Kicking and Screaming (1995 film)
Kicking and Screaming is a 1995 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach in his feature directorial debut. It tells of a group of college graduates who refuse to move on with their lives, each in their own peculiar way; the film stars Josh Hamilton, Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott, features Eric Stoltz, Olivia d'Abo and Parker Posey. Much of the film was shot at Occidental College. Jason Blum, Baumbach's college roommate, producing a film for the first time, obtained financing after receiving a letter from family acquaintance Steve Martin endorsing the script. Blum attached the letter to copies of the script he sent around Hollywood; the film premiered in 1995 at the New York Film Festival to critical acclaim. Baumbach was chosen as one of Newsweek's "Ten New Faces of 1996"; the film appeared in several "Top Ten" lists, had a lengthy run playing on the Sundance Film Channel. The Criterion Collection DVD was released August 22, 2006 in the U. S. Kicking and Screaming received positive reviews, with many critical assessments describing it as remarkably competent for a directorial and writing debut, expecting that Baumbach would "graduate to better things."
On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 55% based on 38 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, based on reviews from 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Roger Ebert praised a terrific ear. Reviews mentioned the thin and meandering plot, but most noted this as a facet of the characters' life stage. Janet Maslin of The New York Times stated, "Kicking and Screaming occupies its postage-stamp size terrain with confident comic style."According to Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times, "you begin to wonder why you're bothering to watch the aimless lives of these four unfold... At 25 he may be too close to the material to achieve the detachment from which irony and meaning flow." Kicking and Screaming on IMDb Kicking and Screaming at AllMovie Kicking and Screaming at Rotten Tomatoes Reasons for Kicking and Screaming an essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum at the Criterion Collection
With Honors (film)
With Honors is a 1994 American comedy-drama film directed by Alek Keshishian and starring Brendan Fraser, Joe Pesci and Moira Kelly. Monty Kessler, an honors student in the Government program at Harvard University, rooms with art student Courtney Blumenthal, radio DJ and trust fund child Everett Calloway, neurotic pre-med student Jeff Hawkes. Monty is the pet project of a Nobel Laureate and government cynic. While working on his thesis, Monty loses his work; as he leaves to make copies of his sole printed version, he breaks his ankle and drops his thesis down a steam vent and into the boiler room of Widener Library, where he sees a disheveled man reading it burning the thesis page by page. The homeless man demands compensation for not burning it. Monty calls the university police, who arrest the man. In his court appearance, the man's name is revealed to be Simon B. Wilder. After convincing the judge to dismiss the charges against him, he is held on contempt. Monty pays Simon's fine to get his thesis back.
Although Simon blames Monty for getting him kicked out of the library, the two of them work out a deal: Simon will give one page for each service Monty provides. Simon takes up residence in Everett's broken-down van in the backyard of Monty's house. Confronted by his roommates, Monty assures them. Simon mentors Monty, the two become close friends. Monty discusses his absentee father, Simon responds by showing him his collection of "memories", a bag of stones, each of which reminds him of a specific memory. With time, some of the roommates appreciate Simon's presence. Courtney appreciates the new, gentler Monty, Everett agrees to exchange wine for Simon's fixing the van. Jeff, resents paying for extra food and fears the possible reactions of his visiting parents. On a cold night, Jeff rejects Monty's request for Simon to sleep in the cellar, threatening to move out with his share of the rent; when Monty lies to Simon, Simon leaves. After the others leave for Christmas break, Simon sends a homeless friend to deliver the rest of the thesis and a philosophical message.
The friend tells Monty that Simon gives Monty his location. Monty takes Simon home and tells him he can stay there as long. Simon tells Monty. Touched by Monty's courtesy, Simon agrees to accept government benefits to pay his way. Simon is shocked when Monty writes a new one; as the roommates return, Monty introduces Simon as their new housemate, but Jeff threatens to leave again. While writing his own obituary, Simon reveals to Monty. Though angry, Monty brings Simon to the biggest party of the year on campus; as the two watch Courtney dance, Simon recognizes. Late that night and Courtney find Simon collapsed in the hallway. Monty agrees to take Simon to see his long-lost son, Frank though it will mean missing his thesis deadline; the entire household sets off on a road trip. Monty convinces Frank to meet with Simon, Frank berates Simon for leaving; when Frank's daughter approaches, Frank tells her that Simon leaves. Simon breaks down and grabs a stone for a "memory". Simon expresses his desire to die alone.
The four friends bury Simon in a cemetery. Monty meets with Professor Pitkannan. While Pitkannan disagrees with Monty's thesis and new approach to government, he appreciates his beliefs and effort, he regrets. At the graduation ceremony, Monty grabs a stone for his own "memory". Joe Pesci as Simon B. Wilder Brendan Fraser as Monty Kessler Moira Kelly as Courtney Blumenthal Patrick Dempsey as Everett Calloway Josh Hamilton as Jeffrey Hawkes Gore Vidal as Professor Pitkannan The film was shot at various locations in Illinois, Indiana and Massachusetts, including the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the exterior of Winthrop House appears, but the interiors pictured are not that of actual Harvard houses, the last scene of the movie was shot at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The buildings and surroundings were dressed up to look as if it were Harvard and many of the people in the final scene are Illinois students; the graduation scene was shot while the local climate in Illinois had not allowed for the trees to bloom leaves and so artificial branches and leaves were stapled on.
All of the outdoor shots of Harvard's Widener Library had the University of Minnesota's Northrop Auditorium in that role. The scene in which Simon Wilder and Professor Pitkannan debate the role of the president in American democracy was filmed in Lincoln Hall at Northwestern Law School; the film received predominantly negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes collected 23 reviews and gave the film a 17% approval rating, with an average rating of 3.8/10. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 2.5 stars out of 4, praising the acting, but criticizing the "cliched" plot. Despite negative reviews, the film has received a cult following. According to Box Office Mojo, the film grossed about $20 million in the U. S. Despite this modest figure, it did manage to be the #1 at the U. S. weekend box office between May 6–8. The soundtrack was released on March 22, 1994 by Maverick Records and
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a 16.3-acre complex of buildings in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It hosts many notable performing arts organizations, which are nationally and internationally renowned, including the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera. A consortium of civic leaders and others led by, under the initiative of, John D. Rockefeller III built Lincoln Center as part of the "Lincoln Square Renewal Project" during Robert Moses' program of urban renewal in the 1950s and 1960s. Respected architects were contracted to design the major buildings on the site, over the next thirty years the diverse working class area around Lincoln Center was replaced with a conglomeration of high culture to please the tastes of the consortium. Rockefeller was Lincoln Center's inaugural president from 1956 and became its chairman in 1961, he is credited with raising more than half of the $184.5 million in private funds needed to build the complex, including drawing on his own funds.
The center's three buildings, David Geffen Hall, David H. Koch Theater and the Metropolitan Opera House were opened in 1962, 1964 and 1966, respectively. While the center may have been named because it was located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, it is unclear whether the area was named as a tribute to U. S. President Abraham Lincoln; the name was bestowed on the area in 1906 by the New York City Board of Aldermen, but records give no reason for choosing that name. There has long been speculation that the name came from a local landowner, because the square was named Lincoln Square. City records from the time show only the names Johannes van Bruch, Thomas Hall, Stephan de Lancey, James de Lancey, James de Lancey, Jr. and John Somerindyck as area property owners. One speculation is that references to President Lincoln were omitted from the records because the mayor in 1906 was George B. McClellan Jr. son of General George B. McClellan, general-in-chief of the Union Army early in the American Civil War and a bitter rival of Lincoln's.
Architects who designed buildings at the center include: Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Public spaces, Hypar Pavilion and Lincoln Ristorante, The Juilliard School, Alice Tully Hall, School of American Ballet, Josie Robertson Plaza, Revson Fountain, President's Bridge and Infoscape Max Abramovitz: David Geffen Hall, original design of Josie Robertson Plaza Pietro Belluschi: The Juilliard School. Modified by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with FXFOWLE Architects Gordon Bunshaft: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Wallace Harrison: the center's master plan, the Metropolitan Opera House, original design of Josie Robertson Plaza Lee S Jablin: 3 Lincoln Center, the adjacent condominium built by a private developer Philip Johnson: New York State Theater, now known as the David H. Koch Theater, original design of Josie Robertson Plaza and original Revson Fountain Eero Saarinen: Vivian Beaumont Theater Davis and Associates: The Samuel B. and David Rose Building. Billie Tsien, Tod William: The David Rubenstein Atrium Hugh Hardy/H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC: The Claire Tow Theater WET Design: Revson Fountain The first structure to be completed and occupied as part of this renewal was the Fordham Law School of Fordham University in 1962.
Located between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, from West 60th to 66th Streets in Lincoln Square, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the complex was the first gathering of major cultural institutions into a centralized location in an American city. The development of the condominium at 3 Lincoln Center, completed in 1991, designed by Lee Jablin of Harman Jablin Architects, made possible the expansion of The Juilliard School and the School of American Ballet; the center's cultural institutions make use of facilities located away from the main campus. In 2004, the center expanded through the addition of Jazz at Lincoln Center's newly built facilities, the Frederick P. Rose Hall, at the new Time Warner Center, located a few blocks to the south. In March 2006, the center launched construction on a major redevelopment plan that modernized and opened up its campus. Redevelopment was completed in 2012 with the completion of the President's Bridge over West 65th Street; when first announced in 1999, Lincoln Center's campuswide redevelopment was to cost $1.5 billion over 10 years and radically transform the campus.
The center management held an architectural competition, won by the British architect Norman Foster in 2005, but did not approve a full scale redesign until 2012, in part because of the need to raise $300 million in construction costs and the New York Philharmonic's fear that it might lose audiences and revenue while it was displaced. Among the architects that have been involved were Frank Gehry. In March 2006, the center launched the 65th Street Project – part of a major redevelopment plan continuing through the fall of 2012 – to create a new pedestrian promenade designed to improve accessibility and the aesthetics of that area of the campus. Additionally, Alice Tully Hall was modernized and reopened to critical and popular acclaim in 2009 and the Film Society of Lincoln Center expanded with the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Top
Broadway theatre known as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world; the Theater District is a popular tourist attraction in New York City. According to The Broadway League, for the 2017–2018 season total attendance was 13,792,614 and Broadway shows had US$1,697,458,795 in grosses, with attendance up 3.9%, grosses up 17.1%, playing weeks up 2.8%. The majority of Broadway shows are musicals. Historian Martin Shefter argues that "'Broadway musicals', culminating in the productions of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, became enormously influential forms of American popular culture" and contributed to making New York City the cultural capital of the Western Hemisphere.
New York did not have a significant theatre presence until about 1750, when actor-managers Walter Murray and Thomas Kean established a resident theatre company at the Theatre on Nassau Street, which held about 280 people. They presented Shakespeare ballad operas such as The Beggar's Opera. In 1752, William Hallam sent a company of twelve actors from Britain to the colonies with his brother Lewis as their manager, they established a theatre in Williamsburg and opened with The Merchant of Venice and The Anatomist. The company moved to New York in the summer of 1753, performing ballad operas and ballad-farces like Damon and Phillida; the Revolutionary War suspended theatre in New York, but thereafter theatre resumed in 1798, the year the 2,000-seat Park Theatre was built on Chatham Street. The Bowery Theatre opened followed by others. By the 1840s, P. T. Barnum was operating an entertainment complex in Lower Manhattan. In 1829, at Broadway and Prince Street, Niblo's Garden opened and soon became one of New York's premiere nightspots.
The 3,000-seat theatre presented all sorts of non-musical entertainments. In 1844, Palmo's Opera House opened and presented opera for only four seasons before bankruptcy led to its rebranding as a venue for plays under the name Burton's Theatre; the Astor Opera House opened in 1847. A riot broke out in 1849 when the lower-class patrons of the Bowery objected to what they perceived as snobbery by the upper class audiences at Astor Place: "After the Astor Place Riot of 1849, entertainment in New York City was divided along class lines: opera was chiefly for the upper middle and upper classes, minstrel shows and melodramas for the middle class, variety shows in concert saloons for men of the working class and the slumming middle class."The plays of William Shakespeare were performed on the Broadway stage during the period, most notably by American actor Edwin Booth, internationally known for his performance as Hamlet. Booth played the role for a famous 100 consecutive performances at the Winter Garden Theatre in 1865, would revive the role at his own Booth's Theatre.
Other renowned Shakespeareans who appeared in New York in this era were Henry Irving, Tommaso Salvini, Fanny Davenport, Charles Fechter. Theatre in New York moved from downtown to midtown beginning around 1850, seeking less expensive real estate. In the beginning of the 19th century, the area that now comprises the Theater District was owned by a handful of families and comprised a few farms. In 1836, Mayor Cornelius Lawrence opened 42nd Street and invited Manhattanites to "enjoy the pure clean air." Close to 60 years theatrical entrepreneur Oscar Hammerstein I built the iconic Victoria Theater on West 42nd Street. Broadway's first "long-run" musical was a 50-performance hit called The Elves in 1857. In 1870, the heart of Broadway was in Union Square, by the end of the century, many theatres were near Madison Square. Theatres did not arrive in the Times Square area until the early 1900s, the Broadway theatres did not consolidate there until a large number of theatres were built around the square in the 1920s and 1930s.
New York runs continued to lag far behind those in London, but Laura Keene's "musical burletta" The Seven Sisters shattered previous New York records with a run of 253 performances. It was at a performance by Keene's troupe of Our American Cousin in Washington, D. C. that Abraham Lincoln was shot. The first theatre piece that conforms to the modern conception of a musical, adding dance and original music that helped to tell the story, is considered to be The Black Crook, which premiered in New York on September 12, 1866; the production was five-and-a-half hours long, but despite its length, it ran for a record-breaking 474 performances. The same year, The Black Domino/Between You, Me and the Post was the first show to call itself a "musical comedy". Tony Pastor opened the first vaudeville theatre one block east of Union Square in 1881, where Lillian Russell performed. Comedians Edward Harrigan and Tony Hart produced and starred in musicals on Broadway between 1878 and 1890, with book and lyrics by Harrigan and music by his father-in-law David Braham.
These musical comedies featured characters and situations taken from the everyday life of New York's lower classes and represented a significant step forward from vaudeville and burlesque, towards a more literate form. They starred high quality singers, instead of the women of questionable repute who had starred in earlier m
Alive (1993 film)
Alive is a 1993 American biographical survival drama film based on Piers Paul Read's 1974 book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, which details a Uruguayan rugby team's crash aboard Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 into the Andes mountains on Friday, October 13, 1972. Filmed on location in the Purcell Mountains in British Columbia, the film was directed by Frank Marshall, written by John Patrick Shanley, narrated by John Malkovich, it features an ensemble cast including Ethan Hawke, Josh Hamilton, Vincent Spano, Bruce Ramsay, John Haymes Newton, Illeana Douglas, Danny Nucci. One of the survivors, Nando Parrado, served as the technical advisor for the film; the film opens with a group of photographs of the Stella Maris College's Old Christians Rugby Team. Carlitos Páez points out several members of the team and reflects on the accident in a brief monologue. Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 flies over the Andes on October 13, 1972; the raucous rugby players and a few of their relatives and friends are eagerly looking forward to an upcoming match in Chile.
Upon emerging from clouds, the plane encounters turbulence and collides with a mountain. The wings and tail are separated from the fuselage, which slides down a mountain slope before coming to a stop. Six passengers and one flight attendant are die. Antonio, the team captain, coordinates efforts to help the injured. Roberto Canessa and Gustavo Zerbino, both medical students, aid the injured. Another six passengers soon die, including Nando's mother, Eugenia. Nando, who sustained a head injury, falls into a coma, his sister Susana has suffered harsh internal injuries; as the sun sets, the survivors make preparations for the night. Canessa discovers that the seat covers can be used as blankets; the survivors curl up beside one another to stay warm. Antonio, Roy Harley, Rafael Cano plug the gaping hole at the end of the fuselage with luggage to keep out the wind. Two passengers die overnight. With nothing to hunt or gather on the mountain, Antonio declares they will use rationing when the survivors find a tin of chocolates and a case of wine.
After seeing a plane fly past, they think it dips its wing, the survivors celebrate. Expecting to be rescued the next day, everyone except Javier, his wife Liliana, Antonio eat the remaining chocolates; this causes a quarrel among several others. Nando regains consciousness. After learning of his mother's death, Nando watches over Susana vigilantly. Knowing she will die of her injuries within a few days, he vows to set off on foot and find a way out of the mountains; when Carlitos reminds him that he will need food, Nando suggests eating the flesh of the deceased pilots to give him the strength to survive the journey to find help. Susana dies from her injuries; the survivors listen to a radio for word of their rescue but are devastated to hear the search called off after nine days. After great debate, the starving passengers decide to eat the flesh of their dead relatives and friends. Zerbino and Juan Martino set off to search for the tail of the plane in hopes of finding batteries for the plane's radio to transmit their location.
Among pieces of the wreckage, the teammates find additional corpses, but return to the group with news that the tail of the plane is a little farther away. In the week, an avalanche strikes the plane and fills much of the interior with snow. Eight of the survivors are smothered by the freeze to death. A second team, made up of Nando and Antonio "Tintin" Vizintin, sets out and find the tail of the plane. Unable to bring the batteries to the fuselage, they return to the fuselage to get Roy, thought to have experience with electrical equipment, they bring him to the tail of the plane to see. When Roy is unsuccessful, the team returns to the fuselage. Federico and Alberto die from their injuries, as does Rafael, leading Nando to convince a reluctant Canessa to search for a way out of the mountains, taking Tintin with them. Two days into the journey, they send Tintin back to the fuselage so they can appropriate his rations and continue on their own. After a 12-day trek, the two escape the mountains and alert the authorities of their companions' location.
As helicopters land on the mountain, the remaining 14 survivors celebrate. In the present, Carlitos describes how the survivors returned to the site of the crash and buried the corpses under a pile of stones, marked with a cross; the memorial to the 29 deceased and 16 survivors is shown. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 62% of 26 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review. David Ansen of Newsweek said that, while, "Piers Paul Read's acclaimed book... paid special attention to the social structure that evolved among the group... Marshall... downplays the fascinating sociological details—and the ambiguities of character—in favor of action, heroism and a vague religiosity that's sprinkled over the story like powdered sugar."Others, such as Ray Green, praised the tactful nature of the film stating that, "despite the potential for lurid sensationalism, Marshall manages to keep his and the film's dignity by steering an downbeat course through some grim goings on thanks in no small manner to the allegorical ring of Shanley's stylized dialogue."
Green continues by describing the film as, "thrilling and engrossing as it is at times, Alive is more than an action film—in its own way it is a drama of ideas, of the human spirit as well." Roger Ebert wrote "There are some stories you can't tell. The story of the Andes survivors may be one of them." He questioned the realism of how normal the actors' bodies looked after
The Meyerowitz Stories
The Meyerowitz Stories is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed and written by Noah Baumbach. The film stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel and Emma Thompson, follows a group of dysfunctional adult siblings trying to live in the shadow of their father; the Meyerowitz Stories was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section and won the Palm Dog award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. It received positive reviews from critics, who praised Baumbach's script and direction as well as the performances, with Sandler singled out for praise, it was released in select theaters and on streaming by Netflix on October 13, 2017. The film was the second Netflix film competing at Cannes – along with Okja – which caused a clash with the jury president Pedro Almodóvar, who sided with the opinion that Cannes Film Festival films should be made for big screens, not online streaming. In 2017, the Cannes Film Festival announced a new rule, which requires a film competing at Cannes to "commit itself to being distributed in French movie theatres".
A French law mandates that films cannot be shown on streaming services for 36 months after their theatrical release blocking Netflix films from future festivals. After separating from his wife, unemployed Danny Meyerowitz moves in with father Harold, a retired Bard College art professor and sculptor, his third wife, Maureen, a pleasant if foggy alcoholic. Danny has a younger sister and they have a younger half-brother, Matthew. Danny is close to his daughter, starting college at Bard as a film student. Eliza shows one of her sexually-obsessed films to her family, who try hard not to show they are taken aback and instead compliment its energy and production values; some of Harold's work has been selected as part of a faculty group show at Bard, but Harold refuses to be part of a group show. Danny and Harold attend the MoMA retrospective of a friend and contemporary of Harold's, the more successful L. J. Shapiro. There neither father nor son feels comfortable. Danny meets Shapiro's daughter, his childhood friend Loretta, but he must leave to chase after Harold.
Harold's younger son Matthew, a successful financial advisor to rock stars on the other side of the continent in Los Angeles, is in New York on business and meets Harold for lunch with an accountant friend. They try to counsel Harold to sell his Manhattan home and the sculpture stored there, since Harold and Maureen can pay the townhouse's utilities. Harold tells them that whether to sell the house stalks out. At a third restaurant he criticizes the prices. Soon he decides he has been insulted and robbed as well, the regressing Matthew is inveigled into another scene involving running and embarrassment; the two bond in self-righteous indignation. That evening they pay a visit to Matthew's mother, Harold's second wife Julia, who has since married a man named Cody, a wealthy philistine. Julia tells Harold and Matthew that she is sorry she was not a better mother to Harold's three children. Matthew resents Harold for his preference for a life of art over money. "I beat you!", he screams at his father's departing Volvo.
Harold is diagnosed with a chronic subdural hematoma. He enters hospital, where as the days pass his children learn to manage his care themselves, after first leaning on Harold's doctor and nurse to take that responsibility. Outside the hospital Jean tells her brothers that the family friend who happens to be visiting Harold at the moment sexually harassed her when she was a child. Matthew and Danny let her walk away from them attack the friend's car with mounting exhilaration. At Bard to represent their father at the faculty group show and Danny get into a fight, of sorts, on the quad; as Harold convalesces at Maureen's place in the country, it dawns on Matthew and Harold that Harold's favorite sculpture "Matthew", a lifelong object of resentment for Danny and Jean, was based on his feelings for the child Danny. Danny, who up to now has been solicitous toward his father, refuses to care for him while Maureen is away and accepts his brother's offer of a trip to California. On the way to the plane he meets Loretta, now single, she suggests they go together to the screening of a film Eliza has made.
In the basement of the Whitney Eliza uncovers the sculpture lent by her grandfather, long believed to have been lost. Dustin Hoffman as Harold Meyerowitz, a moderately successful sculptor and retired college professor. Has been married four times. Adam Sandler as Danny Meyerowitz, Harold’s son. Unemployed and separated from his wife but musically gifted. Ben Stiller as Matthew Meyerowitz, Danny’s half-brother and Harold’s son. A successful financier who lives across the country and is separated from his wife. Elizabeth Marvel as Jean Meyerowitz, Danny’s sister and Matthew’s half-sister. Harold’s daughter. Works for Xerox. Emma Thompson as Maureen, Harold's fourth wife, a gentle alcoholic. Grace Van Patten as Eliza Meyerowitz, Danny's daughter. A film student who makes provocative short films. Candice Bergen as Julia, Harold's third wife and Matthew's mother. Judd
Alexander the Last
Alexander the Last is a 2009 American drama film directed by Joe Swanberg. The film is a drama about her sister. Jess Weixler as Alex Justin Rice as Elliot Amy Seimetz as Hellen Barlow Jacobs as Jamie Josh Hamilton as Playwright http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/457397/Alexander-the-Last/overview Official site Alexander the Last on IMDb