®rfe <3hibtana (gazette LEISURE Sunday, October 27, 2002 — E-3 Working with 'Abandon' Deschanel could soon be more than almost famous By DOUGLAS J. ROWE AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK —Three people are on the poster for the movie "Abandon." If there were a fourth it would be Zooey Deschanel. But if she keeps stealing scenes like she does in this film, she'll soon be on a movie poster — all by herself. The 22-year-old actress has gotten a lot more famous since she played the older sister of the boy- wonder rock writer in "Almost Famous." She also drew notice for a hilarious pan in "The Good Girl," as Jennifer Aniston's discount store co-worker. And now she plays Samantha, the Waspy, wiseacre, insecure friend of Katie Holmes in the psychological thriller "Abandon." (The movie's poster shows Holmes, Benjamin Bratt and Charlie Hunnam.) "The film has a kind of unrelenting atmosphere, and .the role of Samantha was designed to kind of try to relieve that as much as possible. So I needed somebody who was capable of walking into a scene and not only stealing the scene but completely changing the energy," says Stephen Gaghan, the Oscar-winning "Traffic" screenwriter who's making his directorial debut with "Abandon." Deschanel, he says, is "like one of those sprinters who can just accelerate out of the blocks." Deschanel, for her part, likes being the tortoise more than the hare. For now, she prefers being considered a character actress, as a prelude to something bigger. "I want to feel secure enough so that when I do carry a movie I'm ready and I'm completely competent," she says during a publicity swing through New York. The daughter of cinematographer Caleb Deschanel ("The Patriot," "The Natural," "The Right Stuff," "Being There") and actress Mary Jo Deschanel ("The Right Stuff"), she always wanted to be a performer. (No, not behind the scenes tike her father.) From the time she was 2, she remembers doing little dances and puppet shows. Named after the character in J.D. Salinger's "Franny and Zooey," she says with alaugh that she related to Franny more "just because, you know, Zooey's a boy." She spent much of her childhood traveling the VIDEOVIEWS world—wherever her parents happened to be making a film: Yugoslavia, the Seychelles... "I hated it at the time. I was miserable. If you're 8 and you live in Los Angeles and everybody has toys and you go to a country that has a Marxist dictatorship and there's no toy stores and nobody speaks English and, like, you know, it's blazing hot every day (and) they only have fish, which you don't like And then she would return to school in Los Angeles and "nobody likes you because you were weird and you went away." She does fondly recall living in London. "At least it was a city, and they had toy stores there," she says, chuckling. In retrospect, she acknowledges, "it was a really amazing experience ... It was very interesting and I learned a lot." Deschanel dropped out of Northwestern University after a couple semesters and has seriously fo- ' cused on an acting career for five years. After starring in a production of "Into the Woods," she did an episode of the TV series "Veronica's Closet," then made her feature-film debut in the little-seen "Mumford." She first drew wide attention in Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical "Almost Famous," and since then has made several movies (including "Big Trouble," and the upcoming "All The Real Girls" and "Manic"), put together a cabaret act and written a screenplay. A protean performer so far, she escapes being recognized on the street. And when people do recognize her, they're surprised by what they find. They seem to expect someone more sarcastic, she says. "I do have my moments," she adds, sweetly. Deschanel particularly liked her role in "Abandon" because of "the way she talked. I liked Steve Gaghan's writing so much. And the way she talked reminded me of the way I like to talk on my best, most articulate day." Gaghan says diat when Deschanel talks in real life "I'm making mental notes of lines of hers that I'm gonna steal." He calls her a "naturalistic" performer -who will go far. "I've said to her that she reminds me a little bit of a Cassavetes actress," he says, "which I think is about the highest praise you can give somebody, because she doesn't seem like she's acting." Zooey Deschanel posed in Central Park. (AP photo) Holmes stymies 'Abandon' By TY BURR The Boston Globe "Abandon" is this close to being good, juicy, bad-movie fun. It's directed by a first-timer, Stephen Gaghan, whose britches ballooned with ambition when he won an Oscar in 2001 for his "Traffic" screenplay. It can't make up its mind whether it's a serious drama, a swoony romance, or a psychological thriller. The dialogue is purple, the supporting characters nutty, the structure byzantine. But these are good things, or entertaining at least. When you can predict exactly what's going to happen in most Hollywood movies from overhearing the trailer out in the lobby, a film that leaves you poleaxed with uncertainty stands as a nice change. AH that keeps "Abandon" from delirious abandon, then, is its lack of a leading lady with the appropriate contemptuous conviction. Instead, we get Katie Holmes. Holmes plays a college senior named Katie who is under serious stress when "Abandon" opens. She can't seem to finish her thesis on emerging markets in wireless technology. She's up for a job at a massive corporation that specializes, as far as I can tell, in crushing souls. Her boyfriend is a crunchy duliard whose idea of a date is getting arrested at an antiglobalization rally. And she can't get over the true love of her life, a firebrand hunk named Embry (Charlie Hunnam) who swept Katie off her feet before disappearing two years earlier. Except that now he's back, stalking her. Maybe. The movie opened Oct. 18. By DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer Selected home-video releases: • "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" — Give manks'to Steven Spielberg, who prodded the studio into including the old and new versions of his boy- meets-alien classic on both the standard and deluxe DVD packages. The studio initially planned to include the 1982 original only in. the expensive three-disc set, while the more reasonably priced two-disc release would have included just this year's new version, which adds scenes and improves special effects. A background documentary contrasts some of the original shots with the improvements Spielberg made in the new version (about "50 pet-peeve shots" in all, he notes). There's a featurette on the premiere of the new version, focusing on John Williams leading a live orchestra to accompany the film. The movie also can be viewed with that live score substituted for the studio- recorded one. Among added features in the three-disc set are the film script, the CD soundtrack and a frame from a print of the film. Standard DVD set, $29.98; deluxe DVD set, $69.98. (Universal) • "Mr. Deeds" — The people responsible for "Little Nicky" oversee an update of Frank Capra's "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town." Sounds like the inmates taking over the Hollywood asylum, but Adam Sandier and his "Lime Nicky" director Steven Brill turned it into a hit. Sandier plays a small-town clown who inherits $40 billion, then teaches condescending city folks a thing or three about virtue. Brill and screenwriter Tim Herlihy provide audio commentary, and the disc comes with three behind-the- scenes featurettes, deleted scenes and outtakes. The DVD also offers some of the oddball "greeting cards" Sandler's Deeds pens, plus a Dave Matthews Band music video. DVD, $27.96. (Columbia TriStar) • "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" — Lost: one pointy-eared Vulcan. If located please contact starship Enterprise, ask for Jim. After his character bought the farm in the previous "Trek" flick, Leonard Nirnoy had free time to direct William Shat- ner and company in chapter three, with Jim Kirk leading a desperate mission to rescue his conveniently resurrected Vulcan churn. Serious fans who bought the previous barebones DVD won't mind shelling out for this well-stocked two-disc package. Bonus materials include an in-depth analysis of the Klingon language created for the film. Nimoy leads other cast and crew on audio commentary, while he, Shatner, and co-stars Christopher Lloyd and Robin Curtis provide effusive recollections in new interviews. DVD set, $29.99. (Paramount) • "The James Bond Collection" — Agent 007 has been absent from the DVD department for a while. But with his 20th movie — "Die Another Day" — bound for theaters in November, seven past James Bond adventures return to DVD. MGM is reissuing its previously released DVDs of "Dr. No," "Goldfinger," "The Man With the Golden Gun," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Licence to Kill," "GoldenEye" and "Tomorrow Never Dies," singly and in a boxed set. The discs include the same added features as the earlier releases, each containing filmmaker commentary tracks and a range of background documentaries and featurettes. DVD boxed set, $124.96; single DVDs, $19.98 each. (MGM) • "High Noon," "The Quiet Man," "Rio Grande" —Three classics previously available in mundane DVD editions are classily reissued. "High Noon" stars Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in the tale of a lawman torn be- tween his new wife and a showdown with vengeful outlaws. Children of Cooper, Kelly, director Fred Zinne- mann and writer Carl Foreman contribute interviews and commentary. John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara star in two films from John Ford, the cavalry-and-Indian adventure "Rio Grande" and the beioved "The Quiet Man," with Wayne as an ex-boxer in a stormy romance with O'Hara after returning to his Irish roots. O'Hara provides audio commentary for both films. DVDs, $19.98 each. (Artisan) • "YTu MamaTambien" — Alfonso Cuaron's racy Spanish-language comedy, following two teens whose friendship is tested on a road trip with an older seductress. Besides being an entertaining time, the film is a chance to check out the talents of the man directing the next "Harry Potter" flick (best not to let the litde ones tune in, though). The DVD is available in the regular R-rated or extra spicy unrated version. DVD, $26.98. (MGM) • "Scotland, PA" — "MacBeth" is the burger king in this black comedy setting Shakespeare's bloody power trip ata fast-food joint. James LeGros and Maura Tierney star as the Mc- Beths, covetous worker bees at Duncan's Restaurant, and Christopher Walken is police Lt. McDuff, called in after Duncan's murdered in the deep fryer. Writer-director Billy Morrissette, Tierney's husband, provides commentary. DVD, $24.99. (Sundance) • "Major League Baseball Memorable Moments" — Between innings of the World Series, fans can slip in this wide-ranging DVD, which gathers 30 key basebal! milestones, including Christy Mathewson's three World Series shutouts in 1905, Lou Gehrig's retirement speech, Jackie Robinson's debut, Hank Aaron's 715th homer and Barry Bonds' single-season record last year. DVD, $19.95. (Q Video) Today Artists' Open Studio Tour, featuring 14 professional artists with studios in Indiana County, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Artists, working in a variety of media .and processes, will welcome visitors to their studios. Maps and more information are available at the Indiana County Tourist Bureau. 19th Annual Glassware and Antique Show and Sale of the Diamond Depression Glass Club continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western University Inn, Indiana. Admission: $3. "The A-Maizing Adventure," a com maize sure to challenge all, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. at Reeger's Farm, one mile off the Parkwood Road, west of Indiana. Admission: $2. Operated by the Elderton High School's Ski and Snowboard Club. Monday, Oct. 28 "How a New Outlook on Everyday Things Gave an Ordinary Student Extraordinary Inspiration to Enhance Society" will be the subject of the Six O'clock Series at the HUB on the IUP campus at 6 p.m. Dan McCabe, who entered college 10 years ago hoping that some day he would get rich, will tell how his outlook changed after participating in an alternative spring break his freshman year. At 22, he became the director of a national nonprofit organization. Oct. 29 to Dec. 6 Lenny Dowhie: Current Works in Clay will be on display in Kipp Gallery of Sprowls Hall, IUE Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Free. Opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Oct. 29 and Nov. 1 UMWA Haunted House will be held at Mack Park fairgrounds from 7 to 10 p.m. weeknights and 7 to 11:30 p.m. weekends. Admission: $7, adults; $6, students. Wednesday, Oct. 30 Halloween Dinner Dance, sponsored by Aging Services, will be held at Oak Place Community Center, 1055 Oak St., Indiana. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; parade at 5 p.m.; dinner at 5:30 p.m. Music by Mike the MixMaster DJ Service. Tickets: $10. Call (724) 349-4564 for reservations. Friday, Nov. 1 jimmy Stewart Museum Reception for "First Snowfall" signing by artist George Rothracker begins at 5 p.m. at the museum, Ninth and Philadelphia streets, Indiana. The painting features Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed walking out of "It's A Wonderful Life" in the Indiana Theater Building. here! This information is provided to the Gazette by the Indiana County Tourist Bureau. For more information or to list your event, dinner or leisure activity on this calendar, contact the bureau at (724) 463-7505 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please submit the information by 10 a.m. Monday at least two weeks before your event. Anyone who plans to visit events may wish to call for confirmation. Events are subject to change of date or time. Saturday, Nov. 2 Bicycle Collection by the Indiana Midday Rotary will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the PNC Bank, 621 Philadelphia St., downtown Indiana. People are asked to bring used bicycles, assembled and in repairable condition, to the bank for distribution to people in developing countries. A $10 donation is suggested toward shipping. All donations are tax deductible. "Winchester '73," starring Jimmy Stewart and Shelley Winters, will be shown in the theater of the Jimmy Stewart Museum, Ninth and Philadelphia streets, Indiana, at 2 p.m. Admission: $5, regular; $4, seniors; $3, students 7-17. IUP Chamber Singers, directed by James Dealing, will be in concert at St. Thomas More Parish on Oakland Avenue at 8 p.m. Free. "Come to the Cabaret Dinner" at the Indiana County Club at 6 p.m. Music by Kurt Weill Ensemble. Cost: $40 per person. Proceeds will be used for local scholarships. Call (724) 349-6083 for reservations. Sunday, Nov. 3 "The World Around Us" will be the topic of the Nature in the Parks program at the lodge at Blue Spruce Park, Ernest, at 2 p.m. Discover the wonder of nature through photographs by Bill King. Free. IUP Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Gary Olmstead, will perform at 3 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, SuttonHall, IUP. Monday, Nov. 4 "Take a Step Back in Time" will be the topic of the Six O'clock Series at 6 p.m. in the Ohio room of the Hadley Union Building on the IUP campus. Nancy Newkerk, former dean of women, and Elwood Sheeder, former dean of men, will answer questions about dorm life in a bygone era. Public welcome. Wednesday, Nov. 6 "Hip Harp: Deborah Hanson-Conant" will join the IUP Wind Ensemble in concert at 8 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium. For tickets ($10, regular; $5 with I-card) are available by calling (724)357-2547. Nov. 6 to 10,13 to 16 "Oya," a West African dance drama telling the story of the Yoruba goddess, will be presented by the Theater by the Grove in Waller Hall, IUP Performances begin at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 to 9 and 13 to 16 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets on Nov. 6 are $3. For all other performances, they are $10, regular, $8, discount; and $5 for I-card holders. For information, call (724) 3572547 Nov. 8-10 Third Annual Western Pennsylvania Underground Railroad Symposium will be held in Indiana and will include panels, hands-on workshops, and portions of the exhibit, "Freedom in the Air: Indiana County's Underground Railroad History in Black and White." For information, call the Indiana County Historical and Genealogical Society at (724) 463-9600 or visit www.chss.iup.edu/ugrr/symposium.html. Holidays in the Making workshops will be held at the Dillweed Bed & Breakfast, Dilltown. Participants will make a reversible holiday table runner using "wunder-under" techniques and holiday table decorations using waxing and marbleizing techniques. Choose from day sessions with lunch or all-inclusive overnight lodging packages. Space is limited. Call (814) 446-6465 or visit 222.dillweedinc.com for information. Saturday, Nov. 9 Nick Clooney will be signing copies of his new book, "The Movies That Changed Us," at noon in the Jimmy Stewart Museum, 9th and Philadelphia streets, Indiana. Call (724) 349-6112 for more information. "Destry Rides Again" will be shown at 2 p.m. in the museum theater. Museum admission: $5, regular; $3 for children 7-17.
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