Here is a surprise: a new acting gig and we don’t have to turn the Internet upside down to find out about it. Also yeah, possibly a new TV series for Eric. Deadline writes that he has been cast as the lead in a new TV pilot for Lifetime, called Modern Love. Here are the first details:
Created and executive produced by Sex and the City alumna Jenny Bicks, the project weaves actual stories from New York Times columns to explore the state of modern relationships. It follows newspaper science editor Simon McElvane (Stoltz) as he faces a deteriorating marriage, the ramifications of potentially starting over and balancing his relationship with his adopted 15-year-old daughter. Unexpectedly handed the job of editor of the newspaper’s Modern Love column, Simon discovers he has a lot to learn about life and love.
Eric isn’t in the previews (see here) for tonight’s Wilfred, but based on the tweets from the director a few months ago, he should appear in one of the two episodes that air tonight, starting at 10 pm.
“Compassion / Isolation” Episode 9 – Ryan’s resentment of his eccentric mother is exacerbated when Wilfred starts treating her like the mum he never had.
“Isolation” Episode 10 – Wilfred uses Ryan’s unhealthy habit of isolating as a means to rid himself of a neighborhood pest.
Great news: The Grand Design, a short film Eric directed a few years ago, will finally be available somewhere – on ShortsHD channel on DirecTV (link):
Premiering Sunday, August 21: In The Grand Design a young poet-scientist struggles with his work – and his mother – when he is chosen to author the next spacecraft-carried “message” to alien civilizations. A 16mm short directed by Golden Globe-nominee Eric Stoltz and Neel Keller, written by Susan Miller, and starring Eric Stoltz and Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under).
If you’re in the U.S., you won’t need DirecTV to see it:
ShortsHD is available on DIRECTV (Channel 568), Dish Network (Channel 375), and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 1789). Access via iTunes will follow shortly after each premiere.
Hopefully, someone will share the film with the rest of the world too one of these days.
The staged recording of The Autumn Garden that Eric did about a decade ago has been posted on L.A. Theatre Works’ site. Old, but hilarious. Check it out:
In this story by Lillian Hellman, friends and family gather at a summer boarding house, and old resentments are quick to resurface. And when the landlady’s old flame comes to visit, his presence serves to bring the tension in the house to a boil.
Starring Mary Steenburgen, Julie Harris, David Selby, Eric Stoltz, David Clennon, Roxanne Hart, Glenne Headly, Lynne Marta, Gates McFadden, Tracy Middendorf, Jeronimo Spinx, and Scott Wolf. Directed by JoBeth Williams.
After Stony Brook and Rhode Island, Fort McCoy will be shown at the Montreal World Film Festival, which runs from August 18 to 28.
Other U.S. indie films screenings in Montreal include Amber Sealey’s How To Cheat, Fort McCoy, by directors Kate Connor and Michael Worth, Sarovar Banka’s A Decent Arrangement, and Stranger Things, by Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal. — Hollywood Reporter
The film will be featured in the Focus on World Cinema section. Tickets go on sale on August 13, and hopefully this year’s program will be available on the festival’s site by that date, too.
Fort McCoy has won an award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking at the Stony Brook Film Festival, which closed on Saturday. From IndieWIRE:
In other categories Ron Termaat’s drama “Don’t Touch My Children” won the Audience Choice Award and Kate Connor and Michael Worth’s “Fort McCoy” nabbed the Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking award.
Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
Directed by Kate Connor and Michael Worth. Written by Kate Connor. With Eric Stoltz, Kate Connor, Lyndsy Fonseca, Andy Hirsch and Seymour Cassel. Produced by Eric Stoltz and Kate Connor. From Marzipan Entertainment.