Biz Break: Don't Let Hollywood Turn Aaron Paul Into the Next Taylor Kitsch, and a Fox News Shrink Diagnoses Joe Biden with Dementia
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Biz Break: Don't Let Hollywood Turn Aaron Paul Into the Next Taylor Kitsch, and a Fox News Shrink Diagnoses Joe Biden with Dementia

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 15, 2012 | Comments ()


Dane Cook's NBC sitcom, "Next Caller," a show about an offensive shock jock that was set to air at mid-season, has been cancelled -- like "Mockingbird Lane" -- before it has even aired, according to a tweet by Dane Cook. It's a latest in a series of weird moves for NBC, which also decided to pull "Community" and "Whitney" from their Friday time slots two weeks before they aired, postponing them indefinitely. I saw the "Next Caller" pilot, and while it wasn't a particularly good show, it's better than "Animal Practice" and "Guys with Kids." Then again, anything that takes a job away from Dane Cook is aces in my book.

Meanwhile, "Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul has landed his first paycheck role, signing on as one of the leads on Need for Speed, which initially sounds like a cool movie about a hyperactive drug addict. Unfortunately, it's another video game movie, adapted from the EA series of the same name. George and John Gatin came up with the story, and this is how I know it's a paycheck role: John Gatin also wrote the screenplays for Real Steel and Coach Carter. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is set to direct, according to EW. A warning, Aaron Paul: You're a great actor, a charming personality, and deserve ALL the good things, but don't let Hollywood try and convince you that you're the next blockbuster leading man. We don't want to see you suffer from Taylor Kitschitis. Do yourself a favor: Follow Ryan Gosling around, and take everything he turns down.

In other movie news, according to Variety, Christoph Waltz has signed on to play former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Mike Newell's Reykjavik. Michael Douglas will play Ronald Reagan in a film about the famous meeting between Gorbachev and Reagan in Iceland, signaling the end of the cold car.

Edgar Wright's Ant Man is really, really happening. In fact, Marvel has given it a release date: November 6, 2015. Hang in there, old-timers! You've got one more reason to live.

While we can all look forward to President Obama appearing on "The Daily Show," this Thursday for the second time since he took office, it's been announced that Mitt Romney is abandoning his plans to appear on "The View" this week, due to "scheduling" concerns. His wife Ann will go in his stead. What's wrong, Mitt? Too high risk for you? Are you really that afraid of a woman named Whoopi (he should be; she would've ripped Romney a new asshole). I'm guessing that means that we won't be seeing any of Mitt Romney outside of an environment that he can control until the election.

While we're discussing politics: Fox News had a psychiatrist on the show this morning to diagnose Vice President Joe Biden following his debate performance last Thursday. According to Dr. Keith Ablow -- A REAL DOCTOR -- Biden is either suffering from dementia or he was drunk during the debate.

You gotta hand it to those guys: Nobody changes a narrative better than Fox News. They are pure evil, but they're kind of brilliant, too.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Quanion

    Get off Taylor Kitsch' s back already! Would YOU have turned down the John Carter role or the role in the movie of the director that gave you your first break? and apart from that, he learned: he did turn down the Need for Speed crap.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Ah, Dr. Keith has carefully sifted the evidence and come up with a possible diagnosis that boils down to "Drunk Irishman". I'd love to hear some of his diagnoses for other public figures but I suspect they're something like "black rage" and "vagina craziness".

  • Yocean

    I think we need to look into the psychiatrist's credentials and see if he got a valid license, also his birth certificate to make sure he he is born in USA not Hell as I suspect. Or just take it away and tell him he has been suffering from egotestcle brain disorders.

  • DarthCorleone

    Keith Ablow is a jackass. Exhibit A:

  • Slash

    Could we stop referring to people who peddle bullshit as "brilliant"? It doesn't take smarts to do that. All it takes is lack of integrity. We don't call the people who send Nigerian banking scam emails "brilliant," and we don't feel particularly sorry for people stupid enough to fall for them, so why do we (ie, you and other "pundits") do it when it involves Fox News or Limbaugh and their ilk and the dipshits who follow their every word?

    Fox News is brilliant the way McDonald's is fine cuisine.

  • Since some psychiatrists made asses of themselves diagnosing Barry Goldwater with various mental illnesses without having met the man, the American Psychiatric Association has a section in their ethical principles about what this Fox News pundit is doing.

    "On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual
    who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information
    about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a
    psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about
    psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a
    psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has
    conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for
    such a statement."

    In modern parlance, Dr. Ablow is pulling a Dr. Phil.

  • Salieri2

    We should also keep in mind that Ablow's the one who told us Newt Gingrich's three marriages meant he was so awesome America wouldn't want to let him go after a single term as president:


  • Blake

    I think cancelling Dane Cook’s “Next Caller,” is probably best for everyone.

  • Rummy

    Sitting president - no press conferences in 7 months. 2 interviews with Miami DJs
    Romney - a wuss too scared of the View. Got it. I think there's going to be a lot of depressed Pajiba columnists come November.

  • birdgal

    Rumsfeld! Is that you??

  • zeke_the_pig

    Aaron! AARON! Aaron - no, no! Aaron, back the fuck up, boy! Avoid those roles like hot coals, motherfucker. I swear to god, if Hollywood takes the pure, distiled awesome that is You and somehow manages to dilute it with its insidious talent homeopathy then I will descend upon that town like a fucking righteous plague of locusts and I will raze it to the ground. Because no movies at all is preferable to Aaron Paul in shit movies.

  • Amory

    I'm thinking Vince Gilligan needs to come up with another TV show for aaron asap. NO REST FOR YOU, BITCH.

  • AngelenoEwok

    Way ahead of you, and I already live here, so save yourself the cost of the plane ticket.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    NBC is spiraling into a complete nervous breakdown, isn't it.

  • dizzylucy

    What is going on at NBC? Are they pinning all their comeback hopes on Revolution?

    I'm guessing a REAL DOCTOR shouldn't be diagnosing someone they've never met, and certainly not publicly. Leave that to internet commentators!

  • Mrcreosote

    I remember when the Cold Car ended. It was quite a day, with the windows fogging up and scraping all the ice off the windshield. "Freedom!" I yelled as my rear wheel drive Escort slid down the road with "Pour Some Sugar On Me" blaring from my treasured cassette.
    Arab Spring was better though with M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls" the soundtrack for my adventures in drifting.

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