Josh Charles Returns in ‘I Smile Back’ with Sarah Silverman

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Josh Charles and Sarah Silverman star in “I Smile Back.” Image courtesy Broad Green Pictures.

Fans of the “The Good Wife,” “Sports Night,” or the Artists & Writers charity softball game in East Hampton might be interested to know that Josh Charles is finally coming back into our lives. Yay! It’s been way too long.

He’s co-starring with Sarah Silverman in the movie “I Smile Back,” which was a huge hit at Sundance this year. The dramatic film looks juicy good and should prove to be a game changer for both Charles and Silverman–who plays it super serious as Laney,  a wife and mother who has it all, including the perfect husband in Josh Charles. But, not everything is as it seems. Just beneath the façade lies depression and disillusionment that send her careening into a secret world of reckless compulsion, putting her loved ones on the catastrophic brink.

Here’s the trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTRqt4s64SE

“I think it’s great to mess with people’s perceptions about who you are and what you do. People assume they know someone, and then it’s easier for them to just rely on their past observations. You’re a serious actor; you go and be dramatic. You’re a comic; you go and be funny. I think, creatively speaking, we all need to continue to challenge ourselves and take risks,” says Charles. “I think it is really cool that Sarah wanted to do this and take such a ‘risk,’ if you can call it that.”

The film, written by Paige Dylan and Amy Koppelman, based on the book by Koppelman, also stars Thomas Sadoski, Mia Barron, Terry Kinney and Chris Sarandon.

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Photos from the Artists and Writers Softball Game

Hats off to the Artists, who beat the Writers in the 67th annual Artists and Writers Charity Softball game at Herrick Park in East Hampton on Saturday. The official score at the end of the afternoon was Artists 7 and Writers 4.

Enjoy these photos, all taken by Lisa Tamburini.

Here’s the lineup for both sides, straight from the official website:

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Anthony Ken Auletta
Gregg Bello David Baer (MVP ’11)
Walter Bernard Carl Bernstein
Russell Blue David Bernstein
Peter Borish Brian Burns
Pete Cestaro Ed Burns
Josh Charles (MVP ’10) Bill Collage
Jack Dowd Jay DiPietro
Michael Dougherty Jason Edwards
Dennis Duswalt Dennis Fabiszak
Eric Ernst Katrina Foster
Michael Gaston Rod Gilbert
Colin Goldberg Mark Green
Ed Hollander Zack O’Malley Greenburg
Leif Hope Doug Harrington
Dennis Lawrence Keith Kelly
John Longmire Rick Leventhal
Eddie McCarthy Jim Leyritz
Jeffrey Meizlik Hugo Lindgren
Matthew Montemaro Ann Liguori
Ron Noy Chris London
Jamie Patricof (MVP ’13) Mike Lupica (MVP ’09)
Jon Patricof Lee Minetree
Joel Perlman Mark Montemaro
Geoff Prisco Michael Pellman
William Quigley Michael Safir
Ronnette Riley Peter Schwartz
Randall Rosenthal Brett Shevack
Alexson Roy Leslie Morgan Steiner
Michael Sapraicone Kim Stolz
Lori Singer Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Stu Sleppin Tom Verducci
Joe Sopiak (MVP ’07 & ’08) Benito Vila
Bill Strong Mark Weinstein
Scott Stuber Richard Wiese
Richard Sullivan (MVP ’14) Paul Winum
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Stu Zicherman

Proceeds from this year’s play benefited the East End Hospice, Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Phoenix House Academy and The Retreat. Learn more at http://artistswritersgame.org.

Hamptons Weekend Hot Picks August 14 and 15

Looks like we’ve got another weekend packed all the way to the top with amazing things to do here in the Hamptons. There’s a crazy number of events at our disposal, including the annual Artists & Writers Softball Game, TWO different free Shakespeare in the Park opportunities, ARF’s annual Bow Wow Meow Ball, a pair of legendary singers, a fleet of food trucks, and lots and lots of art on view. And that’s just Friday and Saturday. Whew!

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Piper Perabo will perform Shakespeare in the Park at Mashashimuet in Sag Harbor on Friday and Saturday.

* The Bay Street Shakespeare Initiative and Hamptons Shakespeare Festival have joined together to host outdoor readings of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” starring Piper Perabo, on Friday, August 14, and Saturday, August 15, at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor, NY. The two readings are free and will start at 7 pm. A VIP Benefit performance will be held on Sunday, August 16, at a private, oceanfront estate. http://www.baystreet.org

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The Bay Street Shakespeare Initiative and Hamptons Shakespeare Festival are offering free outdoor readings of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” on Friday and Saturday.

* The Southampton Cultural Center will present free Shakespeare in the Park at Agawam Park in Southampton with the Hip To Hip Theatre Company on Friday, August 14, and Saturday, August 15. At 7:30 p.m. with performances of “The Merchant of Venice,” on Friday and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” on Saturday. Additionally, Hip to Hip’s free children’s program “Kids & the Classics” will be offered 30 minutes before each performance, starting at 7 p.m. http://www.scc-arts.org

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* Don’t forget that the fourth annual Food Truck Derby is also today, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton. Purchase tickets at http://bit.ly/1g63wFN.

* And there’s an opening reception at Mark Borghi Fine Art today in Bridgehampton, from 6 to 9 p.m. for Gary Komarin’s “A Wilder Blue.” http://www.borghi.org

* The annual Artists & Writers Softball Game pre-game party will be held at LTV Studios in Wainscott tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For tickets, visit http://www.ltveh.org

* On Saturday, it’s time for the annual Artists & Writers Softball Game at Herrick Park in East Hampton. Batting practice starts at noon and the game begins at 2 p.m. This year’s proceeds will benefit the East End Hospice, Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Phoenix House Academy of Long Island and The Retreat. http://artistswritersgame.org

* On Saturday, August 15, ARF will host its Bow Wow Meow Ball at its 22 acre ARF campus in Wainscott starting at 6:30 p.m. This special evening, hosted by Brooke Shields, will honor internationally acclaimed architect Peter Marino for his unwavering commitment to animal welfare and the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. http://www.arfhamptons.org

Brooke Shields is emceeing this year's Bow Wow Meow Ball for ARF.

Brooke Shields is emceeing this year’s Bow Wow Meow Ball for ARF.

* Guild Hall in East Hampton is bringing Grammy-winning singer Mavis Staples to the stage on Saturday at 8 p.m. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was named one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll by VH1 and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. http://www.guildhall.org

Mavis Staples is coming to Guild Hall. Photo by Chris Strong.

Mavis Staples is coming to Guild Hall. Photo by Chris Strong.

* Jazz and R&B icon George Benson will give a concert at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, August 15, at 8 p.m. http://www.whbpac.org

George Benson will play the WHBPAC. Photo by Marco Giaviano.

George Benson will play the WHBPAC. Photo by Marco Giaviano.

* Sorry folks,the “Stampede” opening reception on Saturday is now at capacity BUT feel free to check out other terrific Parrish offerings, including two others associated with Tucker Marder’s “Stampede” installation and the Road Show. Coming up next week, meet the artist at 1058 Deerfield Road in Water Mill, on Monday, August 17, at 11 a.m. and again, with the Big Duck Museum’s Lisa Dabrowski, on Wednesday, August 19, at 7 p.m. www.parrishart.org
Read more about this cool installation happening here:
http://sagharboronline.com/natural-developed-worlds-collide-in-marders-parrish-road-show/

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Tucker Marder’s “Stampede” happens on Saturday as part of the Parrish Art Museum’s fun “Road Show” series.

* Lawrence Fine Art in East Hampton will host a reception for “Anna Walinska: Abstractions from the 50s and 60s” on Satuday from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will hang through Labor Day. http://www.lawrence-fine-arts.com

* Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor will host an opening reception for Barbara Groot’s paintings on Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The show will hang through September 3. http://www.kramorisgallery.com

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Scott McIntire’s “Sumac Energy Field, 2011” is included in the exhibit at Peter Marcelle Project.

* The Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton will host an opening reception for Scott McIntire’s “Environmental Intimacy on the East End” on Saturday, August 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will hang through August 23. http://www.Petermarcelleproject.com

Check back here tomorrow for Sunday’s Hot Picks.

Golden Globes: Hamptons Party West

Golden Globes: Hamptons Party West

I was keeping track of all our Hamptonites and Hamptons-related celebrities last night at the Golden Globes and boy oh boy did we ever represent!
Here’s the list of nominees and winners, with a few East End tidbits where I know them to be. More info is available from my Twitter account at @hamptonsprtygal.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine–Filmed on the East End, specifically Quogue and East Quogue and based on the life and crimes of Montauk’s Bernie Madoff.
Lupita N’yongo, 12 Years a Slave–Was screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival, hereafter referred to as “HIFF,” this year.
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County–Screened at HIFF.
June Squibb, Nebraska–Screened at HIFF.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family–Had lunch at Grand Prix Day at the Hampton Classic. I was right there and she really enjoyed that fried chicken! Frequent Hamptons visitor.

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Behind the Candelabra
American Horror Story: Coven
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
White Queen

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Winner: Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House Of Cards–Not a Hamptons sighting but Kevin Spacey did use to date one of my coworkers at the Institute for International Research and would pop in every once in a while.
Masters Of Sex

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Winner: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan–Hamptons resident. Seriously considered buying the house of a friend of mine.
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards–see above
James Spader, The Blacklist

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Alex Ebert, All Is Lost–not quite a Hamptons reference but Diddy, who lives in East Hampton, gave him an on-stage shoutout.
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years A Slave–HIFF

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Ordinary Love, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Atlas, Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Let It Go, Frozen
Please Mr Kennedy, Inside Llewyn Davis–screened at HIFF
Sweeter Than Fiction, One Chance

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Josh Charles, The Good Wife–has played in the annual Artists & Writers softball game. Skinny legs.
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County–screened at HIFF

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Winner: Robin Wright, House Of Cards
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife–haven’t met her but have interviewed/photographed frequent Good Wife costars Nathan Lane and Alan Cumming. Met Chris Noth a long time ago back in the city. Hubba hubba!
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is The New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal–Went to fancy Spence with Gwyneth Paltrow and a journalism friend of mine.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle–frequent Hamptons visitor
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave–HIFF screener

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Her–HIFF screener
Nebraska–HIFF screener, Bruce Dern and Will Forte came out and gave an awesome talk at Bay Street Theatre.
Philomena
12 Years A Slave–HIFF
American Hustle

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Winner: The Great Beaty
Blue is the Warmest Color–HIFF
The Hunt
The Past
The Wind Rises

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Winner: Frozen
The Croods
Despicable Me 2

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Winner: 12 Years A Slave–Again, HIFF.
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Winner: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine–see above. Also, how could we not mention her co-star Alec Baldwin!
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Winner: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips–I was supposed to interview his wife, Rita Wilson, to preview her engagement at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center but the timing never worked out. Sigh. But I DID interview his old Bosom Buddies co-star, Peter Scolari, for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and he was one of the nicest people I’ve ever interviewed.
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: American Hustle
Her–HIFF
Inside Lleywn Davis–HIFF
Nebraska–HIFF
The Wolf Of Wall Street–set here in the Hamptons, though not really something to brag about.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska–HIFF
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis–HIFF
Joaquin Phoenix, Her–HIFF

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave–HIFF
Alexander Payne, Nebraska–HIFF
David O. Russell, American Hustle

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Big Bang Theory
Girls–Adam Driver was one of HIFF’s Breakthrough Stars in 2013. Good guy. Not a weirdo as one might believe. See also my note on Peter Scolari.
Modern Family–note on Sofia Vergara above. Her boyfriend is good friends with a big-time luxury builder out here. I remember him telling me about how she stayed in his house the first time and how he almost had a heart attack when she emerged from the pool in her swimsuit. She IS pretty va-va-va-voom, though MUCH smaller than you’d expect.
Parks & Recreation

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie–Hamptons resident. I frequently see her shopping in Bridgehampton.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show–lives in Quogue
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor–I interviewed her at HIFF this summer for Burton and Taylor. Absolutely LOVELY and super funny!
Rebecca Ferguson, White Queen
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Let us not forget that this year’s Miss Golden Globes, Sosie Bacon, whose parents Kevin and Kyra are East Enders.
Water Mill’s Matt Lauer, who hosted the pre-show.
Presenter Jessica Chastain was a HIFF breakthrough performer.
Ben Affleck’s “Argo” was a big HIFF hit last year.
Diane Keaton’s “Something’s Gotta Give” house is right out here on Dune Road in Southampton.
Chris Martin, who got a shoutout from Bono, was supporting his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, at this year’s Authors Night for the East Hampton Library.
Presenter Naomi Watts lives here with her husband, Liev Schrieber.
I’m sure I’m missing stuff but I’m tired and sleep deprived.
Looking forward to awards show season!
* Helena Bonham Carter–who was MIA at the Globes–photo taken by me before our interview at this year’s HIFF.

Matt Lauer at the Artists & Writers Game

Matt Lauer at the Artists & Writers Game

Two Lauers actually took the field yesterday at the annual Artists & Writers Game: Matt umped from behind the pitcher’s mound and his son Jack–a dead ringer for his dad–shagged balls for famed sports writer Mike Lupica during batting practice.

Another great pre-game moment with Mr. Lupica came when award-winning local radio host and personality Bonnie Grice hand-delivered an 88.3 WPPB Peconic Public Broadcasting tee-shirt to him, which he wore during warm-ups. The former A&W Game MVP had called in to the radio station (where the Hamptons Party Girl joins the oh-so-talented Ms. Grice just about every Friday for an hour of Media Mavens time) last week during the quarterly fund drive and pledged money to the NPR outlet. Thanks for the support Mike!

Thanks also to Lisa Tamburini, who hit a home run with her game coverage yesterday while I was on the injured list.

Delay of Play: President Clinton stops by the Artists & Writers Game

Delay of Play: President Clinton stops by the Artists & Writers Game

For the second year in a row, and making his third appearance in total, President Bill Clinton stopped in to check out the annual Artists & Writers Game at Herrick Park in East Hampton.

The Hamptons Party Girl had to bench herself due to a malady but good friend and East End woman about town Lisa Tamburini pinch hit, providing excellent color commentary. She’s the one who also took the photos for me. Thanks a million Lisa, I owe you BIG TIME!

President Clinton, who showed up sometime around the second inning, posed for pix and signed autographs near the third base sideline. Not surprisingly, the charismatic former leader of the free world’s presence caused a huge stir among the crowd, the players and the photographers.

“People were five deep around him,” Lisa reported. “It was insanity.”

Writer Walter Isaacson told Lisa exactly what to tweet: “Clinton delay of game.” She did. Immediately.

As Clinton left, about a half hour after arriving, Writers pitcher Mort Zuckerman asked, “Where’s he going?”

“What, you want him to pitch?” Lisa replied. Good one, HPG pinch hitter.

Matt Lauer, who brought his son, Jack, also showed up and umped the game for awhile. Lisa said that both he and Clinton posed for photos for every single person who asked.

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly also showed up and was nearly as popular as the former President and ‘Today’ show host. As for the game itself, most all the regulars were there, including author Jay McInerney, in the news quite a bit of late, who played catcher for the Writers—without a face mask, which drew some ribbing from both teams. Of course, Alec Baldwin, whose wife, Hilaria, just might be giving birth at this moment, wasn’t able to make it. Even though his Artists team won today 8-6, I’m sure he’s got a few other more pressing things to celebrate right now.

As for me, I’ve got to get myself off the injured list so next year I can be singing “put me in coach.”

James Lipton, Bert Sugar and Juliet Papa announce at the Artists & Writers Game

James Lipton, Bert Sugar and Juliet Papa announce at the Artists & Writers Game

Tomorrow the legendary battle that is the annual Artists & Writers Game continues at Herrick Park in East Hampton.
My first exposure to the game came approximately 20 years ago when I was still living in Manhattan. I was walking down the street outside the Citicorp Building, where I then worked for the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and I happened upon this tall, gangly man ambling toward me. His walk, and look, were so distinctive that there was no question who he was, yet I didn’t want to put him on the spot.
“You look like Kurt Vonnegut,” I said.
“I am,” he replied, and extended his hand to me.
We talked for awhile–about architecture, writing, Butler University (my alma mater, and where he delivered the commencement address the year after I graduated) and the city of Indianapolis (where Butler is and where his father and grandfather did a lot of architectural work). It was one of the most amazing 10 minutes of my life. I did somehow resist the urge to tell him I was a huge fan but needless to say, I was and am a huge fan.
After telling me that he had a daughter about my age, Mr. Vonnegut invited me out to the Hamptons to meet her and watch him play in the big game. I didn’t go, and I regret it to this day.
I’ve been to the game many times since, and have even managed to play ball with many of the regulars. Oh, the stories I could tell …
Until then, play ball!
Attached is a terrific article by the talented Michelle Trauring, who writes features for me at the Press. Hope you enjoy her story as much as I did.
http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Wainscott/27652/Artists-And-Writers-Game-Turns-65