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Bert V. Royal (Easy A) has signed on to write the screenplay, which centers on a teenage boy who is at the top of his social circle in Manhattan. In the aftermath of his parents' messy divorce, he is transplanted to a small town in Indiana, where he finds himself "uncool" for the first time in his life. With his bar mitzvah coming up, he hatches a plan to become cool again, which doesn't go quite so well.
Dan Elish and Robert Horn wrote the book for the play, with Jason Robert Brown penning the music for the play, which debuted at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 2007, before moving to Broadway in 2008.
Call it Dreamboys. Laurence Mark has signed to produce a big-screen version of Jason Robert Brown‘s smart teen tuner 13 for CBS Films. Mark will team with Bob Boyett, the TV veteran (Happy Days, Bosom Buddies)-turned-theater producer who mounted the Broadway show. It’s about a Bar Mitzvah boy unsettlingly transplanted from Manhattan, where he’s cool, to an Indiana burg, where he’s not. Until he is. David Blackman is exec producing.
Bert V. Royal (Easy A) is writing the screenplay based on Dan Elish and Robert Horn’s book for the show. Smart-alecky and featuring a bevy of sorta-teens, 13 flopped on Broadway in 2008 despite kudos for the game score by Brown (Tony winner for Parade and The Bridges Of Madison County whose adaptation of Honeymoon In Vegas is Broadway-bound this season). CBS Films VP Production Mark Ross and creative exec Winnie Kemp are overseeing the project.
- Jeremy Gerard
Billy Joel has moved from “Allentown” to Madison Avenue.
The piano-playing hitmaker was once regarded by advertisers as one of music’s “untouchables” – artists like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Tom Petty and R.E.M. who shun the idea of aligning one of their popular tunes with an ad for a new kind of soup, sneaker or SUV. Now the artist sometimes known as “The Piano Man” has allowed his songs to be used in ads for The Gap (“Just The Way You Are,” sung by his daughter, Alexa); Merrill Lynch’s Bank of America (“My Life”); and New York State tourism (“New York State of Mind”).
The crowd of top rock and pop artists adverse »
- Brian Steinberg
In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1984. I turned 14 on May 26, 1984, just as the summer movie season was getting started. These days, the summer movie season seems to begin in mid-March, and I think it's because studios want real estate that they can own. And it feels like the appetite for event films is something the audience has year-round now, so if you're able to make something that excites the audience, why not find a place for it where it's not going head to head with all the other giant event films of the year? For the purposes of this piece, »
- Drew McWeeny
Though Tom Hanks had been around the block several times before Big hit, it’s the movie that really launched him into a top spot in the cultural consciousness. The awesome, but short-lived, Bosom Buddies managed to get Hanks some guest spots on shows like Family Ties, and 1984 kicked off a string off films that, while perhaps loved by some, didn’t exactly serve to rocket anyone to stardom – Splash, Bachelor Party, The Man with One Red Shoe, Volunteers, The Money Pit. 1988′s Big put Hanks on the map in a big way, and audiences were taken by the charm, depth, and overall impressive abilities Hanks displayed in the film. This carried him through a few years of what we have to now hope were contractual obligation films (Joe vs. The Volcano, The ‘Burbs, Turner & Hooch), to the point that Hanks managed A League of Their Own, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, »
- Marc Eastman
Victor Garber will appear on the upcoming 50 Cent-produced Starz drama Power in a recurring role. I guess I should pay attention to it now.
NBC has renewed Grimm, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.. The network also sorta-renewed Parks & Recreation by listing it as a show that was previously renewed, even though that never officially happened.
Something something… excuse to post a picture of David Guintoli and Sasha Roiz.
TV Land is looking at turning the web series Teachers into a single-camera comedy, with Community and Mad Men star Alison Brie. The pilot follows six elementary teachers who end up dragging their students into their personal dysfunction.
Wendy Williams has apologized for transphobic remarks made during a panel discussion about transgender athlete Chloie Johnsson, »
- Lyle Masaki
Every Oscar night, the past comes alive through lifetime achievement awards, "in memoriam" segments and other Hollywood retrospectives But what if the past came alive, literally? Through the magic of Photoshop, we've sent 10 of 2014's Oscar nominees back in time to chill with their younger selves. Just imagine being a fly on the wall for these meetings! Would the elders impart crucial career advice? Would the youngsters be shocked at the crags and wrinkles they acquired? Or would they all, as actors, see the experience as crucial research for their next role? See 10 of these pairings below, complete with the »
- Nate Jones
Russia’s Gay Rights Debate Suddenly Lacking Star Quality
NFL Camera Operators Prepare For Challenging Year Of Avoiding Offensive Michael Sam Signs. “The cameramen added that they are also proposing a 15-second delay for all games taking place in the South.” Sometimes the line between The Onion and reality is razor thin.
After Simon & Simon, Hart To Hart and Too Close For Comfort, now Adam Scott brings us a shot by shot remake of the opening to … Bosom Buddies! He plays Peter Scolari to Paul Rudd‘s Tom Hanks, with Mo Collins a formidable Holland Taylor
He’s lucky he didn’t break his coccyx.
Just fell through the trampoline and broke it. Lol. #bigkid pic. »
Tom Hanks is two time Oscar winning actor who has been nominated five times. He won for "Forrest Gump" and "Philadelphia" and was nom'd for "Cast Away," "Big" and "Saving Private Ryan.” Some will even say he was robbed of a six nomination this year for “Captain Phillips,” that last scene alone being rather Oscar-worthy on its own. But imagine that there’s a generation out there that might not realize how far he’s come and remember that way back when, he was a pretty silly (but still awesome) comedian. The TV show “Bosom Buddies” lead to great comedy roles in "Splash," the severely underrated "The Money Pit," "Volunteers" and "Bachelor Party." In fact, it was hard to throw a rock five feet in the 1980s and not hit a comedy that Hanks was involved in. In 1988, “Big” was the first serio-comic role that earned him respect and his first Oscar nomination, »
- Rodrigo Perez
After premiering Thursday night (Jan. 23) on Adult Swim, the fourth "Greatest Event in TV History" has made it's way online and, as promised, it's pretty great.
Adam Scott and Paul Rudd recreated the intro to "Bosom Buddies," and had the help of the show's original stars, Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, along the way. The intro itself also features Gillian Jacobs, Mo Collins, Aisha Muharrar, Helen Slayton-Hughes and Aidy Bryant.
This was touted as the final "Greatest Event in TV History," but it shouldn't take too long to figure out whether or not that's true. With so many old shows out there, these could go on forever. »
Paul Rudd doesn’t just play a part, he becomes it. The “Role Models” star’s exacting method acting is on full display in the latest edition of “The Greatest Event in Television History.” Past versions have involved meticulous recreations of the opening credits to such television chestnuts as “Hart to Hart” and “Too Close for Comfort,” but this installment ups the ante. Also read: Amy Poehler, Adam Scott Re-Create Opening Credits to ‘Hart to Hart’ (Video) It’s a shot for shot remake of the opening to “Bosom Buddies,” the early ’80s sitcom that featured Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari »
- Brent Lang
Last night, Adult Swim aired the fourth and final installment in Adam Scott's Greatest Event in Television History series, in which he and some of his pals create frame-for-frame reenactments of the opening credits for eighties TV shows (after ten minutes of mockumentary footage about the making of the reenactment). He'd already tackled Simon & Simon, Hart to Hart, and Too Close for Comfort, so last night, he teamed with Paul Rudd to remake the lengthy, exposition-heavy opening to the Tom Hanks–Peter Scolari drag sitcom Bosom Buddies. (Gillian Jacobs takes the Donna Dixon role, Aidy Bryant does the late Wendie Jo Sperber, Parks and Rec writer Aisha Muharrar is Telma Hopkins, and Mo Collins nails Holland Taylor in just one face.) Watch the re-creation and the original side-by-side and marvel at the unicycle and handball skills Adam Scott had to master to pull this off. And how long did it »
- Abraham Riesman
Could it be that this time, after three false starts, Adam Scott has finally presented the honest-to-God Greatest Event in Television History? You’ll have to watch the special to see for yourself, but know this: It features Scott and Paul Rudd wearing history’s least convincing drag getups. And dancing around in towels and shaving cream. And running through the park to a classic Billy Joel tune — which, for a change, is actually sung by the real Billy Joel.
That’s right: Scott’s fourth Greatest Event special revolves around a frame-by-frame recreation of the opening credits sequence from »
- Hillary Busis
Adam Scott had himself a big night of television last night. He directed his first episode of "Parks and Recreation" (which I reviewed here), and at midnight, Adult Swim debuted the fourth and final installment of his pointlessly wonderful "Greatest Event In Television History" series, this time with Scott and Paul Rudd recreating the opening credits to "Bosom Buddies."(*) (*) Insert usual defense of "Bosom Buddies" as a show vastly better than its cross-dressing reputation, thanks to the dynamite chemistry between Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, who were so good the producers were able to pretty much ditch the drag stuff »
- Alan Sepinwall
Did they finally accomplish it? After three failed attempts, was the "Greatest Event in TV History" finally achieved? For the fourth outing of the Adult Swim special, Adam Scott and Paul Rudd remake the intro to "Bosom Buddies," making use of some very special guests along the way.
In the buildup to the intro, both Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari appeared in small roles, along with many of the usual suspects in these, including "Survivor" host Jeff Probst. It was said more than once that this was the final installment, but that can't possibly be true. If it is, what a truly sad occasion.
As with past incarnations, the fictional story leading up to the unveiling was the shining star. In preparing for the role, Rudd immersed himself in his character and the 1980s, even obsessing over old weather reports. At one point he even moves in with Scott's family, »
Is the fourth time the charm? The latest installment in Park and Recreation star Adam Scott's The Greatest Event in Television History series debuted Thursday evening on Adult Swim. This time, "ex-smoker" Scott recruited the newly-minted Ant-Man (aka "bonafide movie star" Paul Rudd) to re-enact the opening credits of 1980s sitcom Bosom Buddies. Video: 'Greatest Event in Television History': Adam Scott Tackles 'Too Close for Comfort' The original comedy starred Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, with Rudd playing Hanks' Kip/Buffy Wilson and Scott taking on Scolari's Henry/Hilde Desmond dual roles in the redo Scene for scene,
- Philiana Ng
Welcome back to the Definitive List, where for the inaugural top 50, we’re counting down the best romantic comedies. The majority of numbers 50 through 41 weren’t so traditional. A secret-admirer movie, a period piece, a “These two don’t make sense together” movie, and a French fantasy among them, but we still managed to squeak in a Wes Anderson movie and a surrealist masterpiece. It doesn’t get any more traditional from here, as numbers 40 through 31 jumps around just as much, from sub-genre to sub-genre. Regardless, these films have made their mark on the industry and still hold a place in the pantheon of the rom-com hall of fame.
#40. Groundhog Day (1993)
Bill Murray was nominated for an Oscar after his dramatic turn in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. He has shown great promise in Wes Anderson’s films. But his best performance to date came in this Harold Ramis »
- Joshua Gaul
It’s really easy to hate on celebrities. They’re rich, they’re famous, they’re gorgeous, and a lot of them have enough personality flaws where you feel like you’re totally justified in disliking them. If they come off as arrogant or bitchy, then we don’t have to feel like we’re petty. We can convince ourselves that it’s not that we’re jealous of these matinee idols, we have legitimate reasons for hating their guts. Even though we’ve never met them and likely everything we’ve heard them say has been massively edited to fit a specific story.
But then there are the actors who, no matter how hard we try, we have to like. They’re so charismatic and seemingly friendly that you feel like you would be kicking a puppy to make fun of them. The more interviews of them you see, »
- Audrey Fox
It’s a big Hollywood awards show honoring both American and international talents. Tom Hanks has been singled out for one of his more serious dramatic roles. Emma Thompson is nominated (again) for playing a proper British lady. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is invited for her work on a critically claimed comedy series. And previous winner John Williams earned another bid after scoring a powerful Holocaust film. Sounds like the upcoming Golden Globe Awards. But is this celebrating the best of 2013, or 1993? Believe it or not, a number of this year’s Globe nominees were also in contention Exactly 20 years ago. Is it a creepy coincidence, or part of a master plan by some glorious derby deity. (No Tom O’Neil, I’m not talking about you.) Before you make your decision, consider the following. Tom Hanks The one-time “Bosom Buddies” actor is currently going for his fifth Golden Globe for fighting »
19 items from 2014
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