Adam Goldberg Joins CBS’ Jim Gaffigan Comedy Pilot

By | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 4:03pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

adamgoldbergEXCLUSIVE: Adam Goldberg is set to co-star opposite Jim Gaffigan in Gaffigan’s CBS single-camera comedy pilot from Sony TV. The project, co-written by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, is inspired by Gaffigan’s real life and stars the comedian as … Read More »

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UPDATE: Shia LaBeouf Apologizes For Plagiarizing Comic For Short Film

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 9:50am PST

Shia LaBeouf plagiarismUPDATE: In a PR roller coaster that proved the power of internet pundits, Shia LaBeouf apologized publicly for failing to credit the graphic comic that inspired his short film Howard Cantour.com which he debuted online Monday. “I f***ed up,” he Tweeted from @thecampaignbook, the same account he had used to heavily promote the 2012 short which stars Jim Gaffigan as an internet film critic consumed by his own online influence. Ironically the film played dozens of film festivals last year including the Cannes Film Festival, but it wasn’t until it hit the web yesterday morning that keen-eyed bloggers noticed uncredited similarities between LaBeouf’s film and artist Daniel Clowes’ 2007 graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, including word-for-word dialogue and visuals lifted directly from the original. By afternoon the video was password-protected without explanation as the plagiarism accusations flew. LaBeouf broke his silence late last night with a mea culpa that also sounded slightly familiar: “Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work. In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation. I’m embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration. I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it. I deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect for his work. I f***ed up.”

PREVIOUS, MONDAY PM: What’s one way to get the attention of internet critics? Make a short film about internet critics. In HowardCantour.com, writer-director Shia LaBeouf (apparently based on this uncredited illustrated short by Ghost World‘s Daniel Clowes) slices into the tortured psyche of an online film critic and his philosophical struggles with auteur hero-worship, the misery that is other bloggers, and press junket catering. Read More »

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Ashley Williams Set As Female Lead In CBS’ Jim Gaffigan Comedy Pilot

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 9:06am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ashley williamsEXCLUSIVE: Ashley Williams is set to star opposite Jim Gaffigan in Gaffigan’s CBS single-camera comedy pilot. The project, co-written by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, is inspired by Gaffigan’s real life and stars the comedian as Jim, the … Read More »

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CBS Set To Redevelop Jim Gaffigan Comedy

By | Friday August 2, 2013 @ 3:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After lengthy negotiations, CBS has closed a deal with Sony Pictures TV to redevelop the Jim Gaffigan/Peter Tolan comedy, originally developed last season when it went to pilot. Unlike another CBS single-camera family comedy pilot from last … Read More »

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Jim Gaffigan Signs Deal For Second Book As His CBS Comedy Pilot Stays Alive

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 8:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A month after the release of Jim Gaffigan‘s first book, Dad Is Fat, its publisher, Crown Archetype, has signed the comedian for a second book. I hear Gaffigan’s deal with the imprint of the Crown Publishing Group … Read More »

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Dennis Haysbert Joins CBS’ ‘Backstrom’, Jim Gaffigan Comedy Pilot Adds Priest

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 6:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Dennis Haysbert, star of the CBS military drama The Unit, is reuniting with the network and The Unit producer 20th Century Fox TV with a co-starring role in the CBS/20th TV drama pilot Read More »

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Mira Sorvino To Star In CBS’ Jim Gaffigan Comedy Pilot

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 2:32pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Mira Sorvino is returning to her comedy roots (she won an Oscar for Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite) with a starring role opposite Jim Gaffigan in his CBS comedy pilot. Written by Gaffigan and Peter … Read More »

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CBS Greenlights Jim Gaffigan-Peter Tolan Family Comedy Pilot Starring Gaffigan

By | Friday January 11, 2013 @ 12:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

A dozen years after Jim Gaffigan got his first sitcom-starring role on CBSWelcome To New York, the actor-comedian is one step from another comedy series on CBS as the network has greenlighted a half-hour pilot based on his life. Gaffigan is partnered with Peter Tolan on the project, which landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment in September. Gaffigan and Tolan co-wrote the story, and Tolan wrote the script for the project, which centers on a guy who lives with his wife and five kids in a 2-bedroom New York apartment. Sony Pictures TV, where Tolan and Michael Wimer’s company Fedora Entertainment is based, is producing, with Gaffigan, Tolan and Wimer executive producing alongside Gaffigan’s manager, Brillstein Entertainment’s Alex Murray. Read More »

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