Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake May Explore Ursine Sides in Yogi Bear


· The inevitable live-action/CGI adaptation of Yogi Bear took a major step forward Thursday as Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake closed in on deals to voice the title character and his sidekick Boo-Boo. Anna Faris is also on the hook to play a documentary filmmaker who chronicles their natural habitat in Jellystone Park, thus offering a much-needed, more authentic ursine counterpoint to the grocery-shopping grizzlies recently promised by Shawn Levy's own Berenstain Bears. [Variety]

Bradley Cooper goes a drug too far, J.J. Abrams considers returning to pilot school, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.

· Bradley Cooper will follow The A-Team with the lead role in the thriller Dark Fields, in which he'll star as a down-and-out writer in New York City whose life and creativity turn around with the aid of a new, brain-powering designer drug. But its use draws mysterious forces to hunt him down -- a fairly common pharmaceutical side-effect that held up more FDA approvals than you might think over the years. [Variety]

· J.J. Abrams has reportedly expressed an interest in directing the pilot of Undercovers, his new series currently in development at NBC. Knowing what a phenomenal ratings boost that might be for the flailing network, execs are likely to veto the move as soon as possible. [THR]

· Director Stephen Frears may reunite with his High Fidelity screenwriter D.V. DeVincentis for Lay the Favorite, based on a comic memoir about middle-aged math geeks who team up to game the system in Las Vegas. [THR]

· Isla Fisher has piled another option on to the projects she's developing at Universal: Desperados, about a group of women who seek to intercept an angry e-mail Fisher's character sends to her lover, who happens to be comatose in Mexico. Like everything else including a small cluster of friends on a quest, it is described as being in the vein of The Hangover. Of course. [THR]


  • But will this new Yogi film finally blow the lid off of Yogi and Boo-Boo's torrid, forbidden love affair?

  • FrancoisTrueFaux says:

    Let the gay bear and cub jokes begin. . .

  • stretch65 says:

    Yogi is a Bear and lives with his cub Boo Boo in Silverlake and they frequent the Faultline...

  • gangbang says:

    Never a dull moment, right? That last question of mine seems to be one of the main things that director Charly wanted to answer, and make sure that he focused on, while creating "this movie".

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