- - Thursday, March 31, 2011

Schwarzenegger, Stan Lee team on animated series

With his years as California governor behind him, Arnold Schwarzenegger soon will return to his acting career with a new animated TV series, Associated Press reports.

The planned action-comedy cartoon is called “The Governator,” according to A Squared Entertainment, a partner in the venture. It will focus on a superhero living a double life as an ordinary family man. Mr. Schwarzenegger will provide the voice of the title character.

Comic-book legend Stan Lee is another partner in the project, which will be announced officially on Monday at the MIPTV trade show in Cannes, France.

The series is planned as the first stage of a franchise that also could include comics and films.

‘Teen Mom’ charged after videotaped fight

A North Carolina teenager who stars on MTV’s reality show “Teen Mom 2” has been charged with assault after a fight recorded on video, Associated Press reports.

Brunswick County authorities say teen mom Jenelle Evans of Oak Island and two other teenage girls are charged with fighting. The 19-year-old Miss Evans and 18-year-old Brittany Maggard also are charged with simple assault.

Authorities started investigating Friday after receiving calls about a video posted online that showed the teens fighting March 21. In the video, Miss Evans appears to be hitting another young woman while bystanders encourage the fight.

Miss Evans, Miss Maggard and 19-year-old Brittany Truett have posted bond and are scheduled for trial April 26. It was not clear if they had attorneys.

The show documents the challenges of four teens’ first years of motherhood.

Nancy Travis, Tim Allen to star in ABC comedy

Nancy Travis will star alongside Tim Allen in an as-yet-untitled ABC comedy pilot that follows the life of a guy who is fighting for his manhood in a female-dominated world, the Hollywood Reporter notes.

The half-hour show, previously titled “The Last Days of Man,” portrays Miss Travis as Mr. Allen’s smart and loving spouse, who “doesn’t miss much,” according to the Hollywood Reporter, which said earlier this year that the sitcom declares the traditional man an “endangered species.”

Mr. Allen is best known for goofy roles in ‘90s films such as “Toy Story,” “Jungle 2 Jungle” and “The Santa Clause” and the TV show “Home Improvement.” Miss Travis is famous for her performances in “So I Married an Axe Murderer,” “The Jane Austen Book Club,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and “Three Men and a Baby.”

Jack Burditt, a “30 Rock” co-executive producer and former “Frasier” producer, will serve as a writer and executive producer for the show, which is not the first entertainment outlet to address the idea that women are slowly but surely ousting and outperforming men. At the beginning of March, author Kay S. Hymowitz released her book “Manning Up,” which claims that the rise of women has made men regress, underachieve, marry later in life and slack off.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/30/nancy-travis-to-play-tim-allens-wife/#ixzz1IC34mC00

Laura Donovan, The Daily Caller

Internet comments at issue in fatal 2010 car crash

A judge has ruled that prosecutors in a case stemming from a fatal car crash involving a former “Melrose Place” actress can seek the identity of a person who claimed on a newspaper website that he was a witness and that authorities were “lying about the facts,” Associated Press reports.

Tuesday’s ruling allows prosecutors to order NJ.com, the website of the Star-Ledger of Newark, to turn over information about the reader who posted the comments about the June 2010 crash.

Prosecutors say TV and movie actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer, of Hopewell, N.J., was driving drunk at the time of the crash. They say her sport utility vehicle hit a sedan driven by a Montgomery, N.J., man who was turning into his driveway, killing the man’s wife.

Miss Locane-Bovenizer, who played Sandy Louise Harling in the original “Melrose Place” television series in the early 1990s, is charged with aggravated manslaughter. She has pleaded not guilty.

At Tuesday’s status conference, her lawyer, Blair Zwillman, told the judge that the motion by prosecutors was unnecessary because he already had learned that the website poster was his client’s husband, Mark Bovenizer.

However, Somerset County assistant prosecutor Matthew Murphy argued that it was important for investigators to verify whether the poster really was a witness to the accident.

Superior Court Judge Angela Borkowski agreed, saying that while citizens should have a reasonable expectation of privacy when using the Internet, the reader’s identity is “relevant and material” to the case.

Compiled from Web and wire reports

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