The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: Bethenny Frankel isn't out of the game just yet, Ben Stiller heads back to television, and hip role for Daniel Radcliffe.
Though it was reported earlier that former Real Housewife of New York Bethenny Frankel's talk show had basically been killed due to lack of interest, it now seems that she's getting a Wendy Williams-style limited-city run on some Fox affiliates in major markets (New York and LA among them) this summer. So, she's not dead/dying after all! The run is only for six weeks, a very provisional testing period, but if she's a hit, she'll just expand and expand and expand. In terms of cities and viewers. Not, like, physically expand. Ohhh no. She hasn't spent the past four years eating nothing but SkinnyGirl Styrofoam Waferz™ and drinking sugar-free margarita acid like it's water all so she can expand in that way, no siree. But yes, anyway, Bethenny Frankel is back on the horse. Much to Jill Zarin's delight, we're sure. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Premium cable just gets more and more prestigious! Acclaimed (at times overly so) author Jonathan Safran Foer is bringing a show to HBO about a Jewish family and now it's been announced that Ben Stiller, big big movie star Ben Stiller, will be directing, producing, and starring on the show. Alan Alda is also said to be joining the cast. That is pretty significant! Sure Foer can be annoying and Stiller's star has waned a bit in recent years, but this is still a pretty big frickin' deal. What's next, a Meryl Streep show? Oh dear god please a Meryl Streep show. Screw Bethenny, give her a chat show. Please please please. Chattin' with Meryl Streep and it's just her telling stories about her day. "I want to the new grocery store. Have you been to this Wegmans place? Good heavens, I had Mamie running around trying to find me the yogurt for a half hour!" Emmys all around. Just do it. Now. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Ha, this is a curious bit of news. The new claymation movie The Pirates!, the one by the Wallace & Gromit guys with Hugh Grant, have to take the funniest joke in the trailer out of the movie because it apparently offended some leprosy advocacy groups. The joke is about a guy's arm falling off after he says he has leprosy and it's a funny, old-timey sight-gag, but apparently it was not to the liking of Lepra Health In Action and other groups. So, that's possible! In 2012. To offend lepers. Obviously leprosy is a serious disease and no one wants to make fun of people with leprosy, but come on, it's in a pretty old, pirate context. Plus they're made of clay. So what if his arm falls off? If he has a wooden leg are we going to hear from prosthesis groups? Did these groups get mad at Mr. Burns' hilarious leprosy on The Simpsons too? Where's the limit folks? Where does it all end?? First leprosy, and then you can't even make fun of scarlet fever! Or whooping cough! Utter madness. [Deadline]
Innnteresting. Daniel Radcliffe, the actor best known as the role of Maps in the film December Boys, has landed the part of Allen Ginsberg in an indie called Kill Your Darlings. It's apparently a thriller about a murder that involves all the poets of the Beat generation. Which sounds kind of insane. But it's a good role for Radcliffe, who is also known for his work in the made-for-television film My Boy Jack. Though it's odd to consider that James Franco recently played Ginsberg as well, as did comedian David Cross. Those are three very different dudes all playing the same guy. Ah well. We think Radcliffe, who famously played the role of Mark Pendel in The Tailor of Panama, will do just fine. [The Hollywood Reporter]
A movie about a frequently nude Helen Hunt playing a sex surrogate for a man who lives in an iron lung and wants to lose his virginity has sold for some $6 million at Sundance. So, just don't ever think you're dreaming too big or too weird, y'know? There's always someone somewhere willing to pay for your crazy idea. [Deadline]