Raising Hope

Update: New production of Side Man in L.A. next week

Playbill reports that Garret has joined a new L.A. Theatre Works production of Side Man, a play he did in Chicago back in 1999. The production will run from May 12 to 16 and be recorded for the LATW radio series “The Play’s the Thing.” If you’re in L.A. next week, you can get the tickets here.

Golden Globe Award-winning actress Christine Lahti and Garret Dillahunt will join Tony Award-winning actor Frank Wood in the L.A. Theatre Works presentation of Side Man.

Lahti will step into the role of Terry (originated by Edie Falco), and Dillahunt will replace Broadway Side Man cast member Scott Wolf as Clifford. (…)

Stephen Sachs will direct the LATW run that is scheduled to play May 12-16 as part of “The Play’s the Thing” series at the Skirball Cultural Center.

LATW describes the play as “a rich and moving tribute to a lost era of jazz and big bands, a time before the birth of rock ‘n’ roll when jazz musicians were legends.” [Playbill]

In other news, Wide Awake Films posted a few pics from the Arkansas Traveler trailer shoot on their Facebook page and Nikki Finke’s site says that Keep Hope Alive is among the frontrunners for the 2010/11 season.

Updates: Burn Notice, Keep Hope Alive

Burn Notice showrunner Matt Nix did a Q & A yesterday and talked about the guest stars this season. He also dropped some vague spoilers about the general direction of the show. The interview is here.

Well certainly in the finale, we have Garret Dillahunt coming and doing a pretty amazing bad guy. Let’s see, the guy who played Tony Almeida on 24. I’m completely blanking on his name. In any case, he is in the episode after this week’s episode and he is playing a bad guy who Fiona has a real connection to. Oh sorry, Carlos Bernard, yes playing a bad guy who is really sort of only removed from the characters on the show by— under other circumstances he could have been one of the team, but he is willing to do certain things that they’re not willing to do and that’s a divide that they just can’t cross. But he’s a guy who’s really committed to what he’s doing, really cares about what he’s doing. It’s a pretty devastating performance. He’s pretty awesome. I’d say Garret and Carlos Bernard are the ones that are upcoming that really jump out at me right now.

And it seems that we won’t find out if Keep Hope Alive will be picked up for another few months. From Entertainment Weekly:

Fox has loads of multi-camera comedy pilots in the works – including new projects from Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl) and the duo of David Kohan and Max Mutchnik (Will & Grace). Here are the network’s fall pilots, many are still being cast (decisions on which projects will be ordered to series won’t be made until the weeks leading up to Fox’s presentation to advertisers, which occurs this May in New York):
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Keep Hope Alive (Greg Garcia). A single-camera comedy about a simple-minded 20-something man who is raising a daughter. Cast includes Martha Plimpton (Parenthood) and Cloris Leachman (The Women).

2009 in review

Okay, it’s the last day of the year and this blog will be a year old tomorrow, so I am posting a recap of everything that’s happened in 2009.

Hope everyone has a great time tonight and a fantastic year ahead.

See you in 2010!

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The year started with Terminator promo and press tours. The show returned with the last nine episodes in the Friday slot in mid-February.

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Later that month, Garret was spotted filming Winter’s Bone in Missouri. The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. If anyone plans on going, the Sundance screening schedule is here.

The Last House on the Left opened on March 13. The reviews ranged from excellent to free branding campaign and the film made it to several lists of best horrors of the year. In October, it won a Reaper Award for Best Theatrical Release in 2009.

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Toward the end of the month, Garret played his fifth character on T:SCC, the Skynet virus from the future. Previous four were George Laszlo, Cromartie, the Beastwizard and John Henry.

In late March, the first pictures from Burning Bright appeared online. Burning Bright was later renamed to Ravenous and it still awaits theatrical release. In November, it was screened at the AFM. The first reviews were pretty positive.

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In early April, Water Pills had its U.S. premiere at the Florida Film Festival. Jasmine Jessica Anthony walked away with a grand jury award for best performance.

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Also in April, two series finales aired two days apart. Garret snuffed the TV crew and gave Damian Lewis his final headache in Life on April 8. Life season two was released on DVD on August 25.

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The Terminator finale aired on April 10. Despite cancellation, the show made it to #8 on the list of  the Top 10 Most Pirated Shows in 2009. Last year, it was the only new show among the top 10, at #4.

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In the meantime, Garret joined Delroy Lindo and Roslyn Ruff in Things of Dry Hours, a play by Naomi Wallace about communists in 1930s Alabama. Rehearsals started on April 21.

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The first trailer for The Road hit the web on May 15.

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On May 18, Fox announced that they would not be picking up Terminator for a third season. Even though there has been talk of a possible TV/DVD movie, Terminator rights are currently up for grabs and in limbo until February 2010.

On May 20, Garret appeared in the season finale of Criminal Minds.

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Two days later, Things of Dry Hours went into previews at the New York Theatre Workshop. The show premiered on June 8 and ran through June 28. Critics liked the cast, but were divided on the writing.

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At some point over the spring/summer, Garret was cast in Madeleine Stowe’s Unbound Captives, an independent western epic with Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson. If they get financing in time, the film will go into production in March (at the earliest).

In late July and early August, Garret filmed two TV guest appearances,  on CSI and Lie to Me, and a short film, One Night Only.

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The Last House on the Left was released on DVD in mid-August.

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Later that month, Garret was spotted filming the season three finale of Burn Notice. The episode will air in March 2010.

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The trailer for One Night Only was released on September 2.

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On September 3, The Road had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Ten days later, it was screened in Toronto.

Terminator: The Complete Season Two was released on DVD on September 22.

On September 24, the CSI season 10 premiere aired. “Family Affair” is one of the five hours of television nominated for an ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) Award this year.

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Speaking of CSI, in a fine display of Terminator fanboyism, the last episode before the break, Better off Dead, had a bunch of people stealing Cromartie’s music and killing each other. Also, a killer described as a Terminator.

On October 13, Oliver Sherman, an independent drama with Molly Parker and Donal Logue, went into production in North Bay. The film will most likely premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2010, but Canadians might get an early screening in the spring.

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On October 21st, Garret appeared on Lie to Me.

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And two days later, on Law & Order: SVU.

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The Road finally saw its U.S. premiere at AFI fest in early November. On Thanksgiving, it got a limited release. Even though the film has been vastly overlooked in the early awards season, the reviews were mostly positive and it scored a few acting nods (Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall, Kodi Smit-McPhee) from several critics’ societies (Broadcast Film Critics, Utah Film Critics, St. Louis Film Critics).

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On November 13, Garret appeared on White Collar.

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And the next day, One Night Only had its premiere in New York.

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In November, Garret was cast in two new projects. The comedy pilot Keep Hope Alive, with Martha Plimpton, Cloris Leachman and Lucas Neff, was filmed earlier this month. If it gets picked up, it will be aired in the 2010/11 season.

The other project, John Sayles’ film Baryo, starts shooting in February in the Philippines. The crew is already there, building the set and preparing for the shoot. You can follow the updates on the new production blog, at johnsaylesbaryo.blogspot.com.

And that about wraps it up. If 2010 is even half as eventful, it will be another excellent year.

Updates: Winter’s Bone, The Road, Baryo, Keep Hope Alive, Water Pills

The Sundance Film Festival has released the lineup for 2010. Winter’s Bone is one of the films that will be screened in the U.S. Dramatic Competition program.

Winter’s Bone (Director: Debra Granik; Screenwriters: Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini)—An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey, Garret Dillahunt, Kevin Breznahan. World Premiere.

The shorts lineup will be announced on Monday, December 7. One Night Only should be among the contenders.

The UK trailer for The Road has appeared online at Guardian.co.uk. The film opens in the UK in January.

And speaking of, The Road has been nominated for a Golden Satellite award, Best Art Direction category.

Best Art Direction
Terry Gilliam, Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
Nathan Crowley, Patrick Lumb and William Ladd Skinner, “Public Enemies”
Eddy Wong, “Red Cliff”
Chris Kennedy, “The Road”
Ian Philips and Dan Bishop, “A Single Man”
Barry Chusid and Elizabeth Wilcox, “2012” [Indiewire.com]

Baryo went into pre-production in November. The team is already on location in the Philippines. They set up a blog, The Baryo Film Project, so that’s the place to look for updates. Filming doesn’t start till February.

The Hollywood Reporter had a brief announcement about Garret joining Keep Hope Alive the other day.

Garret Dillahunt has landed a co-starring role on Greg Garcia’s comedy pilot for Fox, “Keep Hope Alive.”

The show centers on Jimmy (Lucas Neff), a 25-year-old man raising an infant with the help of his quirky family after the mother of the baby, with whom he had a one-night stand, ends up on death row.

Dillahunt will play Jimmy’s dysfunctional father and boss, who is not thrilled to find himself a grandfather and worries that the baby might carry her mom’s homicidal gene.

“Hope” marks Dillahunt’s return to Fox, where he co-starred on the drama series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” He also co-starred on the big screen in “No Country for Old Men.” [via Reuters]

Last week, they were looking for a couple of teens to play the young Garret and Martha Plimpton. [JaxObserver.com]

And finally, some footage from Water Pills has emerged on Justin Mitchell’s site. He was the director of photography on the film. You can see the clip here. Credit goes to Winona-Ryder.org for finding it.

Garret Dillahunt in Water Pills

OK, one more. Burn Notice will return a week earlier than originally announced, on Thursday, January 21 at 10/9c. This means that the season three finale will air some time in early March, as expected.

New project: Fox comedy pilot, Keep Hope Alive

Some TV news this week.

Garret has been cast in Greg Garcia‘s (My Name Is Earl) new comedy pilot for Fox, called Keep Hope Alive. He will play Burt Chance, a guy who runs a pool cleaning business and gets thrown a curve ball when his son Jimmy (Lucas Neff) gets a serial killer pregnant and winds up having to raise the baby. Martha Plimpton will play Garret’s wife Virginia and Cloris Leachman will play his grandmother-in-law.

More about the premise, from the Hollywood Reporter:

The single-camera “Hope” centers on Jimmy (Neff), a 25-year-old man raising an infant with the help of his quirky family after the mother of the baby, with whom he had a one-night stand, ends up on death row.

Plimpton will play Jimmy’s no-nonsense mother who got pregnant with him when she was 16 and has no interest in raising another baby.

[Olesya] Rulin will play a smart waitress whom Jimmy considers the perfect woman to help him raise his daughter. [THR]

The pilot starts shooting early next month, with Michael Fresco (Northern Exposure, Murder One, Providence, My Name Is Earl) directing.