NYU Alumni Magazine Spring 2008


Alumni Heat Up the Summer Box Office and Fall TV Lineup

Director Marc Forster (TSOA ’93) continues the James Bond legacy with its 22nd installment—next month’s Quantum of Solace, which finds 007 seeking revenge for the betrayal he suffered in Casino Royale…

quantum of solace

New to the prime–time lineup this fall is NBC’s Kath & Kim, based on the hit comedy from Australia and starring SNL vet Molly Shannon (TSOA ’87)… Josh Radnor (TSOA ’99) returns for a fourth season on CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, while Peter Krause (TSOA ’90) is back in the ABC drama Dirty Sexy Money… After 15 seasons and 122 Emmy Award nominations—the most for any program in TV history—ER, starring Maura Tierney (TSOA ’89) as Dr. Abby Lockhart, will close its doors for good on NBC… Best known as a regular in Christopher Guest comedies, Bob Balaban (WSUC ’77) portrayed Bush legal adviser Ben Ginsberg alongside Kevin Spacey in HBO’s political drama Recount based on the events in Florida during the 2000 presidential election… After nine seasons of detective work, Jesse L. Martin (TSOA ’91) left NBC’s Law & Order to play Motown soul singer Marvin Gaye in the indie biopic Sexual Healing, due in 2010 and co–starring James Gandolfini… Director Louis Leterrier’s (TSOA ’96) The Incredible Hulk smashed its way into theaters this summer, featuring Edward Norton as the giant green comic book hero… Adam Sandler (TSOA ’88) played an Israeli counterterrorism agent—turned–NYC hairdresser in You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, which he co–wrote with Robert Smigel (WSUC ’83) and Judd Apatow. Sandler will be back in theaters this Christmas in the Disney comedy Bedtime Stories, penned by fellow alum Matt Lopez (LAW ’96), about a family whose whimsical nighttime tales come to life… John Patrick Shanley (STEINHARDT ’77) brings his Pulitzer Prize–winning play to the big screen with Doubt, the first film he’s directed since the 1990 comedy Joe Versus the Volcano… Last month’s The Women, a remake of the 1939 classic starring Joan Crawford, featured an all–female cast including Debra Messing (TSOA ’93), Annette Bening, Candice Bergen, and Meg Ryan… John Leguizamo (TSOA nongrad alum) starred alongside Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the detective thriller Righteous Kill, which was written by Russell Gewirtz (LAW ’92)… Michael Craig (STEINHARDT ’07) is currently starring in the off–Broadway comedy Altar Boyz, co–produced by Ken Davenport (TSOA ’94), as one–fifth of the titular Christian boy band… Guitarist Adam Stoler (STEINHARDT ’05, ’07) joined Grammy–nominated bassist and Steinhardt jazz professor Richard Bona on an international jazz tour… Nanette Burstein (TSOA ’94, ’04) wrote and directed American Teen, which won the Directing Award for a Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival for her look into the lives of five high school seniors in an Indiana town.

—RenÉe Alfuso

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