Russell Brand

  • Russell Brand has been signed by Comedy Central to do a one-hour stand-up special. It will be taped in NYC in November and air on the network in 2009. Brand's comment: "Comedy Central is the home of 'South Park,' 'The Daily Show,' and 'The Sarah Silverman Program.' I am thrilled to have such esteemed neighbours -- particularly Sarah whom I shall be constantly troubling for cups of sugar and milk, breast milk." Nice.
  • Amazon is selling the two-disc Pride & Prejudice from A&E Home Video with Colin Firth for 60% off, i.e. $16. Just today or while stocks last, whichever ends first. Grab yours here.
  • Battle: Los Angeles is "'Black Hawk Down' meets 'Independence Day.'" It's about a marine taking on an alien invasion in the streets of Los Angeles. Scribe is Chris Bertolini (General's Daughter). The director on board is Jonathan Liebesman (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning). Pic is still in pre-production. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • I Heard You Paint Houses is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Charles Brandt. Robert DeNiro will play the mob assassin who is theorized by some to have been involved in the death of Hoffa. Scorsese will helm. Steve Zaillian (American Gangster) will scribe. No script as yet. I'm in. Source: Variety.
  • Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage has been turned into a two-act musical. Wish there were some footage of a performance. But here's a review, anyway.
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 has a release date of June 3, 2011. Jennifer Yu Helson will direct. She served as head of story on the first film. Scribes from the first film, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, are also back. So is most of the cast, including Jack Black. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • Pleasure Island has had its six clubs closed at Disney's compound in Orlando. Rox let us know that there's a full report on the end of the Adventurer's Club here.
  • Yogi Bear: The Movie? Apparently so. Ash Brannon (co-director, co-scribe on Surf's Up) has been tapped by Warner Brothers to direct. This will be "a live-action/animated hybrid along the lines of Fox's 2007 hit Alvin & the Chipmunks," which, because it made over $350M worldwide, spells the inevitable doom of all mankind This version of the Yogi Bear project surfaced after plans to have Michael Bay direct an action-adventure-disaster version fell through. Idea was to have Yogi and friends desperately trying to escape after the massive molten caldera under Jellystone began to erupt. Thankfully, Bay passed on the project to instead further desecrate the Transformers franchise. Source: Hollywood Reporter.