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Biz Break: A Charlie Brown Feature Film, Anne Hathaway's Low Self-Esteem, and Everything's Coming Up Kaling

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 9, 2012 | Comments ()


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Steve Martino, the co-director of Ice Age: Continental Drift, will direct a feature film adaptation of Charles Schulz's Peanuts, which will be scripted by Shulz's son Craig and grandson Bryan. It's set for release on November 25, 2015, and if they do to Peanuts what they did to Smurfs and Alvin and the Chipmunks, so help me God I will pull Charlie Brown's football through their noses.

Elsewhere, Anne Hathaway, who has had a tendency in her career to bounce from great to terrible projects, may have finally found a romantic comedy that isn't abominable, as she has signed on to The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie . The script comes from Brent Forrester and Mindy Kaling -- who may be a little too obsessed with her own knowledge of romcoms to write anything original -- and it's about a woman who has spent her life pursuing losers until one day "the hottest guy ever" begins pursuing her. OK. Well, maybe this won't be the redeeming romantic comedy of Anne Hathaway's career. Mindy Kaling is also expected to be featuring in a supporting role.

Speaking of Mindy Kaling, yesterday her new show, "The Mindy Kaling Project" was picked up by Fox for a full season order, while "Ben and Kate" got an additional six episodes (which is practically a full-season order). So, congrats to them. Hopefully, Kaling can find her sitcom's sweet spot, as it has been amusing but uneven through the first two episodes.

Meanwhile, over on NBC -- as I reported this morning on Warming Glow -- the network is dicking around "Community" again, although perhaps for the best. It's premiere date has been postponed indefinitely while the network figures out either how they want to promote it on Friday nights, or where to relocate the show on the NBC schedule later in the season. My guess: It will either take Up All Night's place on Thursday night or it will come back after NBC burns off the final 12 episodes of "30 Rock."

On the subject of 30 Rock, Catherine O'Hara and Bryan Cranston will be making an appearance on the show this week as Kenneth's mother, and his mother's "friend." Here's your first look:

In movie news, the sequel to Pixar's Monsters, Inc., Monsters University has launched a new website. I gotta say: It looks like one of those online universities, like the University of Phoenix. If you're going to build a website, don't use the prepackaged templates from Microsoft Frontpage.

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I still barely know anything about 50 Shades of Gray, except that it's badly written soft-porn, but there will be a movie, obviously, and the movie has finally landed a screenwriter. Her name is Kelly Marcel, and her credits include "Terra Nova." If Marcel could squeeze some dinosaurs into the sex scenes, everyone's a winner.

Brett Easton Ellis had also wanted to write the screenplay for 50 Shades of Gray, but settled instead for writing The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen. Don't ask me what's it about -- sex, youth, and glamour in Los Angeles -- but the grindhouse trailer bored me to blood-tears.

Finally, I have not been able to muster much enthusiasm for Ethan Hawke's new horror movie Sinister, due out this weekend, but a couple of things are changing my perception: 1) This magnificent interview of Hawke by Mike Ryan, and 2) a couple of mysteriously murky new movie posters from Moviefone.

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  • sherlockzz

    I really enjoyed "The Canyons" trailer. Not sure I'd like the movie though. It breaks the Soderbergh rule; porn stars do not generally succeed in crossing over to legit movies, especially in lead roles.

  • Idle Primate

    i really hope the charlie brown is a regular 2D hand drawn animation in the standard ICONIC rendition based off Schulz' drawing. i'm pretty laid back about styles changing, reboots, remakes, flagrant plagiarism, but if i have any sacred cow in the universe, it's peanuts. it's my happy place. "raped my childhood" is such a silly phrase, but messing with the order of peanuts could break the cosmos.

  • dizzylucy

    Kenneth always talked about his "mom's friend Ron". I never would have imagined Bryan Cranston would become him. I approve.

    That Canyons trailer looks like it was pre-packaged for RiffTrax. That was nice of them.

  • momoftwo

    i laughed my butt off at the mindy show. i am an indian raised in america and there are some stereotypical (cuz they r true) things she threw in about us asian ladies...like the part of being so picky about the frozen yogurt and going back 4 times . TOTALLY something that my people would do!

  • Ben

    "I gotta say: It looks like one of those online universities, like the
    University of Phoenix. If you’re going to build a website, don’t use the
    prepackaged templates from Microsoft Frontpage."

    Isn't... that the joke? It's a university website for 'Monster University'

  • Ok, I know I should probably just blog about this, so all 3 of my readers can read it- but I faulking hate the Mindy Project- specifically the premise- Why on earth have we not MOVED BEYOND Ally McBeal people??? Oh poor single girl- it just (waaaa) sucks to never find a man (aaaah), my entire self worth is as valuable as foreclosed house in the city of Detroit unless and until some man validates me---Bull faulking ship people. Please tell me that Mindy and her kind are an anomaly and real women don't still develop neurosis over being single and in her 30's.

    And if you do have neurosis over being a single woman in your 30's I have two words for you: Sally Albright. yea- 1984 Nora Ephron heroine Sally of harry fame has her shit together better than Mindy or Ally or any of these sad little women who adore them ever will.

    and I hate that stupid Emily Owens doctor show too, for the same reason. Its the twenty tens ladies- evolve. At least Ally McBeal had Nell and Lucy Liu.

  • Idle Primate

    i think most people(men and women) want to partner up, and it is definitely a big thing; to pretend otherwise in order to make some kind of independent woman statement is not only inaccurate(in general, regardless of anomalies), but will not be as engaging to audiences who relate. i also think once people push into their 30's, or worse their 40's it does become a pressing issue, and there is nothing shameful or weak about that. it's human. normal

  • ,

    Can somebody tell me if there's one episode of "30 Rock" somewhere that's actually funny, cause if there is I'll keep watching it in syndication until that one turns up. Meantime, I keep giving it about 10 minutes and it SEEMS like it ought to be funny, it has such otherwise funny people in it (they keep telling me), but ... nope, I'm feeling nothing. *changes channel*

  • Mrs. Julien

    YOU I like!

  • L.O.V.E.

    Have you seen him?

    How can I not? He's a lucha libre wearing a bullet-bra from Maidenform circa 1957.

  • I can't wait to see who they cast as "the hottest guy ever." Not so much because I think he will be, but because the casting rumors will trigger a whole bunch of photo posts full of guys hotter than the guy cast to play "the hottest guy ever," and I will enjoy both the ridiculousness of those arguments and the hotness of the pictures. Probably more than I'll enjoy the movie.

  • 10 bucks says it's Ashton Kutcher.

  • What? That Monsters University website is awesome!

  • Brown

    FrontPage hasn't existed for years. It's been replaced by Expression Web.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Oh no. FrontPage still exists in rural Saskatchewan municipalities that refuse to spend a few hundred dollars to bring themselves into the wild new millennium.

  • AudioSuede

    As a Minnesotan, Peanuts is fucking sacred. As a fan of depressed children, I want more Peanuts. This is what you'd call a conflict of interest.

  • Carlito

    Conflict of interest? That's like having literal sacred cows and feeling conflicted over whether to eat room-temperature Hamburger Helper because it contains reverential ground beef.

  • InternetMagpie

    Ugh, that photo of Hathahaal is so CUTE.

  • lowercase_ryan

    have you seen him?

    Can they be sued by Powell Peralta?

  • John Wao

    I've laughed more in two eps of The Mindy Kaling Project than I have in the entire run of New Girl thus far.

  • I wonder how many times the screenwriter will have the Anna character saying "HOLY SHIT!" or "HIS PENIS. IS DOWN THERE." or "HOLY CRAP." or "Oh, my!" because if she cuts back say, oh, some 300 instances it might not be nearly as irritating as that fucking book was.

    Yes, I'm still wondering why the fuck I read it. I'm very bitter.

  • leuce7

    I read them, too. I don't know why either. I think I deserve to read Twilight as punishment for reading 50 Shades. But then I found this, and I understood that I had to read them to fully appreciate the joy that is Jennifer Armintrout's recap-each-chapter project: http://jenniferarmintrout.blog...

  • I LOVE those.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I met a young woman - in NYC - this past weekend, reading the second book on her ereader. She told me she doesn't normally read the sex books, it's not her thing, but the second book was getting into how damaged Christian was, and why he was like that.

    I...can't...even...it's the character development that you are reading the book for?!?!

    I still told her to just go read Claiming of Sleeping Beauty instead.

  • Salieri2

    Ew, Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. Blergh.

  • Melina

    I have to first admit I haven't read a lick of the book but when I did read the most hilarious review in the history of reviews and it cites that Christian likes to whip dark haired girls to get back at his crack head mother I felt like it was waaaayyy less of a sex book and a little too much of a weird mind fuck. I know enough damaged people in real life, I don't need to waste my time on Christian Grey, even if he is a tycoon.

    I suggest you read all three reviews. They are magical: http://www.goodreads.com/revie...

  • BWeaves

    Men used to say they read Playboy for the articles. In a sense, they had a point. If you wanted just porn photos, there were plenty of other magazines. Playboy did publish good short stories and articles. BUT STILL . . .

  • $27019454

    O, my sister pulled that one on me. I caught her reading it and she claimed it was for the psychology of it all. You want character development or to find out why someone is the way he is why don't you pick up Dickens or even Stephen King. The whole thing makes me embarrassed to be a woman when they say "it's porn for women" and "it appeals to women".... It makes women look fucking stupider'n shit.

  • What gets me most is that it's NOT EVEN SEXY. AT ALL. I've read my share of romances and that one's just pathetic. They have kinda-hot sex one time and the next 200 times it's missionary, once with a blindfold. BULLSHIT.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Or Anais Nin. Or Story of O. There are books that can do both.

    Ooh, does it make it better or worse that this poor young thing did not even know it was based on Twilight fan fic?

  • Idle Primate

    i found story of O pretty distressing, and it seemed like it wouldnt feel erotic even if you were wound that way

  • At least Ally McBeal had Nell and Lucy Liu...NDOQESB.Tk

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