Well, I don't even know where to start.
The bottom line? CBS's new sitcom $#*! My Dad Says is a big, steaming pile of... well, you know.
Before I get too far into describing how much it sucks, let's take a look at this awful show's history.
$#*! My Dad Says is based on a Twitter account created by Justin Halpern of the same name. The description is pretty obvious: "I'm 29. I live with my 74-year-old father. He is awesome. I just write down the sh*t that he says." And it is funny. Here's a sample of a few tweets:
"Don’t focus on the one guy who hates you. You don’t go to the park and set your picnic down next to the only pile of dog sh*t."
"Look, we're basically on earth to sh*t and f*ck. So unless your job's to help people sh*t or f*ck, it's not that important, so relax."
“You seen my cell phone?...What’s it look like? Like two horses f*cking. It’s a phone, son. It looks like a phone."
Pretty clever, eh? It's enough to make you chuckle every so often when you check your Twitter feed. But some people really loved it. They loved it so much that Justin Halpern was asked to create a book and CBS developed a TV show around the idea, starring William Shatner.
But it looks like CBS took this internet meme one step too far. Says is awful. The entire pilot revolved around bad one-liners delivered by Shatner. But that wasn't the worst part. For some reason, the writers thought that they needed to include some emotional drama to balance the crude remarks. The show clumsily bounced back and forth between Shatner being a jerk (saying he wanted to shoot girlscouts in the face) to trying to re-establish a relationship with his son. Am I supposed to feel for these characters? Am I supposed to laugh? What is going on? Somebody please help me because I don't understand!
In short, it sucked.
Now I understand that networks need to take risks. For example, Lost must have originally sounded ridiculous (We're going to base a TV show around a plane crash on a mystical island? Seriously?), and look how that turned out. So I'm hoping -- for the sake of quality entertainment -- that CBS knew they took a major risk with Says. Hopefully they recognize their mistake soon and pull it from the air.
UPDATE: Per Deadline, Fox has picked up the pilot for production so it looks like we'll all be getting visiting hours. No more details about the plot or casting, but as production gets under way we'll keep you posted.
EARLIER: You would think we would be used to this by now. J.J. Abrams announces something secret and it sounds awesome. Same old, same old. Abram’s next big mystery show is Alcatraz which just had a pilot ordered by Fox.
Now that Lost and Star Trek are over (or at least the sequel hasn’t started filming yet), Abrams is giving those involved with Lost the Abrams bump with their next project. Alcatraz’s head writer is former Lostie Elizabeth Sarnoff, who will executive produce with Abrams.
Of course, the details of the project are being kept a big secret because that’s just how Abrams likes it. I would hate to try and guess this guy’s PIN number (it’s probably not even a number, more like something abstract like ‘courage’). Anyway, the only thing we know about the project isn’t very helpful. "A show about mysteries, secrets and the most infamous prison of all time: Alcatraz." Thanks J.J.! Loads of help!
Sarnoff wrote some great episodes for Lost and also wrote for Deadwood, another fantastically written show. Grounding the show in a prison (a setting mysterious enough) will help the show not get carried away with itself, something Lost had trouble with late in its run (it’s a cork! Yeah, that’s what it is!). Alacatraz’s remoteness will keep it from being too procedural, perhaps it’ll be like adding some wizardy to Oz? Either way, I’ll probably be in for 3-5.
Maybe the show will get bumped to a good time slot for good behavior. Ugh, these prison puns are too much. Hopefully I can be granted parole to check it out. Ok, have to stop. I bet it’ll be arresting television. Ouch, that one even hurt to type.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Tim Gunn's usually the one to walk over to our workstation when we're not even feeling the least bit inspired -- approximately right after we've realized the A-line skirt and crew neck shirt we've stitched looks like a Mighty Duck made it. And somehow, Tim always manages to give us confidence, and convinces us that our designs are NOT, in fact, better off being sold between two pieces of bread at the gate of a Spanish airport. He's amazing! There's no one like him.
But we've all got to be careful not to get on his bad side, because let Taylor Momsen tell you, it's an unpleasant place to be. After making a small appearance on the CW show, Gossip Girl, Gunn was ready to tell us of his experiences with Momsen, who plays the fashion-obsessed and Hudson-dwelling Jenny Humphrey. Gunn observed Momsen's actions on set and said,
"What a diva! She was pathetic, she couldn't remember her lines, and she didn't even have that many. I thought to myself, 'Why are we all being held hostage by this brat?' I'd say, 'You know young lady, there are hundreds of thousands of girls who are just as attractive and even smarter than you. Why are you acting like this show is a huge burden on you?'"
Doesn't this make you feel all excited and giddy? It's like you're parents are fighting with each other, but one of them actually has your back this time!
Source: E Online
Black Eyed Pea's front man will.i.am caused quite a bit of ruckus before the VMAs had even started.
In a performance with rising rap star Nicki Minaj, will.i.am appeared in an all black leather outfit with a dash of pink on his sash across his arms. He also wore a plastic cap with a pink stripe. Oh yeah, and he also painted his face black.
Yep, an African American painted his face black. And some how it caused people to be upset.
Many took to Twitter to express their outrage over will.i.am's action, but he tweeted back in defense of himself. "Let go of the past. there are far more important things 2 bark about. (Jobs, health, education) not a black man wearing all black everything [sic]."
For once, I think I actually agree with will.i.am. I don't believe his actions were intended to be racist, it was just part of the outfit. This is another case of super sensitivity and it's not that big a deal. Will was right. We do have more important things to bark about. Like his horrible music. There should definitely be protests over that.
I think we can all agree that the Cusack's (John, Joan AND Ann) possess some kind of universal likability. They're sweet and funny and lovably awkward in all the right ways. Though all three have gone through happily active and sadly inactive periods in their respective careers, I always look forward to seeing them resurface. John gets most of the love from movie studios and film producers these days and Ann, though usually working, is the most obscure of the lot, but Joan is as relevant as ever after reprising her voice role this year in the billion dollar hit Toy Story 3. Now, she's set to work on a new Showtime series called Shameless, says Deadline.
The series, which is an American redo of the long-running hit UK program, stars William H. Macy as a far-from-competent working-class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six motley kids whose eldest daughter (played by Emmy Rossum) keeps the home afloat while he’s out drinking and carousing. Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Jeremy Allen White and Laura Slade Wiggins will co-star.
Cusack will play will play the role of Sheila, an agoraphobic Chicago housewife with a sexually active teenage daughter who strikes up a special friendship with Macy’s character, Frank Gallagher. She replaces Allison Janney (Juno), who was forced to drop out due to her commitment to ABC's Mr. Sunshine after the producers of Shameless decided to beef up the role and include Sheila in all 12 episodes of the season, which will premiere on January 9th.
I've always liked Janney and I think that she would've played up the agoraphobic side of the character very well, but Cusack can turn in a cynical and comedic performance that could quite possibly steal the spotlight from Macy's deplorable leading man. If the producers of Shameless don't pull any punches, this could be good for more than a couple of laughs come January. Cusack also appears in Disney's Mars Needs Moms! on March 11th 2011.
As the Tom Cruise vehicle Knight and Day failed to live up the lofty box-office standards that controversial actor is known for, insiders raised the question of whether Paramount Pictures would be forced to pursue some kind of Shia LaBeouf-type to revitalize their upcoming Mission: Impossible 4 and to bolster the franchise against Cruise's newfound box office anathema. Now, after some two months of speculation, it will be announced that Jeremy Renner, the Oscar-nominated star of The Hurt Locker, has been picked to inject some new blood into the 14-year-old franchise.
Paramount chose Renner to co-star with Tom Cruise after a prolonged search that included planned screen-tests for a number of young actors, including Tom Hardy, Chris Pine, Kevin Zegers, Christopher Egan, and Anthony Mackie. However, Deadline is now reporting that the studio has officially canceled its remaining screen-tests and has set the somewhat older Hurt Locker star for the series' fourth installment.
M:I4 will mark the second major role Renner has landed after his critically hailed turn as reckless adrenaline-junkie Sergeant William James in 2008. The 39-year-old actor is currently set to play Hawkeye in Marvel Studio's upcoming superhero ensemble flick The Avengers, with director Joss Whedon. He also has a supporting role in Ben Affleck's The Town, which debuts next month.
According to Deadline, Renner will be groomed to take over the franchise should Cruise cease to be the films' central protagonist. Though Cruise is still expected to return for a fifth Mission: Impossible, studio execs wanted a new co-star to act as an insurance policy for the billion dollar franchise. Production chief Adam Goodman said that Renner had "a Daniel Craig quality" that the studio felt would be bankable in the long run.
Ratatouille and The Incredibles director Brad Bird will direct from a script by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, with M:I:3 director JJ Abrams returning to produce alongside Cruise. Mission: Impossible 4 is set to begin production this fall on location in the U.S., Vancouver, Prague and Dubai.
CBS Films, to date, has been unsuccessful in crafting a hit. The relatively new studio, headed by President and CEO Amy Baer, released a pair of duds this year (Extraordinary Measures and The Back-Up Plan) and have the Dwayne Johnson-topped Faster and the Vanessa Hudgens fantasy romance Beastly scheduled for an October 2010 and March 2011 bow, respectively.
Today, the studio adds another picture to it's 2011 slate as it announced the acquisition of Millennium Films' The Mechanic. The movie is a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson flick, which centers on a hitman teaching the trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his mentor's victims. Jason Statham and Ben Foster star in the violent thriller, which is now planned for a Spring 2011 release. Simon West (Con Air) directed the film from a screenplay by Richard Wenk and John Lewis Carlino. Irwin and David Winkler and Robert and William Chartoff produced.
"We look forward to working with the CBS Films team on releasing this movie," stated the elder Winkler and Chartoff, who also produced the original film. "CBS Films possesses a refreshing, constructive energy and we are excited with their game plan to bring this exhilarating film to audiences." CEO Baer added: “The right acquisitions have always been a part of our plan and in The Mechanic we have a strong intelligent action thriller.”
It's a smart move on behalf of CBS Films, which desperately needs a hit. Both of it's 2010 releases were rather unimpressive, with The Back-Up Plan barely recouping it's production budget and turning just a slight profit after global grosses factored in. Extraordinary Measures was a true flop - bringing in just $15 million worldwide on a $30 million budget. That kind of track record doesn't ensure that the company will be around for too long, but with The Mechanic, it has an opportunity to potentially garner a solid return on it's investment, which should be relatively small as it did not produce the picture. We'll see if Statham still has what it takes to open a picture on his own, since Foster - though easily the better actor - is hardly a box-office draw and director West hasn't been relevant since the 1990s.
Source: CBS Films
William Petersen has joined the cast of Tony Kaye’s indie drama Detachment.
Along with CSI’s erstwhile Grissom, Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks has come on board as well as Lucy Liu.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the high school-set drama centers on a detached substitute teacher who becomes invested in the students and teachers at the troubled school where he works and grows close to a homeless teen who is also a prostitute.
Petersen will play a Vietnam veteran who teaches history; Hendricks will play a teacher who may be a romantic interest for Adrien Brody’s lead character; and Liu will play a school psychologist who grows frustrated with her students' incompetence.
Also starring in the picture are Bryan Cranston, James Caan and Marcia Gay Harden.
The script is by Carl Lund, with Bingo Gubelmann, Austin Stark, Benji Kohn and Greg Shapiro producing. Shooting recently began in New York.
After 30 years trying to adapt Jack Kerouac's seminal 1957 Beat Generation travelogue On The Road into a feature film, producer Francis Ford Coppola's cast has finally come together. Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen are the latest to join the ensemble cast that already includes Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley (Control) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy). Walter Salles is directing from a script by Jose Rivera, who worked with Salles on The Motorcycle Diaries. On The Road goes into production today.
Adams will play Jane, the "emotionally damaged junkie mother of two children and the wife of Old Bull Lee." Mortensen will play Lee, a character based not-too-loosely on Kerouac's fellow literary iconoclast William S. Burroughs.
On The Road won't be Adams' only foray into the 1960s' mythological past - she's also recently attached to play singer Janis Joplin, a brow-raising bit of casting news of which we were (and remain) skeptical.
Although I'm not entirely sold on Coppola and Salles' casting choices either, I am optimistic about the inclusion of screenwriter Jose Rivera, whose Motorcycle Diaries was exceptional. On The Road obviously has a similar vibe and appeal, so I'm excited to see what Rivera does with it. Garrett Hedlund could also be excellent as Kerouac's fellow-traveler Dean Moriarty (the pseudonym for Beat icon Neal Cassady), although I'm waiting to see how he fares headlining Tron before giving my final blessing.
Either way, On The Road will remain a significant oddment of Americana - a book that captured a unique and transformative moment in this country's youth culture - I just hope that Salles and Coppola can give Kerouac's novel the treatment it deserves.
In 1995, Sylvester Stallone and director Danny Cannon butchered a beloved British comic book character. The Disney-produced Judge Dredd (adapted from the popular 2000 AD comics) was all style, no substance and was the first in an almost never-ending series of cinematic duds from the Rocky star (Daylight, Driven, D-Tox). Because the film strayed so far from the source material, many fans have longed to see their favorite judge, jury and executioner reincarnated for the big screen and now it looks like a well-known genre star will don the helmet and become "the law".
Digital Spy reports that Karl Urban will take on the iconic character in IM Global's new take on Dredd. Pete Travis (Vantage Point) will direct from a script by Alex Garland (28 Days Later). I'm already more optimistic about this attempt at adapting the character because of the significantly more streamlined approach to the project's development. The original film had three credited writers (including current power-producer Michael De Luca and Terminator scribe William Wisher) - a process which often leads to a clash of ideas that can convolute a story. Garland penned this version on his own and given his impressive track record with Danny Boyle (which also resulted in the criminally underrated Sunshine and The Beach), I've got no reason to doubt him.
As for the man behind the helmet, Urban is no stranger to sci-fi or action. The New Zealander has been a working actor for almost twenty years, but became a valued commodity for genre fare after he ventured to Middle Earth to play Eomer in Peter Jackson's gargantuan Lord Of The Rings trilogy (he appeared in the latter pair of films). More physical roles followed, including 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick and The Bourne Supremacy, 2005's Doom and 2007's Pathfinder. By the time audiences got a taste of his critically-hailed turn as Bones in 2009's Star Trek, Urban was already circling the Dredd remake, but officially committed to the character over the weekend after dropping hints about it at the San Diego Comic Con.
Judge Dredd is scheduled to lense this fall for a summer 2012 release, which would give Urban two films to promote that year (the second being the eagerly-awaited Star Trek sequel). In the meantime, you can catch him in this October's Red opposite Bruce Willis and in next summer's Priest with Paul Bettany and Maggie Q.
Source: Digital Spy