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Casting Tilda's World

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 13, 2010 at 12:16PM

HBO seems to be in late-stage talks with Diane Keaton for Bill Condon and Cynthia Mort's show Tilda, inspired by Hollywood bloggers like Nikki Finke.
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HBO seems to be in late-stage talks with Diane Keaton for Bill Condon and Cynthia Mort's show Tilda, inspired by Hollywood bloggers like Nikki Finke.

A great actress, Keaton is a tad older, thinner, more glam and a lot funnier than the real-life Nikki Finke, who is in her mid-50s. Finke's as charming as a killer shark, as serious as a heart attack. Think Burt Lancaster in The Sweet Smell of Success.

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While IFC offers some casting ideas, the real characters in Tilda's world, the sources of her clout, are the ones she talks to on the phone every day. How would we cast this Hollywood power troica, for example: WME's Ari Emanuel, Universal's Ron Meyer and CAA's Kevin Huvane? How about three actors from Alias: Bradley Cooper, Ron Rifkin and Michael Vartan?

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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.