Impressionism cast additions announced

Mason, De Shields, Weiss, Lazar and More Join Cast of Broadway’s Impressionism

By Andrew Gans
December 3, 2008
from Playbill.com

Additional casting has been announced for the world premiere of Michael Jacobs’ Impressionism, which is scheduled to begin previews Feb. 28, 2009 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater.

Joining the previously announced Tony Award winners Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen will be Marsha Mason (Steel Magnolias, Night of the Iguana), André De Shields (The Full Monty, Ain’t Misbehavin’), Michael T. Weiss (TV’s “The Pretender”), Aaron Lazar (Les Misérables, Tale of Two Cities) and Margarita Levieva, according to The New York Times.

Tony winner Jack O’Brien will direct the production, which will officially open March 12.

The Schoenfeld, located at 236 West 45th Street, is currently the home of the revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, which will end its limited engagement Jan. 11, 2009.

Ostar Productions will produce Impressionism, which, press notes state, “is 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.”

Playwright Jacobs is also the author of Cheaters, which was produced on Broadway in 1978 at the Biltmore Theatre; and Getting Along Famously, which was produced Off-Broadway at the Hudson Guild Theatre. His 15 television series have won the Emmy, People’s Choice, Parent’s Choice and Environmental Media Awards, among others.

Joan Allen won a Tony Award for her performance in Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, and she was also Tony-nominated for her work in The Heidi Chronicles. Allen has been nominated for three Academy Awards: for “The Contender,” “The Crucible” and “Nixon.”

Jeremy Irons won a Tony Award for his performance in the original Broadway production of The Real Thing. The English actor also won Academy and Golden Globe awards for his work in the 1990 film “Reversal of Fortune.” Irons was also Golden-Globe nominated for “The Mission” and “Brideshead Revisited.” Among his London stage credits are Embers and The Rover.

Appaloosa on DVD 13th January 2009

Warner Lassoes Appaloosa for Blu-ray: Full Details and Cover Art
December 02, 2008

New Line and Warner Home Video will open the corral and let the new Western Appaloosa, starring Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Renee Zellweger and Jeremy Irons, run loose on Blu-ray Disc January 13.

The day-and-date with DVD release will be presented in widescreen 2.4:1 1080p video and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD lossless audio.

A respectable number of bonus features will be included on the BD-25 disc, one of which will be presented in high definition. The complete list is as follows.

* Commentary by Director Ed Harris and Screenwriter/Producer Robert Knott
* Additional Scenes with Selectable Ed Harris/Robert Knott Commentary (HD)
* Bringing the Characters of Appaloosa to Life featurette
* Historic Accuracy of Appaloosa featurette
* The Town of Appaloosa featurette
* Dean Semlers Return to the Western featurette

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Appaloosa on Blu-ray Disc has a retail price of $35.99.

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Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Appaloosa on 13th January 2009 priced at $28.98 SRP. Ed Harris (who also directs, produces and co-scripts) and Viggo Mortensen star as friends and for-hire peacekeepers Cole and Hitch in this character-driven Western based on Robert B. Parkers novel. As the woman who arrives in town with only a dollar and a keen sense of survival, Renée Zellweger adds feelings – those things that can get you killed – to a quest to bring murderer Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons) to justice. Blood will spill in the town called Appaloosa.

Features include:

* Anamorphic Widescreen
* English DD5.1 Surround
* English and Spanish subtitles
* Commentary by Director Ed Harris and Screenwriter/Producer Robert Knott
* Additional Scenes with Selectable Ed Harris/Robert Knott Commentary
* Corral of 4 Insightful Featurettes:
o Bringing the Characters of Appaloosa to Life
o Historic Accuracy of Appaloosa
o The Town of Appaloosa
o Dean Semlers Return to the Western