Years ago, stipple-happy Spy magazine brother-cartoonists Drew and Josh Alan Friedman prophesized a mid-21st-century Baltimore in which everyone, mysteriously, looks exactly like Ernest Borgnine. A whole Charm City of Ernests, beetle-browed and gap-toothed and more than vaguely simian, complaining — aww, Christ — about their corns.
This was sort of perfect, as no famous person has ever more closely resembled his or her Friedman caricature than Borgnine, who died of renal failure over the weekend at age 95. And yet in real life, it seems unlikely we'll see another Borgnine onscreen, or anything close.
Josh Groban's reign of terror continues: after respectable, self-deprecating turns on Glee and in Crazy, Stupid, Love, he'll take on the role of Andy Bernard’s (Ed Helms) brother on The Office for an undisclosed number of episodes. (Stephen Collins and Dee Wallace were previously been cast as the Nard Dog’s parents). Grobanites, unite and take over! Grade: B [Deadline]
Shawn Levy may vacate the director’s chair on Fantastic Voyage, a remake of the 1966 sci-fi adventure about scientists who shrink themselves and travel, in a tiny submarine, inside their fellow scientist’s body to save his life. Levy is at odds with Fox over whether to cast an A-list star (he wants to, they don't), although he’s currently trying to court Will Smith as a last ditch effort. And somewhere, Coolio’s all like “And nobody thought to call me …” Grade: C [HR]