It seems that now that Steve Carell is gone, The Office will be just pulling out all of its parlor tricks to keep people invested. In a particularly strange attempt at raking in viewership, The Office is casting an entire family for Andy Bernard, played by the master comedian Ed Helms: it was announced that his parents will be played by Stephen Collins (7th Heaven) and Dee Wallace (E.T.). And now, Andy's often mentioned younger brother will be played by musician and actor Josh Groban.
Andy brought his family up many times over the fast few seasons; we know that he comes from an affluent line of Cornell men. We also know that his younger brother has always been, very unsubtly, regarded as the family favorite, so much so that once he was born, he usurped the name Walter Jr., formerly attributed to Andy who didn't exemplify the title to his parents' standards.
The storyline devoted to the revelation of Andy's family has yet to be revealed, but one would suppose it has something to do with the floundering romantic arc between Andy and Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper). Perhaps Andy's inferiority complex will reign supreme when Erin meets his talented, handsome younger brother? Perhaps Groban will take the managerial seat in the Scranton office, if only for a short while? Perhaps Dwight will find a new foe in Groban—or perhaps an ally, perhaps revealing the dark side to Groban's character, to the Bernard family, to Andy himself, that has up until now, perhaps, been hidden? Perhaps... in meeting the seemingly perfect Groban, we will have finally been introduced to the Scranton Strangler? Perhaps. Either way, there's DEFINITELY going to be some singing.
Nary a day seems to go by lately without some Brad Pitt movie news -- never mind Brad Pitt non-movie news -- and today is no different.
Pitt and his Plan B production company will produce Twelve Years a Slave, based on Solomon Northup's autobiography of the same name ... written in 1853.
More importantly, it was announced around the same time that Steve McQueen -- the British filmmaker/artist behind Hunger, not the onetime American action-movie icon who passed away over 30 years ago -- would be directing.
In addition, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Inside Man) has already signed up for Twelve Years a Slave, the harrowing/educational true story of Northup and his time as a slave in 1850s Washington, D.C., as well as his eventual freedom.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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This is the dawn of a prosperous comedy career for Melissa McCarthy, and sort of a post-brunch period of the same type of career for Jason Bateman. The year saw both comedians get unprecedented notoriety. McCarthy earned it for her breakout role in Bridesmaids, and Bateman swept 2011 with several comedic roles, most notably the summer's Horrible Bosses. The two are pairing up in what should be, if history predicts anything, quite the formula.
The new comedy is called ID Theft: one character steals the other one's identity. Pretty low-concept, which often means pretty high-laughs. As you would assume, the wildcard Melissa McCarthy will be the thief, while Jason Bateman will again don the role of put-upon victim. But just because Bateman is the victimized character, it doesn't mean that there won't be room for some against-type characteristics. Bateman has vocalized his desire to expand his horizons beyond the stressed out straight man. What with his producer's credit on this film, he may have more control over what direction in which to take his character. Bateman himself was active in selecting McCarthy for the ID thief role, which was originally conceived for a man.
Whatever Bateman will be doing, this movie already seems promising. The comic chops of both stars are insurmountable. The plot is solid. The writers, Steve Conrad (The Weather Man) and Craig Mazin (The Hangover II) have impressed us before. So, good news all around.
Jessica Alba revealed on her Facebook page that she had a baby girl on Saturday. Alba wrote, "Cash and I are so excited to announce the birth of our daughter Haven Garner Warren. She was born on Saturday, weighed 7 lbs, and was 19 inches long. Healthy and happy! Big sister Honor couldn't be more excited about the new addition to our family." - HuffPo
Brooke Burke and David Charvet ended their five year engagement with a wedding in St. Barts on Friday. They are already parents to son Shaya, 3, and daughter Rain, 4 1/2. Burke also has two children from her previous marriage to Garth Fisher. - People
The View's Sherri Shepherd also got married this weekend. She and Lamar Sally tied the knot in her hometown of Chicago. Elisabeth Hasslebeck and Niecy Nash and Community's Yvette Nicole Brown were her bridesmaids. - People
Joy Behar ALSO got married on Thursday night. All we really know is that she and her partner of 29 years, Steve Janowitz, finally succumbed to all our pressure. A spokeswoman for HLN said, "She was married in New York City [on Thursday] in a private ceremony. She will discuss it on Sept. 6th on The View when the show returns for the 15th season." Congratulations to the former "spousal equivalents." - People
Though ostensibly successful 2009’s The Final Destination represented to many a horror franchise on its last hackneyed legs. Rote uninspired and humorless it scored a (modest) hit only by virtue of the novelty -- and added ticket price -- of its 3D transfer. Two years later Final Destination 5 arrives with a slightly tweaked formula a beefed-up storyline actors you might actually recognize and genuine honest-to-goodness 3D. It’s still schlock mind you -- but artful schlock and a marked improvement over the preceding entry.
The story begins in familiar fashion with a cursory introduction to the characters followed by a grisly premonition that sees them perish wholesale. An assortment of cubicle-dwellers at a paper factory are being bused to a corporate retreat when one of them Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto perpetually bug-eyed) dreams of a massive bridge collapse in which he and his co-workers are impaled beheaded bisected crushed by cars singed by tar -- however many ways a suspension bridge can kill a person the film’s opening set-piece explores it gruesome detail. Sam awakens duly horrified and demands the bus be evacuated. Seconds later the employees watch in horror from the sidelines as Sam’s vision comes to fruition.
You know what happens next. One-by-one death stalks the survivors who meet their fate in a series of elaborately-staged incidents. Some are relatively straightforward; others involve fiendish head-fakes and red herrings. The range of victims is older and more colorful than in previous Final Destination films in which death preyed exclusively on attractive nubile teenagers but the end result is invariably the same. (Not to give anything away but those considering acupuncture or laser eye surgery would be wise to avoid the film entirely.) As death’s scheme becomes achingly evident Sam his lachrymose girlfriend Molly (Emma Bell) and his increasingly unhinged buddy Peter (Miles Fisher) become increasingly desperate. Enter the ever-ominous Tony Todd returning to the franchise after (wisely) taking the previous film off offering a potential way out. But is it genuine or just another of death’s cruel tricks?
Director Steven Quale a James Cameron protege hired principally for his 3D expertise takes full advantage of the added dimension delivering some of the most vivid and immersive 3D sequences in recent memory. Unlike The Final Destination which seemed little more than a amalgam of crude one-liners Final Destination 5 feels like a real movie one with a discernible plot an element of suspense and a handful characters who are more than just punchlines. Most of the actors are surprisingly competent save for Fisher a credible doppelganger for Tom Cruise (he parodied him 2008’s Superhero Movie) who imbues every line with couch-jumping intensity.
Final Destination 5 ends with a twist that while genuinely unexpected feels like a Hail Mary for a franchise that can’t forestall its inexorable descent into stale irrelevance despite the best of efforts from Quale. Its trademark formula has simply lost its potency -- a problem no amount of cosmetic upgrades however welcome can fix. That the film is bracketed by two pointless and time-consuming montages -- the first an animated sequence that hurtles various hazardous objects at the audience the second a greatest hits compilation of memorable kills from previous Final Destination films -- is a telltale sign that the saga’s creativity is on life support. Perhaps it’s time to pull the plug.
A few weeks ago we learned that Chris Brown was cast in the film adaptation of comedian Steve Harvey's book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. The plot of the movie focuses on four dude-bro friends whose lives get a little unpleasant when all of their girlfriends read a book (Harvey's book) that teaches them how to take charge and stop tolerating nonsense from their partners (I guess? What else could a woman do that would anger her man besides getting the courage to tell him that she doesn't like it when she comes out of the shower and the bedroom air conditioner is still on?). So the dude-bros are inspired by how their ladies are getting what they want and then they decide to read the book, too. And that's the movie. And as I said, the guy who doesn't seem to pick up on the contradiction that is physically abusing a woman and then writing a song called "Ladies Love Me" will play one of the dude-bros.
Someone else who is confused on the decision to cast Brown in the movie is Anderson Cooper. He recently used his popular segment "The Ridiculist" to sarcastically applaud Brown for not letting the fact that he's on probation for nearly beating the tattoos off his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, prevent him from appearing in a movie that will (presumably) have men dealing with their relationship problems in mature and non-physical ways. Cooper even reminded us of that fun time when after an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, Chris Brown got so angry he was asked about Rihanna that he broke the window of his dressing room and then apologized NOT FOR BREAKING THE WINDOW, but instead for offending anyone. The whole segment was basically a very nice rundown about every hateful thing Chris Brown has ever done. And Brown himself even saw the segment and tweeted, "I guess some people need ratings!!! LOL!!! Much love!" LOL and MUCH LOVE is right!
Seth MacFarlane is breaking free from recreating the dysfunctional family unit + one talking animal format to reproduce/sequelize Carl Sagan's 1980 Cosmos documentary miniseries. MacFarlane will be joined by Ann Druyan and Steve Soter, who each worked on the original project, to create Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey. Like its predecessor, this will be a 13-episode documentary miniseries.
Hosting the program will be Neil de Grasse Tyson, whose expertise in astrophysics is surmounted only by his collection of names.
MacFarlane's philosophy is that, in a time like ours wherein global, national and person stressors and conflicts are innumerable, concentrating on science and larger questions is extremely beneficial.
The series will debut on Fox in 2013.
It happened to Bill Murray. It happened to Jim Carrey. Broad comedians have, in this day and age, an overwhelming propensity to go indie. Now, it's happening to Kevin James. And to my readers, I apologize for putting Kevin James in the same category as Bill Murray and Jim Carrey. And to Kevin James, I apologize for that remark.
As of yet, James is starring in two films in 2012. The first is a Happy Madison goofball Mixed Martial Arts-themed comedy, Here Comes the Boom. Pretty standard James shtick. The second, however, will provoke some eyebrow raising. It's Little Boy, an independent family drama about a young boy dealing with an deployed soldier father (the setting is WWII) and a collection of antagonistic authority figures. Also starring in the film is Emily Watson, for whom this type of film is way more expected.
I do not mean to discount James' potential capability to handle more dramatic roles: I'm simply pointing out the surprise of it all (I don't know why I'm being so defensive; I guess I still kind of feel bad about the snark I made above). Traditionally, goofball comedians have proven adept at dramatic roles. I really enjoyed Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love (I did, stop groaning), I loved Will Ferrell in Stranger than Fiction, and as for the aforementioned Murray and Carrey? Heroes of the shift.
James has certainly made me laugh before, so I'm not going to expect that he isn't able to make me cry (I'm not exaggerating, he probably can; Kal Penn made me cry at the end of Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay—it's not difficult). Clearly, the actor is dedicated to this shift, as there's also the distinct possibility that he might be involved (as himself) in the developing, superbly-cast Charlie Kaufman (woo!) film, Frank or Francis, as James was actually written into the script.
So, I will Mr. James luck on his travails into dramatic acting. May his likability provide a life vest in this new waters until he learns to swim freely on his own.
Olivia Wilde stopped by The Tonight Show to discuss her stunts for Cowboys & Aliens (and to get a free jacket in the process!)
Steve Carell visited Jimmy Fallon on Late Night to sing a song about ending friendships, compare "Ambiguously Gay Duo" performances, and openly scorn the beach.
Entourage star Adrian Grenier showed up on Conan to chat about his awesome grandma.
Finally, David Letterman welcomed Julianne Moore to Late Night to tell a story about her last fast food excursion.
I've been paying attention to The Knights Of Badassdom since last summer when the cast was announced, and the project has only gotten more exciting. It's got a cast that any self-respecting nerd would kill to meet, with Firefly's Summer Glau, Game Of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, True Blood's Ryan Kwanten, and Community's Danny Pudi. It's got an original topic- the world of live action role playing, which it approaches with an attitude more affectionate than disdainful. And it's got some amazing buzz out of SDCC, which isn't surprising, seeing as how it's tailor-made for that audience. But most importantly, it looks funny. Check out the first trailer for a taste of the badassness.
Knights of Badassdom doesn't have a release date yet, but I'd expect it early 2012. In the meantime, if you can't wait, you can pretend that Game Of Thrones is an credibly high-budget re-inactment of a LARP campaign. Or just watch the trailer.