Focus World has plunked down roughly $1.5 million for domestic rights to Ruth & Alex, an adult-skewing dramedy starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton that made its world premiere earlier this month at the Toronto Film Festival.
Like Radius-TWC, Focus World has a mandate from its parent company, Focus Features, to pursue alternative distribution models, such as day-and-date VOD releases.
Ruth & Alex, based on the book Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment and taking place over the course of a weekend, tells the story of a couple grappling with whether to sell their Brooklyn walk-up after 40 years, all the while having to contend with open-house guests, their pushy realtor niece (Cynthia Nixon) and the health of their beloved dog.
Richard Loncraine directed from an adapted script by Charlie Peters.
Last year Mike Arms, president of Helen Woodward Animal Center, came up with an idea to help thousands of cats and dogs around the country. The resulting event, Remember Me Thursday, garnered lots of support from celebrities in movies, television, the stage, sports, and among many animal advocates.
This year, Remember Me Thursday (set for September 25) has drawn an impressive roster of celebrities to help homeless animals find their forever homes. Headlining the event is actress Katherine Heigl, a major advocate for homeless dogs. She will soon be starring in the NBC drama series State of Affairs this fall.
“Every day in America, 10,000 pets are killed for lack of a good home,” she said. “It is important to not forget those animals who have been euthanized in our shelters across America and to focus on those still waiting for a home. Remember Me Thursday is our opportunity to bring to light these homeless pets and I am honored to be the spokesperson for such an important and powerful message.”
Heigl will be joined by Alan Cumming, Diane Keaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Najimy, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Eric Roberts, Ian Somerhalder, Sara Rue, Beth Stern, and Carrie Ann Inaba. In the world of sports, Anze Kopitar, David Backes, Jeff Carter, and Mark Buehrle and animal behaviorists Jackson Galaxy and Tamar Geller will all come together to light candles and lend their voices to raise awareness on cat and dog adoption.
New photos in the Delightful Diane Keaton Gallery from the Ruth & Alex Premiere at TIFF – thanks to Adoring Sandra Bullock for the HQ additions.
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I’ve updated the Delightful Diane Keaton Gallery with 2 stills from “Ruth and Alex”.
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Set to make its world premiere at the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month is director Richard Loncraine’s dramedy, “Ruth & Alex,” which stars Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton in a story that takes place over a long weekend, when an older New York couple (played by Freeman and Keaton, an artist and a retired teacher) try to sell their East Village apartment, where they’ve lived for 40 years, and for which there is a huge bidding war, leading to various unexpected real estate-related issues they have to resolve. And as the couple make an offer on a new apartment, they look back on years of memories they made in their old home.
Cynthia Nixon co-stars in the film, along with Michael Cristofer, Claire Vanderboom, Korey Jackson, Carrie Preston, Sterling Jerins, Josh Pais, and Miriam Shor.
The screenplay was written by Charlie Peters.
“Ruth & Alex” is a TIFF Gala Presentation selection for this year’s installment of the festival, one of the top movie showcases and a favored platform to unveil Oscar contenders, which will run from September 4-14.
Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton will receive the Golden Icon Award at this year’s Zurich International Film Festival in honor for her life’s work.
The star of Annie Hall and The Godfather trilogy as well as more recent successes including The First Wives’ Club and Something’s Gotta Give, will attend Zurich to receive her award on October 1.
Keaton appeared at this year’s Golden Globes ceremony to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award on behalf of her friend and long-time collaborator Woody Allen. She has also defended Allen against charges of sexual assault claims made by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
In Keaton’s honor, Zurich will screen her latest, the romantic comedy And So It Goes. Michael Douglas co-stars in the film from director Rob Reiner as a curmudgeonly realtor who slowly falls for Keaton’s kindly neighbor Leah.
Diane Keaton describes herself as a “sloppy” actress.
“I warn people before [filming] I am going to mess up,” said the Oscar-winning star.
She’s been “sloppy” since studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York in the 1960s with Sanford Meisner, who emphasized a natural style. “The main thing that Sanford Meisner gave me — not really just for acting but life — is just be in the moment,” she said.
Her latest director, Rob Reiner, appreciated the approach.
“She told me, ‘I don’t act, I am just who I am,'” said Reiner. “She basically takes the dialogue and makes it her own. Her instincts are just so good — it creates no false moments.”
hould he ever seek a career change, Michael Douglas could well be the next Barbara Walters, or at the very least, occupy a seat on The View.
Give him two minutes with Diane Keaton, and he dispels with the niceties. Douglas cuts right to the chase after she expounds on how thrilled she is to be back in Manhattan, albeit for only 24 hours for work after living here for 20 years at the start of her career.
“Who were you living with? Come on,” probes Douglas, 69, without missing a beat.
“I had an analyst here. Sometimes I had someone I was affectionate with,” demurs Keaton, 68.
“Was it Al? Was Al here?” barrels on Douglas, referring to Keaton’s old squeeze, Michael Corleone himself.
Keaton appears both amused, and flustered. “Al was here. Thank you. Thank you for that,” she says, looking away from Douglas. “He’s very good at this.”
Some new event photos in the Delightful Diane Keaton gallery from the “And So It Goes” East Hampton Premiere.
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ou write, “These old-as-dirt days have one advantage: I’ve learned to see beauty where I never saw it before.” What do you mean? “When I was young, I wanted my appearance to be more interesting than what surrounded me. Now the body part I like best is my eyes, because they bring beauty to me.”
How so? “You have the opportunity to see out. That’s the change. It’s about the transformation from one way of living to another. As you move along, you don’t want to be stuck with the same set of concerns. There are so many aspects of the new that are engaging—don’t be afraid of it. Why is the old so great? I don’t think it is. Let’s move along. It keeps you curious and alive and filled with appreciation.”
You also say your ideas about bodies have changed as you’ve gotten older. How? “It took me a while to fall in love with the female form. When I was young, I was more taken with the Twiggys of the world, women who were boyish. Now I have a daughter who is shapely, and I think that has helped change my view.”
Have your rules about what you will wear changed as you’ve gotten older? “I am never going to wear anything sleeveless, ever, ever, ever. But I’ve always loved suits and jackets. I think there should be a chain of stores that make men’s clothing fitted to women’s bodies—called Ellen’s Crossing or something.”