Lots of additional production stills from “A Long Way Down” have been added to the image library.
The Realistic Joneses opened yesterday, April 6, on Broadway at the Lycuem Theatre (149 W 45th Street). This new American play by Will Eno comes to Broadway after a critically-acclaimed run at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 2012. Here are the reviews, as compiled by Broadway World, alongside some new production stills.
Elysa Gardner, USA Today: “But there is more to the goofy John, played with robust wryness by Hall, and Tomei’s sweetly dizzy Pony than meets the eye. Using the intriguingly offbeat dialogue that is his hallmark – full of non sequiturs and blunt but often contradictory remarks that both evoke natural speech and lend a slightly surreal quality – Eno draws his four characters to each other in ways that, however predictable, movingly emphasize the ultimate commonality of the human condition…Joneses isn’t a downer, though, and director Sam Gold and his excellent cast ensure that its humor and poignance are equally served. Predictably, there’s no neat resolution; the play ends with all four of its characters in a relatively upbeat mood, yet not any surer how things will turn out. But that’s life for you, isn’t it?”
Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News: “It’s funny how trying to connect with neighbors, spouses, God, whomever, can lead you nowhere. Will Eno takes that idea and runs with it in “The Realistic Joneses,” an anxious comedy that packs rueful zingers, four first-rate starry performances and – buzzkill time, kids – diminishing returns for the entire second half…Under Sam Gold’s tight direction, the cast is natural and convincing. But three-quarters of an hour into the 95-minute show, the script simply circles without deepening, darkening or clarifying…But in “Realistic Joneses,” his Broadway debut, the engine remains stuck in second. Keeping up with these Joneses quickly loses its appeal.”
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune: “To some extent, Eno seems to be asking which of the Joneses is, in fact, realistic? Any of ’em? This is a play about confronting mortality for sure, which is what underscores the gobs of intellectual and linguistic stimulation that flows from the stage: Letts’ Bob, for example, no longer sees the point of painting the house, given that it only has to be redone. That being what you do is no longer sufficient for him. Bob, for the record, has many more caustic zingers, even though the character barely has the energy to spit them out. Hall’s John, meanwhile, keeps trying to talk risks of new enterprises and new ways to communicate (why not?), but he mostly flails. Of course. Death is a brick wall. But the play’s emotional appeal – and this one, weird as it most surely is, has more of that than any Eno work to date – comes from its equal recognition of the stress of taking care of the ill, the dying, the declining, the angst-ridden…Gold clearly understands that Eno is a writer with heart and compassion (and a useful touch of insecurity).” Read full story »
Over 700 Blu-Ray screencaptures from “The Way, Way Back” have been added to the image library. What a wonderful film! If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure to grab your copy for a great story with a magnificent ensemble cast, featuring Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph and Allison Janney. Additionally, screencaptures from the making of have been added as well.
Just in time for tonight’s Broadway opening of “The Realistic Joneses”, Toni Collette Online is sporting a brand new layout. Hope you like the new look. All content is still up with the filmography pages being shaped a little bit. The image library and the video archive have been matched to the new look, so enjoy browsing around.
The Broadway premiere of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses will open at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre tonight. The play, directed by Sam Gold, stars Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts, and Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei as two suburban couples with the same last name whose lives suddenly become intertwined. The play had its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre in 2012 under Gold’s direction.
Yahoo! Movies has launched the trailer premiere for “Lucky Them”, Toni Collette’s un-romantic comedy, which will receive a limited release in the United States on May 30. It’s been a long time since Toni’s been featured that much in a trailer, so it’s exciting to see – at the same time I hope that the limited release won’t mean that no one will get to see it. You can watch the trailer in the video archive with additional information below.
Rock stars have the worst luck around Toni Collette. In 1998’s “Velvet Goldmine,” she played the wife of ’70s glam rock star Brian Slade, who faked his assassination and disappeared into anonymity. Now she’s on the trail of another disappearing rocker from a very different musical era in the upcoming “Lucky Them.” Collette plays Ellie Klug, a rock journalist whose career is hanging by a thread when she gets the assignment to track down missing Seattle music icon Matthew Smith. It’s a complicated task, because Smith hasn’t been seen in a decade and he’s Klug’s ex-boyfriend. Helping her in her pursuit is Charlie (Thomas Haden Church), a former software mogul trying to reinvent himself as a documentary filmmaker. Where “Goldmine” flashed back two decades to the glam rock world of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, “Lucky Them” uses a similar gap in time to re-examine the grunge era of Kurt Cobain (who died 20 years ago next week). The film is also semi-autobiographical in nature, with Collette playing a role inspired by the film’s co-writer Emily Wachtel (who wrote under the pen name “Ellie Klug”). Also starring Oliver Platt and Ahna O’Reilly, “Lucky Them” opens in select theaters on May 30.