The Bachelor‘s Jason Mesnick is about to go where no man (or at least no Bachelor) has gone before: to the altar
Either the temperature in Hades has dropped to a frosty 32 degrees or The Bachelor executive producer Mike Fleiss has finally done something right: Fans are about to see the first wedding ever to come out of the seven-year-old franchise (and we’re not counting Trista and Ryan Sutter because they met on The Bachelorette). Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney will tie the knot during an ABC special on March 8. With host Chris Harrison set to officiate and ABC footing the bill, all Fleiss has to worry about is whether fans are willing to forgive and forget how the 32-year-old single dad dumped Melissa Rycroft and doubled back to Malaney. ”I think people will be curious,” Fleiss tells EW. ”He can’t help that he was so polarizing. He was just following his heart.” Fleiss’ latest pact with Cupid has inspired him to develop a script or two for the big screen. Now that he’s conquered horror films (he produced the Hostel franchise), Fleiss is ready to lighten things up. ”I’m a romantic guy,” says Fleiss. ”I’m actually developing a romantic comedy set in the world of The Bachelor.” It’ll be the most dramatic romantic comedy…ever!
— Lynette Rice
Away From Her director Sarah Polley is back with a new movie — and Hollywood can’t wait
Polley, who blew audiences away with her 2007 drama Away From Her, about a woman stricken with Alzheimer’s, has written and will direct a romantic comedy called Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. Waltz was on 2009’s Black List for best unproduced screenplays. ”[It] was written with so much ease and so much joy, and I loved every second of it,” Polley tells EW. She plans to film this summer in Toronto.
New revelations about the top secret J.D. Salinger documentary Soon after J.D. Salinger’s death on Jan. 27, news broke that screenwriter Shane Salerno (Shaft) had finished a documentary, five years in the making, about the reclusive author. Somehow, Salerno was able to keep the film — which features more than 150 interviews with people like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, and Gore Vidal — a secret. According to an insider with the film, crew members had to sign ”CIA-worthy” nondisclosure agreements, and to prevent leaks, no post-production facility ever got more than 20 percent of the film. The movie contains interviews with people close to Salinger — who have never spoken on camera — and it examines his writing process since 1965 (when he stopped publishing). No word yet if Salerno got an interview with Salinger himself. ”There is no PBS-type narrator, no black background,” says the source. ”The look, sound, and editorial pacing is consistent with a feature film.” The filmmakers are hoping to premiere it at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
— Nicole Sperling