‘HOT IN CLEVELAND’ RENEWED FOR SEASON FIVE: TV Land has renewed Hot In Cleveland for a fifth season. The new season will have 24 episodes which will carry the series past the 100 episode mark — which typically means it can be sold into syndication.
LINDSAY LOHAN WILL FILM ‘ANGER MANAGEMENT’ BEFORE REHAB: Lindsay Lohan is set to tape her guest appearance on Charlie Sheen’s FX comedy Anger Management before she begins her lockdown rehab treatment. Her episode will film next week and air in April.
FOX DEVELOPING SERIES ABOUT O.J. SIMPSON TRIAL: Fox is reportedly developing a drama series about the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial. The show will be based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People vs O.J. Simpson.
KICKSTARTER STARTED FOR ‘ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT’ DOCUMENTARY: Filmmakers Jeff Smith and Neil Lieberman have started a Kickstarter page to raise funds to pay for finishing costs on their documentary about the Mitch Hurwitz comedy series Arrested Development. They are hoping to raise a little over $20,000 to pay Fox for use of photos in the documentary.
UNIFIED PICTURES TO MAKE ‘NOAH’S ARK’ ANIMATED FILM: Unified pictures has tapped Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson to head the creative for an animated musical based on the biblical tale of Noah’s Ark. The film will be told from the point of view of Gilbert, a lovable meerkat who leads a group of animals to the ark.
EMMA STONE’S CRYPTIC TWEETS EXPLAINED: Emma Stone called into Ryan Seacrest’s radio show to clear the air about the strange tweets posted to her account in recent weeks. She told Ryan, “I have never tweeted. I’ve tweeted one time to Seth MacFarlane. I said, ‘Me too, oh boy.’ And then I’ve been hacked ever since, and they locked me out of my Twitter so I can’t access it because they changed my email and my password, so we are trying to figure out how to delete it.”
VANESSA HUDGENS DISCUSSES ‘SPRING BREAKERS’ THREESOME: Former Disney star Vanessa Hudgens sat down with Jimmy Kimmel to promote Spring Breakers and discussed her feelings about filming a threesome with Ashley Benson and James Franco. She told Jimmy, “It was like the weirdest thing ever; I mean I think just as an actor in general that’s such an uncomfortable thing to do. We were like, ‘This is gonna be fine, right?’ We were giving ourselves so much anxiety that we were so much more nervous by the time we actually got to set. It was just bad.”
KELLY OSBOURNE CLEARED TO RETURN TO WORK: Kelly Osbourne has been given the ok by doctors to return to work on Fashion Police after suffering a seizure on set back on March 7th. The co-host tweeted on Wednesday (March 20th,) “#SoHappy. I just got the al clear from my doctor to go back to work tomorrow!!!!!”
RUSSELL BRAND HECKLED AT CANCER BENEFIT: Russell Brand was performing a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall theater to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust when he started getting heckled by the audience to cut his hair. Russell had just finished spontaneously chopping off the hair of a student picked from the crowd when people encouraged him to do the same thing to himself. Even when people began offering him money to do so, Russell refused to part ways with his long locks.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY DEFENDS LANCE ARMSTRONG: Matthew McConaughey appears on the April issue of Details magazine and spends part of his interview defending his longtime friend Lance Armstrong. He told the magazine, “He told a lie, he’s not a liar. When the news came out, I took it personally, but then I realized it ain’t personal to him.”
Veronica Mars Fundraiser Inspires Others
Now that the Veronica Mars movie is officially a go thanks to the $2 million raised by fans on Kickstarter.com, Hollywood is trying to determine what this means for the future of the industry. Rabid fans of cult shows like Friday Night Lights, Freaks and Geeks, and Firefly are already hoping to accomplish the same feat but analysts and industry insiders say it’s just not that easy.
Forbes analyst Dorothy Pomerantz told Daily Beast, “If the film does very well, distributors might start to expect filmmakers to be able to raise money on their own from fans but that’s easier said than done.” Michael Wolf, chief analyst at Next/Market, said, “As with any new market, those who first embrace the change are most likely to see early success. But as the market matures the likelihood for success may go down.”
- While fans may be excited at the prospect of seeing their favorite shows get new life, it is worth noting that there are other factors that made this situation possible for Veronica Mars. There was already a script written, the major players — Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell — were already committed to taking part, and Warner Bros. had already agreed to distribute the film if enough money was raised.
- This is not the first film to be financed through Kickstarter. 31 projects financed through the website played at the recent SXSW festival in Austin. Lindsay Lohan’s upcoming film, The Canyons, was also funded $100,000 to help get it off the ground.