Virginia native Jimmy Workman owes whatever fame he achieved to his older sister, actress-singer Shanelle Workman. At age eight, he accompanied her to an audition for the film "The Addams Family" wher...
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They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're back for one more movie, the Addams Family. According to Variety, the spooky family is being rebooted as an MGM animated movie.
The final negotiations are still underway, but Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride and Monster House) is set to pen the screenplay, and BermanBraun's Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun are in talks to produce the film. Earlier in the year, it was expected that a Tim Burton-led stop-motion Addams Family movie would be made, but the project was put to rest in July.
While we're not a fan of all of the reboots that are being announced as of late (we're looking at you, Charmed), we're pretty excited that our favorite Halloween-esque family is inviting us back into their mansion. When you've got a set of characters — especially one that has a family dynamic — that are off-kilter (in the best way possible), it's not a bad move to reincarnate them for another go-around.
The Addams Family has been around since 1938 when the family came to life in Charles Addams' comic strip, and 75 years later, it's seen its fair share of air-time. The family came to the masses via ABC's sitcom, which aired from 1964 to 1966, and then was the basis for a handful of other TV series (one being an animated version), two Paramount live-action films (The Addams Family and Addams Family Values), a musical, and the straight-to-video reboot Addams Family Reunion (which we like to pretend never happened). Suffice it to say, the black-clad family certainly has enough of a fanbase — one that loves a dose of nostalgia every now and then -- to warrant another reboot.
Plus, we're just super psyched to see which version of Wednesday is going to come out to play: the sweet-natured girl who loved her pet spiders (a la the '60s TV series) or the morbid girl with a deadpan wit and an urge to murder her brother (also known as Christina Ricci in the 1991 live-action film). We're definitely hoping it will be the diabolical Wednesday.
The Modern Family star has accused her mum Crystal Workman of physical and emotional abuse, and the 14 year old's sister Shanelle Workman was subsequently appointed her temporary guardian.
The siblings' dad Glenn Workman has submitted legal papers objecting to Shanelle's guardianship, ahead of a court hearing into the matter in Los Angeles on Tuesday (20Nov12).
In the filing, obtained by TMZ.com, he states, "I am physically, emotionally, and financially capable of caring for my daughter, without limitation. No evidence has been produced that suggests any detriment to Ariel associated with my father-daughter relationship with her...
"I am a frugal and modest person with a moderate income who doesn't need Ariel's income to survive."
Glenn does not comment on the abuse allegations, except to say Crystal's relationship with Ariel is strained, and adds, "I believe Ariel has demonstrated a lot of maturity and is at an age now that she should have more control over her finances."
Meanwhile, Ariel's brother, Jimmy Workman, has also penned a declaration asking the court system to help mend the family's problems.
He writes, "I have never seen any physical or emotional abuse in the home of my parents regarding Ariel. I have seen normal mother and daughter arguments and banter back and forth but nothing more... My position is not to take sides with anyone, but to get this family back where it belongs."
The 14 year old has been removed from her mother Crystal's home by a U.S. judge following allegations of physical and emotional abuse.
The actress, who plays Alex Dunphy on the comedy show, attended a legal hearing on 3 October (12) to outline claims her mother subjected her to ongoing physical and emotional abuse, including "slapping, hitting, pushing" and "vile name-calling, personal insults... and attempts to 'sexualize' (a) minor" for an extended period of time.
Winter's sister Shanelle Gray has been granted temporary guardianship of the teenager, who has also obtained a protective order against her mum, which will remain in effect until their next court hearing, set for 20 November (12).
But now her mother has opened up to People magazine, stating, "It's all untrue... I have my doctor's letter that my daughter's never been abused... I have stylists' letters that she's never been abused."
Meanwhile, Winter's brother Jimmy Workman has spoken out about the family drama, telling news show Entertainment Tonight the allegations against his mum are bogus.
He claims Winter does not speak to the rest of the family and insists their mother does everything for the young actress.
Gray appears to disagree - she has filed for full legal guardianship of Winter.
Cast as a bratty child in the TV remake of "Christmas in Connecticut" (TNT), directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Born in Virginia
Took a three-year, self-imposed hiatus from acting after graduating high school
Reprised role of Pugsley in "Addams Family Values"
Accompanied older sister to audition for the film "The Addams Family"; spotted by director Barry Sonnenfeld and cast as Pugsley Addams
Family moved to the borough of Queens when older sister Shanelle was cast in the Broadway musical "Les Miserables"
Had small role in "As Good As It Gets"
Virginia native Jimmy Workman owes whatever fame he achieved to his older sister, actress-singer Shanelle Workman. At age eight, he accompanied her to an audition for the film "The Addams Family" where she was in contention for the role of Wednesday. Director Barry Sonnenfeld and producer Scott Rudin spotted the pudgy Workman and asked him to read for the part of Pugsley, the Addams son with a fondness for guillotines and other instruments of death. He proved impressive enough to land the role and made his feature film debut in 1991. Capitalizing on the success of the macabre outing, however, proved a bit difficult. Workman was tapped to play a brat in the Arnold Schwarzenegger-directed small screen remake of "Christmas in Connecticut" (TNT, 1992) and reprised Pugsley in the 1993 sequel "Addams Family Values", but additional roles proved elusive. Part of the actor's problem was that after the second go-round as the portly youngster, he experienced a growth spurt and also dropped some forty pounds. Casting agents expecting a rotund little boy were met with a strapping young man and were confused as to how best showcase the actor. Workman did voice-over work in TV commercials and cartoons and netted the occasional TV guest spot, but after playing a small role in "As Good As It Gets" (1997), he decided on a three-year, self-imposed hiatus from performing. Having experienced a bit of freedom (he was able to access his movie earnings when he turned 18), Workman renewed his commitment to acting and hoped to begin to land roles in film and TV projects.