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Fifteen years ago, Jim Gaffigan was yet another young stand-up comic riding the conveyer belt from the comedy clubs to a network sitcom in the wake of the success of Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Tim Allen, and more. His CBS sitcom "Welcome to New York" was designed as a vehicle for him, but somewhere between the start of development and when it hit the air, the focus shifted to co-star Christine Baranski, an Emmy winner for CBS' "Cybill." It turned out to be a good showcase for neither, and produced only 13 episodes before calling it quits. That wasn't the end of Jim Gaffigan, sitcom actor, but for a long time, it was the end of Jim Gaffigan, aspiring sitcom star. He took jobs on other people's shows ("The Ellen Show," "My Boys") and largely focused on his food-obsessed comedy act (like his famous routine about Hot Pockets). Given how well »
- Alan Sepinwall
Wednesday night will mark the end of an era for late-night TV: The David Letterman Decades. But as Dave waves goodbye after 33 years on TV, so will his executive producer, former head writer, production company president, CEO and longtime collaborator. By the way, those are all the same guy: Rob Burnett. Burnett began his career with Letterman in 1985 as a 22-year-old intern. In 1988, he joined the writing staff of “Late Night with David Letterman,” becoming head writer four years later. He moved with Letterman from NBC to CBS, where he continued as top scribe through 1996. That year, the five-time Emmy. »
- Tony Maglio
Will David Letterman's longtime rival, Jay Leno, appear on his final episode of The Late Show With David Letterman? Don't hold your breath. Executive Producer Rob Burnett told CNNMoney in an interview posted on Tuesday that he was invited but expressed doubt that he would make an appearance. He made his comments amid much fan speculation of such a reunion, as well as recent questioning on the air by Howard Stern, who is not a fan of Leno. "Um, I don't think so, I don't think so," he said. "We invited Jay and all I heard was that he was in Chuckles in Boulder, Colorado for three weeks. It must be a long gig. I don't know. I would've loved to have Jay on the show. I think we all »
Aired on ABC for 1 season (13 episodes, 2 Unaired) from January 3 – August 23, 2007
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After reflecting on the life of his recently deceased plumber coworker, Eugene Gurkin realizes that he wants to get more out of life, and decides to steal from the rich and famous in order to get it. He enlists his plumbing colleague, a cab driver, a security guard, and a waitress to achieve the goal. Together they decide on a target, Mick Jagger, which begins a series of foolishly constructed schemes to break into the rock star’s NYC high rise apartment. »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Mr. Ed was a horse, and he ended up more reputable than Ed Stevens, the titular character in NBC’s Ed. Created by Jon Beckerman and Rob Burnett, this 2000-2004 series is criminally underrated and deserves more attention than it’s gotten, and is one of the most regretfully forgotten television shows of all time.
Ed‘s premise is a simple one. The lead character is Ed, of course, who travels back to his home town following his divorce from an unfaithful wife. Originally, his plan was only to visit his hometown of Stuckyville, but following a run-in with a girl he loved in high school, Ed decides to move back home permanently. What follows is a wonderful story that may seem somewhat plain by today’s television standards. Ed is a good person and he works as a lawyer in his home town helping people and facing the occasional moral dilemma. »
- Joseph Allen
The comedy drama centres around the relationship between Ben Benjamin (Rudd) and Trevor, a young man with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The bond they form encourages them both to re-engage with the world around them.
Gomez will play Dot, a forthright young woman who hitches a ride with the pair and becomes the object of Trevor's crush.
The actress was most recently seen in William H Macy's directorial debut Rudderless.
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving will begin shooting on January 22. »
Selena Gomez fans, get ready to see your girl on the big screen! The brunette beauty confirmed today that she's landed a new movie role starring opposite (the wonderful, adorable, hilarious and swoonworthy) Paul Rudd in the Rob Burnett-helmed adaptation The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. "Finally able to share my new movie... Meet Dot," she tweeted. The Jonathan Evison novel of the same name was published in 2012 and tells the story of Ben Benjamin (Rudd), a man escaping divorce who just barely qualifies as a professional caregiver for a typical video-game-obsessed and sex-crazed teenage boy Trevor, who has muscular dystrophy. And that's where Selena comes in! Gomez »
Last week, Ant-Man headliner Paul Rudd signed on to star in the upcoming adaptation of Jonathan Evison’s 2013 novel, The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving. The brilliant slice-of-life dramedy will be shepherded to the big screen by Emmy award-winner Rob Burnett, who is slated to write and direct the flick. In the midst of prepping for its shoot in Atlanta later this month, another big name has now joined the cast in the shape of Selena Gomez.
The Spring Breakers actress will star alongside Rudd, who was recently cast as the lead Ben Benjamin. A man going through a series of traumatic life changes, he embarks on a caretaking course that leads him to befriend Trevor, a teenager who suffers from muscular dystrophy. Though they’re at loggerheads to begin with, the duo become fast friends and hit the road for a rite-of-passage trip which is where they meet Dot. Gomez »
- Gem Seddon
Rob Burnett wrote and is directing the adaptation of Jonathan Evison’s 2013 novel with Rudd in the role of Ben, a caregiver looking after Trevor, a tyrannical teenager in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
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Gomez will play Dot, a sassy teenager who embarks on a roadtrip with Ben and Trevor.
Filming begins January 22 in Atlanta.
- Linda Ge
Exclusive: Selena Gomez has zeroed in on her next film role. The recording star and actress has landed the female lead opposite Ant-Man‘s Paul Rudd in The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving, directed by Emmy winner Rob Burnett.
Rudd will star in the indie drama as Ben, a caregiver looking after a frustrated teenager named Trevor who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Burnett, the veteran exec producer of The Late Show With David Letterman, adapted the script from Jonathan Evison’s 2013 novel of the same name. Donna Gigliotti and James Spies are producing the Levantine Film and Worldwide Pants production.
Gomez will play the role of Dot, a sassy young woman who hitches a ride with the pair during a road trip, and whose forwardness and lack of embarrassment about Trevor’s condition causes him to develop a crush on her.
Soon-to-be co-stars Gomez and Rudd »
- Jen Yamato
Hot on the heels of the teaser trailer for Ant-Man this week, Paul Rudd has lined up his next project to follow the Marvel Studios adaptation. Variety reports the Anchorman franchise star is set to lead an adaptation of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, based on Jonathan Evison's novel of the same name. The New York Times bestselling novel follows the touching friendship of Ben Benjamin (Rudd) and a young adult stricken with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. As you've probably guessed, the two become close friends, each helping the other in their own life with emotional, funny and inspiring results. It basically sounds like a platonic version of The Fault in Our Stars, but that might be an over simplification of the story since so many people are loving it. Rob Burnett, an Emmy-winning executive producer from "The Late Show with David Letterman" is writing the script and also directing »
- Ethan Anderton
The story follows the touching friendship between Ben Benjamin (Rudd) and a young adult stricken with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The two form a bond and gently push each other toward re-engaging in life.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Paul Rudd has been cast in The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving.
The comedy drama centres around the relationship between Ben Benjamin (Rudd) and a young adult with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The bond they form encourages them both to re-engage with the world around them.
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving will begin shooting on January 22.
Watch the trailer for They Came Together below: »
You may have seen Paul Rudd questioning the viability of his heroic moniker in yesterday’s Ant-Man teaser trailer, but he’s aiming to do something very different for a future film. Rudd has signed on to The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving.Though it sounds like a training manual for medical professionals, it’s actually an adaptation of Jonathan Evison’s novel, which TV writer/producer Rob Burnett is overseeing and will direct. The story sounds a little like 2011’s The Intouchables, in that it finds someone helping another with medical challenges. In this case, Rudd will be Ben Benjamin, who strikes up a friendship with a young man suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. As the pair bonds, they push each other towards re-engaging in life and discover that they both have something to learn. There’s the chance it could fall into the mawkish sentimentality trap, but hopefully Rudd »
A trio of very interesting casting announcements have surfaced. Briefly: Paul Rudd has set his follow-up to Marvel’s Ant-Man as the inspirational drama adaptation The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. Reese Witherspoon is reteaming with her Election director Alexander Payne for the social satire Downsizing. One of 2014’s breakout actresses, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is in line to star opposite Matthew McConaughey in the period drama Free State of Jones. Much more on these castings after the jump. Firstly, fresh off yesterday’s Ant-Man trailer premiere, Paul Rudd is making it known that he hasn’t forsaken the independent world. Variety reports that the actor will topline an adaptation of the Jonathan Evison novel The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. The story revolves around the friendship between Rudd’s character and a young adult stricken with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The Late Show with David Letterman executive producer Rob Burnett wrote the script and will direct, »
- Adam Chitwood
Paul Rudd has signed on to follow-up his role in Marvel's Ant-Man with the drama The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. The project is an adaptation of Jonathan Evison's 2012 bestselling novel of the same name. Rob Burnett, a longtime executive producer on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman, is directing from his own adapted screenplay.
The story centers on Ben Benjamin (Paul Rudd), who forms a bond with a young boy stricken with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. They both begin to push each other to get their own lives back on track in this inspirational drama about two broken individuals coming to terms with their difficult lives. The role of the young boy, a 19-year-old boy named Trevor in the original book, has not been cast at this time.
• Paul Rudd has been cast as the lead in the adaptation of Jonathan Evison's novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. Rudd will play Ben Benjamin, a man who befriends a young adult with with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Together, the two push each other to accept and embrace their lives. Rob Burnett is directing from a script he wrote. [Variety] • Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games, Interstellar) is set to star in the upcoming Disney film Pete's Dragon. David Lowery is directing the film, which also stars Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Oakes Fegley. The film, a remake of the 1977 film »
- C. Molly Smith
The inspirational story finds Rudd forming a unique bond with someone afflicted with muscular dystrophy.
- Jeff Sneider
Rudd is set to star in the adaptation of Jonathan Evison novel “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving.”
Story follows the touching friendship between Ben Benjamin (Rudd) and a young adult stricken with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The two form a unique bond and gently push each other toward re-engaging in life in an affecting, funny and inspirational tale of broken people coming to terms with difficult lives.
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- Justin Kroll
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