Aniston starring in ''Not That Into You''
Plus: ''24'' delays production a second time, Ryan Seacrest tapped to host Superbowl festivities for Fox, CBS orders Jerry Bruckheimer action drama pilot, and more...
Aniston starring in Into You
Jennifer Aniston is in final talks to join the ensemble cast of the Ken Kwapis-directed comedy She’s Just Not That Into You, which is being produced by Drew Barrymore and her Flower Films partner Nancy Juvonen. Aniston will play a woman in a long-term relationship with a guy who won’t commit to marriage. She joins Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Justin Long, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Barrymore in the Baltimore-set movie, which interconnects different stories about the challenges of reading human behavior. It is based on the best-selling book written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, who worked together on Sex and the City as a consultant and writer. Production will start in September. Aniston’s most recent film was the Universal comedy The Break-Up, with Vince Vaughn. (Hollywood Reporter)
24 faces another production delay
Production has been delayed for a second time on the seventh season of 24, this time because writers needed more time to write the season-long plot. Shooting was supposed to start on Aug. 27 but has been pushed back to Sept. 10. Shooting was originally scheduled to begin in late-July, but was pushed to the Aug. date when the producers’ original story line, set in Africa, fell through, forcing them to start on a new story from scratch. The show is undergoing a major overhaul this year after lackluster ratings for season 6. The only major casting change is the casting of Cherry Jones (The Village, Signs) as the president. (Hollywood Reporter)
Ryan Seacrest hosting Superbowl
Ryan Seacrest will emcee next February’s NFL Superbowl for Fox, hosting pre-game festivities as celebrities show up at the game as well as the halftime broadcast. This is the first time the Superbowl has opted to hire a ”red carpet” host for the pre-game. Fox has not yet announced this year’s halftime entertainment. Last year, Prince performed a lively set at the Orange Bowl in Miami. This season’s Superbowl takes place at the University of Phoenix stadium in Arizona. (Variety)
CBS orders Bruckheimer pilot
CBS has ordered a one-hour action drama pilot from producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Cold Case, CSI, Amazing Race). Bruckheimer is teaming with Sleeper Cell creators Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff on the as-yet untitled project, which will revolve around a globetrotting team of freelance treasure hunters, led by an ex-Navy SEAL turned archaeologist. Voris and Reiff, who will handle writing duties and executive produce, said the show will capture the feel of real-world politics mixed with the adventure of Amazing Race. They said they will attempt to take the ”Indiana Jones paradigm and [make] it feel cool and real.” (Variety)
Colm Meaney tapped for Kelley’s Life on Mars pilot
Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) is in final negotiations to star in David E. Kelley’s ABC drama pilot Life on Mars, which also stars Jason O’Mara (In Justice, The Agency). The show is based on the BBC series about a detective (O’Mara) who is transported back to 1972 after his girlfriend is kidnapped. Meaney will play the gruff, funny head of the homicide unit in 1972 who clashes violently with O’Mara’s character. (Hollywood Reporter)
20/20 taking on Dateline‘s ”Predator” series
ABC News’ 20/20 is doing a story about NBC News’ controversial Dateline series ”To Catch a Predator,” which helped arrest more than 20 people in Murphy, TX on pedophile charges during a four-day sting eight months ago. One of the suspects was a former district attorney who shot himself to death when police entered his home with a search warrant. That incident, which led to a lawsuit filed by the D.A.’s sister, has brought up questions about the series’ legal and journalistic standards. The Dateline series teamed with the activist group Perverted Justice, whose members posed as children in chat rooms and lured adult men to a rented decoy house where anchor Chris Hansen, and the police, were waiting. Murphy police chief Billy Myrick has come under fire for his role in working with Dateline. The Dallas Morning News reported that 20/20 has questioned Myrick about the series for its story. (Variety)
Rosario Dawson doing online sci-fi series
Rosario Dawson will star in The Gemini Division, a live-action/motion-capture animation online sci-fi series. She will play a cop investigating her husband’s murder who uncovers a global conspiracy involving the creation of simulated live forms that have assimilated with the unsuspecting public. She will also produce with Stan Rogow, Brent Friedman, and Jeff Sagansky. She had previously voiced a character on that trio’s first online series, Afterworld. Gemini will shoot 100 three-minute episodes. Last week, Dawson joined DreamWorks’ thriller Eagle Eye. She most recently appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, from the double feature Grindhouse, and can be seen onscreen in Descent, the first film produced under her production company, Trybe Films. (Hollywood Reporter)
People.com: House costars Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer have called off their engagement but say they are ”still very close.”
Page Six: The upcoming TMZ TV show could be in trouble as the show has fired co-executive producer Byrn Friedman just a month ahead of its Sept. 10 launch.