Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
In the decade or so since he hit Hollywood, Josh Schwartz has become a high-profile name in television. He first gained attention for creating the smash hit The O.C., and followed up that success by co-creating Chuck and Gossip Girl. And now that he’s conquered the small screen, he’s got his sights set on taking over the big one.
Schwartz is making his feature directorial debut with the holiday teen comedy Fun Size, a sort of Adventures in Babysitting with Halloween costumes. Nickelodeon breakout Victoria Justice plays Wren, whose plans to attend a Halloween party are scuttled when her mother (Chelsea Handler) forces her to take her weird little brother Albert (Jackson Nicoll) trick-or-treating.
Her night takes yet another turn for the worse when she loses her little brother, sending her on a frantic search to recover him with the help of her best friend April (Suburgatory‘s Jane Levy). Meanwhile, Albert’s up to his own insane adventures, involving a brokenhearted man and some criminal activity. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Which poster won the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance fan contest? What actor from The West Wing was just cast in Man of Steel? Why was Paul Bettany‘s work on The Avengers “the best job I’ve ever had?” What could bring screenwriter Jane Goldman back for an X-Men: First Class sequel? And are you ready for the return of set photos, these from Man of Steel? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2011 by Angie Han
I know how most of you feel about remakes, and I know how most of you (or at least most of those of you’ve heard of Misfits) feel about Misfits, so you may want to take a deep breath before you move on to the next paragraph. Ready?
Josh Schwartz, who helped will The O.C., Gossip Girl, and Chuck into being, has his eye on a Stateside remake of the hit British sci-fi series. He and producing partner Stephanie Savage have just acquired the rights to the show, about a group of working-class adolescents who gain superpowers in the wake of an electrical storm. For what it’s worth, Schwartz will be working closely with U.K. Misfits creator Howard Overman as he Americanizes the show. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 by Angie Han
Seeing as she’s currently enjoying Oscar buzz for her powerful performance in The Help, the announcement of a potential new project for Viola Davis couldn’t come at a better time. The actress is reportedly eyeing the lead role in an untitled half-hour HBO drama which will focus on a city’s corruption as seen from the perspective of a prep school headmaster with big ambitions.
Dee Rees, writer/director of Sundance favorite Pariah, is set to write the script and possibly direct the pilot; Margaret Nagle, who recently wrote episodes of Boardwalk Empire, will co-write the story with Rees. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump, read about a possible Sex and the City prequel, Comedy Central’s fall schedule, and the renewal of Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
That Walter Hill project formerly known as Headshot still doesn’t have a title, but its cast is filling up quickly. Yesterday, we reported that Fairly Legal‘s Sarah Shahi had signed on to play Sylvester Stallone‘s daughter, and today there’s news that Jason Momoa has been added as the villainous Keegan. Momoa was most recently seen in Game of Thrones as Khal Drogo, and will next appear in Conan the Barbarian, opening August 19.
Adapted from Matz and Colin Wilson‘s graphic novel Bullet to the Head, the film follows a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) and an NYPD detective who come together after their respective partners are murdered in order to launch “a high-stakes investigation that leads from the dingy back alleys of New Orleans all the way to the power corridors of Washington, D.C.” Production on the project is scheduled to begin this month in Louisiana. [Latino Review]
After the jump, Riki Lindhome boards Josh Schwartz’ Fun Size, and casting announcements begin for Season 2 of The Walking Dead.
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Today’s second casting break — possibly the latest in a series, given the density of news on that front lately — has three pretty divergent stories. After the break, you’ll find info on the following trio:
- Channing Tatum is attached to a thriller pitch called Blood Brothers.
- Chelsea Handler grabs a role in the teen comedy Fun Size.
- And the porn drama Cherry, in which James Franco plays a coke-addled lawyer, now has an actress to play the lead. Read More »
Three radically different comedies are filling up with a bevy of well-known actors. Johnny Knoxville, Josh Pence and many more have joined the cast of Fun Size, a kid comedy described as a Halloween-set blend of Superbad and Adventures in Babysitting. Allison Janney has been cast by Josh Radnor for Liberal Arts, which the How I Met Your Mother star will star in, write and direct. Also Seth Green and Michelle Trachtenberg will appear along Katee Sackhoff in the dark comedy Sexy Evil Genius. Read more about all of these projects after the jump. Read More »
In a casting break from a week or so back we announced quite a few names for The Baytown Disco, which has Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria starring in a story of ” three redneck brothers who get more than they bargained for when agreeing to help a woman get her son back from his seemingly abusive father.”
Daniel Cudmore and Travis Fimmel were just cast as two of those brothers; the previously cast Clayne Crawford will be the third. Andrew Barugher has also been added, but we don’t know for what role. Barry Battles co-write the script with Griffin Hood, and he’ll direct the film in Lousiana starting next week. [THR]
After the break, Amanda Seyfried gets company in Gone and Jane Levy (pictured above) joins a comedy. Read More »
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When Matthew Vaughn was announced as director of X-Men: First Class, you wouldn’t have been errant in guessing that this news would quickly follow. Vaughn and Jane Goldman worked closely together on Stardust and Kick-Ass, so it was logical to guess that she might contribute to First Class as well. Indeed, we’re now hearing that Goldman will work on the script for the X-Men prequel. Read More »