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Office Writers Pen The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie

1 December 2009 12:54 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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

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Comedy writer Sultan Pepper dies

9 November 2009 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sultan Pepper, an Emmy-winning comedy writer who worked on "The Ben Stiller Show" and "Mad TV," died unexpectedly on Oct. 20 in Murrieta, Calif. She was 47.

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."

Pepper also worked as a writer-producer on "Don't Forget Your Toothbrush" and for reality series such as "Blind Date" and "Street Smarts."

In 2002, Pepper began a one-year development deal at Sony/Columbia TriStar, where she worked as a writer and producer on TV projects including "The Rerun Show, »

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Judd Apatow & James L. Brooks Are 'Funny People' With Similar Careers

5 August 2009 12:00 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

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

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The 2009 MTV Movie Awards Are On — Follow Our Live Blog!

31 May 2009 7:49 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

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

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Rob Cohen will helm 'Park Narcs'

22 April 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Television comedy veteran Rob Cohen has been hired to helm "Park Narcs," a comedy script set up at Intrepid Pictures.

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).

Intrepid's Marc D. Evans and Trevor Macy, »

- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

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