Friday, March 31, 2006

Macbeth tickets

Word is that people have had to queue from dawn for Shakespeare in the Park tickets before, so I e-mailed the Public Theater about how to guarantee a spot. Here's the response:

Tickets are available [for free], two per person, at 1pm the day of the
performance at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park or at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (bet. E. 4th and Astor Pl.).

You may become a Summer Sponsor of The Public Theater, for a $150 donation, and in return you will receive one ticket to either production of Shakespeare in the Park.

For more information, please visit

The M word

Hot off the Associated Press. Not very informative, but a bit more colourful than earlier press-release regurgitations reports.

Ssssh! The Scottish play will be on view this summer in Central Park.

"Macbeth" -- the Shakespeare tragedy no one mentions by name in a theater because of bad luck -- will star Liev Schreiber as the murderous title character and Jennifer Ehle as his equally bloodthirsty wife.

The free Public Theater production, to be directed by Moises Kaufman, will begin performances June 13 at the Delacorte Theater and run through July 9. An official opening night will be announced later.

Both Schreiber and Ehle are Tony winners -- Schreiber for his performance in the 2005 revival of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" and Ehle for her work in the 2000 revival of Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing."

More on Melissa and River King DVDs

Here's the latest from Graham of Nice chap.

Hi again Tina,

I'd just like to apologise for not getting you a reply regarding River King. However, it looks as though the July release date could be fairly realistic from the information at my disposal...

As for Melissa: that would be Channel 4, distributed by Lace. The DVD release was only announced on the 16/03/06, so that would explain the apparent contradiction on Channel 4's part.



p.s. I didn't actually know who she was until I checked out your link, last time you contacted me (putting faces to names and all that). She's a very talented and beautiful actress. Keep up the good work!

River King on French TV again

Here are the other dates for The River King on Canal+ as promised:

  • Canal+ Cinema: April 5th at 11:20, April 6th at 16:45, April 8th at 13:35.
  • Canal+ Sport: April 4th at 15:30, April 7th at 12:10.
  • Thursday, March 30, 2006

    US Camomile Lawn DVD already available?

    There's a Region 1 DVD of The Camomile Lawn for sale on eBay expiring March 30th.

    It also appears that you can buy the Region 1 Camomile Lawn DVD directly from Acorn, the distributor. It's a fair bit more expensive than the eBay version though.

    [edit: Frenchies, set your VCRs! The River King is on Canal Plus Décalé at 20:50 tonight, which is in like three hours. It'll be rebroadcast - dates later]

    The Camomile Lawn DVD release

    The Camomile Lawn DVD is due for release on the 25th of April. Amazon has it for US$35.99 + free shipping. I got the tip-off from an EhleNews-er.

    "Exquisite portrait of a lady"

    A new-found review of Possession from WebIndia

    'Possession' which is directed by Neil LaBute explores a romantic desire in a devilishly clever screenplay based on A. S. Byatt's booker prize winning novel of the same name. Everything in this film has a sense of passion -a passion for Language, for England and for romance.
    In the film, two stories are recounted, one set in present day London and the other in the towns of the Victorian England. The two tales mix and match , as a pair of lovers intrude into the lives of two lonely academics. Roland Michell (Aaron Eckhart) is an American on a fellowship in London to study the great Victorian poet Randolph Henry Ash (Jeremy Northam) and Maud Bailey (Gwyneth Paltrow), a brilliant academic who an authority on Victorian poet Christabel LaMotte (Jennifer Ehle).
    Ash is known famously for a series of love poems he wrote to his wife, but Roland stumbles onto information suggesting that they were for someone else , a secret love, never revealed to the world before. It leads to La Motte who as per history books had met Ash briefly only once in their lifetime. The two scholars investigate the romance between their subjects, using the pair's love letters to piece together clues, from dusty bookshelves to beautiful locales in Yorkshire, England and soon find themselves in love.

    Dashing , Jeremy Northam is robust and coolly casual as Ash. The lovely Jennifer Ehle gives an exquisite portrait of a lady experiencing a new kind of passion, while beautiful Lena Headey as Blanche, also experiences something different-sexual jealousy. The romantic scenes between Ehle and Northam captivates. Gwenneth Paltrow as usual blends with the character as the stuffy academic turned to a dreamy romantic.

    In this film, LaBute, portrays a love for all things British. He deserves full credit for handling the pace well. Designer Luciaa Arrighi and Costumer Jenny Beavan, make sure that the look of both periods has dramatic resemblance and resonance. For many reasons, Ash and LaMotte's is the story that feels more attractive here, figure out why, and you will be glad that you saw this movie.

    Wednesday, March 29, 2006

    About time

    At last, Australia's going to get The River King on DVD. It was rated M by the Office of Film and Literature Classification for "moderate coarse language, suicide theme, moderate violence" on January 20th 2006. Network Video has the release date as April 12th. They review it thusly:

    Ed Burns (no relation to C. Montgomery) shows flashes of why he was so highly regarded following The Brothers McMullen, and he really should be acting in higher profile movies than this; in fact the same could be said for Jennifer Ehle as well. Fundamentally there’s nothing wrong with The River King, but it just lacks that spark that’ll really draw viewers in. For thriller fans however, this is a movie that most will enjoy, even if it won’t be truly memorable.

    The film's also out in Belgium. The British release date seems to have been moved from June 26th to July 17th according to It's still not listed at the BBFC though.

    Ask and ye shall receive

    Great news! It appears that Melissa is going to be released on DVD this year at I asked Channel 4 last year and was told none was planned, so am writing for confirmation. If true, this must be the result of viewer demand, which is fantastic. Power to the people.

    There isn't much info on the site but it says it's a 2 disk set for Region 2. The release date is said to be June 12th. I'd take it with a grain of salt, since the date for The River King was originally reported as October 2005 by, and it still hasn't come out yet in the UK.

    Macbeth press

    Here's the Public Theater's March 21st press release about the casting of Ms Ehle as Lady Macbeth, in PDF format. Below I've extracted the relevant bits, but download the file to see Moises Kaufman and Liev Schreiber's CVs.

    The Public Theater’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Mara Manus announce that Jennifer Ehle has been cast as Lady Macbeth opposite Liev Schreiber in this summer’s production of Macbeth. Directed by Moises Kaufman, Macbeth will begin previews at the Delacorte Theater on Tuesday, June 13th . Performances will continue through Sunday, July 9th. The press opening will be announced at a later date. Shakespeare in the Park will mark the culmination of The Public’s year-long 50 th Anniversary Celebration.

    Macbeth takes place in a world torn by war, in which treachery, ambition and superstition rule. Macbeth is a victorious war general who applies the rules of war to domestic politics and in the process turns his country upside down. This savage political thriller has never been more timely.
    JENNIFER EHLE will make her Public Theater debut as Lady Macbeth this summer. On Broadway, she has appeared in Design for Living and The Real Thing (2000 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play). Additional theater credits include: For the Royal National Theatre: Summerfolk; for the Royal Shakespeare Company: The Relapse, The Painter of Dishonour and Richard III (1996 season); also: Tartuffe (Playhouse), Breaking the Code (Tour). Television: "Melissa," "Pride and Prejudice" (BAFTA Best Actress Award), "Beyond Reason," "Pleasure," "Self Catering," "The Maitlands," "Micky Love" and "Camomile Lawn." Film: Sunshine (Genie Award nomination for Best Actress) released in June 2000, This Year's Love, Bedrooms and Hallways, Wilde (BAFTA nomination Best Supporting Actress), Paradise Road and Backbeat. She is the daughter of actress Rosemary Harris.
    Performances of Shakespeare in the Park will be Tuesday Through Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are FREE and will be available on the day of the performance (two per person) at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 1:00 p.m. and at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place), from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The closest entrances to the Delacorte are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 70th Street and Fifth Avenue.

    For additional information about Shakespeare in the Park, call (212) 539-8750 or visit The Public Theater website at

    Tuesday, March 28, 2006

    Wilde stuff

    Here's a TimeOut review on Wilde, as well as some user comments. On the LoveFilm website, you can view trailers for some of Ms Ehle's movies as well.

    If anybody was born to play Oscar Wilde, it must have been Stephen Fry: not only does he look like the Green Carnation Man, but he himself is often portrayed as being too clever, too complex for his own good. Gilbert's film, with an intelligent screenplay by Julian Mitchell based on Richard Ellmann's biography, looks curiously old-fashioned. More lavish than Merchant Ivory, it's a '60s-style Technicolor affair with a grown-up '90s feel. Unlike its predecessors, it's able to be frank about the sexual encounters: with devoted friend Robbie Ross; with rent boys to whom Wilde was indulgently generous; and, fatefully, with the love of his life, the beautiful, wilful, spoilt brat Lord Alfred ('Bosie') Douglas, who didn't fancy Wilde, but saw him as the alternative father to his brutal, bullying pater, the Marquess of Queensberry. As Wilde, descending from would-be-doting husband and father to follower of his own 'nature', and finally ruined and disgraced martyr on the tree of English hypocrisy, Fry is utterly convincing. He speaks the witty lines as if he invented them and manages to square Wilde's weakness and arrogance with his immense generosity of spirit, while his prison cell reunion with dying wife Constance (Ehle) would make a traffic warden cry. The cast oozes real class: Redgrave is superb as Wilde's tigerish Irish mother; Wilkinson suitably revolting as Queensberry; Sheen perfect as Ross; and Law explosively arresting as the capricious, finally destructive Douglas.

    "This is a brilliant film, does great justice to the story of a great man who's life was seriously harmed by homophobia in turn of the century Britain.

    Stephen Fry is excellent as Oscar Wilde, a role he said he was born to play. The only downside being that he's such a familiar face these days its hard to stop thinking of what wisecreack will burst from his lips next. The supporting cast also very good, Jude Law specifically.

    Commendable, but a sad story."

    "I loved this film - the relationships between Wilde and his loved ones are explored with a deft touch. I found Stephen Fry rather convincing as Wilde, by virtue of the great empathy with which he played the role.

    Watch out for a glimpse of Orlando Bloom playing a rent boy in the first half of the film."

    Monday, March 27, 2006

    Richard III review

    Thought this review of Jennifer Ehle's first ever Shakespeare play was apt, with her second - Macbeth - coming up. Let's hope that it'll be met by kinder critics than Mr Macaulay.

    'Richard III' in hell
    By Alastair Macaulay
    8 September 1995
    Financial Times
    (c) 1995 Financial Times Limited. All Rights Reserved

    The Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of Richard III is pointless. Because it is in several ways foolish, and because it contains virtually nothing distinguished, one is tempted to speak of it with maximum severity; but this would be a mistake. Among its few basic old-fashioned virtues, it tells the story of Shakespeare's famous history play more or less clearly, and its cast maintains a general level of professional competence. Some of the humour is humorous, and some of the dark moments are dark. Several members of the cast would doubtless belong well in some other staging of the same play.

    Richard III is David Troughton, who has done amiable and sterling character work for the RSC for several seasons in quite a range of parts: Caliban, Goldoni's Venetian Twins, Hector (in Troilus and Cressida), Kent (in King Lear), Holofernes (in Love's Labour's Lost), Lopakhin in the current Cherry Orchard. His Richard is a lop-sided gargoyle, a livid grotesque; and it is very possible that this conception could be an absorbing centrepiece to ... some other staging.

    The director here, however, is Steven Pimlott, who - as in several of his other RSC productions with other actors - encourages Troughton and most of the other actors to give ponderously contrived performances. Mannerisms that have never before been troubling in Troughton have been allowed here to become woefully intrusive. His mouth keeps hanging open like a triangular gash; his eyes stare forth with artificial ferocity; he gives some lines a gloating warmth ('his daughter meanly have I matched in marriage'); he pings out final consonants for comic emphasis; he delivers certain rows of words as comic staccati ('I. Am. Not. In. The. Giving. Vein. Today'). All these devices can be effective, but here are considerably overworked.

    John Nettles does one of his polished and self-congratulatory performances as Buckingham. Michael Siberry is given little chance to make an impression as Clarence. Jennifer Ehle delivers a lot of self-conscious nobility (in spite of some Edward Heath 'Thou' vowels) as Lady Anne. Cherry Morris's Queen Margaret is out of the best Peggy Ashcroft mould, albeit without great power or distinction. Diana Coupland starts Queen Elizabeth as a kind of Penelope Keith arriviste and fusspot, who is weathered by a situation beyond her into a surprising complexity. As the old Duchess of York, Diana Coupland is a dull little shrew.

    Pimlott applies a number of clever-clever gimmicks. There are a great many significant silences, starting from the start. (Richard's first appearance is a false entrance, stopped before his first word by the entrance of the court.) The dead who will visit both Richard and Richmond before the battle are often visible at earlier moments, welcoming each new victim into their number. The two leaders deliver their big pre-battle soliloquies simultaneously. Dead, Richard sits at the side of the stage and does a slow handclap to Richmond's final words.

    Pimlott also applies a certain amount of jiggery-pokery with the text. Several lines are moved around. Three citizens are orchestrated into a naff chorus; and Richard, at the moment of death, reprises key lines from his first speech. The effect is remarkably uninteresting. Jason Carr has provided some grim and unnecessary music which deliberately undercuts poor Clarence's great speech and then returns as Tyrell narrates the demise of the princes in the Tower: you know, the kind of mood music that tries to stop you listening to what is being said.

    In Tobias Hoheisel's designs, a central wall of headache blue, across the stage, faces on to a waste landscape of lime green; and Richard is dressed in uniform red. Sometimes the wall opens to reveal a single grey and cell-like chamber which has to function as umpteen different interiors. No doubt, in a play whose protagonist progresses from ambition and malice to tyranny and murder and despair, this ugliness is deliberate. In any case, it is the set from Hell.

    In RSC repertory at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, until January 27.

    In happier news, Broadway: the Golden Age, a documentary with Rosemary Harris, is showing on PBS in the US. Unfortunately we've picked this up a bit late but fans in Buffalo, NY can just make it - it's on at 9pm tonight (Sunday) on WNED. That's very soon, so turn on your tellies! It's on next month in NYC and you can call in for dates for Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco. But anyway, you can buy it on DVD.

    A Pemberlean who caught it notes Ms Ehle's "sort-of cameo":
    I was watching the Broadway documentary on PBS last week, and there was Rosemary Harris in a dressing room, reminiscing about going to Sardi's and who one would see there. And behind her, on her dressing table, was a lovely picture of her daughter Jennifer.

    Sunday, March 26, 2006

    New York Times review

    An analytical review on The Real Thing by Ben Brantley of the New York Times.
    These are the sections that mention Ms Ehle.

    "And with the delectable Jennifer Ehle playing self-confident body to Mr. Dilane's self-questioning mind, the show has a sensual sparkle that was less evident in the fine Tony-winning New York incarnation of 1984 with Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close."

    "Fortunately, there is another side to be heard from, and it is ably embodied by Ms. Ehle. This rising star, best known as Elizabeth in the recent television adaptation of ''Pride and Prejudice,'' wears her character's sensuality, and her awareness of its effect on others, without coyness or irony. There is no smugness about her either (and there was, a bit, in Ms. Close's portrayal), but there is a remarkable self-possession, especially evident in the smile with which she covers discomfort. This Annie easily holds her own against the older Henry and his artillery of words."

    "Watch, for example, Ms. Ehle's postures when Annie breaks off with Max (something to which Mr. Lindsay responds harrowingly); when she keeps trying to touch Henry during an argument and when she kisses Mr. Pearce's young actor in a way that unquestionably confirms her dominance in that relationship."

    Saturday, March 25, 2006

    From the back of the closet

    Here's a review for Tartuffe from (gasp) 1991.

    ...Jennifer Ehle as Orgon's wife also manage to tread the borderlines of farce and moral fable with admirable aplomb, so that we don't really need the rather ponderous scenic signaling by which Hall has the playing area darkened by shutters as Tartuffe's plot thickens, only to have them opened again when the King's Messenger brings a last-minute, if equally improbable, reprieve...

    And from the same website that the Painter of Dishonour reviews came from, there are three reviews on The Relapse.
    "Susan Tracy's razor-sharp Berinthia is also allowed to assume the acceptable face of adultery by sharing a moment of fond feminine intimacy with the delightful Jennifer Ehle, the cousin whose husband she fully intends to bed."

    "Its main exponent is Amanda (a touching, intelligent Jennifer Ehle), who, having learned that bored husband Loveless (the excellent Hugh Quarshie, back in Stratford where he belongs) has committed adultery, must somehow resist the temptation to return the favour with dashing cad Mr. Worthy (Michael Gardiner)"

    Friday, March 24, 2006

    On Kerala and Kerala

    Yep, it's being reported as Kerala again. Anyhow, this CineSouth article explores Santosh Sivan's relationship with his homeland.

    Cinematographer Santosh Sivan is making a film once again. This time, it's an English film, set in historical times in Kerala.

    Santosh Sivan is a Malayali, but he learnt his art in Tamilnadu. His films 'Dalapathi,' 'Roja' and 'Iruvar' brought him fame in Bollywood. 'Malli' and 'Terrorist' that he directed won national recognition. Having carved a niche for himself in Indian cinema, he is now concentrating on making a film about the history of his homeland.

    One of his recent efforts is 'Ananthabadram' in which Santosh Sivan has played upon the unique culture of Kerala, especially its black magic and occult background.

    Hs forthcoming film 'Kerala' also is about the Malayali way of life. The best way in which to reach nationally and globally is to make the film in English and that's why Santosh Sivan opted to make 'Kerala' in English.

    Nandita Das and Rahul Bose play the lead roles. "I am very eager to act in a film like 'Kerala' which is about the culture and history of the place," says Nandita who has taken a long hiatus from films.

    There's nothing like a Malayali to uphold his land's tradition. It's a pity that we don't have anyone in Tamilnadu to do the same.

    Here's a map of India in case you're as clueless as me.

    On a completely different subject, just a reminder that Rosemary Harris and John Ehle will be attending the Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference at Wake Forest University on April 1st.

    Thursday, March 23, 2006

    Painter of Dishonour reviews

    Now there's a blast from the past! I thought it was high time we find out about some of the older/obscurer works of Jennifer Ehle. Beware of some negative bits. has several reviews. Here are the relevant exerpts.

    "Jennifer Ehle is fine indeed as the wife Serafina, voice and bodice a-tremble as she is racked between the demands of love and honour. "

    "As Serafina, Jennifer Ehle's bosom heaves affectingly apparently possessed by a fear of death as much as dishonour, hardly surprising given that a figure of death in a red mask pops up at all the best parties."

    "Jennifer Ehle - equipped with strikingly beautiful cheekbones and breasts - is so constrained by Serafina's high nobility that she almost never once sounds natural. "

    "Jennifer Ehle, Douglas Henshall, Clifford Rose and others resist the temptation to send it all up, which is much to their credit: and John Carlisle goes further. His Don Juan ends up in one of those moral predictaments so loved by Spanish Golden Age dramatists. "

    P&P clip + song

    "Bardintraining" from YouTube has made a P&P music video... kind of unusual but worth posting because even without the music, there's some great clips.

    Wednesday, March 22, 2006

    Road to the Sky to get Indian release too

    Looks like Road to the Sky is the title now. Anyhow, this Deccan Chronicle article isn't online, but you can read it and see a photo of Rahul Bose through the Google cache.

    Rahul Bose has just completed shooting for Hollywood banner Echo Lake Production’s Road To The Sky. Set in 1937, the film tells the story of two friends, one British and the other Indian, and how the British friend ruins the friendship and brings it to an end. “The British actor plays a married man in the film while my character is single. The screenplay is an adaptation of a story from Israel. Though the film is set in 1937, it’s not an epic or a period film,” says Rahul.

    Road To The Sky has been directed by ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan. “Echo Lake Productions chose Santosh to direct the film. Santosh asked me to play the character of the Indian guy. The film also stars British actress Jennifer Ehle and Nandita Das,” says Bose. According to him, besides a worldwide release, Road To The Sky will hit the theatres in India too.

    Besides Road To The Sky, Echo Lake Productions is also backing Deepa Mehta’s Water. Rahul says, “They were familiar with the work Sivan and I had done, which led them to approach him to make the film for their production house.”

    Asked whether there were major differences in the style of working in an international venture, and Bose says, “The differences that people talk about are superficial. And this is not the first time that I am doing an English film. I earlier did English, August too. I have also completed The Whispers and shooting for it was like doing any other international venture. Also, the approach towards my role is the same whether I am doing a Hindi film or an international venture. Differences may be there, but they are too minuscule to even talk about.”

    Not really worth a post in itself, but an IMDBer had a brief post-Nothin' Like a Dame encounter.

    RiverRun reception

    RelishNow reports from the reception of the RiverRun International Film Festival:

    Rosemary Harris, who attended the party with her husband, John Ehle, said that she had marked off the four days of the festival on her calendar and wasn't going to plan anything else so she could attend at least three films every day. "I wish I could split myself in two so I could attend more," she said.

    Tuesday, March 21, 2006

    FYI: Macbeth

    More on topic, here's more specific information on Macbeth and tickets, etc.
    Info: 212-260-2400 | The Public Theater

    Tickets Free | 2 per person | Pick up tickets day of performance at the Delacorte Theater starting at 1:00P and the Public Theater, 475 Lafayette Street, from 1:00P to 3:00P

    Shakespeare in the Park is Joseph Papp's enduring gift to the people of NYC. Yes, New York is a very expensive city, but in how many other places can you see the folks who appear in these shows...for FREE? Tickets go fast so be sure to get to the Delacorte or the Public early. Pack a picnic supper and dine in the Park. The Delacorte's doors open at 7:30P

    For this season the folk's at the Public Theater are featuring two classics, Bill Shakespeare's Macbeth and Berthold Brecht's Mother Courage

    Tuesday June 13 to Sunday July 9 2006 8:00P

    [*Edit]- Playbill News has also announced Jennifer Ehle as Lady Macbeth.

    TPS BroadwayWorld Forum

    Here's a long lost (or never discovered) forum (from BroadwayWorld)- the thread discusses the choice of Jennifer Ehle as Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story.

    I like this one:

    YAY! Ehle was one of the two or three actresses who first came to my mind when they announced they were planning a revival. She was wonderful in THE REAL THING and if any contemporary actress can do justice to Tracy Lord, it's Ehle.

    Some others are similarly overjoyed.

    Monday, March 20, 2006

    River King review & Macbeth thread

    A thoughtful comparison of the screen and novel versions of The River King at Better than Dead:

    Ms. Ehle did the best she could with the script she was given—indeed probably put more into Betsy than was on the page—because they reduced her character to a impulsive, indecisive, shallow woman. The book version of Betsy was certainly indecisive and impulsive, but not shallow. She struggled against real concerns, motivated by real insecurities and past history, all of which were lost in the movie. And the character of Abel, although more substantive, lost all of the juicy grayness that made him so interesting.

    The movie was beautifully filmed, absolutely gorgeous, and it did manage some of the wonder of the book. They stayed true to its spirit—I have to give them that. That isn't always the case in film adaptations. They didn't ruin the book.

    And here's the BroadwayWorld forum thread about the announcement of Ms Ehle as Lady Macbeth. It's mainly lots of "yays" so far, but worth keeping an eye on.

    Macbeth dates

    The Public Theatre site lists the dates for that Scottish play as being from June 13 - July 9, 2006. The good news is that you can get free tickets:

    Pick up your free Shakeapeare in the Park tickets on the day of the performance beginning at 1pm at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park or from 1 to 3pm at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street.

    Sunday, March 19, 2006

    More on Macbeth

    From BroadwayWorld There's a new photo on the site as well (taken at Nothin' Like a Dame, it looks like)

    Tony Award winner Jennifer Ehle will play Lady Macbeth opposite Liev Schreiber in Central Park this summer. According to The New York Times, the actress has signed on for the Shakespeare in the Park production of Macbeth, which starts performances June 13.
    Ehle was nominated for an Olivier Award and won the Best Actress in a Play Tony Award for her work in The Real Thing. Her other theatrical credits include The Philadelphia Story at the Old Vic, Summerfolk for the Royal National Theatre, The Relapse, The Painter of Dishonour and Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Design for Living on Broadway. Her film credits include Paradise Road, Bedrooms and Hallways, Sunshine, Possession, The River King and Alpha Male. She was also notably featured as Miss Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries.
    Macbeth is scheduled to run through July 9 at the Delacorte Theatre. Following it will be the previously announced production of Mother Courage and Her Children starring Meryl Streep.

    Another new project!!!!!!

    Hurrah, hurrah! It's the summer of Jennifer Ehle.
    New York Times reports...

    Summer Shakespeare

    This summer, Lady Macbeth will call Rosemary Harris Mom. Jennifer Ehle, Ms. Harris's daughter, will play the wicked Scotswoman in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park presentation of "Macbeth," alongside Liev Schreiber. It will begin previews at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on June 13. Ms. Ehle won a Tony Award in 2000 for "The Real Thing." ... The Shakespeare Society will celebrate its namesake's 442nd birthday on April 23 with a free four-hour Shakespeare marathon at Symphony Space. It begins at 3:30 p.m. Among those scheduled to read from the plays and poems are Mr. Schreiber, John Turturro, F. Murray Abraham, Marcia Gay Harden, Philip Bosco, Denis O'Hare, Maria Tucci, Marian Seldes, Estelle Parsons and Kathleen Chalfant.

    Can things get any more exciting?

    Saturday, March 18, 2006

    Slideshow for Nothin' Like a Dame

    BroadwayCares now has a slideshow from Nothin' Like a Dame. There are a few more photos included (these are below).

    "One of Broadway's legendary actresses, Rosemary Harris joined the cast this year to highlight the important work done by PNWHI."

    "Julianna Margulies, soon to open in FESTEN"

    "and Tony Award winner, Jennifer Ehle"

    "...the famous last speech, 'Woman, Where Are We Going' from the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play THE HEIDI CHRONICLES in memory of playwright Wendy Wasserstein."

    Friday, March 17, 2006

    Video from Nothin' Like a Dame

    Broadway Beat has clips from Nothin' Like a Dame, which you can see either streamed at
    BroadwayWorld or as a humungous 62mb .mov file. Neither are working properly for me, but Chelsea says there's only a tiny bit with Ms Ehle and Rosemary Harris in it. Still, I think there are some songs and things you might enjoy.

    Kerala bilingual?

    From an interview Rahul Bose did with India's Telegraph:

    His own mantra for success is to make the character look justifiable and to do everything to make it believable. That’s also the reason why he’s opted to do a period film like Kerala directed by ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan. Set in 1937, Bose will be playing a Malayali villager along with Nandita Das and a host of other British actors. “I had to learn Malayalam, which was not so easy but I managed it. This will be radically different from all the other movies I am doing,” he admits.

    Elsewhere it's been said that it's an English-language film, but this Nandita Das interview also says it's bilingual.

    Thursday, March 16, 2006

    The Real Thing snippets

    Here are a bunch of snippets from reviews on The Real Thing.

    Relevant stuff:

    Fintan O’Toole, The New York Daily News
    " . . . Stephen Dillane as Henry and Jennifer Ehle as Annie are a playwright's dream. Dillane strikes a skillful balance between Henry's arrogance, sarcasm and impatience on the one hand and his yearning for love on the other . . ."

    Charles Isherwood, Variety
    " . . . But most welcome of all are Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle, two English actors who are making terrific Broadway debuts in David Leveaux’s intentionally muted, intensely thoughtful production of Stoppard’s brilliant dissection of various truths and illusions of love and romance. . ."

    Donald Lyons, The New York Post
    " . . . Dillane is hilarious and wrenchingly touching as the man who learns to blend his writing skills and his emotional life. Ehle achieves subtlety and sense as a woman who mixes art and life. . . ."

    48th Annual Variety Club Showbusiness Awards 2000
    The awards, with winners selected by a panel of showbusiness and entertainment professionals, honoured outstanding achievement in 1999 in the following categories.
    From the world of the stage, Jennifer Ehle and Stephen Dillane accepted the awards for Stage Actress and Actor for their work in Tom Stoppard's play The Real Thing. Stephen Dillane paid tribute to Tom Stoppard, saying "It's a play that is actor proof - we can just turn up and get the words in the right order!"

    From the New York Times:
    Theater Notes: `Real Thing' Returns. Really.

    "The Real Thing ," Tom Stoppard's shimmering exploration of love and betrayal, is confirmed for Broadway in the spring. The play, which finished a critically acclaimed run last summer at the Donmar Warehouse in London, will open on the West End in January, before transferring to the Belasco Theater in mid-April.

    The production is to include at least four actors from the Donmar version in principal roles, including Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle as Henry and Annie, an English playwright and his lover, roles played by Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close during the play's 1984 Broadway run.

    Both Dillane and Ms. Ehle received immaculate reviews in London, as did David Leveaux, the director, who also staged last year's Broadway revival of "Electra."

    Stoppard said the Donmar production had a more intimate feel from the play's showier incarnation on Broadway. "The Donmar is more on the scale of an Off Broadway house," he said, speaking from London, "and I think this production took its characteristics from that."

    That includes Dillane's performance, which Stoppard said had "such integrity as to scare the life out of an author."

    Wednesday, March 15, 2006

    In the same vein...

    More from Kerry, who provided the stage door pics below.

    The show was really fun - even from the second to last row! Cynthia Nixon came out and spoke a little about Wendy Wasserstein and said in her honor that they were going to read one of her more famous passages. As a movie person I had never heard of Chronicles of Heidi but she introduced JE and Julianna as Wendy worthy actresses. It was a passage in which Hedi - the main character - goes back to her old school to give a speech about where women are today. They all portrayed Hedi - not different characters. Julianna started, JE continued and Cynthia finished up. They all did a good job but JE is was the only one who had clearly memorized her lines and didn't need the crutch of the binder that was in front of each of them.

    More Nothin' Like a Dame photos

    Eight in total - some new ones, some the same as those previously posted but nice and big and unwatermarked. You can see them in our Photobucket folder. Thanks a million to the generous and tireless Josie who sent these to us.

    Tuesday, March 14, 2006

    Blog trawl X a million

  • Kathy Shwiff reports on Nothin' Like a Dame

    "Nothing Like A Dame 2006" raised $300,000 for the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of The Actors' Fund of America on Monday night at the Imperial Theatre.

    The show, organized by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, also was quite entertaining, from Tyne Daly's rendition of "The Job Application" from "Ballroom" to a chorus line that accompanied several singers to a salute to the late Wendy Wasserstein, in which Jennifer Ehle, Julianna Margulies and Cynthia Nixon read a scene from "The Heidi Chronicles."

    Comedian Kate Clinton's jokes were amusing as was her auctioning of a $24,000 jeweled watch by Harry Winston. It sold for $20,000 after several bidders in the audience tried it on.

    Benefits don't necessarily allow a lot of rehearsal time but the show flowed fairly smoothly. The set pieces from "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" worked well as backdrops.

    Especially moving were testimonials by women who said their calls to the Women's Health Initiative literally saved their lives after diagnoses of cancer.

  • Ever imagine Elizabeth Bennet performing in her own rock band? This Live Journal-er has. They say that Lizzy would play the piano, and the band would be called "Universally Acknowledged". Catchy?

  • Someone from an AOL Journal has written this report on The River King
    Today I saw a movie that was rented at Blockbuster titled "The River King" starring Edward Burns and Jennifer Ehle which let me tell you is a great movie well actually its beyond great its a movie worthy of an Oscar for best movie and Edward Burns for best actor in a dramatic film. Edward Burns plays a detective named Abel Grey and Jennifer Ehle plays a photographer named Betsy Chase. The movie is about the death of a boy from an exclusive local school who is found floating in a river. I don't want to give away the ending you have to see it for yourself you will enjoy it , trust me.
  • Monday, March 13, 2006

    Nothin' Like a Dame stage door

    Thanks to Kerry who posted this in one of the comments below. It's reproduced here in case people don't read the comments.

    Hey I just thought I post a little stage door encounter -after the Nothin' Like A Dame show. I stumbled onto this site about two days before the show and as a Ms. Ehle fan thought I should go see it. I was actually looking up trivia about The River King - which I had just watched. Anyway, the show was extremely good and I had a lot of fun. Afterwards I waited to get an autograph and she was extremely polite. This is considering the fact I had planned on being very cool and casual but when push came to shove I barely got the words out to ask for her autograph!! Ms. Ehle is the only celebrity I have ever met let alone tried to encounter. The whole time I was overcome with the thought "WOW she's really tall." As a note - be prepared if you meet her - she's really tall! Her mother was equally as pleasant and now I have some very nice pictures! an extra tidbit Rosemary Harris asked me which direction 8th Ave was after taking a picture with her --- they were headed to the cast party.

    She also sent in these fab photos and adds:

    If you make captions for [the photos] you should reference the fact that I was a complete studdering fool (couldn't even look her in the eye) and my entire family now makes fun of me. Well worth it though.

    Blog trawl, part #13849

  • Brief report from someone who attended Nothin' Like a Dame
  • Blogger's review of The River King
    I just saw this little known but quite charming movie called The River King..... It's a mystery/crime movie based on Alice Hoffman's bestselling novel by the same name, starring Ed Burns (remember the assault-rifle wielding, handsome Ranger in Saving Private Ryan?) and Jennifer Ehle (who bears a good resemblance to the the exquisite, great Meryl Streep) plus an excellent supporting cast. What struck me most while I was watching this movie was Simon Boswell's refreshing mandolin score in the background.

    There are some sounds, smells and sights that hit a spot somewhere deep inside you, awaken memories or strong feelings..... things you had buried so deep in your psyche.

  • Photo from Nothin' Like a Dame
  • Sunday, March 12, 2006

    A Possession Enthusiast

    Here's a lovely and enthusiastic review of Possession from BucketReviews.

    This was a beautiful film; there is no other way to describe it. The performances were tremendous, the cinematography was outstanding, the locations they shot it in were gorgeous, the costume design was unique and idealistic, and the script was just plain remarkable. The life of true love is founded in this movie. The multidimensional plot brought things together in unexplainable ways. Possession makes sure that the whereabouts of compassion are never lost in time; and that the morals, ethics, and lessons learned in life are the only guidelines to find ones true self. This picture was excellently assembled and explains every aspect or “what if” of romance; the story is at sometimes a rough one, but teaches the truth. This is the first limited release of the year to be remembered in the Oscar race.

    Gweneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart, Jeremy Northam, and Jennifer Ehle were fabulous and portrayed their characters personalities perfectly. Might I add that some of their “fake” British accents sounded native, and were done with extreme purity. I almost questioned Paltrow’s existence in the movie, her accent sounded like that of an identical twin; only born and raised in England! The fabulous accents weren’t the only good quality of their performances; the acting was tremendous as well. The screenwriters wanted all of the characters to seem connected in a certain way, a way very hard to capture on film. The connectivity had to be an emotional feeling, better left unexpressed by actions and words. But somehow the cast did it. I even felt connected to them, think about that for a while!

    The cinematography was incredible. The cameras movements, which you might even call thoughts, were brilliantly combined with the beautiful landside used as a premise for the intellectually profound story. I felt like I was watching time unravel from the window of a flying house while viewing this movie. The beautiful visions swept me away because they went along with the dramatically joyful feeling of the wondrous plot very colorfully. This movie is like Gosford Park, just with better features off-camera.

    The costume design was incredibly creative during the scenes intended to take place in the 1800’s. Even though not shown enough to grab any awards, it was amazing to look at. Everything looked so real and authentic. The only thing that leads you to believe that the film is a simulation and not a real event was that it was captured on video (they had no video cameras in 1851; if you’re too stupid to understand). Heck! I probably would’ve bought into the whole gimmick if it was shot in black and white! This movie was an all out treat to look at; its colorful and innovative; in which I’d watch any day. You can bet that I’ll be first in line to buy the DVD on release day.

    Possession is fascinatingly intriguing on thousands of levels. Its all-star performances are of delectably high quality. The dazzling cinematography to go along with its simplistic, yet beautiful landscaping is a treat to watch. The authentic costumes worn by the cast in the olden day scenes are compelling because of their gorgeous and realistic appearance. I’ll take this film any day, for its story is interestingly intriguing, with complex character development to get your brain working. In recap, I recommend Possession for anyone in need of an intelligent and romantic picture.

    Saturday, March 11, 2006

    This time it's "Kairali"

    According to New Wind Press, the film is also called "Kairali"

    From Sify Movies

    Santosh Sivan, whose last directorial project `Navrasa' was in Tamil, is now shooting an intriguing film in his home state Kerala . The movie is called `Keral'.
    Speaking from a remote area of the green valley, Rahul reveals, "It's produced by a very respectable Hollywood company called Echolake who have just produced Deepa Mehta's Water. It's written by an American called Cathy Rabin . It's set in pre-Independence day, though the period isn't the plot's point. But yes, it's my first period film.So far I've been offered urbane characters only."

    Rahul plays a village guy who's educated in English and wants to bring changes into his village. "It's a very interesting take on cross-culturalism. My character joins hands with a British planter. He believes this collaboration can bring changes in his village. At the same time the Freedom Movement has started. So he becomed conflicted between heart and head, patriotism and progress."

    After the peripheral but poignant role in Aparna Sen's `15 Park Avenue' it's a an author-backed central role for Rahul in `Keral'. Though Rahul refuses to reveal more, the film has four key British characters . These roles are being played by well-known actors from England.

    "I can't reveal their names. But Nandita Das, who plays a girl from my village, is my co-star."

    Rahul left for Kerala last week . "I had been in preparation for a month. I'm shooting from 2 Jan to 15 Feb. So I'm in Kerala for seven weeks. Keral gives me one of the most sensitive roles I've been offered. They auditioned several actors across the world. For some reason they though I had the best understanding of the character."

    From Glamsham
    Back home the actor is totally charged about Santosh Sivan's "Kerala" which he has just completed. "From the camerawork to the art direction to the performances by both the Indian and international actors... this film smells of being an achievement of some substance."

    And a witty comment from Mr Bose...
    Rahul pauses to consider the honour. "'Kaalpurush' has come a logical step forward by being in Berlin. It was earlier screened at the Toronto film festival."

    And what will Rahul wear in Berlin for the Feb 9-19 festival?

    "I think I'll wear some clothes," he ponders at his own deadpan wit.

    Friday, March 10, 2006

    More tidbits from Kerala

    Alright, that's what I'm going to call it for now. It's shorter than Road to the Sky. The below is from an interview with Rahul Bose in The Hindu.

    But what he's really taken in by is Santosh Sivan's English film Kerala. A period film set in 1937, it's a story of friendship between a Malayali boy (Bose) and a British tea planter, who wants to build a road that will open the spice route to the village. "The greatest experience of my life is Kerala. But thankfully there are still some companies in Hollywood that make sensible cinema. American producers can be a nightmare. They have tremendous control over a film, unlike in India where the director calls the shots. So I dread it, the interference of producers," he says with wide eyes. But these guys were anything but the stereotype.

    And sayeth Santosh Sivan in Indiaglitz:
    'Its a great feeling to have actors from London, the United States and India. Its always fun and more interesting when so many languages are spoken and with so many people having to adjust to different systems and be unusually quiet since its always sync shooting', Santosh says.

    More Nothin' Like a Dame writeups

    Playbill has an announcement of the amount raised, and the Broadway Cares site about the event has a report about all the performances.

    ...Rosemary Harris appeared to speak eloquently of the Women’s Initiative, reminding us how women, so naturally nurturing, need a place where they, too, can get the help they need.

    The Phyllis Newman Health Initiative was organized in 1996 with a $10,000 grant form BC/EFA to provide a safety net for women in the entertainment industry who are coping with critical health concerns, or life-threatening illnesses; illnesses such as lymphoma, which claimed the life of Wendy Wasserstein this past January. Wendy was honored on stage at this year’s DAMES in selected readings from her Tony-award and Pulitzer-prize winning play, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, performed by Jennifer Ehle, Julianna Margulies and Cynthia Nixon.

    The photos below are by Ben Strothmann for BroadwayWorld. Click to enlarge.

    Thursday, March 09, 2006

    Look what we've missed

    Here are numerous sources that discuss the filming of Road to the Sky / Kerala / Keral. Some of these date back to late 2005 (how embarassing!). By most accounts, it seems that the film is in fact called "Kerala" and will be released mid 2006.
    Ace filmmaker Santosh Sivan is all set to begin work on his latest venture - a Hollywood film to be entirely filmed in Kerala.

    Santosh is director and cinematographer of the film, which has been given the working title "Kerala", to be shot in Munnar early next year.

    Sanjeev Sivan, his filmmaker brother, said: "It is being jointly produced by Echo Lake Productions of Los Angeles, Adirondack Pictures of New York and Santosh Sivan Productions of India. The film will be released worldwide by mid 2006."

    Sanjeev said, "The film is set in the 1940s with the freedom struggle as backdrop and the attempts of the English to create inroads into the spice heartland of Kerala."

    According to Sanjeev, his brother had to make a lot of effort to convince the Hollywood team to shoot in Kerala rather than in South Africa and Brazil.

    The first ever Hollywood venture to be shot in God's Own Country, as Kerala is known, "will go a long way to showcase the natural beauty as well as the rich cultural tradition of the land", said Sanjeev.

    The Hindu
    Santosh Sivan will be directing a Hollywood movie in Kerala. The movie has been titled Kerala. It has collaboration of two foreign production companies and one Indian company. They are, Echo Lake Productions of Los Angeles, Adirondack Pictures of New York and Santosh Sivan Productions of India. This flick will be released all over the world by the middle of 2006. The movie is about freedom struggle in India.

    And IndiaGlitz

    Wednesday, March 08, 2006

    Nothin' Like a Dame pictures

    These are from Getty Images (search for Nothin' Like a Dame). Click to enlarge. In the first one, look to the far right.

    Cool hair, no? Sort of reminiscent of this look.

    PS. I think the red ribbon's for this, perhaps?

    Nothin' Like a Dame reports

  • Broadwayworld reports that the charity show raised a whopping $300 000 for The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative.
  • Recap of all the night's acts on Broadway Pulse
  • Review from Broadwayworld forum members who attended.
    Cynthia Nixon, Julianna Margulies and Jennifer Ehle read a section of "The Heidi Chronicles" as a tribute to Wendy Wasserstein... I wasn't sure how they were going to do a tribute to her in the middle of a show that was mostly singing, but, I thought it worked well.
    The Wendy Wasserstein Tribute was really good too, as perhaps embarassingly, I'm not familiar with "The Heidi Chronicles." Twas a great monolugue shared by the 3 performers.
  • The film with a thousand names

    Keral/Kerala/Road to the Sky starring Jennifer Ehle/Ryan. Truly, they’re not making it easy! In this Hindustan Times article, Rahul Boses enthuses about "Santosh Sivan’s period film Keral".

    After a peripheral but poignant role in Aparna Sen's 15 Park Avenue, Rahul Bose is playing a well-educated village guy who wants to bring changes into his birthplace in Santosh Sivan's period film Keral.

    "It is a very interesting take on cross-culturalism. My character joins hands with a British planter. He believes this collaboration can bring changes in his village. At the same time the freedom movement has started. So he is torn between patriotism and progress."

    "It is produced by a very respectable Hollywood company called Echolake who have produced Deepa Mehta's Water. It is written by an American called Cathy Rabin. It is set in pre-Independence day, though the period isn't the plot's point.

    "But yes, it's my first period film. So far I have been offered urbane characters only," says Rahul.

    Though Rahul refuses to reveal more, the film has four key British characters. Well-known actors from England are playing these roles.

    "I can't reveal their names. But Nandita Das, who plays a girl from my village, is my co-star."

    "Keral gives me one of the most sensitive roles I have been offered. They auditioned several actors across the world. For some reason they thought I had the best understanding of the character."
    Santosh Sivan, whose last directorial project Navrasa was in Tamil, is shooting this intriguing film in his home state Kerala.

    There’s another a brief note about his casting at Bollyvista. Nandita Das also talks about the film a bit in an interview.

    Nandita’s current assignments — Santosh Sivan’s untitled English film and Chitra Palekar’s Marathi film based on a Mahasweta Devi novel — once again confirm her commitment to good cinema. “I am playing an Englishman’s housekeeper in Sivan’s film that is set in colonial India.

    One for your diaries

    Winston-Salemites, you're in luck. Rosemary Harris and John Ehle will be speaking at the Self-Employment in the Arts Conference on April 1st, to be held at Wake Forest University.

    The conference will be held 8:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. at Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, followed by a reception from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA). The public is invited to attend, but registration is required.

    More than 30 professionals from various fields including the visual, performing and literary arts, arts-related business, arts management, law and accountancy will lead panel and small group discussions to help aspiring writers, musicians, illustrators, dancers and actors discover how to make livings as professional
    Other notable speakers include novelist John Ehle, who was instrumental in the founding of the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA); actress Rosemary Harris, whose credits include Broadway, television and movie roles, including that of Aunt May in the Spider-Man movies; Elliot McGucken, author, expert in controlling the use of intellectual property published on the Internet, and professor of physics and programming at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Preston Lane, co-founder and artistic director of Triad Stage; Doug Borwick, composer and nationally recognized educator in arts and not-for-profit management; Dale Pollock, feature film producer and dean of the NCSA School of Filmmaking; and Gerald Freedman, award-winning director of theater and television and dean of the NCSA School of Drama.

    Registration details:
    To register for the conference, call 336-758-5900 or go to Cost is $35, $30 for students and Reynolda House members. The cost of registration includes lunch and the reception.

    Brought to you by the magic of Photoshop

    Many thanks to Ngejung, who managed to extract the obscured image from the Broadway Cares 2003 annual report posted earlier.

    Tuesday, March 07, 2006

    Pride and Prejudice Clip

    Just in case (God forbid) you haven't seen Pride and Prejudice yet, or want to refresh your memory, here's a clip of the scene where Miss Bingley and Lizzy take a 'turn about the room' (it's so refreshing!).

    Rosemary Harris saves Tom and Viv


    MONTHS BEFORE receiving an Oscar nomination, Rosemary Harris did her part to get ``Tom & Viv'' the notice it deserved. It was when the film, about the marriage of T.S. Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood, had finished production in Harris' native England.

    Harvey Weinstein purchased it for Miramax after seeing a trailer.

    ``I think if he probably hadn't done that, the film wouldn't have left these shores,'' Harris said from London. ``I think my packing scene was on the trailer, and he said, `Well, Rosemary, I'm going to buy the film on the strength of your performance.'

    ``He was sort of joshing me, but it was a wonderful trailer. He thought it was splendid, and I did have a scene in it, so I feel like I sort of helped it along.''

    That scene is among the most moving in the new video. Eliot, who swore to his mother-in-law that he would always look after Vivienne, has had her committed. Rose Haigh-Wood, trying to maintain her composure, is packing a suitcase for her daughter.

    ``I've lived all my life in the hope that Vivie would be acceptable to someone,'' Harris says, her voice cracking ever so slightly. ``It's not quite the moment to give me the benefit of your mind.''

    Today, Vivienne Haigh-Wood would be treated for a hormonal imbalance. In England in the 1930s, she was committed for moral insanity, a rebellious and vulgar disregard for propriety.

    Miranda Richardson received a best-actress nomination; Harris was nominated for supporting actress.

    The role, Harris said, touched something in her childhood.

    ``Miranda did have copies of these diaries, which were very revealing and poignant,'' Harris said. ``I don't know what one brings to a role, but there was a slight parallel in my family. My grandmother suffered pretty much the same kind of illness, which was equally as misunderstood, and she was put away for 18 years.

    ``She sort of went off her tracks (after giving birth). Her hormones got all mixed up - post-partum blues I think they call it. Women couldn't really talk about things like that. There weren't any women doctors, and I think it was all rather a mystery to men anyway.

    ``So I just thought about how helpless Viv's mother must have felt.''

    A distinguished stage actress, Harris won a Tony as Eleanor of Aquitaine in ``The Lion in Winter.'' Among her other credits are ``Othello,'' starring Richard Burton, and Laurence Olivier's production of ``Hamlet,'' with Peter O'Toole as the Danish prince. On film, she appeared in ``The Boys From Brazil'' and ``The Ploughman's Lunch.''

    It was hot in London when Harris sat down recently for a phone interview - almost as hot as it was back home in Winston-Salem, N.C., where her husband teaches at Wake Forest University. She had just completed ``The Women of Troy'' at the Royal National Theater and would next be off to the Netherlands to film a TV movie for Disney with Paul Scofield.

    Does she have a preference?

    ``I think if you boil it down, I've played more interesting parts on the stage,'' she said, pausing to laugh. ``Sir Laurence used to think that, while films were not beneath him, they certainly were second-class citizens. Then he lived to eat his words. You know, he simply adored the film.

    ``I admire film actors so much. I think they have such extraordinary technique and skill. Of course, it is fun going out (on stage) every night, but I love film equally. You've got the same sort of canvas to work with.''

    Monday, March 06, 2006


    Nothin' Like a Dame is in 24 hours (8pm GMT-5).


    A little more about the production of Road to the Sky.This Indo-Asian News Service article is dated January 7th.

    The state government has promised full support and security for filmmaker Santosh Sivan's first Hollywood film showcasing Kerala's pristine beauty, being shot here currently.

    Incidentally this is the first Hollywood film to be shot entirely in Kerala. The shooting began from Jan 2. A 40-member crew from Hollywood is overseeing the shooting of the film with a working title "Kerala."

    The government is enthused about the project as Sivan had to make a lot of efforts to convince the Hollywood team to shoot in Kerala rather than in South Africa or Brazil.

    The government agreed to provide help as it would go a long way to showcase the natural beauty and the rich cultural traditions of Kerala to an international audience.

    Sanjeev Sivan, Santosh's brother, told IANS: "The team from Hollywood is very particular that there should be no interruptions while shooting and no one should have access here."

    The American cast include William Jaudon, Jennifer Ryan and William Roache, while there's Nandita Das and Rahul Bose from Bollywood. Tilakan, Manoj K. Jayan and Nedumudi Venu feature from the Malayalam film industry.

    He added the shooting would be completed within 45 days and the entire film would be canned in and around Munnar.

    The film is being jointly produced by Echo Lake Productions of Los Angeles, Adirondack Pictures of New York and Santosh Sivan Productions of India. The film will be released worldwide by mid 2006.

    The film is set in the 1940s with the freedom struggle as the backdrop and shows how the British tried to make inroads into the spice heartland of Kerala.

    Sanjiv added: "On an average, two scenes are being shot in a day. The editing work is expected to take place in London."

    Mid-2006, yippee!

    Sunday, March 05, 2006

    Inside Paradise Road

    Although there is no specific mention of Ms Ehle, there are some quotes from Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, and Julianna Margulies. There's some behind the scenes info on the filming of Paradise Road, and a short video clip. This is from CNN.

    "Ensemble of leading women stars in 'Paradise Road'"
    CNN) -- Hundreds of women -- and a few men -- signed on to the cast of "Paradise Road," a tale of women who make the best of life in a Japanese prison camp during World War II.

    Filming took them to locations in three countries, with Singapore and Australia providing most of the scenery.

    On-screen, the Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning actresses portray the grim captivity of POWs in Southeast Asia. Off-camera, they enjoyed a rare camaraderie.

    I think that's the power of the film and where it succeeds in giving you the impression that it was so hard for us to do. But, in fact, it was a beautiful place and we were all very happy," Frances McDormand said.

    McDormand and co-star Glenn Close were among the working mothers on the set.
    "We had our kids around, which was fantastic," Close said. "My Annie was an extra. She just played with the kids from dawn till dusk."

    Just out of sight of the fictional prison camp in Australia was a four-mile beach.

    "A lot of us used the beach as our daily constitutional and our source of exercise, so it was really great to go out on the bike with my son on the back at 6 in the morning with a bottle in his mouth and pass all the ladies out there running and walking," McDormand said.

    "We had these ongoing card games and boggle sessions," Julianna Margulies explained. "It's a word game where you have to make as many words as you can in three minutes."

    Margulies joined the cast and director Bruce Beresford during a hiatus from ER, and she said the experience of working with so many first-rate actors was well worth the trip.

    "To me, the lead actor in the film is the ensemble," Margulies said.

    The story spans 3 1/2 years of internment and required its players to become progressively thinner.

    "There was our special table and then everyone else," Margulies said. "The crew guys had this luscious food. It was really awful."

    Saturday, March 04, 2006

    "Rosemary Harris: Actress for All Seasons"

    I can't remember where I've seen this article, but I'm sure it hasn't been posted here yet. It's an interview with Rosemary Harris, but with numerous references to her daughter.
    It's from Theatre Mania and is 3 pages.
    (*Photo is from the shoot referred to in the article)
    Diminutive yet statuesque, Rosemary Harris is nestled in her cozy, L-shaped dressing room, brandishing the same knowing smile she had on the stage of the Walter Kerr Theater in Waiting in the Wings a few moments earlier. She points to a glossy color photo of a strikingly beautiful young woman tacked to the wall.

    No, it well could be, but it's not Harris as a young actress in the 1950s in The Disenchanted co-starring Jason Robards. That would be out-of-sync with what Harris, one of the finest stage actresses of our time, is all about--about caring for others, about joy, family, and great hope for the New York theater.

    "It's my daughter, Jennifer. It was taken by Lord Snowdon for Vanity Fair, so it's very airbrushed and done up," says Harris, exuding the same odd mix of radiant sex appeal and unselfish motherly love she does on stage. "Ellis Rabb, my first husband, always said, 'She has a movie career in the palm of her hand.' But he was so anxious that she also keep up her stage work. That's what's wonderful--that it has happened with The Real Thing. That she's gone back to the stage [after doing several independent movies]. She did 15 months at Stratford-on-Avon and got wonderful reviews there. And it got her ready, in a sense, for this moment, for this wonderful part in The Real Thing, which is coming to Broadway in the spring."
    She shows me a write-up of her daughter, Jennifer Ehle, which was just published in the London Sunday Times. Did Harris discourage her daughter from being in the theater? "No, I didn't," she said. "She just came to me one day when she was 14 and said, 'I want to do it.' I said 'Why?' And she said, 'Why wouldn't I? You have so much fun!'

    Friday, March 03, 2006

    More on Road to the Sky

    I can't believe it's taken us this long to pick up the story.

  • Santosh Sivan to shoot Hollywood film in Kerala
    By Sanu George, Indo-Asian News Service

    Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 20 (IANS) Ace filmmaker Santosh Sivan is all set to begin work on his latest venture - a Hollywood film to be entirely filmed in Kerala.

    Santosh is director and cinematographer of the film, which has been given the working title "Kerala", to be shot in Munnar early next year.

    Sanjeev Sivan, his filmmaker brother, said: "It is being jointly produced by Echo Lake Productions of Los Angeles, Adirondack Pictures of New York and Santosh Sivan Productions of India. The film will be released worldwide by mid 2006."

    Sanjeev said, "The film is set in the 1940s with the freedom struggle as backdrop and the attempts of the English to create inroads into the spice heartland of Kerala."

    According to Sanjeev, his brother had to make a lot of effort to convince the Hollywood team to shoot in Kerala rather than in South Africa and Brazil.

    The first ever Hollywood venture to be shot in God's Own Country, as Kerala is known, "will go a long way to showcase the natural beauty as well as the rich cultural tradition of the land", said Sanjeev.

    The American cast includes William Jaudon, Jennifer Ryan and William Roache.

    The Indian cast consists of Bollywood actors Nandita Das and Rahul Bose, along with Tilakan, Manoj K. Jayan and Nedumudi Venu from the Malayalam film industry.

    Hah, Jennifer Ryan. Tricksy!
  • This Indiaglitz article dates the end of shooting to about the beginning of February.
  • Désolée!

    Argh, Le Monde's TV guide says that The River King was shown on Canal+ at 8.50pm...three days ago (Tuesday 28th). Sorry about the late notice. Bad blogger. Must check Factiva more often. Did anyone tape it perchance? Anyway, if you missed it, there are heaps of DVDs on eBay. The Canadian version has French audio.

    Though if you're reading this, you can probably understand English.


    GUESS WHAT! There's a new project on the horizon! India's The Hindu reports that Jennifer Ehle is going to be in Road to the Sky, helmed by cinematographer-director Santosh Sivan. The film was shot in Munnar (which explains the strange coincidence earlier).

    "It is about a British planter (Linus Roache), who wants to build a road to the hills to commercially tap the produce of the high ranges, mainly spices. He is assisted by an Indian (Rahul Bose), who wants to be like the planter and live in his world. But he has his roots in his village and customs.

    The film explores the relationship between the planter, his wife (Jennifer Ehle), his lover (Nandita Das) and his aide. Finally, Rahul's character understands that he has to make a choice and it is not quite possible to live in two worlds," explains Santosh.

    Sounds tres promising. Look at what the actors say about him:

    Linus regards his work in "Road to the Sky" as his best ever in 20 years of show biz. He showers praise on Santosh and says that he is an "extraordinary director" to work with, someone who is "genuine and authentic."

    "Working with him is like playing jazz. He has the structure but he creates freedom to be spontaneous. He also creates a fundamental positive basis that binds everyone to a common aim and focus; he is fast, which builds momentum and keeps the energy alive. He has a unique eye and a way of perceiving, where he is looking beyond the superficial and into the layers underneath."

    Agreeing with him is Jennifer Ehle, who acted in the Istvan Szabo film "Sunshine." "It was really nice being on the sets and I hope to work with him again some day," she says.

    Similarly, it was the desire to work with Santosh that drew Nandita Das to the film. Nandita, who is shooting for Chitra Palekar's Marathi film "Maati Maaye," says that "it was primarily the desire to work with Santosh Sivan, who is extremely passionate about what he does," that made her accept "Road to the Sky."

    Here's his IMDB filmography, where the film is not yet listed. Look at the slight Pride and Prejudice connection - he was the cinematographer for Bride and Prejudice.

    And on release dates:

    Andy Spaulding hopes that "Road to the Sky" will have its premiere at one of the major international film festivals.

    PS. Mary, you rock. Thanks for the hot-off-the-press tip!

    This is SO COOL.

    Thursday, March 02, 2006

    Nothin' Like a Dame seats limited

    Just received an e-mail from the BroadwayWorld mailing list. Here it is in full:

    The 11th Annual NOTHIN' LIKE A DAME benefiting The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of The Actors' Fund of America is a one-night gathering of the first ladies of Broadway and special guests. This year's performance will be a starred-studded vaudeville of Broadway's best, brightest and most talents ladies- live on stage together for one night only! The show is followed by a cast party at a world-renowned and legendary Times Square institution- John's Pizzaria.

    $50 Balcony seats and a very few mezzanine and orchestra seats are still available.

    Call Broadway Cares at 212 840 0770 x268 or visit

    Bebe Neuwirth
    Victoria Clark
    Kate Clinton
    Tyne Daly
    Bobbie Eakes
    Jennifer Ehle
    Jill Eikenberry
    Felicia Finley
    Maria Friedman
    Ruthie Henshall
    Rosemary Harris
    Catherine Hurlin and Jessica Ferretti
    Lauren Kennedy
    Darlene Love
    Julianna Margulies
    Jessica Molaskey
    Phyllis Newman
    Cynthia Nixon
    Rosie O'Donnell
    Jill Paice
    Angie Schworer
    Brynn Williams
    Ruth Williamson

    The Jersey Girls from Jersey Boys
    Jennifer Naimo, Erica Piccininni, Sara Schmidt and Heather Ferguson

    Sweeney Todd
    Diana MiMarzio, Lauren Molina, Dorothy Stanley, Elisa Winters, Jessica Wright

    Julianna Margulies (Topsy from Paradise Road) wasn't listed before I think.

    Bits and Pieces

    From everywhere. I mean everywhere. Randomly selected bits of information that weren't worth posts on their own have been condensed here.

    Firstly some excerpts of reviews about Summerfolk:

    By Ed Farolan
    The transition from laughter to tears in seconds by the beautiful Varya played to the T by Jennifer Ehle; the apparently dandyish nature of the writer Shalimov acted superbly by Henry Goodman confessing his love to Varya who admires him as a writer but loses her respect for him because she now sees his human side; Varya's useless lawyer husband, Sergei (Roger Allam) who hosts the summerfolk in his home and is deserted, as in Ibsen's Doll's House by his wife at the end of the play because of his gossipy macho mentality; and so forth and so on--simply superb acting by the other actors in this huge cast

    And by Stephen Beeny
    A cast of 26 actors demonstrates the great value of an ensemble company. Jennifer Ehle is the discontented wife languishing under the oppression of uselessness while her husband Roger Allam plays the perfect country gentleman

    Stumbling Tounge calls Jennifer Ehle "femininity incarnate". The author writes, "playing the witty and intelligent Liz, Jennifer Ehle is like a living advertisement for woman. But I will let the pictures explain this one" The picture is from Possession.

    It seems Paula Martinac is not happy about the portrayal of lesbians in Possession.
    Oddly, Possession's warped lesbian theme is presented no differently than it might have been 10, 20, or 40 years ago. Consider that in 1991, Sylvia Rhue, then a board member of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), had this to say in a report to the L.A. Commission on the Status of Women about images of lesbians in film: "In heterosexual male fantasies, all women must be heterosexual. If there is a lesbian couple in a film, a man inevitably comes along to 'straighten out' the situation, ... leaving the woman's lover to die, disappear, or dissolve into oblivion." As examples, Rhue included early lesbian-themed movies like The Children's Hour and The Fox and '80s movies like Personal Best and The Bostonians. Today, she might add Possession to her list.
    I guess you can't please everyone.

    The National Theatre discuss their production of Relapse. Someone wrote:
    The Relapse and The Winter's Tale are the best things we have seen in the Olivier since the glorious NT99 Ensemble. For me, Edward Petherbridge and Raymond Coulthard stole the show (not an easy feat when surrounded by actors like Clare Price, Imogen Stubbs, James Purefoy and Alex Jennings). I thought I was the only one who couldn't understand Brian Blessed. How does this compare with the RSC version a few years ago with Jennifer Ehle? Did anyone see that?

    One comment:
    The National's production of the play is undoubtedly excellent, but imagine what it would be like if they could have got Jennifer Ehle to reprise her role of Amanda in it. Mind-blowing, perhaps? If only the RNT could persuade her to become a regular member of their ensemble - go on Sir Trevor, give it a go, it would be a real coup for you.

    Wednesday, March 01, 2006

    And a bit of meat

    To compensate. This 1994 article, from Raleigh's News & Observer, recounts the story behind the making of The Journey of August King and particularly the friendship between John Ehle and producer Borden Mace.

    Some quotage about Jennifer Ehle's part in bringing her dad's book to the screen:

    For nearly two years, Mace shopped the project. He snagged actor Sam Waterston as a fellow producer, but despite several close calls -- including one with Miramax -- the deals fell through.

    Then came some unexpected help from Ehle's actress daughter, Jennifer, who was living in London. Harvey Weinstein, one of the heads of Miramax, was interested in casting her in a movie, Ehle says. She was tied up with other projects, but she showed Weinstein a copy of her father's "August King" script.

    Weinstein loved it and brokered the deal that allowed Mace's team to remain. The film would be made after all.

    AFAIK, which is not far, she hasn't done any Miramax films yet (though there was a connection with Possession).

    Reminder: the Nothin' Like a Dame event is in exactly a week. Both Ms Ehle and Rosemary Harris will be in it. It's the first time the former has been on Broadway since 2001. It's for a good cause. Go.

    Blog barrel

    Of which we are scraping the bottom.

  • Random, a smidgen disrespectful.
  • Wilde review
  • Bedrooms and Hallways review
  • Funny freak-out about her blondeness. Read the comments too. Perhaps our subtitle should be "A fan blog with daily news and links about blondeish, Americanish, actress Jennifer Ehle." Just to warn people.