According to a recent Craigslist posting, an "Emmy-winning production company" is developing a TV series inspired by Lena Dunham's HBO series Girls. Here's a bit of the gross casting call:
Ever feel like life in the big frantic city is just too much? Are you a twenty-something young woman seeking fame, fortune, love or even a hookup with potential? How do you get from here to there when you can't even get a seat on the L train! Come to a casting call with our Emmy-winning production company and tell us your dreams and woes, your highs and lows, your tales of *** in the city and the [...]
Sigh: the website Texts From Last Night, which gathers up funny text messages, is being turned into a TV show for Fox. Big Bang Theory writer Steve Holland will be collecting a paycheck attempting to create characters and a story around a collection of anonymous text messages. At least $#*! My Dad Says had two characters built into it. Next, a network is going to try to get someone to write iPhone: the Sitcom. People can just relate to the iPhone, see?
Today in terrible ideas: Fox just acquired the rights to make a live-action Family Circus movie. I just hope they'll be able to fit the complex, subversive humor Family Circus is known for into a mere 90-minute film. Maybe they'll have to split it up into a couple of parts?
Aw, come on. Variety is reporting that a reboot of the classic character Ernest P. Warren is in the works. It will be called Son of Ernest, and I expect it to be slightly lower in quality than Son of the Mask. Just imagine some annoying little child actor wearing denim and that hat and saying "You know what I mean?" in a too-high, pre-pubescent voice. This may be enough for Jim Varney, who died in 2000 at age 50, to start haunting the offices of Rukusfilm. Which I think is actually the plot of the seventh or eighth Ernest movie? [via]
Rachel Figueroa-Levin, the woman behind the @ElBloombito parody account of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's poor grasp of the Spanish language (sample tweet: "Los efforts de recovero para el Irene es ongoingos. Muchos graciasos a el policia y el personas de flamo y el rangeros de park. El Overtime!"), has apparently been contacted by "several" literary agents. Presumably, to write an entire book comprised only of Mayoral spanglish. Even by the low, low standards of straight-to-Urban-Outfitters Twitter books, this seems like a terrible idea. Ay ay ay, los agents del litereros es muy loco!
Looks Charlie Sheen's new sitcom might be here faster than you can say, "Oh, god, no. No!" Sheen is reportedly in talks with a broadcast network; Deadline reasons that would likely be Fox. The show is allegedly being written for Sheen, most likely in an attempt to corner that coveted "lecherous uncle" demographic.
Borat is getting an unofficial sequel/Kazakhstanian tourism video called My Brother, Borat. It stars the oft-referenced Bilo, who Borat claims to keep in a cage. Well, apparently Bilo got out, and he's on a mission to repair the damaged reputation of his homeland. This won't end well.
Chris Gethard and the group of weirdos and outcasts that participate in his cable access talk show/experiment The Chris Gethard Show love stunts, and they especially love stunts that put Chris in humiliating, dangerous or painful situations. So it's only natural that before the show sets up shop and performs at Bonnaroo this summer, Gethard is going to try to make it from LA to the festival in Tennessee with no money and no phone, relying entirely on strangers from the internet to help and/or hurt him. The whole thing will be taped, with daily updates on Geth's journey to be uploaded to the official Bonnaroo YouTube [...]
What's a worse idea than a new Ghostbusters movie? A new Ghostbusters movie without Bill Murray in it. But that's just what we may be getting, according to Dan Aykroyd: Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray. That is our hope. We have an excellent script. What we have to remember is that Ghostbusters is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributive to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold [Ramis], myself and Sigourney [Weaver]. The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of Ghostbusters 3 is that we [...]
Apparently, Fox has gotten the rights from Hanna-Barbera for Seth MacFarlane to remake The Flintstones for them. I'm sure his remake will be tasteful and respectful of the source material, and what results will surely be better than the original. Right? Right guys?!?! [via]
Here's a much better shot of Adam Sandler in costume on the set of his upcoming film Jack and Jill, in which he plays both a brother and a sister. If there was any question to what this is going to be like, just check out the resumes of the people behind the camera: Steven Koren (Evan Almighty, Click) wrote the screenplay, and Sandler comedy director Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, The Benchwarmers) is directing.
Let that sink in, aspiring screenwriters: the guy who wrote Evan Almighty is selling scripts and you are not.
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