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Venice First Look: Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots & Jennifer Aniston In Peter Bogdanovich's 'She's Funny That Way'

It's been over a decade since Peter Bogdanovich directed a feature film. Since "The Cat's Meow" in 2001, the filmmaker has helmed an episode of "The Sopranos," the TV sports drama "Hustle" and the documentary "Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down A Dream." Now, he's returned with a full length effort, "She's Funny That's Way" (formerly known as "Squirrel To The Nuts"). Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson provided financial support for the film, and the cast includes Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Tatum O'Neal, Rhys Ifans, Will Forte and Lucy Punch. It's a classic screwball yarn about a married Broadway producer (Wilson) who tries to convince a call-girl (Poots) to change her life. As Bogdanovich told us last year,  he's kicked this screenplay around for a good long while.  "We originally wrote the script back in 1998 around a difficult time in our lives...
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Peter Bogdanovich Teams With Tom Sizemore For Sex Addiction Drama 'John Ledger'

Peter Bogdanovich Teams With Tom Sizemore For Sex Addiction Drama 'John Ledger'
With Wes Anderson and Noam Baumbach producing, and a top drawer cast coming together including names like Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde, Brie Larson and Jason Schwartzmann, Peter Bogdanovich is set for a nice comeback with the upcoming screwball comedy "Squirrel To The Nuts." While that's cooking, though, the writer-director evidently has another project in the works that's a little more serious and will reunite him with a former collaborator.

Bogdanovich's absence from the silver screen since 2001's "The Cat's Meow" saw him tackle a few projects on television which included the Pete Rose telepic "Hustle" starring Tom Sizemore and, despite critical indifference to that feature, the actor evidently impressed Bogdanovich enough to earn a re-teaming on upcoming addiction drama, "John Ledger." 

Even with "Squirrel To The Nuts" front and center, this latest project sounds a little way off as the "Paper Moon" and "The Last Picture Show" writer-director is currently
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Peter Bogdanovich To Tackle Sex Addiction in ‘John Ledger,’ Tom Sizemore to Star

In the grand tradition of HBO’s Californication, Shame, and the legacy of Tiger Woods, director and sometimes actor Peter Bogdanovich (Paper Moon, The Last Picture Show) will soon delve into the world of sex addiction. Variety reported that he’s set to direct John Ledger, an indie drama to be released through Polimedia Films.

Bogdonavich and scriptwriter, Joey Camen, are currently fine tuning the story of a southern California car salesman’s struggle with the disease and how it affects his relationships with his family and friends. The project – which is not fully financed yet – will be produced by Charles Lago, Gabrielle Lui and Chris Johnson, with Camen as a co-producer.

It was also revealed that Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Bringing Out The Dead) has signed on to play the title character and serve as executive producer. The role hits close to home with Sizemore, who in recent
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'3' powers ESPN to victory lane

The Dale Earnhardt biopic 3 drove ESPN to a record rating for its original films. The 9 p.m. Saturday broadcast drew 7.2 million total viewers, besting all the network's previous forays into longform entertainment. Barry Pepper stars as the racing legend who died in a crash during the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. "What these ratings have shown us is that our fans not only will respond to these films, but their appetite is growing," said Mark Shapiro, executive vp programming and production at ESPN, of 3 and the other ESPN Original Entertainment films. ESPN got respectable numbers last year with first efforts A Season on the Brink and The Junction Boys but hit a ratings speed bump in September with Hustle.

Adelson in big leagues as ESPN's go-to player

Adelson in big leagues as ESPN's go-to player
How does a petite mother of two, a former lieutenant in the Israeli army, someone schooled more in the fine arts of dance and theater than hoops and NASCAR come to be one of the most important players for ESPN? Ever since she produced 2002's The Junction Boys, about college football coaching legend Bear Bryant, Orly Adelson has become ESPN's go-to person for scripted drama. With nearly a dozen series and film projects in various stages of development at ESPN, Adelson's relative lack of sports knowledge is something her creative partners joke about but also see as one of her strengths. Her latest ESPN original telefilm production, Hustle, a Peter Bogdanovich-directed biopic of one of baseball's most controversial figures, Pete Rose, premieres Saturday. "At out first meeting, I liked her right away," recalls Junction Boys writer-director Mike Robe. "I thought to myself of the irony of the situation: Here I am, a lifelong sports junkie, signing up to write a story about American college football with this elegant woman from Israel who I'm going to be working with, and I don't know if she knows a gridiron from a waffle iron."

ESPN bets on Sizemore to play Rose

Tom Sizemore has been tapped to portray fallen baseball star Pete Rose in ESPN's original movie Hustle. The project, to be helmed by Peter Bogdanovich, chronicles Rose's gambling-related downfall in the 1980s as documented in Major League Baseball's Dowd Report. "Tom Sizemore's ability to play gritty, conflicted characters is his hallmark," said Mark Shapiro, ESPN executive vp programming and production. "Only someone with his hefty credentials and proven talents can accurately portray someone as complex as Rose." Christian Darren penned the script for the movie, which Orly Adelson is executive producing. Filming is scheduled to begin May 14 in Toronto for a Sept. 25 premiere. Sizemore's feature credits include Saving Private Ryan, Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down. He next appears seen in Paparazzi. Sizemore was sentenced in October 2003 to jail time and probation for battering ex-girlfriend Heidi Fleiss, but imposition of the sentence has been delayed by the court and is still pending. The actor recently wrapped a guest starring role in CBS' drama pilot Dr. Vegas. Sizemore is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and attorney Geoff Oblath.

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