The film is a true anthology, featuring five different stars and directors for each vignette. Directing were Jennifer Aniston, Patty Jenkins, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore and Penelope Spheeris, while their stories starred Jeanne Tripplehorn at the heart of all the stories as an oncologist whose mother died from breast cancer.
Production was suspended Tuesday after she failed to turn up for filming, and Deadline reports that Midler had to pull out on doctors' orders after suffering a herniated disc.
David Mamet told the crew that HBO and the insurance company were looking at recasting the part, which has since been confirmed by the cable network.
Mamet wrote the film, which is being exec-produced by 'Rain Man' director Barry Levinson.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the legendary actress will play Linda Kenney Baden, a defense attorney for Spector during his first murder trial. Midler's last scripted TV role was in her sitcom, 'Bette,' in 2000.
'Arrested Development' star Jeffrey Tambor has also joined the cast as Bruce Cutler, a member of Spector's defense team. Al Pacino will play Spector.
Spector was convicted of second-degree murder after prosecutors argued that the record producer shot Lana Clarkson in 2003.
In other TV news ...
• From 'Bitches' to 'Belles' to 'B'? ABC's new soap starring Leslie Bibb, Annie Potts and Kristin Chenoweth has gone through three name changes before even hitting air. Originally filmed as 'Good Christian Bitches,' the show was announced to the public as 'Good Christian Belles' and will now go by 'G.C.B.' [Variety]
• HBO is launching a new reality series starring Freddie Roach. The new series will focus on boxing legend Roach and his Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood. Peter Berg will direct and executive produce the series. [HBO]
• Actress Phyllis Avery has died. Avery starred in 'Meet Mr. McNulty' (later retitled 'The Ray Milland Show'), 'Rawhide' and 'Perry Mason.' She was 88. [THR]
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the series pickups.
'Are You There, Vodka?' is based on Chelsea Handler's life and best-selling book. It stars 'That 70s Show' veteran Laura Prepon with Handler involved as an executive producer and playing Prepon's older sister.
'Free Agents,' a workplace romantic comedy based on the popular UK series, comes from 'Party Down' co-creator John Enbom. Hank Azaria stars in the series about two co-workers who fall in love.
Amanda Peet stars in 'Bent,' a comedy about a divorced mom who does her best not to fall in love with her contractor. Jeffrey Tambor also stars in the sitcom, which may be held for midseason.
Before you knew what was happening, the two men were standing up and pretending to be looking at one another's genitalia. From there, Ferguson asked Tambor if he still self-pleasures and Tambor actually answered.
But then Tambor mimicked the gesture, and discovered you can't air that on television.
According to Deadline, Tambor will play a former actor who lives with this son, Pete (David Walton). Pete is hired to redo the kitchen of Amanda Peet's character, Alex, a single mom.
Tambor's character lives with his son, has to be driven everywhere and plays piano in the Nordstrom lobby when not chasing after ladies.
In other casting news ...
• Judith Light will star opposite Jesse Bradford and Bonnie Somerville in 'Other People's Kids.' The 'Who's the Boss?' veteran will play Somerville's ex-mother-in-law who has a live-in lover. [Deadline]
• Louise Lombard is dusting off her 'CSI' badge and reporting back to the hit CBS series. Lombard's Sofia Curtis is now deputy chief. "She's gotten her shield and she has a real take-no-prisoners attitude," Carol Mendelsohn said. [TVLine]
• 'The Vampire Diaries' actress Arielle Kibbel has joined ABC's 'Hallelujah.' Kibbel will play Veda Roman in the show about good versus evil. [Hollywood Reporter]
It's been five years since the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning family comedy 'Arrested Development' left the airwaves, and, though we say this with a little grain of salt, it looks like the long-rumored big-screen version of the series is finally a go, maybe even for later this year.
And while we can't wait to see those wacky Bluths back in action, it's not like the cast members have been sitting around twiddling their thumbs since the 'Arrested Development' finale aired on Feb. 10, 2006. In fact, they've been a pretty busy bunch, including many projects in which they've continued to be co-stars ...
Craig Ferguson can relate: He's 48, and his wife is pregnant. "People like to say, 'You're 48 years old, and you're going to have another child?"
That topic was followed by Tambor telling the story of getting into big trouble at his local public library. He "really, really had to go" to the bathroom, explained Tambor. "Well, you're 66!" interjected the host.
Anyway, he was barred from the men's room. And what transpired had Ferguson doubled over in laughter.
(S01E09) Just one more episode to go before 'Archer' wraps up its ten-episode run. It will be interesting to see if FX brings it back for another season. The show's super-spy universe really lends itself to further exploration, but the characters' tangled web of sexual tension and missing fathers may not hold up for another ten episodes. It's a small cast of main characters, and the back-and-forth nature can only last so long. [Edit: 'Archer' has been renewed. I knew that. I was totally just testing you guys. Totally.]
Maybe some new problems will be introduced in the finale, leaving us begging for more. Or maybe everyone will die in a fiery, sexy explosion. Y'never know.
While it may not be the 'Arrested Development' reunion that fans have been clamoring for, the Ausiello Files reports erstwhile Bluth paterfamilias Jeffrey Tambor will guest-star on an upcoming episode of the new FX animated comedy series 'Archer,' a half-hour spy spoof that co-stars the voice of his 'Arrested' wife Jessica Walter.
OK, not exactly, but The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Jeffrey Tambor has signed on to join David Tennant in 'Rex Is Not Your Lawyer', a new pilot being produced for NBC.
Tambor, of course, is best known for his role as incarcerated patriarch George Bluth, Sr. on the late, lamented cult classic 'Arrested Development' ...
The name "Max Headroom" comes from the last thing TV reporter Edison Carter saw before he was knocked out and hacker extraordinaire Bryce Lynch dumped his memories into a computer: a sign reading "Max. Headroom: 2.3 meters" as a warning for low clearance. The program came alive and an '80s icon was born. Most people today remember Max Headroom for his pervasive commercial association with New Coke.
Yet it was in the Max Headroom series that he was truly groundbreaking. The show was developed from a UK telefilm: Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into the Future. And that film was only created to give back-story to a talking head they wanted to use in a music video show.
Unfortunately, the popularity of this show and the character lasted about as long as New Coke. And for those of you who have no idea what New Coke is ... exactly!
Bateman tells Collider.com that Mitch Hurwitz is still writing the script, and once that's done they have to get the scheduling of the filming down (which won't be easy with so many cast members).
(S06E05) "No, we're up for it, but is this gonna be like the old days when you try to pay me back in personal training sessions and shit?" - Mark Wahlberg
Seems like the dynamic of Entourage is really shifting lately, huh? Over the past two or three episodes, Eric has moved to the head of the class, taking over the biggest parts of each half-hour. I'm not complaining, but earlier in the season I did wonder what the result of Vince's success would be. Now we know.
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