Biz Break: Mongo Passes Away, Ryan Reynolds Hears Voices, and Rebel Wilson Will Rule the World
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Biz Break: Mongo Passes Away, Ryan Reynolds Hears Voices, and Rebel Wilson Will Rule the World

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 10, 2012 | Comments ()


There is sad news to lead off today's Biz Break, as we have to report that Alex Karras has passed away. A former Detroit Lions defensive end, Karras made the transition to both wrestling and acting, where he was perhaps best known as Mongo -- one of pop cultures greatest Hodors -- in Blazing Saddles, as well as the father of Webster in the sitcom of the same name. Karras was 77, and like a lot of NFL players, he was diagnosed with dementia before eventually succumbing to kidney failure. RIP, Mr. Karras.


In cheerier news, according to THR, Australian actress Rebel Wilson -- who makes everything better -- will be writing, producing, and starring in her own movie, although there are no details on the project as of yet. I think Rebel Wilson's presence should be a big enough sell. She was among the many outstanding things in the a capella comedy, Pitch Perfect, and the only reason to watch What to Expect When You're Expecting.



I'm not sure this is even worth announcing, but Chris Diamantopoulos -- who played Moe in the Farrelly Brothers terrible Three Stooges movie, will join the already announced John Slattery, Terry Crews, and Isla Fisher as a guests on Netflix's fourth season of Arrested Development, according to The Wrap.

Meanwhile, according to The Evening Standard (via Slashfilm), Nicholas Winding Refn is denying rumors that a sequel to the fantastic but underperforming Drive is in the works, but for those who loved Ryan Gosling's character, Refn has not ruled out the possibility that he may show up in one or more of his future works.


If you've ever wondered what network notes look like Judd Apatow tweeted notes he received from Fox while working on "The Ben Stiller Show" (via The AV Club) and they are, as you'd expect, absurd. "'The Far Right Children's Theater'" sketches are unacceptable as written. The material deals with highly controversial issues which, although clearly satirical, is unbalanced and therefore gives the impression of political bias which many of our viewers might find objectionable."


Ryan Reynolds, who still hasn't found a huge hit to follow up The Proposal after the failure of The Green Lantern (and the modest success of Safe House), is eyeing The Voices, which sounds like your standard thriller until it starts to get weird, via Deadline.

Reynolds is in talks to play Jerry Hickfang, a lovable but strange bathtub factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden murderous turn, Jerry's evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path that ultimately brings him to salvation.

Talking dogs and cats. Fantastic.

Elsewhere, as I reported over on Warming Glow yesterday, "Louie" will be taking an extended hiatus until the Spring of 2014, as Louis C.K. develops new material. The best part of that news, however, is that Louis envisions nine seasons of the sitcom, broken up into three trilogies, including the just finished first three season.

Fox continues to travel down the reality rabbit hole of hell, as they've just ordered "Divorce Hotel," a reality show that puts an estranged married couple in a luxury hotel room where they will work out the details of their divorce with mediators, counselors, and lawyers. Man, that is trashy television, folks. Even stranger: It's based on a Dutch business, according to Deadline.

J.J. Abrams is developing ANOTHER show, this time a sitcom based on the upcoming book Adulting: How To Become A Grown-Up In 387 Easy(ish) Steps, by Oregon-based journalist Kelly Williams Brown. It will be a "quirky" and "humorous" look on how to become an adult. Here's a quick and dirty way to become an adult: GET A FUCKING JOB.

Finally, I hope you folks like Charles Dickens' Great Expectations because two shows based on the novel are in the works. One at the CW, Expectations, is produced by Reese Witherspoon and will follow a small-town girl to San Francisco where she receives a large sum of money that makes her life awesome. Meanwhile, ABC is developing Legacy, a sexy, modern-day soap based upon the novel.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • zeke_the_pig

    'Subscribe now for more Leno'
    Why are they putting the beginning of a suicide note on a screencap of Rebel Wilson?

  • Guest

    "Boss, if you didn't want the guys to call you queer, you became a rough tough sonofabitchin' football player." - Squash Bernstein

  • Irina

    Talking dogs and cats. Fantastic.

    I said the same thing about the talking teddybear, look how that turned out.

  • Natallica

    Ok... Ryan Reynolds is hot and charming. But isn't MAYBE time to think "The proposal" was just an exception and he's NOT destined to superstardom? Or is this a tacitly accepted truth that just can't be stated in this neck o' the woods?

  • ang

    Don't know about anybody else here but I don't think he's a superstar either. He's much better as a supporting character.

  • Idle Primate

    that girl is half the reason i'd like to see pitch perfect. her name is rebel? awesome!

    Safe House was an excellent high speed action movie. i'm surprised it wasn't more successful.

  • e jerry powell

    Squash Bernstein!

  • Nisi

    Why is it always the cats that are evil?

  • Danar the Barbarian

    I really wanted to read the rest of the news items, but you put that Drive gif right in the middle of the page. I know there were words and pictures that came after Ryan Gosling looking at me in the rearview mirror of his car, but damned if I could tell you what they were.

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  • Idle Primate

    is it still on the books? i'd watch that in a minute

  • zyzzyva

    Why does the talking cat have to be the evil one? Dogs have plenty of capacity for evil. Have you ever met a chihuahua?

    For all the Air Buds & Hotel for Dogs, where are my damn talking cat movies?!

  • Quatermain

    Because cats are furry little sociopaths. They're the lap dancers of the animal world; they'll stay put as long as you keep shelling out, but the second you run dry, they vanish like a fart in a windstorm.

  • Nisi

    I know, really - why is it always an evil cat? I'm not saying the dogs have to be evil instead... maybe we could have evil birds? Like Tweety & Roadrunner... who were maybe not *evil* but definitely sadistic. Or evil rabbits...

  • Gina

    Does Homeward bound count?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Garfield ate them.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I assure you, DR, that having a job definitely has not managed to make *me* an adult.

    Btw, HICKFANG?! The name is "Hickfang" and you think the talking cat and dog are the weird part?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    It's pronounced "Smith."

  • lowercase_ryan

    Job ≠ Adulthood. Case in point: me.

  • Quatermain

    True, but if nothing else, it's a good fucking start.

  • Tinkerville

    Oh please no. I read the script for The Voices a couple years ago and it was awful. Why, Ryan..?

  • randomhookup

    In honor of Alex Karras, me talk like Mongo all day.

  • KatSings

    RIP Mongo. No more candygrams.

    Also? I hate Great Expectations. It is one of only two books in my life I ever immediately want to set on fire. I didn't - hate or not, I can't burn a book. Even if it's terrible and was a torture to read. But holy hell do I not need 1, let alone 2, adaptations of it for TV. ON TOP of the new one for screen. Ugh.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Calling it now: Rebel Wilson is this decade's Jack Black. You'll hate me for saying this, but at some point, she'll have to branch out from her Rebel Wilson character and I'm not sure she can.

  • Giv

    She reminds me more of a female Jonah Hill...

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Jonah Hill can't sing. She can, and then some. That's why I thought she's Jack Black.

  • Natallica

    You may be right. But if that means she will start her own Tenacious D, so be it

  • L.O.V.E.

    So long as this decade's Jack Black isn't Jack Black.

    She has already done voiceover work for an Ice Age movie and good reviews for a movie involving a singing/music competiton (see Jack Black in School of Rock) though, so she is right on pace. If she does a movie featuring a giant ape go ahead and call it.

  • @pajibakilledLOVE:disqus but damned if I could tell you what they were.@Loise, you make $28h thats great going girl good for you! My story is that I quit working at shoprite to work online, seriously I couldn't be happier I work when I want and where I want. And with a little effort I easily bring in $34h and sometimes even as much as $92h…heres a good example of what i'm doing,

  • TheOriginalMRod

    No Louie until 2014?!?! Well FX better bring on some Archer.

  • Koala is not a bear


  • The Other Agent Johnson

    Mongo only pawn in game of life.

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