Malvern's Adam McKay, the writer/director of the "Anchorman" movies and other collaborations with Will Ferrell (including "SNL" and Funny or Die), will write and direct the big-screen adaptation of Michael Lewis' best-selling nonfiction book, The Big Short.
This will be a serious movie about the unregulated derivatives markets. Ferrell will not be playing some big guy named Short.
* First-time author Ted Scofield's thriller novel Eat What You Kill, which Scofield says has been described as " 'American Psycho' meets 'Wall Street,' " has been optioned by veteran moviemaker Edward R. Pressman.
Pressman produced "American Psycho" and "Wall Street."
* Taylor Swift
received a three-year restraining order yesterday against her stalker, Timothy Sweet
. Sweet was ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Taylor - and
Considering that Sweet has already been stalking Taylor for three years, we kind of think he's in it for the long haul.
* Wanna get in Rihanna's bed?
Buy her house.
Ri-Ri's 11,000 square-foot Pacific Palisades mansion is on the block for close to $15 million. According to radaronline.com, the pop star purchased the shack in December 2012 for $11.9 million.
* TMZ.com reports that "Scandal" star Columbus Short was involved in a fight on March 15 at Gabe's Bar and Grill, in L.A., in which he beat the stuffing out of some other guy, who was ambulanced away to a hospital.
Police are conducting a criminal investigation.
The one-sided fight allegedly started when the guy said to Columbus something like, "You might be richer than me but I get my girls to buy me everything I want, including your wife."
* TheWrap.com reports that screenwriter Michael Green will segue from working with Ridley Scott on a new "Blade Runner" movie to rewriting the untitled "Prometheus" sequel.
"Prometheus" needs a sequel?
* The Hollywood Reporter says that after 14 seasons chasing bad guys in Las Vegas, Paul Guilfoyle (Capt. Jim Brass) will leave "CSI" at the end of this season.
Here's an idea for a spin-off based on this season's plotlines: Brass retires from the LVPD and becomes the befuddled father figure at a halfway house for wayward girls.
* Chris Evan (a/k/a Captain America) tells Variety that he plans to give up acting and become a director when his Marvel contract ends.
"Without these movies, I wouldn't be directing," Evans says. "They gave me enough overseas recognition to greenlight a movie. And if I'm speaking extremely candidly, it's going to continue to do that for as long as the Marvel contract runs.
"I like doing normal things," he adds. "I like going to fairs, I like going to ball games, I like going to Disney World, or a big field on the Fourth of July and having picnics with friends. The problem is [as an actor], you're either worried you're going to be recognized or you're thankful you're not. It's always there."
* Donald Schultz, the former host of the popular Animal Planet TV show "Wild Recon," was sentenced in a California federal court yesterday to 200 hours of community service and $9,000 in fines for selling two endangered lizards online.
Schultz, who hails from South Africa, won't do any jail time, but Tattle thinks he would have done fine. According to Animal Planet, three years ago he spent 10 days in a glass box in Las Vegas with 100 venomous snakes to "test the limits of human/serpentine co-habitation."
- Daily News wire services
contributed to this article.
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