Miranda to Narrate Alexander Hamilton-Themed Episode of “Drunk History”

Lin-Manuel Miranda is ready to school you in American History…

The 36-year-old Broadway star, the creator of the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton, will be offering a Drunk History lesson on Comedy Central this upcoming season.

Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton

Drunk History transports viewers back in time to hang with the Founding Fathers. And this season, Miranda, who just wrapped up his last performance as Alexander Hamilton on Broadway, will narrate the rivalry between the first United States Secretary of the Treasury and politican Aaron Burr, who was the third Vice President of the United States.

Other guest stars featured this season include Allan McLeod, Billie Joe Armstrong, Steve Berg, Rachel Bilson, Michael Cera, Josh Charles, Kat Dennings, Ben Folds, Dave Grohl, Tony Hale, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch, Elizabeth Olsen, Aubrey PlazaRonda Rousey, Liev Schreiber, Alia Shawkat and Duncan Trussell.

Season 4 of Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning comedy series will premiere Tuesday, September 27.

Created for television by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner, Drunk History is produced by Gary Sanchez Productions.

Louis C.K. Added to the Lineup for SiriusXM Comedy Greats

Louis C.K. will be hitting the radiowaves…

The 47-year-old Mexican American comedian and actor has been added to the lineup for SiriusXM Comedy Greats, a new channel from the satellite radio company that will broadcast comedy 24/7 for the first time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Louis C.K.

In addition to Louis C.K., who recently earned six Emmy nominations, Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Amy Schumer, George Carlin, Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Hart, Bill Maher, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and Joan Rivers are also noted as some of more than a hundred notable comics of past and present that will be showcased on air.

The new channel will also feature regular countdown takeovers, hosted by guests like Bill Burr, Jim Gaffigan and Ed Helms, who will discuss their personal favorites and professional influences.

Additionally, Dan Akyroyd, Adam Carolla, Cedric the Entertainer, Bill Hader, George Lopez, Howie Mandel, Marc Maron and Russell Brand will share vignette-like stories about comedians who have changed their lives.

SiriusXM Comedy Greats will launch Aug. 13, with a special hosted by Jim Norton, in which he counts down the top 50 comedy greats of all time (selected by listeners and the SiriusXM comedy team). It’s available on channel 94, as well as online, on demand and through the SiriusXM app.

Rodriguez to Appear on NBC’s “Running Wild With Bear Grylls”

Michelle Rodriguez is running wild

The 36-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican-American actress and Fast and Furious star will appear on Season 2 of NBC’s Running Wild With Bear Grylls.

Michelle Rodriguez

Rodriguez, a self-confessed tomboy, will join famed survivalist Bear Grylls for two days for a one-on-one adventure to be filmed for the popular summer adventure series. No word yet on Rodriguez’s exploration.

Along with Rodriguez, other actors and athletes appearing in Season 2 include Kate Winslet, Kate Hudson, Drew Brees, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed Helms, James Marsden and Michael B. Jordan will also join Grylls for an episode, according to the network.

Each of the actors and athletes will partner with Grylls for two days for a one-on-one adventure, tackling everything from skydiving to repelling as they journey through some of the world’s most unforgiving wildernesses.

This season will take viewers from the jungles of Panama to the far reaches of the Italian Alps and then to the Colorado Rocky Mountains and the Red Rocks of Utah.

Starz Gives Straight-to-Series Order to Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Series “The One Percent”

A starz is born… And, his name is Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu.

Starz has given a straight-to-series order to The One Percent, an hourlong project from the 50-year-old filmmaker and MRC.

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Gonzalez Iñárritu’s project has Ed Helms set to star, with Hilary Swank and Ed Harris poised to co-star. The order is for 10 episodes.

MRC developed The One Percent internally and attached Helms, Swank and Harris before recently taking the project out to cable networks, garnering multiple offers.

The One Percent follows a downtrodden farmer (Helms) as he struggles to hold onto his family and his farm, when a bizarre twist of fate becomes a life-changing secret that will either save them or ruin them.

Helms will play the lead role of Alfred Murphy, who is struggling professionally and personally to keep the family business afloat.

Swank is in final negotiations to play his wife, Laura Murphy.

Harris will play the family patriarch, Nathaniel Cobb. He will reportedly appear on The One Percent in a guest starring capacity.

The One Percent was created and written by Gonzalez Iñárritu, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Nicolás Giacobone and Armando Bo. The quartet, who recently collaborated on Birdman, will serve as executive producers.

Gonzalez Iñárritu will direct the first two episodes and set the visual style of the show. The series reunites MRC and Gonzalez Iñárritu, who worked together on the Best Picture Oscar-nominated film Babel.

Alba In Talks to Star in the Horror Film “The Veil”

The veil is falling on Jessica Alba’s next project…

The 32-year-old half-Mexican American actress is in talks to star opposite Thomas Jane in The Veil, the latest microbudget horror film from Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions.

Jessica Alba

The Veil centers on members of a religious cult known as Heaven’s Veil who take their own lives. The truth behind what really happened remains buried deep in the memory of the sole survivor, a five-year-old girl, who returns to the compound with a documentary crew as an adult. They soon discover something that is far more terrifying than anything they could have imagined.

Alba will play the documentary filmmaker who accompanies the survivor back to the compound to investigate what really happened.

Phil Joanou is set to direct the film, from a scriot by Robert Ben Garant, with filming expected to start in April.

Alba previously worked with Blum on Stretch, a thriller starring Patrick Wilson and Ed Helms.

She recently completed the action comedy Barely Lethal for Kyle Newman and has Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in the can.

Her previous horror films include The Killer Inside Me and The Eye.

 

Alba to Star in the Action-Comedy Film “Stretch”

Jessica Alba is stretching herself for her next role…

The 32-year-old half-Mexican American actress has joined the cast of Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions’ action-comedy Stretch.

Jessica Alba

Alba’s co-stars in the film include Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, Chris Pine and Brooklyn Decker.

Directed by The Grey’s Joe Carnahan, Stretch follows a limo driver (portrayed by Wilson) on his last shift who picks up a billionaire (Pine) whose freaky special requests get darker as the night rolls on.

The March 21, 2014 release is being produced by Jason Blum as part of his first-look deal with Universal.

Alba recently wrapped work on Film Arcade’s A.C.O.D. and appears in IFC’s Will Ferrell fronted spoof The Spoils Of Babylon. She returns to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City franchise next summer in Dimension’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Alba to Announce Golden Globe Nominees…

It’ll be an early morning for Jessica Alba

The 31-year-old half-Mexican American actress will announce the nominations for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards tomorrow (Thursday, December 13, 2012).
Jessica Alba

Alba will join Megan Fox, Ed Helms and Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly to reveal the names of the award hopefuls in 25 motion picture and television categories.

The announcement will begin at approx. 5:00 am PST/8:00 am EST from the Beverly Hilton.