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ASHTON PLAYS GRANDPA
Ashton Kutcher is developing a sitcom pilot for Fox about a man who marries an older woman, Variety reports. Tentatively titled 30-Year-Old Grandpa, the series is obviously based on the real-life May-December romance of Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz.
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What's the Secret to Blockbuster Success?What is the formula for blockbuster-movie success? And how does it differ from the recipe for disaster? Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters, an HBO documentary premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET — and based on the new book Boffo! How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb, by Variety editor-in-chief and former studio exec Peter Bart — explores those much-asked questions by way of A-list talking heads and fantastic clips from films both great and… so-so. Bart (more…)
What's the Secret to Blockbuster Success?What is the formula for blockbuster-movie success? And how does it differ from the recipe for disaster? The new book Boffo! How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb, by Variety editor-in-chief and former studio exec Peter Bart, explores those much-asked questions, as does an accompanying HBO documentary, Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters, premiering June 29 and featuring almost as many A-list talking heads as fantastic clips from films both great and… so-so. Bart (more…)
Huzzah to HBO for giving ...Question: Huzzah to HBO for giving David Milch and fans everywhere a chance to get some closure on Deadwood. Even if it's not as good as a full fourth season, two movies are better than nothing. Answer: I couldn't agree more. This has been a true testament to the power of the fans. I'm convinced that Deadwood would have ended with its third season were it not for the huge outcry from viewers. Extra props go to the diehards who took out that full-page ad in Variety urging HBO to reconsider its de (more…)
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THE NEXT BIG TWISTThe next round of CBS' Big Brother, likely to premiere in early July, will be an "all-star" edition in which fans can vote from a pool of 20 past players to fill the household's 12 to 14 openings. "This will be the most interactive Big Brother yet," exec producer Allison Grodner tells Variety. "Viewers will be involved more than in the past." Fine, but anyone who votes for Holly and her annoying voice will hear from me.
AT THE MOVIESPer Variety, Close to Home's Kimberly Elise has scored the female lead opposite Terrence Howard in the inner-city sports drama P.D.R…. A big-screen adaptation of the video game Cold Fear is in the works…. Dane Cook is developing and will star in Dad Knap, about a man who abducts his dad in order to get some quality father-son time…. Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick are neighbors at war over holiday decorations in the comedy All Lit Up…. Per Reuters, George Lope (more…)