Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Mar 19, 2014

'Wolf of Wall Street' extra: Chandler meets DiCaprio

Netflix about to start new series starring the Keys

Kyle Chandler stars in the psychological thriller.
 A new television series with no name but a star-studded cast might begin shooting this week in the Florida Keys.

The 13-episode drama commissioned by Netflix stars Kyle Chandler, an Emmy-winner for "Friday Night Lights," and Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek. Shooting in the Islamorada area and throughout the rest of the Keys is expected to run through September.

"It's a series where everything takes place in the Keys so we expect it to be predominantly shot in the Keys," said Rita Troxel, director of the Florida Keys & Key West Film Commission. "The Keys will be like another character, appearing as themselves."

The last dramatic series to regularly film in South Florida was "Burn Notice," which ended last year. MTV filmed a year of "The Real World" in 2005-06 in Key West and Key Haven. The comedy-drama "Key West" ran during the 1993 TV season.

According to multiple accounts from the entertainment press, Netflix's "psychological thriller" centers on an island family "whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black-sheep oldest brother returns home."

Spacek plays the Rayburn family matriarch, with Chandler as the stable middle brother.

Norbert Leo Butz, a two-time Tony winner for Broadway's lead actor, appears as a boatyard owner who considers himself the waterfront community's unofficial mayor.

Ben Mendelsohn ("The Dark Knight Rises") has been cast as wayward brother Danny, with Linda Cardellini ("Mad Men") as a sister.

Until a name is finalized, the Keys series is being called the "Untitled KZK Project" for creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler. That trio was behind the FX Network's legal drama "Damages" starring Glenn Close.

Netflix, now best known as an online service that provides streaming video to subscribers, has increased its original programming that includes the award-winning "House of Cards" series with Kevin Spacey.

The Keys series is being produced by Sony Pictures TV.

Chandler is a popular film actor who has appeared in three recent movies that were nominated for the best-picture Oscar: winner "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

In addition to his Emmy-winning turn as Coach Taylor in television's "Friday Night Lights," he starred in 90 episodes of the fantasy drama "Early Edition" from 1990 to 2000.

Spacek has a long resume of success, including the original "Carrie" and her Oscar-winning role as Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter."

At today's meeting of the Monroe County Commission at the Marathon Government Center, Troxel will introduce series location manager Maria Chavez, an industry veteran of numerous films and shows in South Florida.

Chavez is scheduled to present "a synopsis of the show, the writers, the cast and what to expect for the next seven months" of filming.

The series is expected to include a total cast and crew of around 75 people who work in the Keys and Homestead, where the production office is based.

"That number will go up and down," Troxel said, "but certainly there will be money spent in the Keys on catering, construction and all the other people they need here."

Filming on roads and bridges could include occasional traffic delays but all will require permits and advance notice, Troxel said.

The series' enticing locales also may spawn tourism, she said. "We could not buy this kind of amazing publicity," Troxel said. "It's the Keys represented as the Keys. It will be great for us."

No premiere date was available.

Mar 12, 2014

Todd Haynes' Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara Romance 'Carol' Has Officially Started Production

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March 12, 2014 7:42 PM
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There's few films we're anticipating more than Todd Haynes' "Carol," and now we can rest easy knowing its officially begun production today in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson as the four members of a love quartet (now that's a love quartet), the film is adapted from the Patricia Highsmith novel "The Price of Salt."
In a press release today, the film's synopsis was listed as the following:
CAROL follows the relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York. A young woman in her 20s, Therese (Mara) is working in a department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, moneyed marriage. As the story unfolds—their lives begin to unravel with Carol becoming more fearful of losing custody of her daughter in the case of separation when her husband (Chandler) threatens her competence as a mother because of her previous affair with her best friend Abby (Paulson), and new relationship with Therese.
We'll be counting the days until "Carol" is released, which The Weinstein Company is doing in the US  -- though the date is still TBA. Christine Vachon's Killer Films and Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley's  Number 9 Films are producing.

Mar 7, 2014

Lights! Cameras! Autos!

You'll know where Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett starts filming her "Carol" movie in Cincinnati this week by all the 1950s cars and costumes.

"Because this is a period movie, they'll have a tremendous presence in the community. You'll see people in vintage wardrobe, and people in vintage cars," said Kristen Erwin Schlotman, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

Set in 1952, Blanchett stars as an unhappy married New Yorker pursued by a younger department store clerk (2010 Oscar nominee Rooney Mara).

"To have Cate Blanchett win an Oscar, and come to Cincinnati the very next week is amazing," Schlotman said.

Director Todd Haynes will use more than 50 locations "for the most part Downtown" during the next seven weeks, she said. "Carol" is the largest and longest major Hollywood feature to film here, she said.

Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson and Jake Lacy also will appear in the film.

Not sure where you've seen them? Here's our guide to the "Carol" stars, with help from the International Movie Database (


Character: Carol Aird, a married woman in New York City in 1952.

You know her from: Winning best actress Oscar for "Blue Jasmine" last week, and best supporting actress Oscar for "The Aviator" in 2005.

Big break: Playing Queen Elizabeth I in "Elizabeth" (1998), which earned her a Golden Globe and her first Oscar nomination.

Other credits: "The Monuments Men," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," "Robin Hood," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," "The Good German," "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "Bandits," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "Pushing Tin," "Paradise Rose," "Bordertown," "Heartland," "Police Rescue."

Trivia: The Australian native narrates "Journey to the South Pacific," currently playing at the Cincinnati Museum Center Omnimax Theater.


Character: Department store clerk Therese Belivet

You know her from: Best actress Oscar nomination in 2012 for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

Big break: Appeared with older sister Kate Mara in "Urban Legends: Bloody Mary" in 2005 as Patricia Mara.

Other credits: "The Social Network," "Her," "Side Effects," "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Tanner Hall," "Friends (With Benefits)," "ER," "The Winning Season," "The Cleaner," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Trivia: She's the great-granddaughter of both NFL New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney.


Character: Harge Aird, Carol's husband and father of her daughter.

You know him from: "Friday Night Lights" football coach Eric Taylor.

Big break: Played Cleveland Indians outfielder Jeff Metcalf on ABC's post-World War II "Homefront" drama (1991-93).

Other credits: "The Wolf of Wall Street," "The Vatican," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo," "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Lyon's Den," "What About Joan," "Early Edition," "Mulholland Falls," "Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III," "Pure Country," "Tour of Duty," "China Beach."

Trivia: Fell in love with movies growing up on a rural Georgia farm that could only get one TV channel, Ted Turner's WTBS.


Character: Abby Gerhard, Therese's best friend and former lover.
You know her from: Headmistress Cordelia Foxx on FX's "American Horror Story: Coven."

Big break: The ghost of Merlyn who threatened the evil sheriff on CBS' "American Gothic" (1995-96).

Other credits: "12 Years a Slave," "Mud," "New Year's Eve," "Desperate Housewives," "November Christmas," "Grey's Anatomy," "Cupid," "A Christmas Wedding," "Deadwood," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," "Down with Love," "Leap of Faith," "Jack & Jill," "What Women Want."

Trivia: Was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe for playing Nicolle Wallace, adviser to the 2008 John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign, in HBO's "Game Change."


Character: Richard, Therese's boyfriend.

You know him from: Pete Miller from the final season of "The Office" (2012-13).

Big break: He starred in ABC's "Better With You" comedy (2010-11) with JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Jennifer Finnigan, Josh Cooke, Debra Jo Rupp and Kurt Fuller.

Other credits: "Royal Pains," "The Goodwin Games."

Trivia: Made TV debut on Procter & Gamble's "Guiding Light" in 2008, after graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

If you're seeing stars ...

We'll be seeing stars for seven weeks, so here's what you need to know about the "Carol" filming through late April:

SPECTATORS: A few movie etiquette tips: When you watch filming, respect the process. Honor the temporary blockades. Be silent when the director shouts, "Action!" Don't expect the stars to pose for pictures or sign autographs when they're working.

SUGGESTIONS: When "Ides of March" filmed here in 2011, Ryan Gosling went to the Cincinnati Zoo, and cast members dined all around town. Where should the "Carol" cast and crew sample Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky on weekends and evenings? What restaurants, museums, events, landmarks or other locations? Email your ideas to me at, and I'll compile a list for publication later this month.

Mar 4, 2014

Damages Team's Netflix Drama Series Casts Final Member of Kyle Chandler's New Family

Norbert Leo Butz Netflix
Broadway star Norbert Leo Butz is being welcomed into Netflix’s newest family.

Per our sister site Deadline, the Tony Award winner has joined Netflix’s untitled psychological thriller about a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother returns home.

Butz will play Kevin, the youngest brother in the Rayburn family, who owns a boat repair yard and considers himself to be the “unofficial mayor” of his small coastal town.

Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks) have been cast as Kevin’s older siblings, while Sissy Spacek (Big Love) will play their mother.

The 13-episode series is exec-produced by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler.