Hollywood Playbook: Wednesday's Top 5 News Items

Hollywood Playbook: Wednesday's Top 5 News Items

Will Ferrell to Star In Yet-Another Left-wing Comedy

After spending tens of millions in corporate money on a mean-spirited, joyless and unfunny two-hour political ad that attacks the Koch brothers for, uhm, spending millions in corporate money on political ads, director Adam McKay is in talks with Will Ferrell to spend tens of millions in corporate dollars for what will almost certainly be a two-hour political ad promoting amnesty for illegals:

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are in talks to reteam on the Sony comedy “Border Guards.”

Adam McKay is in talks to direct. Jesse Armstrong will pen the script with Ferrell, McKay and Kevin Messick producing through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner.

Pic follows two friends who decide to patrol the U.S. border to keep out illegal immigrants only to find themselves in trouble after getting stranded across the border in Mexico.

You see, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell have nothing against spending tens of millions of corporate dollars to further a political agenda. They just want it to be illegal for those they disagree with to do the same.


New Trailer: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

All I have to say is that this movie looks fantastic. Oh, and…

Marvel’s got their own universe, Spider-Man, and the X-Men franchises going… There have been a few duds, but no box office duds.

That is a nearly unprecedented run of competence in da’ biz.


This Weekend: ‘Transcendence’  vs. ‘Heaven Is For Real’

While America’s Thought Leaders falsely claim the left has won the culture war, yet another Christian film opens wide this weekend; today, actually. Written and directed by Randall Wallace (“Braveheart”), the film is based on a non-fiction book that sold an astonishing 10 million copies. The story is about a four-year old boy, the son of a Christian pastor, who claims to have visited Heaven during a near-death experience. His knowledge about people he never met convinces his parents he is telling the truth.

Good trailer and a perfect release for Holy Week.  

“Heaven Is for Real” will compete against horror movie spoof “Haunted House 2” and Johnny Depp’s “Transcendence,” which I didn’t like back in 1992 when it was called “The Lawnmower Man.”:


NBC Brings Back the Variety Show with … Maya Rudolph?

Maya Rudolph is a fine supporting actress in whatever she does, but SNL producer Lorne Michaels seems to think she’s the one to revive the long-dead, never-resurrected format of the primetime network variety show.

Could work.


Miley Cyrus Hospitalized for ‘Allergic Reaction,’ Forced to Cancel Concert

 I can’t find any confirmation about what exactly caused Miley’s allergic reaction, but sources tell me she accidentally did something dignified and was later found crying and covered in hives.

Quick hits:

Hen House: ‘The View’ to Feature All 11 Co-Hosts in Salute to Barbara Walters

‘Heroes: Reborn’ Prequel Webseries in Development

First Look at David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’

17 Terrifying Bunnies from Pop Culture

New Doc Discovers America’s Bloggers Are All Hot, Young White Chicks

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