More Deals!!!

Cuz no writer ever gets tired of writing meetings money! Wait, if you’re doing it for the money there are better businesses with better incomes. Like plumbing contracting, or banking. So it’s not the money either? Hmm. Must be…love!?

  • Paul Redford (THE WEST WING, DIRTY SEXY MONEY) is rewriting HAMLET, by an old guy named Shakespeare (KING LEAR et al) with a family/political drama called AMERICA’S SON for Fox Network. (Yeah, that’s gonna work as well as that show based on King David’s problems awhile ago. You know, where they rewrote, um, an even older dood named God (THE BIBLE)?)
  • Ben Falcone (HAPPY ENDINGS, UP ALL NIGHT, husband of MIKE & MOLLY star Melissa McCarthy, who is producing this project) and Larry Dorf (THE LOONEY TUNES SHOW) are writing a comedy for CBS about a group of friends who find their lives changed by death at an earlier age than they expected. (Nowthat’s funny, right?)
  • Guillermo del Toro’s best selling vampire book trilogy, The Strain, is being turned into a series for FX, directed by del Toro and co-written by him and his co-writer of the books, Chuck Hogan (PRINCE OF THIEVES). (Well, we need more vampire shows, don’t we? Why so negative? Sheesh!
  • Peter Berg (HANCOCK, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) will write and direct a spy pilot, M.I.C.E, for NBC. (We can’t think of a single negative thing to say about Berg except that as an actor he looks kinda snarky. Damn.)
  • David Shore (HOUSE) is writing an untitled legal drama for Fox, featuring an ex-cop lawyer with personal demons who’s trying to get back with his ex-wife. (Hmm, Shore loves that House-Cuddy stalker dynamic, doesn’t he?)
  • Guillermo del Toro (see above) is adapting another book, NUTSHELL STUDIES by Corinne May Botz, for an HBO series, this time co-writing with novelist Sara Gran (SOUTHLAND). (Well, he needs another writer to, you know, actually type in the words, right?)

So the secret to getting into TV is to write a book Guillermo del Toro likes, huh? ‘Scuse us while we throw ourselves into Chapter 1…

The 1st Full-Length Feature Shot on a Cell Phone Stars Gena Rowlands

…Which is as it should be, considering all she’s done not only in, but for indie film.

Of course, it also stars Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, but that’s true to the tradition of how indies are made. There are certain things that, you know, you have to do:

Olive, The First Full-Length Feature Film Shot 100% on a Cell Phone – by Rusty Blazenhoff

Produced by former Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly and Bay Area businessman Bill O’Keeffe, Olive is the first full-length feature film shot entirely on a cell phone, a Nokia N8 smartphone. The film’s cast includes Gena Rowlands and Randi Zuckerberg (Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s sister). Released in late 2011, the film is co-directed by Pat Gilles and San Francisco morning show radio personality Hooman Khalili and follows the story of “a little girl that transforms the lives of three people without speaking one word.”

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Which reminds us of a story:

Steven Spielberg [or whoever your fave director is/was] dies and goes to heaven, where he’s met by a joyful St. Peter.

“Dood! Welcome!,” says St. Peter. “It’s great that you’re here. You can do so much more than you could on earth. Your films can be about anything you want, with no worries about budget, time, you-name-it. And we have so many great talents for you to use.”

Spielberg starts smiling. Then St. Pete gets all confidential-like. “There’s just one problem,” he said.

“What’s that?” says Stevie.

“God’s got this girl…”

Hey, we didn’t make this up on our own. It came from…well, for all we know it came from up there. (Right, Zuckerberg’s place.)

More Proof of the Existence of a Benevolent, um, God (Goddess?)

We have nothing to add to this:

Part 1 of NBC’s Justin Bieber: All Around the World special on Wednesday night drew 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating with them oldsters in the 18-49 demo. That puts it 47 percent below what the Peacock’s recent Adele music special scored.

NBC’s Biebfest thus only bested The CW’s Top Model repeats in the pre-bedtime 8 o’clock hour, trailing shows such as Dogs in the City and ABC sitcom reruns.

EDITED TO INCLUDE THE LATEST “NEWS”: Opening the night, Part 2 of NBC’s aforementioned Justin Bieber: Around the World special drew 3.1 mil and a 0.8, down a tenth in the demo from Wednesday and putting it in fourth place ahead of only The CW’sBreaking Pointe (which gained a few eyeballs, hitting 910K). Fox’s Take Me Out (3.15 mil/1.2), meanwhile, saw gains of 20 and 9 percent.

via TV Line