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Ewan McGregor Heading to TV for HBO's 'The Corrections'

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 22nd 2011 2:00PM
Ewan McGregor The CorrectionsEwan McGregor on TV? Weekly? Yes, please! The film star is set to co-star in HBO's 'The Corrections' pilot.

According to Deadline, McGregor will play Chip, the middle child of a elderly Midwestern couple (played by Chris Cooper and Diane Wiest). Based on the Jonathan Frazen book, the show follows the troubles of Cooper and Wiest's characters and their three adult children throughout time as they age. McGregor's character is an academic who becomes an employee of a crime boss after he loses his tenure-track position following an affair with a student.

Frazen co-wrote the script with Baumbach. Baumbach is attached to direct the pilot.

Cooper recently told Moviefone he's looking forward to the project.

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Chris Cooper: 'The Corrections' on HBO Will Make Jonathan Franzen Proud

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 9th 2011 10:30AM
Chris Cooper The CorrectionsChris Cooper won an Oscar playing a hirsute orchid-hunter in Spike Jonze's 'Adaptation,' and he's set to star as the villainous Tex Richman in this Thanksgiving's highly anticipated 'The Muppets,' but early next year he'll set his sights on the smaller screen. Cooper is scheduled to begin shooting the HBO adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's best-selling novel 'The Corrections' in 2012.

In the series, directed by Noah Baumbach ('The Squid and the Whale'), Cooper plays Alfred Lampert, a Midwestern father who -- over the course of 30 years -- copes with the disintegration of his family and his health.

During a publicity tour promoting 'The Muppets,' the actor shared some thoughts with AOL TV on filming 'The Corrections.'

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Anthony Hopkins Linked With Rumored HBO Version of 'The Corrections'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 6th 2011 8:15AM
Anthony HopkinsJonathan Franzen's novel 'The Corrections' was the publishing sensation of 2001. It won multiple awards and made its author a household name.

Especially after Oprah Winfrey chose it as one of her Book Club picks and he famously turned down an invitation to appear on her show.

Rumors have swirled for years about possible movie and TV adaptations of the lengthy tome and now there are reports that producer Scott Rudin ('The Social Network,' 'There Will Be Blood') and writer-director Noah Baumbach ('The Squid and the Whale,' 'Margot at the Wedding') are close to a TV series deal with HBO.

According to Deadline, the cable network may soon place an order for a pilot episode.

It's also been reported that none other than Anthony Hopkins has expressed an interest in playing one of the central roles.

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News Roundup: Oprah Picks Jonathan Franzen for Her Book Club, J.J. Abrams' Second New Pilot Gets Picked Up and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 17th 2010 11:40AM
'Freedom'Is all forgiven between Oprah Winfrey and Jonathan Franzen?

The talk show host has reportedly chosen Franzen's newest novel, 'Freedom,' for her book club, although the announcement will not officially be made until later today, according to the AP.

This is the second time Franzen has been selected -- Oprah picked Franzen's 'The Corrections' in 2001, but the author denounced Oprah's previous book club choices by calling them "schmaltzy," which prompted her to cancel his appearance on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' It seems nine years was enough time for both sides to work things out.

In other TV news...

MTV's 'The Real World' is heading back to Las Vegas. The show's 25th season will begin production next week. 'The Real World' filmed its 12th season there in 2002. [Variety]

'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy has teamed up with '24' showrunner Howard Gordon for a drama about phobias. Gordon previously worked on 'The X-Files,' so the pedigree sounds promising. Though Fox hasn't officially picked up the pilot yet, it will likely end up at the network. [Deadline]

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Oprah chooses Poitier memoir for book club

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 26th 2007 8:36PM
Sidney PoitierOprah's Book Club is back. Like a phoenix from the ashes of the James Frey debacle, Oprah has returned, and this time she's got a veritable saint by her side in the form of acclaimed actor and activist Sidney Poitier. When your book club's burned by a guy who made a bunch of crap up, what better way to go than with the autobiography of a person who has lived most of his adult life in the public eye. It also doesn't hurt that the guy's golden. Short of some cantankerous ghostwriter coming forward, Poitier and his autobiographical tome The Measure of a Man are beyond criticism. He also lacks any particular literary pretenses so he's not going to pull a Jonathan Franzen, who requested that his book The Corrections be struck from the Winfrey record.

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