Here are some bites to chew on for the weekend:
- It seems that Tim Meadows is about to be added to the ever-growing cast of Judd Apatow's Walk Hard. As I've previouslyreported, the film is a music spoof that follows Dewey Cox, a musician who fights to become a legend. The film already has John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer and another SNL alum, Kristen Wiig. Meadows is negotiating to play the drummer in Cox's band. Nothing against the man, but why not Jimmy Fallon? It could be a little nod to more cowbell. And for the five of you who might join me as fans of the terrible 80's film, Three for the Road, Senator Kitteredge -a.k.a.- Raymond J. Barry has signed on to be the elder Cox who constantly tells Dewey that he's a failure. Hopefully he won't try to have Sheen and Ruck try to commit him.
- Step Up star Channing Tatum is finding his next film fast-tracked by New Line. Variety has reported that the company has grabbed a pitch by T.J. Scott and Kevin Lund about a NYC cop who has to infiltrate underground Parkour to stop a gang of bank robbers. Parkour is the art of moving from one place to another as efficiently as possible, which often means becoming a human Spiderman. It was also the basis of Luc Besson's District 13. I can only hope that the film means we will get some mainstream, on-screen time for David Belle, the absolutely delish Parkour actor who starred as Leito in 13.
- Pierce Brosnan's Butterfly on a Wheel, which Karina and Martha recently relayed news about, has been picked up by Lionsgate for U.S. distribution. A crime thriller, it stars Brosnan as a mysterious person who goes to Chicago, kidnaps the daughter of a couple played by Maria Bello and Gerard Butler and subsequently terrorizes them ... but not for a cash reward. Icon Productions is handling international sales, except for Japan and Italy, which are so far out of luck.