Monday, September 12, 2011

Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot to co-write Geddy Lee produced film based on Dave Bidini's Baseballissimo book
8:34AM EST | comments (6) |

Back in June of 2010 we learned that Geddy Lee had optioned the film and TV rights to Dave Bidini's 2005 book Baseballissimo. Yesterday Variety reported that development on the film is moving forward with Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot as co-writers:

... [the] Book was optioned last year by Rush frontman and baseball fanatic Geddy Lee, who hooked up with Toronto producer and A71 Productions prexy David Miller (2007 Toronto pic "Amal") and brought the project to Montreal-based Baruchel and Chabot last December.

Miller secured some Canuck development cash, and this summer took the writing duo, Lee and Bidini (both serving as exec producers) to Nettuno, and also began the scout for Euro co-pro partners.

"Bidini felt it was really important for Jay and Jesse to experience the town and meet the manager of the local baseball team," said Miller, whose shingle just wrapped Nova Scotia helmer Jason Buxton's feature bow "Bye Bye Blackbird," exec produced by Thom Fitzgerald ("The Hanging Garden").

Bidini is a Canadian musician, author and founding member of the Rheostatics who is also good friends with Geddy. The book details Bidini's story of his travels to the small town of Nettuno, the baseball capital of Italy since 1944. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.



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#6 - Posted 9/16/11 @4:48AM by RushFanForever [contact]

I viewed a two-part music documentary on CBC Television last night titled 'Life Is A Highway: Canadian Pop Music in the '90s.'


Hour One (September 15, 2011) of Life Is A Highway: Canadian Pop Music in the '90s looks at the rise of Canadian indie bands like The Tragically Hip and The Barenaked Ladies, along with the explosion in popularity of Celtic music artists and an eclectic array of chart-topping hits from Bryan Adams, kd lang, Crash Test Dummies, and Tom Cochrane, including his classic song, Life Is a Highway.

Hour Two (September 22, 2011) of Life Is A Highway: Canadian Pop Music in the '90s looks at the remarkable diversity of Canadian music in the '90s, from the phenomenal international success of Canadian pop divas like Shania Twain, Céline Dion and Alanis Morissette, to popular performers like Blue Rodeo and Jann Arden, to ground-breaking urban music by Dream Warriors, and singer/songwriters like Ron Sexsmith.


Life Is A Highway is the latest installment in the critically-acclaimed series from the same team that introduced the specials Shakin' All Over, This Beat Goes On and Rise Up, chronicling Canadian pop music in, respectively, the 1960s, '70s and '80s.


Dave Bidini of The Rheostatics was featured talking about his band and The Tragically Hip.

Here is what he had to say about The Hip:

'I saw them open for Rush. They had me enthralled as a live band'.

This probably took place on the following date:

Rush - Roll The Bones Tour:

December 16, 1991 - Maple Leaf Gardens. Toronto, Ontario (The Tragically Hip as opening act)
#5 - Posted 9/14/11 @8:09PM by Kelly D [contact]

Wonder if Jason Segel, noted Rush fan and collaborator of Jay Baruchel, will have any part in this. . .
#4 - Posted 9/14/11 @6:23AM by PetieLee [contact]

This will be very good!!! So very looking forward to this!!!

Love da Geddy! Miss da Geddy! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
#3 - Posted 9/12/11 @12:49PM by Jaybird [contact]

Geddy makes a cameo, so to speak, in the book. p 48 and in the acknowledgments. search inside @ amazon.
#2 - Posted 9/12/11 @12:34PM by dylanbrooks [contact]

I freaking love Jay Baruchel. Everything he does is gold.
#1 - Posted 9/12/11 @9:11AM by RThompson150 [contact]

I am first! Cool!

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