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Here's a lil article from the shoot of the pilot:

 

http://www.hometownlife.com/apps/pbcs.dll/...EWS17/809210393

 

 

It gives a bit of detail into a scene that was shot for the show, so I guess read it at your own risk. If you don't want to know any plot points, don't read the article. :)

 

"The pilot - starring Thomas Jane, Jane Adams and others - is about a former high school sports legend who returns to his hometown to become its high school basketball coach."

 

 

Jen

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Just realised that if Hung gets picked up by HBO, then Dreamcatcher co-stars, Tom Jane, Timothy Olyphant and Damien Lewis will all now have headlined major series for them (Hung, Deadwood & Band of Brothers).

 

Wonder if Jason Lee wants to get in on the act :P

 

Here's to hoping that Hung is as good as Deadwood and Band of Brothers!

 

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It's natural, they are very good actors ! B)

 

For "Scrubs", it does not makes me laugh, it's too "crazy" and this TV show lack of "natural"...

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This is part of a conversation that was started in the Jonah Hex thred, but felt it fits better over here. I feel that Jane staring in this series for HBO is an increadibly great move. 10 years ago, maybe not, but in the last few years I feel that t.v. is breaking new ground and helping actors get noticed more than in the past.

 

Look at Arrested Development. Jason Bateman was practically invisible, now he's starting to pop up again, same with Michael Cera. HBO essically has had a hand in launching careers that needed more attention. Look what Deadwood did for Ian McShane or even Timothy Olyphant and what the Sopranos did for Gandolfini. Sure, they'er not headliners, but they are getting more work. I do feel that Jermey Pivin has benefited the most, and deservedly so. I hope Tom gets the same luck.

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I don't really see it as a step back. Maybe five/ten years ago I would have. A lot has changed on televison. Besides, it's HBO and Alexander Payne. I could see Jane getting an Emmy out of this.

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Yeah, I don't either. As long as I'm seeing an actor that I enjoy watching give a great performance, that's all that matters.

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TV or film, working with a creator as talented and credible as Alexander Payne is the real issue here.

Working with a guy like Payne in any medium is a good choice.

 

- TB

 

PS - Congrats Parker! Glad you had a great experience.

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From a fan's perspective its great.

 

From the actor's perspective, its not film.

 

-TL

 

I don't know most of HBO's shows have had a cinematic quality to them. Plus it is being shot on film.

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I don't know most of HBO's shows have had a cinematic quality to them. Plus it is being shot on film.

 

A show is a show.

 

Film is film.

 

And to add to that its a cable show.

 

-TL

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I see where you're coming from and I agree with you to an exent. If I remember correctly, the proposed shooting schedual for this leaves Jane open for time to do films.

 

For me, televison is just another medium, seperate from film, although it's similar. Also, I would think that actors, if they found the right character, would find televison somewhat appealing. With a series, you get more than 90 minutes to create and develope a character. Granted you don't get the attention that films get, but I think that more and more, people are less inclined to see film in theaters.

 

With the advent of DVD and now Blue-Ray, plus flat screen televisons and affordable surround sound systems, it's no wonder box office is not what it used to be. Hell, for the cost of taking my wife out to see a film, I could wait four months and buy it. Don't get me wrong, nothing beats seeing a film on the big screen, but for me, it's getting harder and harder. Between work and kids, going out to see a film for $8 a ticket plus the cost of a baby-sitter (even finding one on a Friday night seems impossible), it gets mighty irritating when I get to see a film because some ass ends up ruining it for me by being loud and obnoxious.

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For me, televison is just another medium, seperate from film, although it's similar. Also, I would think that actors, if they found the right character, would find televison somewhat appealing. With a series, you get more than 90 minutes to create and develope a character. Granted you don't get the attention that films get, but I think that more and more, people are less inclined to see film in theaters.

 

With the advent of DVD and now Blue-Ray, plus flat screen televisons and affordable surround sound systems, it's no wonder box office is not what it used to be. Hell, for the cost of taking my wife out to see a film, I could wait four months and buy it. Don't get me wrong, nothing beats seeing a film on the big screen, but for me, it's getting harder and harder. Between work and kids, going out to see a film for $8 a ticket plus the cost of a baby-sitter (even finding one on a Friday night seems impossible), it gets mighty irritating when I get to see a film because some ass ends up ruining it for me by being loud and obnoxious.

 

All very good points.

 

-TL

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TV or film, working with a creator as talented and credible as Alexander Payne is the real issue here.

Working with a guy like Payne in any medium is a good choice.

 

- TB

 

PS - Congrats Parker! Glad you had a great experience.

 

Thank you sir! Still ranks as the greatest shoot of my career; and Alexander runs the greatest set, without question. i would love to work with him again in any capacity.

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I'm an HBO fan, even if they dick around with cancelling shows too much, I cannot deny that I loved Deadwood, Carnivale, and Rome. I also enjoy Entourage for what it is, and hell, I don't much care for True Blood, but my girlfriend likes it, and the show seems to be popular.

 

A show is a show.

 

Film is film.

 

And to add to that its a cable show.

 

Yep. Even though in the last 10 years the stigma of being either a TV actor, or a film actor has mostly been lifted, and the writing for TV has become quite good, I very much prefer to sit down and watch a great movie than I do to watch a great TV show.

 

TV for me is always a form of relaxation after a long day of work. It entertains you and gives you something else to ponder outside of punching your co-workers in the sternum. ;)

 

Personally, I'm looking forward to this show of Tom's quite a bit. Hopefully we start seeing ads for it soon.

 

 

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I'm an HBO fan, even if they dick around with cancelling shows too much, I cannot deny that I loved Deadwood, Carnivale, and Rome. I also enjoy Entourage for what it is, and hell, I don't much care for True Blood, but my girlfriend likes it, and the show seems to be popular.

 

 

 

Yep. Even though in the last 10 years the stigma of being either a TV actor, or a film actor has mostly been lifted, and the writing for TV has become quite good, I very much prefer to sit down and watch a great movie than I do to watch a great TV show.

 

TV for me is always a form of relaxation after a long day of work. It entertains you and gives you something else to ponder outside of punching your co-workers in the sternum. ;)

 

Personally, I'm looking forward to this show of Tom's quite a bit. Hopefully we start seeing ads for it soon.

There is another dynamic that doesn't get discussed in entertainment, attention span. A movie used to be more fulfilling because rather than 7 or 8 minutes of actual character development you get with a TV show, you can get 25-30 minutes of getting to know a character, develop empathy for them and ride the wave of whatever is the conflict of the film. As film has devolved into its current state of blood porn, character-less action and cheeseball schtick comedies that are like SNL sketches that have outlasted their welcome, going to the theatre is rarely satisfying. If we take a look at the current career status of Tom's wife Patricia, she is starring in a well loved TV series in which her character is complex, has real dimension, and real capability of surprises. Yet, the character is still the same character that viewers "know" through the past four seasons. The show and Patricia win awards and she has defeated the Hollywood stereotype that an actresses career ends in their thirties, unless you comeback to play old ladies. This show maybe Tom's vehicle to develop a character with staying power. (No pun intended!) Don't forget that Bruce Willis' dynasty as an action star was built on his success in moonlighting. I don't think anybody holds the monster comedy chops he showed in Moonlighting against him.

 

Joe

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Yeah, but Moonlighting was Willis' intro to acting, he was 30 at the time.

 

This is the flipside of that coin with 40 year old Jane doing TV after 12 years of leading roles in cinema.

 

-TL

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Yeah, but Moonlighting was Willis' intro to acting, he was 30 at the time.

 

This is the flipside of that coin with 40 year old Jane doing TV after 12 years of leading roles in cinema.

 

-TL

 

Um...NO.

 

Moonlighting was 1985-1989. Yes, he was 30 at the time, BUT, Bruce had already been working off-Broadway in 1980. His first screen appearance was in The First Deadly Sin, with Frank Sinatra in 1980.

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By "intro to acting", I was referring to being the center of attention in front of the camera.

 

Moonlighting was his first lead in ANYTHING.

 

-TL

 

What about Miami Vice's episode "No Exit"? Definitely the front of attention in that one; cemented his close friendship with Don Johnson. That was 1984, if I am not mistaken.

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What about Miami Vice's episode "No Exit"? Definitely the front of attention in that one; cemented his close friendship with Don Johnson. That was 1984, if I am not mistaken.

 

Right...

 

I don't even see the point to this discussion.

 

Bruce Willis began with Moonlighting. He was 30.

 

He became a star with DIE HARD. He was 32.

 

Thomas Jane began with The Last Time I Committed Suicide. He was 27.

 

Now he's going into television after 12 years of leading roles. He's 40.

 

I like the fact that's he's invading HBO, but I don't like the fact that HBO is still TV.

 

I'll watch HUNG either way,

 

-TL

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You know what Thomas? I agree.

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I am smiling too hard right now; I can't wait to see this! Maybe Tom and his band can contribute some tracks to the show.

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