A couple deals with the accidental death of their child in writer-director Leland Orser’s Morning, based on his short film. Orser and Jeanne Tripplehorn as the grief-stricken mother lead an ensemble cast that includes Laura Linney, Elliott Gould, Kyle Chandler, Jason Ritter, Charlie McDermott and Julie White. It’s produced by Charles M. Fries and Jon Fries and exec produced by Todd Traina and Minor Childers. Anchor Bay Films picked up the pic at Sundance, though it didn’t play there; the Morning short bowed at SXSW in 2012. Orser’s feature helming debut opens September 27 after playing Toronto. Here’s the trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: Anchor Bay Films acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Leland Orser’s directorial debut Morning. Pic’s not playing Sundance, but the deal just closed here. The film, which stars Big Love‘s Jeanne Tripplehorn, Laura Linney, Elliott Gould Orser, follows the life of an American couple immediately following the accidental death of their child. Morning was first seen at SXSW, when it was done as a short film. Orser expanded the story into a feature film and developed additional perspectives.
Morning follows the divergent paths of Mark and Alice Munroe as they circle each other in heart-breaking grief before finally coming to grips with their shared loss. Kyle Chandler, Jason Ritter, Charlie McDermott and Julie White. Morning was produced by Todd Traina through his Red Rover Films shingle and Orser wrote the screenplay.
Said Orser: “I think that what we are experiencing right now in mainstream cinema is a renaissance of the independent film drama. Good stories. Important themes. Center stage. This is a time for films that challenge us to think and to question and to feel deeply. Morning is a love story, in the truest sense of the word, that asks us to do all of those things. Todd and I are both thrilled that it has found a home at Anchor Bay with Kevin and his team who care as passionately as we do about film … Read More »
Jeanne Tripplehorn is set to join the cast of veteran CBS procedural Criminal Minds as a new regular next season. I hear her deal is for one year with an option for a second. Additionally, Tripplehorn has closed a deal with CBS and CBS TV Studios to develop a comedy project for her on an if-come basis. Coming off her five-year co-starring turn on the HBO drama Big Love, Tripplehorn tested the comedy series waters this past season with an arc on Fox’s New Girl.
On the ABC Studios/CBS TV Studios-produced Criminal Minds, Tripplehorn will play a new FBI profiler, with details about the character still being fleshed out by executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer. “We’re thrilled to have Jeanne Tripplehorn join our team as a profiler,” Messer said, adding that Tripplehorn’s character will be introduced in the season premiere. “It’s an exciting way to start season 8.”
On Criminal Minds, where I hear Tripplehorn will be pulling in a six-figure salary per episode, she will fill the void left by the departure of veteran Paget Brewster. Tripplehorn is the latest big-name actor added to a veteran CBS crime drama, following the castings of Laurence Fishburne, Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue on CSI and Sela Ward on CSI: NY. Tripplehorn, repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment, recently starred in the Lifetime anthology movie Five. Her previous TV movie role in HBO’s Grey Gardens earned her an … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Jeanne Tripplehorn and Patricia Clarkson are set to star in the Lifetime original movie Project Five, an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives, four of which are being directed by Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore and Patty Jenkins. Tripplehorn plays Pearl, the only character, an oncologist, who appears in all five segments. Her main film is directed by Jenkins. Clarkson will star in the segment directed by Aniston. Project Five, from Sony TV and exec producers Aniston, Marta Kauffman, Paula Wagner, Kristin Hahn, Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri, is slated to air in October, which is breast cancer awareness month. Read More »
It is the end of the road for HBO’s polygamy drama Big Love. The series’ upcoming fifth season will be its last, with Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer writing the closer as the series’ finale. Despite gripes about the most recent fourth season, the series, from Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone Prods., has remained for the most part creatively solid. It earned a best drama Emmy nomination last year and boasts a solid ensemble cast of established pros Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloe Sevigny as well as ingenues Amanda Seyfried and Ginnifer Goodwin both of whom went on to star in movies. “It has been an honor and pleasure to work with series creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer on this unique and provocative series, and I’m happy that they will be able to bring the story to its close the way they always envisioned,” HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo said. “We look forward with great anticipation to collaborating with Mark and Will on their next venture.” Olsen and Scheffer are working on a new project for the pay cable network, which will be announced shortly. ”When we created Big Love in 2002, we had a strong conception of the journey the Henrickson family would make over the course of the series, of the story we had to tell,” Olsen and Scheffer said. “While we were in the writers’ room this year shaping our fifth season, … Read More »