Documentaries and adaptations

  • Kal Penn, who stars in the forthcoming screen version of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake, says the novel is “almost like a painting …. from which to take stuff” about his character.
  • Brenda Blethyn, Vanessa Redgrave and Romola Garai join Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in the cast of Joe Wright’s Atonement (based on the McEwan novel).
  • Toronto filmmaker Atom Egoyan will stage his production of Beckett’s Eh Joe, originally written for television, in London’s West End.
  • John Heilpern on a stage adaptation of Henry Green’s 1950 comedy of manners, Nothing: “God preserve us from the British upper classes! They are the reason I left England…. It’s no one’s fault — least of all this admirable British ensemble led by Sophie Ward and Simon Dutton — that I’ve rarely had such a good time at the theater without enjoying myself. You see, I was home again, which is not where I wish to be.”

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