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Simon Cowell (Yes, That Simon Cowell) Gets ONE CHANCE!!

Merrick here...
BUCKET LIST scriptwriter Justin Zackham is in position to write ONE CHANCE, a project that'll be produced by AMERICAN IDOL's Simon Cowell for Paramount. The story chronicles the "true" story of British performer Paul Potts.
An amateur opera singer and mobile-phone salesman, Potts was riddled by a streak of bad luck when, on a lark, he auditioned for "Talent" in 2007. His on-air performances ended up bowling over audiences and judges, including Cowell. He went on to win the show and become a media and YouTube sensation, eventually going on a global music tour and releasing an album.
...says THIS ARTICLE in Hollywood Reporter.
There seems to be some misconception that Cowell was responsible for FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY, the apocalyptic big-screen transition of IDOL personalities Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson. He's actually not on the credits of that one...although it's hard not to assume guilt by association.

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  • June 24, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • June 24, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Fantastic news!

    by just pillow talk

    Fast and the Furious 4...and now this! Wa-hoo!

  • June 24, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    See the Fast and the Furious thread for a message from your friend Frankie T.

  • June 24, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    shrek can sing!

    by all

  • June 24, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    This sounds

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters


  • June 24, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    In the deepest regions of my mind

    by Thrillho77

    I can not imagine a single project that I would care less about than this one. I'd rather watch a 4 hour period piece about the discovery of the technique of butter churning than this self-important yet wholly irrelevant pablum.

  • June 24, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Where is that English bitch from The Weakest Link?

    by Baron Karza

    They should make her fight Simon Cowell. And by 'they' I mean aliens. Powerful, powerful aliens.

  • June 24, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    It'll be interesting to see how cliched...

    by tomdolan04

    this gets. Paul was a worthy winner and generally comes across as a likeable, normal guy you would meet in the street. He deserves his success and fame, which is hard for me to say since im a cynical fuck <p> However this was no 'lark' - he won £8k in a karaoke in '99, paid for singing lessons with the proceeds and went to Italy and sang in front of pavarotti. He had a variety of roles in theatre productions during the following years, has done pieces with the National Phillharmonic and toured Italy solo. <p> I hope they do pay attention to these years of graft, or at least acknowledge them, in this movie (which I probably wont see anyway). It really pisses me off in films and tv they pimp the whole 'oh they just walked in off the street fully realized' when in fact years of dedicated training was involved to reach that level. It's important and incidentally makes the reward and end result all the more powerful - and is a good moral message to kids (as opposed to the implied 'hey kids, look - instant fame for no effort')

  • June 24, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST


    by Unlabled


  • June 24, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Yeah they portrayed him on the show

    by Volstaff

    was a little deceptive. I'd read that he actually sang in front of Pavarotti as well.. Unfortunately being written by the guy who wrote The Bucket List tells me it's going be a shmaltzy rocky rip off with every cliche in the book. I hope not, Potts seems like a really nice guy, but you know they're gonna Hollywood it up, specially with Cowell involved . I still find it kinda amusing that Britain's Got Talent had an opera singer as the winner and the American version produced a Vegas ventriloquist.

  • June 24, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Anyone who likes this guy is a moron

    by Sithdan

    Anyone who watches American Idol is a bigger moron.

  • June 24, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST

    hes an egotistical assclown

    by ArcadianDS

    he's eternally single because nobody can love him like he loves himself.

  • June 24, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    I just saw this out of the corner of my eye, but....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I swear that just the other day I saw an ad for the America has Talent show that shamelessly tried to re-create that moment exactly...there was this giant fat 'gangsta' looking guy who suddenly busts out with a beautiful aria...hell, it was even Nessun Dorma for fuck's sake. I'd like to think that the Paul Pots moment was relatively real (for reality TV anyway), but to shamelessly try to duplicate it for American TV (especially after millions of people saw the original on Youtube) is shamelessly asinine...

  • June 24, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST

    " shamelessly try to duplicate it...

    by jim

    "... is shamelessly asinine"<p>Welcome to network TV.

  • June 24, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST

    British Tv critic Kevin O sullivan described

    by emeraldboy

    it very well when he said that over two you get a lot of dross, britains got talent, no it doesnt, but occassionally you will find someone who is really talented. some talkbackers think that all you have to do is turn up on a hollywood set, grab a directors chair and a megaphone and shout action. there is a terrific book called whats my motivation, my life as an actor. cant remember the name of the guy who wrote it. He knew Ralph fiennes. They are old friends. Fiennes first role on stage was the back end of a cow in a pantomine or something. You will do anything as an actor. especially a struggling one. Life isnt easy. there is a lot of stuggle involved. Leona lewis might be bland, but with out x-factor, i doubt she would never have got the break she got and guess who is doing the bond theme for quatum of solace. sure aint amy winebarbrawler. they choose leona lewis instead. For every Leona Lewis and paul pots, there is a tabby, steve brookstein andy abraham. Heard of tabby the sligo rocker. He had a massive row with Ozzie's wife and has not been since. niether has brookstein and as for abraham, well he will have eurovision failure around his neck for the rest of his life.

  • June 24, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Also, Paul Potts is a gateway drug....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I thought my parents might like that first Youtube I had them look it up when it first came out. They cried. Watched it about one hundred and fifty seven times. Later they bought the CD. Now they're on Youtube and the internet all day. Addicted to porn. They never leave the house. It's bad....

  • June 24, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    From Justin to Kelly

    by jim

    Cowell's name may not be on the credits but that doesn't mean he had nothing to do with the movie. He was probably the driving force behind the film, cashed his cheque, then had his name taken off the credits. "If it's successful I'll take the cash and credit; if it's awful, give someone else the credit (blame) but I'll still take the cash".

  • June 24, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    am I the only one

    by Cedar_Room

    who thinks that Paul Potts looks like a retard? Those cross eyes and wonky teeth.

  • June 24, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Now this is...

    by BigFo

    COOL NEWS!! I'll stay tuned for the latest Paris Hilton news.

  • June 24, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I'm SO ashamed that I had an opinion about this...

    by FlickaPoo all. Kill me. Kiillll....Meeeeeee............

  • June 24, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST


    by timryanokane

    Why the film From Justin to Kelly was not on that EW top 100 movies of the last 25 years??

  • June 24, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST

    What this movie needs

    by bobjustbob

    is monkey boy and gophers. Lawncare equipment driven by blood lust would be cool too.

  • June 24, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST

    If anyone should play Simon Cowell...

    by The Grug

    In a movie about his life - it should be me. I've often been told I resemble a young Simon, I've even got the man-boobs to go with the part!

  • June 24, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Pol Pot the musical....

    by samuraiyao

    Leading a genocide into a country where being left alone is the only agenda...

  • June 24, 2008, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Thought Cowell had his own action flick...

    by UltimaRex

    My brain lives to explode another day.

  • June 24, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I'd rather...

    by Thrillho77

    watch a Wall*E sequel in which Wall*E jerks off Fred Willard for the first 10 minutes, then Fred spends the next 80 minutes improv's pillow-talk.

  • June 24, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    But anyone can take a potshot at Cowell. I'll even buy the guns and ammo.

  • June 24, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST


    by Thrillho77

    I clearly meant "improv's pillow-talk for the last 80 minutes" - I butchered the English language there. <p> But in fact, I'd rather watch 90 minutes of Asian's talking in "Engrish" than watch this Simon shit.

  • June 24, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    this is kind off topic but as it has to do with tv...

    by emeraldboy

    thought I would mention it. Blue peter went behind the scenes for RTD's last ever Dr ep called Journeys end (july 5th BBC one) and it looks spectacaular. one of the presenters has a small as a dalek. among the actors who were involved in scene where it seems the entire british population were rounded up(we saw a glimpse of this in the trailer after Turn Left) I saw noel Clarke and Camille Coudhri , rose tyler's mum and Elizabeth Slevin who plays sarah jane. They didnt give anything away. But it looks like this is going to be one hell of an ending for russell T davies.

  • June 24, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST


    by g-ride9000

    I think the social depravity that exists today in entertainment is terrible. Every last joker and their mother want to be famous. Cowell, being a person that can turn out top performers that make money, knows what it takes. THe 1000s of wanna-be stars he deals with only makes him angry. He says what needs to be said to these kids that should be concentrating on being young and having fun. His tone and candor offer strict guidance to those he considers talented, and crushes the wanna-bes back to Boise. You tell em' Simon! <P><P>ps this moive looks like a pile of dog shit

  • June 24, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by g-ride9000

    call me when you become a 9000 series

  • June 24, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    If you and Simon Cowell were both about to be hit by a bus

    by smackfu

    I'd push Cowell out of the way.

  • June 24, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    You can't kill a kid in a Superman movie?

    by NoahTall

    Actually you can and they have. Unfortunately I can't seem to find the right cut of the film any more although I saw it multiple times on broadcast television. <p> <p> In Superman 2 there is a scene near the beginning in the small town where the "Please mr general, put my father down" kid goes galloping off on a horse. As he gets out of sight Non throws the police car light in that direction, and there is a large explosion just over the hill. Some woman screams "He was just a boy!" and Ursa replies "Now he will never be a man."<p> <p> So yes, you can kill a kid in a superman movie.

  • June 24, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Who cares - RESCUE ME mini episodes start 2nite

    by 2for2true

    Pop'em & drop'em, little man...

  • June 24, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Not for me

    by Cobbio

    I don't really give a fuck about Cowell or whoever this Potts guy is. Lots of people watch "American Idol," I know, but I generally consider those people lacking in many ways. Oh well.<p> Not my cup of tea.

  • June 24, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    2for2true my lord!

    by just pillow talk

    Tell thy loyal warciples which shitheel(s) need to be smote with a gleaming #2 pencil!<p>We humbly await thy word....

  • June 24, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    It's the bullshit 'stories' that make people cry

    by performingmonkey

    Not the talent. This guy had already done PLENTY with his talent, he wasn't just 'discovered'. Everything you see on a reality talent show like this is complete lies and bullshit.

  • June 24, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    good god, hollywood out of idea

    by Mr_X

    this guy was news for about 5 minutes. his claim to fame has been and gone. he won!, he's talented. is there a need to have a movie about this??? god damm you hollywood!

  • June 24, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST

    I know...

    by emeraldboy

    I hate reality television. But you cant avoid it. its like the elephant in the room. I hate the way the irish state is lifestyle television and I very glad that RTe is loosing viwers in droves over Dole tv. its crap.

  • June 24, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    As good as Rock Rivals?

    by supertoyslast

    We can only dream!

  • June 24, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST


    by vadakinX

    RTE is still a hell of a lot better than the TV tabloid trash that is TV3.

  • June 24, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Paul Potts=Opera Fail...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Yargh. Awful.

  • June 24, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST

    The Big Book of British Smiles

    by HulkSmashNow

    This guy is an incredible talent, but for God's sakes, see an orthodontist! What with the English and their bad teeth? That's one stereotype that continues to persist and for good reason...

  • June 24, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Free Freds balls

    by Freds_Balls_in_a_Mason_Jar

    Free them!

  • June 24, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    now cowells crapness extends into the movie domain

    by metaluna

    god help us all. I hope he loses a ton of cash on it, the useless jumped up A&R so called 'expert'. What a lame idea for a movie.

  • June 24, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    that is very true and I for one believe that

    by emeraldboy

    the arrival of tv3(and the soon to be tv3 owned Channel 6)has forced rte to up its game considerably. English class was horrible. The arrival of Irelands first free to air Film channel will have an affect all of which is very good. competition is a very good thing. But in radio terms all stations in dublin at least sound the same. I choose Wozzy and Graham over pat the plank. Crime Call is hilarious. Seven Ages is the finest modern Doc rte has ever done and cant wait to see The 4 part doc about bertie. The one about Haughey was really great tv. When to Current affairs and sports punditry are Unrivalled(the apres match sketch recently with Gary Cooke as Dunphy and David MacWilliams was one of the funniest things I have seen in years) and Rte can be proud of one thing Prime time Investigates really is the best thing they have ever done. and I hope they keep making more. Lastly, rte passed on Cecelia Aherns Tv program sayine it was not oustanding. They gave us the english class and high society. Two of the worst programms of the year.

  • June 24, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    oh and regading Cowells enetering the film business

    by emeraldboy

    I warned about this some time ago. If people in the UK, think Cowell is bad. Ant and Dec are entering Tv production and they are bringing back some old quiz came with the most anmoying man on tv Richard maddeley.

  • June 24, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Schmaltz on a Stale Cracker:

    by PumpyMcAss

    The Paul Potts Story

  • June 24, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Though I suppose it's called a Biscuit in the UK

    by PumpyMcAss

  • June 24, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    Can someone find this footage? Or did someone talk out of their ass? That being said, TV cuts are weird as hell. Muddyfunster anyone?

  • June 24, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Never mind...

    by UltimaRex

    Found it. Well I guess it was deleted for the exact same reason I've stated before. How did it end up in a TV cut? And did it get some heat?

  • June 24, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Paul Potts?

    by comedian_x

    It's about time they did a movie about the Khmer Rouge. It would've worked as a Rambo movie, but I guess I'll take Cowell's take on it.

  • June 24, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    first thing Potts did with his winning was to get his teeth fixed...

  • June 24, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    God Save His British Teeth

    by Det. John Kimble


  • June 24, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Damn You MCMLXXVI

    by TheyCallMeMisterBay

    Damn You MCMLXXVI

  • June 24, 2008, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Anyone who supports this should be shot in the face...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...that is all.

  • June 25, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Yes, let us praise Simon Cowell...

    by christian66

    ..for bringing us such greatness as Kelly Clarkson. Oh the great art that Cowell has unleashed upon the world! A generation of over-wailing pop tarts ready to whore themselves for whatever corporation throws down. Oh thank you Simon. Thank you...(exits bowing)

  • June 25, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by christian66

    ...anybody who isn't moved by Potts is inhuman.