Today in show business: Zach Braff has put Kate Hudson in the movie you bought him, the Angry Birds movie really is happening, and Claire Danes has a teen daughter.
Well, the Zach Braff Kickstarter movie keeps getting more interesting! He's just added Kate Hudson to the cast, she'll play his character's wife. So that will be something, huh? Zach Braff and Kate Hudson, together at last! In a Zach Braff-directed movie, funded by you. Oh and Josh Gad is in the movie too! Isn't that great? This is probably the exact cast that everyone dreamed of when they decided to send their money to Zach Braff, right? A Josh Gad and Kate Hudson joint. That you made happen. Thanks, everyone! (I kid. Kate Hudson's not so bad, I like her in things. But she's certainly not universally beloved. And, y'know, Josh Gad is Josh Gad, so. I'm just glad I haven't already paid $200 to see this movie. That's all.) [Deadline]
Speaking of promising film projects, the Angry Birds movie has found a writer! Yes, the Angry Birds movie. You know, the movie based on the cellphone game. That's actually happening. I mean, what the hell, there's already a TV show, might as well make a movie too, right? At least it's going to be a cartoon, not some live action adventure film or anything. And the writer they hired is Jon Vitti, who wrote "Mr. Plow," "Cape Feare," and several other amazing Simpsons episode. So maybe this isn't such a terrible thing? It's not like it's a Snapchat movie, for heaven's sake. (There will definitely be a Snapchat movie.) However it turns out, though, I can't watch it. Because, knowing me, I'll watch it for hours and hours until my thumb hurts and my phone is dead and I've completely wasted yet another day. Can't have that happen. No sir. Never again. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Actor Christian Borle, who plays (sigh, played?) Tom on musical muddle Smash, is make the leap to the big screen. He's been cast in Michael Mann's new cyber crime thriller, alongside Viola Davis and Chris Hemsworth. No word on who he'll be playing, or who anyone will be playing, but it's safe to say that Borle is probably happy to do anything in a Michael Mann movie with big stars. I mean, he is a Tony winner (for the lovely Peter and the Starcatcher) so it's not like he's some desperate nobody, but this is probably still an upgrade. Meanwhile, Katherine McPhee is sitting in her car across the street from her agent's house waiting to see if he's home. And Debra Messing has decided to sit in an Adirondack chair for a while, starting at the trees and figuring things out. [Deadline]
Good news, fans of The Chuck. Everyone's favorite show about Chuck, The Chuck made a star of Zachary Levi, and now he's going to burn even brighter on the Broadway stage. He's just landed the lead male role in First Date, a musical comedy about an old married couple. Haha, no, it's about a first date, ya dodo! Specifically: "a quick drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious, high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds they are not alone on this date as Casey and Aaron's inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons and the wait staff get into the act. Dinner is served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines." Which sounds... well, a little exhausting. But hey, good for Chuck. Good luck, Chuck. Or, erm, break a leg. [Playbill]
Here is a trailer for a new movie featuring Claire Danes as the mother of a smart, somewhat angsty teenage girl. Yes, Angela Chase with her own Angela Chase. Time has flown. I mean, she's supposed to be a young mom, but still. Pretty strange to see. The movie is called As Cool As I Am, which is a very bad name for a movie. It's based on a book of the same name, but oddly that title works fine for a book and not for a movie, doesn't it? Anyway, James Marsden plays the dad, Thomas Mann plays the love interest, and Claire does her crumpleface in a supermarket. Seems to hit all the bases.