VH1 and Entertainment Weekly are scouring the country to find 16 three-person teams who think they’ve got what it takes to compete in what the cable channel is calling “the most intense pop culture trivia tournament to date,” “The World Series of Pop Culture.”
Frank Darabont might not be thought of in the same league as David Fincher or Bryan Singer as one of the cooler filmmakers in the business, but just knowing that he will be involved in something… anything… is usually cause for celebration. Cineastes have been waiting more than four years to see what the director of “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile” will bring forth next, whether it be his long-promised adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Mist” or a new version of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” or some other project we couldn’t possibly imagine. Today, FilmJerk.com has learned that Darabont fans will only have to wait a short time to see what the director does next.
We are three weeks from the premiere of the second season of “Lost,” and FilmJerk has just received a few tidbits about some of the upcoming episodes. Of course, with any story with this kind of news, a spoiler alert is being issued in advance. Do not read ahead if you don’t want to know anything about the upcoming season.
At the recent San Diego Comic-Con, I made my way to a showing of “Lost”, part one of a two-part Pilot Episode. Created by J.J. Abrams (Felicity and Alias) along with the writing talents of Damon Lindelof (Crossing Jordan) and David Fury (Angel), “Lost” tells the tale of 48 plane crash survivors thrown together on a Pacific island. Starring; Evangeline Lilly, Ian Somerhalder (Smallville), Dominic Monaghan(Lord of the Rings), Jorge Garcia, Maggie Grace, Malcolm David Kelley, Naveen Andrews, Harold Perrineau, Josh Holloway, Matthew Fox (Party of Five, Haunted), Terry O’Quinn (Alias), Daniel Dae Kim (Angel, 24, ER), Yunjin Kim. Lost throws together a nice ensemble of characters whom soon discover that they are not alone on this island. What actually is in the jungle just beyond the safety of the beach?
Will the “Friends” spin-off “Joey” establish itself as a successful series in its own right, as “Frasier” did in the wake of “Cheers,” or will it revive talk that the castmembers from NBC’s highest-rated comedy can’t go it alone?
Less than a week after “Friends” filmed its final scenes, NBC is hard at work casting that series’ spin-off, FilmJerk has learned from its sources. As has been already revealed, the series from Warner Bros. Television will take place in Los Angeles, with Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) moving there to pursue an acting career. But we are now able to reveal that Joey’s newest friends will include be a hairdressing sister, a nephew described as “socially awkward a la Seth Cohen from “The O.C.”” and a love interest.
When Fox announced that it had ordered a pilot for the supernatural series “Point Pleasant” – a drama from former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” executive producer Marti Noxon and 20th Century Fox Television – the description of the project given as solely having “a supernatural series…[that] will focus on a beachside community that is turned upside down when a mysterious girl washes ashore.” FilmJerk.com has obtained additional information on the one-hour drama pilot that is in consideration for the 2004-2005 network season; like most of the pilots in contention for the early summer/fall, filming is scheduled to begin in early March.