He's cute, he's incredibly popular -- but is he old enough to have his life story told? Well, according to Deadline Hollywood, Paramount Pictures has made a deal to turn Justin Bieber's life story into a 3D feature biofilm, with Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim ('An Inconvenient Truth') throwing his hat into the ring to direct. The untitled film will have Bieber play himself and will include lots of performance footage. Lest you don't know it, Bieber is a pop phenomenon to reckon with. The video for his recent song, 'Baby,' attracted 270 million views on YouTube. Paramount will release the film on February 11, 2011 -- Valentine's Day weekend. How sweet.
Charlie Sheen pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree misdemeanor assault, and avoided jail time by accepting a lesser charge then the felony menacing and criminal mischief charge that arose from a Christmas-Day confrontation with wife Brooke Mueller, according to TheWrap. The 'Two and a Half Men' star will get three months' probation, counseling and a 30-day inpatient stay in a rehab facility. That's good news for the series: Sheen is expected to begin work later this week on new episodes.
It's been six years since the Paul Haggis-written 'Honeymoon With Harry' script began making the rounds of the studios, but now, according to Deadline Hollywood, the melodrama might finally be getting off the ground. Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper recently read the lead roles in a run-through in New York City, and Jonathan Demme is interested in directing. The film centers on a self-centered womanizing booze-hound who changes his ways when he meets a girl and falls in love, but the girl's father hates the young man and tries to break them up. When the girl dies just before the wedding, the groom goes off to drink himself to death, and meets his almost father-in-law; the two are thrown together in sorrow.
MGM, in a perpetual state of uncertainly (they've been sold so many times in the last 30 years that you'd need a bookie to keep track; currently they are deep, deep in debt) may have reached its 'Outer Limits.' The studio is developing a big-screen adaptation of the series that took control of our TV sets on ABC from 1963-65. According to Variety, MGM has hired writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan -- whose credits include four of the seven 'Saw' films -- to write a feature based on 'The Outer Limits,' reportedly paying the scribes mid-six figures for a script due in October. We now return control of your television set to you.
Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz, who wrote or co-wrote several James Bond films, fixed the scripts of 'The Deep,' 'Superman' and 'Superman II,' as well as writing and directing five seasons of TV's 'Hart to Hart,' died Saturday in Los Angeles of cancer. He was 68. Mankiewicz was the son of 'All About Eve' writer Joseph Mankiewicz and actress Rose Stradner, and his uncle Herman Mankiewicz won an Oscar for writing 'Citizen Kane.' He started in showbiz as a production assistant in 1961 on Michael Curtiz's 'The Comancheros,' starring John Wayne, then moved on to become a production associate on 'The Best Man,' starring Henry Fonda, in 1964. He got his big break when he helped write the 1970 Bond vehicle 'Diamonds Are Forever,' then co-wrote 'Live and Let Die,' 'The Man With the Golden Gun,' 'Dragnet' and 'The Eagle Has Landed.' He is survived by a brother, film producer Christopher; and a sister, Alexandra. [Variety]
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