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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]

After the break, Toni Collette will work again with her Muriel’s Wedding director, and Horrible Bosses gets some good talent. Read More »

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The remake of Fright Night started off with a great piece of casting, as Anton Yelchin will play Charley Brewster, the young guy who fears for his life when he discovers that a vampire has moved in next door.

Now we’ve got a name for the vampire — Colin Farrell will play the role originated by Chris Sarandon in the original Fright Night. Read More »

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A day can’t go by in the past week without another name being added to the cast of the comedy/satire Butter. Now it’s Hugh Jackman‘s turn. He’ll be “an old flame” for Jennifer Garner‘s character. Not sure how large a role this will be, but I like the idea of Jackman turning up in smaller parts here and there, such as in Wayne Wang’s The Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Lee Daniels’ Selma. [Variety]

After the break, Viola Davis and Toni Collette have new projects,  and a new film for Green Lantern co-star Blake Lively. Read More »

Watch The First Episode of The United States of Tara

Showtime has released the debut episode of The United States of Tara on Sho.com. Click the link and enter the password “tara” and you’ll be able to watch the entire 30 minute pilot episode of the Diablo Cody-scripted Steven Spielberg-produced television series. f you watch the episode, please leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Toni Collette stars as Tara Gregor, a wife and mother of two teens, who just happens to suffer from multiple personality disorder. Basically the family must find a way to deal and live with her multiple personalities. United States of Tara premieres on January 18th 2009.

Mary and Max to Open 25th Sundance Film Festival

The opening night film at the Sundance Film Festival is usually a film which might otherwise be overlooked in the extensive festival line-up. For some years this has meant a documentary, and for others this has meant into a not easily categorized genre-mash like In Bruges.

This year’s film is a feature-length clay animated film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette. And while at first glance, this year’s selection seems a bit odd, it’s the perfect representation of what Sundance is all about. In a day of computer animation and 3D films, the clay animated feature film is now the Hollywood outcast.

Academy Award-winning short filmmaker Adam Elliot makes his directorial debut with Mary and Max, a story based on the director’s own pen-friendship, which lasted over twenty years. Mary and Max is the tale of two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. Read the full press release after the jump.
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United States of Tara Preview

The first preview for the Diablo Cody-scripted Steven Spielberg-produced Showtime series, United States of Tara. Toni Collette stars as Tara Gregor, a wife and mother of two teens, who just happens to suffer from multiple personality disorder. Basically the family must find a way to deal and live with her multiple personalities.

I might have read the script. And if I did, I’d tell you how it’s peppered with Cody’s pop-culture obsessed snap-filled dialog, minus the intense slang of Juno. And it’s not light either. In the opening it is revealed that Tara has just found morning after pills in her 16-year-old daughter’s Kate’s bag. It’s later revealed that (potential spoiler warning) one of Tara’s alter egos, a burnout teenage stoner named T, was the one who supplied her with said pills. If Collette can actually pull off each of the personalities, and actually make it believable, this could be Showtime’s next Dexter.

United States of Tara premieres on January 18th 2009.

Fox has given the new JJ Abrams show Fringe a full order of 22-episodes, which is no surprise considering the ratings. This is the first new series on the big four networks to get a full season commitment. I haven’t had a chance to watch the show since getting back from my 28 day trip, but the pilot episode was just a little bt underwelming. I plan on sticking with it to mid-season, and see if the story really picks up steam.

The new Steven Speilberg-produced Diablo Cody-scripted Showtime series United States of Tara will premiere at 10pm on January 18th 2009. The series will follow the final season premiere of the L Word, and lead into the second season of Secret Diary of a Call Girl. The series stars Toni Collette as a mother with multiple personality disorder. The comedy comes with how the different family members and friends deal with her different personalities. I’ve read the script for the pilot episode, which was strong. It will all hinge on how convincing Collette is as the various different personalities.

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The United States of Tara

The Steven Spielberg-produced, Diablo Cody-written pilot The United States of Tara has just been picked up by Showtime. Toni Collette is set as Tara Gregor, a wife and mother of two teens, who just happens to suffer from multiple personality disorder. Basically the family must find a way to deal and live with her multiple personalities. And did I mention that the show is based on an original idea by Spielberg?

I might have read the script. And if I did, I’d tell you how it’s peppered with Cody’s pop-culture obsessed snap-filled dialog, minus the intense slang of Juno. And it’s not light either. In the opening it is revealed that Tara has just found morning after pills in her 16-year-old daughter’s Kate’s bag. It’s later revealed that (potential spoiler) one of Tara’s alter egos, a burnout teenage stoner named T, was the one who supplied her with said pills. If Collette can actually pull off each of the personalities, and actually make it believable, this could be Showtime’s next Dexter.

The pilot is directed by Craig Gilespie, and also stars John Corbett as Tara’s husband Max. The half hour single camera comedy series will begin shooting this Summer. Showtime has ordered 13 episodes.

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