Today in show business news: Halle Berry joins the migration to television, HBO has a promising new show in the works, and a look at a horrible new Frankenstein movie.
Another movie star has decided to slum it in the wonderful world of television. Halle Berry has signed on to star in a thirteen-episode straight-to-series show called Extant. It's from Steven Spielberg and is about "an astronaut who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history." Ah, OK. Sure. The show will be on CBS, which showed with Under the Dome that they know how to start a sci-fi miniseries well and then end it terribly but not really end it actually because they want a second season of it. Halle, why aren't you doing cable? Still, welcome. You're gonna fit in just fine. [Deadline]
Over on cable, Topher Grace and Sarah Silverman have signed on to star in an HBO pilot. It's called People in New Jersey and it's about animals who live in Oregon. No! No that's not what it's about! It's about people, humans, who live in New Jersey. Specifically: "Carl Levin (Grace) is an affable locksmith who has a definite idea of how things and people should be and when the world doesn’t conform to his vision, he resists mightily. His sister Melanie (Silverman) is a former management consultant and a closet optimist who now works part-time at a department store. Their opinionated widowed mother Rachel (Lupone) focuses a lot of her energy on worrying about her children and why neither has settled down in a relationship." Oh, that "Lupone" in there is none other than Patti Ann LuPone, star of stage and sometimes screen but mostly stage. The show is going to be produced by Lorne Michaels, directed by Paul Feig, and written by Bruce Eric Kaplan, who has written for Girls and Six Feet Under and is the popular New Yorker cartoonist who signs his cartoons with "BEK." Wow! That is quite an assemblage of talented people. This should be good? How could this not be good? I mean, Topher Grace makes me a little nervous, but beyond that, yes. Approved. Would like to see. [Deadline]
Kathryn Hahn has taken a funny supporting role in Brad Bird's mysterious sci-fi thriller Tomorrowland, opposite George Clooney. At this point saying that Kathryn Hahn has taken a funny supporting role in something is like reporting that the sun has risen, but there it is anyway. Her character's name is Ursula. That's new at least, I think. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here's a second trailer for Out of the Furnace, the blue collar workin' men thriller starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, and Woodrow Harrelson. Looks nice and gritty, just like Christian Bale likes it.
And here is a trailer for a movie called I, Frankenstein which I really hope is some sort of viral marketing joke thing because I'd really rather not think that Aaron Eckhart's career is going this badly. Because good lord. Also, Bill Nighy? Have you no shame? How many houses in the Lake District does one man need?