Kotter is coming to the big screen, and he'll be played by Ice Cube. Dimension Films announced that the cherubic rapper will star in and coproduce the movie version of Welcome Back, Kotter.
"There was no bigger fan of the original show than me, and I'm very excited to be able to put a new twist on it," Cube said.
The 1970s sitcom told the story of Gabe Kotter, a teacher who presided over an inner-city gaggle of lovable hooligans called The Sweathogs. Kotter was once a Sweathog himself, and as he teaches the students math and science, he also teaches them about life.
Cube has had luck in the comedy genre before. Barbershop and Are We There Yet?, both starring Ice Cube (real name O'Shea Jackson), each grossed in the neighborhood of $80 million.
Dimension has signed Tom Brady to write and direct Kotter. Brady's ...Read more
A film based on the long-running TV drama Dallas is moving toward reality, with a cast as big as the state of Texas. John Travolta, Jennifer Lopez, Shirley Maclaine, and Luke Wilson are all said to be in negotiations for roles in the upcoming TV show adaptation.
According to Variety, Travolta is in talks to play Ewing family patriarch J.R., the cunning oil baron played by Larry Hagman for all 13 seasons the series ran on TV.
Jennifer Lopez is lined up to play J.R.s long-suffering wife, Sue Ellen, and Luke Wilson is in talks to play JR's comparitively noble younger brother, Bobby. Shirley Maclaine has signed on to play Miss Ellie, J.R.'s mother and the queen of Southfork Ranch, where the Ewing clan lived.
The Dallas movie is being directed by Robert Luketic, who recently did the Jennifer Lopez vehicle Monster In Law ...Read more
Web giant AOL and Warner Bros., both divisions of Time-Warner, have officially launched In2TV, a web service that allows users to watch episodes of classic TV shows online. The free service is ad supported, much like a TV network.
Currently, the site is organized into six different "channels," with two more scheduled to be added in the summer. Web surfers can choose from comedy, drama, cartoons, action, sci-fi, and vintage. The site also features games, polls, and quizzes that are tied to the shows.
Shows available on the site include Welcome Back, Kotter, Chico & The Man, Alice, Growing Pains, Sisters, and Kung Fu. Ads on In2TV will be limited to two minutes per 30-minute show, as opposed to the average eight minutes on broadcast TV.
Last night, the "station" threw a launch party at the Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills, hosted by Welcome Back, Kotter star Gabe ...Read more
In a new list from Inside TV magazine,
Gabe Kotter, the titular teacher from the sitcom
Welcome Back, Kotter, has been named
"Television's Most Memorable Teacher." Kotter,
created and performed by stand-up comedian
taught at an inner-city high school and presided over
a group of teens called "The Sweathogs." He befriended
the troubled students and gave them the educational
tools to have a fighting chance in the rough-and-tumble
job market of the late 1970s.
While Kaplan and the rest of the Sweathogs have struggled to maintain their Q ratings, one of Kotter's students "graduated" to much better things: John Travolta, who played the goofy hunk Vinnie Barbarino. Travolta was launched into megastardom after he starred as the lead in the disco hit Saturday Night Fever. Travolta went on to make several classic films of the modern era, including Staying Alive, Numbers, Perfect, Swordfish, Michael, Battlefield Earth ...Read more
America Online and Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution are launching a broadband network that will give a new lease on life to a slew of vintage TV series.
Dubbed "In2TV," the network will serve up Welcome Back Kotter, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Pinky and the Brain, and Growing Pains among a host of other Warner-owned shows that viewers can watch in their entirety, for free and on-demand, beginning in January.
Each show is presented with interactive elements, games, competitions and additional content to take advantage of the medium's unique capabilities.
About 14,000 episodes from 300 different series have been cleared to be part of the service, a process that has taken two years, Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution president Eric Frankel said. This represents about a third of the relevant catalog, and more ...Read more