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Larry David’s HBO comedy ‘Clear History’ debuts Aug. 10; future of ‘Curb’ uncertain
Fans of Larry David’s toe-curling comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (remember when that was on?) will feel right at home with David’s new HBO comedy film “Clear History,” which has a similar awkward vibe.
David is the writer/star of “Clear History,” featuring a cast of comedic heavyweights including Bill Hader and Michael Keaton as well as Jon Hamm, Philip Baker Hall, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan and J.B. Smoove (a “Curb” alum).
Liev Schreiber also is in it, but he’s not listed in the credits. David said it’s a “Showtime/HBO thing” about the missing credit for Schreiber, who stars in Showtime’s new drama “Ray Donovan.”
So how did “Clear History” come about?
“I was thinking about ‘Curb’ or thinking about doing a movie and I thought, perhaps it’s time I tried something else, so I decided to do the movie,” David said.
So what is the future of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which hasn’t aired a new episode since wrapping up its eighth season in 2011?
“I don’t know,” David said. “Ask me in six months.”
He wasn’t giving off a very encouraging vibe about “Curb” seeing a ninth installment, but stranger things have happened.
As for “Clear History,” it follows Nathan Flomm (David), a marketing exec at a start-up electric car company. After a petty argument with his boss, he gives up his stake in the company — 10 percent of the shares. The company, of course, goes on to make billions, leaving Nathan humiliated and destroyed. (Sound like Gray Matter, “Breaking Bad” fans?) A decade later, he’s changed his name to Rolly DaVore and moved to a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Then something from his past threatens the new life he’s created. (I haven’t seen a screener yet, so this description comes courtesy of HBO and a brief clip shown at the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday in Beverly Hills.)
Chicago — the band, not the city — is part of a recurring joke in the film. David admitted that Chicago wasn’t his first choice.
“My first choice was the Bee Gees,” David said, “but then a Bee Gee died.”