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Holly Hunter, Jesse Eisenberg Pump Up New Group’s 20th Season; Second Stage Grabs America Ferrera

By | Thursday June 26, 2014 @ 2:30pm PDT

Holly Hunter, Jesse Eisenberg Pump Up New Group’s 20th Season; Second Stage Grabs America FerreraUPDATES with more casting news, below: The New Group, an off-Broadway standard bearer, heads into its 20th season in a new home further west on 42nd Street with a lineup that will feature Cynthia Nixon (Sex And The City)  in her directing debut and the world premiere of a new play by and starring Jesse Eisenberg (Social Network). The season also includes the return to the stage of Dianne Weist and Holly Hunter.

The company leaves 42nd Street’s Theatre Row to take up residence a block west in the Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center complex, which has in a short time become one of the city’s premiere theater destinations, noted for its $25 ticket policy, live-jazz-accompanied cafe and open space bookstore. The season will kick off  in October with a revival of David Rabe’s seminal Vietnam-era drama Sticks And Bones, with Holly Hunter and Bill Pullman playing a black-comedy  riff on iconic American TV couple Ozzie and Harriet. Their world is turned inside out when son David returns home from the war. New Group artistic director Scott Elliott will direct. Joseph Papp’s original 1971 production moved to broadway and won the Tony Award for best play of 1972.
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‘Batman-Superman’ Pic Adds Holly Hunter, ’300′s Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 10:02am PDT
Mike Fleming

hhunterWarner Bros has added Holly Hunter, 300: Rise Of An Empire star Callan Mulvey, and The Wolverine‘s Tao Okamoto to join Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Jeremy Irons (Alfred), and Man Of Steel returnees Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane in the Zack Snyder-directed film.

CMulvey_MR-85-5x7-Crop-1Tao-C3-1The trio will play new characters. Mulvey just worked with Snyder in the 300 sequel. Chris Terrio and David Goyer wrote the script, and Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing. The pic opens May 6, 2016.

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Toronto: Holly Hunter Joins David Gordon Green’s ‘Manglehorn’

September 6, 2013 (Toronto, Canada) — Academy Award winner Holly Hunter (“Thirteen,” “The Piano”) has signed on to star in David Gordon Green’s drama, “Manglehorn,” financed and produced by Worldview Entertainment. Hunter will play the female lead character opposite Academy Award winner, Al Pacino, in the title role. Chris Messina (“Argo”) and Harmony Korine (“Spring Breakers”) will also star. Green will direct the film, which is based on a screenplay by Paul Logan. Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow, and COO, Molly Conners, will produce alongside Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng and Green. Principal photography will commence this fall in Austin, Texas.

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EMMYS Q&A: Holly Hunter

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:09pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV and awards coverage.

By her own admission, Holly Hunter has never been a traditional star. For one thing, she never tried to cash in on her fame and cache’ by forming her own production company and becoming a creator. That was true even after she earned her first of five Oscar nominations for Broadcast News in 1988, or after winning one for The Piano in 1994. Hunter has also atypically found comfort in shifting between leading lady and character actress, as well as between film and television. In fact, the same year she shot The Piano (1993), she was starring as the lead in HBO’s The Positively True Adventures Of The Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom. That role earned Hunter her second of two Emmy wins, the first having come in 1989 for her work in the NBC telepic Roe vs. Wade.

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Holly Hunter & William Hurt To Co-Star In Lifetime/History’s ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Mini

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 1:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

William HurtHolly HunterLifetime and History are surrounding the leads of their four-hour Bonnie & Clyde miniseries with top-caliber talent. Oscar winners Holly Hunter and William Hurt are set to co-star in the project, directed by Oscar-nominated helmer Bruce Beresford and produced by Sony Pictures TV and Craig Zadan and Meron’s Storyline Entertainment. This marks a reunion for the actors who starred together in James L. Brooks’ 1987 movie Broadcast News.

Written by John Rice and Joe Batteer, the mini is based on the true story of bank robbing couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow whose roles are still casting. Hunter will play Bonnie’s mother Emma Parker. After Emma’s husband died when Bonnie was only four, Emma moved with her three children to Dallas to find work as a seamstress. Hurt will play Frank Hamer, the Texas ranger credited with tracking down and killing Bonnie and Clyde. Originally set up at History, Bonnie & Clyde will now air simultaneously on two A+E Networks, the male-driven History and female-focused Lifetime, which has taken lead on the mini’s production. Both Hunter and Hurt have received four Oscar nominations, winning once — for The Piano and Kiss Of The Spider Woman, respectively.

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Holly Hunter On Working With Jane Campion Again – “You Can’t Say No”: TCA

By | Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 2:44pm PST

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Top Of The LakeAt today’s panel on the Sundance Channel movie Top Of The Lake, actress Holly Hunter talked about what it was like being reunited with director Jane Campion, who directed her in The Piano some 20 years ago. Hunter, who appeared on the panel with producer Iain Canning and co-star Elisabeth Moss, said she and Campion have maintained their friendship through the decades. “It’s an indescribable thing to work with Jane to begin with,” Hunter said. “She’s such an utterly silly persona, and she brings that silliness to the set, and she has wisdom that I think is hard won in her life… her sense of humor is equal to her wisdom.” She added that working with Campion is like “falling in love with somebody, but you are falling… it is deep and dark and fun. You can’t say no to Jane.”

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The production was shot in New Zealand, and producer and cast waxed rhapsodic about the beauty of the landscape. But Canning joked that when he was reading the Top Of The Lake script on the plane, he was asked: “Oh, is that The Hobbit?”

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Holly Hunter Joins Diablo Cody Comedy At Mandate

By | Thursday December 8, 2011 @ 10:18am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Holly Hunter has been set by Mandate Pictures to star in the untitled comedy that will mark the directing debut of Young Adult and Juno scribe Diablo Cody. Hunter joins Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and The Help‘s Octavia Spencer. The comedy follows a sheltered young woman (Hough) who loses her faith after a plane crash and heads to Vegas to experience the wild side of life. Hunter will play her conservative and overprotective mother. Mason Novick is producing and Mandate president Nathan Kahane is exec producing with Cody. Production starts next spring with Lionsgate handling international sales.

Since ending her run on the TNT series Saving Grace, Hunter has wrapped the Walden Media drama Won’t Back Down, and she just finished playing the title character in the Antoinette Beumer-directed indie Jackie. She’ll reunite with The Piano helmer Jane Campion next year on the BBC/Sundance Channel miniseries Top Of The Lake. Hunter’s repped by ICM and Management 360.

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Sundance To Co-Produce Jane Campion’s ‘Top Of The Lake’, Holly Hunter To Co-Star

Nellie Andreeva

Sundance Channel has closed a deal with BBC Worldwide to co-produce and distribute in the U.S. Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake miniseries for BBC Two. Oscar winner Campion (The Piano) and Australian director Garth Davis will direct the seven-part mini written by Campion and Gerard Lee (Sweetie). Joining star Elisabeth Moss are Holly Hunter, who won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Campion’s The Piano; Peter Mullan (War Horse); and David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings). Oscar winners Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King’s Speech) of See-Saw Films and Philippa Campbell of Escapade Pictures are producing Top Of The Lake, which will be made available in both seven-hour (with commercials) and six-hour (without) formats. Read More »

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