Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Ed Asner: At age 79 this month, no signs of slowing down

Did you catch Ed Asner in the Hallmark Channel's movie "Generation Gap" on Saturday? (If you didn't, read more about it, and him, at the Buffalo News and Hallmark's site.) You'd think at nearly 80, a guy'd want to rest a bit. But for Ed Asner, whose acting resume goes way beyond the role we know him for, as crude businessman Roland Daggett on "Batman: The Animated Series," there's no rest in sight.

"Up" is a film from Pixar Animation scheduled for release next year. Asner voices Carl Fredrickson and is joined in the cast by Christopher Plummer and John Ratzenberger in this story of "a 70-something hero, alongside his clueless wilderness ranger sidekick, travels the globe, fighting beasts and villains, and eating dinner at 3:30 in the afternoon." See the poster and trailer at UGO.

Asner is Charlie Arnesson in "Stride," sharing the screen with James Avery and Danny Glover. This one also is scheduled for next year. The drama tells the story of legendary "Stride" pianist James "Honeybear" Powell.

Also up for Asner is "Trim," classified as in postproduction and written and directed by Ryan Bottiglieri. Asner portrays Dream Sid, and is joined by M.C. Gainey, whom we know from "The Dukes of Hazzard" (both the original series and the 2005 movie). See Asner in the movie's trailer at (warning: lotso "f-word" packed into this small space).

"Thomas Kinkade's Home for Christmas," which also stars Asner's "B:TAS" castmate Richard Moll, whom we also know as one of those skanky Beaudry Brothers on "The Dukes of Hazzard," is evidently a go for this Christmas (it was pushed back from last year). It tells the story of the artist and the inspiration for his painting "The Christmas Cottage."

"Working Title," which evidently is not the working title, comes from writer and director John Wesley Norton. Asner plays an angry investor in the movie, which even brings Erin Moran of "Happy Days" fame out of the woodwork. Visit the production company's site to see the cast and poster, and you can also check out this Illinois filmmaker's MySpace page.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: It's all over the 'Net -- the buzz about the CW's resurrection of "Melrose Place," a la the "Beverly Hills 90210" redo launched this TV season. Will our own Heather Locklear of "Dynasty" take part if her other landmark TV show is redone? Who knows. But the Hollywood Reporter has the story.

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