Videos from Impressionism Meet-and-Greet

Jeremy and cast of Impression attend Meet and Greet

NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 17, 2009

Jeremy Irons, Joan Allen, director Jack O’Brien and the cast of “Impressionism” attend a meet-and-greet for the Off-Broadway show ‘Impressionism’ at the New 42nd Street Studios on February 17, 2009 in New York City.

Jeremy attends BAM benefit – New photos!!!

BROOKLYN, NY – FEBRUARY 17

Actor Jeremy Irons attends the Bridge Project benefit at BAM on February 17, 2009 in Brooklyn, New York.

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Liz Smith on “Impressionism”

From the New York Post

February 17, 2009

TALK MAY be cheap, but there’s plenty of it about the coming Broadway pro duction “Impressionism,” which will star Joan Allen, Jeremy Irons, Marsha Mason – an excellent cast – opening March 12.

No wonder, it is being directed by the genius Jack O’Brien and was written by Michael Jacobs. Now here’s a story. Producer Bill Haber recently heard from a woman he’d represented 30 years ago, Susan Harris. He describes her as “the creator of ‘Soap,’ ‘The Golden Girls,’ ‘Empty Nest’ and a billion dollars worth of other writing. She is considered one of the smartest of all TV people.”

Susan said she’d seen the ad for “Impressionism” and talked CAA into lending her a script. She wanted Bill to know that the play “is the finest I’ve read in years. I went back and read it again! Who is this guy – Michael Jacobs? I’m going to stop writing plays since I can never match this. Thanks for doing something this adventuresome, courageous and sensitive.”

Now that’s the kind of pre-inside talk everybody wants. Haber says, “This moved me and reminded me again why we’re doing this play.”

Jeremy’s character in Impressionism is called “Thomas Buckle”

from http://www.impressionismtheplay.com

JEREMY IRONS (Thomas Buckle). Trained at Bristol Old Vic London Theatre: Godspell, Rear Column, Embers. RSC: Wild Oats, Winter’s Tale, Richard 11, The Rover. National Theatre: Never So Good. NY: The Real Thing (Tony, Drama League Awards), A Little Night Music. Film includes: Dead Ringers (NY Critics Best Actor), Reversal of Fortune (Academy, Golden Globe Awards), Betrayal, French Lieutenant’s Woman, Moonlighting, Mission, Kafka, Waterland, Damage, M.Butterfly, Diehard with a Vengeance, Stealing Beauty, Lolita, Man in the Iron Mask, Eragon, Merchant of Venice, Being Julia, Casanova, Kingdom of Heaven, The Lion King (voice of Scar), Appaloosa. TV: “Langrishe Go Down,” “Brideshead Revisited,” “Tales from Hollywood ,” “Longitude,” “Elizabeth ” (Emmy, Globe, SAG Awards).Directed Mirad a Boy from Bosnia. Other Awards: European Film Academy , Cezar, Officier des Artes et Lettres.

JOAN ALLEN (Katharine Keenan). Broadway: Burn This (Tony Award); Heidi Chronicles (Tony Nomination). Off-Broadway: The Marriage Of Bette And Boo; And A Nightingale Sang (Clarence Derwent, Drama Desk, Outer Critic’s Circle, and Theater World Awards); Heidi Chronicles (Playwrights Horizons). As a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company, she performed in multiple productions with the company. Film: Death Race; Bonneville; Bourne Ultimatum; Yes; The Upside Of Anger; Off The Map; Bourne Supremacy; The Notebook; The Contender (Oscar, SAG, Independent Spirit, Golden Globe nominations – Best Actress); Pleasantville; Face-Off (MTV Award); The Ice Storm; The Crucible (Oscar, SAG, Golden Globe nominations, Best Supporting Actress); Nixon (Oscar, SAG nominations, Best Supporting Actress); Searching For Bobby Fischer; Ethan Frome; Tucker; Manhunter; Peggy Sue Got Married; Compromising Positions. Recently completed filming Georgia O’Keeffe opposite Mr. Irons.

MARSHA MASON (Julia Davidson). Ms. Mason has been a professional working actor in film, television, and theater for over 30 years. Her most recent work includes A Feminine Ending at Playwrights Horizons and Steel Magnolias on Broadway. She has worked in New York, London, California, and regional theater. In film and television, she has earned 4 Academy Award nominations, 2 Golden Globes, 2 People’s Choice awards, an Emmy nomination, and 2 Life Achievement awards. She also received a Grammy nomination for her comedic recording of the London production of Prisoner of Second Avenue for LA Theater Works and has directed for theater & television.

ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS (Chiambuane) is an award-winning actor, director and educator. Broadway: The Full Monty, Prymate, Play On!, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz. The Classical Theatre of Harlem: King Lear, Caligula, Black Nativity, Dream On Monkey Mountain. La MaMa: Haarlem Nocturne. The Flea: Cato. Regional: Death Of A Salesman, Inherit The Wind, Waiting For Godot, Our Town. Intermittently, Mr. De Shields is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at colleges and universities across the nation. A proud member of Equity, SSDC, SAG and AFTRA. Namasté!

MICHAEL T. WEISS (Douglas Finch). Theater: “Herb” in Scarcity (Drama Desk Nom; Atlantic Theater), Of Equal Measure (Center Theater Group), “Pale” in Burn This; “Valmont” in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Huntington), Look Back in Anger ( Dir. Forest Whitaker), Taming Of the Shrew. Film: Freeway (Sundance; Prod. Oliver Stone), Jeffrey (from Paul Rudnick’s play), Bones, Until the Night, Iowa (Tribeca Film Festival; Midwest FF ‘Best Actor Award’), Net Worth, Marmalade. TV: starred in NBC’s “The Pretender” as multiple characters, as well as numerous other series regulars & guest stars.

AARON LAZAR (Ben Joplin). Broadway credits include: The Light in the Piazza; Les Misérables revival (Drama Desk Nomination); A Tale of Two Cities. Film/TV: The Notorious Bettie Page, “Ugly Betty,” “New Amsterdam,” The Light in the Piazza (Live from Lincoln Center ); special guest “The Today Show.” Guest artist: Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra; Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops; NY Pops at Carnegie Hall; South Pacific at The Hollywood Bowl. http://www.aaronlazar.com

MARGARITA LEVIEVA (Nicole Hallady) will next be seen in two exciting films that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival: Adventureland directed by Greg Mottola, from Miramax in March; Spread opposite Ashton Kutcher, directed by David Mackenzie, from Anchor Bay. Film: Noise directed by Henry Bean; The Invisible directed by David Goyer. TV: “Vanished,” “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” & the pilots “What’s Not To Love,” “NY 70” & “The Prince.” Levieva is thrilled to be making her theater & Broadway debut in Impressionism.

HADLEY DELANY (Young Katharine). Broadway debut. 8 years old. TV: Team Umizoomi. Film: The Nanny Diaries. Thanks to her teacher Ms. Scott, her headmaster Mr. Fox, her manager Ingrid French, her agent Barry Kolker. Love to her mother, father and younger siblings Forbes, Margot and Seth.

In spotlight after 25-year absence – Jeremy Irons in Impressionism

In spotlight after 25-year absence
Sunday, February 8, 2009

BY JIM BECKERMAN
NorthJersey.com
STAFF WRITER

IMPRESSIONISM

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Opening night: March 12, Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

Untried doesn’t mean untrue, says Jeremy Irons.

If the Oscar- and Tony-winning actor, about to open in “Impressionism,” hasn’t appeared on Broadway since 1984, it’s partly because he hasn’t been offered anything really new.

“People say, ‘Why haven’t you gone back to Broadway before?’ and the answer is, I haven’t been offered a new play that makes me buzz,” he says. “I’ve been offered a lot of revivals, but in a way I’m not a jobbing actor in that sense. I like to go on a journey into the unknown.”

That would be “Impressionism,” a new play by Michael Jacobs, co-starring Joan Allen, Marsha Mason and Andre De Shields, and directed by Jack O’Brien, that promises to be every bit as much of a puzzler as those first Degas and Monets were to the staid members of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.

A press release describes it thusly: “the story of a world traveling photojournalist and a New York gallery owner who discover each other and also that there might be an art to repairing broken lives.”

But that doesn’t really convey the odd construction of Jacobs’ (“Cheaters,” “Getting Along Famously”) play, which shifts back and forth in time and casts each of the main actors in multiple roles. Irons, in addition to playing the photojournalist, is also at different moments the former lover and father of the gallery owner. Allen, the gallery owner, is also a nurse in Africa, where Irons is photojournalizing.

“It’s unlike any play I’ve ever come across before,” Irons says. “Rather in the same way that maybe the first art critics who looked at Impressionist paintings thought, ‘I never saw anything like this before.’ It’s not a normal play, not a conventional structure.”

Just as an Impressionist painting may look like just a lot of dots or brush strokes up close, and only reveal its full meaning when viewed whole, so “Impressionism,” Irons says, takes the whole length of its roughly 100-minute running time to make itself clear.

“I suppose what you might say is, you don’t get the full story till the end of the picture,” Irons says. “I think it will be a fascinating evening.”

Irons was last seen on Broadway 25 years ago, in Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing.” He won a Tony for that role, and has had a busy career in several media since, having established himself as the nonpareil for playing brainy, languid characters of ambiguous virtue (“Brideshead Revisited” on TV, “Reversal of Fortune” and “Lolita” onscreen).

One of his most recent projects, by happy coincidence, teamed him with his current co-star, Allen. In “Georgia O’Keefe,” a Lifetime Television biopic set to air later this year, he played another photographer, Alfred Stieglitz, to Joan Allen’s O’Keefe. So when the two met again for “Impressionism,” they were already road-tested.

“I was able to get to know her,” Irons says. “So by the time I came to rehearsal [for the play], I knew her work and she knew mine, and there was a sort of trust.”

E-mail: beckerman@northjersey.com

Jeremy puckers up for charity

Puckering up for charity

photos from http://www.journallive.co.uk

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Feb 7 2009 by Ben Guy, The Journal

HOLLYWOOD kisses will be auctioned off to raise money for a good cause.

Silver screen superstars including Ewan McGregor, Kate Winslet, Liam Neeson and Helena Bonham-Carter have all puckered up to raise money for a 50-seat cinema in the new children’s hospital at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

They have left the imprint of their lips on cards and signed them, and the prints are featured in the window of Newcastle’s famous Fenwick store.

More than 50 signed smackers have been secured by MediCinema, the charity which brings the magic of the big screen to patients, including those in beds and wheelchairs.

They will then be auctioned off later this year.

Ewan McGregor, who is a longstanding patron of MediCinema, said: “I have seen at first-hand how much patients and their families look forward to an all-encompassing cinema experience.”

Other celebrities who have donated their lips to the charity are Bill Nighy, Dame Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Bryan Ferry, Jamie Bell and Lauren Laverne.

The new children’s hospital is due to be finished in 2010, but it is hoped the cinema will be completed later this year.

It will bring together all children’s treatments under one roof. Helen Lamont of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust welcomed the venture. She said: “This is a particularly innovative idea which will significantly enhance a patient’s stay in hospital”.

For more information on the collection of celebrity kisses, visit http://www.medicinema.org.uk.

Jeremy Irons in Pink Panther 2 – SPOILERS!

Jeremy Irons plays Alonso Avellaneda, a wealthy playboy sportsman accused of associating with The Tornado – the thief who has been stealing great national treasures of the world.

Jeremy has about 10 minutes of screen time. He comes into the movie when the “Dream Team” of international detectives go to his mansion in Italy to confront him as to whether he is involved in the robberies, or is perhaps himself The Tornado. Jeremy/Avellaneda appears on the scene on horseback, as the Dream Team enters the gates of his estate. Avellaneda is dressed in a white, button down, Mandarin collar shirt, tight white riding pants and knee high black riding boots. He allows the Dream Team to enter his estate and he answers their questions. All but Clouseau enter the estate. Clouseau stays outdoors to look around. While the Dream Team is interrogating Avellaneda, Japanese technology whiz detective Kenji (Yuki Matsuzaki) checks Avellaneda’s computer to see if he has had any dealings with The Tornado. Kenji reveals the TV monitors to Avellaneda’s security system and we see Clouseau outside climbing walls and on the roof. The Dream Team tries to obscure Avellaneda’s view of the screens, as they continue questioning him.

The Dream Team demands to see Avellaneda’s right shoulder, because it is known that The Tornado has a bullet wound in his right shoulder. Avellaneda takes his shirt off to prove that he is not The Tornado, first by revealing his left shoulder and then his right. Meanwhile, Clouseau, discovering that there are video cameras on the roof, tries to rip out the wires to the video camera which is filming him. In the process, he falls backward and down a chimney. Clouseau crashes through the top two floors of Avellaneda’s mansion, through the fireplaces and lands in the fireplace in the room with Avellaneda and the rest of the Dream Team. Clouseau then, in an attempt to prove Avellaneda is The Tornado, dashes across the room and rips the right side of Avellaneda’s shirt off of his body.

Once they all see that Avellaneda does not have the scar and cannot be The Tornado, the Dream Team of detectives leaves the estate. The real Tornado then comes out from another room and talks to Avellaneda, so the audience learns that Avellaneda is shady and continues to have dealings with The Tornado.

Avellaneda’s next scene is at a restaurant. Clouseau and Ponton (Jean Reno) have a bug planted under Avellaneda’s table at the restaurant. Then, Clouseau’s would-be girlfriend, Nicole (Emily Mortimer), enters the restaurant with Italian Dream Team detective Vicenzo (Andy Garcia). Clouseau is jealous and wants to hear what Nicole and Vicenzo are saying, so he goes into the restaurant to move the bug. Clouseau ends up disguising himself as a performer at the restaurant. In the process of dancing and wreaking havoc in the restaurant, including completely intruding on Avellaneda’s dinner with an attractive female companion, Clouseau gets the bug and moves it.

After the scene at the restaurant, Avellaneda is not in the movie again.

Jeremy wears his own signet ring in the movie and his own eyeglasses. He also wears a gold chain around his neck. His character is dressed to have a look of sleazy sophistication. He has a short beard, as he filmed his part in “Pink Panther 2″ in the fall of 2007, right before going to New Mexico to film “Appaloosa”. Jeremy also looks very fit and has a nice suntan.

“Pink Panther 2″ lives up to the mediocre reviews it has been getting. It is predictable and has only a few funny moments. The actors with cameo roles do, however, add to the movie quite a lot. Lily Tomlin (as etiquette coach Mrs. Berenger) and John Cleese (as Chief Inspector Dreyfus), as well as Jeremy, are bright spots in an otherwise dull movie.

BAM Special Offer for facebook Members

Special offer for BAM facebook fans!

Special offer for our facebook fans! Come to The Bridge Project Benefit,
which includes a performance of The Winter’s Tale and a star-studded dessert
reception for $100. (Regularly priced tickets start at $150.)

Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes directs *The Winter’s Tale*, featuring a
trans-Atlantic cast including Simon Russell Beale, Sinead Cusack, Richard
Easton, Rebecca Hall, Josh Hamilton, and Ethan Hawke.

Following the performance, celebrate in style at a dessert reception with
full open bar and music by DJs Andrew Andrew. Mingle with members of the
cast and a multitude of anticipated celebrity guests, including Kevin Spacey
and Benefit Committee members Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Jeremy Irons,
Brian O’Byrne, John Turturro, and many others.

To RSVP for this special offer, call BAM Patron Services at 718.636.4182 and
mention “facebook” by 6pm on Friday, February 6. Limited availability.

Pink Panther 2 New York City Premiere is tonight

The New York City premiere of Jeremy’s latest film “The Pink Panther 2″ will be tonight, February 3rd, at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City at 6:00 p.m.

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