Matthew Broderick is coming to television. Orlando Bloom will play a creepy doctor. Anti-gay activist Anita Bryant might get a biopic. Sony Layoffs are here, though not queer. The Trade Roundup: Come, let us round this up.
•After years of making his name by prancing around on-stage, Matthew Broderick is finally making his talents available to those of us who don't have a spare $124 or whatever to check out his newest Broadway role. Broderick will be starring in a the upcoming NBC comedy pilot Beach Lane. The show is produced by Michael Lorne and stars Broderick as a famous writer "hired by an irresponsible millionaire heir to run his struggling small-town newspaper in the Hamptons." Sounds zany and/or irresistible. [Variety]
•To us, Orlando Bloom will always be Legolas from Lord of the Rings. But a future blogger may best love Bloom for his role in the upcoming indie thriller Good Doctor. Bloom will play an ambitious doctor who falls in love with his 18 year-old patient with a kidney infection and conspires to keep her in the hospital. We hear that's the same plot as Pirates of the Caribbean 4. [THR]
•Anti-gay activist Anita Bryant is not a nice person. During a campaign to keep gays from becoming teachers in Florida in the 70s she said ""As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children." Ew. Doesn't mean her life wouldn't make a good movie! HBO is thinking about developing a biopic about Bryant, who was a beauty queen, singer and orange juice spokesperson before she became a cauldron of anti-gay hatred. If Harvey Milk got his own movie, it's only fair. [THR]
•Meanwhile, fancy actor types get to keep their jobs and probably are raking in huge bonuses to boot: Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin and Billy Crudup have all signed up for the indie crime drama The Convincer [THR]
•This sounds weird: SpikeTV is developing a six-episode reality series called Half Pint Brawlers. It is about midget—sorry: "little people"—wrestlers. Apparently, crowds at this "increasingly popular" underground sport can reach 5,000. Like Anita Bryant, this must have gotten started in Florida, right? [Variety]
•Obligatory 3-D news: Lionsgate and Crest Animation Studios are co-producing Norm of the North a new CGI film in stereoscopic 3-D. Norm is a polar bear "who takes refuge in an abandoned research station when the ice begins collapsing beneath him." But more importantly: It's in 3-D. The future of film-making, guys. Enjoy your 2-D family films while you still can. [TheWrap]