Here are the day’s leftovers — the barrel scrapings with which we couldn’t be bothered to devote an entire post.
First up, Maria Bello is set to become the latest respectable actress to sully herself in an Adam Sandler movie. She’s due to star as Kevin James’ wife in an untitled comedy we wrote about a few weeks ago, which will also star Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Space, Salma Hayek, and Maya Rudolph. The movie is about a 30-year high school reunion, and that’s all we know, except that Dennis Dugan (Don’t Mess with the Zohan, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry) is set to direct. After years of starring in mostly little seen dramas, I suppose Bello had to eventually give in to the cash.
In kind of weird, kind of cool news, fans of FOX’s “House” (spoilers) may have been stunned last night to see Kal Penn killed off the show. As EW first reported, it turns out, he’s actually got a better gig. The guy most famous for getting baked and driving around Jersey in search of small burgers is now the White House liaison between the Obama administration and arts groups. Essentially, he’ll connect Obama with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities, as well as arts and entertainment groups.
For the few of you who have stuck with NBC’s “Kings” so far (I dropped out midway through episode two), bad news: After suffering incredibly low-ratings, it’s being replaced by a second episode of “Dateline.” The remaining episodes of “Kings” will now air on Saturday nights. Related: I also hear that ABC may burn off its remaining episodes of “Pushing Daisies” this summer. I don’t think that Bryan Fuller managed to wrap up the show before its cancellation, but it’d be nice to see the last three eps, all the same.
And while we’re on the subject of television, Dan’s review of Amy Poehler’s “Parks and Recreation” is up over on THR today. His ultimate verdict: “It’s funny, smart and fast. I hope it sticks around.” Check out the full review.
In news we missed over the weekend, a man in Eugene, Oregon shot himself in the head during a screening of Watchmen. It was recorded as a suicide. There were about 10 other people in the theater at the time (including a person two rows in front of him). That’s a strange movie to choose if you’re going to off yourself. He should’ve gone with one of these 99 movies and saved a bullet.
Finally, the blogonet is abuzz today — there was a surprise screening of Star Trek in Austin last night. Theatergoers went in expecting to see Wrath of Khan, but we’re unexpectedly presented with a viewing of the new J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, introduced by Leonard Nimoy. The reaction from fans and bloggers in attendance has been enthusiastic, to say the least. But, as Eric Snider over at Cinematical reminds us, you might not want to put too much stock in the early opinion. It does come from a largely friendly audience. They were there to see Wrath of Khan, after all.