If one were to think back to “Glengarry Glen Ross,” the 1992 film with an all-male cast based on the award-winning 1984 David Mamet play about desperate real estate salesmen, what words would come to mind? Probably ones like “profanity” and “testosterone” — never “femininity” or “estrogen.”
But what is it they say? Never say never. It’s now 21 years later and Jason Reitman is staging a live read of “Glengarry Glen Ross” with an all-female cast. If he could put an African-American twist on a live read of Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” last year, then he can likely pull off this double X challenge with aplomb.
The stand out cast will certainly help. Present at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on February 21 for the one-night-only presentation will be Robin Wright, Catherine O’Hara, Maria Bello, Allison Janney, and Mae Whitman. Blake, the terrifying motivational speaker character played by Alec Baldwin, has yet to be cast.
Now that she has her Aleph, Natalie Portman is returning to an activity that’s always been a safe bet. (Groan if you must; we couldn’t resist a little spelling pun for you Hebrew readers out there.)
The Oscar-winning “Black Swan” star is getting back to acting — of a sort, anyway. Portman, 30, made one of her first public appearances, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, since the birth of her first child five months ago. The actress participated in a reading of “The Apartment,” the 1960 Billy Wilder movie that won five Oscars. (Shirley MacLaine earned a nomination in the role Portman will play.)
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