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Posts Tagged ‘Paul Giamatti’

The Problem with a Downton Abbey New York Trip

ShutterstockGarethNeame2013It would cost around $10 million.

This according to Downton Abbey producer Gareth Neame (pictured) who, on Monday at a Season Five preview event in Manhattan, answered an audience question about the idea of the ITV/PBS smash featuring an episode (or two) set here. From AP Entertainment reporter Alicia Rancilio‘s item:

An audience member noted that the Crowleys — the fictional aristocratic family that the show is centered on — have relatives in New York and asked whether Downton Abbey would ever go there on location.

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Sideways Author Rex Pickett Takes His Creative Process to Chile

And he is inviting everyone to follow along via the website RexinChile.com.

Pickett is officially off this week from Santa Monica to Chile, where he will spend the next three-four months researching the third part of his Sideways trilogy. Even before departure, he’s blogged the first nugget of possible third-novel inspiration:

I did a corporate outing — my first — with a gaggle of guys and women from the adult beverage department of Walgreens (yes, Walgreens sells wine) — up to Sideways ground zero… The writer in me started to envision the opening of Sideways III (Chile). To wit: Miles has been reduced to corporate outings after the success of his novel and the movie that sprang from it. But he needs a change. Events will conspire to take him to Chile. That’s all I have right now.

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Tom Hanks About to Begin Wonderful Role of Disney

Although it’s admittedly way early to start sizing up next year’s Oscar prospects, one thing seems pretty certain. The artistic journey that Tom Hanks is about to embark on will lead him straight to the Dolby Theatre in February of 2014.

Shooting started today (without Hanks) on location in LA for Saving Mr. Banks, the story of how it took 20 years for Walt Disney to land the film rights to P.L. TraversMary Poppins. Essaying the first-ever portrayal of Walt in a dramatic film is the two-time Oscar winner, opposite Emma Thompson as the cagey author. From today’s announcement:

When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character to the screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers’ reflects back on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only molded her aspirations to write, but one that also inspired the characters in her 1934 book.

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Sweet Seinfeld Memories

Stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Pollak is quietly closing in on the 100th episode of Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show, his freewheeling online subversion of the Charlie Rose round table model. For an atypical, non-live audience Halloween edition, he sat down with actor Jason Alexander.

The conversation is peppered with all sorts of great Seinfeld reminiscences. Recalled Alexander:

“When we did the 100th episode, NBC printed up the original test group results, which were the worst in the history of network TV… There was actually a thing that said, ‘Too hip, too urban, too Jewish.’ And I said, ‘Was there a Kyke meter? Oh, oh, oh… We’re on the brink. Too much… Too Jew-y.’”

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This Year’s Emmy Award Winning Commercial

The Emmys may have stunk this year, but television has been pretty good. Mad Men is amazing. We never thought in a million years that we would be weepy watching a love scene involving Paul Giamatti – but low and behold – during John Adams it happened.

Anyway, the above video is the Emmy Award winning commercial this year. It came from the same production company as the winner from last year, Hungry Man.