- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 26, 2009

More from Coen

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ethan Coen is returning to off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company with “Offices,” a new collection of one-act plays opening May 7.

Mr. Coen scored a success last season at the Atlantic with “Almost an Evening,” another trio of one-acts. “It was a good experience, so I’m going to try and repeat it,” the filmmaker said in an interview, Associated Press reports. The 11-actor cast will include F. Murray Abraham, John Bedford Lloyd and Mary McCann.

Mr. Coen said the plays are comedies and added that “the audience will be the judge of that.” They all take place in offices or places of business, involve white-collar workers and were written before the fall’s economic downturn, he said. The three plays are “Peer Review,” “Homeland Security” and “Struggle Session.”

With brother Joel Coen, he has made more than a dozen movies, including “No Country for Old Men,” “Fargo,” “Raising Arizona” and “Barton Fink.”



Downsizing

The catalog isn’t finished because fashion designer Kenzo Takada is hesitating about which objects to keep from the auctioneer. The Japanese designer is trading his plush 12,000-square-foot Paris mansion for smaller digs on the Seine’s Left Bank.

From Hopi kachina dolls to bronze Buddhas, more than 1,000 pieces acquired over the past two decades will be on the block at the June 16 and 17 sale, organized by Aguttes auction house, the designer and his auctioneer said Tuesday.

Kenzo, as he is known in the fashion world, built the Japanese-style wooden house in 1987 in the courtyard of an apartment building near Paris’ Place de la Bastille.

“After 20 years in this house, I wanted to turn the page and live lighter,” he told AP. “For parties, it was great, but sometimes when I’m here alone, it’s far too big.”

Housewife’s lament

District native Alex McCord, co-star of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City,” will have plenty of time to catch up on watching her show’s reruns. She tells us she’s been laid off from her day job at a New York company.

“The joke is that now I am a real housewife.”

Miss McCord also says she’s interested in seeing what happens with “Blonde Charity Mafia,” the Washington-based reality show about young D.C. socialites.

“Any time you get a group of women together and put cameras on them and have dramatic moment, it’s going to be interesting,”she says.

In Texas

Former President George H.W. Bush will present the McLane Leadership in Business Award to actor and karate champ Chuck Norris on Tuesday at the George Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas.

The award cites Mr. Norris’ achievements as a martial-arts legend (six-time undefeated World Professional Middleweight Karate Champion), entrepreneur and humanitarian. Autographed copies of Mr. Norris’ most recent book, “Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America,” will be available for purchase at the event, PRNewswire reports.

Stooge film? Why soitenly

MGM and Peter and Bobby Farrelly are closing in on their cast for “The Three Stooges.”

According to Variety, two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn will play Larry, and negotiations are under way with Jim Carrey to play Curly. The latter already is making plans to gain 40 pounds to approximate the physical dimensions of Jerome “Curly” Howard.

The studio is zeroing in on Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro to play Moe.

The film is not a biopic, but rather a comedy built around the antics of the three characters played by Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard in the Columbia Pictures shorts.

Production will begin in early fall for a release sometime in 2010, Variety said.

• Compiled by Richard Slusser, Stephanie Green and Robyn-Denise Yourse from wire and Web reports

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