Jennifer Love Hewitt Returns to TV (Again (Again))

Maybe whispering to ghosts can help solve the case, what do you say Agent Hotchner?

She’s partied with five, did something last summer, fought alongside Jackie Chan, took care of Garfield’s health, whispered to ghosts and gave her massage clients a happy ending. Now CBS has announced that Jennifer Love Hewitt will join the cast of Criminal Minds, one of the channel’s many, many cop shows, when its 10th season premieres this October. Continue reading

Shocker: Fox cancels Hieroglyph before Premiere

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As one show resurrects another finds itself stillborn. In an unexpected turn of events, Fox, who had made a big deal earlier this year of bypassing the traditional “pilot season” for its shows, has cancelled its ambitious Ancient Egyptian drama Hieroglyph before it ever made it to the air.

Only the pilot was shot, but Fox executives reportedly didn’t like where the scripts for further episodes where going…which is ironic as they had initially given the show a 13 episode straight commitment.

Cancelling a greenlit show before it premieres is an extremely rare move from broadcasters, expecially for such ambitious shows as this. Fox had actually pulled the same move last year with Us & Them, starring Jason Ritter (Freddy vs. Jason) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), as had NBC with its Dane Cook vehicle Next Caller, but those were both comparatively “small” comedy shows.

Find out more about the show that will never be and watch its trailer after the jump. Continue reading

Community Gets a Sixth Season

Troubled but fan favorite comedy show Community will finally return for a sixth season through the Yahoo Screen sgtreaming service, after talks with Hulu broke down following its cancellation by NBC.

I’ve never watched the show but it has a passionate following and it’s always good news when a story gets to go on and complete its story the way it’s intended to. Creator Dan Harmon had this to say:

I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo. I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!

While Yahoo CMO Kathy Savitt added the following:

Yahoo is all about connecting the best creators to the audiences who love their work. Community has an incredibly passionate and loyal fan base who have fought hard to keep this amazing show alive. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Dan, Joel, and the entire cast, as well as Sony, to deliver a great season 6.

Excited?

Steven Seagal: Reality TV star

Iron Chef?

Steven Seagal (Kill Switch) can now add Reality TV star to an impressive resumé that already includes movie star, musician, aikido master, bodyguard as well as energy drink, herbal oil, knife and aftershave creator. Indeed, the once popular action star will headline the new A&E TV show Steven Seagal: Lawman which is expected to air late next year.

According to the net, Seagal has been working on and off as a fully commissioned deputy with the Jefferson Parish County Sheriff’s Office for nearly two decades. One of his stints found him assisting with recovery efforts during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

So, yes, Steven Seagal is actually also an off-screen hero as much as he is an on-screen one. The show will also naturally focus on his life off duty and while some may claim that Seagal is only doing this to reinvigorate his straight-to-DVD-centric career, one must admit this sounds a whole lot more interesting than following the pampered daily lives of Denise Richards, the Lohan family and the Simpson sisters.

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Back in Business with a Big Bunch of News

If you’re a regular visitor to the site, which you should be, you’ve obviously noticed it hasn’t been updated this past week. Fear not, this was only a temporary hiatus, brought upon me by circumstances I had absolutely no control over. Indeed don’t think it was all fun and no work for me here, no… Not one film was watched, I was just extremely busy elsewhere, but I am back now and The Movie Planet will normally resume its regular output later today. In the meantime, there’s obviously been a crapload of film news during my absence, and I’ve decided to get through all the major stuff quickly in a sort of mega-“Links Of The Week” edition, enabling me to have a clean slate upon my next post. Enjoy.

Movie Announcements

New hotshot comedy actor Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) will produce and have a supporting role in I’m With Cancer, based on the experiences of producer Will Reiser (Da Ali G Show), who wrote the script here.

Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) will make his English-language debut with an adaptation of David Moody’s novel Hater, written by Glen Mazzara (16 episodes of FX’s The Shield), here.

The 2004 French heist movie Cash Truck (original title Le Convoyeur) is getting a remake in English, titled Armored, adapted by David Ayer (Harsh Times) &  Andrew Kevin Walker (Sleepy Hollow), potentially directed by F. Gary Gray (Be Cool) and potentially starring Eric Bana (The Other Boleyn Girl) here.

Acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Body Of Lies) will return to sci-fi and direct an adaptation of the novel The Forever War, a project he’s been pursuing for 25 years here.

20th Century-Fox has hired screenwriter Allan Loeb (21) to pen a sequel to the 1987 classic Wall Street here.

A big budget Chinese movie based on the legend of Hua Mulan has been announced here. It will be the fifth Chinese film on the subject and the first since 1964.

Bull Durham director Ron Shelton has declared he’s thinking about a sequel here. Star Kevin Costner has however recently stated he’d never do one.

Writer/Director Nancy Meyers (The Holiday) is making a new romantic comedy, which will star Steve Martin (Baby Mama), Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia!), Alec Baldwin (My Best Friend’s Girl) here.

Gary Winick (Charlotte’s Web) will direct the revenge comedy Rat Bastard, written by duo Heather McGowan & Niels Mueller (Tadpolehere.

The French comic book series Du Plomb Dans La Tête (literally something like A Bullet In The Head), will be adapted into the American film Headshot here.

A new muppet movie, a detective comedy titled Happytime Murders will be made, directed by Brian Henson (Muppet Treasure Island) and written by Todd Berger (Chasing Christmas) here.

Steve Carell (Get Smart) will star in the Napoleonic comedy The Adventures Of Brigadier Gerard, based on short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) here.

Musical sensation Elton John (The Lion King) is writing a musical that will star Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder) here.

Amy Adams (Charlie Wilson’s War) will star in the romantic comedy Leap Year here.

The multitalented Kevin Smith (Clerks 1 & 2) is planning a space comedy here.

Liev Schreiber (Love In The Time Of Cholera), Helen Hunt (Bobby) and Carla Gugino (Righteous Kill) will star in the drama Every Day here.

Plot Announcements

Actor/Director Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby) reveals the plot for his latest movie, Gran Torino, here.

The plot and songs for the untitled new romantic comedy by Cameron Crowe (Elizabethtown), starring Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder) and Reese Witherspoon (Rendition) has been revealed here.

The plot for Full Love, the promising second directorial effort for action superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD), has been revealed here.

The plot for the new Star Trek movie has been revealed here.

Casting & Various Hiring News

Despite the next Superman movie being a franchise reboot, Brandon Routh will apparently return in the lead here.

Actor Brad Pitt (Burn After Reading) has stepped down from the Micky Ward boxing biopic The Fighter, to be directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain) and starring Mark Wahlberg (The Happening), leaving that film’s future in jeopardy here.

 The Fame remake has been cast here.

Talented actor Don Cheadle (Traitor) has replaced talented actor Terrence Howard (Iron Man) as the hero’s best buddy Jim Rhodes in Iron Man 2 here. Howard is confused and upset.

Relative newcomer Brad Ingelsby has been hired to adapt the comic book Sleeper here.

Third film co-writer George Nolfi will write the fourth Bourne film here.

It seems Brett Ratner (the Rush Hour films) will direct the new Conan movie here.

Movie Cancellations

Lethal Weapon 5 won’t be made, as co-lead Mel Gibson turned down the script here.

Acclaimed director David Fincher (Zodiac) believes his long-gestating adaptation of Rendezvous With Rama will never get made here.

It seems the long-gestating Goonies 2 won’t be happening after all here.

The eagerly anticipated new He-Man movie has been canceled here.

Other

One of the best teen movies of recent times, 10 Things I Hate About You, is getting adapted for television here.

There’s gonna be a roller coaster based on the Saw franchise here…What?

The Young And The Restless goes Parisian

In order to celebrate the long-running American soap’s twenty years of broadcasting in France, a few castmembers of The Young And The Restless will spend a week in Paris this month to film a few episodes and a couple of French celebrities will have guest starring roles, namely former soccer player David Ginola and Lorie, pretty much France’s equivalent to Britney/Christina/Jessica/Mandy/…

Lorie, pictured below, will play a French celeb who comes in for a magazine photoshoot (what a stretch). Lorie is a lovely young girl, but her career seems to be running out of steam in France recently, so I guess it’s logical for her to attempt to go international, but why in God’s name would she choose The Young And The Restless as her platform? Do you believe it could bring her American fame?

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues tonight, watch the trailer

Following directly from this summer’s eponymous underrated film, actually the pilot for the TV series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will debut tonight at 9 PM in the US on Cartoon Network (and in two days in Canada on CTV, and on the 25th in the UK on Sky Movies Premiere). It is set between Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, and more precisely between episodes 21 and 22 of the previous 2D Clone Wars series.

Judging from its movie pilot, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is actually a really high quality show if you don’t forget what it’s supposed to be, which is something aimed primarily towards kids. It should be compared to other spin-off cartoons such as the Godzilla and Mummy ones, which it easily surpasses, but it still focuses mostly on action and childish humor.

You musn’t forget that Lucasfilm wasn’t trying for a perfect likeness of live-action when making this and thus, that the look is very intentional, not a result of “making something on the cheap” as the quality of the animation is actually top-notch.

So once again, this is a worthwhile watch if you enjoy the Star Wars universe and understand what that this is a show for kids first and foremost. The first season will consist of 22 episodes, and more than a hundred are planned for the series’ full run. Official description follows after the jump. Continue reading

Links of the Week

Last week’s /Filmcast and /Filmcast: After Dark.

/Film’s David Chen interviews Eagle Eye producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci here.

Friends, family and fellow thespians chime in about the recently deceased Paul Newman here.

Marvel Studios teams up with Paramount Pictures to distribute films here and DC’s The Green Lantern may start filming in early spring here.

Probably realising her film career is prettty much dead, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Return) is planning her return to TV here…hey, at least she lasted longer than fellow hasbeen Jennifer Love Hewitt (CBS’ Ghost Whisperer)!

A first look at Alice In Wonderland, the anticipated new movie from Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Streethere. Also Tweedledee and Tweedledum have been cast here.

Must see: legendary film critic Roger Ebert answers a Disaster Movie fan here.

Disney announcements galore

The Walt Disney Company had a big presentation a couple of days ago where they announced a bunch of new movies, including three starring Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street). These are a new adaptation of The Lone Ranger written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio (National Treasure: Book Of Secrets) where Depp will play Tonto and George Clooney (Burn After Reading) might play the titular character, a new part live-action/part CGI adaptation of Alice In Wonderland written by Linda Woolverton (Mulan) and directed by frequent collaborator Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd…) so yeah obviously, and as expected, a fourth Pirates Of The Caribbean film.

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It was also announced that Cars 2 would be released in 2011 instead of 2012 and that the story will have Mater joining Lightning McQueen on a world tour. Additionally several short films entitled Car-toons will be set between the two films and will air on the Disney Channel and perhaps before some theatrical films. Thus, the Disney/Pixar film originally planned for 2011, Newt, will instead be released in 2012.

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The Dark Tower to proceed once Lost finishes

Legendary author Stephen King (The Mist) is a big fan of ABC’s hit show Lost, to the extent of optioning the movie rights of his Dark Tower series to its creators for only nineteen dollars more than a year ago. In a recent interview, one of them, Damon Lindelof, states that they will only really start on the adaptation once Lost is over.

“The Dark Tower is to me every bit as daunting an adaptation as the Lord of the Rings trilogy must have been for Peter Jackson, except we’ve got seven books we’re looking at. And the idea of doing that at the same time Carlton and I are bringing Lost to a close is simply not viable. There are always Dark Tower conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun. If The Dark Tower were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one.”

Though I’ve seen quite a few movies inspired by his work, I’m not very familiar with Stephen King’s actual books, but from what I understand The Dark Tower is a series of seven books mixing the genres of fantasy, horror and western that tie virtually all of King’s other stories together. According to Wikipedia, the novels “describe a gunslinger’s quest toward a tower whose nature the books call both physical and metaphorical”. It is also to be noted that an ongoing series of original Dark Tower comic books is published by Marvel Comics under King’s personal supervision, but from Lindelof’s talk of “seven books” it seems they are unfortunately not part of the deal.

In any case, Lost will end in 2010 with its sixth season, so I guess we can expect a Dark Tower movie by 2012.

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