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Excess Hollywood: 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' release held

  • 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]

Excess Hollywood: 'Haven' gets second season on Syfy

  • Haven will continue to have a home on Syfy: The network has announced via press release that it has renewed the freshman series — about a secretive small town in Maine that hosts townsfolk with supernatural abilities — for a second season.
  • Edward Burns and Genesis Rodriguez will join Man on a Ledge, which already stars Sam Worthington as an ex-cop threatening to jump off a high-rise. The things people will do to keep from watching Burns’ 27 Dresses. [THR]
  • Hot Tub Time Machine scribes Sean Anders and John Morris have been tapped to direct We’re the Millers, a pot-centric comedy about a dealer who invents a family in order to move a shipment across the border. Pretty sure if you smoke enough pot, an invisible family shows up anyway. [L.A. Times]

Excess Hollywood: Summit picks up 'Tempest' rights

  • Thomas Haden Church is at the center of some killer casting news as he joins Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch in Killer Joe, a black comedy about a detective/hit man. [Variety]
  • Twilight‘s Summit Entertainment is hoping lightening strikes twice when it comes to YA novels: The studio has nabbed the rights to Julie Cross’ yet-to-be-published trilogy, Tempest, which follows a teen who jumps back in time two years before his girlfriend is murdered. [The Wrap]
  • Juma Entertainment, the folks behind The Singing Bee, have joined with IMG Media for a Cash Cab-esque game show, in which five or six strangers must answer trivia questions for prizes while riding in an elevator. Is one of the questions: Which one of you is the devil? (Answer: None of them; the trees did it.) [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: Sully's story to fly to the big screen

  • The Kennedy/Marshall Co., and Flashlight Films are hoping for a miracle on the big screen: They have optioned Capt. Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger’s memoir about landing U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson. [Variety]
  • Everybody Loves Raymond‘s Brad Garrett will host a modern version of Kids Say the Darndest Things. Kids Tweet the Dardest Things? [THR]
  • The producers of Anything Goes announced in a press release that Cabaret star Joel Grey will return to Broadway, playing “Moonface Martin.”
  • How are Broadway audiences going to take it? The producers of Rock of Ages announced via press release that Twisted Sister rocker Dee Snider will make his Broadway debut in the show Oct. 19.
  • NBC will adapt U.K. reality show The Boss Is Coming to Dinner for U.S. audiences. The show revolves around job applicants who must throw a party for a possible employer, who will make hiring decisions based on the party. Look, P. Diddy has enough jobs, m’kay? [Variety]
  • Nickelodeon has ordered Supah Ninjas — starring George Takei in the pilot — for 26 episodes. Supah, yes, but are there three of them? [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: 'Human Target' aims for Wednesday

  • After being relegated to Friday nights, Fox’s Human Target has hit the bullseye: The show will move to Wednesdays, filling the slot originally intended for Lie To Me. (The latter is being moved to Lone Star‘s vacated Monday night spot.) [The Wrap]
  • Paul Haggis and Russell Crowe could be working together on The Equalizer, the adaptation of the 1980s TV series about the secret agent-turned-vigilante. [THR]
  • Conan’s new late-night TBS talk show will be distributed internationally by Warner Brothers International Television Distribution. Obviously, Conan will be a hit in Finland. [The Wrap]
  • NBC has snagged My Life As an Experiment, a comedy produced by Jack Black based on former EW staffer A.J. Jacob’s book about being a human guinea pig. [Deadline]
  • ATO has nabbed film rights to the John C. Reilly-starring film Terrie, about a 15-year-old who befriends his vice principal. Zack Morris and Mr. Belding just called (on this phone) and said they want the plot of their show back.  [THR]
  • An adult version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is currently in the works. And no, the title is Snow White and the Huntsman, not Dopey Does Dallas. (Where is your mind today?) [THR]

Excess Hollywood: Lifetime calls upon 'Fairy Jobmother' during recession

  • Lifetime has announced a new recession-centric reality series that seeks to assist the unemployed — sans caps lock — called The Fairy Jobmother. [The Wrap]
  • Happy news for a Mad Men man: Jared Harris will play Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis Moriarty in the sequel to the 2009 film. [Deadline]
  • ABC has picked up four new pilots: Nine Lives, about a teen who develops heightened abilities; Strut, which centers on a showgirl who runs a drill team in small-town Texas; Switched at Birth, about two teens who discover they were switched at birth; and The Lying Game, which follows identical twins separated at birth. Immediate investigation to be launched at ABC’s nearest hospital. [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: 'Human Centipede Part 2' snagged by IFC

  • Christopher Lloyd will appear in Time, The Fourth Dimension as an eccentric professor whose work focuses on various dimensions and space-time. Will bending the space-time continuum stop this? [Variety]
  • IFC announced in a press release that it has picked up rights to 2011’s The Human Centipede Part 2, the sequel to The Human Centipede that is being touted as “100 percent medically inaccurate” and “what really will be the sickest movie of all time.” Says director Tom Six in the release: “I like to say Part 1 is like My Little Pony compared to the film we’re editing now.” So that means fresh-breathed Minty was the top?
  • Michael Nyqvist, one of the stars of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been tapped to play the villain in Mission: Impossible 4. [The Wrap]

Excess Hollywood: Rob Zombie tackles 'Lords of Salem'

  • Angelina Jolie has cast a Bosnian actress, Zana Marjanovic, to play a woman in love with a Serbian man in her directorial debut. [THR]
  • Rob Zombie will helm The Lords of Salem, a thriller about a 300-year-old coven of witches who return to modern-day Salem to terrorize the community. Oh, Stefano DiMera, will you ever end your reign of mischief? [Deadline]
  • Fox will air an hour-long Family Guy Christmas special called Road to the North Pole. The episode will have three musical numbers, and will center on Stewie’s attempt to murder Santa Claus. Who I’m guessing will have a hot wife, a talking reindeer, and a spin-off by next fall. [TV Guide]
  • Jon Seda, who dat? Why, he’s the star of The Pacific, who will join the cast of Treme as a venture capitalist who lends a hand at rebuilding New Orleans. [Deadline]

What young adult novel should Hollywood adapt next?

Catcher-Blue-Bloods-Artemis-FowlTalk about a hot read: Yesterday, Variety reported that Mandalay Pictures had snagged the much-coveted rights to Sophie Jordan’s young adult novel Firelight, a book that has been picking up sizzle ever since its release…on Sept. 7. Yes, as in Sept. 7, 2010, just two weeks ago.

Clearly, Hollywood has its eyes fixed on the young adult world, with every studio clamoring to release the next Twilight. (Or, as we will likely be saying soon, the next Hunger Games.) But while there’s certainly demand for a Firelight film — the book, about two teenage descendants of dragons, has been buzz-y since May’s Book Expo America — it’s a shame there’s so much focus on the new releases, especially when you consider how many untapped YA novels from the past are just begging to be adapted for the big screen. So, PopWatchers, we ask you: What young adult novel should Hollywood adapt next? READ FULL STORY

Excess Hollywood: 'Catch Me If You Can' heads to Broadway


  • Get ready to race to the Great White Way: The producers of stage musical Catch Me If You Can announced via press release that the show will open on Broadway April 10, 2011. Casting has not yet been announced.
  • Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will be joining the second season of ABC’s Shark Tank as a guest venture capitalist. [THR]

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