August 19, 2002 –

Here are a couple of DVD reviews. Premiere is from the US and Empire is from the UK.

Empire  – September 2002, page 132 Remote Control: The best new films out on DVD and Video The Shipping News (2001) Out:  August 5.

There is nothing sadder than a Miramax Oscar whore who fails to attract any business.  And so it is with this tepid take on E. Annie Proulx’s acclaimed novel. Spacey lobbied hard for sad-sack Quoyle, but while the character’s escapades aspire to be picaresque, the film more often feels perambulatory. In his prime, Bill Forsyth could have made several good movies from the raft of small-town eccentrics on show, but sentimentalist Lasse Hallstrom aims for one great movie and ultimately falls short.  Only the scenery makes a lasting impression. ** (Disappointing.  Caution advised.) ~ (Thanks to Stacey at the KSML)

Alrighty, we now go from Miramax Oscar whore to Miramax humanitarian director:

Premiere – September 2002, page 82. Picture of Kevin and Julianne Moore sitting at the kitchen table.

The Shipping News *** (Buena Vista Entertainment, $29.99) Kevin Spacey is quite believable as an abused puppy of man, beaten by family, lovers, employers, and life, who returns to his ancestral Newfoundland village and finds his mojo. Based on E. Annie Proulx’s novel, the movie, directed by expert Miramax humanitarian Lasse Hallström, is an entertaining yarn, populated by a host of crusty, old-salt types (Scott Glenn, Judi Dench, Pete Postlethwaite, Julianne Moore) and one salty slut (Cate Blanchett); adorned with metaphors of water and drowning; and crowned with a well-earned feeling of redemption. The DVD’s “bonus” material is forgettable, but Oliver Stapleton’s ice-blue cinematography looks stunning and Christopher Young’s aching score sounds superb. – H.K. ~

June 21, 2002 –

I was surprised that Shipping News was going for almost $25 at my local Best Buy this week. I decided to rent it for the Saturday movie chat instead and to my surprise, my Hollywood Video had a lot of copies of the DVD but only a few copies had been rented so far and the clerk who took my money wasn’t familiar with the movie and said she hadn’t heard any comments about it yet (she had just told some guy who asked that everyone who’d brought back Vanilla Sky had said it was awful).

June 15, 2002 –

The release date for the Region 2 (Europe) DVD and VHS is now December 2, 2002. Thanks to Jaye for keeping us up-to-date.

May 8, 2002 –

The Shipping News on DVD: On Region 1 – June 18, on Region 2 – November 26. Judi Dench is finally going to be on the cover of the DVD. The picture used is the poster and she’s going to be in the lower right hand corner.

March 19, 2002 –

The Shipping News continues to slooowly make the rounds in North America. If you live in Kamloops, British Columbia, your chance to see it has finally arrived! Thanks to Mona and Carol for the alert. 

March 17, 2002 –

Amazon is taking DVD pre-orders for The Shipping News which is being released in June.

March 14, 2002 –

We have a third review from a UK fan. TSN fan reviews page.

The Shipping News has gone from #14 to #9 in box office sales in the UK! It must be getting more advertising in the UK than it did in North America. Thanks Meisje.

March 11, 2002 –

According to, The Shipping News is to be released on DVD on June 18. Thanks for the tip, Carol.

Another UK fan review coming tomorrow!

March 8, 2002 –

Chris, the webmistress of the Chronology of Dame Judi Dench, where so many of our Spacey/TSN/awards-related photos have been found, has had her website mentioned in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. There’s a small article about websites for the 5 actresses nominated for Oscars this year and this was the Judi Dench site chosen. Congratulations, Chris! Thanks for sharing all the Spacey-ness with us.

March 7, 2002 –

baftat120There are some screen captures  from the BAFTAs at the Chronology of Dame Judi site. Thanks to Chris and Sandy C:

March 6, 2002 –

There’s a new fan review on the Shipping News Fan Reviews page. Our first from the UK.

March 5, 2002 –

Some great new photos of Kevin (and Judi Dench and Peter O’Toole) Thanks Chris!:

Yahoo has some pictures of Kevin at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and has added a few more. Search Kevin Spacey News Photos at Yahoo and Kevin Spacey search at Wire Image.

Don’t forget that Kevin and Dame Judi will be on Parkinson on BBC1 on March 9. BBC America is woefully behind in their shows. Maybe another 6 months?

March 4, 2002 –

More photos of Dame Judi and that Spacey guy who couldn’t keep his hands to himself at the BAFTAs (Thanks Chris and Meg).

March 1, 2002 –

From Channel 4 in the UK (thanks cd):

IN CINEMA THE SHIPPING NEWS Kevin Spacey stars in Lasse Hallström’s soggy adaptation of the E Annie Proulx bestseller. Read our review here:

Watch our interviews with Kevin Spacey, Lasse Hallström and Rhys Ifans here: Link no longer works

Watch the trailer here: Link no longer works

A couple of interesting articles from the Telegraph (Thanks Vivienne):

Numbing Down in Hollywood – The Shipping News is another Oscar-friendly audience pleaser from Lasse Hallström. Yet he admits it can’t match a low-budget film he made in Sweden 17 years ago. Interview by S F Said.

The curse of coffee table cinema – Our film critic Andrew O’Hagan signs off with a withering attack on the studio Miramax and its latest piece of cultureless mush (*um, that would be TSN, Spacey fans.)

Both links no longer work.

February 28, 2002 –

I added an article about Kevin to the TSN Articles page. Thanks Jaye.

Ouch! There’s a review at The Times (UK) of The Shipping News here that even Judi Dench won’t like. I think it’s the first I’ve seen that didn’t even like her!Beware of SPOILERS:

**Link mercifully no longer works.

Then there was this snippet I found on the same site after doing a search for Kevin Spacey. It’s about the book and the author. I removed the part of the paragraph that might give away too much of the story, if you don’t know any of it yet. I think it’s interesting in the reason it gives for Kevin’s “miscasting” as Quoyle:

And then we got The Shipping News, about clumsy, ugly, dim Quoyle,  .. (removed this part) … Kevin Spacey got the part, despite being much too handsome.

Kevin speaks! Thanks for these Spacey words at the TSN premiere, Vivienne:

About Quoyle: “You try to get into the heart of a character who is lost, who, you know, for all intents and purposes doesn’t know what their place in life is, and when I was young, when I was growing up and I was quite shy, until I found the theatre, I was more like Quoyle and I  think there’s probably a lot more people in the world like Quoyle than there are snappy-talking characters in movies.”

The Old Vic: “It’s one of the most extraordinary theatres, I think, in the world, let alone this country and it has managed, for a very long time, to sustain itself without any assistance from the government.  As the South Bank is expanding, I think the Old Vic can lead it and so, as much as I can be a magnet for that to happen, I’m absolutely delighted that we’re raising money  for it tonight.”

February 27, 2002 –

There are several more pictures from the Old Vic fundraiser at this morning. I borrowed this one above from the Dame Judi Dench Chronology site that has some nice Spacey stuff. It comes from the BBC Online article posted there. Dame Judi talks about how Kevin helped to cheer her during the filming of TSN, after the death of her husband. Thanks Chris. ~

February 26, 2002 –

Kevin Spacey brands Judi Dench a ping-pong cheat

Kevin Spacey says Bafta-winner Dame Judi Dench is a cheat when it comes to playing table tennis. The actor says Judi would try and psych him out during their regular games of ping-pong while filming The Shipping News. The film, which is set in Canada, is released in the UK this Friday March 1. In an interview with Michael Parkinson, Spacey said: “Let me tell you what she does. She tries this little act – that is, if you make a great move, and I occasionally would make a great move. She would say, “Well, if you are going to play like that I don’t want to play with you”. “She tries to psych you out – and then she does some great move and just goes, Aha!'” Kevin’s interview will be shown on Parkinson (Chatshow) on BBC1 on March 9, reports the London Evening Standard.

Thanks Jaye. BTW- I don’t know if this episode will be shown on BBC America. They are supposed to start a new season on March 3, but it may be a new season of reruns. Check your cable guide next week.

The fans who attended the Old/Vic fundraiser have all said they had a great time!

Chelsea sails in for Shipping News Chelsea Clinton has appeared as a surprise guest at the premiere of Kevin Spacey’s latest movie, The Shipping News. She was accompanied by her boyfriend Ian Klause, at the charity screening of the film which also stars Dame Judi Dench and Rhys Ifans. Miss Clinton signed autographs for members of the public who had gathered outside the premiere. The movie tells the story of a washed up journalist who returns to his native Newfoundland with his daughter to begin a new life. Dame Judi, who collected the Best Actress Bafta award on Sunday night for her performance in the film Iris, described The Shipping News, which is directed by Lasse Hallstrom, as a “beautiful movie” which had been a joy to make. Kevin Spacey, who presented an award at the Baftas ceremony, said he had decided to make this film because he fell in love with the book, which was written by E Annie Proulx. “I was very keen to play this part because it was such beautiful literature,” he said. The premiere was held at the Curzon cinema in London’s Mayfair in aid of the Old Vic Theatre Trust.


February 23, 2002 –

Lots of Spacey stuff happening in London this week Spacey fans. Kevin will attend the BAFTAs tomorrow night and will host the TSN/Old Vic fundraiser on Monday with several TV interviews scheduled over the next few weeks. The site Calendar page is hopefully up-to-date.

Entertainment Tonight will show coverage of the BAFTAs during Monday night’s show.

Entertainment Weekly March 1, 2002, page 49, tiny picture of Quoyle. Shipping News is listed as #126 of 150 movies released in 2001, in foreign and domestic ticket sales at $11.7 million.

February 20, 2002 –

Another article added to the TSN articles page. Thanks again, TUSfan.

February 19, 2002 –

I added a new/old article to the TSN articles page and a new article to the K-PAX articles page which includes references to both movies. Thanks TUSfan and Karen.

February 15, 2002 –

Spacey sighting on TV next month:

STATESIDE: The BAFTAs, Britain’s version of the Oscars, getting broadcast on E! next month, marking the first time the ceremony will be shown outside the U.K. The BAFTAs will be handed out February 24, and E! will air a two-hour international version on March 1. Thanks, Debora

February 14, 2002 –

Happy Valentine’s Day Spacey fans. Kevin *was* in Berlin for the film festival, I don’t know if he still is though. My dates are all mixed up. There were pictures of Kevin at a press conference held in Berlin, but I’m so far behind in my updates that it’s easier for me to give a link to one of the Spacey forums that has some of the pictures and other festival news such as links to interviews.

Thanks to Maddie and Marion for those links! *Once again, link no longer works. 

February 11, 2002 –

Spacey Takes Acting Break to Foster New Talent Mon Feb 11,12:38 PM ET By Clifford Coonan BERLIN (Reuters) – Kevin Spacey may have attracted the attention of the big Hollywood studios with hits like “American Beauty” and “L.A. Confidential” but the U.S. actor’s first love remains independent, low-budget cinema.   Spacey said on Monday he was taking a break from acting to concentrate on his production company, which aims to foster young talent, in the hope that he can give something back to the cult and alternative cinema circuit that made him a star. “Some of the best experiences I’ve ever had have been movies made very fast on a very low budget,” Spacey said after a screening of his latest movie “The Shipping News” at the Berlin film festival. “There is a creative juice, when you don’t have money to throw at every problem. And some extraordinary films have been made on a shoestring,” he told a news conference alongside co-stars Cate Blanchett and director Lasse Halstrom. “If I have been honored by being welcomed into this industry then it’s my honor and my responsibility to send the elevator back down.” The 42-year-old star’s roots are in independent cinema, getting his big break when he played the mysterious Kayzer Sose in Bryan Singer’s slick film noir “The Usual Suspects” in 1995.

Spacey’s production company Triggerstreet is working on a number of projects which made it difficult for him to be away on location all the time, he said. The actor, who also starred in “Swimming With Sharks,” “Seven” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” said he firmly believed it was time for him to start paying back after the breaks he had been given by other industry figures. Spacey also mentioned the late Jack Lemmon, who died last year, as one figure who encouraged him as a teenager and later gave him an important break on stage in Eugene O’Neill’s “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” when Spacey was 26. “He (Jack Lemmon) never changed his fundamental integrity and the world is a much sadder place without him.”

SEARCH FOR REDEMPTION In “The Shipping News,” adapted from E. Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer Prize- winning novel, Spacey plays Quoyle, a misfit who is forced to move with his daughter Bunny to Newfoundland in a search for redemption — classic Spacey territory. “I play people that I find interesting, complex and flawed. I hope to continue to find them,” Spacey said. The film, one of 23 vying for the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival, was shot on location in the wild landscapes of Newfoundland and also stars Julianne Moore and Judi Dench. Director Hallstrom, who also made “Chocolat,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” and “My Life as a Dog,” said it was the poetic elements in Proulx’s novel which attracted him to the script. “The novel has such a range, with drama, comedy, an element of poetry, mystery and magic,” the Swedish director said. Blanchett is barely recognizable as Quoyle’s wife Petal Bear, a busty, black-haired nymphomaniac who makes his life a misery. “I didn’t recognize Cate when she came out of the dressing room,” Spacey said. “Where did those breasts come from?” quipped Blanchett, who played the less-curvaceous blonde lead in the Berlinale’s opening film “Heaven.” Playing Quoyle was a challenge for Spacey as he is described in the book as a big, heavy man in contrast to the svelte actor. “I didn’t have time to put on the weight, I could only put on around 20 pounds. So instead we tried to describe the heaviness of what was weighing him down,” Spacey said.

Thanks devin.

February 8, 2002 –

No Kevin here however:

THE SHIPPING NEWS (15) preview screening Followed by The Script Factory: MASTERCLASS with LASSE HALLSTROM Courtesy of Buena Vista International Rush to join us for a sneak preview of the enchanting new feature from Lasse Hallstrom, THE SHIPPING NEWS, and hear its director in an in-depth conversation about bringing E. Annie Proulx Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to life. Lasse Hallstrom will be talking to broadcaster & journalist Nigel Floyd. Wednesday 13 February 2002 at 7pm Odeon Covent Garden 135 Shaftesbury Avenue London WC2 Limited tickets costing £10 (£8.50 concs.) available in advance from 0870 50 50 007 or (50p booking fee applies) Thanks Jay.

February 7, 2002 –

Interview with Kevin in the Christian Science Monitor on the TSN Articles and Interviews page. Thanks TUSfan.

February 6, 2002 –

Now I’m reading that the location for the TSN/Old Vic  London premiere will be at the Curzon Mayfair. Can anyone confirm that?

February 5, 2002 –

MALCOLM’S BALCONY by Malcolm Johnson
Kevin Spacey An Actor In Search Of Just The Right Role

Kevin Spacey has won two Academy Awards and a Tony and has starred in London and on Broadway as Hickey in Eugene O’Neill’s marathon “The Iceman Cometh.” Yet, with the arrival of “The Shipping News,” his career seems to be headed into limbo. Some observers have even blamed him for failing to give Lasse Hallström’s treatment of E. Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel the tightly coiled center it needs. Spacey came to the film, about a printer who finds a new life as a provincial columnist, as a third choice. John Travolta had dropped out, and talks with Billy Bob Thornton had fallen through. So, fresh from his Oscar win for “American Beauty,” Spacey found himself in a most prestigious yet hazardous  project.

Anyone who had read the book wondered whether he, or either Travolta or Thornton, for that matter, was right for the role of Quoyle, a bulky, clumsy, timid and self-effacing single parent seeking a new life in the chill homeland of his ancestors. Earlier in the fall, Spacey headed the cast of an offbeat science-fiction parable, “K-PAX,” using his brittle wit and sharp delivery to play an alien far smarter than the most brilliant earthlings, certainly light years ahead of the psychiatrist who becomes his confidant. Directed by Iain Softley and co-starring Jeff Bridges as the shrink, the offbeat comedy-satire won mixed reviews, even for Spacey, who brought his accomplished, sophisticated edge to the pivotal role. “K-PAX” was no flop, and in many ways, it came across as a clever variation on the idea that there are far more intelligent forces in the universe than poor man. But the feeling that Spacey was repeating himself, giving yet another caustic, cerebral characterization, fed into a different sort of discontent, the notion that the actor had unduly repressed himself in playing the humble, bumbling, unconfident Quoyle, dumped by a slutty wife and unable to hook up with a new woman (for most of the film, at least).

Spacey’s performance as Quoyle, while admirable in its control and its sense of isolation and self-doubt, raises questions about what kinds of roles he can play. With his bland visage, he is not, obviously, a romantic leading man type, and he has most often played character parts on both stage and screen. While still primarily a theater actor, he established a relationship with Jack Lemmon when he played the dissolute son of a tight-fisted actor father in Jonathan Miller’s Broadway production of O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Spacey went on to win a Tony Award for his playing of a suave gangster uncle in Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers.”

He lost the movie role to Richard Dreyfuss, but his Lemmon connection helped Spacey land a part in the film of David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Then Spacey showed his nastiest side again, in a blond wig yet, as a suburban murderer-wife swapper in Alan J. Pakula’s 1992 “Consenting Adults.”  He moved onto a new plane with his deceptive acting of the evil Verbal Kint in Bryan Singer’s 1995 “The Usual Suspects,” which brought Spacey an Oscar for best supporting actor. A surprising final turn in David Fincher’s ultra-noir “Seven,” gave further proof that Spacey could be a terrifying presence.

But it was his playing of a wised-up cop in Curtis Hanson’s much-admired treatment of James Ellroy’s “L.A. Confidential” that led to starring roles in Clint Eastwood’s failed “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and Sam Mendes’ highly successful “American Beauty,” which brought Spacey his second Academy Award. Now, though, he is no longer a character man. Yet, if he is to fall in love with Helen Hunt, he must wear scars, as in the hollow, almost ridiculous “Pay It Forward.” Clearly, a great many genres are off limits for Spacey: the Western, the swashbuckler, the light-hearted sophisticated romance. He can produce; he can direct; he can play O’Neill on the stage. But as a movie star, he requires a character who can talk, preferably with sarcasm or acid on his tongue.

February 1, 2002 –

The Shipping News slowly moves to a few other theaters today. Check your local US and Canadian papers for listings.

January 30, 2002 –

This information was sent to me today. I don’t know if any tickets are still available or not:

SCREENING/PARTY THE SHIPPING NEWS – 25th February 2002 Buena Vista/Miramax have been very generous in giving  the Premiere Screening and Party of the new film, The Shipping News, starring Kevin Spacey and Judi Dench, to The Old Vic Theatre and the theatre will be the sole beneficiary of this event. Due to filming commitments neither Kevin Spacey nor Judi Dench were able to attend the screening on 14th February so we have moved the Premiere to 25th February,  to ensure they are both in attendance. 25th February 2002 The evening starts at 7pm Cinema to be confirmed on acknowledgment of booking 9.30/9.45 Transport provided for onward transmission to Claridges for Party Party finishes at midnight. Tickets inclusive of Party – £75 Brief synopsis of the film : Based on Annie Proulx’s Prize winning novel, THE SHIPPING NEWS traces one man’s (KEVIN SPACEY) extraordinary journey to self-discovery when he returns to his ancestral home on the coast of Newfoundland. After the death of his estranged wife (CATE BLANCHETT), his fortunes begin to change when his long lost aunt (JUDI DENCH) convinces her and his daughter to head north. Once there, in a place where life is as rough as the weather and secrets are as vast as the ocean, he lands a job as a rep orter for the local paper. SCOTT GLENN, PETE POSTLETHWAITE and RHYS IFANS round out the staff of local newspaper ‘The Gammy Bird’. In the course of his new career, he begins to discover some dark family mysteries and finds friendship and love with a single mother (JULIANNE MOORE) who has a secret of her own. Should you wish to reserve tickets please send your cheque (made payable to The Shipping News Charity Premiere) together with your full name, address and  phone number indicating the number of tickets you require to Gabby Taranowski The Shipping News Premiere Office 100A Strawberry Vale Twickenham TW1 4SH **

Kevin will be attending the Berlin Film Festival at some point during the week of February 6 – 17.

No SAG nomination for Kevin for The Shipping News, but Judi Dench was nominated for her supporting role. Thanks to Debi.

January 29, 2002 –

The date for the TSN/OLD VIC charity premiere has been changed to February 25th. I wonder if this is so Kevin (and possible Judi Dench) can attend the BAFTAS and the premiere?

Congratulations to Kevin and Judi Dench for their BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nominations for The Shipping News. BAFTAs are to be held on February 24th.

January 25, 2002 –

Kevin will be attending a special premiere showing of TSN in London on February 14th. This is a fundraiser for the Old Vic theater.

January 22, 2002 –

From New York Magazine, December 17, 2001. An interview with Lasse Hallstrom included these words from Kevin:

Kevin Spacey remembers a particular scene that Hallström, with uncharacteristic bluntness, made him reshoot. “Quoyle, my character, is a man without malice or irony or glibness,” he says. “But I thought, in this scene, that there was a bit of an opportunity to show a little backbone, where Quoyle al-most” — he deliberately draws out the word — “confronts his aunt. So I came in with what I thought was the most minimal approach. I mean, I did nothing. And Lasse came up to me with this little frown and said, ‘Oh, so aggressive!’ And I said, ‘What? This — this is aggressive?’ And he said, ‘Oh, yes, this is all wrong. Who is this? This is not Quoyle! Maybe later you can do this.’ ”

Spacey sighs. “So I squashed my spine and removed my nuts and approached the scene with even less,” he says. “So much less that I was convinced nothing registered. And Lasse seemed quite pleased.”

Some time went by. Spacey waited patiently for his big scene, where he’d finally get to show some resolve, some fire, maybe a flared nostril.

“I thought, When do I get to show this quality? At what point in the film? We only had like a week of shooting left. So I asked Lasse. You know what he said? ‘Your next movie.’ ”

Magazine included a small picture of Kevin and Judi Dench.

Thanks TUSfan and Jennifer. ~

I added a short interview with TV Guide to the TSN Articles page. Thanks for that as well, TUSfan. I also added an article about the Golden Globe parties from USA Today which has been causing some talk around the Spacey places due to a comment about Kevin and his quick middle fingers. ~

We have 2 new fan reviews on the TSN fan reviews page. One of the reviews was partially posted on the LA Times online site. Kevin’s fans speak out in support of his movie! Thanks Tricia and Allison.

January 21, 2002 –

Kevin was not successful in his attempt to win his first Golden Globe last night, but that’s ok. It’s ok because he has something bigger than awards. He has fans who care enough to vote on his “get along”  and his hair and his nervous twitching. Can Russell Crowe claim that for himself? I think not! It’s all for Kevin Spacey.

January 19, 2002 –

“Kevin Spacey, that devil, is taking credit for the pregnancies of Julianne Moore and Cate Blanchett. It’s not what you’re thinking. He says that offering his Shipping News co-stars rides on his quad bike during the shoot did the trick. Blanchett had a son in December, and Moore is due to deliver soon. Spacey was a bit disappointed that the bike ride didn’t have the same effect on 67 year-old Judi Dench. “I did make her laugh, though,” he says. – Minneapolis Herald Tribune ~

We’ll know who to call when Dame Judi makes a shocking announcement, won’t we??

So .. several press reports about the new movies released this week have said that the reason Shipping News only went wide to an amazing large number of 450 theaters instead of more than 1200, was that it wasn’t performing as hoped in the 300 theaters it’s been in since Christmas.

I have a wild and crazy idea! Why not release it into 1200 theaters near where people live! And then go a step further and show commercials for it!

Here’s an actual critic’s review by a man who thought the movie was worthy of people’s time : Andrew Sarris on the TSN Reviews page.

Thanks, Chris.

January 18, 2002 –

So, here it is the 18th and I don’t see a wide release of Shipping News. In fact, all I saw was an ad in the weekend section of the paper with no new theaters added. Maybe someone should call Miramax and tell them that wide release means the movie is supposed to be released to theaters in a wide area. Such as say, the US or Canada? I’d boycott Miramax if I could think of another movie they have out right now. ~

January 15, 2002 –

Tonight on E! Golden Globes Male Movie Actors nominees. 10pm EST. Repeats tomorrow at 9am and 7pm, both times EST. 1hour. Kevin’s one of the nominees, ya know! ~

Fan Reviews There’s a new fan review on the fan reviews page.

Ramblings The movie is to be released “wide” on Friday but I keep reading that it’s not going very wide after all. Is this true? What’s going on here? How long can they keep this thing in limited release? One of our devoted Spacey fans from the north says that the movie was to be shown near her in Canada but has now been pulled by the distributor. I thought this movie was supposed to be Miramax’s big Oscar push for this year. Where are the ads and commercials? I have seen one, yes ONE commercial since I saw it locally 2 weeks ago and the print ad is very small and they only seem to be advertising it on the weekends for the most part. It has been playing at very few theaters in these parts and while many people have reported seeing it at very artsy theaters that usually play obscure indy films, it was playing at a large mall-based multiplex near me and even though the theater was tiny, there was a good sized crowd for a matinee. What gives? I don’t like seeing Kevin’s movie getting less press than Freddy Got Fingered.

January 11, 2002 –

Reuters – Friday January 11 7:55 AM ET Crowe Adds ‘Beautiful’ Touch to Berlin Fest By Adam Dawtrey LONDON (Variety) – The star wattage at this year’s 52nd Berlin Film Festival has risen several notches with the news that Russell Crowe is flying in to support his latest film, “A Beautiful Mind.” Crowe, director Ron Howard and possibly co-star Jennifer Connelly are expected to attend the fest Feb. 12 for an out-of-competition screening of the picture. Other stars likely to attend include Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet and Judi Dench. High-profile international titles scheduled to unspool include “The Shipping News,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Iris” and “Gosford Park.” The festival opens Feb. 6 with the world premiere of Tom Tykwer’s “Heaven,” starring Cate Blanchett, and closes Feb. 17.

January 10, 2002 –

I added some scans of ads to the TSN pics page. The full ads wouldn’t fit in my scanner so I just made sure the important part did .. that would be Kevin.

January 8, 2002 –

I added a few more articles to the TSN articles page. Plus I added a few pictures from American Cinematographer to the TSN photographs page.

January 7, 2002 –

I’ll add the behind-the-scenes-photos from the January 2002 issue of American Cinematographer as I have time to scan them. There are some very nice shots of Kevin as well as a partial page awards ad for Best Cinematography included with that article.

There’s an article about The Shipping News in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly along with a not-very-good review of the movie. The writer took a small swipe at Kevin at the end of the review. It’s on the TSN Reviews page. January 11, 2002 issue.

I’ve still got plenty of room for fan reviews of The Shipping News if anyone wants to take a stab at it.

January 5, 2002 –

Dame Judi and The Shipping News: This site has some great Shipping News pictures and some audio clips of some of Kevin’s recent stories of Judi Dench on his TV appearances:  The Unofficial Chronology of Dame Judi Dench’s Career (Thanks Chris).

Reviews that tell too much, in today’s paper:

There was a letter to the editor of the Washington Post that complained of a Shipping News review that gave away too much information. I put the review and the letter on the Critics Review page. Beware of SPOILER!

I finally saw The Shipping News yesterday.  It was in a very small theater in a large multi-plex. Smallest theater I’ve ever been in. For now I’ll say I enjoyed it and that the version I saw had the added narration, no kiss on the rocks and came in at almost exactly 2 hours.

**The movie was playing in such a small theater that we were in row 12 I think, and we were at the back of the theater. I swear we were so close to the screen we could see up Kevin’s nose. We also heard his knees pop once when he stood up.

The wide release date has been changed to January 18 and I hope when it does finally get to all the theaters that it’s in the same version I saw because of reports from other fans that they’re seeing a different version in some places and quite frankly, I don’t like the idea that they’re possibly testing this thing on us without saying so up front. If this isn’t the movie that’s going wide in 2 weeks, I’ll wait until home video to see it again.

January 1, 2002 –

BBC America – Talking Movies  TSN is reviewed on this show this morning. Bad review and Kevin doesn’t come off very well, but there are many clips of Quoyle and we get to see him being interviewed. He’s doing something new to his hair. I can’t tell if it’s gel or mousse, but his hair looks fuller and slightly higher. I saw this during the 6:30am show this morning. Check the calendar page and your local listings for other times today. I am guessing they repeat the same show during the day.

December 31, 2001 –

Spacey Doesn’t Want to Hear OSCAR Buzz – new article 

Kevin talks about Oscar buzz, David Gale and Shipping News. Thanks, TUSfan.

December 30, 2001 –

Spacey TV – Kevin’s going to be on TV several times this week advertising The Shipping News, check out the Calendar page for shows and dates.

The Shipping News in paperback – Shipping News has been re-released in a new paperback form with the movie poster as the cover. About $8 US.

December 27, 2001 –

We have our first fan review.

There seem to be 2 different versions of the movie being shown at the moment. One of the fans reported seeing it in California on Christmas Day and said the kissing scene on the rocks which was supposed to have been removed was still there *and* she was asked to fill out a comments card after the film was over. Another California fan (in a different area) has reported seeing that same version, but other fans have said it was not in the movie they saw the same day in other places in the country.

So, is the movie currently being test-marketed with more changes to possibly come with the January 11 release? And if that’s the case, how can it be eligible for awards if the movie that has been screened by nominating committees is not the one which may ultimately be released? I thought the movie was in limited release, not being test-marketed on the ticket buying public. I won’t be seeing it until Monday. So far the critics have been widely mixed in their reactions.

I got the poster for Christmas and it’s even more striking in person, even if it still doesn’t appear to have anything to do with the movie, except for Cate Blanchett’s picture. I guess they didn’t want a “lumpen” Kevin Spacey on their poster.

December 26, 2001 –

I have added critics reviews from The Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, and the New York Times to the reviews page. Click on map link above.

December 21, 2001 –

I scanned the new ad in the Variety dated Dec.17-23, special awards supplement. It’s on the TSN pictures page, but since it’s larger than my scanner, it’s a not-quite- the-whole-thing version.

December 20, 2001 –

Kevin has been nominated for a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of Quoyle in The Shipping News. I’d offer congratulations, but I know how much you hate this type of thing, Kevin. Right? The score also won a nomination and I’ll find out the man’s name and post it later.


New pictures from the New York City premiere. Do a Kevin Spacey search.

I added a few to the TSN pics page, but still need to add the picture of Kevin and his mom, plus a few others.


Check your local papers for TSN showings in your area starting on Christmas Day. The Howard County Times (a Maryland paper) started having ads for movies after K-PAX came out, and today there is an ad for Shipping News that says the movie is opening in Baltimore on Christmas Day at The Charles, on N. Charles St. That’s the same theater that held the American Beauty free screenings a few years ago if I’m not mistaken. I don’t know which other theaters may be having the “exclusive engagement.” Hopefully a theater a bit closer! BTW- That ad is on page 40 of the December 20 issue of the paper. The ad is b/w and is about 3×5.

December 18, 2001 –

Interview with Kevin on the Entertainment Tonight website.

There are pictures at this morning but so far no pictures have been posted at Corbis. I put a few pictures on the TSN photos page. Unfortunately, they can’t be enlarged.

I finally saw a commercial for the movie on a local station last night. It was different from the trailer we’ve seen. It was a faster paced commercial with music with a harder edge than what we’ve heard.

December 17, 2001 –

Now that the premiere arrivals are over and it’s too late for anyone to go, does anyone know where they held the premiere? I hope some of you area fans managed to track it down in time. I’m sorry I couldn’t be of some help. There are bound to be pictures at and Corbis by morning. says the wide release date of Shipping News is now January 11, but there may be more markets added to the December 25 release date so check your area next week to see if you’re getting the movie early.

December 16, 2001 –

Add this to your Spacey TV schedule:

*Just added: Conan O’Brien, January 3 on NBC.

The Making of The Shipping News will air on Bravo next Saturday, December  22. Check your listing for the correct time in your area. I have found 2:00-2:30pm EST on my cable guide. Thanks for the information Vicki!

Kevin is going to be doing TV press for The Shipping News starting this week. Here’s the schedule: December

You might want to tape the host chat segment on Regis and Kelly on Friday too, in case Kevin’s interview is used for the trivia question.

Has the release date been put off for a week? One reviewer of the movie said it’s opening on January 11, instead of January 4.

I never did get any confirmation about time, date and location of the NYC premiere. Sorry New York area Spacey fans. Maybe you’ll have better luck than I did. It seems to be some kind of secret!

December 15, 2001 –

Finally! Official TSN site is open and is supposed to have loads of stuff to see. Thanks, Vicki.

Variety ad The current issue of Variety (the large copy, not the small one) dated December 10-16, 2001 with Will Smith on the cover in ALI, has the TSN ad with Kevin on it. It’s the ad that shows Quoyle looking up in the air. It’s b/w and has the names of all the people the studio is suggesting for nominations. Page  4. No time to scan today. I’ll try to post that picture tomorrow.

December 14, 2001 –

The director says the NY premiere is on Monday, but doesn’t say where. I guess the only way fans are going to know where it is, is if they see a big crowd standing around somewhere and see the glare shining off of Kevin’s bald spot like a klieg light.

Friday December 14 4:05 AM ET Miramax, Hallstrom snipping “Shipping” By Dade Hayes and Jonathan Bing HOLLYWOOD (Variety) – Oh, the weather outside is frightful … but that’s nothing compared with December stress in the editing suite. Miramax is one company experiencing the release-date rush with its Oscar hopeful “The Shipping News.” Thanks to their famously fastidious directors, “Ali” and “The Majestic” are two other white-knuckle titles. “Shipping” helmer Lasse Hallstrom, accompanied by studio co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, took the unusual step of trimming nearly five minutes of the picture after it had premiered in L.A. and had been screened for many critics. One revealing sight at last Sunday’s L.A. premiere was the presence of Miramax’s head of post-production. Just as the film was heading into the home stretch, Hallstrom was hospitalized with heart palpitations. Promotion schedules can certainly be tough on the ticker, and Hallstom already has had to cancel appearances at a three-day tribute to his work at L.A.’s American Cinematheque. (Who, then, will explain the nuances of “Abba: The Movie?”) “Shipping News,” Hallstrom’s third Miramax outing in as many years, was shot in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. When filming stretched into July, the filmmakers faced a post-production crunch. “I just put my final finishing touches on the film,” Hallstrom said Thursday in a statement. “My fine-tuning wasn’t completed during the accelerated post-production process and was delayed by my recent illness. The film will be ready before Monday’s New York premiere.” (The location and time are on the QT and very hush-hush. I hope someone tells Kevin where to go.) Both “Shipping News” and “Ali” open Dec. 25, while “The Majestic” opens Dec. 21. One lingering issue is review prints, which were shipped out last week, meaning many critics will review the not-quite-final cut. It is unclear whether Hallstrom or Miramax will entreat critics to sample the leaner version — though alternate prints are always a nifty extra once a pic hits DVD. Reuters/Variety REUTERS

December 13, 2001 –

Tues Dec.18th 8:30pm Broadway Screening Room 1619 Broadway, 5th floor

This would be after Kevin appears at his Letterman taping. Thanks RJ. *One of our NYC fans tells me this is a very small and unassuming place and not her idea of a premiere location. We shall just have to wait and see.

Now our NYC expert is telling me that she thinks this date may just be a screening, not the premiere, so ..

For years now I’ve been hearing rumors that Kevin has “people” who troll the Internet looking for people to sue, so if that’s the case, perhaps one of those “people” could find out when and if there’s a premiere and confirm if it is in some unknown place on Monday or is to be at this screening room on Broadway on Tuesday? Kevin’s New York area fans would like to try and catch a glimpse of him.

December 12, 2001 –

Keep an eye out at local theaters for sneak peeks of Shipping News. There’s supposed to be one in Columbus, Ohio but I don’t know where or when. There may be one near you.

NORTEL NETWORKS PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO UNWRAP 2002 LINE-UP AT ADVANCE SCREENING OF “THE SHIPPING NEWS” PALM SPRINGS, CA (December 11, 2001) ‘- ‘Tis the season for giving and this Thursday the 13th Annual Nortel Networks Palm Springs International Film Festival will be unwrapping its biggest gift, the announcement of films at this year’s festival. The film announcement will take place on Thursday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. DURING A SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENING OF “THE SHIPPING NEWS” AT THE FESTIVAL OF ARTS CINEMA. This screening of “The Shipping News” is the only public screening held prior to its national theatrical release in late December. Tickets are available at the Festival of Arts Cinema box office for $10.

December 11, 2001 –

According to the Halifax Daily News (and roving Spacey reporter Lisa of Halifax), Shipping News will open on December 25 at the Oxford Cinema in Halifax.

Which cast members are supposed to be at this cast party after the St. John’s special screening tomorrow? :

Shipping News keepsake warms – Newfoundland company knits 412 sweaters

December 10, 2001 –

There are pictures of Kevin at the Shipping News premiere in LA last night, on and Yahoo news. Do a Kevin Spacey search at Wire Image and it will bring up all of his shots before the other actors’ pictures. There were many photos taken of the other actors in the film apparently. Go figure.

Kevin appears to have brought his own candy to the movie. He must not want to pay the high prices at the concession stand either. Someone get him some M&Ms and Twizzlers before the NYC premiere.

December 9, 2001 –

Let us know if anyone saw Kevin at the Shipping News premiere tonight.

December 8, 2001 –

TSNPremiereAdJan02The picture to the right is the full page ad on page 75 of the January issue of Premiere. This is also the poster being sold on ebay.

The tag line of the movie is “Look beneath the surface.” I guess that means look closer. Where have I heard that before? * I’m getting loopy. The tag is “Dive” beneath the surface, not “Look.” Doesn’t sound much better to me that way.

There are other Spacey related mentions in Premiere this month. On page 16 there is brief synopsis of the movie. That’s in the preview section. And on pages 48 and 49, Libby Gelman-Waxner (my favorite Premiere writer) once again showcases Kevin in her column, If You Ask Me. The Spacey part is on the K-PAX News page since it’s about K-PAX. Includes a small caricature.

December 7, 2001 –

Premiere There’s an ad for TSN in the new issue of Premiere. I haven’t received my subscription copy yet so don’t know what it looks like or what page it’s on, but as soon as I have the magazine I’ll scan the ad.

The Halifax Daily News “Speed Read” Friday, December 7, 2001 Shipping News in Nfld.

The first Canadian screening of The Shipping News, a Hollywood film with a
star-studded cast, will be shown in Newfoundland.

The film, partly shot in Newfoundland and Halifax earlier this year, will screen at a special fund-raising event in St. John’s on Wednesday, just three days after its Los Angeles debut.

The Shipping News is based on Annie Proulx’s best-selling book, an endearing story of 36-year-old Quoyle, a born loser who gives up on life in the U.S. and returns with his two young children Bunny and Sunshine to his ancestral homeland of Newfoundland seeking redemption and a better life.

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, the movie includes stars Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Dame Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett.

Producer Linda Goldstein Knowlton will be in St. John’s for the event. Without Goldstein Knowlton and a group of businesspeople from the province, Newfoundland might have had to wait for the wider theatrical release of the film in January.

Over the course of filming in the Trinity, Nfld. area, John Fisher, owner of a local bed and breakfast, got to know many of the cast and crew, several of whom stayed at his Fisher’s Loft Inn. Fisher said he was upset when he heard premiere screenings were planned for Toronto and New York but not Newfoundland.

“Because it had been a hugely successful shoot here with a lot of good relationships formed and all the Hollywood stereotypes falling to the ground, I just assumed there would be something big to celebrate this at the end of the day in Newfoundland,” Fisher said. “The next thing I found out was that it was simply going to be released here as a preview, just like any other previews, I was stunned. I couldn’t believe it.”

The Shipping News is due for release in select cities across North America n Christmas Day, with wider theatrical release to follow in January.–CP

December 6, 2001 –

Time and location of the L.A. premiere (Thanks, David):

Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 pm. Mann’s National Theatre 10925 Lindbrook Drive Los Angeles, CA 90024


Dear Miramax publicity people,

There is a low grumbling in the Spacey online fan world about the lack of information being released about The Shipping News. No official web site. Virtually no information on premieres. We had quite a bit of info about Universal’s K-PAX release. We were hoping for the same for Shipping News.

December 5, 2001 –

Time to start watching for Spacey TV interviews for TSN. He’s scheduled to be on Letterman on Tuesday, December 18. I’d check the other New York City based talk shows for that week.

And this just in from a Jason Behr fan:

The Premiere of THE SHIPPING NEWS will take place in both New York and Los Angeles, and Jason is looking forward to the reaction to the film from his fans and the audiences that see it.

The Los Angeles Premiere will take place in Westwood on Sunday, December 9th. The New York Premiere is slated for Monday, December 17th.

Thank you very much Vicki.

December 4, 2001 –

Still no official web site open for The Shipping News. The premiere is supposed to be in 5 days in LA. Anyone know where and when?

December 3, 2001 –

Poster  People are selling a new Shipping News poster on eBay. It’s visually striking but what does it have to do with the movie? It has block photos of Kevin (not looking like Quoyle), Julianne Moore (looking glamorous instead of like her character), and instead of Judi Dench there’s a picture of Cate Blanchett looking like Petal. Are they going to advertise the movie as some sort of love triangle? That wasn’t the book’s story. Have they completely changed the angle of the story for the film or is this one of those times when the poster doesn’t really have anything to do with the movie, they just want the stars pictures on it? But if that’s the case, where’s the lovely Dame Judi? Inquiring Spacey minds want to know.

November 25, 2001 –

The Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance will be hosting a screening of The Shipping News on Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at 7:00pm. A Q&A with director Lasse Hallström will follow the screening. Tickets are $6.00 Members; $7.00 General Public. Tickets may be purchased in advance with your credit card by calling (310)772-2452.

November 10, 2001 –

I’ve added the new Premiere article. There are some plot spoilers in the article, so be warned if you’re trying to avoid that kind of thing.

November 9, 2001 –

Entertainment Weekly – November 16, 2001 issue, Lord Of The Rings on the cover. New picture of Kevin as Quoyle on page 83 in a section about possible Best Actor Oscar nominees. EW says that “It’s conceivable that former winner Kevin Spacey will receive pushes for both K-PAX and the more Oscar-friendly Shipping News.” *I just discovered another TSN photo on page 86. I’ve added it to the photos page.

November 8, 2001 –

Premiere – December 2001 issue, Will Smith on the cover. Article on page 78 with pictures of Kevin, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, and a few behind the scenes photos with Kevin. Two more pictures on the TSN photos page. I’ll add the article in a few days.

Full trailer in QuickTime. The one shown on Access Hollywood. Go to Portraits of an Enigma for link. Thanks Bonnie.

October 26, 2001

Shipping News piece on tonight’s Access Hollywood! Thanks for the tip, Kat.

October 25, 2001

Here’s an entertaining story about someone trying to get the scoop on the Shipping News when they were filming in Canada: screen%20pdf%20files/shipping%20news.pdf

It takes a while to load and you need the Acrobat plug-in. Thanks, Vicki.

**Link no longer works. I’ll try to find more info

October 23, 2001 Kevin Spacey: Oscar Bound? Tuesday, October 23, 2001 When ballots go out to Oscar voters early next year, Kevin Spacey could be competing with himself for a best actor nod. As the is-he-or-ain’t-he-an-alien Prot in K-PAX (opening Friday), Spacey shows off more of his all-too-familiar tics and quirks. The two-time Oscar winner — for American Beauty and The Usual Suspects — tells TV Guide Online: “I like characters that aren’t perfect. To me, flaws are what make us human.” However, it’s The Shipping News — opening Christmas Day — where we’ll see Spacey like we’ve never seen him. He plays an emotionally crumpled man without an ironic or flip bone in his body. “That’s probably the least abnormal character I’ll play,” he admits. Word is, Miramax feels bullish enough about his performance to gear up for an aggressive Oscar campaign. The actor credits News director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules) for his understated performance. “Lasse would come up to me and say, ‘This is so aggressive. It was too strong,'” Spacey reveals. “So I would go back to the set and squash my spine and do absolutely nothing. I was slightly lost, but he seemed pleased.” Spacey acknowledges that his star power intimidates some directors, but Hallström clearly knew how to get what he wanted. “I’m at my best when I’m directed,” he muses. “I want to be an actor who serves the material. When I’m left on my own, I don’t think I’m as good an editor about what’s appropriate or right. I really like it when I have a strong, decisive director.” Still, Spacey couldn’t resist trying to add some backbone to his News character. As he wryly recalls, a diligent Hallström placated him on that point with promises of “Later, later. It’ll come later.” As filming neared its end, a concerned Spacey approached the director, asking: “When you said, ‘Later,’ when did you mean?” At this, Hallström replied: “Oh, I think in your next movie.” — Damon Romine

Thanks for all the updates Stacey.

October 19, 2001

Here’s a new *positive* review of The Shipping News from the Coming Attractions site. (Thanks, Susan). Go to the new TSN Reviews page.

October 15, 2001

I have added a new page to the TSN section. It’s for reviews when they start coming in. I have one review from an advance screening so far. From what I can tell, Kevin either cut the guy off in traffic one day or maybe Kevin tried to get through the 10 items or less lane with 11 items and it made this guy mad.

October 2, 2001

The trailer for “The Shipping News” is airing on E!’s Coming Attractions, this week.  The program airs several times during the week.  Please check your local listings for air times or the website’s online schedule.

 September 19, 2001

Movieline, October 2001 issue, page 72, familiar shot of Kevin and Julianne Moore

Oscar Bait – The Shipping News

This literary Oscar bait, a dangerous genre that has recently yielded megaduds like Angela’s Ashes and Snow Falling on Cedars, is an adaptation of E. Annie Proulx’s 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a mediocre newspaper journalist who, following the death of his nightmarish wife, rediscovers himself when he moves back to the small Newfoundland fishing village where his family originated. Does this sound like a terrific vehicle for the big on-screen marital get-together of John Travolta and Kelly Preston? No, it sure doesn’t, and it wouldn’t be Oscar bait now if the glamorous duo had been permanently attached to this project. But the fates put The Shipping News through lots of changes. Now the film is crammed with actors who are no strangers to gold. Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Kevin Spacey plays the emotionally wounded main character. Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Judi Dench plays his aunt. Best Actress Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett plays the wife who almost ruined him. Two-time Best Actress Oscar nominee Julianne Moore plays the woman who helps to change his life. The director is Lasse Hallström, who’s made the Oscar bait projects My Life as a Dog, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Cider House Rules and Chocolat. Oscar winner Ron Bass did the basic adaptation, with layers of help from several other scribes, but a big rewrite was done by Oscar-nominated Chocolat adaptor Robert Nelson Jacobs. Like Gangs of New York, The Shipping News is a Miramax movie, and if it’s good enough, it’ll have Harvey gunning for gold with both barrels loaded.

Thanks for this tip Vicki!

The Shipping News

Release Date: December 25, 2001
Studio: Miramax Films
Director: Lasse Hallström
Screenwriter: Robert Nelson Jacobs
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Jason Behr, John Dunsworth, Scott Glenn, Rhys Ifans, Katherine Moennig, Gordon Pinsent, Pete Postlethwaite
Genre: Drama MPAA Rating: Not available Official Website: Not available Review: Not available DVD/VHS: Not available Movie Poster: Not available
Plot Summary: Based on E. Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, the story traces one man’s (Spacey) extraordinary journey to self-discovery when he returns to his ancestral home on the coast of Newfoundland. After the death of his estranged wife (Blanchett), his fortunes begin to change when his long lost Aunt (Dench) convinces he and his daughter to head north. Now, in a place where life is as rough as the weather and secrets are as vast as the ocean, he lands a job as a reporter for a local paper. In the course of his new career, he begins to discover some dark family mysteries and finds friendship and love with a single mother (Moore) who has a secret of her own.

September 9, 2001 

The Washington Post, Sunday Arts section, page 12

There’s a small color picture of Kevin and Julianne Moore in the top left hand corner of the newspaper. We’ve seen the picture before. Kevin in knit cap pointing to something. I believe that’s on the TSN photos page.

We’re Off To See the Wizards! Rowling’s ‘Potter,’ Tolkien’s ‘Ring’ Are Among Fall Menu’s Ambitious Offerings

By Rita Kempley Washington Post Staff writer

Miramax makes its annual bid for gold with “The Shipping News,” directed by frequent Oscar nominee Lasse Hallstrom (“Chocolat,” “The Cider House Rules”). The studio is high on the adaptation — which, of course, is its job- — of E. Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The proven players include Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench.

September 7, 2001 

Avoid Hollywood North  Halifax Daily News article in  TSN articles section.

Entertainment Weekly, Fall Movie Preview issue, August 24/31, 2001.

Written by: Robert Nelson Jacobs  Directed by: Lasse Hallstrom The Pitch: “A newspaperman’s journey to find love and happiness upon returning to his ancestral home.” – Hallstrom. If they build it, will Oscar come – for the 10th year in a row? There’s never any real mystery as to whether Miramax will be back at the big dance, but just to be sure, the studio has gift wrapped a prestige-heavy package and marked it for delivery to the Kodak Theatre next spring. Miramax’s tried-and-true strategy? Proven talent. And lots of it.

First, the studio grabbed the rights to Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1993 novel, which had been in development at Sony before it even hit bookstores. Next it locked in literary-adaptation specialist and reigning Miramax MVP Hallstrom (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules) – whose movies have earned 14 Oscar nominations in the past 10 years – to direct. Sweetening the off-screen ensemble was Jacobs, Chocolat’s Oscar-nominated screenwriter. Then Hallstrom went to work.

After landing Spacey to star as adrift journalist and single father Quoyle (a role that had once interested previous Academy Award nominees John Travolta and Billy Bob Thornton), the Swedish director strolled over to Dench’s trailer on the set of Chocolat. “I wanted to work with Lasse again,” the actress says of her decision to sign on as Quoyle’s crotchety Aunt Agnis. “And the script said she was ‘tall, rawboned, and 60,’ so that was good enough for me.”

As for Moore? “ I got a phone message actually. (In Swedish-chef voice) ‘Huellooo? This is Lassuh Hallstrom! Please to be in my movie! I need you to play Wavey in The Shipping News. Then, just, click,” she laughs. “And the next message was from Kevin. ‘I don’t think you have the offer officially, but oh yeah, hey it’s, uh, Kevin Spacey. Anyway, call me. I need you to do The Shipping News.”

Yeesh, if it’s that easy, we’ve got a script too, Julianne. (Opening December 25)

August 27, 2001USA Today Online

MOVIES Spacey savors ‘Shipping News’ role For Kevin Spacey, a good role is worth the wait. The Oscar-winning performer read E. Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News some six years ago and loved it. When he heard the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was being turned into a movie, he told his manager he wanted to do it. ”I was told it was a John Travolta movie,” says Spacey about the drama, which is due at Christmas. Travolta dropped out of the project, but then Billy Bob Thornton flirted with the coveted role of Quoyle, an emotionally scarred father of two who moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life. By the time Thornton dropped out, Spacey had become a bona fide box office draw, thanks to American Beauty. ”Six years ago, they wouldn’t have thought of me,” Spacey says. ”Not only would I have not been able to knock on the door, but I don’t even think I would have known where the door was.” When he got the role, he was thrilled with the director — Lasse Hallstrom, a two-time Oscar nominee for The Cider House Rules and My Life as a Dog. ”It is a hard book to make into a movie, but (Hallstrom and) the writers figured out how to truncate the story while still having an energy,” he says. Spacey still marvels that he got the part. ”It was a bit of a dream for me,” he says. ”It just goes to show you, no actor ever owns a role.” — Josh Chetwynd

© Copyright 2001 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. ~

August 18, 2001

Entertainment Weekly, Fall Movie Preview issue, August 24/31, 2001.

There’s a half-page picture of Kevin and Julianne Moore (above photo) and a half-page description of the movie on page 76. Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz on the cover. I’m already getting tired of seeing *them* everywhere. Couldn’t they have put Kevin on the cover? He has 2 movies coming out in the next 4 months!

Kevin’s hair in TSN – Kevin’s reddish/orange Quoyle hair has so far only received 4 votes in my “How do we like Kevin’s hair?” poll. I wonder if it could be digitally changed to something more flattering to Kevin. Possibly a darker red. Maybe a deep auburn. Something that doesn’t make him look like he’s Julianne Moore’s brother.

August 9, 2001

THE SHIPPING NEWS Starring:  Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, and Judi Dench; directed by Lasse Halstrom (Miramax, December 25) This adaptation of E. Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows the travails of Quoyle (Spacey), an insecure newspaperman who, after the death of his manipulative wife (Blanchett), mends his fractured life by moving with his daughter from upstate New York to Newfoundland.  In that remote spot, Quoyle finds a new love interest (Moore), a woman “who apparently has nothing to hide but does have a big secret,” Moore says. “It’s been a curious journey playing a character who just sort of responds,” says two-time Oscar winner Spacey.  However, he adds, “we’ve had some pretty incredible actors for me to respond to, so the experience has been really rich.” Director Hallstrom (CHOCOLAT) insisted that the film be shot in Newfoundland, which proved problematic. “They joke that they have four seasons: fall, winter, misery and summer,” says Spacey, who put on about 25 pounds for the role. “We were right in the heart of misery. It snowed on May 24th.” But that’s just a walk on the beach for the Swedish director.  “Compared to what I’m used to,” Hallstrom says, “this is the Bahamas.” Staying Afloat: The *really* rough seas were weathered behind the scenes. Hallstrom signed on four years ago for Sony, then dropped out to make THE CIDER HOUSE RULES for Miramax.  John Travolta planned to star with wife Kelly Preston, under director Fred Schepisi (ROXANNE), but by mid-1999, all three had jumped ship. Billy Bob Thornton discussed coming aboard to act and direct, with Meg Ryan as a possible costar.  Six months later he left and Hallstrom returned, with Spacey in tow.  The trouble was, the director owed Miramax another film; Sony agreed at first to share the project with the New York-based indie, then last August sold it outright to Miramax, which steered it into safe harbor.

The Premiere magazine text for K-PAX and The Shipping News is courtesy of Stacey at the KSML. Thank you very much, Stacey!

August 8, 2001

Premiere magazine, September 2001 The Shipping News is one of the movies listed in Premiere’s Fall Preview section. Pages 63 and 64. One new picture, above, and it has a few quotes by Kevin. I’ll put them in later this evening. One interesting bit is that Kevin told a reporter from the Halifax Herald that he didn’t really have to put on any weight to portray Quoyle, but Premiere says it was 25 pounds.

Caption under above photo is this:

Shipping and Handling: Morose newspaperman Kevin Spacey finds warmth in chilly Newfoundland with Julianne Moore.

July 27, 2001

No new Shipping News news to report.

July 13, 2001

I added Kevin’s red/orange Quoyle hair to the Spacey hair poll choices. If you like the color, you can vote for it now.


July 10, 2001

Several days ago, Kevin attended a memorial service for British actor Michael Williams, husband of his Shipping News co-star Dame Judi Dench. You can find the list of attendees and a short article about the service on the TSN articles page.

Photos (Thanks, Meg):

Fan Flies High After Lunch with Spacey
By Andrea Nemetz Entertainment Reporter The Sunday Herald, July 1, 2001

Jennifer Comeau hasn’t been able to wipe the grin off her face. On June 7, the 19-year-old University of King’s College student had lunch with Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and made small talk with Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett. Comeau’s chance to meet the stars of the recently wrapped film The Shipping News came when she won a contest benefiting the IWK Children’s Health Centre. Comeau’s mother, Pat, purchased the $10 ticket at a bank, knowing her daughter’s love of the 41-year-old actor who plays Quoyle in The Shipping News. Comeau learned she won about a week before the big day. “They did the draw on BT and my mom’s friend called and woke me up.” A Dartmouth High graduate who took journalism last year at King’s College but plans to switch to sociology, Comeau said she was not really nervous about meeting the star of American Beauty and The Usual Suspects. “I was more excited than nervous because I heard he was a really nice, easy-going guy.” She arrived on the South Bland Street set at about noon and was quickly introduced to Spacey, director Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat, My Life As  A Dog) and Blanchett (Elizabeth). “Kevin Spacey looks exactly how he looks in the movies, like he just stepped out of American Beauty. Cate Blanchett caught me off-guard. She was dressed as her character in a jean skirt, fishnet stockings and a see-through shirt through which you could see her bright pink bra. I was taken aback,” recalled Comeau.  “We made small talk and she welcomed me to the movie set. She was really nice.” Blanchett, who plays Quoyle’s wife, Petal, filmed scenes where she is preparing to leave Quoyle. “They worked on close-ups and shot her driving away. They did a lot of shots with the car and also did shots of Cate Blanchett packing and talking to her daughter.” Comeau, who took voice lessons and classes at Neptune Theatre School, for eight years, was part of Neptune’s Youth Performance Company, which toured the province doing Robert Munsch stories. But the theatre experience didn’t prepare her for the stop-and-go nature of movie-making. “It took half an hour before they even started shooting, measuring the car and making sure everyone looked the same way and it really surprised me,” she said. Comeau ate lunch with Spacey and five or six crew members in the film’s lunch room. “He was incredibly funny, very witty, easy-going, easy to get along with and extremely fun. He was poking fun at people, including myself, and got up and chased the triplets who play his daughter around the meal hall.” “He talked about Newfoundland, random things like how they saw moose in Newfoundland when they were shooting there, the shape of the houses, taking pictures and the scenery.”

June 20, 2001

Empire Magazine July 2001 issue, Ben Affleck on the cover:

Page 52:  Kevin Snaps – Spacey goes ginger for The Shipping News  Do not adjust your eyes.  This is Kevin Spacey, locks dyed sweet ginger (he might claim strawberry blonde but he’s fooling no-one) for Lasse Hallstrom’s gentle drama, The Shipping News, based on E. Annie Proulx’s bestseller. Currently shooting in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, it was in the frozen North that Spacey left his Oscars tux in March, prompting co-star Dame Judi Dench to act as an A-list version of Fed Ex and bring it to the ceremony. Spacey (who signed up after Billy Bob Thornton and John Travolta passed) also stars alongside new recruit Pete Postlethwaite and natural redhead Julianne Moore.  With rumoured Christmas Day release Stateside, The Shipping News opens in the UK early next year. (Picture of Kevin as Quoyle is the same one that starled all of the Spacey fans when we saw it for the first time. Close-up, earphones around his neck.)

(Thanks Stacey!)

Julianne Moore tells Bruce Kirkland of the Toronto Sun, that moviegoers shouldn’t expect the TSN book when they go to the movie. She says:

“It is very different, it always is. I think it’s more hopeful, this being Hollywood and all.”

The Daily News Thursday, June 21, 2001 What’s Shooting: The Shipping News Production crews are still tying up some loose ends here, but filming has ended on Lasse Hallstrom’s Miramax blockbuster about a U.S. journalist’s poignant return to his ancestral roots in Newfoundland. Based on E. Annie Proulx’s best-seller, the film stars Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench.

Thanks Lisa (Halifax, NS)!

June 17, 2001

Kevin Spacey luncheon winner update:

The luncheon took place on June 8 at a temporary set in the south end of Halifax. The winner of the raffle graciously allowed her daughter Jen to go in her place. Kevin was proclaimed to be “immensely cool” and Jen was allowed to stay on the set most of the day. She managed to get an autograph for one of the roving Spacey reporters in Halifax, Lisa.  I hope she took time to get one for herself.

June 11, 2001

Metro Food Bank auction update: Does everyone remember the directors chairs up for auction last month? All bids were in Canadian dollars and the final results were: Julianne Moore’s chair, $130; Kevin Spacey’s chair, $375; and Dame Judi Dench’s chair went for $500. Thanks to Doug for getting back to me on that.

June 8, 2001

I emailed Fr. James Mallon, asking if he’d mind sharing with Kevin’s fans, how his puppy Monsi met Kevin during the filming of The Shipping News, and he was kind enough to share his story with us:

June 7, 2001

How Monsi met Kevin Spacey by Fr. James Mallon

How Monsi met Kevin

On March 20th the crew for the film “The Shipping News” pulled into the parking lot of St. Paul’s Church in Herring Cove, N.S. around 5:30 am.  They occupied most of the lot and while speaking with some of the crew I heard that Kevin Spacey and Dame Judy Dench were in the vicinity.  Around 11:30 am I took my relatively new puppy (five months old) out for a walk and on my way back to the house was met by Kevin who, very unassumingly, asked me the dog’s name and how old he was.  We chatted for a few minutes and I asked if I could get a photograph of him and Monsi. After lunch I was getting ready to head into the city and I took the dog out before putting him in his cage.  This time Kevin came running out and asked if I would mind bringing him into the trailer for a while.  He said he needed to get his “puppy fix.”  He spent the next twenty minutes rolling around the floor playing with Monsi using a towel. We spoke mostly about dogs (Kevin has several dogs), and what life was like as parish priest of Herring Cove.

God bless

Fr. James

June 1, 2001

The daughter of a coworker of a Spacey fan is going to be having lunch with Kevin on the set of The Shipping News. What a lucky woman.  I hope the hospital took in a bundle on their Spacey raffle. Congratulations, whoever you are.

It’s a slow Spacey news day, so I’ll just say that Shipping News costar Cate Blanchette and her husband are expecting their first child, according to her publicist.

The Shipping News is to return to Halifax for the last of the film shoot. Only a few more weeks and that will be finished. What’s Kevin going to do after that?

May 31, 2001

No new Shipping News news! Does anyone know if they’re still in Newfoundland? Or have they returned to Halifax? The raffle drawing for the on-set lunch with Kevin is tomorrow. Good luck if you have a ticket!

May 23, 2001

Canadian Time zone information: 

NST is Newfoundland Standard Time (Equivalent to (US) EST + 1 1/2 hours) Example: 7am in the Eastern US, 8:30 am in Newfoundland. Thanks, Inga. AST is Atlantic Standard Time. (Equivalent to (US) EST + 1 hour) Example: 7am in the Eastern US, 8am in Halifax.

The inventor of the world time zones was from Halifax – Sir Sanford Fleming.  Thanks, Barry.

We’ll cover any other time zones when Kevin ever makes a movie there.

May 22, 2001

Metro Food Bank Auction  What time zone is AST? It’s Canadian. There’s an auction for a Kevin Spacey director’s chair at this link: **Link no longer works.

The page says they’re accepting bids until 7pm AST, May 22, 2001 – today! If AST is not the equivalent of EST, you may have time to bid.

May 7, 2001

THE TELEGRAM (St. John’s, Newfoundland) Shipping some news The province’s culture minister, Kevin Aylward, took time out last week to fill in MHAs on The Shipping News, the $45-million film starring Kevin Spacey and Judi Dench being filmed in the Trinity area. The film is based on the Pulitizer Prize-winning novel by E. Annie Proulx, but Aylward proved no slouch himself when it comes to spinning a tale. To start, he said the movie is directed by Lars Hallstrom, who recently won “an award” for the Cider House Rules. While his real name is Lars, he’s always been known as Lasse Hallstrom. Spacey is correctly noted to be an Oscar winner, but Dench’s Oscar is not mentioned. And the character Spacey plays — Quoyle — is said to be “a young man.” But Quoyle, who comes to Newfoundland in search of his roots, is middle-aged. As Siskel and Ebert would have said: “Two thumbs down.”

May 7, 2001CBC Online  Newfoundland & Labrador 

Trinity welcomes Shipping News

TRINITY, NFLD. – Hollywood is in full swing in the Trinity area.

Filming of The Shipping News got underway during the first week of May.

Dozens of local people are employed as labourers and extras.

More than 150 members of the cast and crew recently flew in for a six-week stay. Almost every hotel room and empty house within a one-hour drive is filled.

People are already sharing stories about their encounters with such actors as Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore and Gordon Pinsent.

Copyright © 2001 CBC All Rights Reserved

Thanks, Will.

Tickets for the lunch with Kevin charity raffle went on sale yesterday at local (Halifax) branches of the Royal Bank of Canada. Drawing to be held on June 1, 2001.

VOCM Radio, St. John’s Newfoundland May, 4th 2001 Shipping News Good News for Economy by Scott Chafe Tourism Minister Kevin Aylward says the filming of the Hollywood movie The Shipping News is expected to generate 20 million dollars for the provincial economy. The movie is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by E. Annie Proulx. Shooting has begun on the film in the Trinity/Bonavista area and will continue through May and June. It stars Oscar winners, Kevin Spacey and Dame Judi Dench.

Copyright VOCM Radio Newfoundland Ltd

HALIFAX HERALD (Nova Scotia, Canada) May 3, 2001 Tattler: Want to meet Kevin Spacey? Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey is lending a hand for a special fundraiser for the IWK Health Centre Foundation.

Copyright © 2001 The Halifax Herald Limited

The Shipping News is making the local papers in Canada. This from a Spacey fan:

In the May 2, 2001 Orillia Packet & Times


After weeks of preparation — in the midst of one of the worst winters on record — filming for The Shipping News goes into high gear in Newfoundland this week.

Stars Kevin Spacey, Dame Judi Dench, Julianne Moore and Cate Balnchett are expected on set later this week.

But the star spotters are out already, says John Fisher, operator of The Fisher’s Loft Inn in Port Rexton.

“There’s definitely a star thing whizzing around,” he said.  “Rural Newfoundland has always sort of felt it was on the perifery of everything and suddenly it’s in the centre of something.”

©2001 The Orillia Packet &Times

Thanks LD.