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Chris Messina both directs and stars in "Alex of Venice," a drama about Alex, (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a woman pushed past the comfort zone of everything she knows. Previously known for his work on "The Mindy Project" and HBO's "The Newsroom," this is Messina's directional debut. Tell us about yourself? I was born and raised in New York and spent many years performing in plays from anywhere from the Bronx to off-Broadway to Broadway. About 8 years ago Alan Ball cast me on the last season of "Six Feet Under" and I moved to Los Angeles to work in film and television more. I've been lucky enough to work with film directors like Woody Allen, Sam Mendes, Nora Ephron, Ben Affleck, David Gordon Green and Noah Baumbach and I learned a great deal from all of them. I live in Los Angeles with my wife Jennifer Todd who is a film producer and our two boys, »
HBO has announced that True Blood season 7 will premiere on Sunday June 22nd! This will be the final season of the series, and it's going to be really interesting to see how they end it. I wasn't the biggest fan of the last couple of seasons of the show, but I'm hoping the show closes out strong. I've included the announcement along with a teaser trailer for you to watch.
"True Blood" begins its ten-episode, seventh and final season on Sunday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m. Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the series takes place in a world where vampires and humans co-exist, after vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people's thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer »
- Joey Paur
Earlier today, HBO dropped the brand new press release for their upcoming "True Blood" season 7 in my email inbox, revealing the premiere date, which is June 22nd,2014 at 9pm, as well as giving a brief synopsis of what the show is generally all about. It also confirmed that we'll still only get 10 episodes and that'll be it, forever. Their official press release reads like this: "True Blood begins its ten-episode, seventh and final season Sunday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m. Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the series takes place in a world where vampires and humans co-exist, after vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman »
True Blood Season 7 is the last season of the series and it has been announced that the first episode will premiere in late June. HBO has also released the first teaser video for the final season:
“True Blood begins its ten-episode, seventh and final season Sunday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m. Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the series takes place in a world where vampires and humans co-exist, after vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Alan Ball created the show, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.”
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- Jonathan James
Ben Stiller is in talks to star in "I Am Chippendales," the true-life story of how the male dance club became one of the most famous adult entertainment shows in the world. The story focuses on the founding and expansion of the Chippendales nightclub by Paul Snider and Somen "Steve" Banerjee - who eventually pleaded guilty to attempted arson, racketeering and murder for hire and was found dead in his jail cell in 1994. Stiller will play Nick DeNoia, the former choreographer/partner who helped conceive the idea for the dance troupe with Banerjee and attorney Brian Nahin and played a big part in the expansion of the act on a global level. Alan Ball (Towelhead) will direct and write the script based on Rodney Sheldon's book. »
While Alan Ball has been better known in recent years for his TV shows -- True Blood, Six Feet Under and Banshee -- the writer/producer is shifting back to feature work for I Am Chippendales, which may include Ben Stiller among its stars. Stiller (Heavy Weights) is in talks to star in the film, which is said to be a "true-life story of how the male dance club became one of the most famous adult entertainment shows in the world." If Magic Mike has taught us anything, it's that there's an audience for movies about male strippers. But it sounds like I Am Chippendales will go beyond the stage to dig into the founding and expansion of the Chippendales night club and the eventual controversy related to attempted arson, racketeering and murder-for-hire, linked co-owner Somen "Steve" Banerjee. Variety says Ben Stiller (Keeping the Faith), is in negotiations to play »
We’ve seen Magic Mike and will soon get the sequel, Magic Mike Xxl. But what about a film that tells the real story of the Chippendales male dance revue? Alan Ball (True Blood) wrote and is now looking at directing a Chippendales story called I Am Chippendale. He’s got Ben Stiller in talks for the lead […]
The post Ben Stiller in Talks for Key Role in Chippendales Origin Story appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Who would have thought that the wild and wonderful world of male stripping would become such fodder for major Hollywood dramas? Following the success of Steven Soderbergh’s surprisingly complex Magic Mike, the studios are finally taking the hint and producing a few more stripping-related dramas with high profile stars. Besides the upcoming sequel Magic Mike Xxl, the film I Am Chippendales, based on the book by Rodney Sheldon, will look to chart the rise of those most famous of naked artists, the Chippendale Dancers.
To this end, director Alan Ball (True Blood) has signed Ben Stiller to star as Chippendales choreographer Nick DeNoia, who helped to conceive the ideas behind the erotic dancing troupe that became so famous. I Am Chippendales will focus on the darker aspects of the male stripping world, somewhat touched on with Magic Mike, as original creators Paul Snider and Somen “Steve” Banerjee founded their »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The male bump-and-grind is getting a new twist with Alan Ball's "I Am Chippendales," and it's possible that Ben Stiller will join the fun. Actually, the Ladies of Tampa should probably hold on to their dollar bills for now, as this biopic sounds like it's even darker than "Magic Mike." (Yeah, we'll say it. "Magic Mike" is kinda depressing!)
According to Variety, Ben Stiller is in talks to play Nicholas De Noia, a TV producer and choreographer for the original "Chippendales" who was found shot in his office in 1987. And that's just the tip of the iceberg in this crazy tale, which encompasses murder, murder-for-hire, dubious financial doings, and much more. It will be based on Rodney Sheldon's book about the franchise's beginnings, and its founders Paul Snider and Somen Banerjee. Ball, who is the mastermind behind "True Blood," "Six Feet Under," and "American Beauty," knows from sex, »
- Jenni Miller
The film focuses on the story of how the famous male exotic dancers started after Paul Snider and Somen “Steve” Banerjee expanded the Chippendales nightclub. It’s a story which has potential for both the glitzy highs of bouffant hair and the seedy lows – Banerjee was found hanging dead in his cell after being jailed for attempted arson, racketeering and murder for hire. This true life scandal has already been explored in made for TV movie The Chippendales Murders, with Lost actor Naveen Andrews playing Banerjee.
If everything works out for Stiller, he’ll play choreographer Nick de Noia, who helped the troupe go supernova – and later fell victim to Banerjee. Alan Ball is writing the script which is based on Rodney Sheldon’s book. Ball’s script writing credentials include American Beauty and True Blood. »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
The story follows the two men who created the first all-male stripping troupe 'Chippendales' before arson, racketeering and murder got into the mix. Stiller will play Nick DeNoia, a choreographer who helped conceive the idea.
That film follows the true story of Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse's battle to produce the first stable electric current.
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- Garth Franklin
The chiseled jaw, the sweaty desperation, the theatrical rage: It's been a long time since we read a casting rumor as perfect as Ben Stiller potentially joining Alan Ball's male stripper drama I Am Chippendales. In a plot that sounds equal parts Showgirls and … more Showgirls, Chippendales follows the rise of nightclub co-founders Paul Snider and Steve Banerjee as they strike gold with their male exotic dance review. Stiller would play Chippendales choreographer Nick De Noia, whom Banerjee allegedly targeted in a murder-for-hire plot in 1987. The whole thing makes Magic Mike sound like a bunch of gyrating, oiled-up child's play that of course no child should ever be permitted to see. »
- Halle Kiefer
• Ben Stiller is in talks to star in I Am Chippendales, the true story of the fraught ascent of the male stripper revue, based on Rodney Sheldon’s book. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty star would play Nicolas de Noia, a former choreographer who helped usher the show into the mainstream. The story will focus on founder Steve Banerjee. Alan Ball, best known for his work as an executive producer on shows like True Blood, Banshee, and Six Feet Under, will direct. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
Ben Stiller is lining up two new projects, which utilize his talents on both sides of the camera. The actor is in talks to star in I Am Chippendales for writer-director Alan Ball (American Beauty, True Blood) and he is also in discussions to direct The Current War for TWC-Dimension.
I Am Chippendales is based on the true story of how the Chippendales nightclub was founded by Paul Snider and Somen "Steve" Banerjee, the latter of which pleaded guilty to attempted arson, racketeering and murder for hire charges. He was found dead in his jail cell in 1994. If a deal is finalized, Ben Stiller will play choreographer Nick DeNoia, who helped conceive the idea with Banerjee and attorney Steve Nahin, and was instrumental in turning the male dance club into an international sensation.
Hollywood has been looking at the origin story of the Chippendales for years now. Directors such as Barry Sonnenfeld and Tony Scott have danced around the project but nothing has happened. Now American Beauty writer/True Blood creator Alan Ball is taking a shot with I Am Chippendales, and Ben Stiller is in talks for a key role.This will not, in case you were wondering, explain how a bunch of bodybuilders got into some radioactive baby oil and became a superhero team. The real-life story of how the male revue started is even more twisted and odd than that, focusing on Paul Snider Somen “Steve” Banerjee, the man who originated the idea for the stripping sensations. Starting out running gas stations and mudwrestling clubs, Banerjee hit pay dirt when he came up with the idea of presenting male strippers in a choreographed, brand-named touring fantasy show. But behind the »
Ben Stiller may soon be adding “Chippendales choreographer” to his resume. Deadline reports that Stiller is in early talks to take a lead role in writer/director Alan Ball’s upcoming drama I Am Chippendales. Though at first glance the pic may seem like a cheap Magic Mike cash-in, Chippendales tells the odd true story of gas-station-attendant-turned-Chippendales-co-founder Steve Banerjee. An immigrant to the U.S., Banerjee became inundated with excess and riches, growing paranoid and eventually hiring a hit man to murder a Chippendales choreographer and two ex dancers. Should he sign on, Stiller would play the choreographer. Hit the jump for more, including an update on Stiller's next directorial effort. Ball, who won an Oscar for scripting American Beauty, committed to directing I Am Chippendales last year, along with the news that he will follow it up with I Dream of Gene. After American Beauty, Ball spent the past decade working in television, »
- Adam Chitwood
Ben Stiller is in talks to star in “I Am Chippendales,” Alan Ball's fact-based feature film about the iconic male strip club. He'll play one of the club's early partners, a source close to the project said Monday. Ball will direct, produce and adapt the script from Rodney Sheldon's book for Permut Presentations and Sentinel Pictures. Also read: Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films Closes TV, Digital Pact With Legendary Television The book explores the founding and expansion of the Chippendales nightclub by Paul Snider and Somen Banerjee. Banerjee eventually pleaded guilty to attempted arson, racketeering and murder »
- Todd Cunningham
Just last week we learned that Magic Mike Xxl would be shooting this fall with the original film's first assistant director stepping up to to sit in the director's chair for the sequel starring Channing Tatum. Now another male stripper drama is in the works as Deadline reports Ben Stiller is in talks to lead I Am Chippendales, a feature film from "True Blood" creator Alan Ball about the dawn of the famous male stripping troupe. The Weinstein Company seems to be the likely studio home for the film adapting Rodney Sheldon's book of the same name about immigrant Steve Banerjee's rise to nightclub fame and fortune. Banerjee was an immigrant who started small by pumping gas in Culver City, California but struck gold by kicking off the male stripper sensation in the 1980s when women's lib was all the rage. But after finding success, Banerjee became consumed by »
- Ethan Anderton
Ben Stiller is in talks to join Alan Ball's I Am Chippendales, a film about the founding of the famous male exotic dance troupe. Ball, the former showrunner of HBO's vampire drama True Blood, will helm the pic as well as write the script based on Rodney Sheldon’s book. The story centers on Paul Snider and Somen Banerjee, founders of the dance group that eventually became one of the biggest adult entertainment shows in the world. Story: Ben Stiller-Produced Scripted Half-Hour Picked Up to Series at Comedy Central Stiller would play choreographer Nick de Noia, who helped come up
- Rebecca Ford
Exclusive: Just told you that Ben Stiller was in talks to play a role in the Alan Ball-directed I Am Chippendales, the film that’s in talks to land at The Weinstein Company. I also can tell you that Stiller is in discussions with TWC to direct The Current War, the Michael Mitnick-scripted fact-based drama about how electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people. No deal yet, and they are still figuring out things like cast, but I’m told that Stiller has sparked to the project in a big way. The film will be produced by Film Rites’ Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch and Timur Bekmambetov. Stay tuned. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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