Development Watch: What’s on Your TV in 2-6 Months

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In this weekly feature, we give you the lowdown on upcoming TV shows still in development

Reality: Mark Burnett teaming with AOL to create Gold Rush!, a reality treasure hunt featuring contestants searching for hidden riches across the United States, aided by clues placed throughout the AOL network on sites including Moviefone.com, MapQuest.com and AIM.com. Translation: Amazing Race with Even More Product Placements

Variety: Comedy Central has ordered six episodes of The Sarah Silverman Program, with an air date set for this summer.  Silverman’s character life is told thru a series of scripted scenes and songs. Comedy Central has ordered six episodes. Translation: The Dave Chapelle Show re-imagined with a white Jewish girl

Drama: ABC is looking at a project which would be the episodic version of the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, from Regency TV.  The film, of course, starred Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who were both assassins. The pilot will be written by Simon Kinberg, who also wrote the film. Translation:  Canceled after Jill Henessey and Grant Show are cast as leads.

Oscar Nominations

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Here’s the complete list:

Best Picture: • Brokeback Mountain • Capote • Crash • Good Night, and Good Luck. • Munich

Best Director: • Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain • Bennett Miller, Capote • Paul Haggis, Crash • George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck. • Steven Spielberg, Munich

Best Actor: • Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote • Terence Howard, Hustle & Flow • Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain • Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line • David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck.

Best Actress: • Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents • Felicity Huffman, Transamerica • Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice • Charlize Theron, North Country • Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

Best Supporting Actor: • George Clooney, Syriana • Matt Dillon, Crash • Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man • Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain • William Hurt, A History of Violence

Best Supporting Actress: • Amy Adams, Junebug • Catherine Keener, Capote • Frances McDormand, North Country • Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener • Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain

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Janet Reno: The Singing AG

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Janet Reno was caught singing “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. That’s one of the hardest karaoke songs there is, so I have to hand it to her for being such a good sport.

We Get It: Random Facts Are Funny

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Chuck Norris can eat soup with a fork.

Superman owns a pair of Chuck Norris pajamas.

When Chuck Norris does push-ups, he does not push himself up. He pushes the Earth down.

Chuck_norris_againBy now, everybody’s either seen or heard about the Chuck Norris random fact generator. Go to the site and keep on refreshing your browser and you’ll be presented with a seemingly neverending flow of "facts" about your favorite Texas Ranger (named Walker.) It’s hilarious. Look at it now. I just did, and I spit out my coffee when I read "Chuck Norris is like a dog, not only because he can smell fear, but because he can piss on whatever the f*** he wants." That’s good comedy.

But here’s the thing: it’s been done before. Back in April we posted the Vin Diesel random fact generator here on the BWE blog, and at the time I thought it was the funniest thing I had ever seen. I mean "Vin Diesel is the only man to run around the Earth at the equator and kill a wolverine in the same day" made me laugh harder than The Chronicles of Riddick– and that’s saying something.

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Nobody Puts Baby In A Well

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Baby Jessica, whose dramatic rescue from an abandoned Texas well was televised across the country 18 years ago, got married in a private ceremony, People magazine reported on its website.

Jessica McClure married 32-year-old Daniel Morales outside Midland, Texas, Saturday in a small chapel. 

According to our sources, Baby Mellissa is still on the market.