Fox has tapped Wedding Crashers scribes Steve Faber and Bob Fisher to pen a comedy about a skinny American competing as a sumo wrestler. Project is being developed as a starring vehicle for Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), with Jimmy Miller producing at Mosaic Media Group. Story’s based on a Joshua Davis’ GQ report (Supersize Me: The Hard-Won Wisdom of a 134-Pound Sumo Warrior) about becoming the lightest man ever to compete at the U.S. Sumo Open two years ago. Davis included that episode along with excursions into bullfighting, arm wrestling, backward running and sauna in his book "The Underdog: How I Survived the World’s Most Outlandish Competitions."
Sounds good. After all, if Jack Black can play a Mexican wrestler, why shouldn’t Jon Heder play a Sumo wrestler?
The city attorney’s office has sued the makers of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" for allegedly hiding pornographic material inside the video game, according to CNN.com. The industry board that rates video games gave it a mature rating but would have given it an adults-only rating if it knew of the explicit content," Said LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo.
Check out the new trailer for Michel Gondry’s forthcoming documentary chronicling Dave Chappelle’s Block Party last year in Brooklyn. Early reports are suggesting that the film starts strong, but then falls apart after Dave inexplicably leaves the party just as it’s getting good.
On this day in 1971, Snoop Doggy Dogg was conceived from the depths of the sea and back to the block. His parents popped, stopped, and hopped like a rabbit, but before that, Snoopâ€™s father cried out, â€œSo bring your friends, all of y’all come inside. We got a world premiere right here, now get live!â€ adding, â€œG’s to the bizzack, now ladies here we gizzo.â€ Letâ€™s all give his parents a big bow wow.
Also conceived today: Bela Lugosi (1882), Jerry Orbach (1935), Tom Petty (1950)
Today’s blind item: Which American Idol star is being accused of having unprotected gay sex with a former Army Ranger? Here’s a hint: His screen name is "valleyprettyboy." Here’s another hint: there’s a picture of him right there.
You can find more clues here. Happy investigating!
I finally got a chance to watch the first installment of PBSâ€™s Bleak House, starring Gillian Anderson. They did a really good job bringing the book to the screen, and Anderson is perfect. But, as an astute friend of mine noticed, there are all kinds of hilarious editing and sound effects that are more Dick Wolf than Charles Dickens. I half-expected to see Goren join Mr. Tulkinghorn in putting the squeeze on Lady Dedlock!
Apparently Josie Bissett and Rob Estes are getting a divorce. It seems that he was cheating on her with a crazy woman doctor named Kimberly, whom he now plans to marry. Itâ€™s also rumored that he has been sleeping with Bissettâ€™s prostitute/stripper sister Sydney. Her friends Billy and Alison say that she still loves him anyway and would gladly take him back.
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Hereâ€™s an update about Paris Hiltonâ€™s nascent musical career:
IT appears sexy socialite Paris Hilton is taking her singing career very seriously…. Warner has put millions behind Paris and are [sic] making her an international priority act for the spring. She has drafted in the incredible writing powers of Cathy Dennis, who penned chart-toppers Toxic for Britney and Can’t Get You Out Of My Head for Kylie Minogue. Her debut album is set to feature a track called My Mistake â€“ recorded about the famous sex footage of the heiress and her boyfriend which took the internet by storm.
Iâ€™m pulling for Paris to succeed. Letâ€™s hope she doesnâ€™t blow it.