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Excess Hollywood: 'Moneyball' to get the ball rolling Sept. 23

  • Sony’s Moneyball has a release date: The baseball movie — starring Brad Pitt — is banking on Sept. 23 to rake in box office gold. [Variety]
  • An idea that’s not dum dum: Adult Swim has ordered 12 episodes of NTSF:SD:SUV, a comedy from The League‘s Paul Scheer that parodies police procedurals. The concept began as a skit for Rob Corddry’s Childrens Hospital. [Deadline]
  • Mira Sorvino will topline Union Square, an indie about two estranged sisters. They should head on over to Chat ‘n Chew for some mac and cheese — that’ll inspire anyone to patch things up quickly.
  • Universal tweeted that The Thing prequel — about researches who discover a mysterious being in Antarctica — will be in theaters Oct. 13. [Universal Pictures]
  • Summit is in talks to acquire Game Theory, the action-thriller script from Michael Alan Lerner about a game theorist who finds himself in the middle of a “global incident.” Alright, when are we going to see a Professor version of Super Friends made up of National Treasure‘s Nicolas Cage, The Da Vinci Code‘s Tom Hanks, and this guy? [Variety]
  • Meagen Fay will star alongside Raven-Symoné in ABC Family’s The Great State of Georgia as a Southern landlady in New York. ] [Deadline]
  • TV veteran Bob Cohen has optioned the rights to Diary of a Dysfunctional Flight Attendant for a scripted series. The book hones in on the bizarre world of pilots and flight attendants; Cohen sees the show being a sitcom akin to The Office. Fitting, because we’ve all sat next to a Creed on a plane. [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: Relativity eats up David Ellis 3-D shark flick

  • Relativity has picked up a 3-D shark thriller directed by Final Destination helmer David Ellis — and starring Dustin Milligan and Katharine McPhee — that will head to theaters in 2011. If only 3-D was in vogue back in 1999.
  • Girls Aloud singer Kimberly Walsh has joined Anjelica Huston and Richard E. Grant in the 3-D children’s feature Horrid Henry: The Movie. For the kiddies. [Variety]
  • Lorbor (rhymes with “arbor”?) Films has acquired rights to The Woodmans, a documentary about a family of artists. [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: ABC Family to bring 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' to couch-dwelling Muggles

  • Grab the butterbeer for a viewing party at home: ABC Family has nabbed rights for the final two Harry Potter films: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part I and Part 2. [Variety]
  • Gael Garcia Bernal has been tapped to star as Roberto Duran in a biopic about the boxer. Hollywood, why would you want to rough up this face?! [The Wrap]
  • She is no man — she’s a mom: The Lord of the Rings‘ Miranda Otto will star in Fox’s pilot Locke & Key, about a woman who raises her three children after a horrible, dramatic event in their lives. [Deadline]
  • BBC and Discovery Channel are teaming up for History of the World, a news series that will chronicle 20,000 years of humanity. The show will “narrate key moments of human history and explain how they affected the world using dramatic reconstruction and computer graphics to highlight events, conflicts, and characters that have shaped our destiny.” During what period of evolution does this character fit in? [THR]
  • Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will direct Doc and Howie, a comedy about two men who accidentally kill an elderly woman when they refuse to help her with her groceries, and must decide whether to tell the truth to her attractive granddaughters. Not sure why this plan isn’t an option. [Reuters]
  • Majandra Delfino will play Raven Symone’s geeky best bud in The Great State of Georgia. Because this girl really screams “geek.” But she’ll probably have glasses! And a ponytail! Ugh, what is that? [Deadline]
  • Vh1 has greenlit a reality series centered around the wives of extreme sports athletes. I would say this sounds like Vh1′s most dangerous program to participate in, but I think we know which one really took that prize. [THR]

Excess Hollywood: 'Lost' exec producer goes back (Jack) to the Civil War

  • It’s a big day for Civil War-era projects: Lost executive producer Carlton Cuse and Secretariat director Randall Wallace will create a series for ABC set back during the Civil War. Not much is known about the show at this time, besides that it will be set in Virginia, be considered an “event” series, and is not at all about purgatory until you find out that it really is. [Variety]
  • NBC is developing The Catch, a reality show in which cast members catch things. Wasn’t this called Jersey Shore?  [THR]
  • Oh, to be in England: Carol Kane and Ellen Burstyn will appear alongside Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss in The Children’s Hour on London’s West End. [Variety]
  • Midnight Run writer George Gallo and NBC are developing Dr. Houseenry, a medical drama that follows an eccentric psychiatrist who solves patients’ problems with a helpful team. [Deadline]
  • Comedy Central has ordered an animated pilot from Robot Chicken‘s ShadowMachine that will showcase shorts in all animation formats. That’s short films, but I would love to see a show all about these. [Deadline]

Excess Hollywood: Rob Riggle in talks with CBS for Robert Smigel sitcom

  • Rob Riggle is in talks with CBS to make us giggle in a half-hour comedy pilot from Robert Smigel about a real estate agent who pulls a Biff and ends up working for the nerd he tortured in high school. [Deadline]
  • When Wolverine meets Fox: Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has signed a two-year development and production deal with the studio. The Wolverine — starring Hugh Jackman — will be the first feature under the deal. [Variety]
  • Sony has moved the release date for Cameron Diaz’s Bad Teacher from April 2011 to June 17, 2011. Her dog ate the first release date. [Variety]
  • Joel and Ethan Coen’s Gambit remake found a director in Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, The Last Station). The original 1966 film centered on a cat burglar, played by Michael Caine, and not this lady. (Two days in a row!) [Deadline]
  • Raven Symone will be so not Raven in an ABC Family pilot — written by best-selling author Jennifer Weiner — about a curvy actress who moves from the South to New York in an attempt to find success as an actress. [Deadline]
  • More ABC Family news: Katelyn Tarver (Nick’s Big Time Rush), Valerie Tian (Juno), Ana Lucasey (Lie to Me), and Christian Serratos (Twilight) have joined the the network’s pilot from The Secret Life of the American Teenager creator Brenda Hampton that centers on a diverse group of private high schoolers. [Deadline]
  • Dan Clowes will adapt his graphic novel Wilson for Fox Searchlight. The novel follows not this guy (damn) nor this guy (phew), but a loner who decides to seek out his ex-wife. [Deadline]
  • NBC and comedian Dan Levy are developing Several Children, which follows a woman who lives with her much-younger husband and kids. I thought we were already watching this over Twitter. [THR]

Excess Hollywood: Gore Verbinski and Fox team to cast spell for 'Magical Law'

  • Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski is teaming with Fox for a cop series called Magical Law, in which police and lawyers investigate and prosecute supernatural crime. First case? [Deadline]
  • TBS announced via press release that Isaiah Mustafa, a.k.a. the Old Spice Guy, will host the network’s seventh annual Funniest Commercials of the Year special while simultaneously cleaning your bathroom and telling you just how much he loves watching those cat videos. Oh, and while presenting David Hasselhoff as a guest star. Seriously.
  • Molly Parker (Deadwood) is set to star in Lifetime’s drama pilot Meet Jane, which follows a suburban mom who’s tasked by the FBI to investigate her own husband. Consult this lady for tips. [Deadline]
  • Tribeca Film has announced via press release that it has acquired The Bang Bang Club, a drama starring Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, and Taylor Kitsch that’s based on the true story of young photojournalists shooting images of apartheid in South Africa. File under: News that excited Vivid Entertainment until they read the film’s description.
  • Not the bees! Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Paranormal Activity‘s Steven Schneider are planning a remake of the 1978 killer bee-centric disaster movie, The Swarm, which starred Michael Caine. [The Wrap]
  • Aw, shucks: Playboy TV is poised to expand its brand to include adult programming targeted at couples. And you thought this guy wasn’t a romantic. [Deadline]

Excess Hollywood: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg monitor 'Neighborhood Watch'

  • Green Hornet to the rescue! Seth Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg will help rewrite Neighborhood Watch, a comedy that follows a group of fathers on a suburban block who form a watch group, only to uncover a plot that threatens to destroy the world. [THR]
  • News that School of Rocks hard: Mike White has accepted the offer to direct the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I bet I know who the movie’s first victims will be! [Deadline]
  • King of Queens reruns will air on Spike TV as of 2011, and on TV Land (okay, who feels old?) as of 2013. [THR]
  • AMC is delving into the world of unscripted programming (Don Draper says, “What?“): The network is developing a docuseries centered on Freddie Roach, a boxing trainer at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. [THR]
  • Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper will direct the remake of Argentinean thriller Carancho, which centers on a personal injury attorney. Not a job title you’d think is interesting, but, then again, they do wear cowboy hats. [Deadline]
  • CBS is developing Raising Men, a sitcom based on A.J. Jacobs’ Esquire article, “How to Raise Men.” The project will center on a father who learns life lessons from his young sons. Well, that explains CBS’ other tantrum-prone star… [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: 'RuPaul's Drag Race' sashays into third season

  • You better werq…that DVR: RuPaul’s Drag Race has been renewed for a third season by Logo, and is set to return to the small, fabulous screen January 2011. [PR Newswire]
  • Under-appreciated no more? Michael Keaton has signed a deal with HBO to executive produce, direct, and star in projects on the network. [Variety]
  • Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married) will star alongside Emily Blunt in Lynn Shelton’s semi-improvised feature about a man (Mark Duplass) who comes between two sisters. Time to consult another Rosemary? [Variety]
  • CBS has picked up a new comedy from ‘Til Death creators Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith about a married couple who cope with an empty nest after their children head off to college. [Deadline]
  • TLC has renewed Freaky Eaters for a second season. Let’s celebrate with one of these. And these. And these. [THR]
  • 90210‘s Shenae Grimes, True Blood‘s Marshall Allman, and Twilight‘s Alex Meraz have all joined the cast of Sugar, an indie drama about a young woman (Grimes) who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Apparently she tuned into the first half of 90210‘s first season. [Variety]
  • Hardcore Pawn, TruTV’s reality series centered on Detroit pawn shop American Jewelry and Loan, will get a second season after the show premiered to record ratings on the network in August. Because some basic cable channels aren’t afraid to show family jewels… [Deadline]
  • Sons & Daughters star Amanda Walsh will topline the CW’s Danni Lowinski, which follows a hairdresser-turned-lawyer who opens a practice in a mall kiosk. Cinnabon v. Orange Julius sure to be a toughie. [Deadline]
  • They have a deal, Jerry! NBC is developing a comedy with Seinfeld‘s Spike Feresten about Los Angeles 20-somethings starring Nick Thune.  [Deadline]

Excess Hollywood: Emma Stone to reunite with 'Easy A' director Will Gluck

  • Emma Stone will re-team with Easy A director Will Gluck for an upcoming untitled comedy with Screen Gems. This is Stone’s fourth casting announcement of the year: She’s also set to star in the Spider-Man reboot, The Help, and Crazy, Stupid, Love. And then, after that, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. No, sorry, that’s Jude Law. [Variety]
  • Murder, She Wrote star Angela Lansbury is set to play Katherine Heigl’s mother in Adaline, a film about a woman who is brought back to life and becomes immortal, stuck in her 20s until she meets her dream man. Based on Heigl’s age, I’m guessing that dream man exists somewhere around 2004, so I’m gonna go… Jude Law, again? (Aww, I’m sorry Sean Penn.) [Deadline]
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal and husband Peter Sarsgaard will appear off-Broadway together from Jan. 12 to Feb. 20 in Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Instead of throwing flowers, toss the duo some consonants on stage!  [Associated Press]
  • From “senior black correspondent” to sitcom star: The Daily Show‘s Larry Wilmore will follow in Steve Carell’s footsteps and star in an NBC sitcom about a family who become the stars of a U.K. documentary. [THR]
  • The Disney Channel is jumpstarting its first musical TV series, Madison High, about 11-16-year-olds who work to create a musical theater production based on their lives. Boy, we’re really going to get mad when they pose for GQ. [Deadline]
  • Oscar-winning Departed screenwriter William Monahan will direct and adapt the Jean Anouilh play Becket for the big screen. The play chronicles the “friendship and estrangement” of King Henry II and the Archbishop of Canterbury. [Deadline]
  • Inferno Entertainment has greenlit a biopic, Ocean Warrior, which will center on Animal Planet’s Whale Wars star Capt. Paul Watson. You’re next, dog scared of robot. [Variety]
  • Benita Robledo (Gossip Girl) is headed back to high school: The actress is set to star in MTV’s Patito Feo pilot, about a Mexican girl who relocates to America and clashes with popular girls at her new school. [Deadline]

Excess Hollywood: Warner Bros. nabs rights to Brad Thor series

  • Warner Bros. has acquired rights to Brad Thor’s Scot Harvath novels. The thrillers surround Harvath, a former Navy SEAL who investigates terrorism threats. Thor’s The Lions of Lucerne will likely be developed first by the studio, which hopes to make films akin to the Jason Bourne franchise. Hey, we hear a certain actor is available! [Variety]
  • Rob Thomas, Veronica Mars and Party Down creator, will pen Fox’s Little In Common, about three families who meet through their children’s sports leagues. Who’s already setting their DVRs? [Deadline]
  • Don’t shake your TV screens: Disney has ordered Ant Farm, a live-action series about a middle school musical prodigy who is accepted to the Accelerated Natural Talent (ANT) program. [THR]
  • Working Title is developing a film that will star a present-day Merlin. Please tell me that’s not David Blaine. [THR]
  • Cliff Chamberlain, a Chicago theater actor, has been cast alongside Ana Ortiz in Fox’s Outnumbered pilot, about a pair of exhausted parents. [Deadline]
  • Deadwood proved he can draw. But now he’s got Luck too: W. Earl Brown will play a trainer in several episodes of HBO’s horse racing series. [Variety]
  • Ralph and Joan Singleton have acquired rights to Kathy Charles’ book John Belushi is Dead, which centers on a “pink-haired” woman who delves into some of Hollywood’s most notorious deaths. [Variety]
  • Fox 2000 has picked up Julianna Baggott’s dystopian novel Pure, the first book in a trilogy about a cataclysmic event that separates the world into two different groups: those who have been “scarred,” and those who remain “Pure.” Is this the cataclysmic event? Because I’m still scarred. [Deadline]

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