In a move not entirely unlike casting Michele Pfeiffer in a film role originated onstage by Kathy Bates (which is what happened when Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune became Frankie And Johnny), Amber Tamblyn will play a woman who emphatically terminates her four-year relationship with her boyfriend when she finds out he’s described her looks as “regular” when the Geffen Playhouse presents Neil LaBute‘s excellent drama Reasons To Be Pretty next month.
Shawn Hatosy (Southland, Reckless) is Greg, the thoughtful-but-stuck-in-a-dead-end-job boyfriend of Tamblyn’s Steph, and they will have the pleasure of duking it out in the opening scene, one of the funniest, nastiest, loudest smackdowns ever written, in a flash-flood of epithets that would make Trey Parker blush.
Opposite them will be Nick Gehlfuss (Shameless, The Newsroom), as Greg’s not precisely reliable macho friend Kent, and Alicia Witt (Justified, 88 Minutes) as his wife Carly. The show, which was nominated for a Tony best play award in 2009 (which was before it got capital letters), will be staged by Geffen a.d. Randall Arney. The run is July 29-August 31, with the official opening set for August 6.
EXCLUSIVE: A Harper offspring once again will be a permanent fixture on Two And A Half Men. Amber Tamblyn, who had been signed for a five-episode recurring stint playing Charlie Harper’s (Charlie Sheen) long-lost illegitimate 25-year-old daughter, has been made a regular on the veteran CBS comedy series. The move comes as Tamblyn is working on the fifth and last episode of her original arc and ensures a seamless transition to a regular status. Tamblyn made her debut in Two And A Half Men’s 11th-season premiere when Jenny shocked her uncle Alan (Jon Cryer) by showing up at Walden’s (Ashton Kutcher) beach house trying to connect with what’s left of her family. She happens to like everything her dad liked, including women. Tamblyn appears in five of the first six episodes from 2.5 Men’s 11th season. She will now co-star alongside Kutcher and Cryer, filling the void left by the departure as a regular of original co-lead Angus T. Jones, who plays Alan’s son (aka the “half” in Two And A Half Men). With the promotion, Tamblyn, repped by UTA and Hyler Management, becomes a regular on a CBS series exactly a decade after her breakout first regular role on another CBS series, drama Joan Of Arcadia, which premiered the same September 2003 week as 2.5 Men.
EXCLUSIVE: Amber Tamblyn will star opposite Bob Odenkirk in Magic Stone Productions and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment’s Girlfriend’s Day. Odenkirk also penned the indie comedy-drama. Best Worst Movie‘s Michael Stephenson directs the pic about Ray (Odenkirk), a has-been greeting card writer who becomes entangled in a web of murder and deceit as writers scramble to create the perfect card for a new holiday dubbed Girlfriend’s Day. Tamblyn will play a “Cardie” – a fan of greeting card writers – who becomes involved with Ray and helps him recapture his former glory. Filming is scheduled to begin in 2014 in LA. TV and film vet Tamblyn most recently appeared briefly in 127 Hours and Django Unchained and is set to join the 11th season of CBS’s Two and a Half Men in September. Meanwhile Odenkirk appears in Alexander Payne’s Nov. 15 awards pic Nebraska and will front AMC‘s just-announced Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. Tamblyn is repped by UTA, Hyler Management and Sloane, Offer, Weber, Dern, LLP.
After a lengthy search, Amber Tamblyn has been tapped for the buzzy new role on veteran CBS comedy Two And A Half Men. Tamblyn will play Jenny, Charlie Harper’s (former 2.5 Men star Charlie Sheen) illegitimate daughter. Jenny has moved to L.A. to pursue acting and connect with what’s left of her family. In a twist, she likes everything her dad liked, including women. For now, Tamblyn is set to recur in five episodes. But if it pops, the character could potentially become a co-lead on the show alongside stars Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher, filling the void left by the departure as a regular of original co-lead Angus T. Jones (aka the “half” in Two And A Half Men). There is a scenario for Jenny to eventually move in with Walden (Kutcher) and her uncle Alan Harper (Cryer). Tamblyn, repped by UTA, Hyler Management and Sloane Offer Weber Dern, got her break on CBS as the lead of Joan Of Arcadia and also did a season-long arc on Fox’s House.
EXCLUSIVE: The ensemble relationship drama is already filming in New York under helmer Ryan Piers Williams (The Dry Land). Amber Tamblyn, hot off her CBS pilot The Anatomy Of Violence, joins America Ferrera, Common, Melonie Diaz, Jon Paul Phillips, Dree Hemingway, Ann Dowd, Adam Rapp, Maria Dizzia, and David Harbour in the drama. She’ll play Stacey, a close friend of Silvia (Ferrera) and Mark (Williams) and partner to Tessa (Sue Jean Kim), who has her own demons to battle following her mother’s death. Ferrera and Williams are producing X/Y alongside Thomas B. Fore, Jason Michael Berman, and Kwesi Collisson. Mark G. Mathis, Margo Johnston, Dori A. Sperko, Paull Cho, Todd Feuer, Mike Feuer, Jason Silverman, Caroline Kaplan and Kim Gillingham are exec producing. Tamblyn is repped by UTA, Hyler Management and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, LLP. The House, M.D. alum most recently turned in a cameo in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.
EXCLUSIVE: In her first TV gig since her memorable season-long arc on House, Amber Tamblyn has signed on as the female lead opposite Skeet Ulrich in the CBS drama pilot Anatomy Of Violence, written and executive produced by Homeland‘s Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Alex Cary and directed by Mark Pellington. Inspired by the nonfiction book by Adrian Raine, the 20th TV-produced drama centers on Raines (Ulrich), a maverick FBI Criminal Psychiatrist with an expertise in sociopaths who partners with Abby (Tamblyn), a young female FBI Agent with whom he shares a conflicted past. Abby joined the Bureau after watching her sister get traumatized at the hands of a gunman thirteen years ago. Anatomy of Violence brings Tamblyn back to CBS where she broke out as the star of drama series Joan Of Arcadia, which earned her an Emmy nomination. The actress, repped by UTA and Hyler Management, recently wrapped the indie 3 Night In The Desert.
EXCLUSIVE: Production has just gotten underway on 3 Nights In The Desert, a drama that stars Amber Tamblyn, Wes Bentley and Boardwalk Empire‘s Vincent Piazza. Gabriel Cowan is directing the Adam Chanzit script in a co-production between New Artists Alliance and Caliber Media Company. Tamblyn, Bentley and Piazza play three estranged friends and former bandmates who reunite to celebrate turning 30. They come together for a weekend in the desert and expose unresolved wounds as they struggle with who they have become and what might have been had they done things differently.
Chanzit, who moved to China to live with Daoists, based the tale on his travels. Cowan has the musical experience from his days as a member of the bands Lode and Ear Two Thousand. Cowan’s producing with his New Artists Alliance partner John Suits, and Caliber’s Jack Heller and Dallas Sonnier are the executive producers alongside Kerry Johnson, Jon Wagner and Eric Sherman. New Artists recently completed the thriller Extracted, which Cowan and his partner co-wrote, while Caliber recently wrapped the Jessica Goldberg-directed Refuge. 3 Nights In The Desert is the second collaboration between New Artists and Caliber, which wrapped Static. Tamblyn’s repped by WME and Hyler Management, Bentley by WME and Untitled and Piazza by Gersh.
EXCLUSIVE: Following her memorable turn on Fox’s medical drama House this season, Amber Tamblyn is staying in business with Fox and House executive producer Katie Jacobs. Tamblyn has teamed with Jacobs and The Wire co-creator Ed Burns for a drama project that would star Tamblyn as a young teacher in the world of public education in America. The project, which has received a script commitment from the network, is being produced by 20th Century Fox TV.
Jacobs came up with the idea for the drama and pitched it to Tamblyn while the two were working together on House. Tamblyn loved it, and the two then brought in Burns, who was a public teacher in Baltimore (as well as a police detective) before he segued to writing. The three developed the project together, with Burns attached to write and Jacobs to direct. The show was set up at Fox and 20th TV through Jacobs’ joint overall deal with the network and studio. Jacobs and Burns are executive producing, with Tamblyn co-executive producing. Also expected to be part of the show is Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony-winning writer-star of the Broadway musical In the Heights. Miranda, also a former teacher, is friends with Jacobs and appeared in the two-hour sixth-season premiere of House, which she directed. On the feature side, Tamblyn, repped by WME and Hyler Management, has acquired the rights to Janet Fitch’s book Paint It Black and is writing a big-screen adaptation. … Read More »
Tamblyn is expected to, at least in part, fill the void left by House co-star Olivia Wilde who will be away from the show for a number of episodes this coming season while shooting Cowboys & Aliens. The seventh season of House premieres Monday, Sept. 20. Tamblyn, who got her break on the CBS drama Joan of Arcadia, will next be seen in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours opposite James Franco. She also starred on the underrated ABC dramedy The Unusuals and in the two Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies. She is with WME and Joan Hyler.