Goodfellas: The Sneaker
Looks like "Jersey Shore," "Boardwalk Empire," and "Cake Boss" are going to have to think twice if any were hoping to be the heir apparent to the "Sopranos" legacy. Deadline reports today that there are plans underway for a Goodfellas television series.
Quick question, why? The original is a high watermark in the world of film, and even if the show turns out to be primo, it can't measure up to its predecessor. The only way to do this right, is a longshot. They need to cast Ray Liotta. It's not like he won't do television. His turn as Principal Luger in "Hannah Montana" Season Four, Episode Two "Hannah Montana to the Principal's Office" proved that.
In between his seasons of “Entourage,” Adrien Grenier has been making documentaries. His latest one doesn’t deviate too far from the Hollywood-centric show though. Teenage Paparazzi starts as a profile…
Why "Sesame Street" made a "True Blood" parody entitled "True Mud" is beyond me. I'm assuming it caters to moms who are familiar with the HBO series, and little kids whose parents have no problem exposing their spawn to vampire hate sex. That's progressive for a children's show.
Check out the video of "True Mud" after the jump. Then maybe after you can tell me what the hell True Mud is and why grouches require it. And if grouches do require it, why isn't Oscar THE Grouch the one asking for it instead of some Southern emo puppet?
Renaissance man Rob Zombie has signed on to write and direct Lords of Salem, Deadline is reporting. Based on the title alone, I'm assuming it's a 17th Century period piece about a group of noblemen, and not a film involving a demonic 300-year old coven of witches set in contemporary Salem, MA.
"What excited me most was Jason saying, you can have total control over the script, casting and final cut,” Zombie told me. “I said I’m in.”
Really, What excited me most is when I found out they were making Hobo with a Shotgun into a full-length feature. But to each his own, I guess.
Shooting is set to begin next year.
Ana de la Reguera is one hot latina actress often mistaken for Penelope Cruz. Who wouldn't be distracted by those beautiful eyes and slender built? Yet Ana, who is already a soap opera star in Mexico, has been able to branch out on her own with supporting roles in this past year's Cop Out and the much awaited new season of "Eastbound & Down." Kenny Powers, you're one lucky douchebag SOB.
A word from Ana: "Wrestling is ungodly Ignacio" from Nacho Libre
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Natalie Martinez is best known for her performance in the completely forgettable remake of Death Race. She will be a regular cast member on the new ABC cop drama "Detroit 1-8-7," a show that from the rumors of the failed first pilot will not be on past a few episodes. So check Martinez with her badge and gun before it's too late.
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Does the crappy screen shot above look familiar? It should. It's Norm MacDonald hosting the 1998 ESPY awards for ESPN. His performance insulted so many athletes that he was never asked to return, but it's still one of the funniest, bravest performances you'll ever see.
Now, over ten years later, Norm is returning to the world of sports with his own sports-talk show on Comedy Central.
The show would be a satirical look at the sports world. On board with MacDonald is Daniel Kellison, a veteran TV producer whose credits include ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Man Show,” according to person familiar with the project…
I know some people (like our friends at Warming Glow) are afraid Norm isn't a good fit as a talk show host. And I see their point. But if he can manage to create a show that's half as funny as the following clip, it will still be hilarious. (Show Tracker)
Watch norm insult everyone at the 1998 ESPY Awards after the jump…
“Undercovers” is all you could ask for in a TV show. It’s fun and exciting and funny and sexy. You’ll want to tune in for the spy action anyway, but…
Will you bless them with TP for their bungholes?
AMC continues to tease us with materials from their upcoming Frank Darabont-produced series "The Walking Dead." Today we have a sweet poster for the show that captures a stunning scene from the trailer. With all that gridlock, you'd think some zombies would be shuffling in and out of lanes looking for brains. Maybe they know Frank Grimes would dismount his steed and put a bullet in their eye. It might as well be a shot of L.A.'s 405 Freeway on a Sunday afternoon.
"The Walking Dead" premieres Halloween night at 10PM on AMC. (/Film)
Taylor Cole has a lot going on for her this week as the new show "The Event" premiere's on NBC and her incredibly sexy tough biker chick performance in The Violent Kind will be heading up the midnight showings at this year's Fantastic Fest. Taylor is one Texas babe to look out for this season.
A word from Taylor: "Girls from Texas are not all about big hair and makeup, and I never rode my horse to school. I swear!"
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Last week I had the opportunity to visit the set and interview the cast of CBS’s upcoming sitcom “$#*! My Dad Says.” That title can mean either “Shit My Dad…
Next on TGIF, those wacky assassins in 'Odd Jobs!'
Last spring, when the cast of "Lost" was making the press rounds trying to talk-up the finale as anything but an enormous "FUUUU!!!!" to the fans, Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson revealed their wish to star alongside one another as retired assassins on a new show. Now that idea has some traction in the form of J.J. Abrams.
Abrams is shopping around O'Quinn's comedic drama concept to the networks, and with his name attached, it's likely to be held in high regard. Which means if the show does come together, we may see it on a real network instead of it being sandwiched in between "SVU" marathons on USA. Sounds like a fun show, though it clearly deserves to be a sitcom. I can see the opening credits now. John Locke and Ben on a bicycle made for two; Ben accidentally squirts mustard on Locke when the pair order hot dogs; then later, their bullets ricochet off one another's as they both try to assassinate an Arab royal. Good times. (Vulture)
I was the only person who liked “Running Wilde” when they sent the original pilot out over the summer. I thought it was very Mitch Hurwitz-y, it made me laugh and I could see where it was going for a series. Of course, I like things no one else likes so they’re not going to cater a show to me. I like the reshot version of the show a little less, but maybe this is what the general public will like.
Will Arnett plays Steven Wilde, a rich trust fund baby who’s somewhat Gob-y, although he was more Gob-y in the original version so maybe one of the notes was “less Gob-y.” He’s somewhat self-centered and oblivious to the world around him. That’s not to say that Arnett is rehashing his character, it’s just funny to base a show around that type of main character and then take him somewhere he couldn’t go as part of an ensemble.
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“Raising Hope” is the kind of edgy comedy I want to see on TV. I don’t want to spoil anything because you should experience it fresh like I did, but I could not believe what I was watching. They’re putting this on TV?! And they should. It’s the same half hour whether they go crazy or play it safe, so just go crazy.
The setup it takes to make Jimmy (Lucas Neff) a single dad is outrageous. By about 10 minutes in, I couldn’t believe how far they took it. I don’t know if they’re going to be able to do this every week, but I hope so. Aside from the shocking dark comedy, the humor is just joyfully immature. They say “wiener” and that makes me smile. The characters’ behaviors are so outrageous and politically incorrect, only Fox would put this show on.
Katie Cleary is a blink and miss her hot girl in movies like The Break Up and Iron Man 2. Katie founded her start in the entertainment industry as "Briefcase Model 11" on "Deal or No Deal." Since then she has risen through the ranks of other models to land a spot on this season's "Chuck," which will make the geeks that keep the show alive very happy on Monday nights.
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"Community" creator Dan Harmon's Christmas wish just came true. No, not a third season, stupid. He gets to live his dream of creating an entirely animated episode of his sitcom. This season's Christmas episode of "Community" will be created in the pain-staking stop motion style of the Rankin/Bass animated specials we all grew up on. Harmon recounts how this opportunity presented itself.
“It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do but, I never anticipated having the ability to do it,” he admits. But “Jeff Gaspin at NBC woke up one morning and thought "Community" should do an animated episode. I was like, ‘Well, that’s weird, because that’s the kind of stuff I’m usually suggesting and guys like him veto.’”
Sounds awesome. Early buzz already has this (and the Halloween episode) topping last season's Paintball Episode. Sure, it will strain a few animators' eyes and backs, but I feel like it's worth it. Dibs on the Gillian Jacobs doll! (EW)
I know from previous writing experience that “Bones” fans hate spoilers, yet they love to read about “Bones.” I respect that. I don’t want to ruin anything for you, but I know you want to know about the season premiere, so I’ll be as vague as possible and just try to tell you what’s good so you can look forward to it.
Seeing some different settings in the opening of the show is cool. Fans probably know where the characters have gone off to, but just in case I’ll leave that up to the imagination. Wherever they are, it adds a little epic feel, even if it was shot locally. It adds some action and a chance for characters to bring their unique qualities to a different world. The ladies get a chance to be sexy too.
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I know “Lone Star” is Fox’s big push for the fall and a lot of critics like it already, but I wasn’t into it. It may just be personal taste, but I just don’t care about con artists and oil companies in Texas. Maybe that’s your thing, but here’s what I didn’t like about it.
First of all, there are so many turns in the first episode that you can’t really get a handle on what you’re watching. Maybe three surprises an episode is exciting, but it doesn’t give you any time to get involved before it pulls the rug out from under you. Not that the twists are unpredictable.
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When screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote the new Star Trek movie for J.J. Abrams, Trek fans were like, “How can you build the Enterprise on earth? That makes no sense. And Capt. Kirk in a bar fight? Come on.” Then it came out and fans pretty much unanimously agreed, “Thank you for bringing back Star Trek. You did it right. Now what’s the next one about?”
Now the duo is rebooting “Hawaii Five-O,” a TV series everyone’s probably heard of, that ran for much longer than Star Trek, but people probably don’t remember as well. We know the theme song and “Book him, Danno” but there’s not the attachment. The new version plays pretty much like a straight modern action show, but there are enough references and Easter eggs to make it feel special. If you know the original you’ll feel like they got it. If you don’t know the original, you’ll feel like they’re letting you in on a secret.
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Maybe I’m being unfair, but it really felt like “The Event” was just blatantly trying to be “Lost 2.0.” I know some shows take a few episodes to get going, but that wasn’t it. The very device of the show is contrived to build mystery artificially, meaning if they just told the story in order, it would be a silly sci-fi show, but they expect it to be more mysterious in flashbacks.
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Minka Kelly is made from the rock n' roll cocktail of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay and Vegas showgirl Maureen Kelly. Minka first gained attention with the cult TV show "Friday Night Lights" and from there has landed gigs in movies like The Kingdom and this season's "Parenthood."
A word from Minka: "I’m really big into passion and love and expressions."
Boooooriiiiiing. If you keep talking like that I'm going to pretend to be asleep.
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Maggie Q is busy up in Toronto kicking butt on the set of her new CW show “Nikita.” The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills got a sneak peak at the second episode last night. The rest of us get to see it tonight. Executive producer Craig Silverstein was there to tell us about the sexy, badass movies Q will unleash in the next few weeks.
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We're finally paying homage to your favorite buxom redhead Christina Hendricks. She makes Roger's heart flutter on "Mad Men" in pencil skirts that seem to be holding on for dear life at the seams. One disconcerting fact though. The curtains don't match the rug. Christina was born a blonde. We've been duped!
A word from Christina: "My boobs are real, and I'm proud to say that."
And I'm proud to hear that. Along with the rest of the male population.
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If minor spoilers frighten you, turn back now. “The Cleveland Show” season premiere opens with Cleveland behaving really inappropriately with children. Donna even joins him. Probably the best development of Cleveland’s character in his spinoff is that he’ll get really angry and swear. He’s not the harmless neighbor anymore, but his anger is really only personal frustration.
This is another Kanye West episode. You may remember, or you may be hearing for the first time right now, that he plays local rap artist Kenny West. He seems to have a good sense of humor, giving voice to Kenny’s self-referential comment on the women in his videos, and dissing Rock of Love.
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Here’s a surprise of the fall TV season. This family relationship sitcom is actually really funny. I wouldn’t normally be into family bickering and wedding plans and slacker boyfriends and meddling parents and uptight boyfriends. “Better With You” just does it right.
We meet three couples right away. Mia (Joanna Garcia) and Casey (Jake Lacy) are the new lovey dovey duo. Maddie (Jennifer Finnigan) and Ben (Josh Cooke) are the familiar compatible couple. Vicky (Debra Jo Rupp) and Joel (Kurt Fuller) are the long married parents who are over it all.
Nothing new, right? In most sitcoms, these would be annoying stereotypes, but on “Better With You” they’re way more clever. We’ll call it “true.” Each relationship actually demonstrates positive things. There’s humor in any pattern so you can enjoy that without being one of those shows that complains about how relationship play out and how men do things one way and women do them another way.
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There's absolutely nothing wrong with this idea. Hulk Hogan has signed on to play a judge in the kids live-action game show "Hogan's Court." We've seen him lay down the law in Suburban Commando, but sh*t is about to get non-fictional:
The show will feature Hogan presiding over everyday sibling disputes: Is a brother's sneakers fouling the house? Is a sister spending too much time in the bathroom?
"I am really looking forward to developing such an entertaining series with great production partners," Hogan said in a statement about the game show/reality series now in development. "We want this to be one of those rare shows that kids and their families can watch together, and all find something to laugh about," he added.
It's not going to be so funny when Judge Hogan sentences little Annie to death by lethal injection for making her brother's favorite t-shirt "smell like girl." Or God forbid he tries a cooties case. Is a garish former wrestler really suited to make these landmark decisions? I suppose we all have to pay alimony somehow. (THR)
I sort of gave up on “American Dad” a while ago but if it’s always as edgy as this episode, I might have to put it back in my rotation. This episode’s not coasting on the one joke of right wing pro-Americana and it’s even got lots of pop culture references, even without the cutaway setup of “Family Guy.”
The 100th episode of “American Dad” promises to kill 100 characters. They put up a death counter and they keep playing with it. Then it totally cheats which is actually the only funny way to pay off that gag.
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“The Big Bang Theory” brings its A game when it moves to Thursdays. They’ve got an episode that should keep all their fans comfortable with the new night, and it’s broad enough that it won’t scare off the Thursday night visitors.
It comes up with a situation that certainly puts Sheldon (recent Emmy winner Jim Parsons) in a position to let his personality loose. There’s also a technology story that’s a little lowbrow, but in an intellectual context. The A and B story provide a good balance of relationship humor and nerd humor. I’m surprised it took the show this long to go where the B story goes.
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MTV is continuing to diversify its creative landscape (translation: showing less Ke$ha videos) by picking up two new scripted programs. Following the lead set by nerd-with-massive-hog dramedy "The Hard Times Of RJ Berger," the network has greenlit "That Girl" and "Death Valley."
"That Girl" tells the story of a high school student who becomes popular after an accident leads her classmates to believe she attempted suicide. "Death Valley" is a feaux-documentary series starring Ben Linus's hot daughter from "Lost" Tania Raymonde as a monster hunter in the San Fernando Valley. Think of it as somthing like "Buffy" meets "Cops." Or like "Ghosthunters" but with actual plots and events happening. (THR)