EXCLUSIVE: Ron Livingston has been cast in The End Of The Tour, the David Foster Wallace true-story pic that James Ponsoldt is directing from Donald Margulies’ adapted screenplay. Jason Segel stars as Infinite Jest author Wallace, who committed suicide in 2008 during a book tour at the start of his fame. Jesse Eisenberg plays Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, who accompanied Wallace on the tour. Along the way, jealousy and competition emerge between the two as they discuss women, depression and the pros and cons of fame. Livingston will play Lipsky’s editor Bob Levin. The 2013 Black List script is based on Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. David Kanter and Matt DeRoss are producing for Anonymous Content with Modern Man Films’ James Dahl and Mark Manuel and Ted O’Neal of Kilburn Media, which is fully financing. Anonymous Content’s Paul Green is exec producing. Rights to the movie were shopped last month at the EFM in Berlin, with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions grabbing several territories.
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EXCLUSIVE: Coming off the Zach Braff-directed Sundance premiere Wish I Was Here, The Twilight Saga alum Ashley Greene has been set to play Priscilla Presley in Shangra-La Suite, the Eddie OKeefe-directed drama which stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Ron Livingston as Elvis Presley. O’Keefe wrote the script with Chris Hutton. Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger and Tariq Merhab are producing. The film isn’t a study of Elvis’s courtship of the young Priscilla. It’s set in 1974 and focuses on two troubled 20-year-olds who set out to kill The King. Shooting just began in Los Angeles. Greene, who’s repped by CAA and McKeon Myones, most recently completed Staten Island Summer and the Joe Dante-directed Burying The Ex.
EXCLUSIVE: Ron Livingston has joined the cast of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire as a new series regular for the period drama’s upcoming fourth season. He will play Roy Phillips, a wealthy out-of-town businessman who catches the eye of Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol). Season 4 is currently in production and will debut later this year. This marks Livingston’s return to HBO where he co-starred on the Emmy-winning Sex And The City, Band Of Brothers and, most recently, Game Change. This year, Livingston, repped by UTA and Thruline, appears in several movies, including Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, which premiered at Sundance, Drinking Buddies, which premieres at SXSW, and New Line’s supernatural thriller The Conjuring. He just wrapped Parkland. Boardwalk Empire is executive produced by creator Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Tim Van Patten and Howard Korder and co-executive produced by Gene Kelly.
Ron Livingston has joined the cast of The Pretty One. The Office Space and Band of Brothers actor joins Zoe Kazan and Jake Johnson, who were announced earlier, in the film. Jenee LaMarque is directing. She also wrote the script, which made the 2011 Black List and was a finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship and Zoetrope screenplay contest. The story is of shy young woman who is mistaken for her dead identical twin and takes the opportunity to live as her “perfect” sister – and then the truth starts to come out. The film started shooting in LA earlier this month. Robin Schorr and Steven Berger are producing The Pretty One. Livingston is repped by UTA and Thruline Entertainment.
BREAKING: Anchor Bay Films has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Ten Year, the Jamie Linden-directed drama that premiered at 2011 Toronto Film Festival. The film will be released next spring. Anchor Bay has been negotiating for this for the past month, and it is now nearly done with the deal. It’s low seven figures, including minimum guarantee and P&A for what looks like a platform release. Linden, whose script credits include We Are Marshall and Dear John, wrote the script for a film that was inspired by his own high school reunion. The film has a cast of up-and-comers that includes Channing Tatum, Anthony Mackie, Lynn Collins, Rosario Dawson, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Brian Geraghty, Ari Graynor, Oscar Isaac, Ron Livingston, Justin Long, Kate Mara, Max Minghella, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Porter, and Chris Pratt.
The film tells a Big Chill-style story about a group of friends who reunite and assess where they find themselves and what they hope to accomplish in the future. The film was produced by Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, and Iron Horse Entertainment’s Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin. Eric Gores, Scott Lumpkin and Frank Mancuso Jr were exec producers. Gores and Mancuso’s Boss Media funded the film and the Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group made the deal with Anchor Bay president Bill Clark and Kevin Kasha, exec veep of acquisitions and co-productions.
EXCLUSIVE: A decade after his standout performance in HBO’s miniseries Band of Brothers, Ron Livingston is back at the pay cable network with a co-starring role in the film Game Change, produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone. The movie, directed by Jay Roach, follows John McCain’s (Ed Harris) 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election. Livingston, repped by UTA and Thruline, will play Mark Wallace, a senior adviser to McCain-Palin 2008. He led the debate-preparation team for Gov. Palin, who ended up exceeding expectations in her face-off with Joe Biden.
Kelli Giddish, star of NBC/Jerry Bruckheimer’s freshman action drama Chase, is changing the pace with an arc on CBS’ praised legal drama The Good Wife. Giddish will appear in the last two episodes of the season playing what is described as a provocative role — an investigator for Lockhart Gardner who used to work with Kalinda (Archie Panjabi). There is a possibility for Giddish, repped by Paradigm and Invictus, to return in the fall, though The Good Wifeis yet to be officially renewed, so the show’s producers have not started working on storylines for Season 3.
Ron Livingston should be on everybody’s favorite actor list (not to mention he’s a really smart and nice guy). So I was receptive when his people shot me an email this afternoon that he’s booked two upcoming projects – the indie Ten Year, and the Walt Disney Pictures feature, The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, based on an original story by Ahmet Zappa. Livingston also recently wrapped production on the quirky Queens of Country. The co-star of Band of Brothers and the cult hits Office Space and Swingers, Livingston will always be remembered for playing the boyfriend who broke up with Sex And The City‘s Carrie Bradshaw via Post-It.
I’m told that the actors behind that SAG petition drive for ”affected member” voting have made what they’re calling a “significant change” in their proposal to soften its impact. As you know, DHD has been active in this debate by letting actors post their positions pro and con this idea of an earnings threshold for “qualified voting” on the union’s contract issues. Stephen Collins, Amy Brenneman and Ned Vaughn have written in favor while Ron Livingston and Frances Fisher have written in opposition. I’ve been told that the leading actors behind the petition drive have met with SAG president Alan Rosenberg about it. The new change in the proposal was outlined to supporters today in advance of the SAG National Board considering the petition this weekend. I’ve obtained the email:
“Our affected member voting proposal goes before the SAG National Board this weekend, April 12 & 13. In just four days, SAG will determine if actors’ contracts will be decided by those who work under them, or continue to be decided by those who don’t. This directly affects your livelihood, so please read on.
We’ve revised our proposal.
We recently invited over 80 visiting SAG and AFTRA board members to a reception in Century City to solicit their ideas about this concept. These reps – most from markets with far less work than Hollywood – listened with open minds and offered valuable feedback. The next day, AFTRA promised to appoint a special committee
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