Tamara Tunie to direct first feature
Plus: Jay Mohr gets weekly video show on FoxSports.com, Disney adapting best-seller ''Dangerous Book for Boys,'' ''The Shield'' creator doing new series for Fox, and more...
Tamara Tunie directing September
Law and Order: SVU star Tamara Tunie is making her feature directorial debut on the indie romantic comedy See You in September. The movie stars Estella Warren, Justin Kirk (Weeds), David Eigenberg, Michael Hyatt, Liza Lapira, and James McDaniel. The story is about a successful Manhattan woman who is in therapy to deal with her fear of commitment when her therapist goes on vacation for the entire month of August, prompting her to organize group therapy for other patients similarly ditched by their therapists going on vacation. A five-week shoot on the $3.7 million project begins this week. (Variety)
Mohr hosting Fox Sports show
FoxSports.com is giving actor/comedian/sports buff Jay Mohr his own weekly video show, The Alternative With Jay Mohr. The 20-minute segment will feature Mohr mixing comedic FoxSports.com is giving actor/comedian/sports buff Jay Mohr his own weekly video show, The Alternative With Jay Mohr. The 20-minute weekly segments will feature Mohr mixing comedic monologues, remote reports, and sketch comedy riffing on sports headlines. Mohr, a regular on the CBS series Ghost Whisperer, is a frequent substitute for Jim Rome on his Sirius Satellite Radio program and has also contributed to Fox Sports Net’s NFL Sunday Morning and The Best Damn Sports Show Period. An executive at FoxSports.com says Mohr’s program is the first of several ”sportstainment” shows he plans to launch. FoxSports.com on MSN is a collaboration between News Corp. and Microsoft. (Hollywood Reporter)
Disney adapting Dangerous Book
Producer Scott Rudin (The Queen, Failure to Launch) has acquired rights to Conn and Hal Iggulden’s best-selling book The Dangerous Book for Boys and will produce a movie adaptation for Walt Disney Pictures. The book is a tongue-in-cheek manual on potentially hazardous activities, like how to build go-carts and make a bow and arrow. It was first published in the U.K. in May 2006, and has held the No. 1 and 2 spots on the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-seller lists since its release in the U.S. in May 2007. It has sold more than 1 million copies worldwide and has inspired two follow-up books: the upcoming The Daring Book for Girls and The Dangerous Book for Dogs, a satire by several writers from The Onion. (Hollywood Reporter)
Shield creator doing supernatural drama for Fox
Shawn Ryan, creator of the FX cop drama The Shield, has been tapped to serve as showrunner for a new Fox series, The Oaks. The show, described as a relationship drama with supernatural elements, is the first series greenlit by new Fox Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly, who was a top executive at FX when Ryan created The Shield. The new show follows the stories of three different couples who inhabit the same house at three different times: 1967, 1987, and 2007. They’re all connected by spirits that seem to be haunting the house. Casting is already underway, and a pilot is expected to be shot in November. (Variety)
Roach replaces Pollack on HBO’s Recount
Syndey Pollack has pulled out as director of HBO Films’ Recount and been replaced by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents). Pollack left the project for unspecified medical reasons but will stay on as executive producer. Recount explores how ordinary people get caught in extraordinary events that could impact the leadership of the country. It’s set to debut next year. (Hollywood Reporter)
NBC renews Talent, Last Comic
NBC has renewed its summer reality series America’s Got Talent and Last Comic Standing. Talent, which will return next summer for a third season, is this summer’s most-watched primetime show, averaging 12.1 million total viewers and a 3.6 rating/11 share in adults 18-49. Comic, which will come back for a sixth season, is averaging 6.7 million total viewers and a 2.8/8 in adults 18-49. (Hollywood Reporter)
Page Six: Lindsay Lohan has quietly returned to her mother’s house in Long Island. The actress has remained out-of-sight since her July 24 arrest for DUI, driving with a suspended license, and cocaine possession.
Billboard: Jay-Z denies rumors that he’s looking to leave Def Jam for Columbia.