The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: Justin Bieber's new song sounds awfully grown-up, ABC Family makes a big buy, and Will Ferrell is trying to get his kid into college.
OK, maybe Justin Bieber isn't exactly a man, but he is at least an older boy now. The 18-year-old pop squealsation has just released the first single from his upcoming record Believe, and it is, like, a little sexually charged. The song, called "Boyfriend," is mostly pretty tame, with wonderful references to both fondue and Buzz Lightyear (beat that, Barenaked Ladies), but there's also a lot of whisper-grunting going on that feels vaguely reminiscent, or directly reminiscent actually, of another Justin who skipped the plane of teen kiddie stuff and onto the one of sex-oriented grownup grunting, Mr. Timberlake. So Justin Bieber may well be on his way to adulthood, a terrible land full of taxes and beards and ugly shoes. Of slowed metabolisms and aching joints and dying family pets. Welcome, Biebs. We're so sorry you're here.
Speaking of grownup things, ABC Family — the sunshiny teen network that plays shows about big-headed brown-haired girls with enormous lemur eyes — has bought the broadcast rights to The Hunger Games (and its upcoming sequel Catching Fire), a popular new movie about children murdering each other. So that seems like a good fit, right? "After a new gymnastics adventure on Make It or Break It, stay tuned for 12-year-olds getting spears through the chest." "Will Jane ever kiss Billy? Find out tonight on Jane By Design, followed by teenagers snapping each other's necks." Seems about right to us! The films will air on the network in 2014, which is so far in the future who really even cares. Won't the solar flares have gotten us by then anyway? Or maybe this is an indication that by 2014 ABC Family will be a much darker network. "You liked Pretty Little Liars, and now you'll love Big Ugly Murderers, starring Michael Shannon, Udo Kier, and Lacey Chabert." Can't wait! [The Hollywood Reporter]