ALL IN A DAY'S WORK
For actors, 24 hour plays are like the last day of class – the illusion of working remains, but everybody knows it’s just a thinly veiled disguise for goofing off with your friends and wearing fake Mexican mustaches. And at Monday night’s event at the American Airlines Theater, the pranks were in full swing and the faux facial hair put to good use as a host of stars took to the stage to support the Urban Arts program. “This is the most fun you can have with your clothes on that benefits children and is sponsored by Mont Blanc,” joked the charity’s Executive Director Philip Courtney as he stood under the spotlight, eagerly watched by his A-List peers.
Mischief and mishaps undeniably characterized the event, but a wave of hush fell over the audience as student poets Janessa Terry and Canice Munroe performed their work at the show’s opening. Their words had audience members and celebrities alike enthralled, and highlighted the excellent forum provided by Urban Arts in enabling young creatives from underprivileged backgrounds to showcase their talent.
“Have you ever been to Minneapolis?” Billy Crudup asked the New York Observer last night at the Soho Grand Hotel’s Club Room, where the Cinema Society & Grey Goose were hosting an after-party for their screening of the bleakly dark comedy, Thin Ice.
We actually hadn’t been, but Mr. Crudup had, as that was where the movie had been shot.
“It’s very, very cold,” he told us.
“Oh, we can’t imagine. So in the movie…”
“No, no no noooo,” he interrupted us, chuckling. “It’s very, very cold.”
Billy Crudup then stared at the New York Observer for a beat, decided something, and leaned in to tell us a secret.
Monday night The Observer found ourselves pulled into a full-on huddle with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Rockwell and Billy Crudup.
“Sam is our spokesman,” Hoffman said, pointing to his fellow actor.
The three of them had come to the Hudson Hotel for a particularly raucous after-party celebrating LAByrinth Theater’s “Celebrity Charades 2010: Fight Night,” in Read More
Running time 143 minutes
Written by Ronan Bennett, Michael Mann and Ann Biderman
Directed by Michael Mann
Starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Channing Tatum, Stephen Graham, Giovanni Ribisi, Billy Crudup
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In the spirit of full disclosure, I should be upfront about my feelings on the whole Watchmen hullabaloo: I wanted no part of it (and not just because I used to cohabitate with a seriously rabid Watchmen fan … you know the kind who keeps the book by the bedside table, babbling about dystopia and Read More
Like the rest of you, we’ll be watching The Watchmen next weekend, though, truth be told, the whole experience is starting to feel a bit like homework.
The early reviews have been split down the middle, with the fanboys drooling (spoiler alert: Harry Knowles loved it!) and the real critics meeting the film Read More
At a benefit for The New Group theater company, we learned that even celebrities like Billy Crudup and Justin Long have been fired (not Ethan Hawke, though).
We learned the difference between the man who buys a $300 shirt and the man who buys a $600 shirt at a fashion show sponsored Read More
As the U.S. economy goes ever more deeply down the rabbit hole, the attendees at Monday evening’s benefit at Chelsea Piers for The New Group theater company were in the mood to share their stories of past financial woe.
"I’m a Mac" actor (and former Drew Barrymore dater) Justin Long, who is in town Read More
What doesBilly Crudup do when a panhandler approaches him in the street?
“As a New Yorker, you’re confronted with people who are in need in one way or another. Whether it’s people asking you for money or asking you for a meal—and it’s very difficult to make that decision on a moment-to-moment basis, day after Read More
John Waters meets Shakespeare in Love in the vibrant, thrilling, colorful and somewhat campy Stage Beauty, set in the bawdy days of the British Restoration, when women were forbidden to appear onstage and men won admirers on both sides of the sexual equation for playing everything from Aphrodite to Juliet. In 1661, waspish London diarist Read More