Girl Meets World (1)

I suppose 32-year-old Ben Savage is technically old enough to have a 13-year-old daughter, but it still feels weird to see him playing the proud dad instead of the confused kid on Girl Meets World, doesn’t it? Also after the jump:

  • Darren Aronofsky and HBO ditch Michael Chabon‘s Hobgoblin
  • FX’s The Strain adds John Hurt; Liv Tyler is one of HBO’s Leftovers
  • Guillermo del Toro has guest directed something on The Simpsons
  • Juan Antonio Bayona will direct Sam MendesPenny Dreadful
  • Channing Tatum will produce a show by Pete from Happy Endings
  • Almost all of CBS‘s shows will premiere the week of September 22
  • Netflix will return to Eli Roth‘s Hemlock Grove for a second season
  • Charlie Sheen gets Selma Blair fired from Anger Management
  • Dan Harmon is sorry he said those mean things about Community Season 4
  • Girl Meets World is a go; see proud parents Cory and Topanga in new pics
  • Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are Masters of Sex in a new trailer

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If you were bummed out when Darren Aronofsky left the directorial chair for The Wolverine, you weren’t alone. One of the reasons that I was sad to see him skip out of the job, beyond the fact that I thought he would actually make a very good Wolverine film, was that I’ve really wanted to see what he would do with some pulpy or seriously genre-iffic material. His movies have always suggested that, if let loose with some material rich with fantasy/sci-fi or supernatural overtones, he might produce something genre fans could really chew on.

Enter Hobgoblin. That is the HBO series being developed by Michael Chabon and his wife Ayelet Waldman, which features Nazi-busting con men and magicians during WWII. Hopefully Darren Aronofsky can really let his genre nerd flag fly with this one, as he’s now lined up to direct the pilot. Read More »

Michael Chabon is a literary star (The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union) whose novels have mostly managed to escape adaptation to film. Both those novels I cited have been in development, but have yet to yield a film. Wonder Boys is the only prominent adaptation, though Mr. Chabon’s first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, got a little-seen adaptation a few years back. (Which, frankly, I’d forgotten even existed. Time to queue that one.)

He’s been more visible as a screenwriter than as an author whose novels are adapted, with credits on Spider-Man 2 and forthcoming films John Carter of Mars; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; and Snow and the Seven. Now Michael Chabon and his wife Ayelet Waldman have set up a project called Hobgoblin at HBO. It is an original series that will feature magicians, con men and Hitler. Wait, run that by me again? Read More »