Kate Bosworth starring in ''Veronika''
Plus: Mischa Barton tapped for ''Walled In,'' Don Cheadle joins cast of ''Hotel for Dogs,'' Janet Jackson ''wardrobe malfunction'' gets day in court, and more...
Bosworth starring in Veronika
Kate Bosworth has been tapped for the title role in the movie adaptation of Paulo Coelho’s best-selling novel Veronika Decides to Die for Das Films, Palm Star Entertainment, and Muse Films. Emily Young, who won the 2004 BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for her first feature, Kiss Of Life, will direct from a screenplay written by Larry Gross (We Don’t Live Here Anymore) and Roberta Hanley (Woundings). The story is about a woman (Bosworth) who wakes up in a mental institution after a failed suicide attempt and discovers that she has a weakened heart and only days to live. The movie follows her recovery as she finds true love and develops the will to survive. Production is slated to start this winter. Bosworth currently stars opposite Sigourney Weaver in The Girl in the Park, which premiered Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival and marks the directorial debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof playwright David Auburn. Bosworth will next be seen starring in 21 opposite Jim Sturgess and Kevin Spacey. (Hollywood Reporter)
Barton tapped for psychological thriller
Mischa Barton, Deborah Kara Unger (Silent Hill, Payback), and Cameron Bright (Thank You For Smoking, X-Men: The Last Stand) will star in Walled In. The psychological thriller marks the English-language debut of French director Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Gomez and Tavares, Les jolies choses). The story, based on Serge Broselot’s bestselling French novel Les Emmeures, is about a demolition company rep (Barton) who supervises the razing of a mysterious building and discovers horrifying secrets and past inhabitants related to a vicious murderer. The movie will be the first production financed and produced by Leomax Entertainment, headed by German producer-investment banker Ingo Vollkammer and American producer Scott Einbinder. Barton is currently co-starring in Assassination of a High School President, opposite Bruce Willis, and most recently wrapped the Roland Joffe-directed Finding t.A.T.u. (Variety)
Cheadle joins Hotel for Dogs
Don Cheadle has joined Emma Roberts in the cast of DreamWorks’ live-action adaptation of Lois Duncan’s 1971 children’s book Hotel for Dogs. The story is about two orphaned teenagers who hide dozens of stray dogs in an abandoned hotel. Cheadle will play a social worker who keeps the kids out of trouble. Shooting starts in early November. Cheadle most recently appeared in Warner Bros.’ Ocean’s Thirteen, Columbia’s Reign Over Me, and Focus Features’ Talk to Me. (Variety)
Jackson’s ”wardrobe malfunction” gets day in court
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia will hear the case today (Sept. 11) of Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl performance ”wardrobe malfunction,” in which her breast was bared on live television during a number with Justin Timberlake. The court will consider whether the incident is punishable by the FCC. The FCC already fined CBS Corp. $550,000 for violating the country’s anti-indecency laws, but CBS appealed, contending that what happened was an accident that couldn’t have been foreseen. If the fine is upheld, it will be the largest ever levied against a television broadcaster. (Hollywood Reporter)
TBS renews My Boys
TBS has renewed its comedy series My Boys for a second season. The show wrapped up its 22-episode first season on Monday (Sept. 10). My Boys stars Jordana Spiro (The Huntress) as a sportswriter who spends a lot of time with her male friends. Jim Gaffigan, Kyle Howard, Reid Scott, Michael Bunin, Jamie Kaler, and Kellee Stewart round out the cast. The series debuted Nov. 28 as TBS’ first original scripted comedy. In December, the network ordered nine additional episodes, which debuted July 30, with back-to-back installments averaging 1.6 million total viewers. (Hollywood Reporter)
Computer whiz commercial director helming new Tron
Commercial director Joseph Kosinski is in final negotiations to develop and direct Tron, the follow-up to Disney’s 1982 movie. Sean Bailey is producing via Live Planet along with Steven Lisberger, who co-wrote and directed the original film. Lost scribes Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are writing the script. Story details are being kept under wraps. The original movie was about a computer programmer thrust into a computer and forced to fight in games he helped create. It was the first movie to use computer-generated images instead of models and other optical effects in conjunction with live action. Kosinski is a former architect who worked with director David Fincher at commercial house Anonymous Content. Kosinski has directed award-winning spots for Nike, Apple, and Nintendo known for their use of computer technology that erased the lines between reality and CGI. (Hollywood Reporter)
Bravo launching new dance competition series
Bravo has greenlit Step It Up, a new dance reality competitions series from the producers of its series Project Runway and Top Chef. Step It Up will feature contestants trying to master a range of dance styles, from ballet and ballroom to Broadway and burlesque. Contestants will be eliminated until there is one final dancer, who will win a cash prize. Debut date and number of episodes have yet to be determined. (Hollywood Reporter)
SNL‘s Parnell co-starring in ABC comedy
Saturday Night Live alum Chris Parnell will co-star in ABC’s midseason comedy series Miss/Guided as a rival counselor to star Judy Greer, who plays an ugly duckling who returns to her alma mater as a guidance counselor. Parnell, who last season recurred as Leo Spaceman on 30 Rock, will next be seen in the upcoming movie Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. (Hollywood Reporter)
McCormick to direct Stepfather remake
TV director Nelson McCormick (Nip/Tuck, ER) will direct Screen Gems’ remake of the 1987 thriller The Stepfather, about a teenage boy who discovers his new stepfather is a serial killer. The original starred Terry O’Quinn. McCormick recently wrapped production of Screen Gems’ feature Prom Night, which stars Brittany Snow, Idris Elba, and Johnathon Schaech and opens April 11. (Variety)
MTV airing Broadway’s Legally Blonde
The Broadway production of Legally Blonde will air in its entirety on MTV at least three times, the first being on Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. The move is being described as an attempt to land the young, musical-friendly audience that Disney Channel attracts with its High School Musical franchise. Blonde opened on Broadway on April 29. (Variety)
Friday Night Lights showrunner working on Bionic Woman
Jason Katims, showrunner of NBC’s Friday Night Lights, will serve as a consultant on NBC’s new series Bionic Woman. He’s expected to help with shaping and writing scripts. Bionic showrunner David Eick and his team are aiming to give the show the same sort of character depth as the Eick-produced Battlestar Galactica. (Variety)
Page Six: Britney Spears showed up three hours late for her VMAs performance rehearsal with a drink in her hand and chose her sparkly bikini outfit over MTV’s suggestion. ”MTV wanted her to wear a corset outfit,” a Page Six source claims. ”It would have looked great and covered a lot of things up, but she hated it and didn’t think it was sexy enough.”
Rush & Molloy: After her VMAs performance, Britney hit the party circuit and a cameraman caught her getting out of a limo sans underwear at the Luxor Hotel.
People.com: Kanye West told a DJ at a New York radio station that the network misled him and exploited Britney Spears. West has canceled planned appearances on TRL to promote his new album Graduation and says he’ll never work with MTV again. ”I wasn’t mad that I just didn’t win any awards,” West said. ”I feel like they tried to make it seem like I was so into everything that was going on in the show.”
Tommy Lee’s official site: Tommy Lee tells his side of the story of his confrontation with Kid Rock at the VMAs.