FOB Heads to 90210: Fall Out Boy – who recently announced a comeback album/tour after a three year break – is set to perform on 90210 for an episode slated for April 29. The performance will be a part of a big concert event on the CW drama. The band will perform their new single, "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)," off their sixth studio album, Save Rock and Roll, which hits stores worldwide on May 6, 2013. [E!]
Pilot Castings Galore: The CW cast Arrow's Stephen Amell's cousin Robbie Amell as the lead in The Tomorrow People, the drama pilot from Arrow boss Greg Berlanti and The Vampire Diaries EP Julie Plec based on the 1970s UK series. [TVLine] Nicole Beharie landed the lead in Sleepy Hollow, Fox's drama pilot. The modern-day supernatural thriller is based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Daniel Stern has been cast in NBC's single-camera comedy pilot Girlfriend In a Coma as the father of the titular woman who wakes up from a coma to discover she has a 17-year-old daughter (Miranda Cosgrove). [Deadline] Joey McIntyre and Jessica Chaffin have been cast in CBS/Sony TV single-camera comedy pilot The McCarthys. Directed by Fred Savage, the comedy revolves around an Irish-Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. The CW is bringing back another member from the original cast of The Selection. Australian actress Peta Sergeant has been added to the retooled pilot, reprising her role as Gaia, a rebel leader who is working to overthrow the monarchy. Sean Patrick Thomas is also reprising his role. Set 300 years in the future, The Selection is an epic romance centering on a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the royal prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen. [Deadline] Veronica Mars alum Ryan Hansen has signed on to CBS’ Bad Teacher, the single-camera comedy based on the 2011 Cameron Diaz movie about a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee who becomes a teacher to find her next husband. Hansen will play Joel, the shorts-sporting athletic coach at Nixon Middle School. [TVLine] Mira Sorvino landed a starring role opposite Jim Gaffigan in his CBS comedy pilot. Written by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, the project centers on Jim (Gaffigan) a guy who lives with his wife Jeannie (Sorvino) and five kids in a 2-bedroom New York apartment. Sorvino’s Jeannie is a super-wife and super-mom. [Deadline]
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Dwight Gets a Nemesis: Sopranos alum Michael Imperioli has been cast as a nemesis for The Office’s Dwight. He will play Sensei Billy, the karate instructor who's about ready to commit hara-kiri over Dwight’s inimitable "presence" in his dojo. Imperioli’s episode is slated to air in the spring. [TVLine]
Entourage Lady Heads to The Newsroom: Entourage’s Constance Zimmer has just been cast to recur on Aaron Sorkin's drama The Newsroom. On the upcoming Season 2, which reflects on the recent presidential campaign, Zimmer will play Taylor, a press spokesperson for the Mitt Romney campaign. [Deadline]
VH1 Picks Up 3 New Shows, Renews 1: VH1 has ordered three news shows for spring 2013: The Gossip Game, which follows ambitious women covering the urban entertainment beat; I’m Married To A…, a documentary series that examines some unusual couples in love; and 100 Sexiest Artists, a five-part countdown special. The network has also has picked up a third season of T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle, featuring rapper T.I. "Tip" Harris, his wife, entrepreneur and singer Tameka "Tiny" Harris, and their six children. [Deadline]
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Remember the little girl from Harriet the Spy who started showing up on Buffy The Vampire Slayer as Buffy’s annoying little sister and ruining the whole show? Then, a few years later pulled a similar stunt as the incredibly grating sometimes-villain Georgina Sparks on Gossip Girl? Well guess what? That girl’s about to get her own show.
Why the CW would give Michelle Trachtenberg – a.k.a. one of the most annoying television actresses out there - her own show is beyond me, but the damage is done. The wheels are up, and the CW just ordered a script for a drama that will star Trachtenberg.
Trachtenberg’s idea for her soon-to-be small screen leading lady is a young criminology student who’s got a knack for profiling. Oh, and guess what? She’s got a dark past. No, really? So basically, it’s Veronica Mars minus the snark, wit, and charm of the always adorable (and girl-crush worthy) Kristen Bell with whiny brooding added in? Thanks, but I’ll pass.
But there’s one factor that may do me in. Of course the show will be the spawn of Gossip Girl and The O.C. masterminds Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, which probably means it will be like crack for fans of teen drama despite the fact that the main character is abhorrent. (Think about it. Did anyone actually like Marissa Cooper from The O.C.? Nope, I didn’t think so.) As much as I hate to admit this publicly, The O.C. and Gossip Girl hooked me hard core. We’re talking rehab-level, watch an entire season in a single day addiction here, folks. I'm a little worried that I've got another addiction coming on, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if the Schwartz-Savage magic touch can overcome its repellent star.
Love means never having to say you're sorry; it's a many splendored thing; it's all you need. But in tennis love means zero; it means you lose. Or does it? For Peter Colt (Paul Bettany) a British pro tennis player seeded near the bottom of the world tennis ranks love actually inspires him. After scoring a wild card to play in the prestigious Wimbledon tournament he meets and falls for the rising and highly competitive American tennis star Lizzie Bradbury (Kirsten Dunst) fueling a winning streak he hasn't had since he began his career. For Lizzie however the love thing doesn't necessarily work out as well. Her feelings for Peter become a distraction throwing her off her game. Hmmm. Can these two crazy kids keep it together long enough so Peter can fulfill his lifelong dream of winning the men's singles title even if it means his muse might have to sacrifice her first Wimbledon title?
Kirsten Dunst may be what draws you in but Paul Bettany is the reason you don't walk out. The British actor who made an impression with American audiences playing the oh-so-witty Chaucer in A Knight's Tale and then wowed them in Oscar winners such as A Beautiful Mind and Master and Commander doesn't disappoint in his first lead role. Bettany's Peter embodies all that charm we've come to love and expect in our British actors--although thankfully not as floppy as Hugh Grant--he stumbles about and apologizes profusely. It's so cute. And he makes a pretty darn believable tennis player to boot (one would hope so after the intense training session the actors apparently had to go through to prepare for the movie). Unfortunately Dunst does not fare as well. Her Lizzie is appealing and she adequately handles the tennis stuff--but she ultimately fails to connect with her male lead making their relationship seem forced. Their beginning sparks are fun but when there's suppose to be a real flame igniting between them you're left scratching your head wondering just when where and why they fell in love so hard so fast. Yep that's a big red flag.
I've said sports movies usually work (see the Mr. 3000 review). To clarify: That is team sports. Sport movies where the action revolves around a single competitor are harder to pull off. It's just not as exciting watching an underdog struggle with himself in order to win. Luckily director Richard Loncraine (HBO's My House in Umbria) seems to know this fact. Even though Peter takes Centre Court (that's the British way of spelling it) Loncraine tries to at least create a more complete picture giving us a glimpse into the world of tennis as well as delving into the traditions of Wimbledon and how the Brits feel about the prestigious tournament where British champions are few and far between. Loncraine also utilizes real-life tennis pros such as John McEnroe and Chris Evert who appear as announcers to liven up the proceedings. Even the action on the court with close-up shots of the ball whizzing over the net gets the blood pumping a little--wish there was a lot more of that. But then of course one could just turn on the TV and watch the real Wimbledon instead watching a silly run-of-the-mill romantic comedy set there.
Before the main feature begins audiences are treated to an added bonus--The Flight of the Osiris a really cool $5 million computer-animated short film created by Matrix writer-director brothers Andy and Larry Wachowski that connects the story to the next installment The Matrix Reloaded. Taking place after The Matrix left off it's a wild ride showing one rebel ship trying to fight off the evil machines--and unfortunately losing the battle. Done in the animated futuristic style of last year's Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within the film will certainly whet Matrix fans' appetites. Moving on....As with any good King tale Dreamcatcher begins with relationships. This time the action centers on four best friends--the agreeable Jonsey (Damian Lewis) the tortured Henry (Thomas Jane) the flippant Beaver (Jason Lee) and the lovelorn Pete (Timothy Olyphant)--who as kids 20 years ago saved a mentally challenged kid named Duddits (Donnie Wahlberg) from some bullies and somehow were bestowed with uncanny powers of telepathy by the eerie little kid that bonded them all beyond ordinary friendship. Now as adults they feel burdened by their powers but soon find out how glad they are they still have them. When the guys head to a hunting cabin in the woods for their annual blowing-off-steam session the happy reunion is cut short by a deadly alien force which has invaded their snowy surroundings. While the U.S. military lead by Colonel Abraham Curtis (Morgan Freeman) and Capt. Owen Underhill (Tom Sizemore) quarantines the area to get rid of the infectious alien presence known as the "Ripley" (named after the main character in Alien) the foursome are haplessly drawn into the aliens' evil plan finding themselves once again inexplicably linked to their old friend the now cancer-stricken Duddits. It's a race against time to stop the invasion but the four men use all their strength to stand together--one last time.
The natural rapport and strong bond between the four main characters needs to be believable to make Dreamcatcher palatable. Fortunately the actors playing them live up to the task and when they are all on screen at one time it works; unfortunately scenes featuring all of them are few and far between. The British Lewis who was so damn good in HBO's Band of Brothers as leader Richard Winters gets his first starring role in a feature film and brings the same level of quiet intensity to his Jonesy as he did to Brothers. Olyphant (Go) and Jane (The Sweetest Thing) play Pete and Henry like they've been lifelong pals offscreen while Wahlberg is almost unrecognizable as Duddits proving he can get rid of those good looks and put in a nice performance. And finally Jason Lee who's been suppressing his witty sarcastic self far too long in stinkers such as A Guy Thing steals the show as the curse-word lovin'--and incredibly brave--Beaver. The plot line revolving around Freeman's and Sizemore's characters is far less interesting with Freeman turning in his usual steady performance but somehow missing the mark as Curtis a military man who has seen way too much.
The talent behind Dreamcatcher is clearly evident. Director/co-writer Lawrence Kasdan and co-writer William Goldman do a wonderful job setting up the action with the quick back and forth dialogue between the four men. It gives you an immediate intimacy with the main characters something King likes to do in his writing as well. Kasdan also uses interesting imagery of a large and dusty library that represents the inside of Jonesy's mind where he hangs out and shuffles old boxes full of memories around to make room for new ones. When the alien takes over Jonesy's body Kasdan frames the action by showing Jonesy trapped inside this library watching what is happening to his friends and trying desperately to keep the invading menace at bay. Ultimately though just when it should jump on the horrific momentum it's built up the film begins to fall apart as we move away from the four main characters and start dealing with the military operation. Perhaps the main problem lies in the fact it is too derivative--of other alien movies (Independence Day meets Alien meets The Thing) and worse of other Stephen King movies (Stand By Me meets It meets The Tommyknockers). In other words it ends up being a highly anticlimactic rehash.
"Veronica's Closet" star Wallace Langham has proposed a cash settlement with the man who accused him of assault and anti-gay slurs, according to The Associated Press.
The man, whose identity was not released, says the 34-year-old actor beat him and kicked him when he looked at tattoos on the arms and midriff of Langham's girlfriend at a supermarket. He also says Langham made anti-gay slurs. The man was treated for bruises and an injured jaw.
Langham, whose character on the NBC sitcom is widely thought to be gay, contends that he was provoked by the man and denies making such slurs. His lawyer said Tuesday that an unspecified amount of money was put in escrow for the settlement, which is contingent upon prosecutors dropping hate crime and battery charges.
DISNEY'S BLIND EYE: If you watch the trailer for the upcoming animated "The Tigger Movie," you'll notice that the characters prance around to the catchy "doot-doot-doot"s of "Semi-Charmed Life," the 1997 hit by rock group Third Eye Blind. Good thing it doesn't last long, because the song's raunchy lyrics -- "doing crystal meth will lift you up until you break" and "She comes round and she goes down on me" -- are decidedly not G-rated.
A Disney spokeswoman said she was unaware of any sexual content in the song. The sexual content-related controversy surrounding Disney films (rumors of phallic images in "The Little Mermaid" movie poster, dust spelling the word "sex" in "The Lion King") is nothing new, but we're wondering if Disney marketers are twisted -- or just plain naove.
SHUTTERBUGS: Those men you see snapping pictures in front of movie theaters aren't tourists -- they're directors.
And it's not for a film but for their scrapbooks. Director Mike Leigh, whose "Topsy-Turvy" was named best film by the New York Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics, was out and about recently taking photos of people standing in line at New York's Paris Theater to see his movie. Pedro Almod-var, whose film "All About My Mother" has swept nearly all the critics' awards -- and the Globe --- for best foreign film, also confessed that he walked up and down the streets of New York taking pictures of not only the ticket holders but also every theater marquee that bore his film's name.
"I feel like a part of this town when I pass by the theaters," said the Madrid-born director. "I feel not only proud, but that I belong to this town."
MUSIC BEAT: Santana's "Supernatural" stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart for a third consecutive week in the wake of its American Music Award for best pop-rock album and its 10 Grammy Award nominations. The album, Santana's most successful by far, has sold 6 million copies. The rest of the top five albums this week, in order, were: "All the Way: A Decade of Song," Celine Dion; "Dr. Dre - 2001," Dr. Dre; "Christina Aguilera," Christina Aguilera; and "... And then there was X," DMX ...
... The Top Five singles for this week were: "I Knew I Loved You," Savage Garden; "What a Girl Wants," Christina Aguilera; "Smooth," Santana featuring Rob Thomas; "Back at One," Brian McKnight; and "Get it on Tonite," Montell Jordan.
QUICK TAKES: President Clinton will give his own thumbs up or thumbs down with film critic Roger Ebert when he guest stars on the syndicated show "Roger Ebert & The Movies" on Feb. 5 and 6. The commander-in-chief will discuss his favorite pictures, which include "Casablanca," "Three Kings" and "The Hurricane" ...
... The 6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award nominations will be announced at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Los Angeles by Lolita Davidovich ("Play it to the Bone") and Blair Underwood (TV's "City of Angels"). The ceremony, the only one in which actors honor actors, takes place March 12 ...
... Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby will host the Essence Awards 2000 on April 14 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The awards honor entertainers, public figures and activists whose work contributes to the advancement and awareness of social causes.
... Matt Damon revealed in USA Today recently that his most difficult childhood moment was believing in the tooth fairy -- at age 10. "I still thought the tooth fairy was real," Damon told the newspaper. "I'd gone to school and mentioned the tooth fairy brought me $1. The kids started laughing. Then I said, 'No, I didn't mean the tooth fairy. I meant I, I got $1." We're assuming he already knows the Santa Claus-not-being-real thing.