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Casting for Ann Leary’s The Good House


Meryl Streep will play Hildy Good, a lifelong resident of Boston’s North Shore who befriends a beautiful young new arrival while struggling with her own drink problem. Robert De Niro will portray Good’s eccentric old flame Frank Getchell, who warns her to steer clear of her new companion. Pulitzer prize-winner Michael Cunningham is writing the screenplay adaptation. No director has yet been attached to the project.

from goodreads: Ann Leary’s The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston’s North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She’s also a raging alcoholic. Hildy’s family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place—“if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday,” she advises “run for your life” — and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key to her drinking problem. As if battling her demons wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Hildy soon finds herself embroiled in the underbelly of her New England town, a craggy little place that harbors secrets. There’s a scandal, some mysticism, babies, old houses, drinking, and desire—and a love story between two craggy sixty-somethings that’s as real and sexy as you get.


First Look at Labor Day starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, directed by Jason Reitman


The film, based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, is about an escaped convict (Brolin) who convinces Adele (Winslet) to take him into her home over the labor day weekend. 13-year-old Henry Wheeler (Changling’s Gattlin Griffith) struggles with the difficulties of adolescence and caring for his reclusive mother. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape all of them for the rest of their lives. Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, JK Simmons, Brooke Smith and James Van Der Beek co-star.


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Women’s History Month: Biopics about Women Writers

black butterflies

Black Butterflies [2011]
Director: Paula van der Oest
Starring: Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham, Rutger Hauer
–about the volatile life of South African poet Ingrid Jonker


Sylvia [2003]
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig
Director: Christine Jeffs
–focuses on relationship between poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes


Iris [2001]
Starring: Judi Densch, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet
Director: Richard Eyre
–lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley from their days as students through her battle with Alzheimer’s disease

becoming jane

Becoming Jane [2007]
Starring: Anne Hathaway
Director: Julian Jarrold
–pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman

miss potter

Miss Potter [2006]
Starring: Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson
Director: Chris Noonan
–Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children’s book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”


The Children of the Century [1999]
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Benoit Magimel
Director: Diane Kurys
–love affair between novelist George Sand and author Alfred de Musset

mrs parker

Mrs. Parker and the Viscous Circle [1994]
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cambell Scott, Peter Gallagher
Director: Alan Rudolph
–Dorothy Parker and her heyday with the Algonquin Round Table circle of friends


Impromptu [1991]
Starring: Judy Davis, Hugh Grant, Mandy Patinkin
Director: James Lapine
–writer George Sand pursues pianist/composer Frederic Chopin in 1830s France

angel at my table

An Angel at My Table [1990]
Starring: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson
Director: Jane Campion
–Janet Frame grows up with lots of brothers and sisters in a poor family in 1920s and 1930s New Zealand. She always feels different from others. After getting education as a teacher, she’s sent to a mental institution for eight years. She gains success when she begins writing novels.

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FILM: photo from the Labor Day set

Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin currently filming the Joyce Maynard novel Labor Day, directed by Jason Reitman in Acton.

it’s set in the late 70s/ early 80s.

here’s the mailbox with the fiction town of Holton Mills and the newpaper Holton Mills Ledger:

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Contagion Trailer

*remember not to touch your face so much. germs. germs. germs.*

directed by Steven Soderbergh

Matt Damon
Gwyneth Paltrow
Jude Law
Kate Winslet
Laurence Fishburne
Sanaa Lathan
Jennifer Ehle
Marion Cotillard

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Mildred Pierce on HBO March 27

Synopsis: story of a proud single mother struggling to earn her daughter’s love during the Great Depression in middle-class Los Angeles.

The five-part miniseries, produced in association with MGM, will follow the story laid out by James M. Cain in his 1941 novel of the same name.

co-written and directed by Todd Haynes [Safe, Far from Heaven]


Kate Winslet [Revolutionary Road, The Reader]
Guy Pearce [The Hurt Locker, Memento]
Evan Rachel Wood [True Blood]
Brian O’Byrne [Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead]
James LeGros [Zodiac, Mercy]
Melissa Leo [Frozen River, The Fighter]
Mare Winningham [George Wallace]
Hope Davis [In Treatment]

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some favorite films about love [not always happy] for Valentine’s Day

Though I rarely have a valentine on Valentine’s Day and am not a particular fan of the holiday, I’m hopeful to find LOVE someday. Here are some of my favorite love stories on film.

Brokeback Mountain
“I can’t quit you.” That just says it all. Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger show what unconditional love is all about.

Love & Sex
Kate [Famke Janssen] is a magazine writer given the assignment to write about love and sex: a guide for single women. She hasn’t dated since she broke up with Adam [Jon Favreau]. In writing the article she recalls past romances and Adam keeps coming back. It’s hysterical and Janssen and Favreau are great together.

Romeo & Juliet
Shakepeare’s classic story of star-crossed lovers gets the updated treatment with Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
When a romance goes awry, would you want to erase all memories of it and that person you loved? That is the unique concept behind writer Charlie Kaufman’s script. Under the astute direction of Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, ranks as one of my favorite films. It is a fabulous and romantic film. It’s amazing and thoughtful and the performances are brilliant all around [Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood].

The Apartment
Love Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon together here. Such a romantic classic and it won Best Picture in 1960. Fran [MacLaine] is an elevator operator in CC. “Bud” [Lemmon] Baxter’s office building. She keeps having affairs with married men. Bud falls for Fran and wants to protect her at all costs.
“That’s the way it crumbles . . . cookie-wise.”

Roman Holiday
Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn together. I need not say much more. Audrey won an Oscar for her performance as a rebellious princess who sets off to explore Rome on her own. She meets an American newspaper reporter who wants a real scoop. He pretends he doesn’t know who she is to get the story but then they fall in love. Oh so romantic!

Love and Basketball
Friends since they were children, both Monica [Sanaa Lathan] and Quincy [Omar Epps] are ace basketball players. Both make very different decisions about their relationship, the sport and their academic careers. It’s a fantastic sports film and feminist love story [written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood].

Kate & Leopold
Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman make time travel so appealing. Do you ever wonder if you were born at the wrong time or in the wrong place? I’ve thought about it. This is a fun and sweet film.

Pride & Prejudice
Keira Knightley stars as Lizzie Bennet in this Jane Austen classic. This is probably my favorite adaptation [excluding the miniseries with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth].

Two literary scholars are studying Victorian poets who had an affair. This brings together Maud [Gwyneth Paltrow] and Roland [Aaron Eckhart] as they attempt to uncover the mystery of the Victorian affair. Based on the wonderful novel by A.S. Byatt.

The Whole Wide World
Writer Robert Howard [Vincent D'Onofrio] created the Conan the Barbarian series. This is the true story of his love affair with a small town school teacher Novalyne Price [Renee Zellweger].

Before Sunrise/ Before Sunset
It’s imperative that you do a double feature of these Richard Linklater romantic films starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

A brokenhearted street musician [Glen Hansard] meets a keyboardist [Marketa Irglova] and for a week they make music together and fall in love. The soundtrack is spectacular too.

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In the Realm: Academy Awards 2010

THE historic moment

Basically this is a transcript of my live tweeting of the show. I got shut down for too many tweets at one point so there’s a gap most likely.

–I’m pretty pleased at myself for seeing 7/10 of the Best Pic noms. I had no desire to see Avatar and missed UP! and a Serious Man unfortunately. But plan to see. May even see Avatar.

–Great, hysterical opening with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, Handsome, smart and funny guys. At first I was annoyed by two white older guys hosting the show but they did an excellent job. First time I’ve ever laughed during Academy Awards opening. At first I was annoyed two white guys but they are smart, attractive and funny.

–Everyone MUST see A Single Man. Colin Firth is so moving.

–Gabby has great attitude. Good for her to enjoy every moment for a young actress.

–Best Supporting Actor–Christoph Waltz [Inglourious Basterds]
Very humble. Just really, really kind.: “This is where we are going but we are going the other way.”

–Kathryn Bigelow looks stunning. Why does she have to be seated in front of James Cameron? don’t care if they are on good terms. Women like Kathyrn Bigelow are threats to Hollywood.

–Only four women ever nominated for Best Director in 81 years. Atrocious. I think women only get green-lit for dumb rom-coms.

Amanda Seyfried looking glam

–Miley! Put your boobs away. Follow Amanda Seyfried’s style guide. She’s classy. You are not. Sorry to put you down.

I thought QT wrote the BEST screenplay this year.

–Cannot believe that QT didn’t win for Best Original Screenplay!

–Nice John Hughes tribute with Matthew Broderick and Molly Ringwald. Then clips of films I saw in the theater in high school/jr. high. Pretty in Pink was a film I adored in HS. Loved and wanted to be Molly’s character. And none of the women are acting in film anymore. Do people see that all these great women in Hughes’s films are barely in films anymore? Over 35! So unfortunate that once women hit 35, no more roles in film. Yet the men keep going: John Cusack, Robert Downey Jr., Macauley Culkin [great to see him and he was great saying that Hughes treated him with “dignity” even at age 9].

–Tina Fey never looks v. good at awards shows. Who dressed her and her hair always messy?

–Ben Stiller comes out dressed like Avatar blue people to present award for Best Makeup. Stiller is so funny: “I should have worn Spock ears. I own two pairs. but that would’ve been too nerdy.” He always has to DO something when he presents.

–NPR had great piece I think on All Things Considered about the importance of make-up and costuming to an actor getting into character. And sometimes subtle is more important to building that character.

–I MUST see A Serious Man [Coen Brothers always impressive] and I’m never missing another film at Coolidge Corner again.

–Now Oscars become a predictable popularity contest. Precious takes best screenplay. I thought In the Loop or District 9 deserved it more.

–We all knew Mo’Nique would win for Precious but she did amazing job. “Sometimes you have to avoid doing what’s popular to do what’s right.” Precious is a tough watch but very stirring film.

–Best Costume Design: The Young Victoria is not a surprise. Why? Period pieces have more lavish costumes and I’m glad that winner Sandy Powell (who has won two other Oscars for Shakespeare in Love and The Aviator] said that those that do less flashy costume design deserve as much credit.

–Costume design – an all women category though the reality is: it’s a female-centric job role like nursing. Very accepted for women to work in make-up and costume design and not as much for directing and producing.

I'm going to pout because I HAVE to be here. How dull.

–In a tribute to horror films awkward pairing of Taylor Lautner and Kristin Stewart. Blah blah. Sorry you had to get out of bed for the Oscars Kristin Stewart. Could she BE any less excited?

–I’d rather see the musical scores with clips of the films than with a bunch of dancers in sweatshirts.

–Nice speech by winner of Best Musical Score: “If you want to be creative. Just do it.”

–Best Editing to husband-wife duo for the Hurt Locker.

–So glad The Cove won Best Documentary. It was so disturbing and I thought about it for days and days afterwards which makes it a powerful documentary.

Kathryn Bigelow wins with a little indie: The Hurt Locker

–Historic moment: Kathryn Bigelow wins Best Director. First woman EVER.

–Will it be white guy or one of the minority in Hollywood to win Best Director? thanks Oscars announcer.

–From Robert Ebert: Almodovar intros a category in which his Broken Embraces absolutely should have been nominated.

–Michelle Pfeiffer gorgeous and a delight. Pfeiffer has done films but as she’s over 40 no one cares. Just did Cheri this year.

–Adore Tim Robbins– such a talent.

I will watch this gorgeous amazing actor in anything.

–My crush Colin Farrell: brilliant actor and gorgeous. No awards show complete without him. Kind, thoughtful words about his friend Jeremy Renner.

Classy, classy, classy.

–Kate Winslet: classy, amazing actor and lovely.

Wonderful, majestic actress.

–Helen Mirren outstanding in Last Station.

–There’s a pic of Oprah behind Oprah instead of film?

–Really Academy? Bullock. Ooh she was blonde and it was a “serious” film. Bullock is giving a wonderful speech and lovely mentions to other noms.

–Woot! Kathryn Bigelow wins Best Director!!! So deserving. History made in only 8 decades– First woman EVER.

–Keanu [Point Break] introducing Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker. So she proved she could make it tonight, after years toiling away.

–Indie film takes it: The Hurt Locker. 6 awards. How cute of those guys–Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie jumping up and down and cheering with arms around each other! So happy. Intense film.

–Even James Cameron had said Bigelow deserves the win. Do people already forget? Maybe no one should talk before awards for more suspense.

–Jeremy Renner brought his mom at as a date. Sweet. And he said he’s going right to the bar!

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