An American Affair (2008)
Presently lacking a title, Doremus' next project will again tackle affairs of the heart, in a familiar story about a high school teacher (Guy Pearce), who falls for one of his students and is tempted to cheat on his wife. Not exactly untrafficked territory, but Doremus' "Like Crazy" was also based on a familiar theme (long-distance relationships) and still managed to resonate, with no small thanks due to O'Halloran's music. In fact,
Gretchen Mol was on Life on Mars with Michael Imperioli, who was also on The Sopranos on HBO and was in Scorsese's Goodfellas. Boardwalk Empire star Steve Buscemi also appeared on The Sopranos. In short, all these people know each other and it's definitely a case of cast inbreeding. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Seriously, Gretchen Mol is a terrific actress and was fantastic in The Notorious Bettie Page. Given the talent already behind Boardwalk Empire, it was likely to be a fantastic series. Now its volume just went up to 11.
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Meanwhile, Sarah Burns is set to co-star opposite Laura Dern in Mike White's comedy pilot for the premium cable network.
"Empire," written by Terence Winter and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, who directed the pilot, is set in 1920 at the dawn of Prohibition and chronicles the life and times of Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City who was equal parts politician and gangster.
Mol will play Gillian, a showgirl.
Mol has been hotly pursued for series roles since her starring turn last season on ABC's "Life on Mars." The actress, who recently toplined the feature "An American Affair," is repped by Icm and John Carrabino Management.
White's single-camera comedy, tentatively titled "Enlightened," stars Dern as Amy, a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening and becomes determined to live an enlightened life,
In "An American Affair" - "JFK" meets "The Reader" - Gretchen Mol plays the girlfriend, an artist in 1963 Georgetown who strikes up a flirtatious friendship with a 13-year-old schoolboy (Cameron Bright) across the street. Meanwhile, she is being stalked by two CIA men, one of them her ex,
Crossing Over (pictured), a multi-story drama about immigration from The Cooler writer/director Wayne Kramer, stars Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd, among many others. The critics are comparing it to Crash and Babel, and not in a good way. It's opening on about a dozen screens in New York and L.A., and will expand in the coming weeks. An American Affair
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"An American Affair"
We're a country enamored with the marvels of our great democracy while also continuing a nasty habit of cultivating political dynasties, the thrall of which we continue to find irresistible, and there is no finer example of that than the Kennedy family. Put out by tiny indie distributor Screen Media Films, this feature from director William Olsson charts the coming of age of a young boy named Adam (Cameron Bright) who watches and wonders about John F. Kennedy's affair with a woman (Gretchen Mol) living across the street in 1963.
Opens in limited release.
- A little less than three years as U.S. president and JFK left a mark that the many who followed looked up to, but it his extra martial exploits that are very much a part of that legacy. Screen Media Films has acquired director William OlssonWilliam Sten Olsson
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