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Casting Bites: Three Join Date Night, Casting for Two Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Projects, Monica Bellucci in The Sorcerers Apprentice + more

  • monicabellucci-051509Monica Bellucci has joined the cast of Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  The actress will play Veronica, a sorceress and the long-lost love of Nicolas Cage’s character, Balthazar Blake.  [Variety]
  • Christopher Lloyd has joined the cast of Alex Aja’s Piranha 3D.  The actor will star as Goodman, an expert on piranha. [Bloody-Disgusting]
  • Ray Liotta, Mila Kunis and Mark Ruffalo are joining Tina Fey and Steven Carell on the 20th Century Fox comedy Date Night. The three will be among the characters Fey and Carell encounter as a couple on a date. [THR]
  • Universal Picture is developing a modern retelling of the classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and they’ve tapped Keanu Reeves to star and Justin Haythe to pen the script. [THR]
  • Meanwhile, there’s another ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ project in Hollywood, and this one’s quite different.  Abel Ferrara is going for a contemporary take on the Robert Louis Stevenson original with a new film titled Jekyll and HydeForest Whitaker and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson are attached to play the lead roles. [Variety]

Seven more casting bites after the jump. Continue reading Casting Bites: Three Join Date Night, Casting for Two Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Projects, Monica Bellucci in The Sorcerers Apprentice + more

Judge Denies Rod Blagojevich’s Request to Appear On NBC Reality Series

A U.S. District Court judge has denied former Illionis Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s request to modify the conditions of his bail to allow him to participate in the Costa Rica-based NBC reality series I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Judge James Zagel called Blagojevich’s attempt to join the show “a bad idea.”

Casting Bites: Kristen Bell in You Again, Maggie Gyllenhaal Boards ‘Nanny McPhee’, Blagojevich to star in ‘Celebrity’ and more

Here are some of the latest cast additions in television and film:

Kristen Bell has been cast as the lead in Disney’s comedy You Again, from director Andy Fickman.  Bell will play a girl who’s horrified to find that her brother is marrying the very girl who made her life a living hell in […]

NBC Announces Summer Schedule

nbclogo-513NBC has unveiled their summer schedule, announcing key dates for new scripted projects including The Philanthropist, overseas co-productions including the BBC series Merlin and the CTV (from Canada) series The Listener as well as two new miniseries (The Meteor and The Storm) and two new reality series (I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and Great American Road Trip).  Here’s the schedule (shows in CAPS are new):

MONDAY, JUNE 1
“I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE!” — premiere (8-9 p.m.)
“Medium” season finale (10-11 p.m.)

TUESDAY, JUNE 2
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” — season finale (10-11 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3
“Law & Order” — season finale (10-11 p.m.)

THURSDAY, JUNE 4
“THE LISTENER” — premiere (10-11 p.m.)

SUNDAY, JUNE 7 and JUNE 14
“METEOR” — miniseries (9-11 p.m.)

MONDAY, JUNE 8
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (NBC season premiere; 9-10 p.m.)
“Dateline NBC” (10-11 p.m.)

SUNDAY, JUNE 21
“MERLIN” (premiere 8-10 p.m.; June 28 airs 8-10 p.m.; July 5 resumes regular time 8-9 p.m.)

TUESDAY, JUNE 23 and WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
“AMERICA’S GOT TALENT” (9-10 p.m. both nights)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
“THE PHILANTHROPIST” – premieres (10-11 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1
“GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP” — premieres (8-9 p.m.)

SATURDAY, JULY 4
“MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR” (9-10 p.m.)

SUNDAY, JULY 19 and SUNDAY, JULY 26
“THE STORM” – miniseries (9-11 p.m.)

The full press release, which includes official show descriptions, follows after the jump. Continue reading NBC Announces Summer Schedule