Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Funny men Jason Segel (Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Ed Helms (NBC's The Office, The Hangover) are teaming up to make Jeff Who Lives at Home, a stoner comedy from Mark and Jay Duplass. The film is in the process of being set up at Paramount.
The Duplass brothers, who are writing and directing the feature, are producing with Jason Reitman via his Right of Way Films and John Malkovich's Mr. Mudd shingle. The film chronicles a day in the life of two brothers, one a loser (Segel) who lives at home and the other (Helms) more together but overbearing.
Judy Greer is in talks to play Helms' wife, while the role of the siblings mother is still being cast.
Shooting is set to begin next month in Louisiana.
The Y Tu Mama Tambien actor will take charge of Abel, which is being produced by John Malkovich's compay Mr. Mudd.
The film will unravel a family drama from the perspective of a young child, and will star Luna's Just Walking co-star Jose Maria Yazpik.
Malkovich and his partners have lined up almost $3 million (GBP2 million) in funding from private investors and the Mexican state of Aguascalientes, where the movie will be shot.
Top Story: Clear Channel Dumps Howard Stern
Many listeners who regularly listen to shock jock Howard Stern's nationally syndicated show were in for a surprise this morning. Radio giant Clear Channel Communications, Inc., said Wednesday it was dumping Stern from its six radio outlets that carry his show (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Rochester, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; San Diego, Calif.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Louisville, Ky.) under a new "zero tolerance" policy toward indecency, Reuters reports. Stern's Tuesday interview with Rick Salomon--hotel heiress Paris Hilton's partner in the infamous sex tape--is the reason why. According to a transcript of the show released by Clear Channel, Stern asked Salomon if he engaged in anal sex and referred to the size of his penis. Then, using a racist term, a caller asked Salomon if he had ever had sex with any famous black women. "Clear Channel drew a line in the sand today with regard to protecting our listeners from indecent content, and Howard Stern's show blew right through it," Clear Channel Radio president John Hogan said in a statement. "It was vulgar, offensive and insulting, not just to women and African Americans but to anyone with a sense of common decency."
Jackson Documentary Wins Journalism Prize
Martin Bashir's 90-minute documentary Living With Michael Jackson, in which the self-proclaimed King of Pop said he sometimes lets children sleep in his bed, has been named program of the year in the Royal Television Society's TV journalism awards. The industry group said Tuesday the interview showed "great journalistic enterprise," The Associated Press reports. "To get the interview was remarkable enough, but to turn it into such riveting television with serious revelations that have stood the test of fierce reaction marked this out as the outstanding program of the year," the society said. Jackson is currently facing charges of child molestation in California.
Woman Alleges Martin Lawrence Hit Her
A woman sued Martin Lawrence Monday in Superior Court, accusing the comedian of hitting her in the jaw at a party after she asked him if he'd be interested in attending another party at the Playboy mansion. According to the lawsuit, when Jennifer Palmer approached Lawrence at a Jan. 18 party, he responded by "wildly waving his hands around, slurring and mumbling in a manner suggesting that he was intoxicated or otherwise disoriented, using very foul language." Palmer alleges she tried to push him away and he struck her in the jaw. Lawrence's publicist called the accusations false and "financially motivated." Palmer is seeking more than $25,000 for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, the AP reports. A hearing is scheduled for June 7.
Wedding Scene Cut From Jersey Girl
Director Kevin Smith said he cut a wedding scene with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez from his upcoming Jersey Girl. "I didn't know if [it was right] to leave it in," Smith is quoted as saying in the March 8 issue Us Weekly magazine. "People might forget they're watching a picture, like, 'Wait, didn't these two NOT get married?'" Affleck and Lopez abruptly postponed their September 2003 nuptials because of the excessive media attention surrounding the ceremony. They have since ended their engagement. Jersey Girl is set for release March 26.
Elvis' Granddaughter Makes Modeling Debut
The late Elvis Presley's 14-year-old granddaughter made her modeling debut at a fashion show in Milan, Italy, for designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Reuters reports. Riley Keough, daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and her first husband, musician Danny Keough, did her turn on the catwalk Wednesday, dressed in a tiny denim miniskirt and T-shirt. "I was really nervous before, I was shaking," Riley said after the show. "But it was fun. I'm looking forward to the next one."
Puddle of Mudd Singer Arrested
Puddle of Mudd lead singer Wesley Scantlin was arrested Sunday, after throwing a bottle and spitting at fans during a concert in Toledo, Ohio, AP reports. "We thought we were going to have a riot based on this guy's conduct," Earl Mack,an undercover state liquor agent with the Ohio Department of Public Safety's investigative unit, told the AP. "It could have been a lot worse." Scantlin was charged with disorderly conduct, intoxication, misconduct involving a public transportation system and criminal mischief. He was released Monday after posting $150 bond.
Doonesbury Wants Proof Bush Served
The Doonesbury comic strip is offering $10,000 to anyone who can prove President Bush served in the Alabama Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, Reuters reports. "That's right--we're offering $10,000 cash to anyone who can prove George W. Bush fulfilled his Guard duty in Alabama," Wednesday's strip said. "So if you served with Mr. Bush--even if only in the officers' club--we want to hear from you right now!" Readers are referred to the Web site doonesbury.com, where a Witness Registration Form asks for online testimony, Reuters reports. The winner, however, will not actually receive the reward but instead the Web site says the cash will be donated in the winner's name to the United Service Organization (USO), which entertains American troops.
Role Call: Rodriguez To Commit Sin
Director Robert Rodriguez will direct Sin City, an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic noir crime novel series. According to Variety, the story is set in Las Vegas and interconnects storylines that involve unsavory inhabitants of the town. Rodriguez has already shot the film's opening with Josh Hartnett and Marley Shelton, and Variety reports he's now casting the remaining roles as the rest of the film gets under way in March.
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Top Story: Britney's No Virgin
Britney Spears is no longer a virgin, despite her oath she would remain one until marriage. In an upcoming interview in the August issue of W magazine, the pop princess confessed she had sex with her former boyfriend, singer Justin Timberlake, because she believed she'd marry him someday. "I've only slept with one person my whole life," she said in the interview. "It was two years into my relationship with Justin, and I thought he was the one. But I was wrong!" Spears continued, "The most painful thing I have ever experienced was that breakup. We were together so long and I had this vision. You think you're going to spend the rest of your life together. Where I come from, the woman is the homemaker, and that's how I was brought up--you cook for your kids. But now I realize I need my single time."
Jolie Talks About Sex, Self-Mutilation
Angelina Jolie is admitting she's done some pretty wild things in her past but has since changed her ways. In an interview with Barbara Walters set to air Friday on ABC's 20/20, the Oscar-winning actress talked about her brief but passionate marriage to ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton as well as her past fascination with knives and self-mutilation, Reuters reports. Describing her relationship with Thornton, Jolie said, "We're not friends, no. It's like we just changed." Jolie added she has been transformed by motherhood after adopting a Cambodian-born boy last year. "I think when you make a decision to have a child, you cannot think about suicide again and you can't be self-destructive." The interview will air Friday on ABC's 20/20.
Blake's Lawyer Wants New Witness's Testimony
Robert Blake's lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr. has asked for a special pretrial session to question a new witness, Diane Mattson, in the murder case against Blake, The Associated Press reports. Mattson claims she overheard Christian Brando--the son of actor Marlon Brando, who had had a relationship with Blake's wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, before her shooting death in May 2001--tell two stuntmen that Bakely should be shot "in the head." Mesereau Jr. told AP Mattson is "scared to death" of Brando, fearing for her life, and wants to preserve her testimony now to discourage anyone from causing her injury or trying to prevent her from testifying at the trial, AP reports. A hearing to determine the urgency of this testimony has been set for Thursday. An official trial date has not been determined.
Angels Nonchalant About Box Office Numbers
Although their new film Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle hasn't met up to expectations at the U.S. box office, having taken in only $67 million in over two weeks, money apparently doesn't matter to stars Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore. On the film's press tour in Europe, the three best pals agreed Tuesday they didn't really care how much the film made, just so long as they were able to make the movie together, Reuters reports. "It doesn't mean anything to us," Diaz said in an interview with journalists in Berlin. "I'm not interested in breaking records." Full Throttle's debut weekend brought in $38 million, just below its predecessor Charlie's Angels, which opened in 2000 with $40 million.
Former Stripper Sues Stripperella Creators
An ex-stripper from Florida is suing over new TNN animated series Stripperella, about a tough lady who strips for a living but moonlights as a superhero, claiming she was the one who came up with the original idea, AP reports. Named in the suit are actress Pamela Anderson, the voice of the character; comic legend and Stripperella creator Stan Lee and TNN. Janet Clover, 37, claims she came up with the idea during a private dance session with Lee a year ago. "I'm just trying to get this off TV because it's not his idea," Clover told The Daytona Beach News-Journal. "I can't remember much about Mr. Lee, little bits and pieces come back. You know, I meet a lot of men."
Role Call: Zellweger and Crowe in Cinderella Story, Malkovich Is Found in the Street
Renee Zellweger and Russell Crowe are set to star in Ron Howard's Cinderella Man for Miramax Films and Universal Pictures. Variety reports Crowe will play Jim Braddock, the Depression-era boxer who became a folk hero by winning a brutal 15-round match against heavyweight champion Max Baer in 1935. Zellweger will play Braddock's wife…John Malkovich's production company, Mr. Mudd, has taken on the film project Found in the Street, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the indie film will be a psychological suspense thriller about a chance encounter between several people in New York's Greenwich Village, including a middle-aged security guard, an artist, his bisexual wife and a lesbian waitress/model. A series of events leads to murder and blame.