” is described as a musical drama “about the power of a parent’s love. When a grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his deceased son’s original music, he forms a rock ‘n’ roll band, which changes his life,” according to the festival’s press release. The film, also co-starring Anton Yelchin and Macy’s wife — award-winning actress Felicity Huffman — is screening in the noncompetition category of world premieres at Sundance’s revered indie filmmaking festival. Continue @

Dec 07, 2013   Leave a Comment Reviews, Stage

It’s a rare treat on Broadway to have two groups of actors tackling plays in repertory. Mark Rylance and friends from the Globe in London are presenting Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Richard III while Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are reprising their West End success with two modernist classics, Waiting For Godot and No Man’s Land. They are joined by Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley and truly half the fun is getting to see these accomplished performers in dramatically different settings one right after the other. (I know some make it an all day marathon, with one in the afternoon and one at night, but that’s a bit too much nihilism for me.) Continue @

Dec 03, 2013   Leave a Comment Profile, Stage

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart star with Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley in NO MAN’S LAND and WAITING FOR GODOT directed by Sean Mathias. This limited engagement repertory season is now playing at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street) where it will run through March 2 only. For performance schedule and more information, visit Continue @

Nov 23, 2013   Leave a Comment Interview

Few young stage actors can resist the lure of Hollywood once they’ve gotten a breakout film role. Billy Crudup, on the other hand, has made theater a priority for almost two decades, seeking out complex character roles that require much more than movie star handsomeness. Between screen credits in Almost Famous, Big Fish, Watchmen, Too Big to Fail and many more, Crudup has earned three Tony nominations and a Best Featured Actor Tony Award for playing Russian literary critic Vissarion Belinsky in The Coast of Utopia. He’s currently juggling the roles of Lucky in Waiting for Godot and Foster in No Man’s Land, yet another big challenge he says he feels “extremely fortunate” to tackle. For his Role Call, Crudup chose his Tony roles, his first film hit and a smaller scale movie that was especially meaningful. Continue @

Nov 23, 2013   Leave a Comment Upcoming

This year has seen quite a few actors trying their hand behind the camera, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lake Bell and Jason Bateman releasing their feature-length directorials. Poised to join their ranks next year is William H. Macy with the Billy Crudup-starring “Rudderless,” his first feature film effort following an HBO TV movie way, way back in 1988. And now we can see the result as the first stills from the film have arrived online for your viewing pleasure. First announced this past spring, the indie drama follows Crudup as a grieving father who forms a band after discovering music written by his late son. Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, Felicity Huffman and Macy himself round out the cast. Here’s the full synopsis: Continue @