Biz Break: Jeremy Renner Consoles a Drunk Kenan Thompson
As has been rumored, Brandon T. Jackson (Big Momma's House: Like Father, Like Son) has been cast as Axel Foley's son in the television remake of Beverly Hills Cop, which is expected to air on CBS next season. I think this is a terrible idea, save for one thing: Shawn Ryan (The Shield) is the producer behind it, and that man needs a show that's not cancelled after one season. Eddie Murphy may also make sporadic appearances on the show.
Meanwhile, Kyle MacLachlan joins the ridiculously talented roster of actors who have guest starred on "The Good Wife." The only details about his character are that he will interact with Alan Cumming's character, Eli Gold.
A blog called Overthinking It has compiled a ridiculously thorough database of all 20 seasons of Law and Order and reduced the verdicts to awesome little graphs. If you're into the show, it's a must read, but here's one to whet your appetite.
In the off chance that you have not yet read it, you should know that the accuser who alleged that Kevin Clash -- the voice of Elmo -- slept with him when he was underage has recanted. It's a relief on one hand to know that Clash wasn't sleeping with a minor (even if it was a minor old enough in most states to consent), but it still smarts if only because nobody wants to think about the voice of Elmo having sex with anyone. Clash has stated that he will not speak of the incident again, and I think that's the best policy. Hopefully, it will all be forgotten in a few months.
TBS is adapting the British game show, Have I Got News for You for an American audience. Sam Sedar will serve as host. I'd much prefer, however, if they were to adapt Nevermind the Buzzcocks, and go ahead and bring over the entire cast of "Doctor Who" to serve as contestants.
According to THR, Jack Nicholson is being wooed to star in, The Judge, an interesting comedy from David Dobkin about an attorney (Robert Downey, Jr.) who returns for his mother's funeral only to learn that his father (Nicholson) -- who has Alzheimer's -- is the lead suspect in the murder. It would be the first film role for Nicholson since that awful Paul Rudd/Reese Witherspoon movie.
Meryl Streep's other daughter, Grace Gummer, has been cast in the next season of Newsroom as an embedded reporter on the Mitt Romney campaign. I know it's great fodder for jokes, but I'm actually excited to see Sorkin's take on the Presidential election.
Kit Harington joins a long line of has-been and B-listers to ultimately star alongside Paul W.S. Anderson's wife, Milla Jovovich, in another of Anderson's movies. This one is Pompeii. He will play "a slave stuck on a ship who must race against time to save his true love, his master's daughter, as well as his best friend, a gladiator trapped in the coliseum when the destruction begins." No word that Jovovich has been cast as the love interest, but come on. You know she will be.
Finally, Jeremy Renner is hosting this weekend's "Saturday Night Live," and I guarandamntee you there will be a big musical number. NO REASON. Here's his promos for the show.