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Matt Bomer Soon to Become Montgomery Clift For HBO

Matt Bomer Soon to Become Montgomery Clift For HBO

Just coming off his Golden Globe win for THE NORMAL HEART, HBO’s only win from the foreign press, Matt Bomer targets another HBO films venture. This time around he will be playing the dashing Montgomery Clift. It seems that Bomer was an early pick for the Hollywood superstar. We learn that the picture, under the direction of Larry Moss, was penned by Christopher Lovick and named MONTY CLIFT. The script is undergoing rewrites at this time. For those not familiar with Montgomery Clift here is a biography and brief information from our source to get you up to speed. “At his prime, Clift rivaled Marlon Brando and James Dean as...

HBO Talking About HBO Films: BESSIE this Spring

HBO Talking About HBO Films: BESSIE this Spring

 HBO’s first original film is slated to arrive on the network this spring ans here is a Press release announcing it.  QUEEN LATIFAH STARS IN HBO FILMS’ BESSIE, THE STORY OF ICONIC BLUES SINGER BESSIE SMITH, DEBUTING THIS SPRING ——– Directed By Dee Rees; Screenplay By Dee Rees And Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois; Story By Dee Rees And Horton FooteCast Includes Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, With Charles S. Dutton And Mo’Nique Oscar nominee Queen Latifah (Chicago) stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the...

HBO Miniseries: OLIVE KITTRIDGE

HBO Miniseries: OLIVE KITTRIDGE

Overview: This four-hour event tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive (Frances McDormand), whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center. Richard Jenkins portrays Olive’s husband, Henry.  The story, which spans 25 years, focuses on her relationships with her husband, Henry, the good-hearted and kindly town pharmacist; their son, Christopher, who resents his mother’s approach to parenting; and other members of their community. The...

The Normal Heart on DVD & Blu-Ray August 26th

The Normal Heart on DVD & Blu-Ray August 26th

The Normal Heart comes out on DVD tomorrow. Based on the stageplay by Larry Kramer, it tells the story about the emergence of HIV and AIDs in the gay community of the early 80’s, as told through fictional writer Ned Weeks. Without knowledge or proper awareness of the disease, it spread as easily and effectively as it tore apart the lives of those it infected. Today, medical advancements allow people who have contracted the illness to lead lives as close to what one considers normal as possible. But even ten years ago, those prospects weren’t nearly as hopeful. Aside from the film itself, on the DVD there’s a short...

Big Stars in HBO Sports Comedy 7 DAYS OF HELL

Big Stars in HBO Sports Comedy 7 DAYS OF HELL

7 DAYS OF HELL is an original movie getting on the fast track with HBO. Andy Samberg (SNL and Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Kit Harington (GAME OF THRONES) are said to star. It is an original concept based on the true 2010 event when two tennis players at Wimbledon competed for eleven hours over three days. Samberg is behind it alongside writer Murray Miller (GIRLS). It is being developed as a ‘mock’umentary style comedy. According to Deadline, Samberg(right) and Harington(below) will play rival players on the court. Samberg’s Aaron Williams is tennis’ superstar bad boy, while Harington’s Charles Poole is channeling Andy Murray, a tennis...

Frances McDormand Talks About HBO’s OLIVE KITTERIDGE Miniseries

Frances McDormand Talks About HBO’s OLIVE KITTERIDGE Miniseries

Though there has not been a ton of excitement for the OLIVE KITTRIDGE miniseries (or is it a limited series?) its air date is fast approaching. One of its leads, Frances McDormand (seen here offstage in costume) of Fargo fame, has spoken up recently about it. At a recent TCA panel she stated -  “A 90-minute time frame is not long enough to tell a good female story. That’s why long-form storytelling has become so great.” Yeah, and with Hollywood not utilizing older actress to their fullest TV is where they end up. A four-hour entertainment like this is a great way to showcase neglected talents like McDormand’s. We will get to see the...

Bryan Cranston to Star in HBO’s Adaptation of All The Way

Bryan Cranston to Star in HBO’s Adaptation of All The Way

Variety reports that Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad fame) will reprise his lead role in HBO’s adaptation of the stage play All the Way. Written by Robert Schenkkan, All the Way tells the story of Lyndon B. Johnson’s first year as President. It chronicles the time from the assassination of President Kennedy to Johnson’s reelection. Though Jack Willis originated the role of LBJ in Oregon, Cranston took over the role for the play’s Broadway run. He and the play would go on to win numerous awards, including the Tony, The Drama League Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Drama Desk Award. The HBO adaptation...

Meryl Streep Plays Opera Great in MASTER CLASS for HBO

Meryl Streep Plays Opera Great in MASTER CLASS for HBO

Meryl Streep (pictured) & Mike Nichols return to HBO with an adaptation of the Terrence McNally play Master Class which is about the operatic soprano Maria Callas. Oscar winner Mike Nichols (HBO’s ANGELS IN AMERICA and The Graduate) will direct the multiple award winner Meryl Streep (multiple roles in ANGELS IN AMERICA) in the HBO Films presentation. The Tony Award winning play will be adapted from the playwright himself. Michael Lombardo, the president of HBO programming, had this to say upon the announcement:  “We are delighted to welcome back the incomparable Mike Nichols and the gifted Meryl Streep, whose collective brilliance...

In Production: THE CASUAL VACANCY

In Production: THE CASUAL VACANCY

For months we had not heard a hint about the joint BBC/HBO miniseries THE CASUAL VACANCY project and then a fan of the JK Rowling novel writes a post about it and – boom – a bit of news surfaces. It seems that the film adaptation is now in production in a few locales about England. The story of how a local council seat is filled takes place in the fictitious town of Pagford. The location for the shoot is Stroud in Gloucestershire and the specific center of attention is the Archway School (pictured). According to a few sites local children and faculty of the school, about 200, were used as extras on the film’s first days of shooting....

“The Casual Vacancy” Dream Cast

“The Casual Vacancy” Dream Cast

The Casual Vacancy was J.K. Rowling’s first publication post-Potter, and it received mixed reviews. The story is set in an idyllic, English town that becomes entrenched in a squabble when a local councilman dies unexpectedly.  With his seat open, the town splits on one issue, and friends and neighbors turn against each other in an effort to find the seat filled by the “right” person.  Though slow-paced to me, I thought the book was an interesting dissection into the idea of inter-connectivity of people in a small town, and it features a wealth of fascinating characters. Rather like a recipe: take a small town and mix in a...

Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston Says Spielberg LBJ Biography Picture to Become HBO Film

Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston Says Spielberg LBJ Biography Picture to Become HBO Film

Rumors had been swirling about renowned director Stephen Spielberg and his plans to bring a Tony-Award winning play All the Way to life on television.  The show focuses on the life of LBJ (President Lyndon B Johnson) and his struggle to enact the civil rights act of 1964. Previously we’d only known about the director’s intention to make this happen and his preference for Bryan Cranston to reprise his on-stage role as LBJ. Also, word was that the production would be a mini-series of some sort.  But this week Vulture caught up with Walter Whi… err..  Bryan Craston and he clarified a few things about the upcoming...

In Production: Queen Latifah In Bessie Smith Biopic For HBO Films

In Production: Queen Latifah In Bessie Smith Biopic For HBO Films

Another concept has been given the go-ahead is an HBO Films presentation. This one is about the iconic blues performer Bessie Smith who will be personified by Queen Latifah. The work will depict how the singer became titled “Empress of the Blues” during her career in the 1920s and ‘30s. It is based on a biography titled Bessie by Chris Albertson. Bessie Smith made 160 records for Columbia records in the day, accompanied by many include Louie Armstrong; she even entertained by hitting Broadway and then the “talkies.”   By the time the Swing era was born she was huge and returned to recording exclusively. She died in 1937 when she...

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