The big day has arrived. What day is that? The red carpet premiere of Twilight: Eclipse is tonight and all those crazy, er I mean diehard, fans who have been camped out virtually since this past weekend will finally get their chances to glimpse the hair or perhaps one small sliver of a face of the actors as they walk the red carpet at the Nokia Theatre in LA. Good luck all you Twi-hards.
In the meantime, for the rest of us, here is the news that I found on the web today:
NBC is changing their programming on Monday nights, at least for the next two weeks. The drama series Persons Unknown will now air at 8 PM with the reality series Last Comic Standing taking over the other two hours of the night. Mark your calendars. (The Futon Critic)
Mos Def has joined the upcoming HBO comedy Enlightened, starring Laura Dern as a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening and decides to live an enlightened life, which creates havoc at home and work. He will play her new boss when she returns to work. (Deadline Hollywood Daily and Dark Horizons)
Lifetime has ordered three new cop drama pilots, including Exit 19 from Jeff Bell, which had been shot as a pilot presentation at CBS during the 2008-09 season, an untitled drama from Josh Berman (Drop Dead Diva) about a female police detective who may have to raise her two children on her own, and Against the Wall, from Annie Brunner (Huff), about a female cop who is placed in the internal affairs division of the Chicago PD, a fact that doesn’t sit right with her two cop brothers. (Variety and Televisionary)
AMC is said to nearing a deal to develop drama The Wreck, from writers Graham Gordy and Michael Fuller and executive producer John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), which would revolve around the head coach of a struggling college football team who is given one last chance to turn the team’s fortunes around. (The Hollywood Reporter and Televisionary)
Jason Biggs and Joel David Moore will star in the indie political comedy Grassroots, the story of a recently fired journalist (Biggs) who reluctantly agrees to spearhead the Seattle City Council campaign of his eccentric friend (Moore), a former pedicab driver with a burning passion for the Monorail. The film, written and directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal (father of Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal), is based on the memoir Zioncheck for President. (Variety and FirstShowing)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan has joined Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener in the movie Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, which is a portrait of an unconventional family in the story of a conservative New York City lawyer (Keener) who is in desperate need of an escape after her husband asks for a divorce. Along with her two children she takes refuge at her estranged hippie mother Grace’s (Fonda) farmhouse, where she is exposed to a motley crew of free thinkers. What was meant to be a stress-free getaway quickly turns into a reminder of why Diane escaped her mother’s hippie lifestyle in the first place, but the reunion forcers her, her children, and Grace to search for peace with each other and with themselves. (Coming Soon and FirstShowing)
Lukas Haas has joined the cast of the supernatural movie Red Riding Hood. The story is a Gothic update on the Grimm Brothers tale and will see a medieval village haunted by a werewolf. Haas will play the village priest. The cast already includes Amanda Seyfried as the title red hooded girl, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie, Max Irons and Shiloh Fernandez. (Variety and FirstShowing)
Pierce Brosnan will star in the thriller movie Bonded, which is being produced by and co-stars his son Sean. The story, based on true events that took place in El Monte, CA in the early ’90s, follows a Mexican teenager named Jesus who, after the death of his mother, is sold by his father and smuggled into America, where he’s forced to work as a slave laborer in a Los Angeles sweatshop. While imprisoned there, he befriends a young woman named Elena. But when she is claimed by a sex trafficker, Jesus must make a daring escape in order to rescue her. Both Brosnans will be playing police officers in the movie and casting is still on the search for the male lead. (The Wrap and FirstShowing)
Must Watch: Bruce Willis in the First Official Trailer for RED!
Actress Katherine Graham, from the hit CW series The Vampire Diaries, has released a single called “Sassy” (which is now available at iTunes). Look for her listed as Kat Graham, who isn’t a “newbie” to the music industry as her dad was a record executive and she has recorded with will.i.am (from The Black Eyed Peas). (Damian Holbrook at TV Guide)
Q&A SECTION (with Michael Ausiello from Entertainment Weekly)
Question: Any spoilers on season 6 of Supernatural? —Shira
Ausiello: I hear the show’s fourth episode back — the one directed by Jensen Ackles — will be Bobby-centric and feature a character named Marcy Ward. Described as attractive in a down-to-earth/woman-next-door way, Marcy is a capable homemaker with a crush on her neighbor.
Question: Throw your international readers a bone and tell us what the big Friday Night Lights spoiler was in last week’s Entertainment Weekly. Not everyone can go out and buy the issue on the newsstand. —Matt
Ausiello: Fair enough, Matt. The spoiler concerned the final episodes of season 5 and a possible reunion between (wait for it) Riggins and Tyra! “Riggins is getting out of prison and Tyra is on break from school,” explains exec producer Jason Katims. “We’re looking at [them] reconnecting.”
Question: I’m desperate for some scoop regarding the new seasons of Friday Night Lights and Dexter. —Sean
Ausiello: Coincidentally, I’m desperate to unload some scoop on both those shows. FNL is casting the role of a “winning and charismatic” president of a non-Texas college (to meet with Riggins, perhaps?), while Dexter is looking for an actor in his late 40s to play an internal affairs agent at Miami Metro (to investigate Dex, perhaps?). Oh, here’s another FNL scoop-bit: Kyle Chandler will be playing coach on screen and off. Sources confirm that Chandler will direct his first FNL episode next season.
Question: I heard a rumor that David Anders will be a regular next season on The Vampire Diaries. Please tell me that it’s true! —Addison
Ausiello: I would if I could, but I can’t. But here’s something I can confirm: Anders will definitely be in the season premiere.
That’s it. Enjoy!