Following the success of their 90210 reboot, the CW is requesting a pilot for their update of Melrose Place. Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin, from Smallville, have written and serve as the shows executive producers / show runners. Davis Guggenheim (The Unit, Deadwood, 24) will direct.
Michael Rady will play Jonah Miller, a cute and quirky 25-year-old aspiring filmmaker who makes his living as a videographer of weddings and bar mitzvahs for the rich and famous after moving to Los Angeles with his fiancee a year ago.
Rady has appeared as Max Tyler on Greek and Doug Stephens on Swingtown.
Coming April 10th, 2009, Red Dwarf returns to television on channel Dave with a brand new two-part series. After eight series totalling 52 episodes, Dave Lister will finally return to his home planet in Red Dwarf: Back To Earth. Twenty one years after the series began, the original cast will be reunited: Chris Barrie as Rimmer, Craig Charles as Lister, Danny John-Jules as Cat and Robert Llewellyn as Kryten. The new episodes are written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor.
Two additional television specials will also be produced. The Making of Back to Earth is a behind the scenes look at the new production and Red Dwarf: Unplugged delivers the cast they've never been seen before – no sets, no effects… and no cue cards.
Danny John-Jules has been playing Lenny Bricknall on M.I. High.
Craig Charles has been playing Lloyd Mullaney on Coronation Street.
Weekly new updates will be provided every Wednesday at noon on Dave website.
For a limited time, Creative Instinct is offering a free card commemorating the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Update: As of February 4th, they have run out of cards as stated on their website.
Thank you for your interest in the Obama trading card but we were overwhelmed with requests and have run out of our limited supply.
Bob May, the man inside the robot on all 83 episodes of Lost In Space (1965-1968), died of congestive heart failure Sunday at the age of 69.
"He always said he got the job because he fit in the robot suit," said June Lockhart, who played family matriarch Maureen Robinson. "It was one of those wonderful Hollywood stories. He just happened to be on the studio lot when someone saw him and sent him to see Irwin Allen about the part. Allen said, 'If you can fit in the suit, you've got the job.'"
Producers wanted to allow fans to believe the robot was real so May received little attention during the shows run. Afterwards, he was a fan favorite at memorabilia and sci-fi shows. Even though it was announcer Dick Tufeld who proclaimed the iconic phrase "Danger, Will Robinson," Bob May learned all the lines so he could react to the actors and flail his arms appropriately.
As the grandson of vaudeville comedian Chic Johnson, May was surrounded by stage showmanship which transitioned to the early years of television. He went on to work as a stunt man on shows such as Cheyenne (1955), 77 Sunset Strip (1958) and Stagecoach (1966) before joining Lost In Space.
Garrett Hedlund will star in Disney's Tron (1982) sequel due for release in 2011. Hedlund will play a man who finds himself pulled into the world of a computer and retracing the steps of a character from the original movie named Kevin Flynn.
Joseph Kosinski will return to direct along with several familiar faces from the first film including Jeff Bridges (Kevin Flynn) and Bruce Boxleitner (Alan Bradley / Tron). Recent cast additions include Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett.
Garret Hedlund has appeared in Troy (2004), Friday Night Lights (2004), Four Brothers (2005), Eragon (2006) and Georgia Rules (2007). This will be his first lead role.
The BBC has announced, beginning in 2010, Matt Smith will replace David Tennant as the next Doctor on their cult time-travel series Doctor Who. In October, Tennant announced his intention to leave the show sparking the latest search for a new Time Lord. Tennant will appear in 4 hour long series this year before finally regenerating into Smith.
Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC ONE said "Matt Smith will be a mesmerising eleventh Time Lord, true to the spirit of the show. He is a worthy successor to David Tennant who has been utterly remarkable in the role and promises to continue to be in next year's four special episodes."
Billie Piper, who plays the Doctor's companion, seems to be Smith's strongest link to the show. His first television role came in The Ruby in the Smoke (2006) where he played Jim Taylor, assistant to Billie Piper's lead character Sally Lockhart. In 2007, he reclaimed the role in the follow-up The Shadow in the North and also appear in one episode of Piper's series Secret Diary of a Call Girl. However, he may be best know for his role as Danny Foster in Party Animals (2007).
Columbia Pictures has The Office (2005-2008) co-exec producers Lee Eisenburg and Gene Stupnitsky working on a script. The duo just wrote the Harold Ramis directed comedy Year One (2009). This working relationship should be good news considering Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd wrote the original Ghostbusters (1984). Ghostbusters was Columbia's highest grossing film until beaten by Men In Black.
Harold Ramis has confirmed progress in an email to the Chicago Tribune.
yes, columbia is developing a script for GB3 with my year one writing partners, gene stupnitsky and lee eisenberg. judd apatow is co-producing year one and has made several other films for sony, so of course the studio is hoping to tap into some of the same acting talent. aykroyd, ivan reitman and i are consulting at this point, and according to dan, bill murray is willing to be involved on some level. he did record his dialogue for the new ghostbusters video game, as did danny and i, and ernie hudson. the concept is that the old ghostbusters would appear in the film in some mentor capacity. not much else to say at this point. everyone is confident a decent script can be written and i guess we'll take it from there.
Smallville season 7 is coming to Blu-Ray and DVD on September 9. These discs contain every episode from season 7 along with bonus material including a "Supergirl" featurette about Kara (Laura Vandervoort), a "Jimmy on Jimmy" featurette, and the "Smallville Legends" modisodes. The 6-disc DVD set contains Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. While the 3-disc Blu-Ray set contains 1080p video with AC3 audio.
Tribute Trailer Contest
Warner Bros is holding a contest for the best Smallville Tribute Trailer. To enter, visit http://smallvilletrailermaker.warnerbros.com/, and use their drag and drop video, music, and sound effects to create a masterpiece. The contest ends September 23.
Smallville season 8 begins September 18 at 8pm on The CW. Clark Kent (Tom Welling) begins working with Lois Lane (Erica Durance) and Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore) at the Daily Planet and we're introduced to Davis Bloom (Sam Witwer).
Check out the new poster for City of Ember coming October 10, 2008. Bill Murray stars as the Mayor of Ember, an underground city built to last 200 years. Now, the lights are beginning to flicker and the food supplies are running out. Doon Harrow (Harry Treadaway) and Lina Mayfleet (Saoirse Ronan) find themselves in a race against the clock to save the people of Ember.
The movie is based on the first book in a series by author Jeanne DuPrau including The City of Ember (2003), The People of Sparks (2004), The Prophet of Yonwood (2006), and The Diamond of Darkhold (2008).
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