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Nicole Holofcener Starts Shooting New Movie for Fox Searchlight, Starring Keener and Louis-Dreyfus

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 6, 2012 at 6:18PM

Nicole Holofcener has started filming her fifth film, untitled, in Los Angeles. She has assembled quite a cast: regular alter-ego Catherine Keener ("Please Give"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"), James Gandolfini ("The Sopranos"), Toni Collette ("Little Miss Sunshine") and 16-year-old fashion blogger (Rookie) and would-be actress, Tavi Gevinson, making her film debut. (That's why she was at the "Ruby Sparks" premiere!)
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Keener and Platt in Holofcener's 'Please Give'
Keener and Platt in Holofcener's 'Please Give'

Nicole Holofcener has started filming her fifth film, untitled, in Los Angeles. She has assembled quite a cast: regular alter-ego Catherine Keener ("Please Give"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"), James Gandolfini ("The Sopranos"), Toni Collette ("Little Miss Sunshine") and 16-year-old fashion blogger (Rookie) and would-be actress, Tavi Gevinson, making her film debut. (That's why she was at the "Ruby Sparks" premiere!)

Holofcener films vying for a place on TOH's best woman director list are "Walking and Talking" and "Lovely and Amazing."

According to producer Anthony Bregman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"), Fox Searchlight had been looking to work with Holofcener for a while; she finally pitched the right idea. "She came up with this funny, heartbreaking story about people trying to live with and without each other," says Bregman. "It's as full of life and truth as plums in a plum pudding.”

Holofcener talked about some of the challenges facing women directors at a recent Collumbia U panel where she said she wished she could just focus on one thing at a time, but realized she can't put all her eggs in one basket: "I'm afraid nothing is going to happen. It gets scary out there."

The synopsis is below:

Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a divorced soon-to-be empty-nester wondering about her next act.  Then she meets Marianne (Catherine Keener), the embodiment of her perfect self.  Armed with a restored outlook on being middle-aged and single, Eva decides to take a chance on her new love interest Albert (James Gandolfini) - a sweet, funny and like-minded man.  Things get complicated when Eva discovers that Albert is in fact the dreaded ex–husband of Marianne.  This sharp insightful comedy follows Eva as she humorously tries to secretly juggle both relationships and wonders whether her new favorite friend's disastrous ex can be her cue for happiness.

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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.