Jesus Christ Gets His Own Sitcom. It Had to Happen Eventually
Remember Joaquin Phoenix’s rap career? Casey Affleck’s mockumentary about it is finished, and it’s being screened for buyers. It’s expected to answer whether Phoenix was serious, just fucking around with us, or just really high. (Deadline)
Smell the sacrilege. Comedy Central is developing a half-hour animated sitcom about Jesus Christ. “JC” will follow Jesus as he seeks to escape the shadow of his “powerful but apathetic father” and live a regular life in New York City. (THR)
Fans of Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) have now got an official plot synopsis for his next film, Looper.
Looper is a time travel movie, set in a near future where time travel doesn’t exist but will be invented in a few decades. It’s pretty dark in tone, much different from Bloom, and involves a group of killers (called Loopers) who work for a crime syndicate in the future. Their bosses send their targets hogtied and blindfolded back in time to the Loopers, and their job is to simply shoot them in the head and dispose of the body. So the target vanishes from the future and the Loopers dispose of a corpse that doesn’t technically exist, a very clean system. Complications set in from there.
Does anyone remember Craig Kilborn? The original “The Daily Show” and “The Late Late Show” host is returning to television. He’s testing an early-evening talk show in NY and LA this summer. He should really return to sports. He may have been the best ESPN anchor of all time. (LAT)
Elizabeth Perkins is leaving “Weeds” to star in I Hop, that ridiculous sounding live-action CGI movie where Russell Brand will play the Easter Bunny. Perkins will play the mother in the Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks) movie. (THR)
James Gandolfini is developing a comedy for HBO “Taxi 22,” in which he’d star as a taxi driver. (Deadline)
The latest addition to the Smurfs movie voice cast is Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, who joins — among others — Neil Patrick Harris. (Variety)