Deserves props for: Being a regular for cult filmmakers Whit Stillman and Noah Baumbach, including a role in the latter’s brilliant Kicking and Screaming. He’s also had lengthy stints on Malcolm in the Middle and Gilmore Girls. You’ve often been cast as the articulate sarcastic type. Was The Treatment a conscious attempt to move away from that?“I think so. It’s a hard question to answer because those kinds of roles were something I became known for, which is great. It’s great when anyone pays attention. But I was looking forward to playing somebody who actually had trouble expressing himself. Jake Singer’s unable to talk about his own feelings unless he’s speaking of them in the third person.”
Was that a big draw to the film?
“That, and working with actors I’ve long admired. Certainly Ian Holm. Of course that had sort of an ironic side to it. Most of my scenes I have my back to him. [Holm plays his therapist.] It reminded me of an O. Henry ending. ‘Yes, you’ll be able to work with Ian Holm, but you’ll never be able to look at him.’”
I’ve always found Kicking and Screaming to be, while hilarious, a very sad movie, especially once you graduate college.
“It has incredibly sad moments. When my character is sitting around singing the titles of books, I think he’s pretty much hit his bottom. The movie really shouldn’t be on the pamphlet for movies you see when you get out of college. You ought to just watch Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
Do you get noticed a lot by fans of the Whit Stillman and Noah Baumbach movies?
“Yeah, but I learned really early on in my career to not make a big deal out of it. After I did my first movie, Metropolitan, my wife and I went out to a really nice restaurant and I noticed a lot of people were looking at me. My wife turned to me and said, ‘Do you think these people are looking at you?’ And I said, ‘Well, my first movie just came out.’ And she said, ‘No, Sidney Poitier’s sitting at the table behind us.’ So from that moment on, as soon as I think anyone’s recognized me, I just assume Sidney Poitier’s standing behind me.”
According to a festival screening schedule posted in Variety last week, it appears as though Frankie’s new film that he completed before leaving acting for a racing career, My Sexiest Year, has been picked up by distributor THINKFilm and had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2007.
The producers and THINKFilm have yet to announce the acquisition so be on the lookout for a press release in the near future. No release date has been set.
After various successful property deals Justin Berfield (Reese) has come into some problems. He is suing Shell Burton Construction over what he says was faulty work the company did on his Studio City home. When he went to sell the house, he learned it was infested with mold as a result of indoor planters Shell Burton had installed.
Unconfirmed sources say Berfield was treated by doctors for respiratory problems he suffered while living in the home.
Justin Berfield, best known for playing Reese on “Malcolm in the Middle,” is suing Shell Burton Construction over what he says was faulty work the company did on his Studio City home.
In a lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles Superior Courtlast October, Berfield alleges that when he went to sell the house, he learned it was infested with mold as a result of indoor planters Shell Burton had installed, and a shoddy remodel Berfield had commissioned from the contractor. Though not alleged in the suit, a source close to the case tells TMZ that Berfield says he was treated by doctors for respiratory problems he suffered while living in the home.
The home itself has a famous ownership history. Shell Burton Construction purchased it from actor George Clooney and then later sold it to “My Name is Earl” actress Jamie Pressly, before Berfield purchased it in 2004.
Berfield is suing for negligence, breach of warranty and breach of contract, and is asking for damages in excess of $1 million.
“Sex and the City” hottie Jason Lewis was seen out with a newly single Laura Prepon, who dyed her long hair blonde from the trademark auburn color she sported on That 70s Show. Prepon is no longer with Scientologist Christopher Masterson, and Lewis was seen whispering in her ear and looking quite friendly with her at some Kentucky Derby parties:
Justin Berfield (Reese) has moved on from his role as a “useless bully” in Malcolm in the Middle in a big way. Justin and Jason Felts formed J2 Pictures & J2TV in 2004 and quickly established themselves as a film and television production company with an eye for strong concepts and talent.
Their latest venture is the film “Blonde Ambition” and stars Jessica Simpson and Luke Wilson.
A young professional woman (Simpson) unwittingly becomes the pawn of two business executives in their bid to oust the head of a mega-conglomerate.
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Making Faces For ‘Blonde Ambition’
‘I’m carrying the weight of the movie on my shoulders,’ singer/actress says of first lead role.
By Jennifer Vineyard, with additional reporting by Edward Paige
March 2, 2007
Jessica Simpson is no dumb blonde — she knows she has to pay her dues to climb the Hollywood ladder.
So to become a full-fledged movie star, the singer/actress worked a few entry-level jobs — slinging some hash as a waitress in “The Dukes of Hazzard” and ringing up receipts as a cashier in “Employee of the Month” — but she’s ready to be taken seriously with her next film, “Blonde Ambition.”
“I don’t want to sound conceited or brag or anything, but I really did do a good job,” Simpson said shortly after the film wrapped. “I am so proud of myself.”
“Blonde Ambition,” due this summer, has been described as a remake of the ’80s classic “Working Girl,” which starred Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford and earned Griffith an Oscar nomination. But Simpson’s version is less a remake and more a reimagining of the movie’s theme. “It’s basically about a young woman’s journey into the corporate empire,” producer Justin Berfield told MTV News. “She starts at the bottom and works her way to the top.”
That means Simpson is in plenty of humiliating situations as an Oktoberfest-style beer girl and a bike messenger. “There are so many Lucille Ball moments,” Simpson said. “Dane Cook taught me how to do that; he used his body language a lot. And the women who do that, like Goldie Hawn or Meg Ryan, do that so well, and it just makes the comedy so much better. Jim Carrey is obviously the best at it; he does all the different faces. But I have so many different faces in this movie that I never knew I had before.”
Helping Simpson get the laughs this time around are Luke Wilson (who she screen-tested with for “Dallas”) and her old pal Willie Nelson, who co-starred as Uncle Jesse in “The Dukes of Hazzard” (see “Jessica Simpson — In A Bikini — To Wash The General Lee In ‘Boots’ Video”). This time, Nelson plays Simpson’s grandfather.
Plus, Andy Dick — who had a lick-tastic time in Simpson’s “Public Affair” video (see “Jessica Simpson Finally Goes ‘Public’ With Longoria, Seacrest In Ratner-Directed Video”) and also appeared with her in “Employee of the Month” — thwarts Jessica’s Katie character in her efforts to get noticed on the job. “Remember the Sigourney Weaver part, the mean boss?” Dick told MTV News, referencing the original film. “I’m her assistant. I’m more present than the boss. I’m the evil one. It’s going to be good.”
The mere thought of her insane co-star had Simpson smiling. “I love you, Andy, I love you so much, but he’s crazy out of his mind!” Simpson laughed. “He’s a genius, I believe that. He is just so great behind the camera and makes everybody on the set laugh so hard.”
A little levity was definitely needed since Simpson started feeling the stress early on in the production. “The hardest thing about ‘Blonde Ambition’ was that I’m carrying the weight of the movie on my shoulders,” she said. “I was in every shot, pretty much, and it was very time-consuming. You don’t really understand until a week after you’re done shooting, and you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, I memorized all those lines! Wow!’ ”
Letting her own blond ambition guide her, Simpson’s ready for the challenge of her next movie, “The Witness,” which she plans to shoot by the end of March. And no, that’s not a Harrison Ford remake either. “I don’t want to be typecast,” Simpson laughed. “But if I were, it would just make me want to prove myself even more.”
Moving on from the hysterical role as Hal in Malcolm in the Middle, Bryan has shot a pilot for a new AMC TV series “Breaking Bad”.
A new article at Variety.com say AMC is on the brink of giving it the greenlight.
The drama series, shot and set in New Mexico, focuses on a suburban husband and father (played by Cranston) who learns he has terminal cancer. He decides to overhaul his life and, drawing upon his experience as a chemistry teacher, remakes himself into a meth dealer.
Pilot of the Sony Pictures Television series wrapped earlier in the year, with AMC weighing a series order for the past several months. While a deal is close, some final details still need to be worked out.
AMC spokesman Matthew Frankel declined to comment on a greenlight.
AMC is on the cusp of greenlighting the original series “Breaking Bad,” Vince Gilligan’s show about a middle-aged high school teacher who becomes a crystal-meth dealer.Pilot of the Sony Pictures Television series wrapped earlier in the year, with AMC weighing a series order for the past several months. While a deal is close, some final details still need to be worked out.
Show, shot and set in New Mexico, focuses on a suburban husband and father who learns he has terminal cancer. He decides to overhaul his life and, drawing upon his experience as a chemistry teacher, remakes himself into a meth dealer.
Bryan Cranston (“Malcolm in the Middle”) plays the lead role, with Anna Gunn (“Deadwood”) as his wife.
“X-Files” vet Gilligan wrote, directed and exec produced the pilot; veteran Hollywood producer Mark Johnson (“The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Donnie Brasco”) is also attached as an exec producer.
AMC spokesman Matthew Frankel declined to comment on a greenlight.
While the show doesn’t glorify meth dealing, it does paint a sympathetic portrait of the man who decides to take up an unlikely new vocation as a drug dealer, said those familiar with the project.
In addition to serving as writer and exec producer on “The X-Files,” Gilligan is currently a co-creator of the Fox 21 pilot “A.M.P.E.D.,” which has been set up at Spike TV.
“Bad” series would rep yet another step in AMC’s new direction: The Rainbow movie net has been making a push into original scripted programming.
AMC is set to bow period Madison Avenue show “Mad Men” this summer and is in the fourth season of “Hustle,” its co-production with the BBC.
Execs also recently announced a development slate that includes deals with Kip Koenig (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Michael Oates Palmer (“The West Wing”), with the goal of scheduling one night of original programming per week.
Despite the shift in direction, execs told Daily Variety at the time of the slate announcement that they want net’s shows to follow a more cinematic model in terms of both pacing and character development.
“We’re approaching these more like movies being shown on TV rather than like TV shows,” said Christina Wayne, veep of scripted programming.
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Frankie Muniz was on MTV Live Canada yesterday, you can see his interview below where he talks about his new racing life with fellow driver Tom Sutherland to help promote the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto, to be staged in downtown Toronto the weekend of July 6th – 8th, 2007.
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Malcolm In The Middle Star Races Into T.O.
Wednesday May 16, 2007
When he was playing Malcolm Wilkerson in the TV show “Malcolm in the Middle” Frankie Muniz was rarely first at anything thing in the battle with his brothers. But now that the show is over and the star is an adult, he’s still racing to be first. But this time, that race involves a whole new game – and Frankie couldn’t be more excited. The former teen star has gotten into professional race car driving in a big way, and while it might be easy to take him less than seriously, that would be a mistake.
He’ll be taking part in this July’s Grand Prix in Toronto and you can prepare to eat his dust. “Racing is the most amazing thing I’ve ever done, and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my whole life,” he enthuses with the kind of pleasure only the freedom of power and money can bring. “I want to do it for the rest of my life.” And at just 21, that could be a long career.
Muniz agrees that his new passion thrills him in a way acting never did. “Even after I’ve raced 30 races, I’m still way more nervous than I ever would be on a set. When you’re racing, there’s no redo.”
As for what attracts women more – the tracker or the actor? “I would have to say racing. Racing cars for a living, you know. It’s pretty sexy, you know . I wish there was more women in racing.” But then in true Malcolm fashion, Frankie goes to Hollywood. “I’m not speaking from personal experience or anything,” he laughs.
Muniz will be back in Toronto for the Grand Prix July 6th. And from the determination on his face, he won’t be satisfied with being “in the Middle” ever again.
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