Montgomery Clift BioPic: We’ve been hearing a lot about Matt Bomer lately with the much-deserved accolades he’s receiving for “The Normal Heart” (including the Critics Choice Award he took home recently) but where are we at with the Montgomery Clift project that would have the actor play the Hollywood legend?
I was recently on the set of “White Collar,” (the final six episodes of the series are currently shooting in New York City) and the actor gave me an update of where things are with the much-anticipated film.
Asked the status of the project, Bomer told me, “It’s potentially on track to be made in the way that we’d like it to be made, at the home we’d like it to be made. But I’m only going to be a part of it if it’s done right. I have too much respect for Monty and Liz [Taylor, Clift's close friend] and that whole world and that whole generation of actors…we could do it tomorrow and make some salacious version of the story and that’s not what I’m interested in.”
Once all the pieces fall into place, Bomer added it will be a good time to, if anything, educate people more on who Montgomery Clift was and his importance to Hollywood history. “Obviously, he was an amazing artist but it does baffle me that so few people that I speak to even know who he is. You have to list off three or four credits before eventually you get to one, they go, ‘Oh, yeah, that guy.’ I think there’s something to that. I think that’s the kind of biopic you want to make, as an actor, in a way, because if you play someone where people have too many preconceived notions about someone, then it’s a lot of pressure. If it’s not going to really pay homage to Monty, and be a project that he would appreciate, then I don’t want to do it at all.” Anyone else hoping this project comes together sooner rather than later?
“TakePart Live:” The nightly new program on Pivot is hosted by Meghan McCain and Jacob Soboroff and, in case you aren’t familiar, is an open and unfiltered conversation about the topics that matter to a generation committed to putting their POV on the table for discussion. On the July 1st episode, actor/GLAAD national spokesperson Wilson Cruz will be guesting. Besides being best known for roles on “My So Called Life,” “Noah’s Arc” and films like “He’s Just Not That Into You,” Cruz is part of the ensemble of Fox’s new hospital drama, “Red Band Society,” which airs this fall on Fox and stars Octavia Spencer. Cruz is always a well spoken authority on the progress the gay community has made but also why we’re not done adding to that progress. Should be a worthy episode to tune in to, right? (“TakePart Live” airs Mon-Friday at 10pm on Pivot)
“The Fosters:” We did a countdown to the new season of the ABC Family hit drama recently featuring on-set interviews with the cast and creators. Here’s a little extra from my interview with Teri Polo asking her if her number of lesbians fans has grown from playing Stef and being partnered with Sherri Saum, who plays Lena. (“The Fosters” airs Mondays at 9pm on ABC Family).
“Pretty Little Liars:” Mark your calendars because the addictive show’s 100th episode is airing July 8th and if I know creator Marlene King and her Exec Producers Oliver Goldstick and Joe Dougherty, I’m sure there is a doozy of an episode in store especially since it marks the return of Ali (Sasha Pieterse) to Rosewood High School and, even better, Tyler Blackburn’s return as Caleb. No spoilers here outside of those nuggets but just a friendly reminder to set those DVRs or, better yet to avoid spoilers, be sure to be home the night of July 8th to watch live! ‘A’ would thank you! (“Pretty Little Liars” airs Tuesdays at 8pm on ABC Family).
“You’re The Worst:” The new FX sitcom doesn’t premiere until July 17th but they’re already lining up some impressive guest stars. The series is a tad on the dark side in terms of the romantic comedy genre. From the network description, ‘narcissistic, brash, and self-destructive Jimmy Shive-Overly, played by Chris Geere, thinks all relationships are doomed. Cynical, people-pleasing, and stubborn Gretchen Cutler, played by Aya Cash knows that relationships aren’t for her. So when they meet at a wedding, it’s only natural that the two of them go home together and, despite their better judgment, begin to find themselves falling for each other.’ So who better to add to the mix than comedienne/actress Sandra Bernhard, who will be playing herself in an episode titled, “Equally Dead Inside.” (“You’re the Worst” premieres Thursday, July 17 at 10:30 p.m.)
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