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Our Long National Nightmare Has Been Resurrected: Olivia Munn Returns to Television

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 26, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 26, 2011 |

  • Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the television again, Olivia Munn has climbed back out of the depths of television hell after the cancellation of “Perfect Couples” and landed an even better role, as a series regular on Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming HBO series about the behind-the-scenes machinations of a cable news operation. Munn will play a “sexy financial analyst.” Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) will also join the cast as an associate producer at the assignment desk. Jeff Daniels has already been tapped to lead the series as the cable news anchor while Marisa Tomei is ever closer to joining as the network’s executive producer. (Deadline)

  • Russell Crowe now wants to direct. He setting up a project to direct and star in called 77, a 70s’ crime thriller based, like Crowe’s L.A. Confidential, on a James Ellroy novel. Per Deadline, the film will focus on the unsolved homicide of an LAPD officer in 1974 and the nationally televised battle in South Central Los Angeles between the Symbionese Liberation Army and the LAPD, which included 50,000 rounds of gunfire.

  • Paul Greengrass, who has apparently just been bopping around taking meetings since Green Zone now looks to perhaps direct The Deep Blue Good-by, after his MLK Jr. biopic, Memphis, hit a few snags. It’s based on the first of a series of novels that center around the character created by John D. MacDonald, Travis McGee, who lives on a houseboat and recovers property for clients. It’s one of several projects Greengrass is eying, according to Deadline.

  • Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) has enrolled another cast member in his Judd Apatow produced, Five Year Engagement. “The Office’s” Mindy Kaling will join a cast that already includes Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Chris Pratt, Rhys Ifans, Lauren Weedman, David Paymer, Kevin Hart and Jacki Weaver. The movie will follow the extended engagement of a young couple played by Segel and Blunt. (Variety)

  • Chris Diamantopoulos (“24”) is the latest cast member to join the Farrelly Brothers Three Stooges shitshow. He’ll play Moe, joining Will Sasso as Curly and Sean Hayes as Larry (yes, that Sean Hayes). Sofia Vergara is also in talks to star. (Variety)

  • Joel Schumacher has signed on to “direct” The Hive, about an emergency operator who must confront a killer from her past to save a young girl’s life. Where it concerns Schumacher, “direct” is a strong word, however. It’s more like “incompetently regurgitate scenes in a somewhat linear fashion.” (Variety)

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