Posts Tagged ‘David’s’
JB Smoove! Bill Hader! Philip Baker Hall! Eva Mendes! Amy Ryan! Kate Hudson! Danny McBride! Also: Nathan Flomm! Joe Stumpo! Rolly DaVore! These are all varyingly-moronic names now associated with Larry David and director Greg Mottola’s HBO movie.
Filling in a lot of details about the improvised comedy, and the whereabouts of Kate Hudson, Deadline reports:
Clear History, which David co-wrote with Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, centers on Nathan Flomm (David), a former marketing executive at a start-up electric car company who, after losing a fortune due to a petty argument with his boss (Hamm), is publicly humiliated for walking away from his 10% of a company now worth billions. Ten years later, his marriage over and reputation ruined, Nathan has changed his identity and lives a simple life on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts under the new name of Rolly DaVore. But when his former boss shows up to renovate his summer mansion, Nathan vows to seek revenge and drive his nemesis off the island.
Hader will play Rags, the friend and henchman of a local quarry owner who agrees to help Rolly settle an old debt. Hamm will play Will Haney, founder of the electric car company who has a contentious relationship with Flomm, his head of marketing. Hall will play McKenzie, the foreman of a local construction project who is duped into hiring Rolly and soon begins to regret it. Hudson will play Rhonda, the glamorous wife of Flomm’s arch-rival, with whom Rolly strikes up a special friendship. Keaton will play Joe Stumpo, the erratic and eccentric operator of the island’s quarry. McBride will play Frank, a local denizen and best friend to Rolly. Mendes will play Jennifer, a local resident who takes an off-handed suggestion from Rolly a bit too seriously, causing Rolly no end of trouble. Ryan will play Wendy, Rolly’s the ex-girlfriend whom Rolly discovers has been hiding an explicit secret since before they dated. JB Smoove will play Jaspar, the ex-boyfriend of a local girl who blames Rolly for the demise of his relationship.
If there was any question remaining about who in the Seinfeld staff was the name-smith behind such monikers as Joe Mayo, Phillip Baker Hall’s librarian detective Lt. Bookman, and the invented pseudonym Art Vandelay, this news should also likely clear that up.
The plot of Larry David’s improvised HBO film has been revealed, and it sounds like one hell of a bald, four-eyed fuck of a thing. In the best way possible.
The LA Times has a summary from the treatment David has written up, and it’s almost impossible to read without Curb‘s familiar tuba kicking in:
The plot concerns a marketing executive named Lenny (David) who is helping to market a new electric car. Because he objects to the name (it’s “the Howard,” after “The Fountainhead’s” Howard Roark), Lenny gets into a fight with the creator, a colleague named Haney, and in a fit of Davidian pique gives Haney back his stake in the project.
This being a David story line, the car of course goes on to become a huge success, making Haney absurdly wealthy and leaving Larry out of the money.
So, already it’s the car investment opportunity gone awry of Curb‘s car periscope episode and the “you owe me some of the fortune” premise of LD’s Sour Grapes meets David’s love of fuel-efficient vehicles–plus, the name “Haney,” which is the epitome of the disyllabic Seinfeld villain name, made specifically to be angrily hissed. And that’s barely scratching the bald surface of the film’s larger, hugely-Davidian plot: there’s also said to be the expected bald jokes, classic “cosmic coincidences and karma-is-a-beast turns,” diatribes about accepted societal norms like “putting electrical outlets out of sight,” and stupidly genius ideas for improving inventions (he wants the car to have a flap for on-the-road peeing). If that’s not Davidy enough for you, there’s even a running joke about the The Eagles to hark back to the famously-Eagles-centric Seinfeld episode “The Checks” (The Times suggests there could be a cameo, too, you lucky Don Henley fans). The project still has no title, but given what we now know, sticking with the default “Larry David Comedy Project” is sounding like an increasingly appropriate idea.
His relationship with HBO still proving healthiest of all his real and fictional relationships, Larry David is abandoning theatrical release plans to bring his upcoming feature-length comedy straight to his Curb Your Enthusiasm network.
The film–a still-untitled, said-to-be-improvised comedy to be directed by David’s bald brother, Greg Mottola–has largely been kept secret, and the only non-David participants known thus far are Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton. The LA Times says that the deal isn’t yet done but talks are well underway, and it seems likely to work out given that Fox Searchlight–who also reportedly showed interest in the project–is unable or unwilling to match the budget ceiling HBO is offering for the film. Looks like we won’t be seeing a leery Larry David staredown projected on the big screen. But on the plus side, with the bigger budget, now we may finally hear David’s annoyed ruminations on the acceptable etiquette of a chase setpiece.
Amidst the cheating controversy surrounding her husband, Victoria Beckham was spotted catching an outbound flight out of LAX Airport in Los Angeles on Sunday (October 3).
Looking stoic in dark sunglasses, a beige dress and matching purse and suitcase, the former Spice Girl headed towards the International terminal en route to London.
While she’s surely upset over recent claims of infidelity on David’s behalf, Victoria has been keeping herself busy perfecting her upcoming Spring/Summer 11 fashion range – which she debuted during New York Fashion Week.
Just prior to showing off her latest creations, Posh told press, “What’s alluring for me are the curves of a woman’s figure – sensual volume and a defined silhouette that allows for freedom of movement.”