Frankie Muniz, the actor famous for his turn as the title character in TV’s Malcolm in the Middle, had his left wrist tattooed not long after he began his career as a professional race-car driver last year. The ink is an image of twin checkered flags surrounded by ornate script that reads, “Please Keep Me Very Safe.” As life-defining scribblings of would-be champions go, it’s not exactly “Live Fast or Die.” But then, Muniz, 21, isn’t your average speed freak. He’s the rare former child actor who’s never checked into rehab, let alone ingested a drop of alcohol. (And he’s got another tattoo, of the word “ZERO,” that signifies what he calls his “zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol.”)
He’s also the rare aspiring racer who is attempting to overcome a seemingly insurmountable disadvantage in experience. While most of his rivals in the Champ Car Atlantic Series – a minor-league loop that will take the track in the lead-up to tomorrow’s Toronto Grand Prix – spent their childhoods zooming around in various motorized racing machines, Muniz charted a less obvious course.
For more than three decades the Beastly Ball has been one of Los Angeles’ wildest, most wonderful fundraising events and a scintillating way to celebrate the arrival of summer. The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s 37th annual Ball is scheduled for June 16, and the evening’s program features all the elements Zoo supporters have come to know and love — fine fare, excellent entertainment, engaging animals.
Ken Kwapis was a writer/producer on ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ and other highly successful TV shows such as ‘The Office’ and ‘The Bernie Mac Show’ – however his latest film ‘License to Wed’ starring Robin Williams has had bad reviews.
“That ’70s Show” cutie Laura Prepon was said to have split from “Malcolm in the Middle” actor boyfriend Chris Masterson at the end of May. But the pair were spotted holding hands and sharing a soda in the front row of Stay Free’s Girls in the Director’s Chair premiere. Prepon acted in one of two films created by teams of teenage girls chosen from around the United States.
Alex Reid is a name some of you may have spotted in Malcolm in the Middle credits as he is the executive producer/writer and eventually showrunner on the final season. He won an Emmy for the writing of ‘Bowling‘ in 2001. He also produced ‘Help Me Help You‘ which starred Jane Kaczmarek (Lois).
Emmy-winning writer-producer Alex Reid has inked a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios.
Under the seven-figure pact, “Malcolm in the Middle” alum Reid will join the studio’s upcoming ABC comedy series “Samantha Who?” as co-executive producer and will develop new projects.
Reid read several scripts this past development season, but the single-camera “Samantha,” written by Don Todd and based on an idea by Cecelia Ahern and Todd, stood out.
“It was a very emotionally written story,” he said of the project, previously known as “Sam I Am” and “Samantha Be Good.” “I feel that this is the direction television comedy needs to go to attract and hook audiences.”
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