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On my radar: Tim Key’s cultural highlights

The comedian on his rhubarb tea addiction, the mastery of standup John Kearns, and his love of The Corrections

Tim Key, the comedian, actor, writer and performance poet, was born in Cambridgeshire in 1976. After studying Russian at Sheffield University, he began his career by tricking his way in to Cambridge University’s Footlights. He won the Edinburgh comedy award in 2009 for The Slutcracker and has since appeared on screen as Alan Partridge’s Sidekick Simon, as resident poet on Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe, and last year in Art at London’s Old Vic. His Radio 4 comedy series Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry Programme is available on iPlayer and his hit Edinburgh 2017 show Megadate will tour the UK in May and June.

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Daniel Craig Drama 'Purity' Won't Air on Showtime Until After 'Bond 25'

Showtime's Daniel Craig vehicle Purity has been delayed.

To perhaps little surprise, the limited drama based on the novel of the same name from The Corrections author Jonathan Franzen will not begin production until after the actor has completed work on the 25th installment in the James Bond feature film franchise. The movie is set to premiere Nov. 8, 2019.

"He's doing Bond first and I can't say anything about what I know or don't know about Bond, [but] It's possible it may not shoot until 2019," Showtime CEO David Nevins told reporters this week at the Television Critics Association's...
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The Meyerowitz Stories review: Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler up their game in entertaining daddy-issues comedy

Noah Baumbach’s latest boasts smart writing and a strong ensemble cast, but it’s Stiller who steals the show with a remarkable display of emotion

Related: Redoubtable review – Michel Hazanavicius’s Jean-Luc Godard biopic a pastiche without passion

Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is a funny and really enjoyable family comedy on classic lines with all the attendant pleasures of smart writing and ensemble casting. It’s a tale of regrets and sibling rivalry and daddy issues and disappointment with life – leavened with late-flowering tenderness. It has something of Hannah and Her Sisters, naturally, or maybe Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections – and Baumbach’s work is a cousin to that of Rebecca Miller, who incidentally appears here in an acting role.

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Todd Field Finally Returns

It's been a decade since director Todd Field's masterful Little Children followed up his equally potent In the Bedroom, and we have been clammoring for his next effort since. After many close calls and proposed projects, his next literary adaptation is finally coming to fruition. Showtime has announced a two season, 20 episode order for Purity, based on last year's Jonathan Franzen globehopping novel. With the cable network throwing its weight behind the series, this is exciting news for those over us who have watched his many projects never get beyond the announcement stage.

This one comes with a high pedigree: Daniel Craig has signed on to play the central pseudo-WikiLeaks activist Andreas Wolf (sealing the final nail in the coffin to any Bond speculation), with Franzen and Oscar nominee David Hare sharing the writing duties with Field. The female lead has yet to be cast, but it's a strong
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Daniel Craig Confirmed For "Purity" Series

Daniel Craig is now confirmed to be starring in and executive producing a straight-to-series limited drama based on "The Corrections" author Jonathan Franzen's latest novel "Purity" at Showtime.

The series was picked up with a twenty-episode order and centers on a young woman named Purity (aka Pip) who, in search of answers about herself and her family, winds up interning in South America at the Sunlight Project - a group which deals with all the secrets of the world.

Craig is eyed to play Andreas, a German provocateur who crosses paths with Pip. Todd Field ("In the Bedroom") will write, direct and executive produce the series which Franzen, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, and David Hare will executive produce.

Franzen and Hare will also serve as writers on the series with Field set to direct all twenty episodes. The series will air over two years on Showtime with production to begin next year.
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‘Purity’ Limited Series Starring Daniel Craig Gets 20-Episode Order By Showtime

After months of negotiations and deal-making, Showtime has closed a deal for a 20-episode order to Purity, a limited drama series toplined by James Bond star Daniel Craig and produced by Todd Field and Scott Rudin. The project, based on the book of the same name by The Corrections author Jonathan Franzen, hit the cable and streaming marketplace in February, with Showtime emerging as an early frontrunner based on an aggressive offer. Field will direct all 20 hours of the…
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Daniel Craig To Headline New Limited Drama Series Purity

Questions continue to loom over Daniel Craig’s future on the silver screen as 007, though the actor is reportedly eyeing up a role that is worlds away from the rat-a-tat action of British espionage.

According to Variety, Craig has closed a deal to headline Purity, a new 20-episode drama series that is currently doing the rounds at the biggest networks in the country. Showtime and Netflix are among the early bidders to snatch rights for the limited series, itself an adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s novel of the same name which hit store shelves last September.

Currently, Scott Rudin and Todd Field (In The Bedroom, Little Children) are attached to produce and direct, respectively, with the latter working on a script in tandem with Franzen.

Beyond Daniel Craig, it’s too early yet for the production to nail down its cast, though we understand the core story centers on Purity
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Daniel Craig To Star In Limited Series Adaptation Of Jonathan Franzen's 'Purity,' Directed By Todd Field

As befits a critically acclaimed, best-selling author, adaptations of Jonathan Franzen's work attract big league talent. Noah Baumbauch attempted to wrestle "The Corrections" into a series for HBO, starring Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Rhys Ifans, and Greta Gerwig, but got in over his head. And now another one of Franzen's works is headed to the small screen, also with big league talent involved. Variety reports that James Bond, a.k.a. Daniel Craig, will star in "Purity." The limited series will be co-written by Franzen and Todd Field ("In The Bedroom," "Little Children"), with the latter directing. We're particularly excited to see Field back behind the camera. It has been a decade since "Little Children," and while he's seen a number of projects percolate ("Beautiful Ruins," "As It Happens," "The White Tiger," "The Creed Of Violence,"...
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‘Purity’ Drama Starring Daniel Craig From Scott Rudin Eyes Series Order

James Bond star Daniel Craig is headlining Purity, a hot drama series package that hit the cable and digital marketplace earlier this week. The project, produced by Scott Rudin, is based on the book of the same name by The Corrections author Jonathan Franzen, published last September. Todd Field is writing the adaptation with Franzen. I hear the package has been seeking a series order 20 episodes, with Field set to direct all 20 hours. Purity was taken out to cable…
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Multiple Bidders In Talks For Daniel Craig Drama ‘Purity’ From Scott Rudin, Todd Field (Exclusive)

Multiple Bidders In Talks For Daniel Craig Drama ‘Purity’ From Scott Rudin, Todd Field (Exclusive)
Multiple bidders — including Showtime, Netflix and others — are in talks for a big commitment to a limited series starring Daniel Craig in an adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s novel “Purity,” to be produced by Scott Rudin and written by Todd Field and Franzen. Field is also set to direct.

Rudin is said to have held a round of meetings with Showtime, Netflix, FX and at least three other outlets earlier this week in search of a straight-to-series order.

Given the auspices, the project generated significant heat and multiple bidders. Industry sources said producers were seeking a 20-episode order. Sources cautioned that the talks were early and the project could land at any outlet.

“Purity,” published in September, tells the story of an aimless young woman named Purity but known as Pip. She was raised in unusual circumstances in Northern California and winds up bouncing around after college from Oakland to
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'Watchmen' TV Series Planned by HBO and Zack Snyder?

'Watchmen' TV Series Planned by HBO and Zack Snyder?
A Watchmen TV show? That's what a new rumor claims may be happening at HBO, with original director Zack Snyder in-line to produce this retelling of the popular comic book miniseries. Zack Snyder first directed an adaptation of Alan Moore's iconic tale in 2009, but it failed to set the box office on fire. Many fans thought it was better suited to a long form storytelling format. And that may turn out to be the case.

Even before it went into production, many believed Alan Moore's seminal DC Comics adventure Watchmen was to unwieldy for the big screen. It is a monster work of interconnecting story lines and referential plot. And even with a runtime of 3 hours, it all couldn't be contained within the frame work of Zack Snyder's film. So now he wants to try again. This time, the story will be told in a serialized nature better suited to its attributes.
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What’s the Significance of Bird’s Body in ‘A Personal Matter’? (WSJ Book Club)

What’s the Significance of Bird’s Body in ‘A Personal Matter’? (WSJ Book Club)
Jonathan Franzen, author of “The Corrections,” “Freedom,” and “Purity,” is hosting the WSJ Book Club this month. He selected Kenzaburo Oe’s harrowing short novel from 1964, “A Personal Matter,” which he calls “an unusually readable existentialist novel.”

We’ll be reading “A Personal Matter” over the next few weeks, with regular discussion questions on Speakeasy. Participate by jumping into the lively conversation on the WSJ Book Club Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter with #WSJBookClub. Sign up to receive our email newsletter here.
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Watch: First Clip from Noah Baumbach's 'Mistress America' With Lola Kirke & Greta Gerwig

Noah Baumbach’s been on a hell of a run of late. Refusing to let his unseen HBO pilot of “The Corrections” stop his momentum, he’s been on a prolific tear the last few years, with the wonderful “Frances Ha” followed by this year’s “While We’re Young,” the biggest hit of his career to date. Even before he shot the latter, he already had a new movie in the can, “Mistress America,” which, like ‘Frances,’ is a collaboration with his muse Greta Gerwig. Shot in glorious color this time, but with much of the same creative team involved, the film centers on Tracy (up-and-comer Lola Kirke from “Gone Girl” and “Mozart In The Jungle”), who arrives for college in New York and is taken under the wing of Brooke (Gerwig), a vivacious young woman who will soon be Tracy’s step-sister. Read More: Watch Noah Baumbach Go
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Jonathan Franzen, Elena Ferrante, and 8 More of BookExpo’s Hottest Galleys

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Jonathan Franzen, Elena Ferrante, and 8 More of BookExpo’s Hottest Galleys
This year’s edition of BookExpo America, the bookselling trade fair currently winding down at the Javits Center, is the first to be followed by a completely separate BookCon, the consumer-facing convention that runs this weekend. But that didn’t seem to take any heat off the annual frenzy of industry people hungry for news of big forthcoming titles and — more important — free galley copies thereof. Here are the books that store owners, librarians, and hangers-on talked about most and snapped up the fastest.1. Purity, by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Sept. 1)The author of The Corrections and Freedom didn’t have to participate in a keynote Q&A to promote his next title, but Wednesday’s discussion of the ways his new novel will depart from previous work (more political and more fast-paced) probably fed the curiosity of Franzen fanatics and skeptics alike. Visitors from the hinterlands who hadn
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Noah Baumbach Says 'The Corrections' Was "Too Complex" And "Too Expensive" For HBO

Noah Baumbach has been on something of a tear recently, knocking out the whimsical "Frances Ha," the now-playing tale of middle age crisis "While We're Young," and the upcoming "Mistress America" which recently premiered at Sundance (review here). But it might be easy to forget that somewhere in there, the director dipped his toe in the world of television, shooting a pilot for HBO. The project was a star-studded adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's acclaimed "The Corrections," with Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Rhys Ifans and Greta Gerwig all part of the ensemble. You would think the series would be a no brainer, but in the spring of 2012, HBO passed. So what happened? Well, it's a mix of Baumbach not falling into the rhythms of making drama for television and a package that HBO figured wasn't worth the price tag. "I don’t know that I appreciated
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Jonathan Franzen’s Next Book Is Coming in 2015

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Jonathan Franzen’s Next Book Is Coming in 2015
Gravitas is about to make its return to American literary life: Jonathan Franzen has a new novel, and it's coming out in September 2015. The book's called Purity, which is the name of the main character and also a metaphor, probably. Like The Corrections and Freedom, Purity will tell the story of multiple generations of one American family — unlike those earlier books, this new one will find the author experimenting with something close to magical realism. "It’s not strict realism," Franzen's publisher told the New York Times. "There’s a kind of mythic undertone to the story." We've got 10 months to find out exactly what that means, but you can start loading your think pieces now.
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10 Producers to Watch: Lila Yacoub

10 Producers to Watch: Lila Yacoub
The British-born, New Jersey-raised Lila Yacoub has collaborated with directors Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha,” “Greenberg,” “The Corrections”) and Marina Zenovich (“Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out,” “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired”), as well as producing projects for Wes Anderson (“Moonrise Kingdom”) and working on films for Robert Redford and Stephen Daldry.

“I always wanted to be in films, and I started out doing musicvideos and gradually worked my way up,” says Yacoub, who has several new films due for release. First up is “Rosewater,” the directorial debut from “The Daily Show’s” host Jon Stewart due out Nov. 14, on which she has exec producer credit.

The drama, adapted from Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir, used Jordan to double for Iranian locations — “because no other country would let us shoot there,” she says.

“We used local crews and shot for a very tight 33 days, as Jon had just a 12-week hiatus from the show,
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Resolution’s Rich Green Joins ICM Partners

Resolution agent Rich Green, a specialist in film and TV rights deals, has joined ICM Partners in its media rights department.

Green is the latest of notable Resolution agents to sign elsewhere following the Oct. 6 announcement that Jeff Berg was shuttering the business after less than two years.

Green previously worked at CAA and UTA and represents Matthew Quick (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Jonathan Franzen (“The Corrections”), Chuck Palahniuk (“Fight Club”) and Deborah Harkness (“The Discovery of Witches”). He recently closed a film rights deal with The Weinstein Co. for Quick’s “Every Exquisite Thing.”

Since Oct. 6, former Resolution agents Abram Nalibotsky and Pamela Goldstein have joined Verve, Katie Cates has joined ICM Partners and Robert Lazar has joined the Shuman Co. as a manager.

The news about Green was first reported by Deadline.com.
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Jonathan Franzen’s Biography Will Be Titled Jonathan Franzen: The Comedy of Rage

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Jonathan Franzen’s Biography Will Be Titled Jonathan Franzen: The Comedy of Rage
Jonathan Franzen, who hates everything from the internet to snark (heh), apparently has no problem with mid-career biographies. The notably cranky author of The Corrections and Freedom gave his blessing to Swarthmore English professor Philip Weinstein to write a biography of him titled Jonathan Franzen: The Comedy of Rage. Weinstein titled it so, reports the New York Times, because Franzen is "working toward turning rage into comedy." He was also careful to note that this isn't going to gossipy: "It’s not an exposé of Jonathan Franzen ... It doesn’t pretend to be a full-scale biography. It’s too early for that. He’s in full career mode. Someone later, a generation from now, will do that biography. It’s a report on who he is." Everyone should tweet about this, because that'll make Franzen, like, so peeved.
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Ed Harris Set as Westworld Villain; James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, and More Join HBO Pilot

The HBO pilot Westworld is coming together quite nicely. Person of Interest creator and The Dark Knight screenwriter Jonathan Nolan is spearheading the adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film of the same name, which revolved around a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park. Anthony Hopkins is already set to lead the potential series as the creator of the park with Evan Rachel Wood co-starring as a “sassy farm girl”, and now THR reports that Ed Harris has signed on to play the show’s primary antagonist, The Man in Black. The character is described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.” Hit the jump for more on the latest Bad Robot series, including further casting. In addition to Harris, THR also reports that Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, and Kyle Bornheimer will fill out the stellar cast of the Westworld pilot.
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