Ron Howard and HBO Give Doc Holliday A Second Life

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Ron Howard and producer Akiva Goldsman are teaming up on a Doc Holliday Western for HBO. Based on Mary Doria Russell‘s recent novel Doc, the series will be directed by Howard and co-produced by his father, actor Rance Howard. The project will move the dentist/gunfighter out of his traditional sidekick role and make him a protagonist, and will focus on a love triangle involving his prostitute wife Kate Elder and his pal Wyatt Earp. Until someone greenlights my pilot Killer Dentist Clown Monsters From Outer Space, this is going to be the best show involving dental care on T.V. Grade: A- [Deadline]

Julie Delpy is attached to direct The Right Profile, a biopic of The Clash front man Joe Strummer, who passed away in 2002. The actress has directed several movies in which she’s also starred, including The Countess, 2 Days In Paris, and its upcoming sequel 2 Days In New York (featuring Chris Rock (!) as her love interest). Not much info on the Strummer movie is available, other than that it will focus on his life and his exit from the public eye in 1982. Anyway, this is exciting news. Let’s celebrate with, how about, “Spanish Bombs.” Grade: A [Variety]

Katy Perry announced she’ll be hosting Saturday Night Live with musical guest Robyn by Tweeting “I’m SO excited 2 announce I’ll be HOSTING Saturday Night Live Dec. 10! This is the cherry on top and @robynkonichiwa is part of it!” As an actress, Perry has appeared on How I Met Your Mother and voiced a character in The Smurfs, and took part in sketches when she was a musical guest on SNL. But can she pull off a whole hosting gig? Yeah, she should be fine — as long as the bottomless jealous rage of fellow musician/actor/SNL’er Justin Timberlake doesn’t sabotage her, that is! Grade: B [EW]

Chris Evans is replacing James Franco in The Iceman. The movie stars Michael Shannon as Richard Kuklinski, famed mob hit man; Evans is now playing Robert Pronge, his mentor. It’s unclear why Franco is unable to do the movie, but it’s safe to assume he’s too busy working on a life-sized diorama that explores the tacit connection between experiential art theory and Family Matters character Carl Winslow, or something. Grade: B- [Deadline]

Amber Heard will star alongside Dominic Cooper in Motor City, the Albert Hughes directed revenge flick in which Coop plays a man fresh out of prison and on the hunt for those who done him wrong. It’s kind of weird because Heard just sort of made one of these movies, with Drive Angry 3D. One possible theory: working with Nicolas Cage was the kind of refreshing, utterly batshit crazy professional experience Heard would like to replicate for the rest of her career. Grade: C [Deadline]

The Jim Henson Co. has sold a single-camera comedy to NBC, The New Nabors, which revolves around a Palm Springs family having a hard time adjusting to their new neighbors, who are a crew of puppets. Finally, a step toward the right direction in combating the nefarious underrepresentation of puppets on TV. Grade: B+ [HR]

Filed Under: Chris Evans, Grading the Trades, HBO, James Franco, Katy Perry, Ron Howard, The Iceman

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Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

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