The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks
This week, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced their nominees for the 16th Annual Webby Awards and The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks — AMC’s first original short series — is among the esteemed nominees in two different categories: Comedy: Long Form or Series and Best Individual Performance (for Adam Goldberg). Want to see the series now?
Jeffrey Tambor plays the therapist in the brand-new original short series The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks. In an exclusive interview with AMCtv.com, the actor talks about the perks of playing a therapist and compares Arthur Banks with Larry Sanders.
Q: What attracted you to The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks?
A: They sent me the script, and I’ve had this ethic since I was a young actor that if you respond to it you have to do it. I responded to this so fully. We had a good time. And when you’re a therapist, you get a really nice chair to sit in. You get to put your feet up and be relaxed. It was so funny because when I saw the picture that was in one of the papers [laughs] I was making a film and somebody walked in and I was in exactly the same position in my dressing room. I said, “You see? I didn’t even have to change positions.”
A: Right now I’m watching U.S. Open tennis, and Adam hits the ball back just beautifully and sends a whole spin on it. It just makes your day. He plays beautifully.
Adam Goldberg plays Arthur Banks in the brand-new original short series The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks. In an exclusive interview with AMCtv.com, the actor talks about how his character compares with Woody Allen and gives some advice to his lovelorn character.
Q: What attracted you to The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks?
A: I like AMC, and I met Peter [Glanz] on a movie and he mentioned this to me. It sounded like a fun way to do something that was different. An artful take on the short form was appealing to me.
Q: As an actor, does working on an online short series change your approach to the material?
A: Every once in a while, I would joke, “Come on. Let’s make a webisode.” Because you actually forget that’s what you’re doing. You’re imagining the scope of something, but even when you make a movie you don’t really know how it’s going to end up. There is a distinct possibility it’s going to end up on a much smaller screen than you envisioned. It’s all sort of the same.
You may know Adam Goldberg, star of The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks, as an actor (Dazed and Confused, Saving Private Ryan), writer-director (I Love Your Work, Scotch and Milk), and composer (LANDy, The Goldberg Sisters). Well, his talents don’t stop there. He’s also a photographer too. These artful pics, photographed on Polaroid and new instant film from the Impossible Project, were taken on the set of The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks (and sourced from his Tumblr account) and prove that’s he’s got just as much finesse behind the camera as in front of it. Click through for a view of his take on the original short series on AMCtv.com.
New York magazine, USA Today, and The Huffington Post are just a few of the many publications praising The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks, the brand new original short series starring Adam Goldberg and Jeffrey Tambor. Read below to see who is saying that “AMC has just jumped into the web in a big way with a wholly original new series with one hell of a cast.” Or if you prefer, skip the accolades and just watch the series now.
• USA Today’s reviewer says of The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks’s first episode, ”I’m already hooked after one 15-minute episode.”
• The Huffington Post believes that “AMC is making moves that put it ahead of the curve” with The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks.
Today, AMC launches the brand new original short series The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks. The series is co-written and directed by Peter Glanz and stars Adam Goldberg as Arthur Banks, as well as Jeffrey Tambor as his therapist. The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks premieres as a co-release on AMCtv.com and on the free, ad-supported Hulu.com.
The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks tells the story of Arthur Banks (Adam Goldberg), a successful theater director that stages an elaborate play that mirrors his dysfunctional love life. Aided by his therapist (Tambor), and the actors within his meta-life, Arthur attempts to unsort the complex issues that occur each time he falls in love.
Peter Glanz serves as creator, co-writer, director and executive producer. His 2008 short film A Relationship in Four Days premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and subsequently was featured at Cannes’ Critics’ Week. It has been adapted into a feature film, which is being filmed in October. His short film, The Dinner Party, had its International Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010. Neda Armian (Rachel Getting Married, The Truth About Charlie, Jimmy Carter Man from Plains and the upcoming Predisposed with Jesse Eisenberg and Tracy Morgan) is executive producer. Juan Iglesias serves as co-writer and executive producer. Click here to watch The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks now.
AMC announced today from the Television Critics Association Summer 2011 Press Tour that the network is launching AMC Digital Studios, an online destination to incubate and to develop web series from up-and-coming talent to be showcased at amctv.com. The division serves as both a laboratory to develop future content for AMC TV and also a destination to produce web series that have the same high-quality storytelling for which our television series have become known. The first web series launching is called The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks. It is co-written and directed by Peter Glanz and stars Adam Goldberg as Arthur Banks with Jeffrey Tambor. The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks is about 40 minutes in length and premieres as a co-release on amctv.com and on the free, ad-supported Hulu.com on August 22nd.
“AMC Digital Studio provides an opportunity to extend our brand to the web, and to nurture great young writers and directors in a unique way,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s svp of original programming, production and digital content. “For our first web series we are very excited to have found an incredible piece of material from Peter Glanz who is truly an original filmmaker with a very unique voice. Trivial Pursuits is a great piece of storytelling in a format that is incredibly well suited for the web and on brand for AMC.”