Not a Hard-Knock Life: Taylor Richardson Follows Lilla Crawford to Hollywood

first_img Written and directed by J. C. Chandor (Margin Call, All Is Lost), A Most Violent Year is set in New York City in 1981, statistically one of the city’s most violent years, and follows a struggling immigrant family that collides with the city’s underbelly. Richardson will play one of the daughters of Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis). Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Catalina Sandino Moreno and Christopher Abbott (Girls) are also featured in the film. Looks like the role of little orphan Annie has become the new launching pad to Hollywood! Following in the footsteps of Lilla Crawford, who plays Little Red Ridinghood in the upcoming Into the Woods film, successor Taylor Richardson has landed a role in the now-filming drama A Most Violent Year. Richardson opened in the 2012 Broadway revival of Annie in the role of Duffy. After play that feisty orphan for almost nine months, she began sharing the lead role with co-star Sadie Sink on July 30, 2013 and eventually took it over completely prior to Annie’s closing earlier this month. Like Into the Woods, A Most Violent Year is expected in theaters before the end of 2014 for award season contention. Go Annies! Check out our fun video interview with Richardson from 2012! View Commentslast_img read more

Betty Gilpin & Reed Birney on the ‘Weird But Wonderful’ I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard

first_imgSee Birney and Gilpin in I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard through March 1 at Atlantic Stage 2. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2015 Q: Betty, do you remember seeing Reed act onstage?BETTY GILPIN: When I first came to New York, I went to see Reed in Blasted. I was totally altered as a person and as an actor. I was like, “Holy sh*t, that’s the kind of theater I want to do.” So doing this play with Reed is a monumental experience.Q: I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard is a rough ride—how do you unwind after letting out so much emotionally?REED BIRNEY: Betty goes home and collapses. I’ll go out with people, but we’ve both remarked that around 3:00 in the afternoon, we both start to seize up knowing what lies ahead. It takes about 15 minutes into the play before I can relax, and then it’s actually kind of fun. But the first bit is still terrifying.Q: Have your families come to see the show? Is it tough for them to watch?BETTY GILPIN: My parents are coming soon, and originally I was like, “Just don’t come, you’re gonna be too weirded out.” But something changed and I decided they have to come. It’s weird but wonderful.REED BIRNEY: My wife, 15-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son came opening night. I hadn’t really prepared them for what this was. The first thing my daughter said was, “Dad, I’ll never pour a bottle of wine on you,” which I thought was very nice. [Laughs.] My wife wanted to come back, but my son said, “I can’t see it again.” For him, it was too sad. I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard Related Shows Q: People are buzzing about whether this play is based on Halley Feiffer’s relationship with her own father, cartoonist and playwright Jules Feiffer. What do you think?BETTY GILPIN: Halley and I are friends, but she made it clear in the rehearsal room it wasn’t somewhere she wanted to go. We really never talked about it.REED BIRNEY: I pushed it a little more than you did. And she told me, “It’s a version of what my life could have been.”BETTY GILPIN: People sometimes say to me after the show, “You really nailed Halley’s physicality.” I’ve not for one second tried to model my performance after her. I think it cheapens it to say it’s autobiographical, or that I’m playing Halley or Reed’s playing her father. It’s not the world we’ve made.REED BIRNEY: I did a play [Anthony Rose] with Jules in Philadelphia years ago, and I found him completely charming and we had a ball. For half a second I thought, “What about Jules could I bring into this?” At one point they wanted me to grow a beard and I couldn’t because I’m doing some TV stuff I had to keep my face clean-shaven for, but then I thought, “No. I don’t want it to be that close to Jules.”In the play, David and Ella are consumed by reviews of their work. How do you feel about reading your own reviews?BETTY GILPIN: I can’t read them. I’m too sensitive.REED BIRNEY: How do you deal with people who are like, [whiny voice] “Have you seen your review?”BETTY GILPIN: I cover my ears [laughs].Q: What do you do, Reed?REED BIRNEY: For a while, I wouldn’t read them until the play was over, and then they had no teeth at all. Good or bad, it’s over.Q: You guys spend 90 minutes hurting each other physically and psychologically—is it tough to be so cruel?REED BIRNEY: I can shove Betty around, I can scream at her, we’re both up for anything. Several friends of mine have commented that we smile at the curtain call, instead of like those very serious actors who are so impressed with themselves at curtain call, like, “God, I’m so spent. I’m so amazing.” I think it’s important to let the audience know it’s just a play. We’re both fine. Thanks for coming, have a great night.center_img From King Lear to Wicked, theater has always explored dysfunctional father-daughter relationships—but few are as psychologically disturbing as the co-dependent bond between an explosive alcoholic playwright and his impressionable actress daughter in Halley Feiffer’s I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard. Directed by Trip Cullman, the world premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company features Tony nominee Reed Birney as David and Nurse Jackie’s Betty Gilpin as his daughter Ella. spent the morning with the pair and discovered that starring in the chilling two-hander has created an indelible connection between them.Q: Reed, you’re old friends with Betty’s parents—do you remember her as a little girl?REED BIRNEY: In 1990 I did The Cocktail Hour with her mother [Ann McDonough] on the straw hat circuit. We were at the Cape Playhouse in Massachusetts and Betty was there, running around in a really cute pinafore.BETTY GILPIN: Oh my God, that’s right! I was four.REED BIRNEY: It’s the only time I’ve ever seen you in a dress [laughs].BETTY GILPIN: I have a lot of memories of the Cape Playhouse. I remember the three-legged black lab that was tied up outside and the rickety ghosty dressing rooms. And I remember there was a gazebo. And when we did I Remember a Gazebo. [Laughs.] View Comments Star Files Reed Birneylast_img read more

Kearns warns of Cork advantage ahead of Semi Final

first_imgAnd Tipp football manager Liam Kearns says Cork have all the advantages Tipp had when playing them last year… Photo © Tipperary GAA Tipp football boss Liam Kearns has warned their Cork opponents have a lot in their favour ahead of their clash this weekend.The Premier get their Munster Senior Championship campaign underway this Saturday when they take on the Rebel county in Páirc Uí Rinn in the semi final of the provincial competition.Cork will be looking to make up for their loss at the hands of the premier at the same stage of the competition last year.last_img read more

Window Seat Media Announces InhaleExhale: Honoring Life and Navigating the Journey…

first_imgAccess resources so you can better plan for end-of-life Sliding scale tickets available and no one turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited. This is a unique opportunity. It is for anyone who wants to feel empowered about end-of-life care For a full event schedule, session descriptions, speaker bios, and to buy tickets, visit the Window Seat Media website.This project is produced by Window Seat Media and is sponsored by Humanities Washington, Olympia Federal Savings and South Sound Vasectomy. Reflect on your own journey and honor loved ones through playback theater, writing workshops, and a pop-up exhibit  Learn about new progressive legislation – human composting and alkaline hydrolysis – providing more environmentally friendly options for our bodies after death center_img Facebook62Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Window Seat MediaWindow Seat Media announces the launch of its newest Community Stories Project: InhaleExhale: Honoring Life and Navigating the Journey of Death. What are our “blueprints” for dying? Where do these stories come from and how do they inform the care we seek and receive? What stories complicate our “master narratives,” and what can we learn from those stories? “Our goal with this project,” says Lead Curator, Elaine Vradenburgh, “is to share powerful stories and ideas, access new ideas, and ask what is possible for end-of-life care in the South Sound community.” The project launch will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Lord Mansion in Olympia, Washington. Participants will have the opportunity to: Participate in interactive workshops with speakers from around the state who will share their knowledge and experience with alternative, progressive death care – including the role of death doulas, how to have a home funerals, and green burial and emerging alternatives last_img read more

Sunil Gavaskar compares Virat Kohli’s batting to this all time great!

first_imgVirat Kohli of India celebrates his century during the 3rd ODI match between West Indies and India at Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on August 14, 2019. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP)Advertisement 12tNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsyx2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2il9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7wmaizoWould you ever consider trying this?😱zCan your students do this? 🌚g5zRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has revealed the similarities between India captain Virat Kohli and batting great Viv Richards, citing that Kohli’s batting is very similar to that of the former West Indies player. Notably, Virat Kohli is the only batsman in the world who has an average of more than 50 across formats. On the other hand, Viv Richards is considered one of the greatest batsmen ever in the history of cricket.Advertisement Backlog: DNA, Sportshow IndiaWhile talking about the similarities between the two batsmen, Gavaskar said Kohli is the best batsman in the world because of his ability to play various shots.“It was very difficult to keep Viv Richards quiet when he was at the crease. Similarly, if you look at Virat Kohli’s batting today, in the same ball and same line, he will use his top hand and score a boundary towards the extra cover region and will use the bottom hand and score a boundary towards the mid-on and mid-wicket region,” said the batting great on Star Sports’ show ‘Winning the Cup — 1983’.Advertisement “That’s why Virat Kohli is considered as the No. 1 player because he bats exactly like Viv Richards. Earlier, Gundappa Vishwanath, VVS Laxman used to bat like this,” he added.Meanwhile, in the last month, former Australia captain Ian Chappell had also shared that Virat Kohli’s batting is similar to Richards and also referred to Kohli as the best batsman across formats in recent times.Advertisement “The best short-form player in the time I played was Viv Richards, and he just played normal cricket shots but he placed the ball so well he was able to score at a very fast rate. And Kohli’s the same. He plays traditional cricket shots, and he plays them really well. Of that group (including Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root), Kohli is the best in all three forms. That’s unquestionable. His record in all three forms is quite unbelievable, particularly his record in the shorter forms,” Chappell said on ‘The RK Show’.The show is hosted by Radhakrishnan Sreenivasan on YouTube. Chappell further added that India captain’s fitness is the thing which makes him different from the other players in the current generation.“The other thing that stands out about Kohli is his fitness and running between the wickets. The way he pushes himself, he’s incredibly fit. Some of his performances are quite amazing,” shared Ian Chappell.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:Gautam Gambhir reveals he was asked to plead guilty to Shane Watson elbowing incident in 2008!BCCI clarifies its stance on Asia Cup and IPL 2020 Advertisementlast_img read more