DJ Qualls To Star In Film Version Of “A Confederacy Of Dunces”

The character Ignatius J. Reilly is described, in the book, as "a fat Don Quixote."  Substantial actors such as John Belushi, Chris Farley, and John Candy have been cast in the role only to pass away before production.  Producers have attempted to break the curse by casting the much thinner Qualls.

The character Ignatius J. Reilly is described, in the book, as “a fat Don Quixote.” Substantial actors such as John Belushi, Chris Farley, and John Candy have been cast in the role only to pass away before production. Producers have attempted to break the curse by casting the much thinner Qualls.

Los Angeles—After decades of failed attempts to bring John Kennedy Toole’s cult classic novel, A Confederacy of Dunces to the big screen, Universal announced yesterday that DJ Qualls has been cast as the main character of the novel, Ignatius J. Reilly, in the planned upcoming film version, set for a Christmas Day 2013 release.

Universal acquired the rights earlier this year after Sony’s possession of them expired. Production could never get going by Sony Pictures despite scripts being finalized and purported, secret table readings.

The novel, published after Toole’s death, is set in New Orleans during the early 1960s and tells the story of Qualls’ character, Reilly, as he experiences misadventure after misadventure at various jobs, and his interactions and living arrangements with his overbearing, widowed mother, who will reportedly be played by Patricia Heaton.
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Woman Out Of Her Mind With Rage Over Tom Hanks Cursing On Live TV

Boise, ID—A woman is terribly disturbed and heartbroken over Tom Hanks’ recent language snafu on “Good Morning America,” wherein the two-time Academy Award winner accidentally said the F-word on live television while speaking in the voice of one of his characters from his upcoming film, “Cloud Atlas.” In fact, the woman said she is so upset over the incident that she is calling for Hanks to give back his Oscars and leave the country immediately.

Candy Stephenson, 43, who described herself as a “huge former Hanks fan,” is petitioning for Hanks to be stripped of his two Oscars, and said no matter what else he’s done in his career to this point, it’s his language on “Good Morning America” he will be most remembered for, as it should be.

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“I Don’t Give A Crap What You Had For Lunch:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Andre Gower

Andre Gower

Andre Gower

This week we caught up with Andre Gower, star of the cult classic “The Monster Squad” and an acting/media coach. Andre spoke to us about chopping down a tree with Mr. T, his thoughts about Twitter and the rigors of being a teen heartthrob. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Andre Gower:

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?

Andre Gower: Spam actually. Not the lunch meat, the e-mail kind.
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“Star” Reporter Beaten And Robbed During Scoop Deal Gone Bad

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Los Angeles–Star’s star reporter was attacked and robbed Saturday night in a West Hollywood neighborhood during a scoop-buy gone-bad. Cliff Brink was meeting a source he’d never met before when he was beaten and his watch, cell phone and wallet were stolen by an unknown assailant.

Brink said he was alone and had just left his regular story dealer after buying a story about Lindsay Lohan and was approached by an unknown man telling him he had “good stuff on Anne Hathaway.” Brink followed the man around a corner when he was attacked.
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