Universal Revisits the Phoebe Cates Oeuvre
· Yes, it's come to this: Drop Dead Fred, the 1991 Phoebe Cates comedy about a woman and her rambunctious, imaginary childhood friend, is being remade by Universal as a vehicle for Russell Brand. Land of the Lost and SNL writer Dennis McNicholas will tackle the script just as soon as he's done with his H.R. Pufnstuf reimagining for Columbia. [THR]
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· CBS and Fox were neck-and-neck for first place in the ratings Monday, with Two and Half Men and House pulling in the highest numbers of the night. NBC trailed behind in fourth place, the pungent stench of death hanging over finales of Chuck and Heroes doing nothing to increase viewership. [Variety]
· In a stunning victory for anti-potty-mouth lobbying groups, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of allowing the FCC to fine networks over the utterance of even a single curse word on live TV. Their findings were preceded by a 70-minute debate between Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, arguing over whether or not the phrase "douchebag" constituted profanity. [Variety]
· Relativity Media reached a distribution deal with Lionsgate that could cover the release of up to five movies a year. First up is Jim Sheridan's Brothers, starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman. [Variety]
· Amanda Peet has joined the cast of Gulliver's Travels, playing travel writer Jack Black's editor and love interest whom he eventually leaves after realizing he has an insatiable fetish for teeny-weensy women. [Variety]
· They're making a unicorn movie! It's called Unicorns. Let's read the logline together: "Unicorns centers on an awkward teenage girl who escapes to a fantasy world when her first romantic relationship turns increasingly abusive." Wow. We don't think we're ready for a depiction of an abusive unicorn in wife-beater tank top. But we'll probably see it anyway. It's called Unicorns! [THR]