Three riding with 'Talmadge'


NEW YORK -- Gary Cole, Jennifer Coolidge and Agnes Bruckner are starring in writer-director David Moreton's road-trip comedy "Say Hello to Stan Talmadge."

Set in 1979 and told in flashback, the film follows the misadventures of the title character (Cole), an estranged ex-husband who tries to reunite his family with a cross-country motor-home trip to a "Family Feud"-style game show called "Beat Your Neighbor."

Coolidge plays his boozing, acid-tongued ex-wife. Bruckner plays his daughter, who is traumatized by the disastrous trip. Tina Holmes ("Half Nelson") plays Stan's new wife, who comes along for the ride, and Jordan Bridges ("Mona Lisa Smile") plays the game show host.

"Stan hopes that by getting his family on TV, it will make them a real family again," said Moreton, who is producing the project with Rob Aitro and Jenny Hinkey. Aitro describes the screenplay, based on Rick Barrett's unpublished short story "Feud," as "a charming indie in the tone of 'Little Miss Sunshine.' "

Moreton's directorial credits include the gay-themed films "Edge of Seventeen" and "Testosterone." "Hello" is shooting on location in Azusa, Calif.

Cole's credits include "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "Breach" and the "Brady Bunch" films. Coolidge recently appeared in "For Your Consideration," "Epic Movie" and "Click."

Bruckner's features include "Blood & Chocolate," "Peaceful Warrior" and upcoming "Last Resort."

Cole is repped by ICM and manager Barbara Gale. Coolidge is repped by ICM and attorney Jamey Cohen of Ziffren Brittenham Branca Fischer Gilbert-Lurie Stiffelman Cook Johnson Lande and Wolf. Bruckner is repped by ICM and Lena Roklin of Nine Yards/Roklin Management.