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'Prison Break' creator, McG plot pop-culture savvy private eye drama for ABC

Magnum-PI-simon-and-simonImage Credit: Everett CollectionThis could be awesome: McG and Prison Break creator Paul T. Scheuring are developing I, PI – an hour-long drama about a private investigator who learned everything he knows about his chosen profession from favorite childhood shows like Magnum, P.I. and Simon & Simon, and subconsciously emulates the TV sleuths on the job – for ABC. A rep for Scheuring confirms he’s writing the pilot script, which McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) is hoping to direct if it gets picked up. I’m loving this for multiple reasons: 1) McG also helmed the Chuck pilot, to which I imagine I, PI will have a similar irreverent tone. 2) It sounds like a role tailor-made for someone as charming as Castle‘s Nathan Fillion — and who doesn’t want to see more of that kind of man on TV? (I’m feeling Friday night, not because I’d want ABC to bury it, but because it’s the kind of show I’d want to watch at the end of a week that’s left me too exhausted to go anywhere but my couch. I suspect other viewers old enough to remember Magnum and Simon & Simon are working just as hard.)

Based on the little information we have, who could you see playing the PI if it gets a pilot order? And what inspiration would you like him to draw from Thomas Magnum and Rick and A.J. Simon? Magnum’s short shorts, no. Rick’s penchant for heavage, yes. (Magnum was set in Hawaii and Simon & Simon in San Diego, so we expect the guy to have picked a locale in which he can tan.) For inspiration, we’ve embedded the pilot of the shows below. Head to Hulu to watch full episodes of Simon & Simon and Magnum, P.I. Suddenly hoping for rain this holiday weekend? READ FULL STORY

Seth Green and Matthew Senreich let viewers pull the strings in 'ControlTV'

Robot Chicken Emmy winners Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are tackling reality TV — on the Internet. They’ve created ControlTV, a show that will follow six weeks in the life of a man in his twenties, as the audience votes, in real time, on decisions in his life — from what he wears and eats, to where he works, to who he dates. The show, which will begin production in Los Angeles this fall, will be distributed by DBG (www.dbg.tv). The highlights of each day’s action will be edited into a webisode, concluding with a vote. The series has partnered with Ford and Sprint, so the Man Puppet (our term) will drive a 2011 Ford Fiesta and use Sprint’s new HTC EVO4G phone. (I’m surprisingly okay with product tie-ins when the whole point of a show is manipulation. But I stand behind my tweet last night after a certain scripted series on USA: “For every BMW/Bud Light product placement shot on Covert Affairs, I’d like an Auggie sex scene.”)

What do you think about ControlTV? I trust Green and Senreich to make this moving Choose Your Own Adventure book fun. And they appear to have aligned themselves with the right people, who will serve as fellow exec producers: Richard Saperstein, former president of Dimension Films; Bachelor director Ken Fuchs; award-winning commercial director Stephen Kessler; and interactive technology expert Craig Ullman. Will you play?

Excess Hollywood: John Woo tackles 3-D, John Cusack will play Poe


  • John Cusack has been cast as Edgar Allen Poe in the fictional thriller The Raven, which will be directed by Ninja Assassin‘s James McTeigue. The story will follow the finale five days of the writer’s life, when he goes in search of a Poe-inspired serial killer, and a way to get the raven to just stop quothing Say Anything… already. [THR]
  • Face/Off director John Woo will make his IMAX debut with his next film, the WWII-set Flying Tigers (hooray for evolution!), IMAX Corporation announced in a press release.
  • In scrumtrulescent news: Recent Emmy winner Betty White is set to appear on Inside the Actor’s Studio this fall. [Access Hollywood]
  • Frank Langella has been tapped to lead the jury for this year’s Zurich Film Festival, while Isabella Rossellini will head the jury for the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. [Variety, Variety]
  • Michael Rapaport, Mary McCormack, Kelly Osbourne, B.J. Britt, Ed Asner, and Carol Cane have joined the cast of Should’ve Been Romeo, an indie comedy that follows a potato chip pitchman who is faced with sudden unemployment and a visit from his grandfather. Hey, there’s always money in Chipotlaway. [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: Shenae Grimes says she'll cameo in 'Scream 4'


  • Shenae Grimes (90210), confused as to how Twitter works, tweeted “hush hush” news and a picture of herself alongside Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale on the set of Scream 4: “on set waiting to bang out my cameo in scream 4! All hush hush but stay tuned! X” [Shenae Grimes]
  • William Hurt is on board to play Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in the adaptation of Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big To Fail, while Curtis Hanson has been tapped to direct the film about the 2008 financial crisis. [Deadline]
  • Maria Bello and Stephen Dorff will star in Carjacked, a thriller about a single mom and a bank robber who hijacks her car. [Variety]
  • Albert Brooks is set to join Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, and Bryan Cranston in Drive, which follows a stunt driver-turned-getaway-driver (Gosling). Brooks will play a member of the New York mob who moves to Los Angeles, because what’s the point of Big Apple crime if dreamy, squatting Lupo can’t question you?! [Deadline]
  • Wax on, wax skadoosh!: Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff, who penned Kung Fu Panda, will write The Karate Kid sequel. [THR]

Excess Hollywood: Jim Caviezel boards 'Transit'


  • Jim Caviezel is on board, alongside Elisabeth Rohm, Harold Perrineau, and Diora Baird, for Transit, a thriller about a suburban family that’s chased by a band of bank robbers who stashed stolen cash in the family’s SUV. And you thought the most exciting thing about suburbia was Chili’s. [THR]
  • Basic Instinct helmer Paul Verhoeven is set to direct Hidden Force, which is based on the Louis Couperus novel. [Variety]
  • Derek Waters, the man behind Funny or Die’s Drunk History, will partner with Michael Cera and Emily Kapnek to develop an FX comedy about “a high school graduate who’s content with his meager lifestyle — until his girlfriend dumps him for being ‘stuck’ between childhood and adulthood.” This description will undoubtedly be funnier when your drunk friend reads it back to you. [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: Ben Stiller teams with Brett Ratner and Brian Grazer for heist flick


  • EW confirms Ben Stiller will partner with Brett Ratner and Brian Grazer for Tower Heist, which follows a broke building manager who plans to steel back his pension, which was lost in a Bernie Madoff-style scheme.
  • Doug Liman is set to direct All You Need is Kill, a time-traveling film about a soldier who comes back to life via time loop after being killed by aliens. Damn you, Ben Linus! That wheel screwed over a lot of people. [Variety]
  • In appropriate-title news: Mercy‘s Taylor Schilling has been tapped to star alongside Zac Efron in The Lucky One. [THR]
  • David Lynch is serving as Guest Artistic Director for the AFI Fest. [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: Chris Wedge picks up 'Lives of Monster Dogs'


  • In today’s second piece of Frankenstein-related news: WedgeWorks has picked up Lives of the Monster Dogs, a “postmodern Frankenstein-style novel” by Kirsten Bakis about a group of dogs genetically engineered to walk and “use voice boxes to communicate.” (And, undoubtedly, do this?) Chris Wedge (Ice Age) will write the screenplay with Adam Kline. [THR]
  • Matthew Lillard and Jon Polito have been tapped to appear in the indie film From the Head. The feature is inspired by writer-director George Griffith’s experience working as a New York City strip club bathroom attendant. [Variety]

'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' star Rooney Mara is 'exceptionally gifted,' says her 'Youth in Revolt' director

Rooney-MaraImage Credit: James Atoa/Everett CollectionAfter news broke yesterday that Rooney Mara had landed the lead role of Lisbeth Salander in the three-picture Hollywood adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, interest in the relatively unknown actress spiked, landing her in the top 10 Google search trends.

Mara most recently starred in the 2010 reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street update and 2009’s Youth in Revolt, in which she played Portia Doubleday’s promiscuous roommate Taggarty. “She auditioned for the role of Sheeni [which went to Doubleday] and was great,” says Youth director Miguel Arteta. “We were debating the right person for that part, and she was among the people we loved. We wanted her in the movie and asked if she would do this smaller part, and she was gracious enough to do it.”

And while it’s no small task to go from a supporting role in an indie comedy to the title character in a hotly anticipated U.S. remake of a literary phenomenon, Arteta sounds unconcerned, calling Mara an “exceptionally talented” actress. “She’s got that perfect combination of mystery and familiarity that it takes to make a movie star,” he says. “The reason I cast her was because she had to be able to look at somebody and seduce them without a word. She has one of those gazes where you can see so much into what she’s thinking, without her saying anything.”

But with a high-profile gig like Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy comes intense scrutiny, something that Arteta believes the Lisbeth-to-be is more than capable of handling. He says: READ FULL STORY

JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater's publicist: 'There's a lot of stuff that's coming in'

Steven-Slater-BragmanImage Credit: Todd Williamson/WireImage.comQuitting your job usually leads to bookmarking Monster.com on your laptop and watching M*A*S*H DVDs in your underwear, not fame and fortune. Of course, if for your final act at said job you lay down an expletive-laced tirade over an intercom system and exit via an emergency escape tube, the way former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater reportedly did, the standard rules may not apply. After a week of his story saturating a strangely obsessed media, on Sunday Slater procured the services of top publicist Howard Bragman to help deal with media relations and manage the numerous offers said to be coming his way.

First, however, there’s the little matter of sorting out the legal ramifications stemming from Slater’s public display at the end of that fateful JetBlue flight (he’s been charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, felonies that could have him looking at seven years in prison). “We don’t get out of the starting gate until we get through the criminal charges and deal with what happened on the airplane,” Bragman says.

Though there are, apparently, plenty of opportunities to consider. READ FULL STORY

Excess Hollywood: Doug Liman does reality for A&E


  • Doug Liman is trying his hand at reality TV: A&E has ordered a pilot from The Bourne Identity director called The Unexplained, which highlights first-person accounts of paranormal phenomena. Like this. [THR]
  • School’s in session once again: Jack Black will collaborate with School of Rock director Richard Linklater for dark comedy Bernie. [THR]
  • Ethan Hawke has been tapped to play a violinist in the indie drama A Late Quartet. [Variety]
  • IFC has picked up Portlandia, a comedy starring Fred Armisen about “the people and values of Portland, Ore.” [THR]

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