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What is it with HBO and dramatic recreations of classic documentaries? Last year there was Grey Gardens, and now the network is lining up Cinema Verite, which will be a dramatized behind the scenes take on the 1973 PBS doc An American Family. The original series was a big deal; it frankly portrayed family troubles for the first time on television, and one of the family sons was the first openly gay character/personality on American television.

Cinema Verite is written by David Seltzer, with Tim Robbins and Diane Lane set to play parents Bill and Pat Loud; James Gandolfini will play An American Family producer Craig Gilbert. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor) are directing, which automatically makes the endeavor a bit more interesting.  [THR]

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Confessions of a Shopaholic Movie Trailer

Disney has released the first trailer for the big screen adaptation of Confessions of a Shopaholic. Isla Fisher stars as Rebecca Bloomwood, “a sweet and charming New York City girl who has a tiny, little problem that is rapidly turning into a big problem: she’s hopelessly addicted to shopping and drowning in a sea of debt.”

“While Rebecca has dreams of working for a top fashion magazine, she can’t quite get her foot in the door—that is, until she snags a job as an advice columnist for a new financial magazine published by the same company. Overnight, her column becomes hugely popular, turning her into an overnight celebrity. But when her compulsive shopping and growing debt issues threaten to destroy her love life and derail her career, she struggles to keep it all from spiraling out of control…and is ultimately forced to reevaluate what’s really important in life. Isla Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”) stars in the film from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director P.J. Hogan (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”), based on the best-selling series of books by British author Sophie Kinsella.”

When I first heard about this project, a couple friends pitched the book at me as a “Devil Wears Prada”-like tale about shopping. Fisher has shown nothing but promise, and Prada ended up being one of those unexpected guilty pleasures. But I’m not impressed by the trailer for Shopaholic in the least. Probably because it doesn’t seem like anything beyond the typical chick flick. Am I wrong? Tell me what you think in the comments below!

Confessions of a Shopaholic hits theaters on February 13th 2009.

Confessions of a ShopaholicEvery-time I’m a Borders or Barnes and Nobles, I run into Sophie Kinsella’s bestselling book Confessions of a Shopaholic. I’m a guy, and the book seems to be targeted for the opposite sex, so I’ve never actually picked it up or skimmed through the pages. The last time I went to the book store, I actually made a bet with myself that I would run into the book. I tried to avoid it, and my entire bookstore visit was Shopaholic free, UNTIL there it was, right when I went to checking out. But the good thing about gambling with yourself is when you lose you also win. So I’m surprised that it’s taken this long for a big screen adaptation to be announced.

Our friends at MadAboutMovies report that P.J. Hogan (Muriel’s Wedding,  My Best Friend’s Wedding, Peter Pan) will bring the book to the big screen. Marina compares the book to The Devil Wears Prada, which was certainly one of my guilty pleasures of last year (the film, not the book). So if this film is half as good, and they get someone cute like Anne Hathaway or Mandy Moore to star, I’m there. But what’s this book about anyway? Here is the book description:

Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she’s never looked better….Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is that she can’t actually afford it-not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank-letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read-and they’re getting ever harder to ignore. She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky’s only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something….Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life-and the lives of those around her-forever.

Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times-and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky Bloomwood’s hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her “confessions” are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance.

Shooting begins November in New York City (looks like they might have moved the locale).

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