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April 18, 2007 |

By Daniel Carlson | Industry | April 18, 2007 |

First of all, can I just say how happy I am that Timmy, who has to be like 47, is back on this season’s “Real World-Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno: 3 — Good Guys vs. Badasses — For Reals This Time: The Ultimate Edition — Extreme … Fight Time”? Sure, it’s a little weird for MTV to be recycling another “Real World” cast for a challenge show when that cast’s season is still airing (I’m talking about Gay Pretty White Guy, Militant Black Man, and Fake-Eyebrow Skank from the current Denver season). But man, it’s great to see Timmy on the air again. He’s like the camp counselor for the Good Guys team. Also, I’ve got $10 that Abe, of those lovable Badasses, will be kicked off the show for attempted rape by April. Any takers?

Speaking of women of ill repute: Singer Willa Ford came on the scene way after everyone had pretty much tired of Britney/Christina/Jessica et al., but nevertheless carved out her own sweaty bit of fame with a scantily clad video and eventually a spread in Playboy. So perhaps it’s only fitting that she’s currently set to play fellow blonde naked person Anna Nicole Smith in an “indie biopic” about the life and death of the Playmate. The phrase “indie biopic” is likely being thrown around to class up the affair, but other than an inevitable nod to some college rock band that Zach Braff hasn’t ruined yet, Anna Nicole will probably be as sensationalistic and empty as its titular subject. The film will follow Anna Nicole from age 17 to her death at 39, requiring Ford to bulk up substantially for the film’s second act, followed by Anna Nicole’s own diet of Xanax and aged millionaires to slim back down.

Speaking of drug-fueled ideas (man, my segues are totally on today): Screenwriter Simon Kinberg, who crafted the deeply flawed Mr. & Mrs. Smith, has been tapped to do a complete overhaul on Fox 2000’s upcoming Hardy Men, which will feature everyone’s favorite emotional timebomb, Tom Cruise, and his comedic parody, Ben Stiller, playing grown-up versions of the Hardy Boys. The film is being directed by Shawn Levy, who also inflicted Cheaper by the Dozen and Night at the Museum on an innocent and unsuspecting populace. Kinberg has been brought on board to scrap the story and start from scratch, apparently in hopes that someone will be able to make the premise remotely tolerable. So, good luck with that.

Finally this morning, I bring you the trailer for Superbad. Dig the names involved: The director, Greg Mottola, helmed episodes of “Arrested Development” and “Undeclared.” It’s written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (“Da Ali G Show”). And it stars Michael Cera as a nerdy loser who, with friend Jonah Hill, tries to have one real night of adventure before college. Will it be great? I don’t really think so. But the trailer’s mighty solid, and with that cast and crew, the movie’s bound to be more than a little entertaining.

Daniel Carlson is the managing editor of Pajiba and a low-level employee at a Hollywood industry magazine. You can visit his blog, Slowly Going Bald.

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