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When a first-time director can bring together a hugely impressive cast, it’s pretty obvious the movie is something special. If it wasn’t, why would actors like Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Clark Duke, Jessica Alba, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jane Lynch all line up to be part of it?

The movie is A.C.O.D and the director is Stu Zicherman. “A.C.O.D.” stands for “Adult Children of Divorce “and the film explores the fact that adults of today are part of the first generation to grow up with divorce as the norm. Zicherman co-wrote the script with Ben Karlin (Modern Family, The Daily Show). It focuses on Carter (Scott) a seemingly well put together adult, who still deals with the brutal divorce of his parents (Jenkins, O’Hara). When he realizes his childhood therapy sessions were actually research for a book, just as his brother (Duke) gets engaged, Carter’s life is flipped on its head and he’s forced to deal with deep-seated issues. It was my favorite movie of Sundance 2013.

A.C.O.D. opens on a limited basis October 4 then expands October 11, and we recently spoke to the co-writer/director about the film. We talked about balancing tones, the time it took to get a distributor, and a character who was completely cut out. We also discussed topics such as letting comedic actors do their thing, writing with Steve Martin, and how working with J.J. Abrams helped Zicherman get to A.C.O.D. Read more below, and check back next week for our interview with star Adam Scott. Read More »

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Brad Anderson‘s The Hive has cast its first non-Halle Berry role. Abigail Breslin has just signed on to the Rich D’Ovidio-scripted thriller, which will enter production in Los Angeles this summer. Berry plays a 911 call operator who comes face-to-face with her own worst fears as she tries to save a teenage girl (Breslin) from a vicious killer.

Breslin’s switched easily between genres over the course of her career, but she has relatively few straight-up thrillers under her belt so The Hive represents a bit of a change of pace for her. Breslin is currently shooting Ender’s Game, from director Gavin Hood. [Variety]

After the jump, the stellar comedic cast of A.C.O.D. somehow gets even better, and Marcia Gay Harden gets a job in Get a Job.

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Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb may seem like an unlikely couple, but they’ll be united in the fight against a demonic child in Hell Baby. Scripted and directed by Night at the Museum writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, the comedy centers around a pregnant woman and her husband (Bibb and Corddry) who move into a dilapidated haunted house in New Orleans. In an effort to keep from having a demonic baby, they call upon the Vatican’s crack exorcism team, played by Lennon and Garant. Bet that’ll go well. Production will begin in New Orleans next month. [Variety]

After the jump, Clark Duke becomes Adam Scott’s kid brother, and Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti pull Amy Landecker into their Christmas tree scheme.

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Amy Poehler and Adam Scott have shown such fantastic chemistry in NBC’s Parks & Recreation that the pair are gearing up to work together again. This time, however, they won’t be romancing each other — far from it. Poehler has entered talks to join Scott in A.C.O.D., in which he plays a man named Carter who discovers that years ago, he was enrolled in a study about children of divorce. When he’s called upon for a follow-up study, chaos breaks out among his family and he struggles to keep the peace.

Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara are set to play Carter’s parents, while Poehler has entered final negotiations for the role of Jenkins’ new wife. That’s right: Leslie Knope will be Ben Wyatt’s stepmom in this movie. Which is even more awkward than that time Leslie’s mom hit on Ben. Yeesh.

Shooting on A.C.O.D. is scheduled to start next week in Atlanta with Stu Zicherman at the helm. Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead also star. [Deadline]

After the jump, Diablo Cody’s title-less directorial debut casts two more.

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The cast of Stuart Zicherman‘s A.C.O.D. just keeps getting better. Mary Elizabeth Winstead has just joined Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, and Jane Lynch in the comedy, which centers around around thirtysomething Carter (Scott). When his younger brother gets engaged, Carter must try and keep the peace between his long-divorced parents lest they ruin the wedding. Winstead is set to play Lauren Stinger, Carter’s supportive longtime girlfriend.

Winstead drew raves at Sundance earlier this year for her turn in James Ponsoldt’s Smashed, and has A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter due out later this year. [Deadline]

After the jump, Mila Kunis gets demonic, while Vera Farmiga’s little sister goes on a crime spree.

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ABC Greenlights Fables Television Show Pilot

ABC has announced that they will be bringing the hit Vertigo comic book series Fables to the small screen.

Created and written by Bill Willingham in 2002, the series has won fourteen Eisner Awards. Based in a world where fairy tale characters have been forced out of their homes by a mysterious enemy known as the Adversary, and now live in a hidden community in New York City known as Fabletown. I have yet to pick up Fables, but I’m a big fan of DC’s Vertigo brand comics.  Eleven Volumes of the series have been released in trade paperback form (available for around $10 each on Amazon). The first volume description follows:

“Who Killed Rose Red? In fabletown, where fairy legends live along side regular New yorkers, the question is all anyone can talk about. But only the Big Bad Wolf can actually solve the case – and, along with Rose’s sisterSnow White, keep the Fabletown community from coming apart at the seams.”

Six Degrees creators Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner are writing the hour-long drama pilot teleplay. The show is being setup in a way that would allow any fairy tale character to show up for any given episode, with the main story revolving around Big Bad Wolf and Snow White. David Semel has been hired to direct. Semel’s television credits include: Beverly Hills 90210, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, Roswell, Angel, American Dreams, House, Heroes, The Cleaner and My Own Worst Enemy.

source: THR

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