MONTRAL, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Principal photography has wrapped on the inaugural film from Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions, now officially titled The Walk. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film is a true story based on Philippe Petit's book 'To Reach the Clouds,' starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the young dreamer who dared the impossible: an illegal wire walk between the World Trade Center towers. Zemeckis wrote the screenplay with Christopher Browne. Producersare Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis, and Jack Rapke. The film will be released on October 2, 2015. (more...)
MANCHESTER, N.H., July 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) In 2008 Ben Schwartz-a young New Hampshire English and special education teacher-decided it was time to get that first novel written. He entered Southern New Hampshire University's low-residency MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction program, and wrote that novel-'The Drift of Things'-as his thesis.
Last month 'The Drift of Things' was named the Silver Medal Winner in the Piscataqua Press's 2014 Novel Contest, one of three manuscripts plucked from some 120 submissions. And as quickly as that-in a world that now includes print-on-demand publishing-Schwartz's novel is available from Piscataqua.
'We're all very happy for Ben,' said novelist/essayist Benjamin Nugent, the director of Southern New Hampshire's MFA program. 'And we're looking forward to books by other alumni coming out soon from presses like Viking and Da Capo.'
While at Southern New Hampshire, Schwartz worked primarily with novelists Katherine Towler ('Snow Island') and Merle Drown ('The Suburbs of Heaven') in crafting his story of a middle-aged man who has blamed himself for the drowning death of his best friend in high school, and who then returns for his mother's funeral to the town from which he has exiled himself.
'Funny, smart, unpredictable, and true, 'The Drift of Things' is that rare book in contemporary fiction, one with both heart and intelligence,' wrote Katherine Towler in her response to the finished work. 'Ben Schwartz has delivered a cast of characters so real you expect to find them watching TV in the living room. In a beautifully-crafted story about what remains broken and yet healed in all of us, Schwartz has established himself as a writer to watch.'
Schwartz's story marks the latest publishing success for an MFA program that was founded in 2006 by historical novelist Robert Begiebing and that has only recently reached its full complement of 65 students and 15 faculty members.
Begiebing's vision involved a two-year program-with 'Go Write Your Book' as its motto-in which students would immediately apply themselves to the completion of a publishable, professional-level manuscript, as Schwartz did.
Though the program's alumni community remains small, there were some immediate post-graduate successes: 'If I Told You So' by Timothy Woodward '08, a novel that came out from Kensington in 2012; and 'Lost and Found Hanoi,' a work of photojournalism co-authored by Elizabeth Rush '11, which came out from the Things Asian Press earlier this year.
But now the floodgates are open, as a number of new alumni have recently turned their theses into book contracts, some with large commercial houses. Pratima Cranse '12 has a so-far-untitled novel in the works from Viking. 'The Trees Beneath Us,' a novel by Darren R. Leo '13, will initiate a new literary line of fiction from the Stark House Press. And Charlie Stella '13 is co-authoring a biography, 'Dogfella,' due out from Da Capo.
Other Southern New Hampshire alumni have novels on the production line at several small presses like Piscataqua. 'The Holy Fool' by Ken Butler '12 is forthcoming from the Touchstone Press; 'They Call Me Crazy' by Kelly Stone Gamble '12 from Red Adept Publishing; 'Fallen' by Mike Hancock '08 and 'The Keepers of Mercia' by James Marino '09, both from Black Rose Writing.
'This is a hard thing to do, taking your very first attempt at long-form fiction or nonfiction and getting it published,' said Nugent. 'But we're proving now that we can make Bob's go-write-your book model work. At the very least, our students are leaving the program with stories that have a fighting chance in the marketplace, and the skills to write more.'
Nonetheless, Nugent said, he and his faculty are moving to diversify the program by also offering a curriculum track for those who want their MFA work to simply prepare them to write that first novel or nonfiction narrative-rather than to require writing it immediately.
'We think some students would benefit more from being able to experiment,' Nugent said. 'This would involve, for example, trying out lots of short stories or essays and throwing them out, or trying out a few novel or memoir ideas, and finally settling on one and getting it started. Students will still complete a thesis, but the parameters will be more flexible.' (more...)
Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns, Mr. Show) and Reggie Watts (Conan, Jash.com) return for an all-new 20 episode third season of the unconventionally entertaining scripted late night talk show, Comedy Bang! Bang! tonight, May 8 at 10:30PM ET/PT on IFC, immediately following the season two premiere of Maron. The only talk show on television where space, time, reason and laws of physics need not apply. (more...)
It's been a wild ride this season for Marty (Don Cheadle) – a new firm, new clients and now, a new chapter in his life with Jeannie (Kristen Bell). But the road to happiness on HOUSE OF LIES has always been paved with landmines and barbed wire. The day begins with breakfast in bed…but will it end on a date with the Feds?! It all goes down during the jaw-dropping season finale of HOUSE OF LIES this Sunday, April 6th at 10 pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME. (more...)
Despite facing some stiff competition across broadcast and cable, SHAMELESS and HOUSE OF LIES delivered their highest-rated nights of the season. In fact, SHAMELESS had its most viewers EVER in the series history. (more...)
Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns, Mr. Show) and Reggie Watts (Conan, Jash.com) return for an all-new 20 episode third season of the unconventionally entertaining scripted late night talk show, Comedy Bang! Bang! (more...)
Emmy® nominated funnyman Fred Armisen (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live) will guest star on the hit Showtime comedy series House of Lies this Sunday, March 23rd at 10 pm PT/ET. Armisen is starring as Vincent, a volatile new client of Monica's (Dawn Olivieri) with a product, WON (Wholesome Organic Nutrition), that's prime for public offering and big bucks...unless her efforts are sabotaged by a still bitter Clyde (Ben Schwartz). Meanwhile, Lukas (guest star T.I.) and Dre's (Mekhi Phifer) partnership takes a stunning turn. (more...)
Fan favorite Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings) will begin her multi-episode guest star turn on the hit SHOWTIME comedy series HOUSE OF LIES this Sunday, February 9th at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Coupe is playing Marissa, the wild child scion of a big-money media empire who gets wooed by old pal Clyde (Ben Schwartz) to sign with Kaan & Associates. But while a struggling Clyde sees a big whale in his sights, he may have bitten off more than he can chew with this hard-partying heiress. (more...)
Beginning tonight, February 2nd at 10pm ET/PT, Grammy-winning multi-hyphenate Tip 'T.I.' Harris Jr. (Boss) and Mekhi Phifer (Lie to Me) join the third season of the hit SHOWTIME comedy series HOUSE OF LIES. (more...)
Beginning this Sunday, February 2nd at 10pm ET/PT, Grammy-winning multi-hyphenate Tip "T.I." Harris Jr. (Boss) and Mekhi Phifer (Lie to Me) join the third season of the hit SHOWTIME comedy series HOUSE OF LIES. (more...)
Before the highly-anticipated third season premiere of HOUSE OF LIES on Sunday, January 12th at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the show's fans will have a chance to see the cast like they've never seen them before (more...)
Before the highly-anticipated third season premiere of Showtime's House of Lies on Sunday, January 12th at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the show's fans had a chance to see the cast like they've never seen them before - hilariously unscripted and in front of a live audience. (more...)