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By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | March 18, 2013 | Comments ()


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Emma Watson would like you to all know that, contrary to the ever-present rumors, she will NOT take the lead in 50 Shades of Grey. "Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life." So, you can put that out of your dirty-little minds now, folks, and return to imagining the more age appropriate Mila Kunis in the title role.

Elsewhere, Mr. Rainn Wilson -- whose Dwight Shrute spin-off which was previewed in last week's episode of "The Office" thankfully went nowhere -- has taken the lead in the CBS pilot, "Backstrom," opposite Dennis Haysbert. Based on a series of Swedish novels, Wilson will play the "offensive, irascible Detective Everett Backstrom as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior."

Speaking of "The Office," the show wrapped last Friday, concluding the series with its 200th episode. Likewise, "Breaking Bad" -- according to Aaron Paul's Twitter -- also wrapped production on that series.

Meanwhile, Amber Tamblyn -- who we haven't seen much of lately -- has landed a CBS pilot, as well. She'll be starring opposite Skeet Ulrich in another police procedural as a "young officer who partners with "maverick" FBI criminal psychiatrist Adrian Raines (Ulrich). The show comes from "Homeland's" Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa, and Alex Cary, but given the huge number of pilots being developed for CBS and the relatively little real-estate, I wouldn't expect a pick-up unless the pilot is mind blowing.

One of those CBS pilots vying for the small number of slots is "Beverly Hills Cop," a continuation of the movie centered on Axel Foley's son, and being produced by Shawn Ryan ("The Shield"). Eddie Murphy will be in the pilot, handing the reins over to his son, played by Brandon T. Jackson. Here's the first image, via TVLine.

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You know the guy who plays Hitler in Downfall, i.e., the Hitler who is in all those YouTube videos? Well, he's been cast as the pope in Showtime's "Vatican," which has already nabbed Kyle Chandler, Anna Friel, and Matthew Goode. That's gonna be a good show, y'all.

As I wrote over on Uproxx this morning, in the midst of another potential shake-up in late night -- there are rumors that NBC plans to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon soon -- Jay Leno has pissed off his boss, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt, by making some very bad, pun-heavy jokes about NBC's dismal ratings. I don't know if Greenblatt is more pissed off that Leno is making fun of his primetime lineup, or because the jokes are so lame. In either respect, it may make the decision to replace Leno easier for NBC next year.

I don't follow "The View," but speaking of shake-ups, there's some interesting scuttlebutt going on with that show. Joy Behar announced her resignation after 16 years last week, but it's come to light that perhaps she was forced out. Moreover, Barbara Walters had also decided to kick Elizabeth Hasselback to the curb because of her right-wing views, but when wind of that leaked, she changed her mind to save face, although Hasselback may not make it much longer. Among those in consideration to replace Behar (and Hasselback) are Brooke Shields, Christie Brinkley, and Ali Wentworth, according to The Post.

I mentioned last Friday that Matt Lauer was in the mix to replace Alex Trebek when he, as expected, steps down in a couple of years. However, Dan Patrick, Brian Williams, and Anderson Cooper have also been approached, according to Deadline, although Anderson Cooper denies it.

Finally, there is some speculation that a "Pushing Daisies" movie might be Kickstarted, like the "Veronica Mars" film, but sources say that -- because of the special effects -- much more than $2 million will be needed, perhaps as much as $10 million. It's going to take thousands of signed-posters to get that movie off the ground.



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  • Strand

    How does Skeet Ulrich still get work?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I haven't read the other nine things, I'm just coming down here to declare that Emma Watson is forever my favorite celebrity crush. What's that, you say? "Jennifer Lawrence is just as awesome," or "Anna Kendrick tweets masturbation jokes!"? I don't care, Emma Watson seems to have all of that, and an English accent that makes the whole thing seem totally classy and appropriate (even in tweet form).

    QED, everyone.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Okay, so I should've kept reading because then I would've discovered that Skeet Ulrich is still a thing that some people in Hollywood think is going to happen. I mean, look, I'd get it if it were still the late 90s/early aughts, but this is 2013, people! We have a little RC jeep on Mars, Spock is gay, we fucking cloned teeth in a mouse kidney! So, yeah, Skeet Ulrich? Not happening.

    That teeth cloning in mouse kidneys thing, though? So fetch.

  • logan

    So wait a minute... Emma is too good to do the movie but Mila, the apparent slut, Kunis is fine for the role? When did Mila become a slut?

  • MissAmynae

    Ken. Fucking. Jennings.

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    I thought Alexis Bledel was the front runner for the 50 shades movie, I haven't read the book...but besides being hot, Kunis doesn't really seem like a good fit from what I've heard.

  • googergieger

    Wait a second, so the Pope and Hitler aren't the same thing? Man, I really didn't get that Sinead O'Conner thing.

  • Candee

    Good! I'm not the biggest fan of Emma Watson, and she isn't the greatest actor, but holy shit, I was about to lose any respect for her as an actor if she was actually doing that tripe.

  • ZombieNurse

    I don't understand the whole Elizabeth Hasslebeck hate. I mean, yeah, she's a bit shrill - but so are all the other harpies on The View. If it's because of her political/religious views, not everyone is going to think the same way about those things, and it seems wrong to get rid of her because of that. Even if you don't agree with her stance, shouldn't she still have a right to her opinions? You'd think the show would thrive on the difference of opinions, not try to homogenize them.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    There's a lot of reasons as to why I never watch the show and her persecution complex is way up there. No one's allowed to disagree with po'widdle Elisabeth, they're always picking on her bullet points. Saying the same thing more loudly doesn't make it any more convincing.

  • usul512

    It's not that she's a bit shrill, or a supposed conservative, or religious. It's that she's incapable of expressing her views in a way that is constructive, edifying, or in any shape, way, or form contributes to discussions about subjects that matter.

    From the admittedly little I've seen, she can't present a logical argument to save her life and she just is not up to the task of properly and respectfully defending her views against some of the other hosts and/or guests.

    Not that The View in general is a paragon of debate; but at least they try.

  • ERM

    The audience doesn't like her. TV is a business. They probably figured they would get more viewers (which equals more ad revenue) if they got rid of her. I doubt they actually care about politics.

  • ellcoolj

    Jeopardy is still on? Is that still relevant with todays kids who spend their trivia time on www.litelysalted.com I mean Who cares about who replaces Trebek? It's like when who-cares replaced Bob Barker and I stopped watching the Price is Right.

  • ,

    GET THEE BEHIND ME, SATAN!

  • MissAmynae

    Blasphemer.

  • Kballs

    Dan Patrick would be PHENOMENAL as Jeopardy host (as long as he stays on his radio show which is, also, phenomenal). He has that same subtle humor as Trebek where a simple look can diffuse some of the tension created by all those massive nerds overcoming their life-long social awkwardness on national television.

  • Socrates_Johnson

    Too smarmy for my tastes. Not that Williams isn't that way from time to time, but I'd prefer the news types. Note: I wouldn't consider what Lauer does to be news.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    He would be good, and there's no reason for Williams or Cooper to take it up, so there's hope...

  • Pentadactyl

    Bruno Ganz is a fantastic actor! Had not heard of The Vatican before. Might have to check it out now.

  • PaddyDog

    Yeah, really Dustin. Bruno Ganz! He's one of the greatest actors alive today and all he gets is "the guy from Downfall"???

  • marigi

    My thoughts exactly, thank you!

  • QueeferSutherland

    Shawn Ryan -- creator of FX's violent, gritty The Shield -- thought the best fit for a show based on a violent, vulgar, hilarious movie starring Eddie Murphy is CBS, a network almost exclusively tailored to white senior citizens. Amazing.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Person of Interest suggests you can succeed there if you're smart about it. But yeah, generally, not a good idea.

  • Quorren

    I would empty my savings account into a Pushing Daisies Kickstarter movie, if one of the donation levels involves a night with Lee Pace and his eyebrows.

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