Author/exhausted father Adam Mansbach's wildly popular 2011 children's book for parents Go the F**k to Sleep is getting the big screen treatment. Now, if visions of disappointing movies like He's just Not That Into You or TV shows S**t My Dad Says — which both took clever, of-the-moment, albeit one-note ideas and effectively made them less so — just danced in your head, you can rest a little easier.
Hollywood.com confirms that actor/writer/all-around hilarious human being Ken Marino (of Children's Hospital, Party Down, Veronica Mars, Wet Hot American Summer, and Role Models fame) and his wife Erica Oyama are adapting the delightfully foul-mouthed illustrated book for Fox 2000.
While interpretations of the best-selling book seemed like it hit a fever pitch back in 2012 when Samuel L. Jackson, the man who can turn any bad word into an art form, did the audio narration for it. After all, no one could make lines like "I know you're not thirsty. That's bulls**t. Stop lying. Lie the f**k down, my darling, and sleep" sound better than the Pulp Fiction star could.
Still, if anyone can revive the hilarious, but somewhat controversial book from its slumber, it's Marino and Oyama. Look no further than E!'s criminally underrated, but bitingly funny reality dating show parody Burning Love, which they both write and star in. Now, here's a series that in theory should only work as, say, an SNL sketch, but instead of being just funny in concept, has pitch-perfect comedy execution.
Better yet, Marino and Oyama are in a tight-knit comedy circle in Hollywood that includes the likes of Paul Rudd, Adam Scott, David Wain, Megan Mullally, Malin Akerman, June Diane Raphael, and Michael Ian Black, just to name a few. So while no casting announcements for the Go the F**k to Sleep movie have been announced, it's a pretty safe bet that a few familiar faces could pop up to tell unruly kids to, well, you know.
Another safe assumption is that Marino and Oyama probably won't take the Spike Jonze approach of what he did with another short, but beloved book with his adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. Instead, here are some ways we could imagine the couple tackling the already-funny source material:
An all-star romantic comedy parody: Have a huge ensemble comedy like What To Expect When You're Expecting about a group of new parents and their terrible children and then skewer the hell out of an ensemble comedy like What To Expect When You're Expecting.
An all-star absurd comedy: Almost the same as above, but instead of doing a self-aware parody, just balls-out comedy nonsense on par with Wet Hot American Summer.
Keep it animated: There aren't nearly enough PG-13 or R-rated animated movies anymore. (What the hell is this generations Bebe's Kids?!) There's a reason why shows like Archer and South Park (which, admittedly, made for the best R-rated animated movie of all-time) are so f**king popular.
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The Pulp Fiction star, who is known for his frequent use of the 'F' word in films, has agreed to front the new campaign by the Jewish Council for Education and Research Super PAC (political action committee), in which he tells citizens to "Wake the f**k up, vote for Obama!".
The commercial is a take on his popular audiobook Go the F**k to Sleep, in which he narrates a quirky children's novel by Adam Mansbach.
The advert is expected to hit video-sharing website YouTube.com on 24 September (12), according to the New York Post.
Democratic candidate Obama is seeking re-election in November (12). He will be challenged in the run to the White House by Republican Mitt Romney.
CBS' newest hit, 2 Broke Girls, is welcoming a guest star to its not-so-Williamsburgy Williamsburg setting: Jennifer Coolidge, most renowned for her role in the American Pie movies, Stifler's Mom. Coolidge will play Sophie, a workaholic neighor to the starring pair of Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. No word yet on whether or not she'll play a friend or nemesis to the mismatched roommies, but we're going to bank on the latter, as the show seems to be embracing the "Max and Caroline vs. the World" motif. 2 Broke Girls airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. -Deadline
The surprise ratings wonder that was Once Upon a Time is attracting some formidable guest appearances, including a prominent West Wing alum. Richard Schiff, who played Toby Ziegler in Aaron Sorkin's White House drama, has earned a pretty high ranking in ABC's fairy tale world. He'll be playing King Leopold of the Enchanted Forest (not too shabby), and father of the show's heroine, Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin). King Leopold will make his appearance on the eleventh episode of the season, complete with a gripping (and sad) backstory involving a few other folk tale favorites. Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -TVLine
Jerry O'Connell has come a long way since his film debut as Vern Tessio in the unforgettable Stand by Me. The actor is now a new father, and was inspired by the humorous bedtime story Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach to create a sitcom chronicling the challenges of new parenthood. CBS has purchased the series, and O'Connell will star as well produce. Mansbach came onboard to help craft the series. From his personal experience came the additional character element of being a newly successful children's author and balancing career and family. -Deadline