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By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 13, 2012 | Comments ()


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YOU GUYS! The MacGyver movie is still in development, and guess what? There's a director now. His name is James Wan. You may know him best as the director of Insidious and Saw, which portends a MacGyver film with lots of LOUD jump scares and bomb made from toothpicks, duct tape, and human skin! According to Variety, Richard Dean Anderson's involvement or lack thereof is not yet known, but I'm guessing he'll cameo as a pound of human flesh.

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Meanwhile, Judd Apatow has announced that season three of HBO's "Girls" will begin filming soon, which is strange if only because season two of "Girls" doesn't air until January. Will this mean two seasons of "Girls" next year, because that's all I ever wanted in life: Two cycles of critics decrying the show's problems while other critics decry those critics for misogyny. I can't wait for 2013!

I love this quote: In an interview with Entertainment Weekly about how he and J.J. Abrams pitched Revolution to NBC, Eric Kripke remarked, "I wanted to take everything I love about Lord of the Rings -- swords and swashbuckling and quests and damsels in distress -- put all that deep nerd fantasy stuff on the American highway." The best part about that quote is how he DID NONE OF THAT. God, I hate Revolution.

Shirley Jones -- she of "Partridge Family" and, ick, Grandma's Boy fame -- is set to appear in Cougar Town as the woman who buys Grayson's house under the condition that she be welcomed into the Cul de Sac crew, according to TVLine. I like it. Maybe the development will give Jules' Dad a love interest.

FX is cooking up a pretty compelling new drama called The Bridge, which is based on a Scandinavian television series. It's about a pair of detectives on both sides of the United States/Mexican border teaming up to track down a serial killer who kills on both sides. The show comes from Homeland's Meredith Stiehm, and Damien Bichir and Diane Kruger have signed on to star, while Matthew Lillard will have a recurring role as a reporter.

The Playlist has learned that Adam McKay will not only inject a few song-and-dance numbers into Anchorman 2, he plans to cast a "murderer's row" of comedians in every role, no matter how small. So, expect to see the likes of Rob Huebel, the Brothers Corddry, half the cast of "The League," and everyone that's ever appeared on "Children's Hospital." I will also go out on a limb and predict an awesome Jon Hamm cameo.

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I love the speculative pairing of director Brad Bird with actor George Clooney in an untitled sci-fi film to be written by Damon Lindelof formerly known as Tesla, though Nikolai Tesla may or may not have anything to do with the premise, which is being kept under wraps. All we do know, from I09, is that it's in the vein of Close Encounters.

We covered the rumors, but it's now official: Anne Hathaway will join Steven Spielberg's Robopocalypse when and if that movie takes off, joining Ben Whishaw. Mostly, I just mention this so I have an excuse to put a Hathaway photo in the header. Why? Because she's pretty, you dumb sh*t. That's why. GOD.

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  • I miss Anne Hathaway's hair. I love her pixie cut but dude, that chick has AMAZING hair.

  • Damn Rowles, you'd think Revolution had stolen your mail and shit on your porch, the way you talk about it. Have you seen an episode since the pilot? I mean yeah, the lead is bland and the story meanders, but it's not nearly as terrible as you seem to want it to be. Is this residual pain from how Lost ended?

  • Jezzer

    ..."dumb shut"?

  • comfy

    Ok, I have to make a "get off my lawn" statement...I love gifs, but please use them sparingly. Like a cat, I want to bat at the interesting moving thing on the screen, rather than focus on the writing that I dearly love. Cat or human...it's so hard to decide sometimes.

  • pissant

    I love the speculative pairing of director Brad Bird with actor George Clooney in an untitled sci-fi film to be written by Damon Lindelof formerly known as Tesla, though Nikolai Tesla may or may not have anything to do with the premise, which is being kept under wraps. All we do know, from I09, is that it’s in the vein of Close Encounters.

    Christ! They continue to let Lindelof near a word processor? You can only hide behind "you guys, not every thing has to be explained in black and white" for so long before you just have to admit that you're a hack. You know how many plot "twists"* that asshat would have tried to inject into Close Encounter of the Third Kind if he had a hand in writing that script? I guarantee you there would have been little alien zombies inside the mashed potatoes. And then they'd never be mentioned again...

    * - Read: gaping holes. Remember kids, when you hear "Lindelof", think of "gaping holes".

  • Soda

    I highly recommend the original of The Bridge. Here's hoping it doesn't follow the footsteps of The Killing.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Yep, the original is pretty awesome.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Wait, swashbuckling? Damsels in distress? What Lord of the Rings chapter was this in?

  • emteem

    That's exactly what I was thinking followed immediately by, um, the one episode of Revolution I've seen (the pilot) did feature sword fighting, swashbuckling, damsels in distress and the American highway. I understand Dustin hates Revolution and needs to mention that constantly, but the first episode features every single thing that Kripke talks about so I'm starting to think that Dustin did a terrible job of watching it.

  • Other Brian

    Girls: They should kill off Hannah.

  • Jon Hamm must have simultaneously the goofiest and handsomest face in show business. It doesn't seem fair that one man could have the power to - at the flick of an internal switch - either cause a explosion of laughter or sea of sploosh.

  • This. This is why I love him.

  • Guest

    O Ben Wishaw....[shakes head]

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