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Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan to Star in Showtime’s ‘Masters of Sex’ Pilot

Lizzy will be starring in Showtime’s Masters of Sex. She will be playing Virginia Johnson:

Michael Sheen, an Emmy and BAFTA award nominee for his portrayal of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the telepic The Special Relationship and feature The Queen, has been tapped to play William Masters.

Sheen replaces Bettany, who dropped out of the project.

Meanwhile, New Girl guest star Lizzy Caplan has been tapped to co-star as Virginia Johnson, who with Masters explored the science of human sexuality and whose research touched off the sexual revolution.

The drama pilot, based on Thomas Maier’s Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love, is being directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) and begins production in March in New York.

The Pacific’s Michelle Ashford, Judith Verno and Justified duo Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly will serve as executive producers, while Sheen and Tammy Rosen will produce the Sony Pictures Television project.

Sheen’s credits also include the Twilight franchise, arcs on 30 Rock and the U.K.’s BAFTA-nominated Fantabulosa and Dirty Filthy Love; he’s repped by ICM. Caplan’s credits include Mean Girls, Hot Tub Time Machine, Party Down and True Blood; she’s repped by CAA.

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SXSW Film Announces 2012 Features Lineup

Lizzy’s film franki go boom is part of SXSW Film Festival line up:

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has revealed the full features lineup for this year’s edition (March 9 – 17), including closing night film, “Big Easy Express,” and centerpiece “21 Jump Street.” As previously announced, “The Cabin in the Woods,” from Joss Whedon, will open the festival.

“Big Easy Express,” directed by Emmett Malloy, is a musical documentary that follows a train ride with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes and Old Crow Medicine Show. “21 Jump Street,” starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, is an action-comedy based on the popular television series that starred a young Johnny Depp.

Other highlights include: The world premiere of “Gayby,” a feature based on the award-winning comedic short; “Fat Kid Rules the World,” directed by “The Descedants” star Matthew Lillard and starring “Terri” breakout Jacob Wysocki; “franki go boom,” featuring Lizzy Caplan (“Bachelorette”); the latest drama from “Prince of Broadway” director Sean Baker, “Starlet;” and “Do-Deca-Pentathalon,” a long-gestating film from the Duplass Bros.

The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on Februrary 8.

“I’m just completely into these films,” SXSW film producer Janet Pierson told Indiewire’s Dana Harris and Eric Kohn in an interview that ran today. “There’s something that feels more like risk-taking to me this year.”…

frankie go boom
Director/Screenwriter: Jordan Roberts a flick by bruce about his little brother frank who’s a crybaby fuck who shouldn’t do lame-ass embarrassing shit if he dozn’t want people 2 see it Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Chris O’Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Ron Perlman, Chris Noth (World Premiere)

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High Road Trailer

Check out the first trailer of Lizzy in High Road courtesy of Hulu:

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HDD – Sundance 2012 interview with Lizzy about Save The Date

Lizzy Caplan: It’s nice to be sitting down, not made-up and not in front of a camera!

HDD: No on-screen stuff today?

Lizzy Caplan: Not that I know of. I’m done – done with those bitches. (laughs)

HDD: But you don’t mind if you’re shoot for a movie, right?

Lizzy Caplan: Not at all. That’s fun. The shoot [of ‘Save the Date’] was quick, super quick – the best kind.

HDD: How were the rehearsals?

Lizzy Caplan: I’m not generally a huge fan of rehearsals, but I think it’s important to spend time with the people you’re going to be working with – especially if you’re supposed to be sisters or have some kind of long relationship. But in my rehearsals with Alison [Brie], we’d read one scene and both think, ‘Oh, this is going to be just fine.’ I think it was more of a confidence booster for [director Michael] Mohan than it was for us, to see if we’d be able to pull this off and have a hopefully believable sister relationship.

HDD: They didn’t test you two together first?

Lizzy Caplan: (sarcastically laughs) Screen test? This isn’t the sort of filmmaking that screen tests.

HDD: You know what I mean – to see if you two worked together well, which you do.

Lizzy Caplan: Thanks! I knew Alison’s work and she knew mine and Michael Mohan knew both of our bodies of work so he could tell that we were both from similar worlds, that we had a certain cadence – no, “cadence” is the wrong word for it – a certain kind of way of doing comedy that, when you’re working with someone who does as much comedy as Alison does, it’s easier. Plus, we both have blue eyes – what else do you need to be sisters?

HDD: (laughs) I’ve read that ‘Save the Date’ is being called a comedy, a romantic comedy, and a dramedy. How do you see ‘Save the Date?’

Lizzy Caplan: It’s strange. We saw it with just the cast a few weeks ago and I think those first cast screenings are just everybody sitting there quiet, freaking out about their own performance, but all of us were cuddling up and saying, “You were good – No, you were really good! I was terrible, but you guys were really good.” It’s one thing to get through that and another thing to get through it with an audience. I was weirdly uneasy about calling it a romantic comedy, but watching it with an audience, it got some big laughs. We weren’t expecting that. ‘Mad Men’s Alison Brie showed up, not the one from ‘Community.’ (in an attitude-filled teenage voice) She’s on two shows – one’s a comedy, one’s a drama.

HDD: Do you think ‘Bridesmaids’ sort of opened the door for more female-driven R-rated comedies?

Lizzy Caplan: It’s funny to answer the ‘Bridesmaids’ question for this movie [and not for my other movie here at Sundance]. Of course [‘Save the Date’] is centered around this wedding that never occurs [in the narrative] – it’s more of a plot point for [Alison’s character] than mine – but ‘Bridesmaids’ for sure opened tons of doors for comedic actresses. Without that movie doing so well, tons of [movies with those types of] actresses, especially at the studio level, would never be made. I don’t think it affected [‘Save the Date’] directly, but just the fact that more people want to see women being funny now is, of course, super helpful.

HDD: Does it bother you having to do so much sex in a movie?

Lizzy Caplan: They actually cut one scene out – thank God – a very graphic one with Mark Webber. I texted Mohan saying, “Haha! You cut out that thing, right! Hahaha,” just totally joking and he said, “Yes.” And I said, (sigh) “I can totally watch this movie now.” Both of the guys [I had to fake sex with] were terrible, terrible, terrible at it and I found them both completely repugnant. (laughs) … I love it when guys have to wear embarrassing kind of stuff in movies because we girls are always forced to wear embarrassing stuff.

HDD: What else are you working on right now?

Lizzy Caplan: I have another movie here called ‘Bachelorette.’ (sarcastically) It’s scary, very very scary. It’s got a great cast. They’re awesome, very awesome. Both of these movie have amazing casts – for hanging out with as well as working together.

HDD: After ‘True Blood,’ any chance you’ll return to the horror genre?

Lizzy Caplan: I’d love to do more, but it’s hard to find horror movies that are good. I don’t know why they can’t make them good. Although I hear the one that’s here [at Sundace] – what’s it called?

HDD: ‘Black Rock?’

Lizzy Caplan: ‘Black Rock!’ I hear that one’s good.

HDD: It’s another female-centric comedic genre movie here at the festival.

Lizzy Caplan: I love a good comedy horror.

HDD: What about ‘Scream 5?’

Lizzy Caplan: I can try to dip in on Alison’s territory!

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Lizzy Caplan: The restless mind of a Sundance star

As life problems go, you could find yourself in worse pickles than deciding which Sundance house to stay in while you premiere a pair of movies at the country’s preeminent film gathering.

But don’t douse the comedic actress Lizzy Caplan in too much hater-ade — not even as she describes how she was forced to choose between the Park City, Utah, condo hosting the group from the grown-sibling dramedy “Save the Date,” in which she plays a commitment-phobe sister, and the crash pad for the raunchy femme romp “Bachelorette,” in which she plays a coke-fried bridesmaid opposite Kirsten Dunst and Isla Fisher.

“I spent one night [with the ‘Save the Date’ crew] and then realized it was too much to go back and forth, so I stayed with the ‘Bachelorette’ [people]'” Caplan said at the festival last week, describing her temporary housing situation.

At 29, after years of promising but false starts on sputtering television shows, the occasional part in a hit such as “Cloverfield” and very small roles in critically acclaimed movies (quick, who did she play in “127 Hours”?), the Los Angeles-raised actress is again on the cusp of wider fame. Needless to say, it’s a position she’s found herself in before.

“I did a show called ‘The Class’ where they took us on a private plane, the creators of the show and Jimmy Burrows, the epic sitcom director,” Caplan recalled. “They brought us to Vegas and took us to dinner and took us gambling and gave us a big speech that it’s the last time we’re going to be able to go out in public. And everybody was like ‘Oh my God.’ So I said to Jimmy, ‘Well, what’s your batting average?'” And he said he was right almost every time. He was wrong only one time.” She paused. “I was kind of honored to be the second time.”
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Esquire: Sundance interview with Lizzy

Check out Esquire’s Sundance interview with Lizzy:

PARK CITY, Utah — Lizzy Caplan didn’t always know she could make people laugh. But after shuttling from one acclaimed comedy (Freaks and Geeks) to several others (Party Down, Mean Girls, Orange County, Undeclared), the actress has become slightly more sure of herself. She’s in two new movies at this year’s Sundance, Save the Date and Bachelorette, both of which happen to be funny and star beautiful women, including Kirsten Dunst, Alison Brie, and of course, Caplan herself. We talked to her from the festival about how she got here, the hardest things to do in front of a camera, and which TV show she’d like to be in next.

ESQUIRE.COM: So how’s your Sundance been?

LIZZY CAPLAN: Completely amazing and fully exhausting. I cannot remember a time I was more exhausted than I am right now.

ESQ: Not even when you were doing Party Down? I would imagine…

LC: Cake. Cake compared to this. I don’t know. And listen: It’s an amazing problem to have, but having two movies here, there’s just a ton of bouncing around every single day. I love both movies equally. I want to spend equal time with the people, but I do not do well on no sleep. And I’ve had no sleep this whole time.

ESQ: Do you feel obliged to go to the social stuff? It seems impossible here.

LC: Yeah. Obviously you go to the screenings. But there are also multiple dinners and cocktail hours, and at the end of every night, you end up at one of those loud, loud, loud clubs, and it just goes on and on. I’m pretty much ready to go home, but when you love the people you’re working with personally, you want to do the extra stuff.

ESQ: In one of those two movies you mentioned, Save the Date, you’re trying to draw some of Jeffrey Brown’s cartoons. Were you familiar at all with his work?

LC: I wasn’t, but my sister was actually a huge fan of his and had met him at Comic-Con a few times and had all his books.

ESQ: Jeffrey Brown at Comic-Con? Sorry, I can’t.

LC: Yeah, he’s totally there. I read some of the stuff after signing on to do the project, but if my sister thinks it’s cool, then it usually is cool.

ESQ: She knows.

LC: She totally knows. Anyway, she had a baby recently, and I got him to do a drawing of the kid when he was born, and she totally lost her shit.

ESQ: Did you have to figure out the mechanics, how to get into that artistic mindset?

LC: Yeah, I have no drawing talent whatsoever. I cannot do it. So I did a little tutorial with Jeffrey over Skype. He was telling me basic stuff, just so I didn’t look like a total moron. And then he sent me a book that we used as my sketchbook, and there would be multiple pages half-drawn, and I would ink in what he had already done. I was so scared I would mess it up. I can’t really say I enjoyed the drawing part of it, just because I suck so bad.

ESQ: Interesting. I just talked to Aaron Paul, and he said something about how it’s very difficult to simulate being drunk, because it’s when you’re acting drunk that it’s obvious how that happens instinctively. But I thought that scene where you go to the ex-boyfriend’s apartment was pretty damn believable.

LC: Thanks. I agree — that’s one of the more intimidating things to do as an actor. I definitely thought it wasn’t great when I was shooting it, but I was pleased at the result.

ESQ: It seemed on the mark.

LC: Yeah. Drunk people are hilarious. There are all kinds of tricks to pull that off.

ESQ: How’d you do it?

LC: I don’t even remember. I think it was probably just playing up the exhaustion element, which I’m well-versed in.

ESQ: Was there a lot of improv on the set?

LC: Yes and no. We didn’t have a ton of time to shoot the movie. We would usually talk about it before shooting, but he [director Michael Mohan] was very open to hearing ideas. It was such a special script, there wasn’t a ton of stuff that I wanted to change. Of course, we would add our own little inflections and pad lines to make it our own. It’s a similar situation to Party Down. People thought that was very improved, and it really wasn’t at all.

ESQ: I hate to sound like a mystical guru, but where are you in your career right now?

LC: For the past few years, I’ve been more selective than I have any right to be, but I think that’s finally starting to work in my favor. I think I get way too much credit for making what people consider to be smart choices, but it’s only because I made a decision to stop worrying about making money. I had done network sitcoms. I had a nest egg. And I have no house payments, no car payments, no children.

ESQ: Your work has been surprisingly varied in such a short amount of time. Do those decisions come naturally to you?

LC: There’s definitely a luxury to the fluidity of not being a mega-star. I’ve done a ton of really, really odd, off-the-wall movies. There’s this movie I did called Queens of Country a couple of summers ago that is so bananas, and if I was at a certain level, I probably would not have done that movie. I can sort of fly under the radar and do the stuff that terrifies me. I had to do a lot of dancing in Queens of Country.

ESQ: What kind of dancing?

LC: Line dancing

ESQ: Oh God.

LC: Yeah. You get to try on these different hobbies for a couple months and then be down with them. In the early days, I just got lucky. I would audition for everything and just happen to land in something pretty respectable, like Freaks and Geeks, my first job, which was a complete fluke. And yet that has been the gift that keeps on giving, certainly for no other reason than credibility — comedy credibility. I didn’t even know what kind of actor I wanted to be, and now I feel very safe in the comedy world.

ESQ: Which comedies do you find yourself watching on TV or wishing you could be involved with?

LC: Parks and Recreation is a great show. Community is a great show. I think all those NBC shows are pretty solid. I just did a few episodes of New Girl. My friend Liz Meriwether created it, and I think they’re doing very smart things. But really, what I like to do every single night is fall asleep watching Larry Sanders.

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Sundance Breakout Lizzy Caplan on Save the Date & Bachelorette

Check out Vulture’s interview with Lizzy at Sundance:

Congratulations! You’ve got two hit movies at Sundance, and people are talking about you.
I’m trying to tune that stuff out. I don’t know if I should read reviews or not. I sort of want people to send me positive reviews, but then again I feel like that’s lame.

Do you usually read your reviews?
That’s the thing: I usually do, but I’m usually in smaller roles, so they’re much kinder.

There have been a lot of breakup movies, but Save the Date seems unique in that it follows two people who break up not because they’re falling out of love, but because they’re too close. Things are getting really serious.
I’ve been in that exact situation, which is probably why I was so drawn to this part. My ex-boyfriend and I, we were best friends for years and years. And we tried to be best friends for years after breaking up. And it just doesn’t work. Because you’re not best friends; there’s still all this underlying stuff. It’s so much easier if you break up because somebody did something awful, or hurt you in this terrible way. It’s so much easier to hate somebody than it is to love somebody. The idea of circumstances dictating why you can’t be with each other, having nothing to do with how much love you feel for each other — it’s brutal.

Was it painful to do the part?
It could have been, but it wasn’t. In fact, it was a really joyous experience making this movie. Everybody got along so, so well. We were all jammed together in this tiny trailer; there was no personal space or anything like that. And we all bonded. As far as bringing up personal stuff for me, I think by the time we did this I was over all the stuff in my own life that it reminded me of. Otherwise I think it might have been really painful.

Tell me about your now-already-infamous airplane monologue about blow jobs in Bachelorette. What did you think when you first read it?
It was there from the beginning, in the earliest draft of the script that I had read. I was a little nervous about it, not because of the subject matter, but I was a little uncomfortable about the idea of a girl using that to get material possessions from a man. But it’s such an absurd speech. She’s in such an absurd place in her life. And if she needs to use blow jobs as currency, then I think it’s because she’s doing anything she can to distract herself from herself.

Everybody’s been comparing Bachelorette to Bridesmaids, since before it even screened here. How does it feel when your movie is placed immediately in the context of another film?
Usually, it feels extremely, extremely frustrating, but I’m such a massive fan of Bridesmaids that I’ll take it as a compliment. It would be much harder to sugarcoat answers about a movie I disliked. I loved what that movie did and now has done for comedic women, so I will listen to that question till the cows come home.

But at the same time, it’s very different, no?
It’s so different that I don’t really want to ride the coattails of that movie. If we use that movie to sell this movie it’s almost like we’re tricking them. It’s a lot darker and the characters are written in a much more unlikable light, even though they’re redeemed at the end. Leslye Headland is not afraid of writing hateful characters and people who are easy to detest in certain moments. But I think all of them have their moment of redemption in the movie. Bridesmaids didn’t have that. It didn’t really need to.

Bachelorette is more shocking, too.
Definitely. I think that people who go into that movie expecting to see something like Bridesmaids are going to be kind of disappointed or freaked out or grossed out. I like how shocking it is for some people to see girls doing stuff like that. And while it’s pretty exaggerated, there’s a lot of truth to it, too. I don’t think they’re phony characters. And the relationship between them is rife with tension, and that happens whenever you have friendships that span a decade or so. I’ve got lots of friends I’ve known for years, who become family in the best way, and also the worst way. It becomes harder to change.

You’ve done a lot of comedy. I’m sure you have some thoughts on the idea of women’s humor versus men’s humor. How are they different? Especially now that we’ve learned that women can be just as raunchy as men.
Exactly. With female humor, I think there’s something very lovely and hilarious about exploring the particular neuroses of the female mind. It’s just not the same thing with men. I mean, there are exceptions, but for the most part, women beat themselves up in their heads more. They overanalyze stuff far more than men do. I find that so hilarious. Especially when you’re comparing guys and girls and the fact that we’re trying to mate for life while we’re actually thinking about the world and our behavior in completely different ways. Men do stupid, funny things and it’s over. Whereas when a girl does something stupid the night before, she will obsess about it the next day. It’s exhausting to be a girl.

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