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CBS Develops Two Comedy Projects for Martin Lawrence

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CBS is developing a pair of sitcoms for comedian Martin Lawrence, with an eye toward shooting one of them as a pilot.

Bernie Mac creator and The Daily Show contributor Larry Wilmore is behind one of the shows, while the other is from Rules of Engagement creator Tom Hertz and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company.

In the Wilmore script, Lawrence would play a... read more

Is Martin Lawrence Returning to TV?

Martin Lawrence

Martin Lawrence may be returning to the small screen 14 years after the end of his self-titled Fox comedy, Vulture reports.

Martin Lawrence and longtime girlfriend tie the knot

Lawrence, 46, is in negotiations with CBS for a deal that would see the actor and comedian star in and executive-produce his own series for the network. The show, which... read more

Boardwalk Empire's Michael Shannon Doesn't Know How Creepy He Can Be

Michael Shannon

Even as a high school thespian, Michael Shannon conveyed gravitas. "I would always play the old guy; I guess I had a good old-guy voice," he says. Over the telephone, his gravelly timbre does make him seem older than his baby-faced 36 years.

As Nelson Van Alden on HBO's Boardwalk Empire -- a gritty confection of organized crime in 1920s Atlantic City created by The Sopranos' Terence Winter and executive-produced by Martin Scorsese -- that deep voice serves Shannon well. He plays a federal agent tasked with enforcing Prohibition, the so-called "good guy" whose personal faith and unrelenting drive for justice... read more

Martin Lawrence and Longtime Girlfriend Tie the Knot

Martin Lawrence - "Black Knight" Premiere - 2001

Martin Lawrence married his longtime girlfriend over the weekend, People reports.

The 45-year-old Bad Boys actor and Shamicka Gibbs, 35, were wed on Saturday at... read more

At the Movies: Cate Blanchett Joins Indy's Crusade

Per the Hollywood Reporter, Cate Blanchett is in talks to fill a starring role in the fourth Indiana Jones film. If she plays her cards right, she could be the next Alison Doody, I think.... French horror helmer Alexandre Aja (2006's The Hills Have Eyes) has signed on to write-direct a remake of 1978's Piranha, which he recalls as "the ultimate popcorn movie that pits beer-soaked, sunburned spring breakers against killer, bloodthirsty animals." OK, when you put it like that.... Raven-Symone and Martin Lawrence are a daughter and her overprotective policeman father touring potential universities in College Road Trip. read more

At the Movies: Scary Movie Cutie Tries Time Travel

Per the Hollywood Reporter, Anna Faris will play a girl from the future in Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, a sci-fi comedy in which three social outcasts mess with the time continuum.... Amy Smart and Patrick Wilson are a couple whose idyllic life is upended in Life in Flight.... Per Variety, Martin Lawrence is The Better Man in a dramedy about a single dad and outrageous talk-show host who begins to question his path in life.... Freaks & Geeks reunion alert! (Thanks, Lisa.) James Franco and Seth Rogen are tokers who get caught up with a drug gang in The Pineapple Express. read more

Is there a point to ...

Matthew Perry, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Question: Is there a point to having Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Tina Fey's 30 Rock on the same network? Studio 60 looks more interesting, although the ad campaign seems to focus on the Network rip-off — I mean, homage — than on Sorkin. 30 Rock seems much more based on real life, with Tracy Morgan basically playing himself. However, it seems baffling that we have two shows about a fictional Saturday Night Live debuting at the same time. What are their long-term prospects? Answer: These are excellent questions, and ones we've asked ourselves (and NBC during the press tour) repeatedly. The only way we're going to get a real answer is to see how the public responds. The dilemma facing both shows is that the track record isn't exactly great for TV shows set in the world of TV (not even Sorkin's brilliant Sports Night, whose pilot I enjoyed more than Studio 60). To their credit, the shows don't feel remotely like each other. 30 Rock is a straight-out comedy/satire, ... read more

AT THE MOVIES

Mel Gibson's Apocalypto has had its release date moved from late summer to Dec. 8, the heart of the holiday and Oscar seasons, says Variety.... William H. Macy has joined the cast of Wild Hogs, starring John Travolta, Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence as middle-aged biker wannabes. read more

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