WEIRDLAND: Youth In Revolt

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Youth In Revolt

"Workers painted, drilled and pieced together a two-story trailer at Lake Leelanau RV Park for the set of "Youth in Revolt", a flick starring Michael Cera, Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta and Jean Smart.

"The people who reside at the park, the snowbirds, they're just all atwitter, like Hollywood has come to our little corner of the world," said Phillip Thies, owner of Jaffe's Resale & Consignment shop in the heart of town. "They've certainly made it known they're available to be an extra."The film is described as a coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy chasing after a girl. It's set in northern California, but is filmed in Michigan because of the state's new film incentive program.

In April, Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a law offering a 40 percent cash rebate on money spent on the production of movies, television shows and video games. Certain limitations apply, such as a minimum $50,000 expenditure and $2 million salary cap per employee for each production.Michigan has been a beautiful, fantastic spot for filming, Flanning said.

A few local people worked on the set, but most came in from out of state.

"We're trying to get more local crews, more people involved," he said. "There are so many productions coming in, the work crews are stretched kind of thin."

The Department of Treasury and Michigan Film Office approved 30 incentive applications since April, said Janet Lockwood, film office director.

That adds up to an expected $233 million of in-state expenditures, not including the extra money cast and crew spend at area businesses. The refundable tax credit likely will end up around $86 million or less, Lockwood said.

"It's the best financial incentive in America," she said. "The business has just skyrocketed."
"Showtime's new series The United States of Tara, written by Oscar-winning Juno scribe Diablo Cody.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The United States of Tara is a single-camera comedy starring Toni Collette as Tara, a wife and mother with dissociative identity disorder.

Larson will play Tara's smart, confident 17-year-old daughter Kate, who struggles with her mother's disorder while rebelling against the world with her own issues. The role was played in the pilot by Portia Doubleday.

John Corbett co-stars as Tara's husband and Kate's father.

Showtime recently picked up The United States of Tara from DreamWorks TV and Steven Spielberg, with a 12-episode order.

Production is slated to begin during the summer in Los Angeles".
"Justin Long, Fred Willard, Zach Galifinakis, Erik Knudsen and Mary Kay Place are joining Michael Cera in the Dimension Films comedy "Youth in Revolt."

Portia Doubleday will make her feature debut as Cera's love interest in Miguel Arteta's adaptation of C.D. Payne's cult novel, which also stars Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Jean Smart, and M. Emmet Walsh.

Ari Graynor, Adhir Kalyan, Tricia Mara and Jonny Wright also are joining the ensemble.

Gustin Nash, Arteta and Cera wrote the adapted screenplay for Permut Presentations and Shangri-La Entertainment".

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