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4 items from 2006

Nick's pick is Poehler in 'Mighty'

12 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Nickelodeon said Tuesday that it has greenlighted a new animated series starring Saturday Night Live's Amy Poehler.

In addition, the cable network announced a sixth season of SpongeBob SquarePants and said that additional episodes have been ordered of two new Nicktoons shows: El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and Tak and the Power of Juju.

Mighty B stars Poehler as the voice of Bessie Higgenbottom, the world's most ambitious and lovably unhinged 10-year-old Honeybee scout who has earned more Bee Badges than anyone in history but will not stop until she's earned every last one. The series, which was picked up for 20 episodes, is set to premiere in 2008.

Mighty B is co-created and executive produced by Poehler; Cynthia True, a recent staff writer for Nickelodeon's The Fairly OddParents; and Erik Wiese, an Emmy-nominated storyboard artist and writer who has worked on SpongeBob.

Tom Ascheim, executive vp and general manager at Nickelodeon Television, said Mighty B is "a fresh, creator-driven series about a hilarious character (Poehler, True and Wiese) created that we think kids are going to really love and connect with."

Meanwhile, SpongeBob was picked up for a 13-episode sixth season and will continue to feature the original voice cast, including Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, Clancy Brown as Mr. »

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Olympic moment for Segal

11 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Peter Segal is attached to direct the tentatively titled I, Thalus, a comedy pitch set against the first Olympics from writers Craig and Jeff Cox.

Universal-based Scott Stuber and Mary Parent are producing. Segal and producing partner Michael Ewing also are producing via their Callahan Filmworks.

Plot details for the period comedy are being kept under wraps.

The Cox brothers developed the idea with Callahan, who then took it to Stuber/Parent. The duo is writing the script.

The CAA-repped Segal most recently directed The Longest Yard, starring Adam Sandler. His credits include 50 First Dates, Anger Management and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.

The Cox brothers famously broke into the industry by writing the figure skating comedy Blades of Glory while working at Starbucks and E! Networks. Blades is now a major motion picture starring Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett and Amy Poehler and is scheduled for release in March by DreamWorks.

The duo is repped by UTA, Smart Entertainment and Eclipse Law Firm. »

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Fischer laces up for DW's 'Blades'

1 February 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jenna Fischer has joined the cast of Blades of Glory, DreamWorks Pictures comedy set in the world of ice skating. The movie stars Will Ferrell and Jon Heder as a disgraced pair of skaters who take on a rival pair, played by Will Arnett and Amy Poehler. Fischer is playing Arnett and Poehler's little sister and Heder's romantic interest. Commercial directing duo Josh Gordon and Will Speck are helming the movie, which is being produced by Red Hour Films' Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld as well as John Jacobs of First Entertainment. Production is due to start next month. »

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Barrymore Laughs at Her Golden Globes Breast Gaffe

24 January 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Drew Barrymore poked fun at her Golden Globe wardrobe malfunction on US TV show Saturday Night Live on Saturday when she appeared unannounced wearing huge fake breasts. The actress didn't wear a bra when she took the stage to present a Golden Globe last Monday, and excited TV viewers could clearly see her breasts through her green top. And when Saturday Night Live regular Tina Fey poked fun at Barrymore on the Weekend Update section of the show, joking that the actress "arrived with two Golden Globes of her own," the Charlie's Angels star had a little fun at her own expense. Wearing a pair of huge, drooping breasts, she stepped out in front of the live studio audience, and quipped, "I can't believe you guys are making fun of me. Don't you guys know it's not cool to make jokes about women's bodies?" Barrymore went on to juggle her fake breasts as she jokingly lectured, "You guys are supposed to be feminists and you're supposed to be all pro-lady. I am totally disappointed in you." The actress raised more laughs as she prodded one of her huge breasts into Weekend Update co-anchor Amy Poehler's face, and hung another over Fey's shoulder. The comedy newswomen then agreed a truce with Barrymore - by shaking Her false breasts. The actress was on the show supporting boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti, who was performing with the program's musical guests, The Strokes. »

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