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Nick Cannon Hints He's Playing Richard Pryor in the Upcoming Biopic

Nick Cannon was a guest on TMZ Live yesterday, and he implied that he's been cast as Richard Pryor in the upcoming biopic about the late, great comedian. Cannon this week posted a side-by-side picture of himself (with his hair and facial hair grown out) and Pryor on Instagram and another picture of a young Pryor smoking a cigarette with the caption, "Picking up smoking cigarettes for the next few months so forgive me if I smell like an ashtray."

On TMZ, Cannon was cagey about confirming he's been cast as Pryor, but he did seem to imply pretty heavily that he's been working with director [...]

Jason Segel to Play David Foster Wallace in a Biopic

Jason Segel has been cast as late author David Foster Wallace in an upcoming film called The End of the Tour, The Wrap reports. The movie is based on the book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, which journalist David Lipsky wrote about the week he spent on tour with David Foster Wallace  while writing a story about him for Rolling Stone in 1996. As Lipsky and Wallace traveled together, jealousy and competitiveness became issues between the two as Wallace was becoming a well-known author in the wake of Infinite Jest's release.

Jesse Eisenberg will play Lipsky in [...]

Emile Hirsch Cast as John Belushi in Biopic

Into the Wild star Emile Hirsch will play John Belushi in the upcoming biopic about the late actor's life, THR reports. Steve Conrad wrote the script and will direct the independent film, which will focus on Belushi's life during his SNL/Blues Brothers fame and his shocking death. Joaquin Phoenix and Workaholics's Adam DeVine were also reported to have met with the director about taking the role.

Conrad's previous writing credits include The Weather ManThe Pursuit of Happyness, and Ben Stiller's upcoming Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  Unlike the last Belushi biopic, 1989's Michael Chiklis-starring Wired, the new one has the approval of the comedian's friends and family. His widow Judy Belushi [...]

NBC Is Developing a Miniseries About Johnny Carson's Life

NBC announced this morning that they're developing a miniseries about the life of late night king Johnny Carson, who passed away in 2005. The untitled miniseries will be based on author Bill Zehme's upcoming biography, Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait, and the actor playing Johnny Carson has yet to be announced. The NBC project will follow Carson's life from his Nebraska childhood to his historic run as Tonight Show host from 1962 to 1992. The peacock network's announcement also says the miniseries will cover, "his often secluded off-camera life and friendships he made throughout his career as one of the most beloved TV personalities of all time." Given how [...]

Sacha Baron Cohen Drops Out of the Freddie Mercury Biopic

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has been working on a biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for three years now, but he has now left the project due to creative differences, Deadline reports. The disagreement occurred between Cohen and the remaining members of Queen, who have approval over the movie's director and script. Mercury's Queen bandmates want the biopic to be a family friendly PG-rate movie, while Cohen wants a gritty R-rated story.  Cohen had recruited screenwriter Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, Last King of Scotland) and directors like David Fincher (The Social Network, Benjamin Button) and Tom Hooper (Les Misérables, The King's Speech), but the band didn't approve of [...]

Ellen Page in Talks to Play John Belushi's Wife in Belushi Biopic

Ellen Page has signed on for a supporting role in the upcoming movie about John Belushi's life. The Wrap reports that she's in negotiations to play Belushi's wife, Judith Jacklin (now known as Judy Belushi Pisano), who was his high school girlfriend who married him in 1976.

The biopic, based on Belushi: A Biography by Judy Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby, stars Emile Hirsch as the late comedian, following his career in the late '70s and early '80s as he appeared on SNL, Animal House, and Blues Brothers. Steve Conrad (The Promotion) will direct from his own screenplay, with Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) playing [...]

BBC Is Making a Movie About Laurel and Hardy

The BBC has announced that they're making a movie about the lives of famed comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, and it'll be written by Philomena co-writer Jeff Pope. Called Stan and Ollie, the 90-minute TV movie will chronicle Laurel and Hardy's disastrous UK tour at the end of their careers in 1953, which ended in Hardy having a heart attack. There's no word yet on who will be cast as Laurel or Hardy.

'Walter Mitty' Writer Is Considering Emile Hirsch, Adam DeVine, and Joaquin Phoenix for His Belushi Biopic

A new John Belushi biopic is in the works. THR reports that Steve Conrad, writer of The Weather Man, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Ben Stiller's upcoming Secret Life of Walter Mitty, is set to direct a film about the life of the late comedian. Conrad has met with Emile Hirsch and Workaholics star Adam DeVine about taking the part. THR reports that Joaquin Phoenix has also been connected to the Belushi role. Nelson Franklin, who's appeared on New Girl and Veep and is a regular on CBS's The Millers, is being considered to play Dan Aykroyd.

The Hangover/Old School director Todd Phillips signed on to make the [...]

Josh Gad on Playing Sam Kinison

Last week, it was announced that Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon, 1600 Penn) will be playing Sam Kinison in director Larry Charles's biopic of the late comedian. Collider caught up with Gad and asked him whether he hesitated about taking the job. "There was 99% hesitation, 1% desire to do it, and that's why I took the role," Gad replied. "When something scares you to death as an actor, that's kind of when you've got to do it because you're so terrified and it means you're probably gonna do your best work," he added. "I met with Larry Charles long before we announced it and we talked it through [...]

Forest Whitaker Is Producing the Richard Pryor Biopic and Starting from Scratch

Forest Whitaker has signed on as a producer, taking over development of the biopic of influential stand-up Richard Pryor, Deadline reports. A movie about Pryor's life has been in development since 1995, with everyone from Damon Wayans to Eddie Griffin, Mike Epps to Eddie Murphy, and Chris Rock to director Martin Scorsese being involved at one point or another. Most recently, filmmaker Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) was onboard to direct the movie with Marlon Wayans playing Pryor, but Condon put the project on hold in 2010 to direct the Twilight sequels Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2. Forest Whitaker will be developing a new script, with input from Richard [...]

Richard Pryor Biopic Back On with New Director; Eddie Murphy, Marlon Wayans, Michael B. Jordan Eyed to Star

A biopic about the late great standup Richard Pryor has been in the works for nearly two decades now, and while the project has been dormant for the past few years, it looks like a Pryor biopic is once again in development. Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) is in talks to direct the movie, THR reports, and Marlon Wayans, Eddie Murphy, and Fruitvale Station's Michael B. Jordan are being considered to star in it.

Wayans was attached to the part back in 2010 when director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) was going to direct it. Condon left the project to direct Twilight: Breaking Dawn and the movie's been stalled out [...]

Emile Hirsch Says John Belushi Biopic Director "Sold Me and Got Me Really, Really Excited About It"

"I was kind of surprised when I first heard about it. But I sat down with Steve Conrad, the writer-director, and he just kind of has a vision for it and was just really enthusiastic about it and he sold me and got me really, really excited about it … It's so early right now. I don't know what it'll be like or what it will yield."

-Emile Hirsch to THR about playing John Belushi in writer/director Steve Conrad's upcoming biopic on the late, great SNL alum.

NBC Says It Won't Make the Johnny Carson Miniseries Without His Family's Approval

NBC's announced miniseries about the life of Johnny Carson will only go forward if the Carson's family is on board with the series, according to the Hollywood Reporter. NBC purchased the rights to the yet-to-be-published Carson biography Carson the Magnificent by Bill Zehme. The book was announced shortly after Carson's death in 2005, but after several postponements, no release date has even been set. Carson's nephew Jeff Sotzing, who runs the Johnny Carson Entertainment Group, says he won't give approval for the miniseries until he sees Zehme's book. And NBC, where Carson served as Tonight Show host from 1962 to 1992, is waiting for the family's blessing.

"We're not going to do this without [...]

Josh Gad to Star in a Sam Kinison Biopic

A Sam Kinison biopic is on the way. Deadline reports that actor Josh Gad has been cast as Kinison in a movie to be directed by Larry Charles (Borat, Brüno). Rich Wilkes (xXX, Airheads) wrote the script, based on the book Brother Sam by the late comedian's sibling, Bill Kinison. The movie will start in the 1980s, picking up with Kinison's transition from pentecostal preacher to famous, filthy standup comedian. Producers are looking to cast actors and comedians in supporting and bit roles as public figures who played into Kinison's life, such as Howard Stern, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Oral Roberts, and Richard Pryor. The movie was [...]