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Katie Holmes: 'Mania Days' Set for New Spike Lee Film!

Katie Holmes: 'Mania Days' Set for New Spike Lee Film!

Katie Holmes walks to her trailer on the set of her new film Mania Days on Wednesday (April 10) in the East Village neighborhood of New York City.

The 34-year-old actress is reportedly starring in the film about “a manic depressive rapper (Luke Kirby) who gets involved with a manic depressive poet (Holmes) in a passionate affair that results in a pregnancy.”

The film will be directed by newcomer Paul Dalio and produced by Spike Lee.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Katie Holmes’ role in the movie Mania Days?

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  • Ev

    Title made it seems as if Spike Lee was directing.

  • Nathan

    This is awesome!!! I was hoping Katie would get a new part soon and she looks beautiful too. :)

  • YIB

    hahaha really?
    she looks young here

  • Cece

    Her landing any part is always a mystery. I wish her well, but girl can’t act to save her life.

  • K-FLOP – Black Hole

    Well, that explains Holmes & Lee photo op at the New York Observer 25th Anniversary Party.

    It’s not listed on imdb – Sounds like another “Untitled Christian Camargo” type project/production.

    We’ll see.

    Haven’t watched anything by Spike Lee since 25th Hour (Ed Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman) and haven’t heard of or seen anything from Paul Dalio.

    Found this tidbit online –

    Spike Lee is reportedly going to produce the feature film directorial debut of the son of hedge fund manager Ray Dalio.

    Ray Dialo runs the $80 billion Bridgewater Hedge Fund, and is said to be a heavy contributor to charities created by Jennifer Lopez and David Lynch.

    His son, Paul Dalio is the one with the filmmaking aspirations; already a TV producer (and a graduate of NYU’s MFA program like Spike Lee), Paul will make his feature film debut with a film called Mania Days, which centers on “a manic depressive rapper who gets involved with a manic depressive poet in a passionate affair that results in a pregnancy.”

    Sounds like some heavy ish, yo!

    Spike’s involvement will reportedly be “on a hands-on basis,” as he oversees the entire project. So this should be a first; Spike is rarely hands-on as a producer on films that aren’t his own.

    I should note that Dalio also is a graduate of NYU’s MFA program like Spike.

    Of course, I’m guessing financing for Mania Days will come from pappa Dalio’s bank account. And by the way, Mamma Dalio is rich too; she’s a direct descendant of the Vanderbilt-Whitney families.

  • Anne

    @K-FLOP – Black Hole:

    You are obsessed with Katie Holmes. Have a life and forget the other. She’s beautiful, talented and will win. Believe me, the flight of the script katie divorce Cruise will be good for the next time he will act differently. It is childish, spoiled and crazy. After the scare he’ll wake up.

  • Anne

    Where is Suri ticket meal, Hamlet, Annie, Sincerely concerned..

  • Keran

    Oooh! POPEYE got her grove back, all the way back to Dawson’s Creek. hahaha!

  • Mollyme

    Katie should just go back to acting school and learn how to act. Her acting is just embarrassing. When will they learn that being married/divorced from Tom Cruise doesn’t mean people will run out to see a movie with Katie in it.

  • Mike

    I can’t wait to see it! I really enjoy Katie on screen.

  • Anne


    Popeye? She is beaultiful

  • Hazey

    Exciting. Look forward to seeing it. Good on her.

  • danielle

    I wish her luck. I don’t think she has the talent or range to convincingly portray a Manic-Depressive poet. She flopped big time in that horror film in terms of being believable. Good luck Katie.

  • Suri the meal ticket

    LOL, really!

  • Suri the meal ticket

    KHo plays a mania depressive poet? Another stampede to the exit! Remember Son of No One? That’s OK, Suri’s child support can pay for a lot of cupcakes.

  • Sincerely concerned

    @danielle: Au contrare mon Cheri; if she puts it all out there, she’ll nail it! She already has that “affected/twisted” look so many people post about. Now, she just needs to channel it.

  • Sincerely concerned

    I just hope that she has access to an acting coach to help her dig deep because, this is a perfect part for her to nail. I’d hate for her to screw it up!!!!

  • Susie#1

    Does Spike Lee actually realize who he’s hired? His actors really become their characters, and she doesn’t have the ability to do that. Will he be the courageous one to finally say “Katie, get some training in acting, then come see me.” He doesn’t suffer fools – at all!

  • rubyz

    More than a little surprised that Holmes would be cast in a role that sounds like it requires some REAL acting.

  • Yassine

    Beautiful as always, she is getting back her career on track, wishing all the best for Katie, show them who you really are Katie ;).

  • Yassine


    Yes and here she is make-up free, can’t believe it, she looks like a teenager!

  • annie

    Katie is a very underestimated actress, she’s done good work, and she will once again get roles that suit her.
    Anything a little complicated suits her very much, this sounds better than Responsible Adults, she’s not a comedic actress.
    She got the breakout award for Disturbing Behaviour…she played a bit of a bad girl who came good.
    Played well in Ice Storm compicated again .
    Abandon , where she killed a few people, was written especially for her. Katie was fantastic in the scene where she goes for a job interview, and the close up was gorgeous.
    .so was the teen movie Teaching Mrs Tingle. Kevin Williamson creator of DC wrote it especially for her.
    Regardles of the fact that he’s gay, there are some lovely pics of them together, and you can see they cared for each other, glad he’s back in her life.
    Pieces of April is a little gem of a movie, DC only gave her 10 days off(she was in every scene for nearly 6 yrs), and only had a budget of$300,000.
    Even tho she was only in Wonder Boys for 10 mins she got a good write up as the obsessed student to Micheal Douglas…she had the hots for him in the movie.
    Nobody ever said anything bad about her, never wrote anything bad about her, she only used to get compliments, and was liked by everyone.
    She’ll get back on track again, and I think people still believe in her, more offers will come her way again.
    Now that Suri is in school , you can see she’s trying to keep it all New York. Might be a bit hard for her in that respect.
    I have a lot of time for Katie, she’s made some unwise decisions, but I honestly believe she’ll come good !
    You people contradict yourselves so badly, he must have thought she’s ok to put her in his movie, to begin with.

  • Yassine


    You forgot Batman Begins, pretty hotter than Maggie Gyllenhaal who was not bad but not attractive, this is why I was a bit disappointed when she turned down TDK (well not really her choice: tell me who on earth whould prefer to play MM than TDK which was one of the most success in Hollywood? Those of you who think she made personally her choice should see do a RMI) and why I prefer BB than TDK.

  • Yassine

    *Prettier and hotter
    **shoud do a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

  • Yassine


    I actually feel the opposite, Katie can act, Spike Lee wouldn’t let her the risk if she couldn’t. Katie knows he expects a lot from her so this gain of confidence will be her best power. Go Katie.

  • K-FLOP – Really, Really BIG

    According to Greg Morrison, an assistant locations manager, the film about a manic depressive East Villager will continue shooting through Friday at Tompkins Square Park and the Pyramid Club, among other locations.

    East Villagers hoping for a celebrity sighting, however, will be disappointed.

    “It’s nobody that’s really, really big,” said Mr. Morrison. “There are some people from TV shows, but we’re a small indie movie.”

    Returning/sticking to the indie route – good move.

    Let’s see if this one sees the lights of a theater, tv screen or straight to video.

    Anyone like to take a guess?

  • Yassine
  • annie

    that was a very bad move, and she knew it, nobody turns down Batman, and I saw the interview where Chris Nolan( when asked how he felt about Katie not coming back) he said he was a bit angry at her. he said nothing more.
    She probably would have been in all of the Batman movies, she suited playing his girlfriend, she had a sweetness, where as Maggi G played her more mature, more edgy, don’t think it worked for him ,so he killed the role off altogether.
    These are the roles that make actresses famous, and get more roles in bigger movies, but she probably would have gone on location for a while, and Tom never cared about her career, it was all about him, he probably didn’t want her to go, and he probably didn’t want to go on location, or maybe it was because of Valkyrie, don’t remember.
    Just like she never did any promo for Thank You For Smoking, but she turned up for Toms things.
    Shouldn’t blame him for everything Katie had a mouth and she should have used it, but she was very much in love with him, so she just went along with everything. She’s not the first and def won’t be the last.
    I really like seeing her doing a bit of modelling as well, all the video clips of Alterna, Bobbi Brown, and H Stern jewellery are really great, one paticular Bobbi Brown one, where she’s wearing a pink dress, with her hair up, is beautiful.

  • Suri the meal ticket

    BTW, isn’t a more common term for manic depressive, bipolar?

  • danielle


    Annie you keep saying she is going to surprise and wow us all with her acting skills–when? She is 34 soon to be 35. That is considered pre-senior citizen in Hollywood. There are tons of actresses more talented and with more drive/ambition and YOUNGER than Katie who are clawing their way into roles. Just how and when is she suppose to transition into this wonderfully talented actress???? While I do realize Hollywood is fickle and it would only take one big role or award to renew interest in her–I just don’t see it happening. She is just not a good actress. Pieces of April was about the only thing I’ve seen her in that was in any good. She was downright embarrassing in Mad Money. Couldn’t act worth darn in Batman and ohmigod–that Adam Sandler movie–Jack and Jill–she was beyond cringe worthy with her acting. She was awful in the Kennedys. I couldn’t believe how awful she was–Jackie has very defined mannerisms and Katie couldn’t even successfully copy them. In Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark–she was way out of her acting element. And then there were the three major flops: Son of Nowhere, Extra Man and The Romantics. These three movies had decent casts and scripts and should have done well instead of going way belly up like a beached whale. Folks that I know that saw them said she was awful to lukewarm in the acting dept. So Annie, like Lindsay Lohan, I think she has lost the majority of her talent and quite honestly I don’t think she can make a comeback. I think her skills were perfect for Dawson’s Creek and The First Daughter. But she is now 34 and that cutesy, naive, ingenue look no longer works.

  • Brad


    You sound like you predict the future of this innoncent woman, how many people like you I’ve met who said the same thing about some celebrities, you can talk whenever you want and as many as you like, all those theorotical sentences will return against you, wait and see.

  • Kevin


    You oddly forget that she also got a award for “Disturbing behavior”. Well, a potential actress …

  • Anne

    Let’s accept. The marriage was a contract, 05 renewed for another 05, (as Nicole). Tom did not want to renew, agreed that Holmes would ask for a divorce (he wanted to be a victim, remember how bad it was before the public, because of Nicole?). Katie, ran the script, invented Sea Org to spice divorce. I also believe that she repented after having Suri entered this farce to leverage career, wanted to protect her daughter and a crazy fanatic. Tom is 100% closeted and Katie is ambitious. Poor Suri.

  • ryan

    @Anne: what about penelope cruz and rebecca, mimi?

  • Tiff

    @annie: I agree, katie is a natural, we will be seeing a lot of her, the future looks bright for Miss Katie!!

  • Yassine

    “Hope is what makes us live”, go Katie.

  • Spankmi Botm

    The 34-year-old actress is reportedly starring in the film about “a manic depressive rapper (Luke Kirby) who gets involved with a manic depressive poet (Holmes) in a passionate affair that results in a pregnancy.” ~ So it’s a true story then.

  • danielle


    I said all it would take is one big role or one major award for her to regain the interest of major players in Hollywood. Look at her track record. Go to and look at her stats. Hollywood runs on money and her financial return and return on an investment is abysmal. Look at her last six films. Three of them were stinkers or bombs. She is 34. It will be a miracle if she can pull out of this slump.

    And part of the problem is not her acting skills–it is the fact that personally she is over exposed and when people see her in a role, they see Katie Holmes not the character. And that is never good.

    I’d like to see her succeed big time at something if for no other reason than to thumb her nose at her ex.

  • Angie

    I’m just happy that her life seems to be getting back on track. Go Katie!

  • annie

    @ danielle
    I never read anything bad about her acting , in don’t be afraid of the dark, the romantics, or the other movies. the script yes, not her acting.
    I read the romantics, and while I was reading it, I was thinking that I hoped the movie was better than the book…..well it wasn’t.
    Actually she got got reviews for playing the stepmother in BBAOTD.
    Well , like I said , let’s wait and see, 2015, should be big in every way for her, public and personal.
    We’ll see! Could be wrong!
    She also was sent a lot of scripts that she couldn’t do because of DC as well. They only let her go for a few days at a time.
    When she did Phonebooth, I think they let her go for 1 week.
    She also read for the role of Hellen in Troy with BP. the lady that she did the reading to, said she read better than Diane Kruger, but Katies colouring was wrong for the part, they picked Diane because Hellen was fair.
    I liked her in Batman, she suited Bruce, I think that’s what Nolan felt as well. I think Maggi G is a very good actress, but obviously didn’t fill the part right, so he killed her off.
    I doubt Katie will ever do anything to please you at any time anyway.

  • Mollyme

    I remember Katie being called the weak link in Batman and I don’t think she was invited back. She wasn’t doing anything before Tom came along so I don’t know why people would think she’ll become some big time actress now.

  • Yassine


    I saw all Katie’s movies too and honestly I enjoyed the actress but I didn’t like:
    *The romantics
    *Jack & julie
    *The extra-man
    *A bit mad money
    *The singing detective (well she just played a nurse and wasn’t really present)
    So I really appreciated the rest.
    Also her performance in How I met your mother.
    The Kennedys: no one would be better than Katie for Jacqueline
    -> amazing likeness.
    Elie stone in which her singing and dancing was praised by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly.

  • Yassine


    No, she was invited back but she turned down TDK to play MM, read.

  • danielle


    Actually she was fired from Batman. That came out first and then Tom’s PR machine went to work and quickly squashed the story. Do you honestly think after watching Mad Money that anyone after reading that script would have chosen a blockbuster like Batman over a horrible script like Mad Money? I don’t think so–not even Katie.

  • danielle


    Annie when I have criticized her–I’ve mainly criticized her acting, her endorsements vs. how she looks–i.e. she gets hair and make up endorsements and then goes out looking like crapola. Not good for the endorsement is it?

    You keep saying she is going to hit big. I wnat to know how–not the astrology behind it, but the science or the facts.

    You say she gets good reviews, but many are lukewarm and some are downright critical. Tell me how an Adam Sandler film can bomb so badly with her in it when his previous films were big hits. Tell me how a movie like Son of No One – bad script or not – could bomb with the cast it had. When it premiered at Sundance some of the critics and audience laughed at Katie’s acting. Heck that stinker Kidman made with Cage-Trespass-made more in just DVD than Son of No One. Same with the Romantics. Anna Paquin has a huge following as does Elijah Wood–one would think a few of their fans would pumped up the revenue. Supposedly Kevin Kline was excellent in The Extra Man while Katie got lukewarm reviews. What happened there? Why no nominations for Kline? Because they couldn’t get a decent distributer. I’ve worked in the business–radio/tv/film–and sorry Annie, but the money people do look at stats and Katie’s are abysmal. That said she seems to be trying to get back on track. But she isn’t using her brain. She needs to do something like a voice over in a Disney film or a bit part in a blockbuster so she can get her stats up and prove she isn’t poison. Do you know why Kidman continues to get plum parts? Many reasons, but three are she uses her connections, she has power and savvy in the industry, but most importantly she still sells big overseas. Katie has no large scale connections–she lost them when she divorced Cruise. She has no power and has proven she is not savvy about her choices. And she doesn’t sell well overseas. She needs to revamp her strategy and fast if she is going to continue to have a career in film. If she was smart she would try and get an ongoing role in a television show that showcases her limited talent. You can like her all you want, but you don’t control or make decisions about the purse strings. You know in Moneyball–Brad Pitts character introduces a way to win that baseball hadn’t used before. Unfortunately for Katie producers and money lenders use the appropriate stats that made the baseball team successful. They look at the “Q” factor (person’s likeability etc on screen), the power the person brings to a role and the money the person has made. That is skipping the casting couch totally. So look at Katie’s stats–they are not attractive for hireability. I don’t care for the Kardashians, but they have power, earning power and are willing to do what it takes to remain relevant and popular. Katie doesn’t play the game and while I do admire that in her–explain to us all how she is going to rise back to her former popularity when she is identified mainly as Cruise’s ex and Suri’s mom, when her stats say fail, and when she has no power and doesn’t play the game???

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  • Jennifer

    Katie, do not listen to this bunch of haters on this site. You’re beautiful and will win.

  • Connie

    I’m happy that something good is happening for Katie. Now she just needs to get a hot man in her life.

  • @Annie #22

    Thanks for all the SPOILERS for so many crappy movies I’ll never see.

  • Sally

    Go Katie, I really love her.