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?

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New Trailer: W. (also YouTube contest)

The third trailer for director Oliver Stone’s (World Trade Center) presidential biopic W. has popped up and it looks to be a mash-up between the first and the second one. To me this looks like it could be a very entertaining, if incredibly biased, motion picture.

The film stars Josh Brolin (American Gangster) as George W. Bush, Elizabeth Banks (Meet Dave) as his wife Laura, Ellen Burstyn (The Fountain) as his mom Barbara, James Cromwell (Spider-Man 3) as his dad George H.W. and Jason Ritter (CBS’ The Class) as his younger brother Jeb.

Other cast members include Rob Corddry (Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay) as press secretary Ari Fleischer, Richard Dreyfuss (Poseidon) as Vice President Dick Cheney, Scott Glenn (Nights In Rodanthe) as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Toby Jones (St. Trinian’s) as Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, Thandie Newton (RocknRolla) as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Jeffrey Wright (The Invasion) as Secretary of State Colin Powell, Noah Wyle (NBC’s ER) as Secretary of Commerce Don Evans and Ioan Gruffudd (the Fantastic Four films) as British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Written by Stanley Weiser (Stone’s Wall Street), W. will premiere in the US on October 17th. Additionally, Oliver Stone has partenered with YouTube for a video-making contest. Go here for more info.

New Moby Dick to become a special effects bonanza

Universal Pictures is planning yet another adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel Moby Dick, and are looking to take it the brainless summer blockbuster route with Russian-Kazakh director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) at the helm. What’s more, the story will be modernized and robbed of its point.

Gone is the first-person narration by the young seaman Ishmael, who observes how Ahab’s obsession with killing the great white whale overwhelms his good judgment as captain.

This change will allow them to depict the whale’s decimation of other ships prior to its encounter with Ahab’s Pequod, and Ahab will be depicted more as a charismatic leader than a brooding obsessive.

The screenwriting duo responsible for this rape are the illustrious Adam Cooper & Bill Collage (Accepted). Meanwhile, Melville is rolling over in his grave and Michael Bay (Transformers) is wondering whether they’ll finally let him film John Steinbeck’s East Of Eden the way it was “meant to be seen”. No word on whether noted whale lover Hayden Panettiere (NBC’s Heroes) is already boycotiing the film.

Fun Fact: Techno musician Moby is in fact Herman Melville’s great-great-great-grandnephew.

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Never say never: Ghostbusters 3 is a go!!!!

Rumors of a new Ghostbusters movie have been emerging continuously for years and years, but were always squashed mainly because one castmember or another wasn’t interested (*cough*Bill Murray*cough*). At one point, the film was going to be CGI, at another it was going to feature a new team of ghost hunters… Until finally it was declared the forthcoming Ghostbusters: The Video Game would essentially be Ghostbusters 3.

But just when all hope seemed lost, things are finally moving ahead! Sony Pictures has hired screenwriting duo Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (10 episodes of NBC’s The Office) to pen a new sequel featuring the original cast and also introducing new busters. What’s more Ivan Reitman, director of the first two films is involved with the project and while none of the original cast have signed on yet, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson have all expressed interest in the past. In fact, just a couple of days ago Aykroyd was talking about how he’d like Judd Apatow (as producer or director?) and Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) to participate in the film. So basically, the only wild card is Bill Murray.

But the real question is, will Dan Aykroyd slim down like he did for Blues Brothers 2000? Is that even possible?

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DreamWorks Animation to make new superhero flick, is kinda late to the party

DreamWorks Animation and Disney/Pixar are usually pretty close when it comes to similar concepts, with AntZ/A Bug’s Life, Shrek/Monsters, Inc., Shark Tale/Finding Nemo,… But DreamWorks is running late this time as their animated superhero film Master Mind will come out six years later than Disney’s The Incredibles, which came out in 2004.

Master Mind is to be directed by former Disney man Gary Trousdale (Atlantis: The Lost Empire), and while the voice cast hasn’t been set, Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder) and Tina Fey (NBC’s 30 Rock) are in negotiations. It will be a satirical take on superhero films (how trendy!) and will feature a supervillain losing his pizzaz after killing his enemy (aka the superhero).

DreamWorks Animation are known to play up the easy laughs as opposed to the heart and long-lasting appeal the Disney/Pixar movies have, so don’t expect this to be nearly as good as The Incredibles. That said, you can look out for Master Mind in the winter of 2010.

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Movie Of The Day: What’s The Worst That Could Happen? (2001)

A crime comedy directed by Sam Weisman (Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star), What’s The Worst That Could Happen? stars Martin Lawrence (College Road Trip) and Danny DeVito (FX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), along with John Leguizamo (The Happening), Carmen Ejogo (NBC’s Kidnapped), the late Bernie Mac (Transformers) and William Fichtner (The Dark Knight). It is based on a novel by Donald E. Westlake (Payback), which was adapted by Matthew Chapman (Runaway Jury).

Lawrence plays a thief who fails to successfully rob a billionaire’s beach house, as said billionaire, played by Danny DeVito, was there. The billionaire then steals the thief’s lucky ring, which was just given to him by his girlfriend (Ejogo). Since the billionaire refuses to give back the ring, the thief vows to make his life miserable by embarassing him in front of his peers and robbing him again, and again, and again…and again. Trailer and review after the jump.

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Fourth Fast And Furious to be an “interquel” (also trailer)

While doing press for his new sci-fi/action movie Babylon A.D., actor Vin Diesel told NBC’s Seth Goldman that  Fast & Furious, the fourth movie in the fast car franchise, will actually take place before 2 Fast 2 Furious, making it the second entry in the series, chronologically speaking.

In related news, the movie, which is directed by The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift helmer Justin Lin and features the first movie’s quartet of stars (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster), had its trailer premiere last week, and it looks to be quite a fun ride. At any rate it surely seems to be a whole lot better than 2006’s Tokyo Drift, the only Fast And Furious movie I’ve seen. Also, the fact that the awesomely hot Jordana Brewster is back pretty much guarantees awesomeness. Well, enough about me, what do you think?

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