Today in showbiz news: Two more of Angelina Jolie's kids are going into the family business, CBS and NBC make surprising choices about some new shows' futures, and Al Pacino is going to be a rock star.
Months after the news that her daughter Vivienne would be joining her in the film, two more of Angelina Jolie's twenty-three children, daughter Zahara and son Pax, will be appearing with her in her upcoming Disney Grendel ripoff, Maleficent. The children, 7 and 8 respectively, will be playing small parts, but they will be parts nonetheless. Which leads one to wonder: Whose idea was it? Had the kids just seen enough of mommy and daddy at work that they wanted to do it too? Or was this their parents' weird doing? I can get going into the family business at a certain point, but, like, my mom never had me doing physics experiments in the lab, and I never taught a history class with my dad or anything. Doesn't it seem strange? This whole quite literally bring your kids to work thing? I guess it's different in Hollyweird. They have use for children there, unlike in most (respectable) jobs. Guess that means that any day now Kingston Rossdale will be laying down tracks with Tony, Adrian, Mommy and the rest of the crew. Or that, I dunno, who's another celebrity kid, Pilot Inspektor, that's one. Yeah, he'll soon be playing some foul-mouthed jerk in a new Kevin Smith movie. It's just odd, that's all. The whole thing. The kids will likely have a blast, but will it mean that they want to do it as a career? Because that could prove more difficult. I mean, you feature in Heartburn with your mom when you're a baby, and 28 years later? You end up on Emily Owens, M.D.. [Deadline]
CBS has ordered full seasons of two of its new shows, the actually pretty entertaining Sherlock Holmes procedural Elementary, and the bad to the point of dumb incoherency '60s mobster procedural Vegas. Both shows have large numbers of regular viewers, because that's just what CBS does, though Elementary is much stronger in the 18-49 demo. We had Vegas on our list of possible cancellations last week, which just goes to show you how much things can change in a matter of days. It's still not assured a second-season renewal, far from it, but this ups its chances considerably. Which, fine, whatever. The three leads are likable enough and we wouldn't actively wish anyone out of a job, but good grief it really is a bad show. But again, it's CBS. And that's just what CBS does. [Entertainment Weekly]