Update - March 8:
Bon Voyage, set to open in France on April 23, was featured on the cover of
February's issue of Studio magazine. Many thanks to Mathieu Sebban of France, who
was kind enough to send us the magazine. Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (Cyrano de
Bergerac), Bon Voyage chronicles 48 hours during the formation of the Vichy
Government of Marshal Pétain in June 1940. Filming took place between June and October
2002 in several locations including Paris and Bordeaux. Coyote plays an English spy in
this among a stellar French cast - Gerard Depardieu, Isabelle Adjani, Virginie Ledoyen,
Gregori Derangere and Yvan Attal.
On January 25 WorldLink TV debuted "The Active Opposition," a
new original series focusing on national and international issues hosted by Coyote. The
series began with "Iraq: Eyewitness Reports" in which Peter did an exclusive
at-home interview with Sean Penn about his trip to Iraq. WorldLink TV, an operating unit
of Link Media, Inc., is the first nationwide television network providing Americans with
global perspectives on news, events and culture. Peter, who has shown a long-standing
commitment to social activism, notes that, "Conversations on this show will move into
depths not available to broadcasters selling commercial time in seconds. We will continue
to trust the native intelligence of our WorldLink TV viewers, and allow you to decide for
yourselves which points of view expressed on this show are most relevant to help you
become fully engaged in the democratic process." Launched in December 1999, the
channel is available in over 19 million U.S. homes via basic service on the direct-to-home
satellite services DIRECTV® and EchoStar's DISH Network®.
On January 2, 2003, Peter was a guest on The Dragon Page, an Internet
Radio Talk Show. He was asked about his book, his work in the movies, and the amazing
number of projects that he has lent his voice to. You can buy this show (#43) on CD for
only $1.99 by following this link.
Update - January 23, 2003
Look for the Coyote at Utah's Sundance Film Festival,
which will be held from January 16-26. He'll be there to support two of his films - Northfork
will make its premiere and The Hebrew Hammer will be among the "Park City at
Midnight" films, selections that are daring, lively and adventurous, most likely to
amuse, surprise or shock the bleary-eyed viewer.
Northfork, the third film from twin brothers, Michael and
Mark Polish, stars James Woods, Nick Nolte, Daryl Hannah, Anothony Edwards, Claire
Forlani, Kyle MacLachlan, Peter Coyote, and Mark Polish. The story captures heartland
America when it comes to terms with the end of an era - the once proud
Great Plains town of Northfork is scheduled to disappear under water due to the
construction of a new dam. Families are relocated, losing their homes forever. One
resident, a frail young orphan boy, dreams of escaping with a band of eccentrics. Through
the power of his imagination, the magic that surrounds him, and his unfailing trust and
love, he is able to break away from the only home he has ever known. Paramount Classics
paid a hefty price tag of $3 million for distribution rights, and U.S. audiences can look
forward to seeing it in theaters come June 20, 2003.
Written and directed by 27-year-old Jonathan Kesselman,
The Hebrew Hammer is an attempt to create a character rarely
seen in Hollywood or off-Hollywood films: a sexy and powerful Jewish action hero played by
Adam Goldberg (A Beautiful Mind). This zany film belongs to a genre that
Kesselman laughingly dubs "Jewsploitation." And while it may be the only example
of that genre so far, the film fits into a new creative wave by Jewish writers and
performers that foretells a profound shift in American culture. Besides Coyote, it stars
Mario Van Peebles, Andy Dick, Judy Greer, Tony Cox and Nora Dunn.
Coyote fans will have the chance to see More Dogs Than Bones
(2000) this month when the DVD and video are released on January 28th. It's a zany
story - while en route to L.A., a female mobster manages to avoid being stopped by police
at the airport by hiding $1 million in cash in the baggage of a tourist from India. The
resulting search for the loot turns in a wild comic tale of gangsters, guns, and the dog
who alone knows where the money is stashed. It also stars Mercedes Ruehl, Joe Mantegna and
Last month Slayground (1984) came out on DVD.
Based on the novel by Donald E. Westlake, it's a rollercoaster ride of action and
suspense. Things begin to go dreadfully wrong for Stone (Coyote), a highly professional
criminal with a strict code of ethics, when he is forced to employ a brash getaway car
driver. What should have been a routine heist turns into a nightmare when the
inexperienced driver panics and a young girl is killed in a crash. And now her
grief-stricken father has only one thought in mind - get Stone at all costs!
Peter had the chance to support his environmental causes by hosting a unique television
series called "Eye on the Earth", which combines traditional
documentary television with on-line education, turning television into a meaningful
pro-active experience. The series features contemporary environmental and wildlife issues
through thoughtful story telling and extraordinary film footage.
An award-winning documentary called "Out of the Blue"
narrated by Coyote, reveals, through exclusive interviews with high-ranking military and
government personnel, that some Unidentified Flying Objects could be of extraterrestrial
origin. This film brings to light how secrecy and ridicule are used to shroud the UFO
issue. You can order the video or DVD by clicking here. The photos
below show Peter at the recording session at Command Productions in Sausalito, California.
Directing the new voice-over for the film were producers James Fox and Boris Zubov.
Engineer Dave Radlauer, who has worked with Peter on numerous previous recordings,
operated the mixing board. Also in attendance were researcher Samara Zibitt and content
consultant Patty Zubov. Boris remarks, "I've worked with a lot of different voice
talents, but Peter is by far the best. He was able to add a certain credibility and
emotion that takes our film to a higher level."