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.”