Given how spoiled we’ve been with numerous invites to soirées and galas of late, the novelty of a charity event set in a bowling lane—a bowling lane!—seemed just delightful, a real opportunity to let our hair down. And there was still a generous helping of celebrities in the crowd who had come to support Our Time, a charity aimed at helping young stutterers. Fronting the event was genial film star Paul Rudd, who took time out of his acclaimed Broadway play Grace to lend a famous face to the event.
Bowling may not be considered the pinnacle of athleticism, but that didn’t quell the competitive streak of several guests.
Polished and uniformly riveting, the four actors in Grace, a new play on Broadway by Craig Wright, directed by Dexter Bullard at the Cort, provide the grace an otherwise benign and disappointing play does not. The playwright had a runaway success off-Broadway with Mistakes Were Made. History and good fortune did not repeat themselves uptown. However, the estimable Michael Shannon has graced both plays, and for that, Mr. Wright can count his blessings. That goes for the rest of us too.
A treatise on theology and faith, with all the doubt and distrust, hope and salvation such weighty subjects inspire, Grace picks at scabs instead of fully addressing them. If you’re looking for answers to earth-shattering questions raised by Sunday-morning television evangelists looking to raid your soul for profit, you will go away empty. But you will spend 90 edgy minutes (without intermission) in the company of a few vainglorious actors, good and true, while you make up your mind.
The Eight-Day Week
We just can’t get enough of Paul Rudd—no matter how hard he tries. The inescapable camera actor (Our Idiot Brother, This is 40 and Wanderlust on the silver screen, Parks and Recreation on the smaller one) returns to Broadway with the evangelism drama Grace. It’s his first time back since that Three Days of Rain Read More
The Eight-Day Week
Tonight, we’re dropping in on a preview of the latest big-star-on-Broadway show, to see the acting-for-screen tics that’ll get ironed out by opening. The ubiquitous Paul Rudd (last season of Parks and Recreation, this winter’s new Judd Apatow flick, This Is 40, along with every other Apatow comedy, and Julia Roberts’ Broadway play, back when Read More
Big Apple Idolatry
- Fresh off his Broadway run in Chicago, Usher will be kicking his feet up in one of those swivel pods on the third season of The Voice. He and Shakira will be taking over for Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green, who are vacating their judges’ chairs on NBC’s hit music contest. Of coorse, Usher has an ace card up his sleeve to win over any waffling young talent. It’s two words, and rhymes with Bustin Tweezer.
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‘Bachelor Pad,’ less raunchy than a Paul Rudd flick.
ABC, bastion of decency, has refused to air an ad for The Weinstein Company’s Our Idiot Brother.
Ever since he broke out in the 1995 Jane Austen-goes-to-the-Valley romp Clueless, earning teen idol status for the somewhat questionable act of kissing his underage onscreen step-sister, Paul Rudd has carved out a niche for himself in Hollywood as the go-to hapless everyman. Most of his roles fall into two categories: the hapless, disarming romantic lead (I Love You, Man, How Do You Know), and the hapless, hammy sidekick (Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Wet Hot American Summer). But in Our Idiot Brother, a warm and witty comedy from brother-sister team Jesse and Evgenia Peretz, Mr. Rudd has found a perfect role that showcases his considerable charm and comic talent without robbing him of his hap.
The Eight-Day Week
Last night’s Cinema Society- and Altoids-sponsored Our Idiot Brother screening, Precious star Gabourey Sidibe was raving about the film’s star, Paul Rudd.
“I love Clueless!” she told us. (A photographer, shortly after, announced that Mr. Rudd’s Clueless co-star Alicia Silverstone was in the building.) She particularly loved Mr. Rudd’s role in The Ten. We Read More
Last night, the New York premiere of Our Idiot Brother was held at 1 MiMa, the Midtown apartment complex. Stars were treated to an outdoor screening, followed by an after party in the building. Guests included Gabourey Sidibe, Terry Richardson, Audrey Gelman, Courtney Love, Richard Belzer, Helen Lee Schifter, Alex and Keytt Lundqvist and Judah Friedlander. Read More