Mike Myers has returned to television, in character as Tommy Maitland, to host the new version of The Gong Show on ABC. How did Myers (er, Maitland) get involved in the project? Well, to hear him tell the story, it all started with a random run-in with The Gong Show producer Will Arnett.
The Gong Show is airing Thursday nights at 10/9c on ABC.
The LEGO Movie became one of 2014’s surprise box-office hits, taking in more than $250 million in its theatrical run. So it’s hardly surprising that the LEGO team reassembled for a follow-up. It’s not really a sequel as much as it is a spin-off, since this film belongs to the Batman characters introduced in the first movie. Will Arnett, who voices Batman (and his alter ego, millionaire Bruce Wayne), was just as surprised as anyone that the new movie would focus in on his character; it’s something he never expected.
With an opening weekend box office of more than $55 million, The LEGO Batman Movie certainly proved they made a good decision. It’s playing now in theaters everywhere
Damian Lewis, most recently seen as a hedge fund golden boy in Showtime’s Billions, is in final negotiations to join the cast of Ocean’s Eight. According to Variety, Lewis will play Sandra Bullock‘s ex-lover and the target of heist. The film also stars Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaline, Sarah Paulson and Awkwafina. Gary Ross is directing the film, which is slotted for a June 8 premiere.
Jennifer Lawrence is getting some company in the new film Red Sparrow. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeremy Irons have signed on to the adaptation of the Jason Matthews espionage novel. The film centers on a Russian intelligence officer (Lawrence), who is ordered against her will to become a “sparrow,” a trained seductress, and to operate against a young CIA agent in charge of the agency’s Russian mole. Joel Edgerton also stars in the film.
Will Arnett has signed on to star in Show Dogs, a live-action family comedy directed by Raja Gosnell. According to Deadline, Arnett will star as an FBI agent teamed with a canine counterpart (voiced by Ludacris) as they investigate the kidnapping of a baby panda. Other cast members include Natasha Lyonne and the voices of Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Gabriel Iglesias and Shaquille O’Neal.
Will Ferrell has signed on to star in a currently untitled comedy about an eSports competitor. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ferrell stars as a middle-aged gamer with exceptional hand-eye coordination who struggles to fit in with his younger teammates.
In theaters this weekend, THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY is the beautifully rendered big screen adaptation of the classic MARY NORTON children’s book series THE BORROWERS. The creation of internationally acclaimed filmmaker HAYAO MIYAZAKI (SPIRITED AWAY, PONYO), the film tells of a fantasy land where tiny people reside undetected under the floorboards of unsuspecting humans. A Japanese import, the film has been re-directed for release in the U.S. and now features the voice talents of BRIDGIT MENDLER, DAVID HENRIE, AMY POEHLER, CAROL BURNETT, WILL ARNETT and MOISES ARIAS.
Best known for his role on the popular Disney Channel sitcom THE WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE, DAVID HENRIE is a serious young man with serious intentions when it comes to show business. During an interview we did a few weeks ago, HENRIE talked about not working on any projects that don’t reflect his moral disposition. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
The freshman sitcom Up All Night centers on a married couple’s (Will Arnett, Christina Applegate) journey in raising their newborn baby. While Reagan (Applegate) is a career woman (Maya Rudolph is her talk show host boss), Chris (Arnett) is a stay at home husband.
“I think my character on the show is a lot more laid back than I am as a parent,” says Arnett, who has two sons with wife Amy Poehler. “Because he’s a new parent, he doesn’t have the wisdom…I’m not saying that I’m wise but you gain some knowledge along the way just through experience with the kids. I would just say don’t sweat when things don’t go exactly right, don’t try to plan it all out. Just roll with it.”
Click on the media bar and listen to Arnett talk about his early ambitions of being a dramatic actor: