Tina Fey recently did an incredible job co-hosting the Golden Globes last month with Amy Poehler, but now it looks like she’ll be tackling something a bit more dramatic for an upcoming film. The Wrap reports that Fey is attached to star in and produce an adaptation of Kim Barker’s memoir The Taliban Shuffle, which recounts the journalist’s time in Kabul trying to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. As Barker delved deeper into the hapless countries, her love for them grew along with her fear for their future stability. Fey’s longtime 30 Rock executive producer/collaborator Robert Carlock will pen the Paramount feature film adaptation, and Lorne Michaels will also produce.
Fey balanced drama quite well in last year’s Admission, and she’ll be tackling the same kind of tone in Shawn Levy’s upcoming dramedy This Is Where I Leave You. Barker’s book is described as darkly comic, so one assumes Fey is a fine fit for the lead role. The actress will next be seen in Muppets Most Wanted. Read a synopsis for The Taliban Shuffle after the jump.
We’ve got a couple of TV casting stories to report on today. First up, Jay Baruchel has been tapped to lead a new FX comedy pilot called Man Seeking Woman, based on author Simon Rich’s book The Last Girlfriend on Earth. THR reports that Baruchel will play “a naïve romantic on a desperate quest for love” in the potential half-hour comedy series, which is described as a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating. Jonathan Krisel (SNL) will executive produce and direct the pilot, with Lorne Michaels also acting as executive producer. The show returns Baruchel to television after the actor shined on Judd Apatow’s short-lived Undeclared, and the pilot will be filmed in Toronto this spring.
Additionally, a trio of very talented actors have joined Kyle Chandler in the new Netflix series from the creators of Damages. Hit the jump for more.
The network upfront presentations are upon us, and one of the first big pieces of news to be announced concerns NBC’s late night shakeup. The network previously revealed that Jimmy Fallon will be taking over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno next year, and rumors have been swirling for months that Saturday Night Live veteran and current head writer Seth Meyers might land the Late Night gig once Fallon exits. Well NBC confirmed today that Meyers will indeed be taking over as the host of NBC’s Late Night when Fallon leaves the show next year, vacating his position at SNL.
Lorne Michaels, who produces both SNL and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, will stay on as executive producer of Late Night under Meyers’ tutelage, and Michael Shoemaker will remain the show’s producer. This leaves the head writer slot at SNL open, and many have already been suggesting comedian/SNL writer John Mulaney for the job. Also vacant at SNL will be the Weekend Update desk, so start those betting pools now. Hit the jump to read NBC’s press release on the matter. Late Night with Seth Meyers will premiere sometime in 2014.
Jay Leno’s return to The Tonight Show will prove to be short-lived. A report surfaced late last month that NBC was looking to tap Jimmy Fallon as the new host of The Tonight Show in 2014, forcing Leno out of the seat just five years after he returned under rather unfortunate circumstances that saw Conan O’Brien shoved out of his dream job. Now NBC has confirmed that Fallon will indeed begin his tenure as the new host of The Tonight Show in Spring 2014, with production of the series moving from Los Angeles to 30 Rock in New York City. Moreover, Fallon’s Late Night producer and SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels is signing on to executive produce the New York-set Tonight Show.
As for who will take the reins of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, reports indicate that SNL veteran and current head writer Seth Meyers is in negotiations to take over the gig from Fallon. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
It appears that Jimmy Fallon may be making the move to NBC’s The Tonight Show sooner rather than later. A new report from the New York Times claims that Fallon has received an offer to take over from Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show by no later than 2014. Moreover, the show will be moving from Los Angeles back to New York City. Fallon has excelled as the host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon since the show’s debut in 2009, and NBC appears to be very pleased with his performance thus far. There appears to be a bit of resistance to making the move to the Tonight Show so soon though, specifically from Late Night producer Lorne Michaels. Hit the jump for more, including who might replace Fallon on Late Night.
Jim Carrey will indeed be heading into heist territory with his next film. We reported back in October that Carrey was in negotiations to star in director Jared Hess’ (Napoleon Dynamite) action-comedy Loomis Fargo, and Relativity Media announced today that the deal has closed and the actor will be fronting the film. The pic is inspired by true events and tells the story of a disgruntled bank employee who teams up with his work crush to conspire to rob Loomis Fargo. Though the plot sounds a tad similar to Carrey’s Fun with Dick and Jane, hopefully it’ll provide another opportunity to mix timely subject matter with some well-crafted humor.
Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn (Baby Mama) will produce, while Danny McBride and Jody Hill are onboard as executive producers. A female lead has yet to be announced, but production is hoping to get underway this April in North Carolina. Hit the jump to read the press release.
Just a few days ago, we got word that the Academy was possibly closing in on a host for this year’s Oscar ceremony. They were apparently keen on having Jimmy Fallon tackle hosting duties with SNL’s Lorne Michaels producing, but ABC wasn’t exactly thrilled to have Fallon—who competes against the network’s Jimmy Kimmel in late night—take the spotlight. At the time I wrote that Fallon could actually be a nice fit for the gig, but apparently it’s not meant to be. During a Today Show interview with Matt Lauer (via The Wrap), Fallon revealed that he graciously turned the job down:
“I’m not gonna do the Oscars. I was honored to be asked by the Academy, but it’s not my year.”
The SNL vet did a terrific job hosting the 2010 Primetime Emmys, so I sincerely hope he reconsiders in the future. Nevertheless, we press on as the Academy continues their search for the 85th Academy Awards host. Sound off in the comments with your picks. My vote enthusiastically goes to Emma Stone.
Summer is finally, hopefully winding down to a close, and it’s time to start talking about Oscar yet again. Though we’ve likely only seen a couple of possible contenders for the 85th Academy Awards thus far, the Academy is busy with their first priority: sorting out who will host the ceremony. According to the LA Times, Jimmy Fallon is in talks to host this year’s Oscars, but there may be a bit of a hiccup. The Academy president is keen on the idea of Fallon hosting, but ABC—who broadcasts the show—apparently has some reservations. They’re not high on showcasing Fallon, since the late night talk show host competes with ABC’s Jimmy Kimmell for viewers. Hit the jump for more.
This weekend is the press junket for the raunchy and outrageous comedy That’s My Boy, in which Adam Sandler plays Donny Berger, the screw-up who became a teenage parent when his smoking hot teacher gave birth to his child while in jail. While Collider was there, we got the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with actor Andy Samberg about how he got involved with the film, how much fun he had on set, and what it was like to have Adam Sandler and Susan Sarandon playing his parents.
We’ll run what he had to say about the film closer to its June 15th release, but we did want to share what he had to say about the news that he has officially left Saturday Night Live, what made now the right time, how difficult the decision was, what that conversation with executive producer Lorne Michaels was like, and his hopes to continue contributing to the show, in some way. Also talked about where he’d like to go next with his career, making another The Lonely Island album, how uncomfortable his tight white shorts were for Grown Ups 2, who he’s playing in The To Do List, and how excited he is for the release of the animated feature Hotel Transylvania. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
The popular SNL Digital Short series Laser Cats got a new installment last night featuring none other than the legendary Steven Spielberg. And with the Spielberg touch, just about everything in the short parodied the director’s most popular movies, or at least his popular popcorn movies. Don’t expect to see any Saving Private Ryan or Schindler’s List references floating around. Even though you won’t see anyone shouting “Give Us Us Free!” it’s nice that Spielberg decided to drop by and join in the Laser Cats fun even though he wasn’t promoting an upcoming movie or TV series.
Hit the jump to check out the short, which also stars Laser Cats regulars Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels.
Back in November of 2009, actor Alec Baldwin dropped a bit of a bomb saying that he was going to walk away from acting after finishing the sixth season of 30 Rock in 2012. While there’s also been rumblings from Baldwin that the sixth season would also be its last, executive producer Lorne Michaels recently said the show would continue with a seventh season with or without Baldwin playing Jack Donaghy. Now a recent article from The New York Times discussing Baldwin’s political aspirations says that even after Baldwin leaves the show as a series regular, he’ll still “appear occasionally in future episodes” while he’s enrolled in a master’s program in politics and government. If anything it sounds like Baldwin will still guest star from time to time, but I doubt it will be anything substantial. It’ll be interesting to see if the show can sustain itself without Jack Dongahy around, but as a longtime fan, I’m willing to see what they can do without Baldwin as a series regular.
The 37th season of the staple late night comedy sketch series Saturday Night Live is just around the corner, and two of the new season’s hosts have just been revealed. In an interview with Lorne Michaels for The New York Times, the producer revealed Alec Baldwin will return for a record 16th time as host of the season premiere, and breakout Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy has been lined up to host the second episode. In addition, no one has been axed while on hiatus this summer as the show’s entire cast is said to return this fall. Baldwin hosting is always a treat and I’m eager to see what McCarthy does in a sketch comedy setting. Here’s hoping the writers come through for both of them and deliver some quality sketches.
The Judd Apatow-produced comedy Bridesmaids hits theaters this weekend, and it’s pretty much getting raves from everyone who’s seen it. One of the breakout stars of the film is Melissa McCarthy, and now McCarthy and Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo have sold a comedy pitch of their own to Paramount. Deadline reports that Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn will produce the flick, which is being developed for McCarthy to star.
Originally hatched by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone (who also appears in Bridesmaids), the premise is described as follows: “When your husband is ill and his doctors are out of ideas, piling in the minivan with your pals to steal the Stanley Cup is one way to go.” McCarthy, Mumolo and Falcone are all Groundlings vets. If you’ve haven’t seen Bridesmaids yet, do yourself a favor and go see one of the best comedies of the year.
After last night’s huge influx of news from Fox about series pick-ups, renewals and cancellations, it’s now NBC’s turn to announce some of their new series that we can look forward to in the fall. As of now there seems to be some dissension amongst the news outlets online as to whether or not Wonder Woman will actually get picked up, and other potential series like The Playboy Club are rumored for a pick-up but we haven’t heard anything official yet.
After the jump, check out the four new series that have definitely been picked up to premiere sometime this fall including a new sitcom from stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings, another comedy from Christina Applegate, a Broadway musical series from producer Steven Spielberg, and the stateside remake of the British crime drama Prime Suspect.
Kenan Thompson has been kicking around Saturday Night Live for six years now and he’s finally going to get a movie out of it. Deadline reports that SNL‘s executive producer Lorne Michaels has set Thompson to star in the original high-concept comedy Party Starters. SNL writer Bryan Tucker will pen the screenplay. While I want to say that I’m grateful the movie won’t come out of Thompson’s recurring sketches, MacGruber has taught me not to write off an SNL movie before it’s fully cooked. Classic MacGruber.
Thompson will be providing the voice of Greedy Smurf in the upcoming 3D live-action/CGI family flick The Smurfs. To the surprise of no one, Thompson’s starring roles in Good Burger and Fat Albert did not launch his film career.