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Harold Pinter

  1. close reads
    Donald Glover, Atlanta, and Black Justin BieberAtlanta’s comedy of menace.
  2. books
    Read Playwright Harold Pinter’s Excellent Letter to Schoolchildren“His name is assumed because he assumed it.”
  3. Inventing Drama at the ‘Sleuth’ PremiereLike any good red-carpet watcher, at the premiere of Sleuth, we did our best to sniff out some drama between stars Jude Law and Michael Caine, director Kenneth Branagh, and writer Harold Pinter. With all those egos on one set, sparks must have flown! But apparently, unlike catty actresses, men can get along on a set. “They’re extremely funny and easy to work with,” said director Kenneth Branagh, as Caine and Law told us they “loved” each other. Well, fine. They all “love” screenwriter-playwright Harold Pinter, too, apparently. “Thirty years ago, I did a monologue from a Pinter play for my audition for drama school, and it’s taken me 30 years to meet the guy and work with him, and it was a real thrill,” Branagh told New York. “When I knew him, he was an actor called David Baron,” Caine said, one-upping Branagh (ooh, let’s project some tension here!). “He decided to write plays, and he thought, ‘I’ll use my real name,’ he told me, which is Harold Pinter,” Caine explained. “And so I did his first one, and then he wrote all this great stuff, and I wasn’t in any of it!” Caine says that though he and Pinter are friends, this is only the second of the famous scribe’s works he’s performed in. “I thought, I’m the one who started you, and then no one gave me any more,” he said. “I was sort of pissed off!” Yeah, that’s right. Fight, fight, fight! –Bennett Marcus Find more photos and chatter from Bebe Neuwirth, Joan Collins, and others at our complete coverage of Sleuth’s New York premiere.
  4. the industry
    Helen Mirren to Take Up the Scepter Once More?Plus industry news on William H. Macy, James Purefoy, and D.J. Caruso.
  5. the industry
    Jim Carrey Answers in the AffirmativePlus industry news on Beck, Tupac, and the new film from the director of Donnie Darko.