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Excess Hollywood: 'King Kong' may become a Broadway musical


  • According to a press release from Global Creatures, work has begun on a Broadway musical version of King Kong called King Kong — Live on Stage. I thought we learned the first time around that we didn’t want him live on stage, right? Looking forward to this, though.
  • Paradise Lost has found its director: I, Robot and Knowing director Alex Proyas will helm the adaptation of the John Milton poem. [Variety]
  • So You Think You Can Dance announced via press release that the season 7 tour is set to kick off Sept. 19 in New Orleans. Obviously, Nigel Lythgoe to arrive armed with beads.
  • Disturbia co-writer Carl Ellsworth has been tapped to pen the Goosebumps adaptation. I’d cross my fingers for a Why I’m Afraid of Bees adaptation, but I already saw that back in 2006 when it was called The Wicker Man. [THR]
  • IFC Films has nabbed rights to Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, an “uncensored” (Hm.) documentary about the Miramax co-founder, according to a press release from the studio.
  • Sony has announced it has acquired Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin That I Inhabit, which is not about Buffalo Bill, but rather a father who avenges his daughter’s death.
  • In other Sony acquisition news: The studio has also picked up rights to Insidious, a horror film starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne and directed by Saw‘s James Wan. Good to see the kids will learn a new SAT vocab word. [The Wrap]

Excess Hollywood: Kevin James schools as martial arts fighter


  • Former mall cop Kevin James will topline an untitled comedy for Sony about a physics teacher who becomes a martial arts fighter to save the music program at his school. Surely, he plans on blinding his competition with science. [Variety]
  • Olivia Wilde is set to star alongside Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in The Change Up, which follows a married man (Bateman) who trades bodies with his lazy best friend (Reynolds). Who wants to find out how many licks it takes to get to Reynolds’ Jason Bateman center? [Deadline]
  • The Weinstein Co. has nabbed rights to Submarine, which centers on a teenage boy aiming to lose his virginity and keep his parents from divorcing. Let’s hope he doesn’t mix up these priorities. [Variety]
  • Media Rights Capital and M. Night Shyamalan announced in a press release that 2011’s Reincarnate — a supernatural thriller directed by Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism) — will be the second installment in The Night Chronicles trilogy.
  • Phoenix Pictures is set to produce Absolutely Anything, directed by Terry Jones. The film will star John Oliver, and will feature, among other things, aliens and a talking dog who I can only hope is shifty-eyed. [Deadline]
  • Malin Akerman is the latest to join Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston in Wanderlust, a film about a couple who decides to escape New York. It’s a comedy, but I can’t figure out what’s funny about two hours of Holland Tunnel traffic. [Variety]

Danielle Staub to host her own show on WealthTV

Danielle-StaubIf you watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey, you know that even the classiest events have the tendency to end in table-flipping or hair-pulling. Former cast member Danielle Staub’s newest reality show, however, will assure people that not all events in the Garden State end in drama. Staub has begun filming Social, a new reality show set to air on Wealth TV, available to HDTV customers. The network confirmed Staub’s role in the show: “It’s a phenomenal show and people are excited to have Danielle,” said Cary Sandoval, creator and executive producer.

Sandoval describes the show as a re-imagined Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, with Staub tackling the role of Robin Leach by traveling to the homes of fabulous friends and attending events ranging from birthday parties to black tie affairs. While her New Jersey home provides easy access to Manhattan and the Hamptons, Sandoval left the idea of traveling across the country, and even overseas, open. “[We want to] incorporate the fact that she’s an international socialite,” he said.

Despite being portrayed as the villain (or victim, depending what side you’re on) during her two seasons on RHONJ, there will be no high school behavior or mean girls mentalities on this new show. “Danielle is an absolute sweetheart. They’re going to see the show as a polar opposite to what she was portraying on Real Housewives,” Sandoval said. READ FULL STORY

Excess Hollywood: Weinstein Co. gets with 'Dirty Girl'


  • In a press release, the Weinstein Co. announced they have picked up Dirty Girl. The film — which stars William H. Macy, Milla Jovovich, Tim McGraw, and newcomer Juno Temple — follows a high school outcast (Temple), who embarks on a road trip with an innocent classmate after her antics send her straight into a remedial class.
  • In more William H. Macy news (File under: Sentence I never thought I’d type, but happy I can): The actor will star in the adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Freaky Deaky. [Deadline]
  • Blue Mountain State is about to get slightly more (colon) complicated: Denise Richards will star in season 2 of the Spike TV’s series as the ex-wife of the Goats’ head coach (played by Ed Mariano). [The Wrap]
  • Warner Bros. has picked up a screenplay from Walon Green (The Wild Bunch) called Cicero Lipschitz, which centers on Al Capone’s rise in infamy. [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: Matthew McConaughey is 'Killer Joe'


  • Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch will star in Killer Joe, a black comedy about siblings who ask a hitman, played by McConaughey, to kill their mother for insurance cash. He, undoubtedly, answers, “Alrigh’, alrigh’, alrigh’.” [THR]
  • Mickey Rourke will topline the based-on-a-true-story Ice Man, which follows the fighter of the Fire Man a man who led a double life as an assassin and suburban dad for 40 years. [THR]
  • News that is not dum, dum, dum, dum, dum: The producers for The Book of Mormon, the Broadway comedy from the creators of South Park, announced via press release that the show will open on March 24, 2011 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.
  • Forecast looks good for sunshine state-set The Glades: A&E has announced in a press release that it has picked up the Matt Passmore-starring series for another season.
  • Sam Riley will portray Christopher “Kit” Marlowe in A Dead Man in Deptford, which depicts the playwright as a royal spy for Elizabeth I. Does that make Shakespeare Marlowe’s Q? [THR]
  • Because its insatiable killer wouldn’t be satisfied just targeting Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Anna Paquin, Emma Roberts, Adam Brody, Lucy Hale, Marley Shelton, and Hayden Panettiere, Scream 4 has added Friday Night Lights star Aimee Teegarden to its extensive cast. [THR]

IFC picks up Rainn Wilson-starring 'Super' at Toronto

Rainn-Wilson-Super_320.jpg The tights-and-fights comedy Super is itself doing pretty super at the Toronto Film Festival. Following the premiere last night, IFC Films just announced that they have picked up the film for distribution under their new IFC Midnight label.

Super was written and directed by James Gunn (Slither) and stars Rainn Wilson as a mild-mannered man who dons the superhero identity of the Crimson Bolt after his wife leaves him for someone else. Along with his sidekick, played by Ellen Page, he takes to the streets to fight crime, which I presume was always Dwight Schrute’s secret fantasy. Like that other gonzo costumed vigilante flick Kick-Ass, Super promises to be pretty crazy, especially with Gunn, formerly of the low-budget kitchen-sink crazyhouse known as Troma Entertainment, at the helm. In the press release, IFC president Jonathan Sehring called it “one of the most creative and subversive films of the year.” Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon also star.

Piers Morgan on 'creating headlines' with his new CNN gig (starting with a jab at 'Idol')

Piers-MorganImage Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesAs we learned earlier today, Piers Morgan has been chosen as the man who will be King. Larry King, that is. After months of speculation, CNN finally announced that Morgan will fill the void left by King when he retires this fall — hardly a surprise to anyone who kept up with the rumor mill. “It’s quite a relief that it’s all done and dusted and announced, definitely,” Morgan told EW. Just hours after the news broke, Morgan called up EW to chat about his new show — launching in January — which, as-of-now, remains unnamed. “I’ll be pretty upset if my name is not in there somewhere,” he says. “Everybody else at CNN seems to have their name. So if it turns out to be Larry King Barely Alive with a picture of me, I’m not going to be very happy.” Here are five things you should know about CNN’s newest prime-time interviewer:

  • He’ll bring ch-ch-changes: Call Morgan CNN’s Frank Sinatra. “I want to do it my way,” he says. And Morgan’s way means a shake-up of the show — King himself told him to “Be yourself, do what you do” — but, sadly, Morgan is staying mum for the time being. “I’m not going to reveal my secret little goodies now,” he says.
  • He’s not afraid to go after the big guys – and that includes American Idol: Says the America’s Got Talent star about the in-flux judging panel of TV’s other reality competition series: “I think Idol is in a bit of disarray at the moment. And, frankly, as one of the enemy shows, I’m quite happy to see that disarray. The more disarray, the better.” READ FULL STORY

Excess Hollywood: Michael Caine will take 'Journey 2'


  • Michael Caine is in final talks to join Josh Hutcherson and Dwayne Johnson in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. (The actor will play Hutcherson’s grandfather.) I’d say this is great news, but I can’t help but wonder if there’s a top spinning somewhere… [THR]
  • Donkey doo balls: Fox has ordered a second season of Gordon Ramsay’s Masterchef. Still no go for Master Chief. [Variety]
  • All for one and one for fall: Summit announced via press release that the release date for Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers has been moved from April 15, 2011 to Oct. 14, 2011.
  • In a press release, the producers of Promises, Promises announced Molly Shannon will make her Broadway debut playing Marge MacDougall in the show from Oct. 12 to Dec. 26.
  • Desperate Housewives actress Andrea Bowen will star in Preacher’s Daughter, an indie about a woman who reunites with her estranged religious small-town minister father. It’s like True Life: I’m Ex-Amish meets Footloose. Without the MTV angst or John Lithgow. Because he’s still too busy haunting my dreams. [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: Billy Ray Cyrus, son will chase 'UFO's


  • SyFy is pairing with Billy Ray Cyrus and son Trace on UFO: Unbelievably Freakin’ Obvious, a reality show in which the duo “investigate conspiracy theories involving unexplained activity and paranormal phenomena.” Am I going to have to be the one to make the freakin’ obvious mullet joke? [TV Guide]
  • Jonathan Rhys-Meyers will star as a Jewish diplomat who romances a married Swiss woman in Belle Du Seigneur. Hope she fares better than this one. [Deadline]
  • In a press release, AMC announced it had made an offer not even Don Corleone could refuse: The network has nabbed the rights to The Godfather trilogy through 2019.
  • NBC has ordered Shrek and Kung Fu Panda-inspired holiday specials. Scared Shrekless will air Oct. 28, while Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special will air Nov. 24. [THR]
  • She’s ditched the glasses, but is gaining a Lens: America Ferrera will follow in the footsteps of Susan Sarandon and Edie Falco as the new host of PBS’ Independent Lens. [Associated Press]

Excess Hollywood: Jamie Bell joins 'Man on a Ledge,' Steven Seagal to return to A&E


  • Jamie Bell is in talks to star alongside Sam Worthington in cop thriller Man on a Ledge, which follows a former cop who threatens to kill himself by jumping off a ledge. (He just wants to dance with the ballet!) [Variety]
  • File under “news that makes Joel McHale happy”: A&E has greenlit a second season of Steven Seagal Lawman. [THR]
  • Yes, he did this: Jaleel White has joined the cast of Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. [Variety]
  • SyFy will debut its Peter Pan prequel Neverland in 2011. [Variety]

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