EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen has been cast in A Walk In The Woods, adapted from Bill Bryson’s best-selling memoir. The story tracks an aging travel writer who decides to hike the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail, accompanied by a long-estranged high school buddy he’s been avoiding for years. Larry Charles previously was attached to direct; now He’s Just Not That Into You helmer Ken Kwapis is at the helm of the pic, which stars Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, and Emma Thompson. Wildwood Enterprises and Route One Films are backing the road-trip comedy, adapted by Oscar-winning scribe Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3). Steenburgen will play an alluring motel proprietress named Jeannie who tempts Bryson (Redford) when he and Katz (Nolte) stop into her establishment for the night.
Here’s some good news for fans of the FX drama who were bummed to hear that it will end after next season: Mary Steenburgen has signed for a recurring role on Justified. She will play Katherine Hale, a Southern belle who was the wife of Winn Duffy’s (Jere Burns) mentor in crime. Steenburgen will make her entrance in Episode 10 and recur through the rest of the show’s current fifth season. She is repped by Management 360 and UTA.
EXCLUSIVE: Looks like there’s going to be two Oscar winners in Song One. Mary Steenburgen has signed on to play Anne Hathaway’s mother in the pic, a drama written and directed by Kate Barker-Froyland about a young woman who develops a relationship with her comatose brother’s favorite indie rock star. Steenburgen won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 1980′s Melvin And Howard. Hathaway won the same Oscar this year for Les Miserables. Hathaway plays the lead and Johnny Flynn plays musician James Forrester in the film, Barker-Froyland’s directorial debut. The movie starts shooting later this summer in NYC. Before Song One hits the big screen, Steenburgen will be seen in Last Vegas along with Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. She plays lounge singer Diana, the object of both the about-to-be-married Douglas’ character and De Niro’s character. Last Vegas comes out November 1 from CBS Films. Steenburgen is repped by Gersh and Management 360.
EXCLUSIVE: Last Vegas has a love triangle and the guys are fighting over Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen. The actress joins the cast of the CBS Films and Good Universe comedy about a group of old pals who throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single all these years. Steenburgen will play Diana in the Jon Turteltaub-directed film. The character is a Sin City lounge singer who gets close to the soon-to-be-married Billy character played by Michael Douglas. Diana then becomes the object of both the affections of his and co-star Robert DeNiro’s Paddy character. Playing the character of Archie, Morgan Freeman is also in Last Vegas. Kevin Kline rounds out the cast of the four buddies. Dan Fogelman wrote the screenplay for Last Vegas. Laurence Mark and Amy Baer are producing, with Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane executive producing with Lawrence Grey. Matt Leonetti will co-produce. Production is scheduled to start this fall. Steenburgen, who won a Best Support Actress Academy Award for 1980’s Melvin and Howard, recently starred in 2011’s The Help with Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Sissy Spacek and Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Octavia Spencer. The actress also made a four-episode appearance on 30 Rock this year Steenburgen is repped by the Gersh Agency and Management 360.
This Funny Or Die video from writer-director Josh Greenbaum explains why non-liberal America hates Hollywood. Featuring Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Jack Black, and Kevin Spacey. Wait for the scene with Bill:
FX’s pilot Outlaw Country is undergoing a retooling. The original script, written by Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz, has been given a rewrite by Goldin, Abramowitz and Outlaw Country‘s executive producer/co-showrunner David Manson. There will be substantial reshoots, which will be directed by actor-helmer Adam Arkin. Arkin is stepping in for the original pilot’s director Michael Dinner, who would’ve done the reshoots had he not been busy with another FX pilot he is directing, Powers. There won’t be major recastings on the project, a crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of Southern organized crime and Nashville royalty that stars Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett, Mary Steenburgen and John Hawkes. I hear a couple of small new roles have been added and another small part, played in the original pilot by Lisa Blount, will be recast following the actress’ death.
Getting Outlaw Country off the ground has been a long and arduous process. FX greenlighted the project to pilot last April and filmed the pilot last fall. The network has showed faith in the drama — FX president John Landgraf recently listed Outlaw Country, along with Powers, as candidates for a series launch in the winter. Also proving FX’s commitment to the Nashville-set Outlaw Country is its major additional investment in the project in the form of a rewrite and extensive reshoots. In addition to getting paid for the new pilot, the cast also have had their options extended …
EXCLUSIVE: Luke Grimes and Haley Bennett have landed the younger leads on the FX drama pilot Outlaw Country, joining previously cast Mary Steenburgen. Additionally, Michael Dinner has come on board to direct the pilot, a crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of southern organized crime and Nashville royalty. Grimes (Brothers & Sistsers) will play twentysomething Eli Larkin, a half-cowboy, half-modern guy who tries to get out of the crime ridden life he has grown accustom to in order to help his siblings, however he finds out that it is much harder than he expected. Bennett (Marley & Me) will play twentysomething Annabel Lee, a gorgeous country singer who is living in the shadow of her overprotective mother (Steenburgen).
Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz wrote the Fox TV Studios/FX Prods.-produced Outlaw Country and are executive producing/co-showrunning with David Manson. Art Linson and John Linson also executive produce. Shooter Jennings serves as executive consultant and music supervisor. CAA-repped Dinner, who recently inked a new overall deal with Sony TV, also directed the pilot for the FX’s Justified and serves as an executive producer on the Sony-produced series. Additionally, he co-directed with Allen Coulter the pilot for another FX series, Sons of Anarchy. Grimes is with IFA and Global Creative.
EXCLUSIVE: David Manson has joined FX’s drama pilot Outlaw Country as an executive producer/co-showrunner. Additionally, Manson has inked a blind pilot deal with Fox TV Studios, which recently came on board to co-produce Outlaw Country with FX Prods. Manson also has another script set up at FtvS entitled Netherworld, which was originally developed at FX and is now being shopped to other networks. It is a spooky medical show with a supernatural slant set at a mental hospital. Outlaw Country is a crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of southern organized crime and Nashville royalty. Manson will co-run the project with Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz who wrote the pilot. Sons of Anarchy exec producers Art Linson and John Linson are also executive producing, with Shooter Jennings serving as executive consultant and music supervisor. Mary Steenburgen just became the first actor cast in the pilot.
Manson previously worked with FX and FtvS on the series Thief, on which he served as an executive producer. The drama was produced by FtvS’s former unit (a co-venture with New Regency) Regency TV, which also produced another drama series executive produced by Manson, Fox’s New Amsterdam. Additionally, Manson created/exec produced the TNT series Saved.