Diane Keaton and Jeff Goldblum have joined Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams in the JJ Abrams-produced comedy Morning Glory for Paramount Pictures. Glory tells the story of an aspiring news producer (McAdams) “who tries to save a failing morning show by getting control of its feuding anchors” (Ford and Keaton). Goldblum will play McAdams’ boss. [Variety]
I didn't realize the Star Trek connection which premieres in Sydney today (USA May).
It seems Jeff is on a comedic roll after the intensity of Adam Resurrected. -----
Keaton & Goldblum Have ‘Glory’ For J.J Abrams
Now that he has Star Trek in the can and ready for release, J.J. Abrams is rounding up the cast for his next flick. Okay, so he’s not directing (only producing) but the man has become a brand of his own much like Judd Apatow - must be something about having the initials J.A.
Morning Glory is a newsroom comedy that is set to star Harrison Ford and Rachael McAdams. The film now has two new cast members to round out the cast and they’re A-list talent.
Diane Keaton and Jeff Goldblum have now signed on to the Roger Michell directed comedy.
The film which was written by The Devil Wears Prada writer Aline Brosh McKenna will start shooting in New York next month.
They may be an unlikely on-screen pairing, but earlier today (June 8) Rachel McAdams and Jeff Goldblum were spotted working on their new film “Morning Glory.”
The “Jurassic Park” stud and the “Notebook” babe looked intense and focused as they filmed scenes on the New York City set.
“Morning Glory” is about an old-school anchorman who quits his longtime evening newscast because of its new, gossipy ways and is recruited by a hotshot producer who’s looking to revive a failing morning show.
And it looks like a sure-to-be hit thanks to an ensemble cast that includes Harrison Ford, Patrick Wilson, and Diane Keaton.
Jeff Goldblum Talks 'Morning Glory,' Leaving 'Law & Order' and Waking Up with Martha Stewart
Jeff Goldblum isn’t really a morning person – much of the time, his sleep schedule is dictated by his work – but that doesn’t stop him from catching MSNBC’s Morning Joe whenever he can, sometimes as early as 3 a.m. if he’s lucky enough to be staying at his Los Angeles home.
Goldblum, the 58-year-old star of David Cronenberg’s 1986 sci-fi classic The Fly and, more recently, the USA network’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent, returns to the big screen this week with Morning Glory, the new comedy from director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) about a work-obsessed TV producer charged with rescuing a floundering morning talk show.
Cast as a network executive who never shelters his newest hire, played by a preternaturally perky Rachel McAdams, from the grim reality of her show’s sinking ratings, Goldblum says he relished the chance to get reacquainted with co-stars Diane Keaton, with whom he appeared in 1977’s Annie Hall, and Harrison Ford, who plays a curmudgeonly anchor relocated from prime time to the morning zoo.
As it happens. Goldblum shares the movie’s fascination with TV journalism, and has firsthand experience as a morning talk-show guest. “I’ll be on Today later this week and I’m going to be on Martha Stewart’s show too,” he says. Doing what? Martha, of course, will decide; guests do as they’re told.
“I think we’re going to be making ravioli this time. The last time I was on, it was around the holidays, and it was arranged that she and I would be making a menorah. This time, I’m told, we’re doing something related to a phyllo crust. I don’t do much cooking myself, but I’m interested to see what that might be.”
Jerry, his character in Morning Glory, isn’t quite as controlling as Martha – he gives McAdams’ embattled producer just enough rope either to lift herself up or tighten the noose around her last-place show. His wry deadpan plays beautifully against her irrepressible effervescence, and Goldblum sees Jerry as a major catalyst in her character’s journey of personal growth.
“I think she’s ripe for an experience from which she’ll learn something about how to artfully balance her work, her ambition and her addiction to thinking about the future with something more soulful,” he says.
“She finds something in her life that is more substantial than a job. That’s what the movie comes to be about, how she is humanized by what she learns, and I’m the tough-love guy who nurtures that in her. I like that.”
Goldblum, who recently finished a lengthy run in London’s West End in an Old Vic revival of Neil Simon’s The Prisoner of Second Avenue, has no immediate acting plans – he left Criminal Intent after two seasons in August – but when you see him again, be assured that it will be for all the right reasons.
“The only reason I do anything these days is for the creative thrills,” he says. “I had a wonderfully satisfying two years with Law & Order, and in the end I left not because I felt creatively stifled but so I could have new experiences – spending these last four months in London, getting back on stage and doing the kind of work I envisioned as a young man with a rather romantic view of acting.
“With Morning Glory, I thought it was a smart, funny story, I loved working with Rachel and Roger, and I think it makes a very valid point, which is that life is basically a flop for everyone, but what a wonderful flop it can be if we pause to appreciate the things that really matter most.”
Someone should’ve told Roger Michell a certain Jack Lemmon story before he directed the funny but overwrought Morning Glory
Wanna know who’ll almost certainly be underappreciated in this movie?
Jeff Goldblum. This man is one of the most underrated actors still working. When he lays into Rachel McAdams’ bubbly producer, he’s more quietly devastating than the blustering Harrison Ford, armed as he is with laser-focused snarkiness.
Then later, he stares at McAdams like he thinks he’s in The Fly and considers her food. But look at his face when he asks, "Is that what you want?" He’s living the sympathy, not just using actor tricks to fake it.
Morning Glory also stars, well, Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams. They’re pretty funny, too — just not as much. I can’t help but wonder how much funnier the film would be with Goldblum in the Ford role. We can all wish...
The movie does makes its point about the wretched state of the modern media. And McAdams is gorgeous. In other words Morning Glory isn’t without its selling points. Take Jeff Goldblum, for instance.