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          Diane Keaton will star in “The Young Pope,” Variety has learned. The eight-episode series is created by the Academy Award-winning Paolo Sorrentino and is produced jointly by Sky, HBO and France’s Canal Plus.

          The project marks Keaton’s first-ever series regular television role.

          The Oscar-winning actress joins the previously cast Jude Law in the drama, which goes into production this week. She will play Sister Mary, a nun from America living in Vatican City.

          The series tells the story of the beginning of Pontificate of Pius XIII, born Lenny Belardo (played by Law). A complex and conflicted character with great power, Belardo will face losing those closest to him and the fear of being abandoned, even by his God. However, he is not afraid of undertaking the millennial mission of defending that same God and the world representing him.

          Sorrentino, who will direct all episodes, describes the series as such: “The clear signs of God’s existence. The clear signs of God’s absence. How faith can be searched for and lost. The greatness of holiness, so great as to be unbearable when you are fighting temptations and when all you can do is to yield to them. The inner struggle between the huge responsibility of the Head of the Catholic Church and the miseries of the simple man that fate (or the Holy Spirit) chose as Pontiff. Finally, how to handle and manipulate power in a state whose dogma and moral imperative is the renunciation of power and selfless love towards one’s neighbour. That is what ‘The Young Pope’ is about.”


          Some gallery updates to the Delightful Diane Keaton Gallery from the cover of C Home Spring 2015.

          Delightful Diane Keaton Gallery > Scans > C HOME SPRING 2015

          Delightful Diane Keaton Gallery > Events > 2015 > 06-04: 2015 AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD GALA

          When I finally come face to face with Keaton, I am rudely, breathlessly excited about the sighting. The only person more impressed by the absolute awesomeness of seeing Murray outside of his natural habitat? Diane Keaton herself. “That’s simply not possible,” she says, her eyes locked on mine, the adorable hysteria of her beloved characters in films such as The First Wives Club and Something’s Gotta Give creeping into her intonation. But when I note the irony of Keaton—who happens to be wearing a belted, checked blazer and complementary gingham nail stickers (yes, stickers)—geeking out over her idol while I’m resisting every urge to leap into her arms, she laughs: “Let’s blow this place and go find Billy Murray,” she suggests. Ohmygodohmygodohmygod. Let’s.


          The bright side to the weather-walloping that Pittsburgh has taken this winter: It’s going to make for one heck of a holiday movie.

          The frigid, snow-covered city serves as the idyllic Christmas Eve setting for Love the Coopers, still shooting on location, but heading to theaters Nov. 13.

          The dramatic comedy was originally titled Let it Snow, and Mother Nature definitely heard that plea.

          “We do snow dances instead of rain dances on set,” says director Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), who began shooting on location in late January. Since then, the city has seen near-record low temperatures and more than three feet of snow. “It’s cold but beautiful. We are so lucky with the weather, it’s just been a winter wonderland.”

          Nelson says the title change to Love the Coopers, which is how the featured family signs their Christmas cards, was needed to give the movie a more year-round viewing appeal.

          But it takes place around an emotionally packed Christmas Eve dinner for the sprawling ensemble cast. John Goodman and Diane Keaton portray the hosts, Charlotte and Sam Cooper, a couple married for 40 years with many family branches.

          “It’s one day in everyone’s lives,” says Nelson. “We pick each one up in the morning and we follow them until they get to the dinner at 5 p.m., and then we show what happens when they all collide at the house.”

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          New photos in the Delightful Diane Keaton Gallery from the Ninth Annual Women Of Worth Awards (thanks to Claudia) for the photos.)

          Delightful Diane Keaton Gallery > Events > 2014 > 12-02: NINTH ANNUAL WOMEN OF WORTH AWARDS

          Focus World has plunked down roughly $1.5 million for domestic rights to Ruth & Alex, an adult-skewing dramedy starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton that made its world premiere earlier this month at the Toronto Film Festival.

          Like Radius-TWC, Focus World has a mandate from its parent company, Focus Features, to pursue alternative distribution models, such as day-and-date VOD releases.

          Ruth & Alex, based on the book Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment and taking place over the course of a weekend, tells the story of a couple grappling with whether to sell their Brooklyn walk-up after 40 years, all the while having to contend with open-house guests, their pushy realtor niece (Cynthia Nixon) and the health of their beloved dog.

          Richard Loncraine directed from an adapted script by Charlie Peters.


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