Quick News – January 24, 2012


“The Tooth Fairy 2” – first look!

As Sam Jackson says in “Jurassic Park”, ‘Hold Onto Your Butts’! Here it is… the first squiz at the artwork for highly-anticipated DTV sequel “Tooth Fairy 2″… starring Larry the Cable Guy.

Gomez options “Sky of Everywhere”

The Disney moppet has, via her production company July Moon, optioned the Jandy Nelson novel “The Sky Is Everywhere”. Gomez will star in the pic as “17-year old Lennie Walker, a bookworm and band geek who plays clarinet and lives in the shadow of her extroverted older sister, Bailey. When Bailey dies suddenly, her younger sibling is left to take center stage and balance not one boy but two. One is his sister’s grieving boyfriend, the other a musically inclined transplant from Paris. Her whole world threatens to collapse all over again as she tries to juggle both guys.” (Deadline)

Ben Stiller headed back to TV

The “Tower Heist” star is headlining, directing and executive producing HBO’s “All Talk”, the story of a Jewish family in Washington, DC. It’s Stiller’s first regular TV gig since he closed up shop on Fox’s “The Ben Stiller Show”.

“Ben Stiller continues to be a major, multi-talented star because of his discerning ability to embrace creative and innovative projects – whatever the medium,” said HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo. “From major blockbuster motion pictures to small independent films; from Broadway to off-Broadway, the common thread is always the excellence of the material. We were enormously pleased that Ben responded to this extraordinary work from Jonathan Safran Foer.” Alan Alda, who co-starred opposite Stiller in last year’s “Tower Heist”, is in early negotiations to co-star.

“Bridesmaids” director helming Goldie Hawn’s series

Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”) will direct the pilot for “Viagra Diaries”, the new Goldie Hawn series set to bow on HBO later this year. “Based on the book by Barbara Rose Brooker, Viagra Diaries centers on a woman (Hawn) who, after her husband has a “mid-life crisis” at 65 and leaves her, struggles with being single for the first time in 35 years.” Feig’s worked in TV before; he created the cult series “Freaks and Geeks” and has directed/executive-produced episodes of “The Office”.

Jason Ritter back with another series

The “Parenthood” guestie will headline the new NBC medical drama from “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” creator Jason Katims. “County” takes us into the lives of a group of young doctors, nurses, and administrators, in a frenetic underfunded and morally compromising LA County Hospital, says Deadline.

Kevin Smith inks distribution deal

Despite swearing off distributors indefinitely, Kevin Smith has inked a deal with Phase 4 Films that snags the outfit exclusive rights in the U.S. and Canada to exhibit and distribute up to twelve films per year under the newly created “Kevin Smith and SModcast Pictures Presents” label. Phase 4 will release four of these films theatrically each year, which will include a live tour with Kevin Smith, similar to that of Red State, with the remainder of films being released via all other traditional and digital platforms. “I had the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire career touring Red State last year,” said Smith. “Watching the movie with an enthusiastic audience and then doing a longer Q&A than the flick itself, jumping on the tour bus and waking up in another city where we’d do it all over again – it felt less like boring ol’ film exhibition and more like punk rock. We learned (and made) lots touring Red State, so now, SModcast Pictures wants to put that experience to good use for other films and filmmakers on smaller road shows for their flicks. We’ll do four or five cities per film, where I’ll intro the movie and do a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening. At SModcast Pictures, we aim to be the Island of Misfit Toys for flicks!”

Smith last year failed to sell his film “Red State” to a distributor at Sundance and as such sold the movie to himself for $20. He distributed the film, mostly independently (though with the assistance of Lionsgate), around the globe.

“Man of Steel” – new cast additions, new behind-the-scenes photos

There’s a nifty BTS pic from the ‘Superman’ reboot here, which offers one a good glimpse of Kal-El’s suit; meantime, Jadin Gould and Dylan Sprayberry are said to have snagged the roles of young Lana Lang and young Clark Kent in the Zack Snyder-directed blockbuster.

“Lincoln” gets Rothman’s cash, too

Fox is now co-financing (with Dreamworks) and will distribute internationally. (Deadline)

The “Da Vinci” Cast

Tom Riley (“Return to House on Haunted Hill”) has snagged the role of Leonardo Da Vinci in David S.Goyer (“Blade”) and BBC’s new series, said to tell the untold story of the world’s greatest genius. The series will reportedly fix on Da Vinci’s little-known ‘adventurous’ years.

“Given that da Vinci was the model for the ‘Renaissance Man,’ these were incredibly large shoes to fill,” Goyerm quoted by Deadline, said of the search to cast the role. “Leonardo had to be smart, witty, and incredibly confident – without coming across as arrogant. He also had to be tormented, because, as a true visionary and polymath, he was ostracized for his ideas as much as he was celebrated. Tom came in and was able to effortlessly combine all of those elements. As soon as he finished his audition, we knew we’d found our man.”

“L.A Noir” gets zombie-killer!?

Suggesting his character mightn’t make it beyond season two, “Walking Dead” star Joe Bernthal is said to be in talks to play the lead role in Frank Darabont’s new TNT pilot. Bernthal would play Joe Teague, the LAPD cop at the heart of the series that revolves around the police force’s pursuit of mobster Mickey Cohen. Darabont, who was ousted and replaced as showrunner of “Walking Dead” in July, will direct the pilot. (THR)

Aaron Paul coy on “Die Hard 5” rumours

A few weeks back it was revealed that several young actors, including Paul Walker, James Badge Dale and Aaron Paul, were being considered for the role of Bruce Willis’s now grown-up son in “Die Hard 5”. The film, due to shoot in Russia under the direction of John Moore, will likely announce the winner soon – – meantime, the guessing-game continues.

Rumoured ‘John Jr’ Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), speaking at Sundance, says thought it’d be strange to “receive the baton” from his “Smashed” co-star (and “Die Hard 4.0” star) Mary Elizabeth Winstead, he’d love to do the fifth “Die Hard”. “I think it’d be great,” the actor tells MTV. “I mean, every one of those movies does so well and they’re always so much fun to watch. Who doesn’t want to run around and shoot machine guns and jump out of helicopters with Bruce Willis?” Paul didn’t say whether or not he was in with a good shot, only that there’s “so many rumours out there”.

Exclusive : “Rock of Ages” will have a “Dirty Dancing” link

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey to appear in “Rock of Ages”!? Well, kinda. Producers are madly looking for a couple of look-a-likes to appear as the “Dirty Dancing” stars in a short sequence being filmed this week for the musical blockbuster. The scene is one of several new scenes being shot for the Adam Shankman directed pic.

First “Riddick” Pic!

Well… it’s a behind-the-scenes pic. Nevertheless, it’s Vin Diesel wearing the character’s trademark goggles and some sort of Royal Riddick attire. The pic premiered on Diesel’s Facebook page.