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5 items from 2006


Byrne joins FX legal drama

20 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Rose Byrne has been tapped to star opposite Glenn Close in FX's untitled drama pilot from Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman.

Tate Donovan and Zeljko Ivanek also have been cast in the project from Sony Pictures TV and FX Prods.

The character-driven legal thriller centers on Ellen Parsons (Byrne), a beautiful, self-possessed attorney fresh out of law school who lands her dream job working for Patty Hughes (Close), America's foremost high-stakes litigator.

Byrne was cast after reading for the role with Close.

"It was spectacular", Todd Kessler said of Byrne's audition. "The chemistry between her and Glenn was phenomenal from the moment they got together."

Donovan will play Tom Kent, Hughes' senior legal associate and most trusted adviser, a measured, thoughtful and extremely able attorney.

Ivanek will play a Southern legal war horse, Hughes' opposing attorney in a major case that would play out during the show's first season.

Allen Coulter is directing the pilot, which is slated to begin production in early February in New York. »

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Close tops FX drama pilot

30 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After a lengthy courtship, Glenn Close has signed on to star in her first television pilot, an FX drama from Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman.

Close will play a hard-hitting lawyer in the project, which Sony Pictures Television has come on board to produce with the cable network's production banner FX Prods.

The pilot reunites Close with FX and Sony TV. She made her series debut as a regular on FX's gritty cop drama The Shield, which Sony TV co-produces with Fox TV Studios. Close's starring role as hard-charging Capt. Monica Rawling on the show's fourth season earned her Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

The untitled Kessler/Kessler/Zelman drama, which has been fast-tracked at FX, is described as a character-driven legal thriller set in New York. Close will play Patty Hughes, America's foremost high-stakes litigator. The character was written for Close, Todd Kessler said.

"It's really fantastic," he said of Close's casting in the pilot. "The relationship that (FX president and general manager) John Landgraf has established with Glenn is going to result in what we hope to be an iconic and seminal work of television."

Allen Coulter is set to direct the pilot, which is slated to begin production in February. »

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Close Weds Husband Number Three

8 February 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star Glenn Close is hoping it's third time lucky, after marrying husband number three on Friday. The Fatal Attraction actress, 58, and biotechnology entrepreneur David Shaw wed in a small, private ceremony in Maine, her spokeswoman Catherine Olim confirmed to America's People magazine. Close was previously married to James Marlas and Cabot Wade. She has a 17-year-old daughter Annie from a previous relationship with John Starke. »

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MT&R honors Wright, 'SNL'

3 February 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- NBC Universal Chairman Bob Wright and Saturday Night Live were honored Thursday night at a gala sponsored by the Museum of Television and Radio. More than 880 people attended the gala, which took place at midtown Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. It raised more than $1.4 million for the museum and was attended by such stars and industry luminaries as Glenn Close, Mel Karmazin, Barbara Walters, Dick Cavett and Saturday Night Live performers Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Darrell Hammond and others. Tom Brokaw hosted the event. Wright was honored with the visionary award, which was given for his 20 years of excellence at NBC and NBC Universal as well as his legendary concern for employees and charity work like the Autism Speaks Foundation, founded by Wright and his wife, Suzanne. »

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Indie casting calls for stars or uncertainty

3 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- During the height of the studios' golden age, MGM used to boast that its movies featured "more stars than are in the heavens." But today that chant has been taken up by independent films. Traditionally, indie features provided opportunities for emerging artists to work with low budgets for next to nothing. But in the mid-1990s, an influx of bankable actors invaded the scene, willing to work for scale wages on labors of love to prove their credibility or revive sagging careers. Many filmmakers now contend that getting an indie film made or seen today without stars is harder than ever before. It's gotten out of control, said five-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close, who has starred in three indies: The Chumscrubber, Heights and Nine Lives -- this year alone. "It's taking bigger and bigger names to make smaller and smaller films. I worry that important films without a big name attached won't get made at all." »

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