5 items from 2009
Brent Forrester, who got his start on The Ben Stiller Show and has been working on The Office for some time, is teaming with fellow Office writer Mindy Kaling (who also plays Kelly Kapoor to great effect) on The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie, which they've set up at Mandate Pictures. Mandate was the home of breakout hit Juno, so could also be a great starting gate for this story of a woman with disastrously low self-confidence. Variety reports on the deal, and describes Forrester and Kaling's script as following "a woman whose lack of self-worth has limited her choice in men to losers. Just as she is about to hit the bottom of the barrel, her life takes an unexpected turn when she is pursued by the hottest guy ever." Both writers have solid comedy backgrounds. Forrester, as I mentioned, started with Ben Stiller, and has worked as »
- Russ Fischer
9 November 2009 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Pepper won her Emmy in 1993 for outstanding individual achievement in writing in a variety or music program" for "The Ben Stiller Show." She was the only woman on a writing team that included Stiller, Judd Apatow and David Cross.
Pepper wrote for several other shows in the '90s, including "The Stephanie Miller Show," one of the few late-night television talk shows to be hosted by a woman, the interactive kids show "Crashbox" and Nick's animated "CatDog."
History isn't typically a laughing matter, but in the case of famed director-producer-writer James L. Brooks, it usually is. Brooks, whose credits include "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Taxi" and "The Simpsons," has a long and esteemed history in the movie and television business, though his hasn't always been an easy road. Still, it's also not a unique road; the path that Brooks traversed has been walked before, and it's certainly being walked again.
Look no further than "Funny People" director Judd Apatow, whose career is starting to mirror that of James L. Brooks. Sure, the two have wandered down different forks in the road at times, but Apatow's trajectory is nonetheless similar to Brooks' own in some very meaningful ways.
For one, both Brooks and Apatow are well-known for their works on high quality television programming. Brooks created "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," which paved the way for spin-off series' "Rhoda" and "Lou Grant. »
- Josh Wigler
Here we are. Sunday, May 31. I know why you’re here. It’s Colin Farrell’s birthday. Let’s party!
Ohhhhhh… you’re here for that other reason. The 2009 MTV Movie Awards. Yeah, that’s pretty big. The show will be packed full with trailer/clip premieres from the likes of “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “New Moon,” and we’re live blogging the whole shebang.
Will “Twilight” sweep the other six (now that Best Villain is out) of seven categories it is nominated in? Will there be a “Slumdog” upset? Perhaps a surprise or two? Keep refreshing here for the live blog and please, share your own observations in the comments section below.
9:00 pm: Whew, the sound’s back. And Samberg is doing very dirty things.
9:02: Hey, Aziz Ansari beamed up Samberg! »
- Adam Rosenberg
22 April 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Jacob Isser and Paul Lutz wrote the original screenplay about a college freshman who takes a summer job as a park ranger at a hard-partying lake after being dumped by his girlfriend. The intervention of a killjoy senator spurs the eccentric ranger crew into action.
"I'm so thrilled that, finally, park rangers are going to get their due," Cohen said from Toronto, where he's finishing filming the documentary "The History of Canadian Humor, If It's Not Too Much Trouble" (yes, he's a native). "Because I'm just sick of them protecting our geysers and everything else -- let's toot their horn for a while."
Cohen will rework the script to tailor it to the actors once they are cast (offers are going out this week).
- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit
5 items from 2009
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