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    A real-life 'Night Listener' - USA TODAY 8/2/06

    A best friend on the airwaves
    Posted 8/2/2006 9:53 PM ET

    Miramax Films
    Night Listener: Robin Williams is a radio storyteller who develops
    a phone relationship with a dying boy. The film arrives Friday.

    By Janet Kornblum, USA TODAY

    SEATTLE — Hours after she returns home from work and her kids are tucked in bed, Delilah pads down to her basement home studio and punches one of the ubiquitously blinking buttons on the phone. It soothes her to take calls in the night.

    It might be a woman wanting to dedicate a song to her husband. Maybe a daughter wanting to extol the virtues of her mother. Or a troubled teen, the scrape of pain raw in his voice.

    "A lot of people just need to feel like someone gives a damn," says Delilah, 46, who hosts a nightly five-hour radio talk and music show broadcast by more than 200 radio stations across the USA and heard by 7 million people. Every day, 100,000 to 150,000 people call and an additional 1,500 e-mail.
    Part DJ, part therapist, part minister — and a big dose of mom — you could call Delilah, born Delilah Rene Luke, the real "night listener."

    Based on the novel by Armistead Maupin, the film The Night Listener, opening Friday, is the tale of late-night radio storyteller Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams), who develops a relationship over the phone with a dying 14-year-old fan (Rory Culkin). Noone spends most of the movie trying to find out whether the boy is real.
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    Re: A real-life 'Night Listener' - USA TODAY 8/2/06

    So.... this is a Miramax release?

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    Re: A real-life 'Night Listener' - USA TODAY 8/2/06

    Yes, here's a bit of the Hollywood Reporter's original review from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year:

    Jan. 23, 2006


    The Night Listener



    Social worker Toni Collette spins a serious story.

    By Kirk Honeycutt

    PARK CITY -- "The Night Listener," based on Armistead Maupin's novel, plays like an Alfred Hitchcock thriller but is nevertheless a movie of ideas. It bristles with intriguing thoughts about the realm of fiction, how one loves, issues of identity and questions concerning how one transfers a real-life incident into big-screen fiction. This is a film that can crawl inside your skin. You can ultimately dismiss it or at least question the filmmakers' choices, but you can't ignore it, and more than likely the film will intrigue audiences because the core of the movie is a mystery.
    So this is a Chinese-box movie with puzzles lurking inside puzzles and a melodramatic overlay that keeps one on the edge of the seat. "The Night Listener" is one of the few films that manages to be highly cerebral and a great popcorn movie simultaneously.
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr..._id=1001843046
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    Re: A real-life 'Night Listener' - USA TODAY 8/2/06

    Huh. SOunds interesting. Robin WIlliams is generally very good at drama (most comedians are)

    Unusually and exceedingly peculiar and altogether quite impossible to describe...



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    Re: A real-life 'Night Listener' - USA TODAY 8/2/06

    Intersting movie, it seems.
    Most of the article was about Delilah, who i've met several times, and listen to every night. Very interesting.
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