New York Theatre Workshop has posted an interview (video embedded below) with the creative team behind Things of Dry Hours – playwright Naomi Wallace, director Ruben Santiago Hudson (director) and NYTW artistic director James Nicola:
They are also giving away free tickets for the shows this weekend to people who want to help spread the word about the production. They posted this note on their Facebook page earlier today:
We need your help! Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours opened last night, and we must say that we are enormously proud of this production. As a friend and fan of NYTW, your opinion of our work is important to us, and we would like to give you the opportunity to see this production on us. NYTW would like to offer you a pair of COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS to see a performance of Things of Dry Hours this weekend! (SEE DETAILS BELOW).
We feel very strongly about this production, and if you agree with us and want to help spread the word about the show, we’ll send you a special code for ½ price tickets for you to share with your friends and family.
Thanks for being such a good friend of the Workshop and for helping to be an ambassador for challenging, new and exciting theatre.
Long live the theatre!
COMP TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR:
Saturday, June 13 @ 3pm; Saturday, June 13 @ 8pm.; Sunday, June 14 @ 2pm and Sunday, June 14 @ 7pm.
To receive your free pair of tickets please email Rebekah Paine at Rebekahp@nytw.org with the following information:
Number of tickets (Limit two tickets person)
First preference of performance date
Second preference of performance date
The deadline to reserve tickets is 2pm on Friday, June 12.
Finally, here is the new poster for the show:
Things of Dry Hours opened on June 8. You can catch it at New York Theatre Workshop (79 East 4th Street, NYC) until June 28. For all the details, click on the poster.
Warner Home Video has announced the full list of features that will appear on the Terminator season two DVD & Blu-ray sets. Season two will be released on September 22. See the details from the press release below.
Josh Friedman talked to Sci Fi Wire this week. Here are a few quotes:
For you, over the two seasons, what storylines took on their own life, maybe in a way you didn’t expect?
Friedman: I was pleased by how much we got out of Cromartie/John Henry [Garret Dillahunt]. Most of that is due to the genius that is Dillahunt—there’s a reason David Milch couldn’t leave him dead in Deadwood. I always knew we’d have a Terminator body aiding in the A.I. development, but I’ll admit it wasn’t always the Cromartie body. We explored other ideas there, but ultimately we couldn’t stand removing Cromartie from the chessboard.
The ending could be looked at as an actual end to the series or as a cliffhanger. Was it difficult to come up with the finale? Why did you want to end it on such a big note?
Friedman: The finale wasn’t really any more difficult than any other episode. Frankly, “Adam Raised a Cain” almost f–king killed the writers’ room, so the finale was a vacation compared to that. I’d known for quite a while where we were headed, so once we got to that point it was pretty organic. I don’t think I set out to end “on a big note,” but I knew I wanted John Henry to be attacked, and the drone seemed the most dramatic way to hit that beat. I needed to drive people to the future, and making the present an extremely dangerous place to be seemed like an important part of the equation.
Do you ever see the story continuing, perhaps in a comic book or another format?
Friedman: I don’t own this franchise or control it in any way. I can’t just go make a deal to do a comic book or a DVD movie or anything like that. The people that control the franchise need to be interested in another iteration of not just Terminator, which clearly they are, but TSCC, which at this point they are not. I’ve tried to pull this proverbial band-aid off as quickly as I can, but I don’t want that confused with me giving up on the show. It’s been my entire creative existence for years, and nothing strokes my ego more than hearing about people clamoring for more TSCC and e-mailing network executives to that effect. But I want people to have a realistic understanding of what’s going on. I owe them honesty.
Is there anything you’d like to say to the fans?
Friedman: I don’t think there’s much I could say to fans that I haven’t already said. TSCC has been my life for almost four years, and the fans have been a huge part of that experience. Nothing exists in a vacuum, and television is nothing if not a social compact—I’ll try to make something worth watching, and you’ll try to watch it. It’s a handshake, and you don’t want to leave the other guy hanging. Hopefully, we’ll try again soon.
Season two can be pre-ordered on Amazon. DVD & Blu-ray details below.
DVD and BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
The Continuing Chronicles featurettes
Write the Future – An inside look at creator Josh Friedman and the writing process and how it guides the creative decisions for each episode
Conceptualization – Visual Effects supervisor James Lima and others discuss the production challenges of bringing the sci-fi world of Terminator to television
Blood and Metal – Go behind the scenes with special makeup effects artist Rob Hall and the cast as they reveal the process of creating realistic cybernetic organisms
Designing Destruction – Production Designer Marek Dobrowolski and others discuss the challenges of combining real locations with futuristic sets to create a world in which the present fights to avoid a horrific future
Choreographing Chaos – See how Stunt Coordinator and 2nd Unit Director Joel Kramer and Special Effects Supervisor Steve Galich work closely to create the stunts and on set effects that add an undeniably kinetic quality to each episode
War Stories – From an unexpected earthquake on the jam-packed Santa Monica pier to the intricacies of filming underwater sequences, the producers and cast reflect on some of the most memorable production challenges from Season Two
Setting the Tempo – Composer Bear McCreary and the producers explain the process of taking cues from the Terminator mythology and incorporating them into the score. Bear, Josh Friedman and Shirley Manson also talk about the process of recording the season opening song “Samson and Delilah”
Motivations – The producers and cast discuss the themes of Season Two and how these informed both the writing and acting
Cameron vs. Rosie: Fight Rehearsal – The raw fight rehearsal and choreography session between Summer Glau and a contortionist is interwoven with storyboards and interviews explaining this intricate battle sequence
The Storyboard Process: Cameron Goes Bad – The production team outlines the process for mapping key sequences from the show in Storyboard format
Audio Commentary with Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau and Shirley Manson and Executive Producers Josh Friedman, James Middleton and John Wirth
BLU-RAY ONLY SPECIAL FEATURES
Collision with the Future: Deconstructing the HUNTER KILLER Attack – Interactive exploration of the climactic Hunter Killer attack featured in the Season Two finale. Four simultaneous points of view show all elements of the filmmaking of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles from Production, Direction, Visual Effects, and Special Effects. Additional focus points allow the viewer to explore even more elements of what it took to create this dramatic stunt sequence.
There is also a bunch of new material on the NYTW site: production history, downloadable audio recordings of the post-performance discussions on May 30 and June 2, with playwright Naomi Wallace and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson among others, cast & crew bios, and even a brief study guide outlining the untold history of communism in the U.S. with a supplementary reading list.
The cast & crew bios section has a new upcoming film listed for Garret, called Oliver Sherman. The film isn’t listed yet on any of the major sites (IMDb, Variety, etc.) and it doesn’t show up on Google, so hopefully that will change one of these weeks/months. In the meantime, it’s getting its own news category – mystery projects.
Things of Dry Hours is currently in previews. You can get the full schedule and the tickets on the NYTW site. If you follow NYTW on Twitter, you can also snag free tickets that they are handing out every Thursday.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles season two will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 15 22. No word yet on deleted scenes (Beastwizard would be nice) and other bonus features, but the collection will have six discs and <- that’s what the box art will look like.
In related news, Josh Friedman is back among the living in the blogosphere and has a lengthy post up about the days leading up to the cancellation. You can check it out HERE.
The fan campaign isn’t over either. Earlier today, someone posted this on Warner Bros’ official Twitter page: “I hear ur proclamations of TSCC love – so I gotta know, when did u first fall under TSCC’s spell?” Bottom line, WB may not be as disinclined to shop the show around as they were only weeks ago, so if you have a Twitter account, consider leaving them a quick message. The show is also now being streamed on the WB site. You can revisit the first five episodes of season one HERE.
There’s also a bunch of bigger season one screencaps (season two coming this week) on the site:
Season two will be available on DVD a bit earlier than Terminator, on August 25. If you are not planning on getting it and either live in the U.S. or know how to use proxies, you can still check out both episodes with Garret on Hulu at these links: 2×12 Trapdoor, 2×21 One.
The Last House on the Left opened in several countries in Europe and elsewhere last week and it premieres in the UK, the Netherlands and several other places next weekend. Empire Online posted the first five minutes of movie. You can watch the clip by following this link or clicking on Krug below.
There is some news about a possible premiere date for Winter’s Bone. Springfield Business Journal Online has a lengthy article about the film (the production side of things anyway) and it looks like it might premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, which will run from January 21 to January 31 next year. Source:
Most of “Winter’s Bone,” which is based on a 2006 novel of the same name by West Plains author Daniel Woodrell, was filmed in and around Forsyth, the hilltop Taney County seat that overlooks Taneycomo and Bull Shoals lakes. The movie, written and directed by Debra Granik, is about an Ozarks teen whose methamphetamine-cooking father has jumped bail on a bond collateralized by the family’s home. (…) [Producer Anne] Rossellini and Granik are now editing “Winter’s Bone,” and the duo hope to premiere the movie – if accepted – at the Sundance Film Festival early next year. [SBJ.net]
Burning Bright was screened at the Cannes Film Festival last week. (No, not in competition. Sobini Films were probably just looking for distributors.) The version screened was 89 minutes long. [Cinando.com]
Sobini Films has a page up with a bunch of stills from the film. The set is also available on Flickr.
Fox revealed the fall/midseason schedule at the upfronts earlier today and Terminator is not on it. Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said:
[Sarah Connor] has completed its run. I think it had a nice little run. It was a good show. It was not an either or [with Dollhouse]. We did see it tailing off a bit [in the ratings]. It had a nice creative core, but, ultimately, we made the bet on Dollhouse, so that’s it for [Sarah Connor]… We make no apologies. We gave it a lot of support and some consistent scheduling. We tried and thought it was time to move on.
In somewhat better news, the show’s executive SF geeks, Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller will be feeding lines to Mr. Spock himself next season on Fringe. No word on what Josh Friedman is up to next or whether any of the cast will be joining another show full time.
For updates on the cast & crew, add these to your bookmarks/readers: