David Mamet

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These Are the Books Weinstein Was Carrying When Arrested

One is a biography of director Elia Kazan, who was scorned by Hollywood in his day

(Newser) - As Harvey Weinstein did his perp walk into the NYPD's 1st Precinct Friday to be booked on rape and sexual abuse charges, he was spotted carrying three books—and Time has the details. One was Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution. A second was a 2006 biography... More »

LiLo Messes Up Mamet in London Stage Debut

Audience laughs as Lindsay Lohan needs 'Speed-the-Plow' prompts read to her

(Newser) - Spilled champagne and wardrobe malfunctions may sound like a typical Lindsay Lohan night on the town, but this time it happened during her stage debut in London. During her first-night performance in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow on Tuesday, Lohan—who's "been a fixture of the London nightlife circuit... More »

Fishy Tale Gets Piven Off the Hook

(Newser) - Jeremy Piven was on the level when he blamed mercury poisoning for his decision to bail on a Broadway production of Speed-the-Plow last December, an arbitrator has ruled. "While we respect the decision, we strongly disagree with it," the producers of the David Mamet play said in a... More »

Mamet to Write, Direct Anne Frank Film for Disney

(Newser) - Disney has bought the rights to film a new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, Variety reports. The diary of a young girl who hid from the Nazis was first filmed 50 years ago. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet will be writing and directing the movie, and Andrew Braunsberg,... More »

Mercury Illness Was Real: Piven

Star defends decision to leave Broadway production

(Newser) - Jeremy Piven has taken a lot of flak since leaving the Broadway production of Speed-the-Plow due to unhealthy amounts of mercury in his body—including anonymous sources who said medical reasons were a cover for the fact that he was fired—but the condition was real, the actor tells People.... More »

'Mercury Count' Speeds Piven's Broadway Exit

Writer David Mamet is a little skeptical of star's ailment

(Newser) - Jeremy Piven is bailing on Broadway because of a high mercury count, and it doesn’t sound like David Mamet is buying the excuse, Variety reports. “My understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer,” said Mamet, who wrote Speed-the-Plow. The... More »

Blago Dialogue Worthy of Mamet

(Newser) - An astute reader of the criminal complaint against Rod Blagojevich will notice that, with shockingly little tweaking, the wiretapped conversations between the Illinois governor and his co-conspirators could be dialogue from a David Mamet play. Choire Sicha demonstrates in Salon, turning it into a quick one-acter. From the trash-talking femme... More »

Redbelt Gets a No-Decision

Reviews mixed for Mamet fight flick

(Newser) - Redbelt can’t quite score a knockout with critics. While many find much to admire in David Mamet’s fight movie, most also concede it’s a flawed affair, and some outright disliked it. In the New York Times, Manohla Dargis described it as “a satisfying, unexpectedly involving B-movie,... More »

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