Jaime Pressly (“My Name Is Earl”), Robin Thicke (ABC’s “Duets”) and Tygh Runyan (“Road to Nowhere”) are set to star in the indie film “Abby in the Summer,” which will mark the feature directorial debut of Jimbo Lee, who also wrote the script.Frances Conroy (“American Horror Story”), Joey Lauren Adams (“Chasing Amy”) and Steve Agee (“The Sarah Silverman Program”) will co-star in the pic, which starts production this week in Los Angeles. Pin-Chun Liu and Jacqueline W. Liu are producing, while Caliber Media’s Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller are exec producing with Gabriel Cowan and John Suits of New Artists Alliance. Pressly stars as the title character, an adrenaline junkie who spends 60 hours a week working as a sous chef in a busy kitchen. After accidentally cutting herself one day, she is forced to leave work for the summer, during which she must face the challenge of doing nothing. As temperatures soar, she must deal with a distracted husband (Runyan) and the temptation of an old flame (Thicke). Conroy and Adams will play the protag’s mother and best friend, respectively. Pic, which serves as Thicke’s feature acting debut, will mark New Artists Alliance and Caliber Media’s second film to start shooting in Los Angeles this month, as the two companies are also producing Jacob Vaughan’s horror comedy “Milo.” CAA reps Thicke and Emmy winner Pressly, who is also repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney Dave Feldman. Runyan is repped by Global Artists Agency and Rugolo Entertainment. Conroy is repped by ICM Partners. Caliber Media Co. reps Agee and Adams, who is also repped by Paradigm.
Dangerously cool (and p.s. Emmy award winning) actress Jaime Pressly has signed up with Butterfinger to launch “The Last Spokesperson on Earth” campaign at good ol’ crazy Comic Con. The “My Name is Earl” and “Raising Hope” superstar took a time out while in the midst of Butterfinger Comic Con madness to talk about everything from her new film (starring and executive producing – hey now)…to her dream secret super power…to the secret to her mega success.
MM: What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you at Comic Con?
MM: Lot of superheroes running around Comic Con. What’s your dream secret power?
MM: BARmageddon is coming! What’s it going to take to become the “Last Butterfinger spokesperson”?
MM: Have you been eating Butterfingers non-stop since hitting Comic Con?
MM: Is Dezi at Comic Con with you?
MM: What are your BARmageddon plans?
MM: You have a cool new children’s movie coming out – The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure. Sounds fun!
MM: What new projects are you working on?
MM: Scrumptious! Do you cook in real life?
MM: You’re a former star gymnast. If you were Coach Pressly, what would you tell Team USA?
MM: Your career is so prolific and just so cool. What makes you so successful?
Mom to 5-year-old son Dezi, Emmy Award-winning actress, and star of The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, to be released nationwide on August 29th
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With less than 200 days remaining until the end of the world, BUTTERFINGER(R) today announced its search for one last spokesperson. Taking the beloved brand into the end of time, the winning pitchperson for the world’s favorite crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery candy bar will become Butterfinger’s last spokesperson until December 21, 2012, when the world will end, according to the ancient Mayan Prophecy.
According to Butterfinger, signs of a complete BARmageddon began earlier this year when strange events took place nationwide, all related to the disappearance of Butterfinger bars. To help warn the world about BARmageddon, Emmy award-winning actress Jaime Pressly is signed on to help Butterfinger launch a nationwide search for its last spokesperson. Pressly, a longtime Butterfinger fan, is scheduled to attend Comic-Con on Friday, July 13, and will help identify talented candidates for the life-changing (and earth-shattering), one-of-a-kind role.
“While nobody’s gonna lay a finger on my Butterfinger, I will lay a finger on the last spokesperson worthy enough to represent my favorite candy bar,” said Pressly. “I love the notion of BARmageddon because we’ve all been hearing about the Mayan prophecy, but Butterfinger is spinning it on its head. If the world’s gonna end, you’d better believe Butterfinger is going out with a bang.”
The “Last Spokesperson on Earth” for Butterfinger campaign officially will begin July 13, at the world’s largest comic book convention, where sightings of aliens and strange beings have been widely reported. To kick off the “Last Spokesperson” search, Butterfinger will be giving away a special edition Butterfinger BARmageddon candy bar, while supplies last, to convention attendees. While there, Pressly will play a principal role in the spokesperson search, as Butterfinger also launches an online video campaign that day at Facebook.com/Butterfinger starring Pressly, who will be judging (and possibly even hand-picking) candidates for the “Last Spokesperson on Earth.” Pressly, best known for her award-winning work on the television comedy “My Name is Earl,” for which she also received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, recently appeared in the FOX comedies “Raising Hope” and “I Hate My Teenage Daughter.” Her comedic skills will be fully utilized in the Butterfinger BARmageddon campaign, which will feature Pressly in a series of online videos, conducting the search for Butterfinger’s “Last Spokesperson on Earth.”
“Our search for the last spokesperson comes on the heels of Butterfinger’s BARmageddon News Network (BBNN) nationwide van tour,” said Tricia Bowles, of Nestle USA Confections & Snacks. “The BBNN has been on the road since May, and it has found some pretty compelling evidence out there indicating a true BARmageddon, including a bizarre crop circle in Kansas, and eyewitness accounts of the disappearance of Butterfinger bars in cities throughout the U.S.”
Rare findings from the BBNN van tour, including comprehensive end-of-the-world evidence gathered from around the country, also will be released on July 13. BBNN van tour videos may be viewed online at ButterfingerBARmageddon.com.
Fox has canceled comedies I Hate My Teenage Daughter and Breaking In, Deadline reports.
The cancellations will make room for new comedies It’s Messy, Ben & Kate and The Goodwin Games, all of which Fox ordered to series Wednesday.
The news doesn’t come as a huge surprise — both shows were previously yanked from Fox’s lineup for the remainder of the season. I Hate My Teenage Daughter, starring Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran was pulled in March. Breaking In, which stars Christian Slater and Megan Mullally, was pulled just a few weeks later in April. (Breaking In was canceled last season but received a surprise last-minute resurrection.)
Despite their strong lead-ins (Raising Hope and New Girl), both shows pulled in weak ratings, averaging just under 3 million viewers.
A network rep declined to comment on the report.