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    Ryan Murphy pitched Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon to star in ”The Making Of … What Ever Happened to Baby Jane,” and the head of HBO declined! I’m baffled, considering the success Lange (the hottest ticket in town for her age) had with “Grey Gardens.”  It was nominated for 17 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Lange), and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Howard).  What I’m illustrating with these statistics is that ”Grey Gardens” was not a fluke, and Lange was at the center of this great film.  Let’s also not forget the brilliant work of Sarandon who was nominated as Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television film for HBO’s “Bernard and Doris,” where she was nominated at the Emmys, Golden Globes, and SAG awards for her performance, as was Fiennes.  She also co-starred in HBO’s ”You Don’t Know Jack,” which was nominated for 15 Emmys, garnering Pacino Best Actor there, as well as at the SAG and Golden Globes.  My point is, these are not foreign actresses to HBO here, and they BOTH have helped HBO’s continued success over the years with great movies; therefore, what was the hesitation on this film with these two screen legends?  

    “The Making Of” would be the correct way to do the film VS a play-by-play remake, and it would garner another HUGE hit with HBO.  It would delve into the lives of Davis/Crawford and really explore their extreme dislike one another, their life prior to “Baby Jane,” and all of the on-set antics that transpired etc., in addition to seeing Lange/Sarandon act out the best scenes from the film.  Maybe after ”The Normal Heart” is a big success, Murphy will have a little more pull at HBO.  I sent Michael Lombardo (the head of HBO) a lengthy email on the matter discussion the pros of making this and the benefits HBO will reap.  This will be bigger than ”Behind the Candelabra.” Mark my words!  This is the RIGHT way to put a new spin on “Baby Jane” without that horrible ”remake stigma.”

     

    Here is the article discussing “The Normal Heart,” as well as ”The Making of…Baby Jane.”

     http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/normal-hearts-30-year-journey-694485

     

    Here is the Facebook Petition Page I created for Lange/Sarandon to star in ”The Making of…Baby Jane

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/269238183246016/

     

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    Beau S.
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    It’s probably because the always awful Ryan Murphy butchered The Normal Heart and HBO wants nothing to do with him anymore.

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    GraysWay
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    It’s probably because the always awful Ryan Murphy butchered The Normal Heart and HBO wants nothing to do with him anymore.

    When Murphy met with HBO, he proposed, ”The Making of …. Baby Jane” first, and it was denied.  HBO then asked if he had anything else to bring to the table, and Murphy had, ”The Normal Heart” which received the green light.  Everything took place in that meeting, so his performance on TNH would not have been evaluated yet.  Do you know if filming has rapped on it?

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    HBO should go with this idea and casting before another movie studio snatches it up. It sounds too good to pass up.

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    HBO should go with this idea and casting before another movie studio snatches it up. It sounds too good to pass up.

    Thanks Vinny, I thought so too … i’m working to see if I can make any type of difference on my end; however, if Murphy doesn’t get on now with HBO, he will hopefully either get on next year or branch out, maybe even to F/X.  It would be their first submission for a TV Movie … could be an interesting scenario considering his loyalty to F/X.  Anyone is crazy to not pounce on this immediately!

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    i think now he will take it to F/X of course
    it’s too juicy to be ignored, and how HBO can deny this movie is beyond expectation 

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    [quote=”SalantBeau”]It’s probably because the always awful Ryan Murphy butchered The Normal Heart and HBO wants nothing to do with him anymore.

    When Murphy met with HBO, he proposed, ”The Making of …. Baby Jane” first, and it was denied.  HBO then asked if he had anything else to bring to the table, and Murphy had, ”The Normal Heart” which received the green light.  Everything took place in that meeting, so his performance on TNH would not have been evaluated yet.  Do you know if filming has rapped on it?

    [/quote]The Normal Heart is premiering in May and a trailer is already out so I would assume filming is long done and they are well into post production. Murphy only got the directing job because Larry Kramer demanded an openly gay director – how Murphy was tapped over Gus Van Sant or Todd Haynes (who has had successful collaborations with HBO in the past) is beyond me. I agree that this Making Of project sounds awesome. I’m ok with Murphy writing the script as he’s proven to be a marginally interesting writer but his directing skills are nonexistent.

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    Well, this information kind of makes me wonder a tad. I am just reading that Anna Torv & Jennifer Jason Leigh To Co-Star In Ryan Murphy’s HBO Pilot ‘Open’.  Does anyone know when the premiere date is for this?  If it airs this year, maybe it’s best that a possible ”The Making of … Baby Jane” is postponed until next year so it’s not competing directly (time wise) with AHS, “Open,” and “The Normal Heart.”  Ryan Murphy = the definition of having too many irons in the fire.  If any of his upcoming shows fail, we all know he had too much on his plate.

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    Well, this information kind of makes me wonder a tad. I am just reading that Anna Torv & Jennifer Jason Leigh To Co-Star In Ryan Murphy’s HBO Pilot ‘Open’.  Does anyone know when the premiere date is for this?  If it airs this year, maybe it’s best that a possible ”The Making of … Baby Jane” is postponed until next year so it’s not competing directly (time wise) with AHS, “Open,” and “The Normal Heart.”  Ryan Murphy = the definition of having too many irons in the fire.  If any of his upcoming shows fail, we all know he had too much on his plate.

    All of his failures are due to lack of taste and quality control.

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    One way to make this happen would be for Meryl Streep to commit and when it is about to start filming (or everything in place already) back out.  This previously happened with The Last Station for Helen Mirren and Saving Mr. Banks for Emma Thompson.  Meryl mentioned that she always have apprehension that she could do the film a week or two prior filming.  Of course for this, her backing out would be premeditated or preplanned. Who will replace Meryl then?

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    One way to make this happen would be for Meryl Streep to commit and when it is about to start filming (or everything in place already) back out.  This previously happened with The Last Station for Helen Mirren and Saving Mr. Banks for Emma Thompson.  Meryl mentioned that she always have apprehension that she could do the film a week or two prior filming.  Of course for this, her backing out would be premeditated or preplanned. Who will replace Meryl then?

    Or she can commit and actually film it with Sarandon. 

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    [quote=”etchie88″]One way to make this happen would be for Meryl Streep to commit and when it is about to start filming (or everything in place already) back out.  This previously happened with The Last Station for Helen Mirren and Saving Mr. Banks for Emma Thompson.  Meryl mentioned that she always have apprehension that she could do the film a week or two prior filming.  Of course for this, her backing out would be premeditated or preplanned. Who will replace Meryl then?

    Or she can commit and actually film it with Sarandon. [/quote]

    The Grand Scheme calls for Meryl to back out in order for her contemporaries to find work.  It’s TV anyway.  Meryl is Generous & Charitable and she can do the same for any remakes of Sunset Boulevard and/or 101 Dalmatians to Glenn Close if Meryl could be the only way to greenlit specific projects.

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    [quote=”wiem0013″][quote=”etchie88″]One way to make this happen would be for Meryl Streep to commit and when it is about to start filming (or everything in place already) back out.  This previously happened with The Last Station for Helen Mirren and Saving Mr. Banks for Emma Thompson.  Meryl mentioned that she always have apprehension that she could do the film a week or two prior filming.  Of course for this, her backing out would be premeditated or preplanned. Who will replace Meryl then?

    Or she can commit and actually film it with Sarandon. [/quote]

    The Grand Scheme calls for Meryl to back out in order for her contemporaries to find work.  It’s TV anyway.  Meryl is Generous & Charitable and she can do the same for any remakes of Sunset Boulevard and/or 101 Dalmatians to Glenn Close if Meryl could be the only way to greenlit specific projects.

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    Do you know of a real instance where Streep in fact backed out of a project for the sole purpose of giving her comtemporaries work?  I can’t imgaine she would deign to be so condescending.  

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    She did recommend her friend Emma for Savings Mr Bank

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    Hey Etchie, Streep mentions in her appearance at IU that she’s gotten the two best scripts ever thus year. One should be Ricki and the Flash, what’s the other?

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