Ryan Murphy, Richard Jenkins Tackle Eat/Pray/Love
In today's Hollywood Ink ... Jenkins visits Julia ... Blagojevich outshames himself ... a Trekker is dead ...
· The Visitor's Richard Jenkins will star opposite Julia Roberts in Columbia's Eat, Pray, Love, to be directed by Nip/Tuck and Glee creator Ryan Murphy. We're not sure how well Murphy peculiar sensibilities will mesh with the bestseller's New Age-y, "How Stella Got Her Chi Back" material -- but if anyone can convincingly play a Texan looking to find himself at a Mumbai ashram, it's master-bongoist Jenkins.
· Sony and James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli will bring Remote Control, a not-yet-published British espionage novel, to the big screen. They're also remaking Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. [Variety]
· Hollywood is feeling the deep chill of a hiring freeze, with virtually no openings in everything from commercial production to the local retail and hospitality industries. Temp agencies have run dry of leads. While it's incredibly bleak out there, we'd encourage you to maximize this downtime by tackling some of those chores and projects you've been meaning to get to, like planting that herb garden or selling your dog for rent. [Variety]
· Rod Blagojevich, the Tom Cruise of camera-ready disgraced civil servants, has been confirmed to appear on NBC's upcoming I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here. If a federal judge approves it, he'll be forced to fend for himself amongst other unsavory types in the Costa Rican wilds, only to be ejected prematurely for breaking the show's "no selling of your immunity to the highest bidder" rule. [Variety]
· Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss , Damages' Rose Byrnes, and P. Diddy have joined the cast of Universal's Get Him to the Greek, which already stars Jonah Hill as a record company intern who has to get a surly rock star played by Russell Brand to L.A.'s Greek Theatre for a concert. Moss plays Hill's love interest, while Byrne plays Brand's. Diddy plays a record exec who doesn't get to be anyone's love interest, which he's probably angrily vlogging about as we speak. [Variety]
· Tomorrow's episode of CSI beams some corporate synergy across the Viacom universe: Titled "A Space Oddity," and written by a pair of Battlestar Galactica writers, it revolves around a murder at a Trekkie convention that we can only hope involves the running of no Tricorders over polyester Redshirt costumes in search of tell-tale Klingon stains. [Variety]
· The Annual PaleyFest made history by honoring the first web series: Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, providing fans of the show a screening and Q & A. [ THR ]