What a whirlwind 2009 has been for Bryce Dallas Howard! The actress’ Tennessee Williams film, “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,” opens tomorrow (12/30) in New York and L.A. with a roll-out national release starting next month. She’s been on a promotional charge for the feature. Last week, she rushed from production of Gus Van Sant’s untitled movie in Portland — she is producing it with her father, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer — to New York appearances on behalf of “Teardrop.”
And she took over the role of vampire Victoria from Rachelle Lefevre in the third “Twilight” film, “Eclipse,” headed for theaters in June.
And she has a date to join Matt Damon before the cameras in Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” just days from now.
And she has a two-year-old son at home.
How does she manage? “I have a wonderful husband, and I have a wonderful little boy who LOVES movie sets,” answers Howard with a laugh.
The 28-year-old actress tells us she actually did her “Teardrop Diamond” promo chores on one hour’s sleep. “I was one of the people parked in an airport for hours,” she says, explaining that her flight got rerouted from Oregon, “and I did back-to-back redeyes” due to last week’s ferocious Eastern storm.
But it was worth it, she feels. Howard’s been drawing critical kudos for her “Teardrop Diamond” performance as a rebellious Southern heiress who gets more than she bargains for when she pays a poor employee of her family’s (hunky Chris Evans) to take her to social events.
“It’s such a huge responsibility to originate a Tennessee Williams heroine, particularly a character so different from any I ever played before and so different from me,” she notes. “It’s a very juicy character. The story is just a roller coaster ride.”
A RESOLUTION THAT WORKED: With their “Mockingbird Hill” country album available on iTunes and Amazon.com, Janine Turner and her 12-year-old daughter Juliette are looking back at 2009 with a sense of accomplishment. She tells us, “My daughter and I had a New Year’s resolution we wrote last New Year’s Eve, to actually do this album. Between school and everything else, we finished writing it during spring break. She wrote the music and I wrote the lyrics.” They eventually got together with Mike McGuire of the group Shenandoah, and with him recorded their songs at his facility in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. “Photo shoot, copywriting – we did everything ourselves,” says the actress of “Northern Exposure” and “Strong Medicine” fame.
“I wanted to teach her that it’s one thing to sort of fool around – but to really do something takes a lot of effort and discipline,” she adds.
In fact, by the time they had completed the record, it was Juliette who pushed to go the distance. “She was the one who said, ‘Mom, we have to market it. We can’t just leave it sitting in the armoire.’” Now, in addition to its current online outlets (including Janine’s website), “Mockingbird Hill” will soon be featured in People, with songs available for free downloading on the magazine’s website.
THE BIG SCREEN SCENE: Laurence Fishburne may be busy with his “CSI” series chores, but that doesn’t mean the esteemed actor has forgotten his labor of love film project. Fishburne has rights to “The Alchemist,” the internationally beloved allegorical novel by Paulo Coelho that expresses the essence of what it is to go after one’s dreams. “I’m still developing it,” he says of the remarkable book – a great New Year’s read, by the way. His hope is to have the script prepared and begin preproduction in 2010.
FROM THE INSIDE LOOKING OUT: “Sonny With a Chance” Disney Channel cutie Tiffany Thornton says she had a blast participating in this year’s New Year’s countdown of favorites on the channel. “We have games we get people to watch and participate in…It’s a really cool thing, a new spin on the countdown.”
The singer/actress, seen as Tawni Hart, nemesis of Demi Lovato’s character on the series, will be back in her home town in Arkansas with family for the holiday. “I have a couple of weeks off to spend with family and friends in Arkansas and Texas. I feel so blessed, really. I’ve been in L.A. for six and a half years now. My family has invested a lot of finances and worry – the stress of having your baby out in California. Now they’re having fun. My grandparents like to show it off: ‘This is my granddaughter who’s on television.’”
With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster