I have read the trades for years and know that this very project was in production with John Ritter to star about 18 years ago.
from dark horizons
Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde and Brie Larson are all attached to star while Jason Schwartzman is being courted to join Peter Bogdanovich’s quirky indie comedy “Squirrels to the Nuts” says Variety.
Bogdanovich penned the script about a hooker-turned-Broadway-thesp (Larson) and the recurring intersection of those two facets of her life.
Wilson will play a Broadway director who pays for the young protag’s services despite being married to the play’s star. Wilde will play a therapist whose own mother is in rehab for alcoholism.
Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach will produce with shooting aiming to kick off in the Fall.
I hate anything quirky.
S.T.T.N has been in development for years!! Wasn’t aware that it was originally going to be made almost 20 years ago though! I first heard about it back in 2003 or so.
I’ll watch it but i’m not expecting much.
Has quirky written all over it. Not always a bad thing
I welcome the return of the great Bogdanovich!
would take Ritter over Wilson any day of the week
Wilson tho is making a habit of working with greats as of late (Allen, Martin, Brooks and now Bogs)
Last I heard, Bogdanovich was teaching film at the University of North Carolina, where he was being paid $75,000 annually to teach two courses. (Source: http://north-carolina-employees.findthedata.org/l/142633/Peter-Bogdanovich)
My inference was his career essentailly died when the Sopranos ended its run in June 2007. He took the teaching gig three years later.
Glad I was wrong as it sounds like Bogdanovich will make another film. His first wife, Polly Platt, who he left for Cybill Shepherd, died last year. Platt had recommended Shepherd to Bogdanovich for The Last Picture Show, which was Cybill’s debut.
The script described above seems semi-autobiographical, considering Bogdanovich’s once-legendary appetite for ingenues.
Wes Anderson producing? Quirky is indeed the operational word.
I would be interested if anyone here thinks Bogdanovich really has another good film in him. The man took off like a bottle rocket with his second feature and like Orson Welles never saw those heady days again.
“Last I heard, Bogdanovich was teaching film at the University of North Carolina, where he was being paid $75,000 annually to teach two courses. (Source: http://north-carolina-employees.findthedata.org/l/142633/Peter-Bogdanovich)”
That’s a bargain price. I’d love to take a course with Bogdanovich. Even if he weighs too heavily on his own personal anecdotes (“Orson told me once….”), he’s at his best when he’s talking film history.
@ Ari: “That’s a bargain price.”
No question. The sad surprise to me is the possibility that Bogdanovich needed the money.
^ I imagine he just loves teaching ( I would hope!).
Nothing wrong with $75K a year. Sounds great. I’m sure he’s on cruise control in teaching those classes. It’s not like he’s lecturing on critical theory in graduate seminars.
Does he have another good film in him? I haven’t seen enough of his recent ones to know. Odds are that the answer is no. There’s aren’t many directors who maintain a level of greatness into their old age. Especially ones that started out on top.
most directors make better films as they get old.
Cat’s Cradle was very good.
glad to see that Anderson is financing someone who influenced him.
“most directors make better films as they get old.”
I wish this were true.
More likely, you mean Cat’s Meow from 2001.
“Last I heard, Bogdanovich was teaching film at the University of North Carolina”
He’s actually an instructor of the University of North Carolina School of Arts (which used to be the North Carolina School of Arts) . . . David Gordon Green is probably the most famous filmmaker-alumni. It’s part of the UNC system now, but it really still operates on more of a conservatory model and there’s a high school program, an undergraduate program, and a graduate program. The teaching position are more like residencies that professorships, so it’s probably actually a pretty good deal.
Agree with Den, I think The Cat’s Meow is a good film.
thanks Matt, Izzard and Herrmann are great in that.
Bog made a number of tv movies before Meow so maybe he did need teaching money
even most of the tv movies are good tho
seems he makes a feature every decade or so
Thing Called Love was 93
then Meow in 00
and now Nuts
I happen to think directors are best in their early and late periods, so I am very hopeful here even if the plot sounds lame
I thought Thing Called Love was pretty good as well . . . even his Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers doc was cogent and reasonably entertaining. And what was the name of the Pete Rose bio thing he did for TV with Tom Sizemore?
Do you Bogo apologists like Noises Off too? (Although my scattered memory appears incapable of differentiating Bogo’s Noises Off from Altman’s Beyond Therapy).
Incidentally, his “Blogdanovich” blog is quite excellent – http://blogs.indiewire.com/peterbogdanovich/
He can bang off an insightful and revealing write up of a classic film in his sleep.
“Even if he weighs too heavily on his own personal anecdotes (“Orson told me once….”)”
The funny thing is, that’s been his schtick his whole life. If you watch old episodes of Dick Cavett, he’s telling the same stories that he now tells on Charlie Rose.
Despite his friendship with Cassavetes, I can’t really pay much attention to this guy.
I say, stick to making docs, old man. It works for you, it works for Landis. Who do you think you are, Martin Scorsese?
Didn’t Bogo declare bankruptcy sometime in the 90’s? I think i read he has gone bankrupt twice now. Considering that he hasn’t had a hit since Mask, and only directs a film or two a decade, he probably did need the money.
can’t say i’m all that keen on any of the films he has made in the last 30 years. Texasville was OK at best. apparently his cut was better but i doubt it’s anywhere near great. Thing Called Love was average imo. Cat’s Meow was decent, nothing special.
Paper Moon is still my favourite Bogo film. it’s easily his most timeless. I’ve shown that for so many different kinds of people over the years and they all enjoyed it, even the ones that initally protested that it was black and white and therefore ‘slow and boring’ haha.
As for his Orson Welles anecdotes, i remember one of his scenes in ‘Decade Under The Influence’ where he is asked his favourite director and his response was ‘There is Renoir, and then there is everyone else’ and i just slapped my dome thinking ‘damn, he really is trying to be like Orson!!’ hahah.
MATT: I thought you didn’t rate Bogo?
Renoir is overrated. Two sterling masterpieces and that’s it. His father was a better painter than he was a filmmaker.
“Do you Bogo apologists like Noises Off too? (Although my scattered memory appears incapable of differentiating Bogo’s Noises Off from Altman’s Beyond Therapy).”
Den likes it ;-)
Noises Off isn’t great, but it’s superior to Beyond Therapy haha.
“Renoir is overrated. Two sterling masterpieces and that’s it.”
I’m trying to reconcile these two seemingly contradictory sentences. How many “sterling masterpieces” do we need to consider a director rated appropriately with his output? Are you referrring to Grand Illusion and Rules of the Game? The latter was a disastrous flop on its initial release, was believed lost after World War II, and only gradually became acknowledged as one of the greatest films years later after a print was found. Can we really leave out Boudu Saved From Drowning and The River? What about Bete Humaine, a hugely influential picture and a forerunner of what would eventually be known as film noir?
Many consider Vertigo to be among Hitchcock’s best, perhaps the best, yet it received a tepid reception in 1958. Hitchcock also produced his share of ho-hum films. Is he overrated for directing only a handful of “sterling masterpieces” such as Psycho, Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window, North by Northwest?
By this logic, if Welles and Bogdanovich had immediately retired after Citizen Kane and Last Picture Show, respectively, they would seem to be rated appropriately
I really am trying to understand what you mean.
Also, Auguste Renoir as a painter in comparison to his son Jean the filmmaker doesn’t make a lot of sense. We will never see the number of canvases that Renoir the painter abandoned or trashed in frustration because the work wasn’t coming out as he intended. One aspect of painting is you can start over with a fresh canvas if you don’t like the results. Film is different, principally the sheer expense and number of people required to make one. But completed motion pictures almost always get released in some form — nowadays either theatrically, online, or straight to disc. The goal is to recoup some of the investment. Film is too costly to trash, so we are left to judge the results. Painters, writers, sculptors and musicians can quietly toss their misfires out the window.
Even if I were to agree with you about August and Jean Renoir, I could still say that champagne obviously does not taste the same as beer, but both will get you drunk.
“I thought you didn’t rate Bogo?”
I actually don’t think as much of Last Picture Show and Paper Moon as many people do, which is probably what you’re thinking of me saying here.
“Renoir is overrated”
So . . . you’re completely disregarding La Chienne, Boudu Saved from Drowning, Toni, Le Crime de Monsieur Lange, La bête humaine, The Lower Depths, A Day in the Country, This Land is Mine, The Diary of a Chambermaid, Woman on the Beach, The River, The Golden Coach, French Cancan, Elena et les hommes, and Le Petit Théâtre de Jean Renoir? To me, even if you take away the two widely acknowledged “masterpieces,” his body of work is still really extraordinary and Renoir is still one of the greatest directors of all time.
Matt, ok, fair enough, maybe that’s where i got that impression from!!!
I have no real opinion on Renoir except that did I not get the fuss about Grand Illusion, although i liked Rules Of The Game.
Huh, I didn’t know Bogdanovich had done a Noises Off! I just saw it a couple weeks ago on stage. Very funny, but I can’t imagine the humour translating well to film.
On principle, I will watch any movie called Squirrels to the Nuts, even if it has Owen Wilson in it.
Joks found me this interview, he mentions Squirrels at the 39min mark, good interview
PB can do no wrong. I even loved The Thing Called Love. I hope he gets this made.
I hope it flies…he’s a wonderful film maker.
it is a good interview. he also mentions that Fox are planning to release Long lAst Love on dvd, which surprised me. he claims it is the cut that barely anyone has seen and has been played a few.times over the last few.years