Let us guess: It’s the British accent, right? Daily Variety reports today that Anthony Hopkins of "The Silence of the Lambs’" Hannibal the Cannibal fame, is going to voice the narration to the Jim Carrey vehicle "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," due out Nov. 17.
Hopkins’ voiceover for the flick is said to be a combination of dialogue from the Dr. Seuss classic and original narration.
ARTSY FARTSY: Variety also reports that Alliance Atlantis Pictures has bought the foreign distribution rights to "Pollock," a Ed Harris-helmed and headlined film about abstract expressionist bad boy painter Jackson Pollock. The film also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Amy Madigan, Jennifer Connelly and Val Kilmer.
MORE ARTSY FARTSY: Variety tells us that Jeremy Northam and Jennifer Ehle will join Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart in the flick "Possession." The film follows two literary scholars as they study the lives of two poets.
Snagging new TV gigs this week:
Molly Ringwald hits the Big Time
Molly Ringwald, America's sweetheart during the late '80s, is back -- this time on the small screen. The actress will be starring in Big Time, a show that centers on a fledging TV network in the early days of the industry.
In the show, which will air on TNT, the setting will be 1948 Manhattan, and Ringwald will play the network head's new bride, who discovers a unique opportunity for herself in the burgeoning landscape of television.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, executive producers John Wells and Carol Flint have also hired actor Dylan Baker of Happiness fame, who will play a tirelessly devoted producer and VP of programming committed to making the young network a success.
The show will be directed and co-executive produced by Paris Barclay and marks Ringwald's return to her television series roots. The actress started her screen career on the NBC comedy The Facts of Life, and moved on to bigger roles on the big screen in '80s flicks such as Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink.
Shaun Cassidy Signs TV deal
Former teen idol-turned-TV producer Shaun Cassidy has signed on as producer of The Agency, a CBS drama about the men and women of the CIA, Variety reports.
The former Hardy Boy has also signed on to produce a drama pilot at USA Network titled Wilder, a show which he originally created for the WB for the 2000-01 TV season.
Wilder is about a former teen idol who teams up with his younger cop brother to work as detectives. Corin Nemec (Parker Lewis Can't Lose) and Ashley Howard (Bring It On) have been cast as the leads in the pilot.
Jim Miller, USA Network's executive VP of original programming, believes the show contains the kind of subject matter that people often try to tackle, but seldom pull off successfully.
"Because [Cassidy] was there, because he understands that mind set -- the good and the bad -- the authenticity, the veracity of it all is just unmatchable,'' he tells Variety.
Culp, DuVall Make a Monster
Steven Culp (Thirteen Days) and Clea DuVall (Girl, Interrupted) will star in HBO/Cinemax's "How to Make a Monster" for writer-director George Huang (Swimming With Sharks). Production is slated to begin this week.
Monster is about a company man (Culp) who hires three ex-cons-turned-computer programmers to create a computer game, Evilution, which centers on an evil being. Whoever builds the scariest monster will win $1 million.
In their attempt to create the scariest monster, causing the computer to overload with everything that is evil, the monster comes to life.
The Hollywood Reporter adds that Tyler Mane, Jason Marsden and Karim Prince will also be featured in the project.
Tucci Tackles Groucho for CBS
Stanley Tucci, the actor-producer who won an Emmy for his portrayal of the 1950s columnist Walter Winchell, will star as Groucho Marx in Love, Groucho, a two-hour telepic for CBS produced by Alliance Atlantis.
The film is based on the book Love, Groucho: Letters From Groucho Marx to His Daughter Miriam by Miriam Marx Allen. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie will trace highlights of the actor's life, including the breakup of his marriage and the eventual breakup of his career.
Screenwriter Jennifer Miller has penned the script for the project, which is executive produced by Tucci, Peter Sussman, Ed Gernon, Greg Gugliotta and Sandy Gartin.
What would the supermarket tabloids do without Whitney and Bobby? The National Enquirer's ace investigative reporters have gone to great lengths to obtain exclusive photos of the R&B power couple’s alleged "drug den," a hotel suite the pair rented for two days (while their daughter stayed in an adjacent suite).
And here’s what the Enquirer reportedly found: remnants of marijuana, rolling papers, an empty Jack Daniels bottle, 16 empty Budweiser bottles, baking soda and a spoon.
After which, the Enquirer explained the process involved in freebasing cocaine (the implication being ... well, you get the drift).
And, for readers who don't like to read, the tabloid has conveniently captured the alleged drug den artifacts in one color photo, displayed prominently in the article.
Had enough? If not, here's our Tabloid Top 10 for the week of Aug. 22-28:
1. "Natalie Cole Shocker: I Sold My Body to Buy Drugs" (Enquirer, p. 8) So says one "insider" who has read the advance manuscript to the singer’s autobiography "Angel Dust," er, that's "Angel on my Shoulder."
2. "Ted Kennedy Followed Me to the Bathroom!" (Star, p. 24) Teddy Kennedy reportedly was so "smitten" with a 23-year-old ex-intern that she had to "lock herself in the ladies' restroom to get away from him." There are photos of a portly Ted, the buxom ex-intern and a panoramic shot of the White House.
3. "I Delivered My Own baby -- By C-Section" (Enquirer, p. 18) No, we are not talking about Madonna, but an Oldham, England, woman who performed the headline deed in what the tab christened "the first do-it-yourself Cesarean section."
4. "'Empty Nest' Star's Brave Last Days" (Enquirer, p. 29) Sexagenarian sitcom actor Richard Mulligan is reportedly dying of colon cancer, and his porn star wife is nowhere in sight. Nothing funny here, but it's cool to see that ol' Bert from "Soap" is still kicking.
5. "Lost Continent of Atlantis Found 1,200 Feet Below Antarctica" (Weekly World News, p. 15) We picked this one for the artist's illustration, which looks exactly like the buried city of Pompeii, only covered in snow. Very imaginative, guys.
6. "Seer Says the Winner Is ... Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!" And so does half of the free world who watches "Survivor."
Gallagher 7. "Gallagher Gets Last Laugh As He Smashes Look-Alike Brother's Career" (Enquirer, p. 1.) The watermelon-smashing guy uses the law to stop his younger bro from stealing his signature schtick. Note the eerie similarity between this story and the "Simpsons" episode where Sideshow Bob’s younger brother, Cecil, tried to take over his act on the "Krusty the Clown Show."
8. "Ever Feel Like Running Over Somebody?" (Weekly World News, p. 33) "Well, you can mow down pedestrians like flies in Brazil, and not a damn thing will happen to you!" Yeah, but gas costs $27 a gallon there.
9. "Sleeping on the Job Is Good For You" (Weekly World News, p. 11) We knew that.
10. "Revealed! Secrets of Real Mrs. Robinson" (Globe, p. 64) "The Graduate" author Charles Webb reportedly said that the diva character is based on his prep school teacher. Except for the fact tat his teacher looks like an old school marm, while Anne Bancroft was hot.
Hollywood.com's Tabloid Top 10 is a weekly rundown of the best, worst and weirdest from America's supermarket journalism.
Last week he vowed to never get married, and this week he’s going to be "Unfaithful."
Today's Daily Variety says George Clooney is in negotiations to star in the drama "Unfaithful" where he’ll play a man who finds out that his wife has been cheating on him.
Based on the 1968 French flick "La Femme Infidel," the film will be directed by Adrian Lyne, who last helmed the 1997 "Lolita" remake.
THE INDIE ELEMENT: Indie-minded Milla Jovovich will join indie actor Adrien Brody in the indie pic "Dummy," Variety also tells us. She’s to play an aspiring singer with a thing for Yiddish music, and he’s to play a ventriloquist.
TO SIR, WITH LOVE: Anthony Hopkins is rumored to have been offered the lead in "Hearts in Atlantis," an adaptation of a Stephen King short story. Variety says "Snow Falling on Cedars" director Scott Hicks is in talks to helm the flick.
NEVERMIND THE BOLLOCKS: Funnyman Mel Brooks’ production company has optioned "Sunrise at Hastings," a script penned by Dan Witt about the English battle of 1066.
Pythagoras' feisty younger brother, Arcas, joins the crew as they escort valuable cargo across the desert. Their journey takes a turn for the spooky; and after spending a night in a temple dedicated to the Furies, it becomes clear that someone is hiding a dark secret.
Episode 2. Hunger Pangs
(AIR DATE 02/01/2014)
Penniless and starving, Jason cannot believe his luck when he stumbles across an abandoned feast. Temptation proves too much and he helps himself to the bounty, savoring his first proper meal in days But it soon becomes clear that Jason's gluttony has come at a price as he begins to exhibit some seriously strange behaviour. As things spiral out of control, it falls to Hercules and Pythagoras to save their friend before Heptarian and the palace guards bring his exertions to heel for good.
Episode 3. Touched by the Gods - Part One
(AIR DATE 02/08/2014)
Jason plots to kill the queen in order to keep his promise to Circe and to avoid her grim warning should he fail to honor their pact.
Episode 4. Touched by the Gods - Part Two
(AIR DATE 02/15/2014)
Minos' health continues to fade as Pasiphae's scheming reaches its zenith. She sentences Ariadne to a gruesome execution not even the worst of enemies would deserve. Now that the court's loyalty is with the queen, Jason is Ariadne's last hope. He will need all the help he can get if he and his friends are to save her life. Fortunately, there are a few in Atlantis who remain loyal to the king...
When Jason sets out to find his father, he never imagined his journey would lead to a strange, yet impossibly familiar land full of dangerous creatures, legendary heroes and palaces so vast it was said they were built by giants - the ancient fabled city of Atlantis.