If you feared that Anne Hathaway's recent marriage to longtime boyfriend Adam Shulman would take her out of the romantic lead game, think again.
Following her butt-kicking performance in The Dark Knight Rises, and what could be another notch on her awards belt courtesy of tearjerker musical Les Miserables, Hathaway is reportedly attached to star in a movie that sounds a bit fluffier. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the actress is attached to star in The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie, a romantic comedy written by The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling. Kaling wrote the script with her former Office colleague Brent Forrester, and saw it placed on the 2009 Black List, a ranking of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays.
The past few years have seen Hathaway's leading lady status grow exponentially, with big name directors courting her for name projects. But she does have romantic comedy cred that makes the prospect of a team up with Kaling enticing. Between Becoming Jane, Bride Wars, and Love and Other Drugs, Hathaway has effectively run the gamut of every subsection of the rom-com genre. We'll have to wait until Lizzie Gillespie finds its way into theaters to know where it fits in the spectrum, but with a promise of Hathaway and Kaling, there's one certainty: there's going to be a boatload of cute.
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‘That’s what she said.’ - David Brent
S07E14 Let’s just take a moment to bask in the glory of last night’s cold opening on The Office. How awesome was it to see Ricky Gervais and Steve Carell do their thing together? It was as awesome as seeing Lebron and Jordan-in-his-prime on the same court. It was as awesome as seeing Jesus and Buddha playing poker together. It was as awesome as, well, the two giants of The Office sharing a ‘that’s what she said’ moment, hugging, and then continuing on their merry way.
And of course David Brent would ask about jobs. It was perfect. Well, the only way it could've been more perfect was if they hadn't told us about it in the first place, but that's a small complaint. A week's notice wasn't too bad. It didn’t last very long and wasn’t too over the top but easily became one of the greatest moments in The Office history. Michael meeting his new friend joins the ranks of classic moments like Michael kissing Oscar, Jim’s confession and the wedding. I’m still in shock over how good it was.
‘Two eyes, two ears, a chin. A mouth, ten fingers, two nipples, a butt, two knee caps, a penis. I’ve just described to you the Loch Ness Monster."
But I believe this episode is most telling of what post-Michael Scott Dunder-Mifflin will look like. While we still had a Scott story line, it was the least emotional and funny of the entire episode. All the heart and laughs were saved for everyone else. With the giant hole that Carell's departure will leave in The Office, it's up to the players who were once relegated to the side to step up and deliver the laughs. And you know what that means? Kevin running around the conference room, eating a sandwich and coming close to passing out. Creed describing the Loch Ness monster. To be honest, I’m actually excited about that prospect. We’ve known these characters for seven years now; it’ll be great to see more of them.
‘I haven’t been making many sales lately. Or ever.’
The heart of this story was Andy. Turns out Andy isn’t that good of a salesman, but he has a last ditch effort planned out in the form of a seminar. Things don’t go as planned, of course, but it strangely turns out to have a decent result. Though Jim bailed at the last minute, costing the seminar its charm, Kelly took over and actually delivered ten secrets of business. Of course it was due to the knowledge of a professor she was sleeping with, but still, she brought the goods.
Once things get to close, Andy gets cold feet. He hasn’t ever made a sale, so how is he going to land all these at once? Michael steps up and does one of the sweetest things he has ever done, giving Andy the confidence to land the sale and BOOM, he does. Was it wrong of me to get a little proud watching Andy awkwardly landing the sales? Because I did and I don’t even care.
‘You promised us whales, these are worms.’
The other big storyline was Erin playing an epic Scrabble game with Gabe to pick out their movie of the night. My only problem with Erin is that I know she’s dumb, and I think it's funny, but the writers and producers need to ground her or redeem her in some way for her to still be believable. Granted Scrabble is hard, but surely she could think of words that don’t appear in nursery rhymes. It was like when we first met Michael: he was loud and obnoxious but then we learned he is actually a really good salesman and that’s how he didn’t lose his job. I’m not saying Erin has to be a genius or anything, but she should at least show some competence at something, you know?
But that doesn’t really matter when you have Andy swooping in at the end coming to the rescue with Shrek 2. Gabe had been forcing Erin to watch horror movies while she wanted to watch a cartoon but then he gets one-upped by Andy. If it weren’t for David Brent showing up in the beginning this would’ve been the sweetest moment of the episode.
‘I guess when you looked in me you didn’t see my balls. They’re on the outside.’
The other minor storylines focused on the former main characters of the story. Michael created a stereotype of a Greek man that was the plant in the seminar. Holly is lured into aiding him, eventually giving in and helping him have fun. Michael takes it a step too far, but it was still a positive step forward for him. Jim runs away from one of the seminar viewers but he won’t say why. Turns out he had insulted the guy as a kid and never really talked about it. Eventually the guy runs into Jim and confronts him about it. Awkward would be an understatement, but I must admit my gleeful joy at watching Jim in awkward situations like that. I knew that handsome devil had to have a weakness.
This was definitely one of the best episodes of the year. Ricky Gervais picked the perfect one for a guest spot. While I might have to revise my official prediction for the Michael Scott ending now that we have a seminal “that’s what she said” moment, I’m actually quite pleased with what they did. If anyone deserves a special TWSS it’s David Brent and Michael Scott.
CBS defends firing CSI stars
CBS chief Leslie Moonves defended the network's firing of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation stars Jorja Fox and George Eads, describing the decision as a move to help the TV industry draw the fiscal line. The two stars were canned last week after they failed to report for work on the upcoming season (while star Marg Helgenberger reported to work as scheduled). Deals with Fox and Eads, who had been on the show since its debut four years ago, had two more seasons to go on their existing contracts. The actors reportedly wanted a raise in their $100,000-per-episode pay. Moonves told the Television Critics Association on Sunday discussions had been under way with their lawyers and there were certain "veiled threats about their not showing up." He said their contracts were renegotiated after two years and a raise was offered for this fifth season, even though there was no contractual obligation to do so. "There comes a point where we feel a contract is a contract," Moonves said. Moonves added Fox and Eads have not been recast but hinted it was possible cast members Eric Szmanda and Paul Guilfoyle might play bigger roles, The Associated Press reports. When asked to comment, Carmine Giovinazzo, who stars in the CSI spinoff CSI NY, said: "I'd be shining Moonves' shoes and caddying for him every weekend if I was making that much money."
Sci Fi's Shyamalan documentary a hoax
The Sci Fi Channel admitted that it perpetuated a fictitious feud with filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan in order to promote its three-hour mockumentary The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan. It all started in December, when Sci Fi announced The Sixth Sense director had agreed to participate in a documentary about his life to coincide with the release of The Village on July 30. Last month, network reps said Shyamalan walked off the documentary when the questions got too personal and said they would never work with the director again. Sci Fi prexy Bonnie Hammer told the AP Friday she was in on the hoax from the start and takes responsibility for deceiving the public. "Perhaps we might have taken the guerilla campaign one step too far," she said. "We thought it would create controversy."
Superman finally finds a director
X-Men director Bryan Singer has signed on to helm Warner Bros.' next Superman movie, Reuters reports. Although there is no scheduled start date for the project, Singer's commitment throws his next two projects, WB's Logan's Run and Fox's X-Men 3, into limbo. Superman's script will likely be the project's most time-consuming element, which will inevitably determine any production start. He was scheduled to direct the third X-Men installment for a May 5, 2006 release. Singer replaces Charlie's Angels director McG, who dropped out last week ago over budget and location issues. Directors Tim Burton and Brett Ratner were also at one point attached to the project.
M-I:3 looking for new director
Paramount Pictures, meanwhile, has hit a snag with its 2005 summer tentpole, Mission: Impossible 3. Reuters reports helmer Joe Carnahan has dropped out of the director's seat because of "creative differences." But Rob Friedman, vice chairman of the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group, said shooting on the blockbuster Tom Cruise franchise will begin as planned next month in Berlin. The news comes shortly after Paramount announced it was shifting the film's release date by seven weeks, moving it from its May slot to June 29, 2005. In M-I:3, Cruise reprises his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt, with Scarlett Johansson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kenneth Branagh and Ving Rhames rounding out the cast. Brian De Palma directed the 1996 original, while John Woo helmed the 2000 sequel.
Ulrich and Mustain feud heats up--again
Former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine, who was fired from the band in the early '80s and went on to form Megadeth, isn't happy with the documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. Mustain told Record Collector magazine last week he considered the inclusion of a scene in which he and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich hash out their differences a "final betrayal" because he had asked that the band cut it from the film. Ulrich told Launch.com the group considered Mustain's request to cut the scene but decided it was too important to leave out. Ulrich also said he was shocked by Mustaine's on-camera outburst: "I was stunned by the fact that when he looked back on his 15 years of being in a very successful hard rock band called Megadeth, that the main thing that he saw in that rear-view mirror was Metallica."
CBS to fight Super Bowl fines
CBS prexy Leslie Moonves was busy Sunday defending CBS' firing of two CSI stars, but he also took time to tell the Television Critics Association that the network would fight any fines leveled against its television stations over Janet Jackson's startling Super Bowl performance. CBS could face a Federal Communications Commission fine of $550,000 or a maximum penalty of $27,500 for each of 20 CBS-owned stations, the AP reports. "We think the idea of a fine for that is patently ridiculous and we're not going to stand for it," Moonves said. "We're going to take that to the courts if it happens. ... It's perilously dangerous." Moonves said that while the network regretted the Jackson incident and has added a five-second precautionary delay for live events, such an approach is not feasible for news or sports, the AP reports.
Data visits Enterprise
Brent Spiner, best know for his role as Lt. Cmdr. Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, is set to make an appearance on UPN's Star Trek: Enterprise this fall. In a guest-starring role sure to lure die-hard Trekkies, Spiner will playing the great-great-grandfather of Dr. Noonien Soong--the creator of Data. Spiner previously played Dr. Soong in an episode of Next Generation. According to Reuters, there has been a lot of speculation about Star Trek veteran William Shatner possibly be beaming onto Enterprise, but sources indicated there are no immediate plans for a guest appearance. The show was originally scheduled for 9 p.m. Fridays in the fall, but will now air at 8 p.m., most likely to avoid going head-to-head with the Sci Fi network's veteran series, Stargate: SG1.
Fan Web sites in catfight
The fan Web site Ain't-It-Cool-News, which is known for trashing films before they are released via anonymous reviews, appears to have been the butt of a joke last week. Variety reports members of The-Scorched-Planet.com posted three fake reviews for 20th Century Fox's upcoming sci-fi thriller Alien vs. Predator without having seen the film. Ain't-It-Cool quickly posted the reviews, along with two that appear to be real. The-Scorched-Planet.com then revealed the plot in a rambling post on its Web site, along with a racist and personal attack on Ain't-It-Cool West Coast editor Drew McWeeny, who removed the reviews soon thereafter. But according to McWeeny, Ain't-It-Cool the ruse won't get the Web site to start playing by Hollywood's rules. "There's a democracy to what we do that gives a voice to the average filmgoer, even people who get excited in a theater and write for the first time," McWeeny told Variety.
Mel Gibson's got a new movie in town and its called The Captain and the Shark. No, it's not a film about a wacky sea captain and his pet shark. It's the very real account of the USS Indianapolis, the WWII cruiser that covertly transported the atomic bombs to be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The ship was hit in 1945 by Japanese torpedoes and sank in the Pacific, but because the operation was so secretive, a rescue was delayed and many men died by shark attacks while waiting for one. We all remember the chilling account Robert Shaw's character Quint gave in Jaws about this very thing. Honestly, who thinks up these titles? Is there a collective hat somewhere? Gibson is in negotiations to star as Capt. Charles McVay, whom the Navy made a scapegoat for its mistakes, including ignoring distress signals. McVay was court-martialed and eventually committed suicide in 1968 but was recently exonerated by the Navy. Barry Levinson will direct the film for Warner Bros. So, you can see, this is serious stuff and has the makings of a great movie. But somehow, somewhere, a studio development exec will have to realize that this title has got to go.
Winona has a "Secret"
Lovely Winona Ryder will don a British accent once again in the British romantic comedy Lily and The Secret Planting, a follow-up feature for director Hettie Macdonald, who brought us Beautiful Thing in 1996. Ryder will play a young woman taking care of her mother who falls in love with an Australian working at the local plant nursery. There could be some interesting possibilities as far as leading men are concerned--there's Aussies Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger...maybe Russell Crowe. Yeah, right. Well, whoever stars opposite the actress, let's hope there's at least a little chemistry between them because Ryder hasn't shown much with her leading men lately. Autumn in New York with Richard Gere? Enough said. Production starts in London at the end of the month.
Soderbergh's "sex" lives on
Oscar-winning Steven Soderbergh has decided to return to his roots. He will re-team with Miramax Films to bring us How to Survive a Hotel Room Fire, a sequel of sorts to his brilliant sex, lies and videotape. Yes, it's true. Soderbergh wants to revisit those dark, sexy and funny characters who fumble about, trying to figure out what to do with themselves--and I can't wait. There's not much yet on what the film is about or whether Graham (James Spader), Ann (Andie MacDowell), Cynthia (Laura San Giacomo) or John (Peter Gallagher) will return. But Soderbergh said in a statement, "I'm extremely happy to be working with Miramax on How to Survive a Hotel Room Fire because Harvey Weinstein and I have been apart too long and the film was always envisioned as the unofficial sequel to sex, lies and videotape." sex, you'll remember, basically started the American independent movement in 1989, putting the Sundance Film Festival and Miramax Films on the map and winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes. No pressure or anything, Steven. Promise. Soderbergh is currently in post-production on his eagerly awaited remake of Ocean's 11 and will most likely start on this soon after.
Actor Paul Walker is indeed Fast and Furious. Hot off his hit racing film, the young hunk seems to be sought after. First, there's the mob drama Wanna-Be I mentioned last week and now--SWAT. Forgive me for rolling my eyes once again, but do any of the studio development execs have a clue? It's apparent that whatever amount of action they can shove on the screen, the better, and a film about the Special Weapons and Tactics team seems just about right. This project, based on the 1970s cop series, has been long in development. The premise centers on a grizzled vet SWAT officer who is given a second chance to assemble a new SWAT team to protect a high-profile criminal. OK, now I get why it's taken so long. The project was originally an Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, but has turned into a youth-oriented action movie. Don't feel too bad, Arnold, you really don't need another bad action movie under your belt.
Beam us up--again and again
Star Trek live and breathes once again--now in its 10th installment. The film, as yet untitled, will be directed by Stuart Baird (U.S. Marshals, Executive Decision) and will re-team Patrick Stewart as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and Brent Spiner as Data, for now. No word on whether any of the other cast members will join them. Veteran Rick Berman will produce for Paramount Pictures once again but the film has yet to be greenlighted. Wow, this is one franchise that certainly has enough legs to never get boring. Considered one of the most successful series in entertainment history, the Star Trek movies have grossed more than $1 billion at the box office worldwide and more than $5 billion from ancillaries such as merchandising and home video. Make it so, No. 1.
Banderas and Liu--the new Terminators?
How does a movie about two Terminator-like undercover agents who look like Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu sound? OK, I like both of them...I'm going with it. The good-looking stars are in negotiations to star in Ecks vs. Sever (another title for the annals), a futuristic tale about two undercover agents, Ecks (Banderas) and Sever (Liu), who apparently have robotic attributes. They think they are enemies but in reality share the same common enemy. What's that? A rusting agent? This one definitely sounds promising, all kidding aside, as its being described as Bad Boys meets The Professional. And Banderas and Liu have been together before in the 1999 Playing It to the Bone-but most of you won't remember that fact. I certainly didn't. Ecks vs. Sever is being produced by Chris Lee (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within) and marks the North American feature directorial debut of Thai filmmaker Kaos.
Ah, the blaxploitation craze rears its ugly head again. First there was John Singleton's Shaft, an updated version of the Richard Roundtree cult classic with Samuel L. Jackson and now, Dolemite, revamped for rapper-turned-actor LL Cool J and Dimension Films. In this modernized version, LL Cool J plays a hip entrepreneur who is sent to jail when drugs are found at his swinging nightclub. When released on parole, he finds out that his rival planted those drugs and has now taken over his club. Dolemite goes into revenge mode with the help of his three female friends, who manage to wipe the place up with their butt-kicking skills. Hmmm, a Charlie's Angels-esque quality. Maybe they could get the gals from Destiny's Child to do it. The original Dolemite, Rudy Ray Moore, who is now doing standup, will advise and play a role.