I’m sure many of you have step-fathers, so help me out here. I have this theory that at least 65 percent of all step-fathers are bearded and do bad impressions, and by bad impressions, I mean bad impressions of actors that nearly everyone already does 100 times better: Nicholson, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, etc. My step-father, of course, specialized in his impression of Yogi Bear, a character that’s probably only familiar to half of you under the age of 25, and only then because there’s probably a character statue of him in front of your favorite campground. That impression, of course, consisted of only on line, “Hey-a Boo Boo!” No matter: 11-year-olds are easily entertained, and even bad impressions go a long way toward erasing the idea that your step-father is trying to replace your real father.
Anyway, the news here is that the Yogi Bear movie that’s been in development for some time is shaping up even more. I believe we already reported that Anna Faris has already joined the project as the female lead — a documentary filmmaker who comes to Jellystone Park to shoot a film. Dan Akroyd (who I bet is a step-father!) will be voicing Yogi Bear and Justin Timberlake will do the voice work for Boo Boo. Now, Variety reports that Tom Cavanagh has signed on for the male lead, Ranger Smith, in the live-action/CGI hybrid.
Now, I dig Tom Cavanagh — I may be the only straight man alive who had a really strong affection for “Ed,” and loved it enough to watch both of Cavanagh’s short-lived series afterward, “Trust Me” and “Love Monkey” (I even hung in with “Eli Stone” for a bit, if only for his presence). And the strange thing is — as horrible an idea as a Yogi Bear movie is, Cavanagh is nevertheless kind of perfect for Ranger Smith. I’d like to believe that it’d even give a boost to his career, but who am I kidding? Really? Nobody cares about Tom Cavanagh except me and some weird woman in Sheboygan with too many cats.
And am I wrong, or does Cavanagh have a bit of a stepfather quality about him, too?
In completely unrelated news, which I’m adding here just because I like the jarring juxtaposition — like banging your head against a wall and then eating an ice cream — here’s the latest and final trailer for Rob Marshall’s Nine, the Daniel Day Lewis musical with all those singing and dancing actresses (Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cottilard, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Judi Dench). It’s gonna get a lot of Oscar nominations, and then you’re going to feel like you have to see it, even though you don’t really have that much interest. Go Weinsteins!