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TV show based on Tom Perrotta’s novel The Leftovers
Peter Berg will direct and executive produce an HBO show based on the Tom Perrotta’s best-selling 2011 novel The Leftovers. LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof will co-author the script with Perrotta as part of his three-year deal with Warner Bros. Television. If the show moves past development stage, Lindelof will serve as showrunner. The Leftovers centers on a group of people left behind after a mysterious world-wide disappearance. I interviewed Tom Perrotta about The Leftovers for The L Magazine in 2011.
Casting for This is Where I Leave You
Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Corey Stoll and Adam Driver [GIRLS] will play siblings in This is Where I Leave You based on Jonathan Tropper’s 2010 novel about four siblings who spend a week sitting Shiva at their childhood home. Jane Fonda plays their widowed mother. Connie Britton [Nashville, Friday Night Lights] has been cast as his girlfriend.
Timothy Olyphant [Justified] plays Fey’s character’s high school sweetheart. Kathryn Hahn has been cast as Stoll’s wife. Rose Byrne will play Bateman’s love interest and Abigail Spencer his ex-wife. Ben Schwartz, best known as Jean Ralphio on Parks and Recreation, will play the family’s non-traditional rabbi.
Shawn Levy will direct This is Where I Leave You and co-produce with Paula Weinstein. Filming is expected to begin next month.
Ten reasons to see The Switch
1. Jason Bateman turns in extraordinary performance as Wally, a successful guy who falters with personal relationships and constantly worries.
2. Clever script by Allan Loeb.
3. Based on short story by Jeffrey Eugenides [Middlesex, The Virgin Suicides].
4. Seeing the film is a great FU to Bill O’Reilly who thinks that a film about single motherhood is a BAD thing.
5. As Kassie, Jennifer Aniston is not the typical desperate-to-get-married-and-have-a-family woman.
6. Aniston and Bateman have fantastic comedic timing.
7. Jeff Goldblum, Wally’s co-worker/ friend, is sexy and hysterical as always.
8. Multi-talented Juliette Lewis plays Kassie’s best friend.
9. Kassie [Aniston] makes her own plan to conceive.
10. The trailer doesn’t give away all the funniest parts of the film.
purchase at Amazon: The Switch
Written and directed by: Mike Judge
Starring: Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, J.K. Simmons
Running time: 90 min.
Release date: December 22, 2009
MPAA: rated R for language, sexual references and some drug use
Review source: Click Communications
If you think Extract is going to be as hilarious and original as the genius gem of a film Office Space, you will be very disappointed. However, Extract offers a fantastic cast including Jason Bateman [Arrested Development], Mila Kunis [That 70s Show], Kristen Wiig [Whip It!] and everyone’s favorite straight man and character actor, J.K. Simmons. The basic premise is that Joel [Jason Bateman in standard uptight executive mode] is planning to sell his extract company until there’s a freak on-the-job-accident [naturally involving testicles] that looks like it just might put a huge kink in Joel’s plans. Soon a con-artist [a beguiling Mila Kunis] is cozying up to the guy who had the accident, threatening all of Joel’s master plans to get out of the extract business for good. A sub-plot is Joel’s sexual frustration with his wife [a cunningly amusing Kristen Wiig] and a male gigolo is thrown in for good measure. Ben Affleck [and so what if I’m biased because I think he’s a fine actor—see State of Play—and director and he’s from Cambridge, Mass. and married to Jennifer Garner who I adore] turns in some hysterical moments as Joel’s earthy bartender, druggy best friend [“Xanax just makes you feel good about everything.”]. Extract will make you laugh and the performances by every actor and actress are on point. With lines such as “Are we still looking into replacing her with a robot?”, Extract is worth adding to your Netflix queue.
Under the direction of Peter Berg [Friday Night Lights], The Kingdom is a frenzied, chaotic and exciting film. While not as provocative or entertaining as Charlie Wilson’s War, The Kingdom espouses its ideology in a fast-paced action format. Better for the masses this way. Bad, mean Arabs vs. good, kind Americans. In these times, anything with Arabs getting shot is a bonus for filmgoers.
There’s a bombing on an American compound in Saudi Arabia. The FBI does not want to investigate. The FBI wants to let it go and let the Saudis handle it. But a few rogue agents want to avenge the death of a close friend. Led by obsessive, all-American Ronald Fleury [Jamie Foxx], an elite few travel to the Middle East for the covert mission. He recruits tough gal Janet Mayes [Jennifer Garner] who finds she doesn’t appreciate the sexist nature of the Middle East. This role cannot be much of a challenge for Garner, comfortable in the realm of warfare and kicking ass [Alias minus the cool wigs and outfits and accent]. There’s also the wisecracking numbers guy Adam Leavitt [played by the charming Jason Bateman, who since Arrested Development has mastered the low-key sarcasm—see also Juno] and Grant Sykes [Chris Cooper] brings brains and wisdom that comes with years of experience to the unit. These types of films are bound to make one think about [in no particular order]: oil; the Saudi Arabia/U.S. alliance; hatred and misunderstanding for other cultures; and most upsetting, training and teaching Middle Eastern youth to despise the United States and Western ideologies. Good vs. evil always plays out well for action films. And I’m pretty sure, that’s what most will see. Nothing more profound than that.
Extras: Behind the scenes on special “wow” scenes such as a car chase and the final heart-pounding confrontation as well as commentary from the major players.
STEELE RECOMMENDATION: SEE IT; NO NEED FOR PLACEMENT AT TOP OF YOUR QUEUE.