(Photo via Washington Square Park Conservancy’s Twitter.)
Motherless Brooklyn, the Edward Norton-penned adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel, took over Washington Square Park today, transforming the public space into a scene straight out of the 1950s.
Norton, who also directs and acts in the film, plays a lonely private investigator with Tourette’s searching for his only friend and mentor’s killer. Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, among others, are set to join the cast. The film, set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, will be released next year.
The highly anticipated adaptation of Donna Tartt’s 2013 novel The Goldfinch began filming in Greenwich Village this Friday, with film crews taking over sections of 11th and 12th streets between 5th Avenue and University Place. In case you were living under a rock in 2014, The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction that year, and was selected as one of the 10 best books of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review.
The novel is a Dickensian bildungsroman; it tells the story of Theodore Decker, who becomes involved in art theft and forgery after a troubled childhood. Ansel Elgort is reportedly set to play the adult Theodore, while Finn Wolfhard (yes, of Stranger Things fame) has been cast as the younger version of Boris, Theodore’s childhood friend. Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, and Jeffrey Wright are all supposedly part of the cast as well.
While the film unfortunately won’t be released until 2019, you might as well get started on the book in the meantime– it’s a whopping 784 pages long.
We don’t always go to midtown, but when we do, we come back with photos from the set of David Simon’s new HBO pilot about the ’70s porn industry. The Deuce has lined West 30th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, with vintage cars, and has transformed 242 West 30th into an old-school Korean restaurant. We didn’t spot the pilot’s stars, James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, but we did get an eyeful of vintage phone booths and mailboxes. We haven’t seen those since… well, Scorsese’s HBO show. All very authentic except for those ’70s-era trash piles, which upon closer inspection contained copies of this week’s newspapers. Don’t worry, Dave, we won’t tell.
Last week we learned that Adam Brody would star in what’s being called Neil LaBute’s “incest drama.” Now you can look for the O.C. actor and the ever provocative director of Your Friends & Neighbors on the streets of Billyburg. More →
It’s 86 degrees out and there’s snow on Rivington Street, proving what we already know: Hollywood cares not for trifling realities such as seasons. This can only mean that Seth Rogen’s “UNTITLED XMAS PROJECT” has made its landing on the Lower East Side. More →
Signs on Avenue B indicate that an “Untitled Xmas Project” will be filming on the avenue tomorrow at 6 p.m.
Could it be Jonathan Levine’s Christmas film, starring the Seth Rogen alongside Joseph Gordon Levitt, Anthonie Mackie and Lizzy Caplan? After all, the movie recently started filming in New York, by the looks of photos of the Apatow acolyte sporting an elfish ginger beard.