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Three riding with 'Talmadge'

NEW YORK -- Gary Cole, Jennifer Coolidge and Agnes Bruckner are starring in writer-director David Moreton's road-trip comedy Say Hello to Stan Talmadge.

Set in 1979 and told in flashback, the film follows the misadventures of the title character (Cole), an estranged ex-husband who tries to reunite his family with a cross-country motor-home trip to a Family Feud-style game show called Beat Your Neighbor.

Coolidge plays his boozing, acid-tongued ex-wife. Bruckner plays his daughter, who is traumatized by the disastrous trip. Tina Holmes (Half Nelson) plays Stan's new wife, who comes along for the ride, and Jordan Bridges (Mona Lisa Smile) plays the game show host.

"Stan hopes that by getting his family on TV, it will make them a real family again," said Moreton, who is producing the project with Rob Aitro and Jenny Hinkey. Aitro describes the screenplay, based on Rick Barrett's unpublished short story Feud, as "a charming indie in the tone of 'Little Miss Sunshine.' "

Moreton's directorial credits include the gay-themed films Edge of Seventeen and Testosterone. Hello is shooting on location in Azusa, Calif.

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