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HBO Acquires Jessica Lange Pic The Great Lillian Hall, Rushes to Air Ahead of Emmy Cutoff

HBO Films has acquired The Great Lillian Hall, starring Jessica Lange, for premiere on Friday, May 31, the eve of the June 1 Emmy eligibility cutoff date. The film will air on HBO at 8 pm ET/PT and will stream on Max.

Per the logline: As beloved Broadway star Lillian Hall (Lange) pours her heart, soul, and time into preparing for her next big role, she finds herself blindsided by confusion and forgetfulness. Battling against all odds to make it to opening night, while holding on to her fading memories and identity, she must navigate a tumultuous emotional journey – balancing her desire for the spotlight and the stark demands of the real world.

In addition to Lange, the cast includes Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe, Jesse Williams, and Pierce Brosnan.

The Great Lillian Hall is directed by Michael Cristofer; written by Elisabeth Seldes Annacone; produced by Bruce Cohen, Steven Rogers, Scott Thigpen, and Marie Halliday; executive produced by Tom Cappello, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Michael Cristofer, and Alex Platis; co-produced by George Scarles and Jessica Fox-Thigpen.

The three-time Emmy and two-time Oscar-winning Lange is nominated for a 2024 Tony for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her performance in Mother Play. The role marks Lange’s first Broadway appearance since her Tony-winning performance in 2016’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

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by Anonymousreply 24May 23, 2024 3:33 AM

I'm sick of dementia and Alzheimers movies! I get it that older actors jump on the opportunity to play anything but I'm frankly DONE with them unless they're very intelligently made like The Father, which most are not.

by Anonymousreply 1May 14, 2024 9:19 PM

With Lily Rabe.

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by Anonymousreply 2May 15, 2024 1:29 AM

With Kathy Bates.

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by Anonymousreply 3May 15, 2024 1:37 AM

With Pierce Brosnan.

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by Anonymousreply 4May 15, 2024 1:38 AM

I like Lily Rabe, as far as nepo babies go.

by Anonymousreply 5May 15, 2024 1:38 AM

How can she win a Grammy? She's a decent singer.

by Anonymousreply 6May 15, 2024 1:42 AM

I'll be watching, thanks for the info OP.

by Anonymousreply 7May 15, 2024 1:44 AM

I love her, but she's been giving the exact same performance for the past 25 years.

by Anonymousreply 8May 15, 2024 1:45 AM


by Anonymousreply 9May 15, 2024 1:45 AM

Is this loosely based on the great Helen Lawson's twilight years?

"I already fucking told ya, Broadway doesn't go for booze and ... and??? LINE!!!"

by Anonymousreply 10May 15, 2024 1:52 AM

[quote]How can she win a Grammy? She's a decent singer.

She could get it for an audiobook.

by Anonymousreply 11May 15, 2024 2:08 AM

Poor Jessica. This was supposed to be a film release. Now it’s being dumped on HBO last minute in hopes she gets an Emmy nomination. She really has bad luck.

by Anonymousreply 12May 15, 2024 2:16 AM

If HBO can manage to release this simultaneously in at least one movie theatre in LA County, then Lange has a shot at an Oscar nom. That's what Netflix and Apple do these days.

by Anonymousreply 13May 15, 2024 2:33 AM

Lange just announced that the Long Day’s Journey Into Night film adaptation she and Ed Harris star in will be released in theaters. She will likely add Emmy and Oscar nods to her Tony nod this year.

by Anonymousreply 14May 16, 2024 8:57 PM

Pierce Brosnan? Wasn't Sam Neill available?

by Anonymousreply 15May 16, 2024 10:07 PM

This play might be semi-autobiographical. Fun fact: Screenwriter Annacone is the niece of the late theater legend Marian Seldes, a performer who set a Guinness World Record for not missing a single performance during the four-year, 1799-show run of Ira Levin’s Deathtrap.

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by Anonymousreply 16May 16, 2024 10:14 PM

Hope it's good! Jessica could have one of the hottest years of hr career if this and LDJIN get great reviews and awards attention

by Anonymousreply 17May 17, 2024 7:59 PM

R17 This year could turn out to be her most notable since 1982. Tony, Emmy, and Oscar nods—and wins?—within a 12-month span at 75 would be a fabulous capstone on an already legendary, iconoclastic career.

by Anonymousreply 18May 18, 2024 2:12 PM

HBO hasn't got a trailer for this? Are they promoting it?

by Anonymousreply 19May 19, 2024 9:15 AM
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by Anonymousreply 20May 22, 2024 8:58 PM

Mixed feelings about this, and god, her face. The trailer made me want to see it, but I didn’t finish it is too long snd reveals to much.

by Anonymousreply 21May 22, 2024 9:11 PM

What about her face?

by Anonymousreply 22May 22, 2024 9:14 PM

Jessica's look here is reminding me of Geraldine Page in her later years.

by Anonymousreply 23May 23, 2024 12:06 AM

Jessica looks like crap. The movie also looks amateurish and maudlin. No wonder Meryl jumped ship.

by Anonymousreply 24May 23, 2024 3:33 AM
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