Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2011 by Angie Han
These “bits” pieces always tend to be a mixed bag, but this particular bag seems particularly varied — and stuffed. Whether you’re into showtunes, comic books, social networking, or the law, we’ve got a little something for everyone in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump:
- Glee releases a promo for its third season
- Showtime begins developing comic book adaptation The Damned
- ABC buys scripts from Friends with Benefits and Changing Lanes writers
Shall we get started?
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Reboot Ralph has been an unknown quantity on Disney’s slate for the past year. Announced in 2010 as a May 2013 release, the film was bumped up to November 2 2012 earlier this year. But all we really knew was the title, and the fact that it was a reworked version of an old Disney project called Joe Jump, which was about “an outdated video game character who’s been left behind by the march of technology.”
Well, Reboot Ralph has now become Wreck-It Ralph, which is now about “an arcade game Bad Guy determined to prove he can be a Good Guy.” The first cast has been announced, too: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch. A few more details are after the break. Read More »
The latest casting for The Three Stooges puts the great Jane Lynch in the role of Mother Superior, the nun who runs the orphanage where the Stooges grow up. (Cher was once mentioned for the role.) That means she’ll be a big part of the first of the film’s three segments, which takes place with slightly younger Stooges; it’s conceivable that she’ll be in the other segments, too, likely with less screen time.
Jane Lynch will be the very experienced comic voice to complement Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe, Will Sasso as Curly, and Sean Hayes as Larry. The film begins shooting in Atlanta within the next couple weeks. No idea what to expect out of this Farrelly Brothers effort, but it is their long-standing passion project (as weird as that seems to some) and I keep hearing rumors of really extravagant slapstick setpieces. That’s enough to keep me interested, at least. [Deadline]
After the break, Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film, The Dictator (which seems to be a remake or riff on Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, more or less) is considering a few different strong female leads. Read More »
Universal Pictures has released an uncensored red band movie trailer for Superbad/Adventureland director Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi adventure comedy Paul which stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (and an alien voiced by Seth Rogen). Watch the trailer for yourself to see a little alien creature swear his ass off, after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Universal Pictures has released the an extended movie trailer for Superbad/Adventureland director Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi adventure comedy Paul which stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (and an alien voiced by Seth Rogen). The teaser trailer, released on October (watch it here), was met with mixed response. That said, I’m a huge fan of Mottola’s previous films, the cast is pretty stacked, and the geek-focused plot seems up my alley. I’ve heard nothing but good buzz coming out of test screenings of the film.
Watch the trailer for yourself after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Info and images about The Muppets, starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams, have really started to hit the internet. Most of it is even correct. But one report from last week — that Jane Lynch has a part in the movie as a prison guard — has to be retracted. Reports from Production Weekly and The Wrap placed the actress in the cast, but over the weekend she said she hasn’t even been approached. (Following up with “I would do it if they asked me.”)
In addition to that clarification, there are some new photos of Jason Segel and Amy Adams at work on set. They compliment our own photos of the film’s dilapidated Muppet Studios, and also show the new Muppet, Walter, at work. Read More »
We’ve seen a teaser trailer and a couple photos from Paul, directed by Greg Mottola from a script by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Turns out there’s been a poster floating around as well. A shot of the one-sheet (in banner form) was taken at an expo in London, and you can see the full image below. Read More »
There’s quite a lot of small casting news for The Muppets tonight. Jason Segel and Amy Adams have the key roles, and obviously the other biggest parts will mostly be played by the Muppets. Now Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Danny Trejo and possibly more are on board. Read More »
Wednesday night marked the season debut of Glee on Fox, the new one-hour comedy series that is currently as well known for its experimental, tireless marketing campaign as for its potential to be the season’s largest breakout hit. On the ratings front, the episode pulled in 7.3 million viewers and was tops in the 18-49 demo; but that didn’t match the 10 million-plus it scored in May, when Fox teased the pilot directly following its inexplicably popular show, the one that features highly emotive people singing. When the friggin’ Vampire Diaries is racking up nearly 5 million viewers on the CW, is that cause for concern? Should Fox add fangs and immortal lovin’? I’m guessing that the majority of our interested readers are now caught up with Glee via DVR. So, what did you think of the ep, the song choices, and the show in general? Some of my thoughts after the jump…
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