The Farm: Just as former CollegeHumor hottie Ellie Kemper scored a gig on The Office, so too will Thomas Middleditch go from the web to The Farm, the Dwight-centric spin-off pilot launching later this season on NBC. Middleditch, a CH alum, will play Dwight's brother Jeb, a marijuana farmer and occasional entrepreneur. [EW]
Psych: Dule Hill's perennial grump Gus will face a tough decision next season when Garcelle Beauvais pops up for an episode on USA's mental-minded comedy. She'll play a radio station owner who challenges Gus's girlfriend (played by ER's Parminder Nagra) by overtly flirting with the pseudo-detective as he investigates the murder of a radio DJ. The episode is set to air in the middle of the show's seventh season. [TVLine]
TV Land: As original programming amps up on the rising network, TV Land has tapped Missi Pyle, Elliott Gould and The Killing's Kristin Lehman for lead roles on two new pilot. Pyle and Gould will headline I'm Not Dead Yet, playing the wife and father (respectively) to a man (Bridesmaids' Ben Falcone) whose heart condition causes him to live life to the fullest before he croaks. Lehman will lead Motive, a drama about a single mother-slash-homicide detective. [Deadline]
Hannibal: NBC has added Hettienne Park (Young Adult, Broadway's Seminar) for a role as Beverly, a member of the investigative team led by Laurence Fishburne's character, on the upcoming serial killer drama. [THR]
AMC: Parks & Rec Season 1 alum Paul Schneider has been cast as one of the leads in AMC's as-yet-untitled pilot by Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn (Scandal). The drama is a legal thriller about a sensationalistic murder case that is reopened when new evidence comes to light years later. [THR]
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At some point in the early years of the 21st century a bunch of Hollywood executives must have gotten together and decided that animated films should be made for all audiences. The goal was perhaps to make movies that are simultaneously accessible to the older and younger sets with colorful imagery that one expects from children’s films and two levels of humor: one that’s quite literal and harmless and another that’s somewhat subversive. The criteria has resulted in cross-generational hits like Wall-E and Madagascar and though it’s nice to be able to take my nephew to the movies and be as entertained by cartoon characters as he is I can’t help but wonder what happened to unabashedly innocent animated classics like A Goofy Movie and The Land Before Time?
Disney’s Winnie The Pooh is the answer to the Shrek’s and Hoodwinked!’s of the world: a short sweet simple and lighthearted tale of friendship that doesn’t need pop-culture references or snarky dialogue to put a smile on your face. Directors Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall found some fresh ways to deliver adorable animation while keeping the carefree spirit of A.A. Milne’s source material in tact. Their story isn’t the most original; the first part of the film finds Pooh Piglet Tigger and Owl searching for Eeyore’s tail (a common plot point in the books and past Pooh films) and hits all the predictable notes but the second half mixes things up a bit as the crew searches for a missing Christopher Robin whom they believe has been kidnapped by a forest creature known as the “Backson” (it’s really just the result of the illiterate Owl or is it?).
The beauty of hand-drawn animation all but forgotten until recently is what makes Winnie the Pooh so incredibly magnetic. There’s an inexplicable crispness to the colors and characters that CG just can’t duplicate. It’s a more personal practice for the filmmakers and should provide a refreshing experience for audiences who have become jaded with the pristine presentation of computerized imagery. The film is bookended by brief live-action shots from inside Robin’s room an interesting dynamic that plays up the simplicity of youth ties it to these beloved characters and brings you right back to memories of your own childhood.
With a just-over-an-hour run time Winnie the Pooh is short enough to hold the attention of children but won’t bore the parents who will love the film mainly for nostalgic musings. Still it’s the young’uns who will most enjoy this breezy bright and enchanting film that proves old-school characters can appeal to new moviegoers.
Actress Winona Ryder will reprise her most iconic role in a sequel to Heathers -- and co-star Christian Slater is also on board.
The duo starred in the cult 1989 comedy about four girls who form a clique at a suburban high school, and rumors of a follow-up film have been circulating for months.
Now Ryder has confirmed she will be revisiting Westerberg High once more, although the project is so secret, even she's struggling to find out more details.
She tells Empire magazine, "Whatever you hear, there is a sequel in the works, I swear to God.
"But for some reason the writer, Dan Waters, and director, Michael Lehman, don't want to talk about it. I've been wanting to do a sequel forever. There is a story, and Christian has agreed to come back."
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