Apatow duo team for new dramedy
Michael Cera (Superbad) and Kat Dennings (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) will star in Mandate Pictures’ Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which Sony Pictures will distribute. Based on Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s 2006 young adult novel, the story is about two brokenhearted teenagers who fall in love during a sleepless night in New York spent searching for their favorite band’s unannounced show. Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas) is directing from a script by Lorene Scafaria. Production is scheduled to start by the end of the year. Cera will next star in Jason Reitman’s Juno, which Mandate produced. Dennings is shooting I Know What Boys Like for Columbia Pictures. She also stars in Charlie Bartlett, set for release on Feb. 1. (Variety)
Jake Gyllenhaal in Moon Project
Jake Gyllenhaal is starring in the DreamWorks’ action movie Untitled Moon Project, which will be directed by Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Swingers). The story is about the development of private expedition to the moon and the race for lunar colonization. Liman and John Hamburg wrote the original screenplay, and author-screenwriter Mark Bowden (Black Hawk Down) did a rewrite and is set to pen the final screenplay. Gyllenhaal will next shoot the Jim Sheridan-directed Brothers opposite Tobey Maguire. Liman’s other upcoming projects include the futuristic Jumper, which 20th Century Fox will release early next year. (Variety)
Kudrow joins Hotel for Dogs
Lisa Kudrow will appear alongside Emma Roberts and Don Cheadle in DreamWorks’ live-action Hotel for Dogs, which will mark the feature directorial debut of short film director Thor Freudenthal. Based on Lois Duncan’s 1971 children’s book, the story is about two orphaned teenagers who secretly house nine stray dogs in an abandoned hotel. Kudrow will play a foster parent to two siblings, one of which is Roberts’ character. Also joining the project is Johnny Simmons (Evan Almighty), who will play the love interest of Roberts’ character. Shooting is slated for early November. Kudrow’s upcoming features include the dramedy P.S., I Love You and Kabluey. She also will star in and produce the black comedy Intense Girl Scouts for Sony. Simmons has been cast in Frank Miller’s The Spirit and will next appear in Columbia’s horror movie Boogieman 2. (Hollywood Reporter)
TiVo reveals details on its new music offering plan
TiVo disclosed details on Monday (Oct. 8) on its previously announced plan to partner with Rhapsody, the subscription-based digital music provider. The new service will enable TiVo subscribers to use their remote control to search and play music from Rhapsody’s catalog of more than 4 million songs. After a free 30-day trial, the service will cost $12.99 a month, but current Rhapsody subscribers who have broadband-connected TiVo units can use the new TiVo feature for no additional charge. TiVo is also expected to announce a partnership with digital cable TV service Music Choice, which would provide TiVo users access to Music Choice’s 11,000 music videos. The TiVo-Rhapsody partnership kicks off tonight (Oct. 9) with a party at the Arena Night Club in New York. (Hollywood Reporter)
Stone producing Pablo Escobar film
Oliver Stone is producing Escobar, a biopic about the notorious Colombian cocaine trafficker Pablo Escobar, along with his J2 Pictures partners Justin Berfield and Jason Felts, and James Reach. The film, which is being directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter), is based on Mi Hermano Pablo, a book written by Roberto Escobar Gaviria, who served as his brother’s accountant and confidant. The Stone/Fuqua project is one of two movies about Escobar currently in production. The other, Killing Pablo, is an adaptation of the Mark Bowden book about the hunt for Escobar, which Joe Carnahan will direct. (Variety)
Tudyk, Lincoln tapped for NBC’s Reiter pilot
Alan Tudyk (Knocked Up) and Brit Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually) will star in NBC’s untitled Luke Reiter (Law & Order, Boston Legal, The Practice) drama pilot, which is being directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. The show is described as a legal thriller about unapologetic lawyers at a prestigious New York civil firm who will do whatever it takes to win. Tudyk will play Charlie, a lawyer willing to work all the angles to get to the top. Lincoln will play Joe, a soulful lawyer who has a true sense of justice and a hidden past. Both characters are in love with the same woman. The pilot is scheduled to go into production in Oct. 22. (Hollywood Reporter)
HBO developing Patton Oswalt comedy series
HBO is developing Intelligence, a new comedy series that will star comedian Patton Oswalt and actor Bradley Cooper (Failure to Launch, Wedding Crashers). The project was created by Michael Patrick Jann, who recently directed an episode of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords. It is being described as a workplace comedy about an elite counter-intelligence unit hidden undercover as disgruntled civil servants. Jann will also executive produce with Oswalt and Cooper. Cooper is filming He’s Just Not That Into You and All About Steve and next appears in The Midnight Meat Train. (Hollywood Reporter)
Pollak’s Red Bird doing Sugar Ray biopic
Kevin Pollak’s Red Bird Cinema is developing a Sugar Ray Leonard biopic with H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger (Friday Night Lights) set to write the script. Leonard was one of the leading boxers of the 1970s and early ’80s, winning several WBC and WBA championships and a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. He’s one of only two boxers to have been world champion in five different weight classes. Redbird is already developing Bissinger’s book Three Nights in August, about a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs in 2003, from an adapted screenplay written by Pollak. Production on the Sugar Ray project is expected to start early next year. (Variety)
Nine Inch Nails done with Interscope
Nine Inch Nails and its leader Trent Reznor have fulfilled their contract with Interscope, their home since 1994, and will move forward as free agents. ”I have been under recording contracts for 18 years and have watched the business radically mutate from one thing to something inherently very different and it gives me great pleasure to be able to finally have a direct relationship with the audience as I see fit and appropriate,” Reznor posted on the Nine Inch Nails website. Reznor added that an announcement would be coming in the “near future” about plans for 2008. Most recently, Nine Inch Nails has been touring its 2007 album Year Zero. (Billboard)
Page Six: At the New Yorker Film Festival, Judd Apatow blasted the TV executive he said was responsible for the cancellation of both his 1999 NBC series Freaks and Geeks and 2001’s Fox series Undeclared. Though he wouldn’t name the suit, he said it was the same guy, who changed networks.
AP via Yahoo!: Ricardo Chavira, 36, who plays Carlos Solis on Desperate Housewives, wed his longtime girlfriend, Marcea Dietzel, in a private ceremony on Sept. 22 in San Antonio.
Reuters: Sting tops Blender magazine’s list of worst lyricists. The survey, which comes out in the November issue, listed Rush drummer Neil Peart at No. 2, Creed frontman Scott Stapp at No. 3, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher at No. 4, and soft-rocker Dan Fogelberg at No. 5.