Tuesday September 23, 2014

The story behind the iconic red Baywatch swimsuit.

Usher + Shakira > Pharrell + Gwen Stefani (by a lot)

It appears as if Charlie Sheen will NOT be returning to Two And A Half Men.  If you missed this back and forth yesterday, consider yourself lucky.

Jeffrey Tambor talks about his role on Amazon's Transparent.

Two notes on commercials that I've seen a lot of: (1) Ronald from Pit Boss is in a commercial for Jack In The Box touting their new breakfast burrito, which looks like one of the most disgusting concoctions I've ever seen in my life; and (2) Karan Soni (from Amazon's Betas) gives one of the better reactions I've ever seen to his selfie hitting 100 likes in his latest spot for AT&T.

Mark Burnett has sold a controlling interest in his production companies to MGM.

According to TheWrap, "Hulu has given a straight-to-series order to 11/22/63, a thriller based on Stephen King‘s novel of the same name.

"J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. TV will produce the nine-hour event series.

"On 11/22/63, a high school English teacher Jake Epping travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But, his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself… which doesn't want to be changed.

“'If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, 11/22/63 is it,' King said in a statement. 'I'm excited that it's going to happen, and am looking forward to working with J.J. Abrams and the whole Bad Robot team.'”

Per Deadline, "[f]ormer The Office co-star John Krasinski is back at NBC as a producer with two comedy projects. Both hail from Universal TV, where Krasinski’s Sunday Night production banner is under an overall deal. Krasinski and Sunday Night’s Allyson Seeger executive produce both comedies, with the company’s Mike Sablone also closely involved.

"Written by Shawn Wines and executive produced by Aaron Kaplan, the first project is a single-camera comedy like The Office. It centers on a disgraced law student who, out of options, is forced to turn to the exotic and lucrative world of NYC garbage collection. Wines executive produces with Kapital Entertainment’s Kaplan. This marks Kaplan and Wines’ third consecutive collaboration. Two years ago, the prolific producer spotted aspiring filmmaker Wines’ viral video short Upstairs and teamed with him for a TV series adaptation, which received a script order at Fox. The duo followed that up with another comedy project at Fox last year, ensemble Five.

"The second single-camera comedy is a workplace/family hybrid. Written/executive produced by 30 Rock alums Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, who are under an overall deal at Uni TV, the untitled project centers on a middle-aged ad executive who unexpectedly who loses his job and cobbles together a ragtag team to launch his own grassroots agency from his garage. There are no plans for Krasinski to act in either of the comedies."

Per EW, "Syfy’s next creature film film will give us many gifts. Let’s list each of them in turn:

"The movie has giant fire-breathing tarantulas.

"Its title is Lavalantula.

"The lavalantulas attack Los Angeles, a city that’s always worth picking on.

"The movie has an awesome poster [above] including the nearly nonsensical tagline 'Fire Burns. Lava Bites.'

"The movie stars Steve Guttenberg, who was in the Police Academy films.

"The movie co-stars Leslie Easterbrook, who was also in the Police Academy films.

"The movie co-stars Michael Winslow, who was also in the Police Academy films.

"More details: Currently in production in Los Angeles, Lavalantula also co-stars Nia Peeples (The Young and the Restless—but no Police Academy experienceand L.A. DJ Ralph Garman. The film is directed by Mike Mendez, who we’re told won a Saturn Award for his directorial work on Big Ass Spider! so, you know, he has experience with over-sized spider films, which is helpful. The film will premiere next summer."

Real Screen is reporting that "Great American Country has snapped up a trio of Florida-based alligator farmers for its forthcoming series Growing Up Gator, premiering on October 24.

"The 6 x 30-minute series – produced by Miami-based prodco 2C Media – follows sisters Britney, Kasey and Chelsea Brooks as they locate and rescue wild alligators that are posing a threat to the public. Rescues made in the first season include removing alligators from pools, cars, homes and an RV storage facility." 

This is a very sad statement on our society.  Per The Hollywood Reporter, "[a] Florida woman says she spent $20,000 to have a third breast surgically implanted.

"Jasmine Tridevil has posted photos on Twitter showing off her newly enhanced bust, and says she hopes her third breast will help her break into show business with an MTV reality show.

"Tridevil says she's a massage therapist who saved up for two years to pay for the operation. But getting the extra breast took more than money — it also took finding the right doctor. She claims she called 50 or 60 doctors before landing on one who agreed to perform the procedure, and only after she signed a non-disclosure agreement.

"Tridevil has her sights set on an MTV reality show, and says she's been recording footage for the show by hiring a camera crew out of pocket. She says neither MTV nor a production company are involved at this juncture. 

"MTV declined to comment."  Shocking!  I've also spared you the photo, but you can see for yourself by clicking the Twitter link above.

Paula Deen and her digital, subscriber-based Paula Deen Network, launching Wednesday, September 24, bought the rights to 440 episodes of the celebrity chef’s shows from Food Network. Deen is scheduled to appear on NBC’s Today this morning, her first live TV interview, says the net, since her tearful appearance on the show in June 2013 amid fallout from the revelation that she’d made a racial slur.

Here's your first real look at season 5 of The Walking Dead: