Today in show business news: Molly Shannon is doing a new pilot, Reese Witherspoon and Nancy Meyers team up, and Robert Pattinson is Benedict Cumberbatch's son.
Well this is good news. Molly Shannon, the nimble SNL player who's turned in wonderful performances in the years since in little-seen fare like Year of the Dog and Enlightened but hasn't done nearly enough, is developing a sitcom with Fox. It's a single-camera comedy about "Fiona (Shannon) who, at the top of her professional career, clashes with her stay-at-home pregnant daughter." Hm. OK. So that doesn't sound like the most thrillingly original concept for a show, but whatever. It's Molly Shannon, she'll figure it out. And the guy who wrote the pilot is the guy who directed Superstar, so they work well together. This is positive news. No matter what. It's Molly Shannon! Returning to us, possibly. Hopefully. Now we just need to get Cheri Oteri back on track and all will be well. Or, actually, Nora Dunn, too. And more Maya Rudolph please. OK, so there is work to be done, but still. Molly Shannon. It's a start. [Deadline]
Reese Witherspoon + Nancy Meyers = Glossy comedy heaven? Producer Scott Rudin hopes so, as Witherspoon is in talks to star in Meyers's next film, called The Intern. It's about a woman who runs a fashion website and, for some reason, hires an old man as an intern. That old man is possibly going to be played by Robert De Niro. The two apparently grow close, but it doesn't sound like it's a romcom or anything. Though, it's hard to tell. It's Nancy Meyers, so there's probably some romantic element somewhere in the movie, but not necessarily between the two leads. Tina Fey was originally supposed to play Witherspoon's part, but she dropped out when the project left Paramount. It's now independently financed and the budget is said to be in the $30 million range, significantly lower than the whopping $85 million Meyers spent on It's Complicated. (Where that money went I don't know for certain, but I've heard from little birdies that a good deal of it went into that home decor-porn production design.) So, good luck everyone! Hope this works out and I'll have a movie to see with my parents next Christmas or something. [The Hollywood Reporter]