Stuff: Ernest Borgnine, Acting Machine
Jordan Ladd and Sally Kellerman will star in The Wishing Well for the Hallmark Channel. Do you need to know that? No. What you need to know is that also on board is Ernest Borgnine and this will be his 200th movie. He was in The Black Hole. He was in The Wild Bunch. He was in The Dirty Dozen. And if that wasn’t enough, he was co-pilot of Airwolf. Ernest Fucking Borgnine, ladies and gentlemen. 200 movies to his name, still working. Hell yes. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
Absolutely Fabulous is going to attempt to be Americanized. Fox is working on it. Jennifer Saunders is on board as one of the executive producers. It will be based in L.A. “but retain the basic template of the original, revolving around the friendship of two boozy, over-40 best friends who are desperate to stay hip and youthful and who carry on under the disapproving eye of Edina’s teenage daughter, Saffy.” You may commence betting whether the pilot ever airs and how many episodes it will last…startiiiing…now. Source: Variety.
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland has its queens: Anne Hathaway is White, Helena Bonham Carter is Red. Not bad. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
Steve Carell has signed a three-year first-look deal with Warner Brothers and has gotten a production company with offices on the Warner Brothers lot. You can read the article if you’re a Carell fiend and want to know more, but the main thing is that they’re working on a Get Smart 2 that will be outside the deal. No surprise there–the thing made $220M+ worldwide for an $80M budget. Source: Variety.
David Cronenberg is looking to direct The Matarese Circle, starring Denzel, which is based on a Ludlum novel. Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (co-writers on Wanted) scribed it. Source: Variety.
Bruce Lee‘s life is being turned into a mega-television series. But in China–the state broadcaster has a fifty-part series, The Legend of Bruce Lee, that is going to be aired starting Sunday. Danny Chan (Kung Fu Hustle) will be playing Lee. I wonder how this is going to get filtered over here. Doc’s eyebrows spun around when I told him about it, that’s for sure. Source: Variety.
Sorry, fans of The Riches. You got all you’re going to get. FX canceled the show. There apparently just weren’t enough of you and/or enough of an overall FX budget to cover things. Source: Variety.
The musical Spring Awakening has a movie in the works. Under the Law of Relative Development, you know this already, but I felt it needed to be said. Source: Variety.
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