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Gods Behaving Badly Starts New York Shoot with Silverstone, Falco, Stone, Turturro, Walken

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 5, 2011 at 4:48AM

Gods Behaving Badly, a Greek Gods tale set in a NYC brownstone, kicks off principal photography in mid-July.
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Gods Behaving Badly, a Greek Gods tale set in a NYC brownstone, kicks off principal photography in mid-July.

Big Beach Films (Little Miss Sunshine, Our Idiot Brother) has lined up a sprawling ensemble cast led by Alicia Silverstone and Ebon Moss-Bachrach as a mortal couple who run up against a down-on-their-luck Pantheon of Gods who have seen better days: Nelsan Ellis (Dionysus), Edie Falco (Artemis), Rosie Perez (Persephone), Oliver Platt (Apollo), Phylicia Rashad (Demeter), Sharon Stone (Aphrodite), Gideon Glick (Eros), John Turturro (Hades), Henry Zebrowski (Hermes) and Christopher Walken (Zeus).

Adapted by Josh Goldfaden and director-co-producer Marc Turtletaub from Marie Phillips' novel (which is actually set in London, not New York; synopsis below), Gods Behaving Badly stars Silverstone and Moss-Bachrach as a mortal couple who cross paths with the immortals; this threatens not only their budding relationship, but the future of everything else. “Marie’s Gods are like none we’ve ever seen before," says Turtletaub, "and her voice captured me immediately. It is outrageously fun and unexpected.”

Here's Publisher's Weekly's synopsis of Gods Behaving Badly:

"...finds the Greek gods and goddesses living in a tumbledown house in modern-day London and facing a very serious problem: their powers are waning, and immortality does not seem guaranteed. In between looking for work and keeping house, the ancient family is still up to its oldest pursuit: crossing and double-crossing each other. Apollo, who has been cosmically bored for centuries, has been appearing as a television psychic in a bid for stardom. His aunt Aphrodite, a phone-sex worker, sabotages him by having her son Eros shoot him with an arrow of love, making him fall for a very ordinary mortal-a cleaning woman named Alice, who happens to be in love with Neil, another nice, retiring mortal. When Artemis-the goddess of the moon, chastity and the hunt, who has been working as a dog walker-hires Alice to tidy up, the household is set to combust, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Fanciful, humorous and charming, this satire is as sweet as nectar."

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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.