CBS Orders Matthew Perry’s ODD COUPLE, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Kevin Williamson’s STALKER, and More to Series

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Fresh off the glut of NBC news earlier today, CBS has announced a few series orders.  Briefly:

  • In a surprise to no one, the spinoff NCIS: New Orleans will be moving forward to series.  NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles consistently rank as the most watched shows on network TV next to The Big Bang Theory.
  • Additionally, the Matthew Perry-fronted comedy redo The Odd Couple is a go, as is the multigenerational family comedy The McCarthys from showrunner Bob Daily.
  • Elsewhere the drama side, Kevin Williamson’s psychological thriller Stalker, the Tea Leoni-fronted Secretary of State show Madam Secretary, and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman’s cyber-themed Scorpion are going to series.  They join the previously announced Battle Creek, from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.
  • Still no official word on How I Met Your Dad, though a series order is expected.  That said, everyone expected Beverly Hills Cop to go forward last year too.

Hit the jump to read synopses for the new CBS series.

Chloe Grace Moretz to Star in THE 5TH WAVE; Salma Hayek Brings Voice to SAUSAGE PARTY; Thomas Lennon Joins MONSTER TRUCKS

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Casting across the live-action/animation spectrum:

  • Chloe Grace Moretz is in final negotiations to star in Sony’s adaptation of Rick Yancey‘s young adult novel The 5th Wave.
  • Salma Hayek joins Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, and David Krumholtz in the voice cast for the R-rated cartoon Sausage Party.
  • Thomas Lennon joins Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, and Holt McCallany in the live-action/animation hybrid Monster Trucks.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Rawson Marshall Thurber to Direct CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE; Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant to Write Screenplay

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We’re the Millers was a sleeper hit this past summer, and I’m surprised there hasn’t publicly been any movement on a sequel.  In any event, the film’s director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, is lining up a new project by signing on to helm Choose Your Own AdventureWe first reported on the adaptation of the book series last year with 20th Century Fox and producer John Davis hoping to turn Choose Your Own Adventure into a “cross-platform four-quadrant action adventure franchise.”  That’s clearly not going to be in the R-rated territory of Millers, but the director handled PG-13 comedy incredibly well with 2004′s Dodgeball, a film that still holds up ten years later.

Unfortunately, THR also reports that screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant will be handling the script.  What’s frustrating about the duo is they know how to be funny.  Reno 911! and The State are proof.  But Lennon and Garant really pander to the lowest common denominator in their scripts for the Night at the Museum franchise as well as The Pacifier.  Then again, they also wrote the book How to Make Movies for Fun and Profit, which could also be titled Yeah, We Know Those Movies Suck, but They’re Financially Successful, so There.  It’s actually a pretty good book.

Ed Helms to Star in THE NAKED GUN Reboot for Paramount

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Apparently Ed Helms has become the go-to guy for classic comedy reboots.  He was poised to topline New Line’s Vacation reboot until creative differences over the film’s rating led to it being delayed, and now Paramount has tapped Helms to step in for Leslie Nielsen on a reboot of The Naked GunVariety reports that Helms will star in a new Naked Gun film with Night at the Museum and Reno 911! scribes Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant penning the screenplay.  Plot details are unknown at this time, but Helms will be playing a new version of the Frank Drebin character that Nielsen made famous in director David Zucker’s 1988 original The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Paramount went on to make two more Naked Gun sequels in 1991 and 1994, and the films carried Nielsen’s signature brand of slapstick humor.  It should be interesting to see if this new film will be in keeping with that style or if Lennon and Garant will tailor the redo more to Helms’ sensibilities.  Watch the trailer for the original film after the jump.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Creator Mitch Hurwitz to Direct Comedy GUINEA PIGGING

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After bringing Arrested Development back from the dead on Netflix earlier this year, creator Mitch Hurwitz is ready to step into the feature film world.  THR reports that Hurwitz will direct the comedy Guinea Pigging for Fox 2000 with Night at the Museum scribes Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant writing the script.  The story is based on a 2008 New Yorker article about the world of people who make a living acting as test subjects for drug companies, hospitals, and pharmacies.  The script is described as “a sophisticated comedy about a human drug test subject who volunteers for testing at a pharmaceutical company and experiences unusual side effects.”

This will mark Hurwitz’s feature directorial debut, though he has directed several episodes of Arrested Development.  Though Lennon and Garant have made a living penning more family friendly pics like The Pacifier and Herbie Fully Loaded, the Reno 911! duo have also written a number of more adult-oriented projects like this year’s comedy Hell Baby.  With Hurwitz onboard to direct, one imagines Guinea Pigging falls into the latter category.

Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant Talk HELL BABY, Casting, Improvisation, Writing the BAYWATCH Movie, and More

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From writer/directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911!), the outrageous horror comedy Hell Baby tells the story of expectant couple Jack (Rob Corddry) and Vanessa (Leslie Bibb), who move into a haunted fixer-upper in New Orleans and soon find themselves enlisting the help of the Vatican’s elite exorcism team.  An overly friendly neighbor living in the house’s crawl space (Keegan Michael Key), Vanessa’s Wiccan sister (Riki Lindhome), and two inept detectives (Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer) only add to the ever-growing chaos and mayhem unfolding around them.

At the film’s press day, first-time feature directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how they ended up as a writing and directing team, their writing process, having complete freedom on their first independent feature, getting to cast who they wanted, and how much improvisation went on.  They also talked about how they went in for a general meeting at Paramount and ended up writing the Baywatch: Red Tide script, which references some of the crazy storylines from the TV show.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Exclusive Clip from HELL BABY Featuring Writers-Directors-Stars Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant Sharing the Peace with Rob Huebel & Paul Scheer

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We’re happy to bring you an exclusive clip from writers-directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant’s Hell Baby, which features the duo arriving on the scene of a gruesome murder as the not-so-conventional Vatican exorcism team.  This early look also stars Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer as two detectives overwhelmed by the rising body count.  Get caught up on the horror-comedy with this recently-released red-band trailer and read Matt’s Sundance review here.

Also starring Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key and Michael Ian Black, Hell Baby opens in limited release on September 6th.  Hit the jump to watch our exclusive clip.

Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant Describe Their BAYWATCH Script as “Basically RENO 911! with Sexy People”

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At the press day for the horror comedy Hell Baby, from writer/directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911!), Collider got the opportunity to chat with the hilarious pair.  While we will post what they had to say about that film, closer to its September 6th theatrical release, we did want to share what they had to say about the Baywatch movie that they’ve written, and that Garant plans to direct.

During the interview, they talked about how they went in for a general meeting at Paramount and ended up writing the Baywatch: Red Tide script, that they’d like to make a bunch of movies, how it’s basically Reno 911! with sexy people, that it’s a Point Break-type action-comedy, and that they did reference some of the crazy storylines from the TV show.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

New Red-Band Trailer for HELL BABY Starring Rob Corddry, Keegan Michael Key, and Leslie Bibb

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A new red-band trailer for the horror parody Hell Baby has been released online.  From writers/directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, the film follows a husband (Rob Corddry) and his pregnant wife (Leslie Bibb) who move into a haunted house in a crappy New Orleans neighborhood, and then need the help of a couple Italian exorcists (Lennon and Garant) when the wife becomes possessed.  The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to mixed reviews (read Matt’s here), but this trailer shows that the film definitely has at least a few solid laughs.  Unsurprisingly, Keegan Michael Key is the highlight.

Hit the jump to watch the red-band trailer.  The film also stars Riki Lindhome, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Kumail Nanjiani, and Michael Ian Black.  Hell Baby will be available on iTunes on July 25th, and hits theaters on September 6th.

Trailer for Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant’s HELL BABY Starring Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, and Keegan Michael Key

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Millennium Entertainment has released a trailer for the horror parody Hell Baby.  The film follows a husband (Rob Corddry) and his pregnant wife (Leslie Bibb) who move into a haunted house in a crappy New Orleans neighborhood, and then need the help of a couple Italian exorcists (writer-directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant) when the wife becomes possessed.  I caught the film at Sundance, and there’s a solid 30 minutes of hilarious material, which wouldn’t be so bad if the film wasn’t 90 minutes long.  That hit-to-miss ratio is pretty well demonstrated in this trailer, which mostly features Lennon and Garant doing their silly Italian accents.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Riki Lindhome, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Keegan Michael Key, Kumail Nanjiani, and Michael Ian BlackHell Baby will be available on iTunes on July 25th, and hits theaters on September 6th.

First Red-Band Trailer for RAPTURE-PALOOZA Starring Anna Kendrick, John Francis Daley, and Craig Robinson

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The first red-band trailer director Paul Middleditch’s post-apocalyptic comedy Rapture-Palooza has been released online.  The film stars Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and John Francis Daley (Freaks and Geeks, Bones) as a couple who must battle their way through the end of the world following The Rapture in order to defeat the Antichrist (Craig Robinson).  I was born and raised in the Bible Belt so the rapture comedy aspect of the film certainly hits home for me, and the cast looks to be having fun with the pic’s outlandish premise.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, Rob Heubel, John Michael HigginsAna Gasteyer, and Ken JeongRapture-Palooza will be available in theaters and on demand on June 7th.

Sundance 2013: HELL BABY Review

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If writer-directors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant had put more effort into their new film Hell Baby, they could have had one of the best parodies of recent horror movies.  The film has some huge laughs as well as some insight into the genre’s weaknesses, but Lennon and Garant’s sketch comedy roots wreck the picture in the worst way.  They’re content to let their scenes run on way too long, they have no idea how to tie their scenes together, and the result feels like we’re in the middle of something that’s being workshopped rather than a finished feature.  Despite a memorable performance from Keegan Michael Key, Hell Baby feels like a gigantic waste of potential that keeps us interested because we’re waiting for the next great joke.

Kat Dennings Returns for THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Joel Kinnaman Joins Terrence Malick’s KNIGHT OF CUPS, Olivia Williams Signs for TEN

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We’ve got a few exciting casting stories to share this evening.  First up, though many believed her character would be left out of the sequel, Deadline reports that Kat Dennings is indeed returning for Thor: The Dark World.  Details are thin, but apparently her role of Darcy Lewis has been expanded for the follow-up opposite Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth.  I thought Dennings’ comic relief was spot-on in Thor, so this comes as welcome news for the follow-up.  Production is set to begin imminently with director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) at the helm, Christopher Eccelston as the new baddie, and Tom Hiddleston returning as that pesky Loki.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning Terrence Malick’s upcoming drama Knight of Cups and the Arnold Schwarzenegger thriller Ten.

Shawn Levy’s THE INTERNSHIP Will Take Place at Google, Plus More Set Photos

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If you’re going to center your movie’s plot around a cutting-edge technology firm, take a lesson from director Shawn Levy and choose Google.  Levy’s The Internship stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as two out of touch salesmen who reinvent themselves at a tech company through a highly contentious internship. Today on Twitter, Levy revealed that the company would be the very real, and very progressive, Google.  The director has also accompanied his Tweets of late with set photos.  Hit the jump to check them out.

MADAGASCAR Director Tom McGrath in Talks to Direct RENTAGHOST Starring Ben Stiller

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Director Tom McGrath (Megamind) may make his live-action debut directing denizens of the afterlife in Rentaghost, starring Ben Stiller.  The picture, inspired by a British children’s TV series, follows “an American turnaround consultant who is sent to the UK to reinvigorate a failing company,” and finds jobs for ghosts and ghouls. Having co-directed all three of the wildly successful Madagascar movies, McGrath would reunite with Stiller, who voiced Alex the Lion in the animated films.

Before Fox picked the picture up from Warner Bros., it had starred Russell Brand in the lead role.  With Stiller attached and Night at the Museum scribes, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant writing, McGrath’s addition could further seal up box-office gold as families will likely head to the theaters in droves when the movie opens next year.  McGrath’s entry into negotiations comes via Variety.

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