JumbotronKeeping Up with the Stars
HANK AZARIA, A85, stars as broadcasting mogul David Sarnoff in The Farnsworth Invention. It’s a new Broadway play about the birth of television by Aaron Sorkin, who created NBC’s The West Wing. (A characteristic Sarnoff line: “The ends do justify the means. That’s what the means are for.”)
You can also catch Hank in the romantic comedy Run, Fat Boy, Run, out March 28. This time he’s Wilt, a seemingly perfect guy who Libby (Thandie Newton) takes up with after she gets left—pregnant—at the altar by the schlumpy Dennis (Simon Pegg). As the movie opens, Dennis is deciding that he wants Libby back. Now all he has to do is steal her away from Mr. Right.
LAURA SILVERMAN, SMFA91, writes (to Jumbotron!), “I am in the midst of season two of the Sarah Silverman Program,” the Comedy Central show on which she plays the comedian Sarah Silverman’s sister (who, in real life, she is). “We are being tragically interrupted by the writers strike. During the first two months of hiatus, I spent so much time sitting on my balcony that I developed a callous on my tailbone.”
But other work has come her way, including “a guest starring role on House” and “a web series for Comcast called Mascots, in which I take on five bad guys in a highly choreographed fight scene, all while wearing a slinky dress and high heels and red lipstick—every girl’s fantasy come true, no?”
ALBERT BERGER, A79, the producer who brought you not only the modern-day comedy Little Miss Sunshine but also the historical drama Cold Mountain, has more in store for 2008. First up is Hamlet 2, a comedy that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival January 21. It stars Steve Coogan as a high school drama teacher who creates a musical sequel to the Bard’s play.
Berger’s next effort, currently in production, is a drama called The Only Living Boy in New York. Hollywood.com’s synopsis: “In New York City, a recent college graduate is at loose ends, a situation that’s not improved when he’s seduced by his powerful father’s 30-year-old mistress.”
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