Hank Azaria has shaved his head!
Actor and "Simpsons" voice Hank Azaria has shaved his head.He had a full head of hair last week, but Monday night showed up at the Geffen Gala with nary a hair on his head.No word what it's for, but he has been cast as Gargamel in The Smurfs.

What do you think?


Love and Other Drugs
Love and Other Drugs, the adaptation of Jamie Reidy’s book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman director Ed Zwick begins shooting at the end of the month, has added to its cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gabriel Macht, Hank Azaria, and Oliver Platt have come onboard. Macht will play a Prozac salesman who’s involved with Anne Hathaway’s character, a woman with Parkinson’s disease who starts a relationship with a Viagara salesman (Jake Gyllenhaal). Azaria plays a doctor/client of Gyllenhaal’s; Platt costars as Gyllenhaal’s boss.  

Hank Azaria — who co-stars in the new Aaron Sorkin play The Farnsworth Invention — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.

Hank Returning to Broadway This Fall
Actual Hank news, how exciting!

Hank Azaria Will Star on Broadway in Sorkin's Farnsworth Invention

Hank Azaria will star as TV pioneer David Sarnoff in the upcoming Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention. The play will begin previews at the Music Box Theatre on October 15 and open on November 14, directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, 700 Sundays). Jimmi Simpson will co-star as Philo T. Farnsworth, the high school student who invented television.

Read more here

Sadly there's no way I'll get to New York to see it (I'm already trying to get to London to see Ewan McGregor in Othello this year), but it sounds like it should be an interesting show!

Hank Rumor from the New York Post
Since Hank news has been rare lately, I'll go ahead and post this gossipy item--I must say, they would be an unexpected couple!

Crow Flies On

February 25, 2007 -- SHERYL Crow may not be single much longer. Eagle-eyed spies caught the singer enjoying a cozy dinner with Hank Azaria and Patricia Arquette at the Tower Bar on Friday. Azaria and Crow, dumped last year by Lance Armstrong, seemed to have eyes only for each other. Armstrong, meanwhile, was down the street in a Chateau Marmont bar with his new girlfriend, designer Tory Burch.

Run Fat Boy Run trailer
A few glimpses of Hank in this trailer...

Plot summary: A chunky, clueless guy leaves his fiancée on their wedding day only to discover -- some 10 years later -- that she is his one true love. But in order to win back her heart, he looks to finish his first marathon while making her realize her new man is the wrong guy for her.

IMDB still doesn't have a character name listed for Hank: Run, Fat Boy, Run at IMDB

I personally still have my doubts about this project...Good thing we have The Simpsons Movie to look forward to this year as well, even if we won't actually *see* Hank in that!

New project: "Outsourced"
Azaria's job "Outsourced" for Comedy

Hank Azaria is in negotiations to make his feature directing debut on the comedy "Outsourced."

The story is set in motion after an American factory is shut down and transported to Mexico. Two workers venture south of the border to get their jobs back. Columbia Pictures originally envisaged it as a vehicle for Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Currently, no cast is attached.

Azaria, who voices the characters of Moe, Apu and Chief Wiggum on "The Simpsons," directed the 2004 short "Nobody's Perfect," an ensemble comedy featuring Ellen Pompeo, Maria Bello, Sarah Silverman and himself.

He is coming off his Tony-nominated Broadway-run of "Spamalot" and the Emmy-winning television show "Huff," and will lend his voice to Fox's upcoming summer tentpole "The Simpsons Movie." His recent acting credits include "Along Came Polly" and "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story."


Hank News Round-Up
Vietnam war film to open Sundance

A documentary chronicling violent protests against the Vietnam war will open the 2007 Sundance film festival in Utah, organisers have announced...

It uses archival footage, animation and music to tell the story of the 1968 Chicago protests, and the subsequent trial of eight activists. The animated sequences feature the voices of actors such as Nick Nolte and Hank Azaria.

More details here

Edwards Edits Book on Childhood 'Homes'

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - November 12, 2006 - Childhood homes provided a first movie set for Steven Spielberg, a window to New York's theater district for Hank Azaria and a fighting chance for Sugar Ray Leonard.

They are among the memories shared in "Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives," a coffee-table collection of mini-memoirs edited by 2004 Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards.

More details here
Amazon link: Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives

I also saw an article recently confirming that "Run, Fat Boy, Run" is a go and Hank is in London filming it, though the article didn't have any new details. Still keeping my fingers crossed that the title will be changed before release...

New Project with Kate Hudson
Apparently the Detroit Free Press got some new info from Hank while he was in town for that fundraiser with Mitch Albom ...

Azaria says he'll do film in Detroit

September 29, 2006

Kate Hudson is coming to town -- and pretty soon. At the end of the Mitch Albom "Just One More Day" fest at the Fox on Wednesday night, guest Hank Azaria spilled that he'll be coming back to Detroit early next year to costar in a film with the actress who just made headlines dumping hubby-rocker Chris Robinson for Owen Wilson.

Why Detroit? Seems it's a Mike Binder film and veteran screenwriter-comedian-actor Binder is a Detroit native. Binder is wrapping up work on the Adam Sandler star vehicle "Reign Over Me." Binder wrote, directed and acted in that one; he was unavailable for more details Thursday.

Mike Binder is the director of The Upside of Anger and Blankman, among other things...IMDB doesn't have any projects listed for Binder past the Adam Sandler one at the moment, but it's something to keep an eye out for! More promising than "Run, Fat Boy, Run," anyway...

Hank Azaria as...Michael Scott?
Okay, I love this article that turned up in my Hank-related Yahoo! news alerts today because:
a) It is not about how Hank drives too slowly while talking on his cell phone in LA, as many of the "news" alerts are, and
b) it combines two of my favorite things, Hank and The Office!

TV exec scours globe looking for next prime-time hit

I didn't read all of the article because I know there was a major season 3 Office spoiler printed in the NYT a few days ago and I do NOT want to be exposed to it (and I would advise any fellow Office fans to be similarly cautious), but I searched for Hank's name and found this fun tidbit about the casting of the boss, Michael Scott:

"We knew we had a formidable casting challenge," Silverman said. Martin Short, Hank Azaria and Bob Odenkirk, who had co-starred in Mr. Show on HBO, all expressed interest. But Stacey Snider, chairwoman of Universal Pictures, urged Silverman to sign Steve Carell, who was coming off a successful stint on The Daily Show.

I have to say that I can't imagine anyone being as good as Steve Carell is in that role, but it's kind of fun to contemplate what a different path that would have been for Hank!


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