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Mary-Louise Parker's character on the Showtime hit Weeds, which ran for eight seasons until 2012, grew and sold marijuana unapologetically. But when it comes to the actress's kids, using the drug is not an option. "We talk about drugs a lot," Parker told People Tuesday in New York City at the Love Heals 2014 gala to benefit the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education. "I really hate drugs, and I was always the person where that was my thing: Mary-Louise doesn't do drugs." The actress, 49, said she keeps an open dialogue with son William Atticus, 10, whose father is Billy Crudup, and daughter Caroline Aberash, »
- Sara Hammel
Before winning over potheads everywhere as drug-dealing suburbanite Nancy Botwin on Jenji Kohan's Weeds, Mary-Louise Parker first gained notice playing feminist lobbyist Amy Gardner on NBC's The West Wing. Parker will return to the Peacock Network to headline Feed Me, creator Sally Robinson's single-camera comedy about a troubled family and the restaurant they own. THR describes the show as centering on "a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. And when daughter Emma's husband has an affair, they circle the wagons to fiercely protect one of their own. Parker will play the lead, Ellen, a slightly Ocd wife, mother of two and accountant who is stuck in her ways and whose approach to life is a challenge for those around her."
- Inkoo Kang
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- Maggie Pehanick
The pilot, from "12 Years a Slave" Oscar winner John Ridley, is about a racially charged murder trial in California's Central Valley and its effect on those involved. Hutton, formerly of TNT's "Leverage," will play the father of the murder victim. His character is a gambling addict who has managed to turn his life around.
Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives") is in talks to play Hutton's wife, and Penelope Ann Miller has signed on to play the mother of the victim's wife, who was badly beaten when her husband was killed. The cast also includes Benito Martinez ("The Shield"), W. Earl Brown ("Deadwood"), Caitlin Gerard, Elvis Nolasco and Richard Cabral.
Other pilot casting:
It's official: Mary-Louise Parker is returning to primetime. The Weeds alum has closed a deal to star in NBC's half-hour comedy pilot Feed Me, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The actress, who has fielded multiple offers this pilot season, was circling the role last month. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 The single-camera vehicle, which was written on spec, is described as a comedic exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. And when daughter Emma's husband has an affair, they circle the wagons
- Lesley Goldberg
When you think charming, complicated mother of a dysfunctional family, you think Mary-Louise Parker, which is perfect since the Weeds actress is now heading up the NBC comedy pilot Feed Me. Parker will star as a matriarch running a family-owned restaurant who must come to her daughter Emma's aid after her husband strays. Actually, turn the restaurant into a bakery and this could just be yet another chapter of Nancy Botwin's insane life. It could be Nancy under an alias! Or in an alternate timeline! No, you're right. Save that for the Feed Me series finale reveal. »
- Halle Kiefer
Parker had been attached to the project at the time NBC gave it a formal pilot order last month but there was still some uncertainty about her deal closing. Project reunites the thesp with NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt, who greenlit Parker’s signature TV role in Showtime’s “Weeds.”
Robinson exec produces with Witt and Thomas for Universal TV. Witt and Thomas previously ran the prosperous Witt-Thomas-Harris Prods. banner that was home to “The Golden Girls,” “Benson,” “Blossom,” “Empty Nest,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “It’s a Living” and a host of other 1980s and ’90s series.
- Cynthia Littleton
Mary-Louise Parker‘s reunion with NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt is now official as the former Weeds star has closed a deal to topline NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Feed Me. The project, from veteran producers Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas, received a pilot green light last month based on Parker’s intention to star in it. Following the end of Weeds, which Greenblatt put on the air while running Showtime, NBC had been pursing the actress for multiple projects, and Feed Me was the script she responded to. Talks with Parker had already commenced when Feed Me was picked up to pilot three weeks ago, now they have been successfully completed. Written by Sally Robinson, who penned Lifetime’s successful Steel Magnolias remake, Feed Me is described as a comedic exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
NBC's new pilot "Feed Me" has a casting director attached, Backstage has learned. The late-order dark comedy centers on Emma, the daughter of a restaurant-owning family, whose husband cheats on her. Mary-Louise Parker is set to star and Dava Waite, of Dava Waite Peaslee Casting, is set to cast. Meanwhile, "Divergent," the first film installment based on the young adult novels by Veronica Roth, won't hit theaters until later this month but casting is already gearing up on the sequel. Mary Vernieu and Venus Kanani of Betty Mae, Inc. will return to cast "Insurgent," the sequel in Roth's trilogy. In the sci-fi romance, Shailene Woodley, who played George Clooney's daughter in "The Descendants," stars as Beatrice "Tris" Prior, a "divergent" young woman living in a futuristic world where society is divided based on individuals' virtues. The fifth installment of "Mission: Impossible," meanwhile, will be cast by Mindy Marin, of Casting Artists, »
Jamesy Boy, a gritty crime drama starring newcomer Spencer LoFranco plus Ving Rhames, Mary-Louise Parker and James Woods, comes out today on DVD and Blu-ray. Thanks to the good folks at Phase 4 Films, we have to give away a DVD copy of the movie, plus a poster signed by cast members Taboo (from the Black Eyed Peas) and Ben Rosenfield, Michael Trotter, director Trevor White, writer Lane Shadgett, and James Burns (the real-life Jamesy Boy on whom the film is based). To win, all you have to do is be the first person to email nick At filmmakermagazine Dot com with the correct answer to the following question: Which film previously […] »
- Nick Dawson
Title: Jamesy Boy Directed by: Trevor White Starring: Mary-Louise Parker, Ving Rhames, Spencer Lofranco, Taissa Farmiga, and James Woods Running time: 109 minutes, Not Rated Special Features: Director Commentary; Cast Interviews; Theatrical Trailer The true story of James Burns, a troubled kid who was in and out of jail until he finally turned his life around when released for the last time at 18. James can’t get into a public school because the school board is concerned he will pose a danger to the children, so while he waits as his hard working mother (Mary-Louise Parker) tries to appeal their decision to allow him to enroll, he becomes involved with [ Read More ]
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TV news and notes:
- "Warehouse 13" will begin its final season on Syfy starting on Monday, April 14 at 9 p.m. The short (six episodes) Season 5 will bring the science-fiction program to an end.
- "Conan" will pay tribute to the late Sid Caesar on Tuesday's (Feb. 18) show when Conan O'Brien welcomes Mel Brooks as a guest for most of the hour. Brooks was a writer and occasional performer on "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" and will share his memories of working with the comedy legend.
- Nigel Lythgoe ("So You Think You Can Dance") will produce a new singing competition show for CBS, "In the Spotlight." Prior to the current season, Lythgoe produced several seasons of "American Idol." [Deadline]
- "Dallas" fans know the Ewings don't fool around when it comes to the cost of oil and gas -- and some viewer soon will be a lucky beneficiary. »
Single-cam is a comedic exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. When daughter Emma’s husband has an affair, they circle the wagons to fiercely protect one of their own.
Mary-Louise Parker is currently circling the project to topline, though her deal has not closed.
Pilot will be produced by Universal TV and Witt-Thomas Prods.
- AJ Marechal
Updated: NBC has given a late pilot order to Feed Me, a single-camera comedy from veteran producers Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas’ Witt/Thomas Prods (Blossom, Beauty And The Beast and its CW reboot, The Practice). NBC had been pursuing former Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker for multiple pilots. This is the script she responded to, helping it get a green light while the actress’ deal is being worked out. Feed Me would reunite Parker with NBC topper Bob Greenblatt who cast her in another dark comedy, Weeds, while at Showtime. Written by Sally Robinson, who penned Lifetime’s hugely successful Steel Magnolia remake, Feed Me is described as a comedic exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. And when daughter Emma’s husband has an affair, they circle the wagons to fiercely protect one of their own. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Getting send up to prison is no picnic in the movies or in real life, but having someone on the outside waiting for you to get out can sometimes make that experience bearable. And for the titular "Jamesy Boy," he'll need that support as he tries to turn things around behind bars. Directed by Trevor White, and starring James Woods, Mary-Louise Parker, Ving Rhames, Taissa Farmiga, Taboo (from the Black Eyed Peas) with newcomer Spencer Lofranco (who will also feature in Angelina Jolie's forthcoming "Unbroken"), the drama tells the story of the teenage James whose street gang activity sees him wind up in a maximum security prison, where a convicted murderer becomes his mentor. And in this exclusive clip, he gets a visitor from home and shares what his one Christmas wish will be. "Jamesy Boy" arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on February 25th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Mary-Louise Parker may be returning to primetime. The Weeds alum may reunite with NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt and star in the half-hour comedy pilot Feed Me, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The single-camera vehicle is a remake of The Marriage Bed and is described as a comedic exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. And when daughter Emma's husband has an affair, they circle the wagons to fiercely protect one of their own. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Parker would play
- Lesley Goldberg
New York (AP) — Philip Seymour Hoffman’s private funeral was held in Manhattan on Friday, with stars Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn paying their respects to an actor widely considered among the best of his generation.
The coffin holding Hoffman’s body was brought out of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola by pallbearers and put it a hearse, and family and guests began to stream out Friday afternoon. Streep hugged Diane Sawyer as they left.
The list of mourners also included Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, John Slattery, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei, Spike Lee and Sawyer’s husband, the director Mike Nichols. Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman’s body, looked visibly upset as he arrived.
Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose in his apartment. He leaves behind his partner of 15 years, »
- Associated Press
Philip Seymour Hoffman's friends, family and fellow actors said goodbye to the late actor on Friday. Cate Blanchett, Mary-Louise Parker, Spike Lee and Joaquin Phoenix were photographed making their way in to a private funeral service for the Oscar winner held at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Manhattan. Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Amy Adams, Justin Theroux and one of the Olsen twins were also reportedly in attendance. Hoffman's loved ones have asked that in lieu of sending flowers, mourners make contributions to causes that were close to Hoffman's heart, the DreamYard Project and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The actor is survived by 10-year-old »
Ostensibly based on a true story, Trevor White’s Jamesy Boy recounts the ascension, demise and redemption of James Burns, a cavalier gang member whose story is an all too American one — he fell into a life of crime on the streets of Baltimore as a 14 year old, did some hard time, and was, somewhat astoundingly given then unrepentantly punitive nature of our disenfranchisement factories known as prisons, the better for it. He’s played by a promising newcomer, Spencer LoFranco, who is joined by an accomplished cast including Ving Rhames, Mary-Louise Parker and James Woods, in a somewhat surprising turn, […] »
- Brandon Harris
Based on a true story, Jamesy Boy is accomplished-enough inspirational fare to attract the likes of Mary-Louise Parker (as a desperate single mom), James Woods (as a hard-nosed warden) and Ving Rhames (as a convicted murderer/mentor) in supporting roles. First-time feature writer-director Trevor White has shaped the rise, fall and redemption of teenage street thug James Burns (newcomer Spencer Lofranco) into parallel storylines, crosscutting between the three years leading up to his incarceration and the few months he spends in maximum-security prison (after four years in juvie). »
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