With his Cormac McCarthy adaptation Child of God in post-production, multi-hyphenate James Franco is prepping another literary classic for his next feature. Two winters ago, he was trying to get the William Faulkner estate on board for a movie version of As I Lay Dying. It seems he was successful, as the film’s now begun casting for a fall start. As of this week, Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Jim Parrack (True Blood), and Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) are all lined up to star alongside Franco himself. More details after the jump.

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Thanks to Independence Day, it’s been a fairly slow week for film news — but it looks like the TV folks have been keeping themselves plenty busy over the past few days. After the jump:

  • Danny McBride talks the surprise fourth season of Eastbound & Down
  • Fraggle Rock spin-off, The Doozers, will shoot in Canada this month
  • Watch a teaser for Jerry Seinfeld‘s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • Frank Darabont‘s L.A. Noir pics show Jon Bernthal and Simon Pegg

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Once upon a time, there were plans for three seasons of the show Eastbound & Down, and three seasons only. That plan came to fruition and the show finished with a third season finale earlier this April. But Eastbound isn’t done, as HBO has ordered eight more episodes of the show. So there will be a few more hours of Kenny Powers and his fashion-forward hair for your enjoyment. (This is the part where fans of canceled series like Bored to Death and Deadwood get irritated, however.) Read More »

HBO’s Eastbound and Down will conclude its third and final season this weekend, but star Danny McBride‘s love affair with dark comedy lives on. McBride is set to write, produce, and star in Clown, Warner Bros.’ remake of the Danish film Klovn. Todd Phillips is lined up to produce, which seems all too appropriate given that Klovn has been widely compared to Phillips’ The Hangover. Also producing will be Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam, who created the original sitcom on which the film was based. More details after the jump.

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Today’s TV Bits offers a few things to look forward to in the not-too-distant future, including imperiled lawyers, asshole baseball players, pretty flight attendants, and a touch of dry British humor. After the jump:

  • NBC drops two teasers for its legal thriller The Firm
  • HBO announces premiere dates for Eastbound & Down and Life’s Too Short
  • ABC confirms that Pan Am is not cancelled

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Over a year after we first heard about it, Danny McBride‘s comedy Bullies is finally coming together. Commercial director Randy Krallman has closed a deal to helm the feature, which will be his first. Krallman is the creative mind behind those ubiquitous E*Trade baby ads and has won several accolades for his work, including the Clio. In addition, the project is expected to begin casting shortly. More details after the jump.

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A couple weeks ago when talking about Jay and Seth Vs the Apocalypse, the feature version of a short film he took part in years ago, Seth Rogen said “It’s now much more than just Jay and Seth — there’s many other people vs. the apocalypse now. It’s gonna be crazy.” Now we know who a lot of those other people are. In addition to Rogen and Jay Baruchel — the title characters — Rogen says that quite a few of his frequent co-stars are now part of the movie. So expect to see Danny McBride, James Franco and more in the film. Read More »

The summer of 2011 is coming to a close and the final big studio comedy coming our way is 30 Minutes or Less, director Ruben Fleischer‘s post Zombieland/pre-Gangster Squad comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson. In the film, which is loosely based on a true story, a pizza delivery boy (Eisenberg) has a bomb strapped to him by two thugs (McBride and Swardson) and is forced to rob a bank. A simple premise that, when you watch this new, restricted footage reel, is obviously prime for a ton of jokes, most of which have to do with sexual gratification.

Watch the video after the jump. The footage is tame but the language is decidedly NSFW, so get those headphones out. Read More »

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