Doug Ellin is pretty much in the mindset that any HBO show about four guys making fun of each other is going to rake in substantial viewership. He's apparently aged with significance mentally over the course of the last seven years. In 2004, he put his foursome in their twenties and stuck them on the brink of showbiz. And now, he's taking a look at a later life stage... and one to which more than 5 percent of the population can relate. Edward Burns and Michael Rapaport will be two of the main characters in 40, a pilot that follows four friends trying to deal with life at the age of... here's the kicker... 40.
Burns himself had a recurring stint on Entourage, as well as a role in Saving Private Ryan. He will play an out-of-work former executive of Bear Sterns (I've heard of them, so they must be big) with a wife and children.
Rapaport, who sounds like he's in a perpetual argument with someone outside of a Brooklyn bodega, will play a "neurotic everyman," who's also married.
No word on the other two characters or actors just yet, but one can suspect something from the grab-bag of boorish loudmouth, unflappable ladies man, and apathetic drug-aficionado.
Today marked a sunny day for The Dark Knight.
Also for a guy who grows younger as he gets older and a kid who beats all odds to win Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
The Producers Guild of America has announced its nominations for best movies, documentaries and TV shows. Nods in this movie category often foreshadow what’s to come by way of Oscar later on.
The 20th Annual PGA Awards will take place Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Paladium.
The complete list of nominees is as follows. First, for theatrical movies:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall
The Dark Knight
And for documenaries:
Man on Wire
Standard Operating Procedure
Julie Bilson Ahlberg
Trouble the Water
And for animation:
Kung Fu Panda
And for episodic TV/comedy:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Lori Jo Nemhauser
And for episodic TV/drama:
David E. Kelley
Mark A. Baker
Todd A. Kessler
Robert Lloyd Lewis
Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
And for "nonfiction" TV:
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List
Lisa M. Tucker
This American Life
And for "live and competition" TV:
Bertram van Munster
Hayma “Screech” Washington
The Colbert Report
Stephen T. Colbert, DFA
Real Time with Bill Maher
And for "long-form" TV"
Bernard and Doris
A Raisin in the Sun
Finally, honorary awards and recipients:
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television
MySpace founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson
The Stanley Kramer Award
Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen
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