- Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life will breathe life next year: Fox Searchlight announced via press release that the film, starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt — will be in theaters May 27, 2011.
- Marlon Wayans will appear in Twinkle, Twinkle, an indie film about a “former hitman who dresses up in a dollar bill costume.” Who knew Omeletteville conducted such spotty background checks? [The Wrap]
- Nice, nice (work) baby: DIY announced it has picked up a second season of Rob Van Winkle’s The Vanilla Ice Project. [B&C]
- Comcast has launched its free online Xfinity TV service, which allows subscribers to view approximately 150,000 videos from shows like Jersey Shore. Ocular STDs for everyone! [Variety]
- Pete Segal (Get Smart) is set to direct Grudge Match, about two boxing rivals who head back into the ring 50 years after their last fight. It hasn’t really been half a century since this, has it? [Deadline]
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- Antonio Banderas is on board to direct Solo, a psychological thriller about a Spanish colonel, played by Banderas, who deals with post-conflict trauma. So he saw Shrek the Third, too? [Variety]
- Hilary Duff will star in She Wants Me, an indie flick about a movie writer (Josh Gad) who finds himself in trouble when an A-list actress (Duff) becomes interested in a role in his film that he promised to his struggling actress girlfriend (Kristen Ruhlin). [Variety]
- Fox is reportedly developing a comedy series for Patton Oswalt about a man who must re-enter the dating world post-divorce after 20 years of marriage. Doug could offer some advice. [Vulture]
- Bill Pullman and Matthew Modine are the latest to join HBO’s Too Big to Fail, which follows the financial crisis of 2008. [Deadline]
- 50 Cent, Meg Ryan, John Lithgow, and Kat Dennings are set to star in my next game of MASH in Lives of the Saints, an ensemble drama in which a group of people search for redemption. [Variety]
- Get ready for some long-term sitting, Broadway audiences: Robin Williams is in negotiations to make his acting debut on the Great White Way in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. [NYT]
- Demetri Martin has signed on to star, write, and produce a vehicle for himself on CBS. Here’s an Important Thing for Martin: Not using a laugh track, please. [Variety]
- Magnolia Pictures’ Magnet announced via press release that it has acquired rights to the Hayden Christensen- and John Leguizamo-starring Vanishing on 7th Street, a horror film surrounding the misplacement of my friend during a drunken night in the East Village a Detroit power outage.
- Numb3rs star David Krumholtz is joining Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, and James Tupper in Mr. Popper’s Penguins, about a wealthy man who inherits several penguins. Haven’t I seen this movie before? [THR]
- Vh1 will turn the Queen Latifah-produced Single Ladies film into the network’s first scripted dramedy. (No, Vh1′s dearly departed dramedy Rock of Love Bus doesn’t count, because you can’t write lines like: “People who eat basil are lame.”) [Variety]
- Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki has signed on to star in sci-fi I’m.Mortal – co-starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried — a film about a future in which the rich can live forever after the aging gene is shut off, while the poor have to negotiate for survival. Where does “Soft Kitty” figure into all of this? [THR]
- Raise your hopes for an awesome reunion! Former My Name is Earl star Jason Lee is set to star in an upcoming episode of Raising Hope, Fox’s sitcom created by Earl‘s Greg Garcia. Lee will play a washed-up rocker named Smokey Daniels who is hired to perform at a supermarket rock concert. [Deadline]
- News that makes us plotz: Richard Dreyfuss is heading off-Broadway to star in Imagining Heschel, a show that revolves around conversations between Cardinal Augustin Bea and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in 1960s and 1970s. [Variety]
- Why the (happy) face? Why, Fox announced via press release that it has acquired syndication rights to ABC’s hit Modern Family!
- Richard Branson is in negotiations to acquire Columbus, a film in the same vein as 300 — but centered on Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America — that has McG attached as director. Somehow, I can’t imagine this shirtless. (But it’s Javier Bardem’s role to turn down, no?) [Deadline]
- House executive producer Greg Yaitanes is considering adapting Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files for ABC. The book centers around a family of private investigators, a life that would suck if you ever wanted to sneak home your friend’s dad’s dirty magazines. [Variety]
- Magnet announced via press release that it has acquired The Troll Hunter, a film from John M. Jacobsen and Sveinung Golimo about Day Man a group of film students attempting to catch real-life trolls on film. These guys already did it, though.
- News that makes you want to go, Bada Bing!: Paramount announced today via press release that the David Chase will re-team with Sopranos star Steven Van Zandt for his feature film debut, a big screen “music-driven” movie set in 1960s suburbia. John Magaro, Jack Huston, and Will Brill will also appear in the Paramount film.
- Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow, and Selma Blair will all appear in Dark Horse, an indie about a 30-something man who lives with his parents (who are played by Walken and Farrow). [THR]
- Vanessa Hudgens is close to packing her sneakers and signing on to play the female lead of the Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D sequel, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. [THR]
- E! is going to Washington: The network has nabbed Rob Lowe’s D.C.-set reality series, which follows real-life politicians who are trying to succeed in the capital. WWJLT? (What Would Josh Lyman Think) [Variety]
- Too Big To Fail gets even bigger: HBO has added Sex and the City‘s Evan Handler and John Heard to the cast of the TV movie. Heard will play former Lehman Brothers prez Joe Gregory, while Handler will play Goldman Sachs CEO and Chairman Lloyd Blankfein. [Deadline]
- Syfy — the same network behind Sharktopus and Dinoshark — will return to semi-normalcy when it airs Sinbad and the Minotaur in 2011 as part of the network’s Saturday Original Movies series. Whether the Minotaur is a piranha hybrid remains to be seen. (Fingers crossed!) [Variety]
The news today — confirmed by EW — that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is in talks with ABC to direct her first TV movie was startling enough. (Who knew ABC was still making TV movies?) But what’s really surprising is the fact that the telefilm Hardwicke may end up directing is a retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic romance Romeo and Juliet. When’s the last time any network cleared a couple of hours of primetime for something written in iambic pentameter?
When you think about it, Hardwicke is the perfect choice for the material. She’s got plenty of experience directing stories about star-crossed lovers. (Although we’re pretty sure there aren’t any werewolves or vampires in the Shakespeare’s original story.) And she has a proven knack for getting inside the heads of romantically confused 13-year-old girls — Juliet is the same age as the characters in Hardwicke’s 2003 drama Thirteen. So we’re keeping our fingers crossed she’ll get the job. But here’s a tougher question, PopWatchers: Which young (or at least young-looking) TV personalities should be cast as Romeo and Juliet? How about Justin Bieber and Taylor Momsen? Or Rico Rodriguez and Lea Michele? Or The Situation… well, you get the idea.
- ABC has ordered eight episodes of a winter-themed Wipeout, set to air in January. Hey, if there’s anything funnier than a man getting hit in the groin by a giant red ball, it’s a man getting hit in the groin by a giant, icy red ball. It works on so many levels! [Variety]
- Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody have been tapped to star in Damsels in Distress, Whit Stillman’s college-set film about a group of girls who makeover a new student (Gerwig). If there’s no shopping montage, it will be a big mistake. BIG. HUGE. [THR]
- James Franco has optioned author D.J. Waldie’s memoir Holy Land, a book he read during a UCLA class that fascinated him. Lord help us if he once got ahold of a Bud Light-soaked Dane Cook album case moonlighting as hiding place for Lord of the G-Strings in his dorm room. [Variety]
- Audiences will have to wait to sit in the dark for Dark: Release dates for The Debt and Guillermo del Toro’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark have been delayed following Disney’s decision to sell the two films to Filmyard Holdings. Originally slated for Dec. 29, 2010 and Jan. 21, 2011, respectively, the two films will likely go to the big screen later in 2011. [L.A. Times]
- James Woods and Paul Giamatti are the latest to join the cast of HBO’s TV movie Too Big to Fail. In the telefilm — which focuses on the 2007 financial collapse — Giamatti will have to settle for Merlot play Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, while Woods will play Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld. [Variety]
- The Cartoon Network better fireproof its headquarters: The network has announced it will adapt How to Train Your Dragon into a live-action series. [The Wrap]
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