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In the Works: Charlie Kaufman adds Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener to Impressive Cast of 'Frank or Francis'

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood January 27, 2012 at 2:44PM

Charlie Kaufman's latest mind-bender, the meta-musical Hollywood comedy "Frank or Francis," has already attracted a bevy of comedic pros: Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, and Kevin Kline.
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Charlie Kaufman's latest mind-bender, the meta-musical Hollywood comedy "Frank or Francis," has already attracted a bevy of comedic pros: Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, and Kevin Kline. Also joining the company are Kaufman script veterans Kate Winslet (who won an Oscar nomination for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") and Catherine Keener (who earned a supporting actress nod for "Being John Malkovich"), reports NY Vulture.

"Frank or Francis" marks Kufman's sophomore directing gig after 2008's "Synecdoche, New York."

"Frank or Francis" focuses on a director (Carell) who becomes increasingly fixated on a message board commenter (Black) who lambasts his films online. In addition to the film blog / Hollywood relationship, the screenplay also takes on the Oscars, with Cage playing a has-been actor who hosts an awards show.

No word yet on the roles that Winslet and Keener will fill.
 

This article is related to: Kate Winslet, Catherine Keener, Kevin Kline, Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage


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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.