Rob Riggle to star in The BoondoggleMar 30, 2015
NALA Films has set Paul Blart: Mall Cop helmer Steve Carr to direct and Rob Riggle and Thomas Lennon to star in The Boondoggle, the comedy that the producer/financier bought in January as a spec. Riggle and Lennon play two guys who attend a boondoggle business trip. Despite the island-paradise setting, everything possible goes awry. Christopher Halvorson wrote the original draft. The film will shoot in late summer with NALA Films funding it.
NALA's Emilio Diez Barroso and Darlene Caamano Loquet are producing with Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Barrett Stuart. Shooting will get underway in the summer. Carr's Rumpus Entertainment partner Jason Taragan will be exec producer. Riggle will next be seen in the Tom Hanks-directed Larry Crowne and is shooting 21 Jump Street, while Lennon will next be seen in Bad Teacher. Lennon, who rewrote this script with Riggle, usually writes with Ben Garant, who hatched Night at the Museum and Reno 911!
NALA Films just financed and produced House of My Father, the Spanish-language comedy that stars Will Ferrell, and the Max Winkler-directed Ceremony.
Comedy Central picks up series involving Nick Kroll, Jon Daly, Ian Roberts, Jenny SlateMar 30, 2015
Comedy Central has ordered a pair of new sketch-based series for its 2012 lineup: The Nick Show Kroll, featuring the stand-up comic, and an untitled series starring MadTV alum Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. "I haven't seen either pilot yet, but I think so highly of the talent involved, I can't imagine the shows won't be great," said Kent Alterman, Comedy Central's head of original programming and production.
Nick Kroll, whose one-hour stand-up special aired on the network in January, is executive producing and writing his series with John Levenstein and Jonathan Krisel, who is also directing. Based on the pilot presentation ordered back in May 2010, the premiere episode features "The PubLIZity Girls," with Kroll and Jenny Slate as publicists on the verge of a nervous breakdown while arranging a swanky event for a client; "The Ed Hardy Boyz," featuring Kroll as Bobby Bottleservice, who, along with Peter Paparazzo (Jon Daly), solve mysteries for Christian Audigier, King of the Ed Hardy fashion empire; Kroll as an inappropriate basketball ref who tries to hang out with the players after the game; and "Rich Dicks," which sees Kroll as Aspen Bruckheimer, son of Jerry, who, along with his old-moneyed friend Wendy (Daly) are rich, on the prowl and ready to party at a moment's notice.
The untitled Key-Peele project sees the pair in front of a live studio audience bantering about a topic weaved between filmed shorts and sketches. The topic in the pilot is lying, which gives way to skits involving Lil' Wayne, President Obama and a reality cooking competition chef who is impossible to read. Key and Peele are executive producing with Ian Roberts and Jay Martel.
Rob Huebel joins 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'Mar 30, 2015
It looks like the already star-studded film adaptation of Heidi Murkoff's pregnancy guidebook What To Expect When You're Expecting can expect another big name on set. Lionsgate announced on Monday that new mom Elizabeth Banks has signed on to play a baby-crazy children's book author and breast-feeding enthusiast, who is quite opinionated on child rearing until she happens to get pregnant for the first time. Banks already had a healthy baby boy via surrogate in March and gave birth to Alec Baldwin's daughter this year on 30 Rock, so she will bring plenty of recent experience to the role.
Also joining the ranks is Childrens Hospital and I Love You, Man star Rob Huebel. Huebel will play Gale, a new parent who adjusts to fatherdom by bonding with other dads in a city park-based group that is "part play group, part secret society." Banks and Huebel join a cast that already includes Cameron Diaz, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, and mother of twins Jennifer Lopez. The Kirk Jones-directed film will be an interlocking ensemble comedy in the same vein of Love, Actually and Valentine's Day, so it's safe to be expecting other big casting announcements from Lionsgate in the near future.