Golden Globe-nominated Greta Gerwig will make her off-Broadway stage debut this June in MCC Theater’s production of The Village Bike. The Frances Ha star will lead the cast as Becky, the pregnant and frisky protagonist of Penelope Skinner’s award-winning play, who sorts out her domestic frustrations by embarking on an affair. Sam Gold (Fun Home) directs for the MCC’s Main Stage. The Village Bike will open June 10 with previews beginning May 22. Gerwig’s also set to star on the small screen in 20th Century Fox’s How I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad.
Miss Deadline’s top TV stories? Catch up on the week now:
Bob Costas Returns To Sochi Olympics Coverage Monday (Photo)
By Lisa De Moraes – Bob Costas returned to the NBC Olympics studios at the International Broadcast Center in Sochi, Russia, today to prepare to resume his primetime and late night hosting duties tomorrow night.
‘Snake Salvation’ Star Dead From Snake Bite; NatGeo To Air Tribute Episode
By Jen Yamato – With the first season fully filmed National Geographic had no plans for a second season of Snake Salvation, says a network rep. Now in the wake of Jamie Coots‘ death NatGeo is working up a special tribute episode “so people can understand Pastor Jamie and his method of worship and see that he died doing what he believed was his calling.”
Actors Added To Fox’s Matt Hubbard, ABC’s Jeff Lowell Comedy Pilots
By Nellie Andreeva – Ely Henry (Suburgatory) and Asif Ali have been cast as leads in Cabot College, Fox‘s multi-camera comedy pilot from Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.
R.I.P. ‘The Waltons’ Patriarch Ralph Waite
By The Deadline Team – The man who played the patriarch on CBS’ long-running series The Waltons has died. Ralph Waite was 85. He also had been recurring since 2008 as Papa Gibbs, the father of Mark Harmon’s character, on NCIS.
Greta Gerwig To Topline CBS’ ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff
By Nellie Andreeva – Indie darling Greta Gerwig will lead the cast of How I Met Your Dad, CBS’ spinoff from long-running comedy series How I Met Your Mother.
Indie darling Greta Gerwig will lead the cast of How I Met Your Dad, CBS’ spinoff from long-running comedy series How I Met Your Mother. With Gerwig on board, the project, which had a pilot production commitment, has been given a formal pilot greenlight. 20th Century Fox TV, which is behind the original series, is producing. In addition to starring, Gerwig — who has co-written several features — will serve as a producer on HIMYD and is expected to write. Her deal comes after a lengthy courtship, with the excitement among TV casting executives about the prospect of her doing a series comparable to that when another indie princess, Zooey Deschanel, agreed to do a pilot three years ago with New Girl (also at 20th TV). Getting Gerwig to do HIMYD was considered so important that the studio is willing to move production of the series to New York for her after the pilot, which will be shot in Los Angeles. Written/exec produced by Emily Spivey and How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, How I Met Your Dad is described as kindred spirit of HIMYM, telling the story from a female point of view. That will come from Sally (Gerwig), a female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea of where she’s going in life. After breaking up with her husband of less than a year, Sally finds a solid circle of support in her friends and family. HIMYM‘s Pam Fryman is directing.
EXCLUSIVE: Rebecca Miller is building a strong cast for Maggie’s Plan, the romantic comedy of manners that she will direct based on the script she wrote from a story by Karen Rinaldi. She has just set Julianne Moore to join Greta Gerwig, who plays the central character, a young woman trying to make her way in New York City.
Miller, who scripted and helmed The Ballad Of Jack And Rose and The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee, will shoot this fall in New York. Moneyball’s Rachael Horovitz is producing through Specialty Films with Damon Cardasis, who partners with Miller in her upstart production shingle Round Films. Moore will be one of several major pieces of talent that Miller is adding to the film. Moore is in the midst of playing President Alma Coin in the two final films being adapted from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. She also wrapped Legendary Pictures’ Seventh Son opposite Jeff Bridges. Moore is repped by CAA and Management 360.
EXCLUSIVE: Rebecca Miller will next direct Maggie’s Plan, a romantic comedy of manners that will star Frances Ha’s Greta Gerwig. Miller, who scripted and helmed The Ballad Of Jack And Rose and The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee, wrote the script, based on a story by Karen Rinaldi. Moneyball’s Rachael Horovitz is producing through Specialty Films with Damon Cardasis, who partners with Miller in her upstart production shingle Round Films. Gerwig is the lead, and Miller tells me that she will cast several other major parts this month and shoot in the fall in New York.
“It’s the story of a young woman and the joys and pitfalls of trying to make your own way in New York City,” said Miller, who searched long and hard for the right actress to anchor the film. “Greta has a very specific kind of innocent intelligence about her that made her perfect for this part. I’m so happy I found her.” Miller, daughter of the great playwright Arthur Miller, most recently finished her second novel Jacob’s Folly, and got the idea for Maggie’s Plan from Rinaldi, an author friend.
Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘The English Teacher’, ‘Frances Ha’, ‘Augustine’, ‘Pieta’, ‘Black Rock’, 33 Postcards’
Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
After co-writing last summer’s animated box office hit Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Noah Baumbach returns to the Specialty realm with Frances Ha, which debuts this weekend theatrically. Baumbach co-wrote with Greta Gerwig, who also stars in the film. Also opening is veteran TV director Craig Zisk’s The English Teacher, starring Julianne Moore. French period drama Augustine joins Friday’s newcomers, starring Chiara Mastroianni, while Sundance Midnight thriller Black Rock also joins the fray along with Venice Golden Lion winner Pieta and Guy Pearce starter, 33 Postcards.
The feature, directed by Craig Zisk had its World Premiere at the recent Tribeca Film Festival, though distributor Cinedigm caught a private sneak of the film last fall in New York. “We fell in love with the playful wit of the screenplay, the polished direction by Craig Zisk and the terrific performances by the stellar cast, including Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane, Michael Angarano and Lilly Collins”, noted Cinedigm’s co-president entertainment Susan Margolins. “We chose this weekend to follow closely on the heels of the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.” The comedy-drama stars Moore as a high school English teacher who lives in a small town living a simple existence. A former pupil (Angarano) returns after failing to succeed as a playwright in New York, and she convinces him to produce his play at the school. But his overbearing father has other plans.
Greta Gerwig is front and center (in black and white) in the first trailer for Noah Baumbach‘s Frances Ha, which Baumbach and Gerwig co-scripted together. The actress and director reunite after collaborating on 2010′s Greenberg for the seriocomic character study of a 27-year-old dancer adrift in New York City. Mickey Sumner and Adam Driver co-star. IFC Films snapped up North and Latin American rights in September after it screened at Telluride and Toronto. The pic gets a stateside bow on May 17. Here’s the trailer:
Sundance, Cannes and Berlin are just some of the world’s top festivals where major movie sales are completed. But Telluride is mostly a launchpad for Fall awards contenders. Yet, unexpectedly, this 39th edition is drawing a large number of distributors interested in picking up some great deals. Among the titles for sale here are Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha starring a delightful Greta Gergwig; Canada’s and Sri Lanka’s Midnight’s Children; thriller The Iceman starring Michael Shannon; director Sally Potter’s Ginger And Rosa; the documentary Love, Marilyn based on newly discovered diaries of Marilyn Monroe; and Saudi Arabia’s Wadjda. Of course, 2009′s The Last Station devised an unusual strategy by exclusively premiering in Telluride and also nabbing a Sony Pictures Classics deal plus two major acting Oscar nominations. And in 2010, Fox Searchlight execs saw a secret showing of The Tree Of Life here and quickly nailed rights for the film, which would eventually be nominated for Best Picture of 2011.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Bruce Norris, Greta Gerwig and Rhys Ifans are in negotiations to join HBO’s drama pilot The Corrections. In the Noah Baumbach/Scott Rudin project, the four would join previously cast Chris Cooper, Dianne Wiest and Ewan McGregor. Based on Jonathan Franzen’s acclaimed book, The Corrections revolves around the troubles of a Midwestern couple (Cooper and Wiest) and their three adult children as they trace their lives from the mid-20th century to “one last Christmas” together near the turn of the millennium. In her first-ever series gig, Oscar-nominated Gyllenhaal would play the youngest sibling, beautiful chef Denise. McGregor plays Chip, the middle child, a journalist and intellectual wannabe screenwriter who works for a Lithuanian crime boss (Ifans) defrauding American investors. Playwright-actor Norris would play the older brother, a successful but depressed banker with a drinking problem. Gerwig, star of Baumbach’s most recent feature Greenberg, would play Chip’s soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend, who works for a film production company. Baumbach and Franzen co-wrote the adaptation, with Baumbach set to direct the pilot. The two are executive producing with Rudin.
BREAKING: Woody Allen has changed the title of his new Rome-set film from the confusing The Bop Decameron to the much catchier Nero Fiddled. Allen got tired of all the blank stares he received when telling people the title of his film, and found something that better conveys the locale. He shot the film this summer and starred in it with Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. The film is a Gravier Productions comedy produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. It’s the first Allen film funded by the Italian production/distribution company Medusa Film. Nero Fiddled will be released next year. Allen’s most recent film, Midnight In Paris, crossed $50 million to become his career highest-grosser in North America.
EXCLUSIVE: Eva Mendes is set and Greta Gerwig is in talks to star alongside Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper in The Place Beyond The Pines, a multi-generational crime drama that Blue Valentine’s Derek Cianfrance will direct for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. The drama tracks the tragic consequences of a showdown between a motorcycle rider-turned-bank robber (Gosling) and a cop-turned-politician (Cooper). Mendes will play the robber’s love interest and mother of his child, and Gerwig is in talks to play the politician’s wife.The film begins production next month. Mendes most recently starred in Last Night and The Other Guys while Gerwig starred in Arthur and Greenberg and has just begun shooting Lola Versus, the Daryl Wein-directed Fox Searchlight comedy that also stars The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman.
Kimmel, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky and Jamie Patricof will produce. SKE’s Jim Tauber and Matt Berenson will be exec producers. Howell, Orlovsky and Patricof teamed on Blue Valentine. Cianfrance wrote The Place Beyond the Pines with Ben Coccio. Sierra/Affinity’s Nick Meyer is selling foreign.
NEW YORK, NY (March 29, 2011) –Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release Oscar nominated Whit Stillman’s latest film Violet Wister’s DAMSELS IN DISTRESS worldwide. Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer produced alongside Stillman, who also wrote the screenplay.
The film stars Greta Gerwig (GREENBERG, upcoming ARTHUR remake), Adam Brody (THE ROMANTICS, upcoming SCREAM 4) and Analeigh Tipton (CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE with Steve Carrell, America’s Next Top Model).
Violet Wister’s DAMSELS IN DISTRESS is a comedy that follows a trio of beautiful girls who set out to revolutionize life at a grungy East Coast university – the dynamic leader Violet Wister (Gerwig), principled Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and sexy Heather (Carrie MacLemore). They welcome transfer student Lily (Tipton) into their group which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good scent and musical dance numbers. The girls become romantically entangled with a series of men –including slick Charlie (Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker) and the mad frat pack of Frank (Ryan Metcalf) and Thor (Billy Magnussen)—who threaten the girls’ friendship and sanity.
Warner Bros has issued a new trailer for Arthur, with Russell Brand playing the drunken playboy originated by Dudley Moore in 1981, Helen Mirren in John Gielgud’s role, Greta Gerwig the street smart woman originated by Liza Minnelli, and Jennifer Garner as the uptight society gal he’s engaged to. The Jason Winer-directed redo will be released April 8: