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Thursday
Apr082010

David Cross on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT movie: "It's not going to happen"

Well this isn't good. Last month we heard that the AD movie has been pushed back due to a new sitcom Will Arnett and series creator Mitch Hurwitz are creating. This was particularly disheartening because, for the first time, all signs pointed toward a movie being made, and soon. Michael Cera even signed on.

Now we get more bad news. Speaking with TV Squad, Cross said "It's not going to happen."

I think what I will tell you, it's not going to happen. It's not official, but I just don't think it's going to happen. Way too much time it's been (since the show ended). I mean, there's so many people involved. Everyone's doing their own thing, you know. And everybody's aged. It's just not going to happen. I'm sure I speak for everybody when I say we'd love for it to happen, we'd love to work on it, but just I don't think... not going to happen.

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Wednesday
Oct142009

Universal acquires "Frenemy of the State," by Parks & Recreation star Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones can add "screenwriter" to her resume. Universal has bought the rights to her comic mini-series Frenemy of the State. The comic book is about a young wealthy heiress who works undercover for the CIA, and was announced in late July. Many of you will remember Jones as Karen in The Office. She's been on a hot streak recently, as a series regular on NBC's Parks & Recreation and a leading role in "I Love You, Man" earlier this year. Be sure to check out Parks & Recreation this season. It's finally picking up momentum.

Frenemy of the State instantly conjures up two things in my mind: Will Smith and anger toward stupid words that are made up. Will Smith is not in this movie, and it doesn't seem to be related, though it is coasting on the title of his 1998 spy thriller. For those who don't know, a "frenemy" is a friend who is secretly your enemy. I used to hate the word "blog" too, as it should be called a "web log." Alas, there are no word combinations brief enough for modern ears.

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Saturday
Oct032009

John Krasinski enters the director's chair in "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" (Media Round-Up)

John Krasinski keeps surprising me. He came out of nowhere five years ago as bored paper salesman Jim Halpert on NBC's The Office and his star has been rising ever since.

In 2006 Krasinski had small roles in a number of high profile films; among them: Jarhead, The Holiday, and Dreamgirls. The next year he got his first starring role opposite Mandy Moore and Robin Williams in License to Wed. The film wasn't great, but Krasinski proved appealing, regardless. Last year he starred in George Clooney's Leatherheads with George Clooney, and now, fresh off Away We Go and still a cast member in The Office, Krasinski is taking a stab at everything. He's writing, directing, producing, and acting in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, which is adapted from a novel of the same name by David Foster Wallace.

Many seasoned actors eventually choose to write or direct or produce, but Krasinski is doing all three and playing a role on screen; he's not even 30 (yet). He's gone from 0 to 60 very quickly, leading me to wonder what is driving his interest in this project. He spoke with a flurry of publications last week when Brief Interviews with Hideous Men went into limited release. I've taken the liberty of compiling a few after the jump. Enjoy.

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