There’s a ton of TV news coming down the pipeline, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • The Newsroom and True Blood get premiere dates
  •  Fox will celebrate its 25th birthday with its biggest stars
  •  Elisha Cuthbert says she’s “on standby” for the 24 movie
  •  Is Saturday Night Live losing three of its cast members?
  •  The CW’s Supernatural finds a new co-showrunner
  •  A This American Life segment turns into an HBO drama
  •  Funny or Die’s Drunk History heads to Comedy Central
  •  Is this really the script of Breaking Bad‘s season premiere?
  •  Jimmy Smits turns to the dark side on FX’s Sons of Anarchy

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Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall are working to make a new version of The Thin Man, the Dashiell Hammett novel about drunk detective socialite Nick Charles, his charming young wife Nora and the unusual family mystery in which they become embroiled.

The question is: who plays Nora? Deadline says there is a shortlist that will begin to meet with Warner Bros. next week. Names on the list include Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt and Isla Fisher. That is, just about every smart actress with free time in her schedule and an interest in starring opposite one of the few semi-legit movie stars in the business. And without knowing more about what Marshall, Depp and WB are specifically looking for, it seems pointless to try to play the guessing game based on a list that long.

The original The Thin Man, released in 1934, spawned a series of comic detective films and, later, even a TV show, and that precedent is fueling fire that the material might become a hit once again.

After the break, Albert Hughes’ film Motor City might finally have a lead, and Hal Holbrook joins Gus Van Sant’s new film Promised Land. Read More »

Until recently, Jim Rash and Nat Faxon were mainly known for their work in front of the camera. But their screenwriting work for last year’s The Descendants changed that, and with this weekend’s Best Adapted Screenplay win, the future’s looking brighter than ever for the pair.

Among their several upcoming projects are an action comedy recently picked up by Indian Paintbrush, which has Kristen Wiig attached to star. In addition, there’s also another collaboration with Alexander Payne in the works, and a directorial debut with Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney set to star. More after the jump.

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Here’s another red-band comedy trailer, and happily it’s one that (I think) works a lot better than the last we saw today. Friends With Kids comes from Jennifer Wesfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein) and explores a slightly absurd premise: two people (Adam Scott and Westfeldt) whose friends have all had kids, decide to have a child together while dating other people.

Complications arise almost immediately, as you might expect, and so do several opportunities for some pretty frank or at least vulgar conversations about sex and dating. The new red-band trailer for the movie shows off bits of quite a few of those scenes, many of which feature Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox, and Edward Burns. Check it out below. Read More »

The latest actor to sign on to Ben Stiller‘s remake of the imaginative Danny Kaye comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is Adam Scott. He joins stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine and Patton Oswalt in the story of a LIFE magazine photo editor (Stiller) who daydreams his way out of a dull reality. No word on Scott’s role at this point, but given that Kristen Wiig plays Mitty’s workplace crush, I wouldn’t be surprised to find him playing another LIFE staffer who competes for her attention. [Deadline]

After the break, The Evil Dead finds a new potential victim and the sci-fi thriller Oblivion gets a Game of Thrones player. Read More »

Today’s Sequel Bits is a low-key one, with just a smattering of minor updates on things we’ve talked about before. But if you’re a big fan of Star Trek, Bridesmaids, and/or Party Down, we figured you might want to know anyway. After the jump:

  • Martin Starr says “there’s nothing official” on the Party Down movie quite yet
  • An insider reveals the real reason Kristen Wiig turned down Bridesmaids 2
  • Roberto Orci offers some small tidbits about the production of Star Trek 2

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While half the talk that involves Kristen Wiig of late seems to revolve around whether or not she wants to do a sequel to Bridesmaids (she doesn’t) the actress is moving on to other stuff.

She has already shot Imogene and another indie called Revenge of the Jolly!, and now she’s looking at a role in Ben Stiller‘s remake of the classic comic fantasy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Read More »

Over the past couple of weeks, it seems like everyone but Kristen Wiig has weighed in on the idea of Universal moving forward with a Wiig-free Bridesmaids sequel. Breakout star Melissa McCarthy called the move “a terrible idea,” director Paul Feig cautiously stated that “anything can happen,” and star Wendi McLendon-Covey insisted that Wiig “never said that she didn’t want to do it.” Now Wiig’s finally offered up her own take on the situation, and, well, it isn’t looking too promising. Read her statements after the jump.

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