Back In Brown
Alf is back!
Do Putta, Da Da Duh (It’s In Stich- Speak)!
Toys from Lilo & Stitch are getting hard to find.
‘Underdog’ a New Pet Project
Spyglass Entertainment, the Disney-based producer of “The Sixth Sense,” has nabbed the feature film rights to the 1960s cartoon series “Underdog.”
A broad comedy that parodies the superhero genre, “Underdog” is the story of an inept watchdog transformed into a superhero after being accidentally exposed to an experimental elixir. The live-action feature will boast CGI elements.
The animated TV series, which first debuted in 1964 on NBC, sees Underdog called into action by his would-be girlfriend, ace news reporter Sweet Polly Purebred. The anti-hero subsequently learns to thwart the evil plans of unsavory characters such as underworld uber boss Riff Raff.
Spyglass paid rights holder Classic Media a mid-six-figure sum, with the final payout rising to more than $2 million if the film is produced.
‘Playboy After Dark’ to Groove Again
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner will host a revival of “Playboy After Dark,” the 1969 latenight variety series that showcased jazz musicians, comics and soul singers in a fake penthouse apartment.
The series, which would contemporize the laid-back cocktail partylike atmosphere of the original, is being shopped to cable networks by Fox-based Prometheus Entertainment. The project is being developed as a weekly hourlong series or as a series of backdoor specials. Initial production will take place at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills.
“‘Playboy After Dark’ is one of the jewels in Playboy’s crown and was considered an important cornerstone in Hugh Hefner’s legacy,” producer Kevin Burns told Daily Variety. “It was groundbreaking, in terms of being interracial, intergenerational and in terms of its format.”
Four discs worth of Lord of the Rings specs
The good people at New Line Home Entertainment have shed some light on the upcoming massive four disc set of The Lord of the Rings due to arrive in November.
The film itself will be spread over discs one and two with a new running time of 208 minutes. The film will be in anamorphic widescreen with multiple audio options including Dolby Digital EX 5.1, DTS ES 6.1, stereo surround and four commentaries featuring Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Richard Taylor, Andrew Lesnie, Howard Shore, Jim Rygiel, Randy Cook and more.
Disc three will carry the moniker “From Book to Vision” and will feature segments on adapting the book into a screenplay & planning the film, designing and building Middle-earth, storyboards to pre-visualization, a Weta Workshop visit – An up-close look at the weapons, armor, creatures and miniatures from the film, an atlas of Middle-earth: Tracing the journey of the Fellowship, an interactive map of New Zealand highlighting the location scouting process, galleries of art and slideshows with commentaries by the artists, a guided tour of the wardrobe department, footage from early meetings, moving storyboards and pre-visualization reels.
Disc four focuses on the filmmaking process in “From Vision to Reality”, including bringing the characters to life, a day in the life of a Hobbit, principal photography: Stories from the set, Scale: Creating the illusion of size, galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and personal cast photos, editorial and visual effects multi-angle progressions and sound design demonstration.
In addition to this staggering amount of supplements, New Line has indicated that more features may yet be added to this release when it premieres on November 2nd.
U.S. FHM Releases It’s Top 100 Sexiest Women List
Tennis babe Anna Kournikova had an extra special present on her 21st birthday last Friday–she was named Sexiest Woman in the World, on both sides of the Atlantic.
Just two weeks after British readers of FHM magazine named the Russian their number one girl, she has been named sexiest woman by the US edition, too. The sexy sports star wasn’t even in the top 10 last year when Jennifer Lopez claimed the number one spot in the coveted annual list of pin-ups and she’s thrilled with the honor.
Kournikova says, “It’s extremely flattering, especially because it’s voted for by readers. I’m very excited about it.” It was also a good poll for Britney Spears, who moved up from number three to number two on the list, and Halle Berry, who rose from seven to three. Meanwhile, Tom Cruise must have been a little upset. His ex, Nicole Kidman, shot up the Top 100 list from 61 to 28, while his current girlfriend, Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, could only manage to stumble from 70 on last year’s survey to 68.
The top 20 girls on the U.S. FHM list are:
1. Anna Kournikova
2. Britney Spears
3. Halle Berry
4. Alyssa Milano
5. Jennifer Lopez
6. Jessica Alba
7. Jennifer Love Hewitt
8. Angelina Jolie
9. Sarah Michelle Gellar
10. Carmen Electra
11. Pamela Anderson
12. Nikki Cox
13. Jennifer Aniston
14. Denise Richards
15. Tiffani Thiessen
16. Charlize Theron
17. Christina Aguilera
18. Jessica Simpson
19. Lucy Liu
20. Ashley Judd
Rohm Wanders Back to ANGEL?
Elisabeth Rohmówho left The WB’s Angel in 2001 to join the cast of Law and Orderótold SCI FI Wire that she would like her character, detective Kate Lockley, to return for an episode of the vampire series. “I would do it in a heartbeat, but I would do it on the side,” Rohm said in an interview. “I would come in and have Law and Order work out [my schedule].”
Rohm has met with Angel co-creator David Greenwalt to discuss when her return might fit with her commitment to Law and Order. “I talked to David Greenwalt yesterday,” she said. “He’s a very good friend, and [Angel star David] Boreanaz is a good friend, so I love the whole family. It’s just a matter of timing, and I’ve been too busy, really. But I’d like to.”
Greenwalt executive produced Angel for its first three seasons, after he and co-creator Joss Whedon spun it off UPN’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As Angel begins its fourth season, Greenwalt is distancing himself from the show, becoming a creative consultant, and will instead focus on producing this fall’s upcoming ABC supernatural series Miracles for Touchstone Television.
NO LOVE LOST
Lawyers for rocker Courtney Love and Universal Music meeting with a court-appointed mediator on Monday, one day before Love’s breach of contract countersuit was set to go to trial against the music conglomerate. The singer’s attorney said he did not expect the two sides to reach an out-of-court settlement.
IS THAT THEIR FINAL ANSWER?
ABC announcing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire will end its prime-time run as a regular network series on June 27 in a 90-minute edition. After that, the game show will only return as an occasional series of specials, but not until November, in order to avoid competing with the show’s syndicated launch this fall.