A WEE bit of end-of-week mishmashing
ABC Gives SCIENCE FICTION Masters the Greenlight
ABC has given the go ahead for the anthology series MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION.
The show will present works of well-known authors such as Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov.
IDT Entertainment Industry Entertainment will produce the series. The network has ordered four episodes, but IDT and Industry plan to go ahead and produce at least six.
Michael Tolkin has already signed to adapt and direct an episode. EDITOR'S NOTE: SO ABC DISCOVERS THE SCIFI CLASSICS. DOESN'T THIS SEEM LIKE THE SORT OF THING ANOTHER CHANNEL MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT OF? ANOTHER CHANNEL LIKE, OH.....I DON'T KNOW.....THE SCI FI CHANNEL??? (WE SHOULD TAKE AWAY THEIR TITLE. THE BUMS!)
MORE PILOT CASTING NEWS ----
Griffiths and Flockhart in 'Sisters' act
Golden Globe winners Rachel Griffiths and Calista Flockhart have been tapped to star in ABC's drama pilot "Brothers & Sisters."
Meanwhile, Heather Locklear is in negotiations for the lead in the ABC comedy pilot "Women of a Certain Age" from Touchstone TV. "Sisters," also from Touchstone TV, is a family soap centering on adult siblings.
Van Der Beek finds 'Sex'
James Van Der Beek has joined CBS' comedy pilot "Sex, Power, Love & Politics," Ron Livingston has been tapped for one of the two leads in Fox's drama pilot "Primary," and Steven Culp has joined ABC's drama pilot "Traveler."
Meanwhile, CBS has picked up "Waterfront," a drama pilot from "ER" veteran Jack Orman with Joe Pantoliano attached to star.
In other pilot castings, Jonah Lotan and Rachel Stirling have come on board Fox's drama "Beyond," Peter Dinklage has joined CBS' drama "Ultra," Alan Tudyk EDITOR'S NOTE: YAY! has been cast in CBS' untitled Carol Mendelsohn drama, Swoosie Kurtz has been added to CBS' comedy "Play Nice," and John Allen Nelson has been cast in Fox's drama pilot "Vanished."
Hu, Germann join ABC comedy
'Emergency' Kelly Hu and Greg Germann have been cast in ABC's comedy series "In Case of Emergency."
Meanwhile, Cary Elwes will lead the cast of NBC's one-hour pilot "Sky," which also includes Missi Pyle, Bruno Campos has landed one of the two leads in NBC's untitled Chris Sheridan comedy pilot, and Dondre Whitfield and Sarah Lafleur have joined ABC's comedy pilot "Out Thirties."
On the cable side, Todd Williams and Fred Weller have come aboard the USA Network pilot "In Plain Sight." "Emergency," from Touchstone TV, revolves around four friends from high school who reunite unexpectedly when each hits a crossroads in their lives.
Dove Web TV puts Huffman into the past
Felicity Huffman is starring in a series of Dove webisodes directed by Penny Marshall that transport the Oscar-nominated actress into the homes of beloved TV moms Carol Brady, Lily Munster and June Cleaver.
Thanks to an evening shower with Dove's new Calming Night body wash, Huffman drifts off into a dream world where the "Desperate Housewives" star finds herself living in classic episodes of "The Brady Bunch," "The Munsters" and "Leave it to Beaver" and conversing with the shows' characters.
"We are excited to partner with Felicity Huffman to help us reach busy women in an innovative and entertaining way while providing them with simple, relatable beauty solutions," Dove marketing director Rob Master said. EDITOR'S NOTE: BLAH BLAH BLAH. (BUT THEY STILL DO SOUND LIKE FUN)
Meg Ryan in Commander-In-Chief?
According to Neal Sean over at Sky.com, Meg Ryan is set to return to our screens playing a guest-role in the acclaimed but terribly mistreated “Commander-in-Chief”.
The stint in the Geena Davis series is apparently a warm-up to her own series, also a drama, which Ryan will both star in and co-produce.
On the big screen, she’ll be seen in a remake of “the Women”, which has been in the works for ages.
EDITOR'S NOTE: AND FROM THE MOVIE SIDE OF THINGS.....
'Doogal' pal: 'Gopher Broke'
The Weinstein Co. will be showing Blur Studio's 2005 Oscar-nominated short film "Gopher Broke" during the nationwide release of the computer-animated feature "Doogal." The film opens in more than 2,300 theaters in North America on Friday. "Gopher Broke" will be preceded by an introduction from Academy Award winner Judi Dench. The short was written and directed by Jeff Fowler and executive produced by Blur Studio co-founder Tim Miller.
"On the heels of last year's Academy Award nomination and this year's Sundance Film Festival, we are delighted that 'Gopher Broke' will now be available for national audiences to enjoy," Miller said. "We are pleased to be associated with the Weinsteins and have our short film open for 'Doogal.' "
The G-rated "Doogal" features the voices of Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, William H. Macy, Chevy Chase and Daniel Tay.
"Gopher Broke" is being developed into a full-length feature film and will expand the endearing story about a hungry gopher who devises a scheme that he hopes will provide him with a tasty snack
Lost star to play Harry Knowles?
“Lost” star Jorge Garcia is set play Aint it Cool News’ Harry Knowles in the film “Fanboys”.
The film, starring “Veronica Mars” babe Kristen Bell, tells of a group of supernerds who drive across the country to see the premiere “Star Wars Episode One : The Phantom Menace”.
“All I know is the character of Harry Knowles is responsible for giving the guys the plans, schematics, etc for getting into SkyWalker Ranch”, says Knowles, over at AICN. “And apparently my character arrives in a 1954 Chevy 210 DelMar. And if you think that's insane, I actually own a 1953 Chevy BelAir. I just hope the license plate says "SELLOUT" - heh.
“Why am I not playing myself? Well, I told the filmmakers that frankly I'd be more interested in just seeing who they'd cast as me. Now, I'm just dying to see a still of Jorge as Harry!”. EDITOR'S NOTE: VERY FUNNY CASTING. BUT SOMEONE SHUT THE DOOR ON HARRY'S MOM'S BASEMENT AGAIN, SO HE SHUTS UP.
Phoenix rising for Remorse
Latino Review report Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play John Clark, from the Tom Clancy books, in the film "Without Remorse".
You may recall that the character also featured in the films "Clear and Present Danger" and "The Sum of all Fears", both based on the books of TC, and played by Willem Dafoe and Liev Schrieber, respectively.
Clancy himself favoured ageing heartthrob Tom Selleck for the role of Clark, but freely admitted that he might be a little old to play the part now. Hence the hiring of the much-younger, Phoenix for Clark's first solo outing.
"Remose", to be directed by John Singleton ("2 Fast, 2 Furious"), tells of a former Navy Seal and Vietnam vet who returns to Vietnam to rescue American soldiers who were presumed killed in action, but are actually being brutally interrogated. He is also searching for a band of drug smugglers who have been threatening his new lady love.
The novel, which was published in 1993 by Putnam, spawned a previous film version, which was in development at Savoy Pictures and was shut down during preproduction in 1995.
Seems that Paramount is much keener to do a series of Clark films, than continue the adventures of Jack Ryan, last seen wearing the phizog of Ben Affleck in "The Sum Of All Fears", and before that, Harrison Ford in "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger".EDITOR'S NOTE: I GUESS THEY FELT LIEV SHRIEBER WASN'T A BIG ENOUGH NAME? TOO BAD, CAUSE HE WAS GREAT IN THE ROLE.
Apatow adds Hathaway to 'Knocked Up'
Anne Hathaway is joining the cast of Universal Pictures' "Knocked Up."
The actress, who most recently played Jake Gyllenhaal's icy wife in "Brokeback Mountain," is set to star opposite Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in the Judd Apatow romantic comedy.
Apatow is writing, producing and directing the movie, which follows a twentysomething guy who finds out he impregnated his one night stand. The picture will be similar in budget to his last film, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," which grossed $109.5 million at the domestic boxoffice and garnered a WGA nomination.
Talkington in her 'League' with Fox pic
Fox 2000 has tapped Amy Talkington to pen an untitled Junior League project. Talkington will adapt Linda Francis Lee's upcoming novel, tentatively titled "The Devil in the Junior League." The comedic book will be published by St. Martin's Press.
The story centers on a 28-year-old Texas wife struggling to get pregnant who discovers her husband has drained their bank account and run off with his mistress. Broke, she turns to her neighbor, a nouveau riche lawyer who agrees to represent her if she can transform his vulgar wife into Junior League material. Laura Hopper is producing, with Fox 2000's Carla Hacken and Erin Lindsey overseeing for the studio.
Talkington recently wrapped her directorial debut, the indie "The Night of the White Pants," which she also wrote. The offbeat comedy stars Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl and Selma Blair.
EDITOR'S NOTE: AND....DRUM ROLL....SAVING THE COOLEST ITEM FOR LAST......
Your first look at Spider-Man 3
Thanks to Sony Pictures, Moviehole has a look at Spider-Man's new-look costume. Here's your first look at what may be the bus-shelter plug for "Spider-Man 3".
You may think you're looking at a black and white photo. Look closely, Spider-Man wears a black suit in Spider-Man 3.
Tobey Maguire returns in the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Spider-Man 3 coming May 2007. "