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Neil LaBute (born March 19, 1963) is an American film director, screenwriter, and playwright. March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or drama. ...


Born in Detroit, Michigan, LaBute was raised in Spokane, Washington. He studied theater at Brigham Young University (BYU), where he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS church; see also Mormon). At BYU he also met actor Aaron Eckhart, who would later play leading roles in several of his films. He produced a number of plays that pushed the envelope of what was acceptable at the conservative religious university, some of which were shut down after their premieres. LaBute also did graduate work at the University of Kansas, New York University, and the Royal Academy of London. Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Settled 1701 Incorporation 1806 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area  - City  143. ... Nickname: Location of Spokane in Spokane County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County Spokane Government  - Mayor Dennis P. Hession Area  - City  58. ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... // BYUs origin can be traced back to 1862. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Mormonism. ... Aaron E. Eckhart (born March 12, 1968) is a Golden Globe nominated American film actor. ... The University of Kansas (often referred to as KU) is an institution of higher learning in Lawrence, Kansas. ... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational institution in New York City. ... This article refers to an art institution in London. ...


In 1993 he returned to Brigham Young University to premier his play In the Company of Men, for which he received an award from the Association for Mormon Letters. He taught drama and film at IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana in the early 1990s where he adapted and filmed the play, shot over two weeks and costing $25,000, beginning his career as a film director. The film won the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival, and major awards and nominations at the Deauville Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Thessaloniki Film Festival, the Society of Texas Film Critics Awards and the New York Film Critics Circle. // BYUs origin can be traced back to 1862. ... In the Company of Men is a 1997 film written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Aaron Eckhart, Matt Malloy and Stacy Edwards. ... Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (IPFW) is a regional university campus located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. ... Nickname: The Summit City Location in the state of Indiana, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Indiana County Allen Founded October 22, 1794 Incorporated February 22, 1840  - Mayor Graham Richard (D)  - City Clerk Sandra Kennedy (D)  - City Council John N. Crawford (R) Samuel J. Talarico, Jr (R) John Shoaff (D... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States, and ranks alongside the Cannes, France, Venice, Italy, Berlin, Germany, and Toronto, Canada festivals as one of the most prestigious in the world. ... Deauville American Film Festival is a film festival for American movies that occurs every year since 1975 in Deauville, France. ... Founded in 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards were originally known as the FINDIE (Friends of Independents) Awards and presented winners with Plexiglas pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films. ... The International Thessaloniki Film Festival is the Balkans primary showcase for the work of new and emerging filmmakers and leading film artists in the region and beyond. ... New York Film Critics Circle Awards are given annually to honor excellence in cinema worldwide by an organization of film reviewers from New York City-based publications. ...


LaBute has received high praise from critics for his edgy and unsettling portrayals of human relationships. In the Company of Men portrays two misogynist businessmen (one played by Eckhart) cruelly plotting to romance and emotionally destroy a deaf woman. His next film Your Friends & Neighbors (1998), with an ensemble cast including Eckhart and Ben Stiller, was a shockingly honest portrayal of the sex lives of three suburban couples. In 2000 he wrote and directed an off-Broadway play entitled Bash: Latter-Day Plays, a set of three short plays depicting essentially good Latter-day Saints doing disturbing and violent things. One of the plays was a much-talked-about one-person performance by Calista Flockhart. This play resulted in his disfellowship (a softer form of discipline that does not remove the member from the membership rolls, unlike excommunication) from the LDS Church. He has since formally left the church [1]. In the Company of Men is a 1997 film written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Aaron Eckhart, Matt Malloy and Stacy Edwards. ... Your Friends & Neighbors is a 1998 movie written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Amy Brenneman, Aaron Eckhart, Catherine Keener, Nastassja Kinski, Jason Patric, and Ben Stiller in an ensemble cast. ... Benjamin Edward Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, actor, film producer and director. ... A Latter-day Saint is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and should not to be confused with the different, though similar term Latter Day Saint. ... Calista Kay Flockhart (born November 11, 1964) is an Emmy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning American actress. ... Excommunication is a religious censure used to deprive or suspend membership in a religious community. ...


LaBute's 2002 play The Mercy Seat was one of the first major theatrical responses to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Set on September 12, it concerns a man who worked at the World Trade Center but was away from the office during the attack — with his mistress. Expecting that his family believes that he was killed in the towers' collapse, he contemplates using the tragedy to run away and start a new life with his lover. Starring Liev Schreiber and Sigourney Weaver, the play was a commercial and critical success, due in large part to its willingness to confront the myths that many New Yorkers had constructed to console themselves in the aftermath of the attacks. Original theatrical poster for The Mercy Seat. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... This article is about the former World Trade Center (Twin Towers) in New York City. ... Liev Schreiber (pronounced Lee-ev) (born Isaac Liev Schreiber on October 4, 1967) is a Tony Award-winning American actor. ... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ...


LaBute's latest film is The Wicker Man, an American version of a British cult classic. His first horror film, it starred Nicolas Cage and Ellen Burstyn and was released on September 1, 2006 by Warner Bros. Pictures to scathing critical reviews and mediocre box office. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... For the Iron Maiden song, see The Wicker Man (song). ... DVD cover showing horror characters as depicted by Universal Studios. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Ellen Burstyn (born December 7, 1932 as Edna Rae Gillooly in Detroit, Michigan) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Warner Bros. ...


His latest play to open in the US, Wrecks, starring Ed Harris, opened to excellent reviews, and an extended, sold out run at the Public Theater in New York City, in October, 2006.


He is working with producer Gail Mutrux on the screen adaptation of The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff. David Ebershoff is an American-born writer, editor, and teacher. ...


Neil is also a Jury Memeber of the on going Filmaka short film contest.


Filmography

NB: LaBute also provides a guest audio commentary for the DVD release of Sex, lies, and videotape, alongside Steven Soderbergh. Lakeview Terrace is about an LAPD officer (Jackson) who will stop at nothing to force out the interracial couple who just moved in next door (Kutcher, Washington). ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... DVD cover The Shape of Things is a play by American author and film director Neil LaBute and a 2003 American movie. ... Possession is a 2002 motion picture. ... Nurse Betty is a 2000 comedy film directed by Neil LaBute and starring Renée Zellweger, Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock and Greg Kinnear. ... Your Friends & Neighbors is a 1998 movie written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Amy Brenneman, Aaron Eckhart, Catherine Keener, Nastassja Kinski, Jason Patric, and Ben Stiller in an ensemble cast. ... In the Company of Men is a 1997 film written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Aaron Eckhart, Matt Malloy and Stacy Edwards. ... A major selling point of DVD video is that its storage capacity allows for a wide variety of extra features in addition to the feature film itself. ... . The initial letter is shown capitalized due to technical restrictions. ... Steven Andrew Soderbergh (born January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, and Oscar-winning director. ...


Theater productions

In A Dark Dark House is a play by Neil Labute. ... MCC Logo MCC Theater, previously named Manhattan Class Company is an Off-Broadway theater company located in New York City. ... Wrecks is a one-man play by Neil LaBute, that was first staged in Cork, Ireland. ... Some Girl(s) is a play written by Neil LaBute. ... MCC Logo MCC Theater, previously named Manhattan Class Company is an Off-Broadway theater company located in New York City. ... This Is How It Goes, is a play by Neil LaBute set in small town America about the repercussions of an interracial love triangle. ... Fat Pig is a play written and directed by the respected Neil Labute. ... MCC Logo MCC Theater, previously named Manhattan Class Company is an Off-Broadway theater company located in New York City. ... MCC Logo MCC Theater, previously named Manhattan Class Company is an Off-Broadway theater company located in New York City. ... Original theatrical poster for The Mercy Seat. ... MCC Logo MCC Theater, previously named Manhattan Class Company is an Off-Broadway theater company located in New York City. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... MCC Logo MCC Theater, previously named Manhattan Class Company is an Off-Broadway theater company located in New York City. ... DVD cover The Shape of Things is a play by American author and film director Neil LaBute and a 2003 American movie. ... In the Company of Men is a 1997 film written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Aaron Eckhart, Matt Malloy and Stacy Edwards. ...

External links

  • Neil LaBute at the Internet Movie Database
  • Neil LaBute on the Faber and Faber website - UK publisher of LaBute's plays, screenplays and fiction
  • Review of Labute's Seconds Of Pleasure
  • Interview with Neil LaBute from Interview Magazine Free Link
  • It's So Good To Be Bad, a Time magazine profile of LaBute published in 2005

  Results from FactBites:
 
Neil LaBute - Biography - Moviefone (578 words)
Combining intriguing moral and ethical metaphors with dark portraits of the underside of American life, writer and director Neil LaBute became one of the most controversial new filmmakers to emerge in the 1990s, offering a perspective that was intelligent and possessing a brutally clear focus.
That same year, LaBute released his third feature film, which was also his first film which he did not write -- Nurse Betty, a dark but sweet comedy about a slightly touched woman chasing her dreams after the murder of her husband, while being followed by the gunmen who did in her spouse.
LaBute's next project, Possession (2002), was another departure for him, in that it focused mainly on romance and elements of period drama.
Neil LaBute - Director (1880 words)
Neil LaBute has been praised and vilified by serious film enthusiasts since the release of his very first feature film: "In the Company of Men" (1997).
LaBute was so surprised when he won the Filmmakers Trophy at Sundance that when he arrived at the podium to accept his award, he snapped a photograph of himself.
LaBute was a member of the Church until late 2004 or early 2005, when his membership formally ended.
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