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Zooey Deschanel To Star In HBO Pilot About Groupies!

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Good casting choice — and she's married to a musician herself!

Zooey Deschanel will be starring in HBO's new pilot based on the book I'm With The Band: Confessions Of A Groupie.

The book was written by Pamela Des Barres, the woman who influenced the character of Kate Hudson's Penny Lane in Almost Famous.

The half-hour show will basically follow the book about a groupie's life sleeping with famous people which in Pamela's case included Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page and Don Johnson among MANY others.

Sounds a bit tired and sleazy to us, but we think Zooey's quirky brand of cuteness will balance it out and maybe give HBO another hit!

What do U think?

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33 comments to “Zooey Deschanel To Star In HBO Pilot About Groupies!”



  1. 1

    Great, another bland, uninteresting female lead finding another reason to show her titties on screen. Thist girl cannot act, so maybe groupie is a perfect role for her. Anyone can do that.



  2. 2

    I don't see her as a groupie, but whatevs. Zooey Deschanel is a hipster goddess. I will watch literally anything she is apart of because I'm in love with her.

    Like in a stalker way.



  3. 3

    SOUNDS AMAZING! i totally want to be a groupie. Can't wait for this!!!



  4. 4

    i love this girl! shes gorgeous and great in everything she does! hope it goes well



  5. 5

    :I dont see her as a groupie at all
    But you know its Hannah Montana's last season
    and Miley wants to grow up and get out of Disney
    Just saying:



  6. 6

    I read the book last year, and while there are a few larger names in the book (the ones you just listed, mostly), it was, for the most part, uninteresting. Pamela Des Barres and her followers seem to rely on the idea that they make the band (as muses), not the other way around. I can't disagree more. Sex sells, and if someone is having sex with someone larger than themselves, it's a win-win for Hollywood, regardless of taste or tact.



  7. 7

    I think Confessions of a She-Fan would be much more interesting! Jane Heller wrote it. Baseballer girlfriends much more interesting.



  8. 8

    i really like des barres' books. she is a compelling writer with a very unique voice. she paints an unapologetic picture of the time period and her actions and i hope that translates to HBO's show.



  9. 9

    i absolutely ADORE her and will watch anything she is in! super excited!



  10. 10

    Why is zooey Deschanel getting a HBO show. what ever happend to Sarah Michelle Gellars HBO pilot, the wonderful madalys. why is Smg slipping? She has three movies that are finished but they are taking years to be released.



  11. 11

    god damn zooey is hot as hell



  12. 12

    The other day you were making fun of an actor for filming a pilot.
    You were actually putting him down and basically calling him a loser becasue of it.
    Now it is ok for a different actress to lower her self to this level.
    By the way she also played a groupie in Almost Famous.



  13. 13

    The book was actually interesting because the main character still managed to seem fresh and somewhat innocent evern after tramping around like a whore with every band of the day.



  14. 14

    I think she's so strange, but she's adorable. Very different than the other actresses in Hollywood, and I love it.



  15. 15

    Lame



  16. 16

    LOve, love, love her!



  17. 17

    Read the book years ago. Hope HBO doesn't fuck it up…



  18. 18

    I love her, and Almost Famous is my favorite movie so I will DEFINITELY be tuning into watch this. I bet she'll have so much fun with this project. Go Zooey!



  19. 19

    I love Zooey & the books(there were 2) were great !



  20. 20

    I'm OBSESSED with that book and with all of Pamela Des Barres's books! They're fabulously scandalous and can't wait to see the shows!



  21. 21

    i don't think anyone will give a rats testicle….



  22. 22

    The book is fantastic!! I think this will be a really interesting show!



  23. 23

    Re: tom951 – Actually she didn't…kate hudson did. She played, the main character's, William, sister Anita. She introduced him to music and ran away to be a stewardess in an effort to get away from her mother. Zooey Deschanel is a very successful actress and I think an HBO show is a respectable gig; especially considering she also has a successful music career to work around.



  24. 24

    Love Zooey, will definitely be watching this!!



  25. 25

    Too bad Pamela Des Barres has NOTHING to do with Penny Lane on Almost Famous. Penny Lane on Almost Famous is based on the REAL Penny Lane Trumble who is someone completely different!! Lets get the facts straight here.



  26. 26

    I hope we all finally get a visual of the PLASTER CASTERS.



  27. 27

    Re: iKristin04 – not entirely true. Kate read the book and stuck pictures of Des Barres in her trailer to prepare for her role. its mentioned it another of Des Barres books when she visits the set



  28. 28

    looking forward to it. she did a great job with 500 days of summer.



  29. 29

    LOVE IT! LOVED THE BOOK, LOVE THE IDEA, LOVE THE CONTENT! GO HBO!



  30. 30

    Re: mrstlc – YOU HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT HIS SUBCULTURE SO STFU. WHEN YOU BECOME A GROUPIE THEN YOU CAN ACT LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT THE FUCK YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.



  31. 31

    If they do this like secret diary of a call girl it could be fun and clever. they should go that route for sure. i'd watch just b/c she is in it. i heart zooey



  32. 32

    Also, I think Penny Lane wasn't based off of PDB, but if you ask Kate Hudson, I'm sure she'd tell you she read all of her books and studied up on her.



  33. 33

    I JUST GOT CHILLS! Pamela Des Barres book is so riveting and completely filled with stories that kept me reading intently and laughing and full blown jealousy at the radical lifestyles these women (free spirits) led. The stories of the book have made me reminiscent of a past time, a decade where things were so free and fun and really beautiful. To say I am excited for this series is an understatement. Kudos to HBO for picking up this pilot and more so, what a great casting choice. i LOVE Zoey Deschanel-Gibbard. I could see Kirsten Dunst in this as well. What a dream, I wish I could be involved in the casting of this project..so many options!