James Franco, Chris O’Dowd Debut On Broadway In ‘Of Mice And Men’

By | Tuesday November 26, 2013 @ 3:04am PST
Mike Fleming

James Franco and Chris O’Dowd have signed on to make their Broadway debuts in Of Mice And Men, the first new production of the John Steinbeck novel … Read More »

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‘Sapphires’ Star Chris O’Dowd In ‘St. Vincent De Van Nuys’ Talks

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 8:09am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chris O’Dowd, who opens today in The Sapphires, is in early talks to join Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy in St. Vincent De Van Nuys, the film that Ted Melfi will direct from his script for The Weinstein Company and Chernin Entertainment. O’Dowd will play a sympathetic Catholic priest shocked to see the influence that the title character has on an angelic 12-year-old boy whose hardworking single mother (McCarthy) foists the child care duties on Murray’s character. He is a cantankerous train wreck who takes the kid under his corrupt wing. The project, which Chernin Entertainment developed for two years with Melfi’s Black List script, has been compared to As Good As It Gets or even TWC’s recent Silver Linings Playbook for the way it mixes comedy and human pathos.

Related: Melissa McCarthy To Get Offer For Coveted Female Lead In ‘St. Vincent De Van Nuys’ Read More »

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Searching For Roots In ‘Family Tree’: TCA

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 5:22pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

There are a lot of slashes in the titles of the guys in charge of HBO’s new series Family Tree, making its debut in the spring. Christopher Guest is writer/director/executive producer, and Jim Piddock is writer/creator/executive producer and also plays the role of Martin Pfister in the single-camera, documentary style show. (Executive producer Karen Murphy was not present).

Only actor Chris O’Dowd, who portrays Tom Chadwick, has no official title slash. But even his work calls for an extra level of creativity, since the show’s structure will reflect the improvisational mockumentary elements of Guest’s movies. “It’s very freeing, but very pressured at the moment,” said O’Dowd.

Related: Before ‘Downton Abbey’ There Was ‘Parade’s End’: TCA

Dowd’s character, Tom, is a 30-year-old man who has recently lost his job and girlfriend, and goes on a quest for his family identity when he inherits a mysterious box of memorabilia from a great aunt he never met. That story, Guest said, is based on his own experience going through the inherited belongings of his father, who died 16 years ago. Read More »

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HBO And BBC Two Greenlight Christopher Guest Comedy Series Starring Chris O’Dowd

By | Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 9:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HBO has given a straight-to-series order to Family Tree, a single-camera comedy from Christopher Guest starring BridesmaidsChris O’Dowd. Written and created by Guest and frequent collaborator Jim Piddock … Read More »

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Brits Dominate BAFTA’s Orange Rising Star Longlist

The longlist for BAFTA’s 2012 Orange Rising Star Award has been announced. The group is made up of 4 Brits, 2 Americans, an Irishman and an Aussie who are seen as the hottest up-and-comers of the year – though some … Read More »

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Weight Loss Comedy From Chris O’Dowd & Port/Wiseman Lands At NBC With Penalty

By | Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 5:36pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After a lengthy four-way bidding war among ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS, Big Men, a comedy from Irish actor-comedian (and Bridesmaids standout) Chris O’Dowd and writer-producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, has landed at NBC with a script commitment … Read More »

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