News Roundup: Historic Johnny Cash home burns
Plus: J. Lo producing Univision miniseries; Broderick, Alda, Madsen tapped for family comedy; NBC pulls ''Andy Barker, P.I.''; ''Batman'' writer producing Green Arrow movie, and more...
Former home of Johnny and June Carter Cash burns
The Hendersonville, Tenn., lakeside house where late country legends Johnny and June Carter Cash lived for 35 years caught fire Tuesday. Officials have not yet determined the cause of the blaze. The 13,880-square-foot home, part of country-music history — over the years, the Carters hosted artists, fans, and even U.S. presidents there — was bought last year by Bee Gees’ singer Barry Gibb, who was in the process of renovating the home and had yet to move in. (The Tennessean)
Jennifer Lopez producing miniseries for Univision
Jennifer Lopez will executive produce La Flor Palida, a five-hour musical drama miniseries, for the Spanish-language channel Univision. Shooting should start in the next three weeks for a May premiere. Lopez will not act in the project, but it will feature music from her Spanish CD Como Ama una Mujer, and she will appear at the end of each episode singing a song from the album. Leon Ichaso, who wrote and directed the upcoming Lopez-Marc Anthony feature El Cantante, will direct. The story, which grew out of an idea from Lopez, is about a movie star-singer, constantly in the public eye, who gets caught in a scandal and ends up running from her boyfriend. She meets up with an old friend from her past only to discover that he has always had a thing for her. The story is partly autobiographical. Sony Music’s Epic label, which is funding the miniseries with Univision, is expected to release a DVD/CD package this fall featuring La Flor as well as an updated copy of Lopez’s latest album. (Variety)
Broderick, Alda, Madsen join Diminished Capacity
Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, and Virginia Madsen will star in the family comedy Diminished Capacity, which Terry Kinney (Oz) will direct for Plum Pictures. Sherwood Kiraly will write the screenplay based on his novel of the same name. The story is about a man (Broderick) who suffers memory loss after getting hit on the head. He takes a trip with his Alzheimer’s-addled uncle (Alda) and his high school sweetheart (Madsen) to a memorabilia show where they plan to sell a rare baseball card. Shooting is scheduled to start sometime this spring. (Variety)
NBC buries Andy Barker on Saturday night
NBC has pulled Andy Richter’s new comedy Andy Barker, P.I. from its slot in the Thursday night comedy block after just four episodes. The fifth and sixth episodes will now air together on Saturday night at 8 p.m., fulfilling the network’s six-episode order. This week, NBC will air a new episode of Scrubs in Barker‘s 9:30 p.m. slot. (Hollywood Reporter)
Batman writer to produce Green Arrow movie
David Goyer, who co-wrote Batman Begins with director Christopher Nolan, will produce Super Max, a movie about DC Comics’ superhero the Green Arrow. The story has an incarcerated Green Arrow in a special prison where he is stripped of his powers and forced to work together on an escape with villains he’s previously imprisoned. Justin Marks, who is adapting the videogame Street Fighter for Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment, is writing the script for Max. Goyer’s other projects include directing the upcoming movie Invisible, helping to write the Batman follow-up The Dark Knight, which Nolan will start shooting this summer from a script by his brother, Jonah Nolan, and writing the remake of Scanners, which Darren Lynn Bousman will direct for Dimension. (Variety)
Desperate Housewives hits series low ratings
Sunday’s Desperate Housewives scored the lowest ratings in the three-year history of the show, averaging 15.7 million viewers and a 6.0 rating/15 share in adults 18-49, a 23 percent decline from its original average of 7.8/17 so far this season. Nevertheless, Housewives still was tops in the 9 p.m. hour and the night, beating CBS’ Cold Case (11.5 million, 2.8/7) and NBC’s Deal or No Deal (10 million, 2.8/7). (Hollywood Reporter)
Binder tapped to adapt Jacobs novel for Roberts
Mike Binder, who wrote and directed Reign Over Me, which stars Adam Sandler, has been tapped to adapt Kate Jacobs’ novel The Friday Night Knitting Club for Universal Pictures and producers Christine Peters and Julia Roberts. Roberts will also star in the movie as a single mom running a communal knitting store and raising her teen daughter. When a tragedy occurs, the customers realize they’ve created more than just a knitting club. No director is attached yet. (Hollywood Reporter)
Hayek teams with MGM to develop Latin projects
Salma Hayek and MGM have teamed to form production label Ventanazul, which will acquire, develop, and produce Latin-themed material and tap Latin American and Hispanic talent. Hayek will run the company, working with budgets for its mainly English-language projects ranging from $5 million to $25 million. (Variety)
Harden joins Christmas Cottage
Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock, Mystic River) has become the latest actor to join Lionsgate’s The Christmas Cottage, the first of three movies about the life of American painter Thomas Kinkade. Harden will play Kinkade’s mother, Maryanne, while Jared Padalecki will play Kinkade. Peter O’Toole will play a painter based on one of Kinkade’s mentors. Michael Campus will direct. Production starts this month for a holiday release. (Hollywood Reporter)
Universal sets up Ed Helms comedy
Universal has purchased a script from Ed Helms (The Office), Jake Fleisher, and Ian Berger for the comedy feature A Whole New Hugh. Judd Apatow will produce, and Helms will star and co-write the movie, which is about three guys who try to boost their friend’s confidence by making him appear to be successful. Helms is also appearing in Evan Almighty, the Universal sequel to Bruce Almighty starring Steve Carell, and Fox’s Starship Dave with Eddie Murphy. (Variety)
Bravo orders ex-spouse-matchmaker reality pilot
Bravo has ordered a pilot of Take My Ex, a reality show pilot in which divorced couples play matchmaker for their former spouses. The show is from Sam Mettler, creator and executive producer of A&E’s unscripted series Intervention. (Hollywood Reporter)
NBC moves closer to re-upping Medium
NBC edged closer to renewing Medium for a fourth season by ordering six additional scripts for the psychic crime drama, starring Patricia Arquette. The show has dipped in the ratings after moving from Monday 10 p.m. to Wednesday 10 p.m. (Hollywood Reporter)
Phillips to produce, possibly direct, Chadster
Todd Phillips will produce and possibly direct the comedy The Chadster for Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment. The story is about a best man who feels threatened when a long-lost childhood friend shows up at the wedding. Michael Samonek will write the script based on his original pitch. (Variety)
Sheryl Crow doing global warming tour
Sheryl Crow is touring U.S. colleges to raise awareness about global warming. She kicked things off in Dallas on Monday (April 9) and will travel by biodiesel-powered bus to university campuses around the country with a final stop in Washington for Earth Day on April 22. (Reuters)
IN THE GOSSIPS
Page Six: The Hills‘ Jason Whaler was spewing racial and homosexual slurs when he was arrested (again) after police found him ”very intoxicated” and fighting with a man at a Seattle hotel.
Liz Smith: Producers are having a hard time finding interesting things to shoot for Victoria Beckham’s reality show.
Rush & Molloy: Record execs are not excited about the smooth jazz-tinged new music being recorded by the newly reunited Police.
Ben Widdicombe: Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds (The Nines, Van Wilder) are seemingly going public with their relationship.