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Carson Daly to host 'Idol' rival 'The Voice.' Will he be a Seacrest or a Dunkleman?

carson-daly-trl-finaleImage Credit: Scott Gries/MTVMy immediate guess? A Seacrest. Honestly, though Last Call with Carson Daly revamped itself last year to focus on musicians, it’s been far too long since the guy has hosted a music-centric show that airs when most of the viewing public is conscious. So I’m ecstatic to see that he’s landed himself a primetime gig as host of American Idol‘s NBC rival, The Voice, which searches for the next big recording artist. “Carson is the perfect choice to host this exciting new series owing to his credibility, popularity, and relevance in both the music world and social media,” said Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming and Production Paul Telegdy in a release. “As he has demonstrated on his late night show, Carson has the knack of recognizing new talent, which is a key component in The Voice.”


Excess Hollywood: Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' to hit theaters summer 2012

  • Adjust your calendars accordingly: Ridley Scott’s Prometheus — starring Noomi Rapace — has been moved from March 9, 2012 to June 8, 2012. [THR]
  • More on Scott: Ridley and Tony Scott will produce The Drivers, a drama set in the 1960s surrounding the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a day-long car race. That’s a lot of Cheetos.
  • Mark Ivanir has replaced Jeremy Northam in A Late Quartet — also starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Christopher Walken — which follows a string quartet celebrating their 25th anniversary who fight to stay together. All they need is more cowbell. Too overused? Then how about we celebrate their 25 with a passport to Florida? [Variety]
  • Susanna Lo announced at Sundance she will direct Manson Girls, a film starring Taryn Manning, Heather Matarazzo, Tania Raymonde, and Monica Keena about eight women who followed Charles Manson. [Associated Press]
  • Magnolia announced it has acquired I Melt With You, an ensemble film starring Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, Christian McKay, Carla Gugino, and Sasha Grey. The story follows four drug-using friends (Jane, Piven, Lowe, and McKay) on a road trip in Big Sur, which can only play out like an after-school special.
  • Brian De Palma is set to direct Passion, a remake of the Gallic psychodrama hit Crime d’Amour. [Variety]
  • Roundabout Theatre Company announced that musical Death Takes a Holiday will open off-Broadway July 14, 2011. (Performances will begin June 10, 2011.) The musical follows a Prince who falls in love with an engaged women in an Italian villa. Oh no.

Excess Hollywood: 'Silent House' finds a home

  • HBO is close to nabbing remake rights to Ian Palmer’s documentary, Knuckle. The network would adapt the doc into a drama series about an Irish gypsy community’s fighting rituals. [Variety]
  • News from Sundance: Liddell Entertainment has acquired Silent House, a horror remake of La Casa Muda starring Elizabeth Olsen. The film follows a family who returns to their summer house after squatters destroyed it. Tsk tsk, Kimmy… [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: Bada Bing! James Gandolfini reunites with David Chase. Plus, four Sundance films find homes.

  • It’s a Sopranos reunion! James Gandolfini will star in David Chase’s feature film debut, Twylight Zones, set in 1960s New Jersey. Gandolfini is set to play a father who is concerned about his son’s (John Magaro) new role as the lead singer of a band called The Twylight Zones, and, strangely, not about his spelling skills. [Deadline]
  • Sherri Shepherd has been tapped to star alongside Christine Taylor (Zoolander) in Terri Minsky’s untitled office comedy pilot set in a beverage manufacturing company called Rip City Cola. Taylor plays the office’s new CEO, while Shepherd is on board to play an office troublemaker. Sexual maniac D’fwan still waiting on his role. [Deadline]
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey’s Anatomy) is in talks for Magic City, Starz’s drama set in mid-20th century Miami. Morgan would play a hotel-owner who “makes some strange bedfellows and many powerful enemies.” So… he’s the Ronnie? [Deadline]
  • National Geographic has acquired the Kevin MacDonald-directed and Ridley Scott-executive produced Life in a Day. For the film, MacDonald and Scott asked YouTube users to submit video of their day on July 24, 2010. MacDonald chose over 1,000 clips from 80,000 submissions for the film, which is 90 minutes long, and I hope entirely consisted of this video.
  • Sundance: IFC Films has picked up The Ledge, starring Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Terrence Howard, and Christopher Gorham. The thriller centers on a “believer” (Wilson) who forces a “non-believer” (Hunnam) to the top of a tall building, where he’s given the choice to to save his own life or someone else’s. I just say they all get along and work it out over the season 3 DVD of Sons of Anarchy like you all should.  READ FULL STORY

Excess Hollywood: Mark Ruffalo to play sex addict in 'Thanks for Sharing'

  • Mark Ruffalo will play a sex addict in The Kids Are All Right co-writer Stuart Blumberg’s directorial debut, Thanks for Sharing. The film will supposedly center on three addicts in recovery, which brings a whole new meaning to that title. [IndieWIRE]
  • Greg Kinnear and Jane Curtin have joined Sarah Jessica Parker in I Don’t Know How She Does It, a comedy about walking in glitter sand in heels a stressed-out working mom. Kinnear is set to play the Parker’s husband, while Curtin has been tapped for Kinnear’s mother. [Coming Soon]
  • TLC has announced that it has renewed Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, hosted by Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro, for a second season, which will premiere late in 2011.
  • Something to celebrate aboot: CBS and ION have made a U.S. syndication deal with Canada’s Flashpoint. [Deadline]

Excess Hollywood: James Franco picks up 'Iceman' job

  • James Franco, Michael Shannon, and Benicio Del Toro have all joined The Iceman. The film — which is based on Anthony Bruno’s The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer and Jim Thebaut’s documentary, The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer — centers on a contract killer (Shannon) who would freeze his victims. Del Toro will play the killer’s boss, while Franco plays his mentor, named Mr. Softee. I think we have a soundtrack!
  • High sci-fi(ve)! Sony has acquired Neill Blomkamp’s futuristic Elysium, which stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and District 9 star Sharlto Copley. [Deadline]
  • Rosie O’Donnell is set to host one-hour special with OWN following the May premiere of Becoming Chaz, a documentary centered on Chaz Bono.
  • Toast Mia Wasikowska’s busy 2011! The actress is circling both the Prohibition-centric The Wettest County in the World — starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy — and Stoker, which follows a teen whose uncle suddenly and mysteriously appears following her father’s death. [Variety]
  • Distributor-less, nevermore: Relativity Media has announced that it has acquired rights to The Raven, the thriller centered on Edgar Allen Poe starring John Cusack.
  • HBO and Bryan Singer have optioned Bye, Bye Life: The Loves and Deaths of Bob Fosse, a biography of the legendary choreographer. This will be the second Fosse biography brought to life — Fosse chronicled his own story in 1979’s All That Jazz. Encore? [THR]
  • Dawn Olivieri (Heroes) will star alongside Don Cheadle in Showtime’s House of Lies, about a less-than-honest management consultant. [Deadline]
  • GK Films has picked up The Man’s Guide to Love, a comedy pitch inspired by themansguidetolove.com, which features love advice via man-on-the-street interviews. ‘Cuz if anyone knows anything about love, it’s the guy in the skeleton costume. In January. [Deadline]

Excess Hollywood: 'The A-List' gets a second season

  • Logo has announced that it has renewed The A-List: New York for a second season. The original cast — Reichen Lehmkuhl, Rodiney Santiago, Mike Ruiz, Austin Armacost, Derek Lloyd Saathoff, Ryan Nickulas, and TJ Kelly — are all on tap to return. The network says fans can expect to see some new faces during the season as well. If only we can get some new voices.
  • The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz’s feature film directing debut will be Fun Size, a comedy about a girl who loses her little brother when taking him trick-or-treating. Did she check Peter Gallagher‘s eyebrows? [THR]
  • Release dates for Disney’s Frankenweenie and John Carter of Mars have shifted. Now, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie will hit theaters on Oct. 5, 2012 (instead of March 9, 2012) while Carter of Mars will be released March 9, 2012 (instead of June 8, 2012). [The Wrap]
  • Former Heroes actor Santiago Cabrera is the latest to join J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz, playing Sarah Jones’ character’s cop boyfriend, who will hopefully arrest Mohinder Suresh for years of dialogue abuse. [Deadline]
  • Sony has acquired rights to The Accidental Billionaires author Ben Mezrich’s Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History. Kevin Spacey — an exec producer on The Social Network, an adaptation of Mezrich’s Facebook-centric Billionaires — is set to exec produce the project. Mezrich’s book follows a scientist who developed to steal moon rocks from NASA for his girlfriend. Wow, Mary Bailey has gotten really demanding. [Variety]
  • I drink your sacrament! Samuel Goldwyn Films has nabbed There Will Be Dragons, a Wes Bentley-starring film about a journalist who delves into a mystery involving Opus Dei. [Deadline]

Excess Hollywood: Kyra Sedgwick climbs into 'Dibbuk Box'

  • After closing the door on The Closer, Kyra Sedgwick will open Dibbuk Box: The thriller, co-starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, follows a pair of parents whose daughter becomes fixated on a dangerous, mysterious box. Dangerous, I imagine, because it contains The Box. [Deadline]
  • Sony Pictures has acquired Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter at Sundance. The film centers on an Ohioan (Michael Shannon) who suddenly becomes compelled to build a storm shelter in his backyard. He becomes greatly disappointed when he realizes that the he who will come after he builds it is just Al Roker. [Variety]
  • Also at Sundance, HBO nabbed rights to Project Nim, a documentary about a chimp who’s raised as a human. First discovery: Even he disapproves of Ed. [Variety]
  • Even more from Sundance: A&E has acquired Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, a documentary about the famous cult director. Jack Nicholson, Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, and Sharktopus (hopefully) are all featured in the film. [Variety]
  • Vera Farmiga and Mia Wasikowska will star alongside Sam Neill, Sebastian Stan, and Anthony LaPaglia in a feature adaptation of Arthur Miller’s family tragedy, A View from the Bridge. [Variety]
  • Sundance Selects announced in a press release that it has acquired rights to Errol Morris’ Tabloid documentary, which follows Miss Wyoming, Joyce McKinney, who, in 1977, “flew to England with a pilot and a bodyguard to abduct the love of her life. Or was it to liberate him from a cult?” Where does this fall alongside yodeling ventriloquism on the beauty queen crazy chart?

Excess Hollywood: 'Storage Wars' locked in for second season

  • Sold! A&E announced at TCA that Storage Wars will get a second season.
  • Ridley Scott is set to produce Prophets of Science Fiction, a series profiling sci-fi legends like Gene Roddenberry, Isaac Asimov, and George Lucas, who severely needed a prophet to help him avoid this. [Variety]
  • Exorcism of Emily Rose director Scott Derrickson is attached to Relativity Media’s Goliath, an update of the Bible’s David and Goliath tale. Ronnie, this is your chance. [THR]

Excess Hollywood: Buddy Valastro joins yet another TLC show, will soon take over your life

  • Think Buddy Valastro will leave your TV anytime soon? Forgetaboutit! The Cake Boss star — who also headlines Next Great Baker — is attached to TLC daytime cooking series Kitchen Boss, which will “showcase Buddy’s traditional Italian recipes.” [Deadline]
  • Sam Rockwell is in talks to reunite with his The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford costar Brad Pitt and director Andrew Dominik in the heist-centric (and briefly titled) Cogan’s Trade, EW has confirmed. (The news was first reported by Deadline.)
  • Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance is developing a comedy about professional body-building with HBO. The comedy is inspired by a memoir by Sam Fussell called Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder. Now, this is something that deserves to be NC-17. [Deadline]
  • DreamWorks announced via press release that its 70-city Madagascar Live touring show kicks off at Radio City Music Hall on April 15.
  • Director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) has been tapped to helm Godzilla for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. The reboot is eying a release in 2012, when he will hopefully take on Mothra Roland Emmerich. [Variety]
  • Roadside Attractions has picked up The Music Never Stopped (thanks to Bruce Jenner for warning us) in the first major acquisition of the (impending) 2011 Sundance Film Festival, according to a press release. The film, a father-son bonding tale, stars J.K. Simmons, Lou Taylor Pucci, Cara Seymour, and Julia Ormond.

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