Tuesday, April 21, 2009

TV & Movie Tidbits: Christian Bale is a 'Fighter,' Debra Messing returns

- Christian Bale has signed on to star in The Fighter with Mark Wahlberg. The film focuses on the story of Boston fighter "Irish" Mickey Ward and his half-brother Dicky Eklund. The two stars will be working with director David O. Russell. While deals are still under negotiation, it seems the film is set to begin production in July. [Variety]

- Debra Messing is about to return to NBC. It looks like the network is on the verge of picking up an untitled sitcom starring the former Will & Grace star as "a laid-off CEO who is as ill-prepared to be a full-time wife and mother as her husband is to provide for the family." [The Hollywood Reporter]

- io9.com has a couple of promotional pictures for The Time Traveler's Wife, the movie adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's 2003 debut novel. The movie, starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, was originally set for release last June. It now looks like it will finally come out this August. [Warner Bros. via io9; Slashfilm]

- Ugly Betty is set to come back to ABC a week sooner than originally planned on April 30. This will mark the show's return to its 8 p.m. Thursday night slot. [Entertainment Weekly]

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