Turns out George Lucas wasn’t bluffing with all that talk about retiring. Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today that Steven Spielberg’s longtime producing partner Kathleen Kennedy is joining the production company as co-chair. Lucas will retain his position as CEO but Kennedy’s new role will allow him to “move forward with his retirement plans,” according to a press release.
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Shortly before the release of 2010’s Will Forte-starring action-comedy MacGruber, the Saturday Night Live star told this writer that he would definitely like to make a sequel. “That is a dream scenario,” said the comic. “Just to be working with the same group of people would be awesome. I would love the chance to do that again… in a tropical setting.”
EW has confirmed that Jon Hamm will headline Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, as first reported by Deadline. The Mad Men star will play sports agent-turned-reality show creator J.B. Bernstein, whose reality show Million Dollar Arm documented his search to find promising baseball players in India’s thriving cricket community. The show resulted in the signing of the MLB’s first two Indian players, though neither has yet advanced far in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor-league system. Oscar nominee Thomas McCarthy (Win Win) scripted the film. No further production details have been disclosed.
In Cheerful Weather for the Wedding — the kind of fun, exceedingly British film where the humor is the only thing drier than the Sunday roast — Elizabeth McGovern plays the matriarch of an English estate during the early half of the 20th-century trying to make sure her daughter gets married to the right man. Now if that sounds familiar, that means you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, in which McGovern plays Lady Grantham, the show’s Made-in-the-USA queen of the castle.
“It’s definitely in a style, a riff, that’s reminiscent of Downton,” says McGovern, who sports an English accent in the film. “And it’s great if that’s what people think.” READ FULL STORY
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Just a few weeks before his most famous character was to be reborn, the original Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows has died.
Jonathan Frid, the Canadian actor who brought the suave bloodsucker to life on the 1966-71 gothic soap opera, passed away from natural causes on April 13 in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, according to MPI Home Video, which releases the Dark Shadows DVDs.
Dark Shadows inspired a generation of boys — Tim Burton and Johnny Depp among them — to become obsessed with a show originally aimed at their mothers. On May 11, Burton and Depp will debut their passion project: a big-screen version of the tale, with Depp taking on the role Frid originated. READ FULL STORY
The wait to catch a glimpse of Whitney Houston in Sparkle is finally over: The Today show premiered a preview clip that showcases Houston in the upcoming musical remake of the 1976 film, in which Houston plays the matriarch of a family of musicians who also battle addiction. Watch the video below:
Despite star Kiefer Sutherland’s hopes that the 24 movie would begin shooting next month, no amount of Jack Bauer beatdowns can get the seemingly cursed production off the ground, according to TheWrap. Production on the long-awaited big-screen version of the addictive TV show has been pushed back to 2013. UPDATE: Per a rep at Fox, the film has not been delayed to 2013. In fact, there is still no set date for filming to begin on this next installment, period. They are still working on scheduling and other logistics.
Sutherland recently said as much to Jay Leno, when he told The Tonight Show host that the script (written by 24 scribe Howard Gordon and The Hunger Games‘ Billy Ray) was all systems go and that scheduling had become the biggest stumbling block. Add budget negotiations and Sutherland’s reported salary demands to the mix, and you’ve got a non-starter.
Or do you? READ FULL STORY
Happy Endings‘ Adam Pally will join Parks and Recreation‘s Amy Poehler and Adam Scott in the big-screen indie comedy A.C.O.D., EW has learned exclusively. Short for Adult Children of Divorce, A.C.O.D. features Scott as a subject in a study about the offspring of divorced parents, while Poehler (who, like Pally, is a veteran of the Upright Citizens Brigade) stars as the new and third wife of his father, played by Richard Jenkins. (Yes, that means that Poehler is serving as Scott’s stepmother, which sounds like a far cry from the love nerds that the pair embody on Parks.)
“They asked me and I was like, ‘Yeah, I will do whatever you guys want! I will show up as a key grip,” Pally quips to EW. Luckily, Pally was asked to stay in front of the cameras in a supporting role. Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch, and Catherine O’Hara are among the other actors in the film, which has begun filming in Atlanta.
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