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Jason Mewes, 'Super' And 'Empire Records 2' In Today's Twitter-Wood

Jason Mewes, 'Super' And 'Empire Records 2' In Today's Twitter-Wood
Kevin Smith hit his Twitter account hard today in response to a comment made by Neil Patrick Harris about Smith's pal and frequent collaborator Jason Mewes. The discussion is summarized as neatly as possible in the three retweets I picked out, but you'd be well served to sift through the questions Smith has been answering all day. Nph chimed in later in the day on his own account with an apology.

In other Twitter-Wood exchanges today, Edgar Wright and Bryan Lee O'Malley teased their unreleased trailer for "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" and Brian Lynch and Diablo Cody pondered a mad plot to craft an "Empire Records" sequel. Check out those posts below along with a shot of Amanda Bynes at 9 years old and a run-in between Terry Gilliam and Salman Rushdie. I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is the Twitter-Wood report for December 4, 2010.

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'Harold & Kumar' duo set new project

'Harold & Kumar' duo set new project
New York -- The creators of the "Harold & Kumar" franchise have smoked out a new project.

Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who wrote "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and wrote and directed "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay," will write and direct " 'Til Beth Do Us Part," a comedy that has been set up at Warner Bros.

Principato Young is producing the feature, which will focus on two twenty?something males whose friendship is put to the test when one of them becomes engaged.

The movie will share some elements with the stoner franchise for which the writer-directors are known -- most notably, the comedic bond between two young males -- but will be more grounded and contain fewer of its zany flourishes.

The project, which is casting its two male leads, is aiming for a first-quarter shoot. Paul Young and Peter Principato are producing via their banner; Greg Silverman
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Puff, Puff, Puff, Give... 'Harold and Kumar 3' Goes Green

I am yet to see a single Harold and Kumar film, but I was sent the Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Blu-ray so that is sure to end soon, but I am not sure if I want to watch it before seeing the much higher praised Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. And now that Variety reports they are making a third film I really better get my ass in gear. Word is Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who penned the first two films, will return to write and direct a third installment for Mandate Pictures. The storyline is being kept quiet, but even though I haven't seen the films it isn't hard to guess what the gist of the story is going to be as, stars John Cho and Kal Penn are expected to reprise their roles as the ganja-loving duo as both have options in their contracts for the third installment.
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Rob Corddry lands 'Project A'

Rob Corddry lands 'Project A'
Rob Corddry has landed his first starring role with Project A, a New Line action comedy being produced by Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld via their Red Hour shingle.

Corddry will star as the "A" in the venture, playing a man trained by the U.S. government as a Cold War experiment to become the world's biggest jerk. The script is written by Etan Cohen, one of the writers of Stiller's upcoming Tropic Thunder.

The project has been in development for several years, and Corddry has long wanted in on it.

"Ben and Stuart gave it to me to read years ago, and it's always been the first thing I ask my agents and managers about," Corddry told The Hollywood Reporter. "They've always said, 'Go open a movie first!' "

Corddry is onscreen in New Line's Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay and What Happens in Vegas, stealing scenes as he's always done since his getting his start as a correspondent on The Daily Show.

He said he's happy to reach the stage of his career where is being considered for larger roles.

'Baby Mama' legit at the boxoffice

'Baby Mama' legit at the boxoffice
Baby Mama delivered a No. 1 opening for Universal this weekend, bouncing into the domestic boxoffice with an estimated $18.3 million.

That bested the $14.6 million bow by New Line/Warner Bros.' runner-up Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. Fox's Ewan McGregor starrer Deception debuted in 10th place with just $2.2 million.

The previous frame's No. 1 film, The Forbidden Kingdom -- from Lionsgate, the Weinstein Co., Casey Silver Prods. and Relativity Media -- slipped 48% to ring up $11.2 million in third place with a $38.3 million cume. Universal's R-rated comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall was still on the minds of enough moviegoers to register $11 million in fourth place, as a modest weekend-over-weekend drop of 38% shaped a 10-day cume of $35.1 million.

Sony's Al Pacino starrer 88 Minutes fell 48% in its second session to $3.6 million in eighth place with a $12.6 million cume. Meanwhile, Rocky Mountain's documentary "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" tumbled from the top 10 on a 54% decline in sophomore grosses to $1.4 million, with a $5.3 million cume.

Industrywide, the final weekend of the spring boxoffice notched a second consecutive three-day uptick, as $91 million in collective grosses marked a 17% improvement over the same frame last year, according to Nielsen EDI.

Yet overall, seasonal tallies have declined 18% from spring 2007, at $830 million. And 2008's $2.55 billion in year-to-date grosses represents a 2% dip from tallies over the same portion of last year.

In a limited bow this weekend, MGM's Burt Reynolds starrer Deal grossed $31,000 from 51 playdates. That was just $620 per engagement, boding a quick detour to DVD.

Newstyle Releasing's family adventure film A Plumm Summer debuted in 58 theaters in four markets and rung up $60,668, or a thin $1,046 per venue.

Warners plots New Line 'Escape'

Two weeks after being absorbed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the new New Line is beginning to take shape.

Warner Bros. is moving in quickly to take over distribution of New Line movies, starting with the April release of Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. Also, Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D will keep its July 11 slot, after being temporarily in release-date limbo. After New Line's downsizing, announced Feb. 28, Journey moved into purgatory state with talk within corporate circles of it being moved to October or even next year.

New Line president of theatrical distribution David Tuckerman introduced Journey on Wednesday during a presentation at ShoWest, saying "Warner Bros. will release it" on its original date.

There was concern that releasing the movie July 11 would conflict with Warner Bros.' July 18 release of The Dark Knight, though after screenings, it became clear that the high-testing Journey skews young and would not cannibalize the same audience.

The news about Journey came as speculation continued about the fate of New Line production chief Toby Emmerich.

Harold & Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Harold & Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay
South by Southwest

AUSTIN -- Innumerable sharks lurk in the ocean between New Jersey and Cuba, and Harold and Kumar just jumped every one of them.

The stoner duo's second film, Harold & Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo Bay, lacks the fresh charm that made their first such an unexpected (if guilty) pleasure. Word-of-mouth likely will be bad, so producers should pray that their bong-hitting target audience is alert enough to get out on opening weekend. Escape bows April 25. It screened over the weekend at the South by Southwest film festival.

The odd-couple protagonists are drawn more broadly here than in their debut, an approach that Harold (John Cho) survives better than his co-star, Kumar (Kal Penn).

After the funny plot-starting sequence, in which Kumar brings a high-tech bong on an international flight and gets them both mistaken for would-be bombers, the character's string of stupid moves plays out less like endearing haplessness than like willful, inexplicable attempts to wreck his buddy's life.

The boys get sent to Gitmo, depicted not with any political edge but as a generic house of squalor and sodomy. They quickly escape on a raft -- going on the lam in the direction of Texas via Miami. There, a well-connected acquaintance (who's about to marry Kumar's ex-girlfriend) might help get the Feds off their backs. Those G-men are led by Rob Corddry, a gifted comedian who, even after years of studied cluelessness on The Daily Show, can't make the script's one-note Patriot Act-enabled incompetence entertaining for more than a few minutes.

The ensuing road trip has a bright spot or two (a fantasy menage a trois with a bag of pot and an earnest love poem built around a nerdy math conceit) but seems intentionally dumbed-down.

By the time a George Bush look-alike arrives to offer unlikely assistance, the audience will rightly expect the script to fumble that comic opportunity as well.

HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY

New Line

New Line, Kingsgate Films, Mandate Pictures

Credits:

Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

Screenwriters: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

Producers: Nathan Kahane, Greg Shapiro

Executive producers: Joseph Drake, Carsten H.W. Lorenz

Director of photography: Daryn Okada

Production designer: Tony Fanning

Music: George S. Clinton

Co-producers: Nicole Brown, Jon Hurwitz, Kelli Konop, Hayden Schlossberg

Costume designer: Shawn Holly Cookson

Editor: Jeff Freeman

Cast:

Harold Lee: John Cho

Kumar Patel: Kal Penn

Himself: Neil Patrick Harris

Maria: Paula Garces

Ron Fox: Rob Corddry

Dr. Beecher: Roger Bart

Running time -- 100 minutes

No MPAA rating

SXSW panels, additions set

NEW YORK -- Helen Hunt, Michael Eisner and sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison will appear in a series of "conversation" panels at the upcoming South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival. New Line Cinema's long-awaited Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay will have its first known public screening at the fest, one of six new additions to the lineup. Stuart Townsend's Battle in Seattle, David Modigliani's Crawford, Harmony Korine's Mister Lonely, Steve Conrad's The Promotion and Emily Hubley's The Toe Tactic.

The fest runs Mar. 7-15 in Austin,

Gilsig fires 'Bullets'; 'Death' for Cho

Gilsig fires 'Bullets'; 'Death' for Cho
Jessalyn Gilsig has joined NBC's one-hour pilot Backyards and Bullets as a regular, and John Cho has been tapped for a multiepisode arc on Fox's comedy series 'Til Death.

Bullets, from Sony Pictures TV and Pariah, revolves around a suburban Neighborhood Watch group gone awry. Gilsig will play the wife of the character played by Mathew St. Patrick.

Gilsig, who co-starred on such series as Nip/Tuck and Boston Public, most recently recurred on NBC's Heroes as Claire's (Hayden Panettiere) fire-starter birth mother and co-starred on the Fox drama pilot The Apostles.

The actress, who next will be seen in the remake of Prom Night, is repped by SDB Partners and Framework Entertainment.

On "'Til Death," also from SPT, Cho will play the arch nemesis to Jeff Woodcock (Eddie Kaye Thomas). In three episodes, Cho will play the principal of a prestigious private school who squares off with Woodcock, the public school's vice principal.

Cho is best known for starring opposite Kal Penn in the feature Harold & Kumar and its upcoming sequel.

Recognition 'wonderful,' Wolf says

Recognition 'wonderful,' Wolf says
Dick Wolf was happy for Law & Order: SVU co-star Mariska Hargitay's nomination for lead actress in a drama series. "It's wonderful to think that people are starting to recognize the consistent level of acting that takes place on all three ('Law & Order') series," he said. "It's hard for procedurals to get Emmy nominations because they're not showy; they're more about the story." NBC's "SVU" also garnered noms for guest stars Marcia Gay Harden and Leslie Caron.

Sally Field initially found out about her Emmy nomination for lead actress in a drama series from her teenage son. "He ran into the house yelling, 'Mom, you were nominated, ' " said Field, who garnered her seventh Emmy nomination for her role as Nora Walker on ABC's freshman series "Brothers & Sisters." Field, who would follow the news by going about the day in her normal fashion -- commuting to work from Malibu to Burbank -- said it's the devotion to her family that her character has, despite everything that she thinks she has, that resonated with audiences. "It's about a mother who has gone through some changes and loves her children more than anything. It's about love, hate and all that's involved with these people you are bound to for your entire life." Field added that she hasn't really tapped into what it is about playing this particular character that stands out from the myriad others she has played. "I really won't know that 'til I'm sitting on the porch some day," she said. But when asked how she'd celebrate her Emmy win, Field replied with one word: "Work". "I'm glad to be working", she said.

The prolific Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of Fox's American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, both of which scored nominations Thursday, said the news of his nomination was "delightful, isn't it? I'm really happy with it. The live finale of 'So You Think You Can Dance' is tonight, so it's a tough day!" Idol, nominated 29 times since its 2003 start and with no wins to date, is a team effort, he said. "The worst thing is when you're not nominated. It's sort of a ritual and it's terrific and fantastic to be nominated and we don't think, 'We're going to win!' Each year, we say it can't be 'The Amazing Race' again and then we go congratulate 'The Amazing Race.' It's a shame we all start with the same 'A' vowel. My ass is always half off of the seat when they start to read the winner and you hear the 'Aaaa' sound." Remarking on the previous season of Idol, Lythgoe said, "With 'Idol Gives Back, ' we really went to town and had some good mentors: the editors, the camera teams, the director, Bruce Gowers, who doesn't know what's going to hit him every week." Shooting for four days in Africa and locations in the U.S. like New Orleans he said, "was like two finales and we were continuing to do the show and a lot of hard work went into it." Next up, Fox's "The Search for the Next Great American Band."

After receiving a nomination for supporting actor in a comedy series, Neil Patrick Harris has decided it is time to start acting like a star. "I've decided to be an absolute monster on-set," he said. "Or at least, now, my monstrous behavior is well justified." The co-star of CBS' How I Met Your Mother said he is still numb to the good news. "It's such a communal experience working on a show," he said. "We're all big fans of each other. We have great writers, and there are a lot of people that made it happen. To get a nomination reflects the show's worth." The former child actor is thrilled to be acknowledged for his work in an adult role. "It's a different chapter. It's nice to commit to a part and take a big strong stab at it and take recognition for it." Next up, Harris will appear as himself in New Line Cinema's Harold & Kumar 2 and participate in reading of The Marriage of Bette and Boo, which he hopes will lead to more theater work. "I love doing stage, and it complements the sitcom well," he said. "It's a nice way to keep flexing your muscles."

There are a lot of perks that come with an Emmy nomination, but The Office co-star Rainn Wilson said he is most excited about the title. "Now anytime anyone mentions my name they're going to say 'Emmy-nominated Rainn Wilson ... table for two.' " Wilson, who is shooting Fox Atomic's The Rocker, a film about a heavy metal drummer who gets a second shot at fame with his nephew's high school band, said he felt stunned and grateful when everyone from producers to publicists called to tell him about his nomination for supporting actor in a comedy series for the NBC show. Wilson said it's only a matter of time before his character, Dwight, has his unmistakable face on Mount Rushmore. "I was at an airport, and a baggage handler showed me a text on his phone that said, 'I can and do cut my own hair, ' which is a Dwight quote. He said, 'My daughter and I send Dwight quotes back and forth.' I'm iconic!" Until he returns to The Office set Aug. 6, Wilson is writing a film for Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking), in which he will star as a down-and-out ninja.

Mary-Louise Parker said that she was just glad it wasn't an emergency when the phone rang at 5:45 a.m. Thursday at her Los Angeles home. Instead, it was her publicist notifying her of her new status as a double Emmy nominee -- for lead actress in a comedy series for her role as the pot-dealing mom Nancy Botwin on Showtime's Weeds and for lead actress in a miniseries or movie as Zenia Arden on Oxygen's The Robber Bride. "It was really early here", Parker said. "Honestly, I was completely surprised -- I'm always surprised." Parker said she's also amazed that her Weeds character has gone over so well with audiences. "I'm not really sure why -- I really thought people were going to object to the ('Weeds') character and find her controversial," Parker said. "A lot of people must smoke pot or something because nobody has really objected to it." To celebrate, Parker is taking part in a Southern California summer tradition: "I'm taking my boy to Disneyland tomorrow," she said. "I guess I'll get some extra cotton candy or something."

Tim Daly was driving to work to shoot the first day of ABC's Grey's Anatomy spinoff Private Practice when his publicist called to tell him about his nomination for outstanding guest actor in a drama series as J.T. Dolan on HBO's The Sopranos. "It was a total surprise. I didn't even know the nominations were coming out," Daly said. "I know it's very cliche, but the people with whom I share this nomination are just unbelievable." Daly, who comes from a clan of esteemed actors, chalked up his first nom to the family genes. "My father (James Daly) was nominated for an Emmy, and my sister (Tyne Daly) has won a million, so it's one of the happy side effects of the congenital disease in my family I guess," he said. "It's certainly better than a sharp stick in the eye." He said that he would be looking forward to September's Emmy ceremony. "I don't think of acting as a competition sport. It's just nice for people to be acknowledged and to see people in a nice suit," Daly said. "Beyond that, it's all sort of silliness."

Anna Paquin was lying in bed having her coffee, watching a little TV and checking e-mails when the phone rang early in the morning. "I was curious to why someone was calling," said Paquin, who was nominated for supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for her role in HBO's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee but didn't even know the Emmy noms were being announced. "After I found out I thought, 'OK, that's really awesome.' That's the best way to find out about something so nice -- for it to be unexpected." Paquin, who recently finished shooting the HBO pilot True Blood, said she was proud to be a part of the docudrama that garnered 17 nominations, including nods for fellow castmembers Aidan Quinn and August Schellenberg. "I'm so glad a story is out there that took the viewpoint of one of the many Native Americans who were influenced by such tragedies," she said.

Meloni, Franco checking in at 'Rodanthe'

Christopher Meloni and James Franco have been cast opposite Diane Lane and Richard Gere in Warner Bros. Pictures' Nights in Rodanthe. George Wolfe is directing the romantic drama, which is being produced by Denise Di Novi.

An adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, the story sees a doctor (Gere) stop at an inn in North Carolina while traveling to reconcile with his estranged son. At the beach town, the doctor has a life-changing romance with an unhappily married woman (Lane). Ken Hixon and Ann Peacock worked on the screenplay.

Meloni is playing the role of Lane's husband, while Franco plays Gere's estranged son.

Doug Claybourne, Alison Greenspan, Dana Goldberg and Bruce Berman are exec producing the movie, which is a Village Roadshow co-production.

Meloni stars in NBC's long-running Law & Order: SVU, which last year garnered him an Emmy nomination. Featurewise, he will be seen in the upcoming indie Carriers with Lou Taylor Pucci and stars in John Krasinski's film Brief Interviews With Hideous Men. He also recently shot Harold and Kumar 2, reprising his role from the first film.

Cho hanging with CBS' Silveri pilot

John Cho is set to star in CBS' untitled Scott Silveri comedy pilot.

Phillip C. Vaden also has been cast in the Warner Bros. TV project, which revolves around a group of people who hang out at an all-night diner from midnight-6 a.m.

Cho will play a regular at the diner, where he conducts business via his laptop. Vaden will play another regular, a preoccupied insomniac who is collecting doctorate degrees.

Cho recently wrapped Harold & Kumar 2, in which he reprises his role as Harold Lee. He next appears in The Air I Breathe and West 32nd, both of which will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Smiley Face, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

He is repped by the Gersh Agency, Principato-Young and attorney Alex Kohner.

Vaden, who will next be seen in the indie feature Man Maid, is repped by the Stone Manners Agency and manager Matthew Lesher.

Three guests go full primetime

Three guests go full primetime
Missi Pyle, who is guest starring on the first episode of Wedding Bells, David E. Kelley's upcoming series for Fox, has joined the cast of the show as a regular.

Meanwhile, Henry Simmons, who has recurred on CBS' Shark since the series' second episode, has been upped to a regular. Also promoted to a regular status is Alicia Coppola, who has recurred on another freshman CBS drama, Jericho.

Bells, from David E. Kelley Prods. and 20th Century Fox TV, revolves around three sisters (Teri Polo, KaDee Strickland, Sarah Jones) running a family wedding-planning business. In the first episode, Pyle guest stars as a high-maintenance bride client, a character that is featured prominently in the on-air promos for the show. After her wedding, the former bridezilla will go on to become a board member of the company.

Pyle guest starred on Kelley's legal drama for ABC Boston Legal in November, which led to her guest stint on Bells. She also recently did a two-episode arc on NBC's Heroes.

On the feature side, she is filming Harold & Kumar 2 and next will be seen in Feast of Love, Spring Breakdown and Patriotville.

Pyle is repped by UTA, McKeon-Myones and attorney Neil Meyer.

Helms gets promotion at 'Office'

Helms gets promotion at 'Office'
Ed Helms is becoming a permanent fixture around The Office.

The actor, who has been recurring on the NBC comedy series, has been upped to regular.

Helms, who joined the cast at the beginning of this season, plays Andy Bernard, an employee of paper supply company Dundler Mifflin's now-defunct Stamford, Conn., office. Bernard and Karen Filippelli (Rashida Jones) have since been transferred to the Scranton, Pa., branch, where the series is set.

Jones continues as a recurring on the show, from Reveille and NBC Universal TV Studio.

Helms, who has a talent holding deal with NBC Uni TV, starred in the studio's 2005 comedy pilot for NBC "Lies and the Wives We Tell Them To."

He also was a senior correspondent for five years on Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, where he worked alongside Office star Steve Carell. Helms will appear alongside Carell in the feature film Evan Almighty.

In addition, Helms has a role in the upcoming sequel to Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.

He repped by CAA, Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Ira Schreck.

'Harold & Kumar 2' takes red-eye

Pot-smoking duo Harold and Kumar are making another run, and they've added 11 actors to the quest.

David Krumholtz, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Corddry, Christopher Meloni, Ed Helms, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Paula Garces, Jack Conley, Roger Bart, Danneel Harris and Eric Winter will join John Cho and Kal Penn in Harold & Kumar 2 for Mandate Pictures and New Line Cinema.

The sequel is set in motion on the same morning that Harold and Kumar finally satisfy their munchies at White Castle and the object of Harold's affection, Maria (Garces), sets off for Amsterdam. The pair decide to pursue her so Harold can proclaim his love. But when an overzealous passenger mistakes Kumar for a terrorist, the plane is diverted and the boys are off on a new escapade of mistaken identity. From Guantanamo Bay through the Deep South, Harold and Kumar encounter myriad wackos, jerks and whores as they are pursued by the Department of Homeland Security all the way into Bush Country.

Penn inks for spot in new '24' plot

Kal Penn has joined the cast of Fox's action drama 24 as a recurring character. The Harold & Kumar star will play a guy who is somehow involved with the Islamic guru running the neighborhood mosque and might be the key to a terrorist plot. Penn, along with John Cho, toplined New Line Cinema's 2004 comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and is attached to the upcoming sequel, Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam.

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