Mandy Moore will no longer star in the ABC comedy pilot Pulling, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
The project, from Bad Teacher producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, is about three dysfunctional women in their 30s who live life the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by now. It is based on the 2006 British series.
Moore was slated to play Louise, an optimistic woman who is desperate to get married. She was the first person cast for the pilot, but according to Deadline, which first reported Moore’s exit comes after the rest of the cast, including lead June Diane Raphael, fell into place and her character developed in new ways. Unhappy with the changes to Louise, Moore stepped aside.
“Mandy is a pro, and has been very patient and accommodating with us,” Pulling producers said. “As we moved closer to production, it was clear we needed to go in a different direction for the character, and Mandy agreed to do what was best for the show. She’s an immensely gifted actress and we hope to have the pleasure of working with her again.”
“Many things change quickly as a pilot moves into production,” Moore said. “And in this case, Lee and Gene moved the character in a different direction, it was clear this wasn’t right for me. Rather than jeopardize the show, I asked to step aside. They and ABC were very accommodating, and wish them all the best in the fall. It’s a terrific show that worked so well in the UK, I hope it gets the audience it deserves here.”
Married to singer Ryan Adams since 2009, Mandy Moore isn’t necessarily all-consumed with motherhood like other women her age.
“I’m 28, so I think I have time,” A Walk to Remember’s Moore told Us Weekly on Wednesday at the West Hollywood launch of Rachel Zoe’s Jockey “Major Must-Haves.” Explaining that she “definitely” wants children in “a couple of years,” the singer-actress says she and her indie rocker husband, 37, are having fun as a twosome before they expand their family.
“We’re enjoying the animal children first,” Moore reasons of the couple’s pets: Rescue cats Vincent and Theo and adopted dog Joni. Moore’s also trying to learn her way around the kitchen before having to whip up baby food: “I don’t cook very well at all,” she admits. “I’m the girl that can’t make scrambled eggs.”
Another reason Moore is putting off motherhood for the time being: She’s hard at work on a new album! Chatting with CBSNews.com in July, Moore revealed that she’ll enlist Adams to help out with her seventh studio effort.
“There’s tremendous influence right now around the house,” she told the site, adding that the pair have been writing together. “From the music I’ve been introduced to, and being very happy and in a healthy, relationship. I think that still garners a lot of material to write about.”
ABC is staying in business with Mandy Moore, nabbing a comedy project from scribe Rich Appel and 20th Century Fox TV to be toplined by the singer-thesp.
“Miss Most Likely” centers around a 28-year-old who runs away from home to the big city only to see her family follow her. ABC has given the project a script order with a big penalty.
Moore will exec produce the single-cam comedy along with Appel, Shawn Levy, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of 21 Laps/Adelstein Prods. Appel, a 20th TV vet whose credits include “King of the Hill” and “Family Guy,” penned the script.
Moore starred in a pilot for ABC and 20th TV that came close to an order last spring. At the time ABC execs made it clear they would continue to search for a comedy vehicle for her. The Appel project generated interest from multiple networks when it made the rounds last week.
Mandy will be attending the CDFA Awards tonight in New York City. The annual event recognizes the outstanding contributions made to American fashion by individuals from all areas of the industry and related arts, with awards being given for design excellence in womenswear, menswear and accessories as well as extraordinary accomplishments in journalism, creative vision and lifetime achievement (Source). She will be accompanied by Lela Rose.
Be sure to check back for event pictures tonight!
October 19, 2011 - ABC Nabs Shawn Levy’s Mandy Moore-Starrer ‘Us and Them’
It’s enjoyable when Mandy Moore pops back into the public eye every once in a while, mostly because she actually seems like a pretty nice person. Moore’s latest venture into the spotlight will give the singer/actress her first regular role on a (potential) television series. ABC has ordered a pilot for Us and Them, a single-camera sitcom about a newly married couple (Moore and a yet uncast gentleman) at odds with their troublesome families.
Mandy Moore isn’t the only recognizable name attached to this project. Writing the pilot is Bob Fischer, who cowrote Wedding Crashers—pretty optimistic—and directing will be Shawn Levy, who recently added Real Steel to a resume that already included the Night at the Museum movies and Date Night.
So, with a pop singer with a history of some memorable walks, a screenwriter responsible for a quick-witted, sex-centric modern classic, and a director with rapidly increasing prominence behind this project, it’s fair to assume that ABC won’t be stopping with the pilot.
Still can’t get enough of Disney’s Tangled? Well get ready for a whole new chapter! Disney has announced a mini sequel to the 50th anniversary hit, releasing in the Spring of 2012.
The sequel will be a short-film about Rapunzel’s life after finding her parents and beginning her life with Eugene/Flynn. So what comes after happily ever after? Will we see Rapunzel walk down the aisle? Be sure to check out the short-film titled Tangled Ever After, voiced by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi.
Tangled Ever After releases next Spring. Check out the teaser poster at the source!
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May 6, 2011 - Elle.com – Mandy Moore Chats Up New Album In The Row
Mandy Moore spent Monday with the United Nations Foundation celebraing World Malaria Day. In the morning, Moore—an ambassador for PSI, a global health organization whose programs target malaria and other health problems—and former Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo unveiled a new public service announcement on the Toshiba Vision screen in Times Square to highlight “Nothing but Nets,” the foundation’s grassroots campaign to raise funds for and awareness of insecticide-treated nets that prevent malaria-carrying mosquitoes from biting at night.
In the evening, Moore, Mutombo and other “champions” in the fight against malaria were honored at a reception at the UN, where the champions’ portraits—by celebrity photographer Platon—went on display. Both the PSA and photo exhibit run through late May. We caught up with Moore at the reception to talk about her volunteer work, music and fashion choices.
ELLE: How did you get involved with the anti-malaria campaign?
MM: I took a trip to Southern Sudan about two years ago. It was an educational trip to learn all about different child survival programs that are implemented, and malaria was the biggest issue that I took away from that trip. When you think of the statistics that every 45 seconds a child in Africa dies from malaria and it’s entirely preventable, it just seems like a no-brainer. It was an organic cause to want to be a part of. It was incredible, to be on the ground, to actually talk to women that were going to be recipients of the nets, and how it was going to really change the course of their life for the better, and they were able to now protect their family because they would have an insecticide-treated net. It was really gratifying.
ELLE: Why do you think this affects you so deeply, even though you’re not yet a mother?
MM: Never having been to the developing world until I started going on these sorts of trips, there’s no way for you to come home unchanged. It really does shift everything in perspective. It’s almost like it’s this trade-off of going, mothers are so open to sharing their day-to-day struggles. To be able to then have the gift of sharing their story with others, it really is the most humbling thing to be a part of.
ELLE: What are you working on now?
MM: I’m actually right now just working on a record. I’m still in the writing process. Some of the work that I’ve been doing with PSI and with “Nothing but Nets” will definitely influence the music in one way or another. It sort of shifts everything into perspective. I haven’t worked on a record since I’ve gone on some of these trips, so they’ve influenced the music, I’m pretty sure of it.
ELLE: Are you working with your husband (indie rocker Ryan Adams) on this record?
MM: Sure. We’re writing together and he’ll definitely play on the record, hopefully go on the road with me. We’re under the same roof, it would be odd not to employ his talents in one way or another.
ELLE: Do you have a tour set?
MM: Nothing set in stone, but that’s the plan, to finish the record and then take it on the road.
ELLE: When will the record come out?
MM: If not the end of this year, then the beginning of next year.
ELLE: What are you wearing?
MM: The dress is The Row and the shoes are Balenciaga.