Two slices of TV news for you today. First off: Be honest, did any of you really know that Scrubs was still on? If so, Zach Braff has some news for you, delivered via his Facebook feed [via THR]. Here’s what he had to say:
“Many of you have asked, so here it is: It appears that ‘New Scrubs,’ ‘Scrubs 2.0,’ ‘Scrubs with new kids,’ ‘Scrubbier,’ ‘Scrubs without JD’ is no more. It was worth a try, but alas … it didn’t work. zb”
Now, I was a loyal watcher of the first eight seasons, which were just lighter than air and just about perfect ensemble TV comedy,but the “New Scrubs,” or whatever you want to call ABC’s bizarre attempt at a ninth season transformation, has been not just unwatchable but even worse – instantly forgettable. If Braff is indeed right – and since the show has had only two new episodes since the end of March, I’d imagine so – it’s an ignominious end for an often-brilliant show that should really have gone out last year with most of its original cast.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer for Showtime’s upcoming series, The Big C, starring Laura Linney and Gabourey Sidibe.
How do you get a clearly middle-aged dude who really couldn’t care less about any kind of Twilight movies to tune in to the upcoming MTV Movie Awards? Well, getting extremely funny man Aziz Ansari to host would certainly be a good start.
According to the L.A. Times, the Parks and Recreation star is in final negotiations to host the broadcast, which will unfurl live as usual June 6 from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. The nominations themselves have yet to be revealed.
Aziz live and unfiltered? Yeah, I’ll tune in for that. He’s the funniest thing about Parks and Recreation and was the only funny person in Judd Apatow’s woefully mistitled Funny People, and I’m betting he’ll be the funniest cat in Get Him to the Greek too when that hits June 4. Hit the jump for a list of the dates when, if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, you can see Ansari live on his Dangerously Delicious standup tour this summer.
Though his life has already been the subject of a compelling documentary, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, there’s certainly more to be told about the life of the truly odd and troubled outside musician Johnston, and it seems filmmaker David Miller (My Suicide) is already hard at work on sharing it. Here’s what he to say about the project to Pedestrian, via the Playlist:
“I’ve got a few things going – we’re doing a Daniel Johnston biopic and I’m Producing and Writing and Gabriel Sunday our star [from My Suicide] he’s going to be Directing and playing young Daniel. It’s going to be an epic super hero story and it’s going to be a narrative biopic so it doesn’t really cover any of the same stuff that the famous Devil And Daniel Johnston Documentary that won Sundance in 2005 covers.”
Struggling with mental illness that has had him institutionalized, Johnston has managed to create a truly unique brand of folk music and also become an accomplished painter, so it’s only natural this project would draw the interest of some big-name actors. Hit the jump to hear who Miller says those might be.
The first thing I thought when I heard a Cesar Chavez biopic was at least in the early stages of development was, how has it taken so long? After all, he’s a hero to millions of Hispanics and gringos alike, and his life would just make a grand tale.
It seems that screenwriter Keir Pearson and producer Larry Meli agree, and have optioned the life rights of the labor activist Chavez, and will be producing this with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna’s Canana Films. Pearson, by the way, was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing Hotel Rwanda with director Terry George, and also has, among other projects, a biopic of Roberto Clemente in the works for HBO and Playtone.
And just in case anyone really hasn’t heard of Chavez, he dedicated his life to improving the working conditions of California farm workers, eventually co-founding the National Farm Workers Association, which would later become the United Farm Workers. Though it’s of course far too early to be talking about who could pull this role off, Garcia Bernal would certainly seem to be a perfect choice. What say you? [THR]
If you’re jonesing for more Conan O’Brien but can’t afford to buy (or even find) tickets to his 30-city Legally Prohibited from Being Funny tour, the good news is we might not have to wait long at all for Coco to be back on TV.
According to the L.A. Times, key Fox executives, including Rupert Murdoch, are keen to sign him up for his next late night gig, and hopefully in time to announce it when the network’s fall lineup is unveiled May 17. It’s not yet a done deal, however. Some issues that remain to be hashed out are just how much it might cost, how willing affiliates would be to give up sitcom reruns to latch on to this new venture, and whether it would launch in fall or January.
If I were a betting man, however, I’d certainly put my money on this happening, and very soon. The buzz from his almost completely sold out tour should be enough to hook Fox at whatever price it takes, and certainly many people will tune in to give him the chance to soundly kick Jay Leno’s sorry ass. Hit the jump to see a list of the dates for Conan’s tour and hear about the plans for a feature film about it.
Quick – think of three directors you could envision directing the most-likely-two-film final big-screen installment in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Got ‘em? We still bet you don’t have the three Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Summit has reached out to to gauge their interest.
According to EW, the studio has reached out to at least Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant and Bill Condon to see if they want to direct one or possibly both chapters of the finale. Wow. Really? Of the three, Coppola and Van Sant would almost certainly turn in the trippiest flicks, but could they possibly make something to satisfy the clearly rabid Twilight fanbase?
Please let us know what you think about these, and who else you think might do a good job with the grand Twilight finale. And hit the jump to watch the trailer for the third movie in the series, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and to find out what else these three directors are really working on.
Along with steady TV work through the years, Nicole Holofcener has managed to direct four feature films, and for each one she’s made the very wise decision to make Catherine Keener the star.
Their latest collaboration, Please Give stars Keener and Oliver Platt as a New York couple who specialize in vintage furniture. They would love to expand their apartment into the unit they own next door, but its elderly tenant Andra (Ann Morgan Guilbert), inconveniently enough, has not yet died so they can move in. What develops from there, as you’ll see in the trailer and the four clips, is a family comedy/drama that centers on the three of them and the old lady’s two daughters, played by the always welcome Rebecca Hall and Amanda Peet.
Not to raise expectations too high, but from what I’ve seen of this so far, it looks like the kind of NYC movie that Woody Allen used to make before he became a globe trotter. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
Having just wrapped post-production on the spy flick Salt, starring Angelina Jolie as a CIA spook accused of working for the Russians – which I predict will be the at least slightly surprisingly monster hit of the summer when it comes out July 23 – director Phillip Noyce is already booked for more spy games.
According to Variety, he’s been tapped to helm the spy thriller Wenceslas Square, based on the short story by Arthur Phillips and with a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. It’s set in Prague in the late Cold War era and revolves around a young CIA officer and a beautiful Czech spy. Endgame, which is producing this, is said to be “fast-tracking” it, so stay tuned for more details on it probably very soon.
What I’d really like to see Noyce, easily one of my favorites, direct is that adaptation of Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, but that seems to be on hold, perhaps forever. In the meantime, I love me some spy games, so bring all this on.
Tom McCarthy, who along with starring in the final season of The Wire has directed the indie favorites The Station Agent and the even better The Visitor, has booked his next directing project as Win Win, and it’s taking shape very quickly.
With shooting set to start Monday in New York, Fox Searchlight has announced that Melanie Lynskey, Bobby Cannavale and, yes, even Arrested Development vet Jeffrey Tambor will join the already unveiled Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan in the flick.
So, what’s it about? The story–also written by McCarthy–is about a struggling attorney (Giamatti) who moonlights as a high school coach. He becomes the legal guardian of an elderly client, and when the old man’s teenage son runs away, Giamatti’s character’s family ends up taking him in. The lad goes on to join the wrestling team and, well, you can imagine it will get pretty uplifting from there – but, in the hands of McCarthy, I’d imagine pretty darn entertaining and insightful too, so definitely keep your eyes on this one.
Though Martin Scorsese almost certainly hasn’t yet picked out who will play Ol’ Blue Eyes in his upcoming Sinatra biopic, he did drop some seriously big names in a recent interview that’s certain to increase the already rather high speculation. According to Shortlist [via The Playlist] about actors he’d like to work with:
“Johnny Depp is one. I like him. He’s unique. I don’t know how he does it. George Clooney. Brad Pitt’s interesting. And Tobey Maguire. There’s a lot of good people.”
That certainly does seem like simply a dropping of all the big names he could think of, but imagine just how good his biopic could be if he were to somehow snag all those guys and make them part of his rat pack. If I had a vote, though no one’s asked me yet, I’d say James Franco would be the ideal choice to play Frank Sinatra himself. What say you? Hit the jump to read more of what Scorsese had to say about his Sinatra biopic, and to find out just how long we might have to wait to see it.
An Education director Lone Scherfig will be following up her best picture nominee with the romantic comedy One Day, and she’s about to snag Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess as the film’s two main stars. In a conversation with Comingsoon, producer Nina Jacobson spilled the beans. Here’s exactly what she had to say:
“That is supposed to go this summer in London with Lone Scherfig directing and Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess,” she said, adding that the deals aren’t closed but that the two stars are both attached. “Their deals are being negotiated right now.”
The movie itself will be about Dexter and Emma, two friends who meet during their graduation in 1988 and reunite for one day every year for the next 20. I’m usually not much for rom-coms, but if this one has even an ounce of the charm of An Education, I’m in. And just in case you need any further proof this could be really good, it’s based on the novel by David Nicholls, who wrote both the book and screenplay for the rather criminally underrated Starter for Ten, starring James McAvoy and Rebecca Hall.
When movie pixie Zooey Deschanel and plugged-in folkie M. Ward joined forces in 2008 to form She & Him, the result was a little slice of sunny ’60s-style music that was just extremely catchy, and this week they’re back with more sweet sounds.
Their second album, appropriately enough titled “Volume Two,” isn’t set to come out until March 23, but out now via The Playlist is the music video for the first single, “In the Sun,” which features Deschanel and friends dancing through high school halls in scenes that would have fit squarely in (500) Days of Summer. And Deschanel, who clearly has music on her mind, is at work now on a pilot for HBO based on the book “I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie” by Pamela Des Barres.
Hit the jump to see the new She & Him video, and just try to resist snapping your fingers.
She may have lost out to Sandra Bullock at Sunday night’s Oscars, but Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire star Gabourey Sidibe isn’t wasting too much time worrying about it. She’s already moving on to her next project, this time on the small screen with Showtime.
The new dark comedy The Big C will star Laura Linney as a suburban wife and mother who is diagnosed with cancer, and Sidibe will play one of the students at the high school where she teaches. It will begin shooting its 13-episode season in May and will air at the end of summer.
HBO may be piling up the A-list directors, but count this as a real coup for Showtime, signing one my favorite actresses with Linney and now quickly-rising star Sidibe in what should make for a twistedly-funny show. [ET Online via The Playlist]
As I sit here in my blue jeans and Catholic University sweatshirt, really as about as glamorous as I ever get, I can’t help but wonder how in the world I ended up reviewing a documentary about the inner workings of U.S. Vogue.
For anyone who doesn’t know, The September Issue is a behind-the-scenes look at all the work that goes into producing the magazine’s biggest annual issue, which clocks in at a rather amazing 800+ pages, and its stars are Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and creative director Grace Coddington. And though it could have easily turned into a vanity piece designed to refute the fictionalized portrait of Wintour in The Devil Wears Prada, it’s instead an engaging portrait of the creative process.
Hit the jump for a full review of the double-disc DVD release of The September Issue.
Sandra Bullock’s Razzie for worst actress in All About Steve (and as one half of the worst screen couple with Bradley Cooper) may have been well-deserved (I can’t confirm or deny that), but no one can deny that she took it with the right spirit.
In a surprise move, Bullock not only showed up to accept the dubious honor Saturday night, but also chided the audience, saying, “”Something tells me you all didn’t watch the film, I thought no one went to see this film, but I know that there are more than 700 members here. That means that the majority of the 700 cast their vote, so that means 352 …?” She brought a wagon full of All About Steve DVDS on stage with her and challenged voters to watch it, saying she would return next year to give back her Razzie if they change their minds.
Nothing but class there, and if Bullock prevails at tonight’s Oscars for her performance in The Blind Side, which she’s at least slightly favored to do, she would become the first person to win an Oscar and a Razzie in the same year, Personally, I’d like the award to go to Carey Mulligan for An Education, but that would certainly be a fun precedent. Hit the jump for a full list of the Razzie winners, three special all-decade winners, and video of Sandra Bullock accepting her Award.