TBS has collared Tribeca, a comedy pilot written and produced by Steve Carell and his wife Nancy, TVLine has learned.
The half-hour, single-camera project is described asa satirical look at a police procedural anchored by Angie Tribeca, a 10-year veteran of the LAPD’S elite RHCU (Really Heinous Crimes Unit). Angie is surrounded by an eccentric but brilliant group of detectives who reveal way too much personal information, and refuse to rest until justice has been served (or not). These dedicated men and women are more than counter-intuitive; they are non-intuitive
Carell, who will not appear onscreen (save for the occasional guest spot), will direct the pilot.
Steve Carell is bringing laughs — and one crazy set — to Fox.
The network has ordered eight episodes of Slide Show, an unscripted comedy executive-produced by the Office star and Shine America.
The series — which is based on an international format, sometimes known as Anything Goes — pits celebrities and comedians against each other as they tackle unpredictable song, dance and sketch challenges. The contestants must face-off while navigating the show’s trademark set, which is tilted at a 22.5 degree angle.
“Unscripted television should be outrageous and audacious by definition. Unfortunately, not much is, as of late,” said Fox’s Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly in a statement. “Slide Show is the most ridiculously fun and out-there thing I’ve seen in quite a while. Steve Carell knows a thing or two about big laughs and I am really happy to be working with Steve again, and the team at Shine, to bring Slide Show to Fox.”
Added the typically hilarious Carell: “Comedy is subjective. But if you don’t find Slide Show to be funny and enormously entertaining, then you will never be my friend.”
In Las Vegas, you can tell a lot about a man by his game of choice. The mysterious loner often gravitates to the poker room. Blackjack draws the big spender with the mountainous chip stack, while Rat Pack wannabes belly up to the craps table looking for lucky dice or a lucky dame. So it takes a brave man, a confident man such as Steve Carell, to earnestly claim as his game the arguably uncool roulette. “It allows me to move at a much more leisurely pace,” he says. “You have to wait for the ball to go around and around. I find it comforting that it’s not as fast-paced as many of the games are. I sat down to play poker once and was done in about seven minutes. It was ugly.” He pauses. “I have absolutely no game.”
He may not have game, but he certainly had the clout to assemble an allstar comedic cast (Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin) to lampoon the high-stakes world of Strip magicians in the new movie The Incredible BurtWonderstone—right in their own backyard. Carell even got the blessing of legendary illusionist (and 20-year Strip headliner) David Copperfield, who served as a consultant on the film and makes a hilarious cameo. “They were poking fun at my world, but we have a sense of humor about ourselves,” Copperfield says. “It was a great experience and so much fun.”
Carell’s washed-up Wonderstone finds that to save Vegas from Carrey’s David Blaine–inspired illusionist, he must mend fences with longtime stage partner Anton Marvelton (Buscemi) and rediscover what made him love magic in the first place. The leading man insists, however, that they aren’t sending up the subculture. “It’s not a parody,” Carell says. “So much of it is based in reality. You don’t have to push it too hard.” During the weeklong shoot on the Strip, outside Bally’s, and around Fremont Street, Carell sported a deep “tan” (which can only be described as burnt sienna), at least one monochromatic velvet suit, and a feathered mane that channeled Siegfried. Or Roy. Or both.
“As ridiculous as you might think I look,” Carell says, “I walked around Vegas and nobody batted an eye.” Adds Wonderstone director Don Scardino, “He didn’t stand out. He fit in perfectly.”
Disney is in talks with Jennifer Garner to star with Steve Carell in the Miguel Arteta-directed live-action adaptation of the Judith Viorst children’s book Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Lisa Cholodenko wrote the script with Rob Lieber, and Disney has Steve Carell attached to play Alexander’s dad. Garner will play his mother. Shawn Levy is producing through his 21 Laps banner along with Lisa Henson and Dan Levine. Production will begin in the fall. Alexander is the key character, and he starts a wretched day with the realization that the gum he fell asleep chewing is now hopelessly tangled in his hair. Things get worse from there, to the point he threatens to chuck it all and move to Australia.
Getting the bad box-office taste out of his mouth, actor Steve Carell this week begins production as the slow-witted weatherman Brick Tamland in the much-anticipated”Anchorman: The Legend Continues.”
This past weekend, Carell’s movie “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” finished in third place at the box office with about $10 million, falling behind “Oz The Great and Powerful” ($41 million) and “The Call” ($17 million).
Carell, who recently stopped by ESPN’s offices in Connecticut, knows the pressure the “Anchorman” sequel will have when it’s released Dec. 20. The 2004 movie, also starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd, made nearly $100 million and spawned many catchphrases still used today.
“As long as we don’t put pressure on ourselves while doing it, it’ll be fine,” Carell said. “The best part of the first one was that nobody gave a s—. It was just fun. We tried to make each other laugh. We weren’t trying to meet anyone’s expectations but our own.”
Those expectations are one of the reasons Carell hasn’t remade his favorite sports movie ”Slap Shot,” the cult film about a violent hockey team.
“I’ve always talked about wanting to do that, but I don’t think I could improve on what they did in the first one,” he said. “I think hockey movies are one of my favorites. I talk about them all the time.”
Carell, who attended his first ever Stanley Cup finals last spring, had a few minutes with Playbook to talk about hockey, the “Anchorman” sequel and making movies.
OK, so no remake of “Slap Shot,” but what other hockey movies would you like to make?
“I would love to do any hockey movie. In fact, I auditioned awhile ago for ‘Mystery, Alaska.’ It was a skating audition. You had to come out there and skate, and I already knew how to do that. I didn’t get past the first round of auditions. At my age right now, I guess the only thing I could be playing is an older coach!”
Famed illusionist DAVID COPPERFIELD has heaped praise on actor STEVE CARELL for his portrayal of a professional magician in new comedy THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE.
The 56-year-old master illusionist, who was a consultant on the project, taught Carell a number of top-secret tricks and stunts for the movie, and Copperfield, who makes a small cameo, insists he was impressed with the comedian’s work.
He tells USA Today, “He’s not trying to be a magician in real life. That takes years. But if he really wanted to be one, actors make great magicians. Steve loves the dreaming part of magic, and to be amazed. He doesn’t want to know the secrets.”
Carell also performs an illusion called The Hangman in the film, which Copperfield designed for the film, and the illusionist admits he was shocked by the star’s bravery: “Putting that noose around your neck over and over again can (be) fearful.”
Alan Arkin is Steve Carell’s idol, in reality and in their new movie.
The 78-year-old Oscar winner plays the master magician who helps Carell’s character find his life’s calling in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” And Carell, a producer of the film, had everything to do with that.
“When I read it, I immediately thought Alan Arkin has to play this part,” he said. “If I could do every movie with him, I would.”
The two actors lit up an empty suite at a hotel down the street from Warner Bros. studios with their warm rapport, reminiscing about working together on “Wonderstone” and their past projects, “Get Smart” and “Little Miss Sunshine” (for which Arkin won the supporting actor Oscar).
“The thing about working with Steve is I can’t look at him anymore,” Arkin said. “I could look at him in the first movie. The second movie I had a little bit of trouble. By the third movie I can’t look at him. If I’m doing a scene with him, I have to focus over here (he looks just past Carell). It gets embarrassing.”
It’s easy for Arkin and Carell to make each other laugh. Carell cracked up when Arkin explained why he refused to learn any tricks for his role as elderly magician Rance Holloway, whose at-home magic kit inspires the young Wonderstone to learn the art of illusion.
“See, I don’t give a damn anymore,” Arkin said. “I’m going to die soon. It doesn’t matter. I say anything that comes.
Michael Scott’s involvement in The Office finale’s “best prank ever” was such a success because no one knew it was coming. And for that to happen, returning star Steve Carell says, he had to flat-out fib.
“I lied,” Carell tells TVLine. “I lied for months to the press, to almost everyone, really. And I felt terribly for the cast and for [executive producer] Greg Daniels, because they all lied, too.”
The actor, who can next be heard in the animated film Despicable Me 2, knew “several months” beforehand that the World’s Best Boss would make an appearance in the series’ swan song but kept mum “because we just figured it would be a fun surprise if people weren’t expecting it.”
In the weeks leading up to the NBC comedy’s goodbye, which aired in May, everyone connected to the show denied the existence of a Carell cameo. On a conference call with reporters, Daniels chose his words carefully as he said, “I think Steve felt, and I agree, that the ‘Goodbye, Michael’ episode was his goodbye and he didn’t want to overshadow the ending that all the other characters deserved.” (Nevertheless, we had an inkling Carell would be back.)
Carell concurs that he did, indeed, want to avoid being the center of attention as the workplace sitcom rode into the sunset.
“I didn’t want it to be a big thing. I did it out of respect for the show and for the actors,” he says. “My only hope with it was I didn’t want it to be about Michael coming back. I didn’t want the story to be about him in any way. I wanted it to be more of a tip of the hat to the show.”
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