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May 2010 Archive


Del Toro Leaves 'The Hobbit' As Helmer; Peter Jackson Won't Retake Directing Reins

Guillermo del Toro announced today on the — the official Middle Earth sounding board — that he’s stepped out of the directing assignment on the two film versions of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, though he will continue to collaborate as a writer. I would have bet that Peter Jackson would be the one to step back into the director’s chair because there have been rumblings about this lately. But his manager, Ken Kamins, tells me this is absolutely not a possibility… Read


No Afterlife For Cancelled Series This Year

After three cancelled broadcast series found new homes in the past two years – Scrubs moved from NBC to ABC, Medium from NBC to CBS and Southland from NBC to TNT – things looked hopeful that we may see multiple migrations this year with three major veteran series in play: NBC's Law & Order and CBS' Ghost Whisperer and The New Adventures of Old Christine. But it wasn't to be. Law & Order won't be going to TNT after the cable network officially passed on the series. Ghost Wh… Read

Box Office

SHREK TAKES #1; 'Prince Of Persia' #2; 'Sex And The City 2' Falls off To #3

MONDAY AM WRITETHRU: SATURDAY 7 AM: Stats show that 90% of the audience was women. New Line/Warner Bros says Sex and the City 2 ended Friday #1 despite horrible reviews with a big domestic box office of $13 million (-9% from Thursday’s total) for a cume already of $27.2M. That’s an estimated 4-day Memorial Weekend number — Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday — around $53M. And $67M or so for the 5-day holiday. Also with “mediogre” reviews, DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek  4… Read


New ABC Reality Series Subject Of Apparent Product Placement Scheme

You know those deals that seem too good to be true? A few days ago, a number of people received an email with an offer for product placement on ABC’s upcoming reality series The Bachelor Pad, a spinoff from The Bachelor franchise. It read as follows: NEW ABC TV SHOW – AMAZING BRANDING OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU THIS IS AN UNPRECEDENTED $250,000 DOLLAR DEAL! YOUR PRODUCT ON THE SHOW FOR ONLY $20K THIS WAS A LAST MINUTE EFFORT BY ABC TO BRING IN REVENUES CLOSING FRIDAY JUNE 4TH… Read


R.I.P. Dennis Hopper

He died today reportedly surrounded by friends and family at his modern art-filled Venice home in Los Angeles. He had been fighting prostate cancer since 2009. He was 74. Dennis Hopper was a Hollywood original from the start, memorable despite average looks in small roles in Rebel Without A Cause and Giant while still in his late teens. But it was the actor-writer-director’s cool embrace of the hippie counterculture and stark indictment of straight society in Easy Rider… Read


What Was Hot At LA Screenings' TV Week?

After the networks tout their new shows to advertisers during upfront week in pursuit of ad dollars, it's the TV studios' turn to plug their new series to international buyers in an effort to recoup the deficits on their newly picked-up shows through international sales. The so-called LA Screenings week, which wrapped today, featured showings of the pilots of all new scripted series, often on a big screen at the studios' movie theaters, as many or sometimes even more… Read


Cruise Reprises 'Tropic Thunder' Character

Les Grossman, the foul-mouthed, hot-headed studio executive Tom Cruise portrayed in Tropic Thunder, is back as “producer” of the MTV Movie Awards. In promos for the awards show, Grossman gives hair career advise to Twilight star Robert Pattinson and directs himself in Risky Business.  Read


Trio Joins Bill Condon's HBO Pilot 'Tilda'

EXCLUSIVE: Wes Bentley, David Harbour and Leland Orser have joined the cast of HBO's comedy pilot Tilda, from Bill Condon. The project stars Diane Keaton as Tilda, a powerful female online Hollywood journalist with a no-holds-barred style. And no, her last name is not Finke, it’s Watski. Bentley will play Tilda's often called upon cute young IT guy whose relationship with her bleeds beyond just fixing her computer (they sleep together). Harbour will play an old school… Read


R.I.P. Gary Coleman

Former child star Gary Coleman has died. He was 42. Coleman died at 12:05 p.m. at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, where he had been in a coma after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage at his Utah home on Wednesday night. Coleman, who was plagued by health problems his entire life and never grew taller than 4'8", burst into the spotlight at age 11 as the star of Diff’rent Strokes. We was never able to repeat his early success and his adult life was… Read


Christopher Titus Preps New Fox Comedy

EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Titus is back at Fox with a new comedy project loosely based on his life. Titus' eponymous sitcom ran on Fox for three seasons before being abruptly cancelled in 2002. In the show, which Titus co-created with Jack Kenny and Brian Hargrove, he starred as a version of himself surrounded by his dimwitted stepbrother, his girlfriend, his goody-goody friend and his lewd, multiple-divorced father. Titus' new project picks up eight years later in the life… Read


Legendary Pictures Re-Teams With 'Clash Of The Titans' Scribe On 'Pacific Rim'

EXCLUSIVE: In a last dash pre-holiday deal, Legendary Pictures has closed a high-six figure preemptive acquisition of Pacific Rim, a science fiction film that will be written by Travis Beacham. Beacham was the original writer of Clash of the Titans, the 3D remake which has grossed $475 million worldwide for Legendary and Warner Bros. Set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to… Read