Jill Soloway, creator of the Amazon dramedy "Transparent," says the series might have played a part in the newly anointed Caitlyn Jenner's transgender journey. "I spoke to Caitlyn, and she told me that she saw the show, and I talked to Kim Kardashian, and she told me they all watched it together. … I hope we had some small influence that helped her." The Golden Globe-winning series features Jeffrey Tambor as a middle-aged father who is transitioning to womanhood.
Biden his time
Greg Kinnear will play a young Joe Biden in HBO's "Confirmation," which stars Kerry Washington as Anita Hill. … Netflix has ordered another season of "Arrested Development," to begin filming in January. … Shonda Rhimes' memoir "Year of Yes" will be released this fall.
The Sully story
Clint Eastwood will make a film based on the "Miracle on the Hudson." No word on the casting of Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, although Vulture points out it recommended J.K. Simmons for the role the day after the January 2009 event. … Robert Zemeckis' high-wire film "The Walk," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, will open the New York Film Festival.
Stuff your sorrys in a sack
If you were still wondering why Susan was killed off on "Seinfeld," Jason Alexander has your answer. He said the comedy style of actress Heidi Swedberg was so different from the rest of the cast that working with her became "impossible." "Her instincts for doing a scene, where the comedy was, and mine were always misfiring," Alexander said. At one point Julia Louis-Dreyfus joked about eliminating the character, and Larry David ran with it.
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Author E.L. James is releasing a new "Fifty Shades of Grey" novel told from Christian Grey's point of view. Titled simply "Grey," it will be released on the character's birthday, June 18. "As anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows, there are two sides to every story," James said. She added that she's dedicating the book "to those readers who asked … and asked … and asked … and asked for this." Just who are these "readers"?