Tony Award winner Jim Norton, currently appearing off-Broadway in The Night Alive, has joined the upcoming Broadway revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, the production begins performances March 19 at the Longacre Theatre, with an opening set for April 16.
In the drama, Norton will take on the role of Candy. Norton has also appeared on Broadway in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Finian’s Rainbow, The Weir, and The Seafarer, for which he won Tony and Olivier Awards.
Norton joins a company that includes Academy Award nominee James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, and Leighton Meester. Additional cast and creative-team members will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Ed Westwick had some “wild” get-togethers with Chace Crawford when they lived together.
Both handsome actors starred in Gossip Girl, which finished with its sixth season last year.
When the show first started the boys lived together, which made for a great excuse to have people over.
“Yes, in the first year we had an apartment in New York, with a lot of wild parties, of course – mostly too hazy to remember,” he grinned to the British edition of InStyle.
Gossip Girl started in 2007 and also starred Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Taylor Momsen and Blake Lively.
Ed, 26, misses the good times he shared with his co-stars.
“[I miss] the cast and crew,” he admitted.
“Filming every day for nine months a year, for six years, you form close bonds with people very quickly.”
Luckily the British star has been managing to keep himself busy.
He stars as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, which also features Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld as the title characters.
“I desperately wanted to be involved,” Ed gushed.
“I’ve always found Tybalt intriguing, and it came together with such a great cast – what’s not to love?”
He also has plenty of other projects in the pipeline for 2014.
“I have a ridiculous and hilarious film called Kitchen Sink,” he grinned.
“I don’t know how you’d describe it… a Halloween comedy? It’s about humans, zombies and vampires who coexist but are attacked by aliens. Vanessa Hudgens is in it, who is an absolute sweetheart. I’ve also decided I’m going to start playing the saxophone this year. I’ve been listening to George Michael’s Careless Whisper a lot.”
Source: Belfast Telegraph
Former “Gossip Girl” actor Ed Westwick has revealed what life is like after the hit CW series.
The 26-year-old actor opened up about his career, giving a preview of things to come while spilling details about L.A. living in a recent interview with Refinery29.
The Hollywood hottie first dished about his working experience on the show that made him famous.
“At the moment, you know I did six years on ‘Gossip Girl’ and it was an amazing experience. It was my first time working on an American TV show,” he said. “And, right now, I’m enjoying the idea of exploring film and going from character to character. But, I’d also like to say that American television is really, really coming into its own.”
The heartthrob went on to say that he thinks American television is “superb.”
Regarding his favorite TV shows, the Brit revealed that he is a fan like any other.
“One of the funny things is that when I first met Damian Lewis, when we were doing “Romeo and Juliet,” I adopted the fan mode and told Damian that I’m a huge fan – then I kind of felt like a bit of an idiot. But, no, I’m a huge fan of “Homeland” – unfortunately I haven’t seen the season premiere, so don’t spoil it for me.”
He also added that “Boardwalk Empire” and “Eastbound and Down” are top favorites.
Westwick went on to discuss his life in L.A., adding that he is still adjusting.
“…I mean, I’m still getting to know it. You know I came here in January, and I was only here for a few months,” he explained. “I spent the summer in the UK, but recently came back, and am enjoying being part of the buzz here. I don’t think it’s going to be me forever. London still has my heart, it’s where my family is. One day I will make the pilgrimage home.”
Source: Fashion and Style
Long time ago! I’m so sorry for the lack of updates on Leighton and Ed! I’ve been super busy with school and work. Just couldn’t find the time. I’m gonna start fresh in the new year with Chuckandblair.org and you can find all the missing updates here! Hope to see you back soon!
“What I love about Biotherm is it’s always evolving and changing and becoming more modern,” stated the 27-year-old, whose breakout role was Blair Waldorf in “Gossip Girl.”
“Leighton Meester is a contemporary icon, a young star whose natural talent, energy and beauty have made her the face of a generation,” said Patrick Kullenberg, general manager of Biotherm International.
Meester will first appear in the brand’s campaigns for face-care products, including Aquasource, starting early in 2014.
She has been in movies such as “Country Strong,” “That’s My Boy,” “Monte Carlo” and “The Oranges,” and is also a singer and songwriter. Her upcoming film projects include “The Judge,” “Life Partners” and “Like Sunday, Like Rain.”
Source: Women’s Wear Daily
Ed appeared on the Talk last Friday! I’ve been away for the weekend so that’s why it’s just up here now!
We all remember Ed Westwick’s portrayal of bad boy Chuck Bass. Now the sexy Brit is on the big screen, playing Romeo’s rival Tybalt in the latest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. We sat down to with Ed to see if he plans to return to TV any time soon.
Actor Ed Westwick seems like the perfect choice for the role of Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin and family drama instigator. But we wanted to know if he would have prefered to play Romeo. His answer? “Honestly, no.”
It’s surprising that he’d choose the fighter over the lover, but Westwick told us, “I’ve always admired Tybalt. To give you some background, I first came across this project around three years ago and I said to my representation, I have to play this part! Please help me get this part. And, fortunately, I had the opportunity.”
We asked him about his favorite part of making the film. “Absolutely everything,” said Westwick. “To deal with a piece of work that was adapted by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), we all know he’s an absolute genius.”
Westwick said he also really enjoyed filming in Italy, “To be in the palazzos and be surrounded by pieces of history and working with a cast and crew who were lovely — it was inspiring.” Wow, it does sound wonderful.
While one of the movie’s themes deals with forbidden love, this Filthy Youth rocker says he doesn’t take a lot of risks when it comes to matters of the heart.
“Unfortunately,” said Westwick, “I safeguard myself a bit more than Romeo and Juliet. They fall head over heels at first sight, so I haven’t experienced anything like that, I’m afraid.”
Because many of us remember the Baz Luhrmann version of R&J, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, we asked him what he thought will make this new version of the classic romantic-tragedy exciting for audiences. Westwick made it clear that this script doesn’t stick to Shakespeare’s often dense iambic pentameter. The dialogue has been freshened up to make it easier to understand.
“It’s an adaptation that will, I think, open up the language and the story while conveying the true essence of the original work,” said Westwick. “Through doing the adaptation, we achieve something that really makes it attractive to every audience. It makes it a little more accessible.”
On working with Homeland’s Damian Lewis, Westwick told us that during the first bonding session with the cast, they all went out for dinner and drinks, “And I couldn’t help myself but tell him how much of a fan I am of Homeland. He’s amazing and inspiring. For me, he steals the show when he’s in the bedroom telling Juliet she will marry Paris. Damian’s brilliant in that.”
We told Westwick how much we missed seeing him on TV every week and we asked if he’d ever return to the small screen. “I never say no,” he told us. He added, “There’s a lot of fantastic work coming out on television right now. And, obviously, anybody would be lucky to be involved in some of these productions, but for now, I’m enjoying trying to work on films, experiencing new characters and new environments and that’s what I’d like to do right now.” He did, however, admit he had a fantastic time working on Gossip Girl.
Romeo and Juliet opens Friday, Oct. 11.
Source: She Knows