April 5, 2021
new film starring Peter called "The Girl Who Believes
in Miracles" opened in theaters across the country
last Thursday. The film, co-written and directed by Rich
Correll, tells the story of a child’s obedient sharing
of the power in her Christian 'faith like a mustard
seed" and resulting miracles. Peter plays Sam, the
little girl's grandfather. You can read an interview
with Peter about his role
at this link.
Burns' three-part documentary called "Hemingway"
about American writer Ernest Hemingway
premieres on PBS tonight. The narrator, who has lent
his voice to so many past productions, is Peter.
Meryl Streep has the meatiest part as war
correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway's third
wife. Her dispatches during the Normandy invasion
rivalled, and arguably exceeded, his own. But the
other wives are given voice by Keri Russell,
Mary-Louise Parker and Patricia Clarkson. And Jeff
Daniels supplies the voice of Ernest Hemingway,
reading from his private letters as well as his
published short stories and other writings.
December 15. 2020
month Lion Roar's online magazine presented a short film
by producer Ted Samore featuring Peter called "Hokyoji
First Encounter". It can be viewed at this
vimeo link. In this film, Peter takes you to
Hokyoji Zen Practice Community, which is found on 105
acres of forested land in rural, Southeast Minnesota.
"Quite a magical place,' he offers, as he recalls his
first time visiting there. "This is it," he recalls the
late Zen teacher and Hokyoji founder Dainin Katagiri
Roshi declaring when assessing the property. He presents
not just a visit to the grounds, but a sense of their
ambience, and a dharma talk as well as he reflects on
the interconnection so easily found in nature: "When I’m
looking at you," he tells us, "I’m looking at the entire
Last month the magazine featured an article by Jennifer
Keishin Armstrong called "The Zen of Peter Coyote".
It can be viewed
at this link. Check it out!
October 24, 2020
memoir of the 1960’s counter-culture "Sleeping
Where I Fall" received universally excellent
reviews, and has been in continuous print since 1999.
His second book, "The Rainman’s
Third Cure: An Irregular Education", about mentors
and the search for wisdom, was nominated as one of the
top five non-fiction books published in California in
2015. His third book, "Unmasking Your True Self" (the
Lone Ranger and Tonto Meet the Buddha) conflates 50
years of Buddhist practice and acting and uses masks and improv exercises to foster liberation experiences and
teach people "how to get out of their own way." It will
be released by Inner Traditions Press next year, and so
will his first book of poems, "The Tongue of a Crow",
covering 59 years of writing, published by Four Way
Books in NYC.
June 25, 2020
has now made the decision to air "The Comey Rule"
on September 27th and 28th instead of in late November.
June 20, 2020
has just announced its four-hour event series "The
Comey Rule" will premiere after the election on
back-to-back nights in late November. Jeff Daniels stars
as former FBI director James Comey, whose bestselling
book "A Higher Loyalty" serves as the basis of the
series along with a year of additional interviews with a
number of key principals. The rest of the cast includes
Brendan Gleeson as the President, Peter Coyote as
Robert Mueller, Holly Hunter as Acting Attorney
General Sally Yates, Michael Kelly as former FBI
Director Andrew McCabe, Jennifer Ehle as Patrice Comey,
Scoot McNairy as former Deputy Attorney General Rod
Rosenstein, Jonathan Banks as former National
Intelligence Director James Clapper, Oona Chaplin as
former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, Amy Seimetz as former FBI
lawyer Trisha Anderson, Steven Pasquale as former FBI
agent Peter Strzok, and Kingsley Ben-Adir is President
Showtime bills "The Comey Rule" as an immersive,
behind-the-headlines account of the historically
turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential
election and its aftermath, which divided a nation. The
series is not a biopic of one man, but is instead the
story of two powerful figures, Comey and Trump, whose
strikingly different personalities, ethics and loyalties
put them on a collision course.
April 26, 2020
Waters: A Turtle's Tale", a PBS presentation, is a
one-hour film that explores the impact of human behavior
on our environment as seen through the lens of one of
South Florida’s most beloved and fragile underwater
creatures—the sea turtle. Featuring ocean activist Ted
Danson and narrated by Peter, this one-hour film
features interviews with marine biologists, ocean
conservation experts and volunteers who rehabilitate
injured, sick sea turtles and return them to the wild.
It also examines the effects of global warming, water
pollution, red tide and other human-made problems
endangering sea turtles, including boat strikes,
entanglement in fishing gear, and the dramatic
escalation of a tumor-causing virus.
a new section on Buddhism
in which Peter shares his work and wisdom as a Buddhist
priest giving dharma talks on Facebook and youtube.com.
Check it out!
from the Past! I just came across these production
photos from the 1992 film "Bitter Moon".
April 4, 2020
you're into Zen meditation, you might want to check out
Peter's dharma talk at this
youtube link. It runs about 26 minutes.
in the winter of 2016 production began on a film called
THE ETRUSCAN SMILE, based on the bestselling
novel by José Luis Sampedro. The film's lead was Brian
Cox as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who
reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island
and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment.
Moving in with his estranged son, Rory’s life will be
transformed, just when he expects it least, through a
newly found love for his baby grandson. The cast
included Rosanna Arquette, JJ Feild, Thora Birch, Treat
Williams and Peter in the role of a cultural
anthropologist. It had an international release in
2018, was featured at several film festivals and was
distributed in the US last November. Rotten Tomatoes
gave it a score of 65%.
February 7, 2020
Burns is presently working on a new documentary with
Peter narrating. It's a two-part, three-to-four hour
film that examines the visionary work and the turbulent
life of Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest and
most influential writers America has ever produced.
Interweaving his eventful biography, a life lived at the
ultimately treacherous nexus of art, fame, and
celebrity, with carefully selected excerpts from his
luminous short stories, novels, and non-fiction, we will
see beyond façade of the public man, becoming intimately
familiar with this brilliant, ambitious, charismatic,
and egocentric genius. It is slated for national broadcast on
PBS in 2021.
October 23, 2019
has been cast as Robert Mueller in a four-hour CBS
Studios limited series based on James Comey's book, "A
Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership", a New
York Times No. 1 bestselling book. Mueller was Comey's
predecessor as FBI director and was later appointed to
investigate Russian interference in the 2016
presidential election. Other cast members include Jeff
Daniels as Comey and Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump.
Billy Ray adapted the book and
will direct the series. Filming begins next month and an
airdate will be announced later. The decision has not
yet been made on whether the series will air on
Showtime, CBS All Access or potentially both.
October 2, 2019
Greiving of Vulture recently wrote an
article called "The Golden Voice Behind All Those
Kens Burn Documentaries". He writes, "What would a
Ken Burns documentary be without its measured,
authoritative narration? In The West, The
National Parks, Prohibition, The Dust Bowl,
The Roosevelts, The Vietnam War, The
Mayo Clinic, and now Country Music, actor
Peter Coyote delivers hours of often dense, complex text
— full of facts, figures, quotes, and grand unifying
ideas — in a manner that Burns refers to as 'God’s
stenographer' His calm, cowboy-around-a-campfire timbre
is basically the voice of America, at least within the
orbit of PBS."
You can read this article, which includes interviews
with both Peter and Ken Burns,
at this link.
August 09, 2019
filmmaker Ken Burns has completed a monumental
documentary called COUNTRY MUSIC, which will
premiere on September 15 on PBS. The narrator is also
legendary - Peter Coyote! The 16-hour series will be
shown in eight parts. For the documentary which has been
almost a decade in the making, Burns and his team
conducted over 100 interviews with familiar faces to
country music fans including the late Merle Haggard,
Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Vince
Gill, Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs,
Brenda Lee, Naomi, and Wynonna Judd.
Johnny Cash, photographed at his home in
California in 1960
Multiple ancillary products and events have been lined
up to accompany the PBS series including companion
albums to be released this fall by Sony Music, and a
concert special celebrating the documentary. The
special, which is set to air a week before the
documentary, was shot live at the Ryman Auditorium in
March and features performances by Cash, Dierks Bentley,
Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, and Ketch
Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show among others.
you've ever seen Roman Polanski's BITTER MOON
(1992), you know it's a film you have to discuss after
you've seen it. Coyote is simply awesome and will blow you
away. Adam Zanzie has put together a video essay called
"Analyzing A Performance: Peter Coyote in 'Bitter
Moon'". You can view his video
at this link. For more information regarding the
1992 film, just click on the image below.
youtube video of interest is a taping of an event that
took place at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA on July
10, 2019. Michael Pollan and Peter are joined by Rebecca
Solnit in discussing Michael's book, "How to Change Your
Mind.", newly released in paperbook. Check it out
at this link.
aired on Canada's CTV in 2017, the six-part drama called
THE DISAPPEARANCE premiered on WGN America on
July 9th. Besides Peter, the cast includes Aden Young,
Camille Sullivan, Micheline Lanctôt
and Michael Riendeau. It's a psychological family drama
centered around the unexplained and sudden disappearance
of Anthony Sullivan during a treasure hunt on the day of
his tenth birthday. The script for the Canadian series
had to pass Coyote's "must surprise me in the first ten
pages" test. It did. He also liked that it was a limited
run series. He gave a shout out to Montreal as a great
city for an actor and praised Canadians in general as
Allison Keene of Paste Magazine wrote, "This limited
series that focuses on the aftermath of the kidnapping
of a young boy is likely to appeal to fans of crime
shows in general and, potentially, Peter Coyote fans,
specifically, starring as the boy’s doting grandfather.
Joel Keller of Decider.com wrote, "It helps that
showrunner Joanne Forgues saw fit to cast Coyote as
Henry Sullivan. He’s gotten to the point in his career
where people likely know him more from his advertising
and documentary voice-overs than his acting, but Coyote
gives Henry a presence that is necessary in a show like
this, where holes in the plot would become more glaring
surrounded by lesser performances."
month as national television networks and cable channels
marked the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing
with retrospective specials, NBC Bay Area (KNTV)
featured "Exploring Space," the latest entry in
the station’s acclaimed "Bay Area Revelations"
documentary series. In the words of narrator Peter
Coyote, "it shows how the Bay Area reached for the
stars and emboldened humanity to explore the universe."
the 46th annual Gravenstein Apple Fair comes
around August 17 and 18, 2019 in Sebastopol, California,
visitors will share in delicious local food and drink
presented by the chefs and farmers who produce the fine
fare, live music, and hand-made crafts and artwork.
Peter will be hosting a Jam Making demonstration at 2:30
p.m. on the 17th. The Sebastopol resident has become a
passionate Jamming Jelly artist, using goodies from his
garden and fruit tree orchard.
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