Toying with affection
Pixar's John Lasseter says "Toy Story 4," due in 2017, will focus on Buzz and Woody's search for Bo Peep, who apparently was sold at a yard sale. "We are doing a type of story we haven't done before [in the franchise]: a love story," Lasseter said, saying the story line was inspired by his relationship with his wife. We'll let you guess who finds love with the shepherdess.
Must-see TV is back
NBC has ordered pilots from comedy heavyweights Tina Fey and Michael Schur ("The Office," "Parks and Recreation"). … Selena Gomez will be an adviser to coach Gwen Stefani on "The Voice." … TNT has ordered a pilot for the dramatic thriller "Home" from producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Zoinks! It's happening
Warner Bros. is bringing an animated "Scooby-Doo" movie to the big screen. … Emily Blunt will star in the adaptation of the bestseller "The Girl on the Train." … Jemaine Clement confirms that a "Flight of the Conchords" movie is in the works. … "Mr. Right," a romcom starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, will close the Toronto International Film Festival. … Jennifer Hudson is in talks to play Aretha Franklin in a biopic of the Queen of Soul. Franklin wants Denzel Washington or Billy Dee Williams to play her father.
Straight onto FX
FX Networks has nabbed the television rights to some of the year's biggest hits, including "Straight Outta Compton," "Trainwreck," "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," "Minions," "Jurassic World," "Furious 7," "Spy" and "Pitch Perfect 2." It also managed to get the exclusive rights to "Pixels," after what we assume was a less-than-heated bidding war.
Water under the bridge
On the 20th anniversary of the notorious flop "Waterworld," former Entertainment Weekly reporter/current blogger Jeffrey Wells tweeted an apology to Kevin Costner for his bad review. Costner was magnanimous (or deluded) in his reply: "I'm not sure you know how beloved the movie is around the world. I know that people might think of 'Waterworld' as a low point for me. It wasn't. … The movie with all its imperfections was a joy for me."