Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has announced that two-time Golden Globe winner and Oscar and Tony nominee Sigourney Weaver will host its upcoming Lincoln Center Awards for Emerging Artists presentation on March 1. The evening will honor winners from across the performing arts, including filmmakers, musicians, and theatre artists.
Weaver joins Katherine Brown, Danny Burstein, Laura Osnes, and Desmond Richardson, who will perform at the ceremony. The awards night will be held at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
The 2017 winners are Calidore String Quartet (Chamber Music Society); filmmaker Dustin Guy Defa (Film Society of Lincoln Center); soprano Kiera Duffy (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts); dancer Joseph Gordon (New York City Ballet); violinist and concertmaster Frank Huang (New York Philharmonic); violinist Paul Huang (The Juilliard School); playwright Michael R. Jackson (Lincoln Center Theater); saxophonist Julian Lee (Jazz at Lincoln Center); singer-songwriter-actress Grace McLean (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts); baritone Yunpeng Wang (The Metropolitan Opera); director, producer, and performer Ben West (The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts); and dancer Andres Zuniga (School of American Ballet).
“The awardees we honor this year follow in the steps of former honorees, such as the great cellist Alisa Weilerstein, renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, and Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras. The members of this class have already contributed great works of music, theater, dance, and film to the Lincoln Center campus and beyond, and we are delighted to help them pursue new projects that will undoubtedly challenge, stimulate, and inspire us,” commented William H. Donaldson, co-chair of the Emeritus Board of Lincoln Center, in a press statement.
The work of legendary gorilla scientist Dian Fossey will be brought back to life in a new three-part documentary series for National Geographic television, now in production. Scheduled to air this fall, the series will feature narration by actress Sigourney Weaver, who played Dian Fossey in the 1988 movie “Gorillas in the Mist,” based on Fossey’s book.
“I had the amazing experience of portraying Dian Fossey in ‘Gorillas in the Mist,’ spending months with the majestic mountain gorillas,” says Weaver, who also serves as the honorary chair of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.
“In the 50 years since Dian founded the Karisoke Research Center, scientists have safeguarded the gorillas and increased awareness about conservation all around the world. I am honored to be working with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and National Geographic on what promises to be a remarkable documentary of Dian’s courageous life and legacy.”
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund President and CEO/Chief Scientist, Dr. Tara Stoinski, says there couldn’t be a better time to re-tell the story of Fossey’s work, which has since been greatly expanded and has helped the critically endangered mountain gorilla population to grow and stabilize.
“The Fossey Fund has not only carried on the important gorilla protection and scientific research that Fossey started, but has expanded it to include helping local communities, building the next generation of conservationists in Africa, and helping other gorilla species in danger of extinction,” says Dr. Stoinski.
“The National Geographic special will be a definitive biography of Fossey’s work, life, death and legacy, and will include never-before-seen footage from both National Geographic and Fossey Fund archives, a fitting endeavor for this 50th anniversary of her work,” adds Dr. Stoinski
In addition, the series, titled “Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist,” will include footage shot recently of the mountain gorillas in Rwanda and with Fossey Fund field staff. Tigress Productions, the company producing the series, is filming an historic group of gorillas who were among the first studied by Dian Fossey. Originally named Group 5, the group split in 1995, with one of the offshoots being the modern day Pablo’s group. Pablo’s group’s most famous member is elderly silverback Cantsbee – the last of the silverbacks first seen and named by Dian Fossey and then monitored throughout his 38 years. Amazingly, Cantsbee suddenly reappeared on Jan. 4, after being missing for months and presumed dead, adding yet another chapter to the amazing story of these gorillas and Fossey’s legacy.
Tigress Productions also produced the 2007 documentary on silverback Titus, which aired on PBS “Nature” in 2008.
“Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist” is also being produced in partnership with Academy-Award-winning executive producer James Marsh. It will air globally in 171 countries and in 45 languages this fall.
What with the “Avatar” sequels and a villainous gig in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series “The Defenders,” Sigourney Weaver has a lot on her plate. Her latest movie, “A Monster Calls,” co-stars Liam Neeson as a monster whose visits help a boy confront an impending loss. It The film hits U.S. theaters in January.
“A Monster Calls” seems like a very different kind of movie from blockbuster fare like “Avatar” and “Alien.”
I was looking ahead at the four “Avatar” sequels looming over me, and the idea of doing a small, intimate picture that was all about relationships was very appealing. We actually got to rehearse; we even had a read-through! To be able to hear Liam play the monster, and to have us all tell the whole story together in the same room — people don’t realize how incredibly helpful that is. You carry that with you for the whole shoot.
Your character is British. Did the accent come easily to you?
My mother was English, so I had that advantage. But I did work on the accent, because my mother went to [the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art], and she had this very beautiful, cultured English accent. I wanted to play someone who was not posh.
James Cameron has described the “Avatar” movies as a family saga. How are they shaping up?
In my opinion, the three scripts I’ve read so far are many times more amazing than the first one in terms of their scope. He did a lot of the heavy lifting in the first movie, establishing the family and the relationships and the world, and now he really gets to play.
What’s the status of the “Alien” sequel?
I hope that Neill Blomkamp and I will eventually get back to it. He’s written such a wonderful script. I look forward to finishing Ripley’s story.
What about “Defenders”?
I can’t say much, because they might kill me. I think everyone I work for might kill me if I tell you anything. But I have the most delicious character. She’s really smart, and she’s very in charge.
Yes, Alien: Covenant has us much excited, but so does the prospect of finally giving the character of Ripley the send-off that she deserves. That’s what director Neill Blomkamp has in mind for his direct sequel to Aliens, which has been put on indefinite hold until Ridley Scott finishes his Prometheus trilogy.
Star Sigourney Weaver still has high hopes for Blomkamp’s take, and she took to Variety to give fans the latest.
“I hope that Neill Blomkamp and I will eventually get back to it. He’s written such a wonderful script. I look forward to finishing Ripley’s story.“
Not much is known about Blomkamp’s film other than Weaver would be returning along with Michael Biehn to reprise their roles as Ellen Ripley and Corporal Dwayne Hicks.
Stay tuned and keep the faith.
Sigourney Weaver hit the stage of New York Comic Con today to huge applause to be revealed as playing the villain on the upcoming The Defenders on Netflix. The Oscar nominee was joined by the actual Defenders themselves Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist at the end of the Main Stage panel for the latter March 17, 2017 debuting series.
No details of Weaver’s character nor a premiere date for The Defenders was announced but the NYC-based series is about to start filming in the next few weeks now that Iron First‘s first season wrapped this morning. Weaver’s appearance came at the end of the Iron Fist panel at NYCC that also saw some Punisher news dropped too with Daredevil alum Deborah Ann Woll joining vigilante Frank Castle in the spinoff.
“Marvel is honored to have an actress of her caliber and status join what is already our biggest show ever!,”said Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb on Saturday. “She is by definition a class act.”
The Weaver announcement also saw Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Finn Jones (Iron Fist) together for the first time in public.
The quartet met up digitally earlier this week when Ritter crashed a Facebook Live session that her Jessica Jones Season 1 co-star was doing to promote the September 30 debuting Luke Cage. Cox and Jones, who Colter had never met at all before, also dropped in on the online chat to the great delight of fans watching.
While Daredevil has been renewed for a third season and Jessica Jones for a Season 2, neither have been given premiere dates yet. Luke Cage looks certain to get another season, especially after seemingly crashing the streaming service for a bit the day after its 13-episode first run launched – but nothing official has been said yet. As for Iron Fist, its first season begins next spring on Netflix.
New York Comic-Con continues until tomorrow but Sunday panels are going to have a hard time beating the effort of Marvel and Netflix tonight.