Friday, February 20, 2009

BUZZ: Carter Returns to "Gossip Girl," Hudgens "Dead @ 17," Chris Tucker & Eddie Murphy, Kutcher & Heigl, and more

Sebastian Stan is returning to "Gossip Girl" to reprise his role as Carter Baizen, the guy who tried to con Nate before Chuck outsmarted him. Since his plan was foiled, he plans to play the male version of Georgina--out to get revenge on Chuck by sleeping with Blair! In other GG news, you might notice that guys Serena has no recollection of meeting tend to pop back into her life. First Dan, then Aaron, and now her new buy Gabriel. This time, however, she'll wish she did. *cue ominous music*

• I can't believe they chose Amy Smart (Just Friends and Crank) to play a woman who would be the future first female president of the U.S. in the new CBS series "See Cate Run." Really? I think I'll pass.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen and "Grey's Anatomy") is in negotiations to sign on for another comic book movie called The Losers. It's about a "special forces team betrayed by their handler and left for dead. The Losers regroup in the interest of revenge and the opportunity to remove their names from a secret CIA death list and to conduct covert operations against the CIA and its interests." I didn't think I'd ever say this, but I'm starting to feel comic book film fatigue--pace yourself Hollywood.

McG's (Terminator Salvation) next project is an adaptation of Jon Stock's espionage thriller Dead Spy Running. Blogs are claiming that it'll be a wittier version of The Bourne Identity--I think they mean "witty," because there isn't anything funny about Bourne kicking ass. I'm not too sure about this film, especially since it's said to begin with "the protagonist running the London Marathon, where a fellow racer is strapped with explosives." Although, the idea of the lead character spending the film clearing the runner's father's name sounds pretty interesting.

Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd might team up with Reese Witherspoon in James L. Brooks' romantic comedy, How Do You Know? "Rudd would play a white-collar executive vying for Witherspoon's affections, while Wilson would portray a professional baseball pitcher who is also a love interest." Everything's still up in the air until Rudd decides whether or not he'll be in another comedy called Dinner for Schmucks.

• Lovers of the comic series Dead @ 17 might be excited that it's being adapted into a film. For those unfamiliar with the plot, it's about "a 17-year-old girl named Nara Kilday who dies and is resurrected - a saviour who fights evil monsters." She's like the undead Buffy. I swear I don't hate Vanessa Hudgens, but I can't fathom why anyone would think she could pull this off.

Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) is working on an action film called Trump Heist that will team up Chris Tucker (who's only come out of retirement in the last 10 years for Rush Hour sequels) and Eddie Murphy (who seems to only entertain us properly these days if he's playing a jackass in Shrek).

Ashton Kutcher is set for a football comedy called Traded, where "a superstar NFL quarterback and a 12-year-old middle school geek who magically trade bodies." Zac Efron's 17 isn't even out yet and they're already making carbon copies. I really thought Kutcher was better than this--although I have no evidence of that. I do, however, have high hopes for his project with Katherine Heigl though. In Five Killers, "a woman meets the man of her dreams while on vacation. Married bliss is turned upside down when they discover that their neighbors may be assassins hired to kill them." This could be Mr. and Mrs. Smith-type fun.

• I'm really interested in seeing who they cast for the adaptation of Danny King's action comedy School for Scumbags, where "a teen who, after being expelled from a long list of schools, lands at a campus for 'misdirected' teens where the teachers are actually professional thieves who teach them to execute the heist of the century." Sounds like my kind of school.

Little Fockers, the second sequel to Meet the Parents, is in the works.

Kevin McKidd (the army doc on "Grey's Anatomy" and former "Journeyman") was signed on for Thor, but it looks like producers are searching for his replacement. I guess he likes his steady gig on ABC.

• I have good news for Twilight fans. Those rumors of Madonna appearing in the next film are not true. Since her manager Guy Oseary is a producer on the film, she might have a few songs on the soundtrack, but there's no guarantee. Go ahead. Take that huge sigh of relief.

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