Someone is always mad on the Internet, but this week has been quite a doozy. First we had Nate ThayerversusThe Atlantic, a contentious back-and-forth about freelance payment and digital publishing that launched roughly 5 trillion think pieces across the web. Then there was this very! long! rant from the director of the faux-documentary The Upper Footage, in which he chronicles his attempt to hoodwink audiences into believing that the events depicted in the movie were real as well as his subsequent feud with the film's lead and her "famous actor/actress" parent. Everyone is "infuriated" and "disgusted" and "dead broke" and unable to feed their children or wash their faces with money. The world is in shambles. Gordon Ramsay has "two shit dads." How can I link dump at a time like this?
Last week the latest TCA press tour got going, with presentations from Fox and NBC that both touched upon past screw-ups and successes and looked to the future, a theoretical wonderland of zeitgeist-capturing television. So what went down?
A visit to Pawnee City Hall yesterday –- conveniently located in the palm tree filled San Fernando Valley –- provided many memorable moments, including Rob Lowe talking to a dog, Rashida Jones suffering through an epic post-Watch The Throne tour hangover and the incongruous sight of Chris Pratt nose-deep in a 500 page book. But while most of the details will be saved until for a longer Parks & Recreation story, coming next month, one bit of news did emerge: the Party Down movie may be closer than you think.
In between takes on a freezing Southern California morning -– really! –- Adam Scott revealed more details on the big-screen reincarnation of the culty catering comedy. “We have a treatment,” he said, “and if everyone’s schedules work out, we’ll shoot it over the summer.” This info comes on the heels of a previous relevation that the film had a production company lined up and was only waiting on the go-ahead from Starz. Still, two years from cancellation to cinematic rebirth is a timeline that should embarrass even the most patient of Bluth fans and give hope to anxious Greendale Human Beings. With visions of pink bowties dancing in our heads, we cautioned Scott about the one thing that could still derail the project: Michael Cera. He said there was no chance of that happening, before deadpanning. "At least I hope not.”