Today in show business news: Elisabeth Hasselbeck brings in the ratings, Jurassic World adds to its cast, and Zooey Deschanel is a producer now.
Though she had a rocky start, it seems that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a success in her new gig at Fox & Friends. Ratings-wise, at least. And that's all anyone cares about anyway. In the month since Hasselbeck's debut, the Fox News morning debriefing is up 16 percent in overall viewers in and 22 percent in the 25-54 demographic from where it was at the end of the last quarter. Those are big jumps! And probably prove that Hasselbeck is worth the money. She's taken a little hit in visibility now that she's off The View, but she's certainly brought some to Fox & Friends. So it's a trade off, I guess. She'll likely never get the show to the ratings level of The View — about 3 million people watch that show every day, compared to Fox & Friends's just over a million — but she could get close someday. Nice work, Hasselbeck! Now if they could just replace Doocy and Kilmeade, the ol' crack team of goofus and goofuser, then the show could really be something. [Deadline]
Yesterday we learned that a 12-year-old has been cast in the Jurassic Park fourquel (sorry), Jurassic World, and today we learn that the movie is upping the kid quotient by casting an 18-year-old. Nick Robinson, from Melissa and Joey and Kings of Summer, has landed a big role. He'll play a fearsome twinkasaurus in the movie. No I don't know who he's playing. We don't know who anybody's playing! Well, we know that Robinson will be the 12-year-old's brother. But that's it. So it's him, the littler kid, and Bryce Dallas Howard. That's who's in this thing now. Not a Sam Neill or a Laura Dern or even a Richard Attenborough in sight. And you can forget about a Jeff Goldblum. That's probably not going to happen. It's just going to be Bryce Dallas Howard babysitting a bunch of kids on dinosaur island. That's it. That's the movie. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Zooey Deschanel is now producing television shows. She's sold projects to both Fox and NBC, which is probably more projects than you've sold to a network this week. (Maybe not though! I don't know your journey.) The one for Fox is called Freelancers and is about "a disgraced and newly-single lawyer who, after getting fired from his corporate job, has to start over at age 30. He sets up shop at one of those modern, shared office spaces that are suddenly everywhere, where he’s forced to interact with a diverse group of oddball freelancers." OK. Yup. That sounds like Zooey Deschanel's milieu, doesn't it? Bet she hangs out with a lot of people who freelance. The NBC show is based on something from Deschanel's website Hello Giggles. It's called And Lies I Tell My Daughter and is about "an unconventional mom finds that honesty is not always the best policy when it comes to her new family." Hm. All right. Sounds kind of Kelly Oxford-ish. But it's not! It's Hello Giggles-ish. Which. Well, look, these are both in the early stages of development so who really knows what they'll be. Let's not judge. We don't know anything yet. [Deadline]
Chris Pine will be appearing in Horrible Bosses 2, a deal he just closed. He was supposed to play Christoph Waltz's son in the sequel, but Waltz is no longer attached. But Pine will presumably be playing someone's son. And presumably he'll also be one of the horrible bosses? Why else would he be in this unless he was playing one of the horrible bosses? That would be dumb. He's a horrible boss. He has to be. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Jesus will return in February of next year. At least in movie form! Fox announced today that its reworked version of History's miniseries The Bible, focusing on Jesus and adding some additional footage, will be released on February 28, 2014, featuring a score by Hans Zimmer. Are you excited? More importantly, are you prepared? Better get your affairs in order. And stop having affairs! Because this is really happening. In like four months. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here is a trailer for a "romantic" comedy called That Awkward Moment, about Zac Efron and summer indie darlings Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale) being jerks. But then they meet girls and don't want to be jerks, but they're still mostly jerks. It's a red band trailer, so consider yourself warned. (Read: NSFW) Zac Efron says the word "cock" a coupla times. So. It's that kind of thing. Boys, you deserve better than this.