This season of Saturday Night Live has delivered some solid episodes with hosts like Daniel Radcliffe and hopefully a solid debut from Channing Tatum this coming weekend. Now a couple upcoming hosts have also been revealed with TV Line reporting that Jonah Hill will return for a second hosting stint on March 10th, just in time to promote 21 Jump Street. In addition, according to the Here’s the Thing podcast, Alec Baldwin, while speaking with SNL boss Lorne Michaels mentioned that Justin Bieber would make his debut as host at some point.
However, the real surprising news comes from EW as featured player Paul Brittain, best known for playing Ron Paul and the flamboyant and old time gay Lord Cecil Wyndemere, will be leaving the cast immediately. In fact, his departure will be so abrupt that he won’t even appear on this coming weekend’s episode. While no specific details are mentioned, a source said Brittain “had the opportunity to pursue other projects, and he and the show parted ways amicably.” He wasn’t the strongest presence in the line-up, but I wonder what this fantastic opportunity was that would have him leaving so abruptly.
The other day, we brought you updates from Mark Wahlberg on a sequel to The Fighter, the Entourage movie, and Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain. As noted at the time, Wahlberg is a very busy guy. As such, during his interview with Steve regarding his upcoming crime thriller Contraband, the actor/producer talked extensively about a number of projects. Today we’re bringing you what he had to say about starring in Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s feature directorial debut Ted, and his basketball movie starring Justin Bieber (including a fantastically awesome title for the latter). Hit the jump to see what Wahlberg had to say about the two projects.
When Marky Mark decided to make the leap from pop star to serious actor in the mid-1990s, his first major role was in The Basketball Diaries. Nearly two decades later, Wahlberg (né -y Mark) will guide his 2011 equivalent through a similar path. Deadline reports Wahlberg and Justin Bieber are in negotiations with Paramount to star in an untitled drama set in the world of street basketball. The idea surfaced over NBA All-Star weekend, when Bieber impressed Wahlberg and producer Stephen Levinson with his skills in the celebrity game (Bieber was named MVP). Ian Edelman, creator of the Wahlberg/Levinson production How to Make It in America, will write the script, described as “The Color of Money meets The Karate Kid.” More after the jump.
In what some might read as a sign of the impending apocalypse, Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher are poised to team for the buddy comedy What Would Kenny Do?. I am not among the prophets of doom, in part because the script by Chris Baldi (which made the 2008 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays) has a great hook: “A teenager meets a hologram claiming to be the adult version of himself; the hologram then helps guide the teen through high school.” Bieber would play the teen, Kutcher the hologram. Sony Pictures is currently looking a new writer to rewrite the script, so maybe it won’t sound quite so fresh at the end of the development process. More after the break:
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never opened to a $30 million weekend and an impressive A+ CinemaScore from the female audience (A overall). By all accounts, Jon M. Chu directed a solid documentary. Still, Chu thinks he can do better, saying, “I realized I had an embarrassment of riches when I was I in the cutting room.” He has assembled a “director’s fan cut,” which incorporates 40 minutes of previously unseen footage and new material shot during the Never Say Never promotional tour. The new cut hits theaters this Friday, February 25; tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 22 at 5PM PST. Full details after the break.
Looks like Justin Bieber fans are getting their wish. The biopic, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, will hit theaters in February, and the advertising has officially begun. The trailer for the film is out, and it offers an inside look into the beloved teenybopper’s life—from his humble beginnings to his international success.
While it would be easy to make fun of the movie, the trailer is perfect for its target audience. The preview also makes sure to exploit the starry eyed, dimple cheeked singer’s looks—intercutting clips of him performing with home videos of baby Bieber expressing his future aspirations. There is no doubt about where teenaged girls will be spending their allowance in the coming months. Hit the jump to check it out. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never gets released February 11, 2011.
Teen phenom Justin Bieber has been talking up a semi-autobiographical movie for some time now, but things got real when Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) entered negotiations to direct. According to Deadline, Paramount has already set February 11, 2011 (Valentine’s Day weekend) for the 3D release. Bieber will play himself in the untitled biopic, which will feature excerpts from his current tour. The singer’s discovery is a story suited for the movies: the young Canadian started posting videos of his music to Youtube at the age of twelve. There, a former So So Def exec spotted him, got him in touch with Usher, and now Bieber is the idol of millions.
Bieber seems to be on the right track, in that you need to make sure “winner” follows “Oscar” when choosing a director for your musical biopic. Eminem’s 8 Mile, directed by Oscar-winner Curtis Hanson: respectable. 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’, directed by six-time Oscar-nominee Jim Sheridan: shite.
Most movie fans think the MTV Movie Awards are a joke. And they’re right. It’s usually nothing more than a legion of fanboys (and more recently girls) voting over and over for their really crappy favorite movie in every category and totally ignoring event’s potential. That sucks because, really, the potential is there. A Best Fight Award? The Biggest Badass Star Award? These are way cooler categories than Best Short Film Documentary.
Even though The Twilight Saga: New Moon has a lot of nomination, 2010 certainly promised to be different, thanks in large part to the host. Aziz Ansari (Funny People, Parks & Recreations) will be taking the reigns this year and his promos combine two of the things that make the MTV Movie Awards fun: great movie references and popular celebrities that have nothing to do with them. Case in point: the latest promo featuring Aziz and his best friend Justin Bieber watching The Hurt Locker in 4D. It’s so advanced, it’s like Jeremy Renner is in the room chastising you.
Hit the jump for this video and other promos for the show which have featured Sarah Silverman, Zac Efron and others. The MTV Movie Awards air Sunday, June 6th.