The independent sales company will handle foreign sales for As Cool As I Am, a comedy-drama starring Claire Danes and James Marsden, at AFM this year. The Homeland actress and X-Men alum play self-centered parents whose daughter Lucy (Sarah Bolger) looks for the comfort she can’t get at home in cooking classes with chief Mario Batalli. Batalli, Jeremy Sisto, Thomas Mann and Peter Fonda also star. Max Mayer directs Virginia Korus Spragg’s screenplay she adapted from Peter Fromm’s 2003 novel. Matt Williams and Judd Payne of Wind Dancer Films produced the film with Anthony Mastromauro of Identity Films; Wind Dancer’s David McFadzean and Dete Meserve executive produce with Ginger Sledge. Radiant’s Mimi Steinbauer will oversee the international rollout of the film. The company also has The Citizen and Trust Me, starring William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and Allison Janney, on its AFM sales slate.
Monica Corcoran Harel is contributing to Deadline’s Emmy coverage
Movie stars are not like you and me. But TV actresses? Not so far off. What always makes the red carpet at the Emmys so very appealing is the fact that some of these show ponies are short and maybe even a little stubby — in a good way. Seeing our favorite near mortals is actually enlightening and not just intimidating.
Take the nominated funny ladies. Tina Fey went regal and looked stunning in a deep burgundy strapless Vivienne Westwood column gown with an architectural bodice. Her tastefully teased upswept hairstyle lent a few inches to her frame and rendered her someone you wouldn’t dare disrespect. Amy Poehler — fresh off a break-up from her husband Will Arnett — smartly opted for sexy in a sequined Stella McCartney halter gown that proved she hasn’t been hibernating with vats of Haagen-Dazs. Kristen Wiig, bedecked in a creamy, diaphanous Balenciaga that contrasted with her newly raven hair, paired her dress with sandy suede pumps that made me wonder if she said, “Screw the pedicure” this morning and slept in. Um, who can’t relate to that eleventh-hour decision?
When it came to color trends, red, silver and blue easily won out. Nominee Mayim Bailik in Pamella Roland (looking like your favorite cousin at a wedding), voluptuous Kat Dennings in J. Mendel (looking more like your husband’s favorite cousin) and Gretchen Mol all chose variations on the hue. Lucy Liu, outfitted in a deco-inspired and armor-like metal Versace, claimed that her dress was “heavy.” I suspect her gown also reflected the merciless sun on anyone nearby with the intensity of a hair removal laser. Nominee Connie Britton — wearing a fabulous Andrew Gn gown with a halter trimmed in crystals and a chic belt — shone like a beacon of glamour for fortysomething women. Ditto for Jane Krakowski.
The ladies in blue category swept the farthest and widest though. Among them, the nominated Sofia Vergara, in a deep turquoise sequined Zuhair Murad gown with a back that showed off the dimples above her posterior, came out on top. That woman works a dress like a farmer works an ox! Hayden Panettiere’s sari-like blue tulle and embroidered gold brocade Marchesa gown felt like a bit too much fabric for such a young star, though it still stood out.
GOLDEN GLOBES TV: ‘Homeland’ & ‘Modern Family’ Land Top Honors; Big Night For Freshman Series, Pay Cable And 20th TV
Pay cable triumphed at the Golden Globe Awards. Of the 11 TV categories, premium cable networks won seven, compared with two for broadcast and two for basic cable in a field dominated by shows and programs which the general public is largely unfamiliar with. If we take out British imports Downton Abbey and Luther, the final score is 7-1-1. Until the final TV award of the night — best comedy series, which went to ABC’s Emmy-winning and hugely popular Modern Family — pay cable networks had swept every one of the six top series category including best drama series for Showtime’s Homeland. What’s more, all three premium cable networks were represented: HBO and Showtime won three awards each, and Starz earned its first Golden Globe for Boss‘ star Kelsey Grammer. Showtime also scored a first, landing its first best series win for Homeland. The thriller drama was the only multiple winner tonight with two statuettes; it also won for best actress in a drama series with Claire Danes, who extended her perfect record at the Golden Globes with a third victory in three nominations. Danes’ victory came 17 years after she won the category for her first series, ABC’s My So-Called Life. (Danes also earned a Globe last year for the HBO movie Temple Grandin.) Pay cable’s other top series wins include best comedy actress Laura Dern of HBO’s Enlightened and best comedy actor Matt LeBlanc for Showtime’s Episodes. Additionally, a pay cable series also won the hodgepodge supporting actor in a TV series/mini-series/TV movie category, which went to Peter Dinklage of HBO’s Game Of Thrones. On the distaff side, a Golden Globe went to Jessica Lange of FX’s American Horror Story, one of only two statuettes for basic cable programs. The other was for Idris Elba, winner for best actor in a mini-series/TV movie for BBC America’s Luther.
A week after picking up drama pilot Homeland to series, Showtime has released its first advance peek at the series, which starts production in the summer. The thriller, based on Gideon Raff’s Israeli …
New Showtime entertainment president David Nevins is going 2-for-2 in his first development season at the pay cable network, picking up both pilots he ordered — drama Homeland and comedy House of Lies — to series. Both have received 12-episode orders and will start production in the summer. Thriller Homeland, from 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Emmy and Mandy Patinkin, while management consulting comedy House of Lies is toplined by Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. “Homeland and House of Lies are audacious in both their concept and their casting,” Nevins said. “They build upon the network’s successful pedigree and expand the definition of what a Showtime series can be.
Showtime had been courting Claire Danes for the female lead in its drama pilot Homeland. Now the Emmy winner has closed a deal to star in the pilot from 24 executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, her first series …
EXCLUSIVE: Emmy winner Claire Danes is in talks for the female lead in Showtime’s drama pilot Homeland. The psychological thriller, from former 24 executive producer/showrunner Howard Gordon, would mark Danes’ first series gig since her star-making turn on ABC’s My So-Called Life 15 years ago, which earned her a Golden Globe award and an Emmy nomination. Michael Cuesta (Dexter) is directing Homeland, which is produced by Fox 21. Based on the Israeli format Hatufim aka Prisoners of War, it tells the story of an U.S. Marine Sergeant Scott Brody who is recovered during a drone strike 10 years after going missing during the invasion of Baghdad. It centers on Carrie Anderson – the role that Danes would play – a smart, driven and iconoclastic CIA case officer who tracks down threats to homeland security coming from the Middle East.
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s Emmy coverage.
Temple Grandin herself was on hand, along with her mother, to witness the near sweep of the HBO movie that bears her name, along with awards for Claire Danes’ lead performance, for directing, and for the supporting performances of Julia Ormand and …
Claire Danes hasn’t done much TV since making an all-too-brief but memorable splash in 1994-1995 as the precocious teen star of the ABC drama My So-Called Life. Several dozen feature film roles have followed. But the 31-year-old Danes came back to TV and received rave reviews for her starring role as the autistic title character in the HBO biopic Temple Grandin that premiered in February. Her competition in the Primetime Emmy category as lead made-for-TV-movie/miniseries actress is formidable: Maggie Smith (Capturing Mary), Joan Allen (Georgia O’Keefe), Dame Judi Dench (Return to Cranford) and Hope Davis (The Special Relationship). Media see Danes as the favorite to cart off the trophy on August 29th for the film which generated 15 Emmy nominations in all. Danes spoke this week with Deadline Hollywood contributor Ray Richmond about the difficulty of portraying a living person — yet how rewarding the experience turned out to be:
Deadline Hollywood: What were the challenges of portraying a character based on an actual woman who is still very much alive?
Claire Danes: It was quite daunting. That would be true of anyone who were living, but particularly so in the case of someone as complex as Temple. I respect her so completely. I didn’t want to fail her or the millions of people who cherish her. I was very aware of the dangers of disappointing Temple, and all of the people who care so much for her. Also, the lady has such an amazing eye for detail, like no one else. I could only attempt to interpret that, not duplicate it. No way could I be her.