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EXCLUSIVE: How 'Talhotblond' Went from Sexy Doc to Courteney Cox's TV Movie Directing Debut

Thompson on Hollywood By Valentina Valentini | Thompson on Hollywood March 30, 2012 at 1:37PM

What do Courteney Cox, an online love triangle and Lifetime movies have in common? "Talhotblond" -- a Lifetime movie about an online love triangle directed by Courteney Cox, making her TV movie debut.
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Courteney Cox; Header for Schroeder's Doc 'Talhotblonde'
Courteney Cox; Header for Schroeder's Doc 'Talhotblonde'

What do Courteney Cox, an online love triangle and Lifetime movies have in common? "Talhotblond" -- a Lifetime movie about an online love triangle directed by Courteney Cox, making her TV movie debut.

Like many cable channels these days, Lifetime is supporting films that would once have taken the theatrical route. And "Talhotblond" is not your ordinary Lifetime movie. It's based on a true story that would make James M. Cain blush, about an older man and a young girl who start an online chatting session that leads to a year of sexually-charged deceit and lies and ends in murder.

In 2009, Los Angeles journalist Barbara Schroeder made the documentary "Talhotblond" about the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction case (which her husband found in Wired Magazine); she took home the doc jury prize from the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival. “He said it was about people lying online,” says Schroeder. “I told him, ‘I’ve been a reporter for 15 years, what’s new about that?’ But he just told me to read it and wait until I got to page two.”

At which point her mouth dropped open. We won't reveal the twist at the center of this story; suffice it to say that all is not what it seems. When 47-year-old Thomas Montgomery, a retired Marine with two children and a wife of 15 years falls in love online with an 18-year-old virgin, he is led to do things that he could never have imagined.

This article is related to: Documentary, Courteney Cox, Barbara Schroeder, Television, TV, Interviews


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.