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Rob Huebel joins 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

Mar 30, 2015

Elizabeth Banks and Rob Huebel join 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

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. 
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Fox buys John Ross Bowie comedy

Mar 30, 2015

Fox Buys CIA Drama From Imagine, Family Comedy From 'Big Bang' Recurring Duo

Fox has bought a CIA drama from writer Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies) and a multi-camera comedy from actor-writers John Ross Bowie and Kevin Sussman, best known for their recurring roles on CBS' hit comedy The Big Bang Theory. The hourlong project, from former CIA officer-turned-writer Weisberg, Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV, is described as a high-stakes character-based drama centering on the young assistants of high-ranking officers in the U.S. Intelligence community. The show takes place within the walls of the CIA, as well as the DIA, NSA, FBI and the intelligence components at the White House.

The comedy, from Bowie and Sussman, Principato-Young Entertainment and Sony TV, is tentatively titled The Ever After Part. It centers on a hip couple who go to extreme lengths to support their eccentric 5-year-old daughter, including moving in with the groom's tyrant mother to take advantage of the great public school in her area. Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak of Principato-Young, which manages Bowie, will executive produce, and Sussman's manager Jill McGrath will co-produce. Bowie and Sussman met and became friends while guest starring together on The Big Bang Theory, where they recur as Leonard and Sheldon's nemesis Barry Kripke and comic book store owner Stuart, respectively. The two wrote comedy spec Dark Minions, which caught Sony TV's attention and led to the new project. Sussman is with APA. 
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Thomas Middleditch lands title role in Scot Armstrong's 'Road to Nardo'

Mar 30, 2015

Middleditch takes 'Road to Nardo'
Hangover scribe Armstrong to make feature helming debut

Exclusive: Just weeks after being named one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch, Thomas Middleditch (Splinterheads) has landed the title role in Columbia Pictures' comedy Road to Nardo. The Hangover scribe Scot Armstrong will make his feature directing debut with the film, which follows two roommates who go to great lengths to save their friend Nardo, who's naked and stranded in Mexico.

Neal Moritz, Ravi Nandan and Armstrong are producing the project, which also stars TJ Miller (Yogi Bear) as one of the two friends.

Project marks the second studio pic Middleditch has booked in the past month, as director Josh Schwartz recently cast him alongside Victoria Justice in Paramount's Fun Size. Thesp, who regularly performs at the UCB Theatre and in College Humor videos, just wrapped Paul Weitz's adaptation of Nick Flynn's memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City for Focus Features.

Middleditch is repped by WME and Kirsten Ames Management. 
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