EXCLUSIVE: Lolita Davidovich and Kathleen Quinlan have been added to the cast of of HBO’s original movie Cinema Verite, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the groundbreaking 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family about the Loud family. Willam Belli and Nick Eversman also have been cast in the film, while Steve Hytner has joined CMT’s comedy pilot The Hard Life.
On Cinema Verite, Quinlan, repped by Fortitude and DF Management, will play Mary, one of Patty Loud’s (Diane Lane) best friends who introduces Patty to producer Gilbert Craig (James Gandolfini) and talks her into letting her family be the subject of his documentary. Davidovich, repped by Fortitude and Binder & Assoc., will play Patty Loud’s sexy and fashionable best friend, whom Patty accuses of having an affair with her husband Bill (Tim Robbins). Patty and Bill eventually separate and she files for divorce all during filming.
The Hard Life is a single-camera half-hour that explores the contrast of modern parenting vs. old school parenting. It centers on parents Bobby (Matthew Lillard) and Gina (Gillian Vigman). Hytner, repped by Stone Manners Salners, will play Bobby’s father seen in 1974 flashbacks: your typically strict 60’s/70’s dad – unwavering, no-nonsense and blunt, with a kids-should-be-seen-and-not-heard perspective on parenting.